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Friday, May 01, 2020

Highlights of the News

Donald John Trump is still our president. (Graphic via Babylon Bee.)

ITEM 1: WOIO reported, "While the FDA said they appreciate industry’s willingness to step up and make alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help meet the demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are asking manufacturers to make it taste worse.

"According to the FDA, more than 1,500 additional manufacturers have registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to produce hand sanitizer during the pandemic.

"Simultaneously, the FDA said they are addressing safety concerns related to products being sold that do not comply with FDA policy, as well as others being marketed with unproven claims.

"The FDA said adding denaturants to the alcohol used in the hand sanitizer is needed to make the product more bitter, and therefore less appealing to ingest, especially for young children."

Now do Tide pods.

We live in a world of smart technology, and really, really dumb people.

ITEM 2: Fox News reported, "Justice Samuel Alito this week ordered the Pennsylvania government to respond to arguments from a variety of Pennsylvanians asking the Supreme Court to halt enforcement of Gov. Tom Wolf's strict stay-at-home order, aimed at fighting the corona virus, because they say it is unconstitutional.

"The Pennsylvanians behind the suit – called petitioners in Supreme Court parlance – are arguing that their rights under the First, Fifth and 14th Amendments have been violated through Wolf's order. The petition lays out a variety of grounds on which it says the order is unconstitutional."

A republic, if you can keep it. OK, baby boomers, it's our turn to keep it.

ITEM 3: The Detroit News reported, "The Michigan House approved a resolution Thursday that authorizes Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, to file a legal challenge against unilateral efforts Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"House members adopted the resolution in a voice vote as a feud continues in Lansing over Whitmer's emergency powers. The vote also happened as dozens of protesters, some of them armed, gathered outside the House chamber."

By unilateral, the newspaper means unconstitutional.

She is a tyrant who needs to be brought back to Earth.

ITEM 4: Newsweek reported, "Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab with Millions of U.S. Dollars for Risky Corona Virus Research."

A wise criminal defense attorney once told me there is no such thing as a coincidence.

I misread Fauci.


ITEM 5: CNBC reported, "Big money donors are pressuring Joe Biden to not choose Sen. Elizabeth Warren as his running mate, even while the centrist former vice president tries to appeal to progressive voters.

"Biden and his team, according to people familiar with the matter, have heard from many donors in the business community about who they think would be best to be chosen as his vice presidential nominee.

"Those conversations have recently included attempts to push the campaign away from picking Warren and encouraging the choice of other candidates purportedly on his list, such as Sens. Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Many Biden contributors spoke on the condition of anonymity as these conversations, both with Biden and among his associates, were in private."

Whatever donors want, donors get. And little squaw, donors don't want you.

ITEM 6: I figured how to get the COVID-19 numbers down.
Stop giving them money for each COVID-19 death.

ITEM 7: News Break reported, "A Central Florida gym owner is defying the state’s plan for business openings and opening anyway, even though fitness clubs are not eligible to reopen yet."

I dunno if I would want to arrest someone who can bench press twice my weight.

ITEM 8: Law and Crime reported, "The ‘Bombshell’ That Wasn’t? Lawyers Say the FBI’s Tactics in Michael Flynn Case Were ‘Routine."


The story said, "The documents released Wednesday suggest the FBI — or at least the person who wrote the handwritten note most people are zeroing in on — was debating approaching Flynn with a several-pronged attack during a Jan. 24, 2017 interview: (1) to seek a prosecution on the merits of his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak; (2) to catch him in a lie; and/or (3) to get him fired. Flynn had spoken with Kislyak after the 2016 election."

If trying to frame or entrap a political opponent is routine at the FBI -- get rid of it.

Nothing in the Constitution envisions a central government police agency.

ITEM 9: The Miami Hurricane reported, "A University of Miami instructor was teaching a business analytics class over Zoom and sharing his screen when students spotted something unexpected– a pornographic bookmark tab describing college girls. Videos, photos and social media posts capturing the incident soon went viral, and the lecturer, John Peng Zhang, is no longer employed at UM.

"The chain of events began on March 26 when a student left his microphone on during a business analytics Zoom class. He noticed a bookmarked tab on the professor’s screen that read 'Busty College girl fu…', and he pointed out the tab for the whole class to hear. With this, much of the class soon took notice, aside from the professor. Zhang continued teaching the class as normal, while the students quickly snapped photos and videos of the incident."


ITEM 10Newsmax reported, "Controversially bold Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp is lifting shelter in place orders for all but elderly and medically vulnerable residents at the stroke of midnight Thursday.

"He also extended the public health state of emergency through June 12 in his state and will keep businesses on strict social distancing and sanitation rules until May 13.

"But he announced, in a video posted on Twitter, he is signing an executive order to keep elderly and medically vulnerable to continue to shelter in place at least June 12."


Quarantine the sick and allow the healthy to go back to business? That's crazy talk.

ITEM 11: Fox News reported, "President Trump said Thursday he has seen evidence suggesting that the corona virus originated from a laboratory in China, while continuing his criticism of the World Health Organization's ties to Beijing, comparing the group to a public relations agency.

"Trump was speaking to reporters about protecting America's senior citizens when Fox News and others asked if he knew of anything that gave him confidence that the outbreak originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

"'Yes, I have,' he said, without further explanation. 'And, I think that the World Health Organization should be ashamed of themselves because they’re like the public relations agency for China.'

"He earlier speculated about whether China knew about the virus sooner than it has let on and withheld information about the outbreak."


It did.

ITEM 12: Breitbart News reported, "Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday visited President Donald Trump at the White House to thank him for helping the state of New Jersey during the fight against the corona virus.

"'I thank you for the enormous help in our darkest hour of need,' Murphy said to the president, as the pair met in the Oval Office and spoke to reporters.

"Murphy noted his state was crushed by the corona virus, with 6,770 fatalities, and thanked the president for providing ventilators, masks, personal protection gear, field hospitals, and testing sites to his state."

The attitude of the press is that the president should magically have everything any state would ever need at all times.

It was nice to have someone understand and appreciate the job President Trump is doing.

ITEM 13: NOQ Report reported, "Several days of Michael Flynn bombshells yield ZERO coverage from leftist Drudge Report."

The story said, "The scandals surrounding the FBI’s investigation of Flynn are exactly the type of content one would expect to see on Drudge. Even left-leaning websites like Politico and Vox are talking about it. The news is THAT big and the revelations are THAT damning to the Federal Bureau of Investigations. It’s perfect fodder for Drudge… at least it would have been before the site became the progressive echo chamber it is today.

"There are alternatives, as we’ve often discussed on NOQ Report. Our favorites are The Liberty Daily, Citizen Free Press, WhatFinger, Rantingly, and 63Red, but there are others. We’ve looked at Bongino Report and Gab Trends in the past as well and both show promise despite being newer. There’s simply no need for conservatives and Trump supporters to continue to visit Drudge Report. It’s a leftist haven now.

"Whether Drudge has just evolved into a progressive or if he has always been one, it’s clear his site is not what it used to be. Some have speculated he was bought out, blackmailed, or both by the Chinese Communist Party, George Soros, or someone else who has a problem with President Trump. Either way, his site is no longer conservative-friendly and based on the limited public interactions he’s had over the past three years, neither is he."

He cashed in his chips with a non-disclosure agreement tacked on it.

The devil is the expert in temptation.

ITEM 14: Fox News reported, "After testing the concept in 2018, Chick-fil-A is bringing meal prep kits to participating locations nationwide. The move comes after the chain's restaurants were forced to shut down their dining rooms due to the corona virus pandemic. With grocery stores also facing challenges due to panic-buying and social-distancing regulations, Chick-fil-A says the meals will also address challenges customers may be facing at dinner time."

No thanks.

I'll just donate some money to the Salvation Army. Fool me once, shame on you.

By the way, my Gillette Toxic Masculinity beard is doing fine. If you grew up in Cleveland in the 1960s, you may understand the look I am going for.

ITEM 15: Breitbart News reported, "A 2008 column in the far-left magazine CounterPunch accusing Joe Biden of 'loutish sexual advances' in the U.S. Senate has become a lightning rod in the debate over Biden and his former staffer Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual assault in 1993.

"The article, written by the late Alexander Cockburn, lamented then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s choice of Biden as a running mate in August 2008. Biden, in Cockburn’s view, was an empty and worthless swamp creature, a D.C. insider chosen purely to improve Obama’s electoral odds who would ultimately stifle any progressive agenda for the candidate of Hope and Change.

"Yet just five paragraphs in, Cockburn made an aside about Biden’s character that accused him of harassing women who worked in the Senate, even while he was supposedly grieving over his wife’s death."

Democrats know as Republicans do. The entire swamp knows. Now you know too.

ITEM 16: Medscape reported, "One of five physicians in front-line treatment roles has prescribed hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, according to a new survey from health care market research company InCrowd.

"The most common treatments were acetaminophen, prescribed to 82% of patients, antibiotics (41%), and bronchodilators (40%), InCrowd said after surveying 203 primary care physicians, pediatricians, and emergency medicine or critical care physicians who are treating at least 20 patients with flulike symptoms.

"On April 24, the Food and Drug Administration warned against the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine outside of hospitals and clinical trials.

"The InCrowd survey, which took place April 14-15 and is the fourth in a series investigating COVID-19's impact on physicians, showed that access to testing was up to 82% in mid-April, compared with 67% in March and 20% in late February. The April respondents also were twice as likely (59% vs. 24% in March) to say that their facilities were prepared to treat patients, InCrowd reported."

It's the game changer that President Trump said it might be.

The swamp does not like it because they want the game to continue forever.

ITEM 17: The College Fix reported, "Since the Department of Education began cracking down on the failure to report riches from abroad, colleges across the country have become much more meticulous in their disclosure of assets from foreign funding, with some digging up records dating back to 2013.

"A D.C.-based nonprofit has found that U.S. schools previously failed to report $1 billion, based on its comparison of the new disclosures with last year’s, now revealed to be massively incomplete."

Betsy DeVos is draining the other swamps.

ITEM 18: Democrat governor vs. Republican governors.


  1. Der Fuhrer Newsom is determined to keep Cali closed and also to punish Orange County by closing their beaches. Residents ought to dress up as homeless people and hit the beaches by the thousands. No self respecting police officer would bother them.

    1. Uhhhhhhh.......

      How do homeless people dress when they go to the seashore?

      (This is, seriously, not a trick question....)

  2. Item 6-
    I believe it's around $40G/covid.

    James Wood tweeted a story from Daily Wire about Pennsylvania removing hundreds of covid deaths from their counts for the same reason.$$$$$$$$

    Item 11-
    Hey DJT, please refer to item 4. (Wouldn't surprise me either if Fauci had worked with Charles Leiber.)

    Item 14-
    Reminds me of the 'Cheers' episode with the beard growing contest.

    Item 16-
    (I think I posted a link to this story yesterday)
    In S.D., Sanford Medical tested HCQ on people most susceptible to dying from wu-flu. Must've been successful. Only 17 deaths and a surprise parade for Gov. Noem.

    Item 18-
    Fresh air, sun and surf.
    Who'da thunk?

  3. Item 1: Something you'll never find in a rehab facility: hand sanitizer? Contains alcohol. Also frequently shoplifted by penniless alcoholics.

    Sad but true.

  4. One more...
    Item 9-
    Thanks,Don for keeping us abreast of the story.

  5. Turn blue you purple knif and cool it with the boom booms

  6. Right on, Big D!! 2, 4, 6, 8, Organize to smash the state! You got some weed I could borrow?

  7. ITEM 4: I misread Fauci.

    I think we're going to need a bigger boat because many of us did.

    1. I did too, bigly.

      Fauci actually did some good work during the initial outbreak of AIDS in San Francisco, so I initially cut him some slack.

      But there have been too many "mistakes" in his handling of COVID-19. I don't know if it's loving the limelight or the lefty adulation, but there's no mistaking it, he's on the evil side now.

  8. There is an economic belief that whatever is subsidized, more will be produced. Dead bodies in this case.

    1. Then let's solve this Pandemic. Fine every hospital $10,000 for every Covid-19 Death

  9. Prayers for the People of Michigan!

    Off topic, can anyone offer advice on fixing a commenting problem that I have?
    If I comment from my iPad (iOS, Safari browser) it works
    If I comment from my iPhone (iOS, Safari) it silently disappears
    If I comment from my laptop (Windows 10, Brave browser) the comment silently disappears.


    1. Jim, I had the same problem. Could comment with my Mac but not my Android. Try clearing all the cookies and history from Surber. It worked for me.

    2. Jim - I had it too. Finally figured it out.

      In settings, select Safari. Turn off “Prevent Cross Site Tracking”.

      Then come to Dons Site, read and make your comment.

      When through, turn “Prevent Cross Site Tracking” back on.

      I am guessing the Brave Browser has something similar. I am all Mac and this works for me.

      Clearing the cookies also worked, but other open windows got shut and that was a pain.

  10. Don, got a killer fried chicken recipe to share?

  11. Surber, is that Baker Mayfield you are leaning against?

  12. #18 interests me.

    Yes, it does show that Dems are fond of fascism, all they need is an excuse; but also it shows that there's little difference whether a state is locked-down or not.

    It still amazes me that this virus has affected the entire world, and that so very many governments have jumped onto the lockdown mania. Australia has had very few deaths, yet that country is continuing their lockdown regardless, for the forseeable future. It makes no sense.

    There's something behind this behavior besides a virus!

  13. #14: KFC called, they want you to do their next commercial.

  14. Item #14 - Ghoulardi...Earth...Man...Women.

  15. Don
    I'm not one for beards anymore,( wore one for years in the 70's /early 80's ) but I will gladly borrow your head of hair as mine disappeared years ago.

    Man that is one fine head of hair on an older gent!

    Take care and thanx as always for the good reads.


    1. Hair what is-Hair?

      Mine departed when I was 23. like my maternal Grandpa.
      Due to his Maternal Grandpa. Family reunion in Kansas
      many years Oldest guy was in his 60's youngest in his 30's (me)
      We talked about painting billard ball nimber on out heads and standing in a triangular group photo..

  16. Item16: "One of five physicians in front-line treatment roles has prescribed hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19,..."

    Attended an informal Lessons Learned presentation at work this week. Key presenters were physicians from major health systems, including one of NYC largest & best hospital systems.

    The NYC physicians were in the thick of things and had some terrific info to share. They also emphasized that their is no known cure for SARS-CoV 1 or 2.

    FYI - No cure is something that has always concerned me, along with no experience with a SARS epidemic in the USA.

    They noted multiple treatments for COVID, and Hydroxychloroquine was noted for every level of illness severity. It was also the first treatment listed for each severity level.

    Of course, each group could not resist getting a dig in at Trump - maintain their progressive bona fides - still, their actions speak louder than their words.

    Trump was right, and more importantly he was in the lead (does not wait for group-think/ the herd).

    Keep up the good work DS.

  17. Mr. Surber sir,
    Thigh and a breast. Crispy.

  18. 3. She's also the idiot who said our country wasn't founded on rebellion. Maybe, just maybe, she is dumb enough to be vp under biden. I didn't think they could find anyone more stupid than him, but, she opens her mouth....

    12. The third democrat governor to appreciate the job the President has done with the chinese flu panic.

    16. If I get chinese flu I will demand the HQC protocol. Anecdotal evidence is sufficient for me.

  19. 2: OH needs something like this.

    4: I didn't.

    5: Big biz wants Whitler or Chlamydia?

    6: Real number of people who died from Wu Ping Cough? 3/4 of 1%., according to the state of MN.

    8: Routine for whom?

    The NKVD?

    14: Actually, I thought to looked like Col Sanders.

    Or Col Morton, if you go back that far.

  20. #12. Comrade Murphy is sucking up to POTUS so he can receive bailouts for NJ whose economy has been failing for years due to progressive excesses in the Dem state assembly. Trump should only fund essential state workers like hospital,police firemen & teachers. No sanctuary state or illegal alien aid!!
    #14. Nice beard! POWER TO DA PEOPLE. I've been trimming my beard since it get scraggly easily. My gray hair gets out of control when it gets long so I'm starting to look more like Doc Brown from 'Back to the Future'

  21. Item #9: "Busted".

    I see what you did there. :)
    (slow golf clap)

  22. 5. "Whatever owners want, owners get. And little squaw, Creepy Joe's Owners don't want you."
    I say pick her. that way when he lose bigly, they can claim it is because we are racists and not ready for a native American Veep.

  23. Don, two bloggers I trust very much, you and Sundance. SD pointed out early on the Dr. Faux was an Obamunist and HiLlARy worshipper.
    You are more willing to trust than SD. Some times you are right, some times Sundance is. Rare is the day though that you two disagree.
    Thanks for your work, GOD bless you, and keep the whiskers, GOD put them on our faces for a reason, in my case it is to suppress the ugly.

  24. #14-Fool me once, shame on you.
    They had a good run but, didn't follow thru, shame on them. Good bye.

  25. #8 - You're wanting to look like a Beatnik?

    I shaved mine yesterday. Getting too warm for it.

    The captcha has gotten utterly ridiculous.

  26. Item 10. I've already informed Gov. Kemp that I decline to participate.