I am rebooting “The Jim Stroud Show,” my YouTube series from back in the day. Previously, my focus was on HR related issues. It later expanded to emerging technology and culture. My last video was a year old. (Time flies.) In my returning episode, I tackle the supposition that Voter ID laws are racist and the hoopla surrounding GA House Bill 531 which Democrats see as an attack on our democracy while Republicans view it as a common sense effort to fight voter fraud. Where are you on the issue? I share my thoughts.
SENATE TESTIMONY:One last thing, have you ever wondered why there has been so much mainstream media attention on vaccines but virtually nothing on preventative treatment options? Click here to watch a very compelling video of Richard Urso, MD as he testifies before the Texas Senate HHS Committee.
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More than six weeks since his inauguration, President Biden still hasn’t held his first White House press conference, and half of voters are worried about his ability to do the job. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are concerned that Biden has not held a press conference, including 37% who are Very Concerned. Twenty-four percent (24%) say they’re Not Very Concerned and 22% are Not At All Concerned.
Recent actions of President Joe Biden are not doing much to assuage those feelings. Here are a few recent examples that hint at his (alleged) cognitive decline.
Biden’s political opponents are using his (alleged) decline to lampoon some of his decisions, such as focusing the military on making “Maternity Flight Suits” which I suppose, is in case pregnant women are sent into combat. (Does this make sense to you? Just asking.)
On Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo and Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz made some keen observations about the Biden administration that has some people questioning who’s really in charge over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Bartiromo asked the Florida Republican whether a transition may be already underway, given President Biden’s avoidance of the press while Vice President Kamala Harris meets with international leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron.
“What is going on?” Bartiromo asked. “Are we getting ready for some kind of a transition?”
“You have to wonder whether or not the transition to Harris has already begun,” said Gaetz. “Joe Biden’s had more nap time than he’s had questions from reporters. And you’re right. While the Middle Kingdom grows more ambitious in their goals, we are still toiling away in the Middle East. Joe Biden has had more attacks on Syria than he’s had press conferences.”
Former Trump White House advisor and Breitbart editor [Steve Bannon] warned of a pending transition to Kamala Harris as President last week, pointing to the neoliberal corporatist’s high profile within the Biden administration and Biden’s seemingly worsening cognitive decline.
So, will we see a Harris Presidency soon? I think so. I predict by the Summer of 2021. I have nothing to base that on, just a hunch. Time will tell if I’m right. I take no pleasure in my prediction either way. And to be fair, this is not the first time people have questioned Joe Biden’s mental acuity. I’ll close out with this clip from a decade ago.
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It seems to me that there are two major parties in the United States. A bi-partisan group who believe in the traditional rule of law (Democrats and Republicans: Unity Party #1) and a bi-partisan group that believes progress occurs when all opposition is silenced and united under their belief system. (Again, Democrats and Republicans: Unity Party #2). The more I notice the divide, the more cynical I am about our political system enduring in its latest incarnation.
The official narrative is that impeachment is necessary because President Trump allegedly incited the violence at the Capital. CNN reported things this way:
“The US Capitol is once again secured but four people are dead — including one woman who was shot — after supporters of President Donald Trump breached one of the most iconic American buildings, engulfing the nation’s capital in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.”
However before and during the cries and attempts at impeachment, various news reports (and video footage) have surfaced disputing the narrative echoed ad nauseum in the mainstream.
I would think that after so many accounts (and I did not list them all) of contrary evidence proving President Trump did not incite his followers to storm the Capital would bring proceedings (which may not be constitutionally valid) to a halt until further investigation. Unfortunately, Washington operates under a different paradigm. The consensus for some is “I feel he should be punished. So, truth be damned.”
Today, the Senate weighed in, although Harvard Law professor emeritus and lifelong Democrat Alan Dershowitz said that the Senate lacked legal authority to move ahead. Here’s a quote:
“But the case cannot come for trial in the Senate because the Senate has rules, and the rules would not allow the case to come to trial until – according to the majority leader – until 1 p.m. on Jan. 20, an hour after President Trump leaves office,” he told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo.
“And the Constitution specifically says, ‘The President shall be removed from office upon impeachment.’ It doesn’t say the former president. Congress has no power to impeach or try a private citizen, whether it be a private citizen named Donald Trump or named Barack Obama, or anyone else. The jurisdiction is limited to a sitting president, and so there won’t be a trial.”
Forty-five Senate Republicans backed a failed effort on Tuesday to halt former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, in a show of party unity that some cited as a clear sign he will not be convicted of inciting insurrection at the Capitol.
Republican Senator Rand Paul made a motion on the Senate floor that would have required the chamber to vote on whether Trump’s trial in February violates the U.S. Constitution.
The Democratic-led Senate blocked the motion in a 55-45 vote. But only five Republican lawmakers joined Democrats to reject the move, far short of the 17 Republicans who would need to vote to convict Trump on an impeachment charge that he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol assault that left five people dead.
“It’s one of the few times in Washington where a loss is actually a victory,” Paul later told reporters. “Forty-five votes means the impeachment trial is dead on arrival.”
Will that be enough to stop Unity Party #2? I hope so but, I doubt it. In closing, some people say that President Trump was so evil that he should not be allowed to run again in the future. Isn’t that for the American people to decide and not for elites to mandate? Just asking.
Russia, Russia, Russia was a lie and they knew it on day one.
This is bombshell today. Imagine if it was released umm… 4 years ago!!! To quote Just the News…
“Four days before the FBI secured a surveillance warrant against him in fall 2016, Trump campaign adviser Carter Page repeatedly knocked down the key allegations at the heart of the Russia collusion investigation while talking to a government informant who was wearing a wire.
Page’s unwitting statements of innocence to informer Stefan Halper were never shared with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court before it approved four warrants authorizing a full year of surveillance of Page’s communications.
Page’s exculpatory statements were kept from the American people for four years until President Trump declassified them on his final day in office last week. They were obtained by Just the News.
“The core lie is that I met with these sanctioned Russian officials, several of which I never even met in my entire life, but they said that I met them in July,” an FBI transcript quotes Page as telling Halper during an Oct. 17, 2016 interaction at Halper’s farm in Northern Virginia.
Grenell raised eyebrows earlier this month when he first said he believes that Rice, who was President Obama’s UN ambassador and national security adviser and is now serving as Biden’s domestic policy director, is calling the shots in the current administration.
Students at Cornell University can use their status as a “person of color” to be exempt from the university’s flu vaccine requirement.
“Students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color (BIPOC) may have personal concerns about fulfilling the Compact requirements based on historical injustices and current events,” explains Cornell Health’s vaccine requirement FAQ.
The article goes on to say:
“We recognize that, due to longstanding systemic racism and health inequities in this country, individuals from some marginalized communities may have concerns about needing to agree to such requirements,” explains the page. “For example, historically, the bodies of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) have been mistreated, and used by people in power, sometimes for profit or medical gain.”
“So, am I wrong to not want to see race all the time? Because that’s how I was brought up. Like that’s what a good liberal does, is you don’t see race. And now, they switched it all around and I’m bad because I don’t see it all the time. Is ubiquity even effective? To make people aware of this issue at every turn?” said Maher.
Further down in the article he said:
“I’m so sympathetic to the cause, but don’t gaslight me, you know?” argued Maher. “And this is what I hear privately from my Black friends: I don’t want to be the focal point. I just want to blend in. I want to have a beer like you. Don’t look at me like I have to make a speech about it, or you have to make a speech about it.”
“Is the picture of America that’s presented by the radicals, I would say—Black Lives Matter, some of them, the anti-racists—of America 2021, is it an accurate picture? Because sometimes I’m like, ‘Are they talking about 2021?’” pondered Maher.
Ice Cream and Bagels
Greg Gutfeld roasted the mainstream media and most notably CNN on Monday, for their sycophantic coverage of President Joe Biden and his administration. The Post Millennial reports:
“This weekend, we learned two important things from the white house and they’re enabled us media. Joe’s favorite flavor of ice cream.”
Fox cut to a clip of Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, speaking on a livestream for the administration. Psaki said, “When I was in Wilmington before the president was inaugurated, I did ask him for my four year old niece Sariah, and was very curious about what the super ice cream wasn’t his favorite ice cream is chocolate chip.”Gutfeld responded: “Amazing. And we also learned what Hunter Biden had for breakfast bagels. Let’s hope he ate them. Can’t wait for the daily report on regularity. I hope they’re both getting enough fiber, but isn’t it adorable? How fast?”
Say what you will, no one can troll the media like Donald Trump. Case in point, he recently created “The Office of the Former President” from which will be responsible for his “correspondence, public statements, appearances and official activities.”
Wikipedia describes “buyer’s remorse” as “the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a vehicle or real estate.” I would add voting decisions to the list of frequent associations as well. Why? There is a difference between Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and President Joe Biden and those who supported him are beginning to realize this. But to be fair, it did not begin the first week after the election.
Author and renowned feminists Naomi Wolf was surprised to find out Biden was open to more lockdowns, after he already won the election. But if she had known, she would have never voted for him. Perhaps Dr. Wolf was too busy to notice, but Biden said repeatedly that he was in favor of locking down the country, enforcing mask mandates, and so on. He presented no new ideas on how to defeat the pandemic; he only repurposed measures the Trump Administration already put in place.
New Mexico leaders are concerned that Biden’s war on the energy business will destroy the state’s economy, where education, jobs, and public programs depend on industry funding.
Joe Biden (reportedly) won New Mexico with 54.29% of the vote versus 43.50% for Trump.
“During his inauguration, President Biden spoke about bringing our nation together. Eliminating wells on public land will cost thousands of New Mexicans their jobs and destroy the remnants of our state’s economy, “Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway told The Associated Press on Friday. “How does that bring us together? Environmental efforts should be fair and well researched, not jerky mandates that only hurt an already impoverished state.”
To be fair, some of the buyer’s remorse was founded on the hope of what Biden would do and not stated facts. Case in point, he was asked repeatedly about whether or not he would pack the Supreme Court but refused to answer. Some speculated that this was because if voters knew where he stood on the issue then, they would not vote for him. I understand the strategy but do not agree with it. I would not want to pay $100 for what I thought would be a steak dinner only to find out that I paid for a McDonald’s Happy Meal. The same mindset may have been in play for other policies that we have learned about this week.
“He (Biden) waited to announce these controversial policies that could have made him shed voters:
More troops to Syria, because we haven’t created enough power vacuums in the Muslim world (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria).
$15 national minimum wage, which some rural areas can’t support (his own economist says it will cost 1.3 million jobs).
$15,000 for new home buyers, the 2008 housing bubble was created by Clinton and W Bush pushing people who can’t afford houses into houses.
Biological men allowed to play in women’s sports.
Increased gas taxes.
A reduction in the 401K tax benefit for families making above ~$80K.
Blasting people who don’t wear masks and then both Biden and Kamala being caught violating Biden’s own executive order on masks not less than 7 hours from it being issued.
Reversal on insulin prices.
Reversal on deportations of illegal immigrants and stopping more construction of more wall. Etc…
Maybe those policies are good in your mind, but the point is, we had to vote for Joe to find out where Joe stood on those as they weren’t announced before the election, but were ready to go once he won.”
It was that last sentence that stood out to me the most. Whether you loved or hated President Trump, he said what he meant and followed up on his promises. (Whether that is good or bad is debatable.)
If someone hates me, I rather they come out and say it so I know where we stand. Its the people who say one thing and do another that I disdain. I don’t like being surprised when it comes to people I vote for. I suspect most people do not. Time will tell what the Biden supporters were really voting for and like them, those who did not support Joe Biden for President, might be just as remorseful as those who did.
“Dr. Ari Joffe, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Canada, has authored a peer-reviewed paper that substantiates popular claims that lockdowns have consequences. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Alberta in Canada.
Joffe has authored a peer-review academic paper titled COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink that finds the repercussion harms caused by the COVID lockdowns are ten-times greater than any benefit that can be perceived.
“Initial data falsely suggested that the infection fatality rate was up to 2-3 percent, that over 80 percent of the population would be infected, and modelling suggested repeated lockdowns would be necessary,” Joffe said in an interview.
“But emerging data showed that the median infection fatality rate is 0.23%, that the median infection fatality rate in people under 70 years old is 0.05%, and that the high-risk group is older people especially those with severe co-morbidities,” Joffe continued.”
So, what happened? Could it be the mass migration of 2,600 people a week leaving NYC taking with them all their tax money? Or could it be that now that there is a new administration, the crisis is over? The cynical side of me leans towards the latter. The more realist side of me leans towards the former. But maybe there is room for both viewpoints?
“Lockdowns have not had a big impact on coronavirus death rates around the world, scientists have claimed, and the health of nations beforehand was more important. Dozens of countries have been forced to tell people to stay home and close shops in a bid to stop the Covid-19 pandemic since it broke out in January.
But now a study has claimed the drastic measures don’t even work. They found that whether a country was locked down or not was ‘not associated’ with death rate.”
And while there are others, I will stop my research examples with the latest one being from the “European Journal of Clinical Investigation” and dated January 21, 2021. Here is the bottomline from their research conducted on 8 countries.
We find no clear, significant beneficial effect of mrNPIs on case growth in any country….In none of the 8 countries and in none out of the 16 comparisons (against Sweden or South Korea) were the effects of mrNPIs significantly negative (beneficial). The point estimates were positive (point in the direction of mrNPIs resulting in increased daily growth in cases).
The devastating fall and winter wave of coronavirus infections that is causing so much misery across the U.S. appears to have finally peaked, according to several researchers who are closely tracking the virus.
While another surge remains possible, especially with new, more infectious variants on the horizon, the number of new daily infections in the current wave appears to have hit a high in the past week or two and has been steadily declining in most states since, the researchers say.
“Yes, we have peaked in terms of cases,” says Ali Mokdad, who has been tracking the pandemic at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “We are coming down, slowly. This is very good news — very good news.”
Some people complain about how conspiracy theories spread online about Covid-19 and they want to censor free speech for the greater good of the country. (I’m looking at you Fauci.) Yet, when there are academic studies galore proving lockdowns don’t work and the press censors them and suddenly they are now being shared at the dawn of a new administration… well, something does not pass the smell test. And when people, thankfully I am not the only one, see that something more is happening, conspiracy theories take root and flourish. Does this mean that every theory is validated simply because its being censored? Most definitely not! However, the more they are silenced, the more likely they are to be believed.
Does being pro-prevention mean anti-vax? I don’t think it does, or should. I mean, I think the focus all along should have been on prevention measures that work. (Not excluding vaccines but also, not making them the sole solution. I mean once injected, if something goes wrong, what then?) Sure, in the beginning, no one knew what to do so being extra careful made sense. However, once we were able to prove lockdowns were ineffective, we should have moved on to something else. Likewise, if there are meds and means to prevent getting coronavirus that are provably sufficient we should focus on that. It just seems logical to me and when it does not seem too logical to the powers that be, I have to wonder if something more is going on.
I’ll stop rambling now. Can you tell I’m in a mood? Hit reply and let me know.