Evening Edition - May 8

May 8, 2020 |

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. Here is a roundup of some of the events and speeches commemorating it…

And here’s video of yesterday's full National Day of Prayer Service at the White House, hosted by President Trump and the First Lady.

Reminder: Sunday is Mother’s Day, and in many states, florists are finally reopening just in time, so you have no excuse.

VE DAY

It’s easy to lose track of the days when you’re locked down for weeks and the news is all coronavirus all the time, but we must not overlook that today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day. That was the date in 1945 when Germany formally surrendered to Allied Forces, ending World War II in Europe.

For those who think we’re currently living through the worst times ever, there is an excellent reminder of the terrible toll that war took in Europe and what VE Day meant to those who lived through it. Appropriately enough, it’s at the Victory Girls blog.

DALLAS HAIR SALON UPDATE

Update: Dallas hair salon owner Shelley Luther was released from jail Thursday, on order of the state Supreme Court. Gov. Greg Abbott also modified his shutdown executive order, retroactive to April 2nd, to decree that jail time cannot be imposed for violating it. Abbott said, "Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen.”

Luther was sentenced to jail by Democratic Judge Eric Moye when she refused to apologize and admit she was being “selfish” for reopening her business to make money to feed her kids and to keep her stylists employed (she was taking extreme safety precautions in the salon.) Not since the arrest of newspaper printer John Peter Zenger in 1734 has the jailing of an American citizen on spurious grounds come so close to setting off an American Revolution. After her release, Luther spoke to Fox News about her ordeal:

That rebellion against overbearing authorities is even spreading to the law enforcement officers in the bluest of states…

The fierce backlash is causing some of the overreach to be reeled back and explained away as poor communications, like the claim that officials in Ventura County, California, were going to go door-to-door and forcibly remove COVID-19 positive people to government quarantine centers. No, no, no, perish the thought!...

Of course, there are still plenty of examples of abuses of power and pointless extensions of incredibly destructive lockdowns for no demonstrable disease-fighting purpose. But at least some states are finally getting the message that Americans are fed up, they’ve learned how to be careful (wearing masks, social distancing, etc.) and they’re ready for Big Mother Government to stop blocking the door and let them get back to work before they get evicted from the houses they’ve not allowed to leave

Here is a list of all the states and where they stand on reopening for business.

Also, the NFL released its planned 2020 schedule, with the first game of the season now set for September 10th, with the Chiefs hosting the Texans. Will there be anyone in the stands? If not, should we blame the virus or Colin Kaepernick?

"NO GOOD DEED GOES UNTAXED" DEPT:

For all of those swooning over what a marvelous job New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done in dealing with the coronavirus, I have two points:

1. Do some more research.

2. Note that he’s actually trying to blackmail the federal government into bailing out New York by taxing volunteers who came from other states to help New Yorkers with the coronavirus. Under state law, if you work in New York for more than 14 days, you have to pay state income tax on what you earned during that period. Cuomo is demanding that people who volunteered their time and risked their lives pay New York taxes on any money they earned (even if they were paid back in their home states.) Yes, that includes the volunteers of the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, who have already been “thanked” for setting up a free hospital by being slandered and told to go home by the New York City Council Speaker. Even worse than the tax bill is all the compliance with the layers of blue-state tax paperwork. Talk about biting the hand that heals you!

When asked about waiving the tax, Cuomo refused, saying, “So there’s a lot of good things I would like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services. We are in dire financial need.”

I would point out that New York didn’t have to pay for some essential services, like that Samaritan's Purse hospital, because the volunteers they’re trying to punish provided it for free. If New York is going to tax them for working there for free, maybe they should send New York a bill for the work they did for the state and tell them to withhold the taxes from that.

For the record, New York has already received a vast amount of federal aid and is eligible for more, but Republicans in DC don’t want to bail out blue states for longstanding debts that are the result of bad policies unrelated to the coronavirus. Also, I’d like to call your attention to the way Cuomo described not taxing money away from volunteer workers as him “spending money.” Why, it’s almost as if liberals believe that all the money belongs to them, and if they’re feeling generous, they might let you keep a little of your own paycheck.

In fact, it’s always been exactly like that everywhere, but this may be the most outrageous example of it so far.

HATE SPEECH IN SAN ANTONIO

The City Council of San Antonio, one of several big-city pockets of wacky liberalism in the great state of Texas, passed a resolution declaring the phrase “Chinese virus” to be a “hate speech” term. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz quite rightly blasted the resolution as “nuts,” which they probably also consider to be a hate speech term.

Around here, we refer to it as the COVID-19 (Chinese) virus, because that gives the delicate sensibility crowd the meaningless technical term they like, while also identifying exactly where it came from (China), just as the terms Ebola and German measles tells us where those diseases originated. Claiming that “Chinese virus” is hate speech is like claiming that “Mexican food” is hate speech. It just tells you where it came from. I would have used the example of “Chinese food,” but the Chinese food we know is nothing like what they actually eat in China, and bringing up that subject might make the San Antonio City Council fall on their fainting couches.

AND THE BACKLASH CONTINUES

A federal judge in Boston slapped down Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order closing gun stores as part of the “non-essential” businesses locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The judge said there was no justification for it, and when you’re dealing with an issue of Constitutional rights, “some degree of clarity that tells us that it’s necessary is perhaps a foundational requirement.”

And now we know that “We can use this crisis to advance the agenda we were already pushing,” doesn’t even pass muster with a federal judge in Boston.

MIXED MESSAGES

Joe Biden and his supporters are sending more mixed messages this week than a drunken telegraph operator.

The friendly media tried to ignore former staffer Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation, but when that became impossible, they did exactly what the MeToo movement that they claim to support opposes: they questioned the accuser’s character and motives. Biden and his liberal female supporters, who claimed we should believe all women when Brett Kavanaugh was accused, suddenly rediscovered the importance of due process and the presumption of innocence when their guy was accused. Elizabeth Warren, who demanded tons of records on Kavanaugh, saw no reason to release Biden’s records. And Hillary Clinton chose that moment to endorse Biden, surely an epic moment in bad optics.

They then tried to finesse it, by saying that yes, we should listen to the woman, but only give credence if her story was supported, implying Reade’s wasn’t. But then, several women, all Democrats, admitted that Reade told them about it at the time (they’re still voting for Biden, though), a Larry King episode from the ‘90s resurfaced in which Reade’s late mother seemed to confirm her claim, and now, there’s more evidence, in the form of court records, that she at least told the story to her former husband back then.

Now, a few more twists: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released new guidelines, reversing the campus kangaroo courts that Biden championed under Obama, the ones that stripped students who were accused of sexual assault or harassment of most of their due process rights, such as the right to see the evidence or question their accusers.

No sooner were the new federal guidelines released than “progressives” savaged them and Biden declared, “It’s wrong,” and that one of the first things he would do as President is reverse them, thereby stripping college students of the exact same due process rights that he and his supporters had just claimed for himself only days before. The old “One set of rules for me, another for thee” philosophy that so embodies today’s left.

I know a lot of people are concerned about Biden’s mental health, but I hope that any checkups he undergoes also include tests for chronic tonedeafness. His supporters might want to take that one, too.

Bonus: Best Meme of the Day

MURDER HORNETS FROM ASIA, BUT OF COURSE...

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, the media are trying to convince us that we’re under attack by “Asian Murder Hornets,” which surprisingly is neither a motorcycle gang nor a rock band (but I bet it will soon be both.) They’re actually large hornets with a really scary name. But here’s something to ease your anxiety, unless you’re a beekeeper.

Oh, I should probably warn you that the bug experts in the article say that if there’s a real “murder insect” out there, it’s mosquitoes, but people don’t think twice about them. Well, just wait until the media start calling them “Murder Mosquitoes” and blaming them on Trump.

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  • Hazel Siebrecht

    05/09/2020 05:34 PM

    My church, with a membership of approximately 100, has been closed to more than 10 people at one time since mid-March. I quarantined myself due to health problems with my husband for the first few Sundays. One of the Sundays that I did not attend, two police officers came in, one stayed in the entry way and the other came into the sanctuary where the service was in progress. Our pastor was reading scripture to the congregation before conducting a short business meeting. The officer told him he could not continue. Pastor said he had two more scriptures and then a short business meeting and stated he'd need about 10 minutes. The officer said, "You have 5 minutes." My Pastor told him he'd see what he could do; read the scriptures and the short meeting was held. The officer told him, as he was leaving, "I could cite you for $1200.00 or you could serve 30 days in jail." For two Sundays, Pastor held services for 9 people plus himself making up the 10 we are allowed, in a building that seats over 100; he met in 1 hour increments, with no more than 9 people, from 8 a.m. until the 6:00 p.m. service concluded around 7 0'clock. We are still not allowed services in a building with a full basement with seating for probably a 100 or more, and classrooms on a third floor for dozens of children. Yes, our governor is a female Democrat and she is on a power trip! She has shut the state of Oregon down until July 6th (notice how she encompassed the Fourth of July) and then she'll see if we've all fallen into line! Our sheriffs are starting to rebel!

  • David Midkiff

    05/09/2020 02:55 PM

    Good news publication Mike as always. I am wondering if anyone knows or have heard about the Resolution in the house that they are trying to pass. It's resolution 6666. It would allowed those workers who would be able to come into your home to test for covid19 and if tested positive would be able to remove that person from your home to a place for isolation. Even your children, that's pretty scary.

  • Ron greer

    05/09/2020 12:56 PM

    Biden supporters don’t want him to be President they want his VP to be POTUS. Who is that person? That answer is above my pay grade but I’m sure Biden will be dumped in due time.

  • Beth Crane

    05/09/2020 11:48 AM

    New York needs to bail themselves out of the debt they put on themselves before the civid-19 came. Us taxpayers should not have to pay for their mistakes. They need to learn to manage money better and quit putting it in their pockets.

  • John j Miller

    05/09/2020 11:31 AM

    Have you seen the Corona virus video prepared the the EPOH Times?

  • Gail Denham

    05/09/2020 11:08 AM

    Being in community as a church - our right - and our choice.

  • Anne Amato

    05/09/2020 10:46 AM

    Dear Governor,
    I am wondering exactly why another commenter feels the verse from the Book of Hebrews to be innappropriate? (Could it be the name of the book? Just saying....) Or perhaps the commenter did not realize this Biblical book is actually a lengthy sermon or series letters written.
    I, however, wish to thank you for using this specific verse!

    When I first saw this verse, my first thought was that I wondered if you realized "how timely" and "how prophetic" it was to have chosen this specific verse!!!!

    Why? Because this verse itself is very much in line with what is happening in the world of today....and perhaps the future as well.

    In modern English this verse is translated to read:
    "We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and do helpful things. Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord's coming is getting closer."

  • Brian Jones

    05/09/2020 09:45 AM

    Mike I now use the term Incumbent Media for these guys ...maybe you can use it too...

  • Jerry Korba

    05/09/2020 09:09 AM

    I feel a great sadness that Socialist Lawmakers are driving intelligent and wealthy citizens out of Democratic cities and states. This strategy to drive Intelect out helps keep the the current people in power; by increasing uninformed people in the districts cities states they represent they can leech suck the life out of the communities. The people that govern don't think they need the big tax base they think in volume of lower income people will keep them in suits and great living conditions and the best of food plus inexpensive labor to care for all their needs. It will take a few decades for the community to become Baltimore or any rat infested city they don't care they will be long gone with all the resources they need. Don't you just love Democrats?

  • Robert Neumuller

    05/09/2020 08:38 AM

    Why do libs want dictatorship? Why do they believe that the ends justify the means? And, why are their ends usually not good?

  • Mona Kramer

    05/09/2020 08:36 AM

    Can never again shut down our economy for ANYTHING! We were in Marshall Law territory!
    American population:
    330,483,530
    Stimulus bill:
    $2,0000,000,000,000
    Dividing the cost by every person in American is
    $6,051.74

    The government could have given every person over $6,000, but instead will give $1,200 to each adult under a certain income.

    I want to know where the missing 96% of your tax dollars went? Obviously, both parties approved this. Why are we thinking about another stimulus plan. Where has our common sense gone?

  • Heidi Petrick

    05/09/2020 02:18 AM

    Hey Governor, an interesting bit of information. To be honest I think these people are stripping their gears. People can’t go to work, but the left wants a strong country- or maybe that is my desire. Can’t refer to China concerning the corona virus because that is hate speech as calling a really big hornet an Asian Murder Hornet? And of course the left, as usual, is bouncing off the walls. Sounds about right. Ja. God bless you and yours Governor! Heidi

  • James Evart

    05/09/2020 12:18 AM

    As I recall, New York is a very liberal "sanctuary" state for illegal aliens and its flaming liberal governor would not cooperate with ICE regarding illegals entering the state by not sharing their background information with customs officers at airports and elsewhere making it a gateway for illegal aliens entering this country by air and other means until federal authorities under our President's direction, required that they go through the standard long line and no longer fast-trak. Could it be that this increased New York's entry transit population through their ports of entry, also increased the virus seeding of their state because New York made it very easy to defeat immigration laws which are in place to protect this nation like at Ellis Island in New York harbor where they weeded out the sick LEGAL immigrants from the general population until their situation could be stabilized thus not infecting the general population with smallpox, rubella and other diseases prevalent at the time?

    WHAT'S MINE IS MINE AND WHAT'S YOURS IS YOURS , NOT WHAT'S YOURS IS MINE!

    This poor excuse for a governor is getting what he deserves for his irresponsible economic policies of throwing away other people's money. Do NOT bail out this irresponsible, self-aggrandizing 0000000!

  • Brad

    05/08/2020 11:45 PM

    OBAMA MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE !!!!!!! Plain and simple

  • Kay Emmett

    05/08/2020 11:43 PM

    I have not seen this question on any site....We are hearing how many big and small businesses and organizations are helping Americans by making PPE, feeding truckers and first responders and medical staff, donating funds, etc., while we stay home....What is the Clinton Foundation doing for Americans during this pandemic?

  • Jerry Korba

    05/08/2020 11:28 PM

    The Left will behave as bizarre as they can up to election time don't look for them to go away they will get dirtier use every low life tactic possible now that shitff is hitting the fan. This is a group that is being exposed as the onion peels a lot of of criminal activity is being exposed and they know it. The ship is taking on water and scummy rats are stirring the Left are like the rats fighting for their lives and they will do ANYTHING to survive. So buckle up America the rats are coming forget about sexual assault forget about all the China relationships they have forget about open borders but watch for mail in ballots this the only way the left can win and they will use any foreign countries help in ballot manipulation Photo ID Drivers License and a bank statement and social security document should be used to vote everyone should have these. The country gets back to work will solve a few problems but not against the Left. They love the shutdown ask Bill Mahre.

  • Suzanne Johnson

    05/08/2020 11:19 PM

    I have rediscovered old TV shows that I used to love and I'm just amazed at how clever and inventive they were. The sitcom jokes are actually funny and clean. The characters have morals! It's wonderful. I love Green Acres, Perry Mason, Have Gun will Travel and many more. Now I understand why I quit watching network TV for the past few years.

  • Bud Lawson

    05/08/2020 11:15 PM

    Indeed!!! Mosquitos scare me far more than covid 19! I contracted encephalitis from a mosquito bite in 1956. I was in a coma for 3 days and nearly died! Mosquitos are everywhere and are very deadly! Maybe some of the government stimulus funds should be used to control mosquitos!!!
    Thanks
    Bud Lawson

  • Dennis Sulliv

    05/08/2020 11:04 PM

    It has recently occurred to me that the term HYPOCRITES may not be entirely the Socialist/Democrats fault. Does the preface HYPO perhaps indicate that they have succumbed to overuse of the same drug use that they have made billions on ?

  • Rick Rinabarger

    05/08/2020 10:47 PM

    Regarding Coumo extracting income tax for those whom volunteered to help by going to New Yor k"into the mouth of the monster" in order to save lives: I live in Reno NV and in 1994 I was employed by a Reno Contractor and we worked two weeks just west of us in Truckee, Calif, commuting each day. At the end of the year, I received a state income tax bill from the State of California, stating that I owed them for the money I earned in their state. I sent a letter back explaining that I wasn't a recipient of any California benefits that are afforded to their resident taxpayers and as far as I was concerned they could go indulge in some self-inflicted sexual intercourse. (although not in those words; I used the short, straight-to-the-point version). I never heard back from them. Perhaps this would work on NY.

  • Jack Given

    05/08/2020 08:50 PM

    I thought I heard an interview with Franklin Graham that said Samaritan's Purse had negotiated a fee for the medical services in New York. When Samaritan's Purse learned of the "Cuomo charity tax" Samaritan's Purse increased the agreed upon payment to cover the "Cuoma charity tax". I could have misunderstood, but it is my impression that the personnel in Central Park were not volunteers but independent contractors.

  • Ethel Clevinger

    05/08/2020 08:24 PM

    Paula was long winded.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    05/08/2020 08:05 PM

    CA's Gov Newsome is giving CA taxpayer $$ specifically to Illegal Immigrants, and also asking all US taxpayers to help with CA's costs, including the Illegals' funds.
    How much do illegal immigrants cost US taxpayers?

  • Pat J Green

    05/08/2020 08:01 PM

    I was wondering what kinda ND of taxes did the volunteers pay during the rescue and recovery due to the 911 bombing, I don't recall hearing anything about that then. Seems like that should fall under a past practice thing. I do remember something about Calif. wanting to tax service men who were stationed in Calif. in the early 70 I don't think anything came of that cause I never paid any Calif income tax. States are always trying to take money from people we just have to stay on top of it and call their hand when they do.

  • Carol Stonelake

    05/08/2020 07:53 PM

    Mike, I wish you would talk about the Trump Administration’s new laws regarding Green Card status. My in-laws have had their green card for over three years and are not taking any public assistance whatsoever! They are greatly concerned about this.