Closing Thought–27Feb20

Coronavirus….was covered by the president in his presser last night…this is something that a hero of Trump had to say before the presser…..

There is lots of copy these days on the virus and its spread around the world into a pandemic.

I write a lot about the mental midgets on the Right…and one that needs to be ignored is good old Rush……now he has theories on the virus that he shares with the dullards that listen to his “news” and “comment”……

Rush Limbaugh is back in the news again, this time while airing some controversial theories about the coronavirus. “It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump,” Limbaugh said during his Monday radio show, per HuffPost. “Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus,” he added. “Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.” Limbaugh pointed out that only a small fraction of people who contract the illness die. “The survival rate of this is 98%,” he said. “You have to read very deeply to find that number, that 2 percent of the people get the coronavirus die. That’s less than the flu, folks.” He’s right about the survival stat, notes the Washington Post, which adds that, unlike the flu, the very new coronavirus has no vaccine and relatively little is known about it.

Still, Limbaugh sees an anti-Trump agenda behind much of the media coverage. “It’s really being hyped as a deadly Andromeda strain or Ebola pandemic that, ‘Oh, my God, is going to wipe out the nation. It’s going to wipe out the population of the world,'” he said. The idea, he added, is to spread the idea that “Trump and capitalism are destroying America and destroying the world.” It wasn’t the only controversial virus theory he espoused. Limbaugh also raised a widely debunked claim about the origin of the coronovirus. He alleged that “ChiComs,” or Chinese Communists, were trying to “weaponize” the virus in a lab, “and it got out.”

How nice Capt Orange hangs a medal around his neck and he instantly becomes a health care expert. (If only that were true)  Although I do agree with him, Rush, on one issue…the hype is getting out of hand.

But not to worry Trump’s choice as head of Homeland Security is just as incompetent as all his other advisers…he proved it when questioned by the Senate.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) slammed acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday for Wolf’s lack of answers during a tense grilling on the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a subcommittee hearing on the 2021 DHS budget, Wolf failed to provide specific answers Kennedy’s questions, including one on how many people are predicted to become infected with the new strain of virus.

“We’re working with HHS to determine that,” Wolf said, repeatedly deferring to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Yes, sir, but you’re head of Homeland Security and your job is to keep us safe,” Kennedy shot back, often talking over Wolf. “Don’t you think you ought to check on that?”

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/484523-sen-kennedy-slams-acting-dhs-secretary-on-coronavirus

I feel confident that we as a nation are screwed by these incompetent tools at the president’s side.

And a closing thought to the closing thought…..what a difference 5 years can make….for his orange highness…..

What a difference five years and winning a presidential election makes.

In the summer and fall of 2014 — less than a year before he officially launched his presidential bid — Donald Trump posted about 100 mostly panicked tweets about the Ebola virus. Many of them attacked then-President Obama for his handling of the outbreak, and some of them went as far as to accuse the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of lying about what was going on.

America is now confronting the possibility — or even likelihood — of a coronavirus outbreak within its borders. The novel virus and Covid-19, the disease it causes, could quickly become President Trump’s problem, and it’s instructive to look back at what had to say about Ebola and Obama’s response to it.

Spoiler alert: None of it is reassuring.

https://www.vox.com/2020/2/26/21154253/trump-ebola-tweets-coronavirus

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Is That A Never Bernie Movement?

First thing to know is that Bernie is NO Radical (more on this further down the post)….

We heard so much about the Never Trump people in Right wing blogs…..and now that Bernie is entrenched in the front runner status the MSM has fired up another meme….Never Bernie.

That conserv bastion of opinion Red State has written…..

The panic on the professional left has begun. What is the “professional left” you say? Those who make a fabulous living in media talking about reaching the goals that Bernie Sanders speaks of, they just never thought they would be part of the full-blown plan in their lifetimes.

The lefties at MSNBC have launched the #NeverBernie movement and they are dead serious about it.

As of this writing with almost 50% of the results so far tallied in Nevada, Bernie Sanders sailed to victory with close to 47% of the vote. Here are the latest numbers from Politico

MSNBC Launches the Beginning of Never Bernie

 Red State calling MSNBC a Leftist network and then say they are starting a Never Bernie movement…..does anyone see just how silly that statement sounds?

Yep leading the charge since Bernie started running is Chris Matthews……he never lets an interview go by without injecting negativity into the interview…..

Matthews, who said on February 7 that he feared a Sanders presidency would result in mainstream pundits being executed in Central Park, made the remarks about 37 minutes before the caucuses began at noon Pacific time.

“This is what happens when you and your network are in a complete panic-riddled meltdown,” said Intercept journalist Jeremy Scahill. “You say the quiet part out loud on national TV.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/msnbcs-chris-matthews-suggests-four-more-years-of-trump-might-be-better-for-democratic-party/

This is not a surprise for I expected the media’s multi-millionaires to start bad mouthing Bernie for they need to protect their money from having to pay their taxes…

Can we agree, in the wake of primary contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and now Nevada, that everything we were told about Sen. Bernie Sanders was wrong? That the press, the pundits, the politicians were all wrong about him? And not just wrong, but completely, utterly, demonstrably, embarrassingly, catastrophically wrong?

You would have to go back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to find another example of where our political and media elites were so out of step with reality; so off in their predictions and prognostications; so keen to peddle myths and misinformation. (On a side note, whenever we mention Iraq, it’s always worth recalling how Sanders opposed that disastrous conflict, whereas his rivals Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden both supported it.)

Let’s consider the nonsense that has passed for “reporting,” “commentary,” and “analysis” on Sanders over the past year or so.

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/24/bernie-sanders-electability/

As Bernie gets more and more popular the attacks should keep pace with the coming storm.

Matthews has offered an apology to Bernie for his gross and misleading statements…..

Chris Matthews isn’t one to freely dole out apologies, leading the New York Times to call one extended to Bernie Sanders “a moment of humility.” The Hardball anchor had come under fire—with Sanders reportedly extremely bothered himself—over comments he made Saturday during MSNBC’s coverage of the Nevada caucus, reports Deadline. Painting establishment Democrats as just as impotent to stop Sanders to as the French were to the Nazis’ 1940 invasion of their country, Matthews imitated a disbelieving Churchill saying, “How can it be? You got the greatest army in Europe. How can it be over?” He then offered up a general’s response: “It’s over.”

How Sanders communications director Mike Casca responded on Twitter: “Never thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a Jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the Nazis to the Third Reich.” On Monday night, Matthews started his program by apologizing “for comparing anything from that tragic era in which so many suffered, especially the Jewish people, to an electoral result of which you were the well-deserved winner.” He promised to try to “do a better job myself of elevating the political discussion” during the remainder of the campaign. In a longer look at how the Sanders campaign is going after MSNBC in general, the Washington Post notes Matthews’ comparison itself was “flawed,” as it ultimately ended up being over for Germany, not France.

That was a typical non-apology apology to Bernie for his disdain of the candidate. 

And Matthews is not alone on MSNBC…..

….despite an avalanche of criticism, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough doubled down, this time suggesting that Bernie Sanders was a fan of Benito Mussolini.

Bernie should tell them all to go F*ck Themselves!

The media is spending all their energy setting up the attack plan against Bernie for whoever will take the bait (and most candidates and Right wing bloggers ate taking that bait)…..I am not a supporter of Bernie but I can see the attack plan by the corporate media.

This post started with the statement that Bernie is NO Radical…….let me explain…..

Centrist/moderate/Third Way Dems are afraid of Bernie, not because he would lose to Trump or inverse-coattail down-ballot candidates, but because they would lose their longstanding minority control of the party apparatus. After the convention in Milwaukee, for example, the nominee gets to choose the new DNC chairman. Sanders will not keep Tom Perez.

Electability, however, is the moderates’ supposed chief concern. And enough moderate Democratic voters are buying it to make it A Thing.

Don’t Worry, Centrists. Bernie Isn’t Radical.

I have been a radical for 50 years and Bernie is NO radical….and anyone that thinks he is has NO damn idea what the term means.  PERIOD!

Electability?  Now there is a con job…..https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/  then there is the silly concept of running to the Center……https://lobotero.com/2019/07/16/electability-the-lie-that-keeps-on-giving/

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Coronavirus Response

The president went to the airways last night to sooth the nerves of his fellow Americans who are having a hard time deciding what to do in response to the virus.

President Trump held a presser about the coronavirus Wednesday as the US announced its first case of unknown origin—meaning the person had apparently not traveled abroad or come on contact with a confirmed case, the Washington Post reports. As for Trump, he’s putting Mike Pence on the case. “I’m going to be putting our Vice President Mike Pence in charge, and Mike will be working with the professionals, doctors and everybody else that’s working,” he said, per CNN. Trump also said he’s willing to compromise with Democrats on coronavirus funding. “We started out by looking at certain things, we’ve been working with the Hill very, very carefully, very strongly, and I think that we have very good bipartisan spirit for money,” he said.

“We were asking for $2.5 billion, and we think that that is a lot,” he added. “But the Democrats—and I guess Senator Schumer—wants us to have much more than that.” Indeed, the AP reports that Schumer is seeking $8.5 billion in a newly unveiled coronavirus proposal. “If they want [us to] give more, we’ll do more,” Trump said. “We’ll spend whatever is appropriate.” He also said a coronavirus vaccine is something America “can develop fairly rapidly.” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar took the podium and said “the immediate risk to the American public is and continues to be low.” The CDC says the case of unknown origin is in Northern California, but little else is known.

I do hope that this calms the markets for our wealthy are losing money and we cannot let them down.

My thoughts…..oh boy Pence in  charge…..his answer to a pandemic is to pray and wait.

After the Senate hearing for the new Homeland Security chief I have NO faith on these people to do “all it takes” to control this disease.

In case you missed the exchange…..

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) slammed acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday for Wolf’s lack of answers during a tense grilling on the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a subcommittee hearing on the 2021 DHS budget, Wolf failed to provide specific answers Kennedy’s questions, including one on how many people are predicted to become infected with the new strain of virus.

“We’re working with HHS to determine that,” Wolf said, repeatedly deferring to the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Yes, sir, but you’re head of Homeland Security and your job is to keep us safe,” Kennedy shot back, often talking over Wolf. “Don’t you think you ought to check on that?”

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/484523-sen-kennedy-slams-acting-dhs-secretary-on-coronavirus

The drug to treat the virus was in the speech….there is already work being done on that front….

New drugs to treat patients already infected with the novel coronavirus, which has sparked outbreaks across multiple continents, will emerge much more quickly than vaccines to prevent infection, a top Food and Drug Administration official said Wednesday.

“The development of a vaccine is not going to prevent a pandemic here,” Peter Marks, the director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told STAT at the SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference, ahead of a keynote presentation there. And getting a vaccine ready for pivotal testing is going to take more than just a few months, he said.

Marks’ words stand in contrast to recent comments from the White House. Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s director of the National Economic Council, said Tuesday that drug companies are “probably coming up with a vaccine in much shorter time than people realize,” adding that the U.S.’s containment effort is “pretty close to airtight.”

Coronavirus vaccines are far off, FDA official says, but drugs to treat patients could come sooner

Again I am glad the the president has finally come out of the closet and promised to help…..if keeping promises from 2016 are any indication then the virus does not have a chance (that is called sarcasm).

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Our Endless Wars–2020 Edition

We have heard all this stuff before….that is the manure spread by the Dem candidates….but I would like to hear what they will do about our endless wars…..

Right now these wars are far from the maddening crowd during the primaries…..but it should not be so….

After a year of on-and-off talks with Taliban leaders, the State Department is reportedly nearing the announcement of a deal that could schedule a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Trump administration has not discussed the details publicly, but the goal is to stop the violence on the ground, create a political dialogue between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed Afghan government, and secure commitments that future Afghan leaders will not shelter the Islamic State and Al Qaeda-linked groups in the country.

But the withdrawal may not be as complete as it seems. According to a report in Time magazine, the deal contains several “secret annexes” — provisions never meant to become public — that would allow the U.S. to maintain a CIA presence and counterterrorism force of up to 8,600 troops in the country (down from 13,000 last year) and enable it to continue conducting targeted operations there.

President Donald Trump will likely herald any election-year deal with the Taliban as the fulfillment of his promise to end “endless wars.” Democrats will rightly point out that this doesn’t make the president, who has sent an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East and brought the U.S. to the brink of war with Iran, a peacemaker. And they’re unlikely to accept the framing that he has meaningfully “ended” a war or “brought the troops home” if the U.S. presence in Afghanistan simply continues as a smaller force focused on counterterrorism.

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/19/democratic-candidates-afghanistan-endless-war/

Even that bastion of conserv thought, American Conservative, has taken a look at this issue as well…..

The cost of Washington’s endless wars fall most heavily on those who suffer under American bombs and drones. Yet the plight of foreigners is rarely mentioned. When asked about a half million Iraqi babies killed by American economic sanctions, then-UN ambassador Madeleine Albright famously replied: “We think the price is worth it.”

That was characteristic of Washington’s overwhelming hubris. Members of “the Blob,” as America’s foreign policy elite has been called, believe they are uniquely qualified to run the world. Only they can predict the future, assess humanity’s needs, develop solutions. And anyone who resists their dictates deserves his or her terrible fate.

Will the 2020 Candidates End Our Pointless Wars?

My thought is that none of the so-called front runners will end these wars…especially if the winner in November is Biden…..

All his “regret” for his vote on the Iraq invasion is just politics….

The Democratic presidential candidates face off in Las Vegas Wednesday night ahead of the Nevada caucuses. Nevada could be a decisive state for candidates who performed poorly in Iowa and New Hampshire, including former Vice President Joe Biden. As Biden hopes for a comeback, a new short documentary sheds light on his extensive role in the Iraq War — an issue that has been raised repeatedly on the campaign trail. Biden has apologized for supporting the war, but the new film, directed by the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Mark Weisbrot, exposes Biden’s central role in pushing for an Iraq invasion. It’s called Worth the Price? Joe Biden and the Launch of the Iraq War. The documentary is narrated by Danny Glover.

New Film Shows How Biden Played Leading Role in Push for US to Invade Iraq

There is more manure in the Biden campaign than most of the other Dems……

Bugt we need to ask one important question…..are Americans weary of these endless wars?

Measuring American public opinion on any issue comes with a big disclaimer. It assumes Americans actually have knowledge about that issue, that they understand what’s being asked, and that they are answering truthfully.

When they asked Americans whether they support the U.S. taking “an active part in world affairs”, 69 percent said yes; 30 percent, no. Asked if they favor using U.S. troops to “fight violent Islamic extremism in Iraq and Syria,” 59 percent said yes. But when they asked if they supported maintaining troop levels in Afghanistan, support dropped to 41 percent — lower than for maintaining troops in Syria (43 percent), Germany (44 percent), or Japan (51 percent). 

Of course, support for a given level of troops is not the best way to measure American support for overseas engagement — which as the council’s report notes, comes in many forms, including diplomacy and aid. But it shows something about how Americans really feel about “ending forever wars.” 

https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/09/do-americans-really-want-end-forever-wars-survey-says/159760/

There is the rub….Americans could basically care less. in my opinion, which is so sad…..lives lost and they cannot be bothered to learn about why they are dying.

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