The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

The Video You MUST Watch: Origins of the Chinese Communist Virus

Joshua Philipp of the Epoch Times has spent weeks reporting on the pandemic of COVID-19, and this video — nearly an hour long — is full of facts about the case I hadn’t known until I watched it. The official explanation, that the disease originated in a “wet market,” looks very dubious when you consider […]

Jan. 30: ‘We Still Believe the Immediate Risk to the American Public Is Low’

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield. The first five known cases of COVID-19 in the United States were all patients who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China. Case No. 1 was in Snohomish County, Washington. Case No. 2 was in Chicago. Cases No. 3 and 4 were in Orange County, California, and Case No. 5 was […]

Commies, Democrats and the Media

  But I repeat myself: An Illinois Democrat who accused President Donald Trump of killing Americans by lying to the public about the coronavirus also spread pro-China misinformation about the deadly disease during a townhall with constituents. As COVID-19 spreads across the nation, Rep. Sean Casten (D., Ill.) has repeatedly attempted to blame Trump and […]

‘Chinese Bat Soup Flu’ Update

  Hat-tip to Kurt Schlicter for giving this pandemic a memorable name. It’s going to get worse — perhaps a whole lot worse — before it gets better, but in the meantime, we can figure out what went wrong, and caution about what’s still going wrong. The first and most important thing President Trump needs […]

7 p.m. ET Tonight: The Other Podcast Surrenders to ‘Yellow Peril’ Hysteria

  For too long, my podcasting partner John Hoge and I have attempted to downplay the dangers of the Deadly Chinese Menace. We tried to be voices of prudent skepticism amid the hysterical outpouring of Fear and Loathing unleashed by the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. It seemed to us irresponsible — and perhaps even racist — […]

Coronavirus: Why Italy?

  It was reported yesterday that Italy now has more coronavirus deaths than China, and that there were zero new cases in Wuhan. Everyone immediately became skeptical: Is Beijing lying again? But there’s another important question: Why has this pandemic hit Italy so hard? Saturday, I suggested the likely answer: Almost no one in the […]

Stop Pretending We Don’t Know Exactly How and Where This Pandemic Started

  Two words you should add to your vocabulary — zoonosis and zoonotic: A zoonosis (plural zoonoses, or zoonotic diseases) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites that spread from non-human animals (usually vertebrates) to humans. Major modern diseases such as Ebola virus disease and salmonellosis are zoonoses. The Wuhan coronavirus is a […]

America Is Not Italy: Wuhan Coronavirus and the ‘Grisly Calculus’ of Pandemic Risk

Let’s start with the good news: My American Spectator colleague Jeffrey Lord just ended two weeks of self-quarantine, a precaution after being potentially exposed to Wuhan coronavirus at CPAC. My brother and I both attended CPAC, of course, and while we are not aware of any direct contact with the person from New Jersey who […]

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