Evening Edition - April 23

April 23, 2020 |

LATEST COVID-19 NEWS

Here is our link to the most recent, complete White House press briefing on the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus. On Wednesday, President Trump was joined by CDC Director Robert Redfield…

Trump asked Redfield to speak and correct what he called “fake news,” headlines suggesting that Redfield said there could be an explosion of new cases in the fall. Redfield said that he just meant it would be more complicated to deal with a second wave in the fall because it would hit simultaneously with flu season, so there would be two viruses circulating at the same time. He said that doesn’t mean COVID-19 would be worse or impossible to handle, just difficult. But he’s confident that our mitigation strategies can keep it in containment mode and it will not overwhelm the medical system.

Trump also announced “Operation America Strong,” which he said was suggested by military officials. The Thunderbirds and Blue Angels will do flyover air shows in major cities, as tributes to the heroism of frontline health care workers who, like soldiers, have run toward the danger.

GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAY

Fresh off of deleting her tweet about how great it is to have all those people unemployed and forced into their homes while the economy languishes and the fossil fuel industry craters (“How are you enjoying your 30-day free trial of socialism?”), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once again inadvertently told us what “Democratic socialists” really believe. She said that even after the virus lockdown ends, people should “just say no” to going back to work. She wants Americans to say, “We’re not going back to working 70-hour weeks just so that we could put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”

Get the impression that she doesn’t grasp the importance of “putting food on the table”? Or that not everyone has a job that pays over $170,000 a year for doing nothing? But to be fair, if she wants to stage a boycott and not return to Congress, she has my blessing.


IN CASE YOU MISSED ITEvening Edition - April 22


TRUMP DISAGREES WITH GEORGIA GOVERNOR

In one surprising twist, Trump undercut the claim that he’s pushing too hard to reopen America by saying he disagrees strongly with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to reopen some Georgia businesses. Trump said the time isn’t right yet under the guidelines, but that “at the same time, he must do what is right.” Boy, he really doesn’t have this “Hitler-like authoritarian dictator” thing down very well, does he?

In addition to Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Colorado have announced plans to begin reopening. More details about each state’s plans are here.

PROBLEMS WITH THE MEDIA'S FAVORITE STUDY

Yesterday, I wrote about a study of coronavirus patients at VA hospitals that found that the drug hydroxchloroquine did not help and was even associated with a higher death rate. As I expected, the mainstream media gave massive play to this study, since it gave them a chance to make President Trump look wrong (and even responsible for MORE DEATHS!!) for suggesting patients try it.

I saw none of these breathless accounts point out what I did: that the footnotes to the study made it clear that the drug was given to severely ill patients who were more likely to die anyway. Since then, other problems with the study have come up that will probably be ignored, since they don’t advance the “Trump is a dumb liar who wants people to DIE!” narrative.

Laura Ingraham has more

…As does Matt Margolis at PJ Media, who lists five serious problems with the study…

These are the same people who demand rigorous standards of proof from any study that shows the benefits of hydroxychoroquine. Is it too much to expect them to demand the same standards from studies that purport to refute those benefits?

Again, I’m not a doctor and I’m not qualified to recommend any particular treatment. But I am capable of recognizing media malpractice when I see it. Discouraging sick people from trying a promising treatment just because if it works, it might make your political opponent look better, is journalistic quackery at its worst.

MOVING FAST

A potential COVID-19 vaccine is already entering the first phase of human trials. Developing a vaccine can take years to decades, but there are ways to speed testing and invoke emergency use authorizations to get it to high-risk areas faster. There’s much more info at this link.

"SARS 2"

Here’s yet another way in which the World Health Organization ran defense for China: It turns out that in the early days of the coronavirus, it was being referred to as “Sars 2.” That was the devastating disease that came out of China in 2003 and has escaped from a Beijing biolab four times since. The WHO decided that, “From a risk communications perspective, using the name SARS can have unintended consequences in terms of creating unnecessary fear for some populations…” In other words, bad PR for China. So they called it COVID-19 instead.

I can certainly see their point. We wouldn’t want to frighten and confuse anyone by calling it Sars 2. So I’ll continue calling it by a clear and accurate name: either the “COVID-19 (Chinese) virus,” or, most clear and accurate of all, “the Wuhan virus.”

TRUE COLORS

During an Arbor Day/Earth Day tree-planting ceremony at the White House Wednesday, President Trump announced that over the next few weeks, national parks will begin reopening. Maybe this will help discourage the harassment and arrests of people who dare to walk through public parks. Some local officials seem to believe that the coronavirus can be spread over a hundred yards of open territory, or maybe that it came from Smokey the Bear, not Chinese bats.

Meanwhile, as Trump was planting a tree, renowned eco-warrior Al Gore and Joe Biden provided the fertilizer. In a dual video appearance for Earth Day, Gore endorsed Biden for President and Joe responded with some organic word salad that must’ve had Al immediately regretting his endorsement.

I’m sure Gore would have preferred to take a private jet and a fleet of SUVs to some big gathering of fellow environmentalists at a five-star resort to tell the rest of us to live in caves, which is how celebrity environmentalists normally mark Earth Day. But this year, he was forced to use Skype, something I’ve been suggesting to them for years with no response.

Meanwhile, CBS and other media outlets showed their true colors on Earth Day by celebrating how wonderful it is that the air is cleaner, what with all those people being locked in their homes, forced to be wards of the government and having their freedom to travel taken away. They showed their love of the Earth by celebrating how great it would be if there were no people on it.

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard someone in the media declare, “I love mankind, it’s people I can’t stand!” But that used to just be Linus in the “Peanuts” comic strip, not the environmental reporters.

NEW KURT SCHLICHTER 

As always, Kurt Schlichter dares to say what the mainstream media never will...but we’re all thinking it.

BRING BACK DRIVE-IN MOVIES

John Nolte serves up a nostalgic tribute to drive-in movies, and urges Hollywood to counter the coronavirus by bringing back drive-ins, good movies and hot dogs heated on engine blocks.

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

O Lord, thou art my God;

I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;

for thou hast done wonderful things;

thy counsels of old

are faithfulness and truth.

Isaiah 25:1

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  • John Cote

    04/25/2020 10:23 AM

    What does acronym COVID stand for? Take your pick as they all say the same thing!
    Chinese Obliteration Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Outgoing Virus In Disguise
    Chinese Organized Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Original Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Owned Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Old Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Official Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Offensive Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Outsourced Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Ops Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Obtrusive Virus In Disguise?
    Chinese Obnoxious Virus In Disguise?

  • John Huggins

    04/24/2020 05:11 PM

    If Mr Gore prefers the earth without human habitation, May we suggest that he be on the first ship to establish a colony on alpha Centauri

  • Joyce Birch

    04/24/2020 04:55 PM

    You do such a good job in communicating all the daily news. You're points are so on track & agree with you because you make it easy to read & understand. I hope & pray AOC & the rest are voted out of office in Nov. Republicans all the way.
    One last point, & I think I mentioned this before, I watch the daily virus updates, & the President has to step back when it comes to science. I know he thinks & says things off the top of his head, but he has to stick with just the facts of the day. Please pass this on to him. I've also sent the message to the White House, doubt if it was delivered. People are really taking notice & he knows it's a daily fight, but lets stick to the virus issues. To me, I would state the facts, & then let VP Pence & the doctors take the questions. VP Pence knows what the briefing would be about. Then let's see what the press has to say! November is not that far off & I never push the calendar that far ahead.

  • MARIA KENDRICK

    04/24/2020 03:45 PM

    Mr. Huckabee..... PLEASE HELP!!!!! I so wish I could get a message to the President, which I know I have not chance of doing, or at least have you suggest something to him....you certainly may say it is from a almost rabid President Trump supporter who is getting quite nervous about something she perceives is happening......... Here goes.....
    1.President Trump should, if he insists on leading the news conferences, limit the time to one hour to one and quarter hour.
    2. I don't see why VP Pence is not doing that, since he heads the Corona Virus Task Force.
    3. The liberal "journalists" are put there to ask moronic questions to get our President ticked off and have him fly off the handle. He should not take that bait.... after a while it makes him look bad.
    4. DO NOT AD LIB about medical information. As he himself has stated, he is not a doctor, and those questions should be answered by doctors.
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP, but I think he needs to lead from behind on this one. Appear in front of the vultures once or twice a week, not everyday, to basically repeat the same thing over and over. He is not the Press Secretary, and they are making him look as if he were.
    THIS IS JUST MY OPINION, HOWEVER, I, AS A SUPPORTER AM GETTING NERVOUS THAT THE VIPERS FROM CNN ARE CHIPPING AWAY AT HIS STRENGTH BY GETTING UNDER HIS (AND MY) SKIN. I so, so wish that you might let him read this!!!!! It would be an answer to my prayers!!! By the way, I WILL CERTAINLY VOTE FOR HIM AGAIN IN NOVEMBER!!!!
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU, YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY AND OUR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT!
    Maria J. Kendrick

  • Floyd A Unger

    04/24/2020 02:15 PM

    Soooo much. VOTE. Thank you

  • Mrs. Geraldine F Habitz

    04/24/2020 01:16 PM

    After reading some of the comments, I have to say that I am compelled to ignore most of the negative ones and put my faith in the only safe place I have....the Lord Jesus Christ. I am comforted daily by His word. There is no other safe place on this earth.

  • Mrs. Geraldine F Habitz

    04/24/2020 01:12 PM

    I love the verse! I am a Lutheran and think I'm pretty familiar with the whole Bible....have been, as we attended a country church in Woodworth IL, a church founded by my GGrandparents and others who had just come from Germany. My catechism was in Valparaiso IN with pastor Armin C. Olson, who later became the speaker on The Lutheran Hour. I dearly loved that man and never forgot his classes. Your daily emails are so welcome. Thank you from my heart.

  • Kris B. Lloyd, Sr.

    04/24/2020 11:16 AM

    We need to cheer for AOC, so she will keep Tweeting: She's the best PR person we Replublicans have!

  • Teresa Edwards

    04/24/2020 10:12 AM

    I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis in January 2010. I have been taking 2 200mg of Hydroxychloroquine every day since my initial diagnosis. I have never felt any side-effects from this drug at all. I do have to see my ophthalmologist every 6 months in order to make sure no damage is being done to my eyes which is the only major side-effect to this drug that I am aware of. Perhaps Rita Wilson’s description of what she referred to as side-effects from this drug was nothing more than what the virus itself was doing to her. Since she is one of Hollywood’s elite, I can’t trust her opinion any further than I could throw her.

  • Philip Tinnes

    04/24/2020 09:05 AM

    President Trump : Very savvy, gets after GA Gov (R) so IF he needs to get on the case of a (D) gov, he's got 'creds'. This one was easy. God Bless USA.

  • JAMES G WALKER

    04/24/2020 08:42 AM

    Governor Huckabee,
    I'd like to talk about AOC. Rep Cortez said last week that we live in a brutal, barbaric society. I moved back to my old neighborhood, the place where I grew up. Things have changed is an understatement. Talk about brutal, barbaric! 80% of the people here now are transients from New York, New Jersey via Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, etc. While many of them are law abiding citizens, too many are dealing drugs while commuting from other states to avoid the law and commit crime. I see it every day and it is destroying our nation. Two weeks ago there was a shooting around the corner at 4:30 am. I was up praying as usual and I heard these guys talking outside my back door. They chased someone and then fired about 15 shots through a car window at their adversary. The next day there were 22 shell casings outside my living room window in a shootout between two groups of spanish in broad daylight at 4:30 pm. And the shooting continued up the alley. Finally the police caught them 1/4 block away hiding in an apartment. The police told me that it is happening all over the city the past week and they are worn out. I feel bad for the overworked police department. This goes on occasionally in this neighborhood now since I moved back and has been on the news many times in the past 15 years. When does this lawlessness end. When do we get our country back. These same people come home with fast food and dump their trash in the gutter and on our sidewalks every day on my street. There are always new people coming here to buy drugs from the neighbors. My next door neighbor ( who is white) sells pills she gets from her doctor. They park outside at all hours. Anyway you get the idea. How do we stop this? I'm praying for an answer. Thanks for listening. From a big fan of yours and a Vietnam Era Veteran.
    James

  • Kay DeWitt

    04/24/2020 07:26 AM

    YOU STATE: "Discouraging sick people from trying a promising treatment just because if it works, it might make your political opponent look better, is journalistic quackery at its worst." ...AND IN RESPONSE, I SAY, BEYOND THIS BEING "journalistic quackery at its worst" IT IS EVIL AT ITS WORST!!!!!

  • Mark Seibert

    04/24/2020 04:38 AM

    If the Hydroxycholorquine was only given to people who were dying, and it was a last ditch effort to save their lives (as the article you referenced said) then this is actually a great success in curing about 75% of patients who were dying and this was their last chance to live. Sounds positive. Make it available to others.

  • Mona Kramer

    04/24/2020 01:40 AM

    Florida can't open up soon enough. My daughter lives in North Carolina and they have 21 hot spots, 18 are nursing homes. She can't wait for NC to open either.

  • Barb Sabin

    04/24/2020 12:31 AM

    Dear Governor Mike...if I didn't know Jesus and His Word, I would be frightened OUT OF MY MIND forp my dear family and the Blessed country that we have been privileged to call HOME!!! I sometimes feel like Im living in a bad dream or an old TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE, when I listen to the news updates regarding this Covi dvirus, the economic catastrophe, and on top of that, poor Joe Biden attempting to become President!!! But I know Fear Is A Liar from The Pit...Best news of all...WE READ THE LAST CHAPTER OF GOD'S WORD AND WE WIN!!! Please KEEP PRAYING AMERICA!!! EVERY TIME WE SEE OUR PRESIDENT, WE CAN INTERCEDE FOR HIM TO RECEIVE GODLY WISDOM AND GUIDANCE!!! NO POLITICAL PARTY CAN GET US OUT OF THIS MESS, ONLY GOD ALMIGHTY CAN!!! NOT BY MIGHT OR POWER BUT BY THE SPIRIT OF OUR LIVING GOD!!! AMEN

  • Linda Olds

    04/24/2020 12:26 AM

    AOC, by saying that people should continue to stay at home beyond the order to do so is being consistent.
    When she first entered the House, she showed how she had profited from her education in economics by saying that the money for the programs she wanted was "just there". She didn't understand questions about where the money would come from.
    I don't know whether what she says is due to ignorance or stupidity or malice, but I hope her constituents recognize that she shouldn't be in Congress.

  • mary simonsen

    04/23/2020 11:25 PM


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    Warren Buffett says, "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election. The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc. Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

    Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

    *Congressional Reform Act of 2019*

    1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void upon passage. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term's), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.

    THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree with the above, pass it on.

  • Margaret Mills

    04/23/2020 10:51 PM

    This is more a question than a comment, but I feel that injustices and inequities are occurring during this “hospital quarantine” brought on by COVID 19. A friend’s granddaughter just had a baby in the hospital yesterday and her husband was allowed to be there for the birth. Meanwhile, another friend’s husband had a stroke and was admitted to the ICU, but the wife was not allowed even into the admitting area to give information-they brought the paperwork to her car and then told her she could not come in-to go home and they would call her with any changes. Well, that night her husband died and she was not even allowed to be there for his last breath. How is a baby’s birth “essential” but a spouse’s death is not?
    Also, why are package stores allowed to remain open with customers walking in and out to make purchases and the customers were not forced to use the drive through. I fail to see how alcohol purchases are designated as “essential.”

  • Wm Patterson

    04/23/2020 10:29 PM

    She not worth the salt that goes in her bread

  • Maris K Hodges

    04/23/2020 10:24 PM


    Received this in my email today from Verizon-----Helping to connect up to 14 million students.
    Verizon and The New York Times are offering every high school in America free digital access to Times journalism and its Learning Network?—?helping students understand and stay connected to this rapidly changing world.
    Parents and students, ask your school administrators to register.*

    This is so disgusting and shameful. Journalism???? Really????

  • Bonnie Parvino

    04/23/2020 10:02 PM

    MIKE----
    Big Blue Rocking Chair by Bonnie Parvino
    ____________
    Sitting on my Heavenly Porch there is a Big Blue Rocking Chair.
    JESUS LOVES ME & HE looks my way & does inquire as to --- "How I fare?"
    He says --- "come my child---let me rock you to sleep."
    And, as He rocks me---I know I am---forever, within his keep.

    His song is beautiful and he has a magnificent voice.
    The sound of many waters & for me Total Peace from Him & is my Choice.
    He holds me close and I hurt no more.
    Peace is in this package of HIS LOVE---& that package has many gifts in store.
    ________________
    I suffer from a Panic Disorder & I often think of myself as a child of Jesus and He is rocking me in a big blue rocking chair. This current situation is not the problem to me as problems of past and hurts so deep and a church that refuses to listen to the truth but spend their time trying to cover their backside instead of helping me overcome situations and circumstances that are not in my control. The shoulders of JESUS are wider than mine. I have and, with his help, will continue to overcome. After all, my Sweet Jesus rocks me in a Big Blue Rocking Chair. Jesus little girl, Bonnie Parvino

  • Jay Johnson

    04/23/2020 09:54 PM

    Gov,
    Listening to the Tucker Carlson show this evening (April 23rd), he was interviewing a gentleman from McKensie & Co., the people responsible for outsourcing the US economy. He (the guest) came across as a shill for the ChiComms. He was saying that the country should have never outsourced so much to the ChiComms BUT he never said they (his company) counseled against it. If we outsource again, American businesses should be required to keep 55%-60% of production here in the US (farmers maybe more), with 30%-35% going to our neighbors to the north and south, and the remaining wherever they want. The caveat would be that anything coming from outside of North America would have tariffs that would put pricing equal to or exceeding that of North American producers. Just my two cents and I await your reply.

  • Carol Dillon

    04/23/2020 09:50 PM

    Please do some research on Gates' vaccine push. He wants to microchip us and I will not take the mark of the beast...and as Christians we must stand together on this!

  • Bob Cook

    04/23/2020 09:16 PM

    I strongly believe that the President's Covid-19 Task Force daily briefings are packed with important information; however, the information provided gets muddled once the floor is opened to questions. Minuscule clarification is gained in the Q&A, and almost all of the questions are asked with hostile intent toward disputing and derogating what is being provided by the briefers. Quite frequently a reporter asks the same question already asked by another reporter -- usually on something that was explained in the briefing. Seemingly, reporters limit their listening to only possible sound bites to fit their pre-planned narrative, rather than to garner and disseminate new information of public interest. Stop with the Q&A! It hurts more than it helps!

  • Walter Saeger

    04/23/2020 08:49 PM

    OAC can stay home but only if she forfeits her salary.