Thursday, December 31, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
"I saw people not following the guidelines."
"Don't they care?"
Then come the responses.
"The government doesn't have a right to control what I do in my house."
And the counters.
"It's not okay to be a mass murderer. Don't you see gathering during COVID is the same thing.?
And so on and so on.
And it's going to get worse into January.
It's all a matter of trust.
We don't have any in each other.
If you support the lockdowns, you use government action to try and enforce your way.
If you don't, and want to continue living life somewhat as you did in the past, you point to Florida and other areas where people are trying to do that.
We don't trust others to act thoughtfully.
Instead, each action outside our comfort zone becomes a threat.
Either a threat to our way of life.
Or a threat to our life.
When there's speculation - "your actions could harm me" - versus reality - "I missed my family members final days because of your rules." - who holds the upper hand?
In an ideal world, we would trust our neighbors to be making good decisions and let them following their reasons.
Instead of watching them out our window, and tattling.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Sarah Fuller received a standing ovation for kicking the ball 30 yards or so and high-tailing it to the sidelines to be greeted by the winless head coach using her to save his job.
This wasn’t Jackie Robinson 2.0. It was Make A Wish.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Friday, November 6, 2020
Democrats may think they have an advantage, but they forget their liabilities.
By then, at least some of Biden's Cabinet picks will be known.
Who's going to be Energy Secretary?
After spending the campaign offering platitudes and no specifics, his direction will begin coming into focus...
Instead of anti-Trump thoughts motivating Democrats, they'll have to join candidates with ideas that may not follow the electorate.
Plus, there's history.
In 1992, after George W. Bush lost, Republicans won a runoff for Georgia's Senate seat. That started the momentum to winning the House and Senate in 1994.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
My blogging has dropped greatly this year.
What more can be said about coronavirus and Trump?
Besides, I'm not thrilled with our posts look with the latest Wordpress upgrade.
But Tuesday marks the end of our 2020 nightmare.
What nightmare awaits in 2021?
We'll know soon enough.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Sunday, September 27, 2020
It feels like every time I get in the car and turn on the radio, I don’t have to wait long before I hear a story that highlights in some new way what a racist country America is, or how hard illegal immigrants have it in America, or how put-upon sexual minorities are, and so forth. I don’t know if NPR’s liberalism has always been like this, or if it has gotten worse — or if I have simply become thin-skinned about these issues. I have always known NPR was liberal, but that didn’t stop me from being a big fan, and even a contributing member. I feel that my NPR — the NPR that I cherished, even though it was liberal and I am conservative — has gone away, and I don’t know why. I used to love listening to it in the car, and not conservative talk radio, because I don’t want to have a voice on the radio rubbing my nose into some political narrative. NPR used to stand out because it proposed new ways of seeing the world, or at least ways that seemed new to me as a conservative. Now listening to NPR is giving oneself over to hosts who seek to impose a worldview that constantly says, about people who don’t fit the progressive narrative, that you aren’t worthy of our consideration or attention. That you are what’s wrong with America.
I switched over to Spotify to listen to Joe Rogan’s September 17 podcast episode with Douglas Murray, on the advice of a friend. It was excellent! Murray is more conservative than Rogan, but still, he’s a gay secular Briton, and Rogan is a pro-drug, pro-gay marriage, comedian and MMA commentator who has some conservative beliefs (or at least instincts), but who, above all, seems curious about the world. On paper, neither of these guys has a lot in common with me, but I hated for their conversation to be over, because they sounded like people I either know, or would like to know. They talked for a while about how bonkers the left has become, but neither one sounded like right-wing zealots, not in the least. What they sounded like was real people who were broadcasting from the real world, not from an aerie in the thin, cold air high atop Mount Progressive. Joe Rogan is profane, but when I listen to him, it feels like I’m listening to an actual person I might meet, and with whom I might enjoy a robust discussion, like people used to have. With NPR, it’s like listening to the Vatican Radio of the Religion Of Secular Progressivism, and you get the idea that if you met one of its young reporters, you would feel like a pot dealer who wandered into a Police Benevolent Association fundraiser.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Trapped by their governor under burdensome lockdowns.
Not in the future.
While those restrictions were "well-intentioned," wrote U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, "good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge. Indeed, the greatest threats to our system of constitutional liberties may arise when the ends are laudable and the intent is good—especially in time of emergency."
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Or "Joe Biden dementia"
Google is not very helpful.
Maybe Google has dementia.
If you persist, you can find information on the topic.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Now, let’s ask what should be an obvious question: What are the odds that a guy opens fire at a mass gathering and all three of the people he shoots turn out to have criminal records? Doesn’t this tell you something about who is engaging in these “mostly peaceful” protests?
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Friday, August 7, 2020
Althouse features two posts today about the last presidential team - and their lack of quick decision making.
Joe Biden is still working on his vice presidential pick - after first saying it would be announced August 1.
Why the delay?
This kind of approach — being openly meditative about the issue at hand, with a penchant for missing his own deadlines as he mulls his options — is in line with how Mr. Biden has made other big political choices throughout his career. Those who have worked with him over the years describe nonlinear decision-making processes with input from allies and family members, a barrage of questions from Mr. Biden, and a habit of extending deadlines in a way that leaves some Democrats anxious and annoyed, while others say it brings him to a well-considered decision, eventually.
But Biden is a speed demon compared to Barack Obama - still working on his memoir about his eight-year term. It might take eight years for him to write.
If you're looking for decisive leadership, it's not on the Democratic side.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
It’s not impossible he contracted it at the Tulsa rally. But most of us on his team tend to think it happened on one of the plane trips, or possibly during his stop in Las Vegas. That’s for several reasons, one of which is simply the inherent (and to me at least, obvious) risk involved with being on an airplane these days. Another is the fact that, for all the attention on Herman contracting the virus, we haven’t heard of a major outbreak of Tulsa rally participants who came down with it.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
That's when Jason Whitlock joins Clay Travis to celebrate their partnership.
And this week, to take names of their critics.
Whitlock blasts the Daily Beast writer who dared take them on.
With his own history lesson.
As it relates to race, America’s narrative arc is a story of Believers of all races methodically shaping this country into the world’s leader in equal opportunity, justice and freedom. The abolitionists who fought to end slavery were mostly Christians. The men (on both sides) who sacrificed their lives in our Civil War were mostly Christians. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the black church ended Jim Crow.
Is America perfect? No. Has it improved in each decade since its inception 244 years ago? Yes. Is the secular movement championed by liberals flirting with throwing away that progress? Absolutely.
The solution gets criticism - how dare they pull money from public schools.
At some point, we need to have adult conversations about education policy in New York and elsewhere that don't immediately default to the single most incendiary topic in American life. Parents are podding up not because they want to separate their children from people who don't look like them, but because the damn schools aren't open, and they would rather eat razor blades than experience another season like this spring.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
The new owner decided to call them the "Baltimore CFL Colts."
The NFL Colts didn't like that and sued, so the team began the year without a nickname.
At games, the announcer would say here's your Baltimore CFL (pause) team.
The fans took advantage of the pause to yell Colts.
The Redskins have a lot longer history - and probably fans will call them that name for a while.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Since I closed down the Dish, my bloggy website, five years ago, after 15 years of daily blogging, I have not missed the insane work hours that all but broke my health. But here’s what I do truly and deeply miss: writing freely without being in a defensive crouch; airing tough, smart dissent and engaging with readers in a substantive way that avoids Twitter madness; a truly free intellectual space where anything, yes anything, can be debated without personal abuse or questioning of motives; and where readers can force me to change my mind (or not) by sheer logic or personal testimony.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Students acted like students - at multiple locations around town.
“All of this will come to nothing if reckless behavior as was seen this past weekend continues,” he wrote. “If such behavior continues, we will not make it long into the fall semester before a significant outbreak occurs and we then need to send students home. That's the self-interested motivation to do better.”
Wonder if any locals were handing out free beer, hoping to get students sent home.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
And no one heeded her complaint.
“I really needed that windshield wiper, and I really needed it that day because of the heavy showers. I needed something so ordinary, but in the end people’s masks were pulled down and five people came through the door with no mask whatsoever.”
On a weekday between 11:15 a.m. and noon, only one out of seven customers was observed entering with a mask on. That one customer exited with an employee, who also wore a mask, and helped the customer outside on a vehicle. While working on the vehicle outside in the parking lot, both the customer and employee moved their masks below their chin.
Nice to see our local newspaper can have a reporter spend 45 minutes counting who has a mask on.
No mention if social distancing was followed, which makes it easier to go without a mask.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Is it because they spent too much on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline the past six years, or giving up on potential growth?
Blue Virginia celebrates the end of the pipeline.
I think Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway will be celebrating with the money they make in the future.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020
So the NFL is going to start its season with all of its employees standing for the “black national anthem” and a majority of its on-field employees immediately taking a knee for the American national anthem?
That’s the game plan Smith and Goodell cooked up?
It feels as devoid of foresight and substance as the trial balloon floated two months ago to reward teams that hire black or female head coaches and executives enhanced third-round draft picks. That failed trial balloon was pinned on NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent.
That he attended the Trump rally in Tulsa has sparked attention.
There's a picture of him with a bunch of people at the rally.
Have any of them gotten sick?
There's some contact tracing to do before hyping his illness.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Twitter seems to exist primarily for the purpose of generating mobs — composed primarily of individuals who are hungry for blood and desiring to bask in the joys of reasonably risk-free reputation destruction, revenge and self-righteousness. Furthermore, as far as Twitter mobs go, those who complained about the Angewandte Chemie publication were by no means numerous, constituting perhaps less than a dozen.
No matter: once the complaints emerged, the editor of the journal in charge of Hudlicky’s work — Dr. Neville Compton — removed the paper from the journal’s website, and offered an abject apology for daring to have published it.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
"We had hoped to continue the beach closure until after Fourth of July weekend, but it's become impossible for law enforcement to continue to enforce that closure," said Santa Cruz County health officer Dr. Gail Newel. "People are not willing to be governed anymore in that regard."
If the rules make sense, they can be followed.
If they are arbitrary, then government can pound sand.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Then celebrate with Michael Flynn today.
The Justice Department wants to dismiss the case, after finding evidence not provided to Flynn's team before he pled guilty.
The system worked against Flynn.
Supporting Flynn will help bring us to a system we can support.
You want that, right?
Monday, June 22, 2020
The replay includes news breaks - of the October Crisis in Canada.
Terrorism and kidnapping in 1970 interrupt my attempt to escape from the news of 2020.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Despite being from blue-collar Akron, LeBron James has been pampered since he was 12 years old. He can’t speak for the black factory workers who frequented the Masterpiece Lounge, the bar my dad owned the last 25 years of his life. Neither can Colin Kaepernick. He barely speaks for himself let alone for manufacturing workers of any race.
What LeBron and Kap can do, if they want to use their voice and platforms in a meaningful way, is demand that Nike build manufacturing plants in Akron and Oakland.
Will they listen?
He got his time to speak to those who wanted to hear - and those he needs in November.
The President put the Democrat left neatly in a trap yesterday firmly linking them to the violence and arson and solidly linking himself and the GOP with law and order, bluntly stating that to elect Democrats is to export this mob violence to the rest of the country. This is a nightmare for every Democrat in congress who is not on a deep blue district who will now have to choose between the radical left or the swing voters who like police and on’t like riots.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Scott Adams has been trying and failing to get modern examples of what it means.
What's something that happens to a poor black man but not a poor man of other races.
I think I've figured out what "systematic racism" means.
It's an excuse.
Used by Democratic politicians.
To explain why, 55 years after the Civil Rights Act passed, that things aren't getting better.
Democrats have been in power of government in multiple cities and states.
They want to change things.
But they can't.
Due to "systematic racism."
If you think the system is too powerful and needs to be broken up, I have a candidate for you.
Monday, June 15, 2020
But as usual, the Democrats can’t help themselves. They have gone much too far with absurd proposals to abolish the police, and with essentially insane attacks on white people–who, last time I looked, comprise two-thirds of the electorate. And I do think you have to get outside of D.C. to get a sense of the electorate’s mood.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
How dare Cornell Law employ someone who disagrees with them?
The professor has run his blog since the fall of 2008, knowing these enemies were out there.
We are living in extraordinarily dangerous times, reminiscent of the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution, in which professors guilty of wrongthink were publicy denounced and fired at the behest of students who insisted on absolute ideological orthodoxy. It’s a way of instilling terror in other students, faculty, staff, and society, so that others shut up and don’t voice dissenting views. We are seeing monuments destroyed in Taliban-fashion because they represent an uncomfortable history, movies and TV shows cancelled, and individuals disappeared from employment due to even the slightest deviation from the prevailing political culture.
This is not going to end well unless people of good conscience, who support black lives but not the Black Lives Movement as it was founded and currently operates, to speak up and refuse to cower in fear.
A crowd without social distancing.
Masks not required.
But you know there will be great contact tracing.
The Trump campaign will get the name and contact information of everyone who attends.
If any of them get sick, we'll know.
Trump will probably encourage attendees to talk to their friends about our economic revival.
More contact tracing.
Just one question.
Will the media show up in Hazmat suits?
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
They miss that there's a lesson to be learned from bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy gives you time to get your plan back together.
We're in the bankruptcy phase of the news cycle.
Trump is getting battered from all sides, trying to find a way to improve his coverage.
And he's got to wait for Democratic unity to splinter as each group brings their desires to the fore - like "defunding the police vs. police unions."
A few more weeks and he'll be on the campaign trail, with new energy and support from his favorite people.
And Joe Biden can't keep hiding forever.
Trump suggests he was an agitator.
People who saw the initial video disagree.
As more reporting comes out, the information Trump has will move to the focus.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Things weren't very friendly in Chicago.
One Alderman demanded to know how she was supposed to convince Walmart and CVS to rebuild in her precinct, after having lobbied to bring them in previously while implicitly guaranteeing "Your stores won't be nearly razed to the ground by barbarian hordes supported by the local and state governments."
There will be more unhappy interactions in the future.
Monday, June 8, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Probably not as mad as this writer.
Frey, a former civil rights attorney, is the city’s mayor. And during what feels like eternity since mobs took to the streets, burning and/or stealing everything in sight, he has shown himself to be one of the weakest and most indecisive leaders in the history of the universe.
He would get a prize for that, but someone already stole it from him.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Politicians thinking they can shift blame to police instead of their system.
Activists with no clue what will happen if they get their way.
If politicians go along with this demand, many people will be hurt - and they'll continue to dish out their power.
Take away their money and see if we can survive without them.
Friday, June 5, 2020
The contentions that invocation of the Insurrection Act would be unconstitutional, unlawful, or unprecedented are legally and historically ignorant. And how ironic is the notion that a president’s doing so over the objection of state governments would be racist? Historically, the president’s power has been deployed against the forces of racism that state governments either could not suppress or actually supported — in response to the Ku Klux Klan after passage of the 1871 Civil Rights Act, and to enforce desegregation and civil rights in the years following the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Monday, June 1, 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
So far, fewer Floridians have died of the novel coronavirus than in New York’s nursing homes alone (2,259 compared with 5,800, at least). More than half of the state’s known cases of Covid-19 are found in just four South Florida counties—the top out-of-state destinations for fleeing New Yorkers. As Politico recently concluded, “Florida just doesn’t look nearly as bad as the national news media and sky-is-falling critics have been predicting for about two months now.”
Remember the early hysteria was quite wrong.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Furman, tapped to give the opening presentation, looked into his screen of poorly lit boxes of frightened wonks and made a startling claim.
"We are about to see the best economic data we've seen in the history of this country," he said.
Monday, May 25, 2020
The reporter tried to tell people why it was so important.
Wrong way to persuade.
CNN should buy masks with Alabama and Auburn logos.
People would be lining up to get those.
And there's always pushback.
In Virginia, Prince William County had a protest against the continuing lockdown.
And Democrats fuss about the protest.
How dare people disagree with our leaders?
Only if they're waving Trump 2020 flags.
Sunday, May 24, 2020
CNN and MSNBC are the control group, showing the influence of news without context.
Fox is the group where the truth resides.
We see daily how people struggle when they only get placebo news.
They miss the truth of how President Trump has improved the country - and will continue to improve it.
Saturday, Virginia governor Ralph Northam was in Virginia Beach - not wearing a mask while meeting the public.
Democrats saw and shuddered.
It also makes it harder to go after Trump for being a “sociopath,” “irresponsible,” etc. because *he* refuses to wear a mask in public. Now, all the Trumpster have to say is, “what about YOUR governor?”
The mask comes off for Democrats.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
As of 10 a.m. today, Georgia’s per-capita death rate from COVID-19 (measured in deaths per million residents) was 150, which was 88.5% lower than the state of New York’s death rate of 1,417.
Oh, and just for your information, the daily number of U.S. coronavirus deaths nationwide peaked at 2,683 — on April 21, which was 25 days ago. The highest daily number of deaths in the past week was 1,772 on Wednesday (May 13), and that number was 34% below the April 21 peak.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Sunday, May 10, 2020
He did again when Chuck Todd misrepresented Barr's quote about the Flynn matter.
Todd’s comments were false because the very next thing that Barr said, which Todd did not show his viewers, was: “But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.”
Barr spokeswoman Kerri Kupec responded to the segment by posting screenshots on Twitter of the transcript from what Todd said and what Barr said in his CBS News interview last week, writing: “Very disappointed by the deceptive editing/commentary by @ChuckTodd on @MeetThePress on AG Barr’s CBS interview. Compare the two transcripts below. Not only did the AG make the case in the VERY answer Chuck says he didn’t, he also did so multiple times throughout the interview.”
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Before she was ever arrested, Shelley Luther evidently sensed she could turn her story into a more universal one and change the conversation. She knew she was in a big city, Dallas, which is one of the nation’s largest media markets, so she could push her story to a national audience. And she did. She sensibly prepared by setting up a GoFundMe account, anticipating legal and other expenses (and she’s now being criticized for thinking ahead by the same people who wanted to see her spend a week in jail). She’s also being criticized for owning a nice home — a home she worked for and was paying for before the government shut her business and the whole economy down. She would like to continue paying for it, but can’t because she wasn’t allowed to work.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Today, the DOJ recommended dropping the charges, and Flynn shows his young grandson doing the pledge of allegiance.
He protected his family and proudly shares their accomplishments today.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
There are a lot of towns in our country that border neighboring states, but few quite like this one, where the town sits in two states and shares the same name and traditionally vibrant business district along State Street.
Thanks to very different approaches to reopening their states, the businesses on the Tennessee side were open Saturday, while the Virginia side businesses, with the exception of curbside pickup operations at The Burger Bar and the legendary Blakey-Mitchel men’s clothing store a few blocks away, are nearly all closed.
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020
What's our number of coronavirus cases again?
On scales of 0-100, single digits are an F.
Guess we're failing that too, with so few positive cases.
Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are the only grades that really matter.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Now, too many are hoping for death and destruction of those trying to restart their lives.
These writers forget
- The weather's getting warmer.
- We're learned a lot in the past six weeks.
- We have more medical equipment and masks.
- We have a good idea where the trouble spots will pop up.
Monday, April 27, 2020
Trump’s support for protesters in Minnesota and Michigan was not an attack on social distancing. Rather, given what Trump has said about Georgia, it is best understood as an expression of sympathy for residents in those states who have been subjected to arbitrary shutdown policies.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Friday, April 24, 2020
Did he recommend or mandate it?
He's doing what he does, talking out loud.
Asking why and why not.
Maybe not his best idea, but we need to relax.
Trump's leadership has the number of hospital admissions dropping across the country.
That's what matters.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Will they convince the state's leadership?
“We’re calling this the American spirit parade because the American spirit is based on freedom and we’re asking the governor to open churches and businesses to allow adults to take personal responsibility for their health and well being,” said Diana Shores, executive director of the Virginia First Foundation, as she helped coordinate protesters staging at Willow Lawn Shopping Center.
If not, they'll be back.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Another important realization was that FEMA could do just-in-time delivery. It could get states and hospitals ventilators within 24 or 48 hours. This created a lot of flexibility. The administration could wait to see how things really played out rather than making decisions based on models that forecast what the demand might be two weeks in the future. “When you started looking at it like that,” the official says, “the numbers went down dramatically.”
And this is the key thing: The strategy was based on not sending states what they requested on their say-so. That was the opposite of the normal FEMA operating procedure. Usually, state and counties ask for things in a natural disaster, and FEMA sends them along as a matter of course. With an epidemic threatening the entire country, that way of doing things would have exhausted the federal resources immediately.
Things are better than the media make them appear.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
He's wanted Virginia closed longer - June 10 - when others are waiting to see how things go May 1 or May 15.
Now he's drawn the attention of President Trump.
And trying to say Trump's politicized things, not him.
“You know, our president obviously has been unable to deliver on tests. Now, he has chosen to focus on protests. And this is not the time for protests, this is not the time for divisiveness. This is time for leadership that will stand up and provide empathy, that will understand what’s going on in this country of ours with this pandemic. It’s the time for truth. And it’s the time to bring people together. And that’s what I’ve done as the governor of Virginia."
People in Virginia are together - wondering how long these orders will last.
While watching most of the death and illness happen either in nursing homes or New York City.
We have masks and we have not gotten sick over the last month. We want to start the path back to post-pandemic life.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Pressure to stop devastating the lives of hundreds of millions of people will grow inexorably. Minnesota is a classic instance: our governor shut down the state on the basis of an alleged model that claimed 74,000 people would otherwise die–but only 50,000 with a shutdown! In fact, there have been fewer than 100 deaths, more than two-thirds in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. If our government had shut down access to nursing homes and assisted living facilities–which it didn’t effectively do, apparently–it would have saved more lives than the absurd cessation of economic and social activity that our feckless governor implemented. One more time: that’s noon tomorrow, at the governor’s mansion in St. Paul.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Unfortunately, I just watched the governor on MSNBC.
She claimed - people were giving out candy with their bare hands.
Way to pour gasoline on this fire.
All she had to do was let them get seeds to plant their gardens.
Instead, with nothing else to do, they visited Lansing.
And empowered their fellow citizens.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
I think many of us will want to proceed somewhat cautiously with our daily lives even after the government restores our full freedom to move and congregate. We will not behave like coronavirus fatalists.
I think we will be wise not to.
Monday, April 13, 2020
"The media minimized the risk from the start,” the text of the video read, prior to featuring a series of flashback clips to prominent media professionals downplaying the threat posed by the virus.
As the country begins to open up, it's a matter of who you trust.
By emphasizing what they see as Trump's failures, it makes it harder for him to lead the country back.
As Trump shows the media failures, it's a reminder not to trust them completely.
We're going to need to trust Trump to successfully open the country.
Trump's doing the best he can to build that trust - and keep the media from tearing it down.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
“Next week, I will be providing an executive order talking about what will be done in Texas about reopening Texas businesses,” Abbott said Friday, saying economic activity can resume “in a way that will be safe for that economic revitalization.”
“We will focus on protecting lives while restoring livelihoods. We can and we must do this,” said Abbott.
The rest of the country wishes you well - and wishes our leaders were like you.
Instead of gathering together, Christians are hunkered down at home.
Watching services via computer instead of praising from the pew.
We're locked away from our hope.
Just like Holy Saturday.
That day, the disciples were locked down - hoping to avoid the authorities who had just killed Jesus.
What terrible fate awaited them?
From almost 2000 years in the future, we know.
Resurrection and revival were their future.
May it be our future as well.
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
If the Eeyores are proven right, then, they are seen as not only prescient but sanctified — the voices in the wilderness who spoke the inconvenient truths that saved lives.
The sunnier prognosticators suffer a lose-lose dilemma rather than the pessimist’s win-win chances. If one doubts these original nightmarish Imperial College worst-case predications of 2 million-plus deaths in the United States, and is proven correct, it matters little. The pessimist argues that it was only his bleak forecasts that changed behaviors and that, without such changes, the optimist’s obviously faulty data and poor reasoning would have led policymakers over a cliff.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Sunday, April 5, 2020
It's unproven, they say.
There haven't been months-old clinical trials to fight a virus we just discovered a few months ago.
How many people should die while awaiting trials be done?
How many should die while being given placebos during correct studies?
Several doctors have had success with the treatment. Let's continue and see how it works.
The holy grail for the Met Council’s urban planners, and their allies at the Minneapolis City Council, is “densification.” They seek to engineer a world in which we increasingly abandon our single-family homes for stack-and-pack, multifamily apartments, and our private automobiles for jampacked mass transit.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
How about wastewater treatment plants?
Analysing wastewater—used water that goes through the drainage system to a treatment facility—is one way that researchers can track infectious diseases that are excreted in urine or faeces, such as SARS-CoV-2.
One treatment plant can capture wastewater from more than one million people, says Gertjan Medema, a microbiologist at KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Monitoring effluent at this scale could provide better estimates for how widespread the coronavirus is than testing, because wastewater surveillance can account for those who have not been tested and have only mild or no symptoms, says Medema, who has detected SARS-CoV-2 genetic material—viral RNA—in several treatment plants in the Netherlands. “Health authorities are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.”
Friday, April 3, 2020
Viewers are relying on that stream of news; they are communing with their president and the federal government in a way we rarely see. It is not clear how this virus will progress, when we can get back to work or how bad the economy will be over the next several months. But Americans see Trump fighting for them, every day, as hard as humanly possible.
Democrats know that will help him win four more years.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Why June 10?
It's a weird date.
It's a Wednesday. Middle of the week.
Deadlines end on a weekend, so you start the week fresh on a Monday.
A full week of work.
It's one day after the next set of primary elections are scheduled.
That makes the timing even weirder.
I doubt we'll go that far - we'll see the worst in April and open May with brighter horizons.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
In 80 in-patients receiving a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, the team found a clinical improvement in all but one 86 year-old patient who died, and one 74-year old patient still in intensive care unit. The team also found that, by administering hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin, they were able to observe an improvement in all cases, except in one patient who arrived with an advanced form, who was over the age of 86, and in whom the evolution was irreversible, according to a new paper published today in IHU Méditerranée Infection.
Friday, March 27, 2020
A big hero is Dr. Anthony Fauci for going everywhere and talking to everyone. Yeah, he’s a liberal in his personal life. He seems to like Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit for some reason but he does what you should do in his position and plays it straight. Where he disagrees with the president, he does it respectfully and without the spittle-spraying insanity of the Never Trump set, and where he thinks the president is right, Dr. Fauci says so. Sure, some conservatives are suspicious of him, and that’s no surprise. What is shocking is seeing someone not being a liberal hack.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The areas getting hit hard are big cities like New York and Seattle - where lots of people cram into a small space.
If you look at the map of Virginia cases, all counties west of Roanoke are clean - except for Lee in the far southwest.
People who love New York like being where the action is.
But being stuck in a small one-room apartment isn't the big city life.
Will companies stay in the big cities, or seek wide open spaces?
Prepare for plenty of changes in the coming months and years.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Friday, March 20, 2020
President Trump described himself as optimistic and full of hope. He believes the people are with him and not scared, but acting in a prudent and measured way in a difficult time. "When, not IF, when we win the war," he said he is confident that jobs will come back.
The president wants the media to share the good news with the country and stop fear-mongering and searching for the worst-case scenarios and instead focus on the enormous efforts that are underway to bring this crisis to a swift end. No U.S. hospitals have been overwhelmed thus far, supplies are on the way, and American companies are stepping up to fill in any shortage gaps by manufacturing anything that is needed. Cruiselines are offering ships for more hospital space, Navy ships are being deployed to the places hardest hit, and millions of masks for medical professionals are on the way. But none of the reporters in that room wanted to focus on these amazing developments and instead were single-mindedly trying to trip Trump up and get a viral clip of themselves on social media because "orange man bad."
Good times are coming.
Even if the media can't see it.
Republican-leaning states to this point are displaying notably less urgency about the outbreak. Of the states that have taken the fewest actions to restrict public gatherings or limit restaurant service on a statewide basis—such as Texas, Missouri, and Alabama—almost all have Republican governors, according to research by Topher Spiro, the vice president for health policy at the liberal Center for American Progress, where he directs a program that examines state health initiatives. That’s left Democratic-run cities in those red states—such as Houston, Tucson, Nashville, and Atlanta—to try to impose their own rules on public gatherings. Yet all those local limits face an obvious problem: People from elsewhere in the state can still travel to their jurisdictions. “We can’t seal our borders,” acknowledged Lina Hidalgo, the chief administrator in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, when she announced county-wide closures on Monday.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Remember that as you see the daily bad news.
The better we get at interventions to identify and isolate specific people with the virus, the less we should need to rely on interventions that isolate the entire population. That’s a reason the ramp-up of widely available testing remains such an important goal for the U.S.: More testing should, in time, allow for more normal living.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Sunday, March 15, 2020
But at least Boston's quiet.
And the streets of Boston are quiet now that the students have all flown home to deliver coronavirus from the petri-dish dorms to little houses full of old people all over the country.
Saturday, March 14, 2020
The president and his all-star CEOs said they were going to work together to get us through the situation.
But media members who haven't trusted Trump before look for items to continue criticizing him.
Maybe it's time to quarantine complaints?
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Then the NBA cancelled Thursday night games.
And basketball tournaments were scrapped.
Will NASCAR run this weekend? That's one sporting event with little contact between fans and competitors on race day.
The watchdog will break for a while as the sports world tries to figure its place in Coronavirus world.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Why go out? You can save a lot of money cooking at home, you’ve got a giant flat-screen TV (or several), there is beer in the fridge, you would rather spend time with your wife and kids than attend boring business or social events. So why not stay home? To the extent you want to keep in touch with other people, you can do it via email and text. You can post photos on Instagram to let them know what you are up to (i.e., staying home). You can Face Time, Tic Tok, or whatever. “Social distance” is much what most of us are increasingly used to. Why risk personal contact?
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Start with Andromeda Strain.
The discovery of the bug remains one of the great unnerving moments of sci-fi — you’re terrified not so much by the green Jell-O (the props were clichés, too), but what it does.
Monday, March 9, 2020
Sunday, March 8, 2020
It's so unfair that doctors at clinics need admitting privileges at local hospitals.
She tells how safe the clinics are.
This very proficiency is part of the reason they cannot obtain admitting privileges and the record shows that they did in fact try and were refused. Hospitals don’t want to give such privileges to physicians who almost never need admit a patient. As Breyer noted in Whole Woman’s Health, doctors at the El Paso clinic in Texas performed 17,000 procedures in the preceding 10 years and not one had to be transferred to a hospital. That made admitting privileges impossible to obtain.
So the rules aren't needed because they are necessary.
An extra financial burden.
Yet Obamacare demanded the nuns at Little Sisters of the Poor have birth control and contraception in their health plans.
For that group, it wasn't needed. It was just an extra financial burden.
Liberals can't push rules to promote abortion and then complain when the same logic is used against abortion providers.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Friday, March 6, 2020
Usually Dayton is known as the host the First Four, where four conference champions from lower ranked leagues start their NCAA tournament experience.
This year, the hometown Flyers ranked among the best in the country, and ESPN's College GameDay will be there Saturday morning before the Flyers' regular season finale.
The first bids for the 68-team NCAA tournament will be issued this weekend. The Mountain West holds its championship game on CBS Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with the Missouri Valley title contest Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Ohio Valley championship game Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Big South championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Atlantic Sun. There's a West Coast Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
As the regular season winds down in other conferences, Georgia Tech clashes with Clemson on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and VCU meets Davidson at 9 p.m.
SEC regular season champion Kentucky faces Florida on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by UCLA-USC.
Villanova visits Georgetown on Fox Saturday at noon and Creighton clashes with Seton Hall at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Wisconsin facing Indiana and Kansas tangles with Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Virginia hosts Louisville at 4 p.m. before Duke and North Carolina battle at 6 p.m. It's Washington-Arizona at 10 p.m.
Auburn takes on Tennessee at noon on ESPN2, then it's Georgia-LSU and Texas' contest with Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Oklahoma faces TCU at 6 p.m.
FoxSports1 has DePaul-Providence Saturday at 6:30 p.m., then Butler meets Xavier at 8:30 p.m. before Stanford-Oregon at 11 p.m.
Marquette battles St. John's on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
Memphis meets Houston Sunday at noon on CBS and it's Ohio State against Michigan State at 4 p.m.
Michigan battles Maryland on Fox Sunday at noon.
The Wizards meet the Hawks on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and host the Heat Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Heat take on the Pelicans on Friday at 8:15 p.m. followed by the Bucks against the Lakers.
The Warriors host the 76ers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and it's Lakers-Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC women's tournament continues Friday with quarterfinal play at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, then games at 6 and 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
Texas Tech tangles with Oklahoma on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. and Baylor battles Iowa State Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has five women's conference games Sunday, starting with the ACC at noon. The best of the SEC battle at 2 p.m., then it's American Conference at 4 p.m., Big Ten at 6 and PAC-12 at 8 p.m.
The Big East semifinals are on FoxSports1 Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
The Orioles meet the Yankees on MASN Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has Red Sox-Braves Friday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Penguins Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports Washington also has Ottawa-San Jose Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Blues face the Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m. followed by Colorado-San Jose.
NBC has the PGA tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The XFL season reaches its halfway mark this weekend, starting Saturday at 2 p.m. with Seattle's visit to Houston on ABC. New York takes on Dallas at 5 p.m. on Fox. St. Louis tangles with Washington Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1, with Tampa Bay-Los Angeles on ESPN at 9 p.m.
NASCAR visits Phoenix, with the Cup Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces Spain on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m.
In the MLS, Portland tangles with Nashville Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Premier League play begins Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network when Liverpool faces Bournemouth. It's Arsenal against West Ham United at 9:55 a.m. and Burnley battles Tottenham Hotspur at 12:25 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Everton Sunday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and NBC has Manchester City-Manchester United at 12:30 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg meets Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Florentina faces Brescia in Italian Serie A Sunday at 7:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
There's Pro Series swimming on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has the Tampa Bay Derby Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and it's the Santa Anita Handicap at 8 p.m.
The Big 12 men's wrestling championships are on MASN Sunday at 7 p.m.
The American Cup gymnastic meet is on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5 p.m.
Daytona hosts motocross racing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
So many lessons to learn.
Let Don Surber teach.
Mini Mike made a big deal about self-financing his campaign.
President Donald John Trump initially made the same mistake. Then he realized, the guy giving you five bucks is going to vote for you come hell or high water. He got Hillary had the big donors. The Donald had the small donors. Who won? It takes a helluva salesman to get waitresses to donate to a billionaire.
Monday, March 2, 2020
Staffer: We need to mute the publicity going toward the Biden campaign since Saturday.
Staffer: We need to talk about why people should vote for you.
Two more moderators have dropped out and endorsed Joe Biden.
Even Andy Schmookler has given up on Elizabeth Warren a day before Tuesday's primary.
Because he thinks it's likely President Trump's team will destroy Sanders.
But at least as plausibly, one can imagine Sanders being annihilated by Trump’s propagandists, who whip up a big chunk of America that doesn’t like the word “socialist,” doesn’t trust someone who had good things to say about the Castro regime, and who would make “radical” changes to America.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Now the fun begins.
Lots of states will vote Tuesday.
Bernie Sanders will win delegates.
Joe Biden will win delegates.
Mike Bloomberg might win delegates.
The rest will likely disappear from the campaign trail.
It will be a long march to Milwaukee in July.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Friday, February 28, 2020
This time it's on a Saturday, with a full slate of basketball on TV.
CBS has a Big 12 battle between Kansas and Kansas State at 1:30 p.m., with Auburn against Kentucky at 3:45 p.m.
Providence tangles with Villanova on Fox at noon and Seton Hall meets Marquette at 2:30 p.m.
The College GameDay crew visits Maryland for the 8 p.m. contest with Michigan State on ESPN. The today's schedule begins in the Big 12 with Texas-Texas Tech at noon and Baylor tangles with TCU at 2 p.m. It's off to the ACC at 4 p.m. for North Carolina's contest with Syracuse and Virginia hosts Duke at 6 p.m. Arizona faces UCLA in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Texas A&M takes on LSU at noon on ESPN2, followed by Florida facing Tennessee and West Virginia-Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Northern Iowa duels with Drake at 6 p.m., then it's San Diego State against Nevada and Saint Mary's meets Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair ACC contests, with Florida State-Clemson at 2 p.m. and Wake Forest tangles with Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Massachusetts meets Richmond at 6 p.m.
Butler battles DePaul on FoxSports1 at 6:30 p.m.
In the NBA, the Rockets visit the Celtics on ABC at 8:30 p.m.
There's women's basketball between Mt. St. Mary's and St. Francis at 2 p.m. on MASN.
Saturday's XFL slate brings Los Angeles' contest with New York on ABC at 2 p.m. and Seattle-St. Louis on Fox at 5 p.m.
It's NFL combine week, with coverage on ABC at 5 p.m.
The MLS regular season starts on Fox at 8:30 p.m. with Nashville against Atlanta.
NASCAR's Xfinity Series takes the track on FoxSports1 at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three contests from the Premier League, starting with Crystal Palace's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at 7:25 a.m. Bournemouth battles Chelsea at 9:55 a.m. and it's Watford-Liverpool at 12:25 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The World Rugby Seven Series starts on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m.
There'll be plenty of leaping as NBC Sports network covers motocross racing from Atlanta at 5 p.m.
For the days around Leap Day, the Thunder battle the Bucks on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m. and it's Nuggets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Jazz Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Warriors Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Clippers host the 76ers on ABC Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and ESPN has Lakers-Pelicans Sunday at 8 p.m.
Davidson and Dayton duel on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Texas State takes on UT-Arlington at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Washington-Washington State Friday at 9 p.m.
Xavier tangles with Georgetown Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Michigan-Ohio State.
Cincinnati clashes with Houston on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
It's Creighton-St. John's on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
On the women's court, Villanova visits Creighton on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. and James Madison hosts Drexel at 9 p.m. on MASN.
There's three contests on ESPN2 Sunday, with Texas A&M-South Carolina at noon followed by Duke against North Carolina and Maryland's meeting with Minnesota at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers Virginia against North Carolina State Sunday at 2 p.m. and Boston College takes on Syracuse at 4 p.m.
Fox has the NASCAR race from Fontana Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
There's a pair of contests Sunday, with Capitals-Wild at 8 p.m. and the Kings' contest with the Golden Knights at 10:30 p.m.
The Flyers face the Rangers on NBC Sunday at noon.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Nationals have a spring training game with the Rays Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
NBC has the Honda Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Houston visits Dallas on FoxSports1 Sunday at 4 p.m. in XFL action, and the Defenders visit the Vipers on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
MLS opening weekend continues with two matches on ESPN - Seattle against Chicago at 3 p.m. followed by Los Angeles FC against Inter Miami. FoxSports1 offers Portland meeting Minnesota at 7:30 p.m.
Norwich City battles Leicester City on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:55 p.m.
Everton meets Manchester United Sunday at 8:55 a.m.
Union Berlin meets Wolfsburg at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on FoxSports1 and it's Leipzig-Leverkusen at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the second day of the rugby Seven Series from Los Angeles at 11:30 a.m.