Sister Dr. Deirdre Byrne, a surgeon and member of Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, advocated for the marginalized among us. As a veteran and a member of the faith community, she had much to say on 26 August 2020.
Good evening. I’m Sister Dede Byrne and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Last Fourth of July, I was honored to be one of the president’s guest at his Salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in Chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life and now here I am speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for.
My journey to religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. In 1978 as a medical school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation. I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, DC.
Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it very difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world.
Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized: viewed as insignificant, powerless, and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. They are the unborn.
As Christians, we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of the cave. It’s no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and was under ultimately crucified because what he said wasn’t politically correct or fashionable. As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity and we must ask ourselves, “What are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voices life?”
As a physician I can say without hesitation life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I’m not just pro-life. I’m pro-eternal-life and I want all of us to end up in heaven together someday. Which brings me to why I’m here today.
Donald Trump is the most pro-life president that this nation has ever had — defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden Harris, who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever — even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide.
Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America’s pro-life community.
Moreover he has a nationwide of religious standing behind him. You’ll find us here with our weapon of choice the rosary. So thank you. Mr. President. We are all praying for you.
As the first African-American Attorney General in Kentucky, Daniel Cameron had a few things to say (especially to Joe Biden):
Good evening. My name is Daniel Cameron. I’m 34 years old and the first African-American attorney general in Kentucky history.
It is an honor to be with you as a proud Republican and supporter of Donald J. Trump.
I was raised in Kentucky just a few miles from Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace. Our first Republican President believed in compassion, self-reliance, freedom, equality, and justice. Sadly, there are some who don’t believe in this wisdom or in the better angels of our shared American history as they tear down the statues of people like Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass, and even Mr. Lincoln himself.
Lincoln said, “Any nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure.” And for Republicans, our heroes are those who propelled an imperfect nation ever forward, always striving to make life better for everyone.
Even as anarchists mindlessly tear up American cities while attacking police and innocent bystanders, we Republicans do recognize those who work in good faith towards peace, justice, and equality. In fact, it was General Dwight Eisenhower (a future Republican president) who said, “Democracy is a system that recognizes the equality of humans before the law.”
Whether you are the family of Brianna Taylor or David Dorn, these are the ideals that will heal our nation’s wounds. Republicans will never turn a blind eye to unjust acts, but neither will we accept an all-out assault on Western Civilization.
My values were shaped by my faith and by my parents. I worked at their small coffee shop, meeting people from all walks of life. And I realized something. No matter who we are, everyone needs a cup of coffee. That lesson stuck with me because, despite our differences, we all want the same things. For our children to have more opportunities than we did. To feel the dignity of work and to believe that, if you play by the rules, you can make a good life for yourself and your family.
So the question is, will we choose the path that gives us the best chance to meet those universal desires or will we go backward to a time when people were treated like political commodities who can’t be trusted to think for themselves?
I think often about my ancestors who struggled for freedom. And as I think of those giants and their broad shoulders, I also think about Joe Biden, who says, “If you aren’t voting for me, you ain’t black.” Who argues that Republicans would “put us back in chains.” Who says, “there is no diversity of thought in the black community.”
Mister Vice President look at me. I am black.
We are not all the same, sir.
I am not in chains. My mind is my own and you can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin.
Joe Biden is a backwards thinker in a world that is craving forward-looking leadership.
There’s no wisdom in his record of plan — just a trail of discredited ideas and offensive statements.
Joe Biden would destroy jobs, raise our taxes, and throw away the lives of countless unborn children.
And he is captive to the radical left, a movement committed to cancel culture and the destruction of public discourse. They believe your skin color must dictate your politics and if you fail to conform while exercising your God-given right to speak and think freely, they will cut you down. The politics of identity, cancellation, and mob-rule are not acceptable to me.
Republicans trust you to think for yourself and it pursue your American dream however you see fit.
Mr. Lincoln said, “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise to the occasion.” I believe Donald Trump can meet Lincoln’s mandate even as Joe Biden remains trapped by his own failed record and by the radicals who dominate his party.
Let’s be honest. No one is excited about Joe Biden.
And so I ask you to judge the record.
On Criminal Justice Reform, Joe Biden couldn’t do it. But President Trump did.
On the economy, Joe Biden couldn’t do it. But President Trump did build an economy that works for everyone, especially minorities, and he will do it again.
And on immigration, Joe Biden promises more to illegal immigrants than he does to you.
President Trump believes his highest duty is to the American worker.
The choice is clear.
Let me close with something my mom told me. This country’s many faces comprise a family — not separate parts to be divided against each other. And like any family, we care for one another. We grieve together. We share our burdens and our struggles. And we celebrate our successes. And though we fuss and fight, we are not enemies.
We are Americans, united by a collective faith in our Constitution and laws and the fundamental fairness they represent. We are defenders of life and of individual liberty, and we carry the mantle of Eisenhower and of Reagan to be a force for good in this world and one that must always be reckoned with.
That’s my Republican Party: The Party of Lincoln that believes America is an indispensable nation, an evergreen tree standing tall in a turbulent world. And that’s why I am voting for Donald Trump for President. Thank you and God bless.
Fifty-nine people were shot, three fatally, over the weekend in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago.
Late Sunday night NBC 5 reported at least 49 people had been shot, two fatally. By Monday morning the Chicago Sun-Timesreported nearly 60 shot with three fatalities.
NBC 5 noted that weekend shootings began Friday with a non-fatal incident just after 5 pm, when two individuals were shot while standing in a gas station parking lot “in the 800 block of West 59th Street.”
Less than 30 minutes later a 19-year-old was shot and left in serious condition while sitting on a porch on West Cullerton. The violence continued from there.
The Sun-Times reports the weekend’s last shooting–a fatal one–occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.
On Tuesday, Mayor Lightfoot acknowledged President Trump would be sending in federal agents to help curtail the gun violence that has surged in Chicago throughout this year. But the Chicago Tribunereported Lightfoot made clear she will be ready to use the courts to stop the use of federal agents if she believes the Trump administration overreaches.
Lightfoot said, “I don’t put anything past this administration, which is why we will continue to be diligent and why we will continue to be ready. If we need to stop them and use the courts to do so, we are ready to do that.”
When Trump spoke out against the violence ravaging Democrat-controlled cities in June, Lightfoot reacted by stating she does not “need leadership lessons” from the president.
On July 16, 2020, Breitbart News reported Lightfoot responded to Trump’s idea of the federal government stepping in by calling for more gun control. Two of the central controls she demanded were universal background checks and an “assault weapons” ban. She did not mention the Chicago-area already has an “assault weapons” ban, thanks to a Cook County prohibition.
When Trump proposed more Chicago-style gun control, many conservatives disagreed
When Trump proposed the Chicago-style gun control, his New York roots were coming out. Therefore, no matter how easily-explained the drop from conservatism was, that departure did not sit will with many on the conservative side (myself included).
Luckily, due to the serendipity of Trump, this Chicago-style gun control never came into being. So we now have the opportunity to implement other ideas.
Rather than applying more liberal policies that have proven themselves to not work for decades, maybe we should apply the wisdom tapped by the founders when they patterned the Second Amendment after Christian scriptural guarantees of self-protection.
Democrats start to worry support for Portland riots will help Trump
The first signs of worry emerged early Monday as some opponents of Trump, surveying the damage after a weekend of nationwide riots, began to worry openly if supporting “peaceful protests” in Portland, Oregon, would hurt Democrats.
Led by former Vice President Joe Biden, Democrats have insisted that the riots targeting a federal courthouse and federal law enforcement officers in Portland are actually “peaceful.” They have been supported by media that downplays violence committed by the “protesters” and highlights anything the officers do to defend themselves or to disperse the crowd. The Democrats have also demonized federal law enforcement for merely doing what local authorities have refused to do.
Last week, Biden accused federal law enforcement of “brutally attacking peaceful protesters” in Portland. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called the officers “stormtroopers” and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) called them “Gestapo.” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the demonstrators “represent the best of our democratic ideals.”
But after a weekend of violence across the nation in “solidarity” with Portland, some Democrats are thinking twice.
Lanny Davis, the close Clinton ally who urged long ago, that President Donald Trump be removed from office, tweeted: “Violent protesters lighting fires and using violence in Portland should wear @realDonaldTrump buttons. That is who they are helping.Progressives in Portland need to call them out, including the Mayor. ReTweet please. Don’t allow violent people help @realDonaldTrump.”
Imagine that: Americans prefer a “law and order” party over a “resistance” party
When one party becomes the party of “defund the police” and “disarm the citizens,” it is not surprising how a number of Americans have become disgusted with those who would rob them blind through riots in the streets and again through taxation.
Maybe, if his supporters stay behind him, the President who was elected due to his ability to speak for the common people might be re-elected as the President who stood for law and order.
Violent crime explosion forces Minneapolis residents to form militias
“Minneapolis residents in some areas still recovering from rioting and unrest are forming community watch and security groups, some bearing firearms, to fight a surge of crime,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
While no one can blame the residents — in fact they should be applauded for doing what it takes to protect their own – this is, in ways I’ll explain below, not good. It is, however, a sign of things to come in countless Democrat-run cities:
In late June, residents near a commercial strip that had been looted, and the 3rd Precinct station that was abandoned and burned, were seeing a surge of shooting and drug-related crime on their block.
“It got to the point where crime had no consequences,” said Tania Rivera, 30, who runs a child-care center with her mother. “It was being done deliberately out in the open. Drive-through drug dealing, drive-through prostitution, everything from gunshots to assaults to sex out in the public. Everything you didn’t want your neighborhood to look like.”
So after a number of community meetings, neighbors began constructing a barrier to close off two blocks of their street, first with trash cans, then debris. For a while, a boat on a trailer protected one intersection. Eventually, a nearby iron maker constructed a permanent gate. Police gave their approval as long as emergency responders could get through if requested by the neighborhood.
It goes on to say that men in the neighborhood “began an armed patrol, kicking out anyone who didn’t belong on the block after dark.”
The Journal provides a number of other examples.
So what we have now, in a major America city, are desperate residents constructing barriers to keep out people who, in their opinion, do not belong…
Listen, the first, the very first priority of government is to protect our God-given rights from being violated, most especially by others. We have a God-given right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and the government has no higher purpose than to see to it those rights are not interfered with.
To say the Democrat-run city of Minneapolis is failing on this point would be an understatement.
To repeat myself, it seems the party of “resistance” has made itself unpalatable to America
Now we know why the Second Amendment was offered within the Bill of Rights. As with the other amendments which were based on God-given rights, the right to protect oneself and one’s family comes from God — not from human rulers.
Hence, human rulers cannot take this right away. They can; however, make it extremely hard to practice. Therefore, we must not submit to any government that would subvert our right to bear arms.
Frontline Physicians aim to dispel ‘massive’ COVID-19 ‘disinformation campaign’
American doctors are holding a “White Coat Summit” on Capitol Hill Monday to address what they call “a massive disinformation campaign” surrounding the Chinese coronavirus to which “American life has fallen casualty.”
“If Americans continue to let so-called experts and media personalities make their decisions, the great American experiment of a Constitutional Republic with Representative Democracy, will cease,” reads the event’s information page.
The purpose of the two day summit, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, is to allow “frontline doctors [the ability to] talk directly to the American people.” Topics to be discussed include the reopening of America’s schools, “medical cancel culture,” and the public policy.
Through this group, the Democrat message of death and hopelessness can itself be resisted
For more than three years since Hillary Clinton lost the competition for the presidency, America has had to endure all forms of resistance. From riots on the day of Trump’s inauguration to Hillary’s claim of being the “leader of the resistance” to “Russia, Russia, Russia” to the failed accusations that came through Mueller’s investigation to the impeachment to the rise of Antifa to the coronavirus carping to the riots of BLM, America has had to endure continual gloom.
This is all the Democrats can offer other than a return to the dismal conditions of the Obama administration.
The breaking point for one CHOP-supporting journalist
In a “life comes at you fast moment,” Paul Gallant, who is a radio host for 710 ESPN Seattle, documented how rioters destroyed the Starbucks that is attached to his apartment complex over the weekend. Riots broke out in response to President Trump sending federal agents to the city to help protect government property.
Gallant posted on his Twitter account the damage that was done to the Starbucks and said the Seattle police told residents to stay away as there could have been explosives thrown inside. Gallant was “really angry” and said he was planning to take his cat and get “g’ing t f out,” adding he is considering buying a firearm.
Came home to my apartment complex. The Starbucks underneath has been destroyed, and cops are telling us to stay awa… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
There are so many things wrong with this liberal’s thinking. Here are a few of the wrong thoughts:
Consider how the following ideas and acts all go against the liberal narrative:
Since all of the occupation of CHAZ/CHOP was to protest the poor treatment of Black men by the ruling class (and enforced through the police), one would think that this journalist might protest the fact that two Black, young men were killed.
This liberal-leaning “journalist” supports the Marxist rebellion within CHAZ/CHOP until a local branch of the liberal-leaning coffee shop gets destroyed.
The liberal-leaning coffee shop that the Marxists of BLM destroy has a habit of espousing and supporting the most liberal of ideas, but operating on the most capitalist of models. Nonetheless, the destruction of this coffee shop drives this journalist out of the crowd of BLM supporters.
As altruistic as this journalist had tried to portray himself, when the Marxists came knocking — this journalist chose self-interest and the protection of those he knew over his previously-spouted convictions.
Like the almost-two-months of rioting that have occurred in Seattle and Portland, this has not hit the liberal press — but continual complaints about minutia of the Trump administration have dominated the news (Google “McEnany” and “fact check” and see how long a list of articles you get from the main stream media).
COVID cases are rising again in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. Border communities in the Rio Grande Valley are also seeing increases. One health official called the trend line “absolutely apocalyptic.”
Media coverage zeroed in on the state’s gradual return to business as usual, speculating that re-opened hair salons and gyms are driving up caseloads. Certainly a resumption of public gatherings – with and without masks – has increased chances for spreading the virus.
But while politicians admonished citizens to mask up and complained of “stress on the healthcare system,” not a word was uttered about the ongoing influx of migrants from Mexico and Central America, where COVID cases are now soaring. The border represents an additional risk that should not be ignored, along with the inherent risks associated with reopening many businesses and people who fail to take proper precautions against contracting or spreading the virus.
Sharing 2,000 miles of border with Mexico, Texas is a prime destination. Even with the Trump administration’s ban on “non-essential” travel across the border, 2,766,122 legal crossings were tallied at three Texas ports of entry in March (the latest month for which data were available). Unknown numbers of illegal aliens continue to enter via other routes.
The White House is just now exploring the possibility that travel from Mexico may be contributing to the new wave of coronavirus infections. (Somewhat disingenuously, the liberal Migration Policy Institute tweaked the administration for imposing “mobility limitations not on grounds of health risk, but to protect jobs.”)
“My strong suspicion is that sick Mexican citizens (and maybe Central Americans and migrants of other nationalities) are illegally entering the United States to use American hospitals because their governments have failed them,” Todd Bensman, of the Center of Immigration Studies, wrote this month. Implicit in Bensman’s observation is that taxpayers in these border regions are left with the bills.
Bensman’s theory remains theoretical because neither the news media nor healthcare providers report COVID patients’ immigration status. The media’s failure to pursue relevant lines of inquiry merely raises more doubts.
“American voters and citizens can and should argue that human decency and Hippocratic oaths require that America care for illegally present non-citizens who need help,” Bensman states. “But American voters also should have a chance to counter that Mexico should be entirely responsible for the consequential fallout from its policy choices and that its government expand facilities for its own sick citizens.”
Despite starting a gradual return to normal activities this week, Mexico recorded the most Coronavirus fatalities in one day. Mexico ranks seventh in the world for deaths and fourteenth for cases.
During their daily news conference, Undersecretary of Health Hugo Lopez Gatell and his staff revealed that Mexico currently has 101,238 confirmed cases and another 44,869 undergoing testing. The nation has recorded 11,729 fatalities tied to the virus.
With this in mind, what is Lina Hidalgo doing to stop the spread from highly-infected Mexico?
Does Lina Hidalgo stop the gathering of day laborers at street corners? Does she require social distancing among those groups? The answers to these questions are: “No” and “no.”
However, does she mandate that all people in Harris county wear masks and, if they don’t, she will fine businesses where those maskless people shop? The answer is yes. Of course, Democrats want to kill business.
Lina Hidalgo did everything she could to release prisoners from the Harris county jail. Likewise, Kim Ogg has worked to release over 344 felons. Additionally, she released 800 protesters (including who knows how many of whom had broken windows at stores downtown). So, it seems that all of these Democrats have given George Soros his dollars worth by promoting his anti-America agenda.
Even the New York Times recognizes the threat of Mexico and the coronavirus
Coronavirus jumps the border, overwhelming hospitals in California
For 32 years, Judy Cruz has cared for patients who showed up in the emergency room in the arid, agrarian valley that straddles Mexico along the California border.
There have been bad flu seasons that caused hospitalizations to spike; weekends when off-road vehicle collisions in the desert resulted in traumatic injuries and scorching summer days when overheated farm workers required intensive resuscitation. Among the patients was always a smattering of Americans who lived across the border.
“We are a teeny tiny hospital but have always been able to manage, calling in staff on their days off or transferring one or two patients out a day to bigger facilities,” said Ms. Cruz, director of the emergency department of the El Centro Regional Medical Center. “We’d get a surge for 24 or 48 hours that required all hands on the deck.”
Then came the coronavirus.
The hospital, which has a 20-bed intensive-care unit, has been overwhelmed with ailing residents of the Imperial Valley, as well as Americans and U.S. green card holders fleeing overcrowded clinics and hospitals in Mexicali, a city of 1.1 million on the other side of the border.
To alleviate the pressure, hospitals in nearby San Diego and Riverside counties began accepting transfers in April. But the intensifying crisis prompted California last week to activate an extraordinary response, enlisting hospitals as far north as Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Sacramento to accept patients from this remote southeastern corner of the state.
Last week, a patient was being transferred from the hospital in El Centro every two to three hours, compared to 17 in an entire month before the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms. Cruz said on a recent morning as a helicopter prepared to airlift a patient and five ambulances dropped off patients near a trio of tents erected outside the hospital to triage new arrivals.
The swelling numbers of Covid-19 patients entering the United States from Mexico comes as many parts of California have pushed down their infection rates, enabling many counties to lift stay-at-home restrictions and reopen businesses.
“We worked hard to flatten the curve in California,” said Carmela Coyle, president of the California Hospital Association, who issued an appeal to hospital systems across the state for help. “Now we have a surge in the Imperial Valley because the situation is so severe in Mexicali.”
Other parts of the border, including San Diego County, also have been scrambling with a wave of patients from Baja California, the state adjacent to California. Border towns in Arizona are experiencing an increase in infections that health officials believe is tied to people coming in from Sonora state.
“Our E.R. is used to receiving patients from Mexico for things like complications from bariatric surgery and plastic surgery, and alternative cancer care, but this pandemic has brought a whole different dynamic,” said Juan Tovar, physician operations executive at Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, across the border from Tijuana, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.
“We’re seeing Covid patients arrive at our E.R. who are very ill, whose disease has progressed to an advanced stage because care wasn’t readily available in Baja California,” he said.
The border influx is likely the reason that Chula Vista has more cases per capita than San Diego, a city five times larger.
Chris Van Gorder, the president of Scripps Health, a nonprofit health system in San Diego, reported that nearly half of virus patients who checked into the Chula Vista hospital between May 24 and May 30 had recently been in Mexico. That share rose to 60 percent between May 31 and June 2.
Will common sense reign and will Democrats work together with Republicans to stop a health crisis from migrating up from Mexico? My bet is that the Democrats do not care about the health of the nation to the degree that they care about socialism and their advocacy groups.
“I don’t want to get political, but this election no longer is about Donald Trump’s tweeting,” Hanson told host Tucker Carlson. “It’s not about Joe Biden’s cognitive impairment. It has nothing to do anymore with a lockdown, the virus, the economy.
“It’s an existential question, a Manichean choice between whether you want civilization and you believe that America doesn’t have to be perfect to be good and we are not … going to destroy all that people died for, or [whether] you feel it was inherently flawed with a cancer and we have to use radiation and chemotherapy and kill the host to kill the cancer.”
“That’s the choice we are looking at,” Hanson continued, “and I’m going to vote for civilization.”
Hanson spoke soon after protesters in Washington D.C. attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park while attempting to seal off a nearby area they dubbed the “Black House Autonomous Zone” in imitation of Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Organized Protest.”
Unless Black Lives Matter fades into the background before the election, I cannot disagree with Mr. Hanson
Unless Black Lives Matter stops burning and destroying businesses and statues, I agree that this is an election over law and order. The Democrats have aligned themselves on the side of Marxists, anarchists, and criminals. Except for a few half-hearted words of Joe Biden’s (followed shortly by promises to make a “woman of color” his running mate), the whole Democrat machine has been on the side of destruction of America.
Seven sex offenders, considered “high risk” by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, were recently released despite minimum required sentences for sex offenders who violate their parole.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer is warning residents about high-risk sex offenders being released by appointed Court Commissioner Joseph Dane. In the name of “safety,” inmates are being released in order to promote social distancing. But it’s also important to maintain social distancing between criminals and potential victims.
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes told the Orange County Board of Supervisors that the population in the county jail system has been reduced nearly 45 percent since Mar. 7, and there are currently no issues with overcrowding.
“These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend,” said District Attorney Spitzer. “They are doing everything they can to avoid detection by the parole officers assigned to monitor them so they can potentially commit additional sex offenses. These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break.”
The released offenders were convicted of sex crimes and violated their parole by removing or disabling their GPS monitors.
That is, to paraphrase a conference call by Jim Clyburn …
Representative Clyburn has been reported to have said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” Now it seems that we could safely say that there is no depth Democrats will not dip to while pushing their jackbooted heels into our necks.
Felon released three times due to California coronavirus zero bail policy
According to police, a 24-year-old man named Dijon Landrum, was caught by police thrice for stealing a variety of items, including the two times he stole a car to escape, but was released after only a citation each time.
California currently has a zero-bail policy in place as the state continues to battle the spread of COVID-19 in its prisons, just as other prisons around the country battle outbreaks.
In a statement, Glendora Police Department said Landrum was first arrested when they responded to a call at 8:28 AM of Wednesday (April 29). He was attempting to escape the scene in a vehicle stolen out of East Los Angeles and was caught with stolen property and drugs.
Due to the zero-bail policy, Glendora PD issued him a citation and released him.
Landrum was arrested again after police responded to another call at 2:20 PM about a man carrying a box and walking through the front yards of several houses. He was caught carrying items he did not own.
So you reported and testified against the deviant who raped the little girl — what do you do now?
Other than protecting yourself from attack, there is little the individual citizen can do. Still, if you have ceded your protection to the state, you have nothing you can do and nobody you can blame other than yourself.
Don’t book em, Dano: HCSO releases burglars on coronavirus fears
“On Tuesday April 28, officers, after receiving a call from a vigilant citizen, apprehended three suspects that had been burglarizing vehicles in the area of the 4200 block of Tennyson. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted and two counts of Burglary of Motor Vehicles (BMV) were accepted on all three suspects. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Joint Processing Center was also contacted and West U officers were advised that the Sheriff’s Office would not accept the suspects due to the suspects having no prior arrests for BMV. As a result of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office refusal to accept the suspects, West U Officers had no choice but to release the suspects from the scene.”
Harris County citizens, are you protecting yourselves and your property?
If you are, then good. If not, then do not expect the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to protect you (especially as long as Democrat Adrian Garcia works harder to back up Judge Lina Hildago than to protect the citizens).
Liberal Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s family violence fiasco of more than 3,350 abusers
More than 3,350 domestic abusers have avoided jail time since Kim Ogg became the chief law enforcement officer in Harris County, including hundreds of serial abusers with multiple convictions.
The investigation by Dolcefino Consulting appears to fly in the face of Ogg’s repeated campaign promises to protect the victims of domestic abuse. Just this month, Ogg sent out another campaign mailer on the subject – after women’s groups reported a 40% increase in domestic violence calls during the COVID-19 shutdown.
One of the horror stories uncovered involves Ashley Durrett, a Laporte mother, who was systematically beaten while she was pregnant, jeopardizing the life of her unborn daughter. Durrett documented the bruising all over her body in letters to Ogg’s office and wanted her attacker to get a 10-year prison term. Instead, Ogg’s office gave her assailant, Gene Ysidron, a four-year deferred adjudication term despite the fact that the conviction was his second conviction for family violence. Durrett says she got the news that Ysidron was not going to prison when the District Attorney’s Office called her on the phone.
“I was in the middle of Walmart crying and I asked them why didn’t they let me testify,” Durrett told Dolcefino Consulting in an interview. “For them to tell me he was getting away with a slap on the wrist I was terrified. She is not protecting anybody. Like at all.”
“Kim Ogg swept into office capitalizing on the mistreatment of a rape victim,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “Ashley Durrett’s story may now haunt Ogg in her campaign for reelection. Talk is cheap. The facts about Ogg’s record are undeniable,” says Dolcefino.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of homicides in Harris County.
Nearly 23, 000 criminal defendants have been granted deferred adjudication since Ogg took office in January of 2017. Of the 3,364 domestic abusers given deferred, 591 of them were convicted of aggravated assault of a family member and 124 were convicted of continuous family violence. Based on the Dolcefino Consulting review of thousands of criminal case files, 561 domestic abusers in Harris County avoided jail under Kim Ogg despite a previous conviction for domestic violence.
I guess this pretty well kills the tagline “We’re in this together” from the coronavirus scare team
Mind you, coronavirus is a real disease that can kill; however, so can influenza, pneumonia, and a number of other diseases. But when it comes to anything that can be weaponized (as COVID-19 has when it comes as a tool for completing Democrat objectives like 1the release of sex offenders, 2the release of murderers, 3the release of abusers,4the harassment of a duly-elected Republican President, and 5anything else on their list), there is no “we” or “us” — there is only the Democrat way.
All types of crime have risen with stay-at-home orders
Most types of crime seem to be falling as jurisdictions across the country order residents to stay at home. But auto thefts and burglaries are reportedly on the rise in some areas of the country as criminals take advantage of isolated people and closed businesses all doing their part to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
New York City has experienced a drop in most types of crime since the city’s residents were ordered to stay at home. The New York Police Department’s seven major crimes fell 36 percent overall in the week of March 23-29 when compared to the same period the previous year, according to the city’s CompStat figures. The two exceptions were burglary and grand larceny auto. Burglaries in New York City were up around 22 percent in March compared to the same month the previous year.
Vehicle thefts are up 47 percent in St. Louis, Missouri, according to University of Missouri-St. Louis Criminologist Rick Rosenfeld, while most other types of crime have fallen.
Restaurants around the country are reportedly experiencing break-ins while contending with mandatory shutdowns.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports an uptick of burglaries in the city, following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home executive order. In the seven day period ending March 24, there were 320 property crimes reported. During the same period the previous two years, there were an average of 285 cases. The Tribune reports the increase is due primarily to an increase in the number of auto thefts. Burglaries of businesses are also making up a larger share of reported crimes, as businesses deemed nonessential have been ordered to close. Robberies in Minneapolis are up as well.
In an interview with Breitbart Texas, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says burglaries in the city are up 20 percent since stay-at-home orders were issued in Harris County. Chief Acevedo is concerned about habitual criminals now being released by the county following an order from County Judge Lina Hidalgo.
Burglaries are also on the rise in West Palm Beach County, Florida, according to State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Elsewhere in Florida, Collier County sheriff deputies are reporting a surge in the number of car burglaries.
“We have seen an uptick in the number of burglaries because, unfortunately, some people are trying to take advantage of others during this time of crisis,” Aronberg told WPTV 5’s Merris Badcock.
Once was enough. Twice was an outrage. Three times is down-right stupid of the Democrats. Now Nancy preps for round four.
Could it be that the media’s continual, sickening focus on “coronavirus, coronavirus, coronavirus” due to an attempt to hide this idiocy on the part of San Fran Nan? Is the media trying to prevent the slow-motion suicide of the Democrat party by continually covering this pandemic?
Democrats more likely than Republicans to report neighbors during pandemic
At a time when Americans are clamoring for accurate information about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some officials in certain states are doing their best to make the task more difficult.
Last week, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s ‘coronavirus response team’ essentially admitted to padding the state’s testing numbers after announcing a sudden 15 percent spike.
“You need to know the exact number of tests not the number of people who had tests,” Dr. Daniel Carey, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, told reporters.
As such, the Virginia Department of Health announced that it will begin counting the number of positive tests, not the number of people who test positive. So, if the same person is tested more than once and all of those tests come back positive, they will be added to the overall ‘positive’ test count, which makes for a major inaccuracy.
“We realized for Virginia that that change in methodology made a clear sense because we want to make sure that other number that we’re reporting since so many folks are focusing on that as we move into the phases so as one of the important indicators,” Carey said, in what seems like babble.
This system of counting multiple positive tests on the same person is something only a bureaucrat or a functionary would love.
Most Americans don’t care how many tests are being done, they want to know how many people have been tested, and more importantly how many are positive, so they can feel more comfortable knowing how the disease is either progressing or receding before venturing out in public again or going back to work.
The number of positive tests, however, will artificially boost the ‘positives’ and that will be all most people will hear; they will see that ‘X number of positive tests’ and believe that it represents an equivalent number of people, which, of course, won’t be true.
Worse, Virginia isn’t the only state engaged in this chicanery. WWBT reports that “other states” including North Carolina is also counting the number of positive tests, not the number of people testing positive.
What’s more, this development comes as Democrats, especially, have been calling for ‘more testing’ in order to argue against states that are opening their economies, albeit more slowly than many Americans would like.
Without ‘more testing,’ they say, it’s ‘too dangerous’ to reopen. Well, padding testing numbers would seem to add to the justification of reopening economies.
But isn’t Virginia a bluish-purple state? Yes, it is. So why would the state’s Democrat governor be in favor of padding testing numbers? Perhaps because he is beginning to understand how economically devastating it has been to keep his state on coronavirus lockdown.
Salon À la Mode owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail for criminal and civil contempt and a $7,000 fine today for defying Governor Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home rules.
Dallas Judge Eric Moye found Luther continued to operate her hair salon in violation of the governor’s order and in violation of a restraining order from the court.
She and her business are also each being fined $500 for every day… seven in all so far… that it was open in violation of the governor’s order. Judge Moye said the salon would continue to rack up a $500 fine for every day it remains open between now and Friday – when Abbott has said all salons can open.
Last week, Luther received a cease-and-desist letter from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins ordering her to close the salon — and she publicly ripped it up. In defying the order, Luther has gained many supporters, among them the Open Texas movement.
Several of her supporters waited outside the courtroom and were visibly displeased by her arrest.
“If you would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that your own actions were selfish, putting your own interest ahead of those in the community in which you live,” Judge Moye said, offering her a chance to avoid jail time. He said he would consider only giving her a fine, if she apologized, acknowledged she was wrong, and agreed to keep her business closed until Friday, when the governor has announced all salons may open.
“I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be,” Luther responded. “But I have to disagree with you sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with you decision but I am not going to shut the salon.”
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’sCenter for Communicable Disease Dynamics and an expert on the spread of infectious diseases, including his work during the SARS coronavirus outbreak in 2003.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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 . So this epidemic may have started that same time in 2019 and came to light within a month or two of its start date.
How big a difference does that time make, as far as the number of cases you have to deal with?
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.
How does this virus compare to SARS as far as its death rate?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
… 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.
Texas 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.
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.
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’
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.
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?
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.
Beaumont 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
New 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.
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
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.
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?”
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
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.”
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
If social distancing guidelines continue to be observed, U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona would like to see nonessential businesses reopen as soon as possible.
“Allow retail shops to open up the way they normally would with social distancing you see in grocery stores… businesses are just dying on the vine. We need to take care of that,” Biggs said Wednesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.
Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that he had asked for input from lodging and business communities in a plan for economic recovery and would reopen the state when the time was right.
More than 95,000 Arizonans filed first-time unemployment claims last week, according to the Department of Economic Security. Continuing claims totaled 164,483.
“I think we can responsibly allow Americans to be free and to make these adjustments and I think that’s important to realize,” Biggs said.
Were another economic stimulus package make its way around the Capitol anytime soon, Biggs is ready to vote no again, as he did March 27.
“If they throw in, like they did last time, nearly a trillion dollars of spending that’s absolutely unrelated to coronavirus, that would be a dealbreaker,” he said.
Biggs also cited voting by mail and removal of previous welfare reforms, as other examples, of what would cause him to vote against another potential virus relief bill.
U.S. stock futures are signaling a strong start to Friday’s session adding to the momentum seen on Thursday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average are up more than 700 points or 3 percent while the S&P 500 was higher by nearly 3 percent and the Nasdaq Composite 2 percent.
Earlier in the evening, President Trump outlined the early-stage, phase approach as part of the “Opening Up America Again” coronavirus come back plan and there was also positive news on Gilead Sciences.
Its drug Remdesivir, according to Statnews.com, showed effectiveness for treating COVID-19 patients. Shares of Gilead rose over 8 percent in premarket trading.
A recent clinical trial of Remdesivir, an antiviral medicine used as a potential treatment for Ebola, found rapid recoveries in coronavirus patients’ fever and respiratory symptoms.
The trial, conducted by the University of Chicago Medicine, found nearly all patients who were given daily infusions of Remdesivir were discharged from the hospital in less than a week.
Anything that counters the hair-on-fire narrative will miss the air waves
Anything that projects a ray of hope (from news on opening up to news on developing new treatments) will receive scant coverage until after the elections. Of course, after the election, hopefully Trump will be re-elected (as long as we take nothing for granted) and Trump Derangement Syndrome will be in full bloom.
“We heard there were kids in Michigan who had a few concerns, so I wanted to let you know that I spoke with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy to let them know that they are essential workers and they can keep doing their jobs even though the rest of us are staying home,” Whitmer said in the video message.
The following day, Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order, and widened it to additional retailers, saying:
A new section of the order imposes restrictions on stores in an effort to reduce crowds. Large stores must limit the number of people in the store at one time to no more than 4 customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space; small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits (including employees) under the fire codes. To regulate entry, stores must establish lines with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close areas of the store that are dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint.
Michiganders are growing increasingly frustrated with the shutdown.
“The governor’s extended Stay-at-Home order is the wrong call and is bad for Michigan families,” state House Speaker Lee Chatfield posted on Twitter.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer must be feeling the heat from her own draconian methods of dealing with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as she’s now trying to explain why it’s not so bad and not doing a very good job of it.
Appearing on “Today,” Whitmer explained that her orders to stop people from doing everything from traveling to their own properties in different parts of the state to planting gardens within the bound of their own home won’t be that big of a deal because…
…wait for it…
…there’s snow on the ground.
Apparently snow justifies the suspension of Michiganders to do what they want on their own properties. I had no idea.
“So we just had snow. I’ve got snow on the ground in Lancing. We’re expecting 30 inches in the upper peninsula,” said Whitmer. “The fact that we’re cracking down on people traveling between homes or planting, or landscaping or golfing, really for a couple more weeks, isn’t going to meaningfully impact people’s ability to do it because the snow will do that in and of itself.
This redefines the standard for a Michigander snowflake
Considering the clause in the Declaration of Independence that covers the origins of our rights (that is, the clause assigning “unalienable rights” from our Creator — which leads to our Constitution and its Bill of Rights), there is no way one can square her statements about the rightness of her taking away rights with the extended logic within the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Furthermore, when you review the temporal nature of the underpinnings of her statements, this really redefines “snowflake.”
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer: Abortion during coronavirus ‘is life sustaining’
“We stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan, and some people have tried to say that that type of a procedure is considered the same, and that’s ridiculous,” Whitmer, a Democrat, told former Barack Obama political strategist David Alexrod on his podcast when he asked about other states that have sought bans amid the outbreak.
Well, it looks like NBC News is at it again. With no vaccine against the Wuhan coronavirus, there have been reports that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine has been effective in combating the symptoms of the virus. It is not a cure and it has yet to get the seal of approval from the task force as something which is recommended as a treatment for those infected with COVID-19. It’s a stopgap until we get a vaccine, giving us some breathing room regarding preventing future deaths. It’s a hopeful story that the anti-Trump opposition press is trying to squash. They can’t have hope. That means Trump is doing something right. That cannot be allowed to be broadcasted. And it’s the usual suspects. In March, NBC News reporter Heidi Przybyla tweeted a shoddy article from her colleagues about an Arizona couple who ingested chloroquine phosphate, a fish tank cleaner, which isn’t the same drug and Trump hasn’t recommended it but noted the anecdotal evidence that’s it’s worked on a lot of COVID patients. Yet, NBC tried to insinuate that this was Trump’s fault, as the husband died, and the wife was left in critical condition.
I thought they took chloroquine the medication and didn’t know it was fish tank cleaner until the very end of the thread, which is a huge difference in the framing of the story.
Now, Heidi is pushing her story about a woman who took hydroxychloroquine and died, which our friends at Twitchy picked up. Again, we have another piece that seeks to blame Trump for this woman’s death, but talk about burying the lede here [emphasis mine]:
A New York woman with coronavirus symptoms died last week after being prescribed a drug cocktail with known cardiac side effects, and family members say she was not tested for COVID-19 or for heart problems before receiving the medication.
In early April, Ligia, a 65-year-old Queens resident, was given the drug by her general practitioner after she reported having a bad cough, fever and shortness of breath. Ligia’s last name is being withheld on the request of her children.
While Ligia’s symptoms were consistent with those of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, she was never tested for the virus, her brother-in-law, Lee Levitt, told NBC News. Ligia received the drug after speaking by phone with her doctor, Levitt said. She was never evaluated in person and received no heart screening or warning about the potential side effects.
“It was handed over like a bag of cookies,” Levitt said.
NBC News made two attempts to reach Ligia’s doctor for comment. A man who answered the office phone and identified himself as the doctor then said there’d been a misunderstanding and offered to take a message.
Levitt acknowledged that the family does not know that the drug caused Ligia’s death. The family has not received a death certificate.
It feels like ancient history amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it was only a few years ago that the Supreme Court case pitting Christian baker Jack Phillips against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission captured the national imagination and sparked a debate over religious liberty and gay rights. Phillips won that case due to the overt “religious animus” in the Colorado government’s actions against him. Yet, due to the narrow scope of its ruling, Phillips was in court once again last week.
On Thursday, Phillips and his attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom asked a state court to dismiss a case brought against them not by the state of Colorado, which after years has seemingly given up on persecuting the Christian baker, but by an angry transgender lawyer and activist now pursuing him for declining to make a cake explicitly celebrating gender transition.
This whole affair is deeply disturbing. More importantly, it shows once again that many in the activist Left, particularly, self-described gay and transgender advocates, no longer seek the noble goals of equality or dignity but rather punishment and humiliation for religious holdouts who do not fully embrace their dogma.
First, let’s recap the facts: Phillips has always happily served customers of all races, classes, sexual orientations, and gender identities in his bakery. A gay man like myself could walk into his store and buy a cookie or a cupcake any time, or even a pre-made wedding cake. The only thing Phillips refused to do was specifically design and create cakes that convey or endorse ideological messages he profoundly disagrees with — for example, a customized cake for a wedding between two men. In this, he cited his First Amendment right to be free from compelled speech; the same right someone like me would want to have to decline making a custom cake that says “burn all the gays.”
As a result, Phillips was met with years of national scorn, vilification in the liberal press, death threats, hate mail, and financial ruin. He lost 40% of his business and had to fire much of his staff. Today, he struggles even to keep his business open.
The disproportionate consequences Phillips had to bear merely for defending his rights in court were bad enough, but now continuing to pepper him with lawsuits even after he was vindicated by the Supreme Court?
This is simply beyond the pale of what any level-headed person, even a liberal supportive of gay and transgender rights, can call reasonable. It’s vindictive and nasty, too. Of course, the transgender activist now persecuting Phillips didn’t simply happen upon his bakery by coincidence. And who has even heard of a transition celebration cake?
This litigant obviously targeted Phillips and specifically sought a means of putting him in further legal jeopardy. This is the behavior of a petty, insecure, authoritarian personality.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue declared Monday that recent bans on religious activities to curb the spread of the coronavirus constitute “state overreach” that directly threatens religious freedom.
“Whenever religious liberty collides with public health, the government is obliged to put the least restrictive measures on religion,” Dr. Donohue stated, which has not been respected in several recent cases.
One of the most egregious examples is that of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Donohue notes, who issued a ban last week prohibiting drive-in church Easter services, after which the On Fire Christian Church sued both the mayor and the city.
For his part, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that authorities would record the license plates of people attending religious services and force them all into 14 days of quarantine.
On April 11, U.S. District Judge Justin Walker ruled for the church, issuing a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from “enforcing; attempting to enforce; threatening to enforce; or otherwise requiring compliance with any prohibition on drive-in church services at On Fire.”
“On Holy Thursday, an American mayor criminalized the communal celebration of Easter,” Walker wrote in his 20-page decision. “That sentence is one that this Court never expected to see outside the pages of a dystopian novel, or perhaps the pages of The Onion.”
“The Mayor’s decision is stunning. And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional,” Walker wrote.
As the Chinese virus pandemic has swept across the world, there’s been a familiar panic about “misinformation” on social media. Yet certain types of misinformation — in particular the types that could damage President Donald Trump and Republicans — seem immune to crackdowns by the Masters of the Universe.
Facebook stands out as a company that has publicly touted its “misinformation” policy in recent years. As the Chinese virus crisis took off, the company leaped into action with a plan to “combat misinformation” and “connect users to accurate information.”
Yet some misinformation seems to be able to infest Facebook in broad daylight, without any sign of a crackdown from the all-powerful tech giant. Like the media-orchestrated smear of the Covington high school kids, some forms of misinformation appear to be immune from the tech giants.
1. CBS uses footage of an Italian hospital in stories about coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S.
One of the easiest ways to trick viewers is to use footage of a different, but similar event to illustrate a current one. That’s what CBS did when they used chaotic footage from an Italian hospital in not one but two reports about the coronavirus in New York City and Pennsylvania. Even the left-wing fact-checker Snopes called CBS out on this — but there weren’t any “fact check” labels on the story on Facebook.
2. ABC reports that Trump knew about the virus in November
Last week, ABC news ran a story claiming that the U.S. intelligence community knew about the Chinese virus as early as November, and prepared a report on the matter. ABC’s sources were, as per usual, anonymous. Anonymous sources can sometimes provide true information, of course, but not this time — as Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong reported, the National Center for Medical Intelligence made a rare departure from its policy of not commenting on specific intelligence matters in order to publicly debunk the story. Nevertheless, it remains in circulation on Facebook where it has accumulated thousands of shares — without any “fact check” labels or warnings to those sharing it.
Facebook will begin showing notifications to users who have interacted with posts that contain “harmful” coronavirus misinformation, the company announced on Thursday, in an aggressive new move to address the spread of false information about Covid-19.
The new policy applies only to misinformation that Facebook considers likely to contribute to “imminent physical harm”, such as false claims about “cures” or statements that physical distancing is not effective. Facebook’s policy has been to remove those posts from the platform.
Under the new policy, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks, users who liked, shared, commented or reacted with an emoji to such posts before they were deleted will see a message in their news feed directing them to a “myth busters” page maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We want to connect people who may have interacted with harmful misinformation about the virus with the truth from authoritative sources in case they see or hear these claims again off of Facebook,” said Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice-president of integrity, in a blogpost.
Facebook does not take down other misinformation about Covid-19, such as conspiracy theories about the virus’s origins, but instead relies on its third-party factchecking system. If a factchecker rates a claim false, Facebook then adds a notice to the post, reduces its spread, alerts anyone who shared it, and discourages users from sharing it further.
The announcement coincides with the release of a new report by the online activist group Avaaz that highlights Facebook’s shortcomings in counteracting the coronavirus “infodemic”. The study found examples of coronavirus misinformation remaining on the platform even after third-party fact checks had been completed. Avaaz also cited delays in Facebook applying factchecking labels to posts.
Facebook challenged the methodology of Avaaz’s report but said it “appreciated their partnership in developing the notifications we’ll now be showing people”.
President Donald Trump continues to ask all companies in America to find ways to help the country fight the coronavirus.
From offering free meals and assistance to medical and health care workers to constructing masks, ventilators, and protective equipment, here are some of the top ways that America’s top businesses have answered the call.
President Trump has welcomed several CEOs to the White House to thank them for their efforts, and Breitbart News has been tracking some of the biggest contributions from America’s businesses.
Do you know of a business that belongs on the list? Let us know on Twitter @charliespiering or @BreitbartNews or in the comments section.
Ford: Collaborating with 3M and GE Healthcare to increase the production of ventilators and personal protective equipment.
Toyota: Utilizing several of the company’s North American facilities to manufacture face shields while collaborating with medical device companies to speed the manufacture of ventilators, respirators and other vital devices for hospitals.
On Thursday ISIS claimed responsibility for a minor rocket attack on U.S. forces at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. There was no damage to the base and there were no U.S. service members hurt or killed.
Bagram is the largest U.S. base in the nation.
The rocket attack comes less than a day after the Afghan government released 100 Taliban prisoners as part of a U.S.-brokered peace deal. This attack will put the credibility of that agreement into question and may provoke a diplomatic and/or military response from the Trump administration.
It seems the peace deal has only tempted ISIS into new aggression, now with 100 more fighters at their disposal. The full agreement calls for the release of 900 more prisoners. That part of the plan may now be in jeopardy.
However, if the 900 are still released by the Afghan government after this attack it may show that the government is siding with the Taliban, as opposed to keeping their commitments to the U.S. on the peace deal.
From the small sampling of people I know who joined the U.S. military, most have strong Christian ties
Although my experience might not reach far enough to provide a significant sample size, it seems that this attack by ISIS was another attack on Christianity. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in arms that call on Christ (and, of course, the other brothers and sisters in arms around them).
Three workers fatally stabbed by Islamist at Tennessee truck stop, Islamist killed
Authorities say a North Carolina truck driver was shot and killed by a Knox County deputy after fatally stabbing three women and hospitalizing a fourth at a Pilot Travel Center near an Interstate-40 exit on Tuesday.
The truck drivers (sic) was identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as Idris Abdus-Salaam, 33, of Durham, North Carolina.
The three woman fatally stabbed were all employees at the Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike at Interstate 40 in East Knox County. They have been identified as:
Remember and never forget where this type of murder originated
Just as Texans have rallied around calls to “Remember the Alamo,” we must remember the origins of this type of murder. No matter how many times Mr. Obama and those of his ilk may get on their soapboxes and deride us for getting on our “high horses” (when, actually, we were responding to an outside attack by Islamists), we must remember that America (and, likewise, Christianity) has only responded to protect its own.
The Fox News poll found 49 percent of registered voters approve of Trump, his highest point since becoming president. The approval rating is a slight increase from 48 percent in March and 47 percent in February.
The president’s disapproval rating dipped to 49 percent.
Eighty-nine percent of Republicans approve of Trump, 2 percentage points lower than his highest point, 91 percent, in January. He scored at or almost at his records among women, Democrats, whites and white evangelical Christians.
When specifically looking at the pandemic, 51 percent of voters backed Trump.
Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci ranked at 80 percent approval, followed by Deborah Birx at 62 percent and Vice President Pence at 52.
Even in the Trump-hating portions of the press, they sometimes admit he’s winning
Much to the consternation of the Trump haters and those suffering with Trump Derangement Syndrome, even portions of the press have admitted that President Trump keeps winning. This must be hard for them.
A prominent pro-family group based in Mississippi is urging the state’s governor to bring a halt to abortions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state has called for all “elective medical procedures and non-essential medical visits” to be postponed.
“The following measures must be taken: Physicians, hospitals and medical centers must defer elective surgical and diagnostic procedures until COVID-19 spread has been diminished and the supply of protective medical equipment is restored …. [Also] Dentists must delay non-emergency or routine dental procedures.”
Walker Wildmon, vice president of operations for American Family Association, tells OneNewsNow that the order is pretty simple to understand.
“Any business that doesn’t have to do with groceries, pharmacies, and hospitals and a few others are being closed, including dentists’ offices,” he reiterates. “They’re being closed across the state of Mississippi to save Personal Protective Equipment.”
PPE includes supplies like surgical masks, gloves, and gowns – and the statewide directive redirects those supplies to healthcare workers during the coronavirus crisis.
But AFA is bringing to the attention of its supporters – and pro-life supporters in general – the fact that at least one type of elective surgery continues unabated in the Magnolia State.
“The governor’s office hasn’t taken any official action to close down the one abortion clinic in the state, in Jackson,” Wildmon notes, “despite the fact that other non-essential and what is called an elective procedure, all other places virtually have been shut down. We need Governor Tate Reeves to step up to the plate and close the doors of this abortion facility.”
When asked what directive the state had issued in relation to Jackson Women’s Health (the abortion clinic) and what he would do to enforce Dobbs’ directive, Republican Governor Tate Reeves (pictured above) replied: “[The abortion clinic] should be following the guidelines as offered by the state department of health, and if they are not, then I would be prepared to take additional action to make sure they do so.”
In an Action Alert issued on Thursday, AFA urges Mississippians to contact Governor Reeves and Dr. Dobbs to follow the examples of executive orders issued by at least three other governors – those of Indiana, Ohio, and Texas.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) defended deeming churches as “essential” in his stay-at-home order, telling reporters during Thursday’s press conference that the government does not have the authority to close a church and adding that they play an important role, particularly “in times like this.”
DeSantis formally issued a stay-at-home order on Wednesday after days of mounting pressure. The order is designed to “limit their [Floridians’] movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.” Essential activities include picking up groceries, going to doctor appointments, and, notably, attending “religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship.”
DeSantis defended his decision to consider religious services as essential during Thursday’s press conference and stated that he spoke with churches and synagogues “very early on” and asked that they hold their services in a way “that is going to be conducive to this overall mission.”
One, I don’t think the government has the authority to close a church. I’m certainly not going to do that. At the same time, we got with the churches and synagogues very early and said in times like this, what you guys are doing, I think, is even more important. But we ask that you do it in a way that is going to be conducive to this overall mission. And I would say almost all of them 100 percent agree. Some have gone virtual. Some have had people, but they’ve been spread out far enough.
“I mean you guys are spread out, you know, here in this press conference. There’s no reason why you couldn’t do a church service with people ten feet apart,” DeSantis noted. “So we definitely asked them to absolutely abide by the social distancing guidelines.”
Just as I agree with Texas Governor Abbott, I equally agree with Florida’s governor
On this account, I agree with both Texas Governor Abbott and Florida Governor DeSantis in that the church is essential and has always been such.
Texas Governor Abbott: Church an ‘essential service,’ Practice social distancing
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed an executive order that makes churches an “essential service,” as protocols are being put in place across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
Abbott included language to encourage online worship services and told church leaders and parishioners to practice “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the virus if they do gather for services.
Abbott said in an interview reported on by Click2Houston:
I’m unaware of a church that would want its constituents, its parishioners, to be exposed to COVID-19, and I think there’s enough public information right now for them to be aware of the practices that are needed to make sure that their members don’t contract COVID-19,
Click2Houston reported on a press conference Abbott held:
There has been controversy, particularly in the Houston area, over church closures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Pastors are in court challenging a stay-at-home order that Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced a week ago that restricts churches to online-only services.
To that end, Abbott’s latest executive order supersedes “any conflicting order issued by local officials.”
At the news conference, Abbott said local officials can still issue more stringent restrictions than the statewide standard as long as they do not conflict with that standard.
Law360.com also reported on the legal battle over church services:
The executive order — which also extends school closures statewide through May 4 — comes one day after Fox News guest commentator Dr. Steven Hotze and three Houston pastors asked the Texas Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a March 24 order from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo barring in-person religious services.
“The circumstances presented by coronavirus do not excuse unlawful government infringements upon freedom,” Hotze argued in the emergency petition for writ of mandamus filed with the state’s high court on Monday. “Urgent First and Second Amendment issues of immense statewide significance, arising from the largest county in Texas and affecting residents throughout the Lonestar State, are presented here.”
“If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the guidelines from the president and the [Centers for Disease Control] by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the order reads.
Jared Woodfill of Woodfill Law Firm PC, which represents Hotze and the pastors, told Law360 on Tuesday that the ball is now in Hildalgo’s court.
While my church has chosen to hold exclusively online services, I respect the rights of others as they feel called
However, those pastors that choose to hold in-person meetings need to search their hearts and find whether they follow the call of God or the contrarian call to stand against who would stop our meetings.
President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security released updated guidelines naming gun manufacturers and retailers as essential on Saturday, which means they are to stay open and operational nationwide during a Chinese coronavirus shutdown.
Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responders.
Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb commented on the DHS declaration, saying, “Every freedom loving American owes President Trump and his administration a very big thank you for protecting our Second Amendment Rights. This is another Trump promise made and promise kept.”
Gov. Chris Sununu recently signed Emergency Order #17 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The emergency order deems certain businesses “Essential Businesses” and allows them to continue operations. The National Shooting Sports Foundation® is pleased to report that “firearm and ammunition manufacturers and retailers” were included in the list of “Essential Businesses.” The order also includes “suppliers and distributors.”
NSSF thanks Gov. Sununu for labeling firearm and ammunition manufacturers and retailers essential services, allowing local law enforcement and individuals to continue to obtain necessary firearms, ammunition, accessories and safety-related items. During times of emergency, self-protection and protection of loved ones is vital.
Likewise, I agree that the firearms and ammunition industries are essential
Surely, without these industries, our Second Amendment would soon be worthless. That is likely why the Obama administration worked to set the banking industry against these two industries and, thereby, eliminate firearms manufacturers and the ammunition industry.
Northern California gun store refuses ‘non-essential’ labeling, keeps doors open
The Castro Valley, California, Solar Tactical gun store is refusing to be labeled non-essential and is keeping its doors open even though “shelter in place” orders have been given.
KCRA 3 reports that Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelley indicated the sheriff’s office is going to “play nice” for now but will follow with a posted “notice to close” if the gun store owners to do close up on their own.
Solar Tactical used a Facebook post to protest the Alameda County Sheriff Office’s efforts to lump them in with non-essential businesses, pointing to how “essential” the Second Amendment is to the constitution and American life.
The United States and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, and his administration is considering turning back all people who cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S., two administration officials said.
Trump tweeted that the restrictions on the Canadian border will not affect the flow of trade between the countries, which are eager to maintain their vital economic relationship. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75% of its exports and about 18% of American exports go to Canada.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said travelers will no longer be able permitted to cross the border for recreation or tourism, but that essential travel will continue.
“It is critical that we preserve supply chains between both countries,” Trudeau said. “These supply chains ensure that food, fuel and life saving medicines reach people on both sides of the border.”
Trudeau made his comments in front of his residence where he is self -isolating after his wife tested positive for the virus.
Amazon announced it will suspend stocking non-essential items at distribution centers to focus on “high-demand” critical items. The suspension is slated to last until April 5.
In a memo obtained by Breitbart News, Amazon announced it is “temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.”
Amazon will now focus on delivering products in the following categories:
health and household (including personal-care appliances);
beauty and personal care;
industrial and scientific, and
“For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation,” the Amazon memo continues. “We are taking a similar approach with retail vendors.”
Then again, referring back to the logic of the first article in this post, how can something be essential when it is a choice?
If life totally depended upon abortion and there were no other option, it would be essential. However, like the decayed tooth that I can put off for several weeks or the plastic surgery that may be delayed for a time, abortion does not fall within the realm of essential.
These states say abortions are essential during the coronavirus crisis
As states ban non-essential medical procedures to preserve personal protective equipment, some states are declaring that abortions are essential.
Health departments under Republican governors in Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Indiana and Iowa as well as the governor of Mississippi declared abortions non-essential and banned these procedures to preserve PPE for fighting coronavirus. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) responded to these abortions bans with an assortment of lawsuits, in coordination with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and abortion providers in each of these states.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, Hawaii and Virginia — all states that have banned elective medical procedures — deemed abortions essential during the outbreak.
As states ban non-essential medical procedures to preserve personal protective equipment, some states are declaring that abortions are essential.
Health departments under Republican governors in Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Indiana and Iowa as well as the governor of Mississippi declared abortions non-essential and banned these procedures to preserve PPE for fighting coronavirus. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) responded to these abortions bans with an assortment of lawsuits, in coordination with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and abortion providers in each of these states.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, Hawaii and Virginia — all states that have banned elective medical procedures — deemed abortions essential during the outbreak.
I cannot defend the decision of the leaders of these states
Because our Declaration of Independence introduces the citizens’ rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I cannot stray far from that. Therefore, any argument for abortion falls flat with me, because I first have to deal with the high hurdle of the right to life.
Bloomberg’s group to Governors: ‘Ignore’ Trump’s ‘essential’ label for gun stores
Michael Bloomberg’s gun control groups Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety are urging governors around the country to ignore the Donald Trump administration’s labeling of gun stores as “essential” business.
On March 28, 2020, Breitbart News reported that Trump’s Department of Homeland Security issued new guidelines highlighting those businesses that are essential and “critical” during a coronavirus shutdown. Firearm retailers and manufacturers were listed as essential, and the Bloomberg gun control groups are trying to convince governors that it is okay to ignore these guidelines.
A post on the Everytown/Moms Demand Action website quotes Moms Demands Action’s Shannon Watts saying, “The gun lobby has fear-mongered to stoke gun sales throughout this pandemic, pedaling the lie that more guns make us safer. The Trump administration just gave that myth its seal of approval, proving once again that President Trump cares more about lining gun dealers’ pockets than saving American lives.”
The post stresses that the Trump Administration guidelines are “advisory” and should “not…be considered, a federal directive or standard.”