Day 15 of Lockdown

Plague. Earthquakes. And, now, a comet. Whomever is opening up the seals of the apocalypse really needs to cut it out.

OTOH, if it isn’t the End, that comet might be quite the light show in the sky – no danger to Earth as its closest approach will be 72 million miles…but if high estimates prove correct, you’re going to see it very bright in the night sky with the naked eye.

The Kennedy Center – basically, a welfare program for the rich – got $25 million from the Stimulus and then canned the workers. Rep Scalise wants to rescind the grant. That’s fine, but we really aren’t getting anywhere unless the directors of the Center are flogged.

More talk of Democrats dumping Joe for Cuomo. Can’t see it as other than a disaster for the Democrats – the only alternative to Joe is Sanders. Cuomo hasn’t even entered the race…the DNC works some crooked deal to put Cuomo on the ticket and the Bernie Bros will revolt. I doubt it would happen, anyway – and not because Biden would be opposed. He likely doesn’t even know where he is most of the time: but his handlers are licking their chops at the amount of patronage they’ll be able to dispense in Biden’s name and they won’t want Cuomo to barge in and mess up the program.

New York City is being hammered while Las Vegas, so far, is getting off lightly…perhaps gambling and whoring isn’t as much an affront to God as being largely in favor of infanticide, as New Yokers – by their votes – seem to be? Just a thought.

The Great Facemask Debate goes on. As for me: from what I’ve learned, most transmission is via being in close contact with the infected for a significant period of time or literally touching the virus (on a person or surface) and then touching your face. This is why hand washing and social distancing are so important: from what I can gather, if you do the washing and distancing, your chances of catching the disease fall remarkably. But, for anyone who does have to go around people…wearing a mask seems to be an effective way of not touching your face, which would help.

China simply rebroadcast MSMers and American Democrats as part of their propaganda effort. Seriously, that’s all they did: the MSM and the Democrat Party are broadcasting Chinese Communist propaganda. I only hope they got paid for it – I don’t want to think some of my fellow Americans are stupid enough to do that for free. We woke up one fine morning to discover that a pandemic exposed how much of America China has purchased.

Related: backlash against China grows. China really screwed the pooch on this one – I’m with those who theorize that China knew what sort of problem they had back in December and made the conscious choice to ensure the whole world got the same problem.

72 thoughts on “Day 15 of Lockdown

  1. Cluster April 2, 2020 / 10:50 am

    California Governor Gavin Newsom

    “The fact is that every time I have called the president, he has quickly gotten on the line. When we asked to get support for that mercy ship in southern California, he was able to direct that in real-time. We’ve got 2,000 of these field medical sites, that are up, almost all operational now in the state, because of his support, and those are the facts,” Newsom continued.

  2. Amazona April 2, 2020 / 11:10 am

    To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas. George Brock Chisholm , former Director of the U.N. World Health Organization,

    • Retired Spook April 2, 2020 / 11:22 am

      That quote should be on hundreds of billboards across the country.

    • jdge1 April 2, 2020 / 11:31 am

      This has always been their end game. It’s rather strange seeing them proclaim it publicly. Previously they’ve been very stealth in their motives, which is partly why they’ve been so good at the distortion of the word game. That they are now removing the masks, exposing their true motives, is a sure indication of just how frantic they’ve become. All they’ve worked for, all they strived for, all they set in place to make their agenda happen, is now being threatened.

  3. jdge1 April 2, 2020 / 11:32 am

    Rapid reporting of deaths is required by law. Death certificates accompany medical information including anyone who previously tested positive for the COVID-19 virus -or- who tested positive after their death in spite of showing no signs of being infected. COVID-19 deaths that have been calculated using ANYONE who has tested positive, both before and after their death, regardless of the most prominent cause of the death, is a blaring example of fraud largely for the purpose of creating fear. For instance, there are documented cases of people who tested positive for the virus and then committed suicide. These cases have no business being reported in a way that suggest COVID-19 is a much bigger problem, more deadly, than it really is. While this virus should be taken as a serious threat, accurate truthful reporting is essential in figuring out how to handle it. The way it’s currently being reported is a media / politicians game used for media & political purposes and is a severe disservice to the people.

    • Cluster April 2, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      20% to 30% of reported deaths are people who died WITH Covid, not FROM Covid.

    • Amazona April 2, 2020 / 3:18 pm

      So if someone smokes, has a preexisting heart condition and is morbidly obese catches COVID-19 and the stress on his heart from the respiratory distress overtaxes his heart, should the C.O.D. be respiratory failure due in part to smoking, heart disease, complications from obesity, or the virus? The answer will depend on which agenda drives the reporting—-heart health advocates will use this to illustrate the dangers of ignoring heart issues, weight control people will point to the obesity as the cause of death, the anti-smoking lobby will attribute the death to weakened lungs due to smoking and whichever political agenda will benefit most from a high COVID-19 death toll will blame it on the virus. I’ve seen wildly inaccurate death certificates.

      I know a woman whose husband died of a lung infection. He had been an alcoholic but had been sober for years, yet his death certificate said he died of complications from alcohol withdrawal. She never figured out where that came from. She talked to the doctors at the hospital who treated him and was told that an early reference to alcoholism was in his medical history, but that alcohol had never been implicated in any way related to his condition and death. Nothing about the way he died indicated withdrawal complications. It took her months to get this corrected, and by that time the false information had been entered in many permanent records.

  4. jdge1 April 2, 2020 / 11:45 am

    Feels like Deja vu. I remember many years ago my own father strongly wishing governor Mario Cuomo would be on the Democrats ticket for VP, getting him the heck out of NY. Would be a blessing to see the younger Cuomo make attempt at the national spotlight, forcing him out of state politics, hopefully with the same results as his father.

  5. Cluster April 2, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    If 1,000,000 people died in the US would it matter? We are a country of 350,000,000 so the answer is no it wouldn’t matter. But shutting down the free market economy and turning control over to “authorities” does matter and is not a world I care to live in so if I am one of the 1 million, then good. Governments use crisis’s to take more control and that’s exactly what is going on. No life is worth being subjected to the governance of people like Nancy Pelosi.

    • Retired Spook April 2, 2020 / 2:21 pm

      Cluster, be careful what you wish for. The death rate in Indiana is still doubling every 3 days — 39 3 days ago, 78 today. Once it gets over 1,000 (12 more days), the masses are going to start getting nervous (my opinion, not established fact). 12 days after that we’re at 20,000; then it really starts to get scary.

      On the plus side, this virus is revealing the unintended consequences of Progressive policies like mass transit and tightly cramming people into large cities.

      • Cluster April 2, 2020 / 2:49 pm

        But Spook, you’re predicting numbers based on a flawed premise. The Houston Texans scored 24 points against the Chiefs in the first quarter and using this model the score at the end of the game should have been 100-0. But the Chiefs actually won that game.

        It was predicted a week ago that the US would have as much as 80,000 dead in 4 months. That equated to 675 people dying every day. We are no where near that level

      • Retired Spook April 2, 2020 / 3:46 pm

        I agree that the doubling every 3 days trend is unlikely to go on indefinitely, but it has for 18 days so far. I was just illustrating what can happen with exponential growth.

      • Cluster April 2, 2020 / 6:28 pm

        I have to think with these lock downs in place those numbers should start dropping. Or at least that is my hope.

    • Amazona April 2, 2020 / 2:28 pm

      I always come back to my belief and assertion that the vast majority of American Dems are completely unaware of the political system they support and enable by voting for Dems. Ask someone after an election why he or she voted for the Dem candidate and you will get a version of one of these two basic motivations: “Because I believe in (gay marriage, transgender rights, abortion rights, etc.) or “Because Republicans are evil and must be defeated”. They vote Dem because they have been brainwashed into believing this is the shortcut to the Higher Moral Ground, and it feels GOOD to believe you are more moral and decent than The Other Guy. That is what we are fighting, not a commitment to a political system.

      Tell them that their vote is really a support of a specific political system and you usually get a blank look. Expound upon that and say the system they support is about concentrating power in the hands of a few and taking it away from the states, the cities and the citizens and you will get disbelief—but not support for doing that, just not quite believing that is what their vote really means.

      Ask a typical Dem why he believes most decisions should be made in D.C instead of at the state or local level and he is likely to agree that it makes more sense for states to make decisions on what affects them. Toss in comments like “one size does not fit all” and “the needs of Utah are very different from the needs of Rhode Island” and “national programs siphon off a huge amount of their budgets to fund the central administration before any money ever gets to the states, but a state program keeps that money where it belongs plus enabling more oversight” and you will almost always get agreement.

      In other words, a coherent and thought-out political philosophy is seldom what motivates most American Dems. Rather, their political allegiance is based on a combination of ignorance and bigotry—they just believe bigoted and hateful generalizations about the Invented Other of the Right.

      To me, this means we have a huge untapped reservoir of Americans who will rise up to defeat Leftism—once they know what it is..

      We’ve seen Leftists here who have been quite indignant at the use of the word “Leftist” and even denied that it is a real word describing a real political position.

      The Right bears a lot responsibility for this ignorance. We absolutely SUCK at coherent communication of crucial information. So the president has been carrying most of the weight of doing this on his own back.

      Americans are now seeing our president exhibit compassion, intelligence, empathy and calm leadership, all contradictory to what they have been told about him and about Republicans in general. Americans are now seeing Republican leadership fighting tor Americans, trying to reach out to help the most vulnerable, and seeing Republicans trying to deal with this virus and with its corollary impact on the economy, and what they are seeing with their own eyes and hearing with their own ears is not consistent with what they have been fed by their minders.

      Hate-driven lemmings and cretins like Casper are still going to seek out Complicit Agenda Media lies and distortions, because they will always cling to the vile and virulent memes that give them so much visceral satisfaction. But most Americans aren’t going to go online to see what the Washington ComPost has to say. They are going to watch network “news”, maybe some cable “news” and then they are going to tune into the President’s briefings and see something totally different from what they have been told—–and see the President openly call those other reports lies and Fake News.

      What I’m getting at is that we won’t need an “armed” rebellion, we just need to arm the populace with more real information so the Dems who are trying to do the right thing (based on false information fed to them) will realize they have been lied to and used, to the detriment of the nation.

      To all of you so eager for a violent and bloody revolution, I say that arming people with facts will bring about the same outcome, faster and with less corollary damage. We don’t need warriors with guns and bombs to fight this fight, we need warriors with words and ideas who are good at conveying those ideas effectively.

      • Retired Spook April 2, 2020 / 2:39 pm

        Excellent analysis. I’m prepared to defend my family and my property should we have a societal meltdown, but it’s certainly not something I would wish for. This virus is doing enough damage without shooting each other.

      • Cluster April 2, 2020 / 2:42 pm

        It’s defending your country not just your family and property

  6. Cluster April 2, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    To all of you so eager for a violent and bloody revolution, I say that arming people with facts will bring about the same outcome, faster and with less corollary damage.

    There might be some truth to that but I think it’s extremely important that we preserve the free market economy and individual economic freedom for our grandchildren than it is to survive the virus. I don’t want to have to apologize to my grandchildren that I was more afraid of a flu virus than I was at protecting their freedom and future.

  7. Cluster April 2, 2020 / 2:45 pm

    Speaker Pelosi announced on Thursday that she is creating a bipartisan House Select Committee to provide oversight on coronavirus. The select committee is set to focus on transparency and accountability, and has the ability to issue subpoenas.

    GO F**K yourself Nancy

  8. Cluster April 2, 2020 / 3:01 pm

    I agree with Rush 100%

    The host also noted of the hostility toward anyone who dare raise economic devastation as part of the United States’ COVID-19 response equation, which he argued is being incorrectly framed as “lives versus money,” when it’s actually measuring “lives versus lives.” ….. “The media is gonna cream ’em for insensitivity, not caring about how many lives are lost. But it is a reality that cannot be ignored,” he said. “National cable news and its overall attitude of apocalyptic futures ought not be what dominates everybody’s mind-set.”

    It’s our lives versus our grandkids lives. Whether this virus is mitigated or not, at the end of April we all need to go about living again and building the future, not hiding from the present.

  9. jdge1 April 2, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    Makes you wonder just how many other individuals and institutions, especially universities or government sponsored entities are involved in such activities.

    • Cluster April 3, 2020 / 9:46 am

      The Democrats sure seem giddy with all this stimulus money flying around. By their own admission it’s a “great opportunity to advance their agenda” while we all sit at home. I can’t help but think this crisis was manufactured by intentionally spreading Covid, and then using that chaos and panic to their benefit.

      Citizens uprisings around the world have quieted down – Hong Kong, France, Venezuela, Iran, etc. and the nationalist agenda of Trump and Brexit has been sidelined.

      It’s a complete win/win for China and the Globalist agenda. And as I type this, MSNBC is covering for China. Rubio is being interviewed and he began to criticize China before he was quickly challenged by host Stephanie Ruhle who questioned Rubio’s critique of China.

      Something is not right about all of this

  10. Cluster April 3, 2020 / 9:58 am

    This is how our media is handling the CRISIS

    On Wednesday’s show, co-host Byron Pitts ended an interview with Vice President Mike Pence by asking him “not in a political way,” but whether he “talk[s] to God” about feeling remorse for Americans who have died “because of steps the federal government did not take soon enough.” ….. So here we had a journalist ask the Vice President if he prays to the Lord with a heart of repentance for having been responsible for dead Americans. Surely, Chuck Todd would be proud of that question.

    One other casualty of this virus is my viewership of news. I LOVE news, particularly political news and watched it all the time. Now my viewership is 20% of what it was and declining rapidly. These people aren’t serious people nor are they intelligent, objective, or credible. They spent 3 year lying about Russia and now they are lying about this. TURN OFF THE NEWS. Make their ratings tank and force the reorganization of all media outlets. Including Fox

    • Retired Spook April 3, 2020 / 11:22 am

      They just can’t help themselves.

      Hill faced waves of backlash over her response, and even her own supporters tried to explain that reacting to a lifesaving measure with a cheap political hit was not an appropriate reaction — especially while the nation is in crisis.

      • Amazona April 3, 2020 / 2:45 pm

        I think the footing on that Higher Moral Ground has to get pretty unstable when you feel compelled to come out against lifesaving and charitable acts because ….Trump.

      • Retired Spook April 3, 2020 / 2:54 pm

        Trump could cure cancer, and the response would be, “but he LET so many people die before he did it.” I hope this is not lost on the majority of voters.

    • Amazona April 3, 2020 / 1:47 pm

      Just curious—have any of these bottom feeders ever suggested what the president “should” have done, and when? All I’ve seen is the general vague accusation that SOMETHING should have been done at SOME TIME, based evidently on SOME THING no one knew anything about.

      So…what? When? Why? Given the hysteria at the president’s failure to bow down and worship various global initiatives, like the Paris Accords, I can just imagine the outrage and investigations and new impeachment efforts if he had shut down all incoming air traffic the day he heard of some pneumonia in some province in some other country. Yeah, that would have been (1) prudent and (2) accepted by the Mob Media and (3) praised for being foresighted.

      I’d love to see Pence respond with “No, we have not caused deaths by being lax in our response. But I do pray, every day, for guidance on how we can stop the butchering of millions of tiny helpless people in this country and around the world. I am not responsible for those deaths, either, but they still weigh heavy on my heart.”

      • Cluster April 3, 2020 / 3:06 pm

        have any of these bottom feeders ever suggested what the president “should” have done, and when?

        Oh hell no. They simply read from a script and inject their ignorant opinion every now and then. I really hope many many people tune them out because they all need to be fired. They lied for three years of Russia and now over sensationalizing for ratings and to damage Trump. This is not even close to what an objective viewer would call news.

    • Amazona April 3, 2020 / 1:49 pm

      Or an even better reply would have been “Have you ever asked Nancy Pelosi if she has talked to God about feeling remorse for the millions of deaths she has actively approved and contributed to, openly going against the teachings of her own church”?

      • Cluster April 3, 2020 / 3:08 pm

        Nancy just needs to be gone. Period. She has done lasting damage to this country

      • Amazona April 3, 2020 / 9:27 pm

        So true.

        BTW, I am thinking of starting a GoFundMe campaign to buy Chuck U Schumer some bifocals. This peering over the tops of those cheap reading glasses is ridiculous.

      • Cluster April 4, 2020 / 8:50 am

        Funny you point that out because that makes me homicidal. He wears those cheap ugly glasses at the tip of pointy nose all the time even when he has nothing to read. I think he thinks it makes him look smart.

        Schumer is another one that just needs to be gone.

  11. Cluster April 3, 2020 / 3:13 pm

    Keep this in mind during this shortage of hospital beds and doctors (if in fact that’s true), Democrats want to turn doctors into government employees reducing their wages and reimbursement rates which will definitely result in fewer doctors and fewer hospitals.

    Also, by claiming you have the “right” to healthcare, you are in fact saying that you have the “right” to demand that someone else take care of you. Does that seem like a fair thing to expect?

  12. Amazona April 3, 2020 / 11:04 pm

    Listening to the Leftist whining about hyroxychloroquine reminded me of something I thought I remembered about penicillin use in WW II. I remember reading somewhere that it was so new, and so recently produced in large quantities, that when it was administered it was brown and kind of muddy-looking.

    In 1941 the United States did not have sufficient stock of penicillin to treat a single patient. At the end of 1942, enough penicillin was available to treat fewer than 100 patients. By September 1943, however, the stock was sufficient to satisfy the demands of the Allied Armed Forces..

    As new as the drug was, as impure as it may have been, it saved countless lives during the war. We needed something, we had something we thought would work, we used it, and we saved lives.

    Now we have something we know works a lot of the time, but the Left is objecting because we don’t have absolute proof it works 100% all of the time, in every patient. As if there is any drug that does.

    • Cluster April 4, 2020 / 8:53 am

      …. and so recently produced in large quantities, that when it was administered it was brown and kind of muddy-looking.

      In today’s world, AOC would have called that racist and then MSNBC and CNN would have spent the next three days talking to experts about the “brown muddy” appearance of the drug and how that is a “dog whistle” to white supremacists.

  13. Cluster April 4, 2020 / 9:11 am

    Look at this headline found on Drudge this morning:

    Bodies left in streets as COVID-19 overwhelms Ecuador

    Deeper into the article you find this:

    Ecuador had at least 3,100 confirmed cases and 120 deaths as of Thursday afternoon, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. That’s more than every other South American country other than Brazil and Chile.

    The WHO shows the number of active cases in Ecuador are 3,368 with 145 dead. Ecuador has a population of 16.5 million people. If Ecuador can not accommodate 3,500 sick people and does not have burial room for 145 people then they have bigger problems than the virus.

    Folks, our “news media” does not report news. They sensationalize doom and misery.

  14. Amazona April 4, 2020 / 10:21 am

    Enough of all this doom and gloom! It’s the weekend, and time for some entertainment to cheer us up.

    I know! Let’s watch the hair-on-fire Agenda Media “report” on the firing of Michael Atkinson! The Usual Suspects are already weighing in, with their shrill hysteria and melt-downs over an incompetent and/or corrupt (take your pick) bureaucrat being canned.

    To recap: Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, was presented with a claim made by a known anti-Trump political activist, citing a conversation overheard by and then told to him by another anti-Trump player and characterized as an illegal effort by the president to threaten to withhold American aid to Ukraine if Ukraine refused to help him smear a political opponent. At that point Atkinson knew that the complaint was not based on first-hand knowledge of the conversation, and he knew that the rules for considering a complaint did not allow third-had information to be considered. At that point, Atkinson either did his job and investigated deeply enough to learn that the complaint had already been shopped to an anti-Trump Senator, Adam Schiff, and was only being taken to him to try to provide cover for the person making the complaint by allowing him to be considered a “whistleblower, or he did NOT do his job and accepted the complaint without knowing its path from Vindman to Ciaramella to Schiff and back to Ciaramella to his office.

    In any case, Atkinson agreed to help sanitize this complaint by running it through the Intelligence Community system so it could be presented to Congress as a legitimate IC matter, in an effort to disguise the fact that it not only failed to meet a single criterion of an IC whistleblower complaint it was not presented to him until AFTER it had been taken, through an unofficial back door, to Congress via the office of Senator Schiff, where it was formatted and written. In other words, the mere act of running it through Atkinson was a deception, intended to disguise the fact that this was not just a concerned member of the Intelligence Community reporting something he had personally witnessed and believed to be a matter of urgent concern but was in fact the result of collusion among several ardently and highly placed anti-Trump activists, a result which failed to meet any of the standards for consideration as an IC whistleblower report.

    In any case, no matter when Atkinson became involved with the cabal, he realized that no IC report could be accepted if it was based on hearsay—so he quietly, behind the scenes, took it upon himself to alter the rules so a third-party report could be accepted and then forwarded to Congress. He not only changed this rule, he didn’t record it so it could be determined when the change was made—before or after he was asked to participate in the fraud. Up to this point, Atkinson could have just been one of those malcontent Trump haters muttering about him but doing his job But the act of changing the rules so an invalid complaint could be accepted and forwarded firmly put him in the position of being an active accomplice—not just as someone plotting to help bring down the president but someone who blatantly violated the trust implicit in his appointment.

    And then, knowing at the very least he had manipulated the system to make it possible to attack the president and most likely also knowing that the purported author of the report was not cleared to be told about the president’ conversation (a violation I believe he should have been required to report) he took the next step and formally sent the report to Congress.

    A couple of other questions pop up around this time—was Atkinson so incompetent that he didn’t realize there were still other elements in the criteria for a whistleblower complaint that disqualified this report, or did he decide it was too dangerous to change all of them and hoped that just allowing hearsay would create enough of a firestorm the other ways he ignored the rules would go unnoticed? In any case, Atkinson was a major player in this fraud and a lot of what later transpired can and should be attributed to the work he did to get this bogus report elevated to the status of requiring a Congressional investigation, as well as his participation in the fiction that the identity of the person who made the report deserved to be protected.

    I have said all along that Atkinson should not just be fired but should be investigated and prosecuted. His role has never gotten the public scrutiny it deserved and I have been hoping his time would come.

    • Amazona April 4, 2020 / 10:38 am

      Michael Horowitz, chairman of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and the inspector general at the Department of Justice, criticized the removal of Atkinson and defended his handling of the Ukraine case.

      “Inspector General Atkinson is known throughout the Inspector General community for his integrity, professionalism, and commitment to the rule of law and independent oversight,” Horowitz told the A.P.

      Seriously? Talk about circling the wagons! What I take away from this Horowitz quote is that the “Inspector General community” (who knew there was such a “community?) defends its own, regardless of the facts.

      I’d like to see Horowitz grilled on just which parts of Atkinson’s “handling of the Ukraine case” he finds acceptable, much less showing ” …integrity, professionalism, and commitment to the rule of law and independent oversight…” When he decided that his personal preference for seeing this report reviewed by Congress was more important than its failure to meet several of the criteria for acceptance? Or was it when he tampered with the rules to allow acceptance of hearsay?

      I read something once where a Native American was explaining the belief that the world sits on the back of a huge turtle. Someone said “well, what is the turtle standing on?” and the response was “it’s turtles all the way down”. I loved that, but I also think of it when I see something like the Horowitz defense of Atkinson: substitute “ethically challenged bureaucrats” (whether or not they are officially Leftists) for the word “turtles” and you have description of our government.

    • Retired Spook April 4, 2020 / 11:38 am

      Not to be a nit picker, but “Congressman” Schiff has enough power without promoting him to Senator. Other than that, excellent recap.

      • Amazona April 4, 2020 / 12:03 pm

        Thank you, Spook. You are so right….shame on me for giving Schifty a promotion. I count on you to fact-check me.

        It’s funny how the media reports on Atkinson’s firing never manage to discuss how he altered one rule and ignored others to protect Ciaramella and, indirectly, Vindman and Schiff while setting up a pattern of attack on the president. He is portrayed as an ethical and honest guy who “spoke truth to power” and is now suffering unjust retribution for it.

        An honest and ethical Inspector General would have said “Here are the reasons I can’t accept your report” and then reported the author of the report for having information he was not cleared to have, thereby initiating an investigation into who told him about the contents of the phone call. That’s the kind of work the Intelligence Community is supposed to do, not participate in a fraud and then help concoct a coverup to shield those perpetrating the fraud.

  15. Amazona April 4, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    More cheerful news in the “Just How Stupid Do You Have To Be To Be A Socialist?” category. (Spoiler alert: really really stupid.)

    In this case, you decide to play bully-boy by having a patrol boat ram “…a reinforced hull built to survive in arctic conditions …” because you want to make a point.

    So eggshell ship rams “ bulbous bow of (an) ice-class expedition ship …” and—surprise surprise—- the reinforced hull won.

    Socialists are as good at military maneuvers as they are at economics and governing.

    • Cluster April 4, 2020 / 2:35 pm

      LOL. What a great example of big government incompetence and stupidity keystone cop version

      A Venezuelan Navy vessel opened fire on a German cruise ship but sank after it sustained “severe damages” while ramming the luxury liner on Monday morning ….. The Resolute repeatedly offered help to its crew, but the Venezuelan sailors did not answer the Resolute‘s hails, according to the statement.

      And doesn’t Venezuela have bigger problems than a German cruise ship purportedly in their waters??

      • Amazona April 4, 2020 / 6:39 pm

        Well, you might think they would find out if the “cruise ship” is still being used to ferry people around to vacation spots or, just spitballing here, has been repurposed as an arctic research vessel. That is, with a hull reinforced to handle icebergs and pack ice and so on.

        You know, strong enough to make a flimsy little patrol boat bounce right off.

        I’d love to see the video.

  16. Cluster April 4, 2020 / 2:52 pm

    True to form … MSNBC is currently airing a segment on the availability of abortion services and how to make it more accessible during these “difficult times”. If only we could start aborting journalists. In fact, if anyone sees Jim Acosta out in public, please do me a favor and beat him within an inch of his life. Just for principle. He sincerely deserves it and needs it. Someone should have given him a beating in high school and maybe he wouldn’t have turned out this way.

    • Amazona April 4, 2020 / 6:33 pm

      The Left is terrified that if newly pregnant women can’t kill those babies right away, before they get past the initial shock and get used to the idea, they will lose a lot of abortion advocates.

      I am sure I was not “planned” and might even have prompted a sudden marriage, for all I know. I do know that when I was growing up I had the experience of seeing literally dozens of women feel initially upset at learning they were pregnant and then quickly coming not just to accept the pregnancy but to love that unborn baby. This is so common that the abortion advocates know it and that is why they push so hard and try to keep distressed women away from anyone who might offer alternatives to murder.

    • Amazona April 4, 2020 / 6:36 pm

      I would bet that smug smirky pompous Acosta spent a lot of time in lockers and being chased home from school, as I doubt that such an obnoxious personality just happened, somehow, after he grew up. If his peers couldn’t beat it out of him, then, I doubt that anything can ever change him now.

  17. Cluster April 4, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    Here is where I’m at … come hell or high water (great movie) on May 1, we all need to go back to work. The patriots in us, and the inherent desire to defy central authority needs to kick in and we need to continue to build this country for future generation as our forefathers did even if a couple hundred thousand of us die. Many Americans have risked their lives and in fact died building a better future for their kids and grandkids so why do we think we’re exempt? When did we become so selfish?

    Let’s all go back to work on May 1, and shove this shit right down their collective throats. Our grandchildren’s futures depend on it.

    • Amazona April 4, 2020 / 6:26 pm

      Laura Ingraham made a good point last night—JUST TELL US.

      As she said, if we should wear masks and gloves, JUST TELL US and we will. If we are supposed to live like this for two more months, JUST TELL US and we’ll figure out how to deal with.

      I went online today to see how to make masks, and OMG, Americans are wonderful! I had no idea how many people are doing this on their own, turning out hundreds of thousands of surgical masks a day. I still have no real idea, just know that tens of thousands of people are stepping up and just DOING it. Then I learned that a friend of mine is doing that very thing, making masks for the medical personnel in our area.

      I think those people swathed in layers and wearing masks and gloves look silly, very melodramatic, but if that is the rule I’ll follow it. I understand it is to protect the public from people who don’t know they are sick and going out and about. Personally, I think massive testing would work better but I do understand it would be pretty hard to test 300 million people. But if we could, and then could isolate those shedding the virus, we could get a handle on it very quickly.

    • Amazona April 4, 2020 / 6:28 pm

      BTW, that is not only a great movie, it inspired me to consider a late-life career. And no, I don’t mean bank robber or Texas Ranger. I think I would be a natural.

      • Cluster April 5, 2020 / 9:40 am

        So do I have to guess on the career change? How about small town Sheriff? That I think you would excel at. And I want to be the deputy with just one bullet.

      • Amazona April 5, 2020 / 10:52 am

        Actually, I was thinking of the waitress in the diner. She is my new role model.

      • Retired Spook April 5, 2020 / 12:06 pm

        “That warn’t no question!”


      • Amazona April 5, 2020 / 12:34 pm

        I know. That had to be my favorite line.

  18. Cluster April 5, 2020 / 9:39 am

    They certainly do have high opinions of themselves don’t they? hahahahahahaha

    Brian Stetler CNN – To your point, Ana, the media is so essential in this moment because the megaphone to get information to the public about this health crisis. Let’s take these masks, for example. Just in the last couple of days, Americans are being told to consider wearing masks when they go out around cities, around communities. I was out today in New York City today, reporting. And the masks have appeared almost overnight. People are listening very carefully to what public leaders and public officials are saying. So when the president says BS, or he says information that is not vetted, it is very dangerous.

    They really are “essential”. That is if you want the opinion of ill informed, under educated, overly ignorant, agenda driven, narcissistic hair hats who have no real life experience. Then yes, they are essential.

  19. Cluster April 5, 2020 / 9:48 am

    You know I think the lesson from Covid-19 is too stay away from high density urban areas, and don’t rely on big government.

    And just a note to all Democrats, we conservatives prefer a much better life than the life you want or the life you plan to offer. so please keep your dystopian, collective views to yourself. No one wants to live in a Bernie Sanders world.

    • Amazona April 5, 2020 / 11:46 am

      Headline on PJ Media: Experts Give Wyoming an ‘F’ for Social Distancing, Which Is All You Need to Know About Experts

      From the article:

      “Unacast, which tracks movements via cellphone location data, has created a social distancing scoreboard, grading states on the extent to which residents are staying apart. Fourteen states got C’s, another 14 got D’s and one, Wyoming, got an F.”

      Well, that makes sense. All those people bunched up together in big cities, walking past each other everywhere, crowding restaurants and bars, taking public transportation, spreading the virus all over the place. Right there in… um… Wyoming, you say?

      This is, of course, moronic. Living in Wyoming is the definition of social distancing. It’s a place where you need to drive 50 miles just to get a Snickers bar. If anybody gets through this mess, it’ll be places like Wyoming. Any competent grader would give the state an A+++, not an F.

      Back to the GIGO concept, now that Casper has started dropping in to remind us of it: This nonsense is based on an uncritical acceptance of the most superficial level of Unacast’s “researcj”—that is, it is “…based on changes from previous movement patterns.”

      So, if the “previous cell phone patterns” of people in Wyoming have remained essentially unchanged, that means, well, it has to mean that people in Wyoming haven’t significantly changed their social interaction patterns. Oh, dear! Big F for Wyoming! Of course, what it really means is that people in Wyoming (Wyomingites? Wyomingarians?) are still socially isolated, just like they/we always have been.

      Wyoming finally broke the half million mark for population, teeming now with about 577,000 people, in just under 100,000 square miles. Deduct the approximate populations of its three biggest cities—Casper, Cheyenne and Laramie,—and you are down to fewer than 400,000 people scattered over almost 100,000 square miles. Even its biggest city, Cheyenne, has fewer than 65,000 people.

      A friend of Spook’s and mine has described his Wyoming home as “an hour to a loaf of bread”.

      “Experts”! meh

      • Amazona April 5, 2020 / 11:50 am

        I remember when my husband and I bought our first ranch in Wyoming. A few months after we closed, we were pulling out onto the highway and had to wait for three vehicles to pass.

        He turned to me and said “Time to move!”

  20. Cluster April 5, 2020 / 10:43 am

    Thank God she really understands what’s going on:

    Sen. Gillibrand talks about how COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities of color, saying that it has to do with “institutionalized racism found within our healthcare system.”

    Never underestimate a Democrats ability to spot racism.

    • Amazona April 5, 2020 / 11:23 am

      So, is she saying that when “people of color” get the virus, they get poorer health care than those hyper-privileged white folks?

      I can think of few other reasons why certain populations might be “disproportionately impacted” (and this is not the time, no matter how strong the inclination, to lecture on the new fad of making “impact” a verb…….).

      Let’s start off by defining “people of color”. While it is flexible enough to include anyone the drooling Left wants to include, it usually means black people. So let’s look at that one demographic.

      I don’t know that black people are more affected by the virus than we elevated protected privileged pink people, but for the sake of the feels of the Left let’s say they are.

      Trigger alert: incoming facts

      The prevalence of high blood pressure in African-Americans is the highest in the world.

      African-Americans are disproportionately affected by obesity. Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 63 percent of men and 77 percent of women are overweight or obese.

      African-Americans are more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.

      What does this have to do with the claim that “people of color” are more affected by the corona virus than others?

      In the new report, seven in 10 patients admitted in intensive care units in the United Kingdom with coronavirus were those who are obese or overweight.

      The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the most at-risk populations are: “older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes).”

      I already knew all this stuff—maybe not the details and references, but the basic information. And it is not my JOB to know this. I am not a highly placed government official with the duty to educate myself on the issues facing the public. Kristin Gillibrand is a Senator, and not just a Senator but one who thinks she is qualified to be president. So wouldn’t you think she would make a point of educating herself on things like this?

      So what should we think about Ms. Gillibrand?

      That she is a bald-faced liar who knows these things but thinks her lies will place her better in the scramble for approval from the Left?

      That she knows these things but believes it more important to contribute, in any way she can, to the Leftist strategy to splinter the American public into multiple distrusting, disliking, conflicting factions the Left can then turn against each other in its unending quest to destabilize our society?

      That she blithely dismisses or ignores SCIENCE when it can’t be used to promote her agenda?

      That she is just plain stupid?

      The answer is: yes

      • Cluster April 5, 2020 / 11:28 am

        So what should we think about Ms. Gillibrand?

        I am not one to answer that question because the answer may offend many. Suffice to say, Ms. Gillibrand is an empty vessel with a lot of nonsensical disorganized garbage floating around her brain which makes her a well qualified Democrat.

      • Retired Spook April 5, 2020 / 12:03 pm

        The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the most at-risk populations are: “older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes).”

        These are people who put undue stress on our healthcare system. Under any other circumstances Progressives would be rooting for these people to die so they don’t have to euthanize them.

      • Amazona April 5, 2020 / 12:35 pm

        Under any other circumstances Progressives would be rooting for these people to die so they don’t have to euthanize them.

        Ouch! But true, oh so true.

  21. Retired Spook April 5, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Jonathan Turley is one Liberal who gets it.

    Jonathan Turley
    Jim Acosta’s interruption of Dr. Birx is an example of how CNN’s echo-journalism model is destroying the media’s credibility. Every question from Acosta is an effort to score points rather than elicit information. It is a press pandemic that continues to rage without relief. (emphasis – mine)

    6:31 PM – Apr 3, 2020

    • Cluster April 5, 2020 / 11:09 am

      Turley did nail it. It is all about scoring points and with their national platform that makes them a threat.

      It’s now story time with Mario Cuomo. Doesn’t it feel like we all live in one big day care?

  22. Retired Spook April 5, 2020 / 11:33 am

    Since most churches are closed, here’s a quick sermon for Palm Sunday. A lot of wisdom packed into less than two minutes.

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