Thursday, April 09, 2020

Fauci waves to Karl and Acosta after each of them get into antagonistic confrontations with President Trump.

Who does he think he is fooling?

"Computer modeling, as we know all too well from global warming/climate change is the first and last refuge of the scoundrel, but I digress."

JJ Sefton writes in his Morning Report in the Ace of Spades blog,
Good morning, kids. Grim milestone of yet another day of America in a forced coma over a hyped pandemic. With all deference and respect for those who unfortunately are suffering with this Chinese Lung AIDS or who have succumbed to it, the events over the last few days if not since the beginning make the case:

- The drastically revised downward projections of death and hospitalizations, the admitted-to inflating of the numbers in reporting any death as caused by the Chi-Com rot even if it was another underlying condition that was the actual cause by none other than Deborah Birx.

- The full court press to prevent the FDA-approved drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) from being rolled out en masse to alleviate the suffering when anecdotal evidence from coast to coast proves its efficacy.

- The Democrat-Media Complex's initial insistence that the Sino Sinus Syphilis was either nothing to worry about or would never jump from China to the US.

- The condemnation of President Trump as racist and xenophobic for his almost immediate banning of travel to and from China.

- The whistling of a different tune only a week or so later that Trump was inept for not banning travel to and from China sooner.

- The calls from Leftist circles to keep America locked down for another 12-18 months or until a vaccine is discovered.

- The thoroughly debunked accusation that Trump cut funding or a department from the CDC for pandemic response when in fact it was the Obama regime that did it.

- The blaming of Trump over the lack of ventilators when it was the Obamacare medical device tax that made them prohibitively expensive and in fact effectively off-shored their manufacture to Red China. Also the malfeasance of Leftists like Andrew Cuomo and Bill De Bolshevik who abrogated their responsibilities to keep their citizens safe by concentrating on protecting illegal aliens and releasing hardened criminals from prison.

- The in-your-face shilling by our media for the Communist Chinese in spreading the blood-libel that China is the victim of American soldiers who brought the disease to their country.

- The Democrats addressing this "pandemic" not in terms of a health threat, but as a convenient event to push a radical socialist agenda that eviscerates what's left of the Constitution, drains the Treasury and resuscitates the all-powerful State, with them in charge, for all time.

And on and on and on. Actually, it's the revised projections of death and misery drastically downward from millions to about 60,000 that is the tell. And 60,000, give or take, just happens to be the number of people who die every year from influenza, which means the Chinese Coronavirus just makes a regular or even bad flu season incrementally worse. Computer modeling, as we know all too well from global warming/climate change is the first and last refuge of the scoundrel, but I digress.

With the numbers dropping faster than an ex-first lady in a muumuu, each line of attack against the President exposed as a political hit job, Americans rallying behind Trump and infuriated by what this lockdown has done to them, and the President yesterday signaling louder than ever that he too has had enough, the Democrat-Media Complex sprung this late yesterday:

ABC (Always Believe China) News claims that the Defense Intelligence Agency's National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI) warned Trump about the Oriental Kung Flu Grippe back in November but that he ignored it. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that ABC is the home of hack propagandist Jonathan Karl, who the President pantsed a few days ago for his, Karl's, embarrassing buffoonery during a press conference.
Read more and click on his links here.

"Now I'm protecting against infection and I'm still able to give the ladies a good sniff.

From the Babylon Bee:
Biden Cuts Hole In Mask So He Can Still Sniff People's Hair



WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Biden has committed to wearing a mask in public to be a good example and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Aides were disappointed and a little frightened, however, when Biden immediately cut a large hole in the middle of the mask so he could continue to invade people's personal space and sniff their hair, necks, and faces.

Staffers usually don't let Biden play with sharp objects, but he managed to find some safety scissors stashed behind the Metamucil in his campaign bus. Using the purple plastic scissors, he cut a large hole and then fitted the mask to his face, confident that he was protecting himself and others from the virus.

"That's better," he said as he cut a big hole for his schnoz. "Now I'm protecting against infection and I'm still able to give the ladies a good sniff. You know, in my day, I wore a mask just like this, as was the fashion at the time. All the kids at the pool would ask to play with the mask, and they'd run their fingers through it. In fact, one time, a gangster named CornPop was about to go cause some trouble at the sock hop, and I put some rocks in my mask and started swinging it around like a sling. You know, real Daniel and Goliath type stuff. He looked at me, tears in his eyes, and promised never again to go out and cause a ruckus."

"Anyway, that's why I'm your best choice for senator of the Roman Empire. Vote for Joe!" Biden suddenly came to and realized he was standing in a Walmart parking lot talking to a hobo.

"And today we are free!"

Dov Fischer writes in part in the American Spectator,
...Those were their explicit instructions: stay inside and do not venture out tonight, and G-d will pass over your homes as He visits punishment on Egypt and on its gods (Exodus 12:12-14). And so it will be this year. Outside, the lurking dangers. Inside, the sense of solitude and mortality mediated by the comfort of knowing that we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, were slaves to Rome, later were slaves to Hitler, to Stalin, to Hafez al-Assad in Syria and to Saddam Hussein in Iraq. And today we are free.
Read more here.

" If America isn't working for you anymore -- Leave."

Current headline in the Ace of Spades blog: Gavin Newsom Declares California a "Nation-State," Suggesting It is Independent of Federal Authority, as Chinese Propaganda Outlet Bloomberg News Masturbates Over "Civil War"

Ace writes in part,
Look, either formally secede -- with my enthusiastic Bon voyage! -- or get ready for invocation of the Insurrection Act and civil war by the usual means.

We're not going to have this bullshit where every state has to buckle under leftwing federal diktats but that liberal states are free to secede-in-part whenever the federal government is not leftwing.

If America isn't working for you anymore -- Leave.

We can work out the details later. I suggest that all border counties be permitted to vote to leave or stay on a county-by-county basis. We don't need to keep states intact when we're dividing the country.

Then I suggest we mutually agree that any citizen of one America has the right to move to the other America as a citizen within eight years of division. After eight years, you're a foreign immigrant like any other, and the countries can choose to accept or reject your request for citizenship as they like.

The eight-year period will permit a lot of self-sorting. The internet and automated systems will permit a lot of simple property swaps -- you list your house and its appraised value online so that other people seeking to swap nations can find a near-equivalent home. You and your counterparty agree to trade, probably with one coughing up some cash (because few exchanges of property involve precisely equal values of property).

(Property swaps associated with country-swapping will not be taxed by anyone.)

We fashion an automated system to help businesses relocate -- if a dentist wants to swap countries, he'll need to know which areas need dentists and which have too many.

We leave it to most people to figure out for themselves if they want to move immediately, or wait and see, or whatever.

But you got eight years to decide, and then we build that Big Beautiful Wall.

And what about people who can't make up their minds in eight years...? Well, if they can't make up their minds in eight fucking years, then it's not a very important choice for them, and they can sit their lazy indecisive asses where they started.

I only want go-getters and self-starters in the Real America, anyway.

And then we go our separate ways -- forever.

Take your shithole country and get the fuck out of mine.

Press to be tested for Covid-19 today at White House

Anders Hagstrom reports in the Daily Caller,
White House staff will administer fast-result coronavirus tests to members of the press attending Thursday’s daily press briefing, the Trump administration announced.

The testing comes after the White House Correspondents’ Association reported that one of its members was experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus Wednesday after attending a briefing the day before. Results are expected to come in before the 5pm briefing. The individual remains unnamed, but is the second WHCA member known to be tested for coronavirus. The first tested negative in March.

...The White House has already established a policy of testing those who enter the grounds to meet with President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, though that policy did not include the press. The administration has not indicated that testing for the daily briefings will become a new recurring policy. (RELATED: The CIA Is Trying To Find China’s Real Coronavirus Numbers)

Trump and Pence have both already tested negative for the virus in recent weeks, with the president having taken the test twice.
Read more here.

Did they give him Hydroxychloroquine?

Laura Italiano reports in the New York Post,
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been released from intensive care, but remains hospitalized in London, battling the coronavirus, according to multiple reports.

“The Prime Minister has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery,” a spokesman said on Thursday. “He is in extremely good spirits.”

I want to know what medications they gave him. Hydroxychloroquine?

Read more here.

Laura Ingraham interviews our Attorney General Bill Barr

Barr: "Religious liberty is the first liberty! A free society depends upon a vibrant religious life among the people! When this 30 day period ends, we have to consider alternative ways of protecting people."

"The Chinese are engaged in a full-court blitzkrieg of stealing American technology, trying to influence our political system, trying to steal secrets from our research universities."

Watch the whole thing here.

Yes, we are nakedly partisan; yes, we are plainly dishonest, but we're journalists!

Ace of Spades writes,
CNN is a nakedly partisan actor as well as a plainly dishonest actor, but they're still wearing the SkinSuit of "Journalism" and demanding that others pay them respect.

That comment is in reference to complaints about Vice President Pence not allowing members of his task force to appear on CNN.
Read more here.

The end for Bernie Sanders and the Democrats

The Editorial Board of the Washington Examiner says goodbye to Bernie Sanders.
Before ending his second run for president on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders was a beacon of false hope to those who lack any memory of socialism’s immense human cost.

He helped people believe, for a time, that there is a simple answer to all of life’s problems and that it resides in a powerful central government.

...the laboratory of history has tested socialism and found it wanting in almost every respect.

...Everywhere, it promised equality and delivered brutality. It promised to end slavery but instead universalized it. It promised to end colonialism but established puppet regimes on nearly every continent. It promised plenty and delivered scarcity. (By the way, senator, bread lines are the result of scarcity, not of fairness.) Socialism promised, as George Orwell eloquently put it, “better wages and shorter hours and nobody bossing you about.” Yet its legacy will forever be the many genocides and murderous misgovernance that would be impossible without a fanatical commitment to central planning.

This, incidentally, is why socialist governments must always censor information, even the internet, to the extent possible. The survival of socialism depends on keeping people mostly in the dark, unaware of the truth.

This is also the case with the “democratic socialism” Sanders preaches, which turns out to be something of a misnomer. It is no coincidence that every tin-pot communist dictatorship called itself a “democratic republic.” This makes more sense when you realize that dictatorship and democracy are perfectly compatible under socialism. To the socialist, “democracy” does not signify a popular right to vote or the right to choose a system of government or economy. In fact, socialism cannot ever allow such choices. Rather, for the socialist, the Greek-derived word “democratic” refers to the “empowerment” of “the people” through other means, such as forcible expropriation of others’ property and businesses and liberation from traditional institutions that supposedly oppress the people — you know, the family, culture, national identity, and religion. Only everything people hold dear.

In short, “democratic socialism” is not “democratic” the way normal people understand the word. "Democratic socialists" want to empower you, good and hard; no, you don’t get any say in the matter, and, when they are done, you will be so empowered and liberated that there probably won’t be any need or chance for more elections. For further details, ask a Venezuelan.
Read more here.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The death of a true whistleblower

Linda Tripp has died. She was the whistleblower on Bill Clinton. She wrote this in Breitbart on February 3, 2020.
I was not protected. I was not shielded. I was eviscerated. Not only by President Clinton and his wife, but also by the mainstream media. A concerted effort began to decimate my credibility. The effort gave birth to what we now call fake news. That led to the Senate’s acquittal of President William Jefferson Clinton, by changing the subject. The abuse of power, the perjury, the subordination of perjury, the malfeasance of President Bill Clinton simply disappeared. It swiftly became a mere matter of a distasteful “affair”, something between a man and a woman, and ultimately not impeachable.

In other words, the lies won. Fake news changed history. We are facing it again.

...When Bolton left, he wrote a book. The pen, after all, is mightier than the sword. You might recall, if you recall anything about me from the Clinton scandal, that “it was all about a book.” I was portrayed as a greedy, avarice-driven busybody whose only agenda was self-enrichment through a book.

That there was no book got lost in the sauce.

But, for the record, you bet I had planned to write a book. I believed at the time that it was the best — and in fact only — way to disseminate the sheer malfeasance of the Clinton presidency, to expose both Bill and Hillary Clinton as the criminals I knew them to be.

Ultimately I found I would be heard by the Office of the Independent Counsel, thus making the subject of a book moot. But the manufactured stigma lingered. There is simply no unringing the bell.

But please note. Have you heard any of those allegations leveled at John Bolton? No chastisement over his “book deal” and no attacks on his integrity. I have not heard claims that he was driven by greed. In fact, there has been no predictable reporting on his “advance” and what he stands to earn, at all. In fact, we heard nothing.

His magnum opus appears to have been designed for vengeance, planned to come out mere months before a presidential election. The media made sure it never surfaced prematurely, and until last week’s leak to the New York Times, there had been no mention of his book publicly.

And then, the sinking ship that was the promised impeachment was in dire need of rescue. The Times was tapped once again to carry the ball over the finish line.

Because the volatile John Bolton had joined the Resistance. He would have the last word against a president who had the temerity to fire the smartest man in the room.

But through it all, we saw a split screen.

We saw President Trump alongside Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu presenting an historic peace proposal. And on the other side, the split screen showcased the latest in a long series of resistance tactics designed to remove him from office — this time in the Senate of the United States, with all the gravitas that implies.

The same held true with the announcement of the USMCA, an enormously significant trade agreement that stands to boost our economy for decades to come. Held for just about a year in the House, Speaker Pelosi trotted it out at the 11th hour in an attempt to defuse dissatisfaction with the House’s glaring unproductivity.

Nevertheless, the USMCA received relatively short shrift in the news, as have so many of the President’s accomplishments over the past three years. The mainstream media agenda has focused almost exclusively on whatever scandal the left is presenting on any particular day. The juxtaposition is dizzying,

And there is no end in sight.

Reflect on how we got here. There were the remarkable and unprecedented FISA abuses which in turn, allowed the blatantly illegal surveillance of those affiliated with a presidential candidate of an opposing party. Notably absent were any kind of defensive briefings.

Then we had the unending Mueller investigation, based on what we now know to have been lies propagated by members of Obama’s Intelligence Community with the help of none other than Jim Comey. His best buddy, in turn, was none other than Bob Mueller. His investigation, stacked with Clinton donors and armed with a political agenda, left the world anxiously awaiting proof that President Trump was, as promised, an agent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This ominous pronouncement colored the airwaves for months and months on end.

And not only in our country. I spend a good amount of time in Europe. Their opinions are informed almost exclusively through the airwaves of CNN. Need I say more?

The long-awaited results were clear, if ghastly for the Left. Because the fruit of their labor was an oversized goose egg. After 40 million dollars in taxpayer funds, there was simply no there there. It became even more clear with Mueller’s sad congressional testimony.

Sandwiched between it all was the Kavanaugh circus. Again, the world watched as President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was brutally savaged by outlandish allegations by an ever-changing cast of questionable characters during his confirmation hearings — all due to irrational hatred of the president who nominated him.

And now, courtesy of this well-oiled resistance machine, we find ourselves at the sorry end of the impeachment.

Life provides precious few guarantees. But one is certain: When the Senate acquits President Trump — and it will — Impeachment 2.0 will commence. There will be no end.
Read more here.

Why the wait, Barack?

In Breitbart, Charlie Spiering reports,
President Donald Trump on Wednesday questioned why former President Barack Obama was waiting to endorse his former vice president, Joe Biden, even though Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democrat presidential primary.

“I don’t know why President Obama hasn’t supported Joe Biden a long time ago,” Trump said. “There’s something. He feels is wrong.”

Trump said he was amazed that Obama was still waiting to endorse Biden, suggesting that the former president knew something about Biden’s suitability to be president.

“He knows something that you don’t know,” Trump said. “But I think I know, but you don’t know.”

The president acknowledged that Obama would likely endorse Biden at some point.

“He’ll come out. I’m sure he’s got to come out at some point, because he certainly doesn’t want to see me for four more years.We think a little bit differently,” he said.

Trump also questioned why Sen. Bernie Sanders said he would keep his delegates at the Democrat convention and even work to get more delegates to give him more leverage at the convention.

“What about his delegates?” Trump asked. “He said he’s going to keep his delegates and he would like to get more … is he dropping out or not?”

He added, “That’s a weird deal going on.”

"Snopes Recommends Shutting Down Internet To Prevent Spread Of Satire"

From the Babylon Bee:
U.S.—In a statement issued by Snopes' editorial board, the fact-checking website recommended that the entire internet be shut down so as to prevent the spread of potentially dangerous jokes.

The fact-checker has tried to control the spread of jokes and satire with simple notices that articles are false but is now saying that isn't enough.

Snopes published a recent study that showed that shutting the internet down would stop the spread of jokes, humor, and satire. It is not known how long the internet would need to be shut down, but the study suggested a minimum of several months would be required.

"Everyone must quarantine away from the internet so that 'humor' and 'jokes' and 'satire' don't continue to spread around the country," said a spokesperson. "Should the internet stay up, we'll continue to run the risk that someone might laugh at a joke or read a satirical article and not know that it isn't true. We can't sleep at night until we know that all humor is dead."

"It's the only way to be sure."

Some people warned that this might have negative side effects. Snopes has sent out the thought police to take these people into one of its state-of-the-art reeducation camps.

What? the computer models aren't always right?

"Totalitarianism always shifts the discussion to science when disconcerting conversations are unavoidable. [See the Fabians]"

Sundance writes in part in the Conservative Treehouse,
Red states -vs- Blue states. Urban -vs- Rural. Tribalism making the rules for those within specific geographic boundaries. That part of post COVID-19 panic is inherently predictable.

However, the disparity will need to be reconciled; and for that solution the Administrative State will likely demand the application of science as a solution. We can already hear these arguments within the discussions. Totalitarianism always shifts the discussion to science when disconcerting conversations are unavoidable. [See the Fabians]

The solution will be a COVID-19 vaccine; and to re-enter a full society everyone will be expected to get vaccinated to secure all other members of society. However, given the pesky issues with liberty, a mandated vaccine protocol will probably not pass muster.

Therefore those who wish to have unrestricted access to the entire country will be those who accept the vaccine. Those who do not accept the vaccine will have less choices.

Again, the solution returns to this outlook.

If you accept the vaccine, the state will register your compliance. Or not; it will be your choice. However, your access to society will also be based on your decision.

That’s what is coming at the end of this…
Read more here.

Don' forget your heart!

In LiveScience, Yasemin Saplakoglu reports on The mysterious connection between the coronavirus and the heart here.

Fulfilling the dictionary definition of tragedy

In American Greatness, Angelo Codevillo warns,
Since the Ides of March, President Trump has placed himself on a path that the fundamentals suggest leads to political suicide. He did this by surrendering to the ruling class—Drs. Anthony Fauci, Deborah Birx, et al, not to mention House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)—his judgment on whether and for how long, and how the country should be shut down. This is of the greatest concern to the American people in general and to his voters in particular. By giving his imprimatur while suggesting that he is acting against his own better judgment, he fulfills the dictionary definition of tragedy.
Read more here.

"Blame Trump"

In the American Spectator, Dov Fischer writes in part,
George W. Bush — someone whom the Left and their Corrupt Journalist Corps labeled as an idiot — built up a strategic stockpile of N95 respirator masks and other protective medical equipment, warning that America had to build and maintain a national strategic stockpile to deal with a pandemic that, sooner or later, one day again would strike the United States. Obama — someone whom the Left and their Corrupt Journalist Corps labeled as messianic, brilliant, and cool — made use of Bush’s national strategic stockpile and never replenished it during the Wasted Obama Decade. He left his successor with a mess:

An energy policy that saw us buying oil from Arab Muslim dictators who butcher even their own people, even as Obama did his most to prevent us from exploring and extracting our own natural energy resources. He fought hydraulic fracturing, fought the Keystone XL pipeline, fought the Dakota Access Pipeline, and signed Paris Climate Accords that punished our own energy producers but that did not impose similar burdens on the world’s main polluters, China and India. Meanwhile, Obama sank nearly a billion dollars in Solyndra and wasted more in other Green Energy pipe dreams when we needed pipelines.

A worn-down and demoralized military. Obama mocked Mitt Romney in debates when the GOP standard-bearer warned that we are not properly armed to stand up to Russia. He allowed the Navy to float, military pay to stagnate, veterans care to waste, ISIS to grow from a junior varsity to a near-caliphate. Putin and China both saw the weakness and took advantage while the going was good. So Putin took Crimea and gained a foothold in eastern Ukraine. China expanded into artificial islands they built. Putin gained new footholds in the Middle East and elsewhere. All while Obama brandished his pretty Nobel Prize for stopping the oceans from rising and healing the Earth.

A run-down medical infrastructure. While he focused great effort on socializing American medicine with his Obamacare, which forced people to pay to insure for birth control that violated their consciences and forced men to pay to be insured for pregnancy coverage that violated their common sense, he allowed the nation’s medical-emergency stockpile to dwindle and dissipate.

...Word was spreading in late 2019 that something nasty was going on in China. But something nasty always is going on in China. And yes it gets really nasty, these China-bred pandemics, the inexorable offshoot of people at wet markets eating limbs of living creatures, eating snakes and dogs and rats and bats. So we have seen them before, and often. H1N1/Swine flu. Avian/Bird flu. SARS.

Asian flu came in 1957 out of China’s southwestern province of Guizhou. Guess where the 1968 “Hong Kong flu” came from. Uh-huh. Bird flu came in 1997 out of Hong Kong, too. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) came in late 2002 from the southern Guangdong province. It started with bats, moved to civet cats — and then to the Chinese people who eat those cats. Swine flu hit in 2009, getting its name for its particularly deadly impact on pigs in China. Each of these miserable illnesses killed tens of thousands — and more — and no one initially saw coronavirus 2019 as being all that different.
Read more here.

Pelosi, the Media, and Biden

Victor Davis Hanson writes in part in American Greatness about Nancy Pelosi:
for a nation in extremis she is now puerile, even unhinged—and increasingly dangerous.

...Pelosi then quickly weaponized the viral crisis in hopes that COVID-19 could do what Robert Mueller’s dream team and impeachment had not done—destroy the administration of Donald Trump before the November 2020 election. Only such an obsession explains why any sober politico would damn Trump as culpable in January for ignoring the viral dangers, while nearly a month after his necessary and controversial travel ban of January 31—that stopped perhaps 7,000 Chinese citizens entering California per day, some on direct flights from Wuhan—she was doing a photo-op tour to urge the public to get out and shop in San Francisco’s crowded Chinatown: “That’s what we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here“.

...It is difficult to find one thing Pelosi has said or done that has not made the country worse off since the virus officially hit our shores in late January.

...The Media: Watching the media deal with the daily White House briefings reminds the country that we have never had journalism of this low character before—not in the acrimony over the Founding, not in the furor during the Civil War, not even in the age of yellow journalism at the turn of the 20th century.

...If evidence convinces Trump to let the public know that hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are efficacious in treating patients infected with coronavirus, then reporters will seek to persuade Americans that such off-label uses have no utility and are dangerous—even if they have to stoop to find some nut who drank fish-tank cleaner, clearly marked unfit for human consumption, to argue that a nonpotable chloroquine derivative cleaning agent provides proof of “Dr.” Trump’s deadly ignorance.

But the White House press obsesses over a second agenda, too. It must always prove that previously respected figures like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, once embraced by the liberal media in their pre-Trump days, either are in revolt against their doltish boss or brain-washed into obsequious enslavement to the president. Often the media advances both antithetical scenarios near simultaneously.

...But that is currently the schizophrenic state of the American media. The only constant is that whatever Trump advocated, they are against, even if lives are at stake. And whatever Trump policy seems to be working for the good of the country, they either deny or ignore it.

...Another irony: While the current media is the logical culmination of the liberal biases of the more polite leftwing domination of network and print media of the late twentieth century, it is now also far more vulnerable to exposure and ridicule. After all, it was progressive Silicon Valley’s creation of the Internet website and social media that have allowed truth to emerge past even media filters, truth that has largely exposed the media as incompetent, meanspirited, and increasingly irrelevant.

Joe Biden: The virus shutdown was first seen as providing a necessary respite for the 77-year-old former vice president to go home, rest up, and recuperate after an exhausting summer, fall, and winter of campaigning—an ordeal that supposedly had explained Biden’s increasing flubs and gaffes.

...But what followed was an ungodly disaster, as if the problem all along never was Biden’s weariness, but Biden himself. A rested Biden’s botched commentaries only convinced observers that a President Biden at this moment would be a veritable catastrophe. Biden seemed more confused from his home than he was on the campaign stump. He tried reading from a teleprompter script, and then talking ex tempore, and then both, and found he could do neither.

...Missing in all these calculations is empathy for those who are ill and the losses that such macabre expectations certainly entail. Also absent is a sense of the irony that, by unfairly scapegoating Trump in hours of darkness, they are ensuring that in the upcoming dawn, he will be credited by their same logic with owning what will likely be an impressive U.S. response to suppressing the virus and reviving the economy.
Read more here.

Bernie Sanders hands it to Biden

From Ace:
Bernie Sanders Drops Out to Give Nomination to Senile Racist Credibly Accused of Rape
Read more here.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Coronavirus coverup

Glenn Reynolds writes in USA Today,
There are many lessons to be learned from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. But one is already clear: China needs to be isolated from the civilized world until its behavior improves. We are in the current situation, with deaths and economic devastation worldwide, because China handled this outbreak with its trademark mixture of dishonesty, incompetence and thuggery. Were China a more civilized nation, this outbreak would have been stopped early, and with far less harm, inside and outside of China.

As Marion Smith wrote in these pages on Sunday, China’s first response was to clamp down on reports of the then-new disease that had appeared in Wuhan. The brave doctor, Li Wenliang, who first reported the disease to fellow physicians was silenced by police. Chinese media reports of the disease were censored by the government. So were ordinary citizens reporting on social media.

Coronavirus coverup
According to U.S. intelligence agencies, China systematically deceived the world about the extent of the outbreak, lulling other nations into a false sense of security that delayed a response by weeks or even months.

As Smith writes: “Beijing denied until Jan. 20 that human to human transmission was occurring. Yet at the same time, Chinese officials and state-owned companies were urgently acquiring bulk medical supplies — especially personal protective equipment like masks and gloves — from Australia, Europe, and around the world. Put simply, Beijing hoarded the world’s life-saving resources while falsely claiming that people’s lives weren’t at risk.”

And this is the most charitable account, based on China failing to deal with what was, at root, a naturally occurring disease outbreak. And it may have been naturally occurring. But people are increasingly entertaining the possibility that the COVID-19 virus was accidentally released by a Chinese virology lab in Wuhan.

That notion was once dismissed as a conspiracy theory, but it has since been discussed in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and by uber-establishment Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. The talk is of an accidental release, not the deliberate deployment of a biological weapon — which makes sense, since few nations would release a bioweapon in their own heartland — but if it’s true it only makes the Chinese government look worse, though it perhaps explains their unwillingness to be forthcoming.

But wherever the virus came from, China’s response was inept, dishonest and utterly inconsiderate of the rest of the world. A competent, honest response would have placed the world on notice much earlier. A China that cared about the rest of the world would have halted flights abroad while this disease was spreading, instead of allowing its citizens to spread willy-nilly around the globe. (As Brian Kennedy writes: “China seems to have taken the position that if they were to suffer the coronavirus, so too was the United States and the rest of the world. What else is to explain the continuation of flights from China to the United States at the rate of some 20,000 passengers a day, until President Trump wisely shut them down?”)

The response needs to be harsh enough to teach the Chinese government a lesson, which means pretty harsh, as they appear to still think they can brazen this out. Among other things, the United States — and ideally the world community at large — need to sharply reduce economic relations with China. In particular, no one should be relying on them for medicines, medical equipment and other vital goods. (China’s state news service threatened to plunge America into a “mighty sea” of coronavirus by withholding critical medications.) Chinese scientists should no longer have easy access to Western laboratories or universities. Chinese political leaders should no longer find it easy to travel the world.

Congress should pass legislation stripping the Chinese government of sovereign immunity to lawsuits for COVID-19 damage in the United States. China should be stripped of its leadership roles in international organizations. And finally, Taiwan — a nation that has handled the outbreak better than almost any other nation, but has been excluded from the World Health Organization because its membership would offend the Chinese government — deserves membership in WHO, and full diplomatic recognition from the United States, and the rest of the world.

These are harsh penalties and the Chinese government won’t like them. They will involve much loss of face for the Chinese Communist Party leadership. But they deserve it, and an example needs to be made. The world is a small and interconnected place now. Those who would profit from globalization, as the Chinese ruling class has, need to show good global citizenship. Now is the time to make that lesson stick.

Ejected!

From the Babylon Bee: Trump Installs Ejection Seats Throughout Press Briefing Room



WASHINGTON, D.C.—Trump excitedly unveiled his latest improvements to the White House Press Briefing Room at Monday night's press conference: ejection seats.

Controlled by a panel on Trump's podium, the ejection seats allow him to instantly send any White House reporter on a free trip to somewhere a few hundred yards down Pennsylvania Avenue. Any journalist parroting Chinese propaganda, insulting the president, or asking a question without referring to Trump as "His Majesty Donald Trump May He Live Forever" is likely to get a free flight courtesy of the White House.

"Mr. President, why do you hate AmericaaaaaaaaAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!" screamed one reporter as Trump solemnly pressed a button and sent her rocketing through the roof. Stunned journalists stared in shock at their colleague soaring hundreds of feet into the air. They were speechless, which was a "welcome change" according to sources.

Jim Acosta tried to chime in next, but Trump had already pushed his button before he got any words out. "Looks like Jim Acosta's blasting off agaaaaaaaaain!!!!" the CNN reporter cried as he disappeared in a little twinkle in the sky.

"Anyone else?" Trump asked quietly, looking around the room but not seeing any hands go up. "Great. Then we'll end this shindig early. Tremendous job out there, today, journalists. You're all American heroes."

If you have clouds or haze, you may see a pink moon tonight

Tonight will be the largest full moon of 2020. Laura Geggel has more here in LiveScience.

Good News!



Senator Rand Paul tweets,
I appreciate all the best wishes I have received. I have been retested and I am negative. I have started volunteering at a local hospital to assist those in my community who are in need of medical help, including Coronavirus patients. Together we will overcome this!

Hat tip Instapundit

Political blow back

I wonder if President Trump realizes his base is getting more and more frustrated with governments damaging the economy. Here are just a few comments from the Conservative Treehouse. Spazznout writes,
That is what terrifies me the most.

THERE IS NO EXIT PLAN.

The scariest words in the English language are “we are the government and we are here to help” …….Maggie T.

We are now living that nightmare in all its glory as the government proclaims to “save” us from Corona and then “save” us from the economic destruction they created in “saving” us.

...This is not a time to just be a cheerleader. This is a serious time. We mu
st be real about the world we live in and what is happening in it.

I voted for Trump,

But right NOW by all evidence he has lost control

And real damage is being done, lives destroyed and future deaths created by the actions our government is taking today.
The cost of the mitigation has now far outweighed the benefit of the updated CDC models.

Trump is human, not a god.

Blindly cheering is not good under any circumstance.

Farm on the Hill wrote,
When large numbers of the smaller businesses and individual 1099 workers get nothing, there will be absolutely massive political blow back against Trump, Congress, banks, the SBA, and the government.

...Many of us small business owners did have savings but we are rapidly burning through our savings during government mandated shutdowns lasting 1.5-3 months where our revenues implode but all of our expenses (including payroll, utilities, rent, taxes, debt service, etc) remain due.
Read more here.

"Healthy people are suffering badly too!"

Tucker Carlson last night:
... "We've decided that offices are somehow more dangerous than supermarkets, far more dangerous, though no one has bothered to explain how. The result: by some estimates, more 17 million Americans are unemployed right now. That's the highest number in the history of this country. A year from now, we should think about this. How will we feel about all this, about our decisions in the face of this pandemic? Is there a single person who sincerely expects the coronavirus itself will hurt more people in the end than the damage we're causing in our response to it? Probably not. Mass unemployment is almost certain to cause far more harm - including physical harm - to the average family than this disease...

Once again, coronavirus is not the only bad thing that's happening in America right now, horrifying as it is" Carlson concluded. "We should never minimize the danger of this pandemic, or minimize our obligation to respond to it wisely... No thoughtful person wants to reopen baseball stadiums tomorrow or book a cruise to Shanghai, but there has to be a more balanced course than the one we are on now. For most people, going to work cannot be more dangerous than buying produce at Safeway twice a week. And if it is more dangerous, tell us how it's more dangerous, and be specific when you describe that. Otherwise, it's time to start caring about the entire population. Healthy people are suffering badly too."
Read more here

Monday, April 06, 2020

He treats Covid-19 patients who are very ill with hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc. They recover in 8-12 hours!

ABC7 in Los Angeles reports,
A Los Angeles doctor said he is seeing significant success in prescribing the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Go here to watch the video interview.
I agree with Ace who plans to refer to the drug as HCQ. I see that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care. I wonder if they are treating him with HCQ and zinc!

First it was milk, now it is produce!

UPI reports that farmers are having to destroy crops grown for the restaurants and hotels. Read more here.

"Fortunately, I am not responsible for making policy."

An academic physician and researcher at an Ivy League institution in New York City writes an anonymous article in the Federalist asserting that
What the media and policymakers are not telling us is that the longer we delay the development of herd immunity, the more elderly or high-risk people will become infected and die.

...The only way we are going to beat COVID-19 is by developing something called “herd immunity.” Herd immunity basically means that once a certain percentage of the population develops immunity to a virus, the rest of the population will also be protected. That percentage varies, but is often around 60-70 percent. This is why we don’t need to vaccinate 100 percent of people to eradicate or severely limit the spread of infectious diseases (e.g., polio, smallpox, and measles).

...only young and healthy people contribute to herd immunity. Elderly and medically ill people generally do not contribute to herd immunity because their immune systems are not strong enough to develop an immune response.

This is not new or breaking science. To illustrate what happens when you don’t have herd immunity, look no further than the outbreaks we’ve had in areas where that immunity has dipped below the necessary levels.

In 2019, there was a massive outbreak of the measles in New York City for that reason. In 2014, a measles outbreak in Disneyland sent the number of cases to a 20-year high. Without herd immunity, where enough people have had the disease to avoid driving major outbreaks, future spikes will likely be much bigger.

...Therefore, if we stop the quarantine for all low-risk people now, herd immunity would develop more quickly. If we also were to keep the elderly and high-risk people isolated from everyone else during this time, including their own family members (i.e., a partial quarantine), we would save countless lives, while also decreasing the stress on the medical system.
Read more here.

"What's worse is when the President's own team spews the same kind of panic-inducing bilge that just drives the narrative forward and the markets ever downward."

Many voices on the right are becoming louder about warning about our loss of freedom and the shattered economy. JJ Sefton's Morning Report in the Ace of Spades blog is one such voice.
Good morning, kids. Another grim milestone as we begin yet another day and week with our nation held hostage by the Peking Pox Panic. There really isn't all that much to say that I haven't been saying for over two weeks now. But the fact remains that the longer our economy remains shuttered, the greater the damage we inflict on our mental and physical health, our financial security, and our freedom and liberty. It is also evident that despite the thousands who have been sickened and have succumbed to this Chinese pestilence, we are not living in the midst of an extinction-level event that justifies this lockdown. Not by a long shot. And yet, here we are with millions of jobs lost and small businesses, still the lifeblood of the economy, perhaps gone for good. Talk about an extinction-level event.

Yet the Democrat-Media Complex is eager to once again dance on the corpses, or at least the potential for corpses if it means using it as a pretext to rob the treasury, shred the tatters of the Constitution that yet remain, and of course bash President Trump. If you are still insane enough to read or listen to the legacy agitprop media, it is nothing but a torrent of lies and bilge blaming him first for acting too hastily, then not acting fast enough, being too much of a rah-rah Pollyanna, then a complete Debbie Downer and so on, promoting drugs that are useless or dangerous and then not getting them fast enough to New York or Michigan. Of course, the same media will have nothing but doom headlines about lack of beds, lack of ventilators, reports of sick people and corpses piled in overcrowded hallways as if they were describing the carnage at the shores of Iwo Jima or Omaha Beach - all while blaming Trump and prescribing the cure: more progressivism with Democrats in complete control.

It really is a sad state of affairs when our own media looks and sounds as bad or worse than a Communist propaganda organ. Oh, wait. They ARE a Communist propaganda organ since their reportage is virtually verbatim of what you will bear being spouted by that imprisoned nation's Politburo. Unfortunately, what's worse is when the President's own team spews the same kind of panic-inducing bilge that just drives the narrative forward and the markets ever downward.
Read more here and be sure to click on some of his links.

Who are you voting for?

Joe Biden yesterday: "We cannot let this, we’ve never allowed any crisis from the Civil War straight through to the pandemic of 17, all the way around, 16, we have never, never let our democracy sakes second fiddle, way they, we can both have a democracy and ... correct the public health.”

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for Covid-19

Covid-19 cost benefit analysis

PowerLine's Scott Johnson is another writer who is questioning the fact that
we have yet to be presented with an assessment of the costs and benefits of the current approach.

...we have not even been presented with a frank assessment of the alleged benefits of the current approach.

...we are at substantial risk of inflicting catastrophic damage on our economy with literally no benefit in lives saved.
Read more here.

Government restrictions on our First and Second Amendment Rights

In the American Thinker, William Sullivan asks us
In What Sense Do You Think We Are Free?
Read it here.

Doctor who spends all day every day treating Covid-19 patients in New York tells us how to prevent it, how to get it, how to cure it.

How do you get Covid-19? Through sustained contact with someone who has this disease and has fever or aches, or, someone who is about to get the disease in the next one to two days.

By putting your hands to your face (eyes, nose, or mouth). Always know where your hands are, and have Purell. Masks are mainly to train people not to touch their faces.

Shrink your social circle. Isolate a vulnerable person.

If you are feeling short of breath, come to the hospital. A small percentage of those who come to the hospital need to be put on a ventilator for 7 to 10 days.

Tricky Byron outsmarted by Vice President Pence

In Red State, Elizabeth Vaughn reports,
Byron Pitts, co-anchor ABC’s “Nightline,” interviewed Vice President Mike Pence on Friday night.

Pitts asked Pence:

Mr. Vice President, I have a final question for you. And I ask this not in a political way. But for you sir, like so many of us in our nation, you are a person of deep faith. No one doubts that.

When you talk to God in your moments alone, do you find yourself worrying at all that people you represent, and care deeply about, have died and will die who did not need to because of steps the federal government did not take soon enough?

Although Pitts delivery was light and was not accusatory in tone, this was absolutely a political question. It was a very poorly concealed attempt to get Pence to agree that the Trump Administration didn’t act early enough to contain the coronavirus.

Pence paused for a couple of seconds as he processed the question, then very skillfully managed to outwit the previously self-satisfied host.

He replied, “Thank you for mentioning that we are talking about one American at a time. We wanted the American people to see the numbers so that we understand the challenging days that lie ahead. But I want people to know that our future is in your hands, that if every one of us will do and put into practice the Guidelines for America, that we can bring those numbers down.”

Pence’s response had to have disappointed Pitts. After all, he’d asked such a clever question. He was sure he’d trapped him. Unfortunately, the camera remained focused on the Vice President so we couldn’t see his reaction. Foiled again.

Well done, Mr. Vice President.
Go here to watch the video.

"No media or Pelosi false narratives or phony Biden campaign ad can change the truth about the real chronology of the coronavirus."

In the Federalist:
The Real Coronavirus Chronology Shows Trump Was On Top Of It While Biden Was Mocking The Danger.

No media or Nancy Pelosi false narratives or phony Joe Biden campaign ad can change the truth about the real chronology of the coronavirus.

Cleta Mitchell writes in part,
The leftist national media incessantly reports that the spread of the coronavirus is, well, President Trump’s fault. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, always good for the most incendiary and least helpful comments in any difficult situation, said on Sunday, “[T]he president — his denial at the beginning was deadly.”

Then in Joe Biden’s latest effort to be relevant, his campaign has released an ad attacking President Trump for not being sufficiently responsive to the threats of the coronavirus from the “beginning.”

Here is a key fact: In the beginning, China lied. People died. Although the first case of the coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, China in early December 2019, the Chinese authorities continued through January 2020 to downplay the potential for the disease to spread.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reinforced China’s falsehoods, saying on Jan. 14 that “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China.” This was five to six weeks after the opposite was confirmed to be the case in Wuhan.

...The single most important step taken by President Trump was his closing of U.S. travel with China, which happened on Jan. 31, something the president reminds us at every briefing.

He’s right, but what he doesn’t say is he made that decision at a time the CDC was assuring us the risk to America was low, the WHO was covering for China, Democrats were trying to impeach the president, and Biden was attacking the decision as xenophobic.

It is impossible to overestimate the number of American lives saved by that momentous decision by President Trump on January 31. And no media or Pelosi false narratives or phony Biden campaign ad can change the truth about the real chronology of the coronavirus.
Read more here.

"It’s up to the media to discover the truth, not accept answers at face value."

In Spectator USA, Stephen Miller points out that
Questioning coronavirus origins is not a conspiracy.

It’s up to the media to discover the truth, not accept answers at face value.

...But, for a large section of the American media, who have engaged in China apologia over the course of the past few months, challenging China or by proxy the World Health Organization is completely off-limits.

​Last week, Sen. Tom Cotton told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that ‘we need to get to the bottom’ of where the virus came from. After he suggested several possibilities as to its origins, members of the national press jumped in to accuse him of fear-mongering and branded him a conspiracy theorist. Outlets from HuffPost to NBC News attacked Cotton because he dared to mention the theory that the virus could be a repurposed biological weapon unleashed on purpose by the Chinese government, never mind that his quotes were in fact quite more nuanced than how the media reported them.
Read more here.

Transparency leads to trust

Instapundit headline: Colorado: State refuses to let public see local virus spread model. Glenn Reynolds adds,
FOR PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES TO SUCCEED THERE MUST BE TRUST. FOR THERE TO BE TRUST THERE MUST BE TRANSPARENCY.

Glenn links to this article in the Colorado Springs Gazette

Dumping milk?



In AG WEB, Tyne Morgan reports,
...As COVID-19 hit, and industries like restaurants and food services saw an abrupt halt I business, the crisis started to unfold.

“We don't have an outlet for this milk,” explains Scott Brown, economist with the University of Missouri. “Even if we have plants able to try to process that milk, there's a little reason to do it at this point due to lack of demand.”

From high-end restaurants to fast food chains, fewer people are eating out and instead, staying at home due to stay-at-home orders. In turn, those consumers are eating fewer pounds of key items like butter and cheese. Therefore, a portion of the nation’s milk supply is without a home.
Read more here.

Disconnect!

What is going on in your area of the U.S.? In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance reports that there seems to be a severe disconnect between what the media is reporting and what is actually happening.
I’m not talking a little disconnect; there is a profound and entirely opposite set of reports from nurses, doctors and healthcare workers –in multiple states– who are being laid-off, sent home, told not to come in; and doctors worried of losing their practices because hospitals, and their offices are completely empty.

For every media claim of overwhelmed hospital war-zones, there are a dozen reports from actual workers, nurses, doctors and medical personnel reporting exactly the opposite; and yes, a disparity in reporting even in the New York metropolitan area.
Read more here.

It's just the way we roll!

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance writes in part,
President Trump and USA Rescue Thousands of Cruise Ship Passengers The Rest of the World Refused to Help…
Posted on April 4, 2020 by sundance
There’s a whole lot of headlines about this story, but the one that really deserves to be written is how Team USA and President Trump rescued thousands of passengers and crew members from aboard cruise ships the rest of the world refused.

...You are darn right we rescued those international passengers; now ask yourself: why wouldn’t anyone else help them?

You see, this is again another example of how The United States of America is the greatest force for good the world has ever seen.

Despite an entire planet of global elites constantly putting down Team USA while hypocritically holding themselves up as moral arbiters; and despite every ridiculous democrat cocktail party attendee swooning over other nations while putting their own country down; when push comes to shove it’s Team America that comes through.

...You’re darned right we rescued thousands of international cruise line passengers the rest of the world denied; and I am proud of President Trump for doing it.

That’s just the way we roll….

To the U.S. corporate media I say: ‘keep on bitchin’, griping and looking for something to complain about’, because to most Americans you get smaller every single day.
Read more here.

Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week

In the Conservative Treehouse, Menagerie reminds us that this is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.
...Most of us will not be attending our churches today. We will worship in the privacy of our homes, perhaps joining our church families online. May our hearts be full of longing for Easter Sunday, and for rejoining each other when we can.

We are a people of hope. From the triumphant Palm Sunday through the agony of Good Friday, we cast our eyes with faith, hope, and love toward Easter Sunday, for we know what lies behind that stone rolled to the side is the empty tomb.
Read more here.

Food consumption and supply chains

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance writes more about food consumption in the U.S.
Most consumers are not aware total food consumption in the U.S. was a 60/40 proposition. Approximately 60% of all food was consumed “outside the home” (or food away from home), and 40% of all food consumed was food “inside the home” (traditional grocery shoppers).

...That means retail food outlets, grocers, are seeing sales increases of 25 to 50 percent, depending on the area. This, along with some panic shopping, is the reason why supermarkets are overwhelmed and their supply chain is out of stock on many items.

...The seismic shift toward ‘food at home‘ is what has caused the shortages, and that supply chain is not likely to recover full service of products again until the ‘food away from home’ sector gets back to normal. No need to panic, but there will be long-term shortages.

...When given a choice between laundry/dish detergent and personal hygiene products we can expect the manufacturers will prioritize production of the latter first.

...Think of a massive segment within our economy that was already working near capacity…. now demand has increased 40% overall within that industry…. It’s incredible we have not seen more widespread shortages considering the scale of this increase.
Read more here.

Daily updates state-by-state

Heavy has daily updates on Covid-19 cases state by state here.

Wyoming seems to be the only state with no deaths.

Deaths to peak in the U.S. in eleven days

The Daily Mail links to
Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, said Sunday the next two weeks will be the 'hardest and saddest' of most Americans' lives as the deaths from coronavirus are expected to peak next Thursday.

'This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives, quite frankly,' Adams told Fox News Sunday.

'This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment – only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that,' he continued in his warning to Americans.

He reiterated his point during an interview with NBC's Meet the Press Sunday morning, claiming coronavirus will be the defining moment for this generation and 'hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives.'
Read more here.

The numbers



from the Daily Mail

Saturday, April 04, 2020

"Lean on me!"

Bill Withers died yesterday. My two favorites of his hit songs were Ain't No Sunshine When You're Gone and Lean On Me. Let's listen to the latter here.



Read more here.

Unprecedented drop in oil demand

In CNBC, Natasha Turak reports in part,
...The U.S. shale patch also bears some of the highest production costs in the world, requiring a breakeven price of between $50 and $55 per barrel.

...Now, with Saudi Arabia and Russia’s planned production increases to battle for market share exacerbating the price crash brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the sector faces what may well be a bloodbath: U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate is now trading at around $22 per barrel, down more than 60% year-to-date, and forecasters expect it to fall further.

This isn’t the first time shale has fallen victim to a Saudi-led price war. In 2014, when the kingdom and its OPEC allies refused to cut output amid falling prices in order to undermine shale and expand market share, more than 100 small independent shale companies in the U.S. were forced into receivership.

But the scale of today’s market shock — a global economy on lockdown amid a pandemic, prompting an estimated oil demand drop of as many as 20 million barrels a day in April and a projected 20% demand contraction this year — is unprecedented.

...A deal between OPEC and non-members led by Russia — known as OPEC+ — to cut oil production in order to stabilize prices collapsed in early March when Moscow refused to agree to Riyadh’s terms. This set off the dramatic U-turn in Saudi oil policy and an “each man for himself” race to pump more crude to more customers.

...“Crude oil inventories grew by a massive 13.8 million barrels,” Stephen Brennock of PVM wrote in a note this week. “The U.S. has not consumed so little gasoline for 26 years.”

Yet U.S. producers continue to pump at near-record highs, cranking out 13 million barrels per day last week, according to the Energy Information Agency. They’re now running up against fast-disappearing storage space and prompting calls in Texas for state regulatory action to curtail production, something that hasn’t been done in 50 years.

“Production shut-ins and another brutal wave of spending cuts are all but guaranteed,” said Brennock, amid the expectation that the U.S. will lose its top-producer spot to Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia this year. “This sharp pullback in U.S. upstream spending could see total oil production fall by 1 million bpd before the current year is out.”
Read more here.

"Alarm, denial, blame!"

Pinocchio Joe

Even the most biased media organs are giving Fingers Joe Biden Pinocchios for making false claims during the Covi-19 outbreak. Graham Piro reports in the Washington Free Beacon,
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has been dinged several times by fact-checkers over claims he has made during the coronavirus crisis, including a total of 11 "Pinocchios" from the Washington Post.

Over the course of three weeks between March 13 and April 3, Biden was fact-checked five separate times for making false or misleading claims concerning the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic.
Read the examples here.

Shortages of dish and laundry soap, eggs and chicken, but lots of meat

In the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance explains food supply chain issues here.

A hard job

Fewer and fewer have!

Were they trying to be funny?

Showing us the way!

Maybe later!

And my kids wonder why I take so long reading signs!

Do you think?

Let's start over!

He's had enough!

430,000 people have arrived in the U.S. from China since President Trump restricted travel!

Chris White reports in the Daily Caller,
Tens of thousands of people have arrived in the United States from China since President Donald Trump restricted travel to the country following the coronavirus outbreak, The New York Times reported Saturday.

All told, 430,000 people have arrived in the U.S. since the Chinese officials disclosed the deadly virus in January, the report notes, citing an analysis of data collected in both countries. The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed tens of thousands of people.

Passengers continued traveling from Beijing to Los Angeles and New York under rules exempting Americans from the clampdown, which took place Jan. 31. Roughly 279 flights arrived in the U.S. from China, according to the report, noting also that the screening process was lax.

Trump often argues the move to restrict travel likely stalled the virus’s advance. (RELATED: De Blasio, NYC Officials Downplayed COVID-19 Threat After Trump Restricted Travel To China. Here Are 5 Examples)

“I do think we were very early, but I also think that we were very smart, because we stopped China,” the president said at a press conference Tuesday. “That was probably the biggest decision we made so far.”

Trump issued the restrictions one day after the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global health emergency. The president banned foreign nationals from entering if they had been in China the past two weeks, while exempting American citizens and green-card holders to prevent family separations.

NYT’s report also suggests the screening process was permissive in areas, according to interviews with passengers.

“I was surprised at how lax the whole process was,” Andrew Wu, who landed at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from Beijing in March, told NYT. “The guy I spoke to read down a list of questions, and he didn’t seem interested in checking out anything.”

WHO officials were not recommending travel restrictions at the time of Trump’s decision. Chinese officials pushed back against the move and scientists criticized it. Democratic officials in New York and California, as well as lawmakers warned that the restrictions could create an uptick in xenophobia.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, for example, suggested Trump’s move could create a toxic atmosphere. He has since come around on the ban, with his campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfeld telling CNN that “Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts.”

She added: “Science supported this ban, therefore he did too.”

The U.S. should not “fall back on xenophobia. Labeling COVID-19 a ‘foreign virus’ does not display accountability for the misjudgments that have been taken thus far by the Trump administration,” Biden, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, said in a March 12 address.

Neither the White House nor the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention have replied to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.

Contain the spread!

Prop him up and carry on!

Sure, fingers

Friday, April 03, 2020

California earthquake tonight

In News Thud, Paul Goldberg has breaking news about an earthquake in southern California.
Per LA Times, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake was reported Friday evening at 6:53 p.m. Pacific time eight miles from Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 13 miles from Palm Desert, 13 miles from La Quinta, 15 miles from Rancho Mirage and 18 miles from Cathedral City.


Biden accuser Tara Reade: "They won't take my dignity and they won't get my silence because all that does is make me more determined to tell my story."

Tara Reade follows up her appearance on the Krystal Ball podcast in the Hill with this interview on Democracy Now!

"Anyone...should be able to speak freely without reprisal!"

Time's Up told Tara "We can't appear biased. Our attorneys have advised us our 501C3 could be at risk because of the presidential election."

Here is the Time's Up Wikipedia page.



"The truth is, it is never a convenient moment to challenge power."

Equal scrutiny needs to be given to the powerful man and the alleged victim. Krystal Ball responds to questions raised by Salon's Amanda Marcotte. Krystal notes that feminists have been "wholly silent" about Tara Reade's allegations about Joe Biden sexually assaulting her. Amanda's piece is written to give feminists a path to dismiss the charges about Biden.

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin answers questions from the press. He is an incredibly impressive guy, as are the rest of Trump's economic team.

Mnuchin encourages all businesses with fewer than 500 employees to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program. Also the Economic Impact Payments. He assured Social Security recipients that they would be eligible to receive the $1200 payments.



Thanks to Sundance



Trump's "America First" objectives

Sundance writes in part in the Conservative Treehouse,
From the outset of Donald Trump’s entry into the world of politics he espoused a series of key tenets around what he called his “America-First” objectives:

The U.S. needed to have control over our borders, and a greater ability to control who was migrating to the United States. A shift toward stopping ‘illegal’ migration.

The U.S. needed to stop the manufacture of goods overseas and return critical manufacturing back to the United States. A return to economic independence.

The U.S. needed to decouple from an over-reliance on Chinese industrial and consumer products. China viewed as a geopolitical and economic risk.
Sundance writes much more here.

FBI "material misstatements"

More news from Ace of Spades:
FISA Court Demands FBI Provide the Names of the FBI Agents Who Repeatedly Abused the System and Perpetrated Frauds Upon the Court
Demands To Know Which FISA Applications Contained "Material Misstatements"
—Ace
You know what "material misstatements" are, right?

They're the predicate for a criminal prosecution.
Read more here.

Now the media starts to admit that Hydroxychloroquine Might Be Effective Against Coronavirus

Ace of Spades reports,
After Mocking Trump For Suggesting Hydroxychloroquine Might Be Effective Against Coronavirus, Media Starts To Admit That Maybe It Is
—Ace
But they're not crediting Trump, and they're not admitting their own stupidity and lies, and the social media monopolies will not be banning their accounts for having promoted dangerous Fake News.
Read more here.

Trump's Emergency Order to Seal the Border

Ace of Spades reports,
Thanks to Trump's Emergency Order to Seal the Border, Illegal Border Crossers Are Being Deported Back to Mexico in an Average of 96 Minutes from Apprehension

Ace then gives us a history lesson here.

How far we have fallen

"If you think the Democrats, who by destroying the economy can both get rid of Trump and use the economic and societal collapse to capture the nation, are going to let that opportunity slip through their fingers, you've been eating the bad fish tank cleaner."

JJ Sefton writes in part in his Morning Report,
Good morning, kids. Friday and another day of America held hostage by Leftist lies, Chi-Com damned lies and statistics as the lifeblood of our nation, what was the greatest economic miracle of all time, drains from its slit wrists. I was talking to a friend last night who asked if I watched the President's presser (I hadn't) and he was shocked at his seemingly fatigued demeanor and tone, which is in sharp contrast to his usual energy and ebullience. The press has been playing this up, not so subtly hinting that he seems defeated by all of this. I would not go that far, and neither did Rush Limbaugh on his show when he attributed the President's bearing as natural concern for the well being of the citizenry.

While this is certainly the case, my gut tells me that I think he realizes he may have made a blunder in relying on the "experts" and their models in going along with the shuttering of our economy. All of the assaults he has had to endure over the past four years were political in nature. But this one is different; it's a nebulous disease that he cannot dispatch with a Twitter storm of truth bombs. With the lives of nearly 320 million people in his hands, he's forced into a corner. Yet, the situation very closely parallels the one he was in during the transition period after the election up until and beyond the 2018 midterms. As an outsider, Trump relied on people inside DC to staff the administration and thought, perhaps naively, that everyone had the best interests of the nation at heart whatever their political bent may be. We, and he, know how that turned out.

And here we all are again, relying on so-called "experts" and computer models to predict how, where, for how long and how lethally a virus is going to strike, when we're not even sure just how deadly to the entire population it is in the first place. In any case, the problem with computer models is that they are only as good as the data put in to them. If that doesn't remind you of something, here's a hint: Global Warming.

Circling back to Trump, I think he now realizes he's made a mistake by allowing himself to be driven solely by numbers that are being given to him by people who, if history and the nature of DC teach us anything, do not have his best interests at heart. And that's being charitable. Is it too late for him to backtrack? Maybe. But, given the fact that putting millions of people out of work and destroying their economic security for years to come is clearly (to me anyway) much more deleterious to our collective health than this Pox Oriental, I cannot see him allowing this madness to go on much longer.

No doubt, it would be a massive political gamble for him to say "look, the situation on the ground compared to the projections just don't add up" and then call for a phased in lifting of the quarantines and closures until either we're clear of the danger or actual confirmed deaths from Asiatic Lung AIDS spike. I am still not convinced that this particular virus will cause the massive amounts of deaths predicted but for arguments sake, let's say Trump gives the all clear and they spike; I still believe tragic as the loss of life may be (and is, as I am not a heartless bastard), it still pales in comparison to the carnage and suffering that will result from the quarantine.

No doubt the Democrat-Media Complex will accuse Trump of being literally Hitler-Hitler (he's already merely Hitler in their eyes as it is) if just one person gets so much as a runny nose. Hell, Malig-Nancy Pelosi and Schiff-for-Brains are already firing up the Shampeachment Express which will sabotage and tie the hands of the sane adults in the room trying to alleviate the situation. So, what does Trump have to lose, really?

I think the choice is lift all social distancing guidelines with the exception of those already confirmed infected and sick, the elderly and anyone else whose cardio-pulmonary and immune systems are compromised and get America back to work. The problem is the governors and mayors, especially in Democrat-controlled areas and most especially New York State and City. Let's face it; New York City is still America's and the world's economic Mecca. If you think the Democrats, who by destroying the economy can both get rid of Trump and use the economic and societal collapse to capture the nation, are going to let that opportunity slip through their fingers, you've been eating the bad fish tank cleaner.

We've already seen the Democrats true colors in the wake of 9/11. We could be hit with Clinton bought-and-paid-for Chinese MIRV'd warheads and the first thing they'd do is toss the Constitution into the fire while preserving The 1619 Project and Howard Zinn's filthy tripe with which to rebuild upon the ruins. Given the success of the MAGA agenda from January 2017 until late February 2020, this pandemic - that is the panic surrounding the pandemic - is perhaps the Left's last best chance to overthrow the nation. That means it is President Trump's last best chance to thwart them, restore sanity and put us back on track.

Tick-tock-tick-tock...

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"How bad does the multi-culti cult have to be when even rat bastard commies are getting tired of it?"

Oregon Muse links to an article about
former members of the Communist Party in Sweden plan to build a new Socialist worker's party that's free of multicultural dogma, climate alarmism, and LGBT issues that currently plague the modern left, unquote.

A vigorous communism that rejects identity politics would indeed be an interesting political development. Perhaps Bernie would be wise to take note of this.

The article quotes a Swedish old-school commie who is fed up to the back teeth with multiculturalsm, LGBTBBQ++ identity politics, and Greta the Pest. He's is mad because all of these multi-culti issues have crowded out those that commies like him have traditionally fought for. He says, quote, Pride, for instance, has been reduced to dealing with sexual orientation. We believe that human dignity is primarily about having a job and having pension insurance that means that you are not forced to live on crumbs when you are old, unquote.

It's very unlikely I would agree with his proposed solutions to the problems he's talking about, but I have to admit he's trying to address some actual problems of actual working people. Rat bastard commies used to be all about the working people, or so they said. Now, the mountains of skulls produced by rat bastard commie regimes said otherwise, but I could at least respect the brawny steel-worker or coal-miner labor organizer. Those guys actual knew what a hard day's work was. The working class isn't going to be lifted up by a bunch of boutique-level soy boys and rainbow-haired androgynous baristas, who are about as useless for the left as the NeverTrumper are for conservatism.

He's upset that the worker's movement has been hijacked by a bunch of college student commie wannabes, who are definitely not proletariat no matter how much they pretend to be.

The Swedish commies aren't real big on open borders, either, nor with the creeping Islamicization of their country.

Progressivism does not come off well here. I mean, how bad does the multi-culti cult have to be when even rat bastard commies are getting tired of it?

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Televise it!

In American Thinker, Andrea Widburg points out that White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway invited Joe Fingers Biden to call President Trump and share his experience in dealing with health scares during the Obama administration.
Biden was unable to resist the bait, announcing that he would reach out to Trump. And Trump, seeing his fish on the hook, had the right answer:

When asked whether he would be receptive to a phone call with the Democrats' primary frontrunner, the president said yes.

"Oh sure, absolutely," Trump said. "I'd love to speak with him."

The president added: "I always found him to be a nice guy. I don't know him very well, frankly, but I think he's probably a nice guy."

"If he'd like to call, I'd absolutely take his call," the president said. "Okay? You can tell him. Alright?"
Andrea concludes,
The best thing of all would be to televise this meeting because it would highlight Trump's vigor and acumen compared to Biden's faded glory.
Read more here.

Ignoring Biden's accuser

In the Daily Wire, Ryan Saavedra does an excellent job bringing us the testimony of Tara Reade, who was sexually penetrated by Joe Biden's fingers, and the total lack of coverage given to the incident by our media, which gave non-stop coverage to Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh.
On March 24, The Intercept reported on the sexual allegations from former Biden staffer Tara Reade against then-Senator Biden in 1993.

The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC have not reported the allegation in the six days following The Intercept’s story.

A brief review by The Daily Wire of The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC found that Ford and Reade were mentioned the following number of times by the publications in the first six days after the allegations were made publicly:

The Washington Post:
Christine Blasey Ford: 100+
Tara Reade: 0

The New York Times:
Christine Blasey Ford: 90+
Tara Reade: 0

MSNBC:
Christine Blasey Ford: 100+
Tara Reade: 0

CNN:
Christine Blasey Ford: 100+
Tara Reade: 0

Dan Gainor, Vice President for TechWatch, business and culture at the Media Research Center, told The Daily Wire that the media blackout surrounding the allegation facing Biden stems from the media’s desire to protect him.

“The news media are desperately avoiding anything negative about Joe Biden, especially the allegations of sexual assault,” Gainor said. “If they propped him up any more he could be replaced by a department store mannequin.”

“Biden gets loving coverage on ‘The View’ and an irresponsible but softball question from NBC’s Chuck Todd asking if Trump has ‘blood on his hands,'” Gainor continued. “It looks like the press has embraced the strategy that Alex Wagner proposed. In her words, ‘Democrats need little from the front-runner beyond his corporeal presence.’ The news media seem determined to deliver just that and nothing more.”
Read Tara's testimony here.

Eating bats

What is preventing us from talking things through with one another?

Andrew Klavan: "A massive leftwing communication industry is demonizing its opponents, leaving rebel media like ours to hit back in any way we can. I think there are debates to be had between left-leaning and right-leaning Americans; issues to be discussed and compromises that could be made. Currently left out are the vast number of Americans who are probably on one side or the other of the fifty-yard line and perfectly willing to talk things through with one another.

The burden of socialism always falls on the middle class.

The news media is intellectually corrupt and stupid, preventing us from having debates with each other."

Life in Bangladesh

Will the pangolin be eaten to extinction?

2009 National Geographic video about catching and eating bats

50 companies joining with Trump to fight Covid-19

In the Washingon Examiner, Paul Bedard tells us what a long list of companies are doing to help meet the Covid-19 crisis here.