If there’s any silver lining to this pandemic, it’s that a lot of people who had been brainwashed into thinking socialism could work just dandy if only the “right people” were in charge of all that government power over everything are getting a real-time lesson in how little power it takes to corrupt some people absolutely. Across the nation, we’re getting reports of authorities violating Americans’ Constitutional rights with heavy-handed enforcement of policies that have no bearing on the spread of the coronavirus. Like yesterday’s story from Greenville, Mississippi, about $500 citations being given to people who showed up for a drive-in church service, sitting in isolation inside their own cars.
It’s often been said that if you scratch a “progressive,” you’ll find an authoritarian underneath, and they’re certainly proving that they can never be trusted with any power above the level of dog catcher. Add to that list Kentucky’s Gov. Andy Beshear, who is getting his Stasi on by ordering local officials to record the license plates of anyone who attends a church service on Easter Sunday, so they can be forced into a 14-day quarantine. It apparently doesn’t matter how many precautions the people take to prevent the spread of the virus, Big Brother will be watching and punishing.
Not surprisingly, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was not pleased.
A reminder to the voters of Kentucky: Beshear was elected just last year when he defeated the Republican Governor by a margin of just 0.37%. I would hope that more than 0.37% of the voting public who didn’t vote in 2019 are now motivated to show up in the next election and let him know what they think about this.
President Trump’s message from the Oval Office, marking Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Note that we once again have a President who has no hesitation about saying the phrase “our Lord and savior Jesus Christ” in the White House.
First Lady Melania Trump offers an inspiring message of gratitude to all the medical personnel and other essential workers who are keeping America safe and healthy during the pandemic.
HOW TO "THINK" LIKE AN IDENTITY-POLITICS OBSESSED LIBERAL
(1.) If Trump health officials don’t acknowledge that the coronavirus disproportionately affects minority communities, call them racist.
(2.) If a Trump health official says the virus is disproportionately affecting minority communities and offers them advice on how to avoid it, call him racist.
CUOMO: PROJECTIONS WRONG
In an appearance on Rudy Giuliani’s radio show, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said planning for the COVID-19 coronavirus was made more difficult by the fact that computer models of infection and death rates have proved completely unreliable, as initial apocalyptic predictions have been repeatedly scaled back.
Cuomo said, “…All those statisticians have been 100 percent wrong at this point. And we’ve been following the models because that was the only blueprint, but they haven’t turned out to be correct. Sort of like the old days when we tried to predict a storm by listening to the weather forecasts.”
That’s a very apt analogy. I suspect that once this is over, a lot of people will be looking at the coronavirus computer models that were off by 300% or more and ask if this is the same technology we’re relying on to dismantle the world economy to prevent a predicted rise in temperature of a few degrees 100 years from now.
BILL MAHER HOMERUN
Over the years, I’ve had readers question why I defend Bill Maher. The fact is, I am often at odds with Bill’s comments, but I respect the fact that he lets people state their views and argues with them rather than attempting to silence them. Besides, every so often, he gets something so right that he knocks it out of the ballpark.
I told you about the attempt by Senate Republicans to add more funds to the loan program to save small businesses because there was such a crush of applications, and how it was blocked by Democrats, who wanted to add more spending for other things and were willing to let small businesses die while they held emergency aid hostage (and not for the first time…in the past month.) Amazingly, CNN, Bloomberg News, Politico and NBC News all got that correct in their headlines. But less than an hour later, all four changed their headlines from reporting accurately that Democrats had blocked the bill to the vague statement that the bill had been blocked by a stalemate or impasse between Democrats and Republicans.
I’m guessing they received urgent calls on their Marching Orders Hotline from the DNC. I’m sure if they could think of any way to blame it solely on the Republicans, they would have, but since it was blocked entirely by the Democrats, the best they could do was blame both sides equally. Journalism!
As a lifelong devotee of the NASA space program, I must note that today marks the 50th anniversary of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission to stage the third lunar landing. When an oxygen tank exploded, the crew radioed those chilling, now famous words: “Houston, we have a problem.” The world held its breath and a likely tragedy turned into a story of triumphant American heroes as the astronauts and the NASA staffers back on Earth went to work to accomplish the seemingly impossible: bringing the space crew back down to Earth safe and sound. Despite the recordings in which they sound so cool and professional, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell later admitted that they estimated their chances of survival at no more than 10 percent.
This is an extraordinary story of bravery under the most trying conditions, triumph over impossible odds and the nearly unlimited potential of the human mind.