26 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-26-20

  1. The NYT continues to make a mockery of it’s once fine reputation.


    “Instead of remembering the fallen servicemen and women on Memorial Day, the New York Times editorial board decided to publish an editorial about how the United States Military supposedly advocates for white supremacy. Specifically, the editorial board took issue with Military bases being named leaders in the Confederate Army. In their mind, the bases should be renamed.

    “It is time to rename bases for American heroes — not racist traitors,” the editorial stated.

    Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman slammed the editorial board, saying the group of so-called journalists decided to “attack the US military” instead of paying tribute to the “many stories of valor still waiting to be told this Memorial Day weekend.”

    “As Ellie pointed out, naming military bases after Confederate leaders wasn’t promoting white supremacy but was a way of bringing the north and south together after the Civil War:”


  2. The President visits Arlington and Ft. McHenry, Democrats whine.


    “President Trump was marking Memorial Day with appearances at Arlington National Cemetery and Baltimore’s historic Fort McHenry, honoring fallen military members while also sending a clear signal to the country that his agenda will be business-as-almost-usual amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    A 21-gun salute greeted Trump as he arrived at the solemn ceremony by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Monday morning. Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence attended to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America’s freedoms.

    Trump saluted as members of the military played the National Anthem and Taps while Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper stood next to him with their hands on their hearts. Trump paused before the tomb with his hands clasped in front of him, touched the wreath — adorned with a red, white and blue ribbon — and then saluted again.

    The military personnel and some VIPs in attendance had been wearing masks on the steps of the monument prior to the arrival of the Trumps and the Pences. But an unknown woman approached the dignitaries and asked everyone to take them off. Much of the group stood socially distanced on the outdoor stairs. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was spotted putting on a mask decorated with stars and stripes as he left the ceremony.

    The ceremony, while customary for Memorial Day, along with the rest of the day’s itinerary also sent a signal that the administration is looking to bring a return to normalcy.”


    “Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young late last week urged Trump to forgo his planned visit amid the city’s stay-at-home order.

    “I wish that the president, as our nation’s leader, would set a positive example and not travel during this holiday weekend,” Young, a Democrat, said in a statement. “That President Trump is deciding to pursue nonessential travel sends the wrong message to our residents, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus.”

    The price tag for the visit in terms of security and personnel will hamper the city, which is already facing revenue losses of $20 million each month amid business closures and a fractured economy, Young said.

    The White House was not convinced.

    “The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the president will not either as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our nation’s history,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement Sunday.”


    Your order is meaningless Mr. Mayor, and you’re broke because of years of Democrat mismanagement.


  3. Good news. The quicker, the better.


    “U.S. Seeks to Relocate China Supply Chains to India, Allies in Post-Coronavirus World

    Washington “looking for ways to push companies to move both sourcing and manufacturing out of China.”

    “Given recent developments following the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus, the era of China being the go-to manufacturing destination for the U.S. companies appears to be coming to an end.

    The United States seeks to decouple its economy from Communist China in a post-coronavirus scenario, media reports say. Washington wants to empower India and other Indo-Pacific allies to replace manufacturing supply chains running through China.

    “The Trump administration is “turbocharging” an initiative to remove global industrial supply chains from China as it weighs new tariffs to punish Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak,” the news agency Reuters reported on May 4, citing U.S. officials. “The U.S. Commerce Department, State and other agencies are looking for ways to push companies to move both sourcing and manufacturing out of China. Tax incentives and potential re-shoring subsidies are among measures being considered to spur changes.”

    While many of these measures rolled out by the White House will be to bring manufacturing jobs back home, the U.S. is also considering relocating some of those supply chains to allies in the India Pacific, including New Delhi. As U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month: Washington is “thinking about how we restructure these supply chains to prevent something like this from ever happening again. One example of our work together is with India.”

    While President Donald Trump’s America First policy drives some of these measures, the industry in the U.S. and the West will still depend on global supply chains and foreign manufacturing partners.

    This doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. Under President Trump’s watch, the U.S. has been narrowing its trade deficit with India, from $22.9 billion in 2017 to 6.7 billion in April 2020. The U.S. can still balance the trade volumes and allow India offer an alternative to Chinese manufacturing. One big step in this direction would be to get New Delhi off its dependency on Russian military supplies. India is the largest buyer of Russian defense hardware.

    The urgency to relocate supply chain is felt by the U.S. industry as well. “The coronavirus shock has accelerated the push towards supply chain diversification, as companies reassess the risks of relying on one country for supplying and sourcing and the stability of long-distance and just-in-time supply chains,” Nisha Biswal, president of U.S.-India Business Council, told Indian business daily Live Mint on Monday. “These dynamics create a significant opportunity for India, which has a large domestic market that US companies are looking to tap into, as well as large and skilled workforce.””


  4. The “experts” were wrong again.


    “Wuhan Virus Watch: All the catastrophic predictions about reopening Georgia, Florida, and Texas were spectacularly wrong

    Las Vegas Strip tentatively set to reopen June 4. Research shows nearly half of accounts tweeting about coronavirus are bots. A majority of the population may have ‘some degree’ of preexisting immunity to COVID-19. Coronavirus pandemic could be over in the U.S. by November 11.”

    “Today’s update will begin with a summation of the predictions about a coronavirus catastrophe following the economic reopening of Georgia, Florida, and Texas: They were spectacularly wrong!

    Three large Southern states that moved aggressively to reopen amid the coronavirus crisis have seen new cases and deaths largely hold steady since then — despite several controversies over some of their data.

    In Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp bucked the White House and local officials to lift a stay-at-home order on April 24, the state reported 862 cases on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    That was less than the 946 new cases counted on Wednesday, but helped spur a slight rise in a seven-day rolling average that’s been basically trending downward since the start of the Peach State’s reopening.

    …Florida — which was among the last states to impose a coronavirus lockdown, on April 2 — hit a record 1,413 new cases on April 16, followed by a record 83 deaths on April 28, according to the Tallahassee Reports website.

    Since the state began reopening on May 4, its seven-day average of new cases is essentially flat, according to a chart published by the New York Times.”


  5. Every time this woman opens her mouth she reinforces the idea that I picked the right President. 🙂


    “Hillary Clinton’s Tone Deaf Memorial Day Tweet and Who She Honors Shows Us Just How Lucky We Are She Lost”

    “This Memorial Day tells us a lot about our choices in 2016 and reveals once again how lucky we all are that Hillary Clinton is not president.

    President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, the First Lady Melania Trump, and Second Lady Karen Pence weren’t going to let the pandemic stop them from honoring our military dead on Memorial Day.

    They all went to Arlington National Cemetery, attending the solemn ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, standing socially distanced on the steps.

    President Trump also spoke at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, near where Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that became “The Star-Spangled Banner,” commemorating the flag during the War of 1812.

    This was symbolic of the effort to reopen and return to some semblance of normality while still being conscious of not spreading the virus.”


    “Do you notice anything missing in her Memorial Day tweet?”

    “No recognition of the nature of the holiday. Instead, on Memorial Day, of all days, rather than honoring our military dead, she posts a laughing picture and honors New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo whose state executive order may have led to deaths of thousands in nursing homes, likely including many veterans. Cuomo sent over 4500 virus patients into nursing homes, with now over 5800 nursing home patients dead as a result. Talk about tone-deaf, to completely ignore or not care about the burgeoning scandal or the dead New Yorkers.”


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  7. Not to be outdone by the other leftists in their click, Vox has perhaps the hottest take of all.



  8. Yeah…..



  9. Glenn Kessler stakes out the indefensible position.



  10. Garbage in, garbage out.




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  12. Re: 7.13, et al.
    They would be willing for the country to go into depression if it would get rid of Trump.
    You can feel the antipathy in their writings.


  13. So much hate. It is truly bizarre. But we know what is the source of hate/lies so it should not really be unexpected.


  14. More fake news, from the worldwide leader….



  15. The NYT is guilty of bad timing but………..they have a point. Many of the US military bases in the south are named after Confederate generals who were white supremacists and slave owners and some even went on to help found the original KKK. Almost all these bases were built in WWI and II. They were not named to bring the north and south together but to placate local and state gov’ts as the US military needed to quickly expand during the war years.

    The US military justly has a reputation for being a diverse and integrated organization but this is a recent Cold War development. The segregated army of WWII enabled Soviet propaganda and contradicted US propaganda. Vietnam changed the US military. However, one could now argue the US military reinforces class distinctions in the US (but that’s a different argument for a different day)


  16. Wearing a mask does not protect you; it protects others in case you are an asymptomatic carrier. Its a gesture of politeness, courtesy and concern for the well being of others. Thus its puzzling why it appears Trump personnel prefer those around Trump to not wear a mask. Does he prefer people to be rude and inconsiderate? Is it because people wearing masks doesn’t make for a good photo op?

    His trip to Baltimore (and Detroit) are also puzzling. Clearly less travel is a good idea in the middle of the pandemic. Obviously a trip to nearby Arlington makes sense but why a second trip? In both cases, wearing of masks and going to Baltimore (and Detroit), Trump seems to be campaigning not working.


  17. As I’ve said before, data collection is difficult in the middle of a crisis and the political interference in Florida and Georgia has made it even more difficult. Any data from there is suspect. There does seem to be a slight uptick in the past few days though (Ontario also experienced a slight uptick in the same period — they attributed it to mother’s day visits). Despite their suspect data, Florida is sixth in reported new cases.

    Hilary Clinton is annoying and almost as self centered as Trump. However, given the excellent performance of female leaders against the pandemic, I do think she would have handled the crisis better — better than Trump or Biden for that matter. It seems male leaders have either reacted with false bravado or “male cold syndrome” (or both). Bit of a sexist observation but the evidence does point that way.


  18. Vox was a bit tone deaf in the article but the one tweet in reply seemed to endorse the stab in the back theory of the US defeat in Vietnam. The US was defeated in battle as well as by its leaders, militarily and politically. Stab in the back theories take away any incentive for the military to take responsibility for its ineptness.

    This reminds me — The US has a Memorial Day and a Veteran’s Day. I’ve always wondered why there are two and if there is a distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day is commemorated in quite a few countries under various names (Armistice, Remembrance) and has its origins in WWI. Is Memorial Day commemorating more than soldiers? If so, would not some thoughts to those who fight for peace be in order? or at least some thoughts for civilians who died in the cross fire?


  19. Veteran’s Day is for living veterans. Memorial Day is for the dead who fought in the military.

    Why not pick another day to those who fight for peace? Then again, veterans do fight for peace. How do we know who fights for peace? Many who claim to fight for peace are doing things that bring on more war or injustice to others.

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  20. Big distinction between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, as any veteran will quickly remind you 🙂

    Agreed that stats in the middle of an unfolding pandemic are going to be all of the map at times.

    From WSJ:



    For Economy, Worst of Coronavirus Shutdowns May Be Over

    Recovering air travel, hotel bookings and mortgage applications are among the early signs the U.S. economy is slowly creeping back to life

    By Harriet Torry and Josh Mitchell
    Updated May 25, 2020 7:29 pm ET

    Truck loads are growing again. Air travel and hotel bookings are up slightly. Mortgage applications are rising. And more people are applying to open new businesses.

    These are among some early signs the U.S. economy is, ever so slowly, creeping back to life.

    Plenty of data show the country was still mired in a severe downturn in April and May, with overall business activity falling and layoffs rising—though more slowly than in the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis. Current projections have the economy contracting by 6% to 7% this year and unemployment lingering in double-digit percentages for a while. But, for the first time since the pandemic forced widespread U.S. business closures in March, it appears conditions in some corners of the economy aren’t getting worse, and might even be improving.

    “If this is the only wave [of coronavirus], it looks like we’ve bottomed out and the normalization process has begun,” said Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at S&P Global Ratings. …

    … “We’re past the trough in terms of peak damage,” said Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, with high-frequency indicators showing “a burgeoning rebound in terms of how much people are spending.”

    “You can see that turn in the data, which is encouraging,” he said, “but you have to be cautious that we’re rebounding from extremely depressed levels.”

    The shipping industry illustrates the trend. The numbers remain low by historical standards but suggest the carriers have turned a corner. …

    … Justin Fichelson, a San Francisco real-estate agent, said the market went into standstill in mid-March when the shelter-in-place orders took effect, but activity started improving six weeks later. …

    … “People have spent more time in their home than ever before,” he said. ”People are realizing, ‘I need a great place to call home,’ ”—in some cases, with a home office or gym.

    Low interest rates are attracting first-time buyers, a normally risk-averse group, he said. “The fact that they’re feeling confident says something to me, that they see [the virus-related shutdowns] as a short-term issue,” Mr. Fichelson said. …

    … U.S. auto makers resumed limited work at most of their factories last week, although they faced supply-chain disruptions. …

    … Still, the economic outlook remains highly uncertain. The latest hopeful signs coincide with a surge in emergency spending from Congress, a decline in the daily number of newly reported Covid-19 cases in the U.S. and the slow reopening of all 50 states—all factors that could prove temporary. …

    … Consumer spending provides the most fuel for U.S. economic growth, accounting for about two-thirds of output. Its prospects hinge on whether the businesses that cut millions of jobs since mid-March will be able to bring back workers as the economy reopens. People are likely to spend if they have steady paychecks and feel economically secure.

    Rehiring, in turn, will depend on how quickly states reopen, whether consumers feel comfortable venturing out and whether a second wave of the virus hits. …

    … For economic activity overall, however, “we’re seeing some positive signals in household spending, in the real-estate market, and in the stock market,” said University of Chicago economist Constantine Yannelis, who worked in the Obama administration Treasury Department. “But I don’t think we can predict whether those are going to continue and this is going to be a V-shaped recovery or this is going to be a sustained, prolonged depression. Really, the answer to that is going to come from the health situation.”

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  21. Thanks for the answers — still genuinely puzzled as most WWI involved countries do both on November 11 …… sometimes soldiers could be said to fight for peace other times its not so clear cut. Is it for peace, oil, the great power status, economic domination, etc., each conflict is separate.

    Read a piece the other day in which the authors debate a U or V shaped recovery. I lean toward the U but I’m not entirely pessimistic. In all likelihood the virus will decide and given the early opening I do think there will be a second wave in September. Perhaps a W recovery is in the cards, Secondly I don’t think the working classes have recovered from Reagan, dot.com, mortgage collapse,etc. The last 30-40 years has not been kind to the working class and I don’t think a “recovery” will change that — I expect the stock market, GDP, and indicators will become more positive but I don’t expect much to trickle down. Unless, leaders take this opportunity to change the economic structure to make society and the economy more resilient to these types of disruption — the social safety net has to be repaired and strengthened. An UBI, paid sick days, etc might be the answer. Looking back — its been a series of Ws in the economy since the 80s and it appears the cursive W is a downward slant for the workers.


  22. Many Americans are also confused about the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Every Memorial Day (which, as mentioned above, is supposed to be for honoring soldiers, etc. who died in war), I see posts on Facebook mentioning the service of veterans and current members of the military.

    Speaking of the latter, there is an Armed Forces Day for them. It is the third Saturday in May.

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  23. Yes, we also have a large Armed Forces Day parade in one of our cities — it was canceled for the first time in decades this year.


  24. My husband said yesterday morning, “This is NOT my holiday.”

    Memorial Day was organized just after the American Civil War. Veteran’s Day was added in November, of course, after the end of WWI. My children were all surprised to discover yesterday was one of their six holidays of the year.

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  25. Exactly Michelle,

    We former military have our day, Veteran’s Day, and the current military has their’s, Armed Forces Day. But Memorial Day is reserved for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It’ a day and honor only they have earned.

    There’s plenty of other days to choose from. Same goes for the lowering of flags to half staff this weekend for Covid victims. It was inappropriate, pick another of the 51 weekend’s, this one is taken by those who deserve it most.

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  26. Three military holidays actually does seem like a bit much, though I suspect the vast majority of Americans don’t do anything with them, this many decades from an actual declared war. Personally I doubt whether people who lost a loved one to Covid-19 are going to feel comforted by seeing flags at half-mast, seeing they seem to be there about half the time these days and it’s pretty much meaningless.

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