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Larry David Coronavirus PSA: Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Stay Home, Watch TV

RealClear - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 15:04
Larry David recorded this public service announcement for the state of California: "I basically want to address the idiots out there," Larry David said. "You know who you are. You're going out, I don't know what you're doing. You're socializing too close, it's not good." "You're hurting old people like me -- well, not me, I have nothing to do with you. I'll never see you. But you know, other old people who might be your relatives." "The problem is you're passing up a fantastic opportunity -- a once in a lifetime opportunity -- to stay in the house, sit on the couch, and watch TV," he said.

Tucker Carlson: World Health Organization Is A Lapdog Of The Chinese Government

RealClear - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:58
FNC's Tucker Carlson said the World Health Organization is a puppet of the Chinese government on Tuesday, calling its director corrupt for using his position to cover for the CCP's inept response to the coronavirus pandemic. TUCKER CARLSON: On Monday night, we showed you the video -- and it was nauseating -- of senior World Health Organization official, Bruce Aylward, a Canadian, refusing to answer questions about Taiwan and how it was dealing with coronavirus. In fact, Aylward wouldn't even acknowledge the question or acknowledge the existence of Taiwan. It was repulsive. But it wasn't surprising. Aylward was just following directions from the very top. Tedros Adhanom, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, got his job with Chinese support after he covered up cholera outbreaks in his home country. A perfect man to lead the World Health Organization, and he has subsequently set the standard for corruption there. Here he is in January: Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization: The Chinese government is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak. The speed with which China detected the outbreak, isolated the virus, sequenced the genome and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive and beyond words. China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response, and it's not an exaggeration. That's the top public health official in the world, and everything you just heard him say there was a lie. A recent "60 Minutes" piece from Australia -- a piece our media are not playing -- shows just how deep the lies go. In fact, there's nothing speedy about how China detected the outbreak and then warned the world. Indeed, they did the exact opposite. Unidentified: From the very beginning throughout December, it was spreading. And we now know it was spreading human to human. But the official line of the Chinese government was that this was all related to an animal market, and once they closed the market, it would all go away. Reporter: Did they know differently at that time? Unidentified female: Absolutely. Because they were seeing cases coming into the hospitals that had nothing whatsoever to do with that animal market. So the World Health Organization's leadership tells you that China "set the standard" for the outbreak to the response. Apparently, that standard includes disappearing doctors who tell the truth about it. Narrator from "60 Minutes" piece from Australia: As China now tries to rewrite history and claim it was transparent all along, a final nail in the coffin of their lie. Just two weeks ago, the Head of Emergency at Wuhan Central Hospital, Dr. Ai Fen also went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world. She has now disappeared. Whereabouts unknown. Again, why is it left to Australian media to produce a piece like this? The truth is as "60 Minutes Australia" explains, instead of worrying about these developments in early February, the director of the World Health Organization was still lecturing the public that using terms like "Wuhan virus" was racist. Adhanom: Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing. You might think that a World Health Organization group that got $58 million of your tax dollars last year might care that a government arrests doctors and lies about deadly new diseases. But no, like so many other organizations, they are lapdogs for the powerful. And that means their real job is sucking up to the Chinese government.

Doctors Fauci and Birx correct fake news: ‘Slow first response’ was because China lied and hid data…period!

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:52

Democrats and their cohorts in the fake news media have been pushing a new narrative that President Donald Trump’s “slow response” to the coronavirus has caused this pandemic to be worse. That’s laughable.

While the Democrats were distracted by a sham impeachment and wasted time and resources on a makeshift coup, President Trump was focused on coronavirus. He created a task force to combat the virus and halted flights from China while Democrats and media pushed another phony witch hunt.

But regardless of that truth, Democrats and media continue to push the false message that President Trump was “slow to respond.” The truth of the matter is that Congress was distracted by the impeachment and China was busy lying and hiding the data on the coronavirus from the world—of course, that placed us at a disadvantage. It placed the whole world in that come-from-behind position.

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And once again, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx are having to set the lying media straight. Sadly, setting the media straight is an endless job the duo are forced to do almost daily, taking precious time away from combating this deadly virus along with other members among the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The two experts told the media it was not Trump who was slow to start anything—it was China who deceived the world. Period. End of story.

Members of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force tried relentlessly Monday to explain to the stubborn media that the blame for the government’s “delayed” response to the crisis lies squarely with China and its communist government.

The explanations were prompted by questions from chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who along with his cohorts at CNN have tried repeatedly to pin the blame for the global coronavirus crisis on the president, despite evidence to the contrary.

After National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed that current coronavirus models predict a total of 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will die before the crisis abates, Acosta predictably asked whether the model would have predicted fewer deaths had the government taken mitigation efforts earlier.

Fauci responded by pointing out that mitigation efforts couldn’t have been pursued any earlier because nobody had even been aware of the virus’s impacts precisely because the Communist Party of China had succeeded in hiding these impacts from the world.

In fact, China continues to hide data from the world. [Bizpacreview]

Ironically, the same media attacking President Trump are also supporting communist China and doing their bidding for them and providing cover. That is what you call foreign interference—and even worse, the monsters being protected by our media are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Surgeon General: We Do Not Recommend You Wear A Mask In Regular Life

RealClear - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:52
Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, spoke to "Nightline" about whether civilians should be wearing masks, innovations in testing and when we can resume normalcy.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer does about-face, now wants feds to send her antimalarial drugs for coronavirus treatment

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:39

According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is eating crow and asking the federal government to send shipments of the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate.

Previously, Governor Whitmer was so against it because of the reports of how dangerous the cocktail drugs could be. I don’t know that much about them but I do know that it’s not for everyone. There are restrictions on using this drug.

Whitmer drew the ire of voices on the political Right after her administration threatened “administrative action” against doctors who prescribed the medication to coronavirus patients.

RELATED: Report: MI Governor Criticized Trump For Days, Yet She Hasn’t Bothered to Submit Disaster Request With FEMA

Did @GovWhitmer’s ban on the life-saving Coronavirus drug result in any Americans dying?? https://t.co/NnPUxqWcD8

— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) April 1, 2020

The Whitmer administration has since removed the language threatening doctors from the letter and is now asking the federal government to send shipments of the drugs, Bridge magazine reports. The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the antimalarial drugs hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate on Saturday.

In its approval letter, the FDA wrote that “[b]ased on the totality of scientific evidence available to FDA, it is reasonable to believe that chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate may be effective in treating COVID-19.”

“When used under the conditions described in this authorization, the known and potential benefits of chloroquine phosphate and hydroxychloroquine sulfate when used to treat COVID-19 outweigh the known and potential risks of such products,” FDA Chief Scientist Denise M. Hinton wrote in the approval letter.

Whitmer also issued an executive order relaxing medical laws so personnel from out of state could help the state’s overloaded hospitals treat coronavirus patients. The executive order also offers doctors additional protections for medical errors. [Detroit Free Press]

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When receiving aid from President Trump, Governor Whitmer, just turn your back to him and stick your hand out behind you; that way you don’t have to look at him or acknowledge him in any way. Michigan voters may want to rethink that next election.

Well would you look at that, together we have embarrassed ⁦@GovWhitmer⁩ into doing the right thing. https://t.co/bze8aaLvDu

— Mark Young (@MarkYoungTruth) April 1, 2020

Last week Mich. Gov Whitmer blocked Chloroquine as an option for treating Covid-19. Now, as of this morning, her order is moot!@realDonaldTrump@GovWhitmerhttps://t.co/to9agQLgKs

— Detmer for Congress 2020 (@DetmerMike) March 30, 2020

https://t.co/zpWFj7TjGU France just officially approved the drugs for the virus. You have to translate it. US reporters are not reporting this.

— WKiraW (@WKiraW) March 28, 2020

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Susan Rice accuses U.S. of race-baiting after Trump and Pompeo refer to ‘Wuhan virus’

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:06

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice —a product of the Obama administration— accused the United States of “race-baiting” after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus.”

The pandemic, of course, originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, prompting some to refer to it by its origin: either the “Chinese virus” or the aforementioned “Wuhan virus.”

Rice, in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, claimed Pompeo’s description was “shameful” and “designed to stigmatize people of Asian descent.”

Divisive?

“Andrea, it’s shameful,” asserted Rice. “For the United States to be race-baiting and to be— a virus which never has a flag, can’t have a flag as being the provenance of one country is designed to be divisive.”

“It’s designed to stigmatize people of Asian descent,” she claimed, “and it’s not the way the leadership of the United States, the Secretary of State and the President of the United States ought to be behaving in the best of times, but certainly not in a crisis.”

Isn’t it amazing that during a time of crisis for our nation, a time when most Americans come together to help each other out during difficult circumstances, that Democrats still see an opportunity to divide by playing the baseless race card?

Identity politics is all liberals know how to do. The Norovirus is named after Norwalk, Ohio. The #WuhanVirus is named after Wuhan, China. The real problem is that Susan Rice and liberals like her want to deflect blame from the Chinese Communist Party. There will be a reckoning! https://t.co/ibPuDf3rO3

— Star Parker ⭐ – Text CURE to 33777 (@StarParker) March 31, 2020

RELATED: Susan Rice Accuses Trump Of Using ‘Racist Descriptions’ When Talking About Chinese Coronavirus

Rice is the Race-Baiter

Sure, a virus may not have a flag, but it certainly has an origin. Otherwise, the United States wouldn’t have tried to slow the spread of the coronavirus by restricting travel to and from…China. If she’s this angry over terminology for a virus, imagine how ticked Rice will be when she finds out a national security adviser once lied to an entire nation over why four Americans were killed in a terrorist attack.

Rice, aside from claiming Pompeo is racist, also attacked President Trump for daring to criticize PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor by saying —you guessed it— he’s a racist.

You go, girl. Pathetic when insecure men can’t stomach strong black women. https://t.co/ExjC9z5p1J

— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) March 30, 2020

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Trump Tells Reporter ‘Be Nice’

Rice was responding to a story involving Alcindor and the president. Alcindor asked a question Trump viewed as negative to which he responded, “Don’t be threatening. Don’t be threatening. Be nice.” The PBS reporter herself suggested that attitude from the president was due to her gender and skin color.

“President Trump today at the White House said to me: ‘Be nice. Don’t be threatening.'” she tweeted. “I’m not the first human being, woman, black person or journalist to be told that while doing a job.”

THIS …

President @realDonaldTrump to the media ⬇

“Why don’t you act a little more positive?”

“It’s always trying to get you.”

“And that’s why nobody trusts the media anymore.”

“Don’t be threatening. Be nice!”pic.twitter.com/V67DRFrGXd

— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 29, 2020

“You go, girl. Pathetic when insecure men can’t stomach strong black women,” Rice told Alcindor. Of course, President Trump has spent time blasting several media members for their negative coverage of the coronavirus, including CNN‘s Jim Acosta and NBC‘s Peter Alexander. At last check, neither Acosta nor Alexander can be considered “strong black women.”

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Dr. Fauci rebukes CNN’s Jim Acosta’s feeble attempt to say Trump’s coronavirus response was too slow

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:59

CNN reporter Jim Acosta attempted to get Dr. Anthony Fauci to say that President Donald Trump didn’t react quickly enough to the coronavirus crisis. In fact, he said the exact opposite.

Acosta inquired as to whether or not the Trump administration had taken enough action when countries such as South Korea and China were grappling with the outbreak. The exchange between Acosta and Dr. Fauci took place during Tuesday’s coronavirus task force briefing.

Acosta’s Accusation

The White House coronavirus task force announced yesterday that the pandemic may culminate in 100,000 to 240,000 fatalities in the United States, with millions infected. A somber President Trump announced that America could be in for “a very painful two weeks.”

Acosta couldn’t help but take that opportunity to point a finger of blame at the Trump administration. “This may be an uncomfortable question but what would the models have looked like…if we had started the social distancing guidelines sooner in February or January when China, South Korea were doing those,” he asked. “Could these models be different?”

Acosta asks Fauci if social distancing should have happened sooner. Fauci responds while pointing to a graph – “If there was no virus in the background, there was nothing to mitigate.”

— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) March 31, 2020

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Taken Out of Context

President Trump decided to yield this question to his experts, but not without first pointing out that his travel restrictions early on helped slow the spread, something Dr. Fauci has agreed with many times. Dr. Deborah Birx stepped up and explained pushing back on the coronavirus couldn’t necessarily start until testing results were available in the United States.

Acosta replied, “There may be Americans at home saying if we had started this sooner we might not have 100,000 to 200,000 Americans dying.” Dr. Fauci followed up Dr. Birx’s comments by calling out Acosta for an attempt to find a quote and take it out of context. “Just to underscore what Dr. Birx was saying, if there was no virus in the background there was nothing to mitigate,” he explained.

“If there was virus there that we didn’t know about than the answer to your question is probably yes,” Fauci continued. “The only trouble with that is that whenever you come out and say something like that it always becomes almost a soundbite that gets taken out of context.”

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Ultimately, Dr. Fauci replied to Acosta’s question by saying that yes, the administration did act swiftly to help lessen the devastating impact of the coronavirus. “But we were watching South Korea […] and China and Italy and we weren’t taking action when those countries were spiking,” Acosta insisted.

“In a perfect world it would’ve been nice to know what was going on there,” Dr. Fauci replied. “We didn’t but I believe Jim that we acted very, very early in that.”

I don’t get why @acosta doesn’t understand that constant evolving situations are going to require constant evolving actions. The scientists clearly explain here that the actions taken were correct but even that’s not enough for him. Stop politicising this. https://t.co/774zLMGYmv

— Joe Habeeb (@jhabeeb1) April 1, 2020

Acosta tried once again to manipulate sound bites by leading people with “an uncomfortable question.” Dr. Fauci promptly rebuked that effort. The far-left CNN reporter tried the same thing a day earlier when he attempted to blame President Trump for not taking the virus seriously enough in the beginning. That effort prompted the president to say, “Instead of asking a nasty, snarky question like that, you should ask a real question.” Who knows, maybe he’ll try that approach next time. But we wouldn’t bet on it.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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Kid Breaks out Dance Moves in the Middle of the Game as He Waits for Teammate at Bat

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:17

Let’s be real here, there is nothing exciting about a t-ball game.

You sign your kid up so they can learn the game and how to play on a team — hoping that something interesting will happen during the game.

Nikki Buell, a parent of a tiny t-baller was recording her three-year-old Cooper on base and he quickly became the star of the game.

While his teammate was taking his time at bat Cooper broke out in some dance moves to kill the time.

It doesn’t get much better than this, people! Cooper’s moves went viral and he got to meet Carlos Correa,  shortstop for the Houston Astros.

Who wouldn't want to look up to @TeamCJCorrea? pic.twitter.com/gsXpEtndMk

— MLB (@MLB) April 12, 2016

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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WATCH: When coronavirus spreads in Bay Area, will Pelosi blame President Trump?

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 12:49

We’re at the stage now where the Left is deeply politicizing the coronavirus pandemic. Gone are the “unity feelings,” and “working together.” Those songs of solidarity have been replaced with finger-pointing and the blame game.

Now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has the audacity to claim that President Donald Trump didn’t do enough “early on” to prevent the coronavirus.

This coming from the woman who helped lead an impeachment sham for months instead of helping President Trump with his efforts to combat the incoming doom.

While President Trump formed a coronavirus task force (that CNN called racist and misogynistic) and halted flights from China (Democrats called that racist, too), the Democrats were busy pushing impeachment and wasting valuable time and resources—once again letting down the American people.

City and state officials in New York are also trying to blame President Trump for the “hot-spot” outbreak there when those same officials literally dropped the ball by encouraging their citizens to ignore “dire warnings” about the Chinese virus and mingle at China Town festivals—mainly to prove how they were not “racist.”

Now, we’re seeing video out of East Oakland, California, which is under a strict “shelter in place” order. To the contrary, there are hordes of people outside whoopin’ it up. Why aren’t city officials addressing this now? And when the coronavirus spreads will those officials who are ignoring this turn around and blame President Trump? You can watch the video:

This is East Oakland in the middle of a Pandemic with strict shelter in place orders.

When the virus spreads in the Bay Area like a wildfire, will they blame President Trump for this?

pic.twitter.com/HkGstNRbaE

— OakTown ☢ Unfiltered (@hrtablaze) March 30, 2020

Without sounding like too much of a conspiracy “nut,” you have to wonder why city officials are allowing this type of stuff to go unabated? Are they truly interested in stopping the spread of the coronavirus? Or ulterior motives at play?

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Rob Reiner completely unravels, says ‘Trump’s mental illness is killing people’

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:43

Hollywood actor and director Rob Reiner’s deranged attacks on Donald Trump appear to be happening daily at this point, and they are escalating to increasingly crazed levels. Today, Reiner not only accused Trump of having a “mental illness,” he also accused him of “killing people.”

“Donald Trump’s mental illness is killing people,” Reiner tweeted.

Donald Trump’s mental illness is killing people.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 31, 2020

Well, okay then!

Judging by his Twitter, if anyone is mentally ill here, it’s Reiner.

Once one of the most respected entertainers in Hollywood, Reiner has effectively destroyed his reputation in the eyes of half of America with his insane attacks on Trump. Over the past four years, Reiner has shown that there is absolutely no limit to what he will accuse Trump of just to fuel his own radically liberal agenda. You might recall that it was just two days ago that Reiner accused Trump of being an accessory to murder.

“I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me if you’re the most influential person in America and you tell the public that a deadly viral pandemic is a hoax & countless citizens accept that as reality, do nothing to protect themselves then end up dead, you might be an accessory,” Reiner wrote.

I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me if you’re the most influential person in America and you tell the public that a deadly viral pandemic is a hoax & countless citizens accept that as reality, do nothing to protect themselves then end up dead, you might be an accessory.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 29, 2020

Reiner also accused Trump of murder last week, when he tweeted that the president was “causing people in NY to DIE.”

There’s no other way to put this: Donald Trump is causing people in NY to DIE.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 24, 2020

I don’t know about you, but those tweets don’t sound very mentally stable to me!

Our nation is currently dealing with a pandemic that has killed over 3,000 people, so now is not the time for Reiner to be throwing politically-fueled hate at the president. Instead, he should be using his platform to call for unity in this time of great crisis.

Unfortunately, Reiner and many other leftists are so full of hate that they can’t see a pathway through this pandemic that doesn’t involve attacking Trump and other Republicans: they would rather see our country fall to coronavirus than see Trump successfully stop the pandemic.

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Alec Baldwin outrageously claims ‘the virus in the U.S. began in January of 2017’ when Trump took office

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:38

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin took his Trump Derangement Syndrome to a whole new level today when he claimed that America has been infected with a virus since Donald Trump took office, a heartless comment given the fact that the U.S. is currently battling the coronavirus pandemic that has already killed more than 3,000 people in the nation.

“The virus in the US began in January of 2017. The vaccine arrives in November,” Baldwin tweeted on Tuesday morning.

The virus in the US began in January of 2017.
The vaccine arrives in November.

— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) March 31, 2020

This isn’t the first time that Baldwin has compared Trump to COVID-19. Back in February, when coronavirus was already wreaking havoc on the rest of the world, he tweeted, “The pandemic that threatens the world is Trump.”

The pandemic that threatens the world is Trump.

— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) February 29, 2020

Baldwin has long been one of the most anti-Trump people in Hollywood, which is ironic given the fact that the president almost single-handedly revitalized Baldwin’s career. He was effectively a has-been before he started portraying Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” so if anyone should be rooting for him to remain in office, it’s Baldwin.

Then again, Baldwin has been a member of the Hollywood liberal elite for decades, and he has lost all touch with what real Americans need in a president. He has also likely gone into full panic mode over reports that Trump’s approval ratings have actually shot up to 49 percent since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gallop polling shows that 60 percent of Independents support the way Trump has handled the coronavirus crisis, and a Washington Post/ABC News poll states that most Americans think Trump is handling the pandemic better than Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden would have.

All of these numbers suggest that Trump will have no trouble getting reelected in November once this crisis is over. Because of this, you can expect increasingly deranged attacks on Trump from liberals like Baldwin in the months to come.

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President Trump braces nation: ‘Hard days’ ahead in coronavirus crisis, mortality rate to spike

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:19

President Trump gave staggering predictions of death rates stemming from COVID-19 (coronavirus) during his Tuesday press conference, which was coupled along with a warning of “hard days” ahead.

Predictions are based on numbers stemming from New York and New Jersey thus far. However, those figures may not correctly predict the nation. It depends on how (if) residents of each state and city follow guidelines.

Perhaps these numbers should be considered reasonable. But we still have people attending church services and open bars illegally. Walking outside, hanging out on the deck with your household is one thing but hundreds being bused into churches across the country is taunting trouble.

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Imagine the folks during the 1918 Spanish epidemic not having social media. From January of 1918 until December 1920, 500 million people were infected—about a quarter of the world’s population at the time. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history.

Public health officials stressed that the number could be less if people across the country bear down on keeping their distance from one another.

“We really believe we can do a lot better than that,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force. That would require all Americans to take seriously their role in preventing the spread of disease, she said.

Added Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, “This is a number that we need to anticipate, but we don’t necessarily have to accept it as being inevitable.”

Trump called it “a matter of life and death” for Americans to heed his administration’s guidelines and predicted the country would soon see a “light at the end of the tunnel” in a pandemic that has killed more than 3,500 Americans and infected 170,000 more.

“I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump said.

“This is going to be one of the roughest two or three weeks we’ve ever had in our country,” Trump added. “We’re going to lose thousands of people.” [Associated Press]

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A friend of mine called me from Alabama on Sunday and said it was business as usual: restaurants open, social gatherings occurring, etc. The whole country needs to be on board to combat this crisis, or it is otherwise futile.

Deaths this week were from infections two weeks ago. Deaths next week are from last week’s infections. Each week’s death toll is a report card grading how well people protected themselves and others two weeks before.

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Maybe a lockdown could have been avoided if China didn’t repeatedly lie to the world and its people. Perhaps a lockdown could have been avoided if they didn’t silence the doctor that discovered the coronavirus and wrote about it before he was “convinced” and “discovered” that everything he knew about the virus was, in fact, wrong.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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CNN's Chris Cuomo on Testing Positive For COVID-19: I Feel Lousy, "But Everybody's Been Sick Before"

RealClear - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 03:30
Chris Cuomo announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19 on his daily SiriusXM program 'Let's Get After It with Chris Cuomo.' "I knew it was just a matter of time," Cuomo said at the top of his show, adding that his brother is beating him "over the head a little bit with it right now." He also gave an update on how he's feeling. CHRIS CUOMO, SIRIUSXM: And my brother's on TV right now. He's talking about it. We're living it. You're living it. Everybody's living it. This is the great equalizer, great equalizer. Yes, I just tested positive for coronavirus. You know, I knew it was just a matter of time, to be honest, because of how often I was exposed to people. And you know, my brother's beat me over the head a little bit with it right now, about my mom, but you know, it's not an completely invalid point. I did have her here with me because I thought it was safer for her out East than in the city alone. And he did convince me to move her to my sister in Westchester a few weeks ago, and that was the right move. Because I am going to be exposed a lot, and even though I loved her and I wanted her here, the same love was misplacing the smartest move, and we have that luxury where there was someone else who could take her. So, thank God she's not affected by this. I am fine. I am not the story. There are people who are in rough shape because of this. And we gotta deal with that and that's why I'm doing the job and that's why I'm going to keep doing the job. And I'm worried about my kids and my wife. I'm pissed at myself about that, but that's on me. That's not on you. So, I appreciate all the well-wishing. Do not waste sympathy on me. I am fine. This is, you know, I get what it is. I probably have a couple of different things going on at once. That's not unusual either, but I feel - I'm a little lousy, you know, but everybody's been sick before. That's what it is. I don't have compromised lungs. We'll see how the days go and hopefully I'm further into it than not into it, and the symptoms don't get any worse. And if they do, I'll change it, but as long as you can hear me, then everything's gotta be fine. So listen, I appreciate the good word. I really do. I would get very emotional very quickly if I were being honest about how I feel about how many of you show that you care about what I do and you worry about my family and me. It means everything to me. If you listen to me or you watch me, you know why I do the job. I do the job as a service for you guys. I work for you. So the idea of being appreciated by the people you work for is very moving, very moving for me. So thank you.

CNN's Acosta vs. Trump, Fauci on Starting Social Distancing Sooner: "Jim, We Acted Very, Very Early"

RealClear - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 03:22
CNN's Jim Acosta asks President Trump about the projected 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths due to the coronavirus and whether there would be less if he acted sooner. When Trump answered and turned the microphone to Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, the former told Acosta no matter how the taskforce answered his question it always becomes "a soundbite that gets taken out of context." JIM ACOSTA, CNN: This may be an uncomfortable question but what would the models have looked like that Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci showed us if we had started the social distancing guidelines sooner in February or January when China, South Korea were doing those-- PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I'm going to--I'm going to let them answer that. Yeah-- QUESTION: In terms of what information we're getting from them but if had started this practices sooner could these models be different? TRUMP: I'm going to let them answer the question but remember this I say this and again I say it and everybody says it, you know who says it better than anybody is Dr. Fauci. I had a decision to make maybe it was my biggest decision. China was heavily infected and thousands and thousands of people were coming from China to the United States and against the wishes not even wishes but they disagreed with the decision I made a decision to stop China from coming in, took a lot of heat even from China. They weren't exactly happy. I just made a trade deal a big one $250 billion trade deal and I am shortly thereafter saying you can't come into our country. That was a big decision; that was earlier than the date you're talking about so that was a big decision. That was probably and by the way not because I did it that was probably the biggest decision we made so far but if you look at the one graph the problem New York has is New York started late but the other ones didn't start so late. Now New York is also more complicated because you know for obvious reasons but it got a late start but do you want to maybe answer these questions? DR. DEBORAH BIRX: I don't know if you can go back to slide two because I wanted to explain two things that I think is really important because we had a lot of questions about mortality and what it meant. Okay. So say this confidence interval? So here is the line, this is the confidence interval. This is where we have the ability to push it down. So you have a large confidence interval around the line and so we are trying to move that gray down tighter and below the dotted line so I think that is really important and then if you can go to the next slide. So we really can't answer your question until we can get antibody testing out there because what we can't tell you is and we can always do this there's always samples in hospitals and other things it is the way we really defined the HIV epidemic in the United States we were able to go back to blood samples when we had the tests and really find out where it was and what was going on. We really need to look in here and really see was there virus significantly circulating in early March and late February and what did it look like and where was it and was it all in the metro areas and I think that is what Dr. Fauci and I are very, very focused on is getting serology testing out there to really figure out when it came and really have those samples to be able to do that. QUESTION: But you understand the painful part of my question and please I don't mean to put you on the spot but--but-- BIRX: No, no. We understand that we can't answer (INAUDIBLE). QUESTION: --there may be Americans at home saying if we had started this sooner we might not have 100,000 to 200,000 Americans dying. BIRX: Well that makes an assumption that there was a lot back here that we didn't see and until we had the antibody test I can't really answer that. DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: Just to underscore what Dr. Birx was saying, if there was no virus in the background there was nothing to mitigate. If there was virus there that we didn't know about than the answer to your question is probably yes. The only trouble with that is that whenever you come out and say something like that it always becomes almost a soundbite that gets taken out of context. But I think it's very important what Dr. Birx has said is that if there was covert infections here that we didn't know about and we didn't mitigate then that would have made a difference. If there was virtually nothing there then there's nothing to mitigate and--and I don't know the answer to your question. QUESTION: But we were watching South Korea excuse me and China and Italy and we weren't taking action when those countries were spiking. FAUCI: In a perfect world it would've been nice to know what was going on there. We didn't but I believe Jim that we acted very, very early in that. QUESTION: If we had adequate testing would we have known? TRUMP: We would have known the same thing. We inherited obsolete tests.

CNN reporter tries to bash OANN, but James Woods quickly turns the tables and humiliates him

LifeZette - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 00:04

You don’t want to get on the wrong side of actor James Woods. He will slice and dice you into bite-sized cubes and eat you alive – CNN reporter Oliver Darcy just found that out the hard way.

It all started when Oliver Darcy hopped on Twitter to bellyache and complain that President Trump disparaged CNN, NYT, and PBS, will heaping praise of a “fringe cable channel.”

He was, of course, referring to conservative cable news network OANN and what happened during yesterday’s coronavirus briefing – more of the same media “gotcha questions” and President Trump defending himself against the hostile, angry media.

Here’s what Darcy said: “To summarize: Amid a global pandemic killing thousands of Americans, Trump disparaged CNN, NYT, and PBS at his press conference, while saving his praise for a fringe cable channel that peddles right-wing conspiracy theories.”

To summarize: Amid a global pandemic killing thousands of Americans, Trump disparaged CNN, NYT, and PBS at his press conference, while saving his praise for a fringe cable channel that peddles right-wing conspiracy theories.

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) March 29, 2020

Right-wing conspiracy theories huh? Like the Russian conspiracy that CNN peddled for 4 years?

However, leave it conservative actor James Woods to take 100 steps further and serve up a plate of utter “humiliation” to Darcy and his pathetic joke of a cable news network.

Woods reminded Darcy of his network affiliation with convicted felon Michael Avenatti in the most brutal fashion ever.

Here’s what Woods said: You work for the network that featured Michael Avenatti 59 times in two months, correct?

And then he added the hashtag #CNNFakeNews as one final dig.

You work for the network that featured Michael Avenatti 59 times in two months, correct? #CNNFakeNews https://t.co/NQGYSe5Is4

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 30, 2020

We love it! It’s always important to push back every time these media goons attack President Trump.

And we’re all being kept extra bust lately, as the fake news media is really ramping up to use Coronakvirus as a political weapon to use against President Trump.

This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.

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Barack Obama reemerges to attack Trump over response to coronavirus

LifeZette - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 23:27

Former President Barack Obama spoke out on Tuesday to take a clear dig at his successor Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Though he did not mention Trump by name, it was clear that Obama was taking a swipe at him when he tweeted about America’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama tweeted. “We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”

We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall. https://t.co/K8Ucu7iVDK

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 31, 2020

Obama shared this alongside a story from the LA Times about the Trump administration rolling back fuel economy standards. This was the latest move by Trump to dismantle regulations that were put in place under Obama, who the current president has accused of enacting excessive rules that he says have thwarted economic growth, according to USA Today.

The specific rule that the Trump administration rolled back was meant to force automakers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles in the hopes of decreasing pollution. The Hill reported that Trump’s White House has argued that their move will allow automakers to make cheaper cars.

“This rule reflects the Department’s No. 1 priority — safety — by making newer, safer, cleaner vehicles more accessible for Americans who are, on average, driving 12-year-old cars. By making newer, safer, and cleaner vehicles more accessible for American families, more lives will be saved and more jobs will be created,” Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in a statement. 

Obama’s dig at Trump in response to this rollback came as a surprise to some given the fact that there is a longstanding tradition in this country in which former presidents do not publicly criticize their successors, which Obama himself has referred to as a “wise American tradition of ex-presidents gracefully exiting the political stage.”

Despite this, Obama has criticized Trump on a few occasions since leaving office, albeit usually not mentioning him by name. Back in 2018, Obama famously called on young voters to “restore some semblance of sanity to our politics” in the midterm election.

It remains to be seen if Obama will be speaking out against Trump in the lead to the election in November.

This piece originally appeared in Objectivist.co and is used by permission.

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Prince William wants to return to flying as an air ambulance pilot to help fight coronavirus

LifeZette - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 23:03

New reports are coming in stating that Prince William would like to “do his bit” to fight the coronavirus pandemic by returning to work as an air ambulance pilot, a job he held for two years before stepping down in 2017 to focus on his royal duties.

Sources told the U.K. Sun that William has been telling those close to him that he would like to make his return to the cockpit so that he can be on the frontline fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

However, since William is one of the only senior royals working right now, he might not be permitted to return to flying as he wishes.

“William has been seriously considering returning as an air ambulance pilot to help in the current pandemic,” a source explained. “He knows the whole country is doing its bit and he wants to help. But it’s complicated as he was originally grounded from the job so that he could become a senior working royal.”

The source went on to explain that other senior royals are not available to pick up William’s duties while he’s gone for various reasons.

“That role is even more important now given that Charles has been ill, Harry has walked away with Meghan and Andrew has been effectively barred from public life,” the source said. “But William is very keen to do anything he can to help.”

William has previously described his time working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance as a “privilege,” and earlier this month, he confessed to 111 call center staffers in Croydon, South London that he desperately wanted to return to the job.

“He was asking about how busy we have been, and what shifts everybody was doing,” said call handler Tracy Pidgeon.

“We were saying everybody was working really hard. He misses the helicopter, being on the front line. He just said he misses it.”

Deaths from coronavirus have risen from 180 to 1,408 in the U.K. this week, so William’s help would undoubtedly be much appreciated.

For the time being, William is staying with his wife Kate and their three children at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, which he was living during his time flying the air ambulance.

“There are all sorts of practicalities to overcome such as fitting in on shift patterns,” a source said. “But he’s in the right place now if he wants to do it.”

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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Trump: "This Is Going To Be A Very Painful Two Week Period"

RealClear - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 23:01
President Trump updates the public on the federal response to COVID-19 and says "we're going to go through a very rough 2 weeks." "As a nation, we face a difficult two weeks as we approach that really important day when we're going to see things get better, all of a sudden," he said. "And it is going to be like a burst of light, I think, or I hope."

High school football coach who took down gunman to be given Congressional Medal of Honor

LifeZette - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 22:10

A high school football coach from Oregon who stopped a possible school shooting by disarming the gunman will be given the Congressional Medal of Honor citizen distinction for heroism, for his actions that fateful day.

Fox News reported that the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation said that Keanon Lowe, a former wide receiver at the University of Oregon, and five other honorees “exemplify the values embodied in the Medal of Honor.”

Keanon Lowe saved a life the day he took a gun away from a young student and then hugged him in the halls of the Oregon high school where he coached football. For his bravery and compassion, Lowe will receive a Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen Honor. https://t.co/Qh9htQCU5C

— CNN (@CNN) March 31, 2020

Lowe was teaching track and field at Parkrose High School in Portland in May of last year when he made the selfless decision to disarm a distraught student who was carrying a gun in the building.

He then comforted the student, who was later revealed to be Angel Granados Diaz, until authorities arrived on the scene.

“I let him know that I was there for him. I told him I was there to save him,” Lowe told KATU-TV last year. “I was there for a reason, and this is a life worth living.”

“I lunged for the gun and we both had the gun,” Lowe later added of the actual take down.

“We had four hands on the gun and students are running out of the back of the classroom and I’m just trying to make sure that the end of the gun isn’t pointing towards where the students are running but also not pointed at myself.”

The Oregonian reported that police later concluded that Diaz had mental health issues that led him to want to hurt himself.

Thankfully, Diaz took action before he was able to harm himself or anyone else. Diaz has since been sentenced to three years probation and mental health treatment.

Keanon Lowe, the former Oregon wide receiver who disarmed a student that brought a gun to Parkrose High School in Portland, has been awarded the Citizen Honor Award by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society https://t.co/riCt05Lx6z

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 31, 2020

The Single Act of Heroism Award will be given to both Lowe and Riley Howell, the 21 year-old UNC Charlotte student who tragically lost his life when he tackled a gunman at his school.

Howell was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star by the Purple Heart Society.

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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Snarky media mocks pious My Pillow company founder

LifeZette - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:58

At the Monday White House coronavirus briefing, President Trump asked Mike Lindell, the founder of “My Pillow,” to the podium because he has patriotically switched his business to producing cotton face masks. His production line has ramped up from 10,000 to 50,000 per day.

These masks are vital equipment for healthcare workers during the coronavirus crisis. The president wanted to recognize his achievement.

Lindell said, “God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools and lives, a nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bible and spend time with our families.”

That was a sincere, respectful, and pious message that most Americans can appreciate. But not the jaded mainstream media. Their tweets were fast and witless. “Trump just called the ‘My Pillow’ guy up to the podium in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up,” said MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi.

“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski put out, “Is that the my pillow guy?? Do I need to turn the volume up. I was waiting for the doctors.”

Not to be outsnarked, “The ‘My Pillow Guy’ was at the Corona Virus briefing today? Boy oh boy, do we need SNL this Saturday. If this had been a SNL skit we would have thought it was fake, right? You can’t make this s— up. Who is going to play the ‘my pillow guy’?” Miami Herald bad comedienne Julie Brown opined.

“Well, imagine my relief that the My Pillow guy is on the job,”  said pundit Tom Nichols.

“Trump now has the guy from My Pillow doing a campaign commercial for Trump’s 2020 campaign in the middle of a press conference about a deadly virus. How can any real news network air this BS?! #StopAiringTrump” said CNN‘s Dean Obeidallah, who nobody has ever heard of.

The press thinks this is funny. Most others just find them pathetic.

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