Bruce Alyward, Cass Sunstein, Chick-fil-A, David Geffen, Gretchen Whitmer, Hillary Clinton, Millie Hemingway, PornHub, Rod serling, The twilight Zone, WHO
In times of pseudo-crisis, people’s true character—actually, usually their lack thereof—comes to the fore, so take a moment as you shelter in place, hide, cringe in a corner, whine, or merely enjoy your pets enjoying you enjoying a bit of time off and read on for the humorous, the absurd, and the political, which is actually pretty much all of the above.
Speaking of lack of character, let us begin with Hillary Clinton, who is still not president, and her delight in the deaths of Americans. She’s referring to the misleading news that America is #1 in viral deaths. Hoo boy did we dodge a bullet there, gentle readers:
Normal Americans don’t begrudge anyone their success, but, as Rod Serling
used to say, submitted for your approval:
Geffen is reportedly worth 7.5 billion. It’s nice that he’s enjoying himself on his megayacht in such idyllic climes, but forgive me for hoping, gentle readers that should everyone in the world be killed by some horrific contagion, it will not be clueless, idle rich like him that survive to carry on the human race. If anyone needed an example of why Hollywood hasn’t a clue about the reality of Normal Americans, this is the dictionary definition.
And speaking of clueless, Cass Sunstein, a Harvard Law professor, demonstrates a remarkable flexibility in ideology:
Some have suggested the World Health Organization is not a non-partisan Health Organization, but something else–A Chinese propaganda organ. This might help provide a clue:
Gretchen Whitmer is the Governor of Michigan:
Perhaps we could fight more effectively if we all lip-locked as well? But that’s not Whitmer’s top act of cluelessness:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs literally threatened all doctors and pharmacists in the state who prescribe or dispense hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.
The agency’s March 24 letter warns physicians and pharmacists of professional consequences for the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine (and chloroquine). Beyond the rational recommendation against hoarding as production of this medication needs to be ramped up, the letter deviates into open threats of ‘administrative action’ against the licenses of doctors that prescribe hydroxychloroquine.
The letter also instructs pharmacists to ignore physician orders for this medication. Due to the debate over a pharmacist’s right to refuse to fill medications that go against their religious beliefs, this could place pharmacists in the unprecedented position of being told that they must fill prescriptions that violate their ‘conscience (religious belief)’ but must not fill prescriptions to treat COVID-19.
Even worse, the letter indicates health care providers are ‘required to report’ their fellow physicians who are prescribing these medications. This draconian measure carries ominous Gestapo-like overtones of neighbor reporting neighbor to ‘authorities.’
Don’t you wish you lived in Michigan, gentle readers? For that matter, don’t you wish you lived in New York City, where Mayor/Comrade Bill de Blasio wants to move forward:
With the Big Apple now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that critics should not be ‘focusing’ on ‘anything looking back on any level of government right now’ — including his previous statements urging his constituents to go about their lives and not worry about the virus.
. . . . Confronted with his previous soundbites on CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ de Blasio initially downplayed the comments before ultimately acknowledging that the questions were ‘fair.’
‘This is just about how we save lives going forward. Everyone was working with the information we had, and trying of course to avoid panic,’ de Blasio began. ‘The bottom line is none of us have time to look backwards. I’m trying to figure out how we get through next Sunday, and what we do the week after that.’
Better moving forward than focusing on de Blasio’s past cluelessness. And then there was Chuck Todd, who thinks President Trump has blood on his hands:
When Joe Biden doesn’t agree with you, you know you’ve gone too far. And Laura Krolczky, a senior executive of the Roswell Park Cancer Center, hoping to kill Trump voters:
Krolczky was reportedly fired, which, considering her position at a renowned medical facility is a good thing indeed. Oddly enough, most medical facilities don’t want half their prospective patients thinking they want them dead. And this, from the Mayor of New Orleans, who, like many in the media and elsewhere, has apparently never heard of the 10th Amendment and/or federalism.
I’m relatively certain Mr. Trump wasn’t aware Mardi Gras was his to cancel. He’s the worst racist dictator ever! The venerable aphorism, “no good deed goes unpunished,” is alive and well as Powerline reports:
Minnesota’s MyPillow man Mike Lindell joined President Trump and chief executive officers Darius Adamczyk (Honeywell), Debra Waller (Jockey — great!), Greg Hayes (United Technologies), and David Taylor (Proctor and Gamble) at yesterday’s daily White House Coronavirus task force briefing. Lindell is a recovering addict, an outspoken Christian, a fervent Trump supporter, a successful entrepreneur and all-around remarkable gentleman. Lindell spoke for less than three minutes (video below). He announced that MyPillow was repurposing part of its factory to make cotton face masks for health care workers. It will be cranking out 50,000 masks a day by the end of the week.
Lindell added a few words expressing his gratitude for Trump’s election and urging Americans to pray. As a result, he set off a wave of hatred and contempt on Twitter.
The moment Lindell mentioned God, CNN cut him off. There may be a message in that…
Quotable quote (Ben Shapiro via FOX News): ‘If you’re angry at the guy shifting over his factory to produce 50,000 facemasks a day for medical professionals, you’re doing being human wrong.’
And who can—or will—forget this:
Pelosi has recently claimed that while President Trump was “fiddling,” Americans were dying. Here’s reality:
And we can always count on the media to lie about anything important:
CBS published a story about overloaded NYC hospitals, but used a photo from an Italian hospital instead. They claim it was an “editing” error. Riiiiiight. Fascinating, is it not, that media “errors” always advance media-D/S/C narratives at the expense of normal Americans.
Uh, through November?
And in Seattle, a city overrun with crime, anarchy, homelessness and innumerable other issues, the Police Chief is on the job:
Apparently the Chief is unfamiliar with the First Amendment, and certainly has an odd idea of law enforcement priorities. “Hello? 911? Somebody called me a mean name!” Aren’t you glad you don’t live there, gentle readers?
But following the darkest night, there is the dawn:
Adult content site Pornhub knows we’re all social distancing, so they’ve decided to hook everyone up with free Pornhub Premium to make our isolation just a little bit easier.
Starting March 24, users can sign up at the site’s special “stay home” landing page to enjoy premium for the next month.
‘With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time,’ said said Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub in a press release. ‘We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve.’
Hmmm. Yes, and uh, other stuff…
All is well at the Manor, gentle readers. Our best wishes and prayers for you and yours.
“Aren’t you glad you don’t live there, gentle readers?”
“Gladder” than one can imagine, Mike! Seattle in particular, and Washington, in general, have become intolerable for sane people. The Lefty-Communist D/S/Cs have driven scores of sane, smart pilots and engineers out of state. Despite offering very attractive salaries and bonuses, Boeing is losing scores of highly skilled people, who are unable to tolerate the insanity of moronic “wokeness”.
Eg., a pilot’s wife was told to shut up, “because you’re too white to ask that question!” And that was at a church meeting in Seattle. The pilot resigned the next day and moved his family OUT of Washington.
Leftist nutcases also have ruined California and Colorado. Unfortunately, as people abandon failed D/S/C-run states, they take their bizarre ideas to other locales, infecting them with dangerous socialist/communist policies at a rate exceeding that of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The other Phil said:
Life comes at you fast sometimes. Gov. Half-wit is in over her head. But at least she has some ability to listen to facts. From today:
“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer drew fire from some on the right after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) sent a letter last week threatening ‘administrative action’ against doctors who prescribed two experimental drugs that could potentially help coronavirus patients. The Whitmer administration has since removed the language threatening doctors from the letter and is now asking the federal government to send shipments of the drugs, Bridge magazine reports.”
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear The Permit:
What you said.
“In times of pseudo-crisis,..”
That alone pretty much sums up everything that followed in your meandering, Mike. Denial… the usual Conservative stance on reality. It really matters little if you, or anyone else, wants to believe it’s all fake and contrived to dump Trump, because whether fake or not…it’s still a crisis… and for some reason this fake disease is managing to kill fellow Americans. Now, maybe they are “fake” deaths… the Deep State convincing people to lie with fake data. Gotta watch them gun-controlling, abortion loving, Constitutional shredding, disease-spreading, D/S/C Liberals!
On the other hand, the actual percentage of those dying.. if true of course… is way below 5%. That means humanity.. the remaining 95% survive. Sounds like acceptable losses to me… right, Mike? Fauci’s 100,000 dead in a couple months or so is after all, just a low percentage.
Glad to see you’re politically weaponizing the crisis… even IF you are doing it because you perceive the “other side” did it first. The fact you are doing it at all says it all.
“All is well at the Manor, gentle readers. Our best wishes and prayers for you and yours.”
I’m confused, Mike. If the crisis is fake why are the “best wishes and prayers” even necessary?
The other Phil said:
Did you advocate for the closure of the country in 2009 for the swine flu pandemic? Of course not, because life is full of risk. (And because Obama was President?) This virus is a tragedy but given its virulence there is really no way to avoid it. Destroying the economy could easily cause more harm than the virus itself. Any efforts beyond a few weeks of closing schools and working from home, to smooth out the curve, is excessive.
Yes… from the outset of all this I was suggesting the same thing. Given time we will get a vaccine.. but the effect to the economy will last longer. Although the loss in human life is crisis enough. Triple crisis. Had the economy been left alone it would still be affected by the massive job force absence and filling the hospitals.. and the re-directing of manufacturing to masks and machines.
The other Phil said:
Exactly my point. In 2009 we did nothing, simply allowing the swine flu run its course. We did nothing to mitigate it, and had no idea that it would kill “only” 18,000 American. What’s different in 2020, except who’s in the White House?
The other Phil said:
…and the D/S/C’s desire to destroy him, at any cost.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear The other Phil:
Which is in substantial part driving events.
Mike McDaniel said:
“Pseudo-crisis” because while there is no doubt we have a contagion of currently unknown dimensions, there is far too much hysteria surrounding and driving events. This is not denial, rather, accurate analysis. When the current contagion has run its course, we’ll have a better idea to what degree we overreacted, but it seems we have indeed overreacted.
And actually, we should not love people who not only release dangerous criminals from jail, but try to prevent the law abiding from having the means to protect themselves. Nor should we love those who cynically try to use the situation to enact every unrelated D/S/C policy agenda, including changing the rules on voting such that it would be possible for anyone but a D/S/C to be elected in the future.
As President Trump said, no loss is acceptable, but we must deal in reality.
I’m weaponizing a crisis by calling attention to D/S/Cs who castigate a man who converts his factory to making much needed masks, and who dares mention God? By calling attention to a D/S/C governor who threatened doctors trying to use the most effective known drugs to save lives?
You know better than this Doug.
Well, yes I do know better than this, Mike… hence my reply. This “over-reaction” Trumpian wanna-blame-something-else deflection is garbage. You are looking to blame two main things for all this… some overall D/S/C conspiracy to dump Trump, and a Liberal press. In the meantime this “simple” social over-reaction just could cost 200,000 American lives… and right now many, if not most, Americans think they could be on that list. And if it ends up not going to 200,000 what number is an acceptable loss for you? Would it be worth one of your family members?
Has your great “analysis” reached a conclusion that Conservatives need to save Trump’s ass no matter how many Americans die off?
Mike McDaniel said:
Not quite. There is no doubt D/S/Cs and the press–one in the same–are doing all they can to do in Donald Trump. They’re even promising to investigate his response to the virus, despite the fact they were totally focused on impeachment when he was actually dealing with the situation. However, this is only one factor in why we’re dealing with things as we are, which I though I made rather clear. It’s naive in the extreme to imagine politics plays no role in such things, and I don’t think you that naive.
As I’ve written, response to any contagion is a balancing act between saving the economy and saving lives, but any suggestion that we must do whatever is necessary to save a single life is demagoguery. It would be nice if we could simply hide at home and rely on government to provide for all our needs, but that’s neither realistic nor rational. We’ll see, one day soon, how well we did the balance, and whether the damage to the economy was necessary or worth it.
I’m just glad I don’t have to make those decisions.
It’s a bit more than a balance between the economy and saving lives. The disease itself represents a threat to the economy, in that huge numbers of Americans are simply getting ill… which requires those folks being out of work from days to weeks at a time. Add to that number those that have to quarantine away from work, and/or take off work to tend to sick loved ones. The deaths themselves, while tragic on the human side, represent loved ones and family members removing themselves from work to tend to the ill… and then grieving for loss and funerals. This isn’t an “either,or” choice we have here, Mike. The entire focus and attention should be totally on the disease first to regain human control.. then the economy. The reality of all the trillions in federal aid is not a stimulus for anything in the economy but rather “burning money until the furnace can be fixed”.
What’s going to help more than anything as it relates to the economy is when the government prints more money for all this, that people around the world will still buy into the dollar being backed by “the full faith and credit” of the U.S. government. Because without that… just think back to all those bushels of Deutsche marks needed to buy a loaf of bread.
Mike McDaniel said:
Of course it’s not an “either/or” matter. Part of the balance is understanding the bad effects of shuttering the economy, including deaths from suicides, drug use, etc. Another part of that balance is determining when the disease might be controlled, and what “control” in an infection that may never go away and may strike as a seasonal flu does, means.
We’ll have a better handle on that soon.
The other Phil said:
Doug, that’s just a pathetic series of straw man arguments. Perhaps you could apply your dizzying intellect to something more productive, like convincing the Chinese to stop eating raw bats.
Pollack notes that when Trump was forming his Chinese Virus task force in January,, Pelosi was passing out impeachment pens. Hell, she’s a lot cooler under fire than that in a time of real crisis. San Francisco CBS news notes that–Feb 24, 2020–
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked through San
Francisco’s Chinatown District Monday, attempting to quell fears about the current
outbreak of the coronavirus that has kept customers out of shops and restaurants
and tourists away from the streets. . .”
Can you imagine the courage of this Democrat trying to calm a frightened people, unlike that fiddling-around Trump and that fool turning his pillow factory into a face-mask factory? CBS continues:
We want to be vigilant about what might be on the horizon — what is out there in
other places. We want to be careful how we deal with it (coronavirus). But we do
want to say to people, come to Chinatown. Here we are, again, careful, safe, and
come join us.”
Now that is how to handle a REAL crisis! We gotta be careful, but, hey, come on down
to China(sorry)town is mix with the crowds. Now that’s how you handle a real crisis (and she ain’t suggesting that it’s kinda overblown a bit not one little bit). No pussy(sorry)footing around. And did you see him get all fascist when he suggested
that some areas were best put under quarantine? Well, he was put into his place by (Dem) governors who know how to handle a crisis. They are Pelosi cool.
Doug, you nailed the head on the hit with:
“Denial… the usual Conservative stance on reality”.
A good generalization with the ol’ broad brush always seals the case.
PS. I think that you should not lick your wounds in public. I’m on your side, as a
true conservative, but your lack of manliness is a bit unseemly.
Your friend, Dug
I’m sure it’s far less about any perception of my manliness, and far more about your insecurity… or would that be your identity?