Evening Edition - March 28

March 28, 2020 |

Friday, the FDA granted emergency use approval to a new COVID-19 coronavirus test by Abbott Labs, just one day after Vice President Pence announced it and only a few months after the virus emerged from China (and it did.) The test can detect positive results in five minutes, and negative results in under 15 minutes.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/healthcare/rapid-coronavirus-test-from-abbott-labs-approved-by-the-fda

Within a matter of weeks, we’ve gone from tests that take days to 90 minutes to 45 minutes to five minutes. It once again proves how much can be done with amazing speed, thanks to human ingenuity and modern technology, if you can just get the government out of the way.

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I hope you all have constitutions like “Mr. P.” the anonymous man in Rimini, Italy, who is already home and recovering from the COVID-19 virus. He’s 101 years old and was born in 1919, during the Spanish flu pandemic, becoming the only known person to have survived both deadly worldwide pandemics, over a century apart.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/europe/101-year-old-coronavirus-scli-intl/index.html

The mayor called his recovery “truly extraordinary” and said he gives us all hope. She said his story teaches us that even at 101 years, "the future is not written." I’ll bet that when the future is written, Mr. P. will still be around to write it.

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Inspiring Video: A Chino, California, high school choir that had to miss a dream trip to compete in Boston made the best of it by coming together in harmony over the Internet to share their rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with the world.

https://www.westernjournal.com/high-school-choir-connects-video-beautiful-acapella-version-rainbow/

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Hillary Clinton just proved once again that if there’s any role she’s less fit for than President, it’s comedian.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-joke-virus-cases-trump-promise-america-first

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Donald Trump Jr. says that every American should see this two-minute video of Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force refuting some of the scaremongering that the media have been circulating. We already linked to it, but didn’t highlight it, so it seems like a good idea to do it again:

https://www.westernjournal.com/don-jr-says-every-american-needs-hear-2-min-clip-dr-birx-refuting-medias-covid-narrative/

A few major points: Here in America, there is no shortage of hospital beds or ventilators for COVID-19 (Chinese) virus patients. There are no “do not resuscitate” orders for patients over 60. These doomsday claims are predictions based on a computer model of the future spread of the virus that has so far proven to be wildly exaggerated. The head of the team at Imperial College UK that created it just downgraded its initial estimate of 550,000 dead in the UK to less than 20,000. Of course, that’s terrible, but it’s about 97.3% lower than the initial prediction. And the UK was not as prepared for this as we were.

In a related story, the media are spinning the numbers of confirmed cases to make it appear that the US is the very epicenter of the pandemic. But is that a case of “GIGO”: the number crunchers’ term for “garbage in, garbage out,” or using faulty numbers to extrapolate false conclusions? See for yourself:

https://pjmedia.com/trending/what-the-media-isnt-telling-you-about-the-united-states-coronavirus-case-numbers/

Of course, this is not meant to suggest that anyone should stop taking extreme precautions to avoid contamination and stop the spread of this potentially deadly disease. It is especially bad in certain places, such as New York City, which is densely populated and where the political leaders were still urging people to go out and mingle just a few weeks ago. But the narrative that it’s the end of the world and we’re totally unprepared for it is the result of equal parts Trump Derangement Syndrome and the need to fill 24 hours a day with “news” and commentary when there’s only one story to talk about.

That’s why you should rely on us for your news and commentary. If it’s really important, we’ll tell you about it. Until then, my poor staffers and I read the news – and the “news” -- so you don’t have to.

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President Trump has been under fire by the left for not exercising the Defense Production Act and taking over private industries to force them to join the fight against the COVID-19 (Wuhan) coronavirus. In fact, Trump has invoked the powers of that Act, he just hadn’t exercised them – until now.

Previously, Trump said it wasn’t necessary because all companies had voluntarily retooled to help. But this week, he got frustrated waiting for GM (which owes its continued existence to a federal bailout, hence the nickname, “Government Motors) and invoked the Act’s powers to order GM to stop “wasting time” with negotiating prices and output numbers and start making ventilators.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-general-motors-ventilators-defense-production-act

He also tweeted, in all-caps, “FORD, GET STARTED ON VENTILATORS FAST!!!!!!” but without phrasing it as an official order to Ford…yet.

So the automakers have their marching orders, and here’s one for the media: The switch has been flipped again. Having gone from calling Trump an autocratic dictator to complaining that he’s not enough of an autocratic dictator, you can now go back to calling him an autocratic dictator again until further notice. That is all.

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Today’s Must-Read: For weeks, all we’ve heard from Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) is that President Trump waited too long to deal with the coronavirus, that he’s dangerously incompetent, lost, lying, flailing, over his head, not doing enough/anything/the right things, and we’re all going to die and it’s all his fault and he doesn’t even care. If only his critics had been in charge from the beginning, we wouldn’t be facing such a dire situation!

Okay, John Perazzo at Front Page Magazine decided to go back to the beginning of the virus outbreak in China (yes: CHINA!) He has created a side-by-side timeline, showing us what Trump has been doing since that moment, and what his critics have been doing. The contrast is stunning. It starts with Trump creating his coronavirus task force on January 29 and shutting down travel from China on January 31. Democrats who now accuse Trump of acting too slowly at the time called him an immigrant-hating xenophobe, wanted to keep the borders open, and didn’t hold their first House hearing on the virus until February 5.

After you read the whole story, you will be agog at how many mountains one man was able to move while being constantly attacked, second-guessed, lied about, misquoted, obstructed and even impeached. You will also see one of the worst mass examples of criminal negligence by political leaders and the media in history. And it’s all on the record and in their own words.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/03/americas-superb-unappreciated-president-john-perazzo/

If you can read this and not thank God that Trump was President at this moment in history, and realize that his opponents shouldn’t even be in charge of a snow cone stand, then you need to go back and read it again.

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On the same subject, one of our elite intellectual superiors, former Obama official Cass Sunstein, just wrote in the Washington Post that we must handle the coronavirus crisis in a way that he said was the view of people with a “brain defect” in WaPo less than one month ago.

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/362960

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  • Wiliam Morley

    03/29/2020 08:38 PM

    Why in the H is Obama into what is going on in the US? He was the worst president we've ever had. He should have been charged with treason for the underhanded crap he pulled while in office. His pension and all monies he took under the table while in office, should be taken away from him. It is not too late to impeach him.

  • Gary Stilwell

    03/29/2020 07:02 PM

    We have:
    reports that the 35+ mil that went to the kennedy center has resulted in 5+mil going to the DNC--
    I think this is a 501C charity--and they donate 5 mil of MY TAX $ to the DNC??????--the fox is in the hen house for sure here--some might complain that if they give $ to the dnc, they should give equal amounts to the RNC--not on your life!! This is mismanagement of public funds period--this is NOT about fairness--it is about being a crook.--the center should have their charitable exemption rescinded asap-and the "donation" returned to the American People. They can then use the funds to "upgrade" their center just like they did years ago, when $ were appropriated for refurbishment of their structures--scaffolds were erected to show the work--but NO work was done-the scaffolds came down about a month later, and everyone remarked about how great the center looked after the "non-refurbishment" was supposedly completed(you may remember who was the House Speaker at the time , and who was the head of the State dept.)


    My Lord, people---wake up!

  • Gwen Collins

    03/29/2020 06:11 PM

    I rely on no news but yours. Except for you, I do not know who to trust. Keep on keeping us well informed. I pray for you and others in high conspicuous places every day that they may be doing what they are being directed to be doing by our Heavenly Father.

  • Ron Martin

    03/29/2020 05:29 PM

    Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac illustrates one of the most fundamental principles that's mostly overlooked: that we should stop doing what's right in our own eyes, and do instead what's right in God's eyes -- even if it's not our first choice. Mankind has been pursuing what's right in our own eyes ever since Adam and Eve decided that they wanted to become "like" God by deciding for themselves what is right, and what is wrong. Notice that when Adam and Eve sinned and were hiding, God asked them: "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree?" I feel confident that they just decided that their nakedness was not good, and it has been a slippery slope of ignoring God ever since. Let's get back to serving God, instead of serving the dictates of our own desires and opinions.

  • rodney burke

    03/29/2020 05:00 PM

    dems are the DO NOTHING but complain" party, When in our memory have the dems EVER stepped up and done anything.? since 1963. Which one had answers to our problems? Not Mondale, Not Dukakis, or muskie. The last four candidates did nothing but destroy. kerry had no solutions, Neither did Al Gore, Barack was intent with hilary to destroy us. Pathetic

  • George A Reynolds

    03/29/2020 04:03 PM

    My wife Linda and I have been doing our "patriotic duty" to support local food establishments. On Thursday I went and picked up two pizzas; on Friday we ordered dinner from Bangkok Garden and had it delivered by GrubHub; on Saturday we got take-out from Chick-Fil-A. :-)

  • Floyd Hale

    03/29/2020 02:54 PM

    Thanks !!!!!!

  • Robert W Gauer

    03/29/2020 02:46 PM

    Regarding that fellow named Cass Sunstein, I have come to recognize such "elite intellectual superiors" are struggling to overcome their inferiority complex, because it's so 'simple'...

  • KATHLEEN Kemmer

    03/29/2020 02:19 PM

    Mike, your facts first newsletter is always a great joy in my day. I so much need your humor and wisdom. I also have to thank you for offer people like me who won't sign up for social media sites, to have an outlet to go to. The comments from your readers are wonderful, insightful, humorous, and wise. I read everyone's comments to keep my perspective. I thank you for setting up your comments section so I don't need to go to a twitter or facebook or whatever those sites are called. Thank you readers! Your comments are always welcome in my little home!

  • Harold Levi

    03/29/2020 02:06 PM

    Yeah, you can always tell garbage estimates when the calculations are carried to six or seven position to the right of the point - two is enough for guesses.

  • james Peace

    03/29/2020 01:04 PM

    Nancy Pelosi dares criticize the President when she has delayed needed aid to America by several tactics including adding useless PORK to critical bills, and then gloating at her success. She embodies the many ills bringing so much injury to the Republic. I'm concerned about both her ability to reason and moral discernment.

  • Helen Sustachek

    03/29/2020 12:41 PM

    Thank you for all you do and for this:
    https://www.westernjournal.com/high-school-choir-connects-video-beautiful-acapella-version-rainbow/

  • Dick Ostheller

    03/29/2020 12:14 PM

    Thanks Mike for the truth. So hard to find these days.

  • James Robert Huffman

    03/29/2020 11:48 AM

    Once more you have eliminated my need to keep abreast of what the left is saying !!!

  • Karen Gemberling

    03/29/2020 11:47 AM

    I too thank God that Donald J Trump is the President of the United States of America everyday. My prayer is that he will remain our president and that more people who are actually willing (not just in lip service) to support his agenda of "Making/Keeping America Great" will be who is elected to Congress in November of 2020.

  • John Samples

    03/29/2020 11:18 AM

    I would love to hear how and what the complainers could do or would do to get a better result. It is time to step up or shut up.

  • James Farley

    03/29/2020 11:11 AM

    The numbers for cov-19 on each network is different. Juan on the five on Fox News says Trump only wants the economy to come back so he gets elected. He brings groom and doom. I’m learning to get away from expecting news to give me truth,only God can do that. Satan, Democrats, media, new world order. Pope, and the 501c3 are trying to bring Dow man kind. But God is in control?? amen

  • Janelle Dorn

    03/29/2020 10:36 AM

    What is involved for a auto manufacture to switch over to making respirators?

  • Robin Rebhan

    03/29/2020 10:22 AM

    Dear Democrats,

    I Remember Benghazi !!

    I Remember Corona !!

    Four More Years! USA!!

  • Jerry Korba

    03/29/2020 10:18 AM

    What is Pelosi out look at Americans she wants to aid abortion clinics she held up spending for hospitals and healthcare and the need to help save life because of the Virus. Looks as she is playing the role of the Grim Reaper hoping for the extinction of Americans I know she doesn't like America but to try and kill it person by person is a bit much do voters on the Left know they can be murdered by the virus also by voting for people like Pelosi is like ordering a coffin for themselves. I know this is a bit morbid dispute the fact Pelosi embraces abortion and really doesn't want to help the Hospitals. How does negating the Postal debt help Hospitals? Loonacy

  • Frank Brown Mitchell

    03/29/2020 09:25 AM

    Thank You! I appreciate the truth about the news media being fake news, especially when discussing President Trump! I could not handle the hatred and lies that the socialist ( communist ) direct toward our President! My wife and I pray for him and our country every morning!

  • Robert Allen Roesing

    03/29/2020 08:56 AM

    1st:I'M A REPUBLICAN & DAMN PROUD OF IT TOO!!!! THESE DISGUSTING democrat jerk offs need a SWIFT KICK IN THE ASS !!!! I'M A VETERAN & DON'T LIKE ANY OF THESE democrat scum!!!! lower case is on PURPOSE!!!!

  • Linda Bolton

    03/29/2020 08:20 AM

    Here here! ????

  • Wallace Rowan

    03/29/2020 05:02 AM

    Dear Mike,

    I enjoy your Evening Edition. You are a voice of reason and sobriety in the constant barrage of MSM stupidity.

    This virus lunacy has spun completely out of control—and politicians at the local, state and national level have found a way to exercise tyranny over the populous. So, it has served its purpose in spinning out of control.

    That is the part that should be very scary to everyone, not this virus. This virus is just the excuse to leverage themselves and their will over all of society. As a society, we had become numb and insulated from the fear of the flu, yet many people obediently get their flu shots.

    Still, 40,000 to 50,000 will die from it every year in spite of all those inoculations! Yet no panic. No fear. No hysteria. No branding it as a pandemic. No real mourning or recognition of that death toll. No complete shutdown of our economy, our lives, our freedom of movement.

    So, there needed to be a new panic and hysteria-inducing “pandemic” to pull us all into line with the government’s will (Notice how pandemic is Panic with a Dem in it? Just an observation.). There are now people seriously talking about limiting or ending state border crossings—here in the United States of America! Shall we all just lose our minds and allow ourselves to be shoved toward the government trough?

    Where is the voice of reason in any of our so-called leadership pointing all this out, putting perspective on all this and calming things down to a reasonable level? Why has no one spoken out? Because that would be politically incorrect and seen as an attempt to veer us back onto a normal course when they’ve finally got their grip on us.

    Their means of control includes placating us with a massive “relief” package of over $2 trillion, which we have absolutely no way to fund or pay for, being already $23 trillion debt. We will never have anything to show for that money spent (other than more debt), just as we never did from Obama’s trillions in “stimuli.” Shouldn't China be paying for all this as reparations? Yet we don’t even have Trump telling us China will pay for it.

    I fear we might never function as a normal, peaceful, free society again after this, now that they have figured out how easily they can assume control over all of us.

    This is exactly what everyone should really be afraid of, not some 125-nanometer speck.

    Sincerely,
    Wallace Rowan

  • Malcom Daly

    03/29/2020 03:07 AM

    The Covid-19 is the biggest hoax on the American people I have ever seen and I have been on this earth for 70 years. Why have we allowed this to shut down our country put people out of work and printed trillions of dollars to fix it.
    If you look at the amount of people that have been infected 100,000 and the number that have died 2,000 in the US of 300 million. I don’t get it.
    These numbers could be compared to the flu and virus deaths every year. Why this virus. Our leaders have not done a good job of explaining this to us.
    A wise man I know said this is a test the Chinese have figured out that you can shutdown the world with a BUG. You don’t need armies, missiles, and guns.

    How many people died of drug use today? I challenge you to find that number it is not important.
    Thanks for listening I am a frustrated American.