Despite ‘Delta’ Alarmism, COVID-19 Deaths Hit 16-Month Low

H/T Western Journal.

Joe Pee Pads Biden’s regime will defiantly censor this bit of news.

The Delta alarmism is to scare the CNN watching sheeple.

Please help me spread the word.

Despite fears about contagious new strains of the coronavirus floating around, deaths from COVID-19 are at a 16-month low, according to the latest data.

The establishment media loves a high body count. If you’ve never worked in a TV newsroom, you’ve never seen a media big shot’s eyes glaze over as he hears about a mass casualty event. It’s disgusting.

Thus far, the super-scary, mega-ominous delta variant has denied the establishment media’s empathy-free reporter, producers and directs mass graves and B-roll footage of body bags. The TV and print media spin machine is being foiled by science and medicine.

In fact, deaths from COVID-19 are still declining, despite all the fresh alarmism.

A graph shared on Twitter by Harvard Medical School professor Martin Kulldorff, which cited the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Research Center as its source, shows U.S. COVID deaths conspicuously peaked around the third week of January — which was right around the time of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

 

 

But something else happened following that month: Deaths kept declining. In spite of the super-scary, mega-ominous delta variant and its cousin, the super-terrifying, mega-menacing lambda variant, reported fatalities from COVID are at a 16-month low.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s provisional information on cases and deaths shows the same trend shared by Johns Hopkins University and Kulldorff.

A CDC table that tracks reported COVID deaths in the U.S. shows clearly that fatalities have fallen to their lowest level since spring of last year, even though the country is seeing an uptick in reported cases and new variants.

The CDC tracked six deaths attributed to COVID in January 2020. By April of last year, 65,471 deaths had been linked to the pandemic.

In January of this year, according to the CDC, 104,904 Americans died from the coronavirus. In February, the agency attributed 47,313 deaths to the illness. That’s quite a drop, but it was only the beginning.

The number of monthly deaths continued to fall each month, including this month, as the delta variant took over news coverage — leading to talk of more lockdowns, a return of masks and the federal government essentially undercutting its own messaging on vaccine efficacy.

How deadly has July been, with respect to other months? It trails only February 2020, when 19 deaths were attributed to the coronavirus.

Through Friday, 4,054 deaths have been blamed on COVID this month — a big drop from 7,493 in June and the lowest since 7,159 deaths were reported in March 2020, the month in which the disease began its spread across the country and world.

While one death from any cause is too many, the pandemic is right now less deadly than it has been at any point since this nightmare began, and that statement isn’t speculative. It’s based purely on science and analytics.

People who mask-shame, watch left-wing CNN and virtue signal about their vaccine status often shout down their opposition, declaring those with whom they disagree to not be “scientists.” One doesn’t need to be a scientist to read a graph.

All available data shows that new efforts by Democrats to seemingly make masks a permanent part of life are based not on science but on a desire for power. The American left has relied for more than a year on people being afraid and compliant as they transform the country into a socialist cesspit where they can use COVID as a pretense to seize control of elections.

It’s challenging to see how those in charge can accomplish that feat if people simply look at the information proved by the scientists for themselves and behave accordingly. Then again, those pushing fear about new disease variants are the same people who are the gatekeepers of information.

Surely the country’s ruling party and the politicized CDC will find a way to keep amping up the alarmism.

But the numbers don’t support any assertion that we’re all in dire straits. They actually show the opposite.

Before Booting Biden, Look Over Horizon at Harris

H/T AmmoLand.

As bad as Joe Pee Pads Biden is for gun owners Kalama Knee Pads Harris would be worse.

Fox News is reporting that Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-TX), the former White House physician, has doubts Joe Biden will finish his term as president, and he is calling on Biden to undergo an exam and disclose the results publicly.

“Our cities are EXPLODING with drugs & violence,” Jackson tweeted, “because of Democrat ‘defund the police’ policies and the GREAT UNITER Joe Biden deflects to talk about ‘sucking blood out of kids.’ He’s completely LOST it! Needs a cognitive exam NOW!”

But before anyone gets too excited about getting Biden out of office, whether it be voluntary or by invoking the 25th Amendment, better think ahead about his replacement. As vice president, Kamala Harris would immediately be sworn into office, and many believe she would be a disaster. After all, she dropped out of the Democratic primary race early, not because of Republican opposition but because she did not resonate with voters in her own party.

 

Her message on guns has been crystal clear since she started running for the presidency almost three years ago. She would go after gun owners, give Congress 100 days to pass the kinds of actions she supports, including a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” and if nothing happened, she would take executive action.

As reported at the time by Harper’s Bazaar, “Harris publicly committed to a host of executive actions that she would have undertaken if elected to the Oval Office, including mandating universal background checks, revoking the licenses of (and possibly prosecuting) gun manufacturers who break the law, closing a legal loophole in order to prevent those convicted of domestic violence from purchasing a firearm, and banning AR-15-style assault weapons from being imported into the country.”

When she was California attorney general, Harris was sued by gun rights and retail firearms organizations including the Second Amendment Foundation, Calguns Foundation and California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees.

Harris wants to hold gun manufacturers for crimes committed with firearms. In all, Biden may be bad but Harris has the potential to be a lot worse, and if she were to assume office 25 months into Biden’s term, she would be legally eligible to run for her own two full terms.

Bottom line is Harris would be bad news, and not just for gun owners and the Second Amendment.

Her tactic of answering questions she doesn’t want to answer by first being sarcastic and then breaking out into cackling laughter is wearing thin. That doesn’t mean she won’t continue doing it.

Democrats have wanted to be the first party to put a woman in the White House. They missed the mark with Hillary Rodham Clinton, but they might score with Harris.

Biden’s recent debacle during the CNN Townhall when his slip-of-tongue revealed he does want to ban 9mm pistols, and his other gaffes since taking office, and his shifting of gears midstream in a sentence suggest to many, including rep. Jackson, that he is not in full control of his faculties.

In a revealing piece aired by the KFMB in September 2020, the report acknowledged that what the Biden-Harris team wanted to do then was to “make the U.S. like California.” To gun owners in Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, the Dakotas, Utah, Arizona, Texas and elsewhere west of the Mississippi River, that’s the kind of discussion that starts brawls.

The only thing that could change what may be on the horizon is a Republican capture of Capitol Hill—both the Senate and the House of Representatives—in November 2022. With the GOP in control, neither Biden or Harris would accomplish anything. Should Republicans win back the House, it is not inconceivable Nancy Pelosi and other older Democrats would decide to retire.

But it would have to be a decisive GOP victory in November 2022, meaning that every gun owner would have to vote, instead of sitting the election out.

In the meantime, if Harris does somehow take the reins with a Biden departure—he will have, after all, achieved his 47-year quest to win the presidency that began when he first set foot in Washington, D.C.—there could be far more trouble than gun owners care to imagine.

That’s why talk of sending Biden home to write his memoirs should be alarming to gun owners, because while he may be losing momentum, Harris is just warming up.

Nolte: Biden’s 9MM Ban Again Proves Fact Checkers Are Liars

H/T Breitbart.

Joe Pee Pads Biden and Kamala Knee Pads Harris would like nothing more than to be able to kick down your door and demand you surrender your guns.

Wednesday night during a CNNLOL town hall, His Fraudulency Joe Biden added 9mm pistols to his growing list of gun bans, which once again proves America’s fact checkers are stone-cold liars.

Biden said, “The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether it’s a 9mm pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous. I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things.”

 

And there it is… The 9mm. Just like that, the 9mm, one of the most popular handguns in America, is sitting right there on the table.

Gun shop owner Jeff Binkley displays a Glock 9mm pistol at Sarge’s Sidearms on September 29, 2016 in Benson, Arizona (John Moore/Getty Images).

Also on the table now is “20 shots.” Many 9mms carry a standard 16 round magazine, and with one more chambered, you got 17. So now, we’re only three measly shots away from a standard, everyday 9mm being labeled a “weapon of war.”

This kind of mission creep is par for the course for the extreme left.

Yep, one day, they just want to allow same-sex couples to get married. The next day, drag queens read to prepubescent kids at the local library, and naked men walk around your daughter’s locker room.

One day, it’s “two weeks to slow the spread,” and here we sit, more than a year later, right back talking about mask mandates and shutdowns.

One day, it’s DACA. The next day, the borders are wide open.

Biden targeting the 9mm is no accident, no slip of the tongue, and no senior moment. As the government seeks to impose its rule over our everyday lives, seeks to exploit things like the coronavirus to strip us of our everyday liberties, disarming us is a necessary component of that.

Another necessary component is a corporate media who lie and lie and lie to gaslight the American public into believing fanatics like Biden are perfectly reasonable people with perfectly reasonable proposals to make our country a more perfect union…. Hey, what’s wrong with restrictions on those huge banana clips that hold dozens of rounds? What’s wrong with background checks? What’s wrong with banning Weapons of War? What’s wrong with a buyback program? What’s wrong with a little tweak here and a little tweak there?

President Joe Biden stops to answer questions from reporters after speaking in the State Dining Room with Vice President Kamala Harris behind him following the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the U.S. Senate at the White House on March 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate passed the latest COVID-19 relief bill by 50 to 49 on a party-line vote, after an all-night session. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden stops to answer questions from reporters after speaking in the State Dining Room with Vice President Kamala Harris behind him following the passage of the American Rescue Plan in the U.S. Senate at the White House on March 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate passed the latest COVID-19 relief bill by 50 to 49 on a party-line vote, after an all-night session (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images).

It’s all a lie, and the media know it’s a lie, most especially the fact checkers, and their goal is to lie, to deceive us, to allow the same-sex marriage camel nose into the tent so that the full camel of drag queens can read to our children.

It works like this…

Someone on the right will warn that Biden is coming after your guns, and the fake fact checkers will mobilize with their tut-tut-tuts declaring those statements a lie because, you know, Biden didn’t really say that. But these godforsaken liars tut-tut-tut even when Biden does say it.

After both Biden and Her Vice Fraudulency Kamala Harris flat-out admitted they support a “mandatory” gun buyback program — which is straight-up confiscation — the fact checkers still lied, still said, Tut-tut-tut, Trumptards, Biden is not going to confiscate your guns.

Look at this fake fact check from the far-left FactCheck.org. A 2020 Trump ad claimed Biden was coming for our guns, and FactCheck.org freaked out to protect Biden:

“Joe Biden openly admitted his plan to violate our Second Amendment rights,” the ad’s narrator says about the Democratic presidential nominee. The ad then shows CNN’s Anderson Cooper saying to Biden: “To gun owners out there who say, well, a Biden administration means they’re going to come for my guns.” After that, Biden is shown saying, “Bingo. You’re right.”

But his full response was: “Bingo. You’re right, if you have an assault weapon. The fact of the matter is they should be illegal, period.”

Biden actually argued that banning Americans from purchasing assault weapons wouldn’t be a violation of their constitutional rights, and he said he wouldn’t confiscate firearms that had already been purchased legally.

See! See! See! shouts FactCheck, It’s a lie! Biden’s not coming for your guns. He’s just coming for those nasty assault rifles everyone hates. It’s Trump who’s a liar. Why would you vote to reelect a liar?!

Except Biden is coming for our guns. Everyone knows he’s coming for our guns. FactCheck.org damn well knows he’s coming for our guns, but they not only lie and say he’s not… They take Biden’s word for it!

And here we sit… Now that Biden’s allegedly won the 2020 election, he just did exactly what the Trump ad said he would. In this country, if you put 9mms on the banning table, if you come for our 9mms, you are most definitely coming for our guns.

So go ahead and add “Biden’s not coming for your guns” to this list….

  • Brett Kavanaugh — Serial Rapist
  • President Michael Avenatti
  • The Covington KKKids Hoax
  • Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
  • George Zimmerman
  • Mostly Peaceful Black Lives Matter Riots
  • The Russia Collusion Hoax
  • Antifa Stormed the Beaches on D-Day
  • Cuomo (D-NY): King of Coronavirus Competence
  • The Clearing of Lafayette Square Hoax
  • The Lab Leak Theory Has Been Debunked Hoax
  • The Russians Are Behind Hunter’s Laptop Hoax
  • The Russian Bounty Hoax
  • The Capitol Police Officer Killed with a Fire Extinguisher Hoax
  • The Very Fine People Hoax
  • Men Can Magically Transform into Women
  • And on and on and on

Scumbags.

Will The Biden Regime Call Second Amendment Activism Misinformation?

H/T AmmoLand.

Anything Joe Pee Pads Biden will try to discredit Second Amendment Activism will not surprise me.

White House/Silicon Valley – -(AmmoLand.com)- In the course of White House press briefings, Second Amendment supporters got good news, but they also found themselves facing a much greater short-term danger. The good news is that Jen Psaki probably handed enough evidence to prove that Silicon Valley has been acting as a proxy for the federal government to pretty much ensure former President Trump will win his court case.

The bad news is that Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has upped the ante over the short term by claiming that “misinformation” about COVID-19 is “an imminent and insidious threat to our nation’s health.” Of course, Murthy has a prescription that includes “suggestions” for social media companies.

Do you know what else has been described as a “public health” issue? The Second Amendment.

Remember how the Centers for Disease Control were pushing gun control? It was so bad Congress wisely pulled the plug on funding for that pseudo-science, much to the chagrin and anger of anti-Second Amendment extremists like Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), who want to take us back to the bad old days of politicized medicine.

(As an aside, the CDC’s blatant anti-Second Amendment propaganda may be a big reason why they aren’t entirely trusted with regards to COVID and vaccines. Let this be a lesson to Second Amendment supporters who, in this media environment must take a higher level of care about how we come across to our fellow Americans, like avoiding the use of dubious quotes.)

The big question is, of course, whether Murthy would declare activism for our Second Amendment rights as “misinformation” if CDC goes back into the business of being propagandists for gun control. We can’t put that past them, especially given how Silicon Valley censorship has affected things already.

Think about how CDC has suppressed information about the use of firearms for self-defense in the past. Or remember how Arthur Kellerman claimed that a firearm was 43 times more likely to be used to kill you than to be used for self-defense? Right now, if Murthy calls efforts to point out Kellerman’s BS “misinformation,” you can bet that Silicon Valley will be censoring in moments.

As we now know, Kellerman got that figure by only counting those homicides that were ruled self-defense. But as Massad Ayoob – or any other competent self-defense instructor – would quickly tell you, you don’t have to kill an assailant to have successfully defended yourself. Don’t take my word for it: The NRA’s Armed Citizen over the years has examples of armed bad guys fleeing or surrendering when they realize there is an armed good guy, with no shots fired by the good guy at all.

Second Amendment supporters need to urge their Representative and Senators to block any CDC effort to attack the First and Second Amendments in the name of “public health.” In addition, they need to work to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists at the federal, state, and local levels at the ballot box as soon as possible.

Judge Declares DACA Program Illegal

H/T Town Hall.

I look for Joe Pee Pads Biden’s regime to fight this decision.

On Friday, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Southern District of Texas issued a decision which will block the Department of Homeland Security from approving new DACA applications.

The decision found that President Barack Obama illegally exceeded his executive authority in 2012 when his administration created the DACA program.

Judge Hanen called the program an “illegally implemented program” and said “the public interest of the nation is always served by the cessation of a program that was created in violation of law and whose existence violates the law.”

He held off for now on deciding how current recipients will be affected. “To be clear, neither this order nor the accompanying injunction requires DHS or the Department of Justice to take any immigration, deportation, or criminal action against any DACA recipient, applicant, or any other individual that it would otherwise not take,” the decision concluded with.

We will still have to wait a bit longer until the fate of the DACA program recipients are decided for good though, with Judge Hanen citing “reliance” which “may, in fact, have increased over time.”

The order as it would apply to current recipients is “stayed until a further order of this Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, or the United States Supreme Court.”

This case is a suit brought by Texas and several other states.

‘Complete Shithole’: Biden’s Namesake Rest Stop in Disarray

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Joe Pee Pads Biden is shithead so why wouldn’t his rest stop be a shithole?

NEWARK, Del.—At the September 2018 naming ceremony for the Biden Welcome Center off the highway in Delaware, the now-president said having his name on the rest stop was “one of the most meaningful” things to happen in his life. Once billed as a “rest stop of the future” by the enthusiasts at Roadside America for its “environmentally sensitive and sustainable design,” the stop has devolved into a dysfunctional dump, according to a Washington Free Beacon investigation.

The restrooms, equipped with an overflowing used-needle deposit box, were abnormally crowded during a mid-week July trip to the Biden Welcome Center. This was likely due to the fact that only half of the bathrooms were open, and a majority of stalls in open bathrooms were either out of service or too filthy for public use. One gentleman who entered the men’s room kicked open a bathroom stall door, let out a muffled yell at whatever sat inside the toilet, and left the facility altogether.

Near the exit of the men’s room sat a box for biomedical waste filled to the brim with hypodermic needles, which constitutes one of the more sanitary parts of the entire bathroom. The state of the bathrooms observed by the Free Beacon was tame compared with what’s been seen by others, according to online reviews. One visitor said the lack of attention paid to the bathrooms created an unsafe situation for her children.

“The bathrooms need to be cleaner. … My sons told their father there was a creepy man trying to look at them in stall, and when we went to the bathroom the man was exiting the bathroom to purchase food and eat it in the bathroom!” wrote the mother’s online review. “If you had regular cleaners for the bathroom this could possibly have been reported sooner.”

A Virginia couple who stopped at the Biden Welcome Center on the tail-end of a 10-hour drive from New England said it was the worst rest stop they’ve ever encountered.

“The place is a complete shithole,” said the Virginia man. “Just so filthy—we felt like we needed a shower before we got back in the car.”

Outside the rest stop, a shirtless homeless man, who presumably made the dangerous trek across I-95, sat on the curb baking in 95 degree heat. Empty malt liquor cans were scattered across the parking lot. In the defense of the littering drinkers, the ground was their only option—most of the garbage cans were filled well beyond capacity.

But cleanliness was just the beginning of the rest stop’s problems. The Discover Delaware tourism booth was gated off. Many of the over-priced restaurants housed in the Biden Welcome Center were suffering from apparent food shortages. The Burger King blared on its self-serve kiosk that “crispy chicken and spicy chicken have been discontinued,” and the Pret a Manger’s food shelves were shuttered altogether. Perhaps due to Delaware’s impending $15 minimum wage, the self-service kiosks filled the food court.

Electric vehicle owners hoping for special treatment at the rest stop, named for a president who has promised to elevate the electric car industry with $174 billion, were also likely disappointed. Half the spots reserved for low-emission vehicles were roped off with caution tape, and the other half were occupied by standard gas-guzzling sedans. While the Free Beacon did not spot any gas lines, the Sunoco, like countless other businesses around the country, sported a “HELP WANTED” sign.

While the president won his home state by nearly 20 points in 2020, there were signs that not every Delawarean is on board with Joe Biden. Just five miles away in neighboring Wilmington, the Free Beacon saw a series of cars bearing cardboard signs in the rear window with the same message: “Prosecute Hunter Biden.”

 

Senate Dems Press Biden Admin To Shrink Nuclear Weapons Arsenal

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

With the Chi-Coms and the Ruskies building up their arsenals cutting our nuclear arsenal is the last thing we should be doing.

With Bathhouse Barry Obama using Joe Pee Pads Biden as his puppet the arsenal will most likely get cut back.

Lawmakers propose funding cuts, keeping Vietnam-era missile program.

Senate Democrats are pressuring the Biden administration to cut construction of a critical missile program even as China and Russia drastically increase their firepower, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), the authors of the letter, are urging national security adviser Jake Sullivan to alter the administration’s stance on nuclear weapons in the 2022 defense budget. The letter comes as Democrats strive to shutter the advanced nuclear program in favor of technology that was first tested by the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. The senators’ campaign puts them at odds with the Biden administration’s senior Pentagon officials, who have expressed support for nuclear modernization. The lawmakers’ direct appeal to the National Security Council presents a litmus test for where the White House stands on the vital issue.

“We write to express concern regarding [the] President’s FY22 budget requests for nuclear weapon modernization,” Merkley and Warren wrote. “The high funding levels suggest that the Biden administration embraces its predecessor’s reckless mission to build new nuclear weapons. … We believe that the Trump-era nuclear buildup must be halted.”

Even as the senators take aim at efforts to overhaul the aging Minuteman III program, which is the United States’ only ground-based nuclear missile, President Joe Biden’s Pentagon brass have voiced support for nuclear modernization efforts. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, who oversees the nuclear portfolio, told lawmakers in February that modernization plans must be driven by strategy, not ideology or budgets, and that ground-based nuclear missiles are part of the “bedrock” of America’s missile defense. Internal budget memos from the Biden Pentagon show nuclear modernization programs are a “number one priority” for the Department of Defense.

Military officials say cuts to the modernization program would prove financially disastrous and risky to U.S. national security. Air Force Global Strike Command chief Timothy Ray said in May an extension of the older Minuteman program would cost taxpayers $38 billion more than the planned upgrade. An aging nuclear arsenal also endangers U.S. national defense as China covertly builds more than 100 missile silos in its desert and Russia develops exotic nuclear missiles.

Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, told the Free Beacon he will push on with efforts to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal, even as his Democratic colleagues do otherwise.

“America’s ICBM fleet remains a critical cornerstone of our nuclear triad, providing a widely dispersed target set that complicates any plans by our adversaries—like China and Russia—to threaten the United States,” Tester said. “I will continue to prioritize ongoing nuclear modernization efforts, including the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, that are essential to our national security.”

Merkley and Warren are recruiting other liberal Democrats to create a groundswell of opposition. They sent the letter to Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (Md.), and more than 10 House Democrats in a bid to push back on the Biden administration.

Merkley, Warren, Markey, and Van Hollen did not return requests for comment.

Merkley and Warren’s campaign could run into a bipartisan roadblock. The chairmen of the Armed Services Committees in both chambers—Sen. Jack Reed (D., R.I.) and Rep. Adam Smith (D., Wash.)—have Both Committed to funding modernization in the 2022 budget. Sen. John Hoeven (R., N.D.) hammered any attempt to cut funding for upgrading land-based nuclear weapons in a statement to the Free Beacon.

“I am working to ensure that nuclear modernization stays on schedule,” Hoeven said. “I would be concerned about any attempt to pre-judge the outcome of that review because it is vital that nuclear modernization, including the development of a new ICBM, stays on schedule.”

U.S. adversaries are building up their own nuclear arsenals at an alarming pace. Satellite images released in June show the construction of more than 100 nuclear silos in the Chinese desert. Strategic Command chief Charles Richard said in October 2020 that Russian and Chinese nuclear buildup should force a rethinking of America’s plans to upgrade its weapons. A Pentagon memo released in July warned of an increased risk of nuclear conflict due to the buildup of arms by U.S. adversaries.

For Patty-Jane Geller, a missile defense policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, the campaign to cut U.S. missiles is “playing a dangerous game with national security.”

“Extending Minuteman III would leave the U.S. with a less capable weapon at a time when threats from Russia and China are advancing,” Geller said. “The Minuteman III is over 50 years old and will become less credible in the eyes of adversaries as it continues to age. Attempts to further study Minuteman III are attempts to unilaterally disarm, a move that would feed right into the hands of China and Russia and weaken any U.S. negotiating stance.”

The Pentagon will begin a review of its nuclear posture next week.

Senior Defense Official Warns of Growing Anti-American Alliance in Pacific, Urges US to Beware of Pearl Harbor-Style Surprise Attack

H/T Western Journal.

The Chi-Coms and the Ruskies know Joe Pee Pads Biden is weak.

It comes as little shock to anybody that Beijing has designs on Taiwan, which they consider a renegade breakaway province and not a country under the so-called “One-China Policy.” Likewise, China’s joint military exercises with Russia indicate Moscow would be a potential ally if war were to break out over the island.

However, in a speech delivered virtually to a conservative think tank last week, a senior Japanese defense official said he believed the Chinese-Russian alliance posed a danger to another group of islands: Hawaii.

Japan’s State Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama told the Hudson Institute last Monday that a Pearl Harbor-style surprise attack on America’s 50th state wasn’t out of the question.

“[W]e have to show that the deterrence towards China and not just China, but also the Russians, because they, as I told you, that they are doing their exercises together,” Nakayama said, according to the event transcript.

“Seventy years ago, we [attacked] Pearl Harbor, but now U.S. and Japan [are] very good allies. Like it’s one of the best allies in the all over the world,” he said. He noted, however, that Russian naval drills were taking place that week close to Hawaii.

“I don’t want to remind [us of the attack] 70 years ago, but we have to be careful of the exercising of the Russians. They are taking the place [off] the western side of the Honolulu, the Hawaii.”

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Moscow said the naval drills were their largest in the Pacific Ocean since the Cold War. While most ships operated several hundred miles away from the island, a U.S. Navy spokesman said “some ships operated approximately 20 to 30 nautical miles (23 to 34 statute miles) off the coast of Hawaii.

In a story by official Russian news agency TASS, the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press office said they “held missile and artillery firings in the Pacific waters. In the course of practical measures, the warships jointly repelled a notional enemy’s air attack. The exercise was intended to check the reliable operation of shipborne weapons in a hot climate.”

Nakayama said this was indicative of a two-fold problem in the Pacific — one that didn’t just threaten Taiwan.

Honolulu to Japan, this zone is becoming — the Chinese and the Russians come in this zone,” he said. “So, [for] the United States, the protection line is going to be backwards a little bit.”

Nakayama also questioned the soundness of the decision of most countries outside the Soviet bloc — including Japan and the United States — to recognize the government in Beijing as opposed to Taipei as officially representing China back in the 1970s.

“Was it right?” he said. “I don’t know.”

However, he said democracies referred to an invasion of Taiwan as a “red line” in the past.

“So we have to protect the Taiwan as a democratic country,” Nakayama said.

 

“I think the Taiwanese are really concerned,” he said. “And also, [they’re] focusing on the two big countries collaborating and [presenting] a lot of threat towards Taiwan.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Wang Wenbin rebuked Nakayama during a media briefing the next day, although her outrage over what he said seemed to be asymmetrical.

“Some Japanese politicians, in disregard of the fact of China’s peaceful development, unjustifiably point fingers at China’s socioeconomic development and normal national defense building, portray China as a threat and openly stoke big-power confrontation with the sinister motive to find excuses to break free from the military restrictions imposed on Japan over crimes of aggression committed by Japanese militarism in history,” Wang said. “This is extremely irresponsible and dangerous.”

“The politician in question flagrantly refers to Taiwan as a ‘country’ on multiple occasions, severely violating principles set out in the four political documents including the China-Japan Joint Statement and its solemn and repeated commitment of not seeing Taiwan as a country. We ask Japan to make crystal clarification, and ensure that such things won’t happen again.”

Without specifics, Wang lamented Nakayama would “portray China as a threat and openly stoke big-power confrontation” over a speech in which he said Taiwan is under grave threat from Beijing, which may even have designs on Hawaii. Wang was very specifically outraged that Nakayama had the effrontery to call Taiwan a country on multiple occasions.

Well, I’m convinced he’s just trying to deflect and the potential for a surprise strike on either Taiwan or Hawaii is virtually nil.

In his speech, Nakayama implored both Japan and America to “wake up,” adding that the United States needed to get “stronger, stronger and stronger.” At least in the Pacific, where Chinese designs on territory influence have long been known and Russia’s are becoming clearer, that’s not unsound advice.

An attack on Taiwan would be dire enough. If Nakayama’s warning is accurate, though, that’s not the only attack we need to worry about.

Grocery Stores Begin Hoarding Food and Other Critical Items in Preparation for What’s Coming

H/T Western Journal.

I have a feeling that inflation under Joe Pee Pads Biden will make Jimmy Carter look liks a piker.

People like me on a fixed income will be hit the hardest.

Grocery stores are beginning to hoard food and other critical items in preparation for rising prices and demand across the country.

Supermarkets are hoarding things like baking ingredients and frozen meat as executives are anticipating some of the highest price increases observed in recent years, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“We’re buying a lot of everything,” David Smith, chief executive officer of Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., said.

“Our inventories are up significantly over the same period last year.”

Associated Wholesale Grocers, the wholesaler for over 3,000 grocery stores, recently purchased 15 to 20 percent more inventory, Smith said.

 

Some grocery stores are buying and storing supplies to keep their shelves full in response to an increase in demand.

Paul McLean, the chief merchandising officer of Stew Leonard’s, told Insider the supermarket chain is purchasing 50 percent more inventory than usual.

“We’re buying more ingredients for home cooks — including flour and spices,” McLean said.

“We are also buying ahead on cleaning products for the fall and back to school.”

They are also buying more paper products and imported goods, along with frozen food.

As prices rise, grocery stores often purchase a stockpile of inventory in order to protect their profit, according to The Wall Street Journal. Other grocery stores are raising prices to minimize losses.

Although the supermarket industry has bounced back from the shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many are still running low on items and receiving about 80 percent of their orders from suppliers.

The stockpiling practice is also putting stress on a U.S. food supply chain that is already struggling.

“It runs the risk of making a bad situation worse,” Mark Griffin, president of B&R Stores Inc., told The Wall Street Journal.

The consumer price index, which includes food, energy, groceries and housing costs, increased 5 percent from a year ago, the fastest pace since 2008, CNBC reported.

The reading is the largest CPI gain since the 5.3 percent increase in August 2008 prior to the financial crisis that became the worst recession since the Great Depression.

“The inflation pressure we’re seeing is significant,” General Mills Inc. chief executive Jeff Harmening said at an investor conference earlier this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“It’s probably higher than we’ve seen in the last decade.”

Photos Show What US Admiral Meant When He Warned of China’s ‘Breathtaking’ Nuclear Expansion

H/T Western Journal.

The Chi-Coms know Joe Pee Pads Biden is weak and will never offer a challenge to their nuclear expansion.

In April, U.S. Navy Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, warned a congressional panel that China’s nuclear program was in the midst of a “breathtaking expansion,” including the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles, mobile missile launchers and nuclear-capable submarines.

Now, satellite imagery has confirmed that Richard was by no means exaggerating.

Researchers from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California, obtained the images which were initially captured by commercial satellites.

The images depict the construction of over 100 new silos for ICBMs in the desert outside the city of Yumen, which is in northwestern China, The Washington Post reported.

Should these 119 near-identical construction sites be completed, it would mark a significant expansion in the country’s relatively meager stock of nuclear weapons. The Post noted that the number of silos doesn’t necessarily indicate the number of weapons intended to be stored within them, as China has been known to use decoy silos in the past in a similar fashion to a strategy used by the U.S. during the Cold War to mislead Soviet intelligence forces.

“The reported silo construction project could provide China with yet another means of concealing its most powerful weapons. The construction sites spotted on satellite photos are arrayed in two huge swaths, covering parts of a desert basin stretching to the west and southwest of Yumen, a city of 170,000 people along China’s ancient Silk Road,” The Post explained.

“Each site is separated from its neighbors by about two miles, and many of the sites are concealed by a large, dome-like covering, following a practice observed at known construction sites for missile silos in other parts of China. At sites where the dome is not in place, construction crews can be seen excavating a characteristic circular-shaped pit in the desert floor. Another construction site appears to be a partially built control center.”

Jeffrey Lewis, who was part of the team that reviewed the satellite images, explained in a summary of his analysis on the findings as provided to The Post that, when added to similar construction projects, these silos would bring the total count to 145 across the Chinese mainland.

 

“We believe China is expanding its nuclear forces in part to maintain a deterrent that can survive a U.S. first strike in sufficient numbers to defeat U.S. missile defenses,” he explained.

This intelligence underscores the urgency with which China is bolstering its defenses in likely anticipation of any attempt at foreign intervention in its aggressive expansion of power both at home and abroad.

Lewis, who described the sheer scale of the construction projects as “incredible,” believes the silos are likely intended for a Chinese ICBM known as the DF-41, which is capable of carrying multiple warheads and can strike targets as far off as 9,300 miles.

Yes — that means they could, potentially, have the capacity to reach the U.S. mainland.

Although the U.S. Department of Defense declined to comment on the satellite images or discuss any of its own intelligence on China’s nuclear capabilities, a spokesperson pointed to previous warnings that any such concern is likely justified.

“Defense Department leaders have testified and publicly spoken about China’s growing nuclear capabilities, which we expect to double or more over the next decade,” spox John Supple said.

Lewis believes that China, which boasts a significantly smaller nuclear arsenal than those in the U.S. and Russia, has engaged a “limited deterrence” doctrine that simply prioritizes its ability to retaliate if attacked.

Yet while he believes that the satellite images could be indicative of a “shell game” on the part of China, i.e. that they’re simply designed to give the appearance that they’re more nuclear-capable than they really are, the sheer multitude of so many potential launch sites could serve as a warning to U.S. officials to modernize our own arsenal.

 

While Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in February that the Biden administration plans to “pursue arms control to reduce the dangers from China’s modern and growing nuclear arsenal,” he offered no specifics on what this would look like, merely vowing to pursue “effective arms control that enhances stability, transparency and predictability while reducing the risks of costly, dangerous arms races.”

It appears that we’re in an arms race with China whether we like it or not, however, and that’s exactly where the nation wants us to be.

In 2019, China unveiled new nuclear warheads amid massive pomp and circumstance reminiscent of Soviet and Mao-era military parades as the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China was being celebrated. This came as a trade war with the United States loomed thanks to former President Donald Trump’s tough stance on the aspiring global superpower.

That was when the DF-41 made its public debut amid the tightly synchronized goose-stepping and Cold War-style theatrics of the celebratory parade.

Now that President Joe Biden is in office, Beijing has made clear it’s hardly afraid of Trump’s successor — a fact made embarrassingly plain in the first diplomatic talks between his administration and China when the nation’s diplomatic team publicly humiliated Blinken — on U.S. soil, no less.

The Biden administration has publicly condemned China’s human rights abuses among the Uyghur population in the Xinjiang province and its authoritarian crackdown in the previously liberal and autonomous Hong Kong, but has stopped short of taking any action against the antagonistic communist nation.

During his remarks on the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party this week, President Xi Jinping vowed “broken heads and bloodshed” to any foreign adversaries which provoke or enrage China, a message which is entirely consistent with the notorious “wolf warrior” diplomacy exercised by his regime.

China may be doing its best to fluff up its feathers and appear more powerful than it is on the world stage — but it’s determined to increase its power by any means necessary, and it is this fierce determination and fearless provocation of foreign powers that we have to be concerned about.Advertisement – story continues below

As long as Biden continues to take a weak and soft stance on China and President Xi, a man he once described as a “friend,” China will take every single advantage such leniency affords it.