Venezuela–WTF?

This post is the 15,000th post I have put on IST! (Damn my fingers are tired…LOL)

Covid-19 is screaming around the globe and the preparations and responses have been pathetic at best…..and yet with all that to deal with Donald the Orange has decided to flex his muscle against Venezuela…..first just a couple of days ago The Trump team put a bounty on the leader of Venezuela…..https://lobotero.com/2020/03/30/venezuela-the-bounty/

We have a naval operation is being carried off along the waters off the coast of Venezuela……

President Trump announced Wednesday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a US drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro, the AP reports. The president’s announcement was a break from the daily White House press briefing to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, which has left much of the country in lock-down and which the government warns could cause 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. “The Venezuelan people continue to suffer tremendously due to Maduro and his criminal control over the country, and drug traffickers are seizing on this lawlessness,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said after the president’s announcement.

The mission involves sending additional Navy warships, surveillance aircraft, and special forces teams to nearly double the US counter-narcotics capacity in the Western Hemisphere, with forces operating both in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. Esper said the mission would be supported by 22 partner nations. The enhanced mission has been months in the making but has taken on greater urgency following last week’s indictment of Maduro, Venezuela’s embattled socialist leader, and members of his inner circle and military. They are accused of leading a narcoterrorist conspiracy responsible for smuggling up to 250 metric tons of cocaine a year into the US, about half of it by sea.
Really?
 
Sorry but I think that a concentration on handling the virus is far more important than a desire for regime change.
 
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A Mandate Of Heaven?

Interested in knowing what I mean?

Mandate of Heaven basically means there can only be one legitimate ruler and this ruler has the blessing of god….this idea started in China back during the Shang Dynasty 1046 BCE…..

That term popped to mind when I read something about the upcoming 2020 election…..

Donald Trump has made what he says are “jokes” claiming that he will not leave office at the end of his term on at least 27 separate occasions, according to one researcher’s count, sparking fears that he will refuse to step down even if he is defeated in the 2020 presidential election. On Saturday, the bestselling author of two investigative books about Trump outlined what he says is Trump’s “step-by-step” plan for holding on to the presidency, even if he loses in November.

According to Seth Abramson, the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America, Trump’s plan to remain in office despite an electoral defeat would not involve using the military or law enforcement to stage a “coup.”

Instead, Abramson wrote in a lengthy Twitter essay compiled by Thread Reader, the plot to reject the election results would unfold primarily through the media and the court system.

Author Claims Donald Trump Already Has ‘Step-By-Step’ Plan For Refusal To Leave Office If He Loses Election

Do I think that this will happen?

Probably not…..but that said Trump does think his shit don’t stink and I would not put some silliness like this from him if he loses in November.

What are the chances?

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Trump In These Dark Days Of Need

The country is ass deep in the ravages of the Covid-19 virus……people are dying by the hundreds and soon could be very worse….

But yet the person that all Americans turn to to help them deal with this disaster, the president, is acting like an immature brat……a spoiled 6 year old shows more leadership than the person elected to protect the country and its people….all the people.

President Trump has told people he wants Americans to see his signature on the stimulus checks that will be sent out after he signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package into law Friday, according to an administration official cited by The Wall Street Journal. Such checks would normally be signed by a disbursing officer, not the president. While signing the bill into law in the Oval Office on Friday, the president appeared to express awe at the price tag attached to the legislation, calling it a “great honor” and saying, “I never signed anything with a T on it.” Trump, who has faced criticism recently for what some see as overly optimistic assessments about the coronavirus pandemic, went on to predict a “rebound like we have never seen before” by the end of the year.  The legislation he signed includes expanded unemployment benefits, direct cash payments to every American earning less than $99,000 a year, and billions in job retention loans for small businesses. 

Read it at The Wall Street Journal

Then there is the pouty 7 year old in the White House….

Shortly after the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 1,500 on Friday, President Donald Trump took to the podium at a White House press briefing and complained that certain state’s governors  are not “appreciative” enough of the federal government’s help—so much so that he said he’d told Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the coronavirus task force, to skip calling governors of some hard-hit areas.  

Trump singled out the Democratic leaders of Washington and Michigan, noting that he had advised Pence not to call them as the healthcare crisis plagues their states and people fall sick and die. 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-says-he-told-mike-pence-to-ignore-governors-in-hard-hit-areas-if-they-are-not-appreciative

How can anyone with half a brain say this is the proper way to handle a pandemic?

Then I read some news that made me doubt our collective sanity.

That said Trump has been vindicated by polls that show Americans for the most part approve of what he is doing…..

For the first time in his presidency, more people approve of the job Donald Trump is doing than disapprove, polls show. The improvement appears to be driven by support for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, the Hill reports. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found 48% of those polled endorsed the president’s job performance overall, while 46% disapproved. Before this, his high point was 44% approval, reached in January. Trump does better on the pandemic, 51% to 45%. Still 58% of those polled thought the administration responded to the outbreak too slowly; 66% said the administration will take care of this crisis. The poll was taken Sunday through Wednesday and reported a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

CNN’s Poll of Polls shows Trump just barely underwater but still at a high point for that measure. The poll, which averages five recent polls taken in the past two weeks and includes the Post-ABC poll, found 47% of voters approving of Trump’s job performance and 48% disapproving. Again, he fares better on the pandemic, 52% to 45%. Although approval usually rises for presidents in a crisis, per CNN, this is a modest improvement. President George W. Bush, for example, rose 40 points after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trump responded to the Post-ABC poll Friday with a tweet saying that other polls show better figures for him and that 10 points should be added to any poll taken by the Post

Is that because like the corporations the people are getting free money?

Too bad we cannot poll the 1000+ people that have died if they think he, Trump, is doing a good job.

Are the people polled seeing the same information that I am?  Apparently not!

But wait a softer side has appeared…..

President Trump is extending federal guidelines recommending people stay home and away from one another for another 30 days as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, the AP reports. Trump made the announcement during a Rose Garden briefing. The guidelines, originally tagged as “15 days to slow the spread,” had been set to expire Monday. Trump had said last week he hoped to have the country “re-opened” by Easter.

Is his concern for the people?  Is his concern on the numbers in the election?  Is He listening to the health experts?  Or does he just want to be on TV?

Stay calm…..Avoid Crowds…..wash hands often…..stay prepared….

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Is This The Demise Of Trump?

Trump’s lack of action on this virus thing has done more damage than just health…..he has damaged his chances of being re-elected…….in the last month the markets has lost all the gains it made during the 3 years of a Trump presidency….and the economy was his bright spot to run on and maybe sway voters to give him another four years.

All that positive campaign fodder is gone baby gone.

To be sure, the president isn’t responsible for either the coronavirus or the disease it causes, COVID-19, and he couldn’t have stopped it from hitting our shores even if he had done everything right. Nor is it the case that the president hasn’t done anything right; in fact, his decision to implement a travel ban on China was prudent. And any narrative that attempts to pin all of the blame on Trump for the coronavirus is simply unfair. The temptation among the president’s critics to use the pandemic to get back at Trump for every bad thing he’s done should be resisted, and schadenfreude is never a good look.

That said, the president and his administration are responsible for grave, costly errors, most especially the epic manufacturing failures in diagnostic testing, the decision to test too few people, the delay in expanding testing to labs outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and problems in the supply chain. These mistakes have left us blind and badly behind the curve, and, for a few crucial weeks, they created a false sense of security. What we now know is that the coronavirus silently spread for several weeks, without us being aware of it and while we were doing nothing to stop it. Containment and mitigation efforts could have significantly slowed its spread at an early, critical point, but we frittered away that opportunity.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/peter-wehner-trump-presidency-over/607969/

Trump recently said……that he foresaw this virus coming…..

President Trump has stepped up the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak—and he is apparently trying to retroactively step up his level of concern. The president claimed Tuesday that he always knew that it was a pandemic, contradicting months of statements downplaying or even mocking the level of risk, reports the New York Times. “This is a pandemic,” Trump said Tuesday. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” The Times notes that on Jan. 22, when asked if he was worried about a pandemic, Trump said: “No, not at all. We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

In recent weeks, Trump has also attacked Democrats and the media over the outbreak, calling it the rival party’s “new hoax,” the Hill reports. On March 9, he tweeted: “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant” and quoted the surgeon general as saying “the risk is low to the average American.” When he spoke to reporters Tuesday, the president denied changing his mind about the outbreak. “No, I’ve always viewed it as very serious,” Trump said. “There was no difference yesterday from days before. I feel the tone is similar, but some people said it wasn’t.”

This pandemic and the response has shown the American people what a con man Trump truly is…..and they are starting to realize they have been conned…..and his stupid of idea of “reopen the country” is a perfect illustration of his silliness and making of confusion…..

President Trump is extending federal guidelines recommending people stay home and away from one another for another 30 days as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, the AP reports. Trump made the announcement during a Rose Garden briefing. The guidelines, originally tagged as “15 days to slow the spread,” had been set to expire Monday. Trump had said last week he hoped to have the country “re-opened” by Easter.

But public health experts sounded the alarm, saying a rollback would speed transmission, making the situation worse. The federal guidelines recommend that older people and those with preexisting conditions stay home and away from other people, and also recommend that all Americans avoid social gatherings, work from home, and steer clear of bars and restaurants.

Knee jerk stupidity.

I believe that we Americans are watching the probable demise of the Trump presidency……a slow burn indeed……but I could be mistaken.

A demise but at what price?

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Trump’s Name Up In Lights

Donald of Orange wants to see his name on everything about virus….especially the give-a-ways…..he has it on the postal warnings (see below)……

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…and now he wants his signature on those free cash checks…….

President Trump has told people he wants Americans to see his signature on the stimulus checks that will be sent out after he signed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package into law Friday, according to an administration official cited by The Wall Street Journal. Such checks would normally be signed by a disbursing officer, not the president. While signing the bill into law in the Oval Office on Friday, the president appeared to express awe at the price tag attached to the legislation, calling it a “great honor” and saying, “I never signed anything with a T on it.” Trump, who has faced criticism recently for what some see as overly optimistic assessments about the coronavirus pandemic, went on to predict a “rebound like we have never seen before” by the end of the year.  The legislation he signed includes expanded unemployment benefits, direct cash payments to every American earning less than $99,000 a year, and billions in job retention loans for small businesses. 

Read it at The Wall Street Journal

The quarantine breakers are being rounded up…….

New Yorkers seeking refuge in Rhode Island might want to think again. The state’s police and National Guard are pulling over drivers with New York plates, and knocking on doors for recent travelers from the Empire State—America’s epicenter for the coronavirus outbreak, NBC News reports. Such visitors are told to quarantine for two weeks, or face 90 days in prison and a $500 fine. “I know this is unusual,” says Gov. Gina Raimondo. “I know this is extreme. And I know some people don’t agree with it. It’s absolutely not a decision I make lightly.” Raimondo says her state isn’t ready for a major spike in COVID-19 cases: “We are not set up for that,” she explains. For more:

  • But she’s getting some pretty serious pushback, Fox News reports. “I don’t like it socially or culturally,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. “I don’t like what it says about us as one state, one family. Also, I don’t believe it’s medically justified.”
  • For its part, the ACLU calls Raimondo’s plan “ill-advised and unconstitutional” because the “under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute ‘probable cause’ to allow police to stop a car.”
  • But consider the math: New York state has 52,000 cases, per CNN, and Rhode Island a little over 200. “Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo tells Bloomberg. “That risk is called New York City.”
  • Texas, Massachusetts, and Florida are also ordering quarantines for recent visitors, Politico reports. They vary in scope, but appear to be focused on the stream of residents flowing out of New Orleans and New York City.

Donald of Orange is thinking of a 3 state quarantine……

President Trump said he was considering a quarantine as early as Saturday for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, though it wasn’t clear whether he had the power to order state residents to stay put, the AP reports. Trump told reporters that he had spoken with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, among others, and that “a lot of the states that are infected but don’t have a big problem, they’ve asked me if I’ll look at it, so we’re going to look at it.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who criticized the federal government’s response as his state became the country’s virus epicenter, said the issue did not come up in a conversation he had with Trump earlier Saturday. “I don’t even know what that means,” the Democrat said in New York.

“I don’t know how that could be legally enforceable, and from a medical point of view, I don’t know what you would be accomplishing. … I don’t like the sound of it,” Cuomo added. Trump made his remarks while on a trip to Norfolk, Virginia, to see off a US Navy hospital ship heading to New York City to help with the pandemic. At the event, he spoke to a sparse crowd and cautioned Americans to take virus protections. The federal government is empowered to take measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases between states, but it’s not clear that means Trump can ban people from leaving their state. It has never been tested in the modern era — and in rare cases when any quarantine was challenged, the courts generally sided with public health officials.

The president is still acting like an immature 7 year old…..now he wants to punish those that are “mean” to him……

Shortly after the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 1,500 on Friday, President Donald Trump took to the podium at a White House press briefing and complained that certain state’s governors  are not “appreciative” enough of the federal government’s help—so much so that he said he’d told Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the coronavirus task force, to skip calling governors of some hard-hit areas.  

Trump singled out the Democratic leaders of Washington and Michigan, noting that he had advised Pence not to call them as the healthcare crisis plagues their states and people fall sick and die. 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-says-he-told-mike-pence-to-ignore-governors-in-hard-hit-areas-if-they-are-not-appreciative

Finally, Donald of Orange is still pushing the “back to work” strategy to defeat this virus…..;a moronic belief….

The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world. The total death toll globally is over 22,000. On Thursday, there were more than 6,000 new cases and 712 new deaths reported in Italy; 6,600 new cases and 500 new deaths in Spain; and 6,000 new cases and 56 deaths in Germany. The virus is only beginning to spread in Indonesia, Brazil, India and other countries in Asia and Latin America.

The center of the accelerating pandemic is the United States. It has now surpassed Italy and China with the largest number of confirmed cases, at more than 85,000. The US counted 17,000 new cases yesterday, almost three times that of any other country. The death toll has surged to nearly 1,300.

Amidst this escalating crisis, the Trump administration is intensifying its efforts to promote a speedy return to work.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/27/pers-m28.html

Just a few thoughts for this weekend…..

Be calm…..avoid crowds…..wash hands often….stay prepared

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Do I Get Free Money?

Closing Thought–27Mar20

The stim package has passed and us mere mortals will be getting some sort of check in an attempt to sooth the savage beast……if so then how much will I get is the most asked question?

Let’s go to the info…..

The Senate on Wednesday passed the biggest economic relief bill in US history—the AP gives a sense of scope by noting the $2.2 trillion price tag is equivalent to half the size of the entire $4 trillion-plus annual federal budget. Assuming the House passes it as expected on Friday, how much will end up in your pocket? The Washington Post has created a coronavirus stimulus check calculator where you can see for yourself (use it here), but in general, here’s how it will work:

  • The checks are expected to go out in April, and in most cases they won’t be checks. If you qualify for a check, the government will see if it has your direct deposit info on file from the filing of your 2018 or 2019 taxes. If it does, you’ll receive your payment that way.
  • If you earn no more than $75,000 a year you’ll qualify for the full $1,200. Married couples can get $2,400 so long as their adjusted gross income doesn’t exceed $150,000 a year.
  • Reduced checks will go to individuals making up to $99,000, with the total amount reduced by $5 for every $100 over $75,000. Married couples who make up to $198,000 will also get reduced checks.
  • Adults will also receive $500 per child under age 17. Forbes reports there is no limit on the number of kids, so the same thing applies whether you have one kid or six.
  • Based on these parameters, not every American will receive a check, but most will—about 83% of tax filers, per one estimate cited by the Post.
  • Your income level will be determined based on your 2019 taxes, or your 2018 taxes if you haven’t filed them yet. The checks won’t be taxed.
  • Another note on timeline: The Post notes that while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wants the first batch of checks to go out the week of April 6, “the last time the US government did anything like this, in 2008 … it took about eight weeks for the final people to receive their checks.”
  • CNN echoes that, with Howard Gleckman with the Tax Policy Center saying, “It is more realistic to expect them in a month or two

Does that answer your question?

This should be helpful for some….but I feel that it will fall short in most cases for the people that are suffering economically.

On the other side of this disaster…..after all it is an election and the president needs the economy to rebound, which it is doing thanks to the free cash for corporations…..and he needs some popular support and apparently his free money to the peons  has had its upside…

Despite a series of setbacks and snafus, a stunning new poll finds that 60 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Gallup poll released this week — and conducted during the week ending this past Sunday — shows nearly two-thirds of Americans approving of Trump’s handling of the crisis, buoyed by high marks from Republicans (94 percent) and independents (60 percent), with even just over a quarter of Democrats (27 percent) in favor as well.

Stunning Poll Finds 60 Percent of Americans Approve of Trump’s Coronavirus Response

Apparently we Americans can be bought.

My thought is if we could ask the 1000+ people dead would they agree and approve of Trump’s virus response?

I know I am a cynic….but I have been watching this scenario played out numerous times and little has changed and the people still have not learned that they are only an after thought most of the time.

Just wondering.

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We Don’t Need No Stinking Ventilators!

Donald of Orange has stated that we do not need so many ventilators….that it is just an exaggeration from governors that are being mean to him.

As the coronavirus crisis escalates, hospitals are pleading for ventilators to save the lives of patients whose lungs are failing. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will need 30,000 of the machines when the pandemic peaks, but President Trump thinks the governor is probably exaggerating. Trump downplayed the need for ventilators in a call to Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night, Politico reports. “I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” he said. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, and they’ll have two ventilators. And now all of a sudden they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'” Trump likened ventilators to cars, calling them “very expensive” and “very intricate.

Cuomo said Tuesday that FEMA had only sent 400 ventilators. The administration later said 4,000 would be sent. In his call to Hannity, Trump criticized the Democratic governors of Washington and Michigan and praised the Republican leadership of states like Idaho and Nebraska, which have not seen major outbreaks yet, the Hill reports. “They all have a little bit, but many of them have just a little bit and they have it under control.” The New York Times reports that the White House was going to announce General Motors and Ventec Life Systems were teaming up to produce around 80,000 ventilators, but the announcement was called off amid disagreements over how many ventilators were needed and suggestions from FEMA officials that that price tag of around $1 billion was too high.

Yep you read that correctly….they are haggling over your health care and/or your possibility of death.

ESTIMATED INFECTION BY 30Apr20–1,382,926

(map from Time)

1.3+ million people infected and the president does not think we need those ventilators because they are too expensive.

Think about that!

Remember those stories of death panels?

Looks like Donald of Orange is the head of those panels.

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