It’s Getting so you can’t Trust our Institutions

Trust is one of those things that keeps our society running smoothly, yet it is disappearing as we lose faith in our politicians and institutions.

I haven’t trusted the media for a long time.

In the 1980s, I subscribed to the New York Times and read it every day until some point in 2003, when I got fed up with their slanted, pro liberal news coverage. I switched my subscription to the Wall street Journal, which I still read daily.

They have good news coverage on business topics, and I trust them far more than the NYT, but I don’t trust them 100 percent. They take a conservative approach to the news. While that’s better than a liberal one, and I may agree with it, it’s still a slant. I would prefer they report the news and leave its interpretation up to the reader.

Network TV news coverage? Forget about it. Cable news? More slanted than the New York Times. I don’t even watch the local networks unless there is a big weather event or other pressing local news.

Today, the most news sources have gone from leaning one direction to operating like a public relations agency for either the left or the right. It’s all spin and talking points, with very little investigating. They don’t report, they just repeat, and that’s bad for the country.

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Make a Choice, Face the Consequences

People make bad decisions all the time. Some have minor consequences, others may lead to death. The government can’t save them all, nor should they.

I am amused to note that at about the same time President Biden was announcing his new vaccine mandates, the number of cases as tracked by the New York Times had started to fall. Hospitalizations are also flat. By the time OSHA gets around to writing their emergency regulation, this COVID-19 wave may be behind us. Ironic, isn’t it?

Freedom of Choice

Someone said to me today, “People without the vaccine are 11 times more likely to die.”

My answer was to shrug and say: “It’s their choice.”

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Just say No and COVID Mandates Will Backfire

We need to resist the mandates and unjust laws en mass because they can’t arrest us all; there will be no one left to do their work.

People are sick and tired of adhering to unreasonable, unexplainable COVID-19 rules and regulations, the insistence of mask mandates, vaccine requirements, and restrictions on their travel. In France, they are protesting in the streets. In Australia, they are being arrested and fined for leaving their homes. Here in the U.S., the Federal government is pressuring companies to require their employees to be vaccinated and school boards are forcing children to wear masks.

Restaurants in places like New York are also fed up with requirements that reduce their customer base and make them the bad guys. They just want to serve food, not police public adherence to medical mandates.

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Social Effects of COVID-19 May Be Worse than Medical Threat

COVID-19 is bad, but the damage it is wreaking on our society may be even worse. It is illuminating the petty tyrants who seek to rule rather than govern.

I think we all know that COVID-19 is a pandemic that has killed millions and sickened 200 million, but have you ever stopped to think about the non-medical problems the virus has created, uncovered, or accelerated?

Here are just a few of the things our society is dealing with that have been caused or exacerbated by COVID-19 and the government’s reaction to it.

Loss of Personal Freedoms

From forcing business to close, telling people they can’t go to church or gather in large numbers, to forcing them to wear masks and even take a vaccine, the loss of personal freedom caused by the pandemic is not only unprecedented, it is growing worse every day.

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Study Answers Question: How Effective is the Vaccine?

As Delta spreads, new evidence reveals that it might not be the unvaccinated that are causing the problem. The Pfizer vaccine is weak against this variation.

Data from a study conducted recently in Minnesota shows that the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness against the Delta variant of COVID-19 is only 42 percent. It remains 85 percent effective against hospitalization. This seems to confirm data produced several weeks ago based on the rising infections in Israel.

In contrast, the Moderna vaccine was 76 percent effective in preventing infection by the Delta variant and 92 percent against hospitalization.

The efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine against the Delta variant of COVID-19 is so low, if it was a new vaccine developed to combat Delta, they might not approve it for use.

This raises the question no one has studied: Are those states or counties that received the Pfizer Vaccine the states with the highest rate of infection? Maybe a weak vaccine and not the vaccinated are to blame.

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The Foolishness of Attempts to Ban So-Called Ghost Guns

Attempting to ban or regulate Ghost Guns is a useless motion gun grabbers are going through. Criminals will get guns no matter what, just like the got alcohol in the 1920s and drugs in the 1990s.

On Friday, the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATFE or just ATF) met with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and multiple gun manufacturers to discuss ghost guns. (EDIT: See our note at the end of the article.)

For those of you wondering how a gun comes back from the dead to become a ghost, let me disabuse you of that notion. The term “Ghost Gun” refers to a gun without a serial number, usually made at someone’s home. These days, many ghost guns are made using something called an “80 percent receiver.” In other words, a hunk of metal that looks like a gun part is sold to a hobbyist who uses either a mill or a drill press to finish the hunk of metal into the receiver for a gun

Once the metal is milled, drilled out, or filed into a finished receiver (not an easy task), the home builder must acquire and fit all the other parts to the gun, like a barrel, trigger, stock, etc. Because there are lots of manufacturers selling repair and replacement parts for popular firearm platforms—like the AR-15, the Glock 17/19, and the 1911—home builders can source the other parts and turn their fished receiver into a gun. Because these guns don’t have serial numbers, they are called “ghost guns.” 

While 80 percent receivers appear to be the gun grabber’s biggest concern, anyone with a decent 3D printer can also make a ghost gun. There are also molds into which you make a plastic receiver in just hours.

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