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THANK THE COMMUNIST CHINESE FOR HELPING US UNDERSTAND THE DANGERS FACING AMERICA

There is no doubt that the Chinese Communist Virus is easily transmissible and deadly, especially to a cohort of senior citizens and those with underlying diseases. As a result, politicians have taken unprecedented action and seized power that resulted in substantial disruptions to our economy and our patterns of daily living.

The unforeseen impacts of the Chinese Communist Virus are affecting every institution, company, and family in America.

So what have we learned from the political reaction to this historical threat?

The implications of using still-developing science, models with faulty assumptions, and dodgy data that predict extreme outcomes to drive ideological-based public policies should serve as a cautionary tale for those who want to fundamentally transform our nation to combat the Chinese Communist Coronavirus or that other progressive excuse known as global climate change.

The near-collapse of our economy and the rewriting of long-held social customs such as handshaking illustrate the dangers of relying on both inaccurate modeling and partisan ideologues to inform and direct public policies.

The progressive threat is not as invisible as the virus itself, and much can be learned from the political response to the Communist Chinese Virus?

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Most revealing is the degree to which the un-American progressive socialist democrats have allowed their ideological predispositions to inform public policy, and to the degree, such policies appear to be supported by real or imagined science, all the better.

Everybody must participate, or the sham may be exposed by those who do not drink the ideological Kool-Aid and thrive and prosper in the face of artificial adversity. There are wide swaths of America who could have taken mitigation programs and remained open. Especially those areas with no virus being present.

The public sector is prioritized over the private sector as it continues to enjoy a relatively stable salary and healthcare benefits while private sector businesses are going under and workers become unemployed.

Class warfare is enhanced by dividing America into two classes of people, essential and non-essential, and providing preferential treatment to the essential class. One might ask how long it might be before a progressive politician demands that certain minorities be given essential status as a form of reparations for historical injustice?

The crisis is being used to expand government, increase the population's reliance on government programs and giveaways --- and to promote the acceptance of unprecedented authoritarian controls over previously enjoyed freedoms.

And no discussion would be complete without observing that the modern corporatized media has failed their audience to a spectacular degree. Substituting ideology, speculation, and raw political talking points for sophisticated analysis and objective reporting. Almost every subject being dumbed down to the point of certitude rather than discussing the range of possibilities and probabilities.

Bottom line...

Did the politicians have a rational and reasonable evidenced-based view of the emerging threat to promote their public policies that brought a large portion of our economy to a near standstill and caused life-altering disruptions among the citizenry?

Was the mainstream media complicit in lying to the American people by omitting or distorting factual reporting?

Where were those purported civil liberties groups when our most basic civil liberties were being attacked by an increasingly authoritarian and sometimes tyrannical government?

These are questions you must answer for yourself when you vote or decide to engage with a media outlet.

Personally, as a constitutional conservative, I will not vote for the un-American progressive socialist democrats and their constant corruption and ideological crazy-making. I no longer watch most television or purchase magazines or newspapers. As a result, I believe I am better informed than those who consume the progressive Kool-Aid, which is rapidly destroying America from within.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



MEDICAL TECHNOBABBLE?

I am tired of the medical technocrats who speak with a degree of certitude that is not warranted by the circumstances or the data. Medical technocrats who are focused on medical issues – but not the economic or societal issues that will result in the future when we follow their mitigation advice.

THE-ANSWER

The basic question to be answered is how best to protect the population from this terrible disease which incapacitates or kills a relatively small segment of the population while inflicting varying degrees of misery on the rest...

A.  Do you immediately isolate those who are most vulnerable to the disease and quarantine those who appear unwell?

B.  Do you attempt to quarantine much of the population to slow the spread of the disease so that current health facilities can accommodate the ill and those likely to require advanced lifesaving techniques as intubation and the use of ventilators? Knowing full well that this is a stopgap measure as the virus will continue until the population develops immunity, either by exposure or preventative vaccine.

The science…

The point of using science is to inform governance so as to reduce uncertainty—to sort out meaningless and unhelpful public directives from beneficial strategies that will actually benefit the population. But, as with everything in science, there are competing hypotheses, lengthy testing trials, and the inevitable falsifications of previously prevailing procedures, practices, and customs. And, if science is misused, you can wind up with increasing uncertainty, which often makes things worse.

More questions...

You cite models; what models are you currently using, and did they differ from the models used in the past?

Why do you fail to cite error ranges when you quote numbers?

When you cite data, is it possible that the death rate is being biased by reporting the deaths of individuals dying from underlying comorbidities with COVID-19 the same way as those dying from COVID-19? Mostly presuming the cause of death from all types of pneumonia, the seasonal flu, or other unknown problems are attributed to Covid-19 without specific PCR or serological antibody testing?

Concerning the rising number of confirmed cases, is this not a direct function of increased testing? And that the mortality rate calculated with an uncertain denominator of confirmed cases is meaningless, especially to inform public policies?

Is it not true that there will be multiple waves of new COVID-19 disease as vulnerable individuals, especially senior citizens or those with comorbidities, leave their shelter-in-place or self-isolation to reenter the general population?

Are you prepared to discuss the economic consequences of your recommendations?

Do you recognize that the politicians who are standing next to you may be treating you like sock puppets to justify their public policies and ideological agenda? Or to implement a "blame the experts" defense for any adverse consequences during their administration?

Why don’t you challenge the false narratives and push back against media, by name, who distort or sensationalize the medical issues?

And, of course, there are a few others.

Bottom line…

It’s good to be an expert. If the numbers turn bad, they imply it is because you didn’t follow their advice; if the numbers are good, they take credit for saving lives; and if there are serious questions, they blame the data and disclaim responsibility.

In my mind, an expert is someone who concentrates their attention on a particular subject, continually narrowing their focus on a subset of the subject; in essence, knowing more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing. The fact that you are well-educated, well-spoken, and well-experienced in your area of expertise does not mean that your knowledge is transferable to other scientific disciplines or other critical subjects. 

So answer the questions, get off the stage, and return to your research or administrative duties. Thank you for your service.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



WHEN WILL POLITICIANS START SEEKING COVER TO JUSTIFY DAMAGING THE U.S. ECONOMY?

DEADLY

Consider...

It appears that the initial virus infection data was dodgy or, in the case of certain communist countries, outright false.

It appears that many models were inadequate or grossly wrong, notably, the original Imperial College of London model, which was used to drive public policy and which predicted, without dramatic action, the novel coronavirus could kill as many as 2.2 million people living in the United States.

A leading model now estimates tens of thousands fewer covid-19 deaths by summer.

Late Tuesday night, however, the IHME estimate  (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington) shifted in the other direction. While the model last week projected nearly 94,000 deaths by late summer, its new estimate puts the toll by August at 60,400 — a decline of 26 percent from the model’s previous estimate.

It appears that the experts, even the most credentialed and experienced, vacillated between “opinions.” Many of whom are rushing to submit anecdotal small sample studies as journal “letters or correspondence” or attempting to stake their claim to fame by pre-publishing papers without reasonable standards of peer review.

It appears that the hospitals were crying “all hands on deck” while canceling scheduled or elective procedures and furloughing or laying off personnel.

It appears that the media continues to sensationalize non-stories, and even those stories point out significant errors that are ignored by politicians eager to “do something” or pursue their political agendas.

Only 6% of coronavirus cases actually being detected, claims chilling study

If German researchers are correct that worldwide cases have been "dramatically understated" due to insufficient testing, as many as 25 million people could have Covid-19. Dr. Christian Bommer and Professor Sebastian Vollmer used estimates of virus mortality and time until death from a recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases in an attempt to verify the accuracy of official case records. Their findings indicate countries have discovered, on average, only about 6% of their coronavirus infections. Insufficient and delayed testing is responsible for this enormous underreporting of cases, they say. This could explain why countries like Italy and Spain have experienced a much higher mortality rate than Germany – because far fewer cases are being recorded, it skews the data and creates the illusion that a higher proportion of Covid-19 patients are dying than they really are.

It appears that even the uber-liberal New York Times, the Pravda of the West, is asking, “Where have all the heart attacks gone?”…

Where Have All the Heart Attacks Gone?
Except for treating Covid-19, many hospitals seem to be eerily quiet.

The hospitals are eerily quiet, except for Covid-19.

I have heard this sentiment from fellow doctors across the United States and in many other countries. We are all asking: Where are all the patients with heart attacks and stroke? They are missing from our hospitals.

Yale New Haven Hospital, where I work, has almost 300 people stricken with Covid-19, and the numbers keep rising — and yet we are not yet at capacity because of a marked decline in our usual types of patients. In more normal times, we never have so many empty beds.

Our hospital is usually so full that patients wait in gurneys along the walls of the emergency department for a bed to become available on the general wards or even in the intensive care unit. We send people home from the hospital as soon as possible so we can free up beds for those who are waiting. But the pandemic has caused a previously unimaginable shift in the demand for hospital services.

Some of the excess capacity is indeed by design. We canceled elective procedures, though many of those patients never needed hospitalization. We are now providing care at home through telemedicine, but those services are for stable outpatients, not for those who are acutely ill.

What is striking is that many of the emergencies have disappeared. Heart attack and stroke teams, always poised to rush in and save lives, are mostly idle. This is not just at my hospital. My fellow cardiologists have shared with me that their cardiology consultations have shrunk, except those related to Covid-19.

[OCS: Three thoughts come immediately to mind. One, we have seen instances where first responders are told to wait an additional five minutes to see if the patient who has been revived crashes again – dead bodies do not occupy ER hospital beds unless their is a chance of revival. Two, many deaths are erroneously or deliberately coded as COVID-19 deaths based on little more than assumption and without testing. And three, the less stressful conditions of home confinement may trigger fewer heart attacks and strokes.

L.A. County tells paramedics to delay transporting cardiac patients amid coronavirus pandemic

Los Angeles County officials this week ordered paramedics to wait five minutes after reviving someone with cardiac arrest to see if their heart stops again before racing them to the hospital, a policy intended to reduce the number of high-risk patients flooding emergency rooms during the coronavirus pandemic.

The policy, which could apply to 911 patients with heart attacks and drug overdoses, as well as those with COVID-19, instructs first responders to wait and see whether a patient loses heart function again within five minutes after being revived. If so, paramedics will continue CPR in the field until a doctor tells them to stop because it is likely futile. CPR could continue for as long as 40 minutes, according to county officials.

The aim is to keep people who are likely to die out of hospitals, which are expected to soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as the pandemic worsens. The number of people who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in L.A. County more than doubled between Monday and Friday. <Source> ]

The public needs to know that hospitals are equipped not only to care for people with Covid-19 but also those who have other life-threatening health problems.

Yes, we in health care are working to keep people out of the hospital if we can, but we can safely provide care for those people who are not sick from Covid-19. Masks and protective gear for health care workers and patients go a long way to ensure a safe environment. Also, people with chronic conditions need to know that avoidance of needed care could ultimately be as big a threat as the virus itself.

As we fight coronavirus, we need to combat perceptions that everyone else must stay away from the hospital. The pandemic toll will be much worse if it leads people to avoid care for life-threatening, yet treatable, conditions like heart attacks and strokes. <Source>


Harlan Krumholz, M.D., is professor of medicine at Yale and director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation.

And we find politicians screaming for more funding and more supplies, much of will arrive after the peak demand, and sit idle waiting for another catastrophe.

I wonder what will happen to all of those company’s that re-tooled to make ventilators and other medical supplies when we pass our projected peak of the crisis? How long with they continue manufacturing supplies, and who will be purchasing them? 

But worst of all, politicians are attempting to cover their asses for damaging the U.S. economy by using meaningless metrics and deliberately inflating COVID-19 fatalities.

They are using numbers, statistics, and charts to cover their collective asses. The charts are meaningless as they are a function of testing and ignore those who are asymptomatic or not presenting for testing. Therefore, anyone that uses this data to calculate a fatality rate will be incorrect because the denominator in the calculation will always be incorrect. The reported fatalities are suspect because we are seeing public health departments ordering physicians to change death certificates to indicate anyone who dies -- and may be suspected of having or being exposed to COVID-19, even without a test or any confirming information --should be reported as a COVID-19 death.

Additionally, we see anecdotal evidence that some deaths were actually caused by lung damage from ventilators with improper settings and that oxygen therapy may be preferable to ventilators. The real numbers I want to see are the number of those patient recoveries that used specific drug regimens or transfused blood with antibodies.

The so-called “flattening of the curve” relates to the accessibility and availability of hospital beds and ventilators and has little to do with survival rates.

Bottom line…

I find it deeply disturbing that mayors, county supervisors, sheriffs,  public health officials, and governors are issuing edicts, some without constitutional or legal authority, some nonsensical, and some egregiously damaging to their constituents -- all based on bad data and faulty assumptions.

When we lose our liberties, it will be hard or impossible to get them back without a revolution. It is time to look around and see who is using this crisis for personal, political, professional, or profitable gain – and then hold them accountable by denying them our business or our vote.

As someone in the ultra high-risk cohort (age plus more than three comorbidities), statistics are irrelevant because it is personal if something happens to me or a loved one. Even if the various rules and regulations are relaxed, we must continue to be cautious and vigilant because of asymptomatic spreaders and the virus’s life on surfaces.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



IS CHINA THE NEW SAUDI ARABIA?

While most Americans believe a lot has changed in the world since the beginning of the year. when you consider geopolitics, it’s the same old drill…

COMMIE

How many people remember how the United States moderated their actions with respect to Saudi Arabia because of our nation’s dependence on foreign oil? Especially overlooking much of the Saudi funding and assistance in the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack and the assistance given to Saudi individuals who were allowed to leave the nation without interview and when all non-military air traffic was halted?

Now we are seeing much the same thing with China, holding back from holding the Chinese fully accountable for billion-dollar losses, partial destruction of our economy, and thousands of needless deaths because China is holding our pharmaceuticals and supply chains hostage. Which explains much of the mealy-mouthed statements emanating from our political leadership and carried with open glee by a progressive mainstream media.

Few Americans are aware of China’s 2003 “Three Warfares Doctrine” where the Communist Chinese embrace public opinion warfare, psychological warfare, and legal warfare to help defeat an enemy without firing a shot. This is China using non-traditional and unrestricted warfare to employ all means at their disposal to infiltrate and subvert the United States.

Including an economic war that sees China engaging in:

  • currency manipulation;
  • control of strategic commodities like rare earth metals’
  • supply chain manipulation;
  • purchasing strategic companies and vendors of critical components;
  • strategic real estate purchases;
  • purchasing American corporate debt;
  • control of infrastructures like ports and harbors, including unrestricted access to America via container handling and nationwide transshipment;
  • supporting politicians on both sides of the aisle, but particularly Democrats to shape foreign policy and provide access to restricted dual-use technology; and
  • obtaining advanced training in U.S. educational institutions and employment in American corporations.

We can see this in action with China's not so subtle threats to withhold pharmaceuticals or critical supplies if the United States or its allies take punitive action against the Communist Chinese for their duplicity, deception and disingenuous dealings in the nation-crippling coronavirus pandemic.

An attitude adjustment is needed…

It appears that few in the government view Communist China as an existential threat to America, more like the United States is engaged in a trade competition with the Communist Chinese where we are likely to prevail. We have a historical penchant in not believing dictators and governments who tell us exactly what they want and what they are likely to do. It is not a state secret that the Communist Chinese are taking the long view which sees them exerting hegemonic control over much of the world. Whereas, most in the United States are focusing on 4- or 8-year political cycles and the ongoing war between the two major political parties.

Bottom line…

It is most likely that a kinetic war will only come about through the misunderstanding of the relative capabilities of the nations involved and precipitated by a miscalculation or accident that will require a kinetic response. In the meantime, we must reverse our previous policy of peace through trade and seek to decouple and diversify our critical infrastructure and supply chains. Not as isolationists, but as prudent planners for an unknown future event, be it a pandemic, asteroid strike, or war. Even more importantly, we need to know the extent to which our enemies have infiltrated our government, our institutions, and our critical infrastructure. As well as identifying those politicians and corporate leaders who may be beholden to our enemies in return for campaign contributions and business opportunities.

We must re-tool our State Department and avoid the meaningless symbolic finger-pointing and toothless rhetoric to impose real and meaningful sanctions.

But, most of all, we need our nation’s leadership to tell the truth to the American people. All is not well. We are certain of an uncertain future. And, we must remove those politicians who act as a fifth column to destroy America from within on behalf of our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Not to mention the lying mainstream media whose influence can be easily bought -- or produced by useful idiots.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA: LARRY DAVID

In what universe do we find an individual, whose fame is based on being a neurotic, conflicted, narcissistic asshole, essentially transferring his personal viewpoint to the national stage, comparing President Trump to some of the worst murdering dictators the world has ever seen?

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Here is the President of the United States, fighting the forces of malignant progressivism and trying his best to manage what is being portrayed a major national crisis, being criticized because he is a Republican who defeated the corrupt, lying Hillary Clinton. Because he refuses to bow to the mainstream media and is unafraid to stand up and point to those who are lying or who are attacking him and calling bullshi*t.

Like many of his progressive Hollywood cohorts, it appears that Larry David is exhibiting the effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome, a malady that causes loss of cognitive ability and foaming at the mouth when the name Trump is mentioned or viewed. 

Imagine this…

Speaking of his near-look-alike, the Bronx Bolshevik Bernie Sanders, “I feel he should drop out. Because he’s too far behind. He can’t get the nomination. And I think, you know, it’s no time to fool around here. Everybody’s got to support Biden.”

It is one thing to support a corrupt, but mentally sharp, liar like Hillary Clinton, but to support a corrupt liar with observable mental issues is unconscionable. Unless, of course, you are an un-American progressive socialist democrat who is isolated in his bubble and immune from the consequences of his party’s toxic agenda. David is a multi-millionaire from co-creating one of America’s biggest time-wasters, essentially a program about nothing called Seinfeld.

What does he really believe and is his "Jewishness" part of the joke?

From the progressive anti-Netanyahu Israeli publication Haaretz

Curb Your Judaism: Why Larry David Is a Better Jew Than Most Israelis

Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star Larry David, who’s more interested in the history of the pastrami sandwich than the Temple, is a better Jew than most of us Israelis.

Larry David is a better Jew than I am. It’s not a competition, I know, but still, his Jewishness is not in doubt. Larry himself doesn’t doubt it; he’s proud of it. He flaunts it wherever and whenever he can. That egotistical, malignantly narcissistic man clings to his Jewishness. In fact, it’s the only thing he’s preoccupied with that’s not related to his personal problems, his neuroses, his embarrassments, his conflicted soul and his unfulfilled desires. <Source>


From the Celebrity Faith Database

The co-creator of Seinfeld and creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm began in stand-up comedy. A Brooklyn native, he was raised in an ethnically Jewish family. David is now an Atheist, a fact that made for some tension with his former father-in-laws Christian beliefs. He told the New York Times that "I wasn't making fun of my father in-law's religion. And even if I was so what, it's a comedy. Religion should be made fun of, it's quite ridiculous isn't it? Think how people spend their lives, they have no idea. They go around as if this is a fact. It's so insane you know. If I really believed that stuff I'd keep it to myself. Lest somebody think I was out of my mind." <Source>

Bottom line...

It is not a laughing matter. David and his Hollywood cohorts are subtly and subliminally indoctrinating impressionable minds to progressive thought and behavior in the guise of humor. Making the previously unacceptable, acceptable and thus breaking down the traditions and the religious guidelines that have governed us for centuries.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



AP DIVISION OF THE DNC -- MORE FAKE NEWS & POLITICAL SPIN

Traditional journalism is dead…

Journalism, as practiced by large corporate entities, is dead. There is little doubt that most of the mainstream media, as well as most of the most prominent journalism schools, are deeply infiltrated by un-American progressive socialist democrats and appear to be little more than the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee. And, in their need to capture a revenue-generating audience, sensationalize, distort, and simply omit critical news coverage. With deeply blurred lines between news reporting and partisan commentary., and in many cases crafting non-stories into stories to fill space and pursue their partisan gender.

The Associated Press…

Enter the Associated Press, now known simply as the AP, a news agency that originates, aggregates, and provides content to thousands of traditional and non-traditional media outlets. Their lofty goals are expressed on their website and can be taken with a grain of salt.

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Your guide to the AP brand       

AP is unique in the world among news agencies in that our only agenda is news: We are solely focused on the mission of newsgathering, distribution and service.

Throughout our storied past, AP has relied on a strong reputation, set of standards and brand to enable our reporting of history. A strong brand helps us be clear about who we are and what we stand for. It lets us reinforce what is unique about AP and what customers and consumers can expect when they encounter AP news, people or products.

Since our creation in 1846, we have served as the definitive source for news. As we continue our evolution to a diversified digital news company, our brand promise remains the same.

Brand values

In an increasingly fragmented media world, AP’s values — integrity, action and independence — shape our trusted reputation and underscore the expertise that differentiates us from others in the industry. These brand values are the foundation for our behaviors, actions and culture. <Source>

Sounds great. But are they really any different from those so-called "news" outlets that are overwhelmingly vested in attacking the President of the United States, his Administration, and the Republican Party? So much so that they appear to be the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee and the chief disseminator of its "talking points."

After the failure of the Trump/Russian Collusion hoax which revealed the subversion of the U.S. Constitution and the criminality of the Obama Administration, the Ukraine hoax, which revealed the same people attacking the President and the political corruption of the Biden Family, and the impeachment hoax that saw a one-sided partisan impeachment of the President on such broad charges as to be unconstitutional, we now have the latest Democrat scheme and talking points. "The President of the United States mismanaged the current U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic now sweeping our nation, disrupting our economy, and resulting in needless deaths."

But, before we review this excerpted AP story, let us consider some basic facts:

(1)  The President of the United States has limited constitutional authority over the states and their governors.

(2)  The U.S. government is not responsible for purchasing and stockpiling disaster preparedness supplies for the states which should engage in disaster-proofing their own states.

(3)  The purpose of the U.S. government is to deal with assisting the states in a major emergency by coordinating efforts between the various states, providing logistics support to move critical men and material where and when they are needed, and manage other relief as determined by the U.S. Congress. The federal stockpile was for use to ensure the continuity of government, its agencies, and the military -- not to be the primary source of disaster supplies for the states.

(4)  The Communist Chinese government lied about the severity and impact of the virus, and these lies were ratified by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose director appears to have been compromised by the Communist Chinese government. Many individuals, organizations, and governments were misled by the Chinese Communist Government, which is responsible for the widespread proliferation of the disease. Projections based on Chinese data woefully understated the initial threat. Even Anthony Fauci, the lead medical expert was fooled in the early stages of the pandemic.

(5)  While President Trump was roundly excoriated as a racist and xenophobe in the media for restricting travel to and from infected areas, the House Intelligence Committee appears to have ignored intelligence on the emerging virus threat as they pursued impeachment. Many politicians were recorded downplaying the severity of the virus, inclosing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was urging people to congregate in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Hypocrisy and duplicity on display while the President's actions saved countless lives.

The AP story …

U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic

By MICHAEL BIESECKER

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

[OCS: First, the initial alarms contained spurious data from the Chinese Government which misled the world. Second, the states and their governors should be held responsible for ensuring that their own states are adequately prepared for an emergency.

Two of the largest states, New York and California, were ill-prepared – California abandoning its stockpile to divert funds to other programs and New York ignoring warnings of stockpile shortages in a pandemic. Both states prime candidates for disaster, yet they were unprepared.]

A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies largely waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers.

By that time, hospitals in several states were treating thousands of infected patients without adequate equipment and were pleading for shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile. That federal cache of supplies was created more than 20 years ago to help bridge gaps in the medical and pharmaceutical supply chains during a national emergency.

[OCS: There is no way that the federal government can bridge the gaps of all 50 states, especially those who refused to prepare their states from known disasters.]

Now, three months into the crisis, that stockpile is nearly drained just as the number of patients needing critical care is surging. Some state and local officials report receiving broken ventilators and decade-old dry-rotted masks.

[OCS: The government does not manufacture medical supplies and cannot easily command manufacturers to circumvent the lead time to source and  order the components necessary to complete necessary medical supplies.]

“We basically wasted two months,” Kathleen Sebelius, health and human services secretary during the Obama administration, told AP.

[OCS: We? Sebelius no longer speaks for the government and is little more than a paid talking-head for the organizations she represents. And, truth-be-told, Sebelius and the Obama Administration are grossly negligent for not replenishing the national stockpile after the H1N1 pandemic. Sebelius is not a medical doctor, but a lobbyist turned politician.]

As early as mid-January, U.S. officials could see that hospitals in China’s Hubei province were overwhelmed with infected patients, with many left dependent on ventilator machines to breathe. Italy soon followed, with hospitals scrambling for doctors, beds and equipment.

[OCS: Follow the real timeline and you will see that the Democrats fiddled while Rome burned – and that the only decisive action was taken by President Trump. Decisive action that was roundly condemned by the Democrats and their media propaganda machine.]

HHS did not respond to questions about why federal officials waited to order medical supplies until stocks were running critically low. But President Donald Trump has asserted that the federal government should take a back seat to states when it comes to dealing with the pandemic.

[OCS: This is a true statement.]

Trump and his appointees have urged state and local governments, and hospitals, to buy their own masks and breathing machines, saying requests to the dwindling national stockpile should be a last resort.

[OCS: This is a true statement. It is preferential to obtain supplies at the point where they are used rather than from some central bureaucratic behemoth.]

“The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile,” Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, said at a White House briefing Thursday. “It’s not supposed to be state stockpiles that they then use.”

[OCS: There is an ongoing plan to link Jared Kushner, an individual with little or no subject matter expertise, to the leadership of the government’s response to the emergency – even when President Trump is surrounded by medical, economic, and logistics experts.

It is true that the stockpile was originally designed to keep the government and military functioning.]

Experts in emergency preparedness and response have expressed dismay at such statements, saying the federal government must take the lead in ensuring medical supplies are available and distributed where they are needed most.

States do not have the purchasing power of the federal government. They do not have the ability to run a deficit like the federal government. They do not have the logistical power of the federal government,” said Sebelius, who served as governor of Kansas before serving as the nation’s top health care official.

[OCS: Back to an Obama Administration hack.The states do run major deficits – especially when it pertains to supporting illegal aliens. This does not absolve the states from being ill-prepared to protect their own citizens.]

Because of the fractured federal response to COVID-19, state governors say they’re now bidding against federal agencies and each other for scarce supplies, driving up prices.

[OCS: States are experiencing the consequences of their own inaction and the fact that there are limited supplies. Where is all of that advertised preparedness against natural disasters and chemical, biological, and radiological threats? What are all those state agencies doing? Or have they been repurposed to serve illegal aliens?]

“You now literally will have a company call you up and say, ‘Well, California just outbid you,’” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., said Tuesday. “It’s like being on eBay with 50 other states, bidding on a ventilator.”

[OCS: Is this the same Cuomo who is running for the Democrat nomination for President? The same Cuomo who demanded the federal government provide him with 30,000 ventilators while he kept 6,000 in his own stockpile while refusing to distribute them to the hospitals requesting assistance?

For nearly a month, Trump rebuffed calls from Cuomo and others to use his authority under the Defense Production Act to order companies to increase production of ventilators and personal protective equipment. He suggested the private sector was acting sufficiently on its own.

[OCS: You cannot simply snap you fingers and make raw materials, components, sub-assemblies, and other critical parts materialize. The powers granted by this act, meant for another time, were partially invoked. But that still does not solve supply chain and production problems.]

More than three months after China revealed the first COVID-19 cases, Trump finally relented last week, saying he will order companies to ramp up production of critical supplies. By then, confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the United States had surged to the highest in the world. Now, the number of people infected in the U.S. has climbed to more than 312,000 and deaths have topped 8,500.

[Yada. Yada. Yada. It’s all Trump’s fault! And now we are finding that the numbers and optics may have been manipulated for political advantage. To read the rest of the article, in full, it can be found here.]

Bottom line…

The Democrat Party has been infiltrated by our enemies or those who can be bought by our enemies. In essence, it has become the communist party in the USA. Never, in the history of the United States, has a party used such a thin majority in the House of Representatives to wreak havoc on the nation and produce such deep political and class divisions that they may never be fully healed.

And, without a free and responsible press to hold politicians, institutions, corporations, and individuals accountable by disseminating so-called news, we have lost part of the checks-and-balances envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Even in those days, there were virulently partisan press outlets – but their bias, agenda, and modus operandi were open and known to all.

We are well and truly screwed by those we trusted to act in our stead and faithfully and accurately report the news.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ALL YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT DEMOCRATS IN A CRISIS

There is no doubt in my mind that the un-American progressive socialist democrats and their adjunct media are creating wide-spread panic based on “worst-case” scenarios to distract the American people from the fact that they are witnessing the loss of their constitutional freedoms, the enlargement of government, a massive increase in debt as well as distracting the American public from the criminality of the Obama Administration that is now being uncovered.

Much of the news is sensationalized, some staged, some demonstrably FAKE!

The un-American progressive socialist democrats are willing to use a dire emergency to advance their ideology and toxic agenda…

Following the most honest dictum of the Democrat’s …

rahm

CORONAVIRUS-CLYBURN

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The un-American progressive socialist democrats treat you like children and believe “lying for the greater” good is acceptable…

De Blasio Says City Told Public Masks Unnecessary in order to Preserve Supply for Medical Workers

New York mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said the city administration had initially recommended that residents not wear masks during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic out of concern that residents would buy up masks needed for healthcare workers.

De Blasio was asked during a Friday radio interview why the city initially told the public that medical masks would be ineffective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

“The concern throughout was, we didn’t want a situation where people were taking supplies, surgical masks, N95’s away from the people who are doing the life-and-death work [and] who must be protected,” de Blasio said on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show.

“We did not want to create an artificial demand there,” de Blasio continued, “nor did we want to create a sense that if you had something over your face you didn’t need to practice social distancing, [or that] you didn’t need to shelter in place, which are much more important strategies.”

The mayor said New Yorkers were now encouraged to wear homemade masks or scarves over their mouths when going outside, because the measure could prevent asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms from spreading the disease. <Source>

[OCS: About those cloth masks of dubious effectiveness… While these makeshift masks may be better than no mask in certain situations, and beyond the obvious symbology of a compliant public, you will notice that the democrats do not allow for the fact that advanced aged senior citizens, especially with underlying heart, lung, and other chronic problems, may need protection that is more effective than that employed by the general public and those who are statistically less likely to develop catastrophic life-threatening symptoms.

Like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was forced to admit that he was holding thousands of ventilators in a stockpile as New York hospitals needed more to accommodate the current patient load, the un-American progressive socialist democrats derive political power from managing scarcity and will rarely exert themselves to expand the stock of critical items. Cuomo received reports of a critical shortage in a future pandemic prior to the pandemic and did nothing. Well, not nothing, he invested taxpayer funds in several failed private “green projects” where the other investors were politically connected. Thus, like all Democrats, he privatized the profits and socialized the losses – and ultimate failure of the enterprises.]

The un-American progressive socialist democrats often posture to make their uncritical audience think they are actually working on their behalf…

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Friend, 

Just last week, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Though far from perfect, I voted for it because workers, small businesses, and health care providers need help right now. It will help slow the spread of the coronavirus and support families on the brink of financial ruin. Some of you may have heard that this bill will also provide a payment of $1,200 to qualifying individuals. You can find out if you qualify for the payment here.

[OCS: It was the Senate version of the bill with reduced progressive pork, not House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s version that funded the green agenda and all of the radical programs that could never be passed in stand-alone bills.]

But let's be clear: a one-time $1,200 payment is nowhere near enough. Countless Californians have just lost their jobs, and small businesses are worried about how they’re going to keep the lights on. That's why I sent a letter to the Treasury Department demanding it expedite the $1,200 direct payments. People need this money in their pockets now. 

[OCS: No amount is ever enough for the party that promotes Medicare for All (which bankrupts the entire healthcare system), a guaranteed income (which incentivizes many to avoid working and would further fund illegal aliens), and a host of other provisions to subvert the constitution, deny you property rights, enlarge government, increase taxes, and give near perpetual dictatorial powers to the progressives in office.

As for “demanding,” read the letter. It is a request for more information and a polite request because, as a Senator, she has no constitutional authority to demand anything of the Executive Branch or to interfere in the operations of any agency.

“We must do everything we can to offer transparency and stability to the American people during this time, which is why I ask the Administration to take into account the financial stresses people across America are experiencing during this time and make every effort to expedite payments.”]

Though we passed this historic legislation, Congress’ job is nowhere close to being finished. I'm already working with my colleagues on next steps because we have so much more to do to provide assistance to families and small businesses, expand paid leave, protect homeowners and renters, and more. 

[OCS: Already we have added an almost insurmountable burden of $6 TRILLION to the national debt in the largest spending bill in American history. All laden with non-essential political pork that has nothing to do with the current coronavirus pandemic.

Now they want more … amulti-trillion dollar infrastructure spending bill that will enlarge government, raise taxes, and ensure more power for their special interest unions.]

<To read the entire newsletter in full and in context, it can be found here.>

Bottom line…

We keep hearing the un-American progressive socialist democrats demand that President Trump respect science and follow the suggestions of the “experts.” Unfortunately, the single-minded medical experts want to eradicate a disease and are unknowledgeable and unmindful of destroying the American economy in the process. They rely on models with flawed assumptions and which do not comport with the actual numbers produced in the real world.

What we are mostly seeing is projections and guesstimates driving public policy – much of which appears to be wrong as it leads to the collapse of America rather than the protection of the most vulnerable part of the population and the economy. At this stage of the pandemic, we see numbers that indicate that COVID-19 can be more easily spread and is more lethal to a recognizable cohort of citizens – but we have never seen politicians shut down America’s economy as a solution.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell