33 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-13-20

  1. No problem Gov.

    We’re staying home.

    https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/stay-away-from-gyms-theaters-malls-other-crowded-places-for-14-days-pa-gov-says.html

    “Stay away from gyms, theaters, malls, other crowded places for 14 days, Pa. gov. says”

    “With 22 cases of the coronavirus in eight eastern Pennsylvania counties, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday offered extraordinary recommendations aimed at slowing its further spread.

    Starting Friday and continuing for 14 days, statewide, he said his administration:

    — strongly encourages the suspension of large gatherings, events and conferences of 250 individuals or more.

    — discourages individuals from traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.

    — encourages religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness.

    A Lehigh Valley lawmaker was more blunt with his advice.

    “Please, stay at home if you can,” state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said in a statement. “For many, this is not a possibility. However, if it is, I urge you to do so.””

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    It is, and we will.

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  2. Some seem to think there might be some overreaction happening.

    Others think those folks might be underreacting. Just because it’s not bad yet, doesn’t mean it will stay that way. And it looks like some countries may be underreporting deaths.

    https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Iran-s-coronavirus-burial-pits-are-so-vast-15125717.php

    “Iran’s coronavirus burial pits are so vast they’re visible from space”

    “Two days after Iran declared its first cases of the novel coronavirus – in what would become one of the largest outbreaks of the illness outside of China – evidence of unusual activity appeared at a cemetery near where the infections emerged.

    At the Behesht-e Masoumeh complex in Qom, about 80 miles south of Tehran, the excavation of a new section of the graveyard began as early as Feb. 21, satellite images show, and then rapidly expanded as the virus spread. By the end of the month, two large trenches – their lengths totaling 100 yards – were visible at the site from space.

    According to expert analysis, video testimony and official statements, the graves were dug to accommodate the rising number of virus victims in Qom.

    Iran, a nation of about 80 million people, has suffered a particularly deadly surge of coronavirus infections, including among its top leadership. Iran’s Health Ministry says that 429 people have died of the virus, which causes the disease known as covid-19, and more than 10,000 have fallen ill. Among the dead are members of parliament, a former diplomat and even a senior adviser to the Supreme Leader. At least two dozen other officials, including a vice president, have been infected.

    In Qom, the spiritual center of Iran’s ruling Shiite clerics, more than 846 people have contracted the virus, officials say. Iran’s government has not released an official death toll for Qom, however, where about 1.2 million people live. But videos, satellite images and other open-source data from the cemetery – a vast complex six miles north of the city center – suggest that the number of people struck down by the virus there is significantly higher than the official figure.

    A senior imagery analyst at Maxar Technologies in Colorado said the size of the trenches and the speed with which they were excavated together mark a clear departure from past burial practices involving individual and family plots at the site. In addition to satellite imagery, videos posted on social media from the cemetery show the extended rows of graves at Behesht-e Masoumeh and say they are meant for coronavirus victims.

    The imagery analyst, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work, also pointed to an image showing what appears to be a large white pile of lime, which can be used to manage decay and odor in mass graves. Iranian health officials have in recent weeks confirmed the use of lime when burying coronavirus victims.”

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    Better safe than sorry.

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  3. This is why I shopped early.

    https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/coronavirus-panic-buying-leading-to-empty-shelves-long-lines-at-lehigh-valley-stores.html

    “Coronavirus panic-buying leading to empty shelves, long lines at Lehigh Valley stores”

    “Shoppers planning to visit a Lehigh Valley supermarket or big-box retailer this weekend should prepare for long lines and empty shelves on cleaning supplies, disinfectants and most pantry staples. Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes also will be slim pickings.

    Several stores are limiting the amount of in-demand items customers are allowed to buy as folks stockpile supplies amid the spread of the new coronavirus.

    At Wegmans, customers are being limited to four one-gallon jugs per order of water or three per order of hand sanitizer and hydrogen peroxide. The same goes with one per order of disinfecting wipes and one per order of bath tissue. At ShopRite, shoppers can buy up to four disinfectant sprays, fever-reducing medicines, gloves/masks, bleach, soap, bottled water or household cleaning wipes.

    Public health officials have generally been recommending against stockpiling items. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department, told The Philadelphia Inquirer folks should buy the things they normally buy, because otherwise it causes a domino effect that then leads to more stockpiling.

    By Thursday afternoon at Lehigh Valley supermarkets it was clear many weren’t heeding that message.”

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    They never do. And be honest, you know what you need for a month or so, so don’t buy more than that. Then this gets avoided somewhat.

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  4. Sports has officially been postponed/cancelled. 🙂

    All of it.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/coronavirus-forces-major-us-cancellations-entertainment-nba-mlb-spring-training-more

    “Coronavirus forces these major US cancellations: Entertainment, NBA, MLB spring training and more”

    “The NBA has suspended its entire season until further notice after a player on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus.

    The test result was reported shortly before the Jazz were to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game was immediately canceled and the affected player was not in the arena, according to an NBA statement.

    “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the statement read. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

    The NBA shutdown could cost teams well into the hundreds of millions of dollars depending on how long the shutdown lasts.”

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    “Major League Baseball announced Thursday it will cancel the rest of spring training and delay the start of the regular season for at least two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    MLB followed in the footsteps of the National Basketball Association and Major League Soccer in deciding to put their seasons on hold. The NBA and NHL both suspended their seasons.

    “MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season,” the league said in a statement. “Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. As of 4:00 p.m. (ET) today, forthcoming Spring Training games have been canceled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have been postponed indefinitely.

    “MLB and the Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular-season schedule. MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.””

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    Nascar will run 2 more races, without fans present, and then put their season on hold as well.

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  5. Ah yes, the blue checked propagandists are working hard carrying water for the Chinese.

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    TDS is an ugly thing to behold.

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  6. Ta-Da!

    And now he can’t be forced to testify against her in her corruption and ethics trials.

    But hey, now she’s just a good old fashioned home wrecker, instead of some deviant who married her own brother. It’s a step up, but a really small one.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/ilhan-omar-reportedly-marries-political-strategist-she-denied-dating/

    “Ilhan Omar Reportedly Marries Political Strategist She Denied Dating

    “Got married! From partners in politics to life partners, so blessed. Alhamdulillah””

    “Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced on Instagram that she got married. She didn’t say his name or tagged the photo.

    Reporters and news outlets have said it’s Tim Mynett, her chief fundraiser and political strategist.”

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  7. More testing, and possible travel restrictions for Cali and Washington state.

    https://news.yahoo.com/trump-coronavirus-testing-soon-happen-105933307.html

    ” President Donald Trump said on Friday morning that coronavirus testing in the United States will soon happen on a large scale, but did not provide any details on how that would be accomplished.

    “The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!” he wrote in a tweet.

    Trump also criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the U.S. organizations leading the fight against the deadly infection, for having a testing system that he said would “always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic.”

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    https://news.yahoo.com/trump-considers-travel-restrictions-to-california-and-washington-in-attempt-to-stop-coronavirus-spread-204627351.html

    “President Trump said Thursday that travel restrictions to California and Washington, two states hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, were possible “if an area gets too hot.”

    One day after announcing a 30-day suspension of travel from the European Union to the United States, Trump was asked by a reporter in the Oval Office whether domestic restrictions were also possible.

    “Is it a possibility?” Trump responded. “Yes, if somebody gets a little bit out of control, if an area gets too hot.”

    Trump canceled his own trip to Nevada and Colorado minutes after announcing the EU travel restrictions.”

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  8. 3 states have cancelled K-12 schools.

    More states will follow I’m sure.

    https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-school-closings-ohio-maryland-211045631.html

    “Coronavirus school closings: Ohio, Maryland, Michigan become first states to shut all K-12 schools”

    “Ohio, Maryland, Michigan and the large urban school districts of Seattle and San Francisco are shutting down all K-12 schools as part of a sweeping attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

    The actions are the first wave of widespread school closures in the U.S., and they stand to upend school and family routines for millions of children.

    Such closures will also throw into sharp relief the deep socioeconomic divides in American education. Disadvantaged families who rely the most on schools for stable services, such as meals and access to learning materials, will be some of the most negatively affected.

    “Wide-scale learning loss could be among the biggest impacts coronavirus has on children in America,” said Betsy Zorio, vice president of U.S. programs at Save the Children, an international children’s charity. “With an unprecedented number of school closures already announced and many more expected, ensuring that children can continue to learn is essential.”

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that all K-12 public, charter and private schools in Ohio will be shut down for three weeks starting Monday to try to contain the spread of the virus.

    Shortly after the Ohio announcement, Maryland’s superintendent announced the state’s schools would close for two weeks starting Monday. Late Thursday evening, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called off public and private school throughout the state until April 5.

    Those announcements came on the heels of Seattle Public Schools becoming the first major metropolitan school district to cancel classes to contain the spread of the virus. The district, which serves about 54,000 students, announced Wednesday it would be closed for at least two weeks. “

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  9. Many towns here in Connecticut, including my own, have closed schools either for two weeks or indefinitely (starting next Monday for us), depending on the decision of the district. Our governor has also issued an order against gatherings of more than 250 people.

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  10. This is an email I received this morning, from friends working and living in Europe, particularly Switzerland:

    Dear friends,

    I’m sorry that this update is a bit long, but I wanted to give you an idea of how things have developed here in Europe. Though I ramble a bit, I hope you find it helpful from someone “on the ground”. For our dear American friends and family, please do take it as a warning for what is coming your way.

    I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that much of Europe is in “crisis mode” due to the unprecedented spread of the Corona Virus. The impact on the CLC ministry with our bookshops and wholesale distribution in 16 countries cannot be underestimated.

    As you are aware, this highly contagious virus spreads very quickly. The normal flu and bad colds are already in the population. Add the Corona virus and you can imagine that the intensive care units in the hospitals cannot cope. That is the issue: the medical care facilities and staff cannot handle the huge numbers of people that truly do need care. In many hospitals the surgical units have been transformed into intensive care units. Medical Staff from many other areas of the hospitals have had to be put into the intensive care wards because of the high number of sick.

    Medical facilities and staff are normally prepared for the normal flu season and are able to cope as the flu spreads over a 3 month period. But if very high numbers of sick with fever and pneumonia arrive in a very short period

    of time there is a risk that the system collapses and cannot cope. And that is exactly what is happening in some places.

    I read articles, about Italy in particular, that in some places the medical staff could not offer sufficient help and patients that normally would receive good care were even left to die. The Staff just could not attend to their needs quickly enough. This was because a choice had to be made by the medical staff of who to give care to and who not, or who just had to wait, no matter how critical. In some areas hospitals cannot give care to people that arrive after suffering heart attacks and strokes. This is surely not every hospital – but more in the worse hit areas. This is the situation, or something similar, that all the countries are currently facing, or soon will – including the USA.

    I can understand that many of us are not too worried about getting the virus because there is also a very high recovery rate. But if complications were to develop, will there even be room at a local hospital and enough medical personnel to attend to your needs?

    All of our CLC bookshops in Italy are closed already since a few days. The government has had to take drastic measures because of the rapid spread and ordered all stores to close except for supermarkets, pharmacies, post offices, banks and a few other entities that are deemed necessary to remain open. One friend in Italy tells me that they are not even allowed to go for a walk in a public park or on a country path. Many friends have told me that they have to be able to justify the reason they are outside of their house if the police stop them. They are obligated to go grocery shopping at the closest supermarket. If they are driving to a supermarket that is three miles away while another supermarket is only one mile away, they could be fined if caught. This is the level of “containment” that is now in Italy.

    Schools, universities, cinemas, museums, sporting events have been canceled until further notice in many countries across Europe.

    In Switzerland the government has tried to maintain some activities. Initially they prohibited gatherings of over 1000 people and now it is only 100 people. Just this morning my daughter-in-law who is an elementary school teacher wrote that the government is now closing all schools in the country. Especially hit hard has been the Ticino area – which is the Italian speaking region which borders Italy and where many Italian citizens go to work every day.

    Switzerland and Austria closed their borders with Italy and only permit certain people to enter. Various airlines have canceled all flights to Italy. In a certain sense, all of Italy is in quarantine. In Switzerland some politicians are pushing for Army field hospitals to be prepared in case the numbers drastically increase. So far there have been only 6 deaths – but Switzerland is a small country.

    Many people are having to quarantine themselves at home when it is clear that they have been exposed to the virus – even if they don’t show symptoms. This includes my colleague in Madrid who was unexpectedly exposed last Sunday. Last night his young boy, who had many health issues after birth, got a fever. Clearly they are very concerned.

    Just today, Romanian ministers and other leaders of the ruling Liberals entered quarantine after a lawmaker from the party who attended a meeting on Thursday tested positive for the coronavirus.

    Churches in many countries have been closed. Other countries are still permitting small groups of people to gather. Many churches are having Bible studies and prayer meetings via internet by using Skype or Zoom. Many people are avoiding leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary.

    Of course, visits to elderly homes have either been prohibited or restricted.

    Some countries have responded very quickly, others seem to be trying to keep things going – at least partially – including Switzerland where we live. I am expecting that even here in Switzerland there will be more measures to limit movement of people very soon.

    Interestingly, the western European countries seem to be much worse than the eastern and central European countries. However, just this morning I have been told of much stronger measures put into place in Poland and the Czech Republic – including closing off borders. My Polish colleague tells me that probably on Monday everyone will be confined to their own city and will not be able to travel.

    The virus has been moving from Asia to Europe and now the US. Interestingly, each country has been impacted differently for various reasons. It is said that one of the reasons that Italy has been hit so hard is because there is a higher proportion of elderly compared to other countries.

    For Anita and me, we are fine except for both of us having colds over the past weeks. We are very careful to keep distance from people, to not shake hands with anyone, to avoid any kind of groups of people, and to wash our hands very often, especially if we have been shopping for groceries or even just out for a walk. We are very concerned for Anita’s elderly parents. Thankfully they are still fine.

    It’s also very difficult for us to hear what is happening in our beloved Italy where we lived for 25 years. Italy and the Italians are still very much part of our lives and many of our closest friends are there. We are very concerned for them and for the CLC ministry there.

    The impact of all of this on the CLC ministry across Europe depends on the country. I had to cancel a large meeting I had planned for these days in Poland. Of course this was very disappointing because I had worked a huge amount over the past 3 months to prepare for these meetings. Since I canceled it many more restrictions have been implemented by governments and many flights have been canceled to limit the spread of the virus. In the end it seems that it was for nothing. All of those days and days of work just thrown out the window. It’s frustrating, but it could be far worse. We simply could not risk being quarantined in Poland, or get there and then have our return flights canceled. Clearly these kinds of cancelations are taking place all over the entire continent.

    For me, I am in close contact with all of our countries in Europe and it is a rather distressing to hear first-hand how the situation is. Honestly, I had a couple of days that I think I was just in a daze trying to get my head around what was happening and the resulting negative impact on our ministry.

    I am sadly aware that CLC already has some very precarious situations with some of our bookshops in various countries. Now those shops barely have any customers walking in during the day, significantly increasing the probability that some may have to close. I think it will really take a miracle for us to not permanently close some shops in several of our weaker European countries. This is really sad for me to think of, yet I keep reminding myself that the Lord can bring good out of what we perceive to be tragedy.

    For now my big concern is to try to bring comfort to our CLC Directors across the continent, and to be here for them.

    I have canceled all of my trips and am not even contemplating a trip until maybe the end of May or June – depending on how the situation evolves Of course I have plenty to do with frequent contact with the CLC Directors in all of Europe and preparations for other things later in the year. I can still work on projects, especially publishing projects, from my home.

    Thank you for standing with us in prayer as we do also for you. Please do remember our CLC colleagues around Europe and the world that are already in a difficult place. For those of you that have not really been impacted yet, I encourage you to get ready and brace yourselves. Take all precautions that you can and especially avoid contact with people over 70, if possible.

    This is a time that reminds us that the Lord is faithful and caring. It’s a strong reminder that our lives are a vapor. It helps us to reset our priorities in our lives. My prayer is that many people will think of their lives and begin to remember the eternal God and desire to get to know him, return to Him, or strengthen their relationship with Him through these difficult circumstances.

    I leave you with these words from Scripture which are a comfort because the Lord is here among us:

    God is our refuge and strength,

    always ready to help in times of trouble.

    So we will not fear when earthquakes come

    and the mountains crumble into the sea.

    Let the oceans roar and foam.

    Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!…

    The nations are in chaos,

    and their kingdoms crumble!

    God’s voice thunders,

    and the earth melts!

    The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;

    the God of Israel is our fortress.

    Psalm 46:1–3,6–7

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  11. Passing something along. A friend pointed out that northern Italy merchants sold many leather goods factories to people from China over the last few years. They have direct flights from Wuhan into Lombardy (which I think is Milan).

    Covid began to show up in Wuhan in December. Some proactive manufacturing companies took steps and suggested their employees not go home for the Chinese New Year (January), because of the risk. Many either did not know or did not implement a policy to protect their workers.

    And the flights continued.

    This is a THEORY. But it may help explain why Italy has been so hard hit.

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  12. Once again, the Chinese are not our friend, and we need to ensure that in the future, we’re not reliant on them for our needs.

    You can thank the globalist shills who sold America out for cheap labor and products.

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/chinese-deny-americans-coronavirus-drugs

    “China hints at denying Americans life-saving coronavirus drugs”

    “Now that the number of new people infected with the coronavirus in China is slowing down, the country’s Communist Party is ratcheting up threats against the West, with a particularly nasty warning about access to life-saving drugs aimed at the United States.

    In an article in Xinhua, the state-run media agency that’s largely considered the mouthpiece of the party, Beijing bragged about its handling of COVID-19, a virus that originated in the city of Wuhan and has spread quickly around the world, killing nearly 5,000 people and infecting thousands more. The article also claimed that China could impose pharmaceutical export controls which would plunge America into “the mighty sea of coronavirus.”

    The disturbing threats made during a global pandemic as well as the scary consequences if that threat becomes real highlight just how tight China’s grip is on the global supply chain. Already, the Food and Drug Administration has announced the first drug shortage related to the coronavirus. Though it did not disclose which drug was in short supply, the FDA did say it could not access enough raw components needed because they are made in China.

    That doesn’t come as a surprise to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, who told Fox News on Thursday that America is “dangerously reliant” on China for the production of critical goods, including parts for technologies needed to fight COVID-19.

    Though the United States is a global leader in research, much of the manufacturing of life-saving drugs has moved overseas. The last American manufacturing plant to make a key component in penicillin shuttered in 2004. Since then, Chinese pharmaceuticals companies have moved in and taken over, supplying between 80 percent and 90 percent of U.S. antibiotics, 70 percent of acetaminophen and about 40 percent of heparin, according to Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

    If China makes good on its threat to cut off the United States, Rubio believes the results could be crippling.”

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  13. And, a fair point.

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  14. These people are scum who are preying on the situation for political gain.

    https://freebeacon.com/issues/never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste-democrats-cite-wuhan-virus-to-push-longstanding-policy-priorities/

    “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Democrats Cite Wuhan Virus to Push Longstanding Policy Priorities”

    “As the nation braces for the effects of the Wuhan coronavirus, congressional Democrats and left-leaning groups have seized on the moment of crisis to push for the enactment of longstanding policy goals.

    Legislation introduced by House and Senate Democrats has snuck in universal, employer-funded sick leave alongside temporary emergency measures, potentially shuttering employers and serving as a poison pill to slow congressional negotiations. Democratic electoral groups, meanwhile, have already included the coronavirus in their attack-ad messaging, while left-leaning policy organizations have called for substantial reductions in incarceration and enforcement, in alignment with their preexisting policy goals.

    Such efforts to push through longstanding legislative priorities recall the attitude of former Obama White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel during the Great Recession, who is remembered for his now-infamous exhortation that “you never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

    House Democrats on Wednesday released their proposal for a comprehensive fiscal response to the impending pandemic. Much of the bill pertains to emergency-related funding, including an additional $500 million for SNAP and guaranteed sick leave for individuals quarantined with the disease.

    But the bill’s sick-leave section creates new obligations for employers to allow employees to accrue sick leave regardless of whether or not there is a national crisis, and which will persist after the pandemic is over. In effect, the bill would impose a paid-leave mandate on employers nationwide, independent of current emergency conditions—a longstanding legislative priority of Democrats, which Republicans have consistently opposed for fear of costs.”

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    Disgraceful.

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  15. So why did Marc Thiessen not point out those errors?

    What were they?

    Why were they false?

    Am I just supposed to take his word, that of a NeverTrump, failed Bush speechwriter and known hack?

    No thanks…..

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  16. A fair point?

    What is his point?

    No one knows….

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    I’m not saying Trump didn’t make an error, or that his speechwriters did (he was reading from a teleprompter), just that I need more info.

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  17. Good news. 🙂

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/11/white-house-executive-order-buy-american-coronavirus-medical-supply-chain-china/

    “‘Buy American’ — White House Confirms Executive Order That Will End Medical Supply Chain Reliance On China”

    “White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro confirmed Wednesday the administration is working on an executive order to eliminate the government’s reliance on foreign-made medical supplies.

    The “Buy American” order comes on the heels of concerns expressed by senators during their Tuesday meeting with President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill.

    Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said that during the meeting on easing coronavirus-related financial pressures on Americans, he asked Trump to support the Senate’s “efforts to invest in diversifying our supply chain, especially in pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.””

    https://twitter.com/marcorubio?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1237697698792452100&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdailycaller.com%2F2020%2F03%2F11%2Fwhite-house-executive-order-buy-american-coronavirus-medical-supply-chain-china%2F

    “The order would prevent federal agencies from purchasing medical supplies, including face masks, gloves and ventilators, from China.

    As the United States has battled the domestic spread of coronavirus, consumers were alerted to the fact that China manufactures an overwhelming percentage of the federal government’s medical equipment. 90 percent of all U.S. antibiotics were manufactured in China.

    China has prevented the export of surgical face masks, severely limiting supplies in the U.S. and countries around the world.”

    ““China has managed to dominate all aspects of the supply chain using the same unfair trade practices that it has used to dominate other sectors — cheap sweatshop labor, lax environmental regulations and massive government subsidies,” Navarro told New York Times. “As President Trump has said, what we need to do is bring those jobs home so that we can protect the public health and the economic and national security of the country.”

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  18. Hacks.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/11/trumps-chernobyl-media-wuhan-virus-hysteria-stokes-public-panic/

    “‘Trump’s Chernobyl’: Media Wuhan Virus Hysteria Stokes Public Panic

    Not only is it clear that corporate media can’t be trusted to provide accurate information about an issue of public concern, it’s clear they don’t care about public health or the economy.”

    “Since the coronavirus came on the horizon, media figures have been stoking panic, leading to mass shortages of basic health supplies, business travel cancellations, and market drops, all while the confirmed disease number hiked yesterday to around 0.000002 percent of the U.S. population.

    So far, U.S. cases of the basic seasonal flu outnumber coronavirus cases by a factor of 45,000 (using federal stats for this year’s flu and real-time tracking of coronavirus confirmations). The flu season has even been especially bad this year, with between 20,000 and 52,000 deaths, compared to 29 so far from coronavirus.

    According to infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Carson, who works for the North Dakota public health department, the flu appears to be about five times more contagious than coronavirus, which means containment is possible, although especially for the elderly coronavirus appears to have higher death rates. Especially for the young, however, the flu is still more dangerous than coronavirus in the United States, said the U.S. surgeon general Monday.”

    “Yet did this year’s flu “pandemic” tank the stock market, get members of Congress on the House floor wearing gas masks, cause Americans suffering from the common cold and post-surgery pain to find no relief due to empty shelves at stores, and have the president stampeding to burn untold taxpayer dollars on “economic stimulus” amid decades of federal debt and deficits? No.

    As Wuhan virus trickled to U.S. shores, U.S. media have hyped Armageddon to, well, a fever pitch. But so far, the actual health effects have been minimal, while the social and economic effects have been serious. What accounts for the mismatch between hype and reality?

    A major factor is open media cheerleading for stock market crashes and economic downturns. Not only is it clear that corporate media can’t be trusted to provide accurate information about an issue of public concern, it’s clear they don’t care about public health or the economy. They care about destroying Trump, and if they have to ruin the U.S. economy to do that, that’s what they’ll do.

    On March 9, the “Politico Nightly Coronavirus Special Edition” email’s subject line was “America held hostage by coronavirus.” “The world is drowning itself in hand sanitizer and suffocating itself with fear,” hyperventilated reporters Renuka Rayasam and Sudeep Reddy. Now, why might that be, journos? Well, consider a few examples of what passes for news about a potential public health concern that only appears to matter this much because of the negative effects it could have on a president the media hate.

    Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas claimed in a March 9 column, “The coronavirus is Trump’s Chernobyl.””

    “Chernobyl was the explosion of a nuclear reactor in the Soviet Union. Naturally, the communist government hushed it up and thus people went on with their lives instead of evacuating areas contaminated with radiation. This caused an estimated 9,000 to 16,000 deaths across Europe plus 3.5 million radiation-exposure-attributed cancers, birth defects, and other serious maladies just in nearby Ukraine.

    It’s funny that the Washington Post seems to be publishing no articles calling the Wuhan province-originated disease China’s Chernobyl. The comparison is, indeed, a much better fit for China than for the United States. That communist government also kept the existence and spread of the Wuhan virus a secret, which led to tens of thousands more cases than if it had instead acted quickly to prevent the disease’s spread, like the Trump administration, Taiwan, and Hong Kong did. It is the epicenter of the coronavirus, with reportedly more than 80,000 sick and 3,000 dead so far (although China’s numbers are not reliable and likely understated).

    It’s clear the Washington Post is more comfortable criticizing the president of their own nation even though his administration’s management of the threat has been far more transparent, immediate, and effective. Possibly there’s a connection between this editorial decision and the fact that the Post has been taking ad money since 2011 to publish literal Chinese communist propaganda disguised as a newsy, China-focused newspaper supplement.”

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  19. I’m pretty sure Trump misstated a number of things in his address. I know the day after, I was seeing things even in some pro-Trump publications pointing those things out, along with a few official clarifications from the WH or other admin sources. This article points them out, altho I didn’t read it closely. I just see in scanning it that it includes what was mentioned by those sources I referred to. The errors were…

    –Travel ban–didn’t ban “all” travel from non-U.K. Europe; there are significant exceptions.
    –Availability of anti-viral therapies not yet nearly as accessible as he implied.
    –Waiver of insurance co-pays applies only to testing, not treatment as he said.

    It’s just strange those things wouldn’t get cleaned up before being broadcast.

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  20. Now a couple of things…

    Mostly, they’re simply playing semantics. US citizens are returning home, not traveling here, regardless of their length gone. They are not foreign travelers. And they have the legal right to return home, are being quarantined/isolated when they do. It’s a travel ban, not a returning home citizen ban.

    ———

    “President Trump: “We will be suspending all travel from Europe, except the United Kingdom, for the next 30 days.”

    The facts: That’s not exactly his plan.

    First, the restriction does not apply to legal permanent residents of the US or their families when they are returning from Europe. It also does not apply to US citizens coming back from Europe, as Trump acknowledged. There are also several exceptions for foreign nationals who are determined not to pose a “significant risk” of transmitting the virus, or “whose entry would be in the national interest.”

    ———–

    Also, it’s a well known fact that any and all travel bans issued thus far always include exceptions and a way around for those deemed safe and necessary to have here. Again, just semantics. Pretty lame really.

    ———

    The second was the anti-viral therapies. Again semantics.

    What Trump said….

    ““We are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make antiviral therapies available in record time. These treatments will significantly reduce the impact and reach of the virus.””

    The treatments will, as in the future, he does not say they are. And he is cutting the red tape with his emergency orders. The latter part of his statement is again looking at future benefit, not immediate, right now benefits. He’s not wrong, they simply misunderstand what he’s saying.

    ——–

    The last one actual may have been him misspeaking, or the teleprompter was wrong.

    The rest is just semantics. Sorry.

    And it’s pretty sad that they feel now is the time to nitpick. It says more about them than Trump.

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  21. Can’t really agree it’s merely semantics. It should have been perfectly simple to make all that stuff clear. If you’re a citizen travelling in Europe and hear the president tell the nation all travel to the U.S. from their will be suspended, you’re concerned. You don’t just assume he doesn’t mean you. You have to research to find that out.

    Yes, by definition, anti-viral treatments will treat viruses when they’re discovered and produced, but why imply their immanence? If he knows they’re so close, and it’s somehow reassuring to hear, why not give a timetable beyond “record time”? (And why’s everything gotta set a “record” with this guy? It’s kind of funny). But does he know how close they are?

    I overlooked the cargo and trade prohibition, which actually wasn’t a thing as he said it was–it’s a restriction on people. I imagine the hearts of suppliers across the country leapt into their throats on hearing that.

    I agree none of these things is particularly bothersome, but in the middle of a semi-panic your team can’t get the text and details right? Oof, bad look.

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  22. My daughter told me a friend of hers is in medical school in the Dominican Republic. Students were told two days ago the school was closing that day and the nation was closing the next day. They needed to get out now if they were going.

    The friend was scrambling to get out; no news if she succeeded.

    Several days’ notice would have helped.

    Another friend in nursing school cannot miss more than two days of clinical or she will have to drop the program and start again next year. A single mother, this is a real problem for her. She has family to care for the child, but if they all go into quarantine, she loses an entire year.

    That was a few days ago. The junior college she attends shut down yesterday, so maybe she’s got a respite.

    The thing we seem to forget is this will go on until the flu/virus season ends–which is when it gets warmer. We’re not looking at only two weeks, we’re possibly looking at two months. Very difficult.

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  23. “I overlooked the cargo and trade prohibition, which actually wasn’t a thing as he said it was–it’s a restriction on people. I imagine the hearts of suppliers across the country leapt into their throats on hearing that.”

    Oh yeah, the ports out here freaked, I think. 🙂 They’re already struggling with cargo volumes diminishing.

    But yeah, what Solar said, seems like this was obviously a VERY important speech — and it could have / should have been at least accurate. And perhaps a little more confidently delivered, but that’s another topic and I realize these are tough moments for any president.

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  24. Clarification, for those who misunderstood.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/dhs-issues-security-outlines-new-process-for-americans-returning-from-certain-european-countries-china-and-iran/

    “DHS Issues Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran”

    “The Department of Homeland Security published guidance for Americans returning from COVID-19 countries of concern.

    Guidance here:

    WASHINGTON – In order to help prevent the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictionsoutlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (listed below), China, and Iran.

    Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

    Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
    Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
    Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
    John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
    Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
    Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
    San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
    Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia
    Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.”

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    More here….

    https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHS/bulletins/28109d6

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  25. While the press strain at gnats and possible slight misstatements, the Dems continue to politicize and jeopardize the aid package.

    Bury that lede!

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/deal-or-no-deal-wuhan-coronavirus-package-hung-up-on-pelosi-pork/

    “Deal or No Deal? Wuhan Coronavirus package hung up on sick paid leave

    Why is it so hard not to put pork in a bill?”

    “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump’s administration are close to an agreement on a coronavirus relief package.

    The vote in the House should happen tonight, but some House Republicans may not jump on board. It’s possible pork is still shoved in the bill.

    Turns out paid sick leave caused the delay.”

    —-

    “Here are a few details of the bill:

    Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.
    Two weeks of guaranteed paid sick leave, as well as increased family leave.
    Increased support for unemployment benefits.
    Works to strengthen programs that provide school lunches for students who rely on them.
    A bump in Medicaid funding.
    BUT since politicians have a pork addition, the bill may run into problems because who wouldn’t vote for a bill to help the sick? Well, it makes me sick they do this. Like supposed Catholic Pelosi.

    Pelosi came under fire because she tried to sneak in federally funded infanticide:”

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