A woman’s type of revolution

Doom and gloom prognosticators warned for years that America’s deepening divides will tear our country apart.  The signs didn’t arise suddenly, but now that we’re in the midst of the dam breaking, our partisan divides leave Congress immobilized and unable to respond effectively to any crisis, the President inept at best, downright recklessly self-absorbed and clueless to the seriousness of the situation, at worst.   A most generous assessment finds our news media deeply dishonest and unreliable at analyzing information or reporting facts. Venturing to social media for information usually finds more conspiracy theories and rumors than anything resembling reliable information.  All of this leaves the American people increasingly swept along with the dangerous currents in this rapidly moving culture war.

After decades of entrenched culture war, America has reached a critical inflection point.

A bizarre confluence of crises, our escalating culture war being waged in a relentless scorched earth spin information war, a pandemic resulting in unprecedented draconian government-imposed mitigation efforts intruding on some of our most basic civil liberties and our extreme partisan political discord set the stage for this massive far-left offensive attack in the culture war.  Like everything about America’s far-left culture war, which is fought out via spin information warfare, this offensive came masked as a “civil rights” protest.  So, here we are facing a determined far-left attempt to create enough fear, civil chaos and political pressure  to try and topple our American system. The George Floyd protests began as a BLM demand for “justice for George Floyd, then quickly pivoted to a “Defund the Police” effort, to “reimagine (disband) the police,” to remove Confederate statues, to rename military bases, to tear down Founding Fathers and Columbus statues and the pivots will continue.

The ultimate far-left goal, usually expressed in Utopian slogans, is to destabilize America to the point where our political and civic institutions implode or are totally immobilized.  This ultimate goal is not a mystery and has been the goal of the assorted 16-bean soup far-left groups, who cling to Marxist and neo-Marxist revolutionary Utopian aspirations, since Lenin’s 1919 world revolution goals and the establishment of the Comintern. Heck, some of these far-Left Utopian visions surfaced back in the French Revolution (1789-1799).  America’a top two far-left neo-Marxist power players are radical feminists and the black power groups.  Of course, environmentalists gained power with their environmental Doomsday cult becoming the church of Climate Change, but still radical feminists and the black power groups appear to wield the most power.

That brings us to the Black Lives Matters movement (BLM), which was formed in 2013 by three black women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.  BLM combines the two most powerful far-left neo-Marxist elements in ways that seem very different from previous American far-left movements focused more on dreams of violent Marxist revolution.  BLM’s power-players are women and their power-plays have been completely misunderstood and largely unrecognized among our media and governmental elite. 

These female power moves won’t come with armed groups storming the streets. The current violent protests in the streets by Antifa and assorted riffraff are not the power-players and are only a diversion. Don’t mistake these thugs in the streets as the real “revolutionaries” in this far-left “revolution.” This female-led effort involves sneaky, stealth power grabs, loads of emotional manipulation and blackmail, but most of all using men and usurping power from the men with power. That is how women always operate.

After not blogging for a month, there’s a lot of missed ground to cover in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and evolving BLM protests, but for this post, one simple bit of advice on understanding events is keep track of the power-player women and one that hasn’t gotten enough attention as a political strategist power is Symone Sanders, a BLM activist.   Back in 2015, Bernie Sanders hired Symone Sanders, a then 25 year-old BLM activist, as his press secretary for his 2016 presidential campaign after his campaign appearances were under attack from BLM protesters.  In 2019, Symone Sanders was hired by the Joe Biden 2020 campaign as a senior adviser and she appears to be the most powerful Biden adviser, besides his wife, Jill, and former President Obama.  Biden serves as the presumptive Democratic nominee only as a face for BLM, advancing Obama’s “fundamental transformation” objectives and protecting the Obama legacy.

Oddly enough, many Republicans, especially former GWB officials, who despise President Trump, are aligning with Joe Biden, under some bizarre belief that Biden offers a path back to sanity in Americans politics.  The old Joe Biden, these anti-Trump Republicans believe they are supporting does not exist.  This Joe Biden is completely controlled by the BLM movement and Obama and that’s who will be controlling a Biden White House.  Biden went from declaring he would pick a female running mate, to now pivoting to committing to picking a black woman as his running mate. If Biden wins the White House, it’s very doubtful he would finish the four years.  The Biden candidacy appears to be only a useful stealth vehicle to propel a female BLM activist into the presidency. For those 2016 Hillary-alarmists on the right, a female BLM activist as POTUS would make Hillary look moderate.

Oddly enough, many male political commentators fixate on noting the men leading radical far-left movements and some are stuck on visions of some violent overthrow of the US government… kind of the traditional male visions of “revolution.”  Women don’t operate like men and the female revolutionaries of BLM have made more progress at undercutting our American system than any of the radical male-dominated movements in the past 50 years.  It’s been  a black woman, who stealthily rewrote American history (see the 1619 Project) and it’s a black woman, who is the driving force in the Biden campaign and it will be a black female vice president, who decides when it’s time for Biden to step aside.  It would be another Hillary-type move of riding a powerful man’s coattails to power move.

Watch the women, as this latest far-left revolution evolves.  It’s not traditional armed bands of male revolutionaries, who will drive this latest attempt to overthrow the male patriarchy (feminist code for our American system/Western civilization).   Radical feminists and female BLM activists are running this softer, less violent coup effort and most of it will be waged in the media via the spin information warfare battlefield.

 

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Some thoughts on self-reliance

“I understand that folks growing up in the cities don’t have some of the outdoor opportunities that some of us have, but I am convinced that there are opportunities to develop individuality, independence, self-confidence and other survival skills without having to spend a year in the Rockies on some kind of sabbatical. Survival is more a mind-set than a setting. Attitude is everything.

Being innovative and imaginative is essential whether you’re in downtown Houston or central Nebraska. Skills of observation and patience are not natural talents, but acquired skills; both are essential and both can be acquired through discipline. The ability to reason and employ a rational, decision making process is needed in order to survive and thrive. Again, that is an acquired skill. Determination, grit if you will, is a trait to be cherished, not erased.”

Gimme A Knife, by Gladius Maximus

After two months of COVID-19 lockdown/social distancing drama, the relentless spin dramas leave me feeling both sad COVID-19 has devolved into just another partisan flashpoint in our ongoing culture war and at the same time looking for glimmers of hope that there’s enough goodwill and good old common sense left in America to help tamp down on the media and partisan 24/7 spin incitement.  I’m trying to tune out most of the partisan political stuff.

The ironic part about these new COVID-19 social distancing guidelines in my life is my adult children seamlessly pivoted their lectures.  Five years ago I stopped working to stay at home and take care of my husband.  It was no longer safe for him to be home alone for hours.  He was falling frequently and the dementia and memory loss from the normal pressure hydrocephalus had gotten much worse.  Since then, my kids routinely lectured me about, “You need to get out of the house more.”  As soon as the health experts and government officials started putting out these social distancing warnings, my kids began the “Stay at home, Mom!” lectures pointing out, “It’s not only Dad who is at risk, you are too!”  I have, oh, what’s that in vogue term now… ah, yes, “comorbidities.”

I hadn’t been getting out of my house much anyway, so my every day life has continued as normal.  One daughter advised me to use the shop online/pick-up option at my local Wal-mart Neighborhood Market and I have used that a few times.  The only other concerted effort I’ve made is I’ve been assessing my pantry and gradually buying some extra canned goods and non-perishable items.  Since I already keep my pantry overstocked, I’m not out panic-buying mountains of toilet paper, but paying more attention to what food items I have already and what items might be useful to stock up on to round out meals, in case of food shortages.  Yes, as unimaginable as it seems, food shortages in our vast food supply, now seem possible in America.

Here’s the thing about having an overstocked pantry and this especially applies to the people panic-buying and rushing around hoarding one thing or another during this pandemic – overstocking easily leads to more waste.  I learned this from making this mistake many times over the years purchasing those “too good to pass up” sales.  You’ve got to look through your cupboards, fridge and freezer.  You’ve got to learn to rotate your food – pulling the oldest stuff to the front and putting the new items to the back.  That way you use up the older items, rather than having them turn into wasted food and food dollars.  Trust me on this, because I’ve failed to do this so many times and ended up throwing away food items that should have been tossed years (yes, years) ago.

On social media it seems a lot of people, especially celebrity types, while teleworking from home have embraced baking bread and cooking gourmet type meals and plastering photos and videos online.  There’s nothing wrong with baking bread or cooking gourmet type meals, but as with everything, if you’re new to baking bread and cooking, it’s way more practical to start small rather than rushing to buy a lot of new ingredients and cookware, you’re unfamiliar with.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with developing new baking and cooking skills, but acquiring common sense and an ability to slow down and assess the pros and cons are skills that will see you through any crisis in life.  Assessing your finances and making sure you have some money set aside should outweigh buying a lot of cooking utensils and new ingredients, especially if your real goal is to post photos and videos online to impress your followers or subscribers on social media.  Social media has created a very negative “keeping up with the Joneses” culture, where one “popular” person posts something “new” and then dozens (or even thousands) of other people rush to be just like that “popular” person.

Media and social media generated hype and/or hysteria  have induced panic-buying of everything from toilet paper to yeast.  Yes, all that baking bread by the media peeps has led to a run on yeast, where it’s hard to find yeast in grocery stores.  Never fear though, on YouTube there are numerous videos on how to make your own yeast for baking.

My top three crisis coping tips are:

1. Take care of yourself and your family first.  You will be better able to help others if you get your own life in order first. Learn to take time to calmly assess your own life and your own situation.  Assess you and your family’s finances, your food and health needs.  Don’t let the social media personalities, media, politicians, experts or even friends and family prod you into making rushed decisions.  Slow down, take a deep breath and think for yourself.

2. Learning to cultivate calm should be at the top of your crisis preparedness list.  Cultivating calm requires developing patience and hope.  As a worst-case planner type personality, I have to catch myself often and work hard on developing a hopeful attitude.

3. Work to simplify your daily routine rather than adding a lot of confusing and impractical actions.  For instance, I love gardening, but with my household tasks and taking care of my husband, I know I won’t be able to properly care for a garden too.  Then there’s the cost of gardening supplies and from previous home-gardening experience here in GA, knowing that bugs, drought or too much rain can wipe out months of hard work quickly.  Another big factor in my decision-making was remembering all the heavy-lifting gardening tasks my husband always took care of – like roto-tilling the garden and all of the composting chores. I decided buying store-bought canned goods and dried goods, which are safe and will last years is a more practical option.  Setting out on some home gardening/self-reliant dream right now would be setting myself up for more stress, failure and likely a big waste of money.

Learning to be more self-reliant and developing survival skills has way more to do with developing crucial critical-thinking skills and a can-do attitude than with stocking up on particular items or listening to certain “experts.”   My mother was the calmest person in a crisis and she definitely possessed  a fiercely self-reliant attitude.  She also possessed very varied skill sets and knew how to handle everything from nursing to doing electrical wiring.  My father had a perpetually optimistic attitude, could build and fix many things and was an expert gardener.  I grew up in rural PA, where a self-reliant attitude was still the norm.  Around rural America that sort of rugged individualism, where people believe in taking care of themselves and helping their neighbors, still flourishes.

When life is calm is the time to occasionally think about those “what-if” things that might go wrong.  Developing some common sense and proportionality in crisis planning takes practice.  In the midst of a crisis it’s harder to stay calm and it’s certainly harder to slow down and think through those “what ifs.”   Just the mental practice of thinking about those “what ifs’ when the sun is shining and skies are blue can help you develop a crucial emergency coping skill – fighting fear-driven reactions.  Thinking about those “what ifs” should prod you into learning to prepare for problems before they hit and then if you find yourself in the midst of a crisis, you can more easily focus on calmly thinking of  “what actions can I take?” rather than letting fear (or media hysteria) take control.

I had plenty of food and basic supplies to last two weeks, so I wasn’t worried about that initial 15 day “flatten the curve” effort.  When that effort extended past 15 days and items that have never been out of stock in stores, became hard to find, well, it sure seems prudent to spend some time thinking about some “what ifs” that I had never thought about in my lifetime – food shortages in America.

There’s still plenty of food in America, but the disruptions to our food supply system, caused by the lockdowns, panic-buying, COVID-19 outbreaks in meat processing facilities, and economic turmoil left me thinking about what happens if these types of disruptions continue for months or even a year or two?  I’m not panic-buying, but working on looking through my canned and dried food items, my freezer and my fridge and making lists of items I want to purchase to have a food supply that can last 3-6 months.  Of course, my adult kids tell me frequently there’s enough food here to last a year, I don’t really think that’s true, so I want to strategically expand it some.

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A COVID-19 lockdown reality check

I saw this video on Twitter yesterday and this guy offers the reality check on the politicians and pundits pushing  extending lockdowns for several months.  The mayor of Los Angeles went so far as to say we can’t fully open until there’s a vaccine or cure.  He walked that back, after receiving a lot of push back.  Here’s the video:

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Our American heart

Just when the partisan spin garbage left me feeling totally disgusted, GWB comes through with the message we all should take to heart:

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Some COVID-19 Ponderings

This  novel corona virus  (COVID-19) and ensuing global pandemic has created  a petri dish for manufacturing new spin terminology.  It feels surreal that I’ve come to cringe every time I hear a Dem politician or Dem-aligned media pundit harp, “We have to trust the science!” The thing that’s become crystal clear is that “the science” isn’t as rock solid on facts as presented and continually shifts to fit the political agenda… which makes it more spin words than actual “science.”  Even much of the information about COVID-19 presented as good faith scientific fact gleaned from careful research keeps shifting, based on new research that upends the previous scientific research and/or the data used ends up being updated with newer, contradictory data.

Yesterday the Los Angeles Times reported two autopsies of deaths from early February in Santa Clara county reveal they had COVID-19, which is weeks earlier than the previously reported first COVID-19 death in the US on February 29th.  Today CA governor, Gavin Newsom, has ordered medical examiners and coroners in CA to review autopsies back to December, to see if more deaths might have been COVID-19-related:

“California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) ordered medical examiners and coroners across the state to review autopsies dating back to December to “help guide a deeper understanding of when this pandemic really started to impact Californians.”

“When this occurred is important forensic information, profoundly significant in understanding the epidemiology of this disease, all of those things are brought to bear with more clarity and light,” Newsom at a daily press briefing Wednesday. “Not only because of this specific announcement, but I imagine subsequent announcements that may be made by similar efforts all across the state of California.”

Newsom’s announcement came after officials in Santa Clara County said late Tuesday that first American deaths from coronavirus occurred weeks earlier than initially thought.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/494200-california-gov-orders-autopsies-back-to-december-to-find-out-how-long

Twitter tales abound of people wondering if their respiratory illnesses in late 2019-early 2020 were  COVID-19.  There was a dramatic uptick in people presenting upper respiratory infections and these two deaths in early February have moved the confirmed case timeline back several weeks.  It would be very important information to know when the first COVID-19 cases actually occurred in the US, which would give us a better understanding of the data coming from China.

Jim Geraghty at National Review has written frequently about COVID-19 and yesterday he mentioned these two CA autopsies, but he connected this information  to a March Chinese propaganda effort trying to blame the US military for bringing COVID-19 to China:

“In all of the hubbub of mid-March, as the scale of the danger of SARS-CoV-2 and the far-reaching shutdown of American live became clear, it was easy to miss Lijian Zhao, spokesman for the foreign ministry of China, making Twitter accusations that the virus was a U.S. bioweapon. Even easier to miss was his tweet linking to a paper contending the virus was linked to U.S. attendance at the Military World Games, which took place in Wuhan in October 2019. (That paper has since been taken down from the web.)

The 7th World Military Games, an Olympic-style competition, was held in Wuhan and began October 18 and ended October 27. The event was a big one for the city and for China, complete with elaborate opening and closing ceremonies. “More than 9,000 athletes from over 100 countries competed in more than 27 sports, a record number of participants. This year’s games also presented a number of other firsts: the first time the games were staged outside of military bases, the first time the games were all held in the same city, the first time an Athletes’ Village was constructed, the first time TV and VR systems were powered by 5G telecom technology, and the first use of all-round volunteer services for each delegation.”

At the end of March, the state-run Global Times newspaper claimed that the coronavirus, which was first discovered in Wuhan, was in fact manufactured in a U.S. military lab and brought to China by a cyclist who took part in the World Military Games. They cited the work of a man they labeled an “investigative journalist,” who in 2017 contributed to the brief shutdown of part of the port of Charleston, S.C., over a false claim of a dirty bomb on a container ship.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/what-went-down-at-the-world-military-games/?utm_source=recirc-desktop&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=river&utm_content=featured-content-trending&utm_term=first

 Geraghty states the earliest confirmed case in China, based on a Lancet report, is December 1, 2019.

As one of those people wondering about an earlier severe respiratory infection, I hope that at some point my husband and I can get the COVID-19 antibody test.  My son was sick with an upper respiratory infection the 2nd week of January.  The next week my husband became very ill with an upper respiratory infection and was hospitalized with acute respiratory failure.  Around a week later, I got sick with an upper respiratory infection and my primary care doctor prescribed a Z-Pak.   While I didn’t get severely ill like my husband, I had a cough that took almost a month to clear up.  Of course, as my daughter reminds me, we live in a podunk GA town making COVID-19 exposure unlikely,  I keep reminding her that we are also right next to a large US Army installation, with people coming and going from all over the world.

This COVID-19 timeline in America will be a story I will follow with great interest.  Even if I found out we had COVID-19 already, here again, there’s no sense of security about  “the science” in regards to that providing immunity:

“Another Forbes contributor Bruce. Y. Lee covered many of the main points and what we knew a few weeks ago here, but since then, more reports of people appearing to be re-infected with the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus are popping up everywhere. Most recently, 51 South Koreans with COVID-19 re-tested positive after being released from quarantine. However, a key question South Korean authorities and everywhere else with these “reinfected cases” are now trying to figure out is whether these people did indeed recover and were then re-infected with the virus, or whether they never recovered completely at all.

Although no conclusions about this immunity question can currently be definitively made, a new preprint study from China suggests that some people who have recovered from a mild bout of COVID-19 may have very low, or even undetectable levels of protective antibodies against the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus, with the researchers claiming that their study is the first systematic examination of antibody levels in people who have recovered from the disease.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2020/04/08/can-you-get-sick-with-coronavirus-again-after-youve-already-had-it-new-research-continues-to-emerge-but-the-jury-is-still-out/#174a944331a5

At this point it seems saying, “We have to trust the science!” isn’t really based on scientifically rock solid facts, but more evolving studies and research.  It seems rather reckless to base sweeping, long-term public policy decisions, completely changing every aspect of American life, based on trusting in science that is still more a work in progress than settled scientific facts.  Would it change our understanding of the “curve” if we found out COVID-19 was spreading for months before that first confirmed case?  Would it change our understanding if millions of Americans were already exposed?  All I know is it seems the certitude of the partisans ranting about trusting “the science,” as always, is more about advancing their political agenda than about public health… or “science.”

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Short COVID-19 update

It’s been almost a month since I’ve written a blog post, so here are a few COVID-19 observations.  The politicization of this viral outbreak, while predictable, has been as disturbing as all the rapid governmental orders and edicts, all geared toward “keeping us safe.”   The zeal with which many pundits and politicians abandon our foundational principles and fundamental rights spread way more quickly than this virus and it’s infected many partisans, on both sides of the political aisle.  The measures many people embrace out of fear and the desire to feel “safe” could wreak havoc on our constitutional system, if calmer heads don’t work to quell the zealots wanting to turn America into a virtual police state, all to stop the spread of this virus.  It’s a bit surreal that a “health emergency” has brought out the inner totalitarian instincts among so many of the political class.

Trump, many Dems and many in the media latched onto this crisis as another spin theme to use to advance their political agendas, which has left me even more disgusted with the media and partisans.  I find this new scorched earth spin theater even more appalling than the others, because each day, their spin crap is played out as the death count of Americans succumbing to this virus climbs.  They’re playing their spin antics as thousands of Americans are dying and millions others are suffering extreme hardship and possible financial ruin… but hey, the partisan spin war rages on, regardless.  Trump has been using his daily COVID-19 briefings to get his daily fix of bantering with the media, while Gov. Cuomo, wallows in the media spotlight, as sort of pop culture shrink talking New Yorkers and liberals through each day… while also bolstering his political stature among Democrats.  Pelosi and Schumer continue their sleazy political power plays advancing pet Democrat projects and agendas, even holding up legislation to help millions of suffering Americans, so that their special interests get millions of dollars in federal hand-outs. Pelosi and Schumer give new meaning to being political grifters… 25 millions dollars to the Kennedy Center, for crying out loud.  Most Americans will never attend a single event at the Kennedy Center.

My daily life changed just a little bit.  I had gotten used to having the 3 nurse visits and 3 CNA visits every week to help with my husband’s care, but that all changed with COVID-19.  The home hospice provider stopped CNA visits, unless the caregiver can’t mange the daily care.  And the nurse comes for one visit a week and the other 2 visits are phone calls.  My husband’s nurse told me, they might begin doing home visits once every two weeks soon.  The only other inconvenience has been grocery shopping amidst so many out of stock items, which made me realize just how spoiled I am with so many modern conveniences.

Other than that, I have started sewing cotton fabric face masks for family and neighbors and my husband’s nurse said the other nurses could use some, when I showed her the ones I had made already.  So, I am sewing some to give her next week for the other hospice nurses.  If I get more sewn after that, I’ll donate some to the local hospital.  In my garage I have about a dozen or so large plastic tote containers of cotton fabric, intended for the quilting hobby I never got around to yet.  It felt good washing, pressing and cutting out some face masks with some of this nice cotton quilting fabric.  I ran out of thin elastic and have some on order, but it’s going to take two weeks, but YouTube came to the rescue. I watched a face mask video where the lady recommends cutting up old t-shirts into 1 inch strips.  You just pull those strips and the strips curls into round ties that can be cut into ties for the face masks.  The t-shirt ties work just fine.  Working on this small face mask project, as I have time, feels good.  It sure feels better than watching even a minute of the spin war garbage. 

I miss doing volunteer work.

 

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The number that matters most

Gradually, I think President Trump is starting to realize that  COVID-19 is about more than how the “numbers” impact his reelection effort.  Unfortunately, it’s likely all of us have friends or family who aren’t taking the COVID-19 health emergency seriously and they will continue to go about their lives, doing whatever they want, regardless that they might spread this virus to many other people.

The numbers that worry me are how many COVID-19 hospitalizations in communities around the country might overtax hospital systems.  The US is still in the midst of flu season, which has resulted in many hospitalizations and deaths.  Hospitals around the country have only so many ventilators and so many ICU beds, so hopefully our crisis leadership at all levels is carefully assessing the numbers of ventilators in hospitals, the number of ICU beds and planning for the worst case scenario.  If we plan for worst case and it doesn’t happen, the greater the likelihood we will be able to avoid unnecessary deaths, which is the number that matters most.

David French wrote a very heartfelt piece, Coronavirus and Our Sacred Duty to Senior Citizens,  about our moral duty to protect and care for those most vulnerable to COIVD-19, but he hits on something more we must do:

“But we must do even more. We must defend those we love from fraud and fear. And by fraud I don’t merely mean the standard array of scammers and hucksters who typically prey on our nation’s seniors. I mean defending them from terrible counsel from the very people so many millions of seniors trust.

I’ve written at length about the inexcusable avalanche of misinformation that for weeks cascaded out of the Oval Office and conservative media. I won’t repeat all of the false comparisons of COVID-19 to the flu or the common cold, all the president’s false declarations that the virus was already diminishing or thoroughly under control, or the claims that hyping the virus was yet another media conspiracy to undermine the president. But that misinformation was delivered to an audience that was disproportionately older and disproportionately likely to disbelieve contrary information.

The president’s declaration of emergency and the joint public/private show of force at Friday’s White House press conference should at least start to dispel the belief held by all too many seniors that there was nothing to worry about, that they shouldn’t change their plans. After all, the person and the information sources they trust the most had told them this entire crisis was overblown. The result is stories like this:

America’s toxic partisan spin war, where competing “narratives” outweigh common sense and common decency, makes it very hard to figure out facts, analyze information through the clouds of noxious spin being churned out by bleating gasbags on both sides and it leaves many Americans vulnerable to making poor personal decisions based on deliberately dishonest partisan spin. The spin warriors score cheap political points at the expense of the welfare of ordinary citizens, who tune into American media in hopes of being informed. 

With the corona virus pandemic, I’ve watched what’s being reported out of foreign countries and the numbers.  The serious concerns and dramatic actions taken by many countries to stop the spread aren’t all reacting to American political spin. I suspect their health experts and intelligence agencies are providing information to these governments, which has raised the alarm level.  President Trump has taken dramatic action on travel restrictions, while at the same time blathering on and on repeating garbage right-wing pundit spin takes, downplaying the situation.  He is the champion at mixed messaging or in common parlance, talking out of both sides of his mouth.  Numerous Trumper pundits, like Rush Limbaugh, have been blustering on for weeks about how COVID-19 is no more serious than the common cold.  Many elderly conservatives believe this and will not listen to any warnings now.

Everyone comes at how they view this situation from their own experiences, beliefs and knowledge base.  My husband’s sister died a year ago from a viral infection she contracted.  Another sister, got sick at the same time, as did some other family members.  The sister who died, got very ill very quickly.  She did have some underlying health issues and she didn’t seek medical care immediately, believing it was just some bug that would pass.  Several days into it, she was taken to the ER, but she deteriorated rapidly in the ICU (pneumonia that led to multiple organ failure).  Within a week from getting sick, she died.

My husband has late stage COPD and he got much worse in late January, after catching some bug.   I also developed an upper respiratory infection after he got very ill.  I recovered, but he is now on home hospice care and completely bed bound.  We have hospice nurses and CNAs, who make home visits several times a week to manage his care, but the rest of the time I am learning how to adjust to handling  full-time hospice care.  I have diabetes and heart problems.  This corona virus definitely raised my worry level immediately, because I was already trying to keep my husband and myself away from exposure to a lot of people.  The “social-distancing” was already the new normal for me since January.

A couple weeks ago, when I heard about possible supply issues with medications due to America being reliant on drugs from China, I checked our prescriptions and got 90 day refills on all the ones I could.  When other countries started doing lockdowns and restricting travel, I  began stocking up on groceries and essentials (truthfully stockpiling grocery basics is something I do ordinarily.) That’s me – the worrier.  I did not have to go out this weekend for the mad shopping panic, because I have been stocking up a bit more than my usual stockpiling, for more than a month.  I have some family members though, who are pretty much blowing off COVID-19 as just media hysteria.

Recently, I read Radical Inclusion: What The Post 9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership by General Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman.  The major theme of their book is about how crucial radical inclusion, making everyone in a group feel included and that their contributions and efforts matter is the crucial leadership challenge, especially in our rapidly changing digital information age.  In dealing with a global pandemic, we need leaders, at home and abroad, embracing this radical inclusion mindset and realize that we, or people near and dear to us, are at risk from COVID-19 and the many ways this pandemic can impact lives.

Of course, we all need to carry on with living our lives, but we can still try to be aware that other people’s very lives may depend on mitigation efforts taken now, before this virus spread peaks or devastating outbreaks overwhelm some of our hospital systems around the country.

We should all do what we can to help those around us.

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Trump’s primary concern is the “numbers”

Although a lot of the mainstream media coverage of the corona virus has been framed to generate panic and undercut the entire Trump administration effort to deal with the situation, the glaring truth is President Trump remains the same mendacious, egocentric, corrupt windbag Reality TV star more than he is a serious minded President of the United States, who is willing to put the well-being of American citizens ahead of his spin war against the Dems and the mainstream media.

Sure, both sides in this spin war sink to new lows almost daily in trying to trash each other, but here’s the thing, Trump is President of the United States and has a duty to protect American lives ahead of running his crappy spin attacks and sleazy tweet attacks.

I’ve despised a lot of the Dem/mainstream media spin garbage for decades, but Trump brought that spin sleaze to the Republican Party and unfortunately too many Republicans have bought into excusing Trump’s outrageous comments and antics or bought into the Trump victimhood mythology  that Trump wallows in constantly.  What no one in the Trump GOP does is uphold any standards or principles that apply to Trump too.

Trump corrupts everything he touches, that’s the truth and while it’s makes me cringe every time he disrespects the flag by hugging it at his rally sideshows, that’s nothing compared to when Trump makes a statement that flies in the face of basic human decency and no one in the GOP murmurs a word.

Trump appointed vice president, Mike Pence to head the administration’s corona virus response effort, but in typical Trump fashion, he can’t let Pence and the medical experts handle the public briefings without interfering and undercutting their efforts.

My patience with Trump flew out the window when he rambled on about Americans on a cruise ship off the coast of CA, with a number of passengers, who have tested positive for the corona virus.  Trump made the comment that Pence wanted to get those passengers to shore, but stated he disagreed, because it will drive the numbers up on cases in the US.  Trump was concerned about the numbers, not those American citizens.  It was such an outrageously callous statement from a president that I listened to his comment more than once to make sure I heard him right.

Today, the governor of CA stated that he has had three direct conversations with Pence and they are coordinating getting those cruise ship passengers ashore.

The other news this weekend is a CPAC attendee, who shook hands with Matt Schlapp, Ted Cruz and other Republican pols has tested positive for the corona virus.  All I can predict with certainty is Trump’s glib attitude toward this corona virus situation will change dramatically if any people he’s been in direct contact with or he himself gets the virus.  Nothing sobers people to a dangerous situation as much has having it at your own doorstep.  I’m not wishing illness on anyone, only pointing out human nature makes it easy to trivialize problems, until it impacts you personally.

As in many other situations, once again Trump does more to discredit himself than all of the mainstream media and Dem over-the-top spin attacks against him combined.  Trump made this comment about his concern about bringing those passengers ashore is about how that will affect the “numbers.”  The media and Dems didn’t misquote him or misrepresent what he said.  He keeps touting his early action of restricting travel as containing the spread, but the truth is that while that early action was a good call, it didn’t contain the spread.  In a situation that could easily and quickly become a serious crisis, a leader stuck on hyping his action taken weeks ago rather than proactively working hard to take more steps to get ahead of the situation should worry every American with a functioning brain.  Leadership is about being in front facing down problems as they crop up, not about rambling about an action taken weeks ago that did not resolve the problem.  Leaders need to be able to get in front of problems as they evolve and change.

Trump has already proven he has no clue or real grasp of this corona virus spread.  He’s as incompetent at this national emergency situation as he was with that hurricane last fall where he drew a Sharpie black line, falsifying a weather map and insisting the hurricane was predicted to impact AL, while a hurricane was headed toward the Atlantic coast.

Let’s hope this virus outbreak ends quickly and without a high loss of life, but whatever you do, don’t expect Trump to offer accurate or helpful information.

And let’s hope he lets others in his administration take the lead on informing the public with timely and accurate information.

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A recipe for more chaos

In September of last year, Hurricane Dorian was heading toward the Atlantic coast.  Most Americans have probably forgotten about this hurricane, because it didn’t turn into one of those major catastrophic hurricane hits on the United States.  However, Dorian does provide a clear historical template for how America’s partisan spin warriors (including the vast numbers of media spin warriors, who pose as “objective journalists) fight their petty spin battles in a potential national emergency situation.

The Dems and mainstream media spin warriors and Trump with his FOX News and Twitter spin commandos, are repeating their same stupid spin battles as this corona virus threat escalates.  Of course, it’s too early to know if, like Hurricane Dorian, America will receive only grazing coastal type damage with the corona virus or if it will turn into a Cat 5 level national emergency, but it’s clear that our president, a large number of our politicians, and our media remain more committed to their scorched earth spin war than to putting the welfare of the American people first.

During that Sharpiegate fiasco, I wrote:

“What’s so disturbing to me about this situation is that Trump decided to engage in fighting the media and demanding an apology from the media, all while Hurricane Dorian is still barreling up the Atlantic coast and thousands of Americans are in the path.  This is a weather emergency situation and the POTUS is obsessed, not with providing the most accurate and timely information to Americans affected by this storm, nope he’s fixated on winning a spin battle against the media.  The truth is Trump’s spin fight isn’t part of his DUTIES as president, especially during a weather emergency involving numerous states.

It’s easy to just blow this off as another Trump vs. media spin battle and brush it off as trivial, but here’s why it matters,

The executive branch owns our national emergency response and information, so the President has a duty to manage emergency services and information.  A large part of that information responsibility centers on providing the most accurate and timely information available.  Credibility is crucial.  The president scribbling on an official weather map with a sharpie destroyed the Office of President’s credibility.  Trump’s staff sitting silently throughout this destroyed their credibility too.”

https://libertybellediaries.com/2019/09/06/sharpiegate-matters/

This corona virus spin battle shows every sign of becoming a repeat of the Hurricane Dorian spin battle.  The media launched into attacks that Trump was failing to respond appropriately to the corona virus crisis.  Trump countered by appointing Vice President, Mike Pence, as the administration’s point man on dealing with the crisis.  Dems and the mainstream media responded within minutes launching a massive smear campaign against Pence, to undercut his credibility immediately.  Trump, his Fox news mouthpieces and his Twitter spin commandos jumped into action attacking Dems and the media, but as usual, Trump can’t be quiet and let the government’s medical experts or his point man speak to the corona virus situation.  Trump jumped right into more attacks on the media, more bs statements about the stock market, discounting the danger the virus poses, and he blabbered on about the media creating a “hoax” at a Trump rally.

Yesterday, Michael Brendan Dougherty at National Review wrote:

“The wrong Donald Trump has shown up to deal with the coronavirus. One might have expected Donald Trump, a germophobe who spent much of his campaign lambasting the Chinese, to take an aggressive approach on the Wuhan virus. You’d expect the Trump who breaks taboos and shuts things down until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

As the spread of the new and still somewhat mysterious virus ramps up in Italy and Iran, and a few more cases emerge in the United States, maybe that’s the Trump we’ve needed. But we’re getting Trump the market whisperer. We’re getting a Trump who is obviously bothered by the drop in the Dow Jones. We’re getting a Trump who plans to campaign on the conventional measures of success favored by his predecessors. We’re getting a Trump who is downplaying the seriousness of this disease, who is probably acting too late, and who is making promises he can’t keep.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/02/coronavirus-president-trump-takes-wrong-approach-to-threat/#slide-1

Trump seems  determined to downplay the virus, all to counter the Dems and mainstream media hysteria about of the virus.  This is becoming the Trump Sharpie map level spin effort during Hurricane Dorian, where Trump insisted Alabama was in the direct path of the storm and he drew a black line, which included Alabama, on an official weather map.  While Trump dug in on his Alabama claim, the media ramped up attacks on Trump’s altered map antic.

During the Hurricane Dorian map situation, Trump was also spinning (lying) about job numbers, which is very similar to the unfolding stock market decline this past week, as fear and uncertainty about the corona virus grew:

“The day after he shared the Sharpie-doctored hurricane map to justify his belated suggestion that Hurricane Dorian was headed for Alabama, Trump tried to spin the state of the US economy, which has emerged as his chief concern heading into the 2020 campaign. “Really Good Jobs Numbers!” he tweeted on Thursday.”

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/06/politics/sharpie-logic-trump-hurricane-economy/index.html

Before this blog post has even been completed, there’s a new twist.  Trump gave a corona virus update on the situation this afternoon.  The first US citizen has died from the corona virus.  The media peppered Trump with questions about Trump’s previous “hoax” comment and Trump-centered matters, not about the actual corona virus situation.  As usual, it appears to be a media determined to take down Trump and Trump determined to bolster Trump, when what America really needs is selfless leadership from our elected officials and a news media, who could step back from wallowing in victim hood and Trump derangement syndrome.

Trump running the Office of the President like a reality TV show comes at a serious cost to not only President Trump’s credibility, but it comes at a cost to the welfare of the American people.  Trump coming out and doing another briefing, trying to erase his mistakes and acting like this is just a Hollywood second take, erodes trust in both Trump and the entire executive branch.

This corona virus seems likely to spread in America and that assuredly will increase the death toll, all while America remains held hostage to a scorched earth partisan spin information war being fought out across American media and on Twitter.

It’s just a recipe for more chaos.

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