Near Collapse in China

We don’t get much news from around the world. Only news that could harm President Trump. The media swings between Covid 19 hysteria and racism hysteria. There is nothing else they want to report.

But some important things are happening in China. Like the possible collapse of the world’s largest dam, the Three Gorges. 400 million Chinese are threatened and that’s more than the entire population of the U.S. You’d think that might merit a mention.

American Thinker details:

The China Meteorological Administration issued a “No. 1 Flood” warning as a second month of rain and earthquakes risks collapse of Three Gorges Dam and the safety of 400 million.

Southern China in June suffered its worst flooding since 1940 with the overflowing of 250 rivers impacting 15 million residents and causing at least 121 people dead or missing. The world’s largest hydroelectric dam, the 1.4-mile-wide and 630-foot-high Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse River with a 5-trillion-gallon capacity, fully opened its seven massive outlets to begin discharging a record 28 acre-feet per second.

But after thirty-one days of rain, a record 16.8 inches falling between Sunday and Monday morning, and inflows running at 40 acre-feet per second after, CMA on July 4 issued an 80-percent risk of thundershowers for each of the next 11 days.

China’s paramount leader, Xi Jinping, in his first public statement on the crisis, called on the country to “put people first and value people’s lives most in the fight against the floods,” according to the Xinhua official state news agency.

Human rights advocates complained as a record 1.2 million people from 13 cities, 140 towns, and 1,350 villages were displaced as Three Gorges Dam’s reservoir filled. But some Chinese geologists also warned that impoundment water weight could create severe earthquake risk due to amplification of the region’s historically low seismicity.

A 2013 academic study published in China’s Geodesy and Geodynamics Journal found that a 2008 magnitude 4.1 tremblor, between the 2003 opening and the 2012 opening of the world’s largest power station, revealed “the intensity and peak ground acceleration of reservoir-induced earthquakes are higher” than past tectonic earthquakes.

Later that year, Saint Louis University seismology professor Lupei Zhu, Ph.D., working with a group of scientists from the China University of Geoscience in Wuhan studying Three Gorges Dam, reported that a 5.1-magnitude “earthquake occurred almost right beneath one of our seismic stations.” Data verified that the main quake and aftershocks occurred in a narrow band along a previously unidentified fault that is connected to the reservoir.

A subsequent field survey by SLU geology professor John Encarnacion, Ph.D. found evidence that the new fault was due to deformed and damaged rocks caused by higher water levels creating greater pressure on rock pore spaces below, a known trigger for faults under stress. Encarnacion stated: “You can feel this effect on your ears whenever you dive deeper in a swimming pool — deeper water, greater pressure.”

Chinese officials have continually labeled fears that the dam could suffer a catastrophic collapse due to an overflow causing an earthquake as “nonsense,” but China’s internet lit up at 4:07 A.M. on July 2, when a magnitude 3.2 earthquake at an extremely shallow depth of five miles rattled Zoige County in Sichuan Province, raising concerns that embankment landslides could threaten the integrity of Three Gorges Dam.

Worse, flood season there is just beginning, usually occurring in July and August.

If Chinese die, you can bet it will be the fault of Donald Trump.

How the CCCP Undermines Our News

If you feel like I do that the national network news services don’t tell you anything about what’s going on in the rest of the world, there are reasons for that.

Did you know, for example, about the horrific flooding occurring in China now or the outbreak of Bubonic plague there?

Joshua Philipp of the Epoch Times has a YouTube show called Crossroads that gives an excellent rundown of what’s really going on.

Today’s segment is really shocking, especially the part about how China is propagandizing our news. You can see it here or watch it on his YouTube channel.

A Glaring Inclusion

Yesterday Mayor Strickland sent around his end of the week email.
He discussed the Covid situation and then moved on to talk about reforming the police department.
It was eye opening.
He wrote: “As I told you last week, we are working every day to improve our Memphis Police Department and its relationship with the public. I also said that we would come up with a process by which more citizens can express their opinions and make proposals.

“The foundation for every relationship is based on trust and that trust is built on honesty and transparency. In an effort to continue building that trust with the public, we announced earlier in this week the creation a new website for the department—https://reimagine.memphistn.gov/…

“This new site will provide proper guidance and understanding to any individual or group interested in truly learning what our officers do and don’t do. And, importantly, it will also allow everyone to submit questions, suggestions, and general feedback about how we can be better.”

So who’s he been listening to?

“As I said last week, Black Lives Matter Memphis made dozens of recommendations, and these are being studied by our team.

“With respect to other groups who have submitted recommendations like, MICAH, a group of Memphis nonprofits, and the Democratic Socialists of America Memphis Chapter—we agree with and have implemented most of their suggestions, such as those listed above. The only items concerning policing on which we disagree are:

Defunding the Memphis Police Department
Prohibiting the use of chokeholds even if the life of the officer is in danger
Prohibiting firing a gun into a vehicle even if the life of the officer or a citizen is in danger
Prohibiting the use of tear gas or rubber bullets under any circumstances
Placing a hold on any and all I.C.E. operations in Memphis (it is beyond the authority of a city to ‘place a hold’ on federal operations).”

Why on earth would any American governing group listen to the Democrat Socialists of America? Worse, they went along with many of them!

Has the Democrat partly completely been swallowed up by the Socialists?

Notice he had no input from conservatives there. Doesn’t even consider it. I bet individual citizens without a name that carries some heft – old line, progressive or money – don’t even get looked at. MICAH is pretty left wing as are most non profits.

Citizen in put, not so much.

‘Probable’ Now Equals Covid

Odd, isn’t it that suddenly we’ve had an upswing in Covid 19 cases, both here and nationally? Flu like diseases usually abate in the summer. But that doesn’t seem to be happening with this virus.

Or is it?

State health departments appear to be manipulating data and changing the definition of who has Covid 19. New guidance has recently taken effect and listen to what Fog City Midge discovered:

The Conservative Treehouse (which if you don’t read, you are missing out on what’s really going on) explains why the Dems need Covid so badly.

In order to support the most important political objectives of the DNC writ large in the 2020 election, COVID-19 hype is essential:
♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot easily achieve ‘mail-in’ voting; which they desperately need in key battleground states in order to control the outcome.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot shut down rallies and political campaigning efforts of President Trump; which they desperate need to do in key battleground states.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot block the campaign contrast between an energetic President Trump and a physically tenuous, mentally compromised, challenger.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have an excuse for cancelling the DNC convention in Milwaukee; thereby blocking Team Bernie Sanders from visible opposition while protecting candidate gibberish from himself.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats do not have a mechanism to keep voters isolated from each-other; limiting communication and national debate adverse to their interests. COVID-19 panic pushes the national conversation into the digital space where Big Tech controls every element of the conversation.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot keep their Blue state economies easily shut-down and continue to block U.S. economic growth. All thriving economies are against the political interests of Democrats.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot easily keep club candidate Joe Biden sealed in the basement; where the electorate is not exposed to visible signs of his dementia.

♦Without COVID-19 panic it becomes more difficult for Big Tech to censor voices that would outline the fraud and scheme. With COVID-19 panic they have a better method and an excuse.

♦Without COVID-19 panic Democrats cannot advance, influence, or organize their preferred presidential debate format, a ‘virtual presidential debate’ series.

It seems to be working on our local level too. We’ve not had a Lincoln Day dinner, which is the biggest source for GOP election funds. Our clubs haven’t been able to meet much. Dems here don’t really have any comparable clubs. We aren’t getting information about our candidates and except for a few yard signs – mostly Democrat – who knows who is running?

Get the word out. We only have a few months left til the election. After that we may lose our republic.

Alito to Retire?

Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito has been a staunch conservative vote since Bush 43 appointed him (lucky for us or just a miscalculation on Bush’s part? I wonder).

Newsweek editor Josh Hammer tweeted: “These rumors—which we heard months ago before they initially died down—have indeed really picked up steam over the past couple of weeks. Sam Alito is a terrific justice who would be difficult to replace, but we should all hope he makes the best decision for his family.”

WaPo’s Robert Costa also chimed in, “After reading my latest Post report, @hughhewitt tells his radio audience this morning that he hears from several leading conservatives that Justice Alito, 70, is considering retirement, and adds that he also hears the Alito family is ready to leave Washington, D.C.”

Well who could blame him? DC is a terrible place for a sane person to live. Who knows what threats he and his family have endured or what insults they get regularly?

This is the time of year Justice Kennedy told Trump he wanted to leave the bench. It makes sense to do so after their session ends.

Alito has been a bulwark, but if he is going to retire, this is probably a good time to do so. It would make for a hell of a campaign issue motivating our side. It would also ensure that Trump would put in a conservative and Mitch McConnell could see it carried through. The way Senators are acting, who knows if we can hold it again after the election?

Memphians Rally to the Flag

This was a heartening story in the Daily Memphian.

It must have pained them to write it. It’s surprising they didn’t attribute it to White Supremacists.

Oddly enough, former Midtown Republican Club president turned Democrat, Sam Goff, was in charge of the event. He has been an adamant never Trumper since the 2016 primaries. It may cause his newly loved party some indigestion that he would indulge in patriotism.

Memphians for America quickly sold out of their embroidered U.S. flags on Saturday, June 27.

And the 51-year-old organization’s few remaining volunteers also received multiple pledges of reinforcement Saturday from future volunteers, even teenage ones.

All of which buoyed the spirits and optimism among participants that Memphians for America will live on.

The Saturday before each Fourth of July since 1969, the loosely knit group has sold U.S. flags and flag-and-pole kits at the corner of Poplar and Colonial in East Memphis.

But membership has shrunk so much in recent years that, earlier in the week, leaders told The Daily Memphian they expected this year’s event to be the last.

However, their tune changed halfway through the 8 a.m.-to-1 p.m. sales event on Saturday.

“Typically, we do $1,500 in sales. But we’re getting close to $3,000,” leader Sam Goff said at 11 a.m.

Having quickly run out of stock – $16 flags and $25 flag/pole sets – Goff invited customers to give their names and contact information and Memphians for America would order more flags.

The list grew long.

Just as heartening for the group were pledges of volunteer support.

“We’ve had volunteers from Christian Brothers High School who volunteered to work next year,” Goff said. “… We need to get some younger ones, so I’m really excited about the Christian Brothers High School kids.”

Also offering a hand next year were Republican Women of Purpose and someone involved with Leadership Memphis, Goff said.

“And I’ve had individuals coming up like crazy saying ‘We want to help keep this going,’” Goff said.

He added, “We’re pretty excited.”

Oddly enough also, the DM inserted this underlined summary line in the text after the first sentence: “Memphians for America may fade away after Saturday’s flag sale.” It opposes the whole point of the story, but how else can you obfuscate and propagandize? Many will just read that line.

Maybe our side is beginning to be “woke.” In the good sense.

This Is Your Democrat Party

Yes, it’s come to this. Democrats now say celebrating the 4th of July is racist; specifically white supremacist.

They took this down after a little while. Guess they got nervous that their true intentions might turn off, say 95% of Americans.

But they count on historical illiteracy especially among our young people. Wasn’t the revolution about us throwing off our masters? The same masters who brought us slavery? Didn’t Native Americans and blacks help us? Can you just make history squeeze into whatever mold you want?
The Democrats believe that. Perhaps that’s why Sleep Joe said he believes truth over facts.

You have to also ask when has Trump disrespected Native Americans? Example please. When has he attempted to limit their voting rights or blocked any critical pandemic relief for them? Again, no examples cited. Typical Democrat tactic; make some terrible but vague claims, but never gives facts.

Was it when he made November Native American heritage month? When he honored the service of Navajo code talkers in WWII? When his administration asked Attorney General William Barr to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women? Or again, when Barr traveled to Alaska to discuss with Native Americans federal aid and more authority for tribes to prosecute crimes in remote communities where there is a lack of law enforcement? Or when he appointed the first Alaska Native as assistant secretary for Indian Affairs?

If you search “Trump Native Americans honor” you interestingly get this same headline “Trump Honors Native Americans, U.S. Founders in Same Month.” ABC, VOA, US News and 14 other news outlets. The left took umbrage that Native Americans and our Founders should be honored in the same month. Actually, it makes a lot of sense and gives them credit.

Just when you think the Dems couldn’t get any crazier, they do something like this.

The one “virtue” they have – at least for our side – is that they always overreach. They can’t quit while they’re ahead. Dems always have to put their foot on the accelerator. Let’s hope this time they’ve gone over the cliff.

More Reasons for Optimism

Conrad Black writes an article entitled “The Democrats Indulge in a Death Wish.” Subtitled “Maybe Voters Should Grant Their Wish.”

He lays out, very logically, why they are going down. It’s a great read so here it is:

Joe Biden’s present lead in the polls is a levitation. These are the dangling entrails of the panic that the national political media, which are unofficially conducting the Democratic campaign in the unheroic absence of the putative nominee, have sown about the coronavirus and the impression, desperately promoted, identifying Trump with the recent chaos.

A public opinion climate worn down by lengthy social confinement, arrested economic activity, and high unemployment is especially vulnerable to disgruntlement about its leaders. Given the pandemic, the recession, and the worst rioting in America in over fifty years, Trump has done well to maintain his approval rating in the mid-forties.

All of these elements are evaporating: the increasing incidence of the coronavirus is practically irrelevant since the fatality rate has declined by about 80 percent. Over 90 percent of those who contract the illness have minimal or no symptoms and each such person becomes a barrier to the spread of the virus, as those who have had it and have recovered are much more resistant to it thereafter. This phenomenon is known inelegantly as “herd immunity”: once the virus has gone through society, that society is substantially invulnerable apart from those with diminished immunities.

The increasing incidence of COVID-19 cases has been amplified in the anti-Trump media. The president, who was so reviled for inability to test competitively with other countries in March, has produced a regime in which an incomparable total of about 30 million Americans have now been tested.

The president’s appearance in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday has been much mocked because about 6,000 of the 19,000 places in the indoor stadium were vacant, and half of those that were filled were occupied by Republican Party officials and guests—but assembling 13,000 people in one place, in itself, is a breakthrough in the pandemic era, a first in four months. Trump is now engaged in converting the United States from being a frightened nation to a people emboldened to resume their lives, apart from those—especially the elderly—with handicapped immune systems. These must continue to be prudent themselves and to be thoroughly insulated from the illness.

As usual, Trump is swimming upstream against the tide of confected public opinion, but he is supported by the facts: all healthy people, about 80 percent of Americans, have almost nothing to fear from this disease and the cold terror inflicted on the nation by the president’s enemies will not survive discovery of that agreeable fact.

Ironically, the protesters, rioters, and hooligans who hate Trump the most (but have no use for the useful milquetoast idiots who infest Democratic ranks, even though they will vote for them), have demonstrated that to most people the coronavirus is a paper tiger. The Democrats have been shrieking fear and babbling utter nonsense about testing and tracing millions of people and badgering people suspected of being susceptible to the virus to self-quarantine, in order to prolong the artificial economic recession for their own political gain on election day.

The Democrats have the pathological riffraff of Antifa and the extreme factions of BLM to thank for the accelerated elimination of this barrier to the president’s reelection—they demonstrate that rioting together at close quarters doesn’t spike the virus. It always takes a few weeks for the polls to catch up with such tidal changes in the ever-mobile currents of public opinion. Though the physical attendance at the president’s rally in Tulsa was disappointing, up to 11 million people seem to have watched his lengthy address on television and the internet. It was a conspicuous success to attract seven or 8 percent of the voters on a Saturday night in June, more than four months before the election.

A remarkable fact about the continuing chronic disorder is the absence to date of a serious backlash. It seems that the national political media have been partially successful so far in portraying the president as unsympathetic to the victims of police excess and to the discontents of the African-American community generally. They have thus saddled independent opinion with the illusion that the president is responsible for the obscene levels of destructive urban violence and effrontery to the most revered personalities and events in American history.

And the president is only just beginning to draw public attention to his Democratic opponents’ ambiguous response to the mindless hate-filled violence of the mobs that have surged through many of America’s great cities. He is also just beginning to point out the extent to which this urban discontent is based on the incompetence and corruption of the Democratic city political machines that generate most of that party’s votes and to which Joe Biden has been bound hand and foot for nearly 50 years.

The Democrats’ prayerful attempts to retard the economic recovery, swaddled in fear-mongering and humbug about the coronavirus, run up against the popular ambition for restored prosperity. There is immense liquidity in the system, and the only feeble barrier to a sharp economic revival is Democratic media defeatism about the pandemic. It won’t work, though it will take some weeks to emerge from under the mountains of media misinformation that have been built up over the issue. Time is on the president’s side not only in public health and economic matters but in political realities. At some point Joe Biden is going to have to face questions from journalists who actually wish to have coherent answers to relevant questions, not just the toe-curling deference of Joy Behar and Don Lemon.

And before the campaign ends, the familiar and often dramatic finale of a mano a mano debate showdown between the two principal candidates will occur. It is hard to imagine how the pallid and inarticulate Biden of this shadow campaign will come through such a test intact. Biden narrowly lost the debate to the trivia question opponent of 2008, Sarah Palin, when he was in his prime, and Trump more than held his own with Hillary Clinton. This year should be a mismatch.

The attorney general, William Barr, has indicated that the Durham investigation into the origins of the monstrous scam of the Russian collusion investigation will be heard from before the end of the summer. There is no reason to believe that Biden himself will be charged, but the allegations against other senior officials of the Obama regime will not enhance the prestige of the Democrats. Biden’s limited verbal agility will be sorely challenged in explaining what he was doing while unprecedented, unconstitutional skullduggery was initiated by senior officials of the Obama-Biden administration, some of which skullduggery he must have been aware.

The Democrats, their confident masquerade as clear winners notwithstanding, have already done a campaign course correction. They have killed Senate debate on police oversight reform—they don’t want the problem resolved; they want police brutality and oppression of African-Americans as election issues, while ignoring mob violence and the physical, fiscal, and public relations assault Democratic and BLM spokespeople have launched against the police. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explicitly has blamed the death of George Floyd on Trump, without elaboration. The president has his limitations but this is malignant lunacy.

He faced a sudden and grave public health, economic, and political crisis in March, and elected to accommodate the hysteria that had arisen and the weight of plausible scientific opinion and shut down the economy to flatten the rise of the virus. In a quick-step, he moved to encourage governors to take the country out of the shut-down after two months as local conditions allowed, and the economy, despite prodigious Democratic media efforts to retard its recovery, has shown a spontaneous reflexive recovery that has startled the legions of Trump-hating prophets of gloom.

Despite the tumult and the controversy, aggravated by this president’s peculiar abrasiveness, he appears to have taken difficult executive decisions promptly and successfully and has guided the country through very serious challenges unfazed by the threat posed to his tenure of office.

The Democrats have descended to depths of mudslinging, demagogy, and indulgence of racial violence and national self-hate never before plumbed in a U.S. presidential election. They are afflicted by a death wish, and in the national interest and for their own sake, that wish must be granted by the voters.

Demoralized?

We’ve had four years of ridiculous impeachment attempts. That ended, only to have Covid 19 surface. After months, people began to resume their business. Then protests erupted all over the country. We were told we were racists. Our history is racist. Our country is the most racist in the world. We’ve been asked to humiliate ourselves for something none of of – NONE OF US – did: Slavery.

With an election coming up, the Left is in full attack mode. Is it a surprise? They play dirty and think nothing of it. It’s easy to destroy and curse; much harder to build and praise.

Even the most optimistic among us can feel demoralized.

Last night I turned on Tucker Carlson only to hear him talk about how Trump might lose. He painted quite an ugly scenario. A Fox News poll has Trump trailing the imbecile Biden by 12 points. Other polls have him down, too. Of course we expect it of the liberal media groups, but having Fox declare this is scary.

Only thing is, the Fox News poll is as bogus as the others. It has a terrible track record. I don’t think it ever gave Trump a lead in 2016. Ever. Fox polls use a statistically insignificant sample heavily skewed towards Democrats as well as over sampling by using Democrat one party rule states.

Do you think all of this has deterred or swayed any Trump voter? If anything, it has made us more determined to vote for him. Those who were dubious in 2016 are rock solid for him today.
What is happening right before our eyes and droolingly served up by the media – people looting, destroying statues and screaming – shows us just what the Left has in store for us.
No rational American likes the picture of anarchy and chaos the Left has brought us. Scenes of crazed white Karens harassing police are bound to sway independents. Nobody likes to be berated, especially by screaming young virtue signalers.

The realization that Black Lives Matter might just be a mask for Marxists has begun to dawn on people, too. Even some blacks, like Muhammed Ali’s son and others have understood that the movement isn’t really about them or for them.

Interestingly, Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade said this morning that he’s never seen so many upset people call his radio show. They are scared by the violence and the tearing down of our culture. He said the level of interest tops even Covid 19.

Is any poll going to accurately measure this? Especially when they purposefully don’t contact conservatives?

The biggest threat we face is voter fraud. The Dems have sharpened their skills at it for decades. They know how to use the courts to advance fraud.

Even so, can you really picture Donald J. Trump letting this happen? He doesn’t like to lose. He has the energy and courage to fight. He will fight and he will win again.

As the saying goes, never bet against Donald J. Trump. I don’t.

DM Denies Protests Spurred Covid

It was obvious to anyone with at least moderately active brain cells that the protests from two weeks ago would blossom into an increase in Covid 19 cases.

If you believe what the “experts” tell us, walking close to one another without masks was not a safe way to avoid the coronavirus. Haven’t we been told that social distancing is the way to go for months?

So when I read this headline at the Daily Memphian – “Recent spike in COVID-19 cases not linked to protests or Memorial Day” – I found it hard to believe.

But not surprising.

Democrats and the media, but I repeat myself, have a big interest in keeping us house bound til after the election. They want the economy to tank and for us to blame it on Trump and they want to keep as many of us conservatives away from the polls as possible on November 3. They also want a reason to push for mail in ballots, which can easily be manipulated into fake votes for their candidates.

The story says:

“Moving to Phase 2 of the Back to Business Plan, a decrease in mask usage and warmer weather are several factors behind the recent spike of COVID-19 cases, Alisa Haushalter, Shelby County Health Department director, said Tuesday.

“Notably, Haushalter said the increase in coronavirus cases is not linked to recent protests against police brutality or gatherings on Memorial Day weekend. The increase in community transmission means Shelby County will remain in Phase 2 for the unforeseeable future, Haushalter said.”

Then it continues, “Haushalter and other officials continue to emphasize the importance of citizens wearing masks – citing that as a key factor in reversing the trend of positive cases. They also encourage citizens to social distance and wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer to slow the virus’ spread…Over the past eight days, Shelby County recorded its three highest day-over-day increases since the pandemic began locally in March. Saturday’s report of 385 new cases from the health department being the high point.”

Seems rather contradictory; a call for social distancing and mask wearing, but that didn’t include the protests.

Contrast that with the report from Houston.

Newsweek headlines, “Houston Protesters Begin to Fall Ill With Coronavirus After Marching for George Floyd.”

“Large protests began in the city days after the death of Houston native Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. Texas has been experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases. Harris County, which encompasses Houston, has been adding hundreds of new cases each day to the more than 17,000 total confirmed cases reported as of Monday.
“Houston police reported an uptick in cases after the protests began, with at least 23 officers testing positive since June 6, according to The Houston Chronicle.”

Now which version sounds the most logical?