Is it too soon to say the pandemic is over? I don’t want to jinx it. But if you’ve been paying attention lately, it sure looks like the vaccines are working. Cases are down. Deaths are down. People are starting to get back to normal. Operation Warp Speed has been a success, whether or not you want to admit Trump did something right.
And boy oh boy, a lot of people sure don’t want to admit that. Trump fans think I’m a lib because I dislike him personally and refuse to play Emperor’s New Clothes when he says things that are blatantly false, but actual liberals have built their whole lives around contradicting every single thing Trump says and does. Having no personality of their own, they’ve fashioned one from blurting out “Nuh-uh, Trump!” at every opportunity, even when it makes them look like big dummies.
Take the lab-leak theory, for example. Going back to the earliest days of the pandemic, it didn’t seem like a mere coincidence that this virus originated in Wuhan, China, home of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. I mean, what are the odds? But when Trump said as much, none of our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press dared agree with him publicly or their audience would think they were Trumpers. The chattering classes cared less about the truth than about their own careers, because that’s what it means to be a journalist.
But now, with Trump out of office and the pandemic winding down, more and more people are asking the same question. Suddenly, it’s acceptable to ask what the hell is going on in Wuhan. What if this miserable nightmare didn’t actually start in a “wet market,” with somebody eating bat soup or pangolin pot pie or whatever? How is it racist to assume the Chinese government is technically advanced enough to cause this, advertently or not?
That’s why we’re now seeing things like WaPo “correcting” stories from March 2020 that asserted the lab-leak theory was conspiracy nonsense. They dismissed it out of hand, and now they’re backpedalling. Here’s the text of one such “correction,” appended to a story originally headlined “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked”:
"Earlier versions of this story and its headline inaccurately characterized comments by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) regarding the origins of the coronavirus. The term 'debunked' and The Post’s use of ‘conspiracy theory’ have been removed because, then as now, there was no determination about the origins of the virus."
Now, I’m fairly good at readin’ and writin’ and such, but I’m not really sure what that last part means. “Then as now, there was no determination about the origins of the virus.” Huh? If they didn’t know one way or another, why did they claim it was debunked? If nothing has changed, if things are the same “then as now,” why are they correcting it 15 months later? Why can’t they just admit they blew it?
Guess they figure if they can't dazzle us with their brilliance, they’ll baffle us with their bull$#!+.
But it’s okay, because Tom Cotton is a Republican and therefore an enemy of the Washington Post. They’ll grudgingly admit they might not have been 100% accurate or honest about the most important story of our lifetime, but they won’t give those dirty Republicans the satisfaction of a clear and unequivocal retraction. And none of their colleagues will call them out on it, because they all want to work at WaPo someday.
Then they wonder why we don’t trust them.
Speaking of miserable liars, did you see Anthony Fauci is publishing a book? It’ll be 80 glorious pages, and the title is Expect the Unexpected. The only thing that’s unexpected from that clown is the truth.
And considering those Fauci e-mails that are coming out now, at least one guy has earned the right to gloat about it:
A virus doesn’t care about your ego. If you were wrong and refuse to admit it, we all know you’re full of crap and you’re only damaging your own reputation. I guess that’s where the money comes into play. Fauci doesn’t care that we know he’s lying to us, because he’s sitting on a big pile of cash.
He’d better just hope his worshippers don’t turn on him. Dems are like vipers, but without the charm.
So, What Else Is Going On?
Rep. Nancy Mace reported that her home in South Carolina was vandalized over the Memorial Day weekend:
And so, of course, some crazy people decided Mace was faking it:
The science of deduction!
That’s Bess Kalb, a comedy writer with IMDb credits and everything. Most recently, she worked on that Yearly Departed comedy special on Amazon Prime that you might have tried to watch. So… maybe she’s making a joke? Or maybe she’s just a loon.
The right has QAnon, and the left has BlueAnon. The difference is that Ms. Kalb has no reason to keep her insane conspiracy theories to herself, because she’ll never suffer any personal or professional consequences for her awful behavior. Bullying a woman whose house was just vandalized is acceptable, because that woman is an enemy and anything goes.
Oh, and as the Post and Courier in Charleston, SC reports, three parks near Mace’s home were also vandalized with the same sort of graffiti. So either the vandalism is real, or Rep. Mace did it all herself to cleverly cover up her hoax.
The game is afoot, Sherlock Kalb!
Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon reports that Google’s “head of diversity strategy,” Kamau Bobb, once wrote that Jews have "insatiable appetite for war" and an "insensitivity to the suffering [of] others." Now that’s what I call diversity! Isn’t it nice to know that our tech overlords, who want to control what we can and can’t say online, are just as bigoted as everybody else? It reminds me of that Ryan Long skit about how the #woke left and the alt-right actually agree on everything.
Good news: Anheuser-Busch is giving away free beer if 70% of Americans are at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
Bad news: The beer was brewed by Anheuser-Busch.
I’m trying out Substack, obviously, and so far I like it. If you like it too, that’s awesome. I hope you’ll subscribe. If you don’t like it, well, it’s okay to be wrong.
I’m trying to think of this in terms of a newsletter rather than a blog, and the incentives are much different. I don’t have to worry about web traffic, for one thing, and I don’t want to fill your in-box with a bunch of e-mails every day. No spam! So I probably won’t do more than one of these a day. I think? Bear with me, friends, I’m just playing it by ear as usual.