Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Gavin Newsom's Unconstitutional Power Grab

By Douglas V. Gibbs
AuthorSpeakerInstructorRadio Host

An article by Politico about a week ago questions the legitimacy of California Governor Gavin Newsom's awesome powers he seems to be wielding in the Golden State during the COVID-19 coronavirus panic.  From the article, I read the following:
States are afforded broad authority under constitutional law, which grants them "police power" to improve the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the population. Under California's Emergency Services Act, the governor's powers are virtually unlimited — he can suspend any law or regulation during a state of emergency. 
"Under the law, that act instantaneously activates a huge transfer of power from the legislative branch to the executive branch," said Garry South, an adviser to former Gov. Gray Davis during the 2001 energy crisis. "The governor can ignore laws, unilaterally suspend [environmental laws] and other regulations, spend state funds in ways other than those allocated by the Legislature, and essentially govern via executive order."
In other words, he can act as legislatively as he wants, creating, modifying, repealing, or suspending laws as he sees fit.

The California State Constitution, ARTICLE IV LEGISLATIVE [SEC. 1 - SEC. 28], (Heading of Article 4 amended Nov. 8, 1966, by Prop. 1-a. Res.Ch. 139, 1966 1st Ex. Sess.), reads:
SEC. 1. - The legislative power of this State is vested in the California Legislature which consists of the Senate and Assembly, but the people reserve to themselves the powers of initiative and referendum.
The eighth word in that clause is the word "vested."  The word vested is also used in Articles I, II, and III of the United States Constitution when referring to the powers granted to each of the three branches of government.

VEST'ING, ppr. [from vest.] Clothing; covering; closely encompassing; descending to and becoming permanent, as a right or title; converting into other species of property, as money. [.] VEST'ING, n. Cloth for vests; vest patterns.
In Madison's Notes on the Constitutional Convention, he refers to the word "vest" as being one of "extensive trust."

Sir William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, explains that when "vest" is used as a legal governmental term (in his case, regarding the King and Parliament), the possession of such a legal authority is "unalienably vested."

Studying these writings, and others, what we realize is that the legal definition of the word "vest" from the point of view of the Founding Fathers, of whom's approval, even if post-mortem, the writer's of the various State Constitutions sought, was that the granting of such powers or authorities (when the word "vest" is used) are irrevocable under any scenario.

Therefore, the granting to Governor Gavin Newsom of any legislative powers, and his use of such powers in such a way, are unconstitutional, and therefore, illegal.

The thing is, Newsom knows this, which is why in his executive orders he uses the word "heed" when referring your duties as a citizen regarding his orders.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of "heed" is:
heed (verb) \ ˈhēd \ heeded; heeding; heeds 
intransitive verb
: to pay attention

transitive verb
: to give consideration or attention to
heed (noun) \ ˈhēd \
: attention, notice
In other words, he knows he has no legal authority to order you to do anything.  By using the word "heed," Newsom is telling you he would like you to take his orders into consideration.  He's hoping you don't know enough to realize that in the end, you are not required to follow any of his notices or policies if there is no legislative force of law behind them.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Lemmings and the Coronavirus Liberty Killer

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Just an observation.  Let's name the principles of liberty that have been denied to the American Population in the name of safety from a virus.

Freedom of Assembly.  Group meetings have been cancelled, and disallowed.

Freedom of Movement.  People in some States are being cited for leaving their houses for "non-essential" reasons.

Freedom of Religion.  Technically, in States where meeting in groups is not being allowed, going to church is against the law.

Freedom of Speech.  Anyone with an opinion other than one that agrees with the official narrative is shouted down, censored, or silenced.

Freedom of the Press.  The firing of Trish Regan for her opinions regarding the coronavirus is a great example.  The cancellation of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media accounts for not carrying water for the official narrative are also great examples.

Right to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.  Protests calling for reopening cities and States are being shut down, and in a case in San Diego the organizer is facing jail time.

Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  Some States are disallowing gun stores to remain open during the coronavirus hysteria.

Due Process.  Access to our rights are being stripped from us despite the Fourteenth Amendment's requirement that that can only be done if one is found guilty in a court of law.  Last time I checked, viruses are not Due Process, they are not a judge, and they are not a jury.

Right to be secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects.  Some stories have emerged where health professionals are sharing patients' personal information with government agencies or personnel.

There are no allowances in both the federal constitution or any of the State constitutions allowing government to quarantine the healthy.

Separation of Powers.  A number of State legislatures have given legislative powers to their governors so that their executive orders are legally binding.  However, if you read those State Constitutions, the word "vested" is used in the documents granting of legislative powers.  That means that the legislature may not give away their legislative powers, even to the governor in a time of crisis.  "Vested" means that those powers are irrevocable.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Monday, April 27, 2020

Magical Sky Wizard

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

I cut the cord on cable last year, cutting my internet/television bill nearly in half.  I chose YouTube TV, due to its versatility regarding devices and where in the United States I can access it (pretty much anywhere I have an internet connection), and the fact that it carries pretty much all of the channels I watch, except NFL Network and One America News.  No big deal.  One can buy the entire NFL package for about a hundred bucks, and I can watch One America News, or at least the highlights, on their YouTube channel.  Anyway, with my YouTube TV account, when I am looking stuff up to watch, not live TV, but On Demand or stuff in my library, you can break it down, so if you want sports, you ask for all of the sports, if you want Science Fiction or Drama, you enter those words.  While browsing, however, earlier this morning I noticed a fascinating thing.  Shows and movies with a Christian theme are listed under "Fantasy."

A hard left loonie that used to comment on Political Pistachio regularly, and the primary reason I monitor, regulate, and require my approval of comments before they appear on the website, used to give me heck about my Faith in Christ.  He used the usual arguments, all of which fall flat on their face when the real facts are scrutinized.  And, in the end, he always called God the "Magical Sky Wizard."

From Tom's point of view believing in God is no different than believing in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Loch Ness Monster, or Sasquatch.  If anything, from his point of view, the two latter monsters of fiction have a better chance of being real than The Almighty.  So, from his point of view, if you believe in the Christian God, you are either gullible, crazy, or stupid.

He also has tried to pull the "contradictions in the Bible" thing with me on many occasions, and of course there are no contradictions or errors, if you approach God's Word with the proper context.

The Founding Fathers used a different term when referring to Our Heavenly Father.  They said, and wrote, "Divine Providence."  And, they not only were "all" believers of the One and True God, most of them were active in their churches as members of the clergy, and so forth.  Thomas Jefferson was often critical of organized religion, and tended not to be a church-goer, so often his Christianity was questioned.  He once responded to his critics in a letter to Mr. Charles Thompson, writing, "I am a REAL CHRISTIAN, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus..." and then he went on to explain how he thought he was more of a Christian than many of the church-goers, and even more so than many pastors, because rather than interpret the Scripture to fit his desire of who God should be to the point that their teachings were "beyond the comprehension of man," he recognized the Scripture as it was originally intended, "A more beautiful of precious morsel of ethics I have never seen."

The Declaration of Independence ends with the words, "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor." 

The Constitutional Convention in 1787 began each session, thanks to the calling to do so by Benjamin Franklin (another person who often faced doubts by other people regarding his Faith), with a prayer to the one and only God of Abraham.  Today's tradition of praying before each session of Congress was inspired by that practice over two hundred years ago, and today we also still maintain the motto, "In God We Trust."

The goals of the liberal left progressive Marxists have always been to silence religion, and to attack head-on God's creations (family unit, individualism, our Natural Rights, etc.).  That is what set the French Revolution apart from the American Revolution.  The American Revolution was reliant upon the protection of Divine Providence so as to establish a society that is individual-centric.  The French Revolution was determined to bring about a secular society founded upon collectivism.  The former led to the birth of the greatest and most successful society and culture in world history, while the latter failed to change anything, and after all of the bloodshed and chaos led to an oligarchy led by the revolutionaries, and then was followed by the rule of a line of brutal dictators.

In 2012 the Democrats voted God off their platform, only returning him to it after public criticism and despite a voice vote that clearly voted to keep God off.  During the coronavirus COVID-19 "pandemic", Democrat Party leaders in various Stateshave outlawed church services in the name of protecting everyone from a mild virus.

This is where their "anti-science" argument against the Republican Party, Trump and his supporters, and conservatives in general comes from.  They are convinced that since you believe in God, that makes you anti-science.  You reject evolution because you believe in creation, you stand against climate change because you believe it is in God's hands (and a natural phenomenon that man has no control over), and now you reject their science regarding the coronavirus scare (even though, as with evolution and climate change, their models are either wrong, or manipulated).

In the end, what they are searching for is a singularity where their humanism, evolution (be it natural, or forced into place through technology), and the ascension of humanity's greatness exceeds that of God.  Government, and the ruling elite, must become God, and as long as you believe in a Magical Sky Wizard, you have faith in God rather than the goodness and loving intentions of an authoritarian system of ruling elitist monsters.

I will take a loving God who was willing to take human form to be sacrificed on a Cross on Calvary so as to pay the price for all of our sins so that we may be able to have a relationship with God and ultimately enjoy eternal life with him, rather than purveyors of an ancient evil, if you ask me.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Breaking Down the Death of the Constitution During Coronavirus

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Separation of Powers: Executive Orders, regardless of legislative activities, are being treated as law.  In California the lock-down order was by Governor Gavin Newsom, and is not only being treated as law, but arrests and fines are being given in conjunction with the gubernatorial proclamations which, constitutionally, should have no force in law.

Freedom of Religion: Due to the orders disallowing gatherings, churches have not been allowed to hold services, and in some States pastors have been fined and threatened with jail for daring to defy those orders. (Parking Lot Easter Service Not Allowed)

Freedom of Speech: On social media, and various other outlets, any opinion given that is not consistent with the official narrative being put out by international organizations and the media are being censored and shut down.

Freedom of the Press:  Various websites have been shut down or censored for not carrying the water of the official narrative, and it even has gone so far as silencing and firing journalists for their contrarian views about the coronavirus/COVID-19.

Freedom of Assembly:  Not only have churches and various clubs and groups been disallowed from gathering, but so have protest groups.

Right to petition the government for a redress of grievances:  Government offices have been closed, and protests have been met with the threat of prison and fines.

Right to keep and bear arms:  Throughout the country governors have determined that gun sales is not an essential service, and therefore have been forcing the closure of gun stores in their States.

No constitution or law on the books allows government to quarantine the healthy

no need to go further, I think the truth is obvious.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Cornavirus Just Doesn't Add Up

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host
The sun is nature's disinfectant, so creating a UV Light treatment to battle the coronavirus makes all of the sense in the world.  Because, we want to defeat this thing and get back to normal as fast as possible, right?

Twitter and YouTube have removed all videos related to UV Light treatment because the narrative everyone is hearing must be doom and gloom, do everything to make Trump look bad, and to keep this thing going as long as possible.  They don't want a cure because the authoritarian totalitarian measures they are able to put into place while everyone is afraid is much more important to the liberal left progressive commie bastards behind the media driven narrative of this thing.  The UV Light treatment stuff does something just horrible, in the eyes of the big wealthy leftists.  It gives people "hope," and we just can't allow that.

Coronavirus Dissipating On Same Timeline As The Traditional Flu...

A part of the narrative since day one is "don't you dare compare this thing to seasonal flu."  Why?  Nobody is afraid of the seasonal flu.  It is an annual irritant that we put up with, and nothing more.  The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic must be as doom and gloom as possible for the leftists to take advantage of the crisis as they so desire.  However, what we are finding out is that COVID-19 is turning out to not only be a lot like the seasonal flu, but it is much milder than the flu.

But, don't say that out loud, you might be censored for voicing the truth.

...Professor: "No Empirical Evidence" That Lockdowns Stopped Coronavirus
The hospitals never filled up as expected.  I was speaking to someone who works at a hospital in Orange County, California.  He said elective surgeries have been postponed to make room for all of the COVID-19 cases that would be overwhelming the hospital.  Currently they have about a third as many patients as usual.  The hospitals are empty.  The doom and gloom expectations and predictions were more incredible than reality could ever deliver.

Hmmmm, sounds sort of like the man-made climate change hoax all over again, doesn't it?

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Updated Precautions for the Coronavirus Paranoid

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Okay, let's have a little fun with this stupid virus.  It's not too soon, right?

The sun is nature's disinfectant, so stay at home, and remain indoors.

Avoid handshakes, and instead get your faces closer to each other's so that you can bump elbows.

Don't go out to eat, even though you can't because all of the inside dining facilities are closed, because shared dining facilities are a sure way to spread the virus.  We know this because on the Diamond Princess cruise ship where the people all share a communal dining area the infection rate was a massive 1 out of 5.

This dangerous virus will probably mutate and return next year stronger than ever, so be sure and stay at home so that you don't get the disease this time, so that your body can't build antibodies, so that when this thing comes around next year you will be even more vulnerable to the stronger virus.

We must wait until the curve flattens, and the quickest way to do that is herd immunity, so let's avoid that and do what we can to run and hide from the virus until it's safe not to run and hide, instead, which will make it take much longer to flatten the curve.  Don't worry, we've got the time, our powerful economy can withstand any shutdown and lack of commerce we can throw at it.

Wear a mask to save lives, even though for the most part the masks can't stop a virus from infecting you, but wear them anyway so that it looks like we are all united in our fight to stop the virus.

In the open air the virus is dispersed and your chance of getting sick goes way down, so don't gather in parks or at beaches because you will be fined for doing so.

Remain six feet apart because the virus can't go farther than that unless you sneeze, cough, or hawk a loogy, so while you are waiting in line to get into a store that will only let so many people in at a time, be sure to scrunch together because there is only so much room behind the barricades.

The mortality rate of this disease is scary because the media and the politicians have made it look scary because they figured out their version of the mortality rate by using a very complex model comparing the number of deaths (COVID-19 related, and a bunch that probably aren't, but they are counting those too) to the number of confirmed cases ... rather than comparing that number to actual cases because the actual cases are estimates and can't be trusted ... besides, that would make the mortality rate lower than that of the seasonal flu, and that doesn't fit the narrative.

Don't leave your house except for food and medical, because the empty hospitals don't need you getting in their way while they wait for the massive amount of COVID-19 cases that should be coming in any day now, and because the empty stores need your panic purchases to survive the economic turn-down, unless you are going to order food, have that delivered, because more hands handling your food is safer.

Do everything you can to not get this virus, because while over 96% of cases are asymptomatic, or are so mild the person doesn't even know they have it, you might be one of those folks who will have horrible symptoms, therefore, avoid getting this disease at all costs.  We want to get pass this, and get things back to normal, so that you can do much safer things like driving your vehicle, going swimming, or going to the ball park where fly balls are flying over your head toward you."

And for God's sake, don't travel.  There is nothing worse than someone getting in a car where they are around nobody and travelling to another location where everyone is hiding in their homes and refusing to have anything to do with anyone.  Don't you know?  That's how virus's are spread.

Here's some “humor while in quarantine” jokes a friend sent me:
  • “Quarantine has turned us into dogs. We roam the house all day looking for food. We are told ‘no’ if we get too close to strangers. And we get really excited about car rides.”
  • “The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors.”
  • “2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.”
  • “Tomorrow is the National Homeschool Tornado Drill. Lock your kids in the basement until you give the all clear. You’re welcome!”
  • “Day seven at home and the dog is looking at me like, ‘See? This is why I chew the furniture!'”
-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Saturday, April 25, 2020

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I feel vindicated.  Science, now that they know more about the coronavirus, and have studied COVID-19 with a careful scientific eye, has come to the conclusion I came to months ago.  The coronavirus is a mild virus causing a largely minor disease, the narrative has been overblown, the strategies have been wrong and potentially dangerous, and in the end we made much ado about nothing.  Yes, some people got seriously sick.  Every year people get seriously sick with the seasonal flu, but we don't shut down the country and destroy our economy as the leftists put into place ridiculous authoritarian policies.  And, what about the people that may die if this thing comes back in a mutated form, more dangerous than before, but most of us don't have the antibodies, and therefore an immune system ready to roll against this thing, in the future?  What do we say to those people who die miserably because during the first go around we decided to run and hide from COVID-19, rather than deal with it head on?  

Have we reshaped our constitutional republic, as well?  Are we going to now a fearful new normal where everything scares us, and we let government grow tyrannical with the promise that they will protect us, when in reality they are enslaving us?

The coronavirus was the crisis the liberal left was waiting for, and it is our job, as champions of liberty, to rip the grins right off the faces of the leftist authoritarians by refusing to comply, by getting back to work in the free market, and using good ol' American ruggedness to get through this and beyond this.

If only everyone had been listening to me from the beginning.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Coronavirus Democrats' Great Contradictions

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

In California, during the current coronavirus lockdown it is illegal to go to church, but marijuana shops are considered essential and are open ... oh, and in many cases, including New York, mosques are open.

Michigan Governor keeps abortion clinics open during coronavirus lockdown, calling them "life sustaining," but mandates the wearing of masks by all citizens in order to save lives.

As studies reveal that the fatality rate from COVID-19 is much lower than originally believed, the number of deaths is being padded by the left to make the disease sound more serious.

The Liberal Left is demanding the country remain shut down to save lives, even though the number of deaths could be greater if we continue to destroy the economy with the lockdown.

Churches are violently threatened if they hold services, but lefties are trying to hold orgies.

Most Americans view China as our competitor (and perhaps even our enemy), yet have happily allowed the U.S. to become dependent upon China for most goods, including pharmaceuticals.

While the liberal left sees nothing wrong with the authoritarianism being thrust upon the American People during the coronavirus hysteria, a Harvard Professor is calling homeschooling authoritarian.

Democrats claim the GOP is anti-science regarding the coronavirus, then shut down any videos online that use science to reveal truths about COVID-19 if they don't agree with their narrative.

Democrats continue to demand "shelter-in-place" despite the fact that science has determined herd immunity is what will save lives in this instance.  It turns out the left's models were not even based on science, therefore their tactics are flawed.

Democrats have been calling the GOP and President Trump fascist since before Trump's electoral victory in 2016, yet, as coronavirus hysteria continues to grip America, Democrats show they are the true fascists.

Narrative claimed the worst was coming, yet hospitals have been largely empty, and the Navy Hospital Ship Comfort (which was docked outside New York City to handle health care overflow) personnel claims expectations were far worse than reality.

The World Health Organization has been wrong along the entire way during the so-called pandemic, yet You Tube is shutting down any videos that disagree with WHO.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Coronavirus: The Truth Begins to Bubble to the Surface

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

I feel vindicated.  A USC study has shown that with the new numbers of known cases, the asymptomatic portion of the population who has contracted the coronavirus is above 96%, and with the estimated cases number climbing sky-high, it plummets the fatality rate to way below that of the seasonal flu.  Shelter-in-place, as I've been saying, is turning out to be bad policy, and instead "herd-immunity" was the better way to go (again, as I've been saying for the last couple months).  The mild disease was nothing to be afraid of, we should have gone about our own business (instead of destroying the economy as the lefties have been so hungry for), built up antibodies if we got sick (yes, some people would get very sick, and even die, but in the long run more will die because of what we did), so that if the virus comes back next year, mutated and stronger, we have the immunities to fight it off.  Now, because we ran and hid from the virus, most of us don't have those antibodies, and the stronger virus, if it comes back, could be what we feared this one was.

A Stanford Study, led by Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis, whose work I referred to way back in March in an article I wrote about all of this, provides similar numbers to that of USC's study (and on television I heard about another one in New York with similar results) and with hindsight being 20/20, they are discovering what I've been saying all along ... running and hiding from the virus with stay at home strategies may not have been the best way to deal with the coronavirus.

I've been saying the same thing for months, and I have been called "fake news," political pistachio has been banned on Facebook, five other social media sites have closed my accounts due to my stance, and I don't dare say anything on You Tube because they've said straight out if anyone says anything on a video that disagrees with the World Health Organization (who has been wrong this whole time), they will shut down the video (can't find a link ... of course ... but I remember it being said on one of the radio programs or television programs I was tuned into).

The CDC now admits the doom and gloom was not exactly correct.  Fox News correspondent John Roberts, upon hearing the news about the mortality rate being much lower than originally told to us asked, "So, it was a hoax?"

Yes, John, just like man-made global warming ... err, uh ... climate change, is.

Q, myself, and anyone who disagreed with the hard left narrative (which shifted from a position of no-worry-at-all until they realized they could use the coronavirus as a political weapon) were considered a danger to society and a public health threat, and everything was done to shut us up.  The paranoia and hysteria was out of control, and now that the dust is settling, the sheep and lemmings were wrong, and we were right.

I am not boasting, or trying to dance around as if I am wonderful.  This is a lesson that needs to be learned.  The establishment and leftist politicians lie and use everything for political expediency.  The liberal left media lies, as does all of their allies in the Democrat Party, the United Nations, and any other left leaning organization or party.  Quit being mindless automatons, and think, for once.

The coronavirus in the very beginning revealed to us its true, mild, nature, but everybody was too busy panicking over the leftist narrative (and I am figuring their desensitization thanks to a never-ending onslaught of pandemic and/or zombie movies and video games) that they didn't stop to notice that this was not the World War Z, or the Hollywood Outbreak, or the zombie apocalypse we have all been expecting to hit us, someday.

This whole thing stunk as horribly as man-made climate change.  Does climate change exist?  Yes, as a natural phenomenon, as history shows, and real science reveals.  But, in the end, man-made climate change is a hoax just like the deadly nature of the coronavirus was.

Did the coronavirus kill some people?

Yes, but not like they were saying.  I have a better chance to be struck by lightning during a storm than I do of dying from the coronavirus.

Do we influence the climate at all?

Yes, but it is so such a small amount of influence that it is negligible.  The truth is, we cycle through warm periods and ice ages ... naturally, regardless of our activities as humans.  We are blaming our less than one percent of contribution of carbon dioxide, which is a minor gas in the atmosphere, for things we actually have no control over.

Stop being a lemming.  Go out and take your face mask off, and drive your gas-burning vehicle all you want.  You are not going to save humanity, or the planet, if you do the opposite.

Thanks for caring, but let's pick real battles that we can have an impact regarding, like stopping socialism in America, protecting our gun rights, and supporting the free market with our participation in it (in short, don't vote Democrat, and buy more guns).  Those are much more noble causes, and real ones that aren't there just because the Democrats are searching for a political weapon.

Which brings to mind a thought.  Should we begin to use legislation to ban assault Democrats?  Not all of them, just the ones that are military strength stupid.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Missouri Sues China

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Eric Schmitt, Missouri's Attorney General, states that China needs to be sued over the devastating economic losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  Therefore, Missouri has filed a lawsuit in the federal court system, and is being heralded as the first State to do so.  It is assumed, I am guessing, that more States are expected to follow suit.  At first, I thought the lawsuit by Missouri might be unconstitutional.  The Eleventh Amendment, ratified February 7, 1795, disallows the federal court system from hearing cases against a State, or the citizens of a State, by another State, citizens of another State, by a foreign state, or the citizens or subjects of a foreign state.  In short, China could not sue Missouri through the federal court system.  However, Missouri is free to sue China.  The arrow only points in one direction.
The lawsuit, filed this morning in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alleges, “During the critical weeks of the initial outbreak, Chinese authorities deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmission in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment (“PPE”)—thus causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.”  (Here's the Link on Schmitt's website)
China's dishonesty about the coronavirus leads one to believe that they should pay the price for their deception, misrepresentation, and concealment by the Chinese government of the origins of the coronavirus.  But, with the liberal left progressive slant on the federal courts here in America, and regarding global courts around the world, I am not going to hold my breath.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Coronavirus Tyranny Headlines

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

Ammon Bundy Goes To Home Of Police Officer Who Arrested Mother For Letting Her Children Play in the Park

Chair Of Pelosi's New Coronavirus Investigative Committee Called Pandemic "Tremendous Opportunity"...

During coronavirus: Michigan Governor Gives $200K No Bid Contract To Democrat Operative...

Despotic Democrat Michigan Governor Gretchen ‘Half’ Whitmer Passes the Buck, Blames State Agency for Handing Chi-Com Virus Contract to Democrat Operatives

Big Tech Introduces Social Distance Tracking...

Ocasio-Cortez Cheers Crash of Oil Prices

Insane Rep. Ayanna Presley Wants Trump Charged With War Crimes Over Coronavirus

Inmate Released Due to Coronavirus Concerns Allegedly Commits Crime 37 Minutes Later

Nearly all NYC coronavirus patients had underlying health conditions, study finds - by Jordyn Pair - DISRN

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Monday, April 20, 2020

USC Study Confirms My Opinion

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

For weeks I have been telling you that the coronavirus is not as dangerous as they've been telling you.  Nearly all of the cases of people contracting the illness results in either them having no symptoms, or have mild symptoms.  Most people have already had the disease, and didn't even know it.  The mortality rate is lower than the seasonal flu, and sheltering in place is actually more dangerous than letting the virus takes its own course.  If we had done nothing except perhaps shelter those at greatest risk (those with low immunity such as the elderly, or those with conditions from other ailments), and let ourselves get infected, the disease would have ran out of new hosts quicker, been gone quicker, plus we would have the antibodies to fight a stronger mutated version if it came back in the future.

For my opinions Political Pistachio has been banned from being posted on Facebook, and half a dozen social media sites have shut me down.  I have been labeled a person spreading fake news, when in reality, I was ahead of the curve.

Now, a new study out of USC confirms much of what I have been saying.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "Hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles County residents may have been infected with the coronavirus by early April, far outpacing the number of officially confirmed cases, according to a report released Monday.  The initial results from the first large-scale study tracking the spread of the coronavirus in the county found that 2.8% to 5.6% of adults have antibodies to the virus in their blood, an indication of past exposure.  That translates to roughly 221,000 to 442,000 adults who have recovered from an infection, according to the researchers conducting the study, even though the county had reported fewer than 8,000 cases at that time."

In short, if (let's take a number in the middle) 330,000 adults have already had the infection and survived, and currently 619 people have died in Los Angeles County, that makes the mortality rate .0018%.

I have been saying half a percent, possibly as low as 0.01%.

That means that the virus is spreading widely regardless of the stay at home measures we've been taking, and that the mortality rate is so low, the "shelter-in-place" policies, as well as the social distancing nonsense, has been all for naught.  I have a better chance of being struck by lightning during a storm (.033333%) than dying from COVID-19 if I contract the disease.

“We haven’t known the true extent of COVID-19 infections in our community because we have only tested people with symptoms, and the availability of tests has been limited,” study leader Neeraj Sood, a professor at USC’s Price School for Public Policy, said in a statement. “The estimates also suggest that we might have to recalibrate disease prediction models and rethink public health strategies.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, "The findings suggest the coronavirus is far more widespread than originally known, and that its fatality rate is much lower."

I've been saying the same thing for weeks, and (let me say it once again) I have been banned from posting Political Pistachio links on Facebook, and shut out of other social media sites, as a result of me being ahead of the curve.  When I told you all of this, I was considered a pariah.  L.A. Times does it, and it is ground-breaking news.

Remember, also, there is evidence that the fatality numbers have been padded, so the mortality rate may be even lower than we are coming to discover.

The question now, is, have they known this all along?  And with this evidence, why would governments (more specifically State and local) continue with their draconian, totalitarian policies regarding the coronavirus?

Because it is not about the virus, it is all about getting you used to government control over your lives.  We used to be wolves for liberty.  Now we have become mindless sheep.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Guns and Tyranny

By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

"That'll never happen here," is the response I hear whenever I discuss the potential of tyranny in America.  To suggest that life in these United States could possibly deteriorate into something profoundly different from the America we currently live in is just not possible to most people.

I was talking to a gentleman who moved to the United States from Venezuela, recently.  He was a business owner in the wealthy South American country.  "We were the gem of South America," he told me, "so when we voted in a socialist twenty years ago, and some people warned at what socialism could do to our country, we said to each other, 'Not here.  In other countries, maybe, but tyranny could never come to our modern society.'"

Today, Venezuela is among the poorest countries in the world, and suffering under the iron fist of tyranny.

I am sure there were those, before the succession of tyrannical Caesars in Rome, who said, "Tyranny can never come here.  We are too sophisticated to allow tyranny to rise in our Republic."

One wonders what they were saying in Greece before Alexander the Great, or in Germany before the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II or the rise of Adolph Hitler.

Anson Kaye, writing for U.S. News and World Report in an article January 24, 2013, Guns and the Tyranny of Extreme Rhetoric, wrote what I believe to be what most gun control advocates think.  "The argument that assault rifles are necessary to protect against tyranny is a lunatic idea," is the sub-headline.  In the article Kaye calls the potential for tyranny in America an "invisible elephant" in the room that does not exist.

In the article Kaye provides information regarding a number of poll surveys, concluding that based on the right-leaning polls, and the left-leaning polls, conservatives believe guns are needed to fight off the coming tyranny, and most Americans don't agree and want it to be harder for Americans to get guns.

The question of tyranny and guns finds its foundation in the annals of history.  The first thing tyrants in history have done after assuming power is take weapons away from the populace.  Once the British realized that the English Colonists in North America were getting a bit fussy about how they were being treated, they began taking away firearms.  That is what Lexington and Concord was all about.  The British aimed to raid the armory in Concord, Massachusetts, so as to largely disarm the colonists.  However, the Americans met them in Lexington where "the shot heard 'round the world" was fired, and the American Revolution commenced.

The framers of the U.S. Constitution, and those involved in putting together the Bill of Rights, recognized that the people of any country possessed the right to alter or abolish their government should it become tyrannical (Declaration of Independence) and the only way to be able to accomplish such a deed, should it become necessary, was by force.  The Second Amendment is clearly about making sure the populace is armed so as to be able to fight off tyranny should it rise through our own government.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

  • 1: Well regulated Militia - A militia that is in good order.
  • 2: Militia - George Mason said the militia “consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers."  Having a distrust of those who gain position and power, and realizing that often it is those people who become a part of the rising tyranny, he added, "But I cannot say who will be the militia of the future day. If that paper on the table gets no alteration, the militia of the future day may not consist of all classes, high and low, and rich and poor; but they may be confined to the lower and middle classes of the people, granting exclusion to the higher classes of the people.”  That said, the militia is essentially all who are willing to take up arms against tyranny, should it rise up in America.  The rich and powerful, or at least a large portion of them, will probably be at the other end of the rifle.
  • 3:  Security of a free State - To keep the States free from invaders and foreign despots the federal government has a military in place.  So, the security of a free State, in the language of the Second Amendment, is not necessary against foreign invaders.  Then who, pray tell, was the Founding Fathers referring to?  If you read the Preamble to the Bill of Rights, it explains that the purpose of the Bill of Rights was to add "declaratory and restrictive clauses" to the Constitution for the purpose of "prevent[ing] misconstruction or abuse of its [federal government's] powers."  Therefore, what the Second Amendment is saying is that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed because it is necessary to secure the freedom of each of the States against the potential tyranny (misconstruction and abuse of powers) by the federal government.
In short, the whole purpose of the writing of the Second Amendment was to ensure the people were able to own, and carry, firearms without any laws infringing upon those rights in any way, due to the fact that it is possible that the federal government may become tyrannical someday in the future.  Being armed not only provides the opportunity to alter or abolish that government should it become tyrannical, but the citizens being armed also staves off such tyranny.  Or, as you often hear among conservative circles, "If the government is this bad while we are armed, imagine how bad it would become if they succeeded in disarming us."

"Societies evolve," said a liberal left Democrat to me recently.  "I prefer to look forward than to look backward at some old document that is no longer relevant."

  • A.  Liberty never goes out of style.
  • B.  Tyranny never changes its stripes.
  • C.  Socialism is actually an older idea than our relatively young Constitution.  The concept of self-governance through a constitutional republic with checks and balances against tyranny is an idea that had never been tried before, and is barely older than 230 years.  Socialism (collectivism, communalism, communatarianism, progressivism, utopianism) has been tried over and over and over throughout history, and it has failed every time, leaving in its wake starvation, misery and death.  There is nothing progressive about progressivism.  It is simply trying to use the same old round blocks, and trying to shove them into the same old square holes.  It has never worked, and it can never work.  It is a failed idea that is much more ancient than the principles of liberty found in the U.S. Constitution.
In Mr. Kaye's article, he writes, "We know the difference between our government and that of other countries in the world, between Saddam Hussein and John Boehner.  The former subjected Iraqis to years of death squads and oppression.  That's a tyrant.  The latter's subjected Americans to weepy incompetence.  That's irritating."

I used that line on a friend of mine who votes Democrat. Then I asked, "what if, however, it went beyond irritating?  What if a leader capable of oppression was voted into office?"

"Americans would never vote somebody that bad into office."

"But, what if they did?  Many of your brethren think that President Trump is one of those tyrants."

"Yeah, but look how we've stopped him from being a tyrant."

"You mean with a failed impeachment?  You mean with an upcoming election that he looks sure to win, despite all of the voter fraud being committed by the Democrat Party?"

He paused a moment, then added, "Yeah, but we protest, and things like that."

"Will the protests of unarmed people be very effective against someone who is truly a tyrant, and has all of the weapons as a result of gun control, should they get into office in America?"

It was like talking to a brick wall.  "It's just not possible in this country," he said.  "We are too sophisticated and modern to fall for that kind of third world insanity."

So the answer is to lay down your arms, and allow yourself to be completely vulnerable to the possibility?

It is quite naive to believe that tyranny cannot rise in this country.  I hope it doesn't.  I don't expect tyranny to become a problem anytime soon.  But, does that mean it is impossible?  Is not what some of our government officials have been up to, especially during the coronavirus hysteria, something that we could classify as tyrannical?  In California it is, during the lockdown, illegal to go to church, but the marijuana stores are open, so go ahead, you can still buy your pot.  In my county persons are being threatened with fines for not wearing their face masks outside, and in San Diego County are being ticketed for being out of their homes for reasons other than to get food, or medical attention.  Is that not tyrannical?  Did we ever expect to see such a thing in America?  If the tyrants in our country are capable of doing what they've been up to during the coronavirus scare, do we not think they are capable of worse if given the chance in other scenarios?

And how, if the tyrants rise up, do we expect to stop them?  Through voting?  Protests?  Telling them not to with a stern voice?

None of that works if you don't have some kind of power behind you to make sure they listen.  We ran and hid from the coronavirus with shelter-in-place laws that will probably prove to make matters worse in the long run.  Are we expected to use the same run-and-hide tactics with tyranny?  Do we think that if we hide out in our homes long enough, the tyrants will just go away?

Tyranny understands only one language.  Brute force.  Either you use force to stop them, or they will use force to silence, and control, you.  Gun control places us at a very dangerous disadvantage, should tyranny rise; and if our right to keep and bear arms continues to be infringed, and that infringement continues to worsen, the truth is, whether you think the elephant exists, or not, tyranny will come knocking on all of our doors.

I bet you'll wish you had a gun, then.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary