17 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-11-20

  1. Calling it the Wuhan virus?

    That’s raaaacist now.


    “Media, Democrats Rush to Declare ‘Wuhan Coronavirus’ Term Racist – Except It’s Not

    The MSM and Democrats have chosen to politicize the Wuhan virus, a tactic that will only generate more division, confusion, and panic.”

    “Here we are in the midst of a Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in America, and everyone is pulling together as a team to combat and beat this thing, right?


    The mainstream media and Democrats have chosen to politicize the heck out of the virus instead, a tactic that will only generate more division, confusion, and panic.

    Case in point, the rush to declare the use of the term “Wuhan virus” racist instead of referring to it as the coronavirus. They chose to do this even though the strain of coronavirus we’re dealing with stems directly from Wuhan, China:

    But almost six weeks on, she is among the hundreds of students still stranded in the quarantined city [of Wuhan], desperate to return home — long after classmates from other nations were airlifted away from the coronavirus outbreak’s ground zero.

    More than 20 countries have evacuated their citizens from Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first identified late last year.

    On top of that, it’s relatively common to name a virus/disease after where it originated from:”


  2. They don’t like reality much in the Dem party….




  3. ————–


  4. Bernie and Biden cancelled their rallies as a result.



  5. Joe wasn’t the only Biden using it as an excuse to cancel.


    “Hunter Biden Pushes to Skip Court Appearance, Citing Coronavirus and His Pregnant Wife”

    “Hunter Biden’s lawyers alerted the Arkansas judge presiding over the child support lawsuit against him that he will be unable to attend his scheduled court deposition this week, citing travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus and the approaching due date of his pregnant wife.

    Biden was ordered last Thursday to appear at the court on Wednesday, March 11, for a deposition in the ongoing child support case, but his lawyers told the court in a Wednesday filing that Biden would be unable to attend.

    “Defendant requests continuance of the hearing as he is unavailable to attend due to his wife’s due date in 2 and a half weeks or less and risks involved with travel,” the new filing states.

    Biden’s lawyers further argue that it is unreasonable for him to be required to travel to Arkansas at all, saying the appearance is “burdensome and oppressive.”

    “It is unsafe for the Defendant to travel, as travel restrictions have been implemented both domestically and internationally, particularly on airlines, due to the coronavirus,” the filing states. “Setting aside personal endangerment, Defendant reasonably believes that such travel unnecessarily exposes his wife and unborn child to this virus. California, in particular, has been the site of numerous reported cases of exposure.”

    The latest filing in the case also points to “intense media scrutiny” on Biden due to his father Joe Biden’s campaign for president.”


    Pay your child support dirtbag.


  6. And oh look, another Biden with problems, because he’s dirty too.


    “Politico Uncovers Allegations Of Suspicious Business Dealings Involving Joe Biden’s Brother”

    “It seems that former Vice President Joe Biden might have some splainin’ to do. Politico published a report on Monday revealing that his brother, James Biden, may have “fraudulently transferred funds” from a hospital and also taken funds as a “personal loan” that he has not yet repaid.

    The FBI raided Americor Health hospital on January 20 amid suspicions of illegal activities involving members of Biden’s family. It appears they may have found evidence of illicit business dealings in connection to the former vice president’s career as a government official.

    After the raid, two medical firms who had business relationships with James Biden stated in civil court proceedings that they possessed evidence that his transfer of funds from Americore was “outside of the ordinary course of business.” Politico reports that this case might represent, “potential pitfalls for the former vice president”

    From Politico:

    “The raid of an Americore Health hospital represented a deepening of the legal morass surrounding James Biden’s recent venture into healthcare investing at a time when questions about the business dealings of Joe Biden’s relatives, and their alleged connection to the former vice president’s public service, continue to dog his presidential campaign.”

    Politico points out that the reason for the raid has not yet been publicized, and the extent to which the investigation involves James Biden is unclear. But the news outlet does note that Americore’s owner “has faced legal problems and allegations of mismanagement that are unrelated to James Biden.”

    But the article also indicates that legal filings that have been given to Politico show that the connection between James Biden and Americore could become an issue for the former vice president as he seeks the nomination.”


    More here….


    “But recent filings in ongoing legal proceedings, along with new accounts provided to POLITICO by former executives of Americore and others, point to potential pitfalls for the former vice president, painting the fullest picture to date of James Biden’s health care dealings and the ways in which they allegedly related to his older brother. In 2017 and 2018, James Biden was embarking on a foray into health care investing, telling potential partners, including at Americore, that his last name could open doors and that Joe Biden was excited about the public policy implications of their business models, according to court filings and interviews with James’ former business contacts.

    Tom Pritchard, a former Americore executive familiar with the business’ finances, told POLITICO that James Biden’s arrival exacerbated Americore’s financial problems. Holding out the promise of a large investment from the Middle East based on his political connections, James Biden introduced Americore’s founder to his older brother and helped land a bridge loan to Americore from a hedge fund, Pritchard said. But then, Pritchard said, James Biden received a six-figure personal loan out of Americore’s coffers while encouraging the firm to take on greater financial liabilities. The cash infusion from the Middle East never arrived, and, Pritchard says, James Biden has not paid back the loan, the terms of which are unknown.

    “It was all smoke and mirrors,” Pritchard said.

    Meanwhile, Americore found itself increasingly hamstrung by high-interest loans and unable to pay employees and vendors, a situation that disrupted the operations of the rural hospitals it owns.

    Now, the business is in bankruptcy court, and federal authorities are circling.”


  7. “Seattle’s Patient Zero Spread Coronavirus Despite Ebola-Style Lockdown

    First known U.S. case offers lessons in how and how not to fight the outbreak.”


    “The man who would become Patient Zero for the new coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. appeared to do everything right. He arrived Jan. 19 at an urgent-care clinic in a suburb north of Seattle with a slightly elevated temperature and a cough he’d developed soon after returning four days earlier from a visit with family in Wuhan, China.

    The 35-year-old had seen a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alert about the virus and decided to get checked. He put on a mask in the waiting room. After learning about his travel, the clinic drew blood and took nasal and throat swabs, and called state and county health officials, who hustled the sample onto an overnight flight to the CDC lab in Atlanta. The patient was told to stay in isolation at home, and health officials checked on him the next morning.

    The test came back positive that afternoon, Jan. 20, the first confirmed case in the U.S. By 11 p.m., the patient was in a plastic-enclosed isolation gurney on his way to a biocontainment ward at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, a two-bed unit developed for the Ebola virus. As his condition worsened, then improved over the next several days, staff wore protective garb that included helmets and face masks. Few even entered the room; a robot equipped with a stethoscope took vitals and had a video screen for doctors to talk to him from afar.

    County health officials located more than 60 people who’d come in contact with him, and none developed the virus in the following weeks. By Feb. 21, he was deemed fully recovered. Somehow, someone was missed.

    All the careful medical detective work, it’s now clear, wasn’t enough to slow a virus moving faster than the world’s efforts to contain it. In February, firefighters in Kirkland, Washington, began making frequent visits to a nursing home where residents complained of respiratory problems —evidence of continuing transmission that burst into public view a week ago when officials announced the first in a series of deaths at the facility from Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

    The Seattle area, which had 118 infections and 18 deaths as of Sunday, is now the center of the most severe known U.S. outbreak as virus fears roil world markets, shut down commerce and schools and cause people to stock up on food and medicine. “We are past the point of containment and broad mitigation strategies—the next few weeks will change the complexion in this country,” Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation.

    This reconstruction of how the virus spread around Seattle, based on interviews with health-care providers, first responders, relatives of patients and academic researchers, offers lessons to places like Florida and California that are now reporting their first deaths. There were excruciating missed opportunities, especially at the nursing home. One shortcoming was a lack of testing in a critical six-week window when the virus was spreading undetected. Even recently, some patients said, hospitals weren’t taking enough precautions to protect staff and others from infection.”


  8. More good news for Rs…….


    “Gallup: Republicans Top Dems In Approval Ratings”

    “Gallup has been running this congressional approval poll of the two parties since 1999. For most of that time Democrats have had a slightly higher approval rate. The last time the parties were tied was nine years ago. But it appears that the response to impeachment has been positive for Republicans.

    More Americans approve of the job congressional Republicans are doing than of congressional Democrats’ performance — 40% vs. 35%. The rating for Republicans in Congress has risen six percentage points since late October, before the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the same period, congressional Democrats’ approval rating has edged down three points and disapproval has climbed five points, from 57% to 62%…

    Republicans’ approval of congressional Republicans has jumped 13 points to 76% since October, but Democrats’ 65% approval of congressional Democrats is virtually unchanged from October.

    Gallup points out that this rise in GOP numbers matches with a similar bump in Trump’s approval. He had his personal best approval of 49% in January and February. Sen. Mitch McConnell is also benefiting from the same post-impeachment bump. Like Trump, he is now at his highest approval ever, a couple of points above Chuck Schumer:

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s image has also improved after impeachment. McConnell’s favorability rating has increased by six points since October to 33% now, because of a 15-point jump to 62% among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

    So what impeachment managed to do was solidify Republican support for the party as a whole one year before an election. Given that the outcome was a foregone conclusion, that doesn’t seem particularly smart. In fact, some Republicans predicted precisely this outcome. Here’s CNBC from last December:

    “It’s fairly obvious that this will be done along party lines, and if anything, if Democrats meant to diminish the strength of the president, I think the opposite is probably going to happen,” the former White House aide to President George H.W. Bush said on “The Exchange.”…

    “I think at the end of the day, this is probably not going to hurt the president and will probably strengthen him in his bid to run for re-election,” Watkins said.

    But not everyone saw it coming. This Washington Post analysis piece from last December suggested Trump wouldn’t get a political boost:

    I am not so sure that impeachment of Trump by the House followed by acquittal in the Senate (the likeliest scenario now) means Trump gets a big political boost going into his reelection.

    While President Bill Clinton was popular during his impeachment and benefited from a groundswell of sympathy afterward, Trump is not a particularly popular president, with approval ratings hovering in the 40s.

    Reuters offered a similar outlook at the time, suggesting there was no indication Trump would get a bump from impeachment.”


    Wrong again. Still.


  9. This Tuesday was as bad as last Tuesday for Bernie.

    At this point he’ll need to knock Biden out in the Saturday debate, which will have no live audience thanks to Wuhan virus concerns.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Biden cancel, using the virus concerns of course, so he can avoid just such a knockout outcome.


    “Berned Alive: Biden Demolishes Bernie Sanders in Michigan”

    “”Look, fat,” it’s time to drop out. That’s what former Vice President Joe Biden should say to Sen. Bernie Sanders. It’s all but over. Super Tuesday 2.0 was a disaster for Bernie, a total rout. Missouri and Mississippi were called immediately, as Biden just outright dominated among black Democrats. This aspect of the race alone has become clearer: if you’re losing to this group by the margins Sanders has in his two presidential runs, you can’t win. I know his loss of support in the North is what’s being talked about, but his overall presidential ambitions were once again clipped by Black Democrats, who now know where he stands on the issues. They don’t want a left-wing revolution. ”



  10. Looks like some Dems are thinking the same thing.


    “Jim Clyburn: Shut Down Primaries, Debates To Protect Biden From Saying Something He ‘Cannot Overcome’”

    “Clyburn told NPR, “I think when the night is over, Joe Biden will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun, I think it is time for us to shut this primary down, it is time for us to cancel the rest of these debates — because you don’t do anything but get yourself in trouble if you continue in this contest when it’s obvious that the numbers will not shake out for you.”

    Clyburn later added that as the process continues to drag on that Biden will get “himself into trouble” and will say something that he “cannot overcome.””


  11. A telling contrast in how Trump’s speech on coronavirus was analyzed on Fox vs CNN.

    Hannity: There’s nothing to really worry about, little more than the flu; but the president has hit a home run. He can do no wrong. Ever.

    Cuomo: The opposite. The sky is falling and the president already has blown it. He’s incompetent and wrong. Always.

    I realize these are partisan commentators and that’s all we’ll hear from them. But where’s the middle? Where’s the non-partisan analysis most of us want?

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