Friday, President Trump held a news conference in which he officially declared the COVID-19 coronavirus to be a national emergency. That quickly freed up about $50 billion worth of federal aid. This comes just two days after the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. Also, in a move that shows how different this President is from previous Presidents (and how vastly different he is from those who seek to replace him), he announced that he had struck deals with some of America’s largest corporations, such as WalMart, Target, Google and CVS, to use their vast resources to assist in fighting the disease and helping Americans with procedures and testing. Instead of using the emergency as an “opportunity” to grow government, he’s employing the greater efficiency of the private sector in partnership with government.
Trump also announced that he’s waiving interest on federally-held student loans until further notice.
Ainsworth: I had swine flu in 2009; a look at then and now
By Laura Ainsworth
In the spring of 2009, I came down with the swine flu.
At first, I assumed it was just, you know, “the flu,” whatever strain happened to be going around that particular year, and naturally I expected it to be like the bouts of flu I’d had before in my life. The first weeks of what I later learned was swine flu were pretty much like that –- really bad, with fever and misery but not something that made me think I needed to make out my will.
But over the weeks, it didn’t get better. It got worse, and “metastasized” into pneumonia and pleurisy, an extremely painful inflammation of the tissue surrounding the lungs, which I found out later was one of the typical complications. Since mine was one of the early cases –- part of the “first wave,” as they decided to call it after the “second wave” came along –- they didn’t have a test for it; I found out many weeks later from a doctor that it was definitely swine flu. He could tell for sure from the distinct pattern of complications and also the timing of my infection.
The searing pain in my chest came with every breath –- coughing was agony –- and went on for many weeks. As a singer, I was very concerned about this, but it did gradually subside. (A couple of years ago, however, out of the blue, I had a sudden “attack” that dropped me to my knees and seemed like what I imagine a heart attack would be. I went to the ER, where X-rays revealed scarring from the pleurisy that had become inflamed for some reason and caused excruciating pain. I still keep an inhaler around in case this happens again.)
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If you’re social-distancing or self-quarantining, why not make it enjoyable by tuning in a new episode of “Huckabee” tonight on TBN? We’ll have the inside story on the three brave girls who are challenging Connecticut’s government in court to stop letting males who “identify” as female compete in girls’ athletics. We’ll also learn some surprising things about children’s TV icon, Fred Rogers, and meet a Huck’s Hero who makes art with a humanitarian purpose. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, actor John Rhys-Davies of the “Indiana Jones” and “Lord of the Rings” films will give us a sneak peek at his amazing new docudrama about the patron saint of Ireland. We’ll also share some laughs with hilarious stand-up comic Tom Tiernan. And after such a tense week, what better way to unwind than with the classic pop-rock hits of the Cowsills?
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The media’s attempts to undermine confidence in the President during a health crisis are becoming so blatant that I sense Americans are getting fed up, and maybe some of the biased reporters may have enough brains to sense that, too. For instance, many media outlets gleefully pointed out how stock futures plummeted during President Trump’s address to the nation. They tried to paint it as the market having no confidence in Trump’s leadership, rather than what it really was: the inevitable reaction to him having to deliver bad news.
So when he started to give his press conference on Friday, and the Dow dropped by 300 points at the start, former New York Times reporter Jim Roberts tried to get snarky with a tweet about that. Sadly for his narrative, the Dow quickly rebounded by almost 2,000 points, the biggest one-day gain since 2008.
And how did Roberts respond? By apologizing? Admitting he was wrong? No, of course not. He simply deleted that tweet, then tried to spin a major accomplishment by Trump into a negative. But he forgot: the Internet is forever…
Reminder: Many small businesses and entrepreneurs are being hurt by all the coronavirus shutdowns. If you’d like to help your local businesses survive, remember that many of them have online stores where you can purchase products for delivery. Or you can buy gift cards from local businesses and restaurants now and use them once this is over.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
- Isaiah 41:10
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