INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: The Science Behind Why Face Masks Don’t Work. [Video]

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Thanks to One America News, a new study from UCLA and Stanford University finds for the average 50-64-year-old, the chances of dying of Covid are one in 19.1 million, and the chances of contracting Covid are much lower than previously thought.  People are vastly overestimating their chances of being infected and going to the hospital, especially here in America.

The average person in an average county has a one in 3,836 chance of contracting Covid and that’s without wearing a mask or doing any of the unscientific, high school science project of social distancing.  Even the odds of being hospitalized are vanishingly small even in the “at risk” category.  The chances of getting the virus and needing hospitalization are one in 852,000.  These figures were from May, when the deaths were 16 times higher than they were last week.

Truth in Media’s Ben Swann released the following video titled “The science behind why face masks don’t work.

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Feckless Fauci Foments Fear to Keep the Sheep in Line

“When one with honeyed words but evil mind persuades the mob, great woes befall the state.” –  Euripides

“Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics…derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Today the world is the victim of propaganda because people are not intellectually competent. More than anything the United States needs effective citizens competent to do their own thinking.” – William Mather Lewis – President, George Washington University 1923-1927

“So, when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution.” – Peter Navarro


We’re all in this together!  Every news channel told us that, including Fox.  Nope, we sure as hell weren’t in this together.  States like Michigan, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina, California and others are still purposely keeping people from opening their businesses and making a living.  In this together?  Not by a long shot.  First, businesses were fraudulently shut down by the lies of Dr. Fauci and gang, and now they’re being demolished by communist subversives in states run by democrats.

Marxist protestors have free rein, but many taxpayers who run businesses are literally eradicated never to rise again. It’s purposeful; it drags down the economic resurgence after Dr. Fauci’s false models were given to President Trump.  Those models came from China’s good friend, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and were used to purposely destroy President Trump’s strong economy.  Here’s the entire Fauci timeline on Covid.

“Tedros is really an outstanding person,” Fauci said during the March 25 coronavirus task force briefing. “I’ve known him from the time that he was the minister of Health of Ethiopia.”  (Where he covered up the country’s cholera.) But President Trump knew the truth and tweeted, “The WHO really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric.”

Fauci is no friend of President Donald Trump.  Were Fauci, Birx and Redfield vetted before they were hired by the head of the Coronavirus Task Force, VP Mike Pence? Doubtful.

Fauci, Pelosi and WHO

Is it a coincidence that Dr. Fauci has a close relationship with Dr. Tedros Adhanom of WHO and that Dr. Adhanom is very tight with China?  Is it a coincidence that WHO Director Adhanom gave Dr. Fauci the models for Covid-19 stating 2.2 million Americans would die? And isn’t it interesting that Dr. Fauci ran to President Trump with the false WHO models and told him the nation needed to be shut down for two weeks which ended up being several months and murdering the economy.

There are too many coincidences with Fauci, WHO, the democrats and other powers to believe this wasn’t a diabolical plan by the Deep State to annihilate the magnificent Trump economy.  The communists in the Democrat Party don’t give a damn about anyone’s livelihood or businesses.  They care only about succeeding to eliminate Trump and regaining their control to turn America into a socialist dictatorship.  This pandemic was forecast a decade ago by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Five months before the “plandemic” hit, in October of 2019, The World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation met to discuss the fictional “Event 201,” which describes the Covid-19 pandemic as fed to us via media.  Their plan was to have global business and governments working together according to the representative from Johns Hopkins University.  They called it a new Coronavirus affecting the respiratory system.

Their forecast came true, their lies were spread and believed.  The sheep in America donned their masks, closed their businesses and stayed at home, for a virus that actually killed less than yearly seasonal flu.  Only now, 9 months after the warnings in December of 2019, are we beginning to see the truth, yet only a few have awakened and stopped drinking the kool-aid.

Latest Statistics

Thanks to One America News, a new study from UCLA and Stanford University finds for the average 50-64-year-old, the chances of dying of Covid are one in 19.1 million, and the chances of contracting Covid are much lower than previously thought.  People are vastly overestimating their chances of being infected and going to the hospital, especially here in America.

The average person in an average county has a one in 3,836 chance of contracting Covid and that’s without wearing a mask or doing any of the unscientific, high school science project of social distancing.  Even the odds of being hospitalized are vanishingly small even in the “at risk” category.  The chances of getting the virus and needing hospitalization are one in 852,000.  These figures were from May, when the deaths were 16 times higher than they were last week.

The risk of dying from a car crash is one in 114…so think of that comparison next time you don the face diaper or are required to social distance.

Combined with this latest data, the risks for keeping the country locked down falls apart and reveals the risk to the American public is much lower than so-called experts like Dr. Fauci had claimed.

Covid vs. Flu

Cases of Covid are falling, and we’re hearing that a new Center for Disease Control (CDC) report shows 94 percent of Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. had contributing conditionsOnly six percent of people died of the virus who were allegedly healthy.  Thus, only 9,200 deaths have been allegedly caused by Covid alone, not the 176,000 previously “reported.” The other 166,800 deaths had comorbidities like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, emphysema etc.  Nursing homes and assisted living facilities accounted for 45 percent of Covid deaths.  Those in the northeast were hardest hit due to policy decisions by democrat politicians who discharged seniors with active Covid-19 infections from hospitals to long-term care facilities.  Eliminate those numbers, and Covid is far less dangerous than seasonal flu.

And the tests…false positives and false negatives were reported. More than 600,000 military-connected Americans affiliated with the Tricare health plan were told in error that they had been diagnosed with COVD-19.

Hospitals received more funds for positives, so the numbers were definitely skewed.  Even Dr. Birx said they were 25 percent less, and a hospital employee told me it was more like 50 percent less than reported.  Hospitals needed more money; they were losing income on normal surgeries stalled during the shutdown.

The CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010. We don’t social distance, don face diapers or freak out during flu season.  Are you getting the picture, this was a planned pandemic to scare the American people into compliance, and the sheeple fell for it!

Now Dr. Fauci is spewing, “The U.S. has an ‘unacceptably high’ level of COVID-19 cases going into fall.”  Huh?  Sounds like horse hockey to me.  Fauci is again using fear to frighten the American people into voting by mail and affecting the outcome of the election.  Dr. Fauci doesn’t want you voting in person.

Covid-19 a Tool to Beat Trump

It’s not surprising that the Chinese state media claimed Coronavirus is a tool to beat Donald Trump.  China Global Television Network (CGTN) issued a nearly six-minute video entitled “Can COVID-19 beat populism?” in which the Chinese Communist Party-run network leverages the coronavirus as “another straw on the camel’s back to expose Trump’s hollow politics.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s love of Hillary Clinton, Speaker Pelosi and the democrats who said they’d kill the economy to be rid of Trump is obvious.  The Wuhan virus was the catalyst Pelosi was looking for, and now the economies of democratic run states are still being locked down and purposely destroyed.  Communism means control of production for everyone except friends of the party, and that’s what they’re doing.

Fauci Files

In late July, 2020, John Solomon of Just the News reported on Fauci’s career being dotted with ethics and safety controversies inside the NIH. There was alleged sexual harassment, a whistleblower was fired for reporting safety concerns and reinstated, drug trials in Africa were plagued by safety reporting lapses, and a pregnant mother with AIDS, who hoped to save her unborn child, was given drugs that killed her and her baby.

Fauci’s agency repeatedly broke federal contract laws. Solomon reported that the NIAID, the federal agency headed by longtime public health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been cited several times over the years for failing to comply with federal contract and expenditure laws, internal government audits reveal.

His NIAID fell under investigation some years back concerning their research in developing a new drug to combat AIDS. Their calloused approach, under Fauci’s leadership, used human guinea pigs as test subjects.  They were not volunteers.  Fauci chose foster children from New York, Illinois, and elsewhere.  The children were administered a non-tested drug without any promises of patient protection. Many of them were not even provided with patient advocates, as required by law, to monitor the children’s health as the drug surged through their veins. As a result of Fauci’s negligence, 10 of the children died.

Silencing a Cure

Fauci also joined big tech in silencing the use of Hydroxychloroquine/Azithromycin and Zinc.  Fifteen years prior to Covid, Fauci’s NIH had approved HCQ to cure coronaviruses; nobody needed to die.  For 15 years, Fauci has known that chloroquine and its even milder derivative hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) will not only treat a current case of coronavirus (therapeutic) but prevent future cases (prophylactic). So HCQ functions as both a cure and a vaccine. In other words, it’s a wonder drug for coronavirus.  Said Dr. Fauci’s NIH in 2005, “concentrations of 10 μM completely abolished SARS-CoV infection.”  Fauci’s researchers add, “chloroquine can effectively reduce the establishment of infection and spread of SARS-CoV.”

Dr. Harvey Risch, a noted Yale epidemiologist is an outspoken proponent of HCQ treatment for COVID-19. According to Dr. Risch who was interviewed by Mark Levin, Dr. Fauci is now responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and must be stopped!  He described how Dr. Fauci allowed at least 17,000 AIDS victims to die by not certifying an effective drug (AZT) for treatment back in the 1980s, and he now argues that Fauci has done the same thing with Covid.

There’s far more money for Fauci and the NIH, and his friend Bill Gates in Remdesivir by Gilead than with a cheap, 65-year-old safe drug like HCQ.  There’s also far more money to be made via vaccines that are not proven safe and are protected from lawsuits of those injured or killed by them.  China holds the patent on the drug through an agreement with Gilead’s drug patent sharing subsidiary branch called UNITAID that has an office near Wuhan, and you’ll never guess who are the main financial investors in UNITAID…none other than George Soros, Bill & Melinda Gates, and WHO.

Combined results from National Health Service (NHS) hospitals led by Oxford University and six others have confirmed findings and established that at least one other equally cheap and widely available steroid, hydrocortisone, also saves lives in late stage Covid.  With HCQ and now hydrocortisone, we don’t need a vaccine.

Fauci also claims the State of New York did it correctly despite being marred by many grave errors, but statistics don’t lie.

Fauci’s Grants

A disturbing pattern of cooperation between Dr. Anthony Fauci’s NIAID and the Chinese military raises questions about technology transfers and the origins of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Colonel Lawrence Sellin’s recent article, Did Fauci’s NIH Institute Financially Assist China’s Military?, exposes the links between Fauci and the Wuhan Virology lab, patents, China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army, and millions in grants from Fauci’s NIAID.

Sellin writes, “The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas has been designated one of the ten Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases newly funded by a NIAID grant totaling $82 million. UTMB has at least two permanent faculty members trained at China’s Military Medical Universities, has had connections to or former employees from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Yusen Zhou’s State Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Biosecurity, Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, as well as other Chinese institutions.”

Our tax dollars fund the National Institutes of Health.

Fauci’s Destruction

Over 600 medical doctors wrote a letter to President Trump which stated that the devastation of the lockdown of our economy was a serious accident with massive casualties far worse than the virus itself.

“The health effects are greatly underestimated and underreported. This is a mistake of enormous magnitude,” says the letter from Simone Gold, M.D., a specialist in emergency care in Los Angeles, and the spokesperson for the physicians. Fauci is calling this a “media epidemic.” The number of suicide calls has increased by 600%.

“Ending the lockdown is not about Wall Street or ignoring people’s lives; it’s about saving lives.  We cannot allow this disease to turn the U.S. from a free, energetic society into a society of broken souls dependent on government spending. This is a huge mistake. The lives of millions of people are at risk because of the lockdown.”

That we are dealing with massive brainwashing by the media is confirmed by one of the world’s leading virologist and flu specialists, Professor John Oxford of Queen Mary University in London.  He says, “Personally, I would say that the best advice is to watch less news on television that is sensational and not good. I consider this Covid outbreak to be a winter flu epidemic. Last year we had eight thousand deaths (in the UK) in this category, of which 65% had heart disease and so on. I believe Covid will not exceed that number. We’re suffering from a media epidemic!”

Conclusion

Everything Dr. Fraud has said and done since January has been designed to increase deaths and hysteria, to collapse America, and to defeat Trump.

The NIH doc has been everywhere…on TV, interviews etc. urging Americans to lockdown, abandon jobs and their sick and dying family members, their businesses they built with blood, sweat and tears.  He drove our economy into the dirt, kept children out of school (a good thing today), and eliminated graduations, proms, weddings, vacations, funerals, and church gatherings.  If we didn’t do this, we were no better than serial murderers.  Americans were relentlessly demonized for daring to speak out or even question the Holy Writ of Fauci…the unconstitutional lockdowns, the MSM that empowered democratic governors in their totalitarian dictatorships.

The flagrant violation of our Constitutional rights, all these Kafka-esque rules that protected big businesses like Walmart and further empowered massive corporations like Amazon, while small business withered and died were purposeful. Democrat New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (aka Warren Wilhelm) was finally allowed to openly practice his antisemitism. Fauci allowed this…and he did it to destroy the one and only President we’ve had in decades who has fought for the American people.

Rise up!  Rip off the masks! Breathe fresh air!  Dump the government kool-aid…the cry is FREEDOM!

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How lockdown has affected the work-life balance of many families

Families across the globe have been affected by the ever-changing and uncertain working environment wrought by government responses to Covid-19.  For many families both jobs and childcare have become less certain.

For families that finely balance time with their children, work, childcare and everything else, lockdown periods are highly stressful.  My experience is that many couples with young children work in shifts late in to the night, while balancing phone calls, Zoom meetings and urgent emails during the day.  As most working mothers I know work only part-time, I can only imagine what it might be like with two full-time working parents.

I am certain that more than one parent has wondered whether paid work is sustainable at all in such an uncertain environment, if the children are to also be well-cared for and some remnant of a peaceful and well-functioning home maintained.

recent study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that government responses to Covid-19 have indeed caused drastic changes to most parents’ work lives and other responsibilities in the United Kingdom.  Its findings include:

  • “Millions of adults have lost or are forecast to lose their jobs permanently; many more have stopped work temporarily. Others are newly working from home, while many key workers are experiencing additional pressures and risks in their work.
  • For most parents, school and childcare closures have meant that children are at home, and requiring care, for at least an extra six hours a day.
  • …The complete shutdown of certain sectors and the huge increase in households’ care responsibilities are both completely new.”  

Job losses and increased childcare responsibilities most often affect women.  Mothers are one-and-a-half times more likely than fathers to have either lost their job or quit since the lockdown began. They are also more likely to have been granted a leave of absence from work.

Women are much more likely to be in insecure, part-time employment roles, and the shut-down sectors also disproportionately employ women, thus they will likely be the first to go when more redundancies hit.  Moreover, as women generally perform important childcare and “home” responsibilities, many feel that without certain child-care, time at home must come before other work.  Thus, the effects of lockdown may be felt for some time to come:

“Workers who have lost their jobs permanently may struggle to find new ones, workers who have reduced their hours may struggle to increase them again, and workers whose productivity has suffered due to interruptions may be penalised in pay and promotion decisions. The disproportionate decrease in mothers’ paid work now suggests any longlasting effects will be particularly severe for them.”

The findings also indicate that, despite doing less childcare than mothers, during lockdown fathers have nearly doubled the time they spend on childcare. It will be interesting to understand how many work places have accommodated fathers to balance childcare responsibilities over the lockdown period.  I have heard more than one parent of pre-school aged children lament that many of the people they work with have never had children or don’t currently have young children, and simply do not seem to even contemplate the huge stress on families with young children.  Will lockdown result in greater allowances for fathers that balance time at the office with adequate family and “home” time?

Spending more time with our own children is a blessing.  I often lament how many hours a day my children are under the influence of others at school; increasing numbers of parents choose to home-school for this very reason.  However, the reality of other commitments, both financial and otherwise, make this season of life a very stressful one for the parents of young children. It may also affect the many women who balanced any sort of paid work with their important work in the home for many years to come.

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Shannon Roberts

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Will Our Votes Be Counted?

How big of a concern is mail-in voter fraud in the November election? In a CNN interview yesterday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr pointed out the very serious problems with proposed state-wide, or “universal” mail-in ballot systems because of the pandemic: “We are playing with fire.”

Just how big of a fire? As FRC’s second episode of Pray Vote Stand 2020 made clear, not only is the potential for voter fraud massive in a proposed state-wide mail-in scenario, but voter fraud has already happened time and time again in past elections.

The Left likes to say that voter fraud is a “myth,” but the facts beg to differ. The Heritage Foundation has tracked 1,296 cases of voter fraud in the last four years, which they say is almost certainly not all of them. In the last four national elections, 28 million mail-in ballots went missing. How big of an impact could this have? Consider this: the last presidential election was decided by less than 80,000 votes across a handful of states. In addition, things have gotten so bad with inaccurate mail-in voter lists that dogs and cats are now receiving mail-in ballots.

Right now, there are only four states that have used the state-wide mail-in ballot method, but because of the pandemic, more states are considering using this method, which is ripe for fraud. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton knows all about this type of fraud happening in his home state. “Two thirds of voter fraud cases deal with mail-in ballot fraud,” he said during the webcast. “We know for a fact that mail-in ballots create a higher risk of fraud and do go at the credibility of elections.” As one woman in Hawaii pointed out during the webcast, there is also the problem of people like her who have lived in different states receiving multiple ballots from those states. It seems that the old sarcastic adage to “vote often” may not be that hard to do after all in a state-wide mail-in scenario.

So what can concerned voters do about election integrity and to ensure their vote counts? General Paxton was clear: “Voting in person is the safest thing to do” and is best way to “ensure that our elections are fair.”

We’ve made it easy for you to register to vote in your state if you have not done so already. Simply go to PrayVoteStand.org/register to register and to access resources on how to host a registration drive at your church as well as the legal dos and don’ts for churches. It’s particularly important to encourage everyone in our spheres of influence to register and to vote, since four out of 10 Christians do not vote in presidential elections.

The broadcast also featured words of encouragement and conviction for believers. World Missions President for Church of God in Christ, Bishop Vincent Mathews made it clear that Christians must not waver in their knowledge of the truth: “We say that God must be supreme. Truth is objective. It is not subjective and relative.” Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas echoed a similar message, emphasizing how much elections matter for believers, particularly with the issue of liberal state officials shutting down churches during the pandemic while keeping bars and abortion facilities open. As Graham pointed out, the tumultuous and divisive times we live in demand that all believers take a stand in the public square: “Vote your conscience. Vote your convictions. We say vote your faith. Vote your Bible, and then stand. We cannot be silent and we cannot run away.”

SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd reiterated the need for repentance and for deep and prayerful examination or our consciences based on the Book of Haggai: “I believe this is the call to the American church today from our Lord and our God. He is saying, church, think carefully about your ways … America, think carefully about your ways.”

And be sure to watch the entire second episode of our Pray Vote Stand 2020 webcast.

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Dan Hart

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What Pelosi’s Salon Scandal Says about the ‘Lockdown Elite’

There’s a deeper lesson to be learned from watching politicians who espouse egalitarian rhetoric indulge in clearly non-egalitarian behavior.


Nancy Pelosi got caught this week.

The House Speaker is in the proverbial hot seat after it was discovered she had her hair done Monday inside a salon in downtown San Francisco, despite a government order forbidding salons from providing business indoors.

Surveillance video circulated online (see below) showed Pelosi “with wet hair inside the salon, not wearing a mask.”

Pelosi took responsibility for the flap … sort of.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times and that when they said we’re able to accommodate people one person at a time and that we could set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a set-up,” Pelosi said. “So I take responsibility for falling for a set-up.”

There’s no need to go into all the details of Salongate and the potential political consequences pundits are discussing. The truth is, Pelosi’s hypocrisy isn’t that uncommon.

A casual look at 2020 shows examples of “do as I say, not as I do” have been rampant during the pandemic. Here are a few examples:

Earlier this week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was compelled to publicly apologize after he was busted sneaking over to Maryland to enjoy dinner at a restaurant over the weekend.

Meanwhile, indoor dining remains forbidden in Kenney’s own city under orders imposed by the city.

“I felt the risk was low because the county I visited has had fewer than 800 COVID-19 cases, compared to over 33,000 cases in Philadelphia,” Kenney wrote. “Restaurant owners are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. I’m sorry if my decision hurt those who’ve worked to keep their businesses going under difficult circumstances.”

In March, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio defended his decision to go to the gym during the pandemic while other New Yorkers were forbidden to do so.

Unlike Speaker Pelosi and Mayor Kenney, De Blasio didn’t sound particularly contrite or bothered by the hypocrisy.

“I need exercise to be able to stay healthy and make decisions,” de Blasio explained, adding that he was exercising in a “very socially distanced situation.”

In May, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham found herself on the defensive when an Albuquerque news network accused the governor of breaking her own orders by purchasing jewelry from a store while all “non-essential” businesses were closed.

The previous month, during an April 3 press conference, Grisham explained why businesses must be closed. She also acknowledged the “tough financial times” and empathized with the “personal sacrifices” being made. Days later, she reached out to an employee at a high-end jewelry store—Lilly Barrack on Paseo, which was closed by state order—and arranged a purchase of expensive jewelry.

A spokeswoman for the governor defended the sale, noting the purchase was made remotely and the store remained “closed” during the purchase.

“The store was never ‘opened’ and a good safe process was followed,” spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett told the Associated Press.

Then there’s Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Earlier this year the Associated Press noted Lightfoot’s especially hard-line approach to enforcing the city’s strict social distancing policy, in some cases personally breaking up gatherings at private residences.

“Your conduct—yours—is posing a direct threat to our public health,” Lightfoot told one group of people allegedly flouting social distancing rules, according to the AP.

Lightfoot defended her closure of salons and barbershops, noting that “getting your roots done is not essential.” But she sang a different tune when it came to her own appearance, after it was discovered she arranged a private visit from a local stylist.

“I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye,” said Lightfoot, who also banned political demonstrations on her own block even as her administration failed to protect business-owners and other “commoners” from violent riots.

These are just a handful of examples of politicians refusing to live by the same rules they demand others follow. (You can bet for every politician busted, a dozen got away with it.)

Pretty much everyone can agree it’s not a good look. Humans despise hypocrisy. It is “the only vice that cannot be forgiven,” the great English essayist William Hazzlit once observed.

So it’s no surprise to see these stories trotted out by partisan media and politicians in an effort to make political hay during election season.

That’s fine; politics is politics. But there’s a deeper lesson to be learned from watching politicians who espouse egalitarian rhetoric indulge in decidedly non-egalitarian behavior.

There’s a wonderful scene in the critically acclaimed 2006 German film The Lives of Others that demonstrates the stubborn persistence of hierarchy even in political systems built on ideological foundations of equality.

Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, The Lives of Others explores the quiet terror of life behind the Berlin Wall in East Germany when a Stasi captain is assigned to spy on a playwright who leaders of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) suspect may have subversive ideas. (In truth, a high-ranking KPD official simply desires the playwright’s lover.)

The ideal of a socialist system is equality, but viewers quickly see there is little equality to be found in the communist state. Throughout the film we see members of the KPD enjoy power regular citizens do not, and we also see within the Party itself that hierarchy very much exists. The best example comes in a scene in a state cafeteria involving protagonist Gerd Wiesler, the Stasi captain, and his superior, Lt. Col. Anton Grubitz (a nasty fellow).

Wiesler moves to sit at a table near several young people of lesser rank, prompting Grubitz to point out that captains sit in the back. To Grubitz, the idea of high-ranking officers sitting next to underlings clearly is strange.

Even in a state where utopian socialism reigns supreme, inequality is not vanquished; in fact, it is exacerbated.

As the great economist Ludwig von Mises once observed, it’s impossible to extinguish hierarchy from human affairs.

“As there will always be positions which men value more highly than others, people will strive for them and try to outdo rivals. Social competition is consequently present in every conceivable mode of social organization,” Mises wrote in Human Action.

Hierarchy and social climbing will therefore be found even under “egalitarian” socialism, which Mises regarded as a totalitarian system. Social status will just be based on proximity to power, as opposed to competence and service, which are what tend to determine status in a free society.

“In a totalitarian system social competition manifests itself in the endeavors of people to court the favor of those in power,” Mises wrote. “In the market economy competition manifests itself in the facts that the sellers must outdo one another by offering better or cheaper goods and services and that the buyers must outdo one another by offering higher prices.”

Indeed in communist Russia, the Party elite (called the nomenklatura) had special privileges that afforded them a lifestyle that contrasted sharply with the poverty of the masses. As the Los Angeles Times reported in 1986:

Members of the so-called nomenklatura, numbering perhaps a million, have special holiday retreats, access to special medical facilities and—most resented by ordinary Russians—access to special stores that sell imported and Soviet-made goods that are simply not available in the regular stores. Many also have cars and chauffeurs.

As a practical matter, the privileges are hereditary, since children of the elite have an inside track on admission to the top universities—graduation from which guarantees them good jobs and a place on the nomenklatura list.

America is not a totalitarian socialist state, but the lockdowns gave Americans just a taste of how such systems work. Those with power and influence were able to enjoy perks that those without power could not in most cases (at least not legally).

Moreover, those exercising their power and influence to procure services and products other people could not get through a market economy saw little problem in doing so (at least until they were caught). Indeed, some clearly believed their position entitled them to such perks.

Statements from Lightfoot and de Blasio make it clear they believe their status as public officials grants them certain privileges regular people cannot reasonably expect to have. In effect, they fancy themselves as members of an American lockdown nomenklatura.

This proves Mises’s point: Hierarchy is unavoidable, even in states built on the promise of equality. And humans being humans, they naturally become aware of their position in the hierarchy and use it to their advantage, even as they continue to celebrate the ideal of equality.

Mises is not alone in this assessment, it’s worth pointing out. A celebrated English writer and former socialist ultimately reached this very same conclusion about socialism and hierarchy.

“All animals are equal,” George Orwell famously wrote in his great literary work Animal Farm, “but some animals are more equal than others.”

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Jon Miltimore

Jonathan Miltimore is the Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writing/reporting has been the subject of articles in TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, Fox News, and the Star Tribune.

Bylines: The Washington Times, MSN.com, The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, the Epoch Times.

He previously served in editorial roles at The History Channel magazine, Intellectual Takeout, and Scout. He is an alumni of the Institute for Humane Studies journalism program, a former reporter for the Panama City News Herald, and served as an intern in the speechwriting department of George W. Bush.

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Kayleigh McEnany plays video of Pelosi getting her hair done on a loop during press conference

Watch! Speaker Pelosi is holding up $1.3 trillion dollars in aid for American families who desperately need it. All while she gets her hair done, and gorges herself on gourmet ice cream. Only the American people can put a stop to this open corruption, by voting the Democrats out of office in November.

Kayleigh McEnany plays video of Pelosi getting her hair done on a loop during press conference

By Washington Examiner, September 3, 2020

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany played the video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a salon on a loop during Thursday’s press conference.

“We found Nancy Pelosi going into her hair salon. We will be playing the video on loop for all of you to see during the duration of this introduction … Apparently, the rules do not apply to Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” McEnany said.

Pelosi was recorded in a salon in San Francisco at the end of last month, despite coronavirus restrictions keeping such establishments closed from March until Sept. 1.

“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” salon owner Erica Kious told Fox News this week.

“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses, and I just can’t — it’s a feeling — a feeling of being deflated, helpless, and honestly beaten down,” Kious said.

Pelosi has also addressed the video, calling it a “setup” and demanding an apology.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I have been to many times,” Pelosi told reporters Wednesday. “When they said they could accommodate people one at a time, and we can set up that time, I trusted that.”


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PODCAST: Marriage — It Take Two to Tango

I first wrote this piece ten years ago. As a Notary Public in Florida, I have had the pleasure of marrying a few couples along the way. Before marrying them, I admonish them of the old expression, “It takes two to Tango,” which I will explain herein. As my daughter approaches her wedding day, I thought it would be a good idea to remind both her and her fiance of what this means. I hope you enjoy it.

After seeing so many marriages end in divorce, you cannot help but wonder why couples get married in the first place. Maybe they see it as some kind of legal permission slip to do nothing more than to have sex. If so, that seems to be rather shallow thinking to me. I tend to believe most people get married to quell the biological clock in their heads to reproduce. Under this scenario, husband and wife are doomed to failure after their mission has been fulfilled. There are probably dozens of reasons for getting divorced, but regardless, I think most people go into marriage with impractical expectations and hidden incompatibilities that are slow to surface.

Perhaps the biggest misconception about marriage is that it is easy; that by simply getting married all of your difficulties you experienced as a single person will somehow disappear. Hardly. If anything, your problems are only beginning as you have to learn to live with a new person unfamiliar with your customs, mannerisms, and lifestyle. I have yet to meet the couple who was perfectly compatible at the time of taking their marriage vows. Regardless of how long you may have lived with someone prior to marriage, you really don’t know the person until it becomes “legal.”

A lot of people fail to grasp that marriage is a partnership. This disturbs me greatly. With me, I have always compared it to the Tango. It involves forming a team which works together towards common goals and objectives, until we learn to dance as one. True, each person has their own unique duties and responsibilities, but to make such a partnership work, it is necessary for some give and take which some people can accept and adapt to, while others cannot. This means you cannot always do the things you did unilaterally when you were single. Now you must consider and consult your partner. Like any business venture, you must do what is best for both parties, not just one. This is the part of marriage most people do not understand. Any time one party ignores or excludes consideration for the other, the marriage is doomed.

If you have any doubt whatsoever about getting married, don’t do it. You must go into it with both eyes wide open and possess a genuine willingness to try to work together. Anything less will inevitably result in either an unhappy marriage or a nasty divorce.

So, my only advice to young people considering marriage, always be cognizant of the expression, “It takes two to Tango.” If you do it right, it can be a thing of beauty.

Keep the Faith!

P.S. – Also, I have a NEW book, “Before You Vote: Know How Your Government Works”, What American youth should know about government, available in Printed, PDF and eBook form. This is the perfect gift for youth!

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New CDC Data States ‘For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.’

Data  as of August 26, 2020 COVID-19 Deaths

Table 3 [BELOW] shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups. For data on comorbidities, . [Emphasis added]

Table 3. Conditions contributing to deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), by age group, United States. Week ending 2/1/2020 to 8/22/2020.*

Updated August 26, 2020

NOTE: Number of conditions reported in this table are tabulated from deaths received and coded as of the date of analysis and do not represent all deaths that occurred in that period. Data for this table are derived from a cut of the NVSS database taken at a particular time, separate from other surveillance tables on this page which are tabulated on the date of update. As a result, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in this table may not match other surveillance tables on this page.

*Data during the period are incomplete because of the lag in time between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes. This delay can range from 1 week to 8 weeks or more.

1Conditions contributing to the death were identified using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICDndash;10). Deaths involving more than one condition (e.g., deaths involving both diabetes and respiratory arrest) were counted in both totals. To avoid counting the same death multiple times, the numbers for different conditions should not be summated.

WATCH: Catholic, Pro-life Student Nicholas Sandmann’s ‘I Fought Back Hard’ Speech at the RNC

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Nicholas Sandmann, a Covington Catholic High School student whose viral encounter during a March for Life rally was the subject of lawsuits against national media organizations, spoke on the second night of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 25, 2020. Sandmann’s family, which claimed that his interaction with a Native American activist was misrepresented in media coverage, reached settlements with CNN and The Washington Post over how they portrayed the incident. Nathan Phillips, the Native American activist featured in the viral moment, said the heated exchange initially began between the Catholic students and a group of Black men who identified themselves as Hebrew Israelites. Phillips has told news outlets he stepped in to disperse the tension by praying. The party planned a mix of virtual and in-person events in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., for its nominating convention after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted plans for a traditional nominating event.

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VIDEO: Better Illegally Alive than Legally Dead. Covid and HCQ

Covid. “Better illegally alive than legally dead!” I speak to a doctor and a patient who tell of their harrowing experiences with Covid. Also included. Mark Levin interviews Professor Harvey Risch.

This video begs to be seen and shared.

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VIDEO: Ron Klain on Biden’s Handling of The 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic — ‘We Did Every Possible Thing Wrong’

Ronald A. Klain is a Democrat political consultant, former civil servant, and attorney. Klein is a member of the Democratic Party, who served as Chief of Staff to former VP Joe Biden. He was appointed by Barack Obama to serve as the White House Ebola response coordinator in late-2014 into early-2015 and was Biden’s CofS during the SARS and H1N1 pandemics.

In this video Klain explains how then Vice President Biden responded to the SARS and H1N1 pandemics, which occurred during the Obama administration.

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Levi Strauss Supports Radical Transgender Ideology

The clothing retailer Levi Strauss (1.00) recently stepped up its one-sided political activism when it filed an amicus brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court in favor of a gender-confused teenager denied access to the men’s restroom. Drew Adams is a girl who identifies as a boy, and when her high school in St. Johns County Florida said she must use the girls’ bathroom or a single-stall one, Adams sued and won. The ruling of the lower court that sided with Adams was recently upheld by an appeals court after corporations like Levi’s supported Adams’ Title IX discrimination claim.

Levi’s open celebration of Adams’ high school being forced to submit to a liberal gender ideology shows the company values social justice politics more than their customers’ safety and comfort. Teenager girls should not have to face males in their restrooms, locker rooms, or sports teams, but that’s where Levi wants our culture to go. They’re also adding to children’s confusion about their gender.

Taking such a blatantly left-wing point of view will only isolate Levi’s from their conservative customers and middle-of-the-road parents who are concerned about the kids’ safety. Levi’s clear support for teens who have tried to change their gender will also influence more children to take this unhealthy path.

In 2016, girls like Adams accounted for 46% of sex reassignment surgeries in the U.S. Only one year later, that number spiked to 70%. Levi’s normalizing of transgenderism is unlikely to lead to a decrease in this trend. All of this should be more than enough reasoning for 2ndVote shoppers to patronize businesses that prioritize customer service over politics.

Eddie Baur 3.00, Carhartt 3.00, Anthropologie 2.43, and Tommy Hilfiger 3.00 have demonstrated how much they value their customers by taking a neutral approach to politics. Let Levi’s know they should follow these company’s examples and stop fueling children’s insecurities about their gender.

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The Single, Most-Important Book on Healthcare Today!

It was after World War II.  The United States had just guaranteed the continuation of a free society.  No country could hold a candle to its productivity, its creativity, its strength, or its wealth.

America’s healthcare, too, was unparalleled.  The world’s most advanced surgeries were being performed in the United States. The most sophisticated medications were being developed in the United States.  And the world’s most knowledgeable physicians were being produced in the United States.

But it would only be a matter of time before excessive regulation, corporate manipulations, and government interventions would turn the healthcare system with the brightest future in human history into one burdened with red tape and bureaucratic hurdles.  Under the leadership of leftist progressives, our healthcare system would regress into one unable to produce penicillin within its borders or supply its hospitals with the medications needed to keep the nation’s patients alive.

In The Case for Free Market Healthcare, I explore how we allowed for this unparalleled decline.  I review the interventions we must undertake to reverse this harrowing trend and once again become the unparalleled leader in healthcare.

At a time when one political party is making an argument contrary to the lessons repeatedly learned throughout human history while trying to convince us to give up control of our care to the same political philosophy that has cast out God, destroyed our great cities, and weakened our country, it is imperative that you read this book and share it with your friends.  

Get The Case for Free Market Healthcare today!  Just click here to get started.  Once you review The Case for Free Market Healthcare, there won’t be a leftist who’ll be able to fool you with hollow arguments for a dystopic, government-run healthcare delivery system.  This is the book that will leave your leftist leaning friend or loved one without a valid retort.  Get one for them!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Debating Porn With Brandi Love And Terry Schilling — How Do We Protect Children From Accessing Adult Content?

The Daily Caller sat down with adult film star Brandi Love and executive director of American Principles Project Terry Schilling to debate all things porn.

In this episode, Love and Schilling were first asked to swap sides. Schilling pondered what his biggest pro-porn argument would be while Love described an anti-porn viewpoint.

Next, the two took on one of the more prominent issues that has come up regarding porn – in an age where so much is accessible with the touch of a button, what are some potential solutions that would prevent minors from accessing pornography?

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Both agreed on the importance of regulating the ability of minors viewing this content, but had different ideas on how to police.

Schilling brought up a solution that his organization has already proposed. In his eyes, reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act would be a good step in making it more difficult for those underage to see this content.

Schilling noted that Section 230 has “been debated with social media platforms.”

“What you would do is, you would give Section 230 immunity to adult websites based on whether or not they have age verification,” he explained. “And if those websites don’t have age verification, then they lose the Section 230 immunity, which would open them up to civil litigation, basically making them liable for any content posted illegally or inappropriately.”

“It would basically force a lot of the adult entertainment companies that are online to do some type of meaningful age verification.”

Love offered a different solution. She argued for a digital ID, although Love noted that she understood Schilling’s argument for reforming Section 230.

“The problems that I see with 230 is that as it’s currently written, it is working,” Love responded. “I feel like the responsibility doesn’t need to be on the free market, on the companies that create the platforms, the user-uploaded content sites.”

“I feel the responsibility needs to be on the person uploading the content. By putting the responsibility and opening up companies to sue-happy people or potentially people that want to abolish a particular aspect of the industry, meaning adult, that leaves these companies wide open … By having a digital ID, which is no different than having a driver’s license … this would be attached to your age, your name, all of your information.”

Love and Schilling continued to discuss each other’s pitches, with Schilling noting that “verified third-party actors” would need to “verify the information and then relay it to the sites.” He expressed concern about the possibility of the federal government getting involved regarding digital ID’s.

“If we can make something happen, not just talk about it but create a solution that solves all these problems,” Love said. “And it’s not about applying it to the adult industry … It’s maintaining and preserving the free and fair market, but also applying equal application of the laws that we’re able to set in, so that there’s not that one ‘target.’”

Stay tuned for more content from Schilling and Love’s porn debate.

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What Won’t We Tolerate?

Stephen P. White: Democrats are politically immune to Catholic criticism of their support for abortion. Unwavering support from millions of Catholics is why.


Joe Biden wants you to know that he is Catholic. Joe Biden wants you to know that his Catholic faith is very important to him. Joe Biden takes his faith so seriously, that he once told a reporter on the campaign trail, “The next Republican that tells me I’m not religious I’m going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.” That was back in 2005.

With that in mind, let me say up front: Joe Biden is Catholic. The indelible character of Baptism is sufficient to establish that. Moreover, I see no reason to doubt him when he says that his faith is deeply important to him. I find no reason to doubt the sincerity of his convictions.

While I do not question the sincerity of his convictions, I do wonder about their content. What are we to think of a man who, like Joe Biden, would tout the way in which his Catholic faith shapes his politics, and then ask his fellow citizens to vote for him on the promise that he will devote himself to defending and promoting the single greatest injustice in American life since chattel slavery – i. e., abortion?

Long gone are the days when pro-choice Catholics like Mario Cuomo defended their willingness to tolerate a right to abortion on the grounds that their personal opposition to abortion as Catholics gave them no right to impose that opposition on others. The Cuomo Compromise has slowly, irresistibly, and predictably devolved into the position now exemplified by Biden: the Catholic faith teaches us to seek justice; abortion rights are a matter of justice; therefore, I will defend the abortion license where it is threatened and expand it where it is lacking.

Biden’s is a pretty standard position for Catholic Democrats these days. For what it’s worth, Biden seems to have arrived at this position more recently than some of his fellow Catholic Democrats. Happily, not all Catholics on the Left are buying it.

“Biden’s position on abortion is untenable from any Catholic perspective,” writes Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter, “The theological proscription against the intentional taking of a human life is not something that can be set aside for the kind of libertarian argument favored by pro-choice advocates.”

Winters concludes, “We Catholics should be able to explain how our faith informs all of our decisions, including our political ones. Biden’s decision to lean in to the discussion, and not to avoid it, will be good for Catholicism, whether or not it is good for the Democrats.”

Winters speaks, I suspect, for a lot of Catholic Democrats – perhaps not a majority, but a substantial minority. This November, most of these pro-life Catholic Democrats will go to the polls and vote – as they have for decades – for a presidential candidate who supports the abortion license. As frustrating as it can be for pro-lifers who aren’t Democrats to admit, supporting the abortion license and voting for candidates who do are not the same thing: the former is never justifiable, the latter may be, but only for “truly grave moral reasons.”

Tens of millions of American Catholics believe that a morally serious person can look at the industrial-scale slaughter of innocent children in this country – close to a million abortions performed each year – and say, “I am willing, not only to defend that butcher’s bill, but I promise to expand it, if doing so allows me to pursue justice on other fronts.”

For decades, a large slice of American Catholics has convinced itself (or resigned itself) to supporting just such candidates, not because they also support abortion, but despite their opposition to it. This November, millions of American Catholics will do it again.

Yet how many of these same Catholics – people who have for decades insisted that they could compartmentalize their vote, hermetically sealing themselves off from complicity in the horror of the abortion policies their candidates favored – now insist that to vote for Donald Trump is to make oneself complicit in everything the man does?

If one is willing to tolerating 60 million abortions in order to pursue justice on other fronts – even assuming all those ancillary causes are, in fact, just – what evil will one NOT tolerate?

To be clear, this is not intended as a defense of the current president or his policies, still less an argument in favor of voting for his reelection. Rather, I mention it because it throws into sharp relief the way in which the politics of abortion – more than any other issue or policy – have degraded the ability of most American Catholics to reason well about the exercise of prudence. Nothing (not even the abuse crisis, I would argue) has done more to undermine the Catholic Church’s credible witness in political life than her impotence with regard to abortion.

Politicians like Joe Biden are politically immune to Catholic criticism of their support for abortion. It is unwavering support from millions of Catholic voters who make them so immune. And does anyone doubt that pro-life Catholics who have made a long-standing alliance with Republicans over the issue of abortion have not also been shaped by that partnership in other ways?

November 3 will be here sooner than we think. Many Catholics have long ago made up their minds about whom they will vote for. Many are happy with “their guy.” Many loathe “their guy.” Many are exasperated by both choices. We can be sure that each side will look with disdain and horror at the moral compromises the other is willing to make.

For many of us will be painfully aware that we will choose between the lesser of two evils. Maybe now is as good a time as any to recall that, while faith without works is dead, ending injustice is not the measure of the Christian life.

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Stephen P. White

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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