It’s tough to focus on just one issue with so much happening at once. Plus, I can’t produce anything thoughtful when I’m this angry. So here’s a quick review of some of the less-covered issues emerging this weekend.
Country Fried Covid
The rural phase of the C19 pandemic has arrived and it looks ugly. Minnesota, Indiana and Wisconsin each had more new cases yesterday than New Jersey. Alabama was just one case behind. ICU beds have filled up in Montgomery, forcing hospitals to treat C19 patients in the ER. ICU wards are filling up in Nebraska and the Twin Cities. Washington’s rural Yakima County has the highest infection rate on the West Coast. When one worker at farm in Evensville, Tennessee came down with C19, managers decided to test workers. Every one of the farm’s 200 workers tested positive and are now being quarantined.
Southern California is overtaking New York City as the new C19 hotspot after residents consistently flouted lockdown orders for weeks. By comparison, new cases remain low in the Bay Area, one of the country’s most successful regions in the pandemic fight.
Black Lives Matter protesters have been caught flat-footed by white people turning their protests violent. Between white cops with eyes like spooked horses, white nationalist agitators, and little wonder bread hoodlums smashing windows with their skateboards, the Floyd protests have quickly been coopted into a white riot.
All over the country we saw scenes of black protesters trying to protect police, block white rioters from destroying stores, and deter looters. Cops in Columbus assaulted a black Congresswoman. New York police plowed an SUV through a crowd of protestors and DeBlasio defended them. Look closely at images of violence from the protests and you’ll see an awful lot of white faces. How many black people were involved in the looting of the police station in Portland? Remind me, how many black people are there in Fargo?
Some old cracker in Salt Lake City threatened a crowd of protesters with a bow and arrow. Protesters took his weapon and burned his car. National Guard troops were recorded marching through quiet residential streets in Minneapolis firing paint balls at residents on their porches under audible orders to “light ’em up.”
What’s motivating these little cracker kids setting fires under I-35 in Austin? Who was this white guy recorded breaking windows in Minneapolis before the protests turned violent? Why, one might ask, did a protestor feel the need to ask that guy whether he was a cop?
Officials have openly speculated that white nationalist groups are using the protests as cover, but hard evidence remains elusive. Why would protestors attack the CNN building, home to President Trump’s most hated news network? Why was that protest packed with white faces?
Bob Kroll, head of the Minneapolis police union, spoke at one of Donald Trump’s Nazi rallies last fall. Kroll is a thug who belonged to a white nationalist biker club and referred to Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization. He’s a perfect symbol of the public employee unions that have made it nearly impossible to reform police departments.
In this midst of this mess, a police chief deep in the South is charting the way forward. My old hometown, Houston, has been relatively calm, thanks to the intelligent and responsible leadership of Art Acevedo, and with a big assist from the South’s longstanding resistance to powerful public employee unions. Acevedo marched with Houston’s protestors and penned an eloquent op-ed for the Washington Post.
Supreme Court Rejects Religious Challenge to Lockdown
In a surprisingly close, 5-4 decision, Justice Roberts sided with the Court’s liberals to uphold California’s restrictions on religious services during the pandemic. This decision was interesting partly because it was so close, but also because Roberts seemed to take aim specifically at Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh’s passionate dissent had all the legal rigor of a blog post, and Roberts called out his sloppiness.
Get Ready for More Turbulence in Oil Markets
Oil prices rebounded nicely in recent weeks as the US made moves toward reopening, but demand has not followed. Only China, where the government has enjoyed remarkable success in their pandemic response, has resumed normal consumption. Demand is not recovering in the US and Europe. In fact, US demand for oil plunged again last week.
Trump Will Blame Rioters for Second C19 Wave
After the federal government failed to use the lockdowns to implement the necessary test and trace measures to contain C19, infections have started rising again. This expansion is mostly going unnoticed, but by the second half of June ERs and ICUs will be filling up in parts of the country that missed the first wave. Get ready for the MAGAnauts to blame this surge on the protests.
Loeffler Makes 7-Figure Trump Donation
You may have wondered why Senator Burr is being prosecuted for the same illegal trading activity performed by Senator Loeffler, while Loeffler skates. For starters, Burr allowed the Senate Intel committee to subpoena Don Jr. and presided over a committee report that validated claims of Russian interference. But more importantly, Loeffler just delivered in the only way that matters, making a million dollar donation to Trump’s re-election.
This song was released 32 years ago.
Compare it to this song, which came out the same year but somehow didn’t excite the same public response.