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Over the weekend, some members of the black community, willing to risk being vilified for their support for President Trump and law enforcement, marched through the streets of Los Angeles carrying outsized flags emblazoned with Trump 2020.

One leader in the effort tweeted, “Amidst the scorn, and despite being called c**ns and Uncle Tom’s, a few of us black Trump supporters took to the front to head a collective march thru the streets of Los Angeles, as we all showed support for America, Trump, and our police.” He also added the hashtag #BLACKLIVESMAGA.

One of the leaders of the group slammed the media for not covering serious problems within the black community itself. “No cover on O Magazine. Not what? No good? No cover on O Magazine?” he said. “The 10-month old that died over on Monday? No cover on O Magazine. You’ve got an eleven-year-old, a five-year-old in his own crib, no cover on O Magazine?”

The march engendered some support online.

“I’m so proud. I need to find the courage to do this in Los Angeles. Honestly. I’m scared to rock the maga gear , for fear of being attacked . As a single female,” one supporter tweeted.

“These people are free. BLM is a method of control,” wrote another.

“Might be the best video of the year,” another tweeted.

In early July, noted black conservative radio host Larry Elder released his documentary “Uncle Tom,” of which he stated, “The ‘Uncle Tom’ movie simply asks a very simple question: Why can’t we have an intelligent, healthy discussion within the Black community without a whole cadre of well-educated, bright, thoughtful Black people being maligned and discarded as sellouts? What’s prompting this?”

Elder added, “The so-called war on poverty was launched in the 1960s … And what the welfare state has done, in my opinion, is incentivize Black women to marry the government, and allow men to abandon their financial and moral responsibilities to their families. We’ve gone from 25 percent of Black kids born outside wedlock in 1965 to nearly 70 percent now. You cannot attribute that to Jim Crow and racism. It has to do with bad government policy.”

“I have long since gotten over the idea that I should react emotionally when someone calls me a name,” Elder said. “I now feel sorry that you have been so corrupted, by Hollywood, media [and] academia, that I, Larry Elder, am your villain? Not the welfare state? Not bad economic policies? Not porous borders putting downward pressure on wages for Black and brown people, but I’m the bad guy? What’s wrong with you, what’s wrong with your thinking? Who has indoctrinated you like that? That’s my reaction.”

In mid-June, justthenews.com reported:

UCLA data collected just prior to the protests about the death of African-American George Floyd show younger black Americans have been holding more favorable views of President Trump than their parents and grandparents. The data collected from April 2-May 13 by the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape project, an initiative that conducted weekly surveys of thousands of potential voters for nearly a year, found that 29% of percent of black voters ages 30-44 and 21% ages 18-29 have a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” view of President Trump. This compares to just 14% of black voters 45-64 and 9% of those 65 and older.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: Black Trump Supporters March Through Los Angeles

Itemized receipts from the Federal Election Commission show that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, under whose stewardship the NBA has adopted a supine position when it comes to Communist China, has committed the maximum donation to the Joe Biden campaign.

“Listed on Page 817 of the report, Silver even listed his occupation as ‘NBA/Commissioner,” Outkick the Coverage reports.

In June 2019, Silver endorsed the idea that the league should not use the term “owner.” Speaking to TMZ Sports about the growing movement among some teams to ban the term, Silver stated, “We moved away from that term years ago … I don’t want to overreact to the term because, as I said earlier, people end up twisting themselves into knots avoiding the use of the word owner. But, we moved away from that term years ago in the league … We call our team owners ‘Governor of the team’ and ‘alternate Governor.’”

Referencing the NBA’s approval of politically Left statements on players’ jerseys, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis stated, “If the NBA players, coaches and commissioner want to argue the league should be making political statements in this country, which they clearly are with names on the back of jerseys changed to player causes and ‘Black Lives Matter’ spelled out on the court itself, how in the world can the league express respect for communist Chinese values while tearing down American values?”

Silver’s craven position on China was in full evidence in October 2019, when Houston Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted out support for Hong Kong, using the graphic, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

The Ringer reported, “After general manager Daryl Morey expressed support in a since-deleted tweet for pro-democracy efforts in Hong Kong, the Chinese government, the Chinese Basketball Association, and various Chinese businesses quickly denounced Morey and moved to sever ties with the Rockets. As a consequence, league sources told The Ringer that Rockets ownership has debated Morey’s employment status and whether to replace him.”

NBA chief communications officer Mike Bass responded to Morey’s tweet with this statement:

We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.

Daryl Morey also apologized for standing up for freedom, tweeting: “I did not intend my tweet to cause any offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China. I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives. I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention. My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tweeted: “So let me get this straight. @HoustonRockets GM Daryl Morey expresses support for Hong Kong democracy movement & Chinese government pressures NBA to fire him? Moment of truth for NBA. Will they bow to pressure from repressive, authoritarian govt?” He added, “Chinese govt has a million people locked in concentration camps & is trying to brutally repress Hong Kong demonstrators – and NBA wants to ‘bridge cultural divides’? Cultural divides?”

In October 2019, the NBA released a statement saying that allowing press to continue to ask questions of players in China put players in a “complicated” and “unfair” position. “They [the teams] have been placed into a complicated and unprecedented situation while abroad and we believe it would be unfair to ask them to address these matters in real time,” the statement said, according to CNN.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: NBA Commissioner Maxes Out On Donation To Biden Campaign, Report Says

On Monday, following the news that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, the city’s top prosecutor, announced that Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple who pointed guns at a crowd in front of their home, would be charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a brief that would dismiss the charges. The brief stated that Schmitt “respectfully requests that the Court dismiss this case at the earlier possible opportunity.”

“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in our constitution and our laws, including the Castle Doctrine, which provides broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm,” Schmitt told Fox News, adding, “Despite this, Circuit Attorney Gardner filed suit against the McCloskeys, who, according to published reports, were defending their property and safety. As Missouri’s Chief law enforcement officer, I won’t stand by while Missouri law is being ignored.”

Gardner had stated, “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” without mentioning Missouri’s “castle doctrine.” The couple’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, called Gardner’s decision “disheartening as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed.”

Mark McCloskey, an attorney, recalled last month, “I went inside; I got a rifle … because as soon as I said ‘this is private property,’ those words enraged the crowd. … Horde, an absolute horde came through the smashed-down gates, coming right at the house. And then I stood out there, the only thing we said is, ‘This is private property, go back, private property, leave now.’ At that point, everybody got enraged, there were people wearing body armor.”

“One person pulled out [some] loaded pistol magazines and he clicked them together and he said, ‘You’re next,’” McCloskey continued. “We were threatened with our lives, threatened with the house being burned down, my office building being burned down, even our dog’s life being threatened. It was about as bad as it can get. You know, I really thought it was the storming of Bastille, that we would be dead and the house would be burned and there was nothing we could do about it. It was a huge and frightening crowd and they broke in the gate and they were coming at us.”

The Daily Wire noted, “Republicans have stood up for the McCloskeys as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) sent a letter to United States Attorney General William Barr urging him to action against Gardner. Twelve Republican members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Barr, in which they specifically named the McCloskeys, demanding that he take ‘decisive action’ to protect Americans from ‘mob rule.’ Missouri Republican Governor Mike Parsons signaled last week that he would likely pardon the McCloskeys if they were charged.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Missouri AG Files To Dismiss Charges Against McCloskeys: ‘I Won’t Stand By While Missouri Law Is Being Ignored’

Iran is considering a deal with China that would enable Iran to receive billions of dollars in Chinese investments while Iran would sell China heavily discounted Iranian oil for the next quarter-century, according to a document obtained by The New York Times,

The Trump administration has isolated the despotic Iranian theocratic regime with sanctions, economically crippling the the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism while other nations have been loath to support it.

But China appears to be willing to join Iran in opposition to the United States. According to the Times, the 18-page proposed agreement “also describes deepening military cooperation, potentially giving China a foothold in a region that has been a strategic preoccupation of the United States for decades.” The document reportedly “calls for joint training and exercises, joint research and weapons development and intelligence sharing.”

Last week, a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, Zhao Lijian, hinted a deal might be pending. “China and Iran enjoy traditional friendship, and the two sides have been in communication on the development of bilateral relations,” he said. “We stand ready to work with Iran to steadily advance practical cooperation.”

Although Iran’s Parliament has reportedly not discussed the document as yet in order to bestow its approval and is divided over the issue, if the Chinese persist and invest what is reportedly $400 billion in Iran, the Trump administration might impose more sanctions on Iran.

Two Iranian officials told the Times that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, approves of the deal.

A State Department spokesman responded, “The United States will continue to impose costs on Chinese companies that aid Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism … By allowing or encouraging Chinese companies to conduct sanctionable activities with the Iranian regime, the Chinese government is undermining its own stated goal of promoting stability and peace.”

The agreement would expedite China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), which has already enabled China to gain a foothold across central Asia. Some of the projects listed in the document include “free-trade zones in Maku, in northwestern Iran; in Abadan, where the Shatt al-Arab river flows into the Persian Gulf, and on the gulf island Qeshm,” the Times reports.

Other proposals include help building a 5G telecommunications network and use of the new Chinese Global Positioning System, Beidou.

But some critics within Iran are concerned about the deal as they worry that Iran may lose control in various areas, noting that Chinese deals across Africa and Asia have left the partner countries indebted to China, leaving them vulnerable. One area of particular concern is the group of proposed port facilities in Iran, one of which, near the Persian Gulf, has strategic importance for oil transportation, as well as the United States military, because the Navy’s Fifth Fleet is headquartered in Bahrain.

That control of the port facilities would join ports China has already built around the Indian Ocean, permitting China’s navy greater access to the area. China already has ports in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

In fall 2019, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went to China, where his counterpart, Wang Yi, pledged to invest $280 billion in Iranian oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors. As Maya Carlin noted in an op-ed for The Daily Wire:

The PRC’s aggressive behavior in the South China Sea and takeover of strategic ports in Africa under the guise of the BRI is reflective of the Chinese Communist Party’s hegemonic ambitions. The U.S. patrols that routinely counter China’s sovereignty claims over the South China Sea are often aggressively intercepted by Chinese People’s Liberation Army aircraft and vessels. China’s militarization of this body of water is just one of many predatory strategies the Chinese Communist Party uses to further its global ambitions.

At the core of PRC President Xi Jinping’s BRI project, furthermore, is his utilization of “debt-trap diplomacy.” Under “debt-trap diplomacy,” Beijing provides business loans to countries and when those countries become unable to reimburse the loans, Beijing moves in and demands control of critical bases, ports, or strategic resources, depending on the underlying location.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Report: Iran Considering Deal That Could Give China Greater Influence, Military Presence In Middle East

On Sunday morning, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently refusing to condemn people tearing down statues of Confederate figures. Cruz blasted, “Dems support the riots. The vandals. The anarchists. That’s their base. And they’re terrified to offend them.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tried to take on Cruz by theorizing that the fact that Biden was the presumptive nominee indicated that the Democrats’ base was not hard-leftists, tweeting, “Yes, that is precisely why the party nominated… Joe Biden.”

“Is it me, or is the GOP losing their touch with the conspiracy-theory-as-campaign-rhetoric technique?” she added in a follow-up post.

That triggered a withering response from Cruz: “You’re the base he’s terrified of. Do you support: 1) Tearing down statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln? 2) Destroying Mt. Rushmore. 3) Abolishing the police. 4) Acquiescing to ‘autonomous’ lawless zones like CHAZ/CHOP? 5) ANTIFA mob violence?”

Cruz’s tweet was issued early Sunday afternoon. By midnight there were still only crickets from Ocasio-Cortez.

In April, Ocasio-Cortez spoke to The New York Times about what she expected about working with Biden. “The whole process of coming together should be uncomfortable for everyone involved — that’s how you know it’s working,” she said. “And if Biden is only doing things he’s comfortable with, then it’s not enough.”

Despite her implication in her Sunday tweet that she believes the Democratic base is not hard-left, she told the Times in April, “While Biden is the nominee, we also know that he didn’t win because of policy — I don’t think he won because of his agenda, he won because of different factors. In state after state after state, Democratic voters support a progressive agenda.”

She added, “I think people understand that there are limits to what Biden will do and that’s understandable — he didn’t run as a progressive candidate. But, at the bare minimum, we should aspire to be better than what we have been before. And I just don’t know if this message of ‘We’re going to go back to the way things were’ is going to work for the people for who the way things were was really bad.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s own radical message was in evidence in December 2019, when she said at a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles, “So we need to fight to start this work, an establishment of an advanced society. Because as much as much as we like to say that the United States is the richest country in the history, or rather in modern history, for who? The richest country, who cares about how much gold is being amassed if we can’t realize an advanced society with those resources? And we’re here to say that what we’re living in right now is not an advanced society. It is fascism! What we have, what we’re evolving into as well.”

In March 2019, Ocasio-Cortez suggested to an audience at the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals that America was “10% better than garbage,” asserting, “It’s just that now we’ve strayed so far away from what has really made us powerful, and just, and good, and equitable, and productive, and so I think all of these things sound radical compared to where we are but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like 10% better from garbage, is, shouldn’t be what we settle for …”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Cruz Says Democrats Support Hard-Left. AOC Taunts Him. Cruz Responds With Radical Checklist.

On July 1, California governor Gavin Newsom, speaking at a coronavirus briefing, discouraged public gatherings celebrating July 4 with fireworks as he stated, “We have worked with those counties, the 19 counties that are on our mandatory closure list, and we have made it clear privately and now we are making it more abundantly clear publicly that we believe that they should consider canceling some their fireworks shows and presentations. By the way, a number of cities have done just that. LA, San Francisco, even here at the Cal Expo, northern California, the Sacramento region, have already made that determination, so this shouldn’t come as a major surprise.”

Here is how Californians responded:

Prior to Newsom’s statement, on June 29 The County of Los Angeles Public Health released a statement asserting, “The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is ordering L.A. County beaches closed from July 3 through July 6 at 5:00 a.m. to prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19. For that same reason, the department is also prohibiting fireworks displays in the County this July 4th holiday weekend.”

Barbara Ferrer, the Director of Public Health, stated:

Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but it’s the responsible decision to protect public health and protect our residents from a deadly virus. The Fourth of July holiday weekend typically means large crowds and gatherings to celebrate, a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19. We all need to take this virus more seriously and residents and business owners must do their part. Physical distancing isn’t optional, wearing a face covering isn’t optional, spending time only with those you live with isn’t optional — these are requirements in the Health Officer Order and are the tools we have to protect each other, our families and those most vulnerable in our communities.

Newsom’s draconian policies regarding the coronavirus have been on full display lately. As The Daily Wire reported on Friday,

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has issued new restrictions limiting the reopening of the economy in nearly 20 counties across the Golden State. One of the more controversial measures introduced Thursday will ban singing and chanting at houses of worships, which are already restricted to allowing 25% of guests or just 100 worshippers (whichever is lower). The Sacramento Bee reported that in late May, Newsom simply encouraged houses of worship to “strongly consider discontinuing singing, group recitation, and other practices and performances.” …

“California’s health department agrees, and as Gov. Gavin Newsom begins tightening protocols during a resurgence of the pandemic, it now says singing and chanting are outright banned,” the outlet reported. “‘Activities such as singing and chanting negate the risk reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing,’ the state said in its new guidelines.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: CA Gov Newsom Discourages Fireworks Shows For July 4. Watch How Californians Responded.

A new report alleges that top committee staff for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), were briefed in February about Russia offering the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, but Schiff remained inactive vis-à-vis the issue. According to The Federalist’s Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway, “multiple intelligence sources familiar with the briefing” said it occurred when a congressional delegation made a trip to Afghanistan in February.

Davis and Hemingway note that Schiff was asked on Tuesday if he knew about the Russia story before it was printed by The New York Times report, and Schiff answered, “I can’t comment on specifics.” They point out, “As chairman of the intelligence committee, Schiff had the authority to immediately brief the full committee and convene hearings on the matter. Schiff, however, did nothing. He did not brief his committee on the matter, nor did he brief the gang of 8, which consists of top congressional leadership in both chambers.”

Schiff has implied that President Trump did not have access to the full intelligence, saying, “You don’t deprive the President of the United States of information he needs to keep the troops safe because you don’t have it signed, sealed, and delivered… If the intelligence community had intel along the lines that is publicly reported … this is information I think would be negligent to keep from him.”

Patrick Boland, a spokesman for Schiff, had no comment when asked by The Federalist why Schiff allegedly did not divulge information to Congress for months or why travel records vis-a-vis the Afghanistan trip were not recorded in the Congressional Record.

As The Daily Wire noted, asked by Fox News anchor Bret Baier about former vice president Joe Biden’s attack on President Trump over the Russia issue in which Biden said, “He should, at a minimum, have picked up the phone and said, Vladimir, old buddy, if any of this is true and it doesn’t cease immediately, you’ve got a big problem,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo fired back:

I only wish former Vice President Biden had held the Russians accountable.

We’d have been cleaning up a lot less of a mess. I wish he’d provided arms to the Ukrainians. I wish he had gotten out of the INF treaty. I wish he hadn’t allowed and invited the Syrians – the Russians into Syria.

I could go on, but you’ve got a short show. The failures of the previous administration allowed the Russians a lot of space to move.

We’ve pushed back. We’ve sanctioned more Russians than any other administration in history. I’ll take a backseat to no one with respect to what our administration and President Trump has done to hold Vladimir Putin accountable when he’s engaged in malign activity.

And should we find out that there’s evidence that he’s putting our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines at risk anywhere in the world – including in Afghanistan, I am very confident that President Trump will direct me, and he himself, will respond appropriately.

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Schiff’s Staff Knew In February About Russian Bounties On American Soldiers, Report Says

On Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, referring to the gigantic cuts to the New York Police Department budget that have been estimated at anywhere from $1 billion to $1.5 billion, pontificated that the cuts weren’t severe enough, snapping, “Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math.”

“It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, according to the New York Post. She added, “It does not mean counting cuts in overtime as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways. If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to the NYPD budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues,” The Hill reported.

Ocasio-Cortez was asked recently, “What does an America with defunded police look like to you?” She answered, “The good news is that it actually doesn’t take a ton of imagination. It looks like a suburb.”

The New York Post noted that the plan from New York City mayor Bill de Blasio would include canceling the NYPD’s July class of 1,163 cadets as well as $350 million to overtime pay and other expenses. On Monday, de Blasio said, “We have found a plan that will keep this city safe, will achieve the $1 billion in savings, will allow us to redistribute money to youth programs and communities that need it most.”

New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson echoed Ocasio-Cortez, saying, “To everyone who is disappointed that we did not go further, I want to be very honest and candid: I am disappointed as well,” The New York Times reported.

Brooklyn Councilman Carlos Menchaca, who has evidenced staunch support for defunding the police, said, “This budget deal is not a people’s victory. It’s a retreat into fear, with accounting gimmicks standing in for the real thing,” The Gothamist noted.

Jumaane Williams, the city’s public advocate, “pointed to an obscure provision in the City Charter that requires the public advocate to sign a warrant authorizing the collection of real estate taxes, which underpin the city’s budget. He said he would not sign that warrant unless the city eliminated the next class of police officers,” the Times wrote, adding, “No public advocate has refused to sign the warrant.”

CBS New York quoted Williams as saying, “As we near the final budget vote, it has become clear to me that this budget ignores some of the most critical elements of reducing NYPD’s funding and redefining public safety. Unless it meets those needs, I will use my Charter authority as Public Advocate under Ch. 58, Section 1518 to prevent the budget from being executed during the final tax warrant process.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: NYC Proposed Budget Would Cut $1 Billion From NYPD. AOC: It Isn’t Enough.

On Tuesday, Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, whose bleak projections of future deaths from COVID-19 influenced governments around the world to institute massive lockdowns, admitted of Sweden, which did not institute harsh lockdowns, “It is interesting that adopting a policy which is short of a full lockdown – they have closed secondary schools and universities and there is a significant amount of social distancing, but it’s not a full lockdown – they have got quite a long way to the same effect.”

Speaking before a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, the man who half a million Britons could die from Covid-19 spoke of Sweden, whose 436 people per million mortality rate from the coronavirus is significantly lower than the UK’s 575 people per million. The Daily Mail noted, “As well as fewer deaths, Sweden’s GDP actually grew in the first quarter of 2020, suggesting it might avoid the worst of the economic fallout from the crisis

Ferguson admitted, “’There are differences in how science has influenced policies in different countries. I have the greatest respect for scientists there [in Sweden]. They came to a different policy conclusion but based really on quite similar science.” Asked why 4,000 people had died in Sweden instead of the 90,000 that had been forecast, he answered, “I think it’s an interesting question. It’s clear there have been significant social distancing in Sweden. Our best estimate is that that has led to a reduction in the reproduction number to around 1.” He cautioned, “It’s clear that when you look at their mortality, they are not seeing the rate of decline most European countries are seeing.”

He admitted, “But nevertheless it is interesting that adopting a policy which is short of a full lockdown… they’ve gone quite a long way to [achieving] the same effect,” while adding, “’Although there is no evidence of a rapid decline in the same way in other European countries. That is something we’re looking at very closely.” Then he acknowledged, “Lockdown is a very crude policy and what we’d like to do is have a much more targeted approach that does not have the same economic impacts.”

Ferguson added, “I suspect though, under any scenario that levels of transmission and numbers of cases will remain relatively flat between now and September, short of very big policy changes or behavior changes in the community. The real uncertainty then is if there are larger policy changes in September, of course we move into time of year when respiratory viruses tend to transmit slightly better, what will happen then. And that remains very unclear.”

The Imperial College London model headed by Ferguson surmised as many as 2.2 million Americans could have died from the virus if no action were taken. It also suggested 510,000 people would die in the U.K. without a lockdown and 250,000 if mitigating steps were taken.

Business Insider noted, “In 2009, one of Ferguson’s models predicted 65,000 people could die from the Swine Flu outbreak in the UK — the final figure was below 500.” Business Insider also noted, “Michael Thrusfield, a professor of veterinary epidemiology at Edinburgh University, told the paper he had ‘déjà vu’ after reading the Imperial paper, saying Ferguson was responsible for excessive animal culling during the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak. Ferguson warned the government that 150,000 people could die. Six million animals were slaughtered as a precaution, costing the country billions in farming revenue. In the end, 200 people died.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: Epidemiologist Who Triggered Worldwide Lockdowns Admits: Without Instituting Full Lockdown, Sweden Essentially Getting Same Effect

On Friday afternoon, the city council in the small town of Atwater, California defied California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order and voted to declare itself a “sanctuary city” for businesses. The city council stated that its move “affirms the city’s commitment to fundamental constitutional rights,” ABC30 reported.

Atwater Mayor Paul Creighton exhorted, “This is America. You have the choice. It’s time for the government to stop dictating another month, another three months, six months. When is it going to end? When everyone is bankrupt?”

“At the Friday meeting, most people coming up to speak were for the sanctuary city reopening, not to mention members of the City Council and the Mayor voicing approval as well,” the California Globe reported.

Councilman Brian Raymond, who proposed the sanctuary city declaration, noted that some Californian cities, such as Coalinga, have simply declared that all businesses as being essential. But Raymond also noted that no city had declared itself a sanctuary city for businesses until Atwater.

Although the city, which is located in Merced County and has a population of roughly 28,000, is open for business, businesses that are regulated by the state could have their licenses revoked, which may inhibit them from opening. Creighton advised, “We’re not looking to jeopardize anyone’s business. That’s a license you hold with the state of California. So, we don’t want to cause any harm there, use your best judgment.”

Churches will be permitted to reopen; Victory Baptist church pastor Richard Miller announced that on Sunday he would hold outdoor services, adding that having temporarily held service online had “actually helped us to be more educated on how to keep things clean and reach out to people who can’t make it out to church.”

“Counties that feel their area is ahead of California’s curve are required to meet certain guidelines to move further into Phase 2. Merced County is not one of the counties approved to do so,” ABC30 noted.

On May 5, as California moved to Stage 2 of reopening, Newsom stated, “We’re not going back to normal. It’s a new normal with adaptations and modifications, until we get to immunity and a vaccine.” The San Francisco Chronicle noted of Stage 2:

Schools, summer programs, childcare facilities and low-risk businesses will reopen with adaptations and modifications to promote social distancing … Dr. Sonia Angell Angel, director of the California Department of Public Health, said retail may be allowed to reopen with curbside pickup and non-essential manufacturing for products such as clothing and toys could restart.

The Chronicle reported on May 5, “The new Bay Area order prohibits most retail from opening through May 31. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara have allowed essential businesses such as grocery stores to remain open during the pandemic and on Monday allowed outdoor retailers such as plant nurseries to welcome back customers.”

Author: Hank Berrien

Source: Daily Wire: CA City Defies Newsom, Declares Itself ‘Sanctuary City’ For Businesses

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