Same Boat

After listening to some pretty harsh comments & arguing over reopening or completely shutting down for another two weeks, someone in their right mind wrote this.

Don’t know who wrote it, but it’s spot on.

Perspective:

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …
I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

Realize that and be kind.🙏🙏🙏🙏

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Don Lemon Taunts Trump: ‘What is it About Obama That Bothers You? That He’s Smarter, Didn’t Need Daddy’s Help, is Better Looking, That He ‘Punked’ You?

Don Lemon trended on Twitter Monday because of a biting question he asked on Sunday night directly to Donald Trump after the president retweeted a conspiracy theory about former President Obama.

“What is it about President Obama that really gets under your skin,” asked Lemon, directly addressing Trump. “Is it because he’s smarter than you? Better educated? Made it on his own; didn’t need daddy’s help? Wife is more accomplished? Better looking? I don’t know, what is it? What is it about him? That he’s a black man that’s accomplished, became president? That he punked you on the whole birth certificate thing? What is it about him? Just wondering…”

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‘Flattening The Curve,’ And Other Lies

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SOURCE OF THIS ARTICLE: Scott McKay also publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics. He’s also a novelist


T
o our betters in the American ruling class:

Just a note to say thanks for giving us a much-needed lesson in the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, who were not shy at all in admonishing us to be wary of surrendering the kind of government power you people have wielded, supposedly for our benefit, since the Chinese Communist virus hit our shores at some indeterminate point in the recent, or maybe not-so-recent, past.

You told us that Patient Zero in America for the Wuhan ChiCom virus came to Seattle and first landed in a hospital on January 19. You built an entire response to the virus based on that, and three months later more than 26 million Americans are out of work, and the projections are that some 24 percent of our economy will have evaporated in the second quarter of this year thanks to that response.

In the meantime we’ve watched, on our TVs and computer screens, as moms and dads have been arrested for taking their kids to the park, as some of you have issued edicts preventing us from traveling from one property we own to another, as some of you are attempting to mandate that we wear masks in public, and as some of you are shutting down events and gatherings even eight months from now, as though you have crystal balls to see what the future so far out will hold.

What you’ve done has made an abject mockery of the idea we have God-given, unassailable rights. Instead what we have are permissions from our political betters. Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams would be busy decorating trees with your hides for less than we’ve tolerated from you in the past three months.

And why? Because they knew what we’ve apparently forgotten — as another of the titans of our past once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Ben Franklin wouldn’t have a particularly fond judgment of what we’ve let you do lately.

Because what he knew, and what Jefferson and the rest knew, was that a government to which you surrender your natural rights will shortly abuse and debase them, and the power to whom it’s been ceded won’t easily be reclaimed by the people.

Some of us are beginning to remember this. More of us will recognize it as evidence of your perfidy and incompetence mounts.

After all, several things are true.

First, most of you spent several decades essentially rewarding Red China for the Tiananmen Square massacre by throwing open trade and granting the most murderous political apparatus in human history Most Favored Nation trade status. The result of that has been to help build a hostile world superpower rival we didn’t have after the fall of the Soviet Union, at the expense of our manufacturing base. You thought that was a good idea, partially because you’re naive and stupid and partially because you were bought off, but what we ended up with is a rogue regime that cooks up infectious diseases in laboratories, incompetently lets them out into the open and proceeds to lie about them for months while the World Health Organization, which you put us on the hook to fund with hundreds of millions of dollars of our money, covers up for China despite their providing barely a tenth of what we do.

Great move.

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Donald Trump Just Broke The Most Basic Rule Of Politics

Famed Seven Kingdoms philosopher Tywin Lannister once said this when asked about concerns regarding his leadership: “A lion does not concern itself with the opinions of the sheep.”

Simply put: The lion is a lion. He does what he wants and what he needs to do. Worrying about what his prey think about him is pointless. Their opinions are of no consequence. Thinking about them at all is a waste of the lion’s time.

The “Game of Thrones” patriarch wasn’t talking about American politics, but his lesson holds true here, too. We express it with the phrase “Never punch down,” meaning that there is no value in a high-profile politician going after a lesser-known opponent. All it does is elevate the opponent, which is what he or she wants anyway!

Which brings me to the curious case of Donald Trump and the Lincoln Project.
The former you know. He’s the President of the United States.
The latter you probably don’t. The Lincoln Project was formed late last year by some of the most prominent “Never Trumpers” in the country: George Conway, the husband of senior Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, as well as Republican consultants John Weaver, Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson.
“Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line,” they wrote in a New York Times op-ed announcing the group’s formation.
On Monday, the Lincoln Project released an ad entitled “Mourning in America” — playing off the famed “Morning in America” ad by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
“Under the leadership of Donald Trump our country is weaker and sicker and poorer,” says the ad’s narrator. “If we have another four years like this, is dark, foreboding and harsh. And it’s very likely that almost no one would have even seen that message had it not been for Donald Trump
(Asked for more information, the Lincoln Project did not provide any specifics regarding how much they spent on the commercial. But the group only had $2.5 million in the bank at the end of March, so they aren’t likely spending massive sums on it.)
Just after midnight Monday — 12:46 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, to be precise — Trump took to Twitter to rant about the ad and the group. Here’s the full text, which took Trump four tweets:
“A group of RINO Republicans who failed badly 12 years ago, then again 8 years ago, and then got BADLY beaten by me, a political first timer, 4 years ago, have copied (no imagination) the concept of an ad from Ronald Reagan, ‘Morning in America’, doing everything possible to get even for all of their many failures. You see, these loser types don’t care about 252 new Federal Judges, 2 great Supreme Court Justices, a rebuilt military, a protected 2nd Amendment, biggest EVER Tax & Regulation cuts, and much more. I didn’t use any of them because they don’t know how to win, and their so-called Lincoln Project is a disgrace to Honest Abe. I don’t know what Kellyanne did to her deranged loser of a husband, Moonface, but it must have been really bad. John Weaver lost big for Kasich (to me). Crazed Rick Wilson lost for Evan ‘McMuffin’ McMullin (to me). Steve Schmidt & Reed Galvin lost for John McCain, Romney’s campaign manager (?) lost big to ‘O,’ & Jennifer Horn got thrown out of the New Hampshire Republican Party. They’re all LOSERS, but Abe Lincoln, Republican, is all smiles!”
So, yeah. But he wasn’t done! Before leaving for Arizona on Tuesday morning, Trump again addressed the ad and the group, saying (in part):
“I saw a Project, the thing called the Lincoln Project, and I would have them change their name to the ‘Losers Project.’ Because if you take a look — it’s (Steve) Schmidt, it’s George Conway — the guy, Kellyanne must’ve done a big number on him, but it’s George Conway and some other people, (John) Weaver, every one of them, I either defeated or they lost by themselves. But it’s a group of major losers. They’re Republican losers. … So they should not call it the Lincoln Project, it’s not fair to Abraham Lincoln, a great president. They should call it the Losers Project.”
Think Trump is letting the sheep bother him? Uh, yeah.
I can just imagine the folks at the Lincoln Project high-fiving when they read Trump’s tweets. And dancing a jig when he talked about them — and their ad — before getting on Marine One.
This is their ideal scenario. They literally don’t have the money to buy this sort of publicity for their ad. Now lots of people who read Trump’s tweets or saw him blasting the Lincoln Project outside the White House on Tuesday will got to their computers and look up “Lincoln Project.” And watch the “Mourning in America” ad.
It’s a gigantic win for what is, in truth, a small group of prominent talking heads who were — and Trump is right about this — roundly crushed by him and his allies during the 2016 campaign.
Trump’s inability to ignore renegade voices within his party is a violation of the most basic of campaign rules. The more he talks about the Lincoln Project — no matter how negatively — the better for the group’s profile and ability to raise money to oppose his reelection.
Trump’s best strategy toward dissenting voices within his own party would be to ignore them and stay silent. But that’s not really a skill he possesses.

Don’t Worry, America, Jared Kushner Is Going to Save You From COVID-19

 

WHEW!

Having conquered Middle East peace and innovated America to within an inch of its life, the Trump son-in-law is now taming COVID-19. Oh—Ivanka too!

Wednesday, during the latest installment of his daily briefings that have become must-see TV, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he spoke with Jared Kushner. You know Kushner—the president’s son-in-law. The president’s son-in-law is a member of the president’s COVID-19 taskforce, but he is not a doctor or an elected official. In fact, Jared has no experience handling pandemics, or any medical background whatsoever. Jared Kushner doesn’t know about science or medicine but Cuomo must appeal to him for help from the federal government.

 

And that’s not the only place the president’s son-in-law has popped up the last few days.  One of the biggest questions we’ve all been puzzling over is, why won’t the president invoke the wartime Defense Production Act to force companies to make ventilators?

He “signed two executive orders citing provisions of the Defense Production Act” but then refused to use those provisions. Later it was revealed that Trump refused to use the wartime law “reportedly after corporations successfully lobbied his top adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.” Meanwhile, Cuomo holds continual pressers that have the same refrain again and again: “We need the federal help, and we need the federal help now.”

As the pandemic fills New York City’s morgues, the president has decided to bring in the very best and smartest people. For Donald Trump, that’s his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. And it just makes sense, since Jared has already brought peace to the Middle East and innovated America within an inch of its life with his office of American innovation. Now it’s time for the young slumlord to once again fail upwards. This time, hundreds of thousands of American lives are at stake, but I mean, Jared did go to Harvard (via a $2.5 million donation), so…

First, Jared explained to his father-in-law that the media was making too much of the whole pandemic thing. “Mr. Kushner’s early involvement with dealing with the virus was in advising the president that the media’s coverage exaggerated the threat,” according to The New York Times. Sounds like Kushner agreed with Lou Dobbs—you know, Fox Business Channel’s Lou Dobbs, who’s in quarantine right now because he was exposed to liberal hoax COVID-19.

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California Is First State to Borrow From Federal Government T o Make Unemployment Payments

Illinois, Connecticut receive approval for federal loans of up to $12.6 billion, $1.1 billion, respectively


By Sarah Chaney Updated May 4, 2020|

California has become the first state to borrow money from the federal government so it can continue paying out rising claims for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Golden State borrowed $348 million in federal funds after receiving approval to tap up to $10 billion for this purpose through the end of July, a Treasury Department spokesman said Monday.

The U.S. government also has approved loans of up to $12.6 billion for Illinois and up to $1.1 billion for Connecticut through the end of July to replenish state unemployment-insurance funds, though the two states hadn’t yet started borrowing by the end of April. California was the only state to have accessed the program so far in the current downturn, the Treasury spokesman said.

States can use the money to pay regular unemployment benefits, while the extra $600 weekly payments recently added for workers laid off during the pandemic are funded separately through federal emergency legislation signed into law in late March.

More than 30 million people have filed unemployment claims, including about 3.7 million in California, since mid-March, when the virus led to widespread business shutdowns.

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Dr Fauci Says There’s ‘NO Evidence’ Coronavirus Was Created In The Wuhan Laboratory

THE STATEMENTS BELOW ARE NOT ‘FALSE’ AND THEY DEFINITELY ARE NOT ‘FAKE NEWS’…………PapaMike

Dr Anthony Fauci said on Monday there is “no scientific evidence” to point to coronavirus having been manufactured in a Chinese laboratory.

By interview in National Geographic, the top doc rubbished suggestions that the virus was created at a facility in Wuhan – insisting COVID-19 is naturally-occurring and has not been “deliberately manipulated.”

at a facility in Wuhan – insisting COVID-19 is naturally-occurring and has not been “deliberately manipulated.”


Trump has repeatedly indicated the virus would ‘go away’ and ‘miraculously’ disappear, which Dr Fauci denied!!

Dr Fauci refuted the president’s claims it would ‘go away’

“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated,” Fauci said.

“Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.”


Fauci’s comments come as:


During the interview, Fauci also rejected President Trump’s hope that the virus, which has claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 Americans, would “miraculously” vanish.

Trump has repeatedly suggested the virus will “go away” during his daily coronavirus press briefings.

However, Fauci said: “I don’t think there’s a chance that this virus is just going to disappear.

“It’s going to be around, and if given the opportunity, it will resurge.”

SOURCE: The US Sun

 

 

Trump “CHEERS” On Governors As They Ignore White House Coronavirus Guidelines In Race To Reopen

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM OUR NARCISSISTIC, LYING, ARROGANT, EGOTISTICAL, IGNORANT, BIGOT, RACIST, DISHONEST, CLOWN 🤡 DONALD J. TRUMP.  PICTURE BELOW WAS POSTED BY>>>>……..Papa Mike  

WASHINGTON – States across the country are moving swiftly to reopen their economies despite failing to achieve benchmarks laid out by the White House for when social distancing restrictions could be eased to ensure the public’s safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

These governors’ biggest cheerleader is President Donald Trump.

A slew of states – such as Texas, Indiana, Colorado and Florida – have pushed forward with relaxing social distancing guidelines as the number of people testing positive in many states has increased in recent weeks and testing continues to lag. White House recommendations released last month encouraged states to wait to see a decline in cases over a two-week period as well as having robust testing in place for front-line workers before entering “Phase One” of a gradual comeback.

But Trump and some of his aides have backed away from their own guidelines, opting instead to hail the broad economic reopening that health experts say has started too quickly. The dichotomy comes as the White House also tried to distance itself from a draft federal government report predicting an explosion of new coronavirus cases and 3,000 daily deaths by June 1.

It underscores how an eagerness by Trump and several state governors to begin restarting normal activities after a weeks-long economic slowdown has clashed with a stubbornly high national caseload that has defied the president’s predictions of a swift and safe reopening. It also marks another round of confusing guidance during the outbreak from Trump who released the guidelines with fanfare during a briefing and now shows no problem with states that ignore them.

“There’s not too many states that I know of that are going up. Almost everybody is headed in the right direction,” Trump said during a Fox News town hall on Sunday in which he presented a misleading and rosy assessment of the crisis. “We’re on the right side of it, but we want to keep it that way, but we also want to get back to work.”

About a third of states continue to see their number of new coronavirus cases increasing, compared to a few who have seen a sustained decline. A plurality of states are hovering around the same level, with neither a significant uptick nor decrease in daily cases. That mirrors the national trend, where the rate of new cases has leveled off in recent weeks but not declined.

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Thank You For Your Service, Jared Kushner

PICTURE BELOW WAS POSTED BY PAPA MIKE AND NOT BY THE SOURCE OF THIS ARTICLE……….Papa Mike


What is most galling as the nation faces its worse crisis since World War II is how the Trump family keeps demanding recognition for their brilliant work and also our thanks for the catastrophic mess they have helped land us all in.

Case in point is Jared Kushner, who has fallen upwards throughout his life, inheriting a vast real estate empire and then making one of the worst purchases in the history of Manhattan, which was buying the office building at 666 Fifth Avenue for a then-record $1.8 billion in 2007, a lemon which was only finally taken off his hands after his father-in-law became president.

So, perhaps it was only fitting that he was awarded the job of shadow secretary of state at the beginning of the Trump administration.

Kushner was in charge of managing the US-China portfolio, a responsibility that drew criticism, given Kushner’s own business interests with China.

He also destroyed any vestige of American leadership in the Middle East with his promotion of the reckless Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his sabotage of the two-state solution in Israel.

According to officials cited by The New York Times, early on in the Covid-19 crisis, Kushner privately agreed with his father-in-law that this whole coronavirus thing was being overblown by the lamestream media.

Kushner then championed a new Google site where you could go and get your virus symptoms tested. His father-in-law touted 1,700 Google engineers who were working on the site at a White House news conference in March. If that sounds like a fantasy, it was.

And now, Kushner comes to Fox News, the Pravda of the Trump administration, to marvel on Wednesday that the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus is “a great success story,” claiming that “we have all the testing we need to start opening the country” and state his hope that “by July, the country’s really rocking again.”

This is as more than 60,000 Americans lie dead

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George W. Bush: ‘We Are Not Partisan Combatants’ In Fight Against Coronavirus

WITH WHO WE HAVE NOW HOW CAN YOU NOT MISS “PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH?”………Papa Mike

By STEPHANIE MURRAY

Bush’s comments come as Democratic governors clash with Republican President Donald Trump over the White House’s coronavirus response.

 

Former President George W. Bush called on Americans to abandon partisan divides in the face of the “shared threat” of the coronavirus pandemic in a

video released on Saturday.

Bush’s comments come as Democratic governors clash with Republican President Donald Trump over the White House’s coronavirus response, and even drugs that could treat the virus are politicized.

More than a million Americans have tested positive for coronavirus, and well over 60,000 people have died from the virus in the United States. The White House has said it expects total deaths to rise to 74,000 by August.

“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” Bush said. “In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together.”

In the nearly 3-minute video, shared by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Bush said he saw the nation “embrace unavoidable new duties” after the 9/11 terror attacks, and that “spirit is alive and well in America.” The former president also issued a warning that the impact of the pandemic will not be felt equally.

“Let’s remember that the suffering we experience as a nation does not fall evenly. In the days to come, it will be especially important to care in practical ways for the elderly, the ill and the unemployed,” Bush said. More than 30 million people have filed for unemployment in the last six weeks, as the economy has largely shut down to combat the pandemic.

Trump Moves to Replace Watchdog Who Identified Critical Medical Shortages

HOW SAD! SHE GOT FIRED FOR TELLING THE “TRUTH”.. I HOPE THIS NOVEMBER WHEN TRUMP IS OUT OF A JOB THE STATE OF NEW YORK BRINGS THIS PIECE OF CRAP 💩 TO JUSTICE! ………Papa Mike

WASHINGTON — President Trump moved on Friday night to replace a top official at the Department of Health and Human Services who angered him with a report last month highlighting supply shortages and testing delays at hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House waited until after business hours to announce the nomination of a new inspector general for the department who, if confirmed, would take over for Christi A. Grimm, the principal deputy inspector general who was publicly assailed by the president at a news briefing three weeks ago.

The nomination was the latest effort by Mr. Trump against watchdog offices around his administration that have defied him. In recent weeks, he fired an inspector general involved in the inquiry that led to the president’s impeachment, nominated a White House aide to another key inspector general post overseeing virus relief spending and moved to block still another inspector general from taking over as chairman of a pandemic spending oversight panel.

Mr. Trump has sought to assert more authority over his administration and clear out officials deemed insufficiently loyal in the three months since his Senate impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress ended in acquittallargely along party lines. While inspectors general are appointed by the president, they are meant to be semiautonomous watchdogs ferreting out waste, fraud and corruption in executive agencies.

The purge has continued unabated even during the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed about 65,000 lives in the United States. Ms. Grimm’s case in effect merged the conflict over Mr. Trump’s response to the outbreak with his determination to sweep out those he perceives to be speaking out against him.

Her report, released last month and based on extensive interviews with hospitals around the country, identified critical shortages of supplies, revealing that hundreds of medical centers were struggling to obtain test kits, protective gear for staff members and ventilators. Mr. Trump was embarrassed by the report at a time he was already under fire for playing down the threat of the virus and not acting quickly enough to ramp up testing and provide equipment to doctors and nurses.

White House Blocking Fauci From Testifying Before Congress About Coronavirus Response

By Alex Moe, Dareh Gregorian and Julie Tsirkin

The White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying about the response to the coronavirus crisis before the House Appropriations Committee, a spokesman for the committee told NBC News on Friday.

“The Appropriations Committee sought Dr. Anthony Fauci as a witness at next week’s Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee hearing on COVID-19 response. We have been informed by an administration official that the White House has blocked Dr. Fauci from testifying,” the spokesperson, Evan Hollander, said.

He’d been asked to appear on May 6.

But the White House said they will allow Fauci to testify at a Senate Health Committee hearing on May 12, a spokesperson for committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told NBC news.

Fauci, the head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a key adviser in the Trump administration’s fight against the coronavirus, and until recently, a fixture at the White House coronavirus briefings. He’s also sat for numerous media interviews on the virus, including on sports podcasts.

In a statement, White House spokesman Judd Deere said the May 6 hearing is not an “appropriate” time for Fauci to go before the House.

While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to COVID-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counter-productive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at Congressional hearings,” Deere said. “We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.”

In a joint statement, Appropriations chair Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and subcommittee chair Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, said, “Congress and the American public deserve a clear-eyed view of the path forward for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

They said the hearing will proceed with hearing next week with testimony from Dr. Tom Frieden, who was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Obama administration.

Fauci last testified about the virus before the House on March 11, when he warned, “We will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now.” His testimony was cut short when he was called to a meeting on the virus at the White House.

Fact Check: New White House Press Secretary Makes False Claims In First Briefing

At the first official briefing by a White House press secretary in 417 days, Kayleigh McEnany promised journalists, “I will never lie to you.”

McEnany proceeded to say a bunch of things that weren’t true.
Whether they were deliberate lies or inadvertent false claims, we can’t be certain; since it was her first time at the podium after being hired in April, we’ll be generous in our choice of words. Regardless of her intentions, though, her comments were laden with inaccuracies.
McEnany misquoted an FBI agent’s written comment about former national security adviser Michael Flynn. She mischaracterized a Friday tweet by President Donald Trump about protesters in Michigan. She gave an inflated figure for the cost of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. And she said Mueller offered a “complete and total exoneration” of the President, something Mueller explicitly said he was not doing.
McEnany also added confusion to an already-confusing situation surrounding the President’s statements about whether the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory.

McEnany defends Flynn by misquoting FBI notes

After taking questions about coronavirus, McEnany turned to the legal saga of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser who resigned after a few weeks on the job in 2017 and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.
As part of his plea bargain, Flynn cooperated extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller, but he’s back in Trump’s good graces after publicly disavowing his guilty plea and accusing the Justice Department of anti-Trump misconduct.

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer Extends COVID-19 State Of Emergency Amid Armed Protests

Why the AR’s in the State Capital? I’m a huge supporter of the Second Amendment, BUT in no way Trump is this going to be a “peaceful” demonstration!!…..Papa Mike

April 30 (UPI) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended the state of emergency in response to COVID-19 in the state until May 28 on Thursday, as armed protesters gathered at the capitol building to call for the state to reopen.

Whitmer signed three executive orders extending the state of emergency after the state’s Republican-controlled legislature voted against continuing the emergency and disaster declaration that was set to expire at midnight Friday.

The emergency order grants Whitmer the ability to issue executive orders and is separate from the state’s stay-at-home order, which is set still set on May 15.


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“WHAT??? I CAN’T SEE YOU!!!”😷😷😷

Mary Beth Pagnella, who has lived with profound hearing loss most of her life, prides herself on being an excellent lip reader.

But, amid the coronavirus outbreak, reading lips has become more difficult with state and federal officials recommending, and some requiring, people to wear masks in public.

 

 

 

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I can sympathize with them. I’ve got some serious hearing loss and while I don’t read lips, it really helps me to understand somebody when I can see their mouths when they’re talking. Even somebody with a heavy mustache is harder for me to understand.😷😷😷😷😷😷

Government Orders 100,000 New Body Bags As Trump Minimizes Death Toll

 

 

 

By Jonathan Allen, Phil McCausland and Cyrus Farivar

Federal coronavirus response documents obtained by NBC News suggest that the president’s optimism about “Opening Up America” is at odds with dire warnings from inside his administration.

WASHINGTON — The federal government placed orders for well over 100,000 new body bags to hold victims of COVID-19 in April, according to internal administration documents obtained by NBC News, as well as public records. The biggest set was earmarked for purchase the day after President Donald Trump projected that the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus might not exceed 50,000 or 60,000 people.

That batch is a pending $5.1 million purchase order placed by the Department of Homeland Security on April 21 with E.M. Oil Transport Inc. of Montebello, California, which advertises construction vehicles, building materials and electronics on its website. The “human remains pouches” have not been paid for or shipped to the Federal Emergency Management Agency yet, according to the company’s marketing manager, Mike Pryor.

“I hope to God that they don’t need my order and that they cancel it,” Pryor said in a text message exchange with NBC News.

Body bag contracts bid by Homeland Security and the Veterans Affairs Department are just one illustration of how Trump’s sunny confidence about the nation’s readiness to reopen is in conflict with the views of officials in his own administration who are quietly preparing for a far worse outcome.

Around the same time it wrote the contract for the body bags, FEMA opened up bidding to provide about 200 rented refrigerated trailers for locations around the country. The request for proposals specifies a preference for 53-foot trailers, which, at 3,600 cubic feet, are the largest in their class.

The cache of internal documents obtained by NBC News includes an April 25 “pre-decisional draft” of the coronavirus task force’s “incident outlook” for the response, a summary of the task force leaders’ meeting the same day and various communications among officials at several agencies. The documents show that task force members remain worried about several major risks ahead, including insufficient availability of coronavirus tests, the absence of a vaccine or proven treatments for the coronavirus, and the possibility of a “catastrophic resurgence” of COVID-19.

When asked in the past about the contrast between his assessments and those of senior officials on his task force, Trump has described his role as “cheerleader” for the country. “I want to give people in this country hope,” he said in March.

The president has also said testing “is not going to be a problem at all.” But officials from FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services clearly disagree. They flagged concerns with the testing plan in the draft of the incident outlook report, which was circulated to task force members along with a summary of the meeting…….That’s NOT giving the American People “HOPE” IT’S GIVING US ” MORE OF YOUR “LIES”…………Papa Mike

Bar Codes – Valuable Information: ALWAYS TAKE THIS TO THE STORE WHEN YOU SHOP!!

ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK—CAREFULLY!

  • With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products.

Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is  located.

It is important to read the bar code to track its origin.

How to read Bar Codes …. interesting!

This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.

GREAT WAY TO “BUY USA  &  CANADA” AND NOT FROM CHINA!!

The whole world is concerned about China-made “black hearted goods”.
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or  China?

If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN  CHINA.471 is Made in Taiwan… etc.

Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not want products “MADE IN CHINA” so they don’t show where the product is made.


However, the barcode does… 

Remember if the first 3 digits on the far left are:
690-692 … then it is MADE IN  CHINA
00 – 09 ..  USA  &  CANADA
30 – 37   FRANCE
40 – 44  GERMANY

471 …  Taiwan
49 … JAPAN
50 ..  UK

BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for “0” at the beginning of the number.

 

 

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Canine Surveillance’: How Labrador Retrievers Are Being Trained To Sniff Out Coronavirus Cases

A University of Pennsylvania research project aims to determine whether canines can detect an odour associated with the virus. If any dog can you can bet a  Lab’s your dog!!

 

As some states move to reopen after weeks of shutdowns, infectious disease experts say the prevention of future coronavirus outbreaks will depend on scaling up testing and identifying asymptomatic carriers.

Now, eight Labrador retrievers – and their powerful noses – have been enlisted to help. The dogs are the first trainees in a University of Pennsylvania research project to determine whether canines can detect an odour associated with the virus that causes covid-19. If so, they might eventually be used in a sort of “canine surveillance” corps, the university said – offering a noninvasive, four-legged method to screen people in airports, businesses or hospitals.

It would not be surprising if the dogs prove adept at detecting SARS-CoV-2. In addition to drugs, explosives and contraband food items, dogs are able to sniff out malaria, cancers and even a bacterium ravaging Florida’s citrus groves. And research has found that viruses have specific odours, said Cynthia M. Otto, director of the Working Dog Center at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

“We don’t know that this will be the odour of the virus, per se, or the response to the virus, or a combination,” said Otto, who is leading the project. “But the dogs don’t care what the odour is. … What they learn is that there’s something different about this sample than there is about that sample.”

Each individual dog can screen up to 250 people per hour

On Tuesday, Logan said his research team expects to begin collecting covid-19 samples “within a matter of weeks” and working with the charity Medical Detection Dogs to train canines soon after. The goal is to initially deploy six dogs to airports in the United Kingdom, he said.

Logan said in an email. “We are simultaneously working on a model to scale it up so it can be deployed in other countries at ports of entry, including airports.”

IRS Stimulus Payment Recipients Lash Out Against Trump’s ‘Vanity Letter’

Their stimulus checks went to the wrong addresses or were for the wrong amounts. They say Trump’s signature on a letter mailed in Treasury and IRS envelopes hasn’t eased their pain.

April 28, 2020

A mother didn’t get the extra $500 for her dependent child under 17, and a single father received only one child payment, although he has two eligible children.

Another person’s stimulus money was deposited into the wrong bank account.

A man received a $1,200 payment for his sister who died last year, and he’s not sure whether he can keep the money or if the IRS will claw it back.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act, signed into law March 27, provides a $1,200 refundable tax credit for individuals and $2,400 for joint taxpayers. There is an additional payment of $500 for every dependent child under 17. The Treasury Department and the IRS reported last week that an initial 88.1 million payments worth nearly $158 billion had been issued.

But the rush to get money to tens of millions of people has resulted in payment errors — like the examples above.

The Cares Act set out a way for people to verify that they received the right amount and seek help to resolve problems with their stimulus payments.

The law says a letter should be mailed to a taxpayer’s last known address 15 days after a stimulus payment is sent. The letter is supposed to indicate the method by which a payment was made (direct deposit or check, for instance), the amount of the payment and a phone number for the “appropriate point of contact” at the Internal Revenue Service to report any issue.

It’s now been 15 days since tens of millions of people were sent stimulus money, and per the law, the IRS began mailing letters to payment recipients.

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“Admit Nothing, Deny Everything, Launch Counterattack”……Roger Stone😡🤥🤥

Roger Stone ( Who Is “VERY CLOSE” To Trump And Trump Said He Will Probably Commute His Prison Sentence🤬🤬 STONE in the above picture I posted LOOKS LIKE A PUNK “MAFIOSO” BOSS! In November 2019, subsequent to the Mueller Report and Special Counsel investigation, Stone was convicted on seven counts, including witness tampering and lying to investigators………….Papa Mike

 

Stone has been variously described as a “self-proclaimed dirty trickster”, a “renowned infighter”, a “seasoned practitioner of hard-edged politics”, a “mendacious windbag”, a “veteran Republican strategist”,[11][12][13][14][15][16][17] and a political fixer. Over the course of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, Stone promoted a number of falsehoods and conspiracy theories.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29] He has described his political modus operandi as “Attack, attack, attack – never defend” and “Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack.”[30] Stone first suggested Trump run for president in early 1998 while Stone was Trump’s casino business lobbyist in Washington.[31]The Netflix documentary film Get Me Roger Stone focuses on Stone’s past and his role in Trump’s presidential campaign.

Roger Stone Search Warrants Reveal New Clues — And Mysteries — About 2016

Nearly three-dozen search warrants unsealed late Tuesday reveal a web of contacts between longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other key figures in the long-running probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Stone, who was convicted last year of lying to House investigators during their own Russia probe, was never charged with aiding efforts by Russia. But his contacts with Assange add new details to a relationship that he long denied existed.

Ohio’s G.O.P. Governor Splits From Trump, And Rises In Popularity

For 40 years, Mike DeWine rose steadily if blandly up the ladder of Ohio politics, finally landing his dream job as governor. He took office last year as a familiar figure in the state, not because of any indelible political identify, but because, at 72, he had been around forever.

But the coronavirus crisis has made Mr. DeWine something that decades in elected offices never did: a household name. A Republican, he took early and bold actions to lock down his state, even as the head of his party, President Trump, dismissed the threat of the pandemic.

Mr. DeWine’s decisiveness — closing schools before any governor in the country, postponing the state’s March 17 primary election to protect voters — sent his popularity soaring. The folksy governor, previously best known for an annual ice cream social at his rural home, became something of a cult figure on social media. Ohioans tuned into his five-day-a-week briefings to celebrate “Wine With DeWine,” a ritual whose motto is “It’s 2 o’clock somewhere.”

Now, Mr. DeWine is charting a way out of the shutdown, taking cautious steps while facing pressure from business leaders, conservative activists and some Republican lawmakers who vociferously question the economic costs of a state in quarantine.

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Americans Losing Faith In What Trump Says About The Coronavirus: Reuters/Ipsos Poll


PICTURE ABOVE WAS POSTED BY PAPA MIKE AND NOT BY THE SOURCE OF THIS ARTICLE …….

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Americans appear to be losing faith in what President Donald Trump says about the coronavirus pandemic, with almost everyone rejecting Trump’s remark that COVID-19 may be treated by injecting infected people with bleach or other disinfectants, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

The April 27-28 public opinion poll found that fewer than half of all adults in the U.S. – 47% – said they were “very” or “somewhat” likely to follow recommendations Trump makes about the virus. That is 15 percentage points lower than the number who said they would follow Trump’s advice in a survey that ran at the end of March.

And 98% of Americans said they would not try to inject themselves with bleach or other disinfectants if they got the coronavirus, including 98% of Democrats and 98% of Republicans. That is a near-unanimous rejection of an idea that Trump floated at a time of widespread anxiety about the virus.

A majority of Americans said they were concerned about how the coronavirus is spreading, according to the poll, as the number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 1 million people in the United States this week, killing more than 56,000.

Trump publicly mused about the benefits of “cleaning” COVID-19 patients on the insides with disinfectants or ultraviolet light during a news conference last week, directing health officials in the room to look into it.

Medical experts immediately condemned the president’s suggestion, and the makers of disinfectant products warned the public against ingesting them. Trump later tried to portray his remarks as sarcasm, but given his popularity with some Americans, health officials expressed concern his remarks would persuade some people to poison themselves.

Overall, Trump’s overall popularity has not changed much over the past week. Forty-three percent of Americans said they approve of his overall job performance, and the same number also approve of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among registered voters, 44% said they would vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, while 40% said they would back Trump if the election were held today.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online, in English, throughout the United States. It gathered responses from 1,001 adults, including 416 Democrats and 419 Republicans.

Reporting by Chris Kahn