May 11, 2020

Sure you read this and wonder why, but that will change over the next several months as the wrongful death lawsuits start flying. Cuomo (like his brother at CNN) is a fraud, a corrupt and incompetent bully who is protected by a mainstream media desperate to contrast something – anything – with the Trump administration’s response to the Corovirus crisis.

…unlike Cuomo, I think the majority of the American public – those who who don’t live and breathe everything CNN, MSNBC, and NPR tells them – know that the Trump administration did the best they could, and responded the best way they knew how, given the information (and the lack thereof) available to them at the time. Most folks also know the administration was dealt a shitty hand by China, and as the states all start opening up and the economy roars back to life, how each state’s governors handled the crisis will be given more scrutiny. And in Cuomo’s case, it won’t be pretty.

While most folks (and not without justification) would choose the solo in “Something” as George Harrison’s best-ever Beatles guitar solo, I keep going back to his snarling, grunge-y solos in both the middle and on the outro on the Phil Spector-produced version of “Let It Be”. Like a good guitar solo should, it takes the song to a different place – in this case, by providing a yang to the angelic ying of McCartney’s composition. There are a lot of folks on YouTube who enjoy replicating Harrison’s performance; this is the one I think is best.

…speaking of the Beatles, some folks are hyping the latest “feud” between McCartney and Mick Jagger as far as the age-old question of which band was better. Sure, you could make the argument that the Stones have had more longevity and a far greater body of work in contrast to the Fab Four, but in my mind there’s no question any band could ever be compared to The Beatles in terms of sheer talent and impact across not just rock music, but world culture as well:

For everything we know about The Beatles, a group whose every movement and utterance has been pored over by fans and scholars in the decades since they split up, they still retain a quality of mystery. The unanswerable questions have nothing to do with the dry facts of recording dates and production technology, it is the magic of the moment: what really happened? How did so much music of such originality and depth and wit, drama, colour and emotional richness come to be channelled through four young Liverpudlian rockers in such a condensed framework of space and time? In seven packed years, The Beatles changed everything.

It was, of course, something to do with the exact combination of individuals, particularly the very different yet remarkably complimentary (and competitive) musical and lyrical talents of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the supportive talents and personalities of gifted guitarist George Harrison and easy going, distinctive drummer Ringo Starr. The enabling skills of producer George Martin played a huge part, too. And it was something to do with the era, when rock was young and there was so much still to be discovered.

But that’s not enough. That’s not quite it. The Beatles made music that was bigger than themselves, greater than the sum of their considerable parts. When you listen to their records, the music just overwhelms analysis, it burst through with a pulsating vitality of its own, it comes alive again every single time. These are the greatest records ever made, by the greatest band that ever was.

Y’see, not only did the Fabs have three excellent singers, but by the end of their career they also had three prolific song writers whose compositions could stand up to anyones.

…I would also argue that The Beatles’ career, in effect, carried on for another four years. Think about it: between 1970-74 McCartney, Lennon, Harrison (and to a lesser extent, Ringo) produced a number of albums that critics will include in the greatest 500 rock albums of all time – for example, “All Things Must Pass”, “Plastic Ono Band”, “Ram”, “Imagine”, “Ringo”, “Band On The Run”, and “Living In The Material World. After 1974 their creative talents took off in different directions, but before that you could make the argument that within these albums (and in McCartney’s case, single releases) there could have been at least an additional four albums that would have been considered great.

…still, in the end it’s the music that they made together that counts, and in my view their greatness and their deserved spot at the of rock’s greatest bands can be justified simply by taking a look not their albums, but their singles releases. It’s eye-popping and mind-boggling that so many of their singles contained iconic music that still stands the test of time 50+ years later.

I read stories like this and am sooooo glad to have moved out of Massachusetts. Just another example of – contrary to their reputation of believing in tolerance, acceptance, and adversity – these are liberals and Democrats who are nothing more than mean, petty, and angry elitists who basically – yes – suck as human beings.

…Democrats like Chuck Schumer hate President Trump so much that they would rather see people die and than prove him – and others – right on the use of hydroxychloroquine. Unlike the clowns at the CDC who have mishandled this crisis from the very beginning, there is actual data to prove that, when administered correctly (the key here), the drug works, and as a French doctor has proven, incredibly well. One would think that Senator Schumer would take the high road on this and not spout media talking points, but assholes gotta be assholes.

You knew sooner or later the media would get around to blaming President Trump for the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. I’m just surprised it took this long. These people are shameless race-baiters.

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May 9, 2020

When all is said and done I think folks are going to look back on this past week as the week that the whole “Russia Collusion” began to fall apart on its own merits. As they say, sunlight is the greatest disinfectant, and sunlight there has been. The dominoes are starting to tumble, and now that the truth is starting to come out expect the cockroaches in the country’s intelligence community to start crawling out from under the baseboards to save their sorry asses. And when all is said and done it isn’t going to be pretty.

Scratch one from this number. Me? I just got me a job at a national pool supply company and I’m totally stoked about the opportunity. Not only am I going to be learning a new trade, I’ll be getting paid on top of my severance pay. Right now it will be minimum wage, but it’s a total win-win as far as I’m concerned. It will gets me out of the house and interacting with, like, real human beings while learning all kinds of new stuff and exercising my brain; in the long run I’m hoping it will provide enough of an income to help contributes to the household cause.

…my new boss is very similar to me: he worked in the pharmacy industry for over thirty years and decided to get out of the meat grinder. Unfortunately (or fortunately) he was too good at what he did and they ended up giving him his own store. Now he’s trying to back off on the number of hours, so that’s where your’s truly comes in.

…it just just goes to show that if you identify what your passions are and are willing to doing a little bit of digging in order to pursue those passions good things can happen. I’m not going into this with my eyes half closed: who knows? I might decide in the end that it’s not my kind of gig. But everyone wants to be wanted, and I’m excited to find something that’s far more chill than what I was doing before.

Do y’all miss sports? I can honestly say I don’t. I haven’t watched a sports channel ever since everything got cancelled, and I really don’t care if I ever watch a sporting event or a sports channel ever again. This whole COVID-19 thing is just more evidence of how pampered and phony all these sports figures are and have been. Not to mention the sports media industry that has been created to turn athletes into larger-than-life figures whose performances folks actually make a living to talk about incessantly. The whole business is nothing but a fraud, and I don’t plan on supporting it ever again.

…most especially (at least as far as I’m concerned) that includes the MLB Network and GOLF Channel. Hey I’ll admit: I used to tune into them purely out of habit, and yes I did enjoy watching them. But I haven’t watched a second of either since this whole crisis thing started, and you know what? I don’t miss them in the least. I’ve let my GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest subscriptions expire, and I’m never going back again.

…and the same holds true for the golf game. Something I used to live and die over. Now, for whatever reason, I have zero interest in even picking up my clubs again. Of course, that could change over the long run, but right now there’s nothing – nothing – about golf I miss. It all just seems so (to put it in COVID-19 terms) non-essential.

What, then, are my interests, you might ask? Time. That’s what interests me. Realizing every moment that I have the time to savor that moment. There are no calls, no crises, no bullshit from senior managers. Instead, there are the mockingbirds and mourning doves whose own inner time clocks measure my days. There’s reading – right now I’m working on three different Kindle books at once: a wacky Key West series book by Laurence Shames, the first in a series of delightful novels by Adele Abbot about a private investigator who discovers she’s a witch, a hard-hitting expose on the “Russia Collusion” hoax by Greg Jarrett. Cocktail hour at 5 PM and a late-night Pinot Grigio nite-cap under happy pineapple lights. If you’re looking for where The Great White Shank is right now, that’s where I am. Life is slow. I’m happy. It all seems like a dream.

Remember the mainstream media – and yes, that includes President Trump – freaking out about the state of Georgia opening up earlier and in a number of ways beyond what the President and his task force wanted? Well lookee here. I’ll allow y’all to draw your own conclusions. The fact is: folks need to get outside in the warm sun, circulate, and create the “herd immunity” against the COVID-19 virus just in case a “second wave” were to come in the fall. It’s so elementary, it’s beyond my comprehension that Democratic state tyrants don’t understand this.

…but of course they have other agendas in mind. These people are a bunch of assholes.

One thing is becoming abundantly clear: if they don’t open up their states the residents of those states will open it up for them. As they should. And if they don’t I say sue their sorry asses off. You hit ’em in the pocketbook, you’ll get their attention. Like that Texas hair salon owner who was put in jail – in jail! – for wanting to feed to feed her kids.

…but when it comes to Democrats nothing surprises me anymore. They are crooks, pure and simple. No morals. No sense of shame.

R.I.P. Little Richard. Without a doubt, one of the all-time greats of rock n’ roll, and one of the most influential.

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May 7, 2020

A nod to this late Pink Floyd classic for the title of this post.

There’s a whole lot of freedom going around today. In my case there’s a very good chance I’ll be free of being shacked with the “unemployed” yoke in the next day or two, as my next career is just one confirmation call away. Stay tuned. But that’s nothing compared to what else happened today:

All of us who have, from the very start, smelled the dirtiest of dirty rat in regards to the railroading of General Michael Flynn (and who have helped support his defense financially) after his life was destroyed by the Barack Hussein Obama Justice Department courtesy of the scumbags at the top of the FBI have a right to celebrate today.

…one can only hope this is the first of many dominoes to drop as we get closer and closer to the truth that the whole “Russia collusion” scam by James Brennan, James Clapper, Sally Yates, the infamous lovebirds, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein and – yes – Barack Obama was nothing more than a silent coup plotted against the presidency of Donald Trump. These people are traitors, acting in a way that befits more a banana republic than the USA. As Roger Kimball writes in Spectator USA:

The disgusting people running the FBI — big boy James Comey, and Peter Strzok, and former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, among others — pursued a vendetta against Flynn, manufacturing a bogus case against him in order, first, to destroy someone that Barack Obama and his intelligence operatives detested and, second, to pursue ‘Crossfire Hurricane’, the ‘umbrella’ investigation whose goal was to destroy Donald Trump.

They were pretty successful at the first job. They smeared Flynn, then they set him up, sending Strzok and another agent to have a friendly chat with him at the White House which they weaponized into a bogus ‘you lied to the FBI’ charge. They got him fired from his position as NSA, bankrupted him through ‘the-process-is-the-punishment’ legal feels, and forced him to plead guilty to a felony by threatening his son with another bogus charge.

Due to the tireless efforts of Flynn lawyer, Sidney Powell, the DoJ has been forced to cough up incriminating memo after incriminating memo. The pot of gold came last week when Bill Priestap’s handwritten notes of a meeting with Comey and then-deputy-FBI-Director Andrew McCabe blew the proverbial whistle. ‘What is our goal?’ Priestap asked, ‘Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?’ Or maybe they should just ‘get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide.’

Amazing.

Gen. Flynn hasn’t got justice yet. That will come when he is made whole financially and when those who desecrated their offices by bringing the awesome police power of the state to bear against an individual they knew to be be innocent.

What is most sickening about all this is that, with the exception of Obama (who is rightly being called out by the President), all the people mentioned above were unelected bureaucrats, scumbags who allowed themselves to wield their power as some kind of aphrodisiac to manipulate, and if need be destroy, people simply for their distrust (and I would add hatred) for an electorate that chose Donald Trump to be their president fairly and squarely. And in doing so, they have all been traitors to this country. One can only hope the scythe of justice swings in their direction so that this kind of thing never is allowed to happen again.

…congrats to Undercover Huber, whose Twitter account has been a must-go-to by yours truly ever since I discovered his work. He’s been fearless in his predictions since day one and nailed this.

…of course, you won’t see this on CNN or MSNBC – after all, they’ve invested the better part of four years (four years!) telling us that Flynn’s lies to the FBI over a phone call with a Russian diplomat were the tip of the spear into Russia colluding with the Trump campaign to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. It was bogus then, it is bogus today, and as more of the palace coup conspirators’ actions are uncovered, all you Trump-haters, Democrats, and liberals out there are going to find out just how stupid and gullible you were. Of course, that won’t reduce by one iota your irrational despicable hate for Donald Trump – after all, sheep gotta do what sheep gotta do.

As the great Howie Carr is wont to say, your agony is my pleasure.

Congratulations also to Shelly Luther for her release from jail. She should never have been put there, but once again you have Democrats drunk with power and using the COVID-19 virus as an excuse for their totalitarian aspirations. The Obama-appointed judge in this case ought to be ashamed of himself, but I long since learned that Democrats can and will say and/or do anything because they are incapable of feeling shame. The ends justify the means for these tyrannical losers; all they are doing is lighting a new flame of freedom against our oppressors. Luther’s release from prison will only embolden others to take the same kind of actions to take their lives and livelihoods – and yes, their country – back.

…but what do I know, I’ll just be accused of killing Grandma. Even though it’s the likes of Andrew Cuomo whom y’all should be blaming.

…as Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds has noted, “Releasing violent sex offenders while locking up salon owners is a bad look for the Democrats.” Truth is, these unelected bureaucrats, activist judges, and totalitarian tin-pot dictators masquerading as Democratic governors know only one thing: power. And money. Once can only hope to see a flurry of lawsuits, civil and otherwise, to break these bastards, bleed them and their families dry, and take them down.

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May 6, 2020

Kudos to Alex Berensen for this set of tweets which serves as a perfect partner to my Monday post. Here are just a few in his series:

4/ In almost every state, between 50% and 80% of all deaths are of people in long-term care facilities. That fact affects hospitalizations because many of those people die so quickly they aren’t being hospitalized…

5/ But even more importantly, governors and public health officials are so busy scaring Karens that they ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS AND FOCUSING ON PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE. Every nursing home should have state surveyors visiting every day…

6/ Every nursing home/long-term care facility should be at the highest priority for staff testing, and arguably testing should be required at least weekly. Every nursing home should have protocols so staff who see COVID residents are kept from non-COVID residents…

7/ No doubt experts in nursing home care and nosocomial infection prevention have lots of other smart suggestions. THIS IS WHERE WE SHOULD BE FOCUSING OUR TIME AND ENERGY. Instead we are engaged in an unimaginably expensive and destructive game of public health theater.

It has become increasingly clear to anyone with a brain (that excludes the mainstream media, BTW) that the COVID-19 virus has been most primarily lethal to a relatively small and focused population: our nation’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Which is why, increasingly, the current strategy of full-scale “lock-downs’ of states makes little sense and increasing focus needs to be getting our economy back on track for the good of everyone concerned. While the Democrats and their political operatives in the mainstream media love to portray this as an “all or nothing” approach (and their view would be nothing, the better to leave our economy in ashes) anyone with a brain can see we as Americans can, after all, walk and chew gum at the same time.

Unlike the talking heads on the cable news networks, I’m not going to finger-point at anyone – most especially the governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington, and California – on this; most assuredly they have all made grievous mistakes that have contributed greatly to the number of deaths in their states’ nursing homes, but the fact remains they, and everyone else, were relying on experts’ models as a guideline in the absence of precious little actual data – models that have turned out to be wildly inaccurate in every sense.

That being said, the fact remains that COVID-19 deaths have been heavily weighted towards “blue” states, and, as David Catron writes in The American Spectator, not without justification:

There is only one reliable metric that reveals how likely you are to die from COVID-19 in a given state, and it isn’t what you’re seeing in the legacy media.

…A far more predictive metric is “death rate per million.” Why? Testing is far more consistent for fatal cases. By this measurement, you are probably more likely to die from Coronavirus if you live in a blue state rather than one of its scarlet counterparts.

If you live in New Jersey, you are 13 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than if you live in Florida. The Garden State’s death rate per million is 895.2, according to the RealClearPolitics Coronavirus tracker, compared to only 65.1 deaths per million for Florida. This disparity can’t be written off to demography or testing. Florida has a huge elderly population, and it has conducted twice as many tests as New Jersey.

…red states that refused to issue any stay-at-home orders at all have experienced even fewer Coronavirus deaths per million than Florida: Arkansas (26.5), Iowa (59.6), Oklahoma (60.1), Nebraska (40.3), Utah (15.6), North Dakota (32.8), South Dakota (23.7), and Wyoming (12.1).

How have the blue states that [Florida governor Ron] DeSantis singled out …fared? Not so well. The District of Columbia has a death rate per million of 365.6. Maryland’s fatality per million is 217.8. New Jersey, as discussed above, clocks in at 895.2 per million. New York is by far the worst in the nation with a fatality rate of 1,282.2 per million. Connecticut has a death rate per million of 716.9. Massachusetts is at 588.5 deaths per million. And there is Michigan, of course, where Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown has produced a death rate of 414.0 per million.

This is not to say absolutely that being a “red” or “blue” state is the determinant factor – other factors include population density, use and reliance on mass transportation, and the % of African-Americans in those states (the African-American community having been hit very hard as well) – but what Catron’s column (at least in my opinion) alludes to is the great disservice “blue state” public health organizations have done to their residents in their greatest time of need. And my guess (actually it’s not a guess at all) is that the public health organizations in these states (and in addition to the above I will add Massachusetts), much like the rest of the state government apparatus, has always been a cesspool of corruption, mismanagement, and patronage.

I have zero doubt that it will be seen that, not only were these states’ public health organizations not on the ball, they didn’t even know what game they were supposed to be participating in. Here is what I would like to know: prior to COVID-19, what were budgets for these states’ public health organizations? How much administrative overhead was there? What were their primary areas of focus? I think it’s pretty clear none of the above had to do with preparing for a public health emergency like a COVID-19. But go ahead, Democrats, liberals, and you loons in the mainstream media: blame President Trump for your own reckless incompetence and malfeasance. The liberal left can accuse President Trump of having blood on his hands all they want: when the final review of how this pandemic was handled at both the federal and state levels, it will be these “blue state” public health officials whose hands are dripping in the blood of the most vulnerable trusted to their care. How these officials can sleep at night is beyond me.

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May 5, 2020

Enough of the gloom and doom!

…and here’s something that will also bring a smile to your face.
(Hat tip: Larry Schweikart.

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May 4, 2020

Well, it’s another new non-work week here at Goodboys Nation weblog. I finally decided to file for unemployment; I don’t think much is going to come from it, but hey, ya never know. Got my first response from a slew of online job applications from a local pool retail supply store, so we’ll see where that goes. I have my first webinar with the outplacement services company my employer signed me up for, but I gotta say (at least at this time) I’m gonna draw a line in the sand at any job where I would have to commute into a real bona fide business office more than once a week. Just the thought of it gives me the heebie-jeebies. Sure, the money would be better than any part-time retail store gig but that’s just not where my priorities lie right now. Of course, things could change but right now I’m really trying to stay and live in the moment.

But that’s not the purpose of this post. It’s not a rant by any stretch of the imagination: I’m just asking questions here.

This Tyler O’Neil column at PJ Media is a must-read. For me, here are the money parts:

Early estimates of the COVID-19 death rate, cited to justify the lockdowns, have proven far too pessimistic. In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated a 3.4 percent fatality rate and Dr. Anthony Fauci estimated that the fatality rate of the coronavirus was about 2 percent. As PJ Media’s Matt Margolis reported, at least five studies have placed the death rate below 1 percent, confirming President Donald Trump’s hunch.

…Both social learning and mini-cascades shine a light on how news of the coronavirus’ danger spread. As states with coronavirus hot spots reacted, other states followed suit, preparing for outbreaks of their own.

Yet the political slant is also extremely significant, especially considering the different ways state and local officials have carried out their lockdowns. Greenville, Miss. Mayor Errick Simmons notoriously defended his ban on drive-in church services that led to parishioners facing $500 fines. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to “permanently” close churches and synagogues unless they comply with his orders — and he issued a disgusting threat to the Jewish community in particular. Andy Berke, mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., banned drive-in church services even though Tennessee’s governor permitted them. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear dispatched the State Police against a church hosting a drive-in service. Police in Virginia threatened a pastor with a year in jail for hosting a socially-distanced church service, enacting Gov. Ralph Northam’s order.

All these political leaders belong to the same party: the Democratic Party. Not all of the onerous coronavirus restrictions that violate religious freedom have been issued by Democrats, but there is a disturbing correlation between the left-wing party and crisis orders that single out churches, synagogues, and mosques. It seems one party is more likely than the other to think of religion as less than “essential,” and much of that animus traces back to the mistaken idea that religion (Christianity in particular) and science are in conflict.

…Liberals often use “science” as a talking-point to advocate their agendas, even if those agendas arguably conflict with the best science (see abortion, climate predictions, and transgender activism). It appears the tide of science is turning on coronavirus lockdowns, and Democrats are not adjusting with it. As Republicans suggest plans to slowly reopen America while preserving tight social-distancing measures, Democrats insist that the full lockdowns must continue.

While the lockdowns began as a public health measure, their continued extension appears to have more to do with power than safety.

I was thinking about the absurdity of these “one size fits all” state lock-downs that are going on around the country right now, and I’m both appalled and frustrated at the lack of common business sense and human ingenuity that surely someone ought to have at our state and local governance levels. Let me offer my example, I’m sure any of y’all could think of your own:

I was thinking about this on Saturday when I went by the PGA TOUR Supertore down the street (closed) on my way over to Lowe’s (open) for a plant stake to bolster up a recalcitrant miniature date palm and my local Fry’s (open) for groceries. Inside Lowe’s there had to have been at least a hundred, perhaps two hundred folks working and shopping. Inside the Fry’s there were hundreds of folks food shopping. I’d guess the ratio of masked to unmasked folks in both places being, oh, 40/60. So why is the Lowe’s and the Fry’s open and the PGA TOUR Superstore closed? Let’s forget for a moment what kind of business is deemed to be “essential” vs. “non-essential” – in my view, that’s nothing more than a straw man argument, entirely subjective, and based on some criteria devised by some bow-tied, bum-kissing state employee who doesn’t have to worry about his or her next paycheck anytime soon.

…I mean, even on its most busy day and time (let’s say Saturday or Sunday morning): why, I’ll bet if there are hundred souls total inside at any given point in time you’d be surprised. And it’s not as if your average PGA TOUR Superstore is some cramped, dimly-lit hole in the wall – these are as much a big “box store” as any Lowe’s or Home Depot. You’ve got half a dozen or more hitting bays (all “safely” distanced, BTW). You’ve got wide aisles with all kinds of golf equipment spaced out and a putting area easy to monitor for “safe distance”. So why are PGA TOUR Superstores closed?

Surely, there must be some genius in (in this particular case) the Arizona state or Chandler city governments who could easily assess the “safety” of any given business (PGA TOUR Superstore or otherwise) by an onsite inspection and/or by whipping up a metric as to how many people you could safely allow inside that would enable it to stay open “safely” and, y’know, generate income for its employees and tax revenue for the city and state, isn’t there? Like, I dunno, take the square footage of any particular establishment and divide it into six-foot quadrants or something like that to determine how “safe” it is for x number of folks to shop?

I don’t think what I am saying here is anything controversial. It makes zero sense – at least to me – why this “one size fits all” criteria is being used, in Arizona or anywhere else. Since I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, I have to figure it all comes down to the following: (1) gross incompetence, (2) intellectual laziness, and/or (3) herd mentality – why, that state over there is doing x, we should therefore do x. Certainly, as taxpayers and citizens we should expect – and deserve – better from our state’s governance.

Once all of this is over and wreckage of our economy and people’s lives and livelihoods is analyzed and assessed to what could have been done better at all levels of government we’re going to find out just how ill-served we have all been served by not just the federal government (most particularly, the CDC and the FDA) but a vast majority of our state governors and our public health officials. Look, I don’t expect a governor – Republican or Democrat – to know how to implement an effective response strategy in the face of a public health emergency where the data needed to make meaningful decisions isn’t available or is hard to correlate, but I would expect every state’s public health department to have at least the general contours of what an effective strategy would look like without having to implement a knee-jerk, “one size fits all” lock-down.

Think about what a draconian measure this is, and how needless it is. After all, every business that opens in any state has to provide various kinds of information in order to be certified for opening; there are any number of regulations any business has to follow or provide in order to open (signage, for instance). Certainly included in these regulations are (or should be) information relating to type of business, physical plant size, and the number of employees. And it’s this same kind of information that could (and should) be used to make intelligent decisions about how that business could continue to operate in the face of a public health emergency of any size or kind instead of having it wrecked by a knee-jerk action taken out of fear and zero common sense.

Certainly as citizens of whatever state we all happen to reside in we should expect this kind of measured response and level of competence from our elected leaders. But what do I know? I’m just a dumb, newly-filed member of the unemployed.

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May 3, 2020

All over the country the natives are getting restless and people are starting to push back against the so-called “public health experts” who haven’t been right about a single thing yet when it comes to this Coronavirus pandemic and the mainstream media narrative supporting totalitarian tin-pot despots in Democratic-controlled states and cities across the country. President Trump has been right all along: the mainstream media is the enemy of people: these folks have little interest in the lives and livelihoods of small business owners across the country; they have a narrative to push (their hatred of President Trump), and they don’t care who or how many people’s lives are ruined in order to push that narrative.

Can you imagine the outcry if a Republican had said this? Dude’s lucky that he’s still protected in two ways: (1) he’s a Democrat, and (2) he’s African-American. All he has lost is the seat he resigned (and rightly so). Had he been a Republican his life and his family’s would have been ruined from the resulting non-stop media outrage.

…and likewise this. Why are Democrats and liberals such hateful people? Why, I always thought liberalism was all about tolerance, acceptance and diversity!

I don’t know whether Tara Reade’s accusations are accurate or not, but here are a couple of thoughts:

1. The hypocrisy of Democrats, liberals, and feminists is now out there for everyone to see (not that it will matter much – after all, these people are shameless).

2. You can bet that if Reade’s accusations are deemed to be true, the media will then do everything it can to hone in on President Trump and all prior accusations against him of a similar nature. The problem with that strategy, however, would be twofold: (1) Were something like this going to hurt Trump it would have hurt him in 2016. It didn’t. People know what they have with Trump and are willing to ride with it; (2) even if the accusations against Trump were true, they took place when he was a private citizen. In Reade’s case they involve a sitting U.S. senator; therefore, it be a gross (in more ways than one) betrayal of the public trust. You cannot in any way compare the two.

Heard a funny line on the radio today: the COVID-19 virus obviously doesn’t have anything on Hollary Clinton – if it had it would have been dead within a week.

The prediction here is that Biden survives this battle, but he’s going to increasingly be seen as losing the war. Not only was his performance on “Morning Joe” abysmal, but it was abysmal as a performance given under the absolute best circumstances. Look, he had to know in advance the kinds of questions Mika Brzezinski was going to ask him, and he still couldn’t understand the gist of what she was asking. I mean, sure, her questions were pointed, but they were softball questions Biden should have been able to hit out of the park. Instead, he looked like a deer caught in the headlights on more than one occasion.

…no matter who he ends up picking for a VP, Biden’s problem is going to similar to that of Hillary Clinton’s in 2016: the more he is seen, the lower his approval ratings will go. The issues shared by he and Clinton against President Trump are staggeringly similar: you have a career Washington politician bought and paid for by virtually every special interest you can imagine and a committed globalist running against an outsider who – like him or not – shakes things up and puts the country first.

…in 2016 Biden would have destroyed Trump had he run, but 2020 is going to be far different. The most obvious difference is the noticeable decrease Biden’s general appearance and mental acuity: he’s only three years older than Trump but looks and acts as if he is thirteen years older. Secondly, after everything this country has gone through involving China and the World Health Organization, anyone running to return to the Obama doctrine of globalism is going to be running against a pretty stiff headwind. You can bet dollars to doughnuts Trump’s campaign is going to wrap China and the WHO around Biden’s throat, and the evidence is going to be extremely damning.

…one final thought on the Biden campaign: I just don’t see where young progressive liberals and Democrats go come November. After all, it’s not as if Biden is an electrifying candidate. Say what you want about Trump voters: they will crawl miles over broken glass to re-elect the President. I have a hard time believing Bernie voters and young progressives are going to feel the same way about voting for the likes of old, petrifying Washington swamp creatures like Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. The enthusiasm gap is going to be monstrous.

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May 1, 2020

The late, great Warren Zevon might have been a troubled soul, but he was a visionary. Listen and read his lyrics to “Mohammed’s Radio”, and I’ll ask you to to think who “everybody”, “the sheriff”, and “the general and his aide de camp” might be.

Everybody’s restless and they’ve got no place to go
Someone’s always trying to tell them
Something they already know
So their anger and resentment flow

But don’t it make you want to rock and roll
All night long
Mohammed’s Radio
I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful
On the radio, Mohammed’s Radio

You know, the Sheriff’s got his problems too
He will surely take them out on you
In walked the village idiot and his face was all aglow
He’s been up all night listening to Mohammed’s Radio

Don’t it make you want to rock and roll
All night long
Mohammed’s Radio
I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful
On the radio, Mohammed’s Radio

Everybody’s desperate trying to make ends meet
Work all day, still can’t pay the price of gasoline and meat
Alas, their lives are incomplete

Don’t it make you want to rock and roll
All night long Mohammed’s Radio
I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful
On the radio, Mohammed’s Radio

You’ve been up all night listening for his drum
Hoping that the righteous might just might just might just come
I heard the General whisper to his aide-de-camp
“Be watchful for Mohammed’s lamp”

Don’t it make you want to rock and roll
All night long Mohammed’s Radio

I think y’all will be able to figure out that, once you know “Mohammed’s Radio” is the cause of basic human freedom, everything that is going on right now – most specifically in states ruled by tin-pot Democratic despot governors – makes sense.

Like I said, Zevon was a visionary.

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