Saturday, May 09, 2020

Why We Are Here

Here's a nasty morsel to chew on while you're cooped up in your homes during this quarantine:
The leaders of the governments of the United States and South Korea were made aware of the coronavirus pandemic at the very same moment on the very same day. South Korea immediately sprang into action in order to contain the virus. As of this moment their total death toll is around 250 people. The United States, on the other hand, chose to ignore the obvious. It wasn't for another three crucial months that Donald Trump decided that maybe he should declare a national emergency. The silly bastard then went golfing. Was this a great country or what?

By the end of the weekend our death toll will have exceeded 80,000. Cheers to the "very stable genius".

We know now that Trump was aware of the existence of the virus and the possibility of a pandemic as early as January 4. This is why sending conservatives to control the executive branch of your government is such a nutty idea. They don't believe the government is responsible to anyone for anything. They love to quote the old adage by  Thomas Jefferson which said that the government that governs best governs least. FUN FACT: Jefferson was the most overrated of the Founding Fathers (an opinion shared by Theodore Roosevelt). Sure, he was a great writer and diplomat and he had a first class mind, but here was a man who thought that owning his fellow human beings as slaves was a perfectly sensible thing. A nation of 324 million people need governance. This ain't rocket science, folks. George W. Bush failed so spectacularly during Hurricane Katrina fifteen years ago for the same reason that Trump is failing now. The American voters need to wake up and finally understand some uncomfortable facts.

On January 27 of this year Joe Biden wrote an opinion piece in USA Today accusing Trump of ignoring the potential danger to the public posed by the coronavirus and pleading with him to take the matter more seriously than he had been up to that moment. Instead, Trump called the whole affair a "Democratic hoax". He can attempt to rewrite history all he wants - as he did recently when he claimed that he knew this was a pandemic from the very beginning - a claim belied by miles of video footage to the contrary. The fact of the matter is that the people of the United States are seeing - first hand and in real time - why giving control of our government to this posse of kooks criminals and halfwits was a bad idea at the starting gate. This is a lesson we've learned before. We're learning it yet again. Perhaps someday we'll get with the program. Perhaps not. We'll see.

In one term we went from the most successful president of my lifetime (I was born during the Eisenhower years) to potentially the worst president in history (If the death rate ever surpassed 624,000 he will take the place of James Buchanan for that title). If we are ever naïve enough to go down this road again on Election Day, we'll deserve everything that happens to us. Let's not do this again.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Little Richard passed away this morning. A grim milestone indeed. Here's a link to listen to the recording that so inspired the next generation of rock 'n' rollers:



At 12:25 AM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...


Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia celebrated the state’s lowest number of hospitalized novel corona virus patients and the fewest number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators on Saturday, 15 days since the Republican loosened lock down restrictions in the face of persistent attacks from the mainstream media and the public disapproval of President Donald Trump.

Respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 “typically appear an average of 5-6 days after exposure, but may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure,” per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UC San Diego Health notes.

“Today marks the lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized statewide (1,203) since hospitals began reporting this data on April 8th,” Kemp posted to Twitter on Saturday. “Today also marks the lowest total of ventilators in use (897 with 1,945 available). We will win this fight together!”

Get back to work America!

At 2:42 PM, Blogger Ed said...

Perhaps the problem is that roughly half the voters are kooks, criminals and half-wits.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Guess which governor's coronavirus response is the least popular?

(Hint: The one who didn't know about asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus.)

In a new Washington Post-Ipsos national poll, respondents were asked whether they approved of the job their state's governor was doing in dealing with coronavirus. More than 7 in 10 (71%) approved of their own state's governor nationwide.

Eleven of the 12 governors in the states with large enough samples to offer statistically sound conclusions -- California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia -- saw a majority of their constituents approving of the job they had done on the virus. (Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the highest approval ratings at 86% and 81%, respectively.)

Who was the one exception? Kemp. And his numbers were disastrously bad: 39% approved of the job he was doing while 61% disapproved. The second worst rating? Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at 57% approve/41% disapprove.

If JTF wants to go back to work, there are openings at the Smithfield meat processing facility.

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Thanks New York for all you, do this virus is from you.

When cases in New York City and the surrounding areas got out of control, President Trump floated the idea of shutting down travel to and from the state. Cuomo was irate and said a quarantine of New York would be a "federal declaration of war."

According to a tracing study detailed by The New York Times, the disease spread around the country as New Yorkers traveled.

"New York City's coronavirus outbreak grew so large by early March that the city became the primary source of new infections in the United States, new research reveals, as thousands of infected people traveled from the city and seeded outbreaks around the country," the paper found and published on May 7. "The research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the country before the city began setting social distancing limits to stop the growth. That helped to fuel outbreaks in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and as far away as the West Coast."

"The findings are drawn from geneticists' tracking signature mutations of the virus, travel histories of infected people and models of the outbreak by infectious disease experts," the reporting continues.

It turns out an early quarantine could have saved the rest of the country from economic havoc.

At 4:12 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Who will tell Dave that poll results are not the same as actual figures of results.


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