By Jeff Childers
Happy Friday, C&C army! We’re just a few days away from the elections, and you should either be planning time to vote Tuesday, or if you’ve already voted, seeing how you can help get someone else to the polls. Just one more person. Let’s multiply the vote.
Today’s terrific roundup includes: judge slaps down request by Fauci and other government officials to stay their depositions; Pfizer hopes for a strong flu season, since jab sales are off; tranvestites suffer under burdensome voter ID laws; an AP article about learning loss telegraphs the new amnesty narrative; massive layoffs at Twitter begin and liberals can’t believe it; Ted Nugent explains the vaccinated; and a video that will encourage you.
🗞*WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 The Missouri v. Biden case might be shaping up to be one of the most important covid cases to date, out of a wide field of developing lawsuits. As a reminder, this is the case where Missouri is suing Biden, Fauci, and a raft of related federal officials for First Amendment violations because they secretly coordinated with social media companies to punish wrongthinking Americans.
Specifically, Missouri alleges that government officials colluded with or coerced social media companies, to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-information.”
I know, I know, that’s hard to believe. How could this happen and so forth. But just wait till you see the evidence.
A couple weeks back, I reported that Louisiana Federal Judge Terry Doughty granted expedited discovery, including depositions of nine federal officials. In his order, the judge methodically went official-by-official, carefully explaining why each one did not qualify for the normal protection that public officials enjoy from having to be deposed in garden-variety cases.
Not in this case.
Immediately afterwards, the administration’s defendants starting filing motions and appeals to prevent their depositions from being taken. Most importantly, they filed a petition for a writ of “mandamus” in the court of appeals, which basically asks the appellate court to stop the judge from allowing depositions of the government witnesses. Because reasons — like, you know, come on, they are very important people, doing very very important things, and simply can’t be bothered to answer silly meaningless questions from grubby non-elites in federal lawsuits.
Or words to that effect.
They also asked the judge for a temporary stay of their depositions, until the appeals court can rule on their mandamus petitions.
But Judge Doughty said, “no.” He denied their motion to stay, entering another carefully-drafted order. The depositions will go forward in the first two weeks of December.
Those depositions are going to be off the chain. How I wish I could just carry someone’s briefcase for them. I would clear my calendar in a HEARTBEAT, work for free, and cover my own travel expenses.
Missouri— if anyone in the solicitor general’s office reads C&C: I have deposition superpowers. No job is too small. Please, pick me!
Anyway, this case is bookmarked at the top of the list in my federal case portal. I will keep you guys briefed.
💉 Haha, Pfizer has hopes for a good flu season! Hopes that its new-and-improved covid/flu mega-vaxx will be the product that consumers are looking for.
Poor Pfizer. I fear this is a marketing misstep. The white-coat pretenders in the company’s marketing department mistakenly think people aren’t taking the shots because of “vaccine fatigue,” in other words, that we’re sick of getting stuck with needles, and if we could just have one stick, that’d be fine.
But that’s not the real problem. The real problem is people don’t want SADS, blood clots, heart attacks, or pirate syndrome while they are gardening, watching TV, playing video games, having sex, taking hot showers, walking in cold weather, or engaging in moderate exercise like doing the dishes or tying their kids’ shoes.
Great job, Pfizer. Now, people who were, for some reason, planning to get the influenza shot but not the Covid experimental therapeutic jab, are not going to get either one. Morons.
And hope can go both ways. Hey Pfizer! We have some hopes, too. And our hopes include you! Want to hear about them?
🔥 My goodness. This is a scandal that cannot be tolerated. Something must be done. Experts have determined that voter ID laws disproportionately impact transvestite voters!
Washington Free Beacon @FreeBeacon
NBC reporter: “Voter ID Laws disproportionately impact trans people.”
2:48 PM ∙ Nov 2, 20221,403Likes336Retweets
Now, don’t be racist. Since a small number of people enjoy acting out their bizarre sexual fetishes in public, we are going to have to scrap all the voter ID laws, and just let anyone vote on the honor system, just like they do it in the la-la land blue states and banana republics.
Repeat after me: there is no such thing as election fraud.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, why don’t they just not dress up in drag on voting day. Or that transvestites could just get updated IDs. I suppose those might be options. But it would be a great burden. Getting a new ID might take an hour or so plus a few bucks. And don’t say they should just dress normally, because racism.
So, as you can see, it’s probably better to just scrap the whole ID thing.
🔥 The Associated Press ran a very interesting story last week headlined, “Online school put US kids behind. Some adults have regrets.” It’s interesting standing alone, for what it reveals about our so-called “expert” class, but also because in hindsight it telegraphed the new “move on” amnesty narrative.
First, the statistics from around the country really show Florida — which rejected the experts’ advice to keep schools closed — as a standout among large-population states. According to the AP, the relative share of 2020-21 school year average student time spent in virtual learning was:
Rhode Island: 9.5%
Experts are baffled that areas under democrat rule fared the worst. Again. It’s probably Trump’s fault.
For example, from March 2020 to June 2021, the average student in Chicago lost 21 weeks of learning in reading and 20 weeks in math, equivalent to missing half a year of school. Nationally, kids whose schools met virtually in the 2020-2021 school year performed on average 13% worse in math and 8% worse in reading, compared with schools that met in person, according to recent a study by the aforementioned Professor Emily Oster.
The socialist utopia of California, which mandated the highest levels of pandemic virtual school, and which spent the most money on schools during the pandemic, fared the worst. This headline appeared in the journal EdSource back in March:
Thanks, experts! What would kids do without you?
We’ve learned another thing about experts, beyond the fact that they are more than useless, they’re outright dangerous if you give them ANY power or authority at all. On top of that, experts are cowardly bullies, who should be resigning in disgrace, but instead obviously intend to trying to bluster it out. P.G. Wodehouse described the phenomenon well; it’s like when you catch your native guide with his hand in your cigar case, and he says he was just tidying them up for you.
Our public health experts have now tidied up almost all of our cigars, and the case is practically empty.
But things got even more interesting when I realized the story was really battlespace preparation for the new amnesty narrative. The AP noted that, quite unfortunately, the discussion among educators has become “inflammatory,” involving “debate” and “sharp disagreement.” More conflict, sadly. The main disagreement seems to revolve around the “fear the term [learning loss] might … cast blame on teachers.”
Not blame! Blame is toxic to experts, and politicians for that matter. They simply can’t stand blame, not at all. They’re quite allergic to blame, actually.
The AP said it interviewed over 50 people for the story, and some public health officials and educators darkly “warned against second-guessing the school closures.” Austin Beutner, ‘former’ superintendent in Los Angeles, said “It is very easy with hindsight to say, ‘oh, learning loss, we should have opened.’ People forget how many people died.”
No! Wrong, Austin. WE DIDN’T FORGET. We remember it very well. We remember that the people who died were almost all (1) very old with (2) multiple comorbidities, and (3) that covid barely affected kids, who simply do not usually suffer from high-risk comorbidities like diabetes, morbid obesity, dementia, and hypertension.
And we also remember that YOU KNEW all of that information, but you gaslit us and told us to shut up and closed the schools anyway, all while we were screaming at you to stop during school board meetings.
We forget NOTHING.
Some superintendents said they wish they could’ve shifted the blame onto other people. Tony Wold, ‘former’ associate superintendent of West Contra Costa Unified School District, east of San Francisco, said “Schools should never have been placed in a situation where we have choice. With lessons learned, when you have a public health pandemic, there needs to be a single voice.”
A single voice who could’ve taken the blame, he means. But in his haste to shift the blame, Wold didn’t realize that he was also admitting they are all defective morons who never should’ve been trusted with kids lives in the first place.
We’d already figured THAT out. But thanks for admitting it.
Now, watch this next part. Midway through the article, the AP summarized the debate like this: “Many adults are pushing to move on, to stop talking about the impact of the pandemic — especially learning loss.”
“Pushing to move on … and stop talking about learning loss.” And there is was, leaping off the screen: MOVE ON!
Just like we thought. The new narrative.
The AP then proposed a bunch of harebrained solutions to the learning loss problem, which most of its experts conceded was massive in scope. One expert advised, “we need something on the scale of the Marshall plan.” Something BIG. And, oddly, all the AP’s suggestions involved dumping a lot MORE money on schools, and were all completely impractical, like holding all-day weekend tutoring for all students.
But, for some reason, nowhere in the story appeared the patently obvious idea to just cut out bizarre diversity and social education, and focus on STEM. That’d get you an extra two days a week right there. Plus, you could cancel “teacher workdays” and goofy holidays like Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Kwanzaa, or whatever it’s called; and teachers can just prepare their lessons on weekends and evenings.
But what do I know? I’m just a lawyer, not an expert with an “education degree.” I’m betting nothing will change except teachers’ union demands for higher administrative salaries.
🔥 According to an internal Human Resources email, Twitter is making a massive reduction in force today, so big that the company is closed, and all office and computer access has been suspended. Employees were told to stay home on Friday, and not to even bother trying to come in:
“To help ensure the safety of each employee as well as Twitter systems and customer data, our offices will be temporarily closed and all badge access will be suspended. If you are in an office or on your way to an office, please return home.”
The email advises that a lot of people are going to get fired, and acknowledges this is going to be a difficult time for everyone.
That’s how you do it.
A dumb class-action lawsuit was already filed yesterday, even before the layoffs, arguing that terminated employees weren’t given enough notice under California law. They don’t even know how much notice they’re being given yet.
Finally, according to the Wall Street Journal, Pfizer suspended all its Twitter advertising yesterday. I, for one, am glad they’re gone.
I don’t hate Pfizer. I just feel better when it’s not around.
🔥 An interviewer was shocked by Ted Nugent’s comments about vaccinated people on live TV recently:
THE FLAT EARTHER @TheFlatEartherr
The greatest 30 seconds in television history.😂👏👏👏
3:16 PM ∙ Nov 3, 20223,226Likes1,298Retweets
🔥 To cap off today’s post, here’s an encouraging example of some heterodox politicians recognizing the strength of support available from people like us, people who reject this week’s proposal for “totally misguided” amnesty and just want accountability, instead.
2:55 PM ∙ Nov 3, 20221,653Likes1,053Retweets
We only have a few heterodox politicians now. But that group is growing, and will continue to grow, so long as we keep up the support. Which, based on the 1,000+ comments from C&C’s Oster Amnesty post (thank you), seems poised to continue for the indefinite future.
This is only going to hurt for a long, long time.
Have a fabulous Friday! I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the weekend edition.
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