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July 28, 2021

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henry

How reliable a comrade.

@cnbc

BREAKING: The income tax returns of former President Donald Trump can be released by the IRS to Congress, the Department of Justice says

clarice

https://www.city-journal.org/dr-bidens-lesson

Long but worthwhile article on degree inflation

Narciso

Didnt they already determine

henry

Narciso, the Jan6 Show backfired. The Delta Variant is blowing up in their faces. So back to impeaching Trump, which never has a basis in law or fact.

Jack Lillywhite

If you want to get a graduate degree (M.S./M.A. or Phd) may I suggest my route where I was paid by the Air Force to get it. Get your B.S. (especially), join the Armed Forces and take advantage of their graduate degree program. May cost you another 4 year term but having an MSc. + 6-8 years service will make you a super marketable employee.

Or, you can teach:)

matt - deplore me if you must

Nice to see the Israelis developing new standoff weapons. Reaching out and touching Hezbollah, Hamas and the IRG's is a global benefit.

Didn't the Supreme Court already shoot down Congress' demands for Trump's taxes, and wouldn't the NYC case constitute double jeopardy? And if the IRS has been satisfied, what business is it of Congress anyway?

clarice

Via Insty:https://catallaxyfiles.com/2021/07/28/david-bidstrup-guest-post-psychological-manipulation-and-the-greatest-medical-screwup-in-history/

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Criminy;
Secretary of State Blinken Calls China's New Role in Afghanistan 'a Positive Thing'.
If he meant now that the Chicoms are embracing the eternal tar baby of the Hindu Kush, it's a positive because they'll regret it like every other dope that dips its toes in that cesspool does I'd tend to agree with him.
But he doesn't because he's an egregious fool.
China may fare better than most as I assume it will simply suck the place dry of its mineral wealth and leave it as miserable as it found it, but even that will probably prove less profitable than they assume.
Not sure why people worry about a rogue black hole hitting the earth. We've had one sitting between Persian and Pakistan for several thousand years. Stay away from it and it won't suck you in. Cross the Khyber Pass event horizon and you're toast.

Melinda

If Disney can break her contract, they don’t have to honor any contract going forward.

No risk to them, big risk to contract law, IMO.

Melinda

Rex Chapman🏇🏼
@RexChapman
Block or charge?

🐮 Holy Cow! 🐮 @HolyCow_Inc
SHARE THE ROAD! 😆

https://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1421192325355745282

Melinda

John Burn-Murdoch
@jburnmurdoch
That is some magnifique data from France:

Rate of hospitalisation among unvaccinated people: 132 per million

Rate of hospitalisation among fully-vaccinated people: 16 per million

GRZ @GuillaumeRozier
Pour 1 million de non vaccinés, il y a 132 hospitalisations.
Pour 1 million de totalement vaccinés, il y a 16 hospitalisations.

(Période d’étude : 31 mai au 11 juillet)

https://twitter.com/jburnmurdoch/status/1421191487233171467

matt - deplore me if you must

crikey, mel!

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Just another day in Minneapolis;
Judge let's psycho out on bail, psycho cuts woman's head off in broad daylight on a public street.
He violated the terms of his bail and the DA petitioned to revoke it in March. The defense told the court it was going to seek a mental illness defense and the judge said he could observe his mental illness.
Judge didn't consider a mentally ill arsonist who couldn't satisfy the terms of his bail a danger and let him out anyway.
Woman gets head cut off.
Judge gets raise and a nice fat pension.

MissMarple2

Back from heart doctor and all is well. Also, ten degree temperature drop today.

Melinda

Ordinarily I won't share his stuff, but this was funny:

Dan McLaughlin
@baseballcrank
Washington Baseball Team announces that it has traded the name "Nationals" to the local NFL franchise for cash considerations.

Melinda

NOKD.

Burgess Everett
@burgessev
GOP to Herschel Walker: Consider staying on the bench

“I want to win that race. And to the extent that he’s handicapped by some of these things that would make that unlikely, I’d prefer to have somebody else,” Cornyn say

⁦@marianne_levine⁩
politico.com/news/2021/07/3…

https://twitter.com/burgessev/status/1421160915366461442

Melinda

So they're really lying this time, not just sorta, kinda lying.

Emerald Robinson ✝️ @EmeraldRobinson
33m
"Delta" is now trending. You're welcome.

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Laurie Mettier 🌟🌟🌟
@LaurieMettier
Replying to @EmeraldRobinson
Did you see this?
twitter.com/DeniceMarin/st…

Dnice4Jesus @DeniceMarin
I emailed the CDC to ask them how they are verifying what variant is dominant. This was their answer. Thoughts?

@LiamSchubel @nia3in @btysonmd @drdavidsamadi @drsimonegold @mercola @DrTessaT

https://twitter.com/LaurieMettier/status/1421207359570038786

Jack Lillywhite

The snowball has started rolling down the hill:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/worlds-largest-food-company-will-raise-prices-amid-inflation?%3Futm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=dwtwitter

MissMarple2

Melinda,

What surveillance purposes? Who gets THAT information and why?

clarice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9jX4J4OdCU
flood of border crossers from 100 different countries around the world.

MissMarple2

Jack,

Kroger Cheez Whiz index holding steady at 5.79. I am going to start checking it every Friday.

Marlene

Good afternoon! MM, good news! We still have cool temps and rain in the Maine woods. The stream is full of water.
I asked hubby if we should buy a T-shirt at our local ice cream shop,called" Big Rig Creamery."
We could gift the t-shirt to the *Big Guy* because big rigs and ice cream are his favorite things. :)

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Kroger Cheez Whiz index holding steady at 5.79.--

LOL

Melinda

Gonna get lit!

Chief Impact Officer BT
@back_ttys
It's going to be so awesome watching media blame Fox News for union carveouts.
twitter.com/CBSLA/status/1…

CBS Los Angeles @CBSLA
#BREAKING: The Walt Disney Co. says it will require all salaried and non-union hourly employees at all of its U.S. sites to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 cbsloc.al/3liQOrN

https://twitter.com/back_ttys/status/1421213485019631617

henry

re cheese whiz index… is that per container (ever shrinking) or ounce?

MissMarple2

This Disney thing is going to get hilarious. Also the Scarlett Johanson lawsuit. It will be interesting if the non-union employees beg DeSantis for help! Ha!

MissMarple2

Per container, henry. I havent bought it years but happened to see it on the shelf at eye level when my daughter took me to the grocery several weeks ago and I was shocked. Its for the normal size jar, I think 12 ounces.

Melinda

Mark Krikorian
@MarkSKrikorian
If this reaches SCOTUS, like the similar lawsuit against Arizona under Obama, we may see if the changed makeup of the Court makes a difference.

Camilo Montoya-Galvez @camiloreports
JUST IN -- The Biden administration has sued Texas over Gov. Greg Abbott's order that directs state authorities to stop and re-route vehicles suspected of transporting migrants released from federal custody.

The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to block the order.

https://twitter.com/MarkSKrikorian/status/1421219122034135042

Melinda

Heh.

Peculiar Baptist
@PeculiarBaptist
“Then came a Covidian to King Pfizer, and said, Lord, how oft shall my blessed vaccination be repeated, and I receive a booster? till seven times? Pfizer saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”

Consider this well, brethren.

https://twitter.com/PeculiarBaptist/status/1421218203200483330

Melinda

Previously Redacted Email Between Peter Daszak, Anthony Fauci Suddenly Sees Light Of Day

A group of Republican senators released the full contents of an April 2020 email between the leader of a nonprofit group with close ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Dr. Anthony Fauci that had previously been redacted.

https://dailycaller.com/2021/07/30/redacted-email-peter-dasszak-anthony-fauci/

clarice

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/464779/
A graph worth 10k words

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The problem with that graph is the CDC stopped tracking breakthrough cases in May.
So how can they know how many there have been?
Those numbers don't jibe with a great many others, like Israel's.

Pretty much every part of media and all of government and public health have destroyed whatever credibility they had, except among the binky and ball gag set of True Believers.

John S

Ig
the graph has to do with hospitalizations, not breakthrough cases.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

John,
It says "...of those a tiny 5,000 whatever caught breakthrough Covid and were hospitalized."

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Maybe they do check vaccination status on anyone hospitalized but who at this point knows or trusts anything they say?
Include me out.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Michael Every, smart Rabobank guy on our insane and idiotic economy and the growing resemblance of our largest Tech and TBTF monsters to the East India Company.

John S

Ig
the link to Insty and the comments thereto say that there have been something like 111,000 "cases", of which only the 5,000 were hospitalized. I don't really believe any of the numbers, but even the numbers they want to admit to don't justify lockdowns.

Melinda

The only way to determine if your Covid is indeed "Delta" is to have it sequenced.

And with that simple fact, it's all a lie because they're sure as get out not spending a cent on that.

Jane

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/breaking-gop-senators-reveal-politicized-hhs-redacted-fauci-letter-hide-collaboration-dr-daszack-wuhan-lab/

Fauci’ s lies starting to be revealed.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I'm assuming like seemingly everything else they do, our public health guys take a tiny sample that they do sequence and then extrapolate from that.
They might as well take their integrity and credibility out, douse it with lighter fluid and toss a Charlottesville tiki torch on it.

Narciso

Can we watch that (because the embers of their integrity have long since burnt out)

Narciso

No good deed
https://mobile.twitter.com/Doranimated/status/1420791355803115521

Narciso

Oops


https://mobile.twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1421167981338501124

Narciso

So do they have a control group that proves their contention aboit masks.

Narciso

Conjecture, hypothesis

Narciso

So its their designated chinese drone

https://mobile.twitter.com/jendeben/status/1421235516998144000

henry

Oh No! You gotta pay for stuff? But muh SJW degree!!!!!

@cnbc

Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium expiring Saturday

Narciso

So are they being lazy or deliberate?

Narciso


Seems like the intimidation worked

https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/07/30/squad-members-attack-bipartisan-infrastructure-senators-for-being-white/

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I'm sure some judge will extend the eviction moratorium all by his lonesome like the prog creep down in Arkansas told the state they couldn't end the enhanced unemployment benefits even though he admitted it was a voluntary program for the states.

Jane

https://justthenews.com/accountability/media/former-matt-drudge-deputy-starts-rival-drudge-report

Can’t wait!

clarice

Maybe CDC just misplaced the decimal point:https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/07/30/nolte-cdcs-own-math-proves-vax-mandates-re-masking-is-anti-science/

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith
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We have come to a point across this land where our challenge rests in a battle that is less between R's and D's and more a battle between those who reap benefits from their own malice and incompetence, screwing things up and perpetuating the ensuing chaos, and people who see that incompetence and mistakes and want to cut through the chaos to make their communities a good, safe places for their people to live, a place where they and their children can enjoy the benefits America still presents for all.

I am a conservative, not because I want to go back to some specific time in history where women are barefoot and pregnant or slavery exists in the way the left claims, I am conservative because I love the uniquely American culture of individual freedom and want to see that preserved for everyone.

I believe that while America has not always hewed true to the principles of our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, that is a problem of application, not of principle. I believe history proves those principles are worth preserving and they are so fundamental and transcendent, they remain the hope for the people of America and the world.

If you try to bake a cake, but because you didn’t read, understand, or follow the instructions (or you just decided your way was better), and the cake turns out to be a smoking blob of miserable failure, it isn’t the fault of the instructions or the people who wrote them.

By the same token, if America has ever been “systemically” this thing or that thing, it wasn’t due to the recipe, it was due to the cooks. Before allowing people to rip up the recipe and institute another way to bake the cake, maybe we should try replacing the cooks and following the instructions we already have and know to produce a pretty damn good cake.

I happen to believe the words in our founding documents are so perfectly constructed and applied because they were inspired by God.

These words are about as perfect as any ever put to paper:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It is impossible to argue that treating all people as equals, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that government is established by the consent of the governed to preserve the freedom for them to pursue their skills and talents as they work to satisfy their needs, wants, and desires, and do so in a civil society are unreasonable or undesirable.

Problems ensue when government strays away from those basic principles and institute imperfect laws, laws that always can be misused and have unintended consequences - and then require even more laws to “patch” the mistakes. This cascade of errors method of governance is as close to a perpetual motion machine as man will ever come, it is the mythical self-licking ice cream cone.

In 69 A.D, the Roman general, historian, and philosopher Gaius Tacitus wrote:

“Corruptissima republica plurimae leges” - or in plain English, the more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.

Words to live by.

I am a Republican, simply because the GOP is the only major political party that seems to still understand Tacitus’ admonition. I oppose Democrats in their contemporary progressive, socialist iteration simply because they do not. Codifying the entirety of life in some book of laws is not possible, nor is it even desirable. The Democrats are the heirs to the horrors of Kipling’s “Gods of the Copybook Headings”, and as always the “burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire”.

Politicians, as doctors are, should be required to take a version of the Hippocratic Oath, chiefly the vow to “First, do no harm.”

I love my country and my community and the people in them, and I know they deserve better from the people they elect to represent them - or at least they deserve not to be harmed by the people they trust with governance.

It is far past the time for people who complain the loudest to consider maybe they are just doing freedom wrong.

To those who see nothing but evil in the goodness of America, I offer yet another admonition common to the medical field:

“Physician, heal thyself.”

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith
·
The latest crap falling out of the CDC, the anus of the Biden regime, proves that scientific authority is being replaced with state authority right before our eyes.

This is how you know the progression to an authoritarian police state is fully underway - the minute all voices of formerly independent disciplines - science, technology, medicine and even philosophy - become synchronized with the edicts of the nomenklatura, your nation is pretty far down the road to statism.

Our justice system is following suit, it is being dismantled case by case by social justice warriors masquerading as judges and District Attorneys. The aim is not "decarceration" or bail "reform", these intrepid SJW's want to give the predominantly white suburbs a taste of violent crime as a way to achieve "equity". Your "privilege" of living somewhere safe and civil is racist.

The DOJ is warning states they will be sued if they change the allegedly pandemic-driven election alterations back to the processes that existed before they were changed.

The awful Merrick Garland, who looks more like Pinocchio's dad, Geppetto, than the head of the Department of Justice, is suing Texas for enforcing state laws an arresting illegal immigrants for trespassing even as the DOJ refuses to enforce federal border laws.

All I can say is thank God Garland isn't on the Supreme Court.

I refuse to believe there is no way to recover our cherished nation, but I am understanding more each day just how much work it is going to take to get her back.

GUS

Stephanie, over the last few months, I've truly enjoyed your Michael Smith posts. I've posted that here a couple times, I hope you've seen that. Your 8:53, is the best analysis yet by Michael Smith. I've come to realize that Smith is very very very bright, very thoughtful, very fact based, very personally astute and intuitive, he never seems in any way ideological. He does not slander slime or generally disparage the people he DISMANTLES.
The BIDEN ASCENSION, came about, after 5 years or DEEP STATE, INTEL, FBI, RODHAM, COMEY, MUELLER, SCHIFF, PELOSI, SWALLWELL, NADLER SCHUMER et al INCITEMENT. Biden wasn't a blip on the radar screen, until the FULL COMMIE LEFT saw defeat on the HORIZON. The mobilized their COMMIE ACOLYTES, USEFULL and USELESS idiots alike. They supported and egged on bLACK lIVES mATTER, and it's lack of any relationship to black lives mattering. They actually denied ANTIFA a violent anarchist group of misfits EXISTS/EXISTED.
It's an INSURRECTION and it's CLOWARD PIVEN.
Thank you Stephanie and keep on doing what you do.

GUS

BTW, Garland looks like a retarded dear in the HEADLIGHTS. He seems like a harmless long time POLITICAL SCIENCE PROF, who made his way thru the LEGAL BUREACRACY on the PETER PRINCIPLE.
How anyone could see anything intelligent and intellectual about him is a mystery. Except for the fact, that like SLOPPY JOE and the ELECTED LEFT in federal government. He can be handled manipulated and do what he is directed to do.
He is TONY EVERS, the goof ass GOVERNOR of Wisconsin's cousin or something.

Narciso


I call him tony cadaver for his undertaker mien gus


https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/pfizer-safety-and-efficacy-6-month

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Thanks Gus.

Narciso

Yes michael smith distills the essence of the matter at hand.

MissMarple2

Personally, I think Biden was used as a candidate to cover up the democrat cheating (pre-planned) by giving them an excuse to explain their unexpected win.

I have thought for some time that they really don't have the support as portrayed in the MSM. The excuse for Bill Clinton's win was that he was a "moderate" democrat. Obama's win was chalked up to First Black President support. Hillary was SUPPOSED to win, but inside their bubble the press and democrats couldn't see the big FU heading towards them.

They have used blacks for years by keeping them in gerrymandered districts and excusing democrat wins by explaining how blacks ALWAYS vote democrat. I don't think the numbers are as high in the inner city as we are told,but everyone is afraid to speak up.

Biden was supposedly supported by moderates who were tired of the mean tweets. Malarkey. How did he get so many followers?

That is why they fear the forensic audits and the canvasses, which will show how many bogus ballots there were. and they have been doing this for decades.

Narciso

But of course
https://babylonbee.com/news/scientist-warns-of-new-supersize-double-mega-turbocharged-limited-edition-snyder-cut-covid-variant

GUS

Narciso. I have called him the CADAVER for a long long time. My lovely wife, who is beautiful, quiet and moral, is completely convinced that SCOTT WALKER, (Whom she knows thru me) had the election stolen. I've never really made that case, for a couple of reasons. 1)Just because UMPTEEN THOUSAND BALLOTS were suddenly found, in MILWAUKEE at the end of the count, were found HEH HEH proves nothing. AND 2)The FULL COMMIE would never do a dry run on the upcoming ELECTION for President, by testing the CHEAT.
I'm not naive, and I am the CONSERVATIVE EVANGELIST, but until the CHEAT was OBVIOUS, and SPITTING IN MY FACE, I did not want to believe it.
My wife is very very very moral. And RIGHT.
My beloved Henry can confirm this.

GUS

Lovely Miss M. I rarely, very rarely disagree with you, and I'll tell you something else. You get wiser and wiser as you go forward. Biden wasn't even an after thought to the DEMOCOMMIES. The MOVERS and SHAKERS, LIARS and FAKERS in the DEMOCOMMIE CESSPOOL, put their dirtiest bastards and bastardettes around a YOOOOGE conference table, and plan lies and disinformation. Their long planned, plan C or D or even E, was played out by getting CLYBURN to back BIDEN. Biden got the nomination. All that was left to do, was to make sure the CHEAT was on RAILS, in GA, NC,PA, OH, MI, AZ and of course WI.

Narciso

He has the warm smile of william hickey of prizzis honor or julian beck of poltergeist (i had no idea what a freek show the second one was)

Narciso

Biden captain oveur stole the iowa primary from buttigeg mayor howdy and the latters reward is the transportation post.

Melinda

Only 43 to go, Gus….

Melinda

G’night

jim nj

https://nypost.com/2021/07/29/anti-mask-a-winning-gop-message-for-2022-beyond/

No, Karen, we’re not masking again: A winning GOP message for 2022 & beyond

jim nj

https://www.sandboxx.us/blog/dozens-of-nato-warship-positions-near-russia-being-faked-but-why/

More than a hundred warships from as many as 14 nations may have had their locations faked on a global tracking system used to monitor maritime activity and help prevent collisions. The spoofing seems to be happening, but who’s behind it and why?

Pinandpuller

“When we bring home a Gold Medal, our enemies win.”—David French

Pinandpuller

Not even vaccinated Canadians can cross the Northern border.

“OK Doc, give me the bad news.”

Pinandpuller

“The only way the left can retain control is through force.

That says it all. If they were really the majority, they wouldn't need to rule by force, they'd just rule.”—45D

Len

Week in Pictures
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/07/the-week-in-pictures-lockdown-sequel-edition.php

Barbara

From the Epoch Times

High taxes, political corruption, and disastrous local policies drive decline in southern Illinois as nearby Missouri prospers
By Jackson Elliott

July 29, 2021 Updated: July 30, 2021

On the I-57 highway through Illinois, time seems to go backward with each southbound mile.

The houses and cars in the yards get older. As years pass, town populations shrink. Eventually, homes turn back into piles of disconnected wood and glass, then empty lots. At the end of the highway, the town of Cairo slowly sinks back into the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

A town of 15,000 people in the 1920s, Cairo now houses fewer than 2,000 residents. Today, the town is so silent that the few voices heard while walking the streets underscore its emptiness.

Cairo’s citizens live between abandoned buildings and walk sidewalks covered in burrs. Many work in Missouri or Kentucky.

Glenn Collier is one of the few Cairo residents with a job in the city. He’s a general contractor. Although he has lived in Cairo for most of his life, he said he only stays because he has family in the area.

“The closest place that you’ll find a job around here is probably 30 miles away,” Collier told The Epoch Times.

Even Cairo’s gas stations have gone out of business, and residents buy their food from the local Dollar Store, Collier said. The nearest grocery store selling unprocessed meat is miles away.

Over the past 30 years, Alexander County, where Cairo is located, has lost nearly a third of its population. Although not all southern Illinois counties have experienced such a drastic loss, all are shrinking.

It’s tempting to blame this population loss on the “rural decay” trends that afflict many other places in the United States. But according to the people who live there, what’s happening in southern Illinois, locally known as “Little Egypt,” is the result of decades of destructive government policies.

Just across the Mississippi River, some Missouri counties are growing. And none of Missouri’s counties have lost population at the same rate as the fastest-shrinking southern Illinois counties.

Big Trouble in Little Egypt
Cairo is the way it is because of decades of political corruption, rejected business opportunities, and high taxes, Collier said.

“There were lots of businesses at one time,” Collier said. “Cairo was a very popular destination. People from the tri-state area would come here to do the grocery shopping and clothes and all that type of stuff.”

The local government in Cairo has often been corrupt, Collier noted. Public utilities were charged at different prices in different locations. A pair of volunteer firefighters burned down houses in 2012 because they only got paid when fighting a fire.

Despite Cairo’s excellent location on two rivers, corruption and poor policy turned it into a ruin. But less than an hour away, the river town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is prospering. In the past decade, its county population grew by 4 percent.

Dozens of shops line Cape Girardeau’s streets. A few storefronts are for lease, but the town’s streets bustle with life. Unlike in Illinois towns, people stroll the streets on a weekday. Nothing’s overgrown, and the people look happier.

Mayberry in the Midwest
Although most Americans know little about rural Illinois, it matters when America’s small towns rot. Rural Illinois towns may not be places people visit, but they’re often the places where impactful people come from.

The list of famous rural Illinois people is surprisingly long. It includes actor Dick van Dyke, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmum, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick, actor John Malkovich, and Abraham Lincoln. Memorial Day was created by Murphysboro, Illinois, resident Gen. John Logan.

“Murphysboro used to be real friendly,” Cottonaro said. “Everybody knew everybody.”But the town has become less close as people have left and gotten fewer economic opportunities, she admitted.

Cottonaro said that the close community ties in Murphysboro still make the town special. Residents of other southern Illinois towns say similar things about their own communities.

“This is where I was born,” Cairo resident Tony Baker said. “If I go somewhere else, it’s probably going to be a city. This is country. It would be like Andy Griffith moving out of Mayberry.”

Holly Harrell, another Cairo resident, shared Baker’s sense of community.

“There’s some of us that stick together,” Harrell said. “Hopefully, we’ll get our town going back again.”

Chicago Taxes, Murphysboro Money

Most people don’t want to leave southern Illinois, local residents say. But year after year of high taxes, poor economic growth, and bad government put a strain on hometown loyalties.

The policies that changed Murphysboro and Cairo emanated from Chicago and its surrounding counties, local residents say. Chicago is the center of political power in Illinois.

More than 9 million people live in the Chicago metropolitan area, according to World Population Review. The rest of Illinois is home to about 3 million people. This population concentration means that although Chicago and its nearby counties make up only a small percentage of Illinois land, they often decide policy for the rest of the state.

Chicago and its surrounding counties all vote Democrat. But the rest of Illinois is solidly Republican.

Chicago’s population has consistently voted for high taxes and more government regulation. Today, Illinois has one of the United States’ highest average local and state tax burdens at 10 percent of income. In contrast, Missouri has an average tax burden of 7.8 percent of income.

Chicago is wealthy: The average citizen there earns $72,000 per year.

But in Murphysboro, the average citizen earns $37,996 per year. In Cairo, the average citizen earns only $12,081 per year.

“In this area, it’s a lot different from the larger cities,” Murphysboro resident and worship pastor Jermaine Bollinger said. “The representation of the necessities of the people around here aren’t really felt in Cook County [where Chicago is located].”

Illinois politicians don’t notice the problems of southern communities, Bollinger said. The southern part of the state doesn’t offer the same jobs or need the same politics.

Many southern Illinois residents say that most of their taxes go into Chicago without benefitting them. But they lack the political power to change the way Illinois laws impact their communities, Cottonaro said. The problem is bad enough that some residents wish for secession from the state.

“It’s the Democrats up in Chicago that run the whole state. Whatever they say goes,” Cottonaro said. “So we have nothing to say down here. Does it truly matter when how you vote is not going to make any difference?”

Illinois’s government also has a reputation for corruption. From 1970 to 2010, about 1,500 people have been convicted for political corruption in the state.

“We’re no longer shocked or surprised whenever bad government happens,” Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens said. “People treat Illinois politics like a game instead of a true public service.”

Americans Against Prosperity
Despite the concerns of many southern Illinois residents over Chicago’s fiscal and cultural politics, some of the economic problems are homegrown.

Illinois local and state government has a habit of destroying its own best economic resources, many southern Illinois citizens say. Although some businesses have left rural Illinois because of global manufacturing trends, many left because local leaders made decisions that drove them away.

Bollinger said that the college town of Carbondale, Illinois, once had a thriving music scene with at least a dozen music venues. But after the city passed a restrictive noise ordinance in 2015, the music died. Today, only three active music venues remain in Carbondale.

“The nail in the coffin was the noise ordinance issues,” said Bollinger.

Cal-Crest Jacket Factory made clothes in Murphysboro, former supervisor Vicky Penrod said. Nearly 30 years ago, the factory asked the town for tax breaks so it could stay in Illinois, but the town refused, she said.

In 1985, the factory left for Mississippi, Jackson County Historical Society photo collector Nick Quigley said. Publicly, its owners cited competition from China as the driving reason.

Stephens said he didn’t think Cal-Crest left because the town failed to provide incentives for it to stay.

In the 1990s, McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Walmart, and a mall attempted to open businesses in Cairo, Collier said. But local leaders rejected the investment because they feared it would disrupt local business.

“The business owners inside of Cairo thought these places would disrupt their business,” he said. “So, of course, they did whatever they could to make it not be. Actually, it had just the opposite effect.”

The mall went to Cape Girardeau in Missouri and people didn’t visit Cairo, Collier said.

Bridges to Opportunity

Today, many people who live within Illinois’ borders work in Missouri. On weekday mornings, droves of cars with Illinois license plates cross the bridge into Cape Girardeau. Some come from as far as an hour away.

The jobs are in Cape Girardeau, along with cheaper food, gas, and clothes. In the evening, the Illinois cars trace the same route home.

But there’s no corresponding traffic from Missouri to Illinois. One side of the Mississippi has jobs and the other doesn’t.

Jamie Davis, the owner of Cape Girardeau’s Aesthete clothing store, said it never occurred to her to open her shop in Illinois.

“There’s nothing that I would know to cross into Illinois for,” said Davis. “Cairo was a big place but now there’s nothing there.”

If Missourians visit southern Illinois, they go to strip clubs, bars, and wineries, Davis said. There’s not much else.

But lifelong Illinois resident Lisa Lesch visits Missouri for work every weekday. Lesch’s husband, her sister, her sister’s husband, her aunts, her uncles, and her granddaughter also all work in Missouri.

“Down here on this southern end, there’s nothing,” Lesch said. “There’s poverty.”

Lesch said she won’t leave Illinois because she has family roots in the state and because it’s hard to sell her house. But Illinois keeps getting worse.

“I don’t think there’ll be many people left unless something changes, and we get some righteous leaders in there who can lead the state in justice and righteousness,” she said.

Happy Missouri, Illinois Misery

Murphysboro Mayor Stephens said he has worked to attract businesses to his town. Unlike some southern Illinois towns, Murphysboro is still charming. Volunteers work to beautify the streets and businesses are open. But people still leave, and 73 homes have been torn down in the eight years since Stevens took office.

Stevens said his efforts to revitalize the town have been hampered by Illinois tax policy. Both businesses and people prefer adjacent states with lower taxes.

Although people love their local communities, they don’t love Illinois, he said. A few years ago, some Illinois citizens started flying Missouri flags because they wished they were part of Missouri.

“You have to work twice as long and twice as hard to get half as much when it comes to economic development in this region,” Stevens said.

Many southern Illinois residents say that the population loss from their side of the state won’t stop until political leaders from the more populous northern areas of the state take notice. Although they fight to maintain their communities, it’s just a last stand unless “something changes.”

Several southern Illinoisans interviewed by The Epoch Times said they wanted political change, but were more concerned about incompetence and corruption than party lines.

“There’s been millions squandered on crazy things,” Collier said.

He didn’t mention which political party controls Cairo’s government.

Attempts to fix Cairo’s historic downtown made Collier laugh. The city government paved a street with bricks and repainted a locked movie theater. If someone was living in the collapsing, ivy-cluttered building across the street, they would have a charming view.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/taxes-separate-thriving-missouri-from-dying-illinois_3918621.html

Buckeye

This Cairo story neglects to mention the uptick in jobs driving Amazon trucks delivering shit made in China.

Melinda

Last earnings updated that model.

Melinda

@7NewsMelbourne
Victoria's big battery project has hit a snag. One of the massive Tesla battery packs at the Moorabool site has gone up in flames. 7NEWS.com.au #7NEWS

https://twitter.com/7newsmelbourne/status/1421024646799921153?s=21

Any particular element used in those that could prove problematic?

clarice

This site will not let me post the url to my latest article on The-Pipeline.org

it's title is Regarding Covid-19, Public Policy v. Panic if you are interested.

Melinda

Well, I can try Clarice's Latest Pipeline article.

Narciso

Yes that works

clarice

Thnx, Mel

MissMarple2

Good article, Clarice!

clarice

Thanks, Mel.

Texas Gov now bans mask and vaccine mandates, joining Montana

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith
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Many have commented about how fast things are changing, that they are changing so fast that people are having trouble keeping up. That is objectively true, and, in my opinion, it is because Democrats have figured out how to beat our constitutional system of government by employing a tactic that became popular during the Obama years.

I call it the “Catch Me If You Can” (CMIYC) process.

Taken from the 2002 movie and 1980 book of the same name, CMIYC is not really a form of governance, it is more a cultural change process which leads to changes in governing philosophy.

If you recall the 2002 movie, it starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, the con man who allegedly, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor, and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. He survived for as long as he did by shifting identities and cons to stay one step ahead of law enforcement.

If you are paying attention, there is a lot of resemblance between Frank Abagnale and today’s Democrat Party.

As I noted, CMIYC involves governing policy but is more a form of cultural change rather than actual governance. The Democrats, largely beginning with Obama, used the crashing of our national economy brought about by the bursting mortgage bubble to change Congressional rules and traditional norms, thereby opening an avenue to short circuit the slower, more public, more deliberative processes in Congress. Harry Reid, as Senate Majority Leader, short circuited the filibuster for some types of legislation, they introduced the concept of lumping non-budgetary items in with reconciliation bills that were never designed to accommodate anything other than spending items (that is how they passed Obamacare with a simple majority and how they are passing most of their agenda today). Congress has not passed a budget under regular order since 2006.

In 2009, Nancy Pelosi suspended “regular order” in the House to fast-track huge bills, including the bank bailouts and the stimulus package (angering many committee and subcommittee chairs who resented being shut out of decision-making).

Of course, they did all of this for these same reason as they are doing it today, it is an emergency! We are in a crisis and can’t wait for Congress to work! We can’t let this crisis go to waste and we must do something!

Since our government is designed for contemplative consideration of proposed actions before enacting them, it can’t keep up with the changes – it was never designed to keep up because the actions were anticipated to be carefully considered, debated in the open so the people could see the pros and cons, and then voted on. Obama just said “I’m going to do this without you Republicans because I believe this is what America should look like. I won and elections have consequences, so you can try to stop me if you can.”

Rather than defeating presidential and party priorities in Congress, the opposition has been reduced to suing the Executive branch, another time-consuming and unsure process.

Andrew Breitbart famously said that politics is downstream from culture, and the Democrats understand that. To have any durability, a policy must have cultural support. They have found a way to change the culture through government, so that by the time the dust settles, the culture has adapted to the changes in governance and the polices are so metastasized and intertwined in government, they are impossible to remove.

Since Marbury v. Madison (1801) enshrined the Supreme Court as the ultimate arbiter of constitutionality, the Dems are perfectly happy to let the challenges wind their way thought the judicial system because many of them will be killed by procedural issues or just wind up in a never-ending process of modification and clarification. Even if the challenges do get to the Supreme Court, it will take years, maybe even decades, to be considered – and even then, there is no guarantee of a favorable decision as the SCOTUS under Chief Justice John Roberts has been politicized to the point, they care what the Washington Post writes about them.

Frank Abagnale’s foremost crime was check fraud and he was so good at it, the FBI later turned to him for help catching other check forgers. Like the FBI turning to Abagnale, the government then turns to the cultural con men for help in rooting out the opposition.

That is why you see radicals being placed in positions of influence within our government – like Bishop Garrison, who has previously said Trump and his supporters are racist and is an advocate for Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, as the senior adviser to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for human capital, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Jefferson’s words about how “that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed” holds true today, 245 years after they were written - but the existential danger to the practitioners of CMIYC is implied in Jefferson’s words, that when the abuses become destructive to the basic rights of Americans, the process will be ended.

The Democrat culture warriors run the risk that they get too far ahead of the culture and load the wheelbarrow with cultural changes the people will not accept. As King George did in the 1770’s, the collectivist amoeba (Biden is just one of those specks in the gelatinous body of his Party) is making mistakes. Chief among those cultural changes that may not pass muster is turning a deaf ear to the people, putting citizens at risk via policies that are increasing crime, erasing America’s southern border, recognizing psychosexual deviances as normal existence, openly prosecuting censorship via fascistic relationships with both social and traditional media companies, using a virus as an excuse to end the Bill of Rights, and prosecuting a race war in virtual space by accusing all whites of being racists.

In the past I have noted Herb Stein’s law – that if something cannot go on forever, it will stop – but I’m not sure it still applies today. I think there should be version 2.0 of his law stating, something will go on forever unless and until it is stopped.

The first step in stopping the CMIYC process is to return Congress to regular order and reinstitute the traditional processes of budgeting and debate. Nothing else will work if we (and by “we” I mean the Republicans in Congress who represent us) continue to allow the Democrats to stay so far ahead of our constitutional system.

Narciso

Another fatuous fraud

https://mobile.twitter.com/seanmdav/status/1421455173717741570

Narciso

Except abagnale could recognize the fraud, this camarilla makes the fraud into the real thing

Narciso


Water is damp

https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/bidens-pick-for-anti-semitism-envoy-said-ilhan-omars-israel-comments-were-anti-semitic/

Narciso


Yep

https://mobile.twitter.com/julie_kelly2/status/1421465672945737738

clarice

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9847225/Data-shows-NOT-just-Republicans-refusing-COVID-vaccine.html

Narciso


Guess whos back

https://www.meforum.org/58974/who-is-celebrated-patriot-khizr-khan

Barbara

They're baack... New Dominion voting machines arrive in Ohio.

https://www.the-review.com/story/news/2021/07/21/stark-workers-testing-new-dominion-voting-machines-now/7963070002/

"Secrest said voting machines are not connected to any sort of network."

Yeah right. There's a lawsuit pending, meanwhile the Dominion machines are being tested prior to installation.

jimmyk

Data-shows-NOT-just-Republicans-refusing-COVID-vaccine

Of course it's been well known that blacks and Hispanics are the biggest holdouts, but that doesn't keep Pelosi and her ilk from lying, aided and abetted of course by the MSM.

Melinda

Interesting thread::

Fisher Ames
@nimkef
Hmm more accusations of forgery

Alexander Mirtchev, the Bulgarian-born co-owner of GOM, an extremely well-connected door opener in DC. In reports to the Kazakh president, Mirtchev bragged about his direct contacts at the White House, the DoJ and the FBI

twitter.com/nimkef/status/…

Fisher Ames @nimkef
Replying to @nimkef
Mirtchev and Krull Corporation challenged the Daulbaev letter and other documents as forgeries and moved to dismiss the complaint.

https://twitter.com/nimkef/status/1420837064795463682

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The Left Has A Pedophilia Problem, And It’s Out In The Open.

Does anyone doubt they will try to give this the same trajectory as every other perversion they have prior?

Jane

“Thirty days have September…”. Anyone know who and when and why the days of a month were decided?

clarice

I know Mirtchev and consider him honorable and brilliant. The case against him was tossed years ago:https://legalnewsline.com/stories/510633282-kazakh-businessmen-lose-case-after-docs-found-to-be-forgeries-defense-attorneys-say-the-two-are-abusing-u-s-court-system

matt - deplore me if you must

Trying to cram down an omnibus spending bill which includes almost every Marxist and Krugmanian wet dream is the ultimate expression of arrogance.

I am praying that some of those mush headed Republicans and the few Democrats with some vestige of sanity wake up to the putsch.

The Jan 6 hearings are bombing in Peoria, so that's nice. It's as if the Democrats are clowns in the circus using a popgun to keep the lions at bay. When the first popgun doesn't work they grab another one and another.

Even the White House media are getting sick of the utter incompetence and sheer nastiness of the Biden Gang. Him and Cornpop used to run illegal cigarettes from North Carolina with the pedal to the metal in their Peterbuilt listening to Milli Vanilli and yelling breaker! breaker into the 8 track.

Rolling out one after another clown shoes in various senior positions doesn't help either. The ATF guy sounds like the worst kind of milquetoast Hitler wannabe while the nominee for BLM is a freaking member of the Monkey Wrench gang. The diplomatic nominees are the worst kind of obnoxious guests at a cocktail party where they're serving Cook's and calling it Dom Perignon. I'm sure that will go over well in the world's capitals.

Blankfein must really enjoy bending over and getting it from the Chinese and Austin looked like Fat Albert wearing a trash can over his head the other day.

No, you can't make this stuff up.

Melinda

Clarice-

I was less interested in him than in the appearance of Blair, Clinto, and Shroeder, as in Gerhard. And bags of cash always seems to capture one’s imagination.

Melinda

Those men are most decidedly dishonorable.

Narciso

So did tbe houranis hire fusion as well, seems like their bag

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