Status update

Fuzzy Curmudgeon

A positive test does not imply a new case. A new case does not imply a hospitalization. A hospitalization does not imply a death. Yet the “journalists” harp constantly on “more new cases” because they are a bunch of fucking fear-mongers who want us locked down and fearful until after the election. To hell with them all.

Articles proclaiming “The future of” are bullshit.

“The new normal” and “the future of” are two phrases being overused to the max, lately.

The plain fact is, at some point we are going to have to go back to the way things have always been done — not wearing masks, acknowledging that about three feet is plenty of personal space (and if you’ve ever been to any kind of “show” — gun show, flea market, state fair exhibit, national museum of whatever — you know it’s even less than that, though it makes us standoffish Americans kind of nervous), eating in restaurants, going to lodge meetings, going to school…and not being afraid.

There is nothing about this current “gonna kill us all” pandemic that we haven’t faced in past history.  But nobody’s come up with the idea that we have to shut down our economy and force people to wear masks and close or cancel all public functions for months on end, before.

Not until Democrats, desperate to get rid of a Republican president (and don’t kid yourself — it could have been any Republican, not just Donald Trump) who was actually succeeding where their Sun God Barack Obama had failed.  The economy was roaring, unemployment was at historic lows across the spectrum, we were dumping two (or more) stupid regulations for every new one approved, China was getting its ass stomped over trade.

The Democrats went fucking nuts over a nothingburger virus.

And, I won’t argue that it didn’t kill a lot of people, because it did kill a lot of people.  Mostly elderly people with pre-existing conditions that were exacerbated by what the virus did to the adult immune system.  But it was figured out pretty quickly, mostly because of the research that had already been done on SARS and MERS, that there were certain drug cocktails that would solve that problem for most people, if they were administered early enough.

Of course, because President Trump said they worked and should be fast-tracked and used under special FDA contingency programs, the Democrats went fucking nuts and their pet medical “experts” said these things couldn’t work.  Didn’t work.  Would never work.  Despite years of post-SARS research and doctors overseas saying, in fact, we’ve been using these cocktails (e.g., hydrochloroquine + azithromycin + zinc), and in fact, they ARE alleviating these problems for many, many people.

Comes now an article written by a doctor in Finland, a cabinet officer in that country’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, regarding an in-depth Israeli study done on the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19.  He also notes, in passing, the following tidbit that (among other foibles) ought to have Anthony Fauci run out of the NIH on a rail:

I have never taken any vitamin supplements in my life and have always overlooked modern snake oil entrepreneurs’ promotions. But after reading the current evidence of how vitamin D levels protect people from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, I have started two weeks ago to take 100 micrograms of vitamin D daily.

I also take note that the US COVID-19 tsar Dr Anthony Fauci finally admitted – after being silent for eight months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic – that he takes 150 micrograms of vitamin D daily! The World owes a lot to a British doctor named John Campbell, who has been active in disseminating in his popular YouTube podcasts the good news related to vitamin D and COVID-19 for months. He also recently revealed to the world Dr Fauci’s daily dose of vitamin D.

Huh.  For reference, 150 micrograms is 6,000 international units (i.u.).  I’ve been taking an over-the-counter D3 supplement for several years (for other reasons) that’s 125 micrograms (5000 i.u.).  The dose the Finnish doctor is taking is 100 micrograms, or 4000 i.u.  Recommendations for a minimum daily requirement are all over the map, but here’s a table from the NIH that sort of sums it all up:

 

Vitamin D, Average daily recommended amounts
Life Stage Recommended Amount
Birth to 12 months 10 mcg (400 IU)
Children 1–13 years 15 mcg (600 IU)
Teens 14–18 years 15 mcg (600 IU)
Adults 19–70 years 15 mcg (600 IU)
Adults 71 years and older 20 mcg (800 IU)
Pregnant and breastfeeding women 15 mcg (600 IU)

But these are the recommended amounts.  Other research seems to indicate that to get to a healthy serum level of vitamin D, and then maintain it, you need to take more.  One web page I saw says

All things considered, a daily vitamin D intake of 1000–4000 IU, or 25–100 micrograms, should be enough to ensure optimal blood levels in most people.

4000 IU is the safe upper limit according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Make sure not to take more than that without consulting with a health professional.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-vitamin-d-to-take#How-Much-Vitamin-D-Should-You-Take?

Clearly, people like Dr. Fauci are taking considerably more than 4000 i.u. daily, so I feel fairly safe in taking 5000, especially since the article I read about vitamin D deficiency and migraine was suggesting 5000 i.u. daily.  (I wish I could find the specific article, but my references to it seem to be lost in time.)  Plus, my doctor didn’t have a problem with it when I told him.

Dr. Paunio (the Finnish doctor) points out:

It is notable now that e.g. in Iran the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the country hard for over seven months without any sign of relief and after seven months and now things are getting even worse there. Opposition forces in the country have recently claimed that the true number of COVID-19 deaths is four times greater than the official government statistics, health care workers are losing their peers in large numbers and patient load has been and will be overwhelming in the foreseeable future in hospitals. In the Iranian population, vitamin D levels are low both in men and women but lower among women than among men and almost all elderly people suffer from very low D vitamin levels. The reason for this is the same as in Israel, namely individuals with low vitamin D levels tend to wear a traditional (gender-specific) attire, with more body surface covered than the general population. This affects the ability of the body to absorb sunlight and produce vitamin D.

It is now highly likely that sustained high SARS-CoV-2 transmission and fairly high death rates in Iran owe a lot to low population vitamin D levels.

Again, huh.

The Israeli paper states (and Dr. Paunio says that the information above should be adduced to the paragraph containing this line for broader context)

Conversely, individuals living in communities with a low rate of severe vitamin D deficiency seem to benefit from a herd immunity effect, probably because their neighbours are less likely to spread the virus to them.

How about that.

And Dr. Fauci has not said a word about the benefits of vitamin D for months, until he was caught out by another doctor.

So, read the article; it’s a good one, makes a lot of sense, and for those who bitch that there are too many self-taught Google experts out there, this guy is actually a doctor, and not only is he a doctor, he works for the ministry of health in Finland.  If that’s not good enough for you, well, you’re unreachable.

The point of this post, though, is not to argue about vitamin D, unless it is.  But there are two things that have to be said, right off.

“The new normal” is not normal.  It needs to be discarded as quickly as possible, as quickly as the stupid ineffective masks people are wearing that hundreds of medical doctors and other actual experts have already made clear do nothing to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The future of” just about everything in this country actually depends on whether or not we, as a people, are willing to do a few things that we should have been doing all along.

Because we’re a fat, lazy, bunch of couch potatoes.  Myself included.

Obesity is at the root of our problems.  Obesity makes so many other problems worse, particularly hypertension and type 2 diabetes, but also anything else that a runaway immune reaction can grab onto and make worse.  Here’s a list from the CDC of comorbidities that are known to increase risk from a COVID-19 infection:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

And they add that the following might also increase risk, but I think most of them have been found to definitely increase risk:

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

Note that both lists include obesity (at different levels).  How many Americans are obese?  CDC says 42.4% in 2017-2018.

I’m going to go out on a limb and theorize that most Americans who really ought to be worried about COVID-19 are a) fat and b) vitamin D deficient.  Say what you will, I may be a) but I’m not b) and I haven’t been for quite some time.

So — WHAT’S OBVIOUS, DOC?

If, in “the future of”, we want to go back to the way things were, we need to get our asses back into shape.

Lose weight.  Doesn’t matter how.  Keto, vegan (good way not only to lose weight but to kill yourself, but eh, never mind). Atkins, Weight Watchers (though they call themselves WW now), South Beach, I don’t give a shit.  Try phentermine.  It’s at least got my weight stable.

Exercise.  Not only will this help you lose weight, it will do your body systems good.  Your muscles will become stronger, your endurance will rise, your mental faculties will benefit.  Your body was built to run across the African savannah with lions chasing you.  And while that may have been half a million years ago, your body hasn’t changed that much.  And to tell the truth, I’m tired of getting out of breath walking to the mailbox and pulling a muscle petting the cat.

Eat right.  Not the crap you’re probably eating now.  Cook a meal once in a while.  Don’t follow the USDA food pyramid, it’s upside down.  Concentrate on proteins and minimize the processed shit.  If you eat bread, eat whole grains.  Take a multivitamin, especially if you’re over 50 (look for the “over 50″ multivitamins).  If you don’t spend much time in the sun, take a D3 supplement.  (The multivitamin will probably take care of your zinc needs.)

Look at what the average American adult looked like back in the 1960’s.  He or she may not have been massively athletic, but they were, by and large, trim and healthy.  I have a picture of my Dad in the 1980s, at around 55, when he puffed up a little bit and got chunky.  He stopped eating so much and ended up working as a tradesman again around that time, and lost the 20 pounds or so he’d gained sitting in an office in nothing flat.  Before he got sick in 2001, he weighed around 160-165 pounds at 5’8” in height, very little of it being fat.  I’d be happy if I could get back to 180, which is about what I weighed the summer I graduated from high school.

And I’ll be frank with you (even though my name is not Frank):  Right now, I need to lose about a hundred pounds to get back to 180.  Closest I’ve been is 213 when I was still in my 40’s, but I lost 41 pounds to get to that.

But that’s how we get to “the future of”.  Every citizen should accept as a duty of citizenship to get in shape, live a healthy lifestyle, and stay that way.  If we were healthy and resistant to China viruses in the first place, then future China viruses (and you know there will be future China viruses) wouldn’t give the Democrats an excuse to close down the country and then dither around about whether or not it should be opened back up.

If you’re a fat slob lounging around on your davenport watching TV and snacking high on the food chain, maybe you ought to get off your ass and act like a lion’s chasing you.  Because the next lion might get you.  Just sayin’.

For once, the drunk is actually acting Constitutionally.

To all my peeps who are saying Nancy Poo-losi is trying to do something unconstitutional (I mean, like what else would be new): Before making fools of yourselves, please look carefully at Section 4 of the 25th Amendment.

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

She’s hanging her fortunes on that highlighted bit.  And she’s entirely within her rights to do so.

Of course, it has to pass the House — which may not be a given, because it’s so blatant even a lot of the House Dems may not go for it.  Then, she has to get it past the Senate…and either get the President to sign it, or both Houses have to override his veto. As if that’s going to happen.  And even if it passes, they’d have to get the Vice President to agree with them — and Pence is not going to sucker-punch his boss.  That’s not how Race Bannon operates.

So we can all take comfort — sort of:  Because it’s not really about Trump. It’s about preparing the ground to get rid of Biden if the country actually rears up and elects a senile old child molester, so Kamala-lala can be president instead, and the civil war that’s heating up can really get started.  (Did someone say, “Boog?”)

Wheels within wheels, folks. It’s how the Democrats operate. Just like the Communists.  Because that’s what they are.

Just don’t expect the Supreme Court to come riding to our rescue.  Because they’ll take one look, shrug, and say, “why should we grant cert to a case opposing something that’s clearly allowed by the Constitution, even if it’s never been acted on in the past?”  And they’ll be right.  Damn it.

Yet another reason we need to go back to teaching Civics in the schools

Someone tried to make this point over on Fecesbook, on a friend’s post:

Footnote: If [the Left] truly want a total separation of church and state, we have to end tax deductions for charity donations since this is a subsidy to the church. Next, since our basic laws are a direct reflection of our basic 10 Commandments, we need to entirely re-write our system of jurisprudence to express the morals (or lack thereof) in whatever new system the left seems to want.

I think this person may have been trying to act as advocatus diaboli, but whatever; let’s address the idiocy of requiring religious institutions to pay income tax and/or no longer be able to accept tax-exempt donations.  (With regard to the second half of his statement, nobody is going to rewrite the basic law because — in my opinion — it can’t be done at this late date, and frankly, without at least a nod to Deity, there is no basis for the basic law, since much of the law does in fact have a moral base — it is morally wrong to steal, to lie (perjury), cheat (defraud), commit adultery, and frankly to fornicate with animals and members of one’s own sex (although this last seems to have fallen by the wayside in our degenerate days.  Without a moral component, your argument that it should be illegal to steal falls apart, because “why?”  “Because I said so” is not sufficient; I don’t care what you think, but I do in fact care what G-d thinks, and they were His Commandments.)

So.  Read Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists some time. He mentions a “wall of separation”, but what he means by it isn’t what the left means by it. Jefferson’s wall of separation is set in place to prohibit the federal government from interfering with the religious beliefs and practices of ALL religions, denominations, and sects, and (though Jefferson doesn’t say so in so many words) from establishing a state church or religion.*

But the concept of a “wall of separation” exists nowhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. It simply says that Congress cannot legislate the establishment of religion, or prohibit its free exercise.

The idea that a church should be established for non-profit purposes and therefore be tax-exempt grows out of the idea that the church (or whatever you call the congregation, depending on religion/denomination/sect) gives more back to the community than it would ever pay in taxes and that it is a force for good in society that should be supported, if only indirectly, by virtue of the government leaving it alone. It’s harder to see this in our day and age of welfare, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and all the other social safety nets we erected starting in the 1930’s to take the place of social safety nets for which the religious community (including fraternal organizations and suchlike) was typically responsible before the Great Depression.

But never mind all that. The plain fact is, a simple reading of the First Amendment clearly states that Congress shall not legislate to prohibit the free exercise of religion. Forcing churches to pay corporate income tax on their donations and tithes and membership dues (and also ending the tax-deductible nature of such donations from individuals) would be such a prohibition, or at the very least would stifle the maintenance and growth of religion. On the other hand, this is why the IRS has such a high bar to cross in determining who is eligible for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. (I’ve applied successfully on behalf of a couple of organizations for 501(c)(4) status in the past, and that’s a pain, but it’s nothing compared to what you have to do to get and maintain 501(c)(3) status.)

And the left definitely wants to stifle traditional religion, so it bangs the drum for a supposed “wall of separation” that never existed other than in the fertile mind of Thomas Jefferson (who was NOT present at the Constitutional Convention, or at the convention where the Bill of Rights was written and adopted), who invented the term but clearly (at least in my read of his Letter to the Danbury Baptists) didn’t mean it the way the modern left has chosen to interpret it.

That being said, ALL institutions are suffering unduly under what I firmly believe are unconstitutional orders put in place ostensibly to prevent the spread of disease. It would make a great deal of sense if everyone could come together and point out that the government may not restrict the right to assemble in the first place, regardless whether such assembly occurs at a church, at a fraternal hall, in a school, in a restaurant, in a theatre, in a park, or on a beach, or in any other place where people normally congregate. The First Amendment was incorporated to apply to the states long ago, so all these state and local orders cannot be, prima facie, anything but unconstitutional.

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* Note that it did not prevent the states from continuing to promote state religion.  Maryland, for instance, was very Catholic, and if you weren’t a Catholic, typically you had a hard time getting ahead.  Other states had similar restrictive and preferential traditions tied to religion and benefits for those who hewed to the state’s preference, if not indeed laws on the books ditto.  Incorporation changed a lot of that, though the vestiges continue to hang on today in many places.

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My modest proposal for presidential elections

It is clear that our current system of electing the president of the Republic does not work properly anymore.  Too many people are involved and the country is too evenly split.  Therefore I have a modest proposal for electing our future presidents.

I want the candidates to participate in a WWE pay-per-view event.

This event would take the place of primary elections, campaigning, debates, and the general election for president.  It could be done in one fell swoop, without appeal to the courts, and without having to go to the polls.

It would be a cage death match.  All candidates go in, one candidate comes out.  For added excitement, throw in two rabid dire wolves.  There can be only one.  If one of the wolves wins, it’s the president for the next four years.  If everyone dies, “none of the above is acceptable” wins.

The only problem with this is Judge Mills Lane isn’t able to referee anymore.

Anyway, rather than have a fake debate between the two major party candidates, everybody goes in the cage.  Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, Democrat-Farmer-Labor, Conservative, Liberal, I don’t care what party you represent or how minor it is.  If you’re the presidential candidate of the 420 Party, and you can stay off the weed long enough to be able to fight, you’re in.

The winner would be the best candidate for the job:  Wily, fearless, no-nonsense, willing to go to the mat — literally — for the American people.

But of course, the main reason I’d like to see this would be to watch Trump pound Biden over the head with a folding chair.

When can we start?  Now?  Why bother with the last two debates?  My cat already has the popcorn ready.

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Fuzzy Curmudgeon

If you didn’t know going in that the debate was going to be a train wreck, you’re a fool and have no business casting a ballot this year.  Though the one good thing is, these three debates may finally poison the whole presidential debate stupidity for all time.  I don’t watch them anyway, so I won’t miss them.

Status update

Fuzzy Curmudgeon

“it is perfectly okay to get mad at congress for writing stupid laws and needlessly complicating everything with their endless meddling. But it’s stupid to get mad at the people for obeying the laws that are in place.” — Larry Correia

Time for a Federal investigation of the Marion County Election Board

So the Marion County (Indiana) Election Board is sending, scattershot, applications for absentee ballots to people who don’t live at the addresses the applications are being mailed to.

This is a scandal that nobody will report, especially not the Gannett Star (or whoever owns the local rag these days).

My mother hasn’t lived in this house for 14 years, but lo and behold, we received an absentee ballot application for her.  (Notably, neither my wife nor I did, but we had both applied online a couple of days before — although in the grand scheme of bulk mailings, that’s not long enough for us to have been removed from the mailing list for something received only a couple of days later.)

My mother, on the other hand, received at her senior apartment an application for someone we’ve never heard of before.  She’s lived in that apartment for two years and it was empty for a while before she moved into it, so…

We keep being stymied in Indiana by federal courts that say we (the state) can’t remove people from the voter rolls without notification.  We (personally we) have returned to the Marion County Election Board multiple items over the last 14 years that were addressed to my mother, with an explanation that she had moved out of this house to another address in the county and was registered to vote there.  Yet my mother continued to appear on the paper voting rolls in our precinct right up to the election before last.  (I have no idea if she’s still on the precinct’s voting roll because they no longer use the paper rolls — you now sign in on a computer terminal.)  And we’ve complained to the precinct workers at every election since the primary in 2006 that she no longer lived in the precinct and should be removed from the roll.

Far from there being no evidence of voter fraud in Indiana, there’s been plenty of it, even if the Democrats don’t want to admit it.  (South Bend, for instance, had a big case of it not long ago, but South Bend is run by the Democrat machine, so that figures.)

It’s time to clean up the voter rolls in Indiana and across the nation.  It’s time to repeal the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (AKA “motor voter”) and let the states get on with this.

Time, tide, and progressives.

The difference between intelligent people and progressives is that intelligent people recognize institutions naturally will ebb and flow between center-left and center-right positions over time.  We see this constantly in the Executive and Legislative branches (except for the 40+ year period when the Democrats held Congress after WWII, which was to my mind an anomaly), but not so much in the Judiciary because so many federal judges have lifetime appointments.  So the Judiciary changes only gradually, one seat at a time if that, while Congress and the Executive oscillate wildly by comparison.

Progressives, by contrast, believe that every tilt to the left is (or should be) permanent, as a clear vindication of their slow march through the institutions.  This explains things like Reid’s nuclear option in blowing up the filibuster in 2013, and the general leftist conniption fit when the House flipped in 2010, and the Senate went back to the GOP in 2014 (both as a direct result of Congress forcing Obamacare on the public in 2010).  Of course progressives think they will never lose the House again after they won it two years ago on the back of lies, deceits, and vote fraud.  And their absolute snit over Trump’s appointment of a conservative to replace the liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is yet another example of progressive inability to see that, like the tides, political fortunes of the two parties ebb and flow, and have done throughout history.

This may also have something to do with progressive assurances that the seas will rise if we do nothing about climate change.  They simply cannot believe in anything that doesn’t fit their narrative.

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