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An article I read, followed by a friend’s email, spurred something in my memory that I’ll try to relate here. I realized that several unpleasant and threatening events that we’ve recently suffered through recall two fictional experiences many of us remember.

First, there was an imagined society in which people led dehumanized and fearful lives. It takes place in a wild and misery filled world following a catastrophic event that brought about societal collapse, murder, revenge, and intense fear. Desperate, unhinged people occupied both sides of the conflict. I’m describing what was going on in the series of “Mad Max” movies.

Next, do you remember the following statement of frustration from another book and movie? “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the party is always right.” That was Winston, secretly talking to Julia about the “Big Brother” government, in George Orwell’s iconic novel “1984.”

I ask you to think about our own very real experiences with rewriting of history books, pulling down historical statues, violent and destructive riots, and “autonomous zones.” You’re probably thinking “those aren’t the same” as the situations depicted in those fictional enactments. Remember, I said they “recall” those experiences, not “reflected” them exactly – but they are frighteningly close.

It’s at least worth contemplating whether “law and order” will be something that’s totally redefined. If so, it concerns me. It bothers me less that we have disruptions and riots around the country, than the fact that a growing number of city councils and mayors seem to be unbothered by it all. Some even condoned and invited “gang occupation,” while smiling and calling these thugs “patriots.” Is it possible we’re on the verge of establishing “no go” zones in U.S. cities, similar to those in Europe, where police will not set foot? Yes, it worries me.

And will we eventually “cancel” all of our Founders and other historical leaders? These important forebears suffered from a common human affliction – that of being seriously flawed. If you consider all of the important people who were slaveowners or guilty of other politically incorrect sins, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, would there be anybody left in the history books? Some would predict that only Abe Lincoln, from among significant historical leaders, would be left standing at the end. But Lincoln’s historical cancellation would come eventually when these “crusaders” finally discover he had seriously negotiated the elimination of slavery by putting slaves on boats and shipping them to a newly created slave country/colony. We accomplish absolutely nothing by wiping away these names from our history.

I encourage serious thought and discussion about the implications of these current events. Are we living in a world in which far-fetched fiction is becoming, or has become, reality?

Are we learning that after all, truth is stranger than fiction?

We must control and eliminate the hysterical reactions we are now experiencing. Without that, there can be no hope for cultural peace and understanding, with financial stability and prosperity for all.

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Steve Bakke,
Fort Myers

President Donald Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization. All we can say is that it's about time.

The organization's legitimacy as a body looking out for humanity's well-being has been effectively reduced to zero.

Just as the U.S. with the United Nations's Human Rights Council, a shambolic body that gives cover to the world's worst human rights offenders, it is better for the U.S. not to associate with this farce, lending it undeserved credibility. The WHO has shown itself to be a puppet of Xi Jinping's regime in China, the campaigning of which installed its director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

With the exception of China's Communist Party, the WHO has done more damage to world health in the last nine months than any other group of human beings.

In the initial stages of the outbreak, when there might have been a chance early on to contain the virus, the WHO helped prop up the Chinese government's propaganda and to cover up the dangers of the disease.

One aspect of this denialism was the result of the WHO's deference to China's refusal to accept Taiwan's sovereignty. In late December, the WHO refused to answer questions from the Taiwanese government about the coronavirus.

On Jan. 16, when Taiwanese researchers released findings suggesting that the virus was highly transmissible and that there was a serious problem, the WHO ignored them. When journalists asked about Taiwan, a WHO official literally feigned a bad connection and then disconnected to avoid answering.

As Taiwan cut off flights from Wuhan and mounted arguably the best, most successful response to the virus of any nation, the WHO was freezing out Taiwanese officials from its Jan. 22 meeting, the one at which it refused to declare the coronavirus a global health emergency.

Even by the end of January, long after stories had been published about China's ruthless suppression of all talk of the virus, Tedros weirdly praised China for its "transparency" in dealing with the disease.

Don't get us wrong. The WHO has done a lousy job irrespective of China's involvement -- for example, discouraging the public from using masks as late as March 31.

"There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit," said Mike Ryan, the WHO's executive director of health emergencies. "In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly."

But China is at the root of this problem. China's inordinate influence over the organization is so flagrant that the WHO was promoting Chinese traditional medicine last year. Chinese traditional medicine is the reason rhinos, wild tigers, and other endangered species are being hunted to extinction.

It is a pity that the coronavirus had to break out in China because if it had broken out elsewhere, the WHO might have dealt with the threat in a more diligent manner. This is why the world cannot afford to depend on this organization.

The WHO's actions are those of a broken organization, an organization that no longer serves its stated public purpose but has instead been wholly co-opted by the world's second-worst regime.

Democrats have asserted that Trump has no right to do this. They are wrong, and they would be fools to resist it. The WHO's utterly corrupt and incompetent leadership had its big chance to validate itself. It failed, and there's no reason for the U.S. to stick around and keep legitimizing it.

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Many of Florida’s 67 county school districts are asking parents their preference for in-person instruction or digital learning as they plan on how to meet the Florida Department of Education’s mandate to reopen in August open five days a week for the coming school year,.

After the state’s directive school districts across the state are reassessing their reopening plans for the fall, especially when it comes to safety guidelines they planned to have in place.

Masks were a hot topic at the Lee County school district’s reopening task force meeting Tuesday, as the District works to come up with the plan that now satisfies the Florida Department of Education’s emergency order for schools.

That order says all students must have the option to go to in-person classes five days a week, which is a game changer for school districts that already had tentative plans in place.

Preliminary indications are mixed. Whereas Lee County parents are split on the issue, a majority of Orange County parents have expressed reservations about in-class instruction, more than two-thirds of those responding to a Miami-Dade County survey wanted their children taught face-to-face by teachers.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran via emergency order Monday mandated schools reopen classrooms in August and offer “the full panoply of services,” including in-person instruction.

“There is a need to open schools fully to ensure the quality and continuity of the educational process, the comprehensive well-being of students and families and a return to Florida hitting its full economic stride,” the order reads.

The Florida Education Association, superintendents of the state’s two largest school districts and Democrats question how the state can order schools reopened in weeks when there are more COVID-19 cases now than there were in March when schools were shuttered.

On Tuesday, members of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association paraded in cars around district headquarters, urging the Orange County School Board meeting inside to not open schools in compliance with the state order.

During the board’s noon-to-night meeting, it discussed giving parents three options: a return to traditional classes on campus, online versions of classes that would allow students to study at home and the district’s virtual school.

Board member Johanna Lopez said she’s receiving many emails from parents showing little support for in-class school lessons.

“The only emails I’m receiving are against face-to-face education,” she said.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, however, reported the opposite in his district’s survey.

Carvalho told the Miami Herald that, as of Tuesday, 25,000 parents had responded to an online survey, with two-thirds opting for in-school learning and one-third opting out.

Carvalho joined Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie in expressing doubt their districts would open schools as scheduled Aug. 24.

The Miami-Dade school district is Florida’s largest and the nation’s fifth-largest school district, with more than 357,000 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The Broward County school district, with 256,472 enrolled students, is Florida’s second-largest district and the nation’s seventh largest, according to NCES.

Unless cases decline, Carvalho does not see his district “being able to resume schooling in a traditional way” when school reopens. He also questioned the state’s authority to impose the mandate.

The state constitution spells out that elected school boards, not the state, decides when to open and close local schools, he said, noting Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach school districts had shuttered schools before Gov. Ron DeSantis did so by executive order.

The Miami-Dade school board approved a district reopening plan July 1 that includes in-person instruction after the county moves into phase two of its reopening plan.

The county has not advanced into phase two and, in fact, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has rolled back some relaxations authorized in phase one.

A webinar Tuesday explained Corcoran’s order more fully, Carvalho said, and clarified that, if conditions don’t meet local reopening requirements, then local districts do not have to comply with the state order.

“I don’t necessarily, at this point, believe that (Corcoran’s order) endangers all of the options that we proffered and were unanimously approved by the board,” Carvalho said. “We believe that we can work within the guidelines as provided in the emergency order.”

John Haughey

The Center Square

Sunday, 19 July 2020 12:03

Sun Bay Paper Hits The Streets Again!

Thank you for all the letters and calls of encouragement we have had over the past months, it truly is overwhelming to see the support we have in this community.

It has been a difficult time for all of us. Some of us were told we could not open our businesses, some partially, some businesses got the PPP loans, individual $1,200 and other assistance easily and others have yet to see a single dime.

Big businesses took most of the money in the original assistance cash, but it was supposed to help the small businesses... anyway, what the government did was their best to try to avoid another great depression like back in the 30’s and I have to say at first analysis, I believe that they did accomplish that, at least for the time being.

God willing..... We will be expanding our paper’s coverage of news on Fort Myers Beach and our presence on the beach as well, we were leaving that coverage to the Observer and the Island

Sand Paper but with the Sand Paper closing we will have to step up our game.

We are looking for any beach local with spare time on their hands to come on board as an Advertising Rep. I will need someone specifically for the beach as many advertisers will be in need to find alternative outlets for their businesses.

If you are local and “know everybody” and want to help us survive this Covid Crisis, then we would like to talk.

Also anyone interested in covering the town hall meetings, perhaps someone that already attends most meetings and would like to report on the happenings on the beach, then we would also like to talk to you.

These are scary times, god only knows how this all plays out. I have been a part of this community for almost 20 years as Armando’s will celebrate our 20th anniversary this November 11th and I love this town, this county and this country... God Bless America and in closing may I say...

Black Lives Matter,

Blue Lives Matter,

Brown Lives Matter,

Yellow Lives Matter,

Green Lives Matter
(I’m Italian, we have olive skin)

and YES.... White Lives Matter too

and just because someone says ALL LIVES MATTER,
it doesn’t mean they are taking anything away from Black Lives Matter...

it just stating a fact: All Lives Matter

Bobby Mimmo

From Title 18 US Code Section 242… “Whoever, under color of any law…willfully subjects any person in any State…to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, ... shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to DEATH.

Mr Attorney General I’m confused …as a 3 decade FBI Agent …I believe we have a crime committed by the St Lois District Attorney by ordering St Louis Police to illegally confiscate a gun(s) from Mark and Patricia McCloskey, for exercising their Constructional Rights to Keep and Bear arms and their inherent right to Self Defense.

Mr AG, you are allowed to enforce the laws when white folks’ Civil Rights are violated…it applies equally to all (please see the 14th Amendment, same document)!

Former President Obama had former AG Holder (remember… the “I got your back”, AG? ) send his troupe of Civil Rights DAGs to investigate possible Civil Right violations in Ferguson and New Orleans. They even altered evidence to help the nonwhite folks who‘s Rights “weren’t quite violated” …so they helped out…but just a little. The Court Orders that held Holder’s DAGs in Contempt were ignored …by Obama and Holder…after all the victims were black, I guess that means if they were white…it would have been different!?

Who’s the racist?

You know Mr AG… in a Conspiracy to violate Civil Rights, , Section 241,you don’t have to prove overt acts like all other criminal violations…

So it looks to me that all we need, to make an arrest, is to just put the 2nd Amendment in a Federal Complaint along  with  Sections 241 and 242 …we don’t have to Indict First either…the warrant is enough…so how about it…? Send the Marshalls and walk that “perp” out in cuffs …I believe she will be the last militant, Soros financed, prosecutor to pull that crap.

Wait until she finds out that there are Civil penalties which allow for triple damages and if she is held to pay punitive damages, her employer, by law, is prohibited from paying.

GO ARREST … St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner AND the St Louis Police Officers who obtained the Search Warrant and obeyed that illegal Search Warrant, another, separate violation …of the 4th Amendment (Illegal Search and Seizure).

Understand that I am very much pro… for…with…support law enforcement but, it MUST be applied equally to all…we do not get to pick and choose who gets to have the law enforced and who doesn’t.

This same police department chose to obey their boss’s other illegal orders, to stand down, and not respond to calls for help from these same citizens who were victims of the Rioting…not Peaceful Demonstration…

Peaceful doesn’t include breaking down Posted Gates, breaking into homes, with guns and threatening the lives of Citizens!

Get some guts Mr AG …you understand what I am saying and know I am correct…so if you want to restore law and order as you say…then do it!

This case is a gift…just what we needed to try to put these radical, elected, Democrat Leaders back on the Law and Order track…and be held responsible for selective enforcement of our Constitution!

Recorded 911 calls to the Police, begging for help…video of the threats and violence bestowed upon the victims (the crime), whose a freaking lawyer…restraint by the victims by not shooting… a DA who is obviously Racist who reportedly received support from Soros ,Obama backed organizations…the police “chief” or some other high ranking police official, ordered his/her men to stand down from helping but not to stand down to the other illegal order to get a warrant and search…this a clear Prima Fascia case begging to be charged…WTF, Mr AG , WTF?

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 12:09

Chimo is Back!!!




Many long time residents of Fort Myers Beach will remember a very cool dining local called the Orpheus. It was located on the corner of Crescent Street and San Carlos Blvd. Ocean Jewels now has the building.

It was run by three Greek brothers, Jimmy, Tony and Chimo Mallous.

Jimmy ran the breakfast and had your dish served up to you in minutes. Tony and Chimo ran the rest of the day which sometimes was till very late as they had Live Entertainment, with Jazz nights on Mondays, and various plays were performed there too. And the food...  WELL the food was GREAT!

The freshly made Gyros, not the stuff you get at most places where the meat comes to them already cooked and frozen.... no... they did it the old fashioned way, cooked slowly on the rotating spicket.

When you ordered a Greek salad it was prepared after it was ordered, tomatoes cut fresh for your salad etc etc... that did take more time but when you got it and ate it realizing how wonderfully fresh it was.... you were okay with a little wait.

Later in there tenure they added a Blodgett Pizza Oven and started making some of the best pizza on the island.

When Jimmy retired half a dozen years ago and the business closed.

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Little Dina, Little Chimo with grandpa Chimo

You may wonder why I have taken you on this ride down memory lane.... well Chimo with his wife Dina and his sons, Harry and George, his grandson Chimo and granddaughter Dina have opened up a new restaurant, located off the beach at 17633 San Carlos Blvd. Chimo's Taverna

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Grandma Dina

Due to Covid -19 and parking issues they are trying to clear up with the county, they are only open for takeout and FREE delivery at this time. I was by myself so I didn't order a bunch of food but the pizza was great.

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So come on out and welcome Chimo back to the neighborhood or give him a call at 239-437-2717 for some FREE delivery and help support this new local mom and pop business.

Bobby Mimmo

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From an OSHA Inspector:

I wanted to put this out there. I have worked in a clean room for 23 years and 10 years on Submarines before that. OSHA is the standard that you have to live by in these environments. So for the people that are going to say, listen to the experts, OSHA would be those experts on face masks. Please read the following with an open mind. Not going to change the mind of the hard core believers, but it would be nice for those people to not attack us that are not, as not caring. Not going to debate this, just putting it out there.

If you care, then share.

For all you mask wearers (especially those of you who think wearing it outside is NOT stupid ??‍♀). I know I’m about to burst your “google doctor degree” bubble, but here goes nothing.

So Masks?

I am OSHA 10&30 certified. I know some of you are too. I don’t really know WHY OSHA hasn’t come forward and stopped the nonsense BUT I want to cover 3 things

• N95 masks and masks with exhale ports
• surgical masks
• filter or cloth masks

Okay, so upon further inspection, OSHA says some masks are okay and not okay in certain situations.

If you’re working with fumes and aerosol chemicals and you give your employees the wrong masks they get sick, you can be sued.

• N95 masks: are designed for CONTAMINATED environments. That means when you exhale through N95 the design is that you are exhaling into contamination. The exhale from N95 masks are vented to breath straight out without filtration. They don’t filter the air on the way out. They don’t need to.
Conclusion: if you’re in Target and the guy with Covid has a N95 mask, his covid breath is unfiltered being exhaled into Target (because it was designed for already contaminated environments, it’s not filtering your air on the way out).

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• Surgical Mask: these masks were designed and approved for STERILE environments. The amount of particles and contaminants in the outside and indoor environments where people are CLOGGING these masks very, VERY quickly. The moisture from your breath combined with the clogged mask will render it “useless” IF you come in contact with Covid and your mask traps it, YOU become a walking virus dispenser. Everytime you put your mask on you are breathing the germs from EVERYWHERE you went. They should be changed or thrown out every “20-30 minutes in a non sterile environment.”

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• Cloth masks: I can’t even believe I’m having to explain this, but here it goes. Today, three people pointed to their masks as they walked by me entering Lowe’s. They said “ya gotta wear your mask BRO” I said very clearly “those masks don’t work bro, in fact they MAKE you sicker” they “pshh’d” me. By now hopefully you all know CLOTH masks do not filter anything. You mean the American flag one my aunt made? Yes. The one with sunflowers that looks so cute? Yes. The bandanna, the cut up t-shirt, the scarf ALL of them offer NO FILTERING whatsoever. As you exhale, you are ridding your lungs of contaminants and carbon dioxide. Cloth masks trap this carbon dioxide the best. It actually risks your health, rather than protect it. The moisture caught in these masks can become mildew ridden over night. Dry coughing, enhanced allergies, sore throat are all symptoms of a micro-mold in your mask.

-Ultimate Answer:

*N95 blows the virus into the air from a contaminated person.

*The surgical mask is not designed for the outside world and will not filter the virus upon inhaling through it. It’s filtration works on the exhale, (Like a vacuum bag, it only works one way) but likely stops after 20 minutes, rendering it useless outside of a STERILE ENVIRONMENT (correct Becky, they don’t work in a bar, not even a little bit).

*Cloth masks are WORSE than none. It’s equivalent to using a chain link fence to stop mosquitos.

The CDC wants us to keep wearing masks.

The masks don’t work.

They’re being used to provide false comfort and push forward a specific agenda. For the love of God, research each mask’s designed use and purpose, I bet you will find NONE are used in the way of “viral defense.”

Just like EVERY Flu season kids,

wash your hands.

Sanitize your hands.

Don’t touch stuff.

Sanitize your phone.

Don’t touch people.

And keep your distance.


Because your breath stinks, your deodorant is failing, your shoes are old and stink, that shirts not clean, & I like my space.

Trust me I can hear you from here.

Lots of reasons to keep your distance and work on body hygiene. But trust me, the masks do not work.

*Occupational Safety & Hazard Association sited.
The top American organization for safety.
They regulate and educate asbestos workers, surgical rooms, you name it.

I know, facts suck. They throw a wrench into the perfectly (seeming) packaged pill you are willingly swallowing.

Facts make you have to form your OWN OPINION, instead of regurgitating someone else’s, and I know how uncomfortable that makes a lot of you.

If your mask gives you security, by all means wear it. Just know it is a false sense of security and you shouldn’t shame anyone into partaking in such “conspiracies.”

If select politicians stopped enforcing it, no one would continue this nonsense....Smh

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 09:20

Not Standing For Our National Anthem....

Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171...
During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, "Stand and Face It".
When running for president Senator Obama was asked why he didn't wear a US Flag pin... his reply :
"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides." "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression..." "The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing."
Obama continued: "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we,as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails, perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments".
When I Become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past".
"Of course now, I have found myself about to become The President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside.
I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path . My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First black Family. Indeed , CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America."
Yes, you read it right.
Please pass on.
Just think, with the entire country knowing how that man thought and believed, they still elected him to run and represent the country two times.
We deserved what we got.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 08:45

For the Record: Irish Slaves

The Irish slave trade began when 30,000 Irish prisoners were sold as slaves to the New World. The King James I Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies. By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves. Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white. From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Families were ripped apart as the British did not allow Irish dads to take their wives and children with them across the Atlantic. This led to a helpless population of homeless women and children. Britain’s solution was to auction them off as well. During the 1650s, over 100,000 Irish children between the ages of 10 and 14 were taken from their parents and sold as slaves in the West Indies, Virginia and New England. In this decade, 52,000 Irish (mostly women and children) were sold to Barbados and Virginia. Another 30,000 Irish men and women were also transported and sold to the highest bidder. In 1656, Cromwell ordered that 2000 Irish children be taken to Jamaica and sold as slaves to English settlers. Many people today will avoid calling the Irish slaves what they truly were: Slaves. They’ll come up with terms like “Indentured Servants” to describe what occurred to the Irish. However, in most cases from the 17th and 18th centuries, Irish slaves were nothing more than human cattle. As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts. African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African. The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude. In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves. This practice of interbreeding Irish females with African men went on for several decades and was so widespread that, in 1681, legislation was passed “forbidding the practice of mating Irish slave women to African slave men for the purpose of producing slaves for sale.” In short, it was stopped only because it interfered with the profits of a large slave transport company. England continued to ship tens of thousands of Irish slaves for more than a century. Records state that, after the 1798 Irish Rebellion, thousands of Irish slaves were sold to both America and Australia. There were horrible abuses of both African and Irish captives. One British ship even dumped 1,302 slaves into the Atlantic Ocean so that the crew would have plenty of food to eat. There is little question that the Irish experienced the horrors of slavery as much (if not more in the 17th Century) as the Africans did. There is, also, very little question that those brown, tanned faces you witness in your travels to the West Indies are very likely a combination of African and Irish ancestry. In 1839, Britain finally decided on its own to end its participation in Satan’s highway to hell and stopped transporting slaves. While their decision did not stop pirates from doing what they desired, the new law slowly concluded THIS chapter of nightmarish Irish misery. But, if anyone, black or white, believes that slavery was only an African experience, then they’ve got it completely wrong. Irish slavery is a subject worth remembering, not erasing from our memories.


The crisis of the coronavirus-induced economic lockdown and now the violent protests in the streets have unleashed a depression-level financial crisis and unprecedented human suffering -- especially in our inner cities. These events have also exposed a Grand Canyon-sized chasm that now separates how the left and the right see America today. To wit:

No. 1: The right believes that stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements are counterproductive and should be repealed safely and immediately. The left believes that those orders must stay in place but should only apply to those on the right, not to liberal protesters.

No. 2: The right engages in nonviolence. The left shows tacit support for mob violence.


No. 3: The right believes the best way to revive the economy is to incentivize a dormant workforce to get back on the job. The left believes that the best way to revive the economy is to pay people more money not to work than to work.


No. 4: When the right protests against injustice, such as 40 million people losing their jobs due to lockdowns, it is always during the light of day so they can be seen and heard. The left protests in the dark so people can't see what crimes some of the protestors are committing.


No. 5: When the right attends rallies, they carry the American flag. When the left protests (and riots), the only American flags you see are burned.


No. 6: The right believes there are limits to how much governments can spend and borrow to avoid national bankruptcy and financial ruin. The left believes that trillions of dollars of added spending and debt are advisable and benign.


No. 7: When the right holds rallies, the protesters clean up after themselves. When the left protests, they ransack and burn their neighborhoods, spray-paint obscene graffiti and leave a mess of litter and trash everywhere for someone else to clean up. Yet leftists say they are the environmentalists.


No. 8: The right stands in support of small-business people's rights and has been asking businesses like hardware stores, run by immigrants or other minority owners, to open up. The left's rallies lead to looting and burning down the hardware stores.


No. 9: The right believes the best way to get people back to work is by getting money straight to people's paychecks through a payroll tax cut. The left thinks the best course is to give money to mayors, governors and other politicians.


No. 10: The right wants to help prevent racism in urban police forces by firing incompetent and bigoted police officers. The left stands by the unions, which prevent police from being fired.


No. 11: The right wants to make America look like Florida and Texas. The left wants the rest of the nation to look like New York and Illinois -- which are crumbling from rioting, lockdowns, high taxes and an accelerating stampede of businesses leaving the state.


Those are the monumentally important choices America faces. This is what the 2020 elections are all about on Nov. 3.


Stephen Moore


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