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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president.

ITEM 1: Fox News reported, "A glaring spotlight has been cast on U.S. intelligence operations in China in the wake of the corona virus pandemic and how exactly the novel pathogen originated in the city of Wuhan.

"While China's official narrative is that the disease was born out of a wet market in the city, sources within the U.S. intelligence community are now examining the theory that the origin of the pandemic stemmed from a laboratory — not out of malicious intent, but from an accident while undertaking dangerous virus research to keep up with the United States. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fox News' Jennifer Griffin U.S. intel is investigating the origins.

"Intelligence experts stress that the attempt to usurp the U.S. as the global superpower is at the heart of their brutal dismantling of intelligence operations within the country. But American intel has been working from a disadvantage ever since several operatives' covers were blown over the last decade, leading to a purge by Beijing."

As secretary of state, Hillary stored 30,000 emails in an account owned by a Red Chinese company.

Jim Comey destroyed all evidence of this treachery.

John Brennan and Van Jones were not the only communists in that awful administration.

ITEM 2: Karen Townsend reported, "Last week I wrote about a doctor who serves as the medical director of a nursing home in Texas City, Texas testing hydroxychloroquine on a group of elderly patients. The test results are in. It’s good news.

"Dr. Robin Armstrong faced one of the largest outbreaks in the Houston area when 83 people tested positive for COVID-19 at the 135-bed facility in Galveston County. At the time, I wrote that he was treating 30 patients with hydroxychloroquine. Apparently those numbers have shifted. Now it is being reported that 39 elderly people gave Armstrong permission to treat them with hydroxy-chloroquine. 56 residents contracted the virus.

"Armstrong wasn’t willing to watch 15% of the nursing home die without doing something. Using President Trump’s line of reasoning – what the hell do you have to lose? – he prescribed the drug. 'I thought the risk of seeing 15% of that nursing home die was just not acceptable,' he said of the residents at The Resort at Texas City.

"Now that the five-day trial is completed, Dr. Armstrong was interviewed this week about the results. At first, he couched his answer by saying most of the patients have done well. 'And, you know, and I think that that is suggestive that the medication is helpful,' he said. When the reporter pressed him on most patients, he explained. 'We’ve got one patient now that kind of goes back and forth,' said Dr. Armstrong, 'He’s an older gentleman, but we’re kind of nursing him through the process, but he’s getting better.'"

Now we know why the Democrat Party and its friends in the media oppose using this drug -- because it works.

ITEM 3: E&E News reported, "The EPA cannot block recipients of agency funding from participating on its science advisory boards, a federal judge said yesterday.

"The ruling from Senior Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York follows her decision earlier this year that said EPA needed to provide a reasoned explanation for the 2017 ban, which resulted in the ouster of scientists from advisory panels.

"The judge requested recommendations for next steps in the case and was ultimately persuaded by the Natural Resources Defense Council's arguments that scrapping the policy would not require the agency to immediately restructure its advisory committees."

Government of the insiders, by the insiders, and for the insiders.  You approve my grant, I'll approve yours. Cote is a Clinton judge, naturally.

ITEM 4: Science magazine, "In 2011, hikers in the snowy mountains of central Norway came across a 1700-year-old wool tunic, likely belonging to a Roman-era hypothermia victim. As ice in the region has continued to melt, researchers have made hundreds of additional finds. Now, archaeologists have made their biggest discovery yet: a lost Viking trade route that may have been used for hundreds of years to ferry everything from butter to reindeer antlers to far-flung European markets.

"'The Viking age is one of small-scale globalization: They’re sourcing raw materials from all over,' says Søren Michael Sindbæk, an archaeologist at Aarhus University in Denmark who was not involved with the work. 'This is the first site where we have good chronology and the finds to illustrate that.'

"In the new study, Lars Piloe, an archaeologist at the Innlandet County Council Department of Cultural Heritage in Lillehammer, Norway, and colleagues radiocarbon dated dozens of artifacts from the Jotunheimen mountains. They focused on an ice patch known as Lendbreen, which has melted rapidly over the past 9 years, collecting the relics between 2011 and 2015. The objects date back to the Bronze Age, between 1750 B.C.E. and 300 C.E., the team found. The oldest are mostly arrows and other hunting equipment, likely used to kill reindeer."

So the world had global warming and flourished from 1750 BC until 350 AD when it got colder.

Instead of fighting climate change, we should welcome it.

ITEM 5: Laugh, and the world laughs with you.
Scold, and the world laughs at you.

ITEM 6: PJ Media reported, "The politically-correct crowd has claimed another scalp.

"Quietly and without fanfare, the makers of Land O Lakes butter rubbed out the lovely maiden that was the centerpiece of the company's logo for 100 years.

"In the middle of the logo now is a big zero.

"That stands for the amount of sense that it makes to get rid of a lovely image that offended few if any Native Americans, for whom it was supposedly removed."

Land O Wokes.

I prefer butter over margarine, and have stuck to Land O Lakes for decades. That past pack was the last for me because the bigots no longer want to honor American Indians. I can see the problems with the cartoonish Chief Wahoo, but this is nonsense. The portrait honors her.

ITEM 7: Fox News reported, "Video shows crowds at Florida park despite stay-at-home order."

We're not gonna take it.

The story said, "Florida, like many other states across the U.S., has advised residents to stay at home and venture outside only for trips to essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies.

"Yet it has been up to the counties to decide whether the Sunshine State’s popular beaches and parks will remain open for visitors.

"Beaches in Brevard County – where Titusville is located -- have been kept open, but with restrictions such as no sunbathing or gatherings of more than 10 people."

New York City was reluctant to close its subways. The rest of the nation now suffers. Enough.

ITEM 8: The Star Tribune (Minneapolis) reported, "Demonstrators opposing Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s Stay Home orders rallied outside the governor’s residence in St. Paul Friday amid a growing national backlash against business closures imposed by state governors to slow the spread of the corona virus.

"The Liberate Minnesota rally, estimated by St. Police at about 800 protesters, was cheered by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Minnesota who have grown increasingly critical of record job losses resulting from the DFL governor’s stay-at-home directives."

How do you like the resistance now, Democrats?

ITEM 9: WWBT reported, "Three newly formed groups came together Thursday morning to protest Virginia’s stay-at-home order and executive order closing non-essential businesses.

"There's growing frustration over Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's executive order closing non-essential businesses until May 8.

"'Who is he to determine what is essential in our society and what is not? I believe the liquor stores are open. Is that essential? There are a lot of things that are open that many people don’t consider essential,' said protester Marco Caceres, from Shenandoah.

"About 30 people, including families, gathered inside Capitol Square near the Governor’s Mansion.

"Even more ended up outside the gates after Capitol Police shut down the public space, barring more people from entering. Capitol Police said they shut it down to disrupt an unpermitted event that could have posed a risk to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic."

Unpermitted event?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

ITEM 10: The Texas Tribune said, "Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced initial steps to reopen the Texas economy during the corona virus pandemic, including those that in the next week will loosen surgery restrictions at medical facilities, allow all retail stores to provide product pickups and reopen state parks.

"Abbott also named a statewide strike force devoted to getting the economy going again. Austin banker James Huffines will chair the task force, and veteran lobbyist Mike Toomey will lead its staff. The group will oversee what Abbott described as a phased reopening, starting Friday with additional announcements set for April 27 and sometime in May.

"At the same time, Abbott announced all Texas schools will stay closed through the rest of the academic year. He previously shuttered them until May 4.

"Abbott made the announcements during a news conference at the Texas Capitol that he began on a note of optimism."

Optimism helps.

There is a power in positive thinking

ITEM 11: Reuters reported, "Boeing said on Friday it would resume operations at production facilities in Philadelphia next week after a two week suspension due to the spread of the corona virus.

"The company said operations at its Philadelphia plants, which manufacture military rotorcraft including the H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-139A Grey Wolf, would restart on Monday with enhanced safety measures."

The S&P 500 closed at 2,874.56 -- up 34% since we elected President Trump.

Quarantine the sick, not the healthy. We want our freedom back. And Wall Street thinks we will soon have it.

ITEM 12: Question of the day.


ITEM 13: The New York Post reported, "Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out a proposed budget Thursday that shaved $6 billion from his initial request and begged the feds for a $7.4 billion injection of aid, linking New York’s recovery from the corona virus to any national rebound.

"'Everyone wants a restart, everyone wants our economy to recover,' de Blasio said. 'But, there has to be a really clear understanding, if we can’t provide the basics for our people then you can kiss the recovery goodbye.'

"He added: 'If we are not strong, if our people are not safe, then this nation cannot recover.'

"De Blasio, who is operating under a current budget of $92.8 billion, introduced an $89.3 billion revised budget proposal that shuts down the city’s public pools and axes other beloved summer programs.

"The city budget has skyrocketed by more than 26% in six years under de Blasio, up from $72 billion in 2014."

A bailout is throwing good money after bad. I said earlier in the week it is unlikely NYC will recover in 10 years.

ITEM 14: The New York Post reported, "A New York City nurse who recently recovered from the corona virus was attacked on her way to work by a group of vicious youths who badly beat her and ran off with her purse, police sources and the victim told The Post.

"Martha Toscano had just gotten out of the 6 train station on her way to work at Bellevue Hospital around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when about 15 thugs ran her down and pummeled her to the ground."

That is not a good look, New York.

The city needs to rein in its goons, or the whole country will say Drop Dead.

ITEM 15: Market Watch reported, "National Public Radio is planning significant cost cuts as the corona virus pandemic hits sponsorship and donation revenue, the public broadcaster's chief executive, John Lansing, said in a memo to staff.

"NPR is facing a budget deficit of between $30 million and $45 million through its 2021 fiscal year, Mr. Lansing said in the Wednesday memo.

"Sponsorship money is drying up amid 'a very tough marketplace,' he wrote, and donations could also take a hit as foundations and individuals 'will be thinking hard about gifts as they watch the swings in the values of their own portfolios.'

"NPR will need to cut costs substantially, he wrote. The network's discretionary spending is under review, including new hiring, travel, conferences, promotions, bonuses and raises."

I feel sorry for those laid off, but come on now. There are plenty of other, better sources for news.

ITEM 16: This was interesting.
Is Chairman Xi the CEO of Facebook now?

ITEM 17Life News reported, "Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a Chattanooga church filed suit in federal court Thursday to challenge the city’s ban on drive-in church services. Originally, the city and its mayor, Andrew Berke, tailored its COVID-19 restrictions to a statewide order that allows for drive-in church services but abruptly reversed course to specifically to prohibit them.

"On April 9, Berke posted a message aimed at churches on the city website and on his official Facebook page regarding the order, stating that 'drive-in services…even in their cars with the windows rolled up, for any length of time, will be considered a violation of our shelter-in-place directive.' Neither the mayor nor the city has been willing to back off on the amended directive, despite the U.S. Department of Justice’s strong concern over the overreaching bans, as expressed in a statement of interest that the agency filed in a similar ADF case in Mississippi."

There was no public health risk. Sovereign immunity should not protect the bigots who did this.

ITEM 18: National Review reported, "Joe Biden on Friday stumbled through an interview on his proposed response to the corona virus pandemic.

"Following a long and disjointed introduction, Biden appeared to suggest policy proposals similar to those Franklin D. Roosevelt employed to coordinate manufacturing for the war effort in the 1940’s."

Biden said, "You know, there’s a, uh — during World War II, you know, Roosevelt came up with a thing that uh, you know was totally different than a, than the, you know he called it you know the, World War II, he had the war… the war production board."

Well, he is rallying one industry: the media which is doing all it can to cover up his senility.

He never had much when it came to brain power and now he is losing that.

FINALLY: In 2020, banks want you to wear a mask and the IRS gave you money on April 15.

And I am complaining that at $1.59 a gallon, gasoline is priced too low. We need to get back in business, boys and girls.


  1. Item 6: I am with you, Don, on the removal of the woman on the Land O Lakes box. It honored her rather than demeaned her.

    On the sports side, rather than Chief Wahoo, I'd point out Florida State's mascot. I'm no FSU fan--at all, but I wonder what variety of crazy you have to be to think watching Chief Osceola ride out on Renegade and throw a flaming spear into the FSU logo is "demeaning." It's one of the most thrilling rituals in college football.

    1. Actually, the Seminole nation likes the FSU logo and mascot because it portrays a proud and honorable brave and not demeaning at all.

    2. Just you wait. The SJW's will be totally triggered by the animal abuse, the violence, and especially the fire, and demand its elimination so that they feel a tiny bit less unsafe. And any Seminole who protests is obviously a paid shill of The Man.


  2. Item 2: Why is the doctor poor-mouthing the very good results of his study? Because he's a Democrat!

    1. Actually he is a Republican. I think he is worried he saved those people and now will be fired, since you know, crazy.

  3. #2 the last thing that tbtb and deep state want is a nation that is healthy fit happy strong independent and has intellectual curiosity. They would be in trouble.

  4. Funny thing is that the "racist" image on the Land O'Lakes logo was designed by an Ojibway Indian artist. The person who deemed it "racist" was an American Indian from North Dakota who apparently believes that any images or other depictions of American Indians should be excised from history. Go figure! This truly is an idiocracy.

    1. A small group in ND was hell bent to remove the University of ND logo and their name, the "Sioux". They got want they wanted. Now UND is the prairie chickens. I went to North Dakota State so I've earned the right to criticize our nemisis to the north. Go Bison!!

    2. Historically the Ojibway or Chippewa were hereditary enemies of the Sioux, who drove the Sioux out of Canada.. Chalk up a win for the Sioux.

  5. It’s all about TP:
    Toilet Paper
    Think Positive
    Trump Protects
    Trump Produces
    Trump Pulls no punches

  6. and finally:
    gas is double what it should be.
    the standard benchmark is 4 cents per gallon for every dollar per barrel.

    so if oil is $20 per barrel, it should be 80 cents per gallon.
    here in Oklahoma it is about 1.20 to 1.25. in Arkansas its over 1.50.


    1. The latest info I can find is Oklahoma fuel tax is 20-cents per gallon. Fed tax is 18.4-cents. Without that, it looks like $.80 is about what you would be paying. My state has a 17-cent tax, but gas prices are averaging 1.30.

    2. Item 6: Mr. Surber, try Vermont Creamery Cultured Butter if you can find it. Great flavor!
      Item 15: Wait, Don't Tell Me! Didn't Pelosi get COVID funding for NPR? Let 'em rot!
      Item 18: A good spouse should look after the well-being of their partner. Mrs Biden should be ashamed for putting her husband through this supreme embarrassment.
      And Finally: Here in NJ, the best that I've seen is $1.89. We have a gas tax. They tax everything and anything here.

    3. NE Oregon's still over $2 bucks due to Commissar Kate's "Carbon Tax " being implemented on the productive Deplorables of the Palouse.And the Elkhorns and The Blues.
      "The beatings will continue until Morale improves."-Oregon Democrat motto.

    4. "4 cents per gallon for every dollar per barrel" is a very rough rule of thumb. Even if oil were free, it would cost money to refine gasoline, transport it, and sell it.

    5. Most state taxes: If it doesn't move, tax it. If it moves, tax it twice.

  7. Item 2: I am sure that other medicines also work but hydroxychloroquine is generic and thus cheaper as it is out of patent.

  8. "There is a power in positive thinking." (#10)

    I thank Gd every day that DJT grew up in Norman Vincent Peale's church, a pivotal factor too often overlooked.

    1. "Donald's Bible"

  9. #8 I’d like to see a meme comparing the Dem version of #Resistance (antifa, rioting, lying in the media) to Repub version of exercising their Constitutionally protected right to assemble.

  10. When restaurants can open, Waffle House should be first

  11. As far as I'm concerned, NYC can sink or swim on it's own. So much business there can be done non-centrally. Perfect example is the nyse. It never closed down. Didn't close down after 9/11 either.

  12. I hope the protests keep growing in number and size and the despotic governors back off. The time has long passed.

    NYC needs another Rudy, but they are too far gone to make a comeback in the near term. We don’t need them and my relatives who lived there have passed.

  13. "I prefer butter over margarine" hydrogenated vegetable oil is poison and should be outlawed. The only healthy vegetable oils to use are "cold pressed" oils.

  14. No more Land O' lakes I'll go with a local Tribe-Tillamook. We have a
    Oregon brand of Meat rpoducts-Jerky etc. tha tis known as Umpqua Indian Brand. It is owned by the Tribe the have an Inidan Warrior as their symbol. Even in SJW infested Oregon they've had little complaints.
    One other thing-my wife is Cherokee on both sides When she was younger, she was kidded for looking like the Land O' lakes lady. I'll guess the
    feminazis had a problem with Tall Dark, and Beautiful..

    1. I grew up in Roseburg, the home of Umpqua Dairy. High School sports have always been the Roseburg Indians. We like our heritage and intend to keep it.

  15. 5: Most people still laugh.

    6: Chief Wahoo is a mascot, just like the Mick of Notre Dame. The Irish have yet to complain.

    8: I love the smell of schaudenfreude in the morning.

    9: Governor Blackface has had it easy up to now. Sounds like VA is becoming a Trumplican state.

    16: Why does anybody stay on that thing?

  16. It is a bad precedent that we have allowed the gov't to take away our rights/freedom in the name of "safety of the populace". There were ways to protect the vulnerable w/o these acts of tyranny. All the "shelter in place" orders were/are unconstitutional and should have been suggestions/recommendations to the fearful. The Bill of Rights" has been shredded and now the gov't knows it can trample the general populace at will.

  17. Item #10 - Greg Abbott is my governor and I like just about everything he does, but what the heck is the BS about a task force? Here's a thought...let it all rip right now and tell everyone to be responsible for themselves. Unfortunately, for many people, that's a disturbing concept. Well, time to grow up! - Gary B

    1. Same here Gary- I'm disappointed in the baby-steps proposed by Gov. Abbott. I expected better from him!

  18. Item 6 - I cannot believe Land O Lakes did not consider the easy compromise: remover the headband, feather and dress bead bands. Then she looks like an attractive female. But I doubt that was their motivation.

    1. All they had to do was to change her name to "Elizabeth Warren" and they would had nothing to worry about

  19. Hey Don, my first post since I told you to go to hell over you opining negatively about the south and the civil war. I have not read you since, but I did come upon a article that seems pectinate for one like you. Done in the spirit of love for one of my countrymen-You. Please see CDN my Paul Yarbrough, "Southern Racism". We are and were all Americans even in 1861. Hope you can expand your heart and Love for all this country. William Joyce

  20. Every person who is deemed non-essential and forbidden to work by the government should send a copy of each monthly bill to the state capital and request they pay the bill. If they can relieve us of the ability to earn, they should pay the bills. Of course they will not pay them, but it would be a fine protest movement. Once they get papered by enough folks, they may get the message.

  21. Banner - Has anyone seen the Red Cross during this?

  22. "Is Chairman Xi the CEO of Facebook now?"

    He might be the Xi-E-O...

  23. > That past pack was the last for me...

    My wife prefers the Piggly Wiggly store brand when we can get it. Crystal Farms is her second choice.