Yesterday, President Trump held a press conference with officials from the CDC on the coronavirus. He sought to calm fears of a pandemic (there are currently 60 known cases in the US), described government efforts to prevent the spread of the disease, and announced that he was appointing Vice President Pence to lead the White House coronavirus task force.
From the reaction from Democrats and the media (again, sorry to repeat myself), you'd have thought Trump had stood at the podium and injected coronavirus into cute biracial children. I’m not even going to quote the tidal wave of hysterical, vitriolic attacks that were launched following the press conference. If you want to feel disgusted by their transparent attempts to exploit this disease to gin up panic, drive down the stock market and score political points, just do a Google News search like I did. I guarantee you that Google will helpfully list all the most rabid anti-Trump stories first.
Instead, I’ll just link to the whole press conference and let you watch it yourself, so when you see these people having a nuclear meltdown over it, you’ll know just how ridiculous they are.
If these Democrats who are accusing Trump of not doing enough to keep foreign diseases out of the US had done anything whatsoever about those issues in the past few years – you know, like not fighting his efforts to secure our borders and bring our industries home from China instead of wasting the people’s time on a doomed-from-the-start partisan impeachment crusade – maybe they’d have a point worth listening to.
For now, I strongly suggest they put on surgical masks. Not to protect them from the coronavirus but just to put some sort of muffle over their mouths and protect the rest of us from their Trump Derangement Syndrome.
On a side note, despite no reported cases in San Francisco as yet, the Mayor has declared a local emergency over the coronavirus. It’s nice to see that San Francisco officials are finally showing some concern over a disease that’s rumored to be spread by contact with human feces, but maybe they should have thought of that before deciding that defecating in the streets and parks is a human right.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled Wednesday that the Trump Administration can withhold federal grant money from “sanctuary” states and cities that openly defy federal immigration law and release criminal illegal aliens with deportation orders back into the streets to prey on US citizens.
A spokesman for the ACLU called the decision a “real outlier,” saying that other courts had ruled against the Administration, and declaring that the 10th Amendment protects states from having to comply with federal immigration laws (one of the miracles Trump has wrought is that leftists now seriously cite the 10th Amendment, which until recently, they argued no longer had any meaning whatsoever.)
So in short: Trump just won, but he’s still hamstrung by a lot of other courts that are trying to prevent him from instituting a policy that will save Americans’ lives. That sounds to me like an “emergency” that the Supreme Court needs to settle right away, doesn’t it, Justice Sotomayor?
When President Trump warned that lawsuits would be coming over the New York Times’ false reports of him colluding with Russia, most media outlets laughed it off as nothing but bluster. They are very slow learners.
Wednesday, Trump’s reelection campaign filed suit in New York State court against the Times for allegedly knowingly publishing false and defamatory statements about Trump and his campaign aides.
They specifically cited an op-ed by Max Frankel published on March 27th of last year, titled “The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo,” which flatly states that there was a deal between Trump’s campaign and “Vladimir Putin’s oligarchy” to defeat Hillary Clinton. His attorneys pointed out that the article included no proof of this claim, and it was knowingly defamatory because it contradicted the paper’s own previous reporting. They claim it was rushed out to get ahead of the release of the Mueller report, which the paper knew was likely to find no evidence of any collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. They further claim this is part of a “systematic pattern of bias against the Campaign, designed to maliciously interfere with and damage its reputation and seek to cause the organization to fail.”
Defamation cases are notoriously difficult for public figures to win, even more so for political office holders. The Times naturally dismissed the lawsuit, claiming the article was just an opinion piece protected by the First Amendment (for blanket protection, I suggest that they declare everything in the New York Times to be an opinion piece.)
The lawsuit is the longest of longshots, but it does serve as a shot across the bow to the biased media that we know what they are doing and it will no longer be shrugged off and ignored. And on the rare chance that Trump does find a judge who allows it to go forward, the discovery phase of how the New York Times creates its anti-Trump articles would be a lot of fun. Trump could just do what liberals who are trying to thwart his agenda do: go shopping for a judge who hates the defendant. Wonder if he’s appointed any of those?...
Here’s some sobering news for anyone who thinks it’s urgent to pass the “Green New Deal” to save the Earth (reminder: it was originally dreamed up as a plan to remake the US economy into a socialist fantasy, with “Oh yeah, and save the Earth" added later as a sales tactic), and who really believes the banana oil that “billionaires and corporations” will pay for it.
A study by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Power the Future, and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty estimated the costs of the plan in electricity generation, shipping and logistics, new vehicles and building retrofits in 11 key swing states: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
They found that on average, the Green New Deal would cost the typical household a minimum of $74,287 in the first year. But here’s the good news: annual costs fall to just $47,755 per household for each of the next four years (excluding Alaska), and down to a bargain basement $40,706 each year thereafter. If you’re in Alaska, you’re not so lucky. Alaskans’ estimated cost for year one is $84,584 per household, and it only drops to $51,740 after year five.
Considering the massive compliance costs that will drive manufacturers overseas, ignite mass business bankruptcies and destroy the economy, good luck making enough money to pay your electric bill! Oh, wait, I forgot: billionaires and corporations will pay for it all! Whew! Never mind then…
“Wow, That Trump Can Do Anything!” Dept: About 3,000 people in the Taft Houses public housing project in New York’s East Harlem neighborhood were without water for three days due to two water main breaks. And who is responsible for that? Donald Trump, apparently.
Mara Gay of The New York Times editorial board retweeted the news story, sarcastically adding, “But make America great again, right?” When users pointed out that New York State and City are both run by Democrats, Gay stood her ground, snarking back, “Public housing is a federal program, thanks.”
Users were quick to diagnose Ms. Gay’s advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and to point out that public housing is a federal program administered by states and cities, and Taft House is under the umbrella of the New York City Housing Authority.
It's daft enough to blame the problems of a city housing project on Trump, but let me go a little further. The problem wasn’t caused by the housing project; it was caused by the two broken water mains that service the housing project. Those are definitely the full responsibility of Mayor Bill DeBlasio and his lopsided liberal city government. And the problem is hardly limited to the water mains serving the housing project. In fact, New York City is notorious for water pipes held together by ancient rust and fervent wishes.
Here’s a story from February 11th about a broken water main flooding the Lower East Side. It notes that this is the sixth flood from a broken water main in Manhattan in less than a month (in January, a broken water main shut down the subway.) It includes some great photos and videos from all the many flooded streets. Sorry, no picturs of water-skiing pizza rats.
And here’s a New York Times story from February 12th, headlined, “Water Mains Are Bursting All Over New York; Can They Be Fixed?” Maybe they should ask Trump to fix them; he was the one who finally fixed the skating rink that sat around broken for 10 years.
Know what all those broken water mains have in common? They’re all the responsibility of the far-left city government that has all the time in the world for thinking up new ways to impose “social justice” and reduce CO2, but apparently little interest in such boring concerns as policing crime, reducing homelessness, picking up the garbage and replacing decrepit infrastructure.
And yet, they not only blame Trump for their failures to do their own jobs, they also blame him for not taking climate change seriously enough. They claim that because of Trump, New York City may be under water in a hundred years. News flash: with these incompetent political hacks in charge, New York City is already under water, and climate change has nothin’ to do with it.