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Border city of Laredo to require wearing of masks

The Hill:
Under a motion passed by the city council in Laredo, Texas, earlier this week, residents in the town can now face a fine of up to $1,000 for not wearing some form of covering on their nose and mouth in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to the Laredo Morning Times, council members passed the motion in a vote earlier this week. As part of the measure, all residents over the age of 5 are required to have their nose and mouth covered when entering public buildings, using public transportation and when pumping gas, the body said in a notice detailing the motion, which went into effect Thursday.

“This does not apply when a person is: engaging in a permissible outside physical activity; that are riding in a personal vehicle; that are in alone in a separate single space; that are with their own shelter group (household members); when doing so poses a greater health, safety or security risk; or for consumption purposes,” the notice also states.

Starting Thursday, resi…

Coronavirus causing Iran to lose control of its prisons

Legal Insurrection:
With the worsening of the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak in Iran, prisons across the country are witnessing rioting and mass breakouts, Iranian state-run media confirmed.

As the official Iranian death toll nears 3,000 and confirmed cases of the virus reach close to 45,000, Iran has become an epicenter of the virus which that first appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The actual extent of the outbreak could be much higher, as suggested by the mass graves dug by the regime and elaborate misinformation campaign.

The prison unrest comes when the regime has already released around 100,000 inmates in a desperate move to stop the spread of the virus. About 50,000 are still languishing in Iranian prisons, including several U.S. nationals in illegal custody. Tehran excluded political prisoners and dissidents from the mass release, the U.S.-based Center for Human Rights in Iran disclosed.

The news website Times of Israel reported the series of prison riots:

Prisoners in s…

What if the US imposed a tariff on imported oil?

Fritz Pettyjohn:
We need a tariff on oil It might cause the Saudis to stop their attempt to drive competitors out of business.  It could also add a boost to US oil companies.

The Chicom lies that the media facilitated

Red States:
This has been a long time coming. I understand the notion that figures like Dr. Deborah Birx should remain apolitical, and they should, but it’s not “political” to tell the truth about China lying and the U.S. media choosing to play useful idiots in response.

During yesterday’s presser, Dr. Birx finally took the gloves off and said what we’ve all been thinking. These ridiculous graphs relying on Chinese data that media members are sharing are garbage and dangerous.
It’s time to go on the offensive, and to some extent, the administration has already been doing that. The mainstream media do not get to re-frame this entire pandemic as the fault of the United States when it was China who lied and did this. They also do not get to pretend they were ahead of the curve while Trump dithered. That’s simply not true.
... Anti-Trump bias is probably the reason for the media backing Chinese lies instead of the Trump administration.  At some point, this should damage their credibility.…

More media casualties as advertising dries up

John Nolte:
Due to the coronavirus and a healthy dose of karma, newspaper advertising is drying up, and these same newspapers are now laying staffers off and slashing salaries while the far-left New York Times’ media columnist screams for a bailout.

Before I get to the karma part, here are the details…

On Monday, we learned the Tampa Bay Times is suspending its print publication from seven to two days a week. That’s not a typo. A newspaper that had been printing every day of the week will now print only on Wednesday and Sunday.

This, however, is not due to a lack of clicks.

“The company reported a surge in traffic to its website … and growth in digital subscriptions over the last few weeks” but “the pandemic sent advertising sales into a plunge. In just the last two weeks, [advertising] cancellations have cost us more than $1 million, and there is no sign of quick recovery on the horizon. We must act now.”

Gannett, one of the largest newspaper companies in the country, publisher of, a…

The Chicom coverup

Epoch Times:
The Chinese Communist Party has deliberately masked the total number of COVID-19 cases in China in a bid to safeguard its image both nationally and internationally, according to China experts as well as evidence documented by The Epoch Times.

As more countries express anger and frustration over Beijing’s botched handling of the virus—fueled by a wide-reaching coverup—half a dozen experts told The Epoch Times the regime is undeniably underreporting cases of the virus, but to what extent is up for debate.

Beijing itself publicly admitted to hiding the number of people with the disease when it announced it would start reporting cases of asymptomatic carriers on April 1, revealing that it hadn’t been doing so. China’s National Health Commission also acknowledged that asymptomatic carriers can infect others and cause outbreaks, which it had previously dismissed.
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In the past three months, the number of Chinese cellphone users dropped by 21 million, suggesting that deaths du…

Engineer accused of deliberate train wreck trying to attack hospital ship at Port of Los Angeles

ABC7:
An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say.

The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship.

Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"

The train crashed into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smashed through a steel barrier and a chain-link fence, slid through one parking lot and then a second lot filled with gravel and hit a second chain-link fence. It came to rest after passing under a ramp leading to the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The train remained in that position Wednesday.
... The engineer admitted that the wreck was deliberate.  …

Texas expands the list of those requiring quarantine upon entry to state

Fox News:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered travelers from seven cities and states to be quarantined for 14 days upon entering his state due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The order applies to anyone traveling to Texas from the states of California, Louisiana, and Washington as well as the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami.
... It covers hotspot states and most high-density population centers in addition to those already under quarantine.

Is this why Flynn was set up?

Washington Examiner:
Michael Flynn lawyer says client was prepared to 'audit' Obama spy officials before getting 'set up' It makes more sense than other explanations for going after him and manufacturing a process crime.

Trump is firing up the supply chain for protective gear for hospitals as national stockpile shrinks

Washington Post:
Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, DHS officials say

The government’s emergency stockpile of masks, gloves and other medical supplies is running low, leaving the Trump administration and states to compete for gear in a global marketplace rife with price-gouging, say Homeland Security officials. So why are anti-religious bigots attacking the MyPillow guy because he made a statement about his faith after converting his factory to produce masks?   Even in a crisis, they can't let go of their bigotry to support those trying to replenish badly needed gear to protect those on the frontlines of this life-saving effort.  He is among many businesses and corporations that are pitching in to save as many lives as possible and Democrats are still wanted to make war on large corporations and their workers.

There is an obvious lack of patriotism on the left in this country.  There is also a lack of leadership by many Democrat leaders and liberals in the me…

Iran should stop its nuclear program if it wants sanctioned dropped

NY Times:
Iran Says U.S. Sanctions Are Taking Lives. U.S. Officials Disagree. Iran, devastated by the coronavirus, is asking the U.S. to lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds. U.S. officials say sanctions aren’t to blame; Iran is. Iran's Islamic religious bigots who rule the country would rather suffer than give up their nuclear ambitions.  It is their insane desire to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and attack none Shia countries that motivates them.  Their hope is that Democrats will be elected in 2020 and give them money again while taking the pressure off.  That would be a huge mistake if Democrats did that.

Democrats try to pretend that everyone knew about virus contagiousness in early January

NY Times:
Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media’s Coronavirus DistortionSean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing commentators turned a pandemic into a battle of us vs. them — the kind of battle President Trump has waged for much of his life. Conservative media has been responding to the bad faith attacks on the President by much of the media and especially Democrats.  The Lid exposes the Democrat scam this morning.  Jeff Dunitz responds to a lie by Joe Scarborough and in the process exposes other Democrats who are pushing the lie like CNN.
Joe Scarborough’s lie of the day for Wednesday, was that unlike Trump, “Everybody saw this [Covid-19] coming in early January.” It can’t be everybody, because Scarborough didn’t see it coming. And when people pointed out that he wasn’t being truthful, Morning Joe whined about being attacked. Joe Scarborough lies

It started with Morning Joe’s program, which I understand is still on TV.
Tom Elliot went on to point out that people who live …

Trump to meet with top US oil executives as market continues to struggle

Bloomberg/Fuel Fix:
Oil touched session highs then sold off abruptly in the final half hour before settlement on Wednesday after news that President Trump is set to meet with top executives at the nation’s largest oil companies to discuss measures to help the industry.

The meeting, set for Friday, comes after a flurry of U.S.-driven diplomacy, with Trump speaking with both Russia and Saudi leaders to broker a deal, though the former OPEC+ allies have no plans to speak to each other, the Kremlin said.

The move underscores just how much oil producers are reeling from the price rout that cratered the market and pushed West Texas Intermediate crude to post its worst quarter on record. On Wednesday, Whiting Petroleum Corp., facing more than a quarter-billion dollar debt it could not pay, filed for bankruptcy as the market collapse struck down another shale explorer. In some areas, producers are said to be receiving even negative prices for their oil.

Even before news of the meeting, specul…

Tobacco company says it has developed vaccine to stop coronavirus

Daily Mail:

British American Tobacco (BAT) - which makes Lucky Strike cigarettes - is calling on Whitehall to fast-track the vaccine through human trials so it can be rolled out in the UK in months. It is somewhat ironic that a virus caused by a bat will be under attack by a company whose acronym of BAT.  The vaccine if tobacco based and it will take the approval of the World Health Organization and regulatory authorities to gain the right to be used.

China using clips from Democrats, CNN, MSNBC, to attack US

Fox News:
A video montage released by a Chinese government-run news outlet used journalists from CNN and MSNBC, as well as politicians and celebrities, in order to attack President Trump.

The Washington Examiner first highlighted the video, which was shared last week by Global Times, an English-language Chinese newspaper, showing the backlash Trump received for referring to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" in reference to the disease's origin.

The montage features multiple media figures, prominent Democrats and celebrities critical of the rhetoric.

"Why do you keep calling this the Chinese virus? Why do you keep using this? A lot of people are saying it's racist," ABC News' White House correspondent Cecilia Vega is seen in an edited exchange with President Trump during a press briefing last month.

"It's easy to scapegoat people and that is what has always happened when there have been pandemics or epidemics," MSNBC chief foreign correspo…

US expects sneak attack from Iran against US forces in Iraq

Washington Post: 
Trump says Iran or its proxies planning a ‘sneak attack,’ warns of a ‘heavy price’ In a tweet, the president provided no specifics. U.S. officials have been wrestling with how to respond to stepped-up hostilities directed at American military personnel. The response may be a direct attack against Iran if its proxy forces attack.  The fiction of someone other than Iran being behind the attack should be ignored.  Find out who in Iran is giving the orders and attack those responsible.

US has one of the lowest mortality rates for Coronavirus in the world

Peter Wallison:
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Still, the only truly important number in this crisis is the percentage of coronavirus cases that result in death. That number is the only true reflection of how successfully a particular country is dealing with the challenge the virus presents.

According to the Worldometer, a private statistical resource used by Johns Hopkins University, the New York Times and others, as of April 1, the United States had 188,881 cases and 4,066 deaths, for a total fatality rate of 2.15%.

That is the one of the lowest fatality rates among the world’s major developed countries. In the world as a whole, according to Worldometer, by April 1 there had been a total of 884,075 coronavirus cases, resulting in 44,169 fatalities, for a world fatality rate of 4.99%.

This is much higher than the U.S. rate, but the fairest test of the success of the Trump administration would be to compare the U.S. fatality rate to that of other developed counties on the same date. Here is the comparison:


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Pelosi pushing tax breaks for the rich in Blue states as response to coronavirus

NY Post Editorial:
Someone ought to tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the coronavirus outbreak, because her laser focus on pushing her political agenda suggests she’s unaware of it.

The latest evidence: She wants to “retroactively” roll back Congress’ 2017 cap on tax deductions for state and local taxes (SALT), the New York Times reports.

She claims lifting the cap would address the economic fallout of COVID-19. She wants her “fix” to be part of Congress’ next rescue plan.

But her idea has nothing to do with boosting the economy and everything to do with helping Dems in blue states, like California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. More than half the benefits of a repeal would go to folks making more than $1 million. Don’t Dems oppose tax breaks for the rich?

No, here’s Pelosi’s real problem: Heavily liberal states, with Democratic leaders, generally impose the highest local levies. The SALT deduction let high-income taxpayers recoup part of those high costs by paying less feder…

5th Circuit backs Texas on restricting abortions during Coronavirus pandemic

The Hill:
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Texas can temporarily enforce a ban on abortions as part of its coronavirus response.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay on a ruling from a lower court that had blocked Texas from enforcing the ban. State officials argue the ban is intended to conserve medical supplies for health workers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. But abortion rights advocates say states are using the pandemic as an excuse to block access.

In a 2-1 opinion, the appeals court ruled that the order from the lower court be stayed until an appeal from Texas is considered. The two judges who ruled in favor of a stay were nominated to their posts by President Trump and former President George W. Bush.

"The temporary stay ordered this afternoon justly prioritizes supplies and personal protective equipment for the medical professionals in need," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement Tuesday.
... I am su…

Examples of rationed care in Canada single payer system

The Western Journal:
Canadian Shares 4 Horrible Experiences with Canada's Supposedly Superior Gov't-Run Health Care It is not a god system when you need immediate treatment or testing.

Biden can't explain his opposition to Trump's travel ban which is supported by 95 percent of those polled

John Nolte:
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Biden is pristine. Hiding in his basement. Hiding in a bubble where he’s fawned over by interviewers like Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper, and Nicole Wallace. At this point, he’s exactly what everyone wants him to be, whatever you want to project onto him you can project onto him.

Biden’s facing no challenges. The media will not ask him tough questions. He has yet to explain his opposition to Trump’s January 31 travel ban, which stopped hundreds of thousands of travelers from epidemic areas from entering our country. Both Biden and the media — Biden as late as March 12! — attacked these bans as xenophobic and racist.

Granted, Biden’s brain freezes have been legion and disturbing, but the fake news media are able to cover those up (for now), even as they go viral on social media.

In the meantime, billions and billions of corporate media dollars are being spent to annihilate Trump, to undermine his efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic, to blame the pandemic on him; and this …

Rick Perry offers advice on how to save the energy industry in the US

Fox News:
Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry warned Tuesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that the coronavirus pandemic has brought the United States' once-thriving oil and energy sector to the verge of a "massive collapse."

Sweeping restrictions on work and travel have brought industrial activity to a near- standstill. Perry explained that fewer cars on the road and fewer flights in the air translate to a major decrease in demand for oil, which is bad news for America's energy producers.

"Our capacity is full and the Saudis are flooding this market with cheap oil," Perry told host Tucker Carlson. "I'm telling you, we are on the verge of a massive collapse of an industry that we worked awfully hard over the course of the last three or four years to build up to the number one oil and gas producing country in the world, giving Americans some affordable energy resources.

"It's a driver of a massive amount of our American economy. Ther…

Does she think that Jim Acosta is a 'strong black woman'

Fox News:
Susan Rice claims Trump 'can't stomach strong black women' after confrontation with reporter This is typical of the bogus claims of racism made by those on the left.  In watching the briefing, I thought Trump was just a tough if not tougher with CNN reporters including Acosta who appears to be a white male.  The left has attempted to weaponize racism allegations and it has made the term just another slur with which to attack political opponents rather than a logical argument.

Those with diabetes should immediately switch to a low carb diet to reduce the risk of Coronavirus

Washington Post:
New CDC data shows danger of coronavirus for those with diabetes, heart or lung disease, other chronic conditionsThe report shows that people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk if they contract the virus. If you have diabetes, I think the best way to reduce this risk is to lower your A1C number.  To do that you have to significantly reduce the consumption of carbohydrates.   If you keep the intake of carbs to 4 grams or fewer per meal you will start to see your blood sugar numbers get down to the normal range even if your pancreas is not producing an adequate amount of insulin.  You should find that your need for insulin injections is also greatly reduced.

I am not a medical doctor.  I have defeated diabetes twice with this approach.  The second time I got it was when my body had an auto-immune reaction to cholesterol medication.  But even with that, the low carb diet worked.  If you have trouble figuring out what to eat, check the Atki…

Hostile media fails to dent Trump approval

NY Times:
Who Are the Voters Behind Trump’s Higher Approval Rating?Despite the president’s slow performance on the coronavirus and his series of falsehoods, some independent voters and Democrats are giving him a measure of credit for his handling of the crisis. Despite the media's attempt to blame Trump for not moving quickly and for being too optimistic, the voters still support him.  They know that when Trump did act to restrict travel, it was the open-borders left that falsely accused him of xenophobia and racism.  It was the left in this country that urged people to join crowds which had the effect of spreading the disease while proclaiming it was racism not to do so.

One of the reasons that so many on the left hate the President's daily briefing is that it exposes what a bunch of jerks many of the reporters are.  While they accuse Trump of "falsehoods" they distort his comments by taking them out of context and omitting material facts.

Their reporting looks like …

Oil price drops to lowest price since 1998

Reuters:
The United States’ flagship crude oil grade plunged on Monday to trade at about $10 a barrel, the weakest since late 1998 as demand plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic and storage filled quickly.

The grade, priced at the heart of the Permian basin in Midland, Texas, traded at $9.50 below benchmark prices, traders said, bringing the outright price to near $10 a barrel.

West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) at Midland, along with other actively traded U.S. crude oil grades, have sharply weakened since the coronavirus pandemic has restricted the movement of billions of people around the world and shriveled energy demand.

A price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia that erupted earlier in the month has also flooded the market with supply, further weighing on export demand for U.S. grades.

WTI at East Houston (MEH) crude, one of the biggest Gulf Coast export grades, traded at minus $6.00 below benchmark futures, its lowest on record.

Traders have warned that Midland crude will…

China is yet to come clean about the coronavirus

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Daily Mail:

China has covered up key information or lied during virtually every stage of its coronavirus response, from initial cases to current infection and death figures, observers experts and politicians warn. While China now claims to have fewer deaths from the virus than the US, few people believe them.  People are looking at the sale of urns in the impacted region as well as the cancellation of cell phone service that suggests that 10 to 40 times the number of people they claim as victims have actually been killed.

Reports indicate that as many as five million people were allowed to travel out of the city of Wuhan before a lockdown was in place.  This must be what Trump is talking about in saying the spread could have been greatly reduced if China had been honest about the issue.

FBI abuse of FISA was worse than first reported

Washington Post:
Problems with FBI surveillance extended far beyond probe of Trump campaign, inspector general says The Justice Department inspector general has issued a new memorandum alerting officials of widespread problems in FISA applications. Will someone in the FBI ever be held accountable for these abuses?  The record of prosecution of illegal conduct by agents and others working for the DOJ is that such prosecutions are at best rare.  The agents who engage in criminal activity are rarely publicly punished.

More on the problem here.

Reminding Democrats, media of their impeachment distraction

Washington Post:
McConnell claims impeachment ‘diverted the attention’ of Trump administration from coronavirus response It was a massive distraction.  It was also a bad faith coup attempt against the Trump administration that should live in infamy. 

It should also be noted that the same Democrats who claim that President Trump did not move quickly enough to deal with the pandemic also criticized the moves he did make to ban travel from China which stopped some of those carrying the disease from coming. 

At the same time, the Democrats were critical of the travel ban, they were also encouraging people to not let the fear of the virus stop them from gathering in huge crowds.  There are plenty of clips on the internet of Democrat politicians in New York telling people to go to the gatherings and suggesting that doing otherwise would be racist.

Media frustrated by not being able to drive down Trump's approval rating?

NY Times:
Who Are the Voters Behind Trump’s Higher Approval Rating?Despite the president’s slow performance on the coronavirus and his series of falsehoods, some independent voters and Democrats are giving him a measure of credit for his handling of the crisis. Trump had been attracting Democrat voters to his campaign rallies.  Some 10 to 20 percent of those participating in the rallies self-identified as Democrats.  I suspect that is because his policies were bringing jobs back to this country.  I also think that one of the reasons Democrats are against the reopening of the country is that they want to depress those voters.

One of the things that is helping Trump is that his performance at the press briefings has impressed those forced to stay at home.  At the same time, the performance of much of the media at these events has really hurt the credibility of reporters and their media.  What is clear from watching them is that they have an agenda-driven approach to covering the news and…

Chinese researchers were examining bat viruses shortly before the virus epidemic in Wuhan

Bill Gertz:
Chinese government researchers isolated more than 2,000 new viruses, including deadly bat coronaviruses, and carried out scientific work on them just three miles from a wild animal market identified as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several Chinese state media outlets in recent months touted the virus research and lionized in particular a key researcher in Wuhan, Tian Junhua, as a leader in bat virus work.

The coronavirus strain now infecting hundreds of thousands of people globally mutated from bats believed to have infected animals and people at a wild animal market in Wuhan. The exact origin of the virus, however, remains a mystery.

SEE ALSO: Chinese markets again selling bats — likely source of deadly pandemic — reporters say

Reports of the extensive Chinese research on bat viruses likely will fuel more calls for Beijing to make public what it knows about such work.

“This is one of the worst cover-ups in human history, and now the world is facing a global pandemic,”…

Gov. Abbott orders Texas schools to remain closed until May 4

Houston Chronicle:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered schools in the state to remain closed until Monday, May 4 unless otherwise extended.

Under the executive order Abbott issued Tuesday, which will be in place until April 30, Texans are expected to limit person interactions except for essential activities and services.

HOUSTON CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Harris County to extend stay-at-home order

State residents will not be required to shelter-in-place. Grocery stores, banks, hardware stores, and other essential businesses will remain open.

The order empowers any law enforcement officer in the state to impose its directives through fines, imprisonment or a quarantine order.
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Abbott said 42,922 people have been tested for the virus, with 3,266 positive cases across 122 counties. Only 2.4 percent of the beds available for COVID-19 patients are currently occupied, he said. There have been 41 deaths so far attributed to the coronavirus in Texas.

What is not clear is whether students will be required …

Brooklyn man accused of hoarding medical supplies and masks and price gouging

NY Post:
A Brooklyn man claiming to be infected with the coronavirus coughed on FBI agents who were investigating him for hoarding medical supplies, the US Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Baruch Feldheim, 43, is facing charges of assault and making false statements to the feds on Sunday outside his Borough Park home where he allegedly peddled and stored massive amounts of N95 respirator masks, federal officials said.

Feldheim is also accused of price-gouging. On March 18, he’s suspected of selling a New Jersey doctor about 1,000 of the masks for $12,000, a markup of roughly 700 percent, authorities said.

The accused fraudster also directed another doctor to an Irvington, NJ, auto repair shop to pick up another order. There, the doctor reported to investigators that Feldheim was allegedly hoarding enough medical supplies “to outfit an entire hospital.”

The materials included hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, chemical cleaning agents and surgical supplies.

By last Monday, Feldheim was opera…

US stealth destroyer ready for combat

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Washington Free Beacon:


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The USS Zumwalt, the Navy's first stealth destroyer, will soon complete the installation of its combat system and be ready for active duty, according to Defense News.

Originally commissioned in 2016, the Zumwalt has been described as "the largest and most technologically advanced surface combatant in the world," featuring "the latest war fighting technology and weaponry available." Its imminent entry into the U.S. fleet is great news for fans of American military supremacy and bad news for the enemies of freedom.
... I think the advantage of the stealth operations of this ship will be mainly under cover of darkness where it will present a difficult radar image to decipher.

Why were so many Democrat candidates supporting harming US and economy with their opposition to fracking

Forbes:
The onslaught of COVID-19 will one day pass and we will get back to normal life. Our reality is that we must march on as best we can. There will be an election in November, so let us get to it.

The question: why did so many presidential candidates (two still are) propose energy policies that were: (1) a direct threat to U.S. national security, (2) morally unjust, (3) counter to climate change goals, (4) sure to raise energy prices, and (5) designed to put millions of people out of work?

Just look at the roughly 20 candidates that ran for the Democratic nomination. Most of them opposed fracking and the export of oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Elizabeth Warren promised to “ban fracking – everywhere” and also make it impossible to export LNG. Still running, Bernie Sanders says “we are going to ban fracking in 50 states of this country” and opposes all fossil fuel exports – as did most of the others that were involved in the race, including Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Tom…

Mortality rates did not increase in December in US

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According to Hoyt:
Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a statistician. I’m not an epidemiologist, nor am I a medical doctor, or even a schmuck with an undergrad in biology. My degrees are in Industrial Management and Automotive Technology. I am a long term organ transplant recipient who has lived with being immunocompromised long enough to take interest in these subjects because disease activity has more potential impact on me than on the average person.
I’ve been watching CDC’s flu surveillance since last fall when there were rumors floating about of a nasty new flu bug in China. That’s not that unusual, there seems to always be rumors of nasty new bugs in China. According to the South China Post the first COVID-19 case in Hubei province China was found November 17. Even that article states that patient zero may have been earlier than that. This page on FlightRadar24.com shows the Wuhan Tianhe airport serves many domestic and international routes. I contend that it is …

Michigan's incompetent Democrat governor tries to blame Trump for her screw up

Elizabeth Vaughn:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, spent a lot of time last week disparaging President Trump’s response to the coronavirus crisis. She went so far as to imply that Trump Administration officials were blocking vendors’ attempts to ship much needed medical supplies to the state. And every step of the way, she was aided by a compliant media.
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In other words, now that everybody knows she was late in submitting the paperwork, she can no longer blame it on Trump.

But, why did she blame it on Trump in the first place?

Donald Trump Jr. believes she was trying to hurt his father’s popularity in the state ahead of the election. He may be right. Following her ridiculous non-answer to Chuck Todd’s question, he tweeted, “So it appears the governor of Michigan lied about what was actually going on to try to hurt Trump in Michigan. Typical Democrat politics and typical media response…also absolutely disgusting. Don’t they have bigger stuff to worry about?”

He may be right.…

Grocery sales may save some restaurants

Epoch Times:
Restaurants across the nation are adapting to the shutdowns caused by the CCP virus pandemic by switching to grocery sales. The strategy is a win-win-win situation, as it helps businesses stay afloat, alleviates supply shortages at regular grocery stores, and diffuses the supply glut in the hospitality industry. Some restaurants are also combining grocery sales with deliveries.

The CCP virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan around November 2019 and was allowed to spread across China and the world due to a coverup and mismanagement by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Many U.S. states have banned eat-in restaurants in an effort to mitigate the epidemic. As massive layoffs sweep through the industry, many restaurateurs are looking to adapt. Meanwhile, some states have rolled back regulations to allow restaurants to sell their bulk supply of food directly to customers.
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“We’re trying to help our supply chain,” he said. “We…