Her airhead attributes alone should get this off the ground


Ocasio-Cortez Joins Joe Biden’s Climate Change Panel

Breitbart reports that America’s number one airhead has joined the Biden team on climate change (no, global warming — no, global cooling — no, global smarming).

House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the "Trump Administration's Response to the Drug Crisis-Part II" on Capitol HillRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a chief advocate for the Green New Deal, will serve on former Vice President Joe Biden’s climate change panel for the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee’s campaign, Reuters first reported Wednesday.

Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) failed White House bid, will advise on global warming issues as one of the Vermont senator’s representatives on the Biden panel.

“She made the decision with members of the Climate Justice community – and she will be fully accountable to them and the larger advocacy community during this process,” an aide told Reuters. “She believes the movement will only be successful if we continue to apply pressure both inside and outside the system.”

The inclusion of the freshman “Squad” member on the council comes as Biden struggles to unite the establishment and far-left wings of the Democrat Party leading into the general election against President Donald Trump.

Although Ocasio-Cortez has yet to formally endorse Biden, the New York Democrat has said she would vote for the former vice president in November.

I personally draw a distinction between endorsement, endorsing a candidate and voting for them,” she told Vice News earlier this month. “I have not yet endorsed Vice President Biden, but I will be voting for him in November.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

Don’t forget, the last time she significantly spoke about climate change, she said we would have to have the intelligence of a sea sponge to believe her

Not that long ago, Representative Ocasio-Cortez first told us that the world would “end in 12 years” and then “Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.”

And if that was not enough to bury her theories of climate change (no, global warming — no, global cooling — no, global smarming), there was the relevation from her chief of staff at the time, Saikat Chakrabarti, that the Green New Deal had nothing to do with climate and everything to do with introducing socialism to America.

Five stories and supporting articles on death and coronavirus

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  1. NIH Chief: Coronavirus Lockdowns in U.S. May Trigger Suicides

Breitbart reports that the NIH Chief suggests that continued lockdowns may trigger a flood of suicides.

DrCollinsThere is a clear and present danger that lockdown measures aimed at stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus may fuel mental health issues like suicides, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), warned this week.

During an interview published by the medical news outlet STAT on Tuesday, Dr. Collins acknowledged that quarantine measures like social distancings, currently impacting more than 95 percent of U.S. residents, may increase mental health illnesses, particularly suicides, in some areas, telling STAT:

It is interesting that if you look back over history, when we have had other times of major national stress, it looks as if, for the most part, actually, illnesses, and even mortality, seems to actually not be as bad during those situations.

But that’s not true of specific areas, and particularly with suicide, one worries about the people who already are struggling with depression, and then are put in a circumstance of being isolated from others. That’s exactly the wrong thing.

So that’s one more reason why we need to figure out [the health consequences of the lockdowns] in a safe way, and an evidence-based way how we can get ourselves back out there again, because people are suffering with this.

Dr. Collins’ comments came in response to STAT asking about his views on Trump’s prediction that there is a real health cost to keeping people cooped up in their homes for long periods.

“I think we do have to take that seriously,” the director of the NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said about Trump’s warnings.

The director also noted that the NIH is working to determine the expected health consequences from the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns, saying:

We set up a series of 10 significant trans-NIH research initiatives, bringing together all of the best and brightest leaders that we have around us — virtually, of course — to try to address things that we would all want to know about the consequences of this as well as ways that we can help end it.

Obviously, that includes things like vaccines and therapeutics, but one of those initiatives is very much about the mental health consequences of what this has done, socially, by asking people to stay at home for long periods of time, losing those face-to-face personal connections.

Citing U.S. government and independent assessments, Breitbart News has acknowledged early this month that the financial crisis triggered by the coronavirus lockdowns will likely increase deadly drug abuse and suicides, particularly among the unemployed.

The leftist mainstream media, however, had a meltdown over Trump’s warnings of surging suicides if nationwide social-distancing guidelines that have closed many non-essential businesses and have triggered a spike in unemployment stay in place.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Remember Obamacare (where the Congress got exemptions)

Democrats have proven time and time again that they do not care about your health in any way. They have sided with the Chinese over this coronavirus just because it worked as a political football against the President and the Republicans.

Additionally, despite all the “we are all in this together” advertisements, they don’t give a flying rip about your mental health.

One thing that I find odd within all of the politically-related articles in this string is the observation that Democrats either denied or stood against claims that further shutdowns would result in higher suicide rates. What do they think will happen when people lose their jobs, max out their credit cards, become more isolated than usual in this already isolated society, and then get a continual mantra of “isolate, isolate, isolate?”

  1. Study: Coronavirus Shutdowns Could Lead To 75,000 ‘Deaths Of Despair’

The Daily Caller provides an 8 May 2020 article telling of a study that points toward suicide caused by the despair of coronaviurs.

Government-mandated shutdowns over the coronavirus pandemic could lead to as many as 75,000 deaths, a new study shows.

The study published Friday by Well Being Trust (WBT) found that the pandemic could cause an additional 75,000 “deaths of despair,” including deaths from suicide and drug overdoses. The study identified the cause of these deaths as “unprecedented economic failure paired with massive unemployment, mandated social isolation for months and possible residual isolation for years, and uncertainty caused by the sudden emergence of a novel, previously unknown microbe.”

Benjamin Miller, WBT’s chief strategy officer warned that the country cannot continue to ignore the collateral damage being caused by the coronavirus.

“Undeniably policymakers must place a large focus on mitigating the effects of COVID. However, if the country continues to ignore the collateral damage—specifically our nation’s mental health—we will not come out of this stronger,” Miller wrote. “If we work to put in place healthy community conditions, good healthcare coverage, and inclusive policies, we can improve mental health and well-being. With all the other COVID-related investments, it’s time for the federal government to fully support a framework for excellence in mental health and well-being and invest in mental health now.”

The study found that 27,644 people will die from deaths of despair under the best case scenario, while over 150,000 could die under the worst case scenario. The study identified the country’s skyrocketing unemployment rate as a leading factor contributing to these deaths, writing that “Unemployment is an undeniable risk factor for suicide and drug misuse as well as decrease in overall health status.” The U.S. unemployment rate currently sits at nearly 15%, its highest rate since the Great Depression. Most of the U.S. economy has been closed since March, although some states have recently reopened in an attempt to stave off economic catastrophe.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Rather than figuring out how to keep the shutdown, get us back to work

The deaths that essentially result from isolation, loss of income, and lowering of activity can be minimized by just getting more people back to work. Not necessarily just handing out money, but getting people to do something that produces a product that they can point to and smile.

However, what does Nancy Pelosi do? She holds up programs that would benefit small businesses in ways that would allow those small businesses to retain their employees. What did she hold the program up for? One item on her list of give-a-ways was the a gift of $25 million to the Kennedy Center, a place where only the richest in the Washington D.C. area can afford to attend. Once the gift went through, the Center fired the musicians for the Center. That’s a Democrat’s compassion for the little guy.

  1. Suicide mortality and coronavirus

The Journal of the American Medical Association discusses suicide mortality and coronavirus and wonder whether the raising numbers will create a perfect storm.

Suicide rates have been rising in the US over the last 2 decades. The latest data available (2018) show the highest age-adjusted suicide rate in the US since 1941.1 It is within this context that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) struck the US. Concerning disease models have led to historic and unprecedented public health actions to curb the spread of the virus. Remarkable social distancing interventions have been implemented to fundamentally reduce human contact. While these steps are expected to reduce the rate of new infections, the potential for adverse outcomes on suicide risk is high. Actions could be taken to mitigate potential unintended consequences on suicide prevention efforts, which also represent a national public health priority.

COVID-19 Public Health Interventions and Suicide Risk

Secondary consequences of social distancing may increase the risk of suicide. It is important to consider changes in a variety of economic, psychosocial, and health-associated risk factors.

Economic Stress

There are fears that the combination of canceled public events, closed businesses, and shelter-in-place strategies will lead to a recession. Economic downturns are usually associated with higher suicide rates compared with periods of relative prosperity.2 Since the COVID-19 crisis, businesses have faced adversity and laying off employees. Schools have been closed for indeterminable periods, forcing some parents and guardians to take time off work. The stock market has experienced historic drops, resulting in significant changes in retirement funds. Existing research suggests that sustained economic stress could be associated with higher US suicide rates in the future.

Social Isolation

Leading theories of suicide emphasize the key role that social connections play in suicide prevention. Individuals experiencing suicidal ideation may lack connections to other people and often disconnect from others as suicide risk rises.3 Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are associated with social isolation and loneliness.3 Therefore, from a suicide prevention perspective, it is concerning that the most critical public health strategy for the COVID-19 crisis is social distancing. Furthermore, family and friends remain isolated from individuals who are hospitalized, even when their deaths are imminent. To the extent that these strategies increase social isolation and loneliness, they may increase suicide risk.

Decreased Access to Community and Religious Support

Many Americans attend various community or religious activities. Weekly attendance at religious services has been associated with a 5-fold lower suicide rate compared with those who do not attend.4 The effects of closing churches and community centers may further contribute to social isolation and hence suicide.

Barriers to Mental Health Treatment

Health care facilities are adding COVID-19 screening questions at entry points. At some facilities, children and other family members (without an appointment) are not permitted entry. Such actions may create barriers to mental health treatment (e.g, canceled appointments associated with child restrictions while school is canceled). Information in the media may also imply that mental health services are not prioritized at this time (e.g, portrayals of overwhelmed health care settings, canceled elective surgeries). Moreover, overcrowded emergency departments may negatively affect services for survivors of suicide attempts. Reduced access to mental health care could negatively affect patients with suicidal ideation.

Illness and Medical Problems

Exacerbated physical health problems could increase risk for some patients, especially among older adults, in whom health problems are associated with suicide. One patient illustrated the psychological toll of COVID-19 symptoms when he told his clinician, “’I feel like (you) sent me home to die.”5

Outcomes of National Anxiety

It is possible that the 24/7 news coverage of these unprecedented events could serve as an additional stressor, especially for individuals with preexisting mental health problems. The outcomes of national anxiety on an individual’s depression, anxiety, and substance use deserve additional study.

Many studies document elevated suicide rates among medical professionals.6 This at-risk group is now serving in the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. A national discussion is emerging about health care workers’ concerns about infection, exposure of family members, sick colleagues, shortages of necessary personal protective equipment, overwhelmed facilities, and work stress. This special population deserves support and prevention services.

Firearm Sales

Many news outlets have reported a surge in US gun sales as COVID-19 advances. Firearms are the most common method of suicide in the US, and firearm ownership or access and unsafe storage are associated with elevated suicide risk.7 In this context, issues of firearm safety for suicide prevention are increasingly relevant.

Seasonal Variation in Rates

In the northern hemisphere, suicide rates tend to peak in the late spring and early summer. The fact that this will probably coincide with peak COVID-19 prevention efforts is concerning and deserves additional study.

Suicide Prevention Opportunities

Despite challenges, there are opportunities to improve suicide prevention efforts in this unique time. Maintenance of some existing efforts is also possible.

Physical Distance, Not Social Distance

Despite its name, social distancing requires physical space between people, not social distance. Efforts can be made to stay connected and maintain meaningful relationships by telephone or video, especially among individuals with substantial risk factors for suicide. Social media solutions can be explored to facilitate these goals.

(Read more at the Journal of the American Medical Association)

Just as the deaths and infections from staying at home were a surprise to Cuomo last week, this will probably come as a surpirse

With a hat tip to the Chris Salcedo Show, CNBC reported recently that Governor Cuomo expressed surprise when he found that most coronavirus cases came from those who sheltered in place.

Most new Covid-19 hospitalizations in New York state are from people who were staying home and not venturing much outside, a “shocking” finding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

The preliminary data was from 100 New York hospitals involving about 1,000 patients, Cuomo said at his daily briefing.

It shows that 66% of new admissions were from people who had largely been sheltering at home. The next highest source of admissions was from nursing homes, 18%.

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“If you notice, 18% of the people came from nursing homes, less than 1% came from jail or prison, 2% came from the homeless population, 2% from other congregate facilities, but 66% of the people were at home, which is shocking to us,” Cuomo said.

“This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” he added. “We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”

(Read more at CNBC)

Surprise, Mr. Governor? If you would like another surprise, I have a 10-man survey team that would help you find something.

  1. How does the coronavirus pandemic affect suicide rates?

The Hill explores the liberal side of how coronavirus might affect suicide rates.

A new report released this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) expresses concern about the potential for increased suicide rates due to economic stress, social isolation, medical problems and other factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Concerning disease models have led to historic and unprecedented public health actions to curb the spread of the virus. Remarkable social distancing interventions have been implemented to fundamentally reduce human contact. While these steps are expected to reduce the rate of new infections, the potential for adverse outcomes on suicide risk is high,” states the JAMA report, which also stresses the emphasized need for enhanced suicide prevention efforts.

Although data on numbers of calls specifically related to COVID-19 distress are not yet available for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national network of locally operated crisis centers, Lifeline counselors confirm receiving numerous calls from people expressing concern over their health, economic and financial stability, and substance use.

Senior Director of Communications Frances Gonzalez tells Changing America, “In addition, counselors are connecting with healthcare providers and workers expressing their own distress and anxiety related to their work and health, as well as people facing grief related to COVID-19.”

Gonzalez adds that, “Disaster Distress Helpline, a sub-network of the Lifeline that is focused on providing emotional support to people affected by natural and human-caused disasters, has experienced significant volume increases.”

Citing numbers, she says, “During March 2020, the Disaster Distress Helpline saw a 338 percent increase in call volume compared with February 2020.”

(Read more at The Hill )

Now that The Hill has reported on it, they can now ignore the subject and accuse others of ignorance

The pattern of the main stream media seems to be report on a subject online or on the last pages of a small section — then they claim that people who hold to the theories that depend on that idea are to be discounted. For example, suicide has now been breached; however, the only people suggesting that suicide might be elevated by a continued lockdown are people in the President’s camp.

How can this become a political football? How can people ignore the tensions created by unemployment?

For that matter, how can a Speaker of the House be so tone deaf as to show off a basket of high-priced chocolates and then display a expensive set of freezers full of designer ice creams while the “Regular Joe” family struggled to put food on the table?

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  1. Suicide rise from lockdowns to kill more than coronavirus in Australia

Breitbart reports a predicted rise in suicide in Australia.

The rise in the suicide rate caused by lockdowns in Australia is predicted to exceed deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus by a factor of ten, the Australian reported Thursday.

Researchers from Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Centre forecast a 50 percent rise in the national suicide rate because of the economic and social impact of government responses to the virus, which would drive deaths to as much as ten times higher than those causes by the coronavirus itself.

Already this year global deaths by suicide are significantly higher than those attributed to the coronavirus. According to the respected Worldometers running tallies, there have already been 374,225 suicides since the start of 2020, whereas the Wuhan coronavirus has claimed 251,898 lives, Johns Hopkins University reveals.

If the Australian research holds up for other nations as well, the global suicide rate could end up far outpacing the death toll from COVID-19.

The uptick in Australian suicides will be felt over a number of years, the Australian scholars suggest, and the coronavirus response could produce “a generational mental health crisis” resulting in an extra 1500 deaths each year over the next five years.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Eight proofs (and 25 sub-proofs) we have been had by the coronavirus scare

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  1. Lack of information, misinformation, incomplete information causes panic

What we don’t know about the coronavirus outbreak

The Harvard Gazette comments on what they think they don’t know about the coronavirus.

Cases of the new coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan have expanded into the thousands, with more than 170 deaths. The virus’ spread elsewhere — including the U.S., which has at least six confirmed cases, the last one marking the first time the illness was spread from one person to another here — contributed to the World Health Organization’s decision to declare the outbreak a public health emergency. The Gazette spoke to Professor of Epidemiology Marc Lipsitch, director of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics and an expert on the spread of infectious diseases, including his work during the SARS coronavirus outbreak in 2003.

Speaker: Quote
GAZETTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a handful of coronavirus cases in the nation and is investigating others. How worried should residents be?
LIPSITCH: At this point, worry won’t accomplish anything and doesn’t help. It is reasonably likely that there will be more cases in the United States, but whether that means double digits or many more still remains to be seen. I do think it may be more challenging to control than SARS, because it seems that a lot of cases are relatively mild, which makes them harder to identify.
GAZETTE: It’s a coronavirus, which includes not only SARS but things like the common cold. Does this mean, when the symptoms are mild, that it’s easy to get it mixed up with something like a cold or the flu?
LIPSITCH: It seems that way. Some of the symptoms are more severe than colds or than typical flu, but not everybody has a severe infection. So the milder infections can certainly be missed.
GAZETTE: One thing that struck me watching this unfold is the rapid expansion in China. Is that because it’s more infectious than we had thought, or is it because now that we’re looking for it all these mild cases are turning up?
LIPSITCH: I think it’s a mix of things. I think responsible people weren’t saying how infectious it was until recently. The most optimistic scenario — that it’s acquired from animals and then transmitted among humans only very modestly — is no longer credible. Each day it seems clearer that transmission is relatively common — estimates are converging around something similar to SARS. Reporting has been very irregular, so the big jumps in case numbers don’t necessarily mean new cases, just newly reported cases. We should remember that it’s only been about a month since the problem was recognized. The fact that we’re able to test and confirm cases of a completely unknown virus is amazing and a testament to very, very good biological work being done very quickly.

So it’s quite extraordinary that we know as much as we do, but we still don’t know that much. By comparison, however, SARS broke out in November of 2002, and it didn’t come to global attention until February [2003]. So this epidemic may have started that same time in 2019 and came to light within a month or two of its start date.

Speaker: Quote
GAZETTE: How big a difference does that time make, as far as the number of cases you have to deal with?
LIPSITCH: It’s much better. People are still trying to figure out the doubling time of the epidemic. Because right now, what we’re seeing is doublings of cases, sometimes even in one day, but that’s because people are getting tested, not because new cases are appearing. But whatever the doubling time is, a month is probably at least enough time for it to grow four- to 10-fold, if not more. A month is a lot of time in an epidemic.
GAZETTE: How does this virus compare to SARS as far as its death rate?
LIPSITCH: We don’t know. Of the diagnosed cases of SARS, about 10 percent of them died. By comparison, seasonal flu is about a tenth of a percent or lower. This one, we don’t know either the numerator or the denominator for that calculation. Not enough cases have been diagnosed to know how many people have been infected even to an order of magnitude. There were probably some deaths that weren’t attributed to this virus. Maybe not that many, but some, especially in places that weren’t looking for them at the time. So I think we just don’t know. It doesn’t look like it’s as bad as SARS, which is very good from one perspective, but it also means that it may be more challenging to control if the overall spectrum of illness is milder, because it’s harder to recognize and isolate cases.

(Read more at The Harvard Gazette)

If you read this with a discerning eye, it shows how little we knew

As you read through the above interview, note how much dodges the question. A few questions honestly answer with “we don’t know” or “why worry?” From this lack of information, those in the political and media drove a panic in the nation.

China lied on the coronavirus. It put everyone at risk.

The Washington Post comments on the lies of the Communist Chinese Party on coronavirus.

Compared with the response in some previous outbreaks, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and swine flu in 2009, biomedical detective work got underway quickly in China in December, when people began to suffer a pneumonia-like illness. Chinese researchers isolated the new coronavirus, sequenced its genetic code and prepared reagents for diagnostics. But during all the weeks of this activity in December, Beijing largely kept the lid on information. It did not alert the public until well into January. The thought police were still on the beat, even as the virus spread.

The common reactions of Chinese leaders to crisis — strict secrecy, media censorship, desperate attempts to protect “stability” and slavish adherence to central authority — were evident throughout the early period of the crisis, according to a detailed insider account published by the China Media Project. On Dec. 30, this account says, the Wuhan Health Commission “issued an order to hospitals, clinics and other healthcare units strictly prohibiting the release of any information about treatment of this new disease.”

The account says that while Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization of a new coronavirus outbreak, “they did not inform their own people, but instead maintained strict secrecy.” A free press might have made a difference — it might have at least raised questions about people’s illnesses. But such a press does not exist in China.

(Read more at the Washington Post)

While the press generally wants to forget the Chinese connection in this virus, we cannot ignore it

Additionally, we should not ignore the words of Nancy Pelosi as she encouraged people to join her in San Francisco’s Chinatown as she clearly did not employ social distancing.

World Health Organization tells the world, ‘Coronavirus is not transmissible between humans’

The New York Times reported in a 23 January 2020 article that the World Health Organization claimed that coronavirus could not be transmitted from one human to another.

The World Health Organization on Thursday decided not to declare the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak a global emergency, despite the spread of the dangerous respiratory infection from China to at least five other countries.

Although the disease has reached beyond China, the number of cases in other countries is still relatively small, and the disease does not seem to be spreading within those countries, agency officials said. Of more than 800 cases now reported, the wide majority — and all the 25 deaths — have been in China, according to Chinese officials.

“At this time, there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director general, said at a news conference in Geneva. “That doesn’t mean it won’t happen.”

“Make no mistake,” he added. “This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one.”

The committee weighing the decision was divided, its chairman, Dr. Didier Houssin, said during the briefing. Some members felt the course of the outbreak warranted an emergency declaration now, but others said it that was too soon to decide, citing the limited number of cases in countries outside China as well as the country’s efforts to contain the virus.

(Read more at the New York Times)

The money that we have poured into the WHO meant nothing; however, the loyalty of the WHO to a communist country obviously was more important than life

We should never again believe the words coming out of the WHO; therefore, we should never again devote our dollars to their support.

In an example of incomplete information, Townhall suggested why the world shut down for the Wuhan Coronavirus, but not MERS, swine flu, SARS, or Ebola

Townhall suggested a few reasons for why the world shut down for coronavirus and not for the more deadly diseases that occurred during the Obama administration.

So, for a virus that isn’t as lethal as say Ebola, why did we have to lock it down? Why didn’t we do so for the SARS or MERS outbreaks? FiveThirtyEight broke it down:

If the name didn’t give it away, SARS was caused by a virus similar to the one that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, but it didn’t have nearly the same impact. This is in spite of having a relatively high case fatality rate of 9.6 percent, compared to the current estimate for COVID-19: 1.4 percent.

Another respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has an even higher case fatality rate of 34 percent. But it’s also led to fewer deaths than what we’ve already seen from COVID-19: As of January 2020, there have been 2,519 cases of MERS and 866 associated deaths from the infection.

SARS and MERS didn’t cause the same level of devastation that COVID-19 has largely because they aren’t as easily transmitted. Rather than moving by casual, person-to-person transmission, SARS and MERS spread from much closer contact, between family members or health care workers and patients (or, in the case of MERS, from camels to people directly). These viruses also aren’t spread through presymptomatic transmission, meaning infected people don’t spread it before they have symptoms. Once people got sick, they typically stayed home or were hospitalized, making it harder for them to spread the virus around.

As for Swine Flu, FiveThirtyEight noted that Swine Flu spread easily, though it was not as contagious as COVID-19 and not nearly as deadly, preventing our health care system from being overwhelmed:

“The 2009 pandemic, the H1N1 swine flu, that [disease] spread very, very well, but the fatality rate was quite low, and that’s the reason why it wasn’t dubbed as a particularly serious pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, in a February livestream.

Even with such a low case fatality rate, the swine flu had a high overall death toll due in part to how easily it spread. With an even higher case fatality rate and perhaps even a higher rate of transmission, COVID-19 has required drastic measures to prevent its spread.

What about Ebola, a disease with a mortality rate that can reach as high as 90 percent? Again, a highly lethal virus, perhaps the deadliest on this list, but blessedly hard to contract. It doesn’t spread like the flu:

Similar to MERS and SARS, Ebola is not easily transmittable. Infected people don’t spread the virus until they start showing symptoms, and even then the virus is hard to catch because it is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluid of an infected person, like blood, sweat, and urine, rather than through the kind of particles produced when someone sneezes or speaks. Unless you’re nursing patients (either at home or in a hospital setting) or tending to their body after they’ve died, it’s unlikely you’d acquire the infection.

Ebola also tends to cause pretty severe and identifiable symptoms, such as fever and fatigue followed by vomiting and diarrhea. Not only can infected people not spread the virus until they’re sick, but once they become sick, they’ll know it.

“If you want to see illnesses which are controllable, they all have transmission very much tied to symptoms, and this includes SARS and Ebola,” said William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “If you’re in an Ebola zone, you can be pretty sure whether or not the person you’re talking to is a potentially risky contact.”

This makes it easier to isolate infected individuals and protect health care workers to limit the spread, which is what occurred in the 2014-2016 outbreak. It’s a striking difference from COVID-19, which we know can be spread without any symptoms at all, and even when people get sick, some people might have symptoms so mild that they’re not sure they have COVID-19 in the first place.

(Read more at Townhall)

I will respectfully disagree with Townhall. We shut down due to misinformation and a lack of information

From poor information, people took guesses to be facts. For example, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo took the projections by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins who said 583,000 would die in Texas (since he took the then-current projections of COVID ACT NOW as gospel). Now the projections are that there will be 1,000 deaths in Texas (refer below). We are not near that, but people still give some of this too much consideration.

  1. The mortality rate has fallen far below the projections

The model showed 6,000 would die in Texas. Now it’s 1K. What’s changed?

The San Antonio Express News asks why the models on the coronavirus mortality rates have changed so much.

A revised model suggests Texas could have 5,000 fewer COVID-19 deaths than previously estimated.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a global health research organization at the University of Washington School of Medicine, is forecasting that Texas will have 957 deaths by Aug. 4, 2020. IHME models have been used by the White House.

That model had previously forecast around 6,000 deaths. Then 4,000, and now just under 1,000, said Dr. Peter Hotez, professor and dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

(Read more at the Express News)

If you continue to read, the “expert” suggests our quarantine worked

However, if that is the case, why does Sweden have a lower coronavirus mortality rate than Michigan (when both have the same population and Sweden never quarantined)?

New York coronavirus general population mortality rate falls to 0.5%

The Hill points out that antibody testing has shown coronavirus infection rates in New York state may currently be at 14% and at 20% in New York City while the mortality rate for coronavirus has fallen to 0.5% for the general population of New York.

Preliminary data shows about 13.9 percent of the population of New York state — about 2.7 million people — have at some point been infected with the coronavirus.

About 3,000 people were randomly tested at grocery stores and other public locations to allow officials to get a broader sense of how widely the virus has spread in New York and how many people might now have immunity.

In New York City, 21 percent of residents had antibodies for coronavirus, compared with 3.6 percent in upstate New York, 16.7 percent in Long Island and 11.7 percent in the Westchester and Rockland area.

“They were infected three weeks ago, four weeks ago, five weeks ago, six weeks ago. But they had the virus, they developed the antibodies and they are now recovered,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday.

The data indicates the COVID-19 death rate in New York is about 0.5 percent. The tests were conducted over a two-day period in 19 counties and 40 localities.

(Read more at The Hill)

If the mortality rate is this low, it would seem to be newsworthy

If the mortality rate had been found to be this low under a Democrat administration, it likely would be newsworthy.

Antibody testing currently points toward a 0.5% mortality rate from coronavirus

A 23 April 2020 Townhall article brings out how antibody testing in New York now indicates that the coronavirus mortality rate should be adjusted down to 0.5% for the general population.

There is simply no other way to state this.

Nearly everything we’ve been told about models, rates of infection, deaths, and recoveries was inaccurate.

I’m not here to argue that it was malfeasance or ignorance — both are unacceptable. But the one thing that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stunning announcement made clear on Thursday is that there are some pretty shocking — and what should be — reassuring truths.

Cuomo announced that antibody testing in New York state, which only began four days previous, was already demonstrating that at minimum 13.9% of New Yorkers, had COVID-19 late stage antibodies.

The implication of this is a shockwave to the system.

With a population of 19,540,500 the findings point out that over 2,500,000 New Yorkers had the virus and have recovered. Keep in mind that as of this writing that only 263,000 New Yorkers have currently confirmed cases. Also as of this writing New York has reported 19,543 fatalities.

We’ve been told that the true death rate is 7.4% in New York. We were told there would be hundreds of thousands dead. We were told that this was worse than the flu, which has still recorded more deaths to date in this past flu season—even though the CDC instructed medical personnel to start counting influenza, heart disease, pulmonary, respiratory, drug overdose, and possibly even car crash deaths as COVID-19 deaths.

We were told that we had to upend an economy, go into solitary confinement, and divorce ourselves from normal life because this would rage beyond any previous pandemic. We were told that this virus with 846,000 current confirmed cases was worse than the H1N1 that broke out on Obama’s watch that infected 60,000,000 people. (We were conveniently not told that Obama had authorized $3.7 million U.S. tax dollars to be used at the Wuhan Institute of Virology to utilize corona viruses in bats in 2015 — but that’s yet another deception of omission.)

But none of these “truths” turned out to be so.

The death rate in New York State isn’t 7.4%, it is actually .75%. The recently ended influenza season numbers from the CDC indicate possibly 56,000,000 cases of flu, 740,000 hospitalizations, and 62,000 deaths. Under the current count from the Johns Hopkins Dashboard in this five month stretch CoVid19 has racked up 845,959 confirmed cases, 122,000 hospitalizations and 46,972 deaths.

A couple of other observations are extremely relevant. To begin with the flu — which has no vaccine but rather a randomized version of a shot designed to help develop antibodies to fight the version of the flu that “smart people” *think* will be the primary version that particular year — has remedies that physicians prescribe in primary care on an as needed basis. So we’re not accustomed to thinking that the flu is this deadly killer that all of life must be shut down to prevent. CoVid19 had no known treatments at the beginning of the breakout, and for political reasons—and possibly financially incentivized ones to boot—the most effective treatment for CoVid19 became a political football. Even the supposed “negative” trials that were reported on this past weekend, had cherry picked subjects that were mostly late stage victims of the virus. As Dr. Vladimir Zelenko pointed out on my show this week, doing so created the negative outcomes “purposefully & by design.” When used under a physician’s care, in the primary care basis, and early on after testing or onset of symptoms, the hydroxycholoroquine, azithromycin, & zinc cocktail reduced the rates of deaths and long term infectious stages. Zelenko’s numbers to date: 1,450 patients treated, two deaths, four ventilator cases (all fully recovered,) and all others recovered. Zelenko and other physicians using the treatment are releasing the world’s largest Meta-study to date within the next few days that will examine more than 2,000 confirmed cases.

The antibody numbers from Cuomo also scream one other harsh reality. The virus was in America long before January.

(Read more at Townhall)

  1. Sweden dealt with coronavirus by not locking down

As documented in a New York Times opinion piece of 28 April 2020, we find that Sweden never locked down and had fairly low coronavirus mortality rates.

… In case you’ve missed it, Sweden has taken a radically different approach in dealing with the coronavirus. It has essentially opted for a strategy of “herd immunity” through exposure.

This strategy posits that most people under age 65 who get the coronavirus — if they do not have major pre-existing medical conditions — will either experience it as a typical or tough flu, or completely asymptomatically, and the number who will get so sick that they require hospitalization or emergency care will reliably be less than the number of beds needed to care for them.

So, if you do your best to shelter and sequester all of those over 65 and those with serious pre-existing conditions — notably heart and lung disease and diabetes — and let much of the rest of the population circulate and get exposed and become naturally immune, once about 60 percent of your population has gone through this you’ll have herd immunity and the viral transmission will be blocked. (This assumes that immunity for some period of time results from exposure, as most experts think it will.)

After all, herd immunity is our goal — either from vaccination or from enough people building natural immunity. Those are the only ways to achieve it.

The upside of Sweden’s strategy — if it works — is that your economy does not take such a deep hit from lockdowns. It is unlike the strategy of suppression pursued in cities across America right now — as well as around the globe — where, when the lockdown is over, your population largely has not developed immunity and so most everyone remains vulnerable to the virus, and to a second wave in the fall.

Think of the challenge of New York City. Its hospitals would have been overwhelmed by the sudden crush of patients, so the months of lockdown of millions will surely, and vitally, have saved lives. But it has come at huge cost to jobs and businesses and with little progress to herd immunity — and with the prospect that the virus can come roaring back as soon as the lockdown is lifted, unless there is Chinese-level testing, tracking, tracing and quarantining those carrying the infection. And even that might not work.

Now think of Stockholm. Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist at Sweden’s Public Health Agency — the nation’s top infectious disease official and architect of Sweden’s coronavirus response, said in an interview published in USA Today on Tuesday: “We think that up to 25 percent people in Stockholm have been exposed to coronavirus and are possibly immune. A recent survey from one of our hospitals in Stockholm found that 27 percent of staff there are immune. We think that most of those are immune from transmission in society, not the workplace. We could reach herd immunity in Stockholm within a matter of weeks.”

Tegnell explains that Sweden is not just blithely letting all Swedes get the disease to achieve herd immunity, but rather is pursuing a designed strategy for the most sustainable way to navigate through this pandemic. So colleges and high schools are closed, but kindergarten through grade nine are open, as are many restaurants, stores and businesses.

But the government has also issued social-distancing guidelines, which many people are abiding by, encouraged working from home and discouraged nonessential travel. Most important, it has encouraged everyone over 70 to stay at home and banned gatherings of more than 50 people and visits to nursing homes.

The result, so far, Tegnell noted, has been a gradual building of herd immunity among those least vulnerable while the country has avoided mass unemployment and an overwhelming of the hospital system.

(Read more at the New York Times)

Additionally, a study discussed in the Wall Street Journal backs this up

When you consider that scientists mentioned by the Wall Street Journal seem to indicate that lock downs don’t help, you begin to wonder why we have subjected ourselves to this jail time without cause.

  1. Democrats use the coronavirus to kill parts of our economy

Report: 2,500 oil and gas workers in Texas lose their jobs in a 10-day period

The Houston Chronicle points out that 2,500 oil and gas workers in Texas lost their jobs in one 10-day period.

WeveBeenHadTexas Workforce Commission information shows that the oil and natural gas industry shed another 2,500 jobs over the past 10 days, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.

The report shows 13 companies laid off 2,525 people. The service sector, which includes drilling rig operators, hydraulic fracturing crews and manufacturing, took the hardest hit, according to the Chronicle. The report blames record low oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic hurting demand for products and services.

The layoffs, according to the Chronicle article, included:

  • Houston-based NexTier Oilfield Services — 1,041 employees working at its headquarters, another Houston office and field offices in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale.
  • Midland oil-field service company ProPetro Service — 584 layoffs in the Permian Basin where losses now total 584 layoffs.
  • Houston oil-field service company Baker Hughes — 184 jobs cut after merging operations at two locations in Houston.

The report also states U.S. Silica laying off 105 people in Midland; Fort Worth-based Black Mountain Sand laying off 87; and Ohio-based Covia laying off 82 people.

Among the fuel distributors, the Midland office of tanker truck hauler Sun Coast Resources reported laying off 70 people from its Midland truck yard while the fuel distribution arm of Sunoco cut 55 jobs from its Odessa truck yard, according to the Chronicle article.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

The Democrat hate for the oil/gas industry surely doesn’t need an introduction

After years of blogging on Al Gore, Maxine Waters, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, surely there should not be a need for explaining why Democrats would love to tank the oil/gas industry.

Farmers say they may have to kill and discard baby pigs as slaughterhouses close and the industry faces losing $5 billion

The Business Insider reports in a 14 April 2020 article that farmers have been forced to kill pigs once meat packing plants have been closed due to coronavirus.

Hog farmers are struggling in the face of absent workers, shuttered pork packaging plants, and a loss of buyers in restaurants and international markets due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The result is a glut of excess hogs, making it more expensive to sell pigs to be made into pork than to simply kill the animals.

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) said on Tuesday that farmers will lose almost $37 per hog and almost $5 billion collectively for every hog marketed for the rest of 2020, citing economists Dr. Dermot Hayes and Dr. Steve Meyer. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the NPPC said analysts predicted farmers would earn roughly $10 per hog.

On a call with reporters, NPPC President Howard Roth said that euthanizing is going to start coming up in farmers’ discussions “absent immediate and significant government intervention,” Star Tribune’s Adam Belz tweeted. According to Roth, the number of baby pigs being euthanized will “soar dramatically” without intervention.

“Hogs are backing up on farms with nowhere to go, leaving farmers with tragic choices to make,” Roth said in a statement. “Dairy producers can dump milk. Fruit and vegetable growers can dump produce. But, hog farmers have nowhere to move their hogs.”

The NPPC is asking that the federal government purchase more than $1 billion in backed-up meat supply, which the USDA can use to supply food banks. The organization is also seeking equitable direct payments to pork producers and to allow family farms to take out emergency loans offered by the Small Business Administration.

(Read more at the Business Insider)

Considering the pork that was stuffed into the PPP, why didn’t Pelosi help the pork farmers?

It would just seem natural that Pelosi, such a lover of pork, would help the pork industry. However, her parts of the Paycheck Protection Plan put greater restrictions on the USDA and swine raising industry.

Farmers fear USDA’s $19B in coronavirus aid won’t ‘scratch the surface’

A 28 April 2020 United Press article points out how the monies set aside to aid the cattle industry will likely be vastly insufficient. Thanks, Democrats.

As the federal government prepares to distribute an unprecedented $19 billion in aid to farmers struggling through the coronavirus pandemic, farm industry experts say it won’t be enough.

“That $19 billion helps,” said Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Minnesota. “But if things deteriorate further, that may not even scratch the surface for what people are going to need to get through this.”

The issue is especially severe among livestock producers, Westhoff said.

That sector is facing an immediate crisis because the widespread closure of meat packing plants because of outbreaks of the virus makes it impossible for many farmers to sell all their animals.

“It’s a mess,” said Jim Petrik, a South Dakota rancher who raises cattle and hogs. “Almost all our local plants are out. It’s going to be a bloodbath for producers.”

Hog producers are losing money every day. The National Pork Producers Council on April 17 released a “conservative” estimate that hog farmers would lose a collective $5 billion in 2020.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has allocated $1.6 billion in aid for the hog industry.

(Read more at the United Press)

For the Democrat’s supposed empathy for those in “food deserts,” there was no planning in Pelosi’s stimulus (Kennedy Center, etc) for food

If Democrats really cared about the poor inner city people within “food deserts,” why didn’t they arrange to get the soon-to-be-wasted beef, pork, and vegetables from the farms with some compensation to the farmers?

Farmers plow crops under

In an 11 April 2020 New York Times article, we find how farmers have felt forced to destroy the crops they spent their recent lives at growing and harvesting.

In Wisconsin and Ohio, farmers are dumping thousands of gallons of fresh milk into lagoons and manure pits. An Idaho farmer has dug huge ditches to bury 1 million pounds of onions. And in South Florida, a region that supplies much of the Eastern half of the United States with produce, tractors are crisscrossing bean and cabbage fields, plowing perfectly ripe vegetables back into the soil.

After weeks of concern about shortages in grocery stores and mad scrambles to find the last box of pasta or toilet paper roll, many of the nation’s largest farms are struggling with another ghastly effect of the pandemic. They are being forced to destroy tens of millions of pounds of fresh food that they can no longer sell.

The closing of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops. And even as retailers see spikes in food sales to Americans who are now eating nearly every meal at home, the increases are not enough to absorb all of the perishable food that was planted weeks ago and intended for schools and businesses.

The amount of waste is staggering. The nation’s largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, estimates that farmers are dumping as many as 3.7 million gallons of milk each day. A single chicken processor is smashing 750,000 unhatched eggs every week.

Many farmers say they have donated part of the surplus to food banks and Meals on Wheels programs, which have been overwhelmed with demand. But there is only so much perishable food that charities with limited numbers of refrigerators and volunteers can absorb.

And the costs of harvesting, processing and then transporting produce and milk to food banks or other areas of need would put further financial strain on farms that have seen half their paying customers disappear. Exporting much of the excess food is not feasible either, farmers say, because many international customers are also struggling through the pandemic and recent currency fluctuations make exports unprofitable.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Paul Allen, co-owner of R.C. Hatton, who has had to destroy millions of pounds of beans and cabbage at his farms in South Florida and Georgia.

The widespread destruction of fresh food — at a time when many Americans are hurting financially and millions are suddenly out of work — is an especially dystopian turn of events, even by the standards of a global pandemic. It reflects the profound economic uncertainty wrought by the virus and how difficult it has been for huge sectors of the economy, like agriculture, to adjust to such a sudden change in how they must operate.

Even as Mr. Allen and other farmers have been plowing fresh vegetables into the soil, they have had to plant the same crop again, hoping the economy will have restarted by the time the next batch of vegetables is ready to harvest. But if the food service industry remains closed, then those crops, too, may have to be destroyed.

(Read more at the New York Times)

Blame this on the Democrats that forced social distancing on everyone

Every action has a reaction, even when you don’t think about the action. Sorry about that, Little Lina Hildago.

About 20% of bars and restaurants will not re-open

Business Insider reports that almost 20% of bars and restaurants will remain closed.

UBS predicts that up to one in five restaurants in the US could close permanently because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday, UBS analyst Dennis Geiger referenced the National Restaurant Association saying that about 3% of restaurants in the US have already closed permanently.

That would mean 30,000 restaurants have already shuttered, based on the NRA’s estimate of more than 1 million restaurants in the US. According to Geiger, the carnage is far from over.

“Closer to 20% is possible considering the health and overleverage of independent owners and select franchisees across casual dining in particular,” Geiger wrote in Wednesday’s note.

If one in five American restaurants closes, it would result in about 200,000 locations permanently shuttering. The industry employs 15.6 million people in the US, according to the NRA.

The NRA surveyed more than 4,000 restaurant owners and operators last week. About 11% said that they anticipate they would permanently close within the next 30 days.

A JPMorgan Chase Institute analysis of 597,000 small businesses from February to October 2015 found that half of restaurants had a cash buffer large enough to support more than 16 days of business. The other half would go out of business before 16 days were over if they were not bringing in money.

Roger Lipton, a restaurant industry analyst, investor, and adviser who recently wrote a blog post about the upcoming “restaurant apocalypse,” told Business Insider that the restaurant industry was facing an unexpected and unprecedented challenge.

(Read more at the Business Insider)

  1. Democrats won’t follow their own directives

Beaumont mayor defends nail salon visit during her own stay at home order

The Beaumont Enterprise reported in a 22 April 2020 article that the Beaumont mayor defended her violation of her own stay-at-home order.

BeaumontMayorBeaumont Mayor Becky Ames left Tuesday’s City Council meeting to find her phone flooded with text messages and angry social media criticism after a picture surfaced of her getting service at a local nail salon.

A cropped version of the photo first appeared on a local blog, saying Ames went to have her nails done on Monday.

Nail and hair salons are among the businesses ordered to close across Beaumont during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ames, who signed the stay-at-home orders on March 27, acknowledged that the photo could make people think she was getting a manicure.

Noting that there is no nail technician in the photograph, however, the mayor insisted that she did not violate any of the stay-at-home orders.

Violating the restriction is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.

“I did not do anything wrong,” she told The Enterprise. “I would not be upset with anyone who I found out did this.”

Ames said she’d stopped in to pick up acetone to soak off artificial “dip” nails after they’d grown out and become painful. She said she felt she could not take them off herself.

“Six weeks ago or more, I went to get a manicure and ended up getting the powder nails for the first time. I loved it and it looked great, but as they grew out I started looking like a witch,” she said. “I tried to take them off and texted the lady that did them, who is the owner of the salon, to ask what to do.”

Ames said the salon owner told her the shop wasn’t open, but that she would mix up some solution for pickup. The photograph was taken, she said, while Ames was soaking her nails to learn how to take them off.

The photo shows Ames, wearing a face mask, with her fingertips in a bowl.

The mayor said she stopped by the salon Tuesday, not Monday, and was there for about 10 minutes before going straight to the Beaumont City Council meeting. She said she was able to remove half of the dip nails during that time.

(Read more at the Beaumont Enterprise)

Who cares why you did it?

This is the normal for Democrats: one standard for the masses and carte blanche for the rulers.

Lina Hidalgo gathers masses to Montrose to encourage Democrats to complete census soon after issuing a “Stay-Home, Work Safe” order

As originally posted at this blog, the Houston Chronicle reported on an 1 April 2020 rally (yes, an April Fool’s rally) by Lina Hidalgo where she gathered hundreds in Montrose and encouraged them to fill out their census.

Texas’ biggest counties and cities, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, are shouldering that burden on their own, officials said during a launch event at the Children’s Museum Monday.

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Lina Hidalgo (hypocrite and Democrat) not enforcing social distancing

“We are doing everything we can to make sure that folks participate, said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. She called Census 2020 a crucial moment “to live up to that right that we have…to be counted.”

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More lack of social distancing among the crowd in this predominantly Democrat area

Amid heightened tensions for immigrants under the Trump administration, Hidalgo made an impassioned plea, in the Spanish version of her remarks, to prospective participants to set aside any fears about filling out the form.

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Packed like sardines for this Montrose event with Lina Hidalgo

“The Census is very safe, I want to make that very clear, that under penalty of prison or fine, nobody can share your personal information from the Census — not ICE, the FBI, no organization or federal agency can access your personal information about the Census,” she said in Spanish.

AnotherFailureToSocialDistance
These Democrats send us home from jobs for weeks on end, empty our jails, but do not practice social distancing or limit their crowds to less than 10.

(Read the tripe at the Houston Chronicle)

What happened to the crisis?

Something tells me that the crisis might only be in the media, unless you are a Democrat who needs to rally the troops.

Chicago mayor defends getting haircut after her $500 stay-at-home violation fines: ‘I am the face of the city’

BizPacReview reported in a 7 April 2020 article how the mayor of Chicago decided to defend her getting a haircut after issuing a stay-at-home order with a $500 fine for violation of that order.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended getting a haircut in defiance of her state’s stay-at-home order.

The Democrat insisted that she’s “the face of this city” who needs to look good for her adoring fans. So it’s okay that she broke her own rules against people leaving their homes unnecessarily.

Hairstylists and barbers are not on Illinois’ list of essential businesses and must be closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

A defensive Mayor Lightfoot said: “The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on, so I am practicing what I’m preaching.”

For the record, the Facebook photo of Lightfoot with her hairstylist shows that neither wore a face mask, and they stood just inches from each other.

In a recent public service announcement, Lightfoot urged Chicagoans to stay home to save lives. She told women: “Getting your roots done is not essential.”

(Read more at BizPacReview)

I have news for Chicago’s mayor, she was not elected for her looks

While I have reviewed her political stances and, therefore, cannot determine why anyone might want to elect her, whether or not she had a haircut would not make a difference in most people’s vote.

  1. Democrats and those who benefit from the crisis have bumped the numbers

Drug overdose, head trauma deaths added to coronavirus death toll

The Daily Wire pointed out that drug overdose, heart attack, head trauma, and other death causes have been lumped into the coronavirus death toll.

A 37-year-old California man who died of a drug overdose has been added to the novel coronavirus death toll.

Though the death of the unidentified man was caused by a drug overdose, he also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which was coded as a “significant continuing condition,” according to Ventura County spokeswoman Ashley Bautista, VA Star reported Thursday.

“Ventura County’s coronavirus death toll increased to 16 on Thursday as county officials reported two additional deaths, including a 37-year-old man,” the report said.

“The man died as a result of a drug overdose while infected with COVID-19, a significant contributing condition, according to county spokeswoman Ashley Bautista. He is the youngest victim to die from the virus yet in the county,” VA Star added.

Last month, a 61-year-old Pennsylvania man who died from a head injury and tested positive for COVID-19 was added to the coronavirus death toll, too.

“Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich confirmed the patient died Friday night at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill,” Lehigh Valley Live reported. “He said the primary cause of the man’s death was a head injury from a fall at home, but that the virus was listed as a contributing factor to his death.”

Earlier this month, leading voice on the White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Deborah Birx explained that COVID-19 deaths in the United States have “very liberal” recording guidance, noting that anyone who tests positive for the virus and dies would be included in their numbers of coronavirus deaths.

“I think in this country, we are taking a very liberal approach to mortality. And I think the reporting here has been pretty straightforward over the last five to six weeks,” she said, adding, “If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that.”

“There are other countries, that if you have a pre-existing condition, and let’s say the virus called you to go to the ICU (intensive care unit) and then have a heart or kidney problem,” she added. “Some countries are recording that as a kidney issue, or a heart issue, and not a COVID-19 death.” In the U.S., Dr. Birx suggested, “we’re still recording it” as a COVID-19 death.

Pennsylvania has had to remove hundreds of coronavirus deaths from its official death count, following questions of accuracy and highlighted discrepancies by area coroners.

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

The Democrats do not care about the overdoses, just about promoting their cause

Currently, the Democrats’ cause is showing how bad the coronavirus crisis has become under Trump (even when it takes fabrication by the Democrats).

Democrats add thousands of untested people to the coronavirus mortality totals from New York City

The New York Times provided a 14 April 2020 article saying that New York City inflated the coronavirus death count by potential thousands.

New York City, already a world epicenter of the coronavis outbreak, sharply increased its death toll by more than 3,700 victims on Tuesday, after officials said they were now including people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.

The new figures, released by the city’s Health Department, drove up the number of people killed in New York City to more than 10,000, and appeared to increase the overall United States death count by 17 percent to more than 26,000.

(Read more at the New York Times)

Follow the money

Considering all of the federal money going into the coffers of the New York City medical community, there is little question as to why they expand these numbers.

Dr. Birx: “Unlike some countries, if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death.”

In an 8 April 2020 article by Real Clear Politics, we find that Dr. Birx has admitted to inflating the coronavirus mortality rate numbers.

At Tuesday’s White House coronavirus press conference, task force member Dr. Deborah Birx said that while some countries are reporting coronavirus fatality numbers differently, in the U.S. you are counted as a victim of the pandemic if you die while testing positive for the virus, even if something else causes your death.

: DR. DEBORAH BIRX: So, I think in this country we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality. And I think the reporting here has been pretty straightforward over the last five to six weeks. Prior to that when there wasn’t testing in January and February that’s a very different situation and unknown.

There are other countries that if you had a preexisting condition and let’s say the virus caused you to go to the ICU and then have a heart or kidney problem some countries are recording as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death. Right now we are still recording it and we will I mean the great thing about having forms that come in and a form that has the ability to market as COVID-19 infection the intent is right now that those if someone dies with COVID-19 we are counting that as a COVID-19 death.

(See the video at Real Clear Politics)

This not only shows the dishonesty of the Democrats, but also the back room deals being made within the medical community

Admittedly, the people in leadership of the medical community leadership do usually not actually continue to practice medicine.

  1. Democrats have used the coronavirus to push their agenda

New Orleans Mayor issues coronavirus order allowing ban on sale, transportation of firearms

Breitbart reports on the action of the New Orleans Mayor as she works to restrict the ability of citizens to protect themselves during this crisis.

NewOrleansMayorLaToyaCantrellNew Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D) signed a coronavirus emergency order last week allowing her to ban the sale and transportation of firearms.

She signed a follow-up proclamation on March 16, 2020, further emphasizing her emergency powers to “suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation, of alcoholic beverages.”

The declaration declaring the mayor’s power to restrict gun sales and transportation says she is “empowered, if necessary, to suspend or limit the sale of alcoholic beverages, firearms, explosives, and combustibles.”

On March 16, 2020, the Second Amendment Foundation responded to Cantrell’s claims of emergency powers over firearms by reminding her that they sued over Second Amendment infringement following Hurricane Katrina and will do so during the era of coronavirus if needed.

(Read more at Breitbart)

What could the reason for this ban be, other than symbolic?

This does not stop any law-abiding gun owner from protecting his or her property. However, it might keep a cash-strapped gun owner from paying his or her mortgage or rent in the event that there have been coronavirus-related layoffs. Additionally, it would prevent a law-abiding person from buying a firearm in a time of need.

However, there will be criminals in New Orleans with new guns. There may be coyotes selling an array of firearms not available legally and LaToya will not have a thing to say about it.

Still, now that she has pulled this little stunt, she will later produce a Mike-Bloomberg-esque commercial claiming that she stood up to the National Rifle Association.

Nancy Pelosi added these items to the first coronavirus relief bill

As originally posted on this blog, according to Politico, these are some of the Democrat priorities that held up aid to Americans due to the coronavirus situation:

  • $20 million for the Bureau of Reclamation
  • $25 million for the Kennedy Center
  • $25 billion for ravaged transit agencies
  • $26 million for overtime for TSA employees
  • $20 million to help the TSA to buy new swabs for detecting explosives
  • $31 million for “bio-surveillance of wildlife”
  • $45 million to help the Agricultural Marketing Service grade commodities like beef, eggs and, well, pork
  • $100 million for NASA construction and environmental compliance
  • $100 million for the Legal Services Corporation
  • $300 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
  • $300 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • $300 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Postal Service got $25 billion, plus $11 billion worth of debt forgiveness and $15 billion in new borrowing authority
  • And so much more …

If this does not illustrate the Democrat lust for power, …

If this does not illustrate the Democrat lust for power, then little other (other than a lobbiest with a wad of bills) would.

Democrats have used the coronavirus to release convicts

As first posted on this blog, Dallas Sheriff Marian Brown was reported by Dallas Fox affiliate KDFW in a 16 April 2020 article to have released 1,000 prisonsers due to her fears of a coronavirus outbreak.

Jails across the country are seeing more and more inmates and workers infected. In Dallas County, there is an effort to control the spread by releasing some inmates.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 42 positive cases of COVID-19 in inmates. That’s 30 more than were reported this past week. Another 16 detention officers and deputies have contracted the virus, although two of those officers have returned to work.

About a thousand inmates have been released from the Dallas County jail to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 inside the facility. Inmate advocacy groups applaud the move, but still have concerns.

Tiara Cooper, formerly incarcerated at Lew Sterrett, now advocates for inmates with live free faith in Texas. She says they would still like to see more inmates released to allow for more distancing inside the jail.

She also said there’s concern for newly released inmates and the communities they return to. She worries some inmates may have been exposed to the virus and of those released, she says many will end up homeless or return to communities with an already high number of COVID-19 cases.

“My hope for the people that are being released is that they be tested as soon as possible and that they have those direct services that are needed and necessary in this hour,” Cooper said.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office says inmates are screened before being released and if there’s a possibility that person has been exposed to COVID-19, he or she is provided instructions by Parkland Hospital medical staff about what they need to do when they get out.

(Read more at KDFW)

If two inmates from Harris County were released and both committed new felonies, what will happen with these 1,000?

Recently, I documented two cases where social-justice Judge Jennifer Gaut and County Judge Lina Hidalgo each released a felon and both of those felons committed new offenses. With this in mind, what will likely happen in Dallas?

  1. Democrats have weaponized the coronavirus

New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi closes the coronavirus briefing with a clownish question

Breitbart reports that the New York Magazine‘s Olivia Nuzzi closed out the 27 April 2020 coronavirus briefing with a politically-charged question.

A writer with the leftwing New York Magazine asked President Donald Trump at a coronavirus briefing at the White House on Monday if he deserves to be re-elected given the fact that more Americans have died from the virus than did in the Vietnam war.

According to the National Archives, 58,220 Americans died fighting in the Vietnam War. The number of deaths from coronavirus as of April 25 was 52,459, according to the Statista website.

Olivia Nuzzi asked Trump, “If an American president loses more Americans over the course of six weeks than died in the entirety of the Vietnam War, does he deserve to be re-elected?”

(Read more at Breitbart)

As we have observed from the beginning of the Trump administration, there is no reporting

From the beginning of the Trump administration, there has been in the range of 98% negative propaganda from the Democrats that remain employed in the main stream media. For that reason, I do not read their papers and magazines unless their articles come up through an online search.

Governor Whitmer appoints committee to research the racism of coronavirus

The Detroit News ran a 9 April 2020 article on how Governor Whitmer has appointed a committee to research how coronavirus has been racist. This should garner at least a few Democrat votes.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday she is appointing a coronavirus task force to recommend ways to address the racial disparities in the occurrence of the disease COVID-19 among Michiganians.

She noted that over 40% of deaths due to COVID-19 in Michigan have been among African Americans, although African Americans make up 14% of the state’s population. About 31% of deaths have been among whites, 24% of unknown race and 3% among individuals of multiple races.

The trend has also played out nationally, with one in three patients requiring hospitalization in the first month of the COVID-19 epidemic were African American, according to hospital data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This virus is holding up a mirror to our society and reminding us of the deep inequities in our country — from basic lack of access to care, to access to transportation, to lack of protections in the work place,” Whitmer said during a press briefing.

“These inequities have that hit people of color and vulnerable communities the hardest.”

(Read more at the Detroit News)

While there may be racial issues with how people approach medical issues or are treated at hospitals, germs don’t discern race

While I hope there are no cases of racism at hosptials and I hope that people of all races will seek medical help when it is needed, we don’t need to find out whether germs are racist. There is no racism among germs.

However, as with the following article, there may be payoffs between Democrats.

Michigan Governor Whitmer cancels contract with two Democrat-linked firms that she tapped to track coronavirus

Britain’s Daily Mail points out how Governor Whitmer was forced to backtrack after getting caught in a scandalous deal with two Democrat-linked companies.

  • Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan’s administration abruptly canceled a contract with a firm tapped to help carrying out contact tracing
  • The firm was going to help track down contacts of infected people
  • The contract was worth $200,000 but Whitmer’s administration has admitted it circumvented the process by which state contracts are normally awarded
  • Republicans complained the company is owned by a Democratic consultant who planned to use software developed by a firm with ties to Democratic campaigns
  • Mike Kolehouse, a Democratic political consultant tweeted: ‘I hope he gets coronavirus ASAP. Can someone do the country a favor and cough on that man?’

The Democratic Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has announced she is to rescind a state contract on tracking the spread of coronavirus that had been awarded to a Democratic consulting firm.

Whitmer’s decision to hire a Democratic political firm to run a public health project drew an immediate backlash after it was announced on Monday.

The firm, Great Lakes Community Engagement, is run by Mike Kolehouse, a Democratic political consultant who had made unsavory comments about President Trump in recent weeks.

Kolehouse wrote in a tweet regarding Trump in March: ‘I hope he gets coronavirus ASAP. Can someone do the country a favor and cough on that man?’

The consultancy firm had planned to use software that is also used by a Democratic data firm that is also working to help get the governor reelected.

The contract was worth $200,000 over an eight-week period, but Whitmer’s administration has now admitted that it circumvented the process by which state contracts are normally awarded.

Republican’s then weighed in and accused the governor of surreptitiously obtaining data that might be useful for her political campaign under the guise of a healthcare project.

(Read more at the Daily Mail)

Three stories that look good for America and bad for Democrats


  1. Michigan Governor caves to pressure and protest, says she’ll reopen state May 1st

According to Wayne Dupree, Governor Whitmer has caved to pressure from the protests and will open Michigan on 1 May.

The good people of Michigan took to the streets en masse on Wednesday to protest their Democrat governor’s tyrannical rules and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They flooded the streets of the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, demanding that the state be opened back up before it slipped into even more economic despair.

Michigan Democrats Hold News Conference After Post-Primary Unity Rally
Gretchen Whitmer

The turnout was huge. The message was clear. And today, even after Governor Whitmer tried to double and triple down on her Hitler-like rules over the past few days, she has caved and said that she will work to reopen Michigan’s economy on May 1st.

That’s a huge win for the people of Michigan and the rest of America.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Friday she is hopeful the state can begin to reengage parts of its economy beginning on May 1, days after facing a barrage of criticism for her strict measures to combat the new coronavirus.

Later on Friday, President Donald Trump, who has traded jabs with Whitmer over the state’s handling of the outbreak, tweeted: “Liberate Michigan,” along with similar tweets naming other states with Democratic governors.

Trump did not mention Ohio, whose Republican governor has set a similar target for economic reopening. The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, has criticized Whitmer, saying she was turning Michigan into a “police state”.

As of Thursday, Michigan had more than 29,000 COVID-19 cases and almost 2,100 deaths, though Whitmer said the number of new cases was showing signs of leveling off.

“I am hopeful that come May 1 we will make some steps forward, and as we proceed, if that goes well and we continue to see progress, that we then go into a second phase,” Whitmer said, referring to continued decrease in hospitalizations from the virus.

Whitmer told a webcast town hall with a Detroit business chamber that she recognized people were “desperate to get back to work,” and that no solution would be zero risk.

Michigan would have to be strategic and “methodically” reengage sectors of the economy, she said. [Reuters]

(Read more at Wayne Dupree)

Thank heaven that Whitmer has decided to listen to the public

However, even with the good turn of luck with Governor Whitmer coming to listen to the voters, don’t expect Democrats from secure districts (like Pelosi, Waters, Jackson-Lee, and too many others) to bend to logic.

As discussed in a previous post, Democrats seem to work against the scientific, even when there is overwhelming evidence on the other side.

Even when they have to deny deny the central make-up of past core constituencies, they do not deviate from their anti-science stance.

  1. Scalise shreds Pelosi’s attempt to introduce proxy voting

Townhall shares how Representative Steve Scalise deconstructed Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to bury mail-in ballots in the next iteration of the Payment Protection Program.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to change the voting rules at the eleventh hour. Or, rather, at the 2 o’clock in the morning hour. The Democrat wanted to introduce proxy voting for their upcoming vote on the Payment Protection Program to protect the health of lawmakers during the coronavirus, she claimed. But Republicans weren’t having it.

“You saw an effort yesterday, by Nancy Pelosi—in secret at 2:30 in the morning—to drop a document to literally change the way Congress has voted for over 200 years. To go to some proxy system that had never been vetted,” Scalise said. “Was not a bipartisan effort.”

“Any changes of this magnitude must be done in a thoughtful, bipartisan manner through regular order and with input from all members of the House,” Scalise’s office said. “Instead, the Speaker is choosing to capitalize on the crisis and jam through a rules change that could have serious constitutional and institutional repercussions.”

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy added the idea was not well thought out and could result in some funny business.

After some debate, Pelosi finally gave up the stunt.

“We strongly urged against it,” Scalise added. “We whipped against it yesterday. And I’m glad that Speaker Pelosi pulled that bad idea today.”

The House plans to move forward with a previously scheduled vote on Thursday on additional funding for the Payment Protection Program, but they’ll proceed with caution. It will be staggered voting, with lawmakers entering the House chamber in nine different groups based on their time slots. The measure, which passed the Senate on Tuesday, will provide an additional $310 billion for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

(Read more at Townhall)

Somehow, I think that the press that does everything to forget about the shooting of Scalise would, in a second, forget about the monies thrown to Pelosi’s projects

The tax dollars devoted again to the Post Office, the Kennedy Center, Center for Public Broadcasting, and other liberal projects will be long forgotten (or at least the press hopes so) when Pelosi tries this again. However, as a number of conservative bloggers will attest (especially when it comes to infractions against the conservative side), we have a longer memory than that.

  1. The Democrat media refuses to publish that the Wuhan Coronavirus came from a Chinese lab, despite evidence

Townhall listed the points of propaganda that the media has repeated as a proof of their blindness.

Almost everyone here has either covered it or mentioned it, but the liberal media’s affinity for peddling Chinese propaganda. Why? Well, it makes Trump look bad. It’s all about attacking this White House, no matter how absurd. It’s truly remarkable how fast the entire mainstream press corps became de facto spokespersons for the Chinese Communist Party. But ‘orange man…bad,’ right? It’s this knee-jerk reaction to attack anything Trump says that has led to the media becoming riddled with buckshot concerning its errors. They don’t care about being wrong all the time either. And for Republican senators, like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who mentioned that the Wuhan coronavirus could have escaped from a lab, he was crucified. Well, it looks like that might be the case, as Fox News’ Bret Baier reported that this was a lab experiment gone awry. China was doing its own research on viruses, like we do here, except China obviously sucks at it. The wet market nearby was blamed to distract us from China’s rather embarrassing laboratory screw-up. And yet, maybe the media could have been ahead of the curve on this, but decided to look down the barrel of a shotgun again and stain the walls with their mess again (via Fourth Watch):

There’s a reason why some in the media are apt to cover for China even more than usual right now. And to get to that reason, let’s look at the story of how the coronavirus originated. Reporting this week from the Washington Post and Fox News both point to the Wuhan lab as being the most likely scenario – an accidental leak due to subpar safety conditions.

This will come as a major surprise to you if you’ve been following the story in any of the major newspapers or television networks. Two months ago today, Sen. Tom Cotton questioned on Fox News whether coronavirus may have come from the Wuhan lab. “Because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question,” he said.

New York Times columnist and CBS News analyst Jamelle Bouie deemed Cotton “one of the most irresponsible and dangerous people in federal office.”

(By the way, if people actually watch the interview, you can see Cotton raise some questions that would have been a lot more beneficial if the media had focused on that – like asking “the extent to which it’s contagious before one is symptomatic.”)

You can see in Bouie’s tweet what’s really behind this. “Trump aside,” it begins.

The idea that the virus leaked from a China lab somehow makes it seem like Trump is less culpable in the result. It’s also not particularly “woke” to identify subpar superlab conditions in China as the cause of our current lockdown.

Yeah, that’s a pretty spot-on observation from Steve Krakauer, a former CNN producer, and he also mentioned Bloomberg News’ kowtowing to the Chinese government when one of their reporters got a scoop on some shady dealings with top government officials. Bloomberg threw their own reporter under the bus and threatened his family. So, the media being soft on China really isn’t new, though its impact has not been good. Even in sports, before the season was suspended, the NBA’s appeared to be run by Beijing over the Hong Kong protests.

Another area of propaganda that’s peddled by the media is the number of Wuhan virus cases and deaths. There’s no way the US leads the world, even as liberals jump for glee because they think this will make Trump look bad. Liberals are idiots, but they have an appalling conception that everyone is just as dumb or dumber than they are—so they think that the American voter will blame Trump for a virus that came from a Chinese lab, whose leaders sat on their hands for nearly a week when presented with evidence that this could become a pandemic, and who had ordered its scientists to destroy samples of the pneumonia-like coronavirus back in December. China has disappeared vloggers and doctors who tried to raise the red flag. They kept their medical crews in the dark and prevented hospitals from reporting new cases. But it’s Trump’s fault, or something.

(Read more at Townhall)

When I blogged about Rucker and his anti-science rant, I didn’t know it woud be relevant here

When I blogged about Philip Rucker’s attempt to subordinate a DHS study on coronavirus to his own anecdotal stories, I didn’t know that the blog would become relevant so quickly.

I suppose I should get used to it, considering the persistence of Democrats in driving their agenda, despite the ways it runs against science, common knowledge, and other inconvenient things.

Eleven coronavirus stories that will not see the front pages of liberal rags

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  1. Bill Maher vs. Dan Crenshaw: “Is The Goal To Make Trump Look Bad Or Is The Goal To Get To The Truth?”

In a 19 April 2020 Real Clear Politics article, we find how Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw corrected the record during an interview with Bill Maher.

crenshaw-maher-clash-over-trump-is-goal-to-make-president-look-bad-or-get-to-the-truth-fox-newsRep. Dan Crenshaw debated HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday over President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and whether his optimistic style is hopeful or delusional.

“Exuding positivity in a crisis is exactly how we ask our SEALs to lead,” Crenshaw said about Trump’s style.

“When people make these accusations,” Crenshaw said, “I have to ask them: Is the goal to make Trump look bad or is the goal to get to the truth? Because there are two separate sets of answers for that.”

(Read more at Real Clear Politics)

As Republicans almost always have, we need to show respect

With a hat tip to Jimmy Barrett of Talk KTRH in Houston, I have to also stand with Representative Crenshaw. When I agree with my leaders, I will say so. When I don’t, I will also speak out.

However, politically, I will stand behind any politician that votes for 51% of my positions. Spiritually, I will stand behind and pray for the person God has used circumstances to put in power (no matter how little I stand with them).

  1. This daily-updated map shows how many have died from COVID-19 in each state

A Daily Caller map that has been updated daily shows how many people have died as tracked by the CDC. Additionally, an associated table shows how many have been recorded as infected.

There have been 728,094 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 34,726 deaths in the United States as of Sunday, April 19, at 8:17 a.m., according to The New York Times’s roundup of state and local health agencies, hospitals and CDC data. Wyoming experienced its first death from coronavirus Monday.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

Including a screen capture of the death map would be pointless

However, since this map is updated daily, I would encourage you to visit it daily using the mobile app for the Daily Caller. Still, since we know that Mayor Bill DeBlasio (and likely others) have added non-coronavirus deaths to the coronavirus death totals, we must take these numbers with a grain of salt.

  1. Thousands line up for donated food in Texas’ largest city

Breitbart writes in a 19 April 2020 article how the city held down by Lina Hidalgo’s “Work Safe/Stay Home” order had bread lines three hours longer than planned.

Thousands of people lined up for hours to receive donated food collected by the Houston Independent School District and the Houston Food Bank. Lines grew so far in advance that organizers opened the event three hours early.

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HISD and Houston Food Bank team in food drive

Houston ISD and the Houston Food Bank teamed up to provide enough food to last a family for two weeks and organized the delivery of the food at Harris County’s NRG Stadium complex, KTRK ABC 13 reported. More than 4,000 cars lined up in a mile-long caravan to receive the gifts that are meant to curb “food insecurity.”

Drivers lined up for hours in advance and the vehicles stretched along the roadway for more than a mile. Officials decided to open the even three hours earlier to relieve traffic and help volunteers avoid approaching thunderstorms.

One recipient of the food donations said the event was extremely well organized.

Workers distributed more than 90,000 pounds of food in what organizers called the first “mass food distribution site” in the city’s history, the Houston Chronicle reported. As each car approached in the multiple lanes of distribution, volunteers put bags of potatoes, meat, and milk in each vehicle.

(Read more at Breitbart)

To this, add the drop to negative for the oil prices

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Lina Hidalgo

Considering that 6.33 million people in one city have been sheltered in place, it is little wonder that bread lines are up and gas usage has dropped. Also consider that a third of that population probably would normally drive their cars some 13 average miles per day and now drive (what? – 2 miles to the grocery store, if you don’t walk for exercise) and you have an idea of what little Lina has done to the Houston economy.

If not for the bumbling of little Lina in the Houston economy (where she shut down businesses and schools — unlike those in Sweden, who never shut down, but has experienced similar infection rates to those who did), Houston might have an economy that would function on the level that Sweden’s does now. Remember, if you just add the populations of Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth (never mind Austin, San Antonio, Lubbock, or the other cities of Texas), you have well exceeded the population of Sweden.

  1. Democrats resisting reopening for this reason

Fox News discusses the reason Democrats resist the reopening of America in a 19 April 2020 article.

Nancy Pelosi does not want Americans to go back to work. She and other Democrats will loft every possible excuse to prevent the nation from reopening, claiming that Trump’s intention of doing so is “deeply frivolous and wrong,” as Pelosi claimed is a recent tweet.

She mocks the president’s supposedly cavalier attitude that “People will die, so be it” instead of a science & testing-based path to reopening the economy…”

The Left downplays the effectiveness of therapies like hydroxychloroquine and remdesivir and derides doctors like Dr. Oz or Dr. Phil who don’t share the punditry’s alarmism. They are especially scornful of any hint of optimism.

They will insist that every single human being must be tested before a bricklayer, a piano tuner or professional golfer can safely earn a living, knowing that we are far from achieving that goal.

Who would have thought that rescuing the country from massive unemployment and collapsing incomes would become a political hot potato? Who would have thought that Democrats would be willing to sacrifice the well-being of the nation in order to win an election?

Only someone who has watched Democrats try to topple President Trump for three years with no success but ever-increasing desperation. Having failed to oust him by alleging conspiracy with Russia and then through a partisan and unfair impeachment, now they pray that a devastated economy will demolish his best argument for reelection.

That could happen, especially if blue and purple state governors around the country keep the lid on activity, demand that small businesses remain shuttered, and enforce the general misery, all in the name of keeping us “safe.” Mayor Bill de Blasio is threatening to keep New York City’s municipal swimming pools closed this coming summer, for budget and health reasons. Can you imagine what impact that might have city kids who have been cooped up for months, and who are desperate to play outside?

(Read more at Fox News)

In response to the scheming Democrats, let me provide someone’s op-ed that will never appear in a left-wing rag like the Houston Comical

At the Chris Salcedo Show Facebook page, there was a post by a reader that should be read. Why? Let me quote the first three lines:

When the State tells you it’s safe to go to Home Depot to buy a sponge but dangerous to go and buy a flower, it’s not about your health.

When the State shuts down millions of private businesses but doesn’t lay off a single government employee, it’s not about your health.

When the State bans dentists because its unsafe, but deems abortion visits are safe, it’s not about your health.

When the State prevents you from buying cucumber seeds because it’s dangerous, but allows in person lottery ticket sales, it’s not about your health.

The rest of post follows:

  1. New projection of U.S. coronavirus deaths much lower than initial estimate

In an 18 April 2020 article, the One America News Network showed that the current estimates of coronavirus deaths had fallen significantly from the original estimates.

A coronavirus model, which has been used to predict the number of U.S. deaths, is showing a significantly lower projection than before. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) published its new estimate of around 60,000 deaths on Friday.

The new information showed the expected COVID-19 deaths reduced by more than 20,000, down from an estimate of 84,000 virus fatalities last month.

A statement from the institute estimated there will now be longer peaks and slower declines in death rates in many places in the nation.

“We are seeing the numbers decline because some state and local governments, and, equally important, individuals around the country have stepped up to protect their families, neighbors, friends and coworkers by reducing physical contact,” stated IHME Director Christopher Murray. “Now the challenge, as well as opportunity, is for states to figure out how to reopen the U.S. economy and allow people to get back to work without sacrificing that progress.”

(Read more at One America News Network)

This matches so many other articles that I don’t have time to retrieve

For example, there is the Breitbart article on the lower number of hospitalizations (as compared to initial projections) across America due to coronavirus.

  1. The New York Times knew about the origins of the coronavirus, but has yet to report it

The Daily Caller reported in an 18 April 2020 article how the New York Times knew about the origins of the coronavirus, but has yet failed to report it.

The New York Times knew about the origins of the novel coronavirus from various analysts at the CIA and NSA but has still not reported the findings, according to a report Friday from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

A Fox News report from Wednesday, citing sources, said that the coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, China as part of the country’s efforts to compete medically with America.

Carlson reported Friday that “someone in a position to know” said there is “almost unanimous agreement in the American intelligence gathering agencies that the virus currently destroying much of the world emerged from a lab in Wuhan.” He added that “analysts from the CIA [Central Intelligence Agency], the NSA [National Security Agency] and others have briefed staff” at the NYT, but that the publication has yet to report on it.

“Almost unanimous,” Carlson said Friday. “That’s a phrase almost never used to describe any conclusion coming out of the Intel community. Government officials in this country have believed that for some time now.”

“They’ve been unable to interest our media or our epidemiologists in writing about it. In recent weeks analysts from the CIA, the NSA and others have briefed staff at The New York Times about the origins of this virus, but the newspaper has still not reported their findings.”

Carlson added that not only has the NYT reportedly ignored these analysts, but that “China has been waging an unremitting propaganda war on the subject.”

“Chinese officials have tried to squelch all conversations about who might be responsible for this pandemic by inflaming the political sensitivities and race guilds of American elites,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

There are no voices of reason on broadcast news and few on cable

Of the remaining voices of reason on cable, there is Tucker Carlson on Fox, Laura Ingraham on Fox, Chris Salcedo on Newsmax, and other great offerings.

  1. Chinese stock worth six figures donated to left-wing group founded by David Brock

The Daily Caller points out how American Bridge received over $100,000 in stock from a Chinese company associated with the Chinese Communist Party. American Bridge, founded by David Brock (who also founded Media Matters for America) received this gift from an anonymous donor in Baidu.

A Democratic group expected to spend millions of dollars targeting President Donald Trump received over $100,000 in stock shares from an anonymous donor in a giant Chinese tech company, according to tax filings.

American Bridge 21st Century accepted a gift in 2018 of 450 shares into Baidu, a Google-like tech company closely affiliated with China’s ruling Communist Party, according to the group’s 2018 IRS filings. The Washington Free Beacon first reported on the donation Wednesday.

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David Brock

It is unclear if American Bridge sold the stocks during the past two years, according to the Free Beacon’s report. Democratic operative David Brock founded the group in 2010 and has raked in $23 million in 2020, with a reported $2 million of that money coming from mega-financier George Soros.

American Bridge announced plans to spend $50 million on ads and messages targeting the president. The group is cutting ads thrashing Trump’s handling of coronavirus, or COVID-19, which originated in China before hitting the U.S. shores, where it’s killed more than 25,000 people.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

When David Brock says anyone is un-American for not having an ultra-liberal viewpoint, remember this

Remember that the Communist Chinese want to fund David Brock and his groups  when they spew out accusations against the American Family Association, the National Rifle Association, and other conservative groups.

  1. ‘Let them eat ice cream’: Multi-millionaire Pelosi shows off freezer full of gourmet ice cream as thousands line up at food banks

The Daily Wire used a 16 April 2020 article to comment on Nancy Pelosi’s “let them eat ice cream” attitude while many were struggling to make ends meet due to Democrat leaders issuing “shelter at home” orders.

Talk about tone deaf.

As thousands of people across the country stand in line for hours at food banks just to survive — and as 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last month — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) showed off her very expensive refrigerator stuffed full of some very expensive gourmet ice cream.

Pelosi appeared Monday on an episode of “The Late Late Show” with James Corden from her Napa Valley mansion. Asked by the host to “share something from her home,” Pelosi walked over to two massive built-in refrigerators and slid open a freezer drawer.

She later took to Twitter to post the clip, writing: “We all have found our ways to keep our spirits up during these trying times. Mine just happens to fill up my freezer.”

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden loved the post.

“You have great taste,” the former vice president wrote on Twitter.

But a whole lotta other people didn’t like Pelosi’s post.

One Twitterer wrote that Pelosi’s “mail order gourmet ice cream is $14 a pint for those of you asking,” and included a link to Jeni’s, the ice cream Pelosi had tons of in her freezer.

Actor James Woods jumped in, too.

“Her two refrigerators together cost $24,000 for her specialty chocolate ice creams, but she hates the small business owners of America. ‘Let them eat cake.’”

(Read more at the Daily Wire)

This “Let them eat ice cream” meme must be carried through the election

  1. Sheriff Marian Brown releases 1,000 inmates to ease crowding, slow spread of COVID-19 at Dallas County jail

Dallas Fox affiliate KDFW reported in a 16 April 2020 article that Sheriff Marian Brown released 1,000 prisonsers due to her fears of a coronavirus outbreak.

Jails across the country are seeing more and more inmates and workers infected. In Dallas County, there is an effort to control the spread by releasing some inmates.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed 42 positive cases of COVID-19 in inmates. That’s 30 more than were reported this past week. Another 16 detention officers and deputies have contracted the virus, although two of those officers have returned to work.

About a thousand inmates have been released from the Dallas County jail to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 inside the facility. Inmate advocacy groups applaud the move, but still have concerns.

Tiara Cooper, formerly incarcerated at Lew Sterrett, now advocates for inmates with live free faith in Texas. She says they would still like to see more inmates released to allow for more distancing inside the jail.

She also said there’s concern for newly released inmates and the communities they return to. She worries some inmates may have been exposed to the virus and of those released, she says many will end up homeless or return to communities with an already high number of COVID-19 cases.

“My hope for the people that are being released is that they be tested as soon as possible and that they have those direct services that are needed and necessary in this hour,” Cooper said.

A spokesman for the sheriff’s office says inmates are screened before being released and if there’s a possibility that person has been exposed to COVID-19, he or she is provided instructions by Parkland Hospital medical staff about what they need to do when they get out.

(Read more at KDFW)

If two inmates from Harris County were released and both committed new felonies, what will happen with these 1,000?

Recently, I documented two cases where social-justice Judge Jennifer Gaut and County Judge Lina Hidalgo each released a felon and both of those felons committed new offenses. With this in mind, what will likely happen in Dallas?

  1. Army field hospital for Covid-19 surge leaves Seattle after 9 days. It never saw a patient

Seattle NPR affiliate KUOW let us know through a 8 April 2020 article that an Army field hospital was shut down in Seattle after 9 days and without seeing a single patient.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s office on Wednesday announced that the state will be returning a field hospital deployed to CenturyLink Field Event Center to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The 250-bed facility, for which setup began on March 30, was intended to help Washington state’s health care system tend to non Covid-19 patients in the event of a hospital surge.

But just three days after announcing the facility was ready to receive patients, officials say they’re returning the hospital to the federal government.

The action is aimed at helping another state with a more significant need for hospital capacity at this time, according to the Governor’s Office. The facility did not see any patients during the time it was slated to operate in Seattle.

“We requested this resource before our physical distancing strategies were fully implemented and we had considerable concerns that our hospitals would be overloaded with Covid-19 cases,” Inslee said in a press release.

“But we haven’t beat this virus yet, and until we do, it has the potential to spread rapidly if we don’t continue the measures we’ve put in place.”

(Read more at NPR)

Likewise, the Houston field hospital at NRG Stadium was shut down without seeing a single patient

Considering the fanfare that the left-leaning Houston Chronicle showed in publicizing the opening of the field hospital at NRG Park, one would think that someone would report on the first patient. However, it seems that nobody has checked in.

  1. American companies should stop serving as willing pawns for Chinese propagandists

Lifezette outlines in a 3 April 2020 article why American companies should stop serving as pawns for Chinese propagandists.

China is using every weapon in its propaganda arsenal to deflect responsibility for unleashing a deadly pandemic upon the world. Fortunately, its inexorable ability to manipulate global opinion is coming to an end.

It was infuriating when the communist Chinese government lied to the world about the deadly new strain of coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, causing immeasurable suffering by denying public health authorities the opportunity to take timely action. It was similarly infuriating when Chinese officials and state media shamelessly sought to blame Americans for the outbreak.

It’s even more infuriating, however, that the anti-Trump media and political establishment in this country consistently refuse to challenge Beijing’s perfidy. Instead, parroting their propaganda is the norm. 

It’s incredibly difficult and dangerous to criticize the Chinese government while living under its oppressive yoke—especially for a native-born Chinese citizen. The state laws are incredibly strict about media content, big tech is heavily censored and state-infiltrated, and journalists are harshly penalized for criticizing the government. The Chinese government is willing to threaten, silence, and detain whistleblowers —and allow hundreds of thousands of people around the world to become infected with the deadly coronavirus— simply to avoid accountability. 

I have sympathy for the Chinese citizens who have no choice but to abide by the communist regime’s dictates, but I have no such sympathy for American “journalists” operating for left-leaning news outlets peddling Chinese propaganda by insisting that it’s racist for President Trump and others to speak of the “Chinese” or “Wuhan” coronavirus, despite the long-standing practice of naming new diseases after their places of origin.

When Americans side with hostile totalitarian regimes against their own president, it raises serious questions about where their loyalties lie. Either China is able to effectively manipulate American reporters by appealing to their sense of “social justice,” or else there are a large number of so-called journalists more concerned with toeing the Chinese government’s line than with reporting the unvarnished truth.

It’s during moments like this when we become aware of just how financially dependent large corporations in the United States are on the Chinese market. Bloomberg News —the global media conglomerate owned by former Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg— is notoriously craven when it comes to China, suppressing negative coverage of the regime in order to preserve its lucrative business dealings in that country. Unsurprisingly, Bloomberg News has been at the forefront of the movement to challenge President Trump’s use of the term “Chinese coronavirus.”

But Bloomberg is far from the only major U.S. corporation that does extensive business in China. That’s unavoidable to a certain extent, considering that China still accounts for roughly 25 percent of global manufacturing output. Though, many firms have been shifting their operations to other low-cost countries in response to the President Trump’s strategic counter-tariffs on China.

(Read more at Lifezette)

This seems to show that TDS overrules Americanism or Democrats are socialists

You will have to decide.

Four times Democrats found Conservatives remember things Democrats did a week/month ago

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A week ago: a statement about hospital ships in New York Harbor

  1. Rachel Maddow said “It is nonsense. No hospital ship will be in New York Harbor next week

Just a week ago (on the 20 March 2020 broadcast – with a hat tip to GOP War Room), Rachel Maddow said in a “breaking news” announcement on MSNBC:

In terms of the “happy talk” we’ve had on this front from the federal government, there is no sign that the Navy hospital ships that the President made such a big deal of, the Comfort and the Mercy — there’s no sign that there’ll be anywhere on site helping out anywhere in the country for weeks yet. The President said when he announced that those ships would be put into action against the Covid-19 epidemic, he said “One of those ships would be operational in New York Harbor by next week.”

That’s nonsense. It will not be there next week.

Comfort docks in New York Harbor

As reported by the One America News Network on 30 March 2020, the Comfort docked in New York Harbor on 30 March 2020.

BDBNew York City Mayor Bill De Blasio rejoiced upon the arrival of the USNS Comfort in New York Harbor on Monday. The ship brought medical staff as well as additional supplies to the city amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“There could not be a better example of all of America pulling for New York City tan the arrival of the USNS Comfort,” said the mayor.

The hospital ship will help lighten the burden on New York City’s medical community by treating patients who don’t have coronavirus aboard the ship. This will help free up space in local hospitals as they deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

(Read more at the One America News Network)

Please, please ignore the main stream media

If they are not pressing forward with propaganda promoting a socialist or lies condemning a believer or a capitalist, then they are otherwise lying about something else (refer below).

A day ago, Pelosi accuses Trump of costing American lives

  1. Nancy Pelosi: Trump fiddles as people are dying

On Sunday, 29 March 2020, Speaker Pelosi opined to CNN‘s Jake Tapper that President Trump’s response to the coronavirus has been deadly to Americans.

On 7 March, Nancy Pelosi stops progress on the coronavirus bill to negotiate

Bloomberg reported on 12 March 2020 that the coronavirus relief bill remained on hold for a week while San Fran Nan negotiated big-government perks into the bill.

Pelosi_TrumpFiddlesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary haggled by phone throughout the day Thursday in a search for a compromise on emergency legislation to alleviate some of the economic pain of the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

A vote on a package of Democratic proposals, including emergency paid sick leave, enhanced unemployment benefits, and free coronavirus testing, was delayed while the negotiations went on. Pelosi and Steven Mnuchin talked five times as both sides looked for a way to get support in the Republican-controlled Senate and from the president.

(Read more of the Democrat-friendly slat at Bloomberg)

  1. During February, Pelosi visits SF Chinatown to show woke support during coronavirus fears

 
The following video from San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX shows Speaker Pelosi disregarding social distancing and encouraging others to shop in an area that deals with products obtained from China.

Note: Should any liberal read the above paragraph, the fact that the Wuhan coronavirus comes from China should give you pause when considering coming in contact with people who have been in China.  However,  it does not give you license to attack people from China. More specifically, it does not give you permission to attack Americans of Chinese heritage.

In January, Pelosi fiddled with impeachment

A 29 March 2020 article in Brietbart points out the words of Senator Blackburn, who cited the instance of Pelosi carrying on a sham impeachment during a time where President Trump started the Coronavirus Response Team.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her accusations that President Donald Trump did not move fast enough to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Nancy Pelosi is accusing Trump of not responding fast enough to the Chinese coronavirus. This is the same person that fiddled around with a sham impeachment* that wasted valuable time…” she tweeted.

“You’re not fooling anyone, Nancy,” she added.

(Read the rest, especially the impeachment/coronavirus timeline, at Brietbart)

Of course, there are other quotes I could pull from

There are quotes from Bill De Blasio telling New Yorkers to go about life as usual (during mid-March). We have sound bites from health officials saying that the people of New York should use the subway, go to restaurants, and live life as usual. There are quotes from the Health commissioner of New Orleans saying that it was ok to go to Mardi Gras.

Six stories where you’ll say “I thought so!”

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  1. Flashback to 2013: Scientists warned that bats and Chinese wet markets could foster the next pandemic

The Daily Caller uses a 27 March 2020 article to point us back to a previous warning provided through the journal Science.

Scientists warned that Chinese wet markets like the one in Wuhan could be a breeding ground for the next SARS-like pandemic — in 2013.

“Researchers say they have for the first time isolated a closely related virus from bats in China that can infect human cells,” Kai Kupferschmidt wrote in October of 2013.

The warning came just over a decade after 2002’s deadly SARS outbreak, and Kupferschmidt cited a number of researchers and scientists who saw the potential for those viruses to not only infect humans but to spread globally once they had done so.

Coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS had long been linked to bats, although in most cases, scientists believed that there was an intermediate step or host animal that was infected before the virus made the jump to humans.

But the data collected in 2013 suggested that an intermediate host animal might not actually be necessary.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

As for myself, I did not expect this. However, it does not surprise me.

After the things that I have recently read about the possible beginnings of the current coronavirus, it would not surprise me to find that people more familiar with Chinese markets and virology. That is, although I am no expert in cardiovascular topics, I am no more surprised at this report of an earlier warning than I was at the announcement by the government in the 1960’s that cigarette smoking harmed your lungs.

  1. Devin Nunes: Majority of Americans Believe the Opposite of What News Media Says

Breitbart relays the words of Representative Nunes taken from an interview made during The Trevor Carey Show.

Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, joined The Trevor Carey Show recently, where he discussed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) efforts to include non-essential measures into a bill to assist Americans during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

One of the measures Pelosi and her party attempted to include in the bill was retirement plans for community newspaper employees. Nunes said:

If you don’t think that 90 percent of the media, including many of the local media, if you don’t think they’re working for the Democrats, you are fooling yourself. Why would they put that in there? They put that in there because they want these retirement plans, they want to socialize the news media.

Nunes said the Democrats’ efforts are a way to “promote their party to stay in power,” which he said is “not surprising.”

“I really think it was a misstep,” Nunes continued. “What they don’t understand now is that we’re approaching now half of America that when they see stuff in the fake news, they actually believe the opposite. They don’t realize that they’re having that effect.”

Nunes added:

What was maybe 25 percent of people three years ago, or before Trump was elected, just disregarded what the media said. I bet we’re approaching 50 percent of Americans: if the mainstream news media says something, they just think it’s not true and must be the opposite.

“It’s starting to backfire on them, not nearly fast enough,” Nunes concluded. “They’re causing panic, they’re really hurting the economy, meaning the press and their Democratic allies.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Maybe this statement comes from the confirmation bias of Representative Nunes

Still, it rings true with me. Certainly, I rarely believe things reported through main stream media outlets unless I double-check those reports through other sources.

Mind you, I do regularly cite liberal sources like the New York Times in either:

  • An effort to show what liberals think or
  • An effort to convince liberals of a point by using a source that they accept.

Therefore, I fully understand how Devin Nunes can divorce main stream media from the truth. Main stream media ran out on the truth long ago.

  1. New York City wants taxpayer bailout for low wage migrant economy

Breitbart reports in a 27 March 2020 article that New York City has called for US taxpayer baillout of illegal aliens.

Taxpayers should bail out the low-wage migrant workers who support the city’s elite economy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the city’s comptroller, Scott Stringer.

Legal immigrants and illegal migrants are part of the city’s one million population who are “too often ignored, underpaid, and overworked … [and] very often lack healthcare, have to travel long distances to get to work, and struggle with childcare,” said Stringer’s March 26 report.

But Stringer’s plea for a taxpayer bailout of city’s cheap labor economy ignores the reality that Americans are impoverished by the elite’s support for mass migration, said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

The report cites impoverished “Nurses, janitors, grocery clerks, childcare staff, bus and truck drivers … those in our social service, cleaning, delivery and warehouse, grocery, healthcare, and public transit industries.”

“Back in the day when these workers were Americans and unionized, they were making more than a living wage,” she said. Before elites encouraged millions of legal and illegal migrants to flood Americans’ workplaces, she said:

People raised their families on those jobs — they were good jobs … They were jobs that people were glad to have, where they could support their families [and homes] on them. They had [medical] benefits. If that was still the system …. they would have  good healthcare plans, and they would have sick leave.

Stringer is asking for “taxpayers to subsidize the city’s cheap labor economy,” and to preserve the city’s policy of  “corporate welfare through illegal immigration,” Vaughan said.

The disguised plea for the illegal immigration bailout is spotlighted by Stringer’s back-handed admission that “many in New York City are also undocumented, meaning they do all of the above while living in fear of deportation under the current federal administration.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

When have liberals not wanted a taxpayer bailout for illegal aliens?

Wasn’t it just four months ago that New York was handing out drivers licenses to illegal aliens? If I remember correctly, it was explained to me that this was done in an effort to blur the lines between those who had entered the US illegally and those who had either been born into citizenship or had followed the rules. Thence, it was an effort to defeat the law through this blurring of the lines, New York asked the US taxpayer to pick up expenses that would normally only go to deserving US citizens.

Similarly, wasn’t it early in 2019 that New York gave free college to illegal aliens as a slap to President Trump?

  1. China temporarily bars entry from foreign visitors amid coronavirus pandemic

As reported by Fox News on 27 March 2020, China has decided to temporarily bar entry from foreign visitors amid coronavirus pandemic.

China will temporarily close its borders to foreign nationals, effective midnight Saturday, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement Thursday. “China will stay in close touch with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances.”

The restriction will apply to foreigners holding visas or resident permits, and those with APEC Business Travel Cards.

Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will still be allowed, as well as entry for economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or those entering for emergency humanitarian needs.

President Trump banned travel from China in late January to slow the spread of the virus, and other European countries followed suit.

Hong Kong, too, effected a ban Wednesday on all non-residents from entering the island.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Communist Party have recently  touted a dip in new coronavirus cases, claiming that any pop-ups of the virus have been “imported.”

Analysts like foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang say not to give much weight to the word of Chinese leadership.

“For China, the truth has always been a casualty,” Chang told Fox News.

He added that Beijing has been pushing to send China back to work and show the world that China, under Xi’s leadership, has beaten coronavirus.

(Read more at Fox News)

Of course, this might mean that China has experienced a resurgence of the virus

As much as I want to return to work, this bit of news suggests three things:

  • First, it suggests that we cannot depend on the Chinese (who told us weeks ago that their cases of Covid-19 were in decline)
  • Second, as much as we may want to return to work, we must affirm life at all stages by figuring out ways all of us can work safely and quarantining those who have fallen under this coronavirus.
  • Finally, we must open ourselves to messages from our ideological advisaries while retaining enough sense to discern idiocy from a workable idea.

  1. Surprise! Democrats shut down cities in coronavirus scare and US unemployment claims reach record 3.28M this week

After watching Democrat leaders in California, New York, Houston, and Dallas shut down businesses (and, therefore, with over half of the nation’s population on lockdown) — we find that a main stream media outlet obsessing on the record unemployment created by the Democrats (but not drawing a single reference to the Democrats).

Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week – almost five times the previous record set in 1982 – amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs.

Layoffs are sure to accelerate as the U.S. economy sinks into a recession. Revenue has collapsed at restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, gyms and airlines. Auto sales are plummeting, and car makers have closed factories. Most such employers face loan payments and other fixed costs, so they’re cutting jobs to save money.

As job losses mount, some economists say the nation’s unemployment rate could approach 13% by May. By comparison, the highest jobless rate during the Great Recession, which ended in 2009, was 10%.

“What seemed impossible just two weeks ago is now reality,” said Nancy Vanden Houten, an economist at Oxford Economics, a consulting firm. “The US economy will experience the largest economic contraction on record with the most severe surge in unemployment ever.”

The economic deterioration has been swift. As recently as February, the unemployment rate was at a 50-year low of 3.5%. And the economy was growing steadily if modestly. Yet by the April-June quarter of the year, some economists think the economy will shrink at its steepest annual pace ever – a contraction that could reach 30%.

In its report Thursday, the Labor Department said 3.283 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, up from 282,000 during the previous week. Many people who have lost jobs in recent weeks, though, have been unable to file for unemployment aid because state websites and phone systems have been overwhelmed by a crush of applicants and have frozen up.

That logjam suggests that Thursday’s report actually understates the magnitude of job cuts last week. So does the fact that workers who are not on company payrolls – gig workers, free-lancers, the self-employed – aren’t currently eligible for unemployment benefits even though in many cases they’re no longer able to earn money.

(Read more at ABC13)

Based on this, it looks like Democrats have had even worse of an impact on the economy

It looks like the hidden economy of musicians, waiters, and other workers who work for tips have been devastated. Likewise, weekend disk jockeys, the party clowns, and other small-time performers had their lives put on hold. In the same way, a number of jobs that I cannot as much as call to mind have been put on hold.

Somehow, there needs to be a way to balance safety and work — and that balance needs to be located now.

  1. Project 21: Dems’ identity politics quite apparent amidst pandemic

OneNewsNow reported through a 25 March 2020 article how Project 21 (an alliance of conservative, young Blacks) has pointed out the identity politics being used by Democrats in the coronavirus scare.

A conservative black leader says it’s sad that Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats are playing “identity politics” with the much-needed coronavirus relief package being debated in Congress.

While the White House and the Senate have apparently agreed on a $2 trillion emergency bill to resuscitate an economy that’s been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, it appears the Democrat-led House could be a stumbling block to its passage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn a great deal of criticism from President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers for using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to push the Democrats’ radical political agenda.

The version of an aid package she proposed on Monday required that any company getting coronavirus-related aid disclose its diversity stats, including its employees’ race, gender, and pay, its corporate board “diversity,” and the structure of its offices that deal with diversity and inclusion.

OneNewsNow spoke with Horace Cooper, who is co-chairman of the >Project 21 Black Leadership Network.

“You would think that we could come together at this point and come up with solutions. It is a sad, sad thing to observe,” he laments. “Racial discrimination is not the problem that is facing America. Coming together and developing solutions so that we can address this pandemic – that’s where our effort ought to be.

“So shame, shame on those who can’t get around their identity politics,” he continues. “The only thing I can say is: it’s something that the American people can see with both eyes now.”

According to Fox News, >Pelosi may be warming to the Senate bill, signaling “tepid support” for the bipartisan bill – and expressing gratitude only to her fellow Democrats for their role in putting together legislation she said “does not go as far” as she and House Democrats proposed earlier this week.

(Read more at OneNewsNow)

Luckily for those out of work due to Democrat governors, mayors, and judges — this changed, because Americans need help

Luckily, Nancy Pelosi went from insisting that Americans pay millions to Planned Parenthood to just insisting that American pay millions to the Kennedy Center, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and many other liberal projects before they American people get help.