14 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-23-20

  1. Glad I don’t live in NYC.

    And they’re probably still listing them as Covid 19 deaths.


    “If you’re one of the people who are crazy enough to venture out onto the streets of New York City this week (or simply can’t avoid it for professional reasons) and you’re unlucky enough to collapse on the sidewalk from a heart attack, I suppose all we can say is it’s been nice knowing you. Under new guidelines issued by the state Health Department, paramedics finding people in a state of cardiac arrest without a heartbeat are not supposed to go through the usual routines of attempting to restart the patient’s heart and respiration. In other words, assuming you are seen by an EMT who is following this guideline, once you’re dead you’re supposed to politely remain on your trip to the afterlife.

    While paramedics were previously told to spend up to 20 minutes trying to revive people found in cardiac arrest, the change is “necessary during the COVID-19 response to protect the health and safety of EMS providers by limiting their exposure, conserve resources, and ensure optimal use of equipment to save the greatest number of lives,’’ according to a state Health Department memo issued last week.

    First responders were outraged over the move.

    “They’re not giving people a second chance to live anymore,’’ Oren Barzilay, head of the city union whose members include uniformed EMTs and paramedics, fumed of state officials.

    Particularly in New York City, this isn’t the first such policy change to be issued. The Regional Emergency Services Council of New York (which is responsible for overseeing ambulance services in the Big Apple) issued an even more stern directive. Cardiac patients whose hearts could not be restarted on the scene are no longer supposed to be taken to a hospital “for further life-saving attempts.”

    But under those guidelines, you at least still could get twenty minutes of effort to restart your ticker where they found you. If you combine these two directives together, you’re pretty much out of luck. If your heart stops, you’re a casualty of the war against the novel coronavirus. But you may not have to worry about it. The FDNY responded by issuing a statement saying that they would continue to offer the same levels of medical response service that they have in the past.

    There’s a part of me that almost understands a move like this, at least in theory. On the one hand, the first responders are already overwhelmed. And as tough as their jobs already are, now they have to worry if the guy collapsed on the street is contagious with the virus. A desire by the state to keep them safe is at least laudable in that regard. Also, while New York was never as fully overwhelmed as some originally feared, the number of ICU beds available at some of the hospitals is still down near zero on some days, primarily because of COVID-19 patients.”


  2. Also glad I don’t live here.

    You first crazy lady.


    “Las Vegas Mayor Shocks CNN: I Offered Our City As A “Control Group” To See What Happens If We Opened Everything Up; ”

    “And I do mean “shocks.” As contentious as cable news interviews tend to be, you don’t often see the host call an elected official “ignorant.”

    Not to overhype it, but the most famous political writer in Nevada, Jon Ralston, watched it live on CNN and reacted this way:”

    “Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of Vegas, is one of the country’s loudest voices in the “reopen now” camp. Yesterday she told NBC that it’s “total insanity” that the city is locked down by order of the governor. CNN had her on today to tease that out. What would she like to see happen? Vegas is at a special disadvantage from the pandemic relative to most American cities because so much of its economy depends on hospitality. It’s a city that runs on crowds: Crowds in the casinos, crowds at shows, crowds at bars and restaurants, crowds in hotel lobbies. Remember that story about how a single soccer match in northern Italy in mid-February is suspected of seeding the outbreak that brought Lombardy to its knees? Imagine that in Vegas every night. And in Italy, most soccer fans were local. Vegas attracts tourists from everywhere. Not only is it a perfect incubator for the disease, it’s positioned to spread it to all four corners of the country as visitors arrive, get infected, and return home.

    You’d think the mayor would be more cautious under the circumstances. In reality, she’s so gung ho to reopen that she claims to have asked her deputies whether the city might serve as a control group for … something. It’s not clear if she means a control group for doing away with lockdown orders while leaving informal social distancing in place or if she means a control group for ending the lockdowns and ending social distancing. Her position on that seemed to shift during the interview. Every time Anderson Cooper accused her of being reckless in not insisting on keeping people apart, she tut-tutted him and said of course she believes in social distancing. But watch this. Sure sounds to me like she’s questioning whether it’s necessary.”


  3. Maybe we’ll finally get a definitive answer about whether it works or not…..


    “Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin a clinical trial on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

    “The trial will begin immediately in more than a dozen sites across the U.S. and will include about 440 patients.

    “We recognize the importance of answering the scientific question of whether hydroxychloroquine will be beneficial for patients with COVID-19 disease,” John Tsai, head of global drug development and chief medical officer at the company, said in a statement.

    The new approval to move forward with clinical tests follows an earlier authorization from the FDA to allow emergency use of the drug, more widely used as a treatment for malaria.”


  4. This seems counter-productive, and a death sentence for victims and the other residents. It also explains the high rates of infections in such facilities.

    Italy, NYC, NJ, and the UK all do it. Seems like other states are too.





  5. Good. McConnell isn’t falling for Dems latest scam to pay off the debt for their poor decisions and management.


    “McConnell: Passing A Phase 4 With State, Local Pension Bailouts Or “Revenue Replacement”? Fuhgeddaboudit”

    “In other words, Phase 4 of the coronavirus relief bill won’t be Barack Obama’s stimulus. Mitch McConnell called into Fox News to emphasize that the federal government has an obligation to help state and local governments with their COVID-19 efforts, not “rescuing them from bad decisions they’ve made in the past.” Rather than bloc-grant aid to states, McConnell hinted that the aid will specifically target pandemic-related tasks.

    The best relief, McConnell told Bill Hemmer, will be getting economic activity restarted as soon as possible:”

    “Hemmer notes that Bill de Blasio is now demanding $7.4 billion in relief for New York City alone. McConnell doesn’t provide a direct response to that, but let’s just say … prospects aren’t good:

    MCCONNELL: What I’m saying is we’re going to take a pause here. We’re going to wait until at least May the 4th, which is the time we’re going to have everybody back in the Senate, and clearly weigh before we provide assistance to state and local governments who would love for us to borrow money from future generations to make sure they have no revenue losses. Before we make that decision, we’re going to weigh the impact of what we’ve already added to the national debt, and make certain that if we provide additional assistance for state and local governments, it’s only for corona-related — coronavirus-related matters. We’re not interested in solving their pension problems for them. We’re not interested in rescuing them from bad decisions they’ve made in the past. We’re not going to let them take advantage of this pandemic to solve a lot of problems that they created for themselves from bad decisions in the past.

    HEMMER: I know we’re pressed for time here. Let me try to squeeze in a few more. May 4th is about twelve days away. Do you see the Senate coming back to work on the 4th of May now?

    MCCONNELL: That’s our current plan, yes.

    HEMMER: Okay. With regard to the pause you mentioned, what do you see or how do you forecast what could be in the next bill, or the next tranche of hundreds of billions of dollars?

    MCCONNELL: Well, the first thing is to decide whether there needs to be another tranche. I mean, the ultimate solution to this is to get the economy back up and running. I’m encouraging our governor, for example, and he’s already doing it, is to begin to make steps in the direction of opening up the economy. The solution to the hospital problem is elective surgery, which is the only place they’re making any money. That’s a state decision. So all of us are going to be encouraging our states to begin to move in the direction of getting back to normal — bearing in mind the advice of Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, social distancing, the de-stigmatization of wearing a mask. No one should be embarrassed to wear a mask. And let’s ease back in and solve the problem by getting growth back in our economy.

    McConnell emphasized earlier today that he had no intention of giving states a “blank check” to cover their budget shortfalls. If things are that bad, McConnell told Hugh Hewitt, then they could “use the bankruptcy route” and get their own houses in order:”


  6. I was thinking about some things this morning and I remembered a discussion we had in seminary about Martin Luther. Some of the students didn’t like Luther and let it interfere with his teaching. Professor said, “You don’t have to like Luther, You only have to know what he taught.” Luther was not a likeable person.
    Reminds me again about Trump. I don’t like his mouth. He is not, to me, a likeable man. But I like everything he does. He is a good president.
    I think he means well in all that he does. Lots of times, he just speaks before thinking. And, since he never makes a mistake, he has to defend his words.
    But he’ll get my vote avain.

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  7. This is yet another reason to not trust the NY Times. Facts and context? Pffftttt……….


    And then that pesky truth gets in the way of their narrative….




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  8. So inclusive……

    As long as you stay on the plantation……

    He shouldn’t have resigned though, just switch parties.


    “Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones announced that he is stepping down from office, citing attacks and harassment from his party following his endorsement of President Donald Trump for re-election.

    Jones shocked the Georgia political establishment when he became the first state-elected Democrat to endorse Trump earlier in April. While the move drew quick recognition and applause from the White House, Democratic leaders closer to home immediately disavowed him, and pledged to help unseat him from office.

    The blowback from his party is too much, and he is stepping down from his post as the representative for Georgia’s 91st House District, Jones said.

    “I’m sick and tired of me and my family being attacked and harassed by the Democrat Party for putting my country before my party,” Jones said in a statement released Wednesday, and first obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    “I take pride in being an independent thinker,” Jones continued in his resignation announcement. “I intend to help the Democrat Party get rid of its bigotry against Black people that are independent and conservative.””


    If you’re gonna dream, dream big I guess….

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  9. Never-Trumper Burr should be in prison. He’s still pushing debunked lies about Russia, Russia, Russia….

    Not to mention all his insider trading.


    Plenty more here, with plenty of links……


    “Burr Gets Busted: Corrupt Senate Intel Committee Releases Bogus Report Based on Mueller Charges Against Russian Company in a Garbage Case Dropped Last Month”


    “This total garbage tale was promoted by the MSM for the past three plus years and was totally debunked.

    But the corrupt Democrats and Republicans on the committee had to get this out now in an effort to protect themselves from the Durham investigation.

    Yesterday it was reported that the Senate Intel Committee, led by Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democrat Senator Mark Warner, released a report, without support, that claims Russia influenced the 2016 Presidential election in an effort to help candidate Trump win. Of course this is nonsense as it has been debunked numerous times these past few years.”




  10. Schiff continues to be exposed as the lying fraud he is….


    “How Adam Schiff secretly thwarted efforts to bring transparency in Russia probe

    Democrat demanded DNI keep evidence from Trump, holds transcripts that were supposed to be made public.”


    “In late September 2018 with a mid-year election approaching, the often bitterly divided House Intelligence Committee forged a rare bipartisan moment: Its Republican and Democratic members voted to make public the transcripts of 53 witnesses in the Russia collusion investigation.

    But what was hailed as an act of transparency has not been fulfilled 19 months later, even though U.S intelligence has declassified and cleared the transcripts for release.

    The answer why lies in the backroom dealings of Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat and its current chairman, according to interviews and memos obtained by Just the News.

    Shortly after Schiff took over from Republican Rep. Devin Nunes as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) in 2019, he sent a letter to the office of then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

    The letter obtained by Just the News specifically ordered that the witness transcripts — some of which contained exculpatory evidence for President Trump’s team — not be shared with Trump or White House lawyers even if the declassification process required such sharing.

    “Under no circumstances shall ODNI, or any other element of the Intelligence Community (IC), share any HPSCI transcripts with the White House, President Trump or any persons associated with the White House or the President,” Schiff wrote in a March 26, 2019 letter to then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

    “Such transcripts remain the sole property of HPSCI, and were transmitted to ODNI for the limited purpose of enabling a classification review by IC elements and the Department of Justice,” Schiff added.”


    Schifty can’t release them. If he does, he’s further exposed as a liar who rigged the game. So instead he hid the exculpatory evidence. Misconduct for sure.

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  11. Re yesterday’s comments on Trump’s orders to shoot any Iranian boats that approach our ships– It seems to me that this is long overdue. We are treating the repeated activity of these obviously hostile vessels from a hostile regime like they are mosquitoes or something. We know what kind of damage these vessels can do, but I’m afraid we are very arrogant. I still have a vivid memory of the image of the USS Cole lurching off the Yemani harbor.

    And although I hate to mention it because it sounds disloyal when I don’t mean to be, but the fact is, I lack confidence in the Navy and in our military in general. We are arrogant. We have relied on so many Chinese parts and supplies in our systems that I have begun to wonder if we are competent any more. Too many ships bumping into each other in the sea, and one Navy ship in the bunch is one too many.

    We should not be floating our Navy ships in any waters in which we are not willing to vigorously defend. Either defend, or come back to our own back yard. I’m fine with either.


  12. Re McConnell’s remarks in the 8:13 post, I wasn’t familiar with the word “tranche”.

    From dictionary.com:

    1. Finance.
    a. one part or division of a larger unit, as of an asset pool or investment:
    The loan will be repaid in three tranches.
    b. a group of securities that share a certain characteristic and form part of a larger offering:
    The second tranche of the bond issue has a five-year maturity.


  13. More on that stupid nursing home policy. It’s costing lives.


    “The letter was heartbreaking as it recounted the death of an 88-year-old woman in a New York nursing home. But it was also angry and accurate about a strange New York policy that is ­fatally wrongheaded.

    “I am wondering who will hold Gov. Cuomo accountable for the deaths of so many older people due to his reckless decision to place covid19 patients in nursing and rehabilitation homes,” the letter began. “I am writing as a daughter who lost her beautiful 88 year old mother who was receiving physical therapy at one such facility.”

    The writer, Arlene Mullin, went on to recount examples of the governor promising to protect the elderly because of their known vulnerability. She noted that he named his stay-at-home order after his own mother, Matilda ­Cuomo, and talked several times about protecting her.

    “My mother is not expendable and your mother is not expendable and our brothers and sisters are not expendable,” Cuomo said a month ago.

    Mullin had another complaint, too — that the media never asked the governor about an order mandating that nursing homes admit and readmit patients who tested positive for the coronavirus, despite the extraordinary number of deaths among the elderly.

    That drought ended Monday when The Post’s Bernadette Hogan asked about the policy at ­Cuomo’s daily briefing. His ­answer was stunning.

    “That’s a good question. I don’t know,” the governor said.

    He turned to Howard Zucker, the state health commissioner, who confirmed the policy, saying “if you are positive, you should be admitted back to a nursing home. The necessary precautions will be taken to protect the other residents there.”

    The second part of Zucker’s answer is debatable, the first part is not. The disastrous results speak for themselves.”

    The state concedes that 3,448 residents of nursing homes or adult-care facilities are known to have died from the coronavirus, or nearly 25 percent of all deaths in New York. More than 2,000 of the total are in the five boroughs, and officials acknowledge that the real numbers are almost certainly higher.”


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