Friday, April 24, 2020

Cooper’s 3 Phase Plan to Keep NC Shutdown for Months

Via Kyra

As this drags on, more and more will see no other choice than to ignore the executive order’s cumbersome matrix of metrics, and simply reopen or reengage their business in order to save their livelihoods. Our guess is that it will only be after a healthy and obvious level of civil disobedience that Governor Cooper actually moves to return the state to some semblance of normalcy.
Governor Roy Cooper extended the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order Thursday. The headline date on that extension is May 8. So, at first glance at the evening news it appeared to be merely another week or so under this un-American lockdown. Closer inspection of Cooper’s three phase, top-down, one-size-fits-all plan really sets us up for months more of isolation decrees from the government.

Rick Henderson points this out at the Carolina Journal:
“North Carolinians face a few more months of at least partial isolation, based on recommendations Gov. Roy Cooper made at a Thursday, April 23, news conference. […]
Cooper and Cohen based the guidelines loosely around recommendations announced earlier this week by the Trump administration. But the timetables put North Carolina at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Those states either plan or have planned to relax some of their restrictions on commerce and mobility within a few days or weeks.
Cooper’s plan has the state gradually reopening businesses and social gatherings under a three-phase system. Perhaps after May 8. “It will depend on the facts and the data and the science” before the first phase of reopening begins, he said.

Southern Rock for the Apocalypse, Part III

Goin’ Down Slow – Duane Allman

When Duane Allman died in 1971, the world lost one of the best slide guitar players in the history of recorded music. By this point, Allman had become famous as part of his Allman Brother Band, but his influence on American music began before he and his younger brother former their band in 1969.

His original band Hourglass didn’t have much commercial success, but Allman also performed as a session musician for several major acts at FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and recorded a few tuns as a solo musician, as in the case of “Goin’ Down Slow.”

Political Correctness Is Ignorance and Leads to a Total Lack of Historical Understanding

 "Everyone should do all in his power to collect and disseminate the truth, in hope that it may find a place in history and descend to posterity."--Robert E. Lee - Confederate History Books and DVDs - The South - Black Confederates - Southern History - Slavery Not Cause of Civil War - Right of Secession - War Between the States - World History - World War I - World War II - The World Wars - Bonnie Blue Publishing - Gene Kizer, Jr. - Charleston Athenaeum Press Logo

The Elements of Academic Success was inspired by the legendary book, The Elements of Style, by Professor William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White. It is formatted the same way. There are 351 numbered topic sections in 10 chapters that cover everything a student will face in college, or an adult will face in the workplace.
(This post comes from "Papers and Writing," Chapter VIII of The Elements of Academic Success, How to Graduate Magna Cum Laude from College (or how to just graduate, PERIOD!), available on this website.)

257. You can not possibly understand history by using today's standards to judge the past.

You HAVE to look at the past the way the people who lived in the past looked at it. That's how you understand the past 

Southern Poets and Poems, Part III


EBENEZER COOKE (fl. ca. l 680s–1730s?) of Maryland is a major figure in Colonial American literature. He is best known for the long satirical poem “The Sot-Weed Factor.”  (The sot-weed is tobacco, mainstay of the Southern and American economy in the colonial period, and the factor is a figure long familiar in the South—the merchant who sold and exported the plantations’ tobacco, cotton, or rice, and shipped to the plantation such purchased goods as were requested. (A Yankee writer named Barth in the 20th century appropriated Cooke’s title for a novel.) The first item is from “The Sot-Weed Factor” (1708) and the second is a preface to Cooke’s long poem “The Maryland Muse.” (1731). Cooke shows the humorous and positive spirit of the South at a time when the literature of New England consisted entirely of Puritan cant.

[Photos] 20 Rare Black-and-White Photos of 1948 Saigon by Jack Birns


"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."  Dorothea Lange 

Jack Birns' series of photos of Saigon taken in 1948 capture the French colonial intrusion into Vietnamese life, creating interesting visual dichotomies. Birns, an American photographer, took pictures in several Asian countries in 1947 via a contract from LIFE and three cameras. 

The set of photos by Birns taken in Saigon reveals a mish-mash of traditional Vietnamese imagery along with the French influences on the city. The snaps include women posing with palm trees and strolling in the park, their floral and polka-dot printed áo dài billowing gently; in another image, a woman can be seen buying shoes from a street display wearing an a-line skirt and high-heels.

More @ Saigoneer

Houston Looking at Dismantling $17M Temp Hospital That Didn't See a Single Patient

Via Billy

One thing the coronavirus outbreak has taught us is that we have limited resources, at least when it comes to funding.

Consider that the funds set aside for small businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program ran out in a matter of weeks. And that’s the federal government. State governments have even less budgetary room to play around with, and counties have even less money.
So imagine what Harris County, home to Houston, must be feeling right now given that when it’s all said and done, they will have spent about $17 million on a temporary hospital that has yet to see a single patient.

More @ WJ

Harvard elite's anti-homeschooling 'propaganda' rebuked by school-choice expert

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She should spell Arithmetic properly before she complains about Homeshoolers. :)

Homeschooling is a potentially "dangerous" practice that gives parents "authoritarian control" over their children, if you choose to believe a particular Harvard Law School professor.

But there are almost always two sides to a story, and a school choice expert has issued a powerful refutation of the professor's claims.
“The issue is, do we think that parents should have 24/7, essentially authoritarian control over their children from ages zero to 18? I think that’s dangerous,” the professor, Elizabeth Bartholet, told Harvard Magazine for a piece titled, "The Risks of Homeschooling."

“I think it’s always dangerous to put powerful people in charge of the powerless, and to give the powerful ones total authority," she said in an interview for the magazine's May-June issue.

More @ WND


Via Billy


Dr. Fauci’s actions will be regarded as THE GREATEST ERROR in US History!

Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx, the IHME “experts” with the garbage models promoted the exact opposite approach to effectively battle this virus!

Dr. Fauci locked down the healthy and young Americans when he should have opened America to the young and healthy!

Now herd immunity will be delayed, the economy is ruined and many more will die!

Dr. Scott Atlas released this very important piece on Friday morning.

Let’s pray it gets on the president’s desk!

Here is point #5 from his article.

U.S. Job Losses Hit Great Depression-Era Mark

 Via Red Pill Jew


Over 26 million Americans have registered for unemployment since the China Virus hit the nation.

 The Labor Department released weekly numbers on jobless claims today, and as everyone anticipated, it’s another horrible report. Some 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number of jobless claims since the China Virus pandemic shut down the nation up to 26.4 million. For shocking perspective, the U.S. has now erased all job gains since the Great Recession, and it happened in just five weeks. Is it any wonder people have been protesting the lockdown measures across several states?

Ron Paul: Fed's Fake Prosperity Exposed: They Can't Hide Behind Coronavirus

The Fed's fake economy has burst. The stock market, even if it rises, cannot hide the damage that has been done. The virus, now known to be less deadly than the seasonal flu, cannot act as a legitimate excuse either. The un-American ideas of government micromanagement and Fed central planning of the economy have failed, and will continue to fail as long as they're clung to. The time to rebuild with the American ideas of liberty and sound money has arrived.

Oh my: Michigan legislature calls special session– to strip Whitmer of emergency powers

Via Jennings 


Couldn’t happen to a nicer petty martinet, nor at a better time. Winston Churchill once wrote that bad kings make for good law, and Michigan’s legislature might put that into action in a special session starting today. After Whitmer’s arbitrary and capricious COVID-19 shutdown order put the state’s unemployment at the highest in the nation, the legislature wants immediate oversight over Whitmer’s handling of the crisis. And they want to start reviewing bills to restrict the powers that she may have abused:

More @ Hot Air

Deeplorable Deb on the Lockdown

Via Cousin Jonan

Hillsdale College Launches Classical Ed Series for ‘Common Sense’ K-12 - 40 Free YouTube Videos

Via David

Hillsdale College and its Barney Charter School initiative have launched a series of more than 40 free YouTube videos for parents and their children engaged in at-home learning during the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

The video series is specifically focused on at-home learning during this time and is based on an American classical approach to education.

More @ Breitbart

Judge Roger Benitez Tosses California Law Requiring Background Checks For Ammunition Purchases

Via Herschel 

 The Federal Judge Who Struck Down the CA Ban on Magazines Holding ...

The experiment has been tried, the casualties have been counted.

The money quote, the greatest quote of all time is this, straight from the decision made by this good judge.
Law-abiding citizens are imbued with the unalienable right to keep and bear firearms along with the ammunition to make their firearms work. That a majority today may wish it were otherwise, does not change the Constitutional right. It never has. California has tried its unprecedented experiment. The casualties suffered by law abiding citizens have been counted. Presently, California and many other states sit in isolation under pandemic-inspired stay-at-home orders. Schools, parks, beaches, and countless non-essential businesses are closed. Courts are limping by while police make arrests for only the more serious crimes. Maintaining Second Amendment rights are especially important in times like these. Keeping vigilant is necessary in both bad times and good, for if we let these rights lapse in the good times, they might never be recovered in time to resist the next appearance of criminals, terrorists, or tyrants.
Good man.  God has His eye on you.


I’ve already had to burn one annoyingly stupid comment on the fire today.  Let’s expand just a bit.
Do I really believe that the Ninth Circuit is going to let this stand?  Am I that stupid?
Or is my point something else?  Perhaps a man did something noteworthy.  The judge is a good man, obviously, not perfect, but clear-headed and committed to liberty.  Those are strong words, not the weak tea we see even from SCOTUS.

Character is forged in fire, not easy times.  It’s also revealed that way.  This is a memorable quote – something to remember when times aren’t so good.  It’s also a decision that will forever mark him out, and pit him against the Ninth Circuit, and one that will also engender even more hatred for the Ninth Circuit, whether California changes or not.

This isn’t about a court decision.  It’s about the evolution of a culture, the bifurcation of its people, the positioning of sides, what a man did in these times, and what it revealed about his soul.
Perhaps something big will come of it, like being appointed to the Ninth Circuit in the future.  Or perhaps something even bigger will come of it, such as God remembering his actions.