April 4, 2020

A few random thoughts on this “Coronavirus Crackdown” weekend:

When all of this is said and done I believe a lot of people are going to be even more pissed off at the media and the way they’ve whipped up the hysteria of this virus than they already are, if that is possible. In particular, to watch the way the White House reporters have acted during the President’s daily task force briefings has been an embarrassment; by seeking to one-up each other in their opposition (and in some cases, outright hostility) to the President and his task force members has not been either informational or helpful to anyone who has lost loved ones or their their jobs or businesses as a result of the Coronavirus.

…but it’s not just the White House reporters and the usual suspects in the national media who have been doing this; there are others whom I have normally enjoyed and trusted on the internet (in particular, Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds and Jack Posobiec, who both seem to have dove head-first into believing as gospel the worst of the doomsday models, whipping up daily doses of panic and frenzy with sensational headlines and posts. Knowing Reynolds’ track record of healthy cynicism regarding most things and his commitment to getting the word out on things like disaster preparedness I would have expected a bit of at least lukewarm water being tossed on the hysteria; in the case of Posobiec, while I give him credit for raising the awareness of the virus’s lethal capabilities as a result of his China knowledge and experience at the outset of the pandemic, he completely lost my respect with his over the top, gloom-and-doom posts that have (in my view) contributed in no small part to a lot of the hysteria you now find all over Twitter.

…on the other hand, Powerline blog has been a must-read during this crisis – not only are they reporting the numbers with a healthy dose of realism, their writers have not been afraid to be asking the kinds questions no one else seems interested in asking. And the same with Styxhexenhammer666’s YouTube channel and the Conservative Treehouse blog – all of which are striving to report what is actually happening vs. the breathless hysteria of the mainstream media. I highly recommend adding all to your daily new and information gathering, if only for more balanced and reasoned approach relating to “disease” vs. “cure”. For example, as CT’s Sundance writes:

For every media claim of overwhelmed hospital war-zones, there are a dozen reports from actual workers, nurses, doctors and medical personnel reporting exactly the opposite; and yes, a disparity in reporting even in the New York metropolitan area.

Medical personnel in Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia New Jersey, and every region in the USA are reporting there are few to no patients in their facility and the medical staff is being laid-off, or told to go home and/or stay home, because there is nothing to do.

How the heck is this level of profound disconnect possible?

If you google (or duck duck) search: “medical personnel laid-off”, or “nurses sent home” there are thousands of various reports showing hospitals and treatment centers essentially devoid of any patients. There are videos of hospitals on social media showing empty medical treatment floors, empty ICU units, empty waiting rooms, empty x-ray labs, and workers waiting for something to do…

Obviously, the collective -albeit anecdotal- reports do not fit with the 24/7 media claims of “war zones” and PTSD suffering medical workers so overwhelmed they are now committing suicide because they cannot cope.

But back to my comments relating to Posobiec, this is one of the things I’ve learned during this crisis: Twitter as a forum is doing far more harm and than good when it comes to disseminating information. Nothing seems to be in context, and every outlandish rumor of people dying in the streets and bodies stacked up everywhere is treated as fact. Which, BTW, has made the President’s job far more difficult and than it should be. Look, I get it that a lot of folks on the left hate Trump and there is nothing he can ever do to change that, but to use a social media platform to spread disinformation and whip up hysteria about the Coronavirus is simply unconscionable. I guess I thought during a time of crisis we as a country would try to listen to the better angels of our nature, but I guess that was expecting too much.

One of the questions I’ve been asking from the start is why both the White House and others seem to be treating the IHME model predicting 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the U.S. as gospel; one would think the White House reporters would show less interest in attacking everything the President says and more interest in the data, parameters, and assumptions that went into that model – after all, hasn’t that model been the driving motivation behind all the measures being taken at every level of government currently in the process of destroying our economy?

…I mean, when have the so-called “experts” – be they scientists, professionals, and/or pollsters – gotten anything right? Think about it: whenever something happens with the economy, be it positive or negative, it is always presented as something “unexpectedly”. The news regarding climate change as predicted by so-called experts over the past fifty years has almost always been wrong – remember Michael Mann’s flawed (I would argue totally bogus) “hockey stick”? And how about those so-called “experts” when it came to polling during the 2016 election? Heck, even today they haven’t learned: they’re still using outdated (or, I might suggest, deliberately flawed) models that juice up the numbers for Democrats and against Republicans and Trump.

…given the above, then, why aren’t folks being more questioning and careful about distinguishing between the reported Coronavirus death rates and the actual ones, and how and why some folks appear to get it more than others? And I’m not talking just the numbers of reported cases, but the deaths that can directly blamed on Coronavirus. For example, why aren’t we making a bigger deal about the number of hospital admissions and discharges on a daily basis? Or the number of people who have died without preconditions vs. those having preconditions? Wouldn’t you want to know the actual risk of death to otherwise-healthy people as opposed to making the cure worse than the disease itself? One would think the medical community out there would be just as concerned with publishing accurate data as opposed to so much speculation going on out there. To that end, this interview with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University is a must-watch. We need the data, and everyone is freaking out and destroying the economy without knowing the data. It’s absurd.

…I guess what I’m saying is that when all this is over, this country need to take a cold, hard look at how we got to the point of wrecking our economy and the lives of millions of people – a number far worse than anything the Coronavirus will ever do, not of caution, but outright and irrational fear. And while this might sound cold and harsh, I think we’re also going to have to take a good, hard look at both the homelessness issue and the obesity rate of our population – for the former instituting a “no tolerance” agenda and clearing the streets, for the latter have the medical community start treating obesity more aggressively than we have to date. I guarantee you that the death rate associated with the Coronavirus are heavily skewed by folks with preconditions directly related to diet, social habits, and obesity. I know I would be truly interested in seeing those numbers, I’m sure others would be as well.

And finally, The one thing I’m noticing that few others (at least in the media are) is the performance of states with Democratic governors as opposed to those with Republican governors. I mean, is their a more ineptly run state than New York? And not just during this crisis but well before it. Sure, its density of population would make it a natural hot spot for the Coronavirus, but Andrew Cuomo’s performance has only highlighted just how poorly-prepared the state was and how poorly-managed it has been run in the years leading up to this crisis. And compare and contrast, say, the performance of New York’s Cuomo, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and Virginia’s Ralph Northam with those of Arizona’s Doug Ducey, Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Texas’ Greg Abbott. One one hand you have ineptitude, finger-pointing and overreaction; on the other hand responses that are more deliberate, measured, and responsible.

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March 25, 2020

You’ve got to hand it to the Democrats – right out of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, they’re not one to “let a good crisis go to waste”. No matter if people are dying and all the fine work President Trump and his administration have done for the economy over the past three years is all going to shit, Speaker of the House “San Fran Nan” Pelosi and her cadre of left-wing loons, both in Washington and in blue-state governorships, seem hell-bent in doing everything they can to extend everyone’s misery while doing their utmost to use this crisis to impose their far left, socialist agenda down the throats of the American people.

Did Pelosi really think her 11th-hour attempt at stuffing the original Coronavirus relief bill full of the most noxious of left-wing Christmas list items was going to fly undetected under the radar screens of social media-savvy conservatives? And even at this late hour she’s still determined to give it another try.

And it’s not just Pelosi, even the human fossil Joe Biden (supposedly the Democrats’ presumptive Democratic nominee) suggests the Democrats push their “Green New Deal” agenda in a future Coronavirus stimulus bill.

Do Democratic Party governors like Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and Nevada’s Steve Sisolak really think they can go “full totalitarian” on their state and think people aren’t going to push back? All these power-hungry idiots are doing is laying the foundation for the economic destruction of their states.

This, of course, is sheer lunacy, but it goes a long way towards illustrating just how un-serious Democrats are when it comes to handling a national crisis, and how incompetent they would be if, God forbid, they were given the reins of power in Washington.

Biden, in particular, looks like a someone far better suited for the Sunny Acres Rehabilitation Facility than he is for the White House. It’s gotten especially bad lately – his appearances on “The View” and his own campaign’s attempted virtual press conferences being an utter disaster. I’m not quite there at feeling sorry for someone who has never been anything more than a public servant grifter and a phony from the very start; I’ll leave that sentiment to my Democrat and liberal Goodboys friends.

…that being said, you Democrats and libs can forget the whole idea of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sliding into the role of Democratic nominee based on his highly-visible role in the Coronavirus crisis. He isn’t going to help the Democrats this fall. Not only will he have to deal with his own issues involving this crisis when the dust settles, he has significant corruption issues in his own state, as Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw notes:

The last thing I’ll offer is a warning to Democrats that Cuomo’s moment in the sun recently doesn’t erase his very problematic past, so even if they were inclined to tank Uncle Joe, they might want to consider someone else. Let’s not forget that there are more skeletons in Cuomo’s closet than in your average Halloween haunted house. During his time as governor, Cuomo has been involved in so many campaign finance, fundraising and appropriation scandals that books could be written on the subject. So many of his associates, cronies and former aides are either currently in prison or avoided jail time with plea deals on things like bid-rigging that they could start their own prison baseball team. Others were convicted of bribing judges and one of his longest-serving aides who he frequently described as being “more like a brother” got six years for lining his own pockets out of a massive, failed “stimulus” scheme known as the Buffalo Billion.

Not only that, like Biden he would still have to run on a far-left Democratic Party socialist, big-government agenda that the majority of Americans will never support.

Someone who, I will admit, has impressed me a great deal during this crisis has been Vice President Mike Pence. While I always liked his family personally because they have a rabbit as a pet, I was never really impressed with him because he just seemed so wooden and so, well, phony. But I have to admit his stock has risen in my view to the point where, were President Trump to be re-elected this year, Pence – largely on the strength of his current performance – would have to be at the top of my list of candidates to succeed PDJT.

But back to the virus. The President’s leadership team told us last week that, with all the increased testing and the natural course of the virus, this was going to be an ugly week, and it has. But I’m guessing that we’re already in the middle of the worst part of the crisis and that starting next week you’re going to see the news on all fronts beginning to brighten quite a bit, and quickly. Of course, the scaredy-cats and wimps out there will still be cautioning that we have to close the entire country down for another month to two months, but these folks were the first ones to call President Trump a racist and xenophobe for his bold decision to shut down travel from China back in January. I’ll bet little Justin Trudeau in Canada wishes he’d done the same.

PowerLine blog’s John Hinderaker has an interesting take on the virus’s potential impact on large populations, using the case of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which was quarantined after it was found that an infected passenger flew into Tokyo and spent a few days aboard a Princess Cruises ship, forcing authorities to lock down the vessel with thousands of people on board. Hinderaker writes:

The Diamond Princess experience–virtually a laboratory experiment–suggests that around 80% of the population is naturally immune to COVID-19, that half the people who get the disease will experience no symptoms, and that in an elderly population, something like 1% of those who contract the disease will die. So far I don’t see anything in the reported U.S. or global fatality numbers to contradict the Diamond Princess experience.

I think this is about right and will be, at the end, determined to be so.

The bottom line here is that Trump is right – there’s absolutely no reason that, with folks following what will be a set of stringent cautions and some gradual easing of travel restrictions we shouldn’t be able to start opening things up around the country in 2-3 weeks. This is not a case of all or nothing – we certainly have the brains and the capabilities to be somewhat flexible in how things are carefully done. Trump knows this, of course, but the mainstream media will continue to do everything they can to keep the panic and hysteria going since it serves their anti-Trump agenda.

But things are about to start getting better. Here in Arizona, compared with hot-spots like Washington state and New York, things have been fairly mild, at least thus far. And I think we’ve seen the worst of it.

Say… perhaps the Goodboys’ plans of traveling to Canada for GB 30 ought to be given pause, replaced with the boys coming here to Arizona. Sure, it will be hot, but it’s a dry heat (as they say), you can conceal-carry, and you can bet we’ll have kicked ol’ Coronavirus to the curb well before then.

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March 23, 2020

Lots of high-stakes poker being played in Washington, DC tonight between the Republicans and the Democrats. Monday is going to be an absolute bloodbath in the markets (this is going to be especially bad, from what I am hearing). As a result I do believe you are going to see the first stages of true panic out there. I’m not kidding – I’m talking true panic – runs on banks, food hoarding, and suicides.

I’m not fucking kidding.

In my view, this is everything the Democrats and their political operatives in the mainstream media have wanted from Day One. They couldn’t get Trump on “Russia collusion”. They couldn’t impeach him on Ukraine. So now they’re going to use COVID-19 as a way to tank the economy beyond repair. They don’t give a shit, and never have, about this country. It’s all about destroying Trump and his administration. If this is what this is all about I have only two words for you, and I think you know what they are.

Look, at this point I don’t know what each side wants (although knowing the Democrats and their long-view political agenda they’re throwing into the pot all kinds of pet issues like $ for Planned Parenthood (the better to kill more black babies) and forgive student loans (the better to pander to the helpless, pampered thick-headed dumb snowflake sheep out there).

The fact is, these folks are playing with real lives out there. A commenter “Luke” to this Conservative Treehouse post offers this sobering view of the way things are right now:

Today has been especially rough for me personally. The shock of what is happening has worn off and reality is taking a toll. I’m not scared of the disease other than many people getting it at once. That is a legitimate concern. We should probably heed the calls for social distancing, etc. To try and prolong the spread which will inevitably occur. The thought of our economic situation terrifies me. I work from home, in IT have been for years. My company is only going to be able to pay me for so long. Yes I mentioned that I work from home but us salesmen cost money and when sales are not being made. Nobody is really buying what I peddle at the moment. So many people have it much worse tho. The bureaucrats have 2 good stimulus packages in them. After that confidence in our financial stability wanes quickly.

This is a crucial point; whatever your thoughts are in the virility of the virus. I don’t think it’s all overhype anymore. There are plenty of doctors begging us to follow what they are telling us Stay Home. We should listen for now. It’s the single best thing we can for a president and a country that have done so much for us.

So it all comes down to a game of who do you believe, doesn’t it? I think Larry Schweikart has it nailed perfectly.

As I’ve said before (and I don’t care if I get crucified for this) the damage China, the Democrats, and their bought and paid for American mainstream media want to do is to destroy the American economy, so as the better to destroy Trump and implement their socialist strategy and do China’s ultimate bidding. You don’t believe me? Fine. But what you are seeing our elected leaders do to us as a people is far worse than anything COVID-19 is ever going to do. Are people going to die? YES. And that is too bad. But the number of people who are ultimately going to die (keeping in mind everyone racing to identify drugs to halt the spread of the virus and, in the end, immunize folks against it) is nothing – NOTHING – compared to the misery that will result from the destruction of the U.S. economy.

Enough of the fear-mongering. Enough of the fucking hysteria. Enough of all the bullshit. It would appear President Trump has finally wisened up to the games being played by the mainstream media and Democratic governors who want to use this crisis as a way to impose their totalitarian agendas on their various populaces (because that’s what socialists do, right?):

WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!

Not that Senators McConnell and Schumer or Speaker Nancy Pelosi are listening, but let me say something productive and make it easy for y’all:

1. Suspend all trading in the stock market for 14 days.

2. Call for all retail outlets of any kind to enact strict guidelines against hoarding and allow local authorities to arrest store managers who don’t pay heed.

3. Enact legislation that will:

* Provide $1,250 monthly stipend for 3 months (it will take that long to restart the economy)

* $500 per child.

* Personal incomes of less than $250K

*Include everyone including those on disability, 1099s, small business owners, & seniors

PERIOD.

Enough is enough. It has already been revealed that Americans are nothing more than spoiled children, incapable of rational thought of any kind. Implement the above, keep it simple, and we will end up getting through this fine.

I can’t tell you how disappointed I am at both my fellow countrymen and the political parties we have elected to do the nation’s business in Washington. One would think we would adhere to what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” in this crisis, but as a country we appear to have failed miserably to come even close to that. It is a disgrace. Collectively, we should be ashamed of ourselves. Here is what I have seen:

* The mainstream media has revealed themselves to be nothing more than a bunch of alarmist boobs in their petty hatred of Donald Trump.

* The American public has revealed themselves to be nothing more than a bunch of selfish, spoiled, scaredy-cat imbeciles capable of rational thought and caring for their neighbors and fellow man.

* Our political ruling class has revealed themselves to be completely incapable of rising above petty politics and working together for the good of this country.

I remember that classic line in “Tin Cup” when Romeo tells Roy McAvoy that when the moment comes, “you define the moment or the moment defines you”.

Well the moment has come, and it is shit.

We are sooooo screwed as a country.

And we deserve everything we get.

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March 17, 2020

Hey Boys – Hope everyone is doing well. I woke up this morning and it was snowing. With that, I heard that Tom Brady was leaving. I can’t recall a more tragic day in NE. Brady leaving, Bars closed on St Patty’s Day, COVID-19 on the rise with all of us going f’in stir crazy being quarantined and now I’m down to 4 rolls of toilet paper!! Stop the madness!” — Goodboy e-mail, 3/17/20.

My good Goodboys pal couldn’t have said it better: for New England Patriots fans the shock of learning that GOAT QB Tom Brady had chosen to exercise his right as a free agent not to return to the Patriots for the 2020 season was bad enough, but then to hear ol’ TB12 had chosen that hotbed of professional football Tampa Bay – Tampa Bay! – as his new professional football destination, on St. Patrick’s Day, no less!, was enough to make one search for the closest non-quarantined establishment to drown one’s misery in a growler of Guinness.

Look, I don’t blame Brady for wanting to squeeze another 2-3 years of competition with a team that, unlike the Patriots, will assent to his every whim and desire – he’s most certainly earned that right, but that’s something coach Bill Belichick would never allow. I’m guessing in some Foxboro Stadium back room Belichick has been saying to owner Bob Kraft that it was going to be either Brady or him, that the team had gotten everything out of TB12 that was humanly possible, and that based on the latter’s inconsistent performance on the field in 2019 the trend wasn’t TB12’s friend. Sentimental feelings aside, I’m guessing the majority of “In Bill We Trust” Patriots fans are willing to see Belichick’s side of things – at least until the Patriots play like some .500 team come September (if things are anywhere close to back to normal by then).

Which brings me to the other meaning behind this post. It’s not because of the COVID-19 China virus – I still believe a lot of this hysteria is nothing but bullshit whipped up by a mainstream media looking to do whatever it can to destroy President Trump – but the nationwide response to it, courtesy of dimwitted and ambitious politicians at the mnational, state, and local levels, that is going to destroy the world as both you and I know it. Oh I don’t mean we’ll lose our houses, livelihoods, or lifestyles – at least not in significant ways, at least for now. But I thought as I was driving to the local Fry’s to sift through whatever might be left amongst the ravaged supermarket shelves and seeing my gym (Desert Fitness) closed, along with any number of local restaurants along the way due to COVID-19 hysteria, that many may never open back up again.

I think about all our locally-owned businesses – be they gyms, restaurants, shops, or whatever, and think about how their owners probably live their lives on the margins, making enough money to be successful, perhaps, but not rich by any stretch of the imagination. They prosper during the winter “snowbird” season here, making enough money to prosper and keep them going after the snowbirds depart until their return next fall. I think about how hard they work – being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 life in which you sink everything you have in terms of money, passion, and commitment. Now think about your favorite haunts, be they restaurants, bars, stores, and the like. What happens if this hysteria lasts beyond mid-April? Into May, June, or even July? How many of these places that have come to be a part of your daily lives and routines are ever going to see the light of day again? I hate to be a pessimist, but I’m guessing the impact of this hysteria is going to drive a majority of them – perhaps a vast majority – out of business forever. I think about my favorite restaurants and haunts back in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Orleans. Will I ever see them again?

When you think about it, it’s both infuriating and saddening.

Unfortunately, this is the world we now live in: the Patriots are going to start over with (hopefully) some young and hopefully exciting quarterback, and we will see what’s left of the landscape in another 8-12 weeks. I’m praying it won’t look a whole lot different, but I fear the worst. And this is what happens when you have a mainstream media who will stoop at nothing – not even the destruction of this country – to do whatever it takes to destroy a president who had the audacity to deny Hillary Clinton the presidency she so richly deserved in 2016. Because that’s what it all boils down to. Mass hysteria invoked by a bunch of petty, elitist Democratic Party operatives disguised as so-called “journalists”.

…and if we as a country allow the media and all their sycophants on the liberal left to destroy everything we have come to know as familiar and joyful in our lives because of folks and something that petty, perhaps we deserve everything we get.

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March 16, 2020

This from John Nolte nails it:

How does mass transportation, reusable grocery bags, pushing people into urban areas, open borders, and outsourcing our industry overseas sound now?

Liberalism and their globalist agenda in the end will kill us all.

I welcome any and all comments from those who think I’m being overdramatic.

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March 14, 2020

Had to go back to my local Fry’s supermarket today to fetch some last-minute items for my corned beef and cabbage St. Paddy’s Day dinner. Hadn’t been there since Wednesday and was absolutely shocked at what I saw. Sure, I expected the toilet tissue to be gone, tissues and sanitizer products as well, but was unprepared for the devastation resulting from just three days of virus hyped-supermarket madness. I got the last bag of Russet potatoes. There were no bags of yellow onions. There was no chicken – chicken! in the meat area. There were five cans of soup left. Just a handful of jars of peanut butter remaining. The folks that pushed their carts down the aisles seemed as amazed as I was, with deer-in-the-headlights looks on their faces. It was just very strange to see things like that.

Anyone who watched any of the White House press conferences on the COVID-19 outbreak will know exactly why things have gotten to this point. Our mainstream media are a bunch of loony-toon morons. Not only was their behavior confrontational, sophomoric and petty, but it was clear their only interest was (perhaps as a reflection of their own network’s political agendas) was to hype the panic in order to score political points against a president whose team (at least in my view) has a very good handle on things. It was just a pathetic sight to watch. And it’s not just the national media, our local media here in Phoenix have all been doing their part to hype the virus as opposed to just reporting the facts and advising folks to stay calm. To say that it has been an infuriating thing to watch is to understate the point.

My prediction is that, not only will the President come out of this fine, but that the majority of folks are just more pissed off at the media than ever before. The mainstream media’s behavior through all of this has been reckless and reprehensible.

But everyone is caught up in the madness, even to the point of cancelling golf tournaments – golf tournaments!including the Masters. Tracey and I were still planning to go to Las Vegas for a few days next week, but, as Bob Dylan sang in Subterranean Homesick Blues, “you need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing”. I called Wynn Las Vegas and they mentioned how there was no guarantee of what was, and what wasn’t, going to be open by the time we get there so we bagged it. Again, all this is over something that 99% of the country is never going to get. But I get it – after all, putting everyone’s lives on hold for 4-6 weeks isn’t going to kill anyone. I just find it all so silly, sheep-like behavior, and much ado about little.

That being said, if there is a silver lining in all of this it is how it has exposed serious flaws in our current policies, protocols, and our pharmaceutical development/supply chain, as well as bureaucratic flaws and turf wars between federal and state governments and agencies. One would hope the lessons learned will help keep the public calm and provide fast and effective actions the next time, but without a responsible media to report facts and not hype things these efforts will only be somewhat effective.

In other news…

While he continued to rack up delegates to all but seal his nomination for the Dems presidential candidate, it wasn’t a good week for the “Slo’ Joe Biden candidacy. First, his attempt at criticizing the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 virus was petty, nonsensical, and completely void of substance, but his “virtual town hall” showed him to be a blubbering, dottering old fool when the technology worked, and a disaster overall. It’s pretty clear his campaign (much like their candidate), is not ready for prime-time. If he’s allowed to actually go up against Trump in a debate it will be a disaster.

…see, the problem with Biden is that there is nothing authentic about him. Not only is he a grandstanding, pathological lying blowhard who has goosed his resume and record for so long he actually believes the lies he is telling – lies that anyone with access to Google would be able to disprove in minutes – but he’s a political weather-vane, capable of only pointing where he is told to point, whichever way the wind needs to blow. As a result, he will be shifting positions quicker than a hemorrhoid sufferer between now and November to gather whatever votes are out there from whatever constituencies needing to be sated with campaign promises. The days of “centrist Joe” (if he ever were actually that) are over; because the Democratic Party has drifted so far left, he’ll now be forced to accept every far-left plank and proposal the leftists and Bernie supporters shove down his throat at their convention.

…the one thing everyone will be looking towards will be Biden’s VP choice. I originally thought it was going to be Stacy Abrams (she would have been Bernie’s if he had won, that’s for sure). Now, since Joe will obviously be pushing his senatorial bona fides, I think he’ll pick a Democratic senator and it will likely be Kamala Harris. Good luck with that choice, Joe – she’s as much as a fraud and a phony as you are. But birds of a feather flock together, as they say.

Stay safe out there, everybody!

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March 12, 2020

This whole Coronavirus hysteria is really beginning to piss me off. People have lost their collective minds. What the f**k is it about toilet paper that one has to resort to buying it on Amazon and then have to wait for a week in order to get it? I mean, how stupid is this? How stupid can people be? It certainly explains why nearly half the people in this country vote progressive or Democrat, I’ll tell you that. Because all of this – and I mean all of this – is fueled by nothing more the mainstream media – led by the damned cable news networks – whose loathing of President Trump and his supporters is so beyond the pale that they’ll do anything to see his administration fail and him lose the election in November.

That’s all this is.

These despicable and reprehensible cretins want to see the stock market tank. They want to see hysteria and people acting completely irrationally. They want to see this country destroyed from the outside in (no borders or travel restrictions) and from the inside out (creating chaos, hysteria, anger, and resentment). And I am sick to hell of it.

It’s everywhere. Tom Hanks and his wife have tested positive. The wife of Justin Trudeau has tested positive. This person, that person has tested positive. So what? The overwhelming chances given their demographics is that they’ll be fine in the long run. But let’s just all freak out even more, shall we?

Are there people that are going to die from the Coronavirus? Sure. But can’t we as mature adults keep things in perspective? You take a chance every day you step outside your door. You could be killed in an auto accident. Or gun violence. Or a widow-maker. We think and act as if we’re going to live forever, but our time on this earth is preciously short. Our lives are fragile, our hold on this moral coil is tenuous.

Look, I’m all for taking precautionary measures – there’s nothing wrong with putting a halt on sporting events or cruise and/or air travel for, say, six weeks and see where things stand. If those kind of temporary measures are what is needed in order to minimize the impact of this virus, fine. We’ll all get over it soon enough. I have no problem with that. What I don’t get is the irrational hysteria the media is pushing. The stock market plummeting is a joke. (Personally, I would like to the President halt all trading on the market for at least a week, perhaps two, just to allow the hysteria to subside.) Because that’s all it is – a sad joke on all of us. Look, when you can’t even find toilet paper – toilet paper – at the local supermarket that is irrational hysteria.

As an aside, what, exactly, do people think stocking up on toilet paper is going to get them anyways? But I digress.

I guess what bugs me most is that I thought as Americans we were better than this. Tough. Strong. Resilient. But we’re not, we’re bunch of f**king pussies. We’ve been coddled, pampered, over-medicated, and immersed in our social media-driven driven existences to the point where we can’t even handle responding to a health challenge like adults. We’ve lost our collective minds. What happened to the rally-round-the-flag sticktoitiveness that enabled us to join together in sacrifice and patriotism to win World War II? Think about it: if everyone and everything is going this crazy over a friggin’ virus that is going to inconvenience far, far more people than it will ever kill, can you imagine what would ensue if something truly horrifying were to inflict us? Like, say, a major, major natural disaster or a military strike by a hostile enemy? I can’t even imagine.

I will say this: all this is doing to people is making them even more angry at the mainstream media than they already have been. And they see the Democrats playing their stupid political games trying to use this as political points against the President of the United States. Even in a case like this, where the Coronavirus plays no favorites when it come to political persuasion, they can’t put the country first and do what’s best for it. Instead it’s just another excuse for attempting to destroy the president. It’s sickening. But when it comes to Democrats and the liberal left there’s nothing surprising anymore – these people have no souls, no compassion, and no sense of dedication to or love for this country. It’s all just political games.

To see what’s going on around me makes me sad and angry. It’s getting harder and harder each day to look for what ol’ Abe Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” Primarily as a result of the march of liberalism and progressivism in our culture, in our colleges and universities, and in our mainstream media we’ve become a bunch of soft, spoiled, snowflake sissies who freak out because of a virus that 90& of the country will never even experience in the slightest. I think it’s disgraceful, pathetic, and juvenile behavior that makes me damned glad I’ve seen far more sunrises than I’m ever going to see. I feel bad for the young people of this country, because if this is any indication of what this country’s future holds it’s not going to be pretty.

Now excuse me while I go on Amazon to find some damned toilet paper.

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March 9, 2020

I can’t think of anyone who has nailed the utter stupidity and corruption of Democrats better than Robert Barnes with this one tweet:

Dems could’ve picked a strong Governor from GOP states, a war veteran, Hawaii surfer w/ anti-establishment bonafides, or a hero to millennials w/ a record of rally support & inciting excitement, but, in all their genius, they chose a dementia patient w/ a record of corruption.

Ouch.

Now, about that “Hawaiian surfer w/anti-establishment bonafides” that Barnes speaks about. Now that it’s pretty obvious what the Democrats’ intentions are in terms of selecting their presidential nominee is, I’ll say it: the only person in the entire Democratic field from the very beginning I was concerned about was Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. And it was not just me, a number of folks I know who are “in the know” feared Gabbard more than anyone else. Why? Not only is she young, female, very attractive, and intelligent, she’s not afraid to catch her own wave, so to speak.

As it turns out, too unafraid, perhaps, for her own good.

How do I know that? Because it is obvious that a certain someone rather (cough) influential in Democratic Party circles also feared Gabbard and her ambitions. And you know damned well who I’m talking about here: the Queen Bitch herself, Hillary Clinton, who, after Gabbard accused her of exerting her influence on the Dems’ nominating process, was accused of being a Russian agent.

Only a complete and utter vile, evil, vindictive bitch like Hillary Clinton could get away something like that. What’s even worse is that no one – and I mean no one amongst the so-called “feminists” in the field at the time (Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klochubar) stood up to the Clinton establishment in support of their colleague. Which tells you more than something about their own respective characters.

Which is why the Democrats should get everything they deserve come this November.

Now were Gabbard to get the Democratic nomination I don’t know what kind of a campaign she might have run. It could be that she would make no small amount of mistakes given her lack of so-called “experience” in presidential politics. But I do know this: she’d be plenty smart enough to warrant more interest and attention by the Trump campaign than a senile, corrupt old coot of the Washington establishment and a self-avowed Communist will get.

I think about Gabbard’s freshness and attractiveness as a candidate and wonder if someone like her could even be acceptable in Democratic Party circles these days. I think about what Barnes wrote in his tweet and look at what the Democrats have allowed themselves to choose for a candidate: two losers who have spent (and will spend) their entire campaigns pandering to every Democratic Party special interests, dooming them to a Safaris-style “wipeout” come November.

And to all you Democrats out there I say this: I don’t want to hear ONE MORE FRIGGIN’ WORD about how you’re an inclusive Party of the the disenfranchised, the poor, and those who have no voice in Washington. To put it bluntly, you had your fu**in’ chance, and you’ve given your Party faithful Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

I’ll say it again. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

You get what you deserve.

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March 8, 2020

If you watch the coverage on the cable networks (I actually watched a combination of FOX News and FOX Business for a few hours on Friday), you’d be perfectly well excused for thinking you, me, and everyone around is going to die from the Coronavirus. Since it was pretty bad on FOX News, I can’t imagine what they might be saying over at the TRump-hating CNN and MSNBC. Personally, I’m more of a mind along with Leslie Eastman at Legal Insurrection, who writes that maybe it’s time to dial back the Coronavirus drama:

Let’s begin by starting with some perspective. The current flu season has hit 32 million Americans, resulting in 18,000 deaths, and the vaccine that was selected for the flu season was limited in its effectiveness. Yet, we are not doing a daily flu death countdown.

Understandably, COVID-19 is a new pathogen. However, American bioscientists and medical professionals have focused on it with impressive intensity. It is from a family of viruses that have been well-researched. Currently, the CDC has established the following risk levels:

•For most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
•People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low risk of exposure.
•Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
•Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
•Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

…The press is currently ginning up fear about the lack test kits. However, Pence noted that all the state labs that had requested test kits have received them. And because of the changes in the regulations implemented by the Trump administration last week, the state labs can actually run the tests.

Between March 2 and 5, over 900,000 tests had been distributed across the country. By the end of next week, 4 million tests could be shipped. Pence made it clear that a public-private partnership (working with Lab Corp and Quest) was being implemented toward getting even more test materials to the state labs more quickly.

…In other words: Millions of tests for a disease that was essentially unknown a month ago will soon be in the hands of America’s public health professionals. I cannot imagine another administration responding so robustly to stem a potential epidemic.

Finally, Dr. James Phillips, operational medicine fellowship director at George Washington University, recently said that most people who contract the coronavirus will “do just fine, saying:

“Most of us are going to get this virus. It’s undeniable,” said Phillips. “You won’t find a single expert out there who is saying that this is going to be contained. “And, the more we learn about it, the more we see that the spread is going to be global and, for the most part, that’s OK because the data we know from China shows that roughly 98 to 99 percent of us are going to do very, very well.”

In conclusion: Stay calm and keep your hands away from your face.

I understand the importance of taking reasonable precautions as far as the Coronavirus goes, but until we start seeing rapidly escalating deaths from it I’m not going to change the way I go about my life, and neither should you. Personally, I might think about holding off any air travel, for example, for the next month or so (not that I had anything planned) and have advised my team members at work the same regarding corporate travel, but that’s just me. Tracey and I will be driving to Vegas for a few days in a couple of weeks, and even knowing the large numbers of Asian folks who like to frequent Wynn Las Vegas (where we are staying) I’m not planning on changing any plans. We were bandying about the idea of an Alaskan cruise later this year, but that obviously doesn’t seem like the greatest idea (at least at this point in time) so we’ll probably do something else that’s within driving distance.

After talking with my dad (he resides at a senior retirement community), it sounds like there are additional precautions being taken with how the meals there are being served and when and how food is being made available – completely understandable given the demographics there. But in the short term I think we’re all just going to have to see how things all play out. It would, of course, be a great help if the mainstream media would put on hold their Trump hatred – if only temporarily – and not try to create panic and politicize everything in their effort to hurt the president, but that would expecting them to act responsibly and as journalists. Unfortunately, that horse left the barn a long time ago.

So if I can offer just a wee bit of advice from my own humble porch here at Goodboys Nation weblog, let’s everyone stay calm, take reasonable precautions, don’t clog up the local hospital ER if all of a sudden you cough or sneeze, and take everything – and I mean everything you read and hear from the mainstream media with a grain of salt. And don’t worry about the stock market – the latest jobs report shows the economy’s fundamentals remain strong; your investments will be fine in the long run.

Bottom line, I think we’ll know a heckuva lot more in the next few weeks just how this is all going to go. But the world as we know it is not going to end.

My Goodboys pal Killer sent this to me. As a “Jaws” enthusiast I laughed out loud. Hope you will enjoy.

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February 4, 2020

Regardless of what most people think, politics is not micro, it’s macro. It’s about guiding vision as much – if not more – than results. If you needed any further evidence of that, think about the Trump presidency: Donald J. Trump’s actions – whether you approve of them or not – are the result of his sweeping vision of “America First” vs. unelected Beltway bureaucrats (a.k.a. the so-called “Deep State”) and the forces of globalism. The Democrats under House Speaker “San Fran Nan” Pelosi, the so-called “Resistance” operating inside the federal government, and their mouthpieces in the mainstream media operate under an illusion (no matter how misguided it might be) that the 2016 election was somehow stolen from Hillary Clinton, thereby making everything President Trump stands for and does, illegitimate.

As was mentioned in Monday’s post, the whole “Impeachment 1.0 / Russia Collusion” Mueller Report and “Impeachment 2.0 / Ukraine” were designed, in the minds of that so-called “Resistance”, to remove an unduly and illegitimately elected President from office.

Rarely, if ever, in American political history have you have three distinct events occurring in tandem that will, to one extent or another, influence American vision and perception entering a presidential election year as we are seeing before our very eyes in 2020. On Monday you had the closing arguments of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump followed by the Iowa caucuses, on Tuesday you had the President’s State of the Union speech, and on Wednesday you’ll have the vote to acquit the President of the impeachment charges against him. Taken individually you’ve got enough power and emotion to fill more than a week of 24-hour news cycles; coming on the heels of one another? Unbelievable political intrigue and drama, chock full of contrasting visions and promises for our country.

Let’s take them one by one. In my mind, the story of the final day of speeches by the U.S Senate prior to the vote on the Democrats impeachment charges goes to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who delivered a blistering expose of those who he is convinced worked with the “human lemur” Adam Schiff and his team to frame the charges (if you want to call them that) involving “Impeachment 2.0”, including in his speech the so-called “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella as one of the main conspirators who conceived the impeachment narrative. Paul’s charges went to the root of the entire impeachment saga, focusing on a cadre of un-elected bureaucrats who took it upon themselves to not just use a FISA court to spy on an opponent’s election campaign, but concoct a scheme to collaborate with the sitting chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to frame a sitting President on impeachment charges.

Hours later, the entire nation became witness to the absolute fiasco of the Iowa caucuses where all the political lunacy, intrigue, incompetency and outright craziness that is today’s Democratic Party was displayed for all to see. If, as the American Spectator’s Charles Lipson writes, America was looking for a steady, competent, and inspiring alternative to President Trump and his administration, they are now sorely disappointed:

To begin with, this failure makes the Democratic party look ridiculous. The damage is compounded because they are the ‘party of government’. That’s their brand, and it has been since Franklin Roosevelt proposed the New Deal. Democratic policies almost always call for more government, run from Washington. When people point to social or economic problems, Democrats reflexively respond with laws, regulations, and bureaucracies to tackle them (and taxes to pay for them). That prospect looks a lot less appealing when you can’t count the votes in a high school gym. It doesn’t encourage people to say, ‘These are just the people to handle my healthcare.’

Contrast that with the President’s State of the Union speech, one that was forceful, emotional, and brassy on what the President’s vision was for America. The President spoke in bold and (yes, in agreement with some of his detractors here) unusually partisan terms for such an occasion. If there was a conciliatory tone anywhere in the speech, I didn’t hear it. And to that I say, huzzah – that’s my President! America didn’t vote Donald Trump into office to be a go-along, get along kind of guy. They voted for a mover, a shaker, and a doer. Everything the President spoke about – free market capitalism, respect for the Constitution and the of law, freedom, the defense of our borders, and, as always, “America First” was in stark contrast to the den of “Resistance” vipers dressed in white to indicate their own competing vision of America, one involving socialized healthcare, open borders, unregulated abortion, government rule and regulation, and European-style democratic socialism. If folks were looking for a contrast in visions, one could hardly paint a broader distinction. As Powerline blog’s John Hinderaker writes:

This puts the Democrats in a tough spot. Through the first half of the speech, President Trump reeled off one item of good news after another: Record low unemployment! Lowest black unemployment ever! Lowest Hispanic unemployment ever! Rising wages, especially at the bottom! Median net worth skyrocketing! And so on. The Democrats greeted all of this with stony silence. When Trump announced that in the last three years, 10 million people have gotten off welfare, the Democrats looked as though they were ready to cry.

This comes across very poorly, I think. Would it really cost the Democrats anything to look as though they are happy about a good economy. I don’t think so, but their hatred of the president is so all-consuming that their judgment is warped.

Then, of course, there are the more controversial issues–controversial with the Democrats, anyway, if not with the voters. Like illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. In the battle between law-abiding Americans and criminal aliens, the Democrats made it very clear whose side they are on.

Which is the way it ought to be. Elections have consequences, and Americans (contrary to the Democrats’ impeachment vision) ought to have the right to choose their own vision for this country’s future. Personally, I had no problem with President refusing to shake Nancy Pelosi’s hand – she’s not just a political opponent but an enemy to him and his administration; I think Pelosi’s utterly classless move of ripping up the President’s speech in sight of everyone might garner her cheers from “the Resistance” who so want the President’s speech and agenda to be impeached, but it’s gonna have a lasting effect in the form of literally hundreds of presidential, House, and Senate campaign commercials:

Dems put on a show for a tiny gaggle of noisy hate-maddened lunatics. Trump played to a vastly larger audience, a contrast perfectly captured by him delivering a poetic and inspirational closing while Pelosi acted like a toddler and ripped up a copy of his speech.

Taken together, both actions illustrate in their own way the two grand visions before the American people in action: a President who considers impeachment a slap in his face, a stain on his presidency, and an act of disrespect to those who voted for him and support him, and a Speaker of the House seething with rage and resentment and reduced to a petty act of defiance, whose Party, even after the President’s acquittal tomorrow, remains determined to remove this President in any way possible before November 3.

This is what it has all come down to.

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