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☕️ CRIMES AND STRATAGEMS ☙ Wednesday, April 19, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
FDA quietly buries the end of most vaccine mandates; why do blue cities encourage crime?; hoodied Fetterman returns to work, or something; markets bet against Taiwan; litigation and CRT; and more.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Wednesday, and I am not traveling! So good to be back. Your roundup today includes: the FDA hides an end to covid vaccinations by burying the real news in a complicated matrix, for simplification; an essay proposing why democrats love crime; Fetterman wanders back to the Senate in his pajamas; the market bets against Taiwanese independence; DOJ crackdown on Chinese secret police station; Anti-CRT champions debate the role of litigation and I have some thoughts; and Elon Musk gives in to pressure from government-funded media.
🗞💬 *WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 💬🗞
💉 Yesterday, in a significant stealth policy change, the FDA published all-new covid vaccination guidelines. In its online news release, the FDA said that the new rules are intended to “simplify” the “complicated” U.S. vaccination program, which currently requires two initial shots, any brand, then six-month boosters, any brand. That’s it.
Apparently the FDA now feels that is too complicated or something.
“At this stage of the pandemic, data support simplifying the use of the authorized mRNA bivalent COVID-19 vaccines and the agency believes that this approach will help encourage future vaccination,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
The over-funded, morbidly-obese health agency “simplified” the vaccine schedule by taking a single easy-to-remember rule and creating 23 separate rules with internal conditions. I am not making that up except I didn’t actually count all the new rules, because I got distracted during counting and had to start over twice. It could be more than 23.
There are now seven different groups of people that each have their own rule or rules, including: people who got one or more regular (not bivalent) vaccines; un-vaccinated kids and adults; un-vaccinated babies and toddlers; vaccinated babies and toddlers; people who got at least one of the new bivalent vaccines, EXCEPT: 65+ who had only one bivalent vaccine, and some types of immunocompromised who’ve gotten ANY of the bivalent vaccine, except for un-vaccinated babies and toddlers, who have a different rule.
Each of the groups has their own special guidance. I can’t wait to see the flowchart for this new “simplified” vaccine schedule.
Setting that initial lie aside, the FDA buried the really big news in the second group, about halfway down the long, “simplified” list of groups and rules, which covers the largest group of vaxxers. Here it is, in full:
Most individuals who have already received a single dose of the bivalent vaccine are not currently eligible for another dose. The FDA intends to make decisions about future vaccination after receiving recommendations on the fall strain composition at an FDA advisory committee in June.
See that? “Not currently eligible.” They’re cut off. The FDA just ended vaccinations for almost everyone following the regularly-scheduled jab programming. This holdout group of vaccine addicts, who are still lining up every four to six months to get their FREE booster shots, have all taken the bivalent vaccine by now. So the free part of the ride is over, baby!
Enter your credit card number to continue. If they want any more of the magic covid juice, they’ll have to pay for it themselves. Bivalent boosters are no longer FDA approved, not for them. (We’ll see about letting you have another one for next year’s covid season.)
The headline should have been: FDA ENDS VACCINE PROGRAM FOR MOST VACCINATED ADULTS. All remaining private vaccine mandates at colleges and private companies just hit the wall. It’s over.
It’s a grab bag of options for everyone else, depending on age, health, and vaccine status. For example, the FDA is giving older folks (65+) just ONE MORE TASTE before cutting them off:
Individuals 65 years of age and older who have received a single dose of a bivalent vaccine may receive one additional dose at least four months following their initial bivalent dose.
And they still want the kids, of course. Kids — at the lowest risk for covid — can still take advantage of a dizzying array of shots (3 doses if under five, and 2 doses of Moderna or 1 dose of Pfizer at 5 and over), unless they’ve had covid, maybe, it isn’t entirely clear.
The least newsworthy but most ironic rule was the new one for all the unjabbed people. If, like me, you’ve hesitated to get the jibby jab, there’s terrific news for you in the FDA’s new vaccine guidance:
Most unvaccinated individuals may receive a single dose of a bivalent vaccine, rather than multiple doses of the original monovalent mRNA vaccines.
Hahahahahahahahaha! That’s comedic gold! “Peter, how are we going to convince these hesitaters and skeptics now?” “Well Dr. Kwammi, let’s simplify their decision and let them skate with just one shot.” “But Peter, that doesn’t seem fair to all the people who took the shots we’ve required so far — they might get angry!” “Dr. Kwammi, the vaccinated will believe anything we tell them; they’ll never even notice.”
The FDA’s explanation for why an unvaccinated person can just have one shot and be “fully vaccinated” even though everyone else had to get seven shots was, get ready for this, a lot of people have already had covid.
I don’t know about you, but for me, as a vaccine-hesitant person, well, to be fair, a vaccine skeptical person … alright, truthfully I’m probably ANTI VACCINE at this point (I can’t follow all the definitional rules) — I’m going to ‘pass’ on the FDA’s offer to let me get be “fully vaccinated” with just one little prick.
People who got seven+ shots should be furious about this. Many of them got multiple jabs after getting covid, sometimes even after getting covid twice or three times. The FDA says, “follow the science?” The science is meandering around crazier than a Baltimore panhandler who just finished his second bottle of Jack Daniels, and it’s only eight o’clock in the morning.
How are we supposed to follow THAT? Science needs to go to rehab.
🔥 A Chicago mother posted a TikTok about being distraught and angry over people looting her local Walmart store:
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As I reported last week, Walmart recently announced it is closing four Chicago stores, and Chicago politicians are making the rounds blaming Walmart for being uncharitable or something. But this is a repeating theme in Big Blue Cities. Soros-funded DA’s have relaxed prosecutions, implemented “no-bail” release programs, de-criminalized drug use and shoplifting, and defunded or otherwise neutered their police departments.
But why? Do democrats somehow WANT to live with rampant crime, homeless drug addicts, and routine looting? What’s going on here?
I’d like to propose a very simple hypothesis. You guys tell me what you think.
My hypothesis is titled “cui bono?”, or “follow the money.” Let’s say you are an amoral, psychotic billionaire bent on owning everything. Looking around to buy more sweet real estate, you notice two facts: property in urban centers is crazy expensive, except for in hollowed-out, poorly-run urban centers. That’s when, pondering his empire in the shower, the billionaire’s organically-grown Mediterranean sponge loofa falls forgotten from his soapy hand and he shrieks, “eureka!”
A plan emerges from the narcissistic depths of the billionaire brain pan. It’s the best plan he’s ever had. Step one: destroy all the “good” urban centers through daft democrat sloganeering and by switching off law enforcement. Step two: buy up everything on the cheap as landowners flee crime-ridden downtown areas, grateful to find any willing buyer. Step three: heroically switch law enforcement back on again and get “tough on crime.” Property values skyrocket.
See what they did there? They just created generational wealth. Step out of the way of crime for a while and everybody gets paid, except for all the robbed property owners, entrepreneurs, and small business owners, who are all mostly Republicans anyway, and of course the riffraff inner-city punching bags, I mean citizens, who will keep on voting democrat no matter what.
This whole thing is just another money-grabbing scam. Democrats are destroying urban centers on purpose so their billionaire donors can harvest historic profits by “legally” stealing some of the most valuable property in the country. Democrats can also snap up city-center properties on the cheap, further centralizing government ownership.
The Fifth Amendment requires compensating property owners when government takes their property. Property values are based on lots of environmental factors, like crime, and by comparable recent sales. Drive property values down to near-zero, and it magically becomes super-easy and inexpensive to condemn high-value properties even from recalcitrant, holdout owners.
It’s win-win! Another five-year plan.
Prove me wrong.
🔥 After two months of inpatient treatment for his “depression” following his “mild stroke” on the Senate floor, Fetterman returned to the Senate Building yesterday dressed in his trademark hoodie, shorts, and sandals:
Maybe he’d be less depressed if he dressed properly for work. They say personal hygiene routines are important for good mental health. Just saying.
🔥 Despite my difficult travel experience over the last two days, it could have been worse. Yesterday, the Post Millennial ran a story the corporate media ignored, headlined “BREAKING: Southwest Grounds All Planes Across US, Blames Glitch.”
Due to unexplained “technical difficulties,” Southwest grounded its entire fleet for an hour yesterday, delaying over 1,500 flights.
I think the heart badge on Southwest’s twitter feed tells us a lot about how Southwest could have made a massively-expensive fleetwide “technical error.” Woke priorities.
🚀 The DC Enquirer ran a story yesterday headlined, “Warren Buffett Sells Billions in Taiwan Stock, Senator Bets Against It – Is A War For Taiwan Coming?”
The news was that over the last fiscal quarter, Warren Buffett fire-sold all his stock — billions worth — in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). The Enquirer also reported that Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) reportedly purchased “put orders” on TSMC stock, which is a way to bet that the stock will be a stinky loser.
Forbes reported that Buffett explained rising geopolitical tensions were “a consideration” in his decision. In other words, Warren isn’t hanging around to find out what happens next.
The market is betting against Taiwan remaining independent much longer. So.
🔥 Totally coincidentally, the DOJ cracked down on a “secret Chinese police station” in New York yesterday. The New York Times ran the story, headlined “F.B.I. Arrests Two on Charges Tied to Chinese Police Outpost in New York.”
On top of the two men who were arrested for using the police outpost to intimidate Chinese dissidents living in the United States, more charges were announced in two related cases: one against 34 Chinese police officers accused of harassing Chinese nationals in the New York area, and another against eight Chinese officials accused of working with an unnamed U.S.-based tech company to cancel dissidents off the platform.
The two arrested men, Mr. Lu and Mr. Chen, were charged with obstruction of justice for deleting text messages with their handler at China’s Ministry of Public Security, and with conspiring to act as agents of the People’s Republic of China without properly registering with the Justice Department.
We can’t have UN-registered secret police running around. More process crimes.
None of the articles mentions the most significant fact: HOW LONG had the Chinese secret police station been operating in New York, without being investigated? Months? Years? Decades? Why NOW?
You know the reason.
I have an idea. Instead of opening secret police stations, maybe China could open some Walmarts in Chicago and Portland. That would be a lot more helpful.
🔥 Yesterday, an interesting back-and-forth occurred on Twitter between two champions in the war against CRT/DEI in schools, James Lindsay and Chris Rufo. Lindsay advocated for more lawsuits against schools, and Rufo responded saying the lawsuit strategy was “not viable.”
They’re both right, but Rufo has the better argument, and he has been personally involved — as have I — in anti-CRT/Trans/DEI litigation. The cases ARE expensive, and they aren’t easily subject to injunctive relief, which means they’re slow (they can take years). Significant Constitutional issues like the First Amendment make the cases much more difficult, and give judges miles of cover to go along with the status quo, and not risk angering loud leftwing activists and powerful democrat lobbies.
Even in red states, the last thing a local, elected judge needs to do is get the trans lobby all riled up against their next re-election campaign.
So the best way to oppose groomers and racists in schools must continue to be legislative. Laws are lawyers’ tools, and we need better ones. Lots of progress has already been, and continues to be made on those issues. For example, pro-biology sports and bathroom bills were debated in the Florida House yesterday and will be voted on today, with acrimonious and bizarrely-dressed (and masked) activists throwing garbage from the gallery down onto steadfast Florida lawmakers.
Having said all that, I do NOT rule out any role for litigation. That’s my bread and butter, after all, and I’ve proved before that longshot pro-freedom cases can win. But cases must be carefully selected, extremely well-drafted, solidly founded on established law, filed in appropriate venues where a fair hearing is possible, and staffed with skilled, creative lawyers.
As I said during the mask cases, which in many ways were very similar to the anti-CRT cases, volume is not a substitute for quality when you’re fighting the government. You cannot wear down the government. They fight us with OUR OWN money. And every single lost case becomes one more precedential barrier that lawyers prosecuting good cases have to overcome.
So I agree with Rufo. My perspective is NOT “more lawsuits,” but rather “fewer, BETTER lawsuits.”
🔥 This one made me laugh out loud. Remember last week’s controversy about Twitter labeling government-funded media accounts like PBS as “government funded?” Well the government-funded Canadian Broadcast Company complained to Twitter, explaining it was “less than 70% government-funded” and demanded a change to its status, and Elon Musk relented, modifying the offensive label for improved accuracy:
And THAT is how you do it.
Have a wonderful Wednesday! I’ll see you back here tomorrow, for much more.
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