The non-woke gentleman from North Carolina

“One of the finest speeches you will hear in this or any other year.” ~ Gerard Van der Leun

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This dude is going places.

You could do worse than check in on The American Digest every morning to see what Gerard Van der Leun has come up with.

Today I found a speech by one Mark Robinson, a candidate for lieutenant governor in North Carolina. He grew up in an impoverished house as the 9th of 10 children abd experienced alcoholism and domestic abuse first hand.

I prefer the written word to videos, but a text doesn’t do justice to oratory if it’s real oratory. And Mark Robinson does real, old-school oratory.

What’s really interesing, however, is that he’s black, but his audience appears to be mostly white, and they are cheering like crazy. His message is explicitly evangelical Christian, and I contend that nothing can bring the races together like a share Christian faith.

He speaks about the black experience, and he is decidely not woke. Enjoy:

~ Toxophily

The Donald’s just solving problems

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We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
~ Albert Einstein

You don’t become a multi-billionnaire building buildings if you can’t solve problems. Exactly how The Donald approaches problems, I don’t know. I do know he looks at them differently than politicians do. Thomas Sowell explains:

“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are No. 1 and No. 2. Whatever is No. 3 is far behind”.   

Today, for example, he is hosting leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel to sign accords that would establish normal diplomatic relations between the countries. 

How many other presidents did that?

This week Trump also signed four executive orders aimed at lowering the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States.

How many other preidents did that?

“The Democratic convention, you’re going to see a lot of politicians who have been doing this for a long time, complaining about problems that quite frankly they haven’t solved so you’ll hear a lot of complaints,” Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Trump, said. “But what you’ll hear about during President Trump’s convention is a lot of the successes that he’s had,” Kushner added. “He’s a results president. He’s a businessman president.”

There you go.

The list of the problems he has solved is astonishing. Give that list a skim.

You won’t know this because of the unrelenting anti-Trump bias in the media. Search for “Trump problem solving” and you’ll get headlines like these:

  • Donald Trump’s Abysmal Problem-Solving Skills
  • Analysis: President Trump creates problems and then rushes in to solve them.
  • Trump Seems To Think TV Can Solve His Coronavirus Failures
  • How do you solve a problem like Donald Trump?

Back in 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump said. “We have a country that’s going to hell, and you know, I know the reasons why. I know how to fix them. A lot of people don’t. And I watch politicians, and you know, very rarely would you find anybody that would know how to fix it.”

~ Kallikrein

GoldbergGate: The art of the big lie

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The accustaion by The Atlantic that President Trump disparaged World War I troops is, on its face, a lie. It’s well known that Trump has initiated significant improvements for our soliders and that he is quite fond of those who serve.

So why would editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg engage in such an obvious fabrication?

Perhaps he was persuaded by, and then perpetrated, The Big Lie. Adolph Hitler explained:

All this was inspired by the principle—which is quite true within itself—that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.

And, you know, Trump is just so bad, so bad, that it must be true. It may be fake, but it’s true. Guess who jumps to Goldberg’s defense? None other than Famed Fabricator Dan Rather. “Whether he said it or not, it is believable,” Rather said. Of course Danny once said, “I think that you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.” Danny destroyed his career with a Big Lie.

Goldberg must be delighted that Dan Rather has now come out publicly to support him.

Goldberg is definitely pleasing the owner of his magazine, Laurene Powell Jobs, who has donated more than $1.2 million to nearly 70 Democrat politicians since 2019.

And this isn’t Goldberg’ s first foray into anonymous Trump bashing. Consider these recent articles:

It goes on.

The blowback was so fierce that writer David Frum undertook to support his boss with a piece affectionately entitled , “Everyone Knows It’s True.”

Sure we do, David. Thanks.

Dan Rather’s self-immolation came to be known as Rathergate. Perhaps what we’re witnessing now will come to be known as GoldbergGate.

~ Brady Kinin

Kung Flu: Will exercise protect you?

yanRegular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with the COVID-19 virus, a top exercise researcher reports.

A review by Zhen Yan of the University of Virginia School of Medicine showed that medical research findings “strongly support” the possibility that exercise can prevent or at least reduce the severity of ARDS, which affects between 3% and 17% of all patients with COVID-19. Based on available information, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 20% to 42% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 will develop ARDS. The range for patients admitted to intensive care is estimated at 67% to 85%.

Research conducted prior to the pandemic suggested that approximately 45% of patients who develop severe ARDS will die.

This involves an antioxidant called EcSOD that is produced by the body.  Research suggests that even a single session of exercise increases production of the antioxidant.

“Our findings suggest aerobic exercise is particularly potent in stimulating EcSOD expression,” Yan wrote in an email to Newsweek. “With that said, weight training helps maintain or even increase muscle mass. More muscle mass will likely lead to more EcSOD production, hence more benefits. “Aerobic exercise can be easily done at home, such as [a] stationary bike, aerobic floor exercise and rowing machines. Of course, canoeing, biking and running outside with strict social distance are good options.”

~ Caballine

 

Kung Flu: Will breathing protect you?

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Maybe. If you do it right.

A leading scientist says: Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Breathing this way can help the body fight viral infections.

The reason is that your nasal cavities produce the molecule nitric oxide, which chemists abbreviate NO, that increases blood flow through the lungs and boosts oxygen levels in the blood. Breathing in through the nose delivers NO directly into the lungs, where it helps fight coronavirus infection by blocking the replication of the coronavirus in the lungs.

The scientist is Louis J. Ignarro, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. He is one of three pharmacologists who won the Nobel Prize in 1998 for discovering how nitric oxide is produced in the body and how it works.

NO protects your blood vessels, which we now know are attacked by the virus.

NO is produced continuously by the 1 trillion cells that form the inner lining, or endothelium, of the 100,000 miles of arteries and veins in our bodies, especially the lungs. Endothelium-derived NO acts to relax the smooth muscle of the arteries to prevent high blood pressure and to promote blood flow to all organs. Another vital role of NO is to prevent blood clots in normal arteries.

It also directly attacks the virus.

Other types of cells in the body, including circulating white blood cells and tissue macrophages, produce nitric oxide for antimicrobial purposes. The NO in these cells reacts with other molecules, also produced by the same cells, to form antimicrobial agents to destroy invading microorganisms including bacteria, parasites and viruses. As you can see, NO is quite an amazing molecule.

The sinuses in the nasal cavity, but not the mouth, continuously produce NO. This NO  is chemically identical to the NO used clinically by inhalation. So by inhaling through the nose, you are delivering NO directly into your lungs, where it increases both airflow and blood flow and keeps microorganisms and virus particles in check.

~ Aischrolatreia

Freudian slipping in front of everyone

freudA Fredian slip is an inadvertent mistake in speech or writing that is thought to reveal a person’s unconscious motives, wishes, or attitudes. ~ Dictionary.com

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” ― Maya Angelou

Don Lemon: “The Rioting Has Got to Stop… It’s Showing Up in the Polls”

Forget about the people who have been killed, the businesses, homes and livelihoods ruined, it’s about the polls.

CNN Accidentally Displays Honest Chyron About Violent Protests, Quickly Changes It

This is CNN.

Unredacted suit shows Google’s own engineers confused by privacy settings

Users could make change, but it was “difficult enough that people won’t,” one employee wrote.

Cop-Hating BLM and Antifa Looters Scream “Call the Police!” after Rioter Is Shot in Kenosha

First responders could not be reached for comment.

De Blasio’s Tale of 2 Brunches: Mayor has no plan for ‘optional’ indoor dining

Marx would be so proud: “Indoor dining is obviously a very optional activity, which some people do a lot who have the resources and others can’t do at all because they don’t have the resources.”

Hillary Clinton: Biden ‘Should Not Concede Under Any Circumstances’

They are going to count every vote and keep counting, and then count some more until Biden wins. Their “massive legal operation” will challenge every deadline to accept absentee ballots. They will challenge rejected ballots. Ballots that are received two weeks after the deadline will be fought for. Ballots will be found, and lost, and found again.

~ Pleniloquence

How will life change after the Kung Flu?

futureAttempts to predict the future fail because we extrapolate from the present and can’t factor in the unexpected.

Bu let’s go ahead and extrapolate from the present anyway to see what might happen.

1 in 5 churches facing permanent closure within 18 months due to COVID-19 shutdowns. “The disruptions related to giving, and maybe even as important to all that, is that even for those churches that have reopened, they’re seeing much smaller numbers of people show up. So simply reopening a church doesn’t fix the underlying economic challenges that you might have.”

The economic damage of rioting lingers for a long time. It is a tragic truth of the recent riots that the damage was worst in areas which were already relatively economically impoverished. Even worse, economic research suggests that the areas afflicted will suffer from the damage inflicted by rioters for years to come.

Life will never be the same for people over 60 — even with a COVID-19 vaccine. These are the likely long-term impacts on gatherings, travel, eating, medicine, home life and even public restrooms. “In the past few months, the entire world has had a near-death experience,” said Ken Dychtwald, CEO of Age Wave, a think tank on aging around the world. “We’ve been forced to stop and think: I could die, or someone I love could die. When those events happen, people think about what matters and what they will do differently.”

Jeff Bezos Wants to Turn Shopping Malls into Amazon Warehouses. Many of the department stores previously occupied by Sears and JCPenney, both of which have filed for bankruptcy and closed dozens of stores, have left retail spaces across the country empty. Now, Amazon is attempting to purchase empty retail spaces to create multiple warehouse spaces in cities across the country allowing the e-commerce giant to decrease its delivery times on shipments.

Urban Dwellers Pick Up The Pace On Looking For Homes In Suburbs And Beyond. In crowded housing markets hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, city dwellers are looking at where they want to live through a new lens. During the second quarter of 2020, 51% of realtor.com’s views from urban residents of the nation’s 100 largest metros went to suburban properties in their metros, a record high since the real estate listings website began tracking metro level search data in 2017.

Op-Ed: Thank COVID for These Improvements in Care Delivery. We have seen dramatic shifts in the use of telemedicine in just the past few months. At Kaiser Permanente, healthcare visits delivered remotely have increased from about one in five visits before the pandemic to more than four in five today. The speed with which this shift took place — days and weeks rather than months and years — stands as a collective accomplishment in the rapid evolution of care. And these changes are here to stay.

Is Working From Home The Future Of Work? Nearly half the U.S. workforce might now be remote workers. Cali Williams Yost, a flexwork expert and founder of the Flex + Strategy Group in Madison, N.J. says that as a result of COVID-19: “Work is forever changed” because “flexible work was made for times like these.”

Working from home saved commuters nearly $91 billion. Fewer trips to gas stations and repair shops add another $183 million in daily savings.

Once Marginalized, Homeschooling Hits the Mainstream. Parents with children in government schools are heading for the exits, in search of options that better suit their needs now and in the future. It’s part of an education revolution poised to leave government schools just one option among many, as once-marginalized approaches such as microschools, teaching pods, and homeschooling become perfectly mainstream.

The Guardian view on video conferencing: the future of meetings? Huge numbers have attended online work meetings and social gatherings for the first time, with video conferencing apps downloaded a record 62m times over 10 days in March. Zoom, like Google, has become a verb. Tech enthusiasts promote the idea of the home office and virtual hangout as the new normal.

Will this be one of those sea changes like the move from farm to city? Well, as you know, we can’t predict the future.

~ Palmary

Crazy Years: Vikings, Shampoo, Chicken Wings

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“Doctors across the globe are reporting that their patients with severe cases of COVID-19 are left confused, sometimes delirious or exhibiting signs of an altered mental state.” ~ ABC News

Maybe that explains it. Maybe not. Whatever:

Ancient Viking warrior given a hero’s burial may have actually been ‘transgender, non-binary or gender fluid’, researchers say

What would we do without researchers?

NY Dems push for law mandating 500 hours of training for ‘shampoo assistants’

Rinse. Repeat.

Too Woke: CNN Avoids Saying ‘Women’, Instead Says ‘Individuals With a Cervix’

TMI.
Hystericalectomy: Yes, “Trans” People Are Crazy

So’s your momma.

New From Teen Vogue: Sleep Is Systemically Racist

Wake me when it’s over.

Cuomo’s COVID Power Grab Goes Off the Rails as He Declares Chicken Wings Aren’t a Meal

Then I’ll have a bagel.

Burger King: We’re Changing Our Cows’ Diet: ‘Cow Farts And Burps Are No Laughing Matter’

No? Pull my thumb.

~ Apollyon

Unshakable belief in something that isn’t true

Questions: Do the Democrats really believe what they say? Do they really think we’ll believe them?

Barack Obama will serve as an example. In his speech at the DNC Obama scolded President Trump for demeaning the military by using them for political purposes. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, he said, “understand that in this democracy, the commander in chief doesn’t use the men and women of our military, who are willing to risk everything to protect our nation, as political props.”

Oh? What does this photo mean?

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Or this.

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“Delusional disorder,” according to WebMD, “is a type of serious mental illness called a psychotic disorder. People who have it can’t tell what’s real from what is imagined. Delusions are the main symptom of delusional disorder. They’re unshakable beliefs in something that isn’t true or based on reality.”

Julie Kelly is direct:

Somebody call a doctor. The Democratic Party is not well. Joe Biden is neither mentally nor physically healthy enough to run the country, yet the party remains in denial.

They have one hallucination after another. For three years, Democrats rocked back and forth wrapped in a collusion straightjacket mumbling about the Russians(!) and lighting candles for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. One Democratic leader made up phone conversations between Trump and the Ukrainian president; one presidential candidate pretends to be Native American. Now, metal mailboxes disappear before their very eyes.

The whole of the Democratic Party should be in a rubber room not anywhere near the levers of power. The only cure for what ails the Democratic Party is for voters to turn them out of office so they get the nice long rehab they need. As Trump said Thursday about the opposition party, “There was a certain sense of sanity 4 years ago. These people are insane.” He is correct.

I can’t decide if they believe their delusions or they’re just funnin’ us.

~ Heteroclite