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June 22, 2020

As we go over the 122,000 Americans dead from the virus,

here's a little reminder of what trump said back then...

Here’s what the president said in public remarks, interviews and tweets from Jan. 22 to March 10 -– one day before the World Health Organization declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” — Trump in a CNBC interview.

Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five — and those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for us … that I can assure you.” — Trump in a speech in Michigan.

Feb. 10: “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.” — Trump at the White House. (See our item “Will the New Coronavirus ‘Go Away’ in April?“)

Feb. 14: “There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus. So we don’t know yet; we’re not sure yet. But that’s around the corner.” — Trump in speaking to National Border Patrol Council members.

Feb. 23: “We have it very much under control in this country.” — Trump in speaking to reporters.

Feb. 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!” — Trump in a tweet.

Feb. 26: “So we’re at the low level. As they get better, we take them off the list, so that we’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we’ve had very good luck.” — Trump at a White House briefing.

Feb. 26: “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.” — Trump at a press conference.

Feb. 26: “I think every aspect of our society should be prepared. I don’t think it’s going to come to that, especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up.” — Trump at a press conference, when asked if “U.S. schools should be preparing for a coronavirus spreading.”

Feb. 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” — Trump at a White House meeting with African American leaders.

Feb. 29: “And I’ve gotten to know these professionals. They’re incredible. And everything is under control. I mean, they’re very, very cool. They’ve done it, and they’ve done it well. Everything is really under control.” — Trump in a speech at the CPAC conference outside Washington, D.C.

March 4: “[W]e have a very small number of people in this country [infected]. We have a big country. The biggest impact we had was when we took the 40-plus people [from a cruise ship]. … We brought them back. We immediately quarantined them. But you add that to the numbers. But if you don’t add that to the numbers, we’re talking about very small numbers in the United States.” — Trump at a White House meeting with airline CEOs.

March 4: “Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number.” — Trump in an interview on Fox News, referring to the percentage of diagnosed COVID-19 patients worldwide who had died, as reported by the World Health Organization. (See our item “Trump and the Coronavirus Death Rate.”)

March 7: “No, I’m not concerned at all. No, we’ve done a great job with it.” — Trump, when asked by reporters if he was concerned about the arrival of the coronavirus in the Washington, D.C., area.

March 9: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” — Trump in a tweet.

March 10: “And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.” — Trump after meeting with Republican senators.

A day later, on March 11, the WHO declared the global outbreak a pandemic.


June 5, 2020


Vigilantes.... well, actually, when you keep somebody somewhere against their will, that's kidnapping, but we'll let that go, because.... well... Freedom! Murika!

If these folks had only been armed.... they could have shot their way out of this thing. You know... good guys with guns.

JHC! We're gonna see more of this.

"A multi-racial family who tried to go camping in Forks, Washington were allegedly harassed and threatened by locals who accused them of being antifa members coming to riot. The Spokane family of four told Clallam County sheriff’s deputies that seven or eight carloads of people confronted them in a parking lot on Wednesday when they stopped to buy camping supplies. The family assured the group they were not antifa members but were just camping.

At least four cars, some of which appeared to have people carrying semi-automatic rifles, followed the family as they drove to the campsite. As they pitched a tent, the family reported hearing gunshots and power saws. They decided to leave but found trees had been cut down to block the road out. Four local high-school students ended up calling police and using chainsaws to help clear the roadway for the family, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. A criminal investigation is underway."


May 12, 2020

I just went to 538...

trump's approval rate is 43.5%
His disapproval rate is 51.5%

WTF! I mean WTFF!

Virtually unchanged.

You mean to tell me that 43.5% of Murikans are actually approving that creature?

If Biden wins... and there is no certainty there... we STILL have to deal with that 43.5%.

And the aftermath of the virus... or the aftermath of the second - or third - wave of virus.

And the various economic disasters that are hitting us.

For the first time in my 60 years of following our history and politics, I fear for the survival of the country.

May 7, 2020

Boycotting Costco over masks? I'm so exhausted by all the stupid these past three years.

"Costco will soon require shoppers to wear masks in its stores. And some members of the warehouse chain are not pleased with the policy change.

"Adios #Costco! Won't be renewing my membership!" a Twitter user said on Tuesday in response to the new policy. "I REFUSE to mask up for the low IQ mob that's falling for the propaganda, not to mention the health risks by restricting oxygen!"


April 19, 2020

Did trump actually say....

"If I hadn’t been elected, the world would be over now.”

A normally reliable source said he heard it on TeeVee during a recent trump-dump.

I can't find it, but....

Anybody hear it or have a source?

March 31, 2020

Can somebody with a stronger stomach than mine keep me/us apprised...

..of what trump is blathering at the update currently on TV?

March 5, 2020


I can find this nowhere else, and the source is a little sketchy, but has anybody heard of this buildup occurring?

"Russia deployed nearly 90,000 troops, 1,100 tanks, 2,500 armored fighting vehicles, 1,600 artillery and missile systems, 340 combat aircraft and other weapons and equipment on the border with Ukraine.
"In total, about 87,000-90,000 servicepersons (in particular, more than 35,000 members of the 1st and the 2nd army corps) of the Armed Forces of Russia are stationed along the state border of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk, Luhansk regions and Crimea. There are also 1,100 tanks, 2,500 armored fighting vehicles, 1,600 artillery and missile systems, 340 combat aircraft, 240 combat helicopters, more than 50 ships/boats and 6 submarines,"


February 22, 2020

I use a bluetooth wireless mouse....

Today, for no apparent reason, as long as I have Bluetooth enabled, my internet connection is slow to non-existent.
Bluetooth on... nothing. No mail.. no internet.
Bluetooth off... fast everything.
This is new. I've been using the Bluetooth mouse at many different networks with no problem.
What did I do? Or... what did the computer gods do to me?

January 16, 2020

So... who will the Repubs run in 2020..?

I am heartened in my belief that he won't serve out his term by the Parnas interview. I don't have to believe Parnas...I just want his charges and evidence investigated at the Benghazi level of intensity.

Pence seems implicated, and the Dems will eat him alive in the campaign...smearing trump all over him.

Who will the Repubs run? My guess is Romney.

I hope there are people in the party thinking of ways to stop Romney. Or whoever.

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