Wednesday, April 22, 2020

They Doth Protest Too Much

Looking out over the American landscape, I'm astonished to see large numbers of folks out in the streets, huddled together in protest of the Stay-At-Home rules put forward by certain governors, I could not help but think that America's collective IQ is going to be a bit higher when we're finally past this nightmare. And who can say when this will be in our past? Some are saying that this situation could last two years or longer. The pandemic of 1918 went on until 1920. We need to dig in for the long haul.

I was reminded of this earlier today when the husband of one of my cousins made the following, incredible statement on Facebook:

"We're going to crash our economy on a virus that has a 97% survival rate."

My comments and his responses went as follows:

ME: That would only mean 11 to 12 million dead. I don't think you're getting the big picture here.
HE: Tom Degan I get the whole picture very clearly.

ME: So what you're saying is that 12 million dead is acceptable to you?

Governor Kemp of Georgia
"When the freedom they wished for most was the freedom from responsibility, then they ceased to be free."
That was said by New York governor Andrew Cuomo this morning at his daily press briefing. He was quoting from The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.  That seems to me to be a most apropos book to be quoting from these days. The American nation seems to be at the precipice, about to go crashing into the abyss. Nearly eighty years ago during the depression and the onset of the second world conflict in a generation, America was blessed enough to have a man in the White House in the form of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It would seem that, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the United States had wise and intelligent leaders living in the Executive Mansion in times of great crisis and peril. Our luck seems to have run out when we reached the twenty-first century. Go figure.

Shit happens.

In less than nine months Donald Trump will be out of the White House and possibly heading into fugitive exile. It's obvious that, barring a miracle, he won't be removed from office any time soon - which is probably just as well. Mike Pence is such blubbering imbecile that his potential presidency is too depressing to even think about. We need to ride this out as best we can. Trump seems to be egging the demonstrators on. My theory, as I stated two days ago, is that he would like to get enough people sick so that he could proclaim a national emergency and cancel the elections in November. Is that a far-fetched scenario? Perhaps, but there is by now nothing I wouldn't put past this hideous and dangerous dingbat.

Fifty years from now, historians will look back on this period in American history and shake their heads in wonderment and astonishment at how we could have gotten it this wrong. This is where we find ourselves and this is what we are forced to deal with. Will the American people ever again find themselves on the mountaintop? Good luck with that. Keep voting Republican.

Idiot Nation

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Speech, January 6, 1941

To even think that, in seven decades, we could have gone from Roosevelt to Trump. This was his 1941 State of the Union address. Here's a link to listen to this incredible speech on YouTube:

Listen and weep for what we have become.


At 2:15 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the reason given for the shut down was to "flatten" the curve and prevent our hospitals and medical services from being overwhelmed? Weren't we told by the Gov. of your State that he would need 30,000 respirators? That YOUR State needed more hospital beds?

Reality, the hospitals never became overwhelmed, nation wide, NY and NYC. It didn't happen. Many hospitals are now laying off staff due to the lack of non CV19 patients. NY, needed only 5000 respirators and in fact is giving their surplus to other States. The extra beds provided were never needed, never used. I question where you get 12 million dead, is it from the same people who said NY would need 30,000 respirators?

If the reason for the shut down was to prevent our medical system from being overwhelmed, doesn't it stand to reason once the "surge" of CV19 patients has past that the reason for the shut down has passed? Of course it does.

Then there is the matter of our Bill of Rights, which one Blue State Gov. admitted he never took into consideration when enforcing his States shut down rules. Does the Corona 19 over rule the Bill of Rights? Some liberals seem to believe so. Do you?

Take a look at the statistics as provided by Reuters. ( ) As of 4/21/20 the death rate per 100K for the nation is 14. Yes I said fourteen.

For NY it is 101.
NJ 54
CT 40
LA 30
MA 28
MI 27
MD 12

CA 3 (WOW, thankfully they did a better job than NY!)

Oddly enough the only State with a Republican Gov. with a double digit death rate per 100K was Maryland. The rest were all governed by Democrats. Just saying. Wonder how many of them were sanctuary States? Think there could be a correlation?

If one were to ask what do the top death rate per 100k States have in common, the answer would have to be they have a Liberal Democrat governor.

Knowing this, isn't it logical for a State who doesn't have a double digit death rate to liberalize their shut down? Why should the rest of the country have to live like they were in NY, NJ, CT, LA, MA, MI when they are not experiencing the same rate?

Of course the answer is no, because to restart our economy is not in the best POLITICAL interests of the progressive/liberal movement. It is not about saving lives. If that ere true then NY would have had the respirators they needed but had turned down and Obama/Biden would have restocked the nations PPE before CV 19 showed up. After all if, it were about saving lives, abortion services would have be included in the shutdown.

It is the left never letting a crisis go to waste.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

“Promises Made, Promises Kept!” – Gavin Newsom praises Trump for sending what he promised

During his daily coronavirus briefing on Thursday, Newsom said that the federal government had sent California 90,000 testing swabs out of a promised initial shipment of 100,000 — assistance that Trump had committed to during a Wednesday conversation with Newsom.

“Promise made, promise kept,” Newsom said.

That phrase is one Trump’s election campaign has regularly deployed to make his case for a second term. Recognizing that echo, a Trump campaign account swiftly blasted out a clip of Newsom’s praise to more than 600,000 followers with the hashtag #PromisesMadePromisesKept.

Formerly enthusiastic combatants, Newsom and Trump have entered an armistice since the pandemic began. Newsom consistently lauds the federal government’s response, and Trump has kind words for Newsom. “He’s done a really terrific job in California,” Trump said Wednesday at the White House.

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

There are idiots who think opening up too soon won't result in a second or third surge.

These are the same idiots who thought it would go away in April, and will not return in the Fall.

Then there are the LIARS.

LIE: "Reality, the hospitals never became overwhelmed, nation wide, NY and NYC. It didn't happen."


NYC hospitals 'overwhelmed' by coronavirus patients

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'This is a war': NYC doctors describe fight against coronavirus as cases surge

Overfilled waiting rooms packed with people who are contagious. Patients waiting six hours to be seen. Others on stretchers waiting 50 to 60 hours for a bed. Doctors desperately trying to get more ventilators. That is what it’s like to be on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic at a public hospital in New York City, Dr. Rikki Lane, an emergency room doctor at the Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, said.

Our hospital has never, ever, ever seen anything like this,” said Lane, who has worked for more than 20 years at Elmhurst, a public hospital with 545 beds.

Lane said the emergency department has been “overwhelmed” for about three weeks and the hospital is in desperate need of help as the coronavirus spreads across the city, which has become a fast-growing epicenter of the virus with more than 21,000 known cases and 281 deaths as of Thursday.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Dave, what are your news sources, who are you quoting?

New York (AFP)
April 30, 2020

President Donald Trump dispatched the 1,000-bed ship to the Big Apple as projections suggested New York state might need to double hospital beds to 110,000 for the peak of its coronavirus outbreak.

The ship was part of a massive operation to boost hospital capacity that included converting the Javits Convention Center and the home of the US Open tennis tournament into emergency field hospitals.

Tents for patients were also erected in Central Park.

But hospital admissions came in much lower than expected and the ship's crew only treated 182 patients, of which around 70 percent (127 patients)of the 1000 bed ship, had COVID-19, the navy said in a statement Wednesday.

There are currently 7,820 people in the city hospitalized with coronavirus, with the numbers falling steadily every day.

Total hospitalizations peaked at around 20,000 in mid-April, below the capacity of New York's permanent hospitals.

Javits is due to close its temporary hospital next week.

Guess what, didn't need to double the number of beds.


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