A New America?

There is no doubt that the unprecedented self quarantining of Americans will have a lasting effect on our national psyche.

But what will that be exactly?

It should be that our citizens realize that the Democrats care as much about our citizens as the coronavirus does its host. Like the virus, they want to suck the life out of the country for their own benefit, then move on.

The Left dreams of remaking America and Nancy Pelosi in particular wants to use this tragedy as a means of achieving her new America, devoid of any Constitutional requirements, capitalism, freedom or the ideas put forward by the Framers.

Since Trump is in charge, this will not happen.

Instead, we may arrive at a new America more within the vision of our Founders.

The ideas of open borders, fake “free trade” with China that eviscerates our own businesses, silly regulations that constrict growth and are the life blood of bureaucrats will suffer a demise. Globalism is dead. It should be, because now we know it is deadly. Just look at Italy.

So is life in a big urban center like New York. Long have the denizens of New York and LA looked down on flyover country. We drive our own cars! We can’t use a subway! We can’t stand in line with dozens of others at Zabar’s for a bagel. We can’t fork over a week’s salary for a squeezed in seat at Broadway’s Hamilton. And we keep stores of provisions in our energy gluttinous homes instead of being environmentally friendly and living day by day. We even use plastic bags at the grocery store because we are not “woke” enough to realize how we’re sickening Mother Earth.

Manhattanites, you might want to rethink that now as New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus.

Victor Davis Hanson has some further reflections:

COVID-19 will create bipartisan pressure to adopt policies of keeping key U.S. industries — such as medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and military applied high-tech — in America. Americans will not again wish to outsource the vast majority of their chemotherapy-drug, antibiotic, and heart-medicine production to a government that cannot be trusted and that sees such globalized output as a weapon to be used in extremis.

Although we cannot see it now, spin-off effects from the panic and frenzy will eventually fuel more economic recovery. Oil prices are nearing record modern lows, ensuring cheap gas for spring and summer American drivers. Cheap mortgages and car loans likewise will spur buying, as will relief once the virus wanes and splurging ensue.

It will be salutary for Americans to once again appreciate the value of muscular labor, as those who grow food, transport it, and provide us energy and sanitation while protecting us from danger, foreign and domestic, have allowed millions of Americans to stay home, sequestered and quarantined but safe with plenty of food, water, and uninterrupted sanitation and public safety. In these days of crisis, we should not forget that millions of often unmentioned Americans have made us the world’s greatest energy and most diverse food producer — a singular position that China, with over four times our population, envies.

Before the outbreak, China was trying to game its trade war in terms of how best to hurt the hated Trump administration. Ironically, its abhorrence only strengthened the U.S. in ways no one in the pre-COVID-19 days could have imagined.

Call it paradox, irony, karma, or even tragedy, but China emerges from its deceit about the coronavirus outbreak in its weakest position since its Westernization began under Deng Xiaoping. And the U.S., after some rocky months ahead, if it stays calm, will likely reemerge in its strongest state in memory vis-à-vis its rivals.

I believe so, too.

400K Infected Here?

That’s the headline on the front page of today’s CA.
“If Memphis metropolitan area residents don’t take social distancing seriously and don’t stop going to work, more than 8,000 people could die and more than 400,000 people could be infected, according to data presented to local leaders.”
Or not.
The writer goes on to say that that is the worst case scenario given to local health leaders by experts and advisors.
So far, we have had no deaths from the corona virus here, as far as I know.
Hysterical headlines like this one really don’t serve any purpose. They are hypothetical and most hypotheticals never come to pass in my experience.
It’s good to stress the need for social distancing, but realistically that can only work for so long. People can’t keep up with the stress without reaching a breaking point.
I was curious as to how Memphis fared in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic by comparison.
There is a very interesting breakdown of it in a 2011 issue of Memphis magazine by Michael Finger. It’s entitled “The Return of the Spanish Lady? The 1918 flu pandemic was one of the greatest killers in history. Is there a chance it could happen again?”
There are two parts to it. You can see them here: https://memphismagazine.com/features/the-return-of-the-spanish-lady/ and https://memphismagazine.com/features/the-return-of-the-spanish-lady-pt-ii/.

The flu hit us in September of 1918 and almost 500 Memphians died of it. In New York, the toll was 33,000.
The first Memphian who died of it here was Elliott Fontaine, of the prominent Fontaine family. He died quickly in his bedroom of the family mansion, The Woodruff-Fontaine House.
The mayor shut down schools, churches, places of amusement, “movie picture houses,” dance halls and restaurants.
The CA at that time – not surprisingly for journalistic predictions – said “There is no reason whatsoever for hysteria.”
The Spanish flu hit people between 20 and 60 the hardest. This one is different. Today, also, we are much more aware of how a virus gets from one person to another.
Read both articles. They are quite instructive.

John Who?

Not too long ago, all you read or heard about on cable news networks was John Bolton.

Bolton was going to be the one who took President Trump down.

Adam Schiff & co. wanted him to talk to Congress. Some senators demanded he speak to them to spill the beans on the dastardly Ukraine Trump deal. Bolton managed to leak part of his manuscript to hint that he – being an insider – had all the dirt on Trump. Trump haters were salivating.

After the impeachment imploded, Bolton was still an object of desire for Dems. They envisioned hearings where he would lambaste Trump.

Then the Coronavirus happened.

Suddenly, John Bolton and his importance have receded. His book, too, evidently.

According to the New York Post, the book was supposed to be published March 17. Yesterday. Now it will be May 12.

Simon & Schuster, the book publishing giant, which is on the block, sorely needs John Bolton’s new book, “The Room Where it Happened,” to be a mega hit.

But the publisher was forced to postpone the scheduled launch date from March 17 to May 12.

“The new date reflects the fact that the government review of the work is ongoing,” S&S said earlier this week.

The publisher paid a reported $2 million to the former top national security advisor to President Trump, who has hinted that he has dramatic disclosures to make regarding the president and Ukraine.

S&S could use a big hit. The publisher’s revenue last year fell 1 percent, to $814 million, and operating income before depreciation and amortization declined to $143 million, from $153 million in 2018.

Fourth-quarter revenue fell 29 percent, because in 2018 it had a runaway bestseller in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear.”

Uh oh. John Bolton is not longer hot. He’s so yesterday. We have more important things to think about than the bitter musings of a rejected nobody.

A Day to Pray

Every day is a day to pray, but President Trump has announced today as a national day of prayer and made it one officially.

I hope everyone does take time today to pray for our nation.

Prayer has had a big influence on history. It’s something you don’t hear much about. Gee, I wonder why.

When the Muslim Turks were almost to the gate of Vienna, the pope asked everyone in Europe to pray. The ensuing battle of Lepanto saw the Austrian soldiers facing an overwhelming Muslim onslaught. Every Austrian prayed the rosary, every soldier went to Mass and had communion before the battle and the unlikely victory saved Europe.

In our own country, George Washington received a vision at Valley Forge that sustained him and helped him push on to victory. You can read about it here: https://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/washington/vision.html

Many of us consider Trump’s election to have been a miracle in itself.

In your own life, you’ve had instances where prayers were answered in critical circumstances. I know I have.

I am very glad President Trump has taken this step. Here is his statement:

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.

In this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle. We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time. With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.

On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.

We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country. As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91: “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help. Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.

As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before. May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts. I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

City Council Idea Is Garbage

Our Memphis City Council, in an effort to show how woke and politically correct their members are, has been promoting a fee on plastic bags.

They want to charge shoppers as much as 7 cents a bag for their groceries or other goods.

The CA has reported, “City Councilman Berlin Boyd has argued the proposal would help reduce both trash disposal costs and litter, especially in streams and rivers.

“‘This isn’t about revenue to the city of Memphis, this is about sustainability and protecting our waterways,'” Boyd said last year.

“The tax aims to prompt people to bring their own bags to stores.”

They have not yet moved this forward, perhaps since the state itself passed a law, HB1021, which bars local governments from making rules regarding the “use, disposition, or sale of an auxiliary container.” In April Gov. Lee signed the bill. Our city and others in Tennessee have been working to fight it.

The bill is a good thing.

An article from City Journal entitled “Greening Our Way to Infection” explains why.

The COVID-19 outbreak is giving new meaning to those “sustainable” shopping bags that politicians and environmentalists have been so eager to impose on the public. These reusable tote bags can sustain the COVID-19 and flu viruses—and spread the viruses throughout the store.

Researchers have been warning for years about the risks of these bags spreading deadly viral and bacterial diseases, but public officials have ignored their concerns, determined to eliminate single-use bags and other plastic products despite their obvious advantages in reducing the spread of pathogens. In New York State, a new law took effect this month banning single-use plastic bags in most retail businesses, and this week Democratic state legislators advanced a bill that would force coffee shops to accept consumers’ reusable cups—a practice that Starbucks and other chains have wisely suspended to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus.

The COVID-19 virus is just one of many pathogens that shoppers can spread unless they wash the bags regularly, which few people bother to do. Viruses and bacteria can survive in the tote bags up to nine days, according to one study of coronaviruses.

The risk of spreading viruses was clearly demonstrated in a 2018 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health. The researchers, led by Ryan Sinclair of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, sent shoppers into three California grocery stores carrying polypropylene plastic tote bags that had been sprayed with a harmless surrogate of a virus.

After the shoppers bought groceries and checked out, the researchers found sufficiently high traces of the surrogate to risk transmission on the hands of the shoppers and checkout clerks, as well as on many surfaces touched by the shoppers, including packaged food, unpackaged produce, shopping carts, checkout counters, and the touch screens used to pay for groceries. The researchers said that the results warranted the adaptation of “in-store hand hygiene” and “surface disinfection” by merchants, and they also recommended educating shoppers to wash their bags.

An earlier study of supermarkets in Arizona and California found large numbers of bacteria in almost all the reusable bags—and no contamination in any of the new single-use plastic bags. When a bag with meat juice on the interior was stored in the trunk of a car, within two hours the number of bacteria multiplied tenfold.

The researchers also found that the vast majority of shoppers never followed the advice to wash their bags. One of the researchers, Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, said that the findings “suggest a serious threat to public health,” particularly from fecal coliform bacteria, which was found in half the bags. These bacteria and other pathogens can be transferred from raw meat in the bag and also from other sources. An outbreak of viral gastroenteritis among a girls’ soccer team in Oregon was traced to a resuable grocery bag that had sat on the floor of a hotel bathroom.

In a 2012 study, researchers analyzed the effects of San Francisco’s ban on single-use plastic grocery bags by comparing emergency-room admissions in the city against those of nearby counties without the bag ban. The researchers, Jonathan Klick of the University of Pennsylvania and Joshua Wright of George Mason University, reported a 25 percent increase in bacteria-related illnesses and deaths in San Francisco relative to the other counties. The city’s Department of Public Health disputed the findings and methodology but acknowledged that “the idea that widespread use of reusable bags may cause gastrointenstinal infections if they are not regularly cleaned is plausible.”

It only makes sense. The Social Justice Warriors might feel good about themselves, but not feel good later. They don’t need to drag

Biden Administration Picks Will Scare You

If Biden were to be elected, no need to worry about his cognitive abilities. He’s just a puppet to be controlled by the powers behind the DNC. Because media never investigates anything regarding the Dems, Americans really have no idea who these people might be.

They’re not Chairman Tom Perez. They’re not even the Clintons. Barack Obama is not smart enough to master mind all of this, but he is in the loop, I believe. It’s got to be some globalist entity/entities who do not have the interests of the American citizen at heart.

Really scary stuff.

A new “Axios on HBO” column by Trump haters Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen gives us a peek into who these people behind Biden would put in control of our country. It also explains why so many of the other candidates gave up so easily and endorsed Biden.

Joe Biden confidants are privately discussing potential leaders and Cabinet members for his White House, including the need to name a woman or African American — perhaps both — as vice president, top sources tell “Axios on HBO.”

Why it matters: Biden advisers describe a Return to Normal plan — a reversal of President Trump’s unorthodox, improvisational style. Biden wants known, trusted people around him — many from the Obama years.

Several high-profile possibilities:

John Kerry would love to take a new Cabinet position devoted to climate change, or might even accept a curtain call to return as secretary of state.
Susan Rice, formerly President Obama’s national security adviser, is another option for State.
Mike Bloomberg, who swiftly endorsed Biden after the former mayor’s campaign collapsed, would be a top possibility to head the World Bank.
Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general under Obama who stood up to Trump and was fired, would be a leading contender for attorney general.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Treasury secretary could help unite the party.
Jamie Dimon — chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and mentioned over the years as a potential presidential candidate — would also be considered for Treasury.
Anne Finucane, vice chairman of Bank of America, is another possibility for Treasury.

Biden advisers expect Pete Buttigieg to get a prominent slot after his swift endorsement of Biden — perhaps as ambassador to the UN, or as U.S. trade representative.

Both would help credential Buttigieg for a future national campaign.

Behind the curtain: Campaign officials say the name game isn’t where Biden’s head is — he knows he has major primary and general-election fights ahead.

Officials point out they don’t yet have a transition — and haven’t run a process that would surface new talent, like Dr. Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize physicist who was Obama’s first secretary of energy.

But it’s a sign of the sudden optimism around his candidacy that some in his circle of trust are starting to think down the road, starting with the V.P. pick:

Some Biden advisers hope he could overcome hard feelings from the Obama years and pick Warren for V.P. to excite party progressives.
Also high on the list of potential Biden picks for #2 are several African Americans: Sen. Kamala Harris (first on many lists) and Sen. Cory Booker, both of whom ended their nomination fights before the voting began … former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who ended his presidential campaign after New Hampshire … and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who electrifies crowds.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in the mix, too.

Others who could bring diversity and relative youth to the ticket include Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Rep. Val Demings of Florida, who got high marks as a House impeachment manager.

One adviser told us when we asked who the V.P. pick would be: “Whoever Jim Clyburn wants it to be.”
Indeed, Biden feels Clyburn — the South Carolinian who is the highest ranking African American in Congress — helped raise him from the dead with his endorsement. Black voters on Super Tuesday sealed Biden’s political salvation.

Another swath of likely picks are comfort food — longtime loyalists who are integral to the campaign:

Tom Donilon, national security adviser under Obama, would be considered for CIA director, director of national intelligence, or secretary of state.
Tony Blinken, deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser under Obama, could go to State or become national security adviser.
The chief of staff would likely be Ron Klain, who held that job for him when he was veep.
Steve Ricchetti could be counselor, along with Mike Donilon, Biden’s longtime political guru.
Anita Dunn, who helped turn around the campaign and bring in more money, also might go inside.
Ditto Ambassador Cathy Russell, a top State Department official for Obama who earlier was chief of staff to Dr. Jill Biden.
Ted Kaufman, former senator from Delaware, has been in Biden’s inner circle forever. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware also might get a big job.

The sources see Harris as a promising choice for attorney general if she’s not on the ticket.

Michèle Flournoy, an Obama undersecretary of defense, would be the favorite to run Biden’s Pentagon.
Morgan Stanley exec Tom Nides could get secretary of commerce, trade rep or some other top post.

The bottom line: Biden, a throw-back institutionalist, relishes an emphasis on governing, norms and restoring alliances.

That includes respect for experts, and for the art and science of governing.
This evolving plan is all in Biden’s comfort zone — all meant to send a public signal of stability.

The WaPo also notes that Biden has a new campaign strategy. They call it brevity, but in reality it is a plan to have Sleepy Joe speak as little as possible. No rallies (coronavirus to the rescue) and speeches of 7 to 14 minutes in an attempt to keep the gaffes under control.

If you thought Obama was bad, you would have to rethink that in an Biden administration. The Dems want to see to it that they never allow a pro American outsider to invade their world again. They will be even more ruthless second time around.

Scared yet?

MacCallum’s Shocker

Interestingly, the townhall Fox News had with President Trump Thursday in Scranton, Pa., was the most watched townhall ever.

That should tell you something about Trump support.

I admit I did not watch it live. I do not trust Martha MacCallum or Bret Baier. However, I heard it was decent so watched it on YouTube without commercials. Much better.

I was shocked when MacCallam called on David, an audience member, referrring to him as a typical voter, saying that he was a lifelong Democrat who crossed over and voted for Trump in 2016.

Who says that a Democrat who crosses over is a typical voter? What kind of assumption is that? From statistics I’ve seen, the typical voter is an independent. If Republicans aren’t currently ahead of Democrats in voter-ship, they are at least about equal. Where does MacCallum get this assumption?

Facts, reporters, facts please.

Stop trying to influence the voter base by having them think most Americans are Democrats. They aren’t. If anything, that party is splintering into a Dem/Socialist group.

Then MacCallum compounds her bias with this: “I’m curious, is there anything, or any issue that they could answer for you that would change your mind, do you think?”

Wishful thinking on her part was rewarded with this answer: “I’m focused on the economy and regulation and deregulation. And I like what’s happened in the country in the last 4 years.”

Trump interrupted to thank him. David added, “And I thank you for your efforts, sir. And I hope we can continue on that.”

“So, no. The answer would be no. Nothing could change your mind?” MacCallum asked. “No, nothing could change your mind,” she clarified.

Trying to the bitter end to score points for the Dems.

That’s why Fox News will eventually fall to the less biased, individual shows put up on YouTube. They may be the most trusted name in news, but that isn’t saying a lot in today’s media.