Evening Edition - April 22

April 22, 2020 |

DEREGULATION IS COMING

President Trump has said that one of the key actions he will take to help get the economy back up and moving again is more deregulation. This will naturally be opposed by Democrats, who see the current crisis as an opportunity to impose bigger and more intrusive government, not less. But at the link, Stephen Green of PJ Media explains why deregulation would be a much better long-term stimulus than building infrastructure or sending the states a pile of federal money.

To put it in terms I think we can all appreciate these days, if you want the patient to be able to breathe again, stop sitting on his chest.

MORE PROOF THAT THE "C" IN CNN STANDS FOR "CONCOCTED"

Between Chris Cuomo’s obviously staged, Groundhog Day-like “emergence” from quarantine and Brian Stelter tweeting about how he hides under the covers and cries, I can’t help longing for the days when news anchors just read the news and weren’t compelled to tell us all their innermost feelings. Say what you will about Walter Cronkite, but I can’t imagine him bursting into tears on our TV screens like a teenage girl who got a pimple on prom night.

THE BEST MESSAGING

The left might own 90% of the media, but there’s no question that Trump supporters have the best messaging. Like this devastating new commercial from the Trump campaign, comparing Nancy Pelosi to Marie “Let them eat cake” Antoinette as she enjoys her stockpile of $13-a-pint gourmet ice cream while holding up emergency relief funds to people who have nothing in their fridges.

There’s also this hilarious parody commercial skewering Joe Biden. It was not created by Trump’s campaign but retweeted by him. It’s an altered Allstate commercial that replaces spokesman Dennis Haysbert (who coincidentally played the first black President on “24”) with Barack Obama.

Having no substantive response, Trump critics fell back on their go-to response, claiming the parody ad is racist because all the men on the couch are black. But that’s because all the men on the couch in the Allstate ad it alters are black, and nobody called that ad racist.

Trump got the last laugh because the parody ad got more views in 13 hours than Obama’s video endorsing Biden got in a week. Maybe because the Trump video actually made people laugh, while the Obama video which hailed Joe Biden’s “knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace” and accused Republicans of only wanting power and being supported by "a propaganda network with little regard for the truth" provoked only unintentional laughs.

MORE TRUTH

Once again, the humor website The Babylon Bee gives us more truth than the straight news, as they translate what various COVID-19 talking points really mean.

"DAD, HOW DO I...?"

It’s more than a shame, it’s a national tragedy that so many kids grow up in homes without fathers to teach them the basic life skills that fathers traditionally hand down to their children. But if kids are going to be raised by the Internet, at least they now have a place to turn to learn some of the essential “Dad” skills. It’s a YouTube channel started by a dad whose own father walked out when he was 12. He wanted to teach kids the things he wishes his dad had been around to teach him, like how to shave or how to change a tire. It’s called “Dad, How Do I…?”

Incidentally, I think it’s funny that while he created the “Dad, How Do I…?” channel, he needed his daughter to show him how to publicize it on Facebook. I’d called that cross-generational learning.

NEW STUDY

There’s a new study out on the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients at VA hospitals. The media are promoting the study because it found “no benefit” from the drug and that patients on it died at a higher rate than those receiving regular care.

I’m not a doctor, and I make no claims for this drug one way or the other, aside from defending the right of doctors and patients to try it. And many say it has shown promise, particularly when given to people in the early stages of the disease. But I do have to point out that the way this story is being framed by the media is extremely misleading. Here’s a quote from the study’s footnotes that I’m sure will get zero publicity:

"However, hydroxychloroquine, with or without azithromycin, was more likely to be prescribed to patients with more severe disease, as assessed by baseline ventilatory status and metabolic and hematologic parameters. Thus, as expected, increased mortality was observed in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, both with and without azithromycin."

So we are led to believe that those taking the drug became more likely to die, when in fact, those who were more likely to die were given the drug. Even the study authors admit that under those circumstances, a higher death rate for patients on the drug was expected. But when you put it that way, it becomes harder to blame their deaths on President Trump.

RIP TOM LESTER ("EB ON GREEN ACRES")

By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder 

Another one of those favorite TV actors from your childhood (or your Amazon/Netflix binges, depending on your age) has left us, with the death in Nashville of Tom Lester at 81 from Parkinson’s disease. The gangly comic actor appeared in a number of movies and TV shows but is best remembered as Eb Dawson, Mr. Douglas’ exasperating farmhand on “Green Acres.”

That era of show business was filled with great character actors who appeared in everything, and even if you didn’t know their names, you knew their faces like your own relatives’. That was the key to Dawson’s success. He said his friends told him, "'You’re crazy. You’ll never be able to do that. You're too tall, too skinny, too ugly. You've got a Southern accent, and you'll never make it in the motion picture business. You don't look like Rock Hudson.'" But inspired by the success of fellow gawky stringbean Don Knotts, Dawson went to Hollywood and studied acting. One of his classmates was Linda Kaye Henning, later Betty Jo Bradley on “Petticoat Junction,” whose dad Paul Henning was the top comedy producer of the time, specializing in rural sitcoms like “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

Henning liked Lester and gave him a small role as Eb on “Green Acres,” where he proved so funny, he became a regular, later popping up on “Hillbillies” and “Petticoat” as well. Lester, a born-again Christian, eventually retired from acting to a real farm in Mississippi, where we hope he had better farmhands and a nicer house than Oliver and Lisa Douglas. Rest in peace, and thanks for all the laughs you gave us, Tom.

On a side note, “Green Acres” was a victim of CBS’ 1971 purge of still-popular “rural” shows for more “sophisticated” fare meant to appeal to hip, young urban dwellers, one of the first examples of elite media types biting the Middle American hands that feed them. As Pat “Mr. Haney” Buttram put it, CBS canceled every show with a tree, including “Lassie.” Today, most of those “relevant” shows are forgotten (except by trivia nuts like me) or seem very dated, like “All In the Family,” while shows like “Andy Griffith” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” are hot properties in streaming and syndication, and beloved by new generations. “Green Acres” was actually a very sophisticated “meta” show disguised as a rural sitcom (I call it “The Surreal McCoys.”)

Audiences infuriated at being force-fed preachy urban liberal shows got the last laugh when CBS tried to bury a rural pilot it was stuck with by airing it opposite “The Mod Squad” and “The Flip Wilson Show.” Instead, it got huge ratings and went on to be a top 10 series for nine years. And that’s how “The Waltons” was born.

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)

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  • Jack macdonald

    04/23/2020 09:51 PM

    First China sense us SARS and now we can thank them for Wuhan virus. How many pandemics are allowed per customer? Does the WHO give a prize to the country that ships the most disease to the world? Since they can't provide security on their labs and maybe they lack those skills, perhaps the world community should ask them to shut them down. They won't do it, but maybe to put some teeth in it, the rest of the world should threaten to shut off all travel in or out until they do. Something has to be tried to get their attention or they will do it again and again.

  • Anita Mule

    04/23/2020 09:35 PM

    I stopped watching God Friended Me, which I loved, because they persisted in pushing the gay storyline. This is not Christian.

  • jack macdonald

    04/23/2020 03:41 PM

    I just had an epiphany. Many of our food processing facilities have closed because of the virus. Do you think there is a remote chance that the food we are all eating that comes from China might carry the virus? I think it is a 100% chance and it is intentional. What better way to poison us than thru our food supply? They are known to process food under disgusting conditions and send to the world. They are our enemy and this is just another means to destroy us.Our FDA does not protect us thru clear labeling of country origin of our food. I intend to eat nothing from China if I can help it and I recommend this to our CDC that they have this food labeled as toxic and very dangerous to ones health. For example, I shop at Aldi's and now hear that even their jello and pudding snack packs come from China. No more for me!

  • Linda Hudson

    04/23/2020 03:34 PM

    Forty years ago I began to become concerned about where this country was headed. My unease has subsequently grown exponentially. I have been doing a lot of research but your staff would be so much better at it than I am. Would you please have them look at a documentary "Out of the Shadows" which is about the influence of Hollywood and the media in brain washing the American people. How, why and when did the American people become sheep? Also I have been watching Dr. Rashid Buttar on YouTube; his commentary on COVID-19 outbreak really makes a lot of sense. I also been looking more closely into Bill Gates and his foundation. He gives millions of dollars to WHO, CDC, pharma companies that specialize in vaccines. His videos concerning vaccinating globally is frightening especially a vaccine which would also include a chip to keep track of everyone. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx have both been involved in Gates' funded organizations. In 2017 Dr. Fauci on tap said that this administration would have to face a pandemic in its future. How could he know that 3 years ago? Why are there more cases of cancer and children with autism even though the CDC stated that vaccines have no correlation? Why were so many people, including children, dying or becoming permanently disabled after WHO came in and began giving the rural population of India and certain areas of Africa massive vaccines? Why are the Republicans including Pres. Trump caving and giving the Democrats what they want? Our civil rights are being taken away and our right to worship in public is under attack. I know that God has a plan for us. Could He want us to have this time to realize what has been going on in this country for the last 60 years? I am very concerned with what my grandchildren will be facing in the country in the coming years. Please do the research and let me know if I am being unduly
    suspicious. I trust your opinion. Thank you and God Bless you and your family and staff.


    ID-

  • Thomas Douglas Roper

    04/23/2020 12:27 PM

    Just saw on the news that most of the Coronavirus patients on ventilators in New York died. Reading that you'd think the machines are defective. Could it be possible by the time they got them on ventilators they were to far gone?

  • Hadassah Wilkinson

    04/23/2020 11:32 AM

    I have been so proud of our president. I don't know much abut politics but I do know about common sense and patriotism. It seems that, all of a sudden, he is stepping back and letting the fate of our country fall into the hands of power crazed "tiny tyrants." He seems to be letting one man ( Fauci) call the shots, claiming he is the only one qualified. I believe God's Word says there is safety in many counselors. While the true experts are crying manufactured crisis and the dangers and ineffectiveness of what is being done the "so called" experts are spewing forth lies and leading our country to destruction in a manner any Nazi would be proud. We pray for Mr. Trump daily that he will use his executive power to thwart this major attack on our countries citizens and return us to sanity. "Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, or such as turn aside to lies." ( Psalm 40:4 KJV). May the Lord guide you in wisdom and bless you and your family with truth and peace.

  • Kay DeWitt

    04/23/2020 11:15 AM

    I didn't get to read this newsletter until late morning..and I read it only minutes after I just learned of the devastating storms some states had to deal with last night...and the devastating storms people will have to deal with today....And... against the backdrop OF these tragic storm storied.....reading your report on the drug that HAS saved lives...and YOUR CLOSING STATEMENT.... as to the motivation of trying to dispel that fact...WHICH READ: "But when you put it that way, it becomes harder to blame their deaths on President Trump"....IS ONE MORE EXAMPLE OF THE MOCKERY SO CALLED "AMERICANS" ARE MAKING OF AN AMERICA THAT COULD ONCE BE CALLED A NATION "UNDER GOD! " ....and, by the way...

    Since I have antenna TV, I watch many of the old time TV shows you mentioned! I just love the Andy Griffith Show because it is without guile and is full of the kind of wholesome lifestyle I miss.. and hunger for again! Yeah our computers have made life easier, but it has robbed us of something very precious....kind of like the new Christianity that makes being a Christian easier....because it never talks about picking up a cross...has robbed Christians of something very precious....
    which is KNOWING Christ as opposed to knowing ABOUT Christ....and for some Christians....like the Virginia pastor who just died of the coronavirus....that which Christians are robbed of will cost them their very lives!!!!......

  • karen s aubertine

    04/23/2020 08:18 AM

    thank you Mike, always informative and always with integrity.
    God Bless you and all you do

  • Linda Olds

    04/23/2020 01:22 AM

    They said that the study that claimed that hydroxychloroquine doesn't work was a retrospective study. These are generally considered inaccurate and unreliable. A double blind trial is designed to take away all variables except what they are studying--does this medication work.
    A retrospective study looks back at patients who have had the disease and compares the outcomes of those who took the medication with the outcomes of those who didn't. There are no controls and there can be many variables that adversely affect the accuracy of the study.

  • Lana Dahl

    04/23/2020 01:14 AM

    Could you comment on the future of using cash in this country or is the plan to get every dollar in the cloud (banks) and they can claim a crash take it whenever thy choose?

  • Edward L. Finley

    04/23/2020 01:13 AM

    President Trump could invent the cure for Covid and they would still complain and say it wasn't quick enough. It is so obvious to all of us in Conservative lans, as to what the Left is up to. Sorry! but the joke is on them. President Trump has shown everyday, by leaps and bounds that, The Lord picked him for a President for such a time as this. He has worked his rear off to get this nation back on a collective footing. I knew when this whole thing started that it was somewhat of a setup, recognizing that this Coronavirus was a no win for him. I knew they were trying to set him up to fail from day one. He is one strong guy and my Wife and I,pray for him everyday. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but I knew when the W.H.O. jumped out there so quickly to claim it as a Pandemic, that something didn't pass the smell test. But President Trump knew it as well and he acted with the swiftness of a great leader, taking it on and setting people and things in place, and moving forward with plans and putting together teams of people and putting the muscle on manufacturers, to get the needed supplies out there! Thankfully the American Spirit and The people kicked it in gear. He has shown his tenacity to lead and win since day one! Thank You President Trump. The guy just never quits.

  • Robert Bowers

    04/23/2020 12:32 AM

    Just wondering, I haven't heard anything about whether the lockdown grinches are monitoring the Muslim worship services to ensure they are practicing social distancing? Or, are they just targeting Christians, and the Muslims get their usual pass?

  • Jack Herrera

    04/23/2020 12:05 AM

    Thank you for your evening content, I work late evenings and I look forward to reading the edition. Your articles are a ray of sunshine amidst the gloom we currently are facing. Have faith, God bless you.
    Jack

  • Cheryl Breon

    04/23/2020 12:04 AM

    I could not believe it when I saw the Fox 51 news saying that hydroxychloroquine is a "dangerous" drug. I knew something was wrong being that the mainstream media loves the word "dangerous" especially in conjunction with our President.
    Can someone please point out that the doctor at Cedar-Sinai in California (I'm sorry I don't have his name) as used this drug for 42 years on lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients and has had NO hospitalizations from any side effects. I went to my doctor a few days ago and he said I couldn't get the combo of hydroxy, z-pack and zinc in Gainesville, Florida, BUT that if I needed it, if I came down with the virus, he knew of pharmacies OUTSIDE of Gainesville which would dispense it. So many, including doctors, have been misled (now by Fox 51 "news" also) by some of these stories, but there is a world-renowned French doctor (again, no name, sorry) who uses it as a FIRST line of defense with great results. I have heard that the Z-pack may cause heart arrhythmias so doxycycline was used instead along with the zinc. My preventive doctor told me to take LDM-100 half an hour before going out shopping or whatever. Look THAT one up! It was made by the native American Indians to stop the spread of the Spanish flu in 1918!! And it worked! Maybe we could just get people to take a lot of that (1 droperful in a glass of water) and also do the herd immunity which makes sense to me...just let us free, whoever gets it gets it and we'll all build up an immunity. We have to take some risk, there may be some death, but you could walk out into the street and get hit by a truck too. There is risk in living your life. We can't let the Democrats keep us imprisoned because they WANT to ruin the economy irrepairably. Talk about DANGEROUS people! They are the definition of dangerous. Making death threats to one California citizen because she wanted to organize a protest to being imprisoned. Funny, they want to let people out of prison but put good citizens IN prison! We need a national day of prayer everyday now.

  • Carl "T" Smith

    04/22/2020 11:28 PM

    Way too many subjects to comment on all but two I need to address; Over 90% of the media is located in NYC and over 51% of the COVID-19 Deaths are in NYC. Coincidence ? Retribution ? I have no idea. Point 2 is it's interesting to note that the "Media" is obsessed with 'Death' Numbers while ignoring percentages. i.e. Total deaths in the U.S. is 48,000 ( I'll give the media some slack and use 60,000 deaths ) 60,000 works out to 0.0181% of the US population and not to belabor what to me is obvious Why is the Media Driving this shutdown of the economy to save a single life when the number of abortions, 1.2 million constitutes 0.3625% of the population? I could go on about Auto deaths , Heart Disease, suicides, Cancer etc. The question I cannot fathom is --WHY?---If life is precious, how is shutting down the economy going to benefit anyone? I am asking and I'm in the group most vulnerable, Age , Heart Disease, Was long time smoker and been known to imbibe one more than needed. I however have been DUMB enough to pay off my little 1100 ft. sq house, Do NOt use credit cards, have No debt and my cars are 15 & 18 years old ( I take meticulous care of these ancients) I do NOT believe the Government is My Nanny but is supposed to protect me against the idiocy the media has perpetrated on the World.

  • Dan Moore

    04/22/2020 11:04 PM

    apparently the Allstate mock ad has been pulled by some shenanigans - supposedly by the copyright owners ... perhaps you can provide a new link to it?

  • John Jones

    04/22/2020 10:29 PM

    Charity in this scripture Dosent necessarily mean giving of money or goods to the poor . But charity also incorporates being thoughtful and forgiving toward others, not quick to judge or to be condemned for ones actions.

  • Gary Stilwell

    04/22/2020 09:51 PM

    Trump claims more "deregulation" is coming per your blog.
    You may want to save the "Bible Verse" picture you provided--those beautiful mountains in the backdrop of the verse will most likely be destroyed to make way for a new uranium mine--your faith in this nutcase is misplaced.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/22/2020 09:29 PM

    Obama stint in the Oval Office his destructive behavior live on; the gift of millions of tax dollars to the wuhan lab while the the President of the United States and co partner of the CCP, Iran, Russia, not so much the Ukraine Israel Japan south Korea; in Communist China Obama helped keep the Wuhan Lab operating with a huge amount of money. The world should thank Obama in the aid of the wuhan Lab after all he is a globalist might as well try and destroy the world while using the power of the Oval Office thanks Obama from all of the morticians of the world you have made morticians a lot of money. One of dumbest questions who is the better president trump or obama the Morticians vote for Obama the rest vote for Trump. Don't forget Iran the money he gave that Islamic Radical State Obama the Association of Morticians love you.

  • Sarah Faith Snyder Buntin

    04/22/2020 09:06 PM

    Please Let President Trump Know, Years Ago, When I Had To Draw Employment Benefits, When offered a job, if I refused the job offered within lines of my Experience, That would be Grounds to Discontinue My Benefits. The Rules Need To be replaced. Then he won't need to have Illegals come here to replace our workers, and go on welfare.

  • Jerry

    04/22/2020 08:11 PM

    When people say they hate President Trump they also are saying they hate his supporters and the older American values they use us as their pinata Welcome to todays version of the Planet of the Apes instead of riding horses the Supreme leaders are using drones to hunt down the citizens if they don't obey his or hers rules.

  • Joan Helen Chambers

    04/22/2020 07:57 PM

    Biden is only going to be president in name - he will be controlled by the swamp and will step down when necessary.
    If Michelle is VP, she will step into the presidency and we will have another 8 years of Obama.
    Think about it.
    President Donald J Trump must and will be elected in 2020.
    God Bless America

  • Jerry Korba

    04/22/2020 07:52 PM

    When people from the Left speak I usually will give them 5 seconds and when they start the recorded message I usually just show them my back and walk away why should regular people have to listen to the ignorant substance. Mayor DeBlasio knows what that looks like and more and more people are doing the same to the people from the Left most of them are seeing the backs of people because they are pushing socialist Communism. We are a Capitalist country the left wants Communism they should move to a Communist country fit your needs when I decide I want a Communist country I will join you on the trip abroad. Very impressed to hear Our President tell the would be attackers of our ships we will shoot them out of the water when you violate the safe distance. I would like to see if our ships can defend itself I believe I am entitled to see my tax dollar at work our Congress members could get a huge boat and put a communist flag up and get to close to an American ship don't let the boat go out with an empty seat don't forget a lot of the leftist Governors and Mayors they need a seat also sweet sailing Commies.

  • HELEN WELCH

    04/22/2020 07:41 PM

    I am losing more and more confidence in both Dr. Birx and Anthony Fauci. I am not sure they have the country's best interest in mind. Here's my question: If people coming into our country were quarantined for 14 days, why, in five weeks, are we not in a position to open the economy in areas where people took the lock down serious? I am very concerned about our economy. Your thoughts.

  • Richard and Cynthia Coppersmith

    04/22/2020 07:39 PM

    Thank you for news that one can believe and has no hidden agenda but the truth. May God bless you and your family.