Evening Edition - March 19

March 19, 2020 |

If your kids are going stir-crazy (and driving you crazy) being stuck at home, why not let them use their time productively by learning to draw, with free lessons on YouTube from award-winning children’s book illustrator, Mo Willems?



Movie theaters are asking Washington for loan guarantees, tax breaks and emergency funds to help them survive the shutdown caused by the coronavirus. They’d better pray that President Trump doesn’t say, “Okay, I’ll consider that, but first let me check to see what Hollywood’s been saying about me for the past few years…”


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For Future (or Distant Past) Reference: If you are ordered to stay inside to keep from spreading the coronavirus, that does not mean it's okay to go outside, as long as you're dressed as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.



A lot of people are frightened of contracting the COVID-19 virus, but are still unclear on what it’s safe to do. For instance, even if your gym is closed, can you go for a jog in the park or walk around your neighborhood? The answer is “yes,” as long as you maintain a little distance between other people, so that if anyone sneezes or coughs, they won’t get droplets of moisture on you. Of course, if you’re feeling sick, don’t go to the park (and certainly not to work!) And if you’re in a “hot zone” like New York City, don’t let your kids play in the park with other kids.


Here are the answers to some more questions, like, “Is it safe to go to the grocery store?” and “Can I kill the virus by turning my thermostat way up?” (Only if you turn it up to the boiling point.)


And some more questions and answers, like “Is it safe to open mail?” and “Can I buy produce that’s not wrapped in plastic?”


Finally, a few more questions, including the most important of all: “Can my pets contract the coronavirus?”



As long as I’m dispensing useful news that it’s handy to keep close at hand, here is a list of all the establishment media’s dangerous lies about the coronavirus outbreak (so far):



Prayers and best wishes for Florida Rep. Mario Biaz-Balart, the first member of Congress to be diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus. He doesn’t know where he contracted it, but he says he’s already feeling better and is self-quarantining.



Many Americans are asking (some rather urgently) when toilet paper will be back on store shelves. Well, try to hold out, because a supply chain expert told CNBC that they will soon be restocked, and it will probably just sit there for a long time because so many people hoarded a garage full of it. You’d have to be a New York Times editor to be so full of (you-know-what) that you’d need that much toilet paper.


Check out the article in full, where he also assures us that even if the scare stretches longer than expected, there will be plenty of food. If there are any “shortages,” it might just mean they’re temporarily out of your favorite brand and you’ll have to buy a different one. Considering the sacrifices our ancestors made, settling for house-brand mayo doesn’t seem that bad.

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RIP Lyle Waggoner

By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian Pat Reeder (http://www.facebook.com/hollywoodhifibook)

I hate reporting this in the midst of so much other disturbing news, but actor Lyle Waggoner passed away Tuesday of cancer, at home in California with his wife of 61 years, Sharon, at his side. He was 84. In a statement, Carol Burnett said, “He was funny, kind and multi-talented. But even more than that, a loving friend. I will miss him.”


Waggoner was best known for his 7-year stint as the announcer and resident hunk on “The Carol Burnett Show,” then later for playing Steve Trevor opposite Linda Carter on “Wonder Woman.” Some things you might not know: Before his acting career, he served two years in the Army as a radio operator in West Germany. He was a finalist to play Batman, but lost out to Adam West. In 1973, he became Playgirl’s first (seminude) male centerfold.

While filming “Wonder Woman,” he saw the need for actors to have mobile homes to use before and between takes, so he started his own company called Star Waggons to provide them. It became the industry leader, and he only acted occasionally from then on, devoting much of his time to running his trailer rental business.

With Waggoner’s passing, there are now only two members of the classic Burnett cast still with us: Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence. Both are still active in show business. Burnett has written several books about her life and career and does live shows playing clips and answering audience questions. Vickie Lawrence tours in a show in which half of it is her singing and telling stories about her life, and the other half is stand-up comedy in full makeup and body suit as her irascible TV character, Mama Harper. Laura and I saw that show recently, and it was hilarious. We highly recommend it if she performs near you.

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  • Dusty

    03/20/2020 09:21 PM

    Sorry to hear about Lyle off Carol Burnett sure wish this show was still on we could use the laughs . Think we all can be strong through all of this and be a better caring people. All that we are doing in this neighborhood where I live to help many who just cannot get out? Later on we might want to get all of us one of those 95 mask right ones to have for whatever. Always have the food and extra whatever on hand. Go to the Ck on Italy the death rates and see the majority are above the 60 or under if some type of illness. So far not kids like they can get very sick with the FLU? Be so nice if this idiotic media could just step back and not be so nasty but why give up now after 3 yr of this. So stupid what do they learn if in college. Their questions are idiotic. Tell the Dr just at times shake their heads. Laugh when I here on The View not to call this the Chinese Virus from a country who kept this quiet long enough to spread this around the World are they kidding. Pray.

  • Gail Denham

    03/20/2020 11:57 AM

    Thanks for these daily reports - we need much more ideas on what to do while stuck at home. Please talk about your children's tapes - for families whowould like to help their kids. and I would add - we need to pray - pray - pray - ask God for mercy for this country - and pray for our President, his family, the VP Pence - and all those working hard on confronting this virus. Plus the health care workers - and also all the people are now out of work. What can we do to help them.?

  • Patricia Owens

    03/20/2020 11:32 AM

    Mike, could you please do a follow-up on those Senators who met up with Iranian officials at a conference in Munich? With Iranian publicity shut-down, I’m (justly?) curious time know if that particular PM is one of their officials who ended up with the CCP virus. I don’t recall one particular Democrat’s name, but the occurrence was behind our President’s back. Thank you

  • Thomas Douglas Roper

    03/20/2020 11:29 AM

    Until they come out with a fool proof vaccine the only way really to protect yourself is everyone isolate themselves in there homes but that's not going to happen.
    See conflicting information about how long the virus can remain airborne. If hours then just being outside can cause you to catch it.
    Do an affected person have to cough in order to expel the virus or just breathing?
    Even so Lord come quickly.

  • Rose Wade

    03/20/2020 05:02 AM

    I love reading your editions...gives me such hope.

  • Linda Meyer

    03/20/2020 03:30 AM

    Good morning Governor, God bless President Trump. We watch his daily news briefs. The reporters then try to pin him down and continually twist his words and ask if he is taking the blame. I don’t know how he gets through their stupid questions. You know what he needs? One of those old burlesque hooks! Yank them out of their seats and throw them out. Can’t one of them stand up and tell him he’s doing a good job? God bless you for all you do and please tell President Trump we are praying for him.

  • Ann Ford Longacre

    03/19/2020 10:15 PM

    Your questions and resources are very practical and helpful. Thank you for giving us information that we can't get anywhere else.

  • Bob Vogel

    03/19/2020 10:14 PM

    I lived 13 years in South America. We survived riots,epidemics,gas crisis, general strikes, numerous coups, and a volcanic eruption. All I can say is THIS TOO WILL PASS.

  • Eleanor Early

    03/19/2020 09:41 PM

    No Mr President to the request from Hollywood for help in supplying them with funds!! What a joke indeed! They have enough in their own pockets to shell it out & “save” their very questionable industry! They’re quick to do & say all the ugly things about the President, even threatening things, so it’s funny they come groveling now begging for help. No Mam!!!!

  • Kay DeWitt

    03/19/2020 08:55 PM

    Nope! It seems I cannot get finished reading one of your newsletters without saying "I don't believe this!" ....which was my response to learning that even when there is a crisis like this pandemic the media has to lie!..It hurt me so much to hear this I could not finish reading the article you wrote ABOUT this "tragedy" which you rightly defined when you stated : "a depraved indifference to human life driven by nothing more than a political agenda and the naked greed that comes with ratings and clicks"......THAT STATEMENT ALONE EXPLAINS THE MOCKERY THE DEMOCRATS ' IMPEACHMENT "AGENDA" MADE OF THE HEARTBEAT OF THE CONSTITUTION....which was authored by COMPASSION FOR...rather than INDIFFERENCE TO.... human life!

  • James N. Fossett

    03/19/2020 08:37 PM

    In reference to the article on the toilet tissue and the New York Times. In the old days when all we had was an Sears and Roebuck catalog. If we had the New York Times and used it we would get more on than off. End of rant.

  • Britt Murphey

    03/19/2020 08:09 PM

    Movie theaters asking for loans & tax breaks I say phooey. They are the same ones charging $7.00-$8.00 for a small box of popcorn( no refills) and $4.00-$4.50 for a med soft drink therefore an additional $12.00 plus the high cost of a movie. They need to “dip in” to their popcorn money 1st. ?? just saying

  • Jack macdonald

    03/19/2020 08:00 PM

    Follow up to my earlier post where I suggested we no longer owe any debt to China due to the massive damage they caused our economy. In fact, we should be sending them a bill. I decided to share this thought with the president to see what he thought of the idea and I contacted the White House. Waiting to hear back.

  • Jorge Bartledeux

    03/19/2020 07:56 PM

    Mike, I hope you read these comments. I like your AM and PM newsletters, BUT the "clickbait" is a real PIA. Mainly, because the bait rarely produces what its purporting to produce. I have determined that I should NOT EVER get lured into that. I will continue with your newsletters though.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    03/19/2020 07:22 PM

    Prayers for those ( and for me later if I subcomb to this virus) who have this virus; But my main concern in this: WHY ARE WE BAILING OUT THOSE TO BIG TO FAIL AGAIN! my company wasn't bailled out after 911...
    And I have be told once, twice, 20 x's what to do and not to do and, I am not a 20 something. I actually WATCH THE NEWS. I want to see NEWS...local news NOT NON-STOP COVID-19! I want to see my local weather at 8 am and 12 pm and 6 pm...what the heck people! Those who don't know do not have internet OR TELEVISION!
    this would give me a normal.

  • Jerry Korba

    03/19/2020 07:08 PM

    Carol Burnett show was terrific and the passing Lyle is sad so much talent on that show nothing on TV today can compare. Most of the good citizens must be doing what the President has asked the public to do traffic on to our road is slight. I am hopeful the public has seen enough of the Socialist style of doing government work our Congress has and is very dismal getting nothing done for the last couple of years the congress has to be replaced with conservative points of view in order for the country to rebound and continue to excel in the future with help from a conservative Congress and Senate we will have a shot a leaving China looking at our taillights from a far distance the further the better. The more powerful our country becomes our citizens will be able to put 5 months of payments in the bank and the rest of the world will be better with a strong economic America with its companies back on American soil.


    03/19/2020 07:03 PM

    The toilet paper being used to make masks. When I heard that one, o me, that stuff will melt with a sneeze.

  • Carolyn Thacker

    03/19/2020 06:41 PM

    Thanks for your great reporting style. It makes our evening not only with the truth, but also with the humor. Blessings!

  • Jack macdonald

    03/19/2020 06:39 PM

    Two thoughts/questions 1) since Biden does not support our constitution e.g. The 1st and 2nd amendments, how can he be eligible to run for president. Should someone, anyone be asking this question. How does this escape the attention of our esteemed media?

    2) since China has caused immense damage to our economy shouldn't we expect some form of compensation? I suggest that any money/debt we owe China be waived as payment for the damage caused. What is not fair about that?

  • Robin Rebhan

    03/19/2020 06:32 PM

    One side affect of the corona virus thing Among my friends and neighbors, we seem to be more worried about our job security than the virus itself. And of course the ability to take care of our families.
    In my case so far my primary job is ok, but my two part time jobs due to the virus I'm laid off without pay which I do depend on. And because I have a full time job I don't qualify for unemployment ( so far ).
    But I am not alone and we will by the grace of God get through this! Thank you Jesus :-)

  • J Rennier

    03/19/2020 06:21 PM

    In the oilfield internationally we developed a method for keeping the cold & flu from infecting entire drill ships. What we would do is put a hand held hair dryer blowing toward you & inhaling the hot air thru the nose for 5 minutes at a time twice a day.
    The sinus cavity is the coldest part of the body & by inhaling hot air over 130* we would keep the entire ship from becoming a petri dish.
    While definitely not scientific it worked took little effort & was easy to accomplish.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/19/2020 06:16 PM

    Checks for voters: 2K per.
    Funding source: use CAGW.org for funds ( waste & pork from DC).
    Win Win for both save those who funded said pork since 1980s+

  • Danny Harris

    03/19/2020 05:52 PM

    Do you realize there is a pop up ad for Democrats which say remove trump from the media ! When you start to read your email post!

  • Karen M. Solie

    03/19/2020 05:50 PM

    I'm hoping you have a contact in the White House who might consider this suggestion.... spray the new metal wall with recycled grease to keep illegals from climbing over. It would also keep the metal from rusting. Rusting is going to make the wall even easier to climb. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest!
    If you think this idea is faulty, please keep it to yourself! Thanks.... K

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/19/2020 05:48 PM

    Thank you