Remember the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” where we learn that the federal government even has the Ark of the Covenant lost somewhere in a giant warehouse full of things they forgot they even owned? Why did I think of that upon hearing that the health workers division of the SEIU, the government employees’ union, suddenly located 39 million desperately-needed N95 surgical masks?
There's an article on Politico that's so dumb, I don’t want to reward it with any clicks, so I’m linking instead to this quote from it and comment by PJ Media’s Stephen Green. The original is by a liberal writer who derides President Trump as an “authoritarian weakman” because, after years of accusing him of being an “authoritarian strongman” who craves dictatorial powers, the left is now frustrated that he refuses to assume dictatorial powers and nationalize the private sector against the coronavirus. He prefers to take a less intrusive management role, believing that states, local governments, hospitals and private industry understand their local situations better and can deal with them faster and more efficiently if he gets Washington bureaucrats out of their way.
The left and its media mouthpieces are in a frenzy of frustration over the rising public approval of how Trump is handling this crisis (now at 60% according to Gallop, far above public approval of the media’s handling of it.) They’re trying to take his press conferences off of TV (after first criticizing him for not having enough of them)...
...ostensibly because he “spreads misinformation.” But I suspect it’s actually because many Americans who’ve spent the past few years hearing the media criticize, smear, attack and twist everything he says and does are at last getting an unfiltered look at who he really is (like the people who attend Trump rallies) and realizing they’ve been had.
As perhaps are some of America’s most liberal, outspokenly anti-Trump Governors…
Incidentally, here’s an example of the kind of innovation that can happen fast when Trump gets the government out of the way.
With President Trump on TV every day keeping Americans filled in on progress on the COVID-19 (Wuhan) virus (and his approval rising daily for it), and states postponing their primaries, which keeps Bernie Sanders’ campaign on artificial life support, Joe Biden is desperate to grab some attention. But probably the last way he’d hoped to get it was via an accusation of having committed a long-ago sexual assault on a female staffer.
WARNING: This story is disturbingly graphic and not for young and innocent eyes:
The accuser is Tara Reade, who worked in Biden’s Senate office and claims the incident happened in 1993, when she was asked to take a gym bag to him outside the office, near the Capitol. I won’t recount it.
Our prayers and sympathies to the family of actor Mark Blum, who is the latest prominent person to die in New York of complications from the coronavirus. Blum was 69 and was known for his stage work and his roles in the movies “Crocodile Dundee” and “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and the Netflix series “You.”
Our prayers today also for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 (Wuhan) coronavirus. Johnson says he has mild symptoms and will self-isolate and use technology to continue working from home.
His British stoicism is a sharp contrast to former comedian Kathy Griffin, who now makes a living somehow as a full-time anti-Trump ranter and, apparently, celebrity hypochondriac. She was checked into a hospital in Los Angeles with “UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms,” and took to social media to accuse Trump of lying about the availability of COVID-19 tests because the hospital refused to give her one, “because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions,” even though she thought she might have been exposed in Mexico.
Griffin has already been sent home, and while I’m truly sorry she was in pain and pray she’s on the mend, as usual, her attacks on Trump and his team were misguided and hyperbolic. I searched for this story on Google News and found lots of accounts repeating her wild claims about Trump lying and likely COVID-19 patients being denied tests, but few included the hospital’s side of the story:
They didn’t test her for COVID-19 because the CDC doesn’t want to waste tests on people whose symptoms obviously don’t match it. Instead of acting on her layman’s fears, the hospital gave her an X-ray that showed she had clear lungs and an abdominal infection. That’s why she’s already home after one day and not in the COVID-19 ward on a respirator, which I don’t think connects to the abdomen (although, admittedly, I’m not a doctor.)
However, if they ever develop a test to detect terminal Trump Derangement Syndrome, I’d gladly endorse her being moved to the front of the line.
I hope you’re continuing to support small businesses during the shutdown, like ordering to-go from local restaurants. A new online documentary series called #Cheetah4You has been launched to help some of these business owners tell their personal stories of what they’re going through and the tough choices they’re facing as they struggle to survive. At this link is the latest video featuring Cary Hodson, owner of Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery, an independent barbecue, craft beer and music venue in Garland, Texas, that was really taking off before the unexpected hammer fell. As Cary puts it, his hope for his team is the hope for all of us: “We’re going to be here on the other side.”
If you’re a restaurant owner, or know someone who is, check out the notes below the video to find out how you can share your story, sign up for the National Restaurant Association’s mobilization effort to help, and donate to or apply for aid from the James Beard Foundation’s relief fund.
Watch the Democratic Governor of Nevada giving a real-time display of how well government control over medicine works, as he defies President Trump by limiting doctors’ ability to prescribe a promising coronavirus treatment, setting the stage for shortages, hoarding, black market purchases and potential deaths from both the virus and people trying to self-medicate. He’ll sure show up Trump, though.
Hilarious Video! I don’t know how they produced this piece so well under current conditions, but the Onion has a mock “news reports” on a lobbying effort by America’s girlfriends to combat the potential recession by getting Congress to force their reluctant boyfriends to give up their bachelor apartments and move in together to save expenses. It includes a rebuttal by an overpowered representative of the boyfriends of America.