United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has announced that he plans to retire at the end of the court’s current term.
Breyer was appointed by President Bill Clinton (D) in 1994 after Justice Harry Blackmun’s retirement. He was confirmed by a 87-9 vote in the United States Senate. Breyer is regarded as part of the “liberal” wing of the court and has tended to follow the “living constitution” school of jurisprudence.
President Joe Biden (D) has the constitutional authority to nominate a replacement for Breyer, and that nomination must be confirmed by the Senate. Biden is likely to appoint another “liberal,” so Breyer’s retirement is unlikely to result in significant changes to the ideological balance of the court.
Biden has promised to nominate a black woman to the court. In the public and private sectors it is usually illegal to hire on the basis of race or sex, but antidiscrimination laws do not apply to presidential appointments.
The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) bears primary responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if the virus itself developed naturally, the PRC’s actions in the early days of the outbreak guaranteed that the world would never have any real chance of stopping it.
First they denied that anything was happening. Then, when they couldn’t deny it anymore, they lied about how serious it was and refused to let outside experts join the investigation or have access to critical data. They used their corrupting influence to undermine the World Health Organization, which became little more than a public relations mouthpiece for the Chinese regime’s lies. Even now, the PRC refuses to cooperate in any meaningful way with investigators trying to analyze how this all happened—how a bat virus conquered the world—and how we can stop it from happening again.
There’s no way to know if the SARS-CoV-2 virus could have been contained in Wuhan. Perhaps, if China had done everything right and the world had been able to impose travel restrictions months earlier than they did, we might have been able to prevent all of this. And if containment was truly impossible, we would at least have bought some more time . . . time to prepare, time to develop the vaccines, and time to learn how to protect the most vulnerable populations without shutting everything down.
The world needs to hold China responsible. But it won’t. As the pandemic comes to its ignominious, whimpering end, that much is clear. So let’s do the next best thing. Let’s send our individual bills to China. Here’s a fillable PDF form you can use:
On January 6, 2021, I watched on television as a mob of rioters climbed the steps of the United States Capitol, broke its windows, ripped apart its doors, stormed the building, vandalized it, terrified the public servants who work there, assaulted law enforcement officers, and desecrated some of the highest symbols of the American republic. It is one of the saddest things I’ve seen in many years.
Don’t misunderstand me. The storming of the Capitol in 2021 was not even half as severe as the al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in 2001 . . . or, for that matter, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941, or the burning of Washington, D.C., by the British in 1814. Comparison to these events is, at best, historically ignorant. This was no republic-shaking “insurrection.” It was a riot . . . a big, stupid, hurtful, pointless riot. The only thing that made it significantly worse than the other riots that plagued the nation over the year prior was the prominence of the place it targeted.
It deserves unequivocal condemnation. Aimless destruction of property is not an acceptable response to any problem, whether real or imagined. I don’t care if your riot is labeled “Stop the Steal” or “Black Lives Matter.” It’s wrong. It hurts the cause it is supposed to be supporting and, worse, it hurts innocent people.
Scientists studying the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic, have learned that a future variant of the virus traveled back in time from 2029 to 1984 on a mission to assassinate Doctor Anthony Fauci before he could be appointed director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The mission was unsuccessful.
The variant, provisionally designated Schwarzenegger-29, appears to be a hybridized version of the naturally occurring Tau-800 variant from 2028 and the Model 101 artificial variant manufactured by Cyberdyne Systems, a Chinese-owned technology firm, in 2029. Upon arrival in 1984, Schwarzenegger-29 began systematically assassinating anybody it could find named Anthony Fauci.
“Yeah, I remember back in ’84, a few months before I was made director of NIAID, I get this knock at the door,” Fauci said in a hastily-arranged press conference this afternoon. “I opened up and there was this big, tough lookin’ variant there. It asked if I was Tony Fauci. It seemed suspicious, especially with its fake German or Austrian accent, so I just told it, ‘Nah, I’m Sarah Connor,’ and it went away. Good thing too. I wasn’t wearing a mask or anything.”
Fauci assumed office as director at NIAID in December of 1984, and has been at the forefront of the American response to the COVID-19 pandemic since it emerged in 2019.
“I did have another weird experience with a very similar looking variant, and this other shape-shifting metallic one. Must have been back around ’91. I’ve been pretty busy since then so I can’t say much more about it.”
Officials advise that time-traveling COVID-19 poses a minimal risk to the general public. Each new variant tends to be less deadly, but versions designed to target specific individuals could pose a serious risk to the targeted person or anybody who shares their name. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki added, “If you are approached by any COVID-19 variant, simply identify yourself as Sarah Connor and walk away. We’re all in this together. I will circle back with more details as soon as we have them.”
Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.