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Why I Will Not Get the COVID-19 Vaccination

According to The Hill, nearly 1 in 3 people in the United States have said they definitely or probably will not get one of the COVID-19 vaccines, according to a survey.

Place me in that group as definitely will not.

There are multiple reasons people give for not taking the vaccine, but the main reason I decline doesn’t seem to be one of the more common reasons. People have cited the rushed release of the vaccines and the relatively unknown expectations for side effects as the most common reasons.

Just from reading the FAQ on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, I would have serious doubts about these vaccines.

“If I am pregnant, can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?” – Answer: Yes, if you are pregnant, you might choose to be vaccinated. Based on how COVID-19 vaccines work, experts think they are unlikely to pose a specific risk for people who are pregnant.

Unlikely. They think.

The […] → Keep reading

Student Loan Debt: The Crisis That Wasn’t

Democrats are salivating at the potential votes they could get from people with student debt. The declared candidates for the 2020 Democrat nomination for president are already falling all over each other trying to stake out the most advantageous position to address what they call the ‘student debt crisis.’ It’s actually anything but a crisis since voluntarily assumed debt is not a crisis.

The latest figures for student loan debt in the U.S. make it easy to see why the Democrats are seeing votes in the issue. According to an article on Forbes, “borrowers in the Class of 2017, on average, owe $28,650, according to the Institute for College Access and Success.”

Forbes: Student Loan Statistics: Overview

Total Student Loan Debt: $1.56 trillion

Total U.S. Borrowers With Student Loan Debt: 44.7 million

Student Loan Delinquency Or Default Rate: 11.4% (90+ days delinquent)

Direct Loans – Cumulative in Default (360+ days delinquent):$101.4 billion (5.1 million borrowers)

Direct Loan In Forbearance: $111.1 […] → Keep reading

Facebook and Twitter Have the Right to be Fascist

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo the past few days since Facebook banned some controversial activists – Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, and Louis Farrakhan – for what Facebook called promoting or engaging in violence or hate. Other pages were apparently taken down at the same time, with no notice or announcement given by Facebook. Dan O’Donnell o News/Talk 1130 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin reported the Wisconsin Conservative Union Facebook page was also removed without warning.

Newstalk 1130 – “I was surprised by this,” said Wisconsin Conservative Union administrator Bob Dohnal, who said on The Dan O’Donnell Show that a friend called him Thursday night to let him know that his page had vanished. “It’s about 2,000 of the conservative leaders around this state. Nobody is talking about revolution or anything like that. It’s just been a place where everybody can exchange ideas and talk about candidacies and stuff.”

Dohnal added that he never received any warnings […] → Keep reading

First and Second Amendment ‘Auditors’

After seeing a news report of a man with a firearm walking down SE 29th Street in Midwest City, Oklahoma, I stumbled upon a growing trend that had escaped my attention until now. The man with the weapon was a self-described Second Amendment ‘auditor’ and was openly carrying the weapon to test the police response. He had a camera filming as Midwest City police stopped to contact him and verify he was in compliance with state laws regarding open carry of firearms. He was and they left. This same man had also been walking through a park in Edmond, OK and filmed the response as a half-dozen police officers surrounded him with their weapons at the ready.

This man and many others around the nation have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours doing First and Second Amendment ‘audits’ in various cities. Their process for what they call a First Amendment audit is to go to a public building, such as […] → Keep reading

Oklahoma’s Five State Questions

Oklahomans will be voting on five state questions in a couple of weeks. Here are the questions and my take on each.

State Question 793 – Right of Optometrists and Opticians to Practice in Retail Establishments Initiative

This measure adds a new Section 3 to Article 20 of the Oklahoma Constitution. Under the new Section, no law shall infringe on optometrists’ or opticians’ ability to practice within a retail mercantile establishment, discriminate against optometrists or opticians based on the location of their practice, or require external entrances for optometric offices within retail mercantile establishments. No law shall infringe on retail mercantile establishments’ ability to sell prescription optical goods and services. The Section allows the Legislature to restrict optometrists from performing surgeries within retail mercantile establishments, limit the number of locations at which an optometrist may practice, maintain optometric licensing requirements, require optometric offices to be in a separate room of a retail mercantile establishment, and impose health and safety standards. […] → Keep reading

Deranged Leftist Mobs a Sign of Republican Success

Demostrators chant ion front of the locked doors at the top of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building while Judge Brett Kavanaugh is being sworn in as an Associate Justice of the court inside on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 6, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RC17CB8D6DF0

I’ve been reading and hearing a lot lately about the mob wing of the Democratic Party. They respond to Republican successes with violence, rioting, threats, assaults, intimidation, and harassment. They are the Brownshirts of the Democratic Party. Every mob has leaders and this one is no exception. The leadership in the Democratic Party encourages the mob to continue their actions and are responsible for everything they do. The only question is do the Democrats know what they’re doing? Matt Walsh wrote about the mob for the Daily Wire and concluded that one of two possibilities is true:

1. These leading Democrats are too stupid to know what they’re doing. […] → Keep reading

Confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Now

Supreme Court nomiinee Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 4, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

I didn’t want Brett Kavanaugh. When President Trump announced his nomination to the Supreme Court in early July I was hoping he would pick Amy Coney Barrett. After looking at their records and their writings, it appeared to me and many others that Barrett would be more conservative on the court than Kavanaugh. But, Trump seems to have caved to the veiled threats from Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) not to support a nominee whom they believed might one day vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. So we got Kavanaugh.

Throughout the confirmation process for Kavanaugh, I was lukewarm on the events and the nominee. It was reported that Collins and Murkowski had put their stamp of approval on the nomination as ‘acceptable,’ which meant to me that they felt […] → Keep reading

Saving Capitalism. By Seizing Businesses

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign last month. While she hasn’t officially announced a presidential run, her latest proposal could have no other purpose than to solidify her socialist bona fides with the hardcore left in the Democratic Party. She calls it the Accountable Capitalism Act, which is ironic since there is nothing capitalist about her plan.

Warren is taking a page from the playbook of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and proposing that the government seize control over every business with more than $1 billion in revenue.

The euphemistically dubbed “Accountable Capitalism Act” would place all businesses with more than $1 billion in revenue under complete and total federal control. The feds would dictate to these businesses the composition of their boards, the details of internal corporate governance, compensation practices, personnel policies, and much more. Control of these businesses would shift from those who actually built them to politicians and bureaucrats who would no […] → Keep reading

California Liberals Ban the Free Lunch

Who would have ever thought that California liberals would want to put a stop to a free lunch? Well, it’s happening, due to tech companies providing free food to their employees so they don’t have to leave the building to eat.

Observer – In San Francisco, many local restaurants are suffering from a shrinking customer base as a result of an increasing number of tech companies in the area that offer employees free lunches provided by company-owned cafeteria. The problem has become so dire that the city is considering a new law to prohibit new companies entering the area from running employee cafeterias.

But as it turns out, San Francisco is hardly the only place in America’s hot tech scene that’s mulling an “anti-free lunch” campaign.

Facebook, which offers employees fully subsidized meals on its main campus in Menlo Park, Calif., won’t be able to offer the same perk to employees at its new campus in Mountain View, Calif., home […] → Keep reading

‘Settled Law’ and the Supreme Court

After President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court tonight I fully expect liberal heads to explode. All of the leaked finalists have a record that will send the left into a conniption. I’m expecting the nomination to be Judge Raymond Kethledge, but Trump might surprise me and nominate Amy Coney Barrett, who I believe would be the better choice. Regardless of who gets the nomination, the Democrats are going to be in opposition. As Senator Graham said this morning, the Democrats would oppose Trump’s choice even if it was George Washington.

The number one thing the left is worried about with this nomination is keeping abortion legal. I’ve lost track of how many politicians, pundits, and self-appointed political analysts on Twitter have adamantly demanded that Trump’s nominee be someone who will respect ‘settled law’ or ‘established law,’ and they go on to mention Roe v. Wade. They don’t seem to realize that the opinion to overturn is not Roe […] → Keep reading