☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Tuesday, May 3, 2022 ☙ LEAKED 🦠
A big Supreme Court decision leaks; what could be causing a hepatitis outbreak?; CDC frets over lost jabs; NYC cases climb, a little; and Pelosi and Schiff brave war-torn Kyiv for a photo op. & more..
Good morning, C&C! Just when you thought things were already crazier than a drunken class reunion of Pelosi clones, things just got crazier. Get ready. Today’s roundup: somebody leaked the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade; the hepatitis outbreak; CDC frets over lost Kindergarten jabs; cases climb in New York and the Times freaks out; Croatia drops travel restrictions; Italy is one step closer to outlawing jab mandates; Biden drops another $33 billion on Ukraine; and Pelosi and Schiff brave the war-torn streets of Kyiv for a photo op.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 Holy leaky black robes, Batman! Maybe it was inevitable, but while in a handful of notable case the Supreme Court has leaked things before, it’s never been quite like THIS. Late yesterday, an unidentified someone leaked a draft majority opinion that was still in editing at the Supreme Court, not scheduled to be released for another month or two. The 5-4 opinion, if entered, would overturn the crucial abortion law Roe v. Wade, returning the power to legislate the issue back to the states.
Then things got LIT.
Given I only found out early this morning, all I can give you is a hot take. But I’m sure this story will continue to develop and we’ll come back to it. But here are some initial impressions.
First of all, let’s clear up the most popular misinformation about the draft opinion. It would NOT “ban” abortion. It just opines that abortion isn’t a constitutionally-protected right. Therefore, states can legislate around abortion, and pro-abortion activists would have to lobby state governments or convince voters to add abortion rights to state constitutions. Many states already have broad abortion-rights laws on the books. Or the federal government could pass a national law protecting abortion rights. So IT WOULD NOT BE A “BAN.”
Some commenters complain that the leak distracts from the “real” story, which actually is the fact that the Justices intend to overturn the 1976 abortion case, stripping women of their bodily autonomy and their right to choose their own medical status. “My body, my choice.”
Ha ha. This exhausted argument is falling on the pretty plugged-up ears of a lot folks who just lived through two years of the government shooting experimental mRNA drugs into women’s bodies. So.
Flogging exhibitionist Jeffrey Toobin of CNN hysterically claimed that “banning abortion” was an attack on women because it will just drive abortion underground, causing women to be mutilated in botched self-help procedures or something. But the draft opinion doesn’t “ban” anything. It returns the issue to the states and the federal government. Those laws would either ban or allow abortion.
Plus, overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn’t be an attack on women anyway, because men can have babies too. Just ask any Democrat.
Scheming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the same mistake as Toobin, feverishly tweeting “the Supreme Court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past fifty years.”
The opinion doesn’t restrict any rights. If abortion rights are restricted, it’s state laws that restrict them. The opinion allows the states to decide.
But despite all of those flaming hot takes, I think the leak itself is still the bigger story. Most pundits had already long been forecasting the Court would overturn Roe since oral arguments earlier this year. So the draft only confirms what was already expected, it doesn’t reveal anything new. Therefore, while the decision IS an elephant, the leak is a whale.
Mollie Hemingway, editor of the Federalist and frequent political commenter, ordinarily no conspiracy theorist, tweeted about seeing a conspiracy to gin up public anger against the Court.
Brian Fallon @brianefallonIs a brave clerk taking this unpredecented step of leaking a draft opinion to warn the country what's coming in a last-ditch Hail Mary attempt to see if the public response might cause the Court to reconsider?
There did appear to be SOME coordination. Just after the opinion leaked, the DNC started spamming its fundraising.
I think constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley put his finger on the real issue. He tweeted, “The fact that some are praising this leak shows how utterly craven we have become in our politics. There appears no ethical rule or institutional interest that can withstand this age of rage.”
I believe that the real story is the focused leftwing attack on the integrity of the Supreme Court for at least the last three years. The American Bar Association has labeled the last two conservative nominees “unqualified.” Ya’ll remember what happened with Justice Gorsuch’s nomination. And there’s a new attack from Dems on Justice Thomas, linking him indirectly to J6 and claiming he and his wife are insurrectionists. I’m not making that up.
In other words, some people appear to have decided that the Supreme Court is one of the institutions that needs to be torn down to make room for the Glorious Future, or something.
Politicians, including Joe Biden or whoever is actually doing the thinking for him, already knew it was likely the Court would overturn Roe. But they had political cover because they could tell their base “we just don’t know.” Now, this leak will almost certainly outrage the hardcore Dem base who will force their politicians to do SOMETHING. But what? Pack the Court? Pass a federal law approving abortion (which the new decision would allow)?
In other words, things are about to get cray-cray in this country. Whoops. I meant to say, MORE cray-cray.
Totally coincidentally, I just received my admission to the Supreme Court late last week. Probably not a good time for a visit.
💉 The Washington Post ran a story last week headlined, “400,000 Fewer Kindergarteners Raises CDC Concern About Childhood Shots.” The gist is that due to pandemic restrictions, Kindergarten enrollment was down about 10% from 2019-2020, meaning a net loss of 400,000 students.
So what’s the problem? Lost jabs. “This is concerning, because we don’t know how many of these children were vaccinated,” said Georgina Peacock, acting director of the CDC’s immunization services division. She’s talking about the traditional childhood vaccination schedule of 72 shots.
The WaPo, suddenly worried about kids’ best interests, fretted that “missed routine vaccinations could leave children vulnerable to preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, which are extremely contagious and can be serious, especially for babies and young children.” But it also admitted, “No spike in preventable childhood illnesses has been reported, but public health experts worry.” Do public health experts do anything EXCEPT worry?
The experts are baffled at how this could have happened, except of course it was TOTALLY PREDICTABLE by all of us non-experts. Thanks experts!
📈 The New York Times ran an alarming article yesterday headlined, “New York City Enters Higher Coronavirus Risk Level as Case Numbers Rise.” It’s just the expected seasonal spring covid wave, of course, but never mind that. Experts don’t know about seasonality yet. The Times fretted that “The city moved into the medium risk level, known as yellow, as it sees a troubling increase in cases and the mayor weighs bringing back some restrictions.”
But the City’s numbers are nowhere near the Fall Omicron wave. The story reports “cases” — positive tests — are only up to +2,500 per day from a low of about +600 per day. And in spite of the uptick, hospitalizations and deaths remain low; there are currently only +50 new hospitalizations and four or five daily deaths in the City. As recently as January, hospitalizations bumped +1,000 per day, and deaths were over +120 per day.
Gregg Gonsalves, an ASSOCIATE professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said it’s time to bring back mandates. Already. Because science!
💉 Laura Ingraham interviewed Dr. Peter McCullough late last week and he listed off several studies showing hepatitis can be triggered by mRNA vaccines.
Totally coincidentally, the CDC is currently investigating an outbreak of childhood hepatitis in Western Europe and the United States. They are baffled, again. But the agency swears it is TOTALLY SURE that the safe and effective vaccines have absolutely nothing to do with it, and you can trust them, this time.
The hepatitis virus is commonplace and most people’s immune systems shrug it off without any trouble. But not this time, for some reason. The CDC announced yesterday that all pregnant women should get screened for hepatitis, and that all adults 19-59 and some adults over 60 should get vaccinated for the disease. ALL.
Maybe we need a mandate!
✈️ The Croatian National Tourist Office said in a short statement over the weekend: “This is to inform you that from 1 May 2022, Croatia has dropped all Covid-19 entry requirements. All travelers entering Croatia can now do so under the same conditions of entry that were in force before the Covid-19 pandemic, i.e. with valid travel documents.”
Croatia is said to be a great place to visit.
💉 Sicily’s Court of Administrative Justice ruled yesterday that Italy’s covid vaccine mandate is unconstitutional. The court said the safe and effective experimental mRNA treatments have been shown to cause “serious or fatal adverse effects.” True. The court explained that, even if such fatalities are rare, a single death is enough to render the mandate unconstitutional.
If it saves just one life.
The decision now moves to Italy’s Constitutional Court, which will enter the final ruling on the issue.
🚀 *THE MINORITY REPORT* 🚀
🚀 Joe Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. will fund another $33 billion dollars to Ukraine to help pay for Ukrainian pensions and social security “so they have something, something in their pocket.” Because Ukraine! He didn’t mention problems here at home like inflation, gas or grocery prices or the tanking GNP numbers. Americans could use something, something in their pockets, too.
🚀 The Washington Post ran a story yesterday headlined, “Pelosi Makes Surprise Visit To Kyiv As Mariupol Evacuations Continue.” The geriatric 82-year-old Speaker courageously ran the gauntlet of trigger-happy Russian fighter jets and battle-hardened Russian tanks, and braved the war-torn skies and bombed-out streets of Ukraine to make an urgent mission to Kyiv to … pledge support to president Zelensky and take advantage of a bunch of photo ops.
That’s it. I am not making that up. Pelosi’s office has not explained the visit except to say she was there to give the Ukrainian government more cash and be supportive. She didn’t explain WHY an email or text or zoom wouldn’t have worked, or why the Russians even allowed the American delegation to land in Ukraine and travel to the photo area in the first place.
The Washington Post seemed blithely uninterested WHY Pelosi and other democrat lawmakers would take the “risks” of entering a war zone to stage a photo op just to announce another Ukrainian funding round. Never mind the fact that Ukraine’s jab rate is scraping the bottom, so they could all get covid, too.
The tightly-framed photos show mole-like president Zelensky, most recently updating the world from deep in his undisclosed-location safety bunker, blinking like an owl in the sunlight and meeting with the congresspeople on a bright sunny day on the street in Kyiv. Pelosi wore a cheerful bright-blue pantsuit.
The brave congressional delegation included Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee; shifty Adam Schiff (D-Cal.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee; Jim McGovern (D-Mass) who chairs the House Rules Committee; Jason Crow (D-Col.); Barbara Lee (D-Cal.); and Bill Keating (D-Mass.).
What I’m wondering is, how much of the $33 billion were the Congressional Democrats negotiating was THEIR cut? Oh never mind. I’m rambling again.
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