Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 12, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) & CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act): Opt-ins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press statement at the Berlaymont building in Brussels on March 10, 2020. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)
The newspaper also called for the medication to perform abortions at home to be available to women without them ever having to visit a doctor.
In Thursday’s call to action titled “Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic — Not Less,” the New York Times whined that elective abortions have been deemed “non-essential” in some places as local governments seek to save medical equipment like masks and gloves for coronavirus patients.
“In recent days, leaders in several states — including Texas, Ohio and Louisiana — have pushed to close abortion clinics or severely curtail access, arguing that abortion is a nonessential procedure that ought to be delayed,” the editorial board wrote.
The Times takes aim directly at Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who is opposed to abortion. He recently passed an abortion law similar to the one in Texas, which the newspaper notes, will “close all but one abortion clinic in Louisiana.”
Though people could actually die from coronavirus, through no fault of their own, and there is a shortage of the supplies needed to treat them, the Times worries that the “consequences of being unable to obtain an abortion profoundly impact a person’s life, health and well-being.”
“Ah, yes, killing kids is as essential as the ER doctor saving lives. This is just a dark Orwellian leftist game. The notion that someone wanting an abortion (A CHOICE) is an equal emergency to someone’s imminent death from coronavirus or a heart attack is not convincing,” Newsbusters writer Gabriel Hays remarked about the article.
The editorial board goes on to call for the medication needed to kill a fetus to be available “by mail.”
“Given the coronavirus pandemic, it is incumbent on the F.D.A. to relax its regulation on mifepristone, at least temporarily. Doing so would allow many women to get a prescription for abortion-inducing drugs from a doctor via telemedicine, at which point the medications could be mailed to the patient,” they argued. “Unfortunately, 18 states effectively ban abortion care via telemedicine — measures that also ought to be lifted, at least for the time being.”
Perhaps worst of all, the newspaper calls for taxpayers to have to cover the bill for abortions.
“Finally, it’s long past time to end America’s bans on government funding for abortions, like the federal Hyde Amendment and similar state measures. These bans mean that poor women already struggle to afford reproductive health care — an issue that’s sure to be exacerbated during the coronavirus crisis and the economic fallout from it,” they wrote.
The Times describes their editorial board as “a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values. It is separate from the newsroom.”
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We reported on March 16th that just when President Trump saved the US economy, crooked Jerome Powell and the Fed shocked the markets by lowering rates to zero on a Sunday.
President Trump gave an impressive presentation from the White House about the economy and the markets rose 2,000 points. After the President’s calming press conference on that Friday the markets ended the day with the largest one day increase in history. The DOW was up almost 2,000 points.
But over the weekend, on a Sunday, Powell lowered the rates as much as he could to nearly zero. This was unprecedented – lowering rates on a Sunday – to rock bottom. The markets responded by crashing on the following Monday.
Had the Fed held off and lowered rates in small amounts during normal business hours the impact and response would have been positive. It was as if again, Powell was trying to damage the US economy.
The Fed and its Head – Jerome Powell – have mandates to”promote stable prices” and “maximum employment” and to ensure a “healthy economy”. However, the Fed’s actions over and over these past three years of Trump’s Presidency have been the opposite.
The Federal Reserve states on their website that two of its functions are to conduct monetary policy and promote financial system stability.
But the Fed under Powell is doing the opposite.
Just look at the Fed’s rate increases since President Trump won the 2016 election. The Fed lowered interest rates to 0% for the Obama Administration and kept these rates at 0% for the first 7 years of Obama’s time in office. Finally, the Fed increased the interest rates 0.25% in late 2015 for the only increase during Obama’s Presidency up to the 2016 election.
After President Trump won the November 2016 election, the Fed began a steady program of increasing interest rates. This program continued through April 2019. In total, the Fed increased rates 8 times after Trump won the Presidency. The Fed finally began lowering rates in 2019.
Top US economist Stephen Moore discussed the Fed’s actions in December 2018 –
Unfortunately, if you cut engine power too far on a jetliner, it will stall and drop out of the sky.
On Wednesday, December 19, 2018, despite the numerous market-based alarms that were sounding in the cockpit, Chairman Powell and his co-pilots on the FOMC voted to raise the Fed Funds rate to 2.50%. This sucks more dollars out of the economy at a time when the world demanding more dollars – thanks to Trump’s Tax cutting and deregulation policies.
Chairman Powell has been entirely tone deaf to the financial markets he seeks to protect. The Dow Jones Industrial average, which had risen by 382 points on hopes that the Fed would listen to President Trump and stop cutting power, plunged by 895 points after the 2:00 PM announcement, and closed the day down 352 points (1.49%). Poof, trillions of dollars of wealth vanished.
Since its peak on October 3, which, not coincidentally, was right after Chairman Powell gave a speech suggesting that the Fed might be through tightening money, the Dow has fallen by more than 3,500 points [now 4,500]. Market fears about his bad judgment have cut the value of all U.S. stocks by about $4.5 trillion, which is enough to buy 16,000 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The Fed economists use twisted logic that the economy is “strong enough” to absorb the rate hikes – which is simply an admission that their policy will slow growth.
The markets were up nearly 50% after a year and a half into President Trump’s Presidency. Then in early October 2018, the Fed Chief announced more interest rate hikes. After that the markets collapsed. The markets were down about 20% by the end of 2018 and the Fed nearly put the US into a recession.
President Trump challenged the Fed in May 2019. While China is doing all it can to protect its economy, the Fed is doing the opposite in the US –
China is adding great stimulus to its economy while at the same time keeping interest rates low. Our Federal Reserve has incessantly lifted interest rates, even though inflation is very low, and instituted a very big dose of quantitative tightening. We have the potential to go…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019
The Fed’s raising of interest rates are hurting average Americans’ 401k’s while increasing the US debt –
….up like a rocket if we did some lowering of rates, like one point, and some quantitative easing. Yes, we are doing very well at 3.2% GDP, but with our wonderfully low inflation, we could be setting major records &, at the same time, make our National Debt start to look small!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019
We noted this too. The Fed is adding billions to the annual US debt with their corrupt and crooked policy of raising rates on the Trump Administration.
The Fed finally lowered rates in 2019 which led to more stock market all-time highs before the coronavirus panic.
Now over the weekend it is reported that the Fed and the Treasury Department are joining forces to save the economy.
In just these past few weeks, the Fed has cut rates by 150 basis points to near zero and run through its entire 2008 crisis handbook. That wasn’t enough to calm markets, though — so the central bank also announced $1 trillion a day in repurchase agreements and unlimited quantitative easing, which includes a hard-to-understand $625 billion of bond buying a week going forward. At this rate, the Fed will own two-thirds of the Treasury market in a year.
But it’s the alphabet soup of new programs that deserve special consideration, as they could have profound long-term consequences for the functioning of the Fed and the allocation of capital in financial markets. Specifically, these are:
- CPFF (Commercial Paper Funding Facility) – buying commercial paper from the issuer.
- PMCCF (Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility) – buying corporate bonds from the issuer.
- TALF (Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility) – funding backstop for asset-backed securities.
- SMCCF (Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility) – buying corporate bonds and bond ETFs in the secondary market.
- MSBLP (Main Street Business Lending Program) – Details are to come, but it will lend to eligible small and medium-size businesses, complementing efforts by the Small Business Association.
To put it bluntly, the Fed isn’t allowed to do any of this. The central bank is only allowed to purchase or lend against securities that have government guarantee. This includes Treasury securities, agency mortgage-backed securities and the debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. An argument can be made that can also include municipal securities, but nothing in the laundry list above.
So how can they do this? The Fed will finance a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for each acronym to conduct these operations. The Treasury, using the Exchange Stabilization Fund, will make an equity investment in each SPV and be in a “first loss” position. What does this mean? In essence, the Treasury, not the Fed, is buying all these securities and backstopping of loans; the Fed is acting as banker and providing financing. The Fed hired BlackRock Inc. to purchase these securities and handle the administration of the SPVs on behalf of the owner, the Treasury.
In other words, the federal government is nationalizing large swaths of the financial markets. The Fed is providing the money to do it. BlackRock will be doing the trades.
This scheme essentially merges the Fed and Treasury into one organization. So, meet your new Fed chairman, Donald J. Trump.
Hat tip Greg Rubini
The move comes as states have been shutting down the retailers as “non-essential” businesses during the coronavirus lockdowns.
The agency advised that all “workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” are to be considered essential. They were not listed on an advisory from the same agency previously.
The Hill reports that “the list is meant to help other federal agencies, states and local governments to decide which industries should continue work during the pandemic. But individual jurisdictions have the authority to ‘add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.'”
“All decisions should appropriately balance public safety, the health and safety of the workforce, and the continued delivery of essential critical infrastructure services and functions,” the agency said.
The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against California officials for closing down gun retailers during the coronavirus outbreak.
emocrat Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all “non-essential” businesses to close, and claimed that weapon shops fell into that category.
The NRA contends in their complaint that gun shops are absolutely essential and must be allowed to reopen.
“Municipalities who target lawful gun stores for closure aren’t promoting safety—by weaponizing their politics to disarm you and your loved ones, these shameless partisans are recklessly promoting a gun-control agenda that suffocates your self-defense rights when you need them most,” Jason Ouimet, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement on Saturday.
“NRA members recognize these unlawful power-grabs for what they are, and the National Rifle Association is proud to stand and fight alongside fellow Second Amendment groups who recognize it, as well,” he added.
The Hill reports that the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), California Gun Rights Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition are also the involved in the lawsuit.
Another lawsuit by gun rights groups challenged the gun retailer shutdown in Pennsylvania last week. The Supreme Court sided with the governor, but he eventually relented and allowed them to reopen on a limited basis.
“In these uncertain times, the ability to protect yourself — and to acquire firearms, magazines and ammunition — should not be ignored,” Gun Owners of America Senior Vice President Erich Pratt said in a statement.
Former Sen. Tom Coburn was a hero among fiscal conservatives and endless source of inspiration and courage. The Oklahoma Republican embodied financial stewardship, always showing great respect for the hard-earned tax dollars of working Americans.
Coburn, who died late Friday at 72, helped the American people better understand the size and scope of Washington’s spending problem by highlighting government waste.
His office helped to uncover a vast Social Security Disability Insurance fraud scheme with a plot line ripe for a movie or TV crime show.
He later proposed the first comprehensive reform of Social Security Disability Insurance to improve the disability determination process, reduce fraud, and ensure benefits are there for individuals with disabilities for whom the program was intended.
Coburn, a family doctor and obstetrician in Muskogee, Oklahoma, also led the way on reforms to entitlement programs and toward a better budget process that demanded accountability and fiscal restraint from lawmakers.
He earned the nickname “Dr. No” for confronting members of both parties in blocking fiscally irresponsible legislation.
Washington would be a much better place if it had more selfless and dedicated leaders like Tom Coburn.
He represented northeastern Oklahoma in the House from 1995 to 2001 before returning to his practice and then serving in the Senate from 2005 through 2014. He stepped down before the end of his second term after a recurrence of prostate cancer.
Coburn was popularly known for highlighting egregious government waste in Washington, including the notorious example of tiny shrimps on a treadmill and the perfect combo of scary and cute: Robo-Squirrel. His highly anticipated annual “Wastebook” served as a pertinent way to help hardworking, everyday Americans better grasp just how frivolously their government was spending their taxpayer dollars.
The examples became symbols for excessive government spending and highlighted the need for Congress to exercise better oversight over federal agencies and programs. His efforts to uncover waste inspired many other lawmakers to get in on the action.
Coburn didn’t just point out waste and abuse, though. He offered a comprehensive solution for how to turn around America’s deeply troubled fiscal outlook. He cared deeply about young Americans and future generations, who he knew would pay the price of his generation’s reckless spending.
His 2011 publication, “Back in Black,” provided a plan to reduce spending by $9 trillion over 10 years and eliminate deficits. Had policymakers followed more of his recommendations, America’s fiscal outlook would be much more sustainable today.
Coburn understood that overspending is a bipartisan affliction and he stated so clearly in his 2012 book with John Hart, “The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting America.“ In the book, he also reflected on the 2010 Simpson-Bowles Commission, on which he served, calling President Barack Obama’s decision not to embrace its recommendations “one of the greatest failures of presidential leadership in American history.”
The commission’s failure seems to have marked the end of the attempt at a so-called Grand Bargain to improve America’s fiscal position through spending reforms and tax increases.
In 2013, a two-year investigation led by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations under Coburn’s leadership uncovered a vast Social Security Disability Insurance fraud scheme involving a Kentucky lawyer, several physicians, and a rubberstamping administrative law judge who together defrauded the government to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars.
To prevent a similar fraud scheme from succeeding in the future and to address the looming insolvency of the disability insurance program, Coburn introduced a comprehensive reform package in the Senate. The Protecting Social Security Disability Act of 2014 became a guiding framework to improve the program’s integrity, encourage employment, and hold disability judges, lawyers, and doctors accountable.
Coburn’s legacy is marked by his consistent dedication to serving taxpayers even if it meant running the risk of upsetting some in his own party.
He is remembered for his steadfastness, principled positions, hard work, and kindness. He was a committed public servant who had a significant impact on public policy that will far outlast his time on earth.
Billionaire Hollywood mogul and Democrat donor David Geffen notified the world that he is avoiding the coronavirus pandemic by hunkering down aboard his private yacht, Rising Sun, which is sailing somewhere off the coast of the Grenadines in the Caribbean,
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stands near Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad during a March 18, 2020, press conference. Fayad later tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo: Office of the President of Mexico)
Billionaire Hollywood mogul and Democrat donor David Geffen notified the world that he is avoiding the coronavirus pandemic by hunkering down aboard his private yacht, Rising Sun, which is sailing somewhere off the coast of the Grenadines in the Caribbean,
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LONDON - 22 NOVEMBER: Fire Fighters walk out on their eight day strike at a fire station November 22, 2002 in Clerkenwell, London. The fire fighters walked out at 9am after talks between the Fire Brigades Union and their employers collapsed after through the night discussions. The emplyers had offered a 16% pay rise which the union refused on the basis that it was tied to changes to their work practices and efficiency. (Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Images)
circa 1955: Two women gossiping. One women is whispering a secret as the other opens her mouth in shock. (Photo by Gaston Remy/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Health officials in Mexico begged for people to stay indoors claiming it is their last chance at keeping its coronavirus cases from exploding in an exponential manner. Mexico currently has 848 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up from 717 one day prior.
Los Angeles homeless rec center (Mario Tama / Getty)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 23: Beds are set up in a soon to be opened emergency shelter for the homeless in a recreation center as the coronavirus spread continues on March 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The city is in the process of opening emergency homeless shelters to offer beds to those who live on the streets in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
FDNY emergency medical technicians secure a patient identified to have coronavirus into an ambulance, New York City, March 24, 2020.
A survivor of the COVID-19, who nearly died from the virus last week, is repudiating Michigan Governor Gretchen Wilson for outlawing hydroxychloroquine, a drug that he attributes to saving his life, from doctors and pharmacists amid mass hysteria ignited by the global pandemic.
After wheezing and struggling to breathe with a racing heart for four days, 38-year old Jim Santilli began staring at the clock on the wall while lying in a hospital bed wondering if the next hour would be his last.
“On March 18, it was a Wednesday, I suddenly developed severe cardiac and respiratory issues. My heart rate was up in the 160s. I had extremely high blood pressure suddenly and then also had difficulty breathing, coughing and some wheezing taking place,” Santilli explained in an exclusive interview with The Gateway Pundit. “So I went to Henry Ford Colin Hospital in Clinton Township he explained. “Immediately upon arrival they suspected COVID-19.”
“Throughout the days, my condition continued to worsen. The trouble breathing got worse. My vitals were up and down the whole time. By Saturday morning, March 21, I was at a point that I truly did not believe that I would live to see midnight that night. The gasping for air was just so bad, I felt like I was drowning.”
Doctors gave Santilli, President & Chief Pilot at Great Lakes Air Operations, numerous medications but as his respiratory condition became more severe, none were effective.
“Unfortunately, with COVID, they really have their hands tied. They could not actually give me albuterol through a breathing treatment because the tiny droplets could spread in the air. If you have COVID-19, you’re restricted to just a regular inhaler,” he said. “I was also getting some steroids, however, that’s the other issue, I couldn’t use a higher dose – steroids can have an adverse effect on COVI-19. They gave me some antibiotics as well.”
Alarmed after administering all remedies to no avail, doctors resorted to deploying an infectious disease specialist who finally provided a solution.
“They did another chest x-ray that day that actually showed the condition inside my lungs was worsening – I even had some partial collapsing going on. The physician came to see me and told me basically that they had exhausted all options at that point,” he said. “That was the scariest part – being in the hospital, trying treatment and not getting better. That was the first time in my life I had experienced something so horrible.
“The infectious disease physician came to see me and immediately recommended using hydroxychloroquine and the azithromycin. Immediately upon receiving the hydroxychloroquine, as well as the azithromycin that Saturday evening, probably within a period of about 2 hours, I got a drastic improvement, a total 180 degrees. The gasping for air stopped. My vitals were improving,” Santelli said. “To be honest – I was in tears because I actually had hope. I felt that I could finally beat whatever I was battling.”
Despite President Trump’s announcement detailing the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in combatting the illness that has reportedly been contracted by at least 121,285 people in the US and led to the deaths of over 2,000 Americans, Democrat lawmakers are banning the medicine.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on Thursday issued a warning to all physicians and pharmacists in the state, threatening “professional consequences” if they prescribe or dispense hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine to treat coronavirus patients.
“Beyond the rational recommendation against hoarding as production of this medication needs to be ramped up, the letter deviates into open threats of “administrative action” against the licenses of doctors that prescribe hydroxychloroquine,” The Detroit News reports.
Trump blasted Whitmer on Friday night warning the first-term governor “doesn’t have a clue.”
Nevada’s Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak also banned the use of the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients on Tuesday, issuing an executive order immediately after Trump touted the medication.
“That upsets me because I know that it saved my life. I know that that combination has great potential to save other people’s lives,” Santilli continued. “We should not be taking that resource and that life-saving combination away from the people of this great state or anywhere in this world. Nobody should be sentenced to death because of partisan politics and I believe that’s what she is engaging in.”
Santilli suspects there is only one reason why any public officials would ban the life-saving medication.
“I think a lot of them there doing it because President Trump suggested it and they don’t want to make the president look good,” he said. “That’s not how it should be. If they truly care about the American people and truly care about doing what’s right, you would not go against this. If something is working you would support and you would want your people to have access to this so their lives could be saved and suffering could be ended.
Democrat lawmakers, he argued, appear to be using the global pandemic as another means to sabotage Trump’s reelection.
“I think [Democrats] want people unemployed to get those unemployment numbers up. And to be able to use that against the president’s reelection. It’s clear as day from the day he stepped in the White House [the media and the Democrats] have been out to get him.”
Whitmer, who has only been Michigan’s governor for 14 months, has only been an embarrassment to the state, Santilli concluded.
“Just looking at how she’s handled this whole situation, it’s very disappointing. I’m actually ashamed that she’s our governor. This isn’t about partisan politics. If it were a Republican governor, I’d be saying the same thing if they were handling it in the same manner that she is.”
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Medical staff in protective suits at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, Italy, March 27, 2020
Judicial Watch requested documentation related to lying Adam Schiff’s requests from phone companies during his unconstitutional and grotesque impeachment charade of President Trump. It was uncovered that Schiff obtained phone records on innocent Americans connected with the President.
Schiff used outrageous subpeonas to obtain the records for which he had no right. The President’s personal lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow were among those whose records Schiff requested. All the people whose records were requested were innocent of any wrongdoing.
When the Democrats received the subpoenas, they used tax payer dollars to respond and stated they had a special privilege that allowed them to deny responding. This is a lie. They have no special privilege like the President does when he properly exerts Executive privilege. The President properly exerted his privileges and the Democrats impeached him for using his constitutional rights. However in this case there is absolutely no reason that Democrats have to deny providing the public with the request.
The Democrats believe they can obtain phone records or spy on anyone they want to, for whatever reason, in order to obtain whatever they want. There are no such rights in the US Constitution. The DOJ should be investigating this case but they are not.
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The Washington Post has published investigative reporter Neena Satija’s article “Echoes of Biden’s 1987 plagiarism scandal continue to reverberate.” The article is behind the Post paywall. It’s not bad, but you’re not missing much if you remember the controversy.
Satija’s article includes a few statements mitigating Biden’s appropriation of the lives and words of others. In one case, speechwriters are blamed. In the most famous case, involving Neil Kinnock, Satija quotes a former campaign aide noting that Biden had attributed the appropriation on other occasions. Maybe he forgot to do so the last time around!
She also notes an inaccuracy or two in Biden’s appropriation of Kinnock’s life. His ancestors weren’t coal miners, for example, they were mining engineers. Maybe it was his memory playing tricks on him again.
Satija’s article also reminds us that plagiarism is a long-standing issue in Biden’s life. He got caught red-handed in law school. Biden is a miscreant with more lives than a cat. It helps to be a Democrat.
Satija’s article is accompanied by the entertaining and accessible (accessible at present) video below. I’m filing this under Laughter Is the Best Medicine, but Biden’s age-related decline — visible by contrast with the Biden in this video — is not funny (see Charles Hurt’s “Doddering Biden unfit to lead in times of crisis”).
Quotable quote (from Biden’s campaign exit in 1987): “I made some mistakes. But now, the exaggerated shadow of those mistakes has begun to obscure the essence of my candidacy and the essence of Joe Biden.”
Michael Auslin reviews the quandaries of Chinese behavior concealing the facts surrounding the Wuhan virus in the RealClearPolitics column “Has the U.S.-China Cold War Now Begun?” The text includes a valuable collection of links. Today a reader provides this eyewitness testimony via email from Beijing:
Skepticism of China remains healthy. Yesterday there was an 8-plus hour escalating protest by Hubei citizens AND Hubei police against neighboring Jinxiang province police. Why? Because officially the Wuhan quarantine is over, but the Jinxiang police don’t believe it should be and still won’t allow Hubei citizens to cross the bridge to their province.
The escalations included Jinxiang police attacking Hubei police followed by Hubei police and citizens charging the Jinxiang riot line, stealing equipment, flipping a large police van (about the size of a small school bus) and dragging Jinxiang Communist Party officials out of another van they were attempting to flee in after the riot lines were over run and…no idea what happened to them. You can find video on Twitter. Can’t find it in China, of course. [Ed.: The tweeted video below is the best I could do.]
CHAOS | Riots have broken out between residents and police as they try to cross a bridge between Hubei and #Jiangxi provinces..Police has blocked them from doing so by locking down a bridge #ChinaVirus19 #WuhanOutbreak pic.twitter.com/WT8M5T4ZAP
— -- (@Frolencewalters) March 28, 2020
My employer gave a notice at the start of the weekend that things in Beijing may be easing up internally, but that anyone wanting to leave Beijing would have to receive permission from unnamed officials or he wouldn’t be allowed to return. The notice carries an ambiguous message on the current status of the public health crisis. In addition to submitting phone-based tracking of our location with self-reported information daily both to the government and our employer each day by 10:00 a.m., we are now being asked to do it a second time by 5:00 p.m. daily.
The “community cards” which we were required to show upon exit and entrance to our community have now been stepped up to be personalized (one per adult, whereas the old ones were general and two per household) and require a government issued photo ID to be shown with them. Non-inspection by security shows this just to be a security theater measure — not meaningful.
Fortunately, we are all well here. My worst issue is that my mother-in-law insists on opening the windows while I am running three air cleaners to suppress seasonal allergies. The allergies are winning. Restaurants can have sit-down service again, but with a limit of two adults and one child per table and tables must either have a physical separator between them or be 2 meters apart.
Movie theaters which were beginning to open a couple of weeks ago were locked up again as of Thursday, and movie producers are forbidden to license their movies to streaming to recoup losses. The logic behind that is more than a little convoluted, but very much command-economy based.
Paul Cantor is Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the University of Virginia and author of Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy: The Twilight of the Ancient World. He is also a brilliant student of American popular culture, as documented in three books that compile his essays on the subject. Professor Cantor is the author, most recently, of the Modern Age essay/review “Shakespeare and classical antiquity,” just posted by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. The review is a model of appreciation, fairness, and eloquent insight. I found it to be inspirational in its own way.
Corresponding with Professor Cantor yesterday, I learned that YouTube preserves a wealth of videos displaying Professor Cantor in action. Professor Cantor’s 25-part course on Shakespeare and Politics, for example, is accessible here. The introductory lecture is below.
First up is Coriolanus. The first of his three lectures on Coriolanus is below. All the rest are accessible at the course link above. This is great stuff.
YouTube also carries Professor Cantor’s one-week seminar course on Shakespeare’s Rome from the Hertog Foundation Program for top college undergrads in 2017. This is a series of five three-hour seminar presentations. The first of these five seminars provides background on Roman history before Professor Cantor takes up Coriolanus. It is posted here. Day 2 is here, day three is here, day four is here, day five is here.
I am embarrassed to confess how much I have learned from listening to these lectures. Professor Cantor is a teacher on the order of Chaucer’s clerk of Oxford: “gladly would he learn and gladly teach.” If you want help spending your time in lockdown constructively, you can’t do much better than Shakespeare and Professor Cantor.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards speaks during a press conference to update the public on FEMA's disaster recover and temporary housing programs on August 19, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of damaged homes. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Chuck Todd on MSNBC, 6/20/2019
Chuck Todd on MSNBC, 6/20/2019
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.
Maria asked Senator Graham about Nancy Pelosi’s disgusting Sunday morning comments blaming President Trump for people dying from coronavirus.
Senator Graham went off.
Senator Graham: What she said, she’s blaming the president for people dying because of the way he’s led the country. That’s the most shameful disgusting statement by any politician in modern history. Let me tell you we’ve seen the best of America from our citizens helping each other, delivering groceries, having special shopping hours for senior citizens. She’s the first politician to blame another politician for people dying.
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Flashback post by Cassandra Fairbanks, originally published in 2017.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the agent asserted that, “We had to cancel the VP Christmas get together at the Vice President’s house because Biden would grope all of our wives and girlfriend’s asses.” The annual party was for agents and Navy personnel who were tasked with protecting the Biden family.
“He would mess with every single woman or teen. It was horrible,” the agent said.
According to the source, a Secret Service agent once got suspended for a week in 2009 for shoving Biden after he cupped his girlfriend’s breast while the couple was taking a photo with him. The situation got so heated, the source told Cassandra Fairbanks, that others had to step in to prevent the agent from hitting the then-Vice President.
Additionally, the agent claims that Biden would walk around the VP residence naked at night. “I mean, Stark naked… Weinstein level stuff,” he added.
He said that the men on duty would frequently stand in front of female agents and Navy women that were present “like a damn guardian.” On some occasions, they would make up reasons to get the women away from where he was.
The agent said he was specifically concerned about women in the Navy.
“They weren’t allowed to disobey him at all, but we’d take them away under pretend auspices,” the agent stated.
The official Vice Presidential residence is the Queen Anne style house at One Observatory Circle in Washington, DC, which is located on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. The property is maintained and cared for by the service branch.
Best-selling author Ronald Kessler wrote about Biden’s problem with female agents in his book The First Family Detail.
“Agents say that, whether at the vice president’s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,” Kessler wrote. “Female Secret Service agents find that offensive.”
Our source confirmed this sentiment, adding that “it was especially an issue at his Delaware house that he would go to every weekend.”
“He would only get naked when Jill was absent,” he added.
Biden has also long been criticized for his contact with women and girls in photos and videos, and was even referred to as “Creepy Uncle Joe Biden” by the Washington Post.
In a report from the Washington Examiner titled, ‘Joe Biden’s Woman Touching Habit,’ Byron York wrote that he has a tendency to be “particularly affectionate with women in business and social situations, like the 2013 Christmas party at which he embraced reporter Amie Parnes.”
— Ash-hole (@TheTechn0sexual) December 17, 2013
The agent also worked under the Bush administration, and added that Vice President Dick Cheney “never grabbed any butts or breasts.”
We have reached out to a Biden spokeswoman for comment, but did not receive a response by time of publishing.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of ‘fiddling while people are dying’ of the COVID-19 Chinese coronavirus. Pelosi then raised the Watergate question of ‘what did the president know and when did he know it’ when saying an “after-action review” would take place to investigate President Trump.
Pelosi made her incendiary comments on CNN’s State of the Union in an interview with host Jake Tapper.
Tapper asked, …”Trump is considering relaxing federal guidelines for coronavirus for some of the less affected parts of the country, do you think he should?”
Pelosi began her remarks noting the U.S. coronavirus death toll topping 2,000 people Saturday, then pivoted to attacking Trump.
Well, first of all let me just say how sad it is that even since the President’s signing of the bill, the number of deaths reported has doubled from one thousand to two thousand in our country. This is such a very, very sad time for us. We should be taking every precaution.
Uh, what the President, his uh, denial at the beginning uh, was deadly. His delaying of getting uh, equipment to where it, it continues his delay to getting equipment to where it is needed is deadly. And now I think the best thing would be to do is to prevent more uh, loss of life rather than open things up so that, cuz we just don’t know. We have to have testing, testing, testing. That’s what we said from the start before we can evaluate uh, what the, the uh, nature of it is in some of these other regions as well. I don’t know what the purpose of that is.
I don’t know what the scientists are saying to him. I don’t know what the scientists said to him. When did this president know about this and what did he know? What did he know and when did he know it? That’s for an after-action review. But as the President fiddles, people are dying. and we have to, we just have to take every precaution.”
Video clip posted by Pelosi’s staff to Twitter with the statement, “What did the President know and when did he know it? People are dying.”
What did the President know and when did he know it? People are dying. pic.twitter.com/523KQLG5xV
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) March 29, 2020
Question: "Are you saying that [Trump's] downplaying ultimately cost American lives?"
Speaker Pelosi: "Yes I am, I'm saying that." pic.twitter.com/VzSbmc0UtF
— The Hill (@thehill) March 29, 2020
Pelosi’s “what did the President know and when did he know it” question is an obvious nod to the Watergate impeachment investigation of President Richard Nixon that led to his resignation in 1974.
The question was asked at a June 29, 1973 Senate hearing by Republican Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee.
Excerpt from the Christian Science Monitor from a June 23, 2014 report on Baker’s passing away:
…Then John Dean decided to come clean. Mr. Dean was White House counsel and a cover-up coordinator. (For instance, he had supervised payments of hush money to the Watergate burglars.) In early April, he began talking to the Senate committee and revealing what he knew. Nixon fired him on April 30.
Dean’s public testimony before the Senate panel, including Baker, began on June 25, 1973. He read a statement for the first two days and then answered questions. On June 29, Baker, in his easy drawl, began his try at Dean.
“My primary thesis is still, what did the president know, and when did he know it?” said the senator.
What’s forgotten today is that Baker thought he was protecting Nixon with that line. He was attempting to wall off the president from the actions of aides who might have done something wrong.
“He evidently meant to exculpate Nixon from prior knowledge of the break-in,” wrote historian Fred Emery in his book “Watergate: The Corruption of American Politics and the Fall of Richard Nixon.”
But Dean turned this question around. Among other things, he charged that Nixon had been involved in discussions about clemency for those who had carried out and organized the break-ins, as well as talks about payoffs. Dean said the president had continued these activities even after he, as White House counsel, had warned his boss of a “cancer” on the presidency…
Pope Francis (R) talks with Secretary-General of the United Nations, Portugal's Antonio Guterres during a private audience on December 20, 2019 in the Vatican. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The entire coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan, China. A large city estimated at around 13 million in the heart of China. This city rarely sees a blue sky and is busy and overcast from the smog that is constantly in the air. This is where the coronavirus was first reported.
Initially it was a curious case but soon the media began reporting incidents of people dying in the streets and a healthcare system totally overwhelmed. (The media never told you that the health care in Wuhan is third world with very few facilities and doctors.) Stories of crematoriums working overtime were reported.
But was this all a set up by the Chinese as was warned twenty years ago? The China economy was in shambles after its own overbuilding and faulty financial reporting. The Trump policies also made a huge impact on an already collapsing economy. Was the coronavirus a means to fight back?
America can’t be beat via traditional warfare so the Chinese know their best chance is with political warfare instead. Was the coronavirus an effort to damage the US via political warfare? If so, fortunately for the Chinese they had help.
The World Health Organization reportedly has been corrupt for some time. Similar to other world bodies like the UN, corrupt individuals now run the WHO which is also heavily influences by China.
As we reported two weeks ago, the controversial Ethiopian politician and Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, claimed in a press conference in early March that the fatality rate for the coronavirus was many multiples that of the fatality rate of the common flu.
This egregiously false premise has led to the greatest panic in world history.
The Director General of the WHO spoke on March 3, 2020 and shared this related to the coronavirus:
While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.
Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.
This statement led to the greatest panic in world history as the media all over the world shared and repeated that the coronavirus was many, many times more deadly than the common flu.
The problem is his statement was false. It was not accurate!
The Gateway Pundit reported, that the coronavirus fatality rate reported by the media was completely inaccurate and the comparative rate is less than the current seasonal flu.
Here’s a summary of the analysis proving the Director General’s statement was very misleading and materially false:
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The WHO did not include an estimate for individuals who have had the coronavirus and have not been tested. For the flu, this number is 39 million but for the coronavirus it is zero. Using the same estimates the coronavirus would have a similar fatality rate as the flu. This faulty analysis helped create the greatest pandemic panic in world history.
Dr. Tedros at the WHO announced faulty estimates for the coronavirus because he, the WHO and his country, Ethiopia, are all heavily influenced by Chinese money. Tedros reports whatever China wishes. As noted by Yaacov Apelbaum, China has invested millions in Ethiopia. This may be in part why Tedros has made the following statements:
Given the misinformation about the novel coronavirus epidemic, WHO has communicated with some companies including Google to ensure that the public will get the authoritative information from the WHO.”
“Travel restrictions [to and from China] can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”
“The lockdown of people is unprecedented in public health history, so it is certainly not a recommendation the WHO has made.”
“The WHO highly appreciates the tremendous efforts China has made to contain the epidemic.”
In late February the CDC unexpectedly announced startling news about the coronavirus in the US. This rattled the markets and led to a major market downturn of hundreds of points in the DOW for the second straight day:
As we’ve seen from recent countries with community spread, when it has hit those countries, it has moved quite rapidly. We want to make sure the American public is prepared,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s national center for immunization and respiratory diseases. “As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder.”
Dr. Nancy continued:
Ultimately, we expect we will see spread in this country. It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Messonnier said Tuesday.
I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe, but these are things people need to start thinking about now,” said Messonnier, who told her own family to begin preparing for community spread and the resulting “significant disruption” of their lives.
Right now CDC is operationalizing all of its pandemic preparedness and response plans, working on multiple fronts including specific measures to prepare communities to respond to local transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19,” Messonnier said. “Now is the time for businesses, hospitals, communities, schools, and everyday people to begin preparing as well.”
Dr. Messonnier’s comments came as the President and the First Lady were outside the country and traveling in India. The trip was going very well as expected, but this news was a startling rebuke of the President’s efforts to date to curtail the virus.
Dr. Messonnier’s comments were eerily similar to past Presidential trips when former and corrupt DAG Rod Rosenstein and the corrupt and criminal Mueller gang would drop shocking news as the President was overseas.
In July 2018, for example, corrupt Rosenstein, announced the indictments of 12 Russians right before the President was departing on a trip to meet Russian President Putin. Rosenstein reported on these Russians who will never come to the US for prosecution and who likely had nothing to do with anything related to the crimes.
The CDC is also responsible for the failure of Americans to receive test kits on a timely basis. Was this planned to embarrass the President?
The Mainstream Media has been horrible in covering the coronavirus. Basically nothing the President does is good enough. These hateful people don’t report positive actions by the President, like shutting down the border. The constantly overstate the crisis. This is the opposite of their actions during the Swine flu epidemic in 2009 when Obama was President:
The media in the US and around the world are corrupt and repeating China’s talking points. What the media seldom mentions is that the individuals who are dying from the coronavirus are elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Everyone else is at a very, very low risk of dying. The fatality rate for young people is almost zero but we keep children from their schools.
As Ann Coulter notes in her recent essay on “”how do we flatten the panic curve?:
If, as the evidence suggests, the Chinese virus is enormously dangerous to people with certain medical conditions and those over 70 years old, but a much smaller danger to those under 70, then shutting down the entire country indefinitely is probably a bad idea.
But even when the time is right — by Easter, June or the fall — there will be no one to stop the quarantine because the media will continue to hype every coronavirus death, as if these are the only deaths that count and the only deaths that were preventable.
Today, the epidemiologists are prepared to nuke the entire American economy to kill a virus.
What about the jobs, the suicides, the heart attacks, the lost careers, the destruction of America’s wealth?
The owner of a Chinese factory in an online group chat suggested intentionally calibrating forehead thermometers shipped to the United States a few degrees cooler than what the actual temperature is.
That way Americans who are sick will not register as having a fever and will then spread the coronavirus.
Writer Jennifer Zeng posted this thread on Twitter.
Zhang Xuandong, owner of Haofeng Electronic Technology Co. in Dongguan, #Guangdong Province in #China, says in a chat group of orehead thermometer producers which has 178 members, “Produce some fake products and sell them to the US. They (thermometers) should read 36.5 ºC when the actual temperature is 39 ºC. In this way, more and more American people will be infected. Let’s see if forehead thermometer producers which has 178 members, “Produce some fake products and sell them to the US. They (thermometers) should read 36.5 ºC when the actual temperature is 39 ºC. In this way, more and more American people will be infected. Let’s see if they still have people left to go to other countries to harm others!”
Here is a screengrab of the Haofeng Electronic Technology Co. in China.
After one member sends three laughing emojis, Zhang continues to say, “Isn’t that a great idea? Without using one single solider, we make money, as well as make peace for the world.”
Another member says No, we don’t want to make money from Americans. Let them help and rely on themselves.”
Here is information on the company.
2… forehead thermometer producers which has 178 members, "Produce some fake products and sell them to the US. They (thermometers) should read 36.5 ºC when the actual temperature is 39 ºC. In this way, more and more American people will be infected. Let's see if…
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) March 29, 2020
4…"No, we don't want to make money from Americans. Let them help and rely on themselves."#CCPVirus #COVID2019 #Coronavirus #DownWithTheCCP #CoronavirusOutbreak #CoronavirusPandemic #coronaviruschina #Coronavirustruth #CoronaVirusUpdate #CoronaVirusChallenge
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) March 29, 2020
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Wade E. Jackson, 47, was issued summonses for “obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function” and violating the “Emergency and Temporary Acts.”
The police were tipped off by an anonymous call about the party.
In a statement about the party on Facebook, the Ewing Police Department reminded the public that under Democrat Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order “gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by any part of this Order. The State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of the State Police, shall have the discretion to make clarifications and issue orders related to this provision.”
Press Release regarding the gathering of individuals referenced by Governor Murphy today.
Governor Murphy also let loose about the party on Twitter, writing “NO CORONA PARTIES” in all capital letters.
Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are.
NO CORONA PARTIES. They’re illegal, dangerous, and stupid.
We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 28, 2020
“Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES. They’re illegal, dangerous, and stupid. We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads,” Gov. Murphy tweeted on Saturday.
In a subsequent tweet, he took aim at Jackson directly and vowed to name and shame people who ignore the order.
Last night, Ewing Township Police broke up a party with 47 people – including a DJ – crammed into a 550-square foot apartment. The organizer was charged, as they should have been and deserved to be.
This is not a game. Stay home. Be smart.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 28, 2020
“Last night, Ewing Township Police broke up a party with 47 people – including a DJ – crammed into a 550-square foot apartment. The organizer was charged, as they should have been and deserved to be,” Gov. Murphy wrote. “This is not a game. Stay home. Be smart.”
There have been 11,124 coronavirus cases in the state as of Saturday and at least 140 have died.
Earlier in the week, two people in Lakewood were charged for having a gathering of 25 people at a school.
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Washed up Michael Rappaport went on an unhinged cussing-filled rant against President Trump and the entire First Family, including 14-year-old Barron Trump.
Rappaport attacked President Trump for wanting to eventually open America back up for business so American workers can get back to work and earn the money they need to feed their families.
He even oddly accused President Trump of never working one day in his life.
Trump-supporting comedian Terrence Williams absolutely destroyed Rappaport in this must-watch video:
Relatives attend the funeral of a woman who died from coronavirus, Seriate, Italy, March 28, 2020.
Some Democrats are getting very nervous about Joe Biden being the presumptive 2020 nominee.
His performance over the last few weeks has been terrible. He seems tired, feeble, and even confused at times.
Yet he is the Democrat front-runner. How could the party get him to step aside?
Michael Goodwin of the New York Post suggests Democrats get Obama involved:
Democrats need to recruit Obama to bench Biden, find another candidate: Goodwin
It is a given in politics that an incumbent has the advantage until things go wrong, at which point the challenger gets an edge. Then why, amidst panic, death and economic shutdown, is Joe Biden looking like the sick man of 2020?
Biden’s predicament is odd considering a key pillar of Donald Trump’s presidency — record low unemployment — is being vaporized. Thursday’s 3.3 million new unemployment claims wiped out nearly half the jobs created in the last three years, and the worst is yet to come.
Millions upon millions of Americans are fearful about their health and that of their loved ones, and the job losses and stock-market plunges are robbing family nest eggs. In addition, much of the media is slanting their coverage to damage Trump, all of which should be giving Biden a huge boost…
Polls show the president’s job-approval rising, and his handling of the crisis is getting strong majority support, including 60 percent in a Gallup survey. And that was before he helped push the $2.2 trillion relief bill over the goal line…
So what can Dems do?
Find another nominee. But first, they must bench Biden, or persuade him to bench himself.
It’s a job for Barack Obama.
The former president remains the most trusted member of his party and is uniquely situated to deliver the bad news to his vice president. In fact, it won’t be a total surprise given that Obama never endorsed Biden, despite making it clear he did not want Sanders, the only other choice, to be the nominee.
Goodwin suggests Obama can pitch Biden on this as a final act of public service.
He then offers Democrats three possible replacements:
1. Andrew Cuomo.
2. Nancy Pelosi
3. Hillary Clinton.
Those are all terrible choices. Democrats are in a real pickle here.
Cross posted from American Lookout.
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