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Release the Kraken, COVID Vaccines, and General Observations of the Week

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Topic #1: A key member of the Trump Campaign’s legal team, attorney Sidney Powell, stated last Saturday, “I’m going to release the kraken” in reference to exposing government officials allegedly complicit in trying to steal the election from President Trump.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • First and foremost, as someone who’s deeply disappointed at the prospect of Joe Biden becoming our next president, I’m sure I speak for 72 million Americans in saying that we hope Powell does indeed have a kraken to release.
  • It’s also worth noting, however, that when it comes to krakens, and bombshells, and game-changers, it’s generally a good idea to release them first and then describe them as such afterward. A week after Powell’s statement, not only has she not “released the kraken,” she’s barely set loose a couple of trout. During a press conference on Thursday with Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani, Powell again made strong claims but didn’t provide evidence… therefore, again, no kraken.
  • We’ve seen over five-thousand uncounted ballots that were “found” in Georgia during recounts. There were apparently threats and intimidation used against Republican officials in Wayne County Michigan in an effort to force them into certifying election results. There are dozens of voting irregularities and discrepancies in various states around the country. But none of these incidents are nearly enough to shift the results of the election… yet. It’s almost Thanksgiving folks, so if you’ve got an ace-in-the-hole that you’re holding back, it’s time to show your cards. Now. Please.
  • I hope I’m wrong, but it seems likely that Ms. Powell may have dramatically overstated whatever evidence she has. If so, this stuff has to stop. For over three long years, Democrats and their media fed us lies about the Russia Hoax. Every day they had a new “bombshell” that amounted to absolutely nothing. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) went on CNN on an almost-daily basis promising “indisputable evidence” of collusion between the 2016 Trump Campaign and Russia. “The walls are closing in on Trump,” they told us. “It’s the beginning of the end,” they warned. And they had nothing, zero, nada, zilch; as Robert Mueller’s report showed. If Ms. Powell has taken a page out of Schiff’s playbook, that’s a really bad idea. Schiff, other Democrats, and the mainstream media did irreparable harm to their credibility, and Powell will have done the same to her and any accomplices. Republicans need to be better. We’re not Democrats, and we shouldn’t act like them.
  • Whatever voting irregularities, improprieties, and fraud occurred, we need to get to the bottom of them. Expose the perpetrators, prosecute them, and imprison them; no doubt. But getting our hopes up for something that looks increasingly unlikely to happen is not helping anyone. Knock of the hyperbole, tell us the facts, and give them to us straight.

Topic #2: Pharmaceutical giant Moderna announced this week that their COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be 95% effective in preventing infections of the virus. This news comes on the heels of Pfizer’s announcement shortly after the election that their vaccine is 90% effective.  

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I may not be a doctor, and I may not be a mathematician, but those odds are sounding really good.
  • Both companies stand to make a fortune from the vaccines, and good for them; they should. The stock price for Moderna is up over 50% since mid-October, and Pfizer’s stock price is up over 30% since March. It was capitalism, at least partially, that motivated them to develop the vaccines, illustrating once again the marvels of free markets. I wonder how much longer before North Korea and Venezuela start selling their vaccines… hmm. And everyone who would rather take the Russian vaccine that Putin is peddling, raise your hands? Capitalism in America is absolutely remarkable.
  • “Operation Warp Speed,” the program initiated by President Trump and Vice-President Pence to expedite the development, testing and distribution of a vaccine, was obviously a key component of the rapid development. The President will likely claim a lot of credit for them, and rightfully so.
  • It’s outrageous, the rhetoric coming from many on the Left trying to pooh-pooh the vaccines. New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has to be the worst example, promising, “We have a process in place to check what the FDA says before people start getting a vaccine.” So, if the FDA approves the vaccine and Cuomo’s people have doubts about it, will New Yorkers not be able to get it? Will they have to travel to neighboring states if they want it? Cuomo had more citizens die from COVID than any other governor, by far. He has the second-highest deaths-per-million of any state. And he wants to slow down the distribution of a vaccine? Any New Yorker who votes for him again should have their head examined.
  • I have multiple friends and relatives who are committed to not receiving the vaccines. They’re worried about their safety, and they don’t have a high confidence level that the vaccines have been adequately vetted. On CBS’ 60 Minutes recently, it was pointed out that only 60% of doctors and 40% of nurses have said they plan on getting vaccinated. For me the answer is simple – you’re damned right I’m getting vaccinated. They’ve been telling us for months that 1) we can infect the elderly and kill them; 2) It’s indiscriminate in the way it affects people and can be deadly to anyone; and 3) it’s highly infectious, to the point they’re talking about shutting down the economy again with lockdowns. So, it worked, you convinced me: this virus is serious, and I don’t want to get it.
  • Speaking of stuff we’ve been told for months, what about masks? Masks are supposed to be so effective, they’re essentially Joe Biden’s entire COVID strategy. “I’m going to mandate masks, and that’s going to fix everything. Because I’m a Democrat.” Where I live, everyone wears masks, wherever I go; the supermarket, Home Depot, anywhere. Yet cases are spiking tremendously here. If masks are so effective, how is that possible? I wear a mask anytime I go indoors, and whenever I interact with someone I don’t live with, and I’ll continue to do so. But call me a skeptic on their efficacy. There’s no way to improve the level of masking we already see in this area, and it appears to not be working that well. I’ll “follow the science,” thank you, and I’ll get the vaccine.

Topic #3: Earlier in the week, photos surfaced of California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom having dinner indoors at a restaurant without a mask, as he celebrated at a birthday party, totally disregarding his own COVID-19 rules. He then doubled down on Thursday announcing a new late-night curfew for residents across the state beginning this weekend.

Thoughts and Observations:

  • Is anyone really surprised? Newsom is a radical, leftist from California. Nancy Pelosi got her hair done while the rest of us had to hunker down amid the lockdown, so why would Newsom think he had to obey his own rules?
  • As a reminder, this is the same Gov. Newsom who two weeks ago announced the most draconian Thanksgiving Holiday rules of any state in the nation. Those rules include: holiday gatherings must be outside,  last no longer than two hours, have people from no more than three households, and singing is prohibited. Yet, two weeks later he’s out having a ball without a mask. Had enough yet Californians? Do you really think Newsom’s measures are about public health?
  • Also, it’s worth noting that there have been reports that some of the dinner guests were lobbyists. The only thing left that could make this story worse is if we heard that they all sang “Happy Birthday.”
  • Californians, like so many other blue states, will continue to elect hypocrites like Newsom. In fact mark your calendars: two years from today, pundits will be analyzing another victory by Newsom on Election Day and what will be happening in his next four-year term. You heard it here first, folks. If you vote for this guy, you’re a fool.  

Topic #4: Speaking of fools, it was announced this week that the aforementioned New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo, fresh off of his book deal, will be receiving an Emmy Award for his “leadership” during the pandemic.

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 Thoughts and Observations:

  • If you thought that Emmy awards were supposed to be for television performances, you’re right, and that’s why he’s getting it. For his performances. He didn’t tell the truth. He didn’t really lead. He just portrayed a leader during his news conferences, while over 33,000 New Yorkers died from COVID-19.
  • Remember that in addition to the highest number of COVID deaths and the second highest frequency, Cuomo was the one that forced nursing homes to take back infected patients. What a great leader.
  • Earlier this year, the Oscars had the worst ratings in their history, while the Golden Globes, Grammys and Emmys had awful ratings as well. Is there any wonder? The entertainment industry is clueless as they continue to live in their own little bubble, and we should expect ratings to continue to plummet.

Topic #5: The Vatican and Facebook are working cooperatively to determine who actually “liked” a photo on Instagram of a Brazilian bikini model that appeared to be from the account of Pope Francis.  

Thoughts and Observations:

  • I guess the first question would be, does the Pope really need to have an Instagram account?
  • As a lifelong and devout Catholic, I’ve had various conversations with priests over the years about their vows of celibacy. As one of them once explained, ”Just because I can’t buy something doesn’t mean I can’t go shopping for it.”
  • If it was indeed Pope Francis who “liked” the picture, so what? It’s not a big deal, and it just shows that he’s human. And here’s a link in case you haven’t seen the photo. I mean really, what’s not to like?

PF Whalen