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Rory Ryan

By Rory Ryan
The Highland County Press

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Southern Ohio's Second Congressional District residents are going to miss Congressman Brad Wenstrup.

In case you missed it, Wenstrup has chaired the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. His stated mission has been to reveal the truth about COVID-19, its origin, the government's response, how to better respond in the future, and all the misinformation related thereto.

Ah, the misinformation. That was as rampant as the virus itself. Finally, after more than three years of bureaucratic bull-spit, Wenstrup's committee was finally able to get Dr. Anthony Fauci to admit he was/is a damned liar.

As we reported this week, a few takeaways from Fauci’s interview include:

• Fauci claimed that the “six feet apart” social distancing recommendation promoted by federal health officials was likely not based on any data. He characterized the development of the guidance by stating “it sort of just appeared.” 

No kidding. Anyone with half a brain realized the six-foot rule was bull-spit.

• Fauci acknowledged that the lab leak hypothesis is not a conspiracy theory. This comes nearly four years after prompting the publication of the now infamous “Proximal Origin” paper that attempted to vilify and disprove the lab leak hypothesis.

Hey, Doc, you should have read the National Review guest column in the fall of 2019 when the writer's girlfriend implored him to leave Wuhan because of the lab leak. She worked there.

• Fauci admitted that America’s vaccine mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic could increase vaccine hesitancy in the future.

Ya think? Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, well, you know the rest.

Fauci has stated that wearing a mask does little to stop the spread; then, wearing a mask is essential to life; and then, wearing two or three masks is even better.

Fauci did not need a mask or a vaccine during COVID-19. He needed a muzzle. 

Sadly, aside from Fauci's admissions of misinformation, he will not be held accountable for any of it. Good riddance.

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• And then there's this gem from my original hometown by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

As reported by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has rescinded an email sent recently from its diversity, equity and inclusion chief that called white, Christian, English-speaking people privileged, among several other “social identity groups,” according to screenshots of the memo posted on X.

Others listed on the privileged list included: able-bodied people, heterosexuals, cisgender people, middle or owning class people, and middle-aged people.

The January 2024 memo was sent Dr. Sherita Golden, Johns Hopkins Medicine’s chief diversity officer and a professor of medicine, who listed “privilege” as the “diversity word of the month.” 

I do not know one other thing about Dr. Sherita Golden. I do not know his, her, its, they, they's or them's preferred pronouns. Nor do I give a rat's arse. 

But as someone who fits in his, her, its, they, they's or them's definition of a some imagined privileged class, I'll say this: Show me the money. Show me the reward for your alleged privilege. Show me something other than the hard work that I've put in for the last 53 years.

That's right, "Dr.," I had my first full-time job at age 9. I've been working ever since. So have many others. I'm not complaining, mind you. But any supposed inherited privilege has never entered my existence on this planet. Whatever I have, I worked for it.

And when people like you and former president Obama say things like "You didn't build that" or Obama's wife who claims "government does everything for us," again show me the money. It's just not there, and it never has been.

Of course, you people would not know that. You have no idea what real work in the private sector is, do you? You're nice and cozy in your academic or government positions that the rest of us pay for.

The least you vultures could do is say thank you to those of us who pay your salaries. And then, just shut the hell up.

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.


Matthew (not verified)

14 January 2024

In recent years, the Soc. Sec. Administration sends out an annual updated "contribution" report on my revenue that was confiscated for the supposed Soc. Sec. benefit and medicare. I notice that I "contributed" during the year I turned 14 and not again until the year I turned 18. I'm glad that during the years in between that I didn't report my income to the government. Because, you know what, screw them. There's a couple more years as an adult when I worked for cash. Come and get me T-man. Is it possible that I spent my money more appropriately and efficiently then the government ever could? I'm comforted to know that I probably spent a significant portion of my un-taxed money on guns, ammo, and gasoline. Besides people like John F. Kerry, the Bidens, the Clintons, Algore, and Liz Cheney, I have no idea who the term "white privilege" applies to.

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