DEREGULATION IS COMING
President Trump has said that one of the key actions he will take to help get the economy back up and moving again is more deregulation. This will naturally be opposed by Democrats, who see the current crisis as an opportunity to impose bigger and more intrusive government, not less. But at the link, Stephen Green of PJ Media explains why deregulation would be a much better long-term stimulus than building infrastructure or sending the states a pile of federal money.
To put it in terms I think we can all appreciate these days, if you want the patient to be able to breathe again, stop sitting on his chest.
MORE PROOF THAT THE "C" IN CNN STANDS FOR "CONCOCTED"
Between Chris Cuomo’s obviously staged, Groundhog Day-like “emergence” from quarantine and Brian Stelter tweeting about how he hides under the covers and cries, I can’t help longing for the days when news anchors just read the news and weren’t compelled to tell us all their innermost feelings. Say what you will about Walter Cronkite, but I can’t imagine him bursting into tears on our TV screens like a teenage girl who got a pimple on prom night.
THE BEST MESSAGING
The left might own 90% of the media, but there’s no question that Trump supporters have the best messaging. Like this devastating new commercial from the Trump campaign, comparing Nancy Pelosi to Marie “Let them eat cake” Antoinette as she enjoys her stockpile of $13-a-pint gourmet ice cream while holding up emergency relief funds to people who have nothing in their fridges.
There’s also this hilarious parody commercial skewering Joe Biden. It was not created by Trump’s campaign but retweeted by him. It’s an altered Allstate commercial that replaces spokesman Dennis Haysbert (who coincidentally played the first black President on “24”) with Barack Obama.
Having no substantive response, Trump critics fell back on their go-to response, claiming the parody ad is racist because all the men on the couch are black. But that’s because all the men on the couch in the Allstate ad it alters are black, and nobody called that ad racist.
Trump got the last laugh because the parody ad got more views in 13 hours than Obama’s video endorsing Biden got in a week. Maybe because the Trump video actually made people laugh, while the Obama video which hailed Joe Biden’s “knowledge and experience, honesty and humility, empathy and grace” and accused Republicans of only wanting power and being supported by "a propaganda network with little regard for the truth" provoked only unintentional laughs.
Once again, the humor website The Babylon Bee gives us more truth than the straight news, as they translate what various COVID-19 talking points really mean.
"DAD, HOW DO I...?"
It’s more than a shame, it’s a national tragedy that so many kids grow up in homes without fathers to teach them the basic life skills that fathers traditionally hand down to their children. But if kids are going to be raised by the Internet, at least they now have a place to turn to learn some of the essential “Dad” skills. It’s a YouTube channel started by a dad whose own father walked out when he was 12. He wanted to teach kids the things he wishes his dad had been around to teach him, like how to shave or how to change a tire. It’s called “Dad, How Do I…?”
Incidentally, I think it’s funny that while he created the “Dad, How Do I…?” channel, he needed his daughter to show him how to publicize it on Facebook. I’d called that cross-generational learning.
There’s a new study out on the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine on coronavirus patients at VA hospitals. The media are promoting the study because it found “no benefit” from the drug and that patients on it died at a higher rate than those receiving regular care.
I’m not a doctor, and I make no claims for this drug one way or the other, aside from defending the right of doctors and patients to try it. And many say it has shown promise, particularly when given to people in the early stages of the disease. But I do have to point out that the way this story is being framed by the media is extremely misleading. Here’s a quote from the study’s footnotes that I’m sure will get zero publicity:
"However, hydroxychloroquine, with or without azithromycin, was more likely to be prescribed to patients with more severe disease, as assessed by baseline ventilatory status and metabolic and hematologic parameters. Thus, as expected, increased mortality was observed in patients treated with hydroxychloroquine, both with and without azithromycin."
So we are led to believe that those taking the drug became more likely to die, when in fact, those who were more likely to die were given the drug. Even the study authors admit that under those circumstances, a higher death rate for patients on the drug was expected. But when you put it that way, it becomes harder to blame their deaths on President Trump.
RIP TOM LESTER ("EB ON GREEN ACRES")
By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture guru Pat Reeder
Another one of those favorite TV actors from your childhood (or your Amazon/Netflix binges, depending on your age) has left us, with the death in Nashville of Tom Lester at 81 from Parkinson’s disease. The gangly comic actor appeared in a number of movies and TV shows but is best remembered as Eb Dawson, Mr. Douglas’ exasperating farmhand on “Green Acres.”
That era of show business was filled with great character actors who appeared in everything, and even if you didn’t know their names, you knew their faces like your own relatives’. That was the key to Dawson’s success. He said his friends told him, "'You’re crazy. You’ll never be able to do that. You're too tall, too skinny, too ugly. You've got a Southern accent, and you'll never make it in the motion picture business. You don't look like Rock Hudson.'" But inspired by the success of fellow gawky stringbean Don Knotts, Dawson went to Hollywood and studied acting. One of his classmates was Linda Kaye Henning, later Betty Jo Bradley on “Petticoat Junction,” whose dad Paul Henning was the top comedy producer of the time, specializing in rural sitcoms like “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
Henning liked Lester and gave him a small role as Eb on “Green Acres,” where he proved so funny, he became a regular, later popping up on “Hillbillies” and “Petticoat” as well. Lester, a born-again Christian, eventually retired from acting to a real farm in Mississippi, where we hope he had better farmhands and a nicer house than Oliver and Lisa Douglas. Rest in peace, and thanks for all the laughs you gave us, Tom.
On a side note, “Green Acres” was a victim of CBS’ 1971 purge of still-popular “rural” shows for more “sophisticated” fare meant to appeal to hip, young urban dwellers, one of the first examples of elite media types biting the Middle American hands that feed them. As Pat “Mr. Haney” Buttram put it, CBS canceled every show with a tree, including “Lassie.” Today, most of those “relevant” shows are forgotten (except by trivia nuts like me) or seem very dated, like “All In the Family,” while shows like “Andy Griffith” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” are hot properties in streaming and syndication, and beloved by new generations. “Green Acres” was actually a very sophisticated “meta” show disguised as a rural sitcom (I call it “The Surreal McCoys.”)
Audiences infuriated at being force-fed preachy urban liberal shows got the last laugh when CBS tried to bury a rural pilot it was stuck with by airing it opposite “The Mod Squad” and “The Flip Wilson Show.” Instead, it got huge ratings and went on to be a top 10 series for nine years. And that’s how “The Waltons” was born.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)