April 17, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
WE'RE NOT STUPID: FOOTNOTES IMPLY REAL GOAL OF RUSSIAN "COLLUSION"
If you’re like me, you get an initial impression of a story but then, after thinking about it for another day or so, you sometimes realize there are even more far-reaching implications than anyone is talking about. Such was the case for me and my research staff after reading about the newly declassified footnotes from the IG report on the FBI’s FISA warrant applications.
Yes, we know that Russia might have been running a disinformation campaign on Christopher Steele. (This could be true even though we have reason to believe that a lot of it actually came from Glenn Simpson with Steele’s name attached.) We know the Russians had information by summer of 2016 that he was working for Fusion GPS to help Hillary.
Yes, we know that the FBI knew about this possible Russian involvement --- BEFORE the FISA warrant application was renewed to spy on Carter Page and before the Mueller special counsel had been appointed. (I believe they were duty-bound to alert the FISA Court of any problem with information in their original application, but they ignored that and blithely went on to renew it three more times.)
But there’s something MORE we know: that, contrary to what the FBI said and the Intelligence Community concluded in their January 2017 report, Russia was NOT doing this to help Trump. They weren’t even doing it just to “create chaos,” although that was a plus.
TIME KILLING SUGGESTIONS WHILE SELF-ISOLATING
For those of you going stir-crazy at home, here are a couple of fun suggestions to kill a little time. My friend Steve Young, former writer for Letterman and collector of industrial musicals albums (see the great documentary about him, “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” on Netflix) has a new Instagram account called “Cut and Paste Movies.” He cuts up and reassembles plot descriptions of movies from TV Guide in hilarious ways. Hollywood should make some of these movies instead of remaking the same turkeys over and over. That might get people back into theaters. It wasn’t the coronavirus that drove us away, it was all those rancid “reboots” of “Men in Black,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Ghostbusters,” et al. This is a fun idea, you might want to try a few yourself.
Also, if you like arcane show biz trivia in funny form, check out the link in my byline to the Facebook page for my book “Hollywood Hi-Fi,” the humorous history of obscure celebrity recordings. Latest post is about the beautiful ‘50s-‘60s actress Joi Lansing, with a link to the most incredible music “video” you will ever see (actually a 1966 Scopitone movie, made for a mostly forgotten line of film loop jukeboxes.) Oh, the useless but fun things you’ll learn!
Scroll back far enough and you’ll even find a Claymation, break-dancing Donald Trump cameoing in Regis Philbin’s video of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (he hires Rudolph to guide his sleigh. I assume he fired Blitzen for not carrying his weight.)
THE GOV ANSWERS READER LETTERS ON "POLITICS" OF HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE
This week's commentary on the politics of hydroxychloroquine generated many great letters. Here are a few, with answers from the Gov. Be sure to read through to the last one, with a very important consideration from Linda...
Thank you! I work at a hospital in Oregon; there are currently 5 inpatients out of 35 total confirmed CV-19 cases, in a region of 215,000 people. Our "surge" was 10 inpatients, the current 5 would probably all be discharged if given the HCQ + zinc. Businesses are all shut down due to the overreach of a Democrat governor and this attack on America needs to end now. We don't need a vaccine when there is already a CURE. Thank you for using your connections to shout this from the rooftops.
From the Gov:
Thanks so much for your message “from the trenches.” We can’t call it a cure yet, but anecdotal evidence and results from small studies are very encouraging. Doctors are free to prescribe it for off-label use, but if I understand correctly, you’re saying that even in the hospital, patients in Oregon are just not getting it. Is that because the governor is playing doctor, or why? Let us know!
CORONAVIRUS RELATED CRIME
There are countless examples of selflessness and heroism in the face of the current pandemic. Unfortunately, there are also always people who are low enough to try to cheat others for their own profit, even in the worst of times. Some criminals, like leftist politicians, see the virus not as a bug but as an opportunity. Like the attempted fraud involving a promise to deliver 39 million surgical masks to hospitals…
But the FBI warns that there are also scams aimed at individuals that are popping up “at breathtaking speed,” everything from sham treatments and vaccines to impersonating doctors and demanding payments, from investment scams in bogus medical companies to using COVID-19-related emails to implant viruses and ransomware on computers. Criminals are also salivating at the thought of swindling people out of all those $1200 stimulus payments.
It’s important that we all stay on our guard against the coronavirus, but sadly, it’s also necessary to stay on guard against people who would use our fear of the virus to swindle and rob us. Go here for more details from the FBI on how to protect yourself from these human viruses
1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 9:49 AM): 671,493 DEATHS: 33,288 RECOVERIES: 56,236(Reported recoveries)
TESTS GIVEN: 3,423,034
Source: The Covid Tracking Project
SURPRISING, CONTROVERSIAL STUDY ABOUT VIRUS INFECTION RATES
Surprising, controversial study about virus infection rates
At a time when the news is full of speculation about what will happen when we take the first “baby steps” towards opening the American economy, an intriguing article appeared about a study on infection rates around the world that our epidemiologists might want to take into account.
Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University did a study of new coronavirus infection rates in the US, UK, Sweden, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and Spain. What he found is is very...well, it’s hard to know what to make of it.
When he compared a quarantined nation such as Israel with a business-pretty-much-as-usual nation such as Sweden, the coronavirus peaked and subsided in exactly the same way. The graphs looked the same. And ALL the graphs looked the same.
"His graphs show that all countries experienced seemingly identical coronavirus infection patterns,” reports Marina Medvin in her piece for TOWNHALL, “with the number of infections peaking in the sixth week and rapidly subsiding by the eighth week.” The Wuhan virus follows its own fixed infection pattern, the professor suggested, that is not dependent on freedom or quarantine. In other words, even if people are having contact with each other, there is a natural decline in the number of infections.
"Expansion begins exponentially but fades quickly after about eight weeks,” he said. He doesn’t know why this happens, but speculates that it’s climate-related or is just the life cycle of the virus. (I would add that if it's climate-related, we would likely have a "second wave" in the fall and winter. But maybe by then we'd have a much better idea of how to treat it.)
The professor even has a possible explanation for Italy’s staggering 12 percent mortality rate: the health care system there. “The health care system in Italy has its own problems,” he said. “It has nothing to do with coronavirus. In 2017 it also collapsed because of the flu.” And Italy does have high flu mortality rates as well, especially compared with a country such as Germany, which has low coronavirus infections and mortality rates and also low flu rates. (I'm no epidemiologist, but I would add that Italy also has a population that skews very old.)
Although he does recommend moderate social distancing, Prof. Ben Israel says his data from the past 50 days do not support the quarantine or the economic shut-down. He calls the reaction in Israel “mass hysteria,” saying, “I have no other way to describe it...4,500 people die each year from the flu in Israel because of complications, so, close a country because of that? No. I don’t see a reason to do that because of a lower-risk epidemic.”
Of course, he has the benefit of hindsight, as well as the data he’s collected over the past 50 days. At the start of this, there was no way to plot the “life cycle” of the virus on a graph. For all we knew, the infection rate would increase exponentially and then just continue...exponentially. The British computer model used by Dr. Fauci was developed by a researcher named Professor Neil Ferguson, who reportedly has a history of wildly overestimating mortality rates. It was his model that predicted we’d have 2.2 million deaths in the United States and 500,000 deaths in the U.K. Both those figures have been revised very dramatically downward.
Certainly we had to err on the side of caution rather than risk millions of deaths. But this professor's research should be weighed now in any decision on when and how to start living our lives.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
John 11:25-26 (KJV)