Our Country Club Conservatives Dodge Defending Liberty

Breitbart has an interesting interview with conservative Alabama Republican Cong. Mo Brooks. Brooks believes China Flu lockdown orders violate the Constitution. “As citizens start to wake up [regarding] the liberty and freedom that they’ve lost, coupled with the recognition that what state has done, or cities have done, are unconstitutional and illegal deprivations of life, liberty and property — that’s when I think you’re going to see the bell go off, …and people starting to figure out …we need to fight for our rights.”

Adam Zyglis The Buffalo News

Just keep in mind, you’ll be fighting alone.

In the past few weeks we’ve seen anti–lockdown protests in Michigan, New Jersey and Texas. The rallies have featured barbers, gym owners, hairdressers, nail technicians, restaurant owners, restaurant patrons, muscle heads, political activists, stay at home moms and various independent entrepreneurs.

What the protests haven’t had is a single conservative politician willing to risk arrest along with the voters. Politicians run on aggressive slogans like ‘Fighting for You!’ Yet when it comes time to fight, lead or even show up these worthies are suddenly MIA.

Let’s take Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas. Back in March he appeared on the Tucker Carlson Show and said WuFlu lockdowns are killing the economy. The 70–year–old Patrick said he’s willing to take his chances with the virus, because the economic meltdown is certain.

In May Patrick was offered the perfect opportunity to put his person where his mouth was when Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther opened her business in defiance of lockdown orders. Shelly was there. Customers were there. The media was there. Dan Patrick wasn’t there.

Luther refused to voluntarily re–enter government imposed bankruptcy and in a Boston Tea Party–like action, tore up a cease–and–desist order from county government. She was arrested and sentenced to a seven days in jail. Two hundred miles away Patrick offered to pay her fine and volunteered to serve the sentence in Luther’s place. (A ludicrous offer Patrick knew wouldn’t be entertained.)

How much difference would it have made if Patrick had been there in person with Shelley, letting his actions back up his words? What if Patrick had invited his 84,000 followers to join him at Luther’s business when it was still open?

Instead of a handful of rebellious conservatives complaining in a liberal (for Texas) city, it would have been an anti–lockdown statement with real political clout. The chances of an arrest then would have been vanishingly small because even the Flustapo can count.

A case could be made that Patrick didn’t want to get crosswise in Austin with Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican. That objection doesn’t apply to the congressional delegation in Washington. Luther’s business Zip Code includes two Republicans, “conservative stalwart” Rep. Van Taylor and Kenny Marchant.

Neither of these ‘conservative’ exemplars said so much as a single word regarding Luther’s arrest defending the constitutional rights they claim to support.

There was a similar situation in Owosso, Michigan when barber Karl Manke opened his shop in defiance of Gov. Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer’s erratic and punitive lockdown. She directed the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to jerk Manke’s license in response.

That launched Operation Haircut. Hundreds of Michigan residents converged on the capitol to protest. Barbers set up on the capitol grounds and gave haircuts.

Whitmer ordered the State Police to give their wallets a trim by issuing $500 disorderly conduct tickets.

Shelley Luther made the trip from Dallas to offer support for Manke and the other lockdown resistors. Notable by their absence were Republican Reps. John Moolenaar (Manke’s own congressman!), Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg and Paul Mitchell.

Maybe if Operation Haircut had passed the hat and offered to make a campaign contribution, one might have found time to support the rights of the voters that elected them.

In New Jersey, Ian Smith, owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, was also on Tucker Carlson announcing he planned to open up, too. The first day police issued a disorderly conduct summons to the owner. Later a camera was placed in the parking lot and officers followed patrons home to issue citations. Finally, the Camden County Division of Environmental Health posted notices on the gym door ordering it closed.

With the exception of Carlson, no public figure supported Smith, although new Republican convert Cong. Jeff Van Drew, whose district is just south of the gym, sent a two–page letter to the governor. The other GOP Rep. Chris Smith did and said nothing.

And here is the lesson for conservative voters who value the constitutional rights that have been quarantined during the Flu Manchu Pandemic Panic.

When push comes to shove in the fight to defend the Constitution, the only people in the fight are going to be the people.

The politicians will be pacifists.

WuFlu Puts Jesus in Intensive Care

The most remarkable impact the Flu Manchu has on America is the sight of pastors waiting, like dogs anticipating a treat, until Caesar gives them permission to start rendering unto God.

Gary McCoy

You couldn’t have convinced me in March that Baptist preachers would cancel Easter Services. Easter is the central pivot of Christianity. Without the Resurrection, Christianity is pointless.  As Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.” The birth of Christ (Christmas) is only important because of Easter.

And Christian shepherds surrendered without so much as a whimper.

The 1st Amendment clearly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It’s as plain as day. Equally plain, “prohibiting the free exercise” is exactly what happened.

Call it a tale of two prohibitions.

When alcohol Prohibition began in 1920 a nationwide movement quickly started to manufacture and consume forbidden booze in spite of legal consequences for both buyer and seller.

In 2020 when the China Flu Church Prohibition began, pastors meekly submitted, along with their parishioners, in fear of the unconstitutional legal consequences.

Preachers were lambs when facing the secular authorities, but lions when facing criticism for doing nothing. Believers can’t possibly expect senior pastors to risk arrest or a negative news story just to hold worship services!

The situation is equivalent to the occasional media complaints from harried medical workers as they fight the Kung Flu. Sure, it’s tough, but isn’t this what they signed up for? The chance to make a difference in a real health emergency?

Or was their commitment only broken wrists and sprained ankles?

Christ died on the cross. Today His worship is prohibited and pastors in general haven’t even been willing to risk getting a visit from the Flustapo, much less make a personal sacrifice. Defender of the Faith evidently doesn’t include risking the wrath of the bureaucracy.

JustTheNews has covered Christian leaders who aren’t ready to rely on God for protection just yet, but might be willing to file a lawsuit. In Maine Calvary Chapel has gone to federal court. They hope to reopen for Mother’s Day — a Hallmark Holiday not found in the Bible — but missed Easter entirely.

Two Kansas churches got a judge’s permission to gather together. In California, Church United relied on a law firm to host a petition. Michigan churches are suing power-mad Gov. Greta — excuse me — Gretchen Whitmer. And Breitbart found 260 Massachusetts pastors ready to get tough. They sent a letter to the governor begging him to “recognize churches as ‘essential.’”

Why you can almost hear the skin being twisted as they wring their hands.

It’s simultaneously laughable and pathetic. This is what Christians get when they hire pastors based on compassion and not fire. The lawsuits may make the deacons who are also lawyers happy but it undermines the status of the church.

Lawsuits are defensive, deferential and submissive. Even when the church wins the suit — after months of empty pews — the victory still allows government to set the conditions for worship.

Christ is either King or He’s just another activist with an opinion.

Worship does set an example. Not worshiping shows the world church is secondary to secular control. Continuing to worship shows Christ is still in control of the believer’s world.

Some pastors know this.

In Chicago, Metro Praise International knows the stakes and has been demonstrating “passive resistance” to the state. The pastor doesn’t plan to sue, he plans to preach. GraceBuilt Church in Waynesboro, VA is finally defying Gov. Blackface Northam.

And Louisiana pastor Tony Spell preached last week with an ankle monitor on as he defied a judge’s order to stay home and stay silent.

That is what should’ve been done all along. Worship first then, if necessary, the courts to get the pastor and the parishioners out of jail.

Hold services with social distancing, sanitizer in the baptismal and individual Communion packets. Urge seniors and the vulnerable to stay home. Hold plenty of services each Sunday so everyone who wants to attend can social distance their way inside. For those that can’t, the staff can visit them personally and pray through the storm door during the week.

The important point is to demonstrate you believe Christ is important enough to worship regardless of Caesar.

Sure, some churches will flaunt the WuFlu rules — we’ll call them snake–handlers — but those congregations were probably dangerous before the epidemic.

Anything is better than what Believers have now. The Great Pandemic Panic is the biggest victory for the secular, Christianity–hostile left in decades. A victory facilitated by docile, fearful, spiritually–lacking pastors who sat passively while the powers and principalities that rule this earth convinced Christians that God and worship were non–essential.

Don’t Confuse US Women’s Soccer with the Facts

The US women’s national soccer team just scored a spectacular ‘own goal’ in California US District court. Their lawsuit, contending they were underpaid in comparison with the men’s team, was rejected in a summary judgement.

Dave Granlund

And without so much as a single dramatic courthouse steps news conference starring the purple–haired Norma Rae: Megan Rapinoe.

A dejected spokesperson for the team tweeted, “We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up working for two bites at the same apple. We are confident that with the right judge and a gullible jury, women’s soccer will be able to have our cake and eat it, too!”

Whoops! My mistake! That’s what she should have said. The real statement was,” …shocked and disappointed –therapeutic buzzwords – equal pay – wah, wa, wa – gender.”

The lawsuit, which has the strong support of feminists, leftists and sportswriters has been a lie from the beginning. Last September I wrote about the initial filing and the immediate support it gained from the Washington Post and various Hollywood hairdos.

Fact is the women’s soccer team is paid under the provisions of a contract the women negotiated with US Soccer and then approved by a majority vote. It wasn’t a document the overseer brought down from the massa and made the field women sign.

Their contract differs significantly from that of the men due to tradeoffs the women demanded.

In negotiating terms of employment there’s a tradeoff between risk and reward. The salesman who agrees to be compensated solely by commission has a much higher potential income than the worker who wants a set and regular salary.

The contract the women negotiated rewards the collective at the expense of the individual. During negotiations, the women were offered a contract that more closely matched the incentives in the men’s agreement and they turned it down. They preferred a sure thing even if upside potential was limited.

National Review explains the women wanted, “guaranteed contracts, injury protection; health, dental, and vision insurance; child-care assistance; severance pay; guaranteed rest time. In short: more security and more benefits” along with more guaranteed slots on the team. That is a low risk agreement.

The only item the women didn’t demand was a Teamster’s lapel pin.

The men’s contract was a high risk “pay to play” arrangement where “all the economic risk was borne by the players in exchange for more upside if the players made the team and the team was successful.”

The women had second thoughts about the men’s agreement after their championship season and realized ‘damn! If we’d taken that offer, with our record, we’d really be rich!’

(This is why gamblers – regardless of sex – aren’t allowed to bet after the dealer has revealed his cards.)

Sally Jenkins, who covers the estrogen beat for the WoePost sports page, was incensed last year when the women filed suit and now that the salary portion of the lawsuit has been dismissed she’s incandescent.

To Jenkins the “summary judgment” that was issued by the judge didn’t mean the unequal pay claim was “completely without merit.” Sally said it meant “Male Entitlement!” Jenkins didn’t have time for the facts last year and certainly doesn’t now.

Did Gloria Steinem consult an economist before she set fire to her drawers?

Jenkins is obsessed with the idea of equal–pay–for–equal–work. What she can’t grasp is that this isn’t about reporters in the WoePost bullpen. Women’s soccer and men’s soccer are completely different games. The men’s fan base is larger. Men’s soccer brings in more money and the TV audience is much larger.

As hapless as the US men’s team is on the world stage, and it’s pretty pitiful, if the men played the US women they would streamroller the women. The women couldn’t even beat a team of 15–year–old boys during an exhibition match in 2015, and that was a year when the women won the World Cup.

This is why even the most talented player in the Lingerie Football League makes a fraction of the salary of a player on the NFL’s worst Miami Dolphins.

And to prove this suit has the intellectual content of an argument with your ex–wife, NR points out, “The lowest-paid member of the women’s team made more money than the highest-paid member of the men’s team.”

The women negotiated their contract. They opted for security over reward. And now they want the courts to impose terms on US Soccer the team rejected during negotiations because, like women, they changed their collective mind.

What’s particularly ironic is, even though the lawsuit failed, the contract the oppressed members of Team Estrogen formerly agreed to is still paying them during the WuFlu lockdown. While the men haven’t seen one thin dime.

Leftists Pretending to Be Pro–Life

The WuFlu has been a godsend for the left. And I’m not talking about the startling discovery that 95 percent of the USA is willing to be confined to quarters solely on the basis of a computer model whose numbers are undergoing constant revision to repair past mistakes.

Rick McKee Augusta Chronicle

Instead the China Flu gives the left an unparalleled opportunity to attack conservatives, who would like to borrow their lives back, on the basis of defending the lives of the vulnerable.

It’s quite a change from ‘Shout My Abortion!’

Atlantic writer Amanda Mull is today’s case in point. Her entry in the ProLife sweepstakes is “Georgia’s Experiment in Human Sacrifice.” Summary: Re–opening the state will be grannies on a gurney as far as the eye can see.

Gov. Brian Kemp decided enough is enough. His state will no longer be held prisoner by what amounts to high–tech witch doctory. Mull writes, “Kemp abruptly reversed course on the shutdown, ending many of his own restrictions on businesses and overruling those put in place by mayors throughout the state.”

That’s misleading. The restrictions Kemp ended were closures. There are plenty of Flu Manchu Security Theatre measures that reopened businesses will be required to follow. All that’s missing is random TSA agents pawing through your drawers while you wait to enter the barbershop.

Social distancing, masks, limits on occupancy, temperature checks and the death penalty for sneezing are all in the mix.

It’s important to note, in contrast to the mandatory lockdowns so beloved by the left, reopening is optional.

Mull’s antidote for opening is to administer another dose of the Great Pandemic Panic: “Kemp’s order shocked people across the country. For weeks, Americans have watched the coronavirus sweep from city to city, overwhelming hospitals, traumatizing health-care workers, and leaving tens of thousands of bodies in makeshift morgues.”

That’s the medical reporting equivalent of invoking the Boogie Man. Even in New York City no hospitals were “overwhelmed.” And I think the “makeshift morgues” were in China.

Mull really amps up the “sacrifice” theme with “In the grips of a pandemic, the approach is a morbid experiment in just how far states can push their people. Georgians are now the largely unwilling canaries in an invisible coal mine, sent to find out just how many individuals need to lose their job or their life for a state to work through a plague.”

I’m forced to guess indignation got the best of Mull here, since the jobs are already lost, that’s why Kemp decided to reopen Georgia. No one is going to be going through assisted–living facilities forcing MeMaw and PePaw to get jobs at Walmart.

Kemp’s reopening is designed to protect the Kung Flu vulnerable — mostly the elderly — and let the rest of us stop cowering and start living.

When counting WuFlu deaths in Georgia we learn pretty quickly that Mull’s worries about “human sacrifice” depend solely on which humans may or may not be sacrificed.

Johns Hopkins reports 1,043 residents have died from the WuFluenza, a death rate of 10 per 100K population. That puts Georgia in 11th place in the death derby. The largest proportion of those deaths — DURING A LOCKDOWN! — were in nursing homes and long–term care facilities.

Those deaths were unintentional. Now let’s compare unintentional with intentional deaths. Intentional deaths that are part of a regime Mull enthusiastically supports.

The Guttmacher Institute reports the shocking numbers of abortion deaths in Georgia: 30,330 unborn children were sacrificed on the altar of convenience and “Choice” in 2017. That’s 286 per 100K population. Besides being almost 30 times the number of WuFlu deaths, every last one of those unborn were killed intentionally.

Evidently those numbers are the bare minimum acceptable for Mull’s grim calculus. When the legislature passed HB–481 — the Georgia Heartbeat Bill which banned most abortions after eight weeks, when a heartbeat is detectable — Mull called it “the so–called heartbeat abortion bill” and worried about the women “whose reproductive rights would be affected.”

Zero concern for the wholly vulnerable population of the unborn.

Zealots like Mull hide their obscenity behind talking points. The unborn aren’t ‘viable.’ When in truth, a child really isn’t viable until about age six and even then, it’s touch–and–go. What they are after birth is VISIBLE and that makes all the difference.

Mull’s crocodile tears for the elderly are contemptible as is her hysterical concern for “human sacrifice.” The left’s insincere concern for people they would normally ignore is just another avenue to attack Trump and his supporters.

My suggestion for Mull is if she really wants to see humans sacrificed and dumped in a “makeshift morgue” all she has to do is take a stroll by the dumpster hidden behind an abortion mill.

Let’s Take Back Our Country. Big Bang on May 1st.

After 9/11 a number of policy proposals were instantly shot down by our betters. Why if the proposals had been implemented it would mean “the terrorists won!” Today we live in a country where the virus won.

Gary@GaryMcCoy.com

Our economy is euthanized. Constitutional rights canceled. We’re ordered to cower inside our homes.

This stifling regime is imposed from the top–down, without consultation, by leadership that doesn’t trust the people who elected them to make sensible decisions. In the case of Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib that’s probably an accurate description, but the rest of us deserve more than ‘shut up and obey.’

That’s why Friday, May 1st is time to start disobeying.

I’m advocating a massive Big Bang of civil disobedience from businesses and customers. Restaurants, barber shops, nail salons, gyms, auto dealerships and other business shut down by senseless shelter–in–place orders should open and welcome customers.

Businesses that don’t take reasonable WuFlu precautions won’t remain in business long after the Big Bang. Customers and employees will abandon them to a well–deserved (this time) bankruptcy. While the rest of us resume a semblance of normal life.

We no longer have the luxury of allowing feverish mini–Fuehrers to impose policy based on bad data and enthusiastically supported by advisors who’re still getting their weekly paycheck.

Dr. Scott W. Atlas, writing in The Hill, has analyzed Kung Flu data. It’s obvious the lockdown continues solely due to momentum generated by previous incompetence. Atlas has five crucial observations:

1: The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19.

2: Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding.

3: Vital population immunity is prevented by total isolation policies, prolonging the problem.

4: People are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to hypothetical projections.

5: We have a clearly defined population at risk who can be protected with targeted measures.

This means we’ve met conditions for “flattening the curve” that were ostensibly the reason for the Great Prohibition of 2020. So why are we still prohibited?

Because government moved the goal posts.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak claims he “understands” the damage his orders are doing to the economy, but “saving lives” is more important.

Other governors say opening too soon will trigger another wave of infections. In California and New York, the economy can’t open until thousands of government “trackers” are hired to keep tabs on the infected.

And AP quotes a nonentity on the Clark County Commission who whines, “lifting restrictions too soon would be a slap in the face of those who sacrificed.”

Enough is enough.

Opening a business doesn’t mean grandma dies. If sex isn’t binary — as the left never tires of telling us — it stands to reason ending the WuFlu lockdown isn’t binary either.

These pocket–Putins are actually doubling down! In Harris County TX, on the day a $60 million China Flu hospital was being closed due to lack of patients, County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a mandatory mask wearing order for all citizens. Kim Pagan was arrested and charged in New Jersey after she organized an anti–lockdown protest.

Herd immunity of a different type will help. The Flustapo can’t arrest us all.

You can do your part by encouraging businessmen like Milwaukee’s Dan Zierath who will be opening May 1st on Big Bang Day. He’ll enforce social distancing and the rest, but that’s it. He told the Journal Sentinel, “I feel like our constitutional rights are being taken from us. And I’m just not willing anymore. What’s going to happen is going to happen.”

If you’re a customer, contact your favorite business on its Facebook page and ask it to join the Big Bang. See if you can organize neighborhood social media outlets to generate momentum and potential customers. Then be sure to show up yourself.

If you’re an owner organize other owners to join you on Big Bang Day. Put the Chamber of Commerce to work for a change. Like they said in the ‘60s, “two, three, many Vietnams!”

The predictable hand–wringing backlash from the media and elites the Big Bang will produce confused me at first. Then it dawned on me: Transference. Since the left threatened government force to flatline the economy, they expect the same from us on Big Bang Day.

But that’s not how it works on our side. We believe in individual choice.

The elderly and people with pre–existing conditions can continue to self–quarantine with our blessing — along with assorted bed–wetters and pants–poopers still paralyzed by the Great Pandemic Panic.

They’re so fearful of dying they’ve decided to stop living. The rest of us aren’t. That’s what the May 1st Big Bang is all about.

Appeasement’s Damage to Education and Law Enforcement

America’s cultural suicide is gaining momentum. Two professions that are the bedrock of a successful culture are rotting from within. Education informs and civilizes our nation’s youth and prepares them to assume a productive role in society.

Law enforcement helps to ensure graduates stay civilized.

Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

Both professions require dedicated, motivated employees with high morale. The politicians who oversee education and law enforcement, and the administrators politicians select to supervise, are driving those employees out.

Their defacto National Enforced Apathy Policy culls the wheat from the chaff and then tosses the wheat.

Over the last decade the elites who run the culture have moved on from the War on Crime to a War on Police. Crime victims are no longer the people robbed, raped or murdered. Now the victims are the people doing the robbing, raping or murdering.

Travis Yates, at LawOfficer.com, writes, “[O]fficers are more scared of YouTube than violent criminals and they know that many in leadership roles are either silent or will throw them under the bus for just about anything.”

And the viral video is just the beginning. Politicians with no idea of what happens on the street will sit in judgement safe in the knowledge they can’t go wrong if they condemn the officer’s actions. Chiefs of Police — appointed by those same politicians — wait for the high sign from the mayor’s office before rendering a verdict. And news poodles interview the loudest voices and solemnly announce the “community” is concerned.

With the exception of some members of the “community,” most of these people sitting in judgement live quiet lives. The closest they come to a physical struggle is when the cork breaks off in the neck of their wine bottle. They have no frame of reference for police work.

It often requires violence to force suspects and lawbreakers to comply. If verbal commands were all that was needed, Fauxcahontas could enforce the law.

Officers most likely to star on YouTube are officers who are the most pro–active. They’re out of the cruiser and talking to suspicious individuals. They investigate when their instincts tell them something is wrong. They make more traffic stops and have more contact with the public.

Each time they set foot outside the cruiser it increases their chances of an encounter that turns violent and cinematic. Even encounters that don’t generate video, generate complaints because the high self–esteem community doesn’t like cops cramping their style.

Yates found officers nearing retirement are leaving at the first opportunity. Officers with 10 to 19 years on are “some of the most miserable in our profession.” And officers with up to nine years “have now realized that they work in the only profession that can ruin you for doing nothing wrong.”

Formerly pro–active officers now are indistinguishable from the department’s dead weight. They roll slower to hot calls. On scene they wait for a supervisor before acting. They stay in their cruiser until dispatched. They are reactive at best.

They stay in the good graces of the command staff by writing reports that reduce crime rates through creative word processing.

The only people shortchanged are the victims of crime that could have been prevented and residents of neighborhoods where the cops have ceded control to the criminal element.

The same conditions exist in education. Motivated teachers with standards also cause problems. They assign work. They have creative lesson plans. They want students to pay attention. They take attendance. They expect work to be turned in on time.

When students don’t do the work, pay attention or show up for class grades suffer and parents complain. That creates administration headaches. Parents complain. Students stomp out of class. Meetings must be held and parents pacified.

Just like in police work the good teachers are leaving the profession. What remains are popular teachers who go–along–to–get–along. They aren’t hung up on attendance. They stay behind the desk updating their Facebook page. There are no discipline problems because the teacher doesn’t expect a disciplined classroom. Every student gets at least a ‘C’ regardless of work.

Parents are happy. Ear–bud wearing students are happy. Administrators are happy. The only people shortchanged are students who want to learn.

The only real difference between the inert cop and the inert teacher is politicians aren’t promising to raise the salaries of the inert cops.

These two twisted, self–defeating standards, imposed by our clueless, leftist elites, serve to accelerate cultural suicide. When the actions and attitudes of the criminal element determine law enforcement policy and the actions and attitudes of oppositional students determine education policy you create a dangerous culture dominated by the uneducated and the out–of–control.

Celebrate the Unsung Heroes of the Great Pandemic Panic

After the Flustapo reversed course, we currently live in a world where the suspicious characters are the people who aren’t wearing masks.

The CDC’s bogus guidelines never made sense. Masks are vital protective gear for medical professionals, but the coverings will only serve to infect civilians? Who believes that? I’ve seen hundreds of medical professionals and their ears aren’t any different than ours. One on each side of the head, perfect for stretching elastic.

John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune, PA

I wasn’t the only non–professional who was skeptical. Masks in stores are scarcer than toilet paper. Obedient citizens can’t even find cheap painter’s masks with the metal band you smoosh over your nose to keep it from slipping.

Here in Texas the mask shortage has forced our family to adopt vintage clothing like my wife’s ancestors wore. We’re sporting bandanas tight over our nose just like Jesse James.

Bandanas have been another learning experience. During my shopping excursions, I’ve discovered robbing a train must have been much hotter work than it appeared in the movies. James Keach didn’t seem to break a sweat in ‘The Long Riders’, but I find the exhaust trapped by the bandana makes my face clammy and I have an overwhelming urge to yell, “Reach for the sky!” when I get to the cashier.

Then the cloth bandana eventually gets wet and you start to wonder if the bacteria you’re breeding next to your face are worse than the germs that produce the WuFlu.

Still, we shouldn’t let the negatives associated with the Kung Flu completely overshadow the positives. It’s been weeks since we’ve heard an Urban Movement Kommissar demand we abandon autos and invest additional billions in mass transit ‘to save the planet.’

That’s because we’ve learned when the public needs mass transit the most — say during an epidemic — it’s unavailable. While premium gasoline is under two bucks a gallon.

The Great Pandemic Panic has also caused many to start appreciating the unsung people without whose efforts society would soon be a Walking Dead episode. Starting with truck drivers. MSN.com found a driver named Bob Stanton.

Stanton is 62–years–old and has three underlying health conditions. That pretty much guarantees a fatal experience if he contracts the China Flu and he’s fully aware of the risk. In addition, he “only has a half can of disinfectant spray left. He doesn’t know where to go for testing if he were to develop symptoms, and he’s afraid of being caught far from his Illinois home if he gets sick.”

Stanton’s outlook on his role during the plague was so old fashioned he may as well have popped out of a time capsule. He has no intention of using his saved vacation time to self–quarantine until the WuFlu has passed. He’s also not demanding a hefty pay raise to continue to drive.

(Side note, why is it the evil ‘price gouging’ if a merchant raises the price on goods during a shortage, but perfectly fine if workers demand more money to do the same job they did before the Kung Flu?)

Stanton would like idiot governors to reopen rest stops they arbitrarily closed and it would be nice if truck stops could again serve sit–down meals. But that’s pretty much it. Stanton plans to keep working because, “If I take a couple of weeks’ vacation, you all starve. I’m out here trying to keep you all fed.”

God bless him for that.

Stew Leonard, Jr. the president of ‘Stew Leonard’s’ grocery is doing his part to protect employees and shoppers. He’s done his best to short–circuit panic buying. He was among the first to raise wages and install Pexiglas shields to protect his cashiers.

Leonard’s stores are still open. W. Kent Taylor’s restaurant chain, Texas Roadhouse, is essentially closed. He’s donated his entire salary and bonus — in the neighborhood of $1 million – to pay employees while China’s gift to the GDP rages.

One doesn’t have to be a tycoon help employees. Variety covered Mark O’Meara who owns two movie theaters in Fairfax County, VA. Many of his employees “make a living on a shoestring, and I can’t pay that well,” he said.

O’Meara then innovated by becoming the only movie theater in history of offer takeout. “He started to sell ‘curbside concessions,’ hawking large tubs of popcorn for $3.” The first day netting $25 in sales, but word–of–mouth kicked in and now he averages $300 to $400 per day. The money goes to the workers.

“I’ll do what I can to get these kids paid.”

Then there’s genuine tycoon Sheldon Adelson — owner of the Las Vegas Sands — who’s paying his 10,000 employees for the next two months.

You may not even be working yourself now, but you can do your part. Wave at a trucker and be extra polite in the store.

When Will 8,130 Deaths Each Year Become a Crisis?

The crackdown on the China Flu is an eye–opener in a number of ways. In Rhode Island the governor has police roadblocks on major highways stopping any cars with New York plates. She has also mobilized the National Guard and troops are conducting house–to–house searches for New Yorkers as other troops man outposts in airports, train stations and bus stops.

Rick McKee Augusta Chronicle

Rhode Island had 200 cases of China Flu.

Texas is confronting air passengers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana ordering them into quarantine. Highways are also roadblocked to snare drivers from Louisiana.

Florida also has highway checkpoints and airport intercepts. In a new wrinkle the governor has suspended property rentals and some mayors are imposing curfews.

So far 54 dead.

California is using cell phone data to track the movement of citizens. The mayor of Los Angeles has threatened to cut off water and power to business that don’t comply with close orders. He’s also organizing citizen vigilance groups to inform on neighbors.

Even Honolulu, Hawaii, which has little to fear from even Louisiana drivers, is ordering roadblocks to catch violators of quarantine orders.

The goal of these extreme measures is to respond to an alien virus that threatens to kill thousands of Americans. It’s a crisis and the Flustapo measures are only temporary and justified because this extraordinary event threatens lives, imposes punishing wage losses and will change the culture.

What I’ve learned from this is that government has been lying to law–abiding citizens for decades. We’ve had the way to reverse a plague of illegal aliens all along. What we’ve lacked is the will from weak and collaborationist politicians.

How can I compare a virus to a massive violation of the law? Easy. Look at the similarities.

The China Flu is supposed to kill up to 200,000 (the estimate depends on where that day’s dart lands). Okay let’s compare deaths.

National Review found in just 2009 illegals in TX, NY, FL, CA and AZ were responsible for 5,400 murders in a single year. The GAO calculates between the years 2003 and 2009 illegals committed 25,064 murders nationwide. Since the illegal population increases each year the yearly total will no doubt increase, too.

Those are just intentional deaths. There’s collateral damage from Latin America’s national pastime, driving while drunk. Yearly estimates there range from a low of 3,000 by Americans for Legal Immigration, to a midpoint of 4,745 by Cong. Steve King — widely known as a racist because he calculated the numbers. And a high of 8,527 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study that no doubt includes sober illegals who just didn’t have a license or were hit by drunk citizens.

Let’s take King’s estimate. Roughly 232,505 people were killed in car crashes with drunk illegals between 2003 and 2009. Add in the homicides it’s a rough estimate of 257,569 deaths over seven years which puts us in Kung Flu territory, only slower.

(Getting a precise count of nationwide deaths caused by illegals is almost impossible because the government intentionally hides or doesn’t gather the data in the first place.)

Next is economic damage. Breitbart ran the numbers from an analysis by the National Academies of Science and found the avalanche of foreigners into the job market cost American’s $650 billion a year in lower wages due to a flooded labor market. Multiply by seven and you’re in federal bailout territory.

And as for the culture change, well press 1 for English.

Now your objection is the public won’t stand for a crackdown of Wufluenza intensity on those nice people who confuse our order in the drive–thru.

They might if they knew.

A recent Harvard/Harris poll found that only 2 out of every 15 Americans are even aware of the tidal wave of illegals, to say nothing of the death toll.

If the media gave the same level and intensity of coverage to the illegal death toll that it does to the projected China Flu death toll borders would become important again. Instead of treating illegals like the plague they are our political class treats them as a small price to pay to keep donors and tribal voting blocs happy.

You may be surprised to learn that instead of using this crisis to focus attention on citizens and encouraging illegals to leave — as I’ve been advocating — illegals will be getting Kung Flu checks from the Feds. The decision to use the IRS to dispense checks means every illegal who’s stolen a social security number will be getting a check and every illegal who’s committed Earned Income Tax Credit fraud will also be thanking Uncle Stupid for his 1,200 dinero.

The difference in the response to the alien virus and the illegal alien is the politicians protective detail can’t stop a virus.

Perfect Time for Trump to Fight the Other Alien Invasion

While it’s all–hands–on–deck fighting the invasion of an alien virus, it’s an ideal time to fight our continuing invasion of aliens, too.

Rick McKee Augusta Chronicle

The Wall Street Journal reports, “Hospitals in parts of New York City have become so full of critically ill patients that they have steered ambulances elsewhere.” And “hospitals in pandemic epicenters have passed a tipping point in the fight against the new coronavirus.”

John Milne, with Washington’s Providence St. Joseph Health, agreed. “The company’s Swedish Issaquah Campus hospital has run out of beds for incoming Covid-19 patients. ‘We’re on the threshold of being overwhelmed.’”

Lewis Kaplan, president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, told the Washington Post (WoePost), “We are now on crisis footing. What you take as first–come, first–served …medicine is not where we are. We are now facing some difficult choices in how we apply medical resources.”

If that’s not a crisis, what is? It’s a perfect occasion to reestablish US sovereignty and the power of immigration law.

President Trump should issue an executive order governing the distribution of China Flu relief that puts US citizens first. States that pledge to limit emergency room slots, ICU beds and ventilators to US citizens will go to the top of the list for aid.

Prioritizing citizens over lawbreakers will be called ‘cruel’ by moral exhibitionists. The same conspirators supporting illegal alien sanctuaries. That blatant obstruction of justice has allowed illegal aliens to repeatedly kill citizens on the streets. It’s time to draw a line before the mere presence of an illegal kills citizens in the ICU.

Betsy McCaughey found, “In NYC, 1 out of every 4 people with a confirmed case has been hospitalized and 44 percent of them have needed a ventilator.” Back in 2015 New York was 16,000 ventilators short in the event of an epidemic. New York is still thousands short today.

Rationing hospital beds and ventilators is currently a topic of serious discussion. Lugubrious Gov. Andrew Cuomo vented his wrath at the suggestion we exhume the economy and let younger people work, “My mother is not expendable. Your mother is not expendable. … No one should be talking about social Darwinism for the sake of the stock market.”

What I want to see is Sanctuary Cuomo telling his mom ventilator rationing means there’s no room in the ICU for her because a younger illegal was deemed more likely to survive the Kung Flu.

In Washington State, age and existing disease will be used to determine who gets a ventilator. Medical organizations paralyzed by political correctness are considering using a random lottery, only this time the Mega Millions prize is four weeks on a ventilator.

Second prize is a pillow and Fentanyl.

Another proposal gives patients a ventilator audition that reverses The Masked Singer. Patients get five days on a machine and if they don’t improve doctors take the mask away. All rationing plans involve the participation of an impartial death panel that adds up a patient’s score and — unless she’s Cuomo’s mom — decides between the ventilation and elimination.

The NY Times quotes Christopher McCabe, of the Institute of Health Economics in Canada. “There’s no perfect way to choose who gets lifesaving treatment. At times like these, society may be more forgiving of utilitarian decision making.”

Putting citizens first is both rational and utilitarian.

Federalism means states will determine rationing criteria. What Trump should demand is the first decision point be geography. If you aren’t a US citizen or Green Card holder, then it’s time to head home for healthcare.

Being the ER for Latin America is a luxury we can no longer afford.

This order would put political pressure on sanctuary states to explain to families why Pedro got the ventilator and PawPaw didn’t. Sanctuary state residents may have previously downplayed murders by illegals as a byproduct of wrong–place–wrong–time bad luck. Being told your family suffers from wrong–disease–wrong–time by a state functionary should end their passivity for all time.

States compliant with Real ID driver’s licenses can use that for verification. States without can use passports, birth certificates or some other method approved by the Trump administration.

Trump could soften the blow by offering to fly the illegal’s entire family home if they agree to never return. And to prove I’m not entirely heartless, the flight doesn’t have to be on Spirit Airlines. I hear United currently has plenty of excess capacity.

The point is during this crisis US citizens who play by the rules should have absolute priority over all the sad stories and claims of abuse by people who broke the law to enter our country. They gambled when they crossed the border and now it’s time to collect their bets.

Leftists Turn Schools into Thug Sanctuaries

Virginia leftists have a novel approach to ending the school­­–to–prison pipeline. They intend to eliminate the transportation component by leaving potential inmates inside the school. As part of the Stop Snitchin’ initiative, schools won’t be required to report many criminal offenses to the police.

Rick McKee Augusta Chronicle

It will be mum’s the word as far as the outside world is concerned. School officials will work to promote “restorative justice” while victims can kiss plain old justice goodbye.

The bill to keep victims and victimizer in close proximity has already passed the leftist–controlled House of Delegates and Senate and only awaits the signature of the governor to become law.

Law Enforcement Today made a list of crimes that formerly required reporting but are now optional. These include, “assault and battery that results in bodily injury, sexual assault, death, shooting, stabbing, cutting, or wounding of any person, stalking, threats, firearm, drug and alcohol violations are also included.”

The Democrat’s sanctuary for the violent isn’t limited to the school campus either. Offenses on school buses or at school–sponsored events would also be included in the legislative mandated cover-up.

This is just another instance of the left imposing their idea of ‘reform’ on an area of public life the majority was unaware was in need of reform — or in this instance repeal.

Who is the intended ‘reform’ beneficiary? Certainly not the victims or their families. As far as they’re concerned, authorities could open a pumping station outside the high school if that would help increase pipeline velocity and speed the ejection of predators. Keeping discipline problems in the classroom isn’t a teacher preference either. This only benefits an oppositional, budding criminal class and their negligent parents.

Democrats have gone from the ‘90s War on Crime to our current War on Victims,

The new procedure places the burden of going to the police on the victim, rather than the authorities. What’s worse it will make the victim look as if they are the one out for blood – since the school didn’t think the offense merited police involvement –  instead of the thug who drew blood.

Vicki Manning, a Virginia Beach school board member who hasn’t lost her mind said, “victims are going to be further victimized under this bill and the perpetrators are going to be emboldened.”

Republican House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert has a message for parents in Virginia whose children are robbed, attacked or sexually assaulted, “instances of sexual battery, stalking, and threats and against teachers and staff are not ‘discipline problems.’ They are serious crimes with real problems that need to be investigated and prosecuted.”

The absolutely infuriating part of this turn–their–child’s–other–cheek policy is we already know how the policy ends.

The last stop is Parkland High School.

The fools that ran that school system designed their own end–the–school–to–prison–pipeline. It was wildly successful. The Boston Globe found in the year just prior to the Parkland school system’s emancipation proclamation there were 1,056 school–based arrests. By the 2015–16 school year the number had plunged to 385.

The only fly in the ointment was student deaths by gunfire went from zero before implementation of the plan to 17 after the school–to–prison–pipeline was closed, because the Parkland school shooter took full advantage of the sanctuary policy.

The shooter assaulted students twice with no arrest. Made repeated threats with no arrest. He threated to kill people with no arrest. No reporting and no arrests meant there was no record in the NCIC system regarding his past run–ins with the law. Since he was a blank slate the shooter didn’t even get swept into the FBI’s ‘catch and release’ anti–terrorism program after the Bureau fielded a tip Buying a gun was no problemo.

What use are the “universal background checks” on gun sales the Virginia left is demanding without corresponding universal crime reports?

James A. Bacon ran the numbers on the Department of Education’s “restorative justice” school discipline initiative. This requires victims sit across from their victimizers while a woolly brained social worker overlooks the intimidation inherent in the arrangement.

Bacon found “restorative justice” only restores nothing. “I compiled one key indicator — the number of assault & battery (no injury) incidents reported — which serves as a rough proxy for disruptive behavior as a whole. The trend line is startling. The number of incidents has nearly tripled in just three years — from 870 to 2,423 [assaults].”

The Democrat’s new See–Something–Say–Nothing policy will only make matters much worse.

Most Virginia leftists never reveal plans for open borders bathrooms or decriminalizing crime. I give Del. Mike Mullin (D–Pardon) credit. On his campaign website, he said he’s “working to end the school–to–prison pipeline.”

But Mullin didn’t say that meant reversing the flow.