FINANCIAL RELIEF INFORMATION
Here is video of Thursday’s live briefing on the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus by President Trump. Before the update on the disease, there was information for businesses and workers on how and when financial relief will be coming.
A fascinating chart, updated daily, comparing 20 pandemics that have struck mankind over the past 2000 years. As bad as COVID-19 is, if we can “flatten the curve” and develop treatments and vaccines quickly, it could still rank near the bottom. By comparison, the #1 pandemic of all time, the Bubonic Plague of the 1300s, had a death toll of 200 million.
COURTS RULE IN FAVOR OF ANTIFA THUGS
When Portland, Oregon, officials stood down and allowed Antifa thugs to run riot, threatening and bullying law-abiding citizens, it was shocking and intolerable. But it wasn’t surprising, considering the mindset of far-left Portland politics. However, once such cases got to the courts, you’d think some wisdom would prevail. Sadly, that’s not the case.
PJ Media’s Victoria Taft has a detailed report on freelance journalist Mike Strickland, who has been covering the growth of Antifa from a handful of nuts to the organized anarchist mob it is today. Naturally, cowards who attack other people while wearing masks don’t like being covered by journalists, so they’ve engaged in a long campaign of threats and smears against him.
At a 2016 protest rally that Strickland was videoing, some Antifa thugs roughed him up and threatened him. As he was backing away to leave, a mob of them ran toward him and tried to surround him. Strickland pulled out a pistol (for which he has a legal concealed carry license) and warned them away. He didn’t even touch the trigger, just showing the weapon made the thugs back off (I told you they were cowards), and he left safely.
For exercising his Second Amendment rights to protect his life and his First Amendment rights, Strickland was slammed with 21 charges by state prosecutors, 10 of them felonies. He ended up serving 40 days in jail and five years’ probation, losing his Second Amendment rights, and being banned from covering Antifa rallies, which is a blatant violation of his First Amendment rights.
After years of appeals, this week, the Oregon Appeals Court upheld the lower court ruling. It ruled that the violent anarchist group Antifa is part of the "protest community" of Portland and Strickland should be banned from filming their public events because he’s “polarizing” to them. I assume “polarizing” means they don’t like him showing the world what they’re actually doing and saying. You know, like a reporter.
There are many more details at the link, as well as Strickland’s video of the encounter that started this. His attorney has filed for the court to reconsider. It’s already sent a chilling message throughout the state that if you dare to protect yourself from violent leftist thugs, the court system will side with them and punish you. So how high up the chain of justice do we have to go until we find a court that actually sides with justice? I would hope the state Supreme Court, but it’s not a high hope.
It’s infuriating that this ever even went to court, much less that the courts sided with the mob, but even more infuriating is the long delay for justice to be served. In cases so egregious, it’s too bad there isn’t some mechanism for the US Supreme Court to take up their gavels, brandish them like weapons, and force the Oregon judges to back off their assault on the Bill of Rights.
TRUMP V SCHUMER
I suspect that President Trump has had it up to his famous hairdo with people criticizing everything he does in an attempt to score cheap political points off of a deadly pandemic. So when New York Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized the way he was helping New York (which is getting tons of attention and aid from Trump; even the liberal Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has admitted that) and told him what he ought to be doing instead, Trump did something that has his supporters cheering and high-fiving:
He wrote a blunt letter back to Schumer, explaining why he is “wrong in every way” and is a “bad Senator.” He added, "If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the 'invisible enemy.' No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win."
You can read the entire letter here, and trust me, you want to.
Sen. Schumer (no doubt with his glasses all the way to the end of his nose, all the better to look down on us all), got into high dudgeon, and said he was “just appalled.” (I wonder if he "Well, I never!"'ed?) He called Trump’s letter “petty” and “unserious,” and tweeted back, “Be a leader. Do your job."
Okay, since Sen. Schumer's actual job title is “Senate Minority Leader,” let’s take a look at how he thinks a leader should conduct himself in his job.
I’d call that some pretty bad senatoring, wouldn’t you?
PS – Since our policy is to always issue corrections of anything that turns out to be incorrect, let it be noted that the Powerline blog has retracted the report that Schumer accused Trump of waging war on immigrants for his travel ban from China. It was based on a tweet supposedly by Schumer that now appears to have been a fabrication. Duly noted.
However, this is definitely real.
1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 6:30 AM): 266,571 DEATHS: 6,921 RECOVERIES: 9,445
TESTS GIVEN: 1,290,619
3. CORONAVIRUS DEATHS: They are mounting everywhere, these are a few names you might recognize.
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK: Share your thoughts on President Trump's handling of this crisis
FORGET THE MEDIA, WE ARE A REMARKABLE NATION
One reason you shouldn’t watch 24-hour news channels 24 hours a day is because the relentless negativity will poison your mood and sour your attitude toward the world and your fellow human beings. This is why our motto is “We read the news so you don’t have to.” For years, there’s been a saying in journalism: “If it bleeds, it leads.” That means the most horrifying stories get the biggest headlines. And these days, that’s been updated to, “If it bleeds, it leads…especially if we can find any way to smear some of the blood on President Trump.
So if you are sheltering in place, I hope you’re not spending too much time keeping up with every terrifying new story about the coronavirus and every attack on how Trump is handling it. A pandemic is bad enough, but there’s not much point in avoiding the virus if you get an ulcer watching all the partisan sniping and scare stories, many of which will later turn out to have been incorrect or wildly exaggerated.
Trust me, it’s not hard to keep up with the bad news without obsessing over it, and we will continue to summarize it and provide links to the most important stories and to the President’s daily briefings, in places where you can watch them complete and uninterrupted. In the meantime, don’t think of this time as being “stuck” at home, but as a time when you can reconnect with your kids, do things as a family, and turn adversity into memories.
And let’s remember what a remarkable nation this is. The media constantly harp on our differences to try to divide us into warring camps. But when the chips are down, nobody helps their friends, neighbors and even strangers the way Americans do. There are countless examples of everyday heroism all around us. Not just those on the front lines in health care, but truckers, grocery shelf stockers, delivery people, factory workers, business owners and everyone who is stepping up and going above and beyond to help us get through this.
For instance, how about a Huck’s Hero salute to Boston police officer Ben Peguero? He saw a woman crying outside a supermarket because she couldn’t afford to pay for the cart of groceries she’d gathered for her three young daughters, so he insisted on paying for them himself.
And let’s hear it for Huck’s Heroine Elena Tomkins of Washington, DC. She created an organization called Feed The Fight that serves on two levels. Donations are used to buy food from local restaurants to help them survive, then volunteers deliver that food to overworked health care workers on the front lines of the disease. Here’s an interview with Tucker Carlson explaining how it works.
The idea has inspired similar groups across the nation, like this one in Houston…
Here are some photos from around the nation that I promise will make you feel inspired and uplifted…
Here’s an amusing and heartwarming story about how some parents in Texas used a little creativity to give their high school senior daughter a “prom on the porch”…
And here’s a story that I pretty much guarantee you will never see covered on CNN or MSNBC…
Yes, it’s tempting to focus on the negative. There are not only plenty of real negatives, but a whole lot of manufactured negatives. Like the media figures who mocked MyPillow CEO Mike Liddell’s appearance at a Trump press conference, even though he was contributing 75% of his factory space to making medical masks while they were contributing nothing but nasty snark. Last time I checked, a thick shell of self-righteous smugness did not repel the coronavirus.
Fortunately, the vast majority of Americans have always rejected negativity and instead asked what they can do to make a positive difference. Our elite media, celebrities and some of our politicians could take a lesson from our cops, truckers, nurses, farmers, business owners and grocery clerks. You know: the real “essential workers.”