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Florida AG refers Bloomberg to FBI after he pledges to pay fines of felons to allow them to vote

Whoops.

It seems failed Democrat presidential nominee Michael Bloomberg is in hot water after pledging to pay the fines of 32,000 felons in Florida so that they can vote in the election. By law felons who have outstanding court fines or fees cannot vote. 

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody referred Bloomberg to the FBI to request a criminal investigation. 

The AG’s letter to the FBI included this passage from the Florida Dept of State, Division of Elections:

Even other innocuous offering of an incentive simply to vote could run afoul of section 104.045 or section 104.061, or both, depending upon the circumstances involved. That is, incentives could be offered to a voter in a way that would be designed to directly or indirectly cause the voter or a larger group of voters to vote in a particular manner. In such a case, the person giving the incentive could be guilty of violating section 104.061, Florida Statutes, which makes it illegal to “directly or indirectly give or promise anything of value to another in casting his or her vote.

To the Democrats, the ends justify the means. Never mind the law. Because in their view, if they can get the orange man out of the way, then all will be forgiven.

Most reliable indicator of fear surrounding COVID-19 is not what you think

Our trip to the Aldi supermarket in the affluent suburb of Mosman in Sydney, Australia last Saturday revealed one immutable truth. That even the elderly have absolutely no concerns about social distancing when fighting over limited supplies of Lacura face creams that were on the ‘special buys’ list. We think this is probably the most accurate indicator of “fear” surrounding COVID-19 – absolutely none. We’ve seen more crowded Japanese subway carriages at peak hour.

Forget hand sanitiser, masks and respecting social distance. Just push, jostle, elbow, bustle and fight to the death to lay one’s hands on a $19 moisturizer. It felt like toilet paper rationing all over again.

Forgive the preamble.

We have analysed the latest COVID-19 deaths as a percentage of state populations across America and Australia to get a feel for the reality and check whether media hysteria is unfounded.

New York State was the worst of all, representing 3x the national average. 10 of the top 17 states with rates above the national average were Democrat controlled (blue columns).

In aggregate, c.121,000 have died under Democrat-controlled states and 78,400 under Republican-controlled states (red columns) as at Sept 21, 2020 according to CDC data.

We also note that Victoria, a state in Australia, has a death rate that still remains extremely low on a relative basis (despite being 10x the rest of the country combined) yet has some of the harshest lockdown laws.

Comparing Victoria to US states that imposed no lockdowns at all, the numbers don’t justify a draconian curfew. Utah has a population about half that of Victoria and a death toll from COVID at 50% of Victoria, despite no lockdown imposed at all. One could make a case for population density but why does NSW have 1/10th the death toll with similar demographics and a relatively open economy?

Note that all US states that had no lockdown had death tolls at least half the national average. Every single one is Republican-controlled.

In America, 99.94% of the country has no succumbed to coronavirus. In Victoria, 99.99% of the state population hasn’t died from it. In Australia 99.997% of citizens have managed to survive.

The data is self explanatory. US deaths are at 1/3rd the levels at the peak but the media can’t stray from the narrative that the risks of a new wave are around the corner. No. The virus remains contagious but not that virulent. Someone mentioned an election soon…

We shall be updating more data in coming days. Suffice to say, economies should be reopened and special attention paid to protecting more vulnerable members of society (who clearly weren’t at Aldi Mosman).

Statistical skidmarks at Sturgis

Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

There are lies, more lies and then there are statistics. When the COVID-19 autopsy is finally published we will know that had credible biopsies been conducted, such ineptitude would never have led to the disastrous outcomes and misinformation we have faced today. The media have been willing accomplices, taking a morbid fascination with daily reporting to help arrest falling ad revenues and relevance.

It is worth pondering the slew of dud predictions made to date by so many activist medical academic bodies across the globe. These forecasts have been the very opinions by which so many poor policies have been forged by local, state and national governments. Even worse, these healthcare hacks have faced absolutely no accountability for those wildly inaccurate advisories.

Australian senior medical experts told the government the country risked 5,000,000 infections and a best case scenario of 50,000 deaths. The actual figures are 26,465 and 781 respectively. Consequences? Zero.

It is hard not to think of the actions of these whackademics as akin to the climate science cult which has portended doom for the longest time. How timely that the Dr Tedros, of the completely discredited World Health Organization, said, “In particular, the Covid-19 pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change.” To think if we had eradicated fossil fuels that the pandemic wouldn’t have been worse than a spot of hay fever?

Speaking of fossil fuels, it is a perfect segue into the carbon criminals who attended Sturgis, South Dakota (SD) last month.

A recent report published by the Institute of Labor Economics (ILE) – which to the best of our knowledge is not in the healthcare sector – suggests that the 10-day Sturgis motorcycle rally during August 2020 was a super-spreader event leading to 260,000 infections, or 19% of the nation’s total during that period.

Medical experts warned that SD would have 10,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals because the state refused to lock down but it never exceeded 100 at the peak. SD has some of the lowest rates in absolute and relative terms. Governor Kristi Noem made a point to allow residents to exercise common sense and keep operating. What a surprise it is now the best performing state in the US. No wonder the media hates its narrative busting success.

The mainstream media wasted no time to heap scorn on 480,000 irresponsible two-wheeled outlaws who have now apparently burdened the taxpayer with another $12.2bn in unnecessary health costs. Even if that number was accurate, we shudder to think of the $ trillions in economic damages caused by largely Democrat-controlled states and cities which have forced their minions into lockdown. Never mind that the political elites – who exert control over them – have brazenly violated many of the rules they issue dire warnings over. We wrote about that here.

Then these doomsayers wonder why events like Sturgis happen? Could it be that people are growing tired of the hypocrisy and see right through the “rules for thee, but not for me” double standards.

Naturally journalists went into overdrive saying that SD had the highest spike in the rate of coronavirus cases in the nation after Sturgis. That was partly true. Note that is the “growth rate”, not the “absolute” number.

What many statisticians fail to account for is the law of incredibly low numbers to begin with in SD.

Note the relatively unchanged trajectory of deaths from COVID-19 (below), which the CDC admits is directly responsible for only 6% of the total. 94% are caused by co-morbidities.

Neighbouring Iowa and North Dakota were also pointed to as states which were affected by these renegades. Death rates have not moved much, if at all.

The divergent trends of coronavirus cases and deaths is an increasingly global phenomenon. Lockdown or no lockdown, better approaches to hygiene and more precautions taken by age groups more susceptible to the virus are no doubt a factor.

Yet governments are still ignoring hard evidence and blindly following inept medical advice in order to hold onto these new found powers so they can preach how virtuous they are to save a handful of lives but destroy 1,000s upon 1,000s of livelihoods. It is shameless and we hope voters punish them at the ballot box.

In closing, these two charts on SD more accurately reflect the media and medical activists. Infections marking the level of amplified hysteria and death rates depicting the lack of trust we should place in these institutions.

San Francisco’s eye watering Public Sector Salaries

Forbes has compiled an interesting update on the public sector in San Francisco. The city is currently running a $1.5bn deficit. 44,526 public sector employees cost the city over $5bn pa. 18,759 of these employees take home $150,000 or more.

Of note, San Francisco is ranked 67 out of 75 large cities in America for its fiscal position with a “D” rating according to Data-Z

Looking through the books, some truck drivers took home over $262,000; city painters made over $270,000; firefighters earned $316,000+; and plumbing supervisors took home $348,291 in 2019. One deputy sheriff hit a total pay day of $574,595 in 2019 – including $315,896 in overtime. Such pay also includes pension and health care.

SF Mayor London Breed earns $452,000.

Police Chief William Scott earned $434,613. Four assistant chiefs (police and management) received between $346,528 and $445,539. Then, there were 195 employees with pay and perks exceeding $300,000 each. Sheriff Paul Miyamoto made $357,570.

Fire Dept Chief Jeanine Nicholson earns $442,722. Her predecessor retired on $311,560 annually.

Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru took home $380,120.

Homeless Services & Supportive Housing Director Jeff Kosinsky earned $238,182 last year despite a rise in homeless numbers.

Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu made $302,145.

Unfunded liabilities for pension and healthcare stands at $8.1bn or $9,000 per resident. The city’s financial report was released 268 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.

One can understand the frustration of the population in lockdown when those public officials supposed to look after them are collecting monster pay checks.

Life experience politicians vs Career politicians

It is so refreshing when politicians have life experience. South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem posted the following statement. As a small business owner herself, she knew how they functioned and has opened her state’s doors to welcome anyone fleeing lawless Democrat run cities, towns and states.

You’ve heard me say many times that South Dakota never closed. We allowed South Dakotans to make the best decisions for themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities. But we were unique in this path; other states made different choices. In fact, in some places businesses have been closed for the past six months. How are small business owners supposed to make ends meet in states that have locked down their economies for six months straight?

This isn’t a hypothetical question to me. As a former small business owner, I’ve personally dealt with the struggles of keeping a business afloat. When my dad passed away, I had to take charge of our family’s farming operation. We struggled to balance paying our IRS bill with payroll and all the other expenses that are a regular part of running a small business. If we’d been forced to shut down for six months in the middle of it all, our business would not have made it.

That’s exactly what we’re seeing play out across the country. As a result of extended lockdowns, countless businesses are closing. In July, Yelp announced that more than 72,000 businesses on the site had closed for good since the start of the pandemic, and that was more than a month ago. Retailers and restaurants have been hit especially hard.

These businesses are more than just storefronts – they’re people’s livelihoods. They put food on the table, not only for small business owners, but also for their employees. Without businesses to employ these workers, states that have been shut down will struggle to recover even after they reopen.

Here in South Dakota, because we didn’t shut down our state, the recovery story is far stronger. According to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, South Dakota had the fewest low-income job losses of any state in our region, and as of the end of June, we’d already recovered nearly all of those losses. Our weekly initial unemployment claims continue to drop. This is positive news coming into the Labor Day weekend.

Our tourism industry is rebounding strongly as well. South Dakota is the third best state in the country for domestic tourism bookings compared to the start of the pandemic. Interest in visiting South Dakota has surged, meaning we’ll continue to see friendly faces visiting our state in the weeks, months, and years to come.

We’re hearing from lots of folks interested in not only visiting South Dakota, but moving here full-time. If business owners are sick and tired of the lockdowns in other states, I want them to know that they have another option. They can come to South Dakota. We respect our people’s rights, and we won’t shut businesses down. We’re open for opportunity, and on my watch, we always will be.”

Maybe some lessons for the State of Victoria, Australia. Are you listening, Dan Andrews? Of course not.

NBA ratings crater

Last week, The Athletic published ratings for network NBA broadcasts which have declined by 45% since 2011–12. Games on TNT are also down by more than 40%, while ESPN’s ratings have gone down roughly 20%.

100% self inflicted wound. Get woke, go broke.

Cops need to consider whether looters “needed” goods before charging them

Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton has said that the police should consider whether looters needed those stolen goods before charging them. These Democrats are seriously deranged.

Yes, this is the same California DA who charged two people with a ‘hate crime’ for defacing a BLM mural. Her release noted “defacing” with “black paint” related to “systemic racism.

Yet another activist member of a judiciary.

Greens rebirth Abbott Derangement Syndrome

So unhinged are The Greens that Senator Jordon Steele-John has already expressed faux outrage before former PM Tony Abbott has slid a foot under his new desk to help the UK negotiate trade deals post Brexit.

What a surprise to see the steely focus on identity politics – age, race, wealth and gender – the four least relevant metrics to determine his ability to produce in the role.

As ever, Abbott Derangement Syndrome reigns supreme. That even out of office, The Greens have to howl at the moon with no evidence it is bad for Australia.

Tony Abbott is entitled to a pension post serving as PM. If the Senator has such a bee in his bonnet over the retirement allowance granted to former leaders, perhaps he should propose a policy to overturn it.

Yet to make out that Australian taxpayers are paying him to sell out Australia is just nonsense.

The Brits want someone to negotiate trade deals in a post Brexit world. A former PM is likely to have a few contacts in his Rolodex to be able to expedite execution.

Perhaps the Senator might sound mildly more intelligent if he suggested that Australia is not obliged to accept any proposal made by the UK body run by Abbott. If we choose a duff trade deal with the UK that is 100% on us for poor due diligence, not Mr Abbott.

This is why we are always in amazement that anyone can vote Green. They are so out of touch with reality.

Who could forget the Greens promoting a domestic violence activist who suggested that firefighters go home and beat their wives. Seriously?

When journalists and other politicians with such views retire perhaps they should declare they be held to the exact guidelines they demand of Mr Abbott. We know for sure if Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard were selected by UK PM Boris Johnson we wouldn’t hear a peep.

Patriot Pushback Pending

We don’t intend to make any informed comments about the police shooting of a Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We don’t have enough context. Best not join the chorus of mainstream media which will seize on any edited video clip to feed a narrative and run with the headline for days instead of ignoring it like they did with the murder of 5yo Cannon Hinnant.

Let’s not even begin to discuss Democrat Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, who despite the lack of evidence, immediately sided with the mob. As is most often the case, evidence will show that the whole situation could have been avoided were instructions followed. That isn’t to condone excessive force but to recognize edited clips can misrepresent realities.

So what of those businesses and houses of prayer that proudly displayed ‘Black Lives Matter’ outside? Well it only goes to prove that the mob doesn’t care. One would think insurance companies were encouraging BLM signs in shop front windows as a way to help policy holders lower premiums. The appeasers were eaten first in Kenosha. A car dealership was torched. Why do innocent business owners end up victims?

At what point, if they haven’t already, will Americans stop tolerating any more protestors shining flashlights through their windows in the middle of the night? What will they tell their terrorized children who are woken up by obscenities yelled in their suburban Portland neighborhoods demanding they abandon their properties?

Where was the condemnation during the Democratic National Convention? Why no mention of the riots? Oh, that’s right. They’re all peaceful protestors.

We think that the strategy of chaos hurting Trump’s re-election chances will spectacularly backfire. All of the platitudes that parsed the lips of the hypocritical and divisive Obamas or woke celebrities at the DNC only reinforced they are the party for the elites.

The media may be complicit in cheerleading but ‘lived experience‘ is one factor that no amount of political bluster or fancy journalism can overcome. It was the same in 2016.

Citizens are rightly furious. Despotic mayors and governors have subjected them to unnecessary economic pain and stripped them of their dignity through coronavirus lockdowns but stay silent through the mayhem of BLM and Antifa. The biased media only amplifies their rage.

Normally, a dud economy would be an election killer for an incumbent. This time, the sinister politics of the opposition will force many fence sitters to bite their lip and tolerate 4 more years of Trump’s vulgarity. We think a landslide awaits, albeit with an ugly 75 days leading into it.

In the words of Nancy Pelosi, “people will do what they will do.”

James Woods on point

James Woods points out liberal hypocrisy at its finest during the DNC.