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                This week in Colorado, our statewide stay-at-home order was extended until April 26. Gov. Jared Polis urged everyone to wear a mask of any kind while outdoors. Local groceries are limiting customers to one every 120 square feet of the store. For the first time, my neighborhood playground on Tuesday was wrapped in bright yellow "CAUTION" tape. And in Brighton, Colorado, a father was handcuffed in an empty park by three police officers for playing T-ball with his 6-year-old daughter and wife.

                We are not a serious country. America's "social distancing" campaign has gone both too far and not far enough. The restrictions and guidelines are arbitrary, irrational and unevenly applied.

                While children's swings and slides are now crime scenes, golf courses and pickleball courts in my city are wide open.

                Weed and booze stores are considered "essential." Ice cream, dessert joints and fast-food outlets with takeout and delivery services are still operating. But family-owned, sit-down restaurants that have been staples in our community have been forced to shut their doors after decades in business.

                Barbershops and hair salons here were ordered to close three weeks ago, but government employees on landscaping crews who cut grass -- like the ones I've seen all crammed together in a city truck -- are still earning paychecks subsidized by the taxpayers sidelined from their jobs in the name of safety and public health.

                In my state, and across the country, private gyms have been forbidden spaces for the masses for weeks. But if you're a celebrity or Beltway elitist, you can still stay in shape while sanctimoniously taping public service announcements telling everyone else to stay at home.

                Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have been racking up social media clicks by sharing cozy family quarantine videos and coping tips from their multi-million-dollar Florida mansion. "We all need to take care of ourselves, mentally and physically, and also be respectful of the health and well-being of others. At a time when people need to stay apart, we can still find other ways to feel togetherness. Stay connected, and most importantly, stay safe," Rodriguez tweeted to his 1.2 million fans. Yet, last week, the power couple was caught by paparazzi exiting a Miami gym whose front-door sign read: "This gym is not open. Stay home stay safe."

                Actors Mario Lopez and Mark Wahlberg have also become quarantine time favorites, sharing dance routines, home workouts and homeschool scenes to show their commitment to self-isolation. But last week, the buff Hollywood bros ventured out to a posh Los Angeles F45 Training facility to tape a partner workout together (with a two-person film crew) that they told their viewers to replicate in their apartments or backyards.

                Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal trainer bragged that until last week, she was working out at the private Supreme Court gym. "Everybody's been shut down," trainer Bryant Johnson told Law360, a legal news and analysis website. "The only reason why I didn't shut the justice down is because, hey, she ain't having it," Johnson said.

                Translation: We are not "all in this together," like the cliched hashtag saying goes. The privileged among us get VIP gym access during lockdown, while ordinary Americans are cooped up inside doing pushups in the living room, lunges through the bedroom, makeshift treadmill runs in slippery socks across the kitchen floor, and bicep curls with their jugs of laundry detergent.

                Wealthy LA denizens were still flocking to trendy farmers markets last week -- until they were shamed on Nextdoor and other social media outlets. Throngs descended on the D.C. Maine Avenue Fish Market last weekend in defiance of stay-at-home orders. Mardi Gras partiers and spring break students formed contagion-friendly mobs while authorities sat on their hands. Philadelphia hoodlums are still holding tailgate parties with carloads of boozers. New York subways remain stuffed to the gills with commuters on trains and platforms. But cops in Florida did crack down on a pastor in Tampa for holding services at his megachurch, and police in New Jersey arrested 15 attendees at an Orthodox Jewish rabbi's funeral.

                Mandatory mass isolation (or at least the illusion of it) is an efficient way to instill hysteria and disrupt lives but a poor means of actually protecting the most vulnerable. Selective social distancing is a futile exercise in virus virtue signaling. Either we're all in or we're all out. You can't attribute curve-flattening to "social distancing" if huge swaths of people never practiced it or opted out when convenient.

                How long must we carry on the charade? Public health autocrat Anthony Fauci insists we must continue living like this until there are "no new cases" and "no new deaths" -- and until a vaccine (which his control-freak pal Bill Gates is working overtime to foist on the world) is in place. This is nuts. The zero-cases/zero-deaths standard doesn't exist for any other pandemic. We're strangling ourselves in CAUTION tape, riddled with holes, for show. Pretense is a pointless cure worse than any infectious disease.

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Michelle Malkin

EITHER CHINA IS LYING ABOUT THEIR CORONA VIRUS STATISTICS OR, IN MY OPINION, THEY CREATED A WEAPONIZED VIRUS …INTENTIONALY SPREAD IT, HAVE A CURE, AND HAVE A VACCINE!

When the World and US Statistics on corona virus “confirmed cases”, are compared to “recoveries” and “deaths”…the China Statistics are mathematically NOT possible, unless…they have both a cure and vaccination OR are providing false information!

The virus originated in Wuhan, China which is 839km from Shanghai and 1,152km to Beijing and 15,000km from both Milan and NY. However there are few confirmed cases and fewer deaths in both Beijing and Shanghai, both vital cities to China’s economy. Europe, America and the rest of the world economically as well as corona virus wise, are being clobbered. China remain safe on both counts…how?

India is closed but China is open and as of April 8th…Wuhan is open!?

The US, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo and most of the world are closed…but Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai are OPEN?!

Beijing and Shanghai are corona free and business as usual…how could the rest of the world be contaminated and the culprit, China, be either Virus free or under control? The ONLY way is they have a cure and a vaccine!

Looking at the numbers…comparing China to the United States and to the rest of the World the numbers don’t match;

China; 81,907 confirmed cases while the US has 488,045 and the world has 1,631,310. But when we compare recoveries, the world and the US have an 8% recovery rate…China…is 95% !  (US 27,408 and world 365,722…China3,336) ! Compare the confirmed cases to deaths and the World and the US are at 8%...China1/2 that at 4%...that is NOT possible…that’s common sense.

That’s not mathematically possible unless China is lying or withholding the cure!!!

China’s economic backbone is Shanghai…that’s where the wealthy live and their major industry exists. .Beijing is where their leaders live. Coincidentally, there was no shut down in either… no corona virus…why?

I’ve written before that I was of the opinion that China was working on a Bio weapon near Wuhan and had an accidental release but…that is just NOT possible with the way things are turning out. China has control over the contamination…without any doubt …or Shanghai and Beijing would have been as hard hit as the REST of the freaking world!

April 9th…China new cases…42?! Really? Monday was the 5th day according to China, with no new cases…that’s not possible without a lie or a cure. Which is it?

If China did, as MOST Americans believe …intentionally caused this attack on the World and the US, we need to retaliate …but not with guns and bullets…do it by brain power and US dollars. Keep them! Keep the money we owe China, confiscate property purchased in the US by Chinese Citizens under false pretenses…claiming to be US citizens and private investors when in fact they are buying or bought for the Chinese government.

Use force by strong economic actions, to stop any and all sales of ANY US built military equipment to China (bring the manufacturing home first…dah). GE and other US Businesses, that ran to China, during Hussein Obama’s Rule as the Ayatollah of America, either come back or all business with GE will terminate in the US by TARIFFS!

Prevent them from selling their goods here while GE either builds new here or we finance our own “New GE” here! For all GM plants…come back from China or else! The President of GM around 2012 while in China and sucking up to Chinese bankers, businessmen and Obama, said that 75% of all GM cars are built in China!

That is nothing to brag about unless you’re a Chinese Communist!

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 18:13

Let’s Pause To Think About Some Things

Why has so much of the political discussion boiled down to hostile questions and answers at press-conferences and in political analyses on tv, radio, in print and on the internet? We really shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve had almost two decades of “derangement syndromes” focused on our presidents. The ability of politicians to come together in bipartisan cooperation ended sometime after 9/11.

Our frames of reference have changed so let’s think about new questions we’ve been asking. I’m stepping away from the “big 3” most common topics: number of diagnoses, number of deaths, and “how long until the economy is open and I get to work?”

Let’s think about drug development and approval protocol. It occurs to me that our process is set up for excruciatingly deliberate process for non-crises times, and that may be fine. But as we hear about the process for developing and approving an eventual vaccine, which is really the answer to getting back to “normal,” why does the “peace-time” protocol have to apply? Perhaps there’s a good reason, but my money’s on our ability to do things differently, and more quickly, in this emergency.

On a very much related topic, we’ve heard much about the potential of using existing drugs to fight COVID-19. There’s a natural reluctance to rushing into doing that. That’s fine for peacetime, but with known levels of complications and toxicity, etc. and since there was considerable anecdotal success, it seems to me we should have loosened up on normal protocol while facing this crisis. I think we are now seeing that happen, but we didn’t get there automatically. Our President had to push hard for it, and he’s receiving significant push-back from his political opposition.

For me it’s been a revelation as to the lack of U.S. self-sufficiency in terms of markets for critical medical equipment and supplies. Here’s what China has been supplying the U.S. in large numbers and proportions of our total requirements: medical devices, medical face masks, protective clothing, penicillin, aspirin, acetaminophen, prescription drug ingredients, and certain vitamins. China is now second only to Canada in terms of exporting drugs and biologics to the United States. And it is the dominant provider of generic drugs. Add to that rare-earth metals used in technology production. I won’t even list the household supplies, appliances and hardware coming from China. Their leverage over us is huge. That must be reversed.

It’s occurred to me how much people value not only their lifestyle, but also their very existence – their lives. And right now, we’re all “employed” full-time in the defense of human life – ours, and others. I’m hoping some of that will spill over into “peace-time” and influence all of us to understand better the need to discuss the very definition of life – not only as it relates to social justice and that type of thing, but also as it relates to the whole question most Americans want resolved – the issue of the “right-to-life.”

At some point we need to address the following:

· Should we go back to allowing use of plastic bags in the retail setting? We have almost totally transitioned to cloth or reusable plastic bags. We now know those are an easy way for viruses to spread.

· Should urban areas re-think some of their plans for high density living and metro transportation. Viruses spread more easily in those environments.

· Does mass inoculation of prophylactic medicine and vaccines require rethinking “patent law protection” during crises?

· What will be the impact on future policies about border control and border walls?

· It appears that we won’t truly know, during this crisis, exactly what is the value and proper use of face masks.

Quoting Ross Douthat in the New York Times, “Neither Fauci nor any official institution can answer all these questions. We’ll have to answer them one experiment at a time.” There are many things we don’t have the answers to, but we’ll use the power of incentives in our free enterprise economic system to advance solutions on many fronts.

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Steve Bakke,
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It happened in Chicago, but it did not start or stop there.

           

A 60-something-year-old woman from the Windy City traveled halfway around the world to Wuhan, China, this past December. Her husband stayed in Illinois. She came home on Jan. 13 -- and brought something with her.

           

She gave it to her husband.

          

"The individual did not have symptoms while traveling," Dr. Jennifer Layden, chief medical officer for the Illinois Department of Public Health, explained during a Jan. 24 press briefing sponsored by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

           

But that, of course, was not the end of the story.

           

"A few days after arriving home, the patient began to feel unwell," Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health, said in that briefing.

           

The doctors tried not to be alarmist as they discussed the problem this virus from Wuhan presented.

           

"Again, she was not symptomatic when flying, and based on what we know now about this virus, our concern for transmission before symptoms developed is low. So that is reassuring," said Arwady.

           

"Since returning from China, the patient has had limited movement outside her home," she continued.

           

"This is all very reassuring in terms of infection risk to the general public, which remains low nationally and locally here in Chicago," the doctor said.

           

This Chicago woman, who had been in Wuhan, was one of the first known COVID-19 carriers to enter the United States, according to CDC reports. But she was not the first diagnosed with the virus.

           

On Jan. 15, a man in his 30s arrived back in Snohomish County, Washington. He, too, had been in Wuhan.

           

On Jan. 21, three days before it would confirm the Chicago case, the CDC announced that this Washington man was the first U.S. resident to test positive for COVID-19.

           

"I am also thankful that the man who tested positive for this virus acted so quickly to seek treatment," said Dr. John Wiesman, the Washington state Secretary of Health. "Because of that we were able to isolate him from the public. His actions gave us a head start. All of this work means we believe the risk to the public is low."

           

On Jan. 26, the CDC announced three more cases -- including one in Arizona and two in California.

           

These three had one thing in common with the first two.

           

"All of these infections were in people with recent travel to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

           

Then another person in Chicago -- who had not been to Wuhan -- tested positive. Who was he?

           

"The first Illinois case, a woman in her 60s, who returned from Wuhan, China, January 13th, is in the hospital in stable condition, and continues to do well," Layden explained in a Jan. 30 CDC briefing. "Public health officials have been actively and closely monitoring individuals who had contact with her, including her husband, who had close contact, for symptoms."

           

"We have now received lab confirmation from the CDC that he indeed has novel coronavirus," she said.

           

This husband was "the first person-to-person transmission" in the United States.

           

On Jan. 31, the CDC announced the seventh case. "The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China," said the CDC.

           

That same day, President Donald Trump announced he was suspending entry to the United States for foreign nationals who had been in China within the past 14 days.

           

In the two days following Trump's announcement, the CDC detected four more cases. Three were in persons who had recently returned from Wuhan. The fourth, the CDC said, was a woman who lived in the same household as one of the previously detected patients who had been in Wuhan.

           

In its "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" published on Feb. 7, the CDC summarized how COVID-19 came to America. "Nine of the first 11 U.S. 2019-nCoV patients were exposed in Wuhan, China," it said.

           

The other two were the spouse and a household member of U.S. residents who picked up the virus in Wuhan.

           

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated the truth. "This virus began in Wuhan, China," he said March 24 on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins."

           

"Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party covered this up and delayed its response in a way that has truly put thousands of lives at risk," Pompeo said.

           

Since the first few Americans returned from Wuhan unwittingly carrying this virus, the situation has dramatically escalated. As of Tuesday, the CDC estimated there were 374,329 COVID-19 cases in the United States and 12,064 COVID-19 deaths.

           

"So," Pompeo told Perkins on March 24, "Every day that the Chinese Communist Party sat on this information and didn't do the right thing, and instead punished doctors who were attempting to alert the world about what was taking place there in Wuhan, increased the number of people who would be exposed, and thereby put all of us all around the world -- and the Chinese people as well -- put them at unnecessary risk, too."

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There will come a day when we will go evaluate how the entire world responded," Pompeo said at a March 17 briefing.

           

When this pandemic has passed, every aspect of U.S. relations with China should be reevaluated and recalculated to do just one thing: put the American people first.

           

Earlier than even this New York Times report, Chuck Todd, host of NBC News's Meet the Press, on March 8 hailed China's supposed success in tackling the virus, asking whether the Chinese Communist Party's style of despotic governance deserves all the credit.

           

"How uncomfortable is it," Todd asked, echoing the sentiments of others in Western media, "that perhaps China's authoritarian ways did prevent this? Meaning, had China been a free and open society, this might have spread faster?"

           

The U.S. intelligence community determined last week that China has underreported both the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths, all of it in an attempt to conceal the full extent of the pandemic in its country.

           

Early on, China silenced doctors who raised alarms about the virus, denied access to foreign scientists who could have studied the virus, and falsely claimed that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

           

NBC breathlessly reported, "As the U.S. struggles to stem coronavirus, China asserts itself as global leader" on efforts by China to provide help to other countries. But the reality is that China has delivered faulty equipment around the world. In the Netherlands, the health ministry recalled 600,000 Chinese manufactured face masks despite their desperate need for medical equipment after their filters did not work properly, and they did not fit. Spain purchased hundreds of thousands of tests from China, only to learn that at least 60,000 did not work.

           

The American press's readiness to treat reports out of Beijing with little, if any, skepticism comes as actual Chinese communist propaganda videos cite members of the free press in conjunction with its broader, hyperaggressive effort to avoid blame for creating the coronavirus pandemic.

           

Whether they know it or not, the journalists who claim it is problematic to refer to the virus by its country and city of origin, and the ones who claim China has the pandemic mostly under control, and who praise China's efforts to help other countries are doing the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party, which is eager both to present itself as the world's leading superpower and scrub from the record its culpability in the spread of the virus.

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"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."

Remember that line from the famous American movie "Network"? It's time for a rebellion. Every out-of-work American and every out-of-business American business owner needs to open their windows and shout it, shout it so loud it reaches President Donald Trump, Congress and every swamp politician from Washington D.C., to New York to Boston to Beverly Hills, California.

It's time for this madness to stop. Mr. President, do you understand how many suicides of prominent business owners are going to start piling up?

Here in Las Vegas, a business owner closed his business, laid off his 45 employees (with tears in his eyes) and then went home and committed suicide. Did you see that in the news?

It's happening across America.

Do you understand the pain of the employees? People can't even get through to file for unemployment benefits. The websites have been down for days on end. No one answers the phones.

Do you understand how many lives are being ruined, how many jobs are being killed, how many great businesses will never reopen? The people are getting desperate and despondent. They have no money for food, rent, gas or survival.

We can't stay closed. We have to open up the U.S. economy. There is no more time for debate. There is no more room for caution. I have ideas and compromise below.

First, these coronavirus "death counts" have to stop. You're scaring people half to death. I suggest new kinds of death counts be put up on the screens to compete:

            -- JOBS KILLED by this complete business shutdown.

            -- BUSINESSES CLOSED.

            -- AMERICAN DREAMS DESTROYED.

            -- SUICIDES.

Another Great Depression will destroy this great nation. And we're on the way, unless you open this economy again.

And why not open America for business again -- with tight restrictions? What is happening now makes absolutely no sense. We are allowed to shop at big-box stores like Costco, Walmart and Home Depot; health food stores like Whole Foods and Sprouts; grocery stores; pet stores; auto part stores; pawn shops; marijuana stores; liquor stores; and gun stores. And get this: Golf courses are open.

If all of that is allowed, why can't we open all stores and businesses but with the same health precautions and restrictions?

I love and appreciate the UPS drivers and Costco cashiers on the front lines. But if they can work, why can't the rest of us? Do Costco checkout guys and gals and supermarket cashiers have a big S on their chest? If they can face it and survive, why can't the rest of us?

The liberal Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, just recommended everyone wear masks and scarves. Isn't this the compromise to get us all back to work?

Here's the mantra for the day: Wear a mask. Get back to work!

We need to open the U.S. economy before it's too late, before we're all doomed -- not from coronavirus but from the fallout of a Great Depression. Here is the compromise. Here are the new rules.

Anyone who wants to stay home can. If you want to collect welfare, food stamps and unemployment, you can. Anyone at high risk -- seniors, the sick, the obese, those with illness -- should shelter at home.

But the rest of us (the working people of America) are willing to take the risk; to keep our businesses alive; to save jobs; to save the economy; to prevent a Great Depression; to prevent mass suicides, alcoholism, drug addiction, poverty and misery.       

We can all work -- just like the Costco employees and supermarket cashiers and UPS drivers. We can all wear masks. Our customers can wear masks. We can all practice social distancing. Employees can stand 6 feet apart. Stores can limit customers. New customers can be allowed to only go in when others leave. We can sanitize our workplaces and stores like never before.

It's time to start organizing a mega call campaign to President Trump, Congress and local politicians across this country. It's time to tell them that the American people want to take precautions, that we'll accept restrictions but we need to get back to work. Or we're holding you accountable for ruining our jobs, careers, businesses, dreams, lives.

The pandemic is horrible. But we can't keep the economy closed. Your caution and fear are killing our lives more than any pandemic. The politicians are destroying America.

Shout it: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

 

 

 

 

For a mid-week moment, it appeared Florida’s chief executive had accorded great regulatory and enforcement authority to local governments in issuing his statewide stay-at-home order.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decree allowed local governments to impose tighter restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic than levied by the state, other than those stipulated in the order.

The executive order bucked a decades-long trend in state Republican leadership’s use of “predatory preemption” to whittle away at home rule across the regulatory landscape.

 

DeSantis cleared away any confusion such a thing was to occur in a Thursday amendment memo that declared his order “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”

The revised order reinterprets a line in the original decree allowing local governments to implement restrictive orders by erasing it.

Nevertheless, DeSantis assured reporters Thursday, the revised order ensures “the baseline” and local governments can impose stricter measures if they choose.

Local governments “can go beyond what I’ve done. What we’re doing is setting a floor,” he said. “And they can’t go below the floor.”

Except when it comes to religious services.

DeSantis’ order defines "religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship" as “essential” and, therefore, preempts local restrictions on religious gatherings. The original did not do so.

“I don’t know that they would have the authority, quite frankly, to close a religious ... the Constitution doesn’t get suspended here. There’s got to be ways where you can accommodate,” DeSantis said.

The governor met with religious leaders and agreed “their work is important” and should be classified as “essential.”

 

“There is no reason why you can’t do a church service 6 feet apart,” he said. “In times like this, I think the service that they are performing is going to be very important to people, particularly coming up in the Easter season.”

Michigan, New Mexico, Delaware, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia are among states with stay-at-home exemptions for religious services.

Virginia and Maryland require places of worship to limit in-person services to fewer than 10 people, which is the same as President Donald Trump’s administration’s 30-day guidelines and DeSantis’ stay-at-home order – except, apparently, for religious services.

Local officials are on edge as some pastors, such as Brandon megachurch preacher Rodney Howard-Browne, threaten to defy stay-at-home orders to open their churches for services Easter Sunday, a little more than a week away.

The Evangelical pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested on misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and violation of a county-wide order after he was warned to limit his congregation to fewer than 10 people in compliance with a county stay-at-home order.

Claiming the restriction violated his First Amendment rights, Howard-Browne staged two services Sunday at his megachurch south of Tampa, drawing up to 500 worshippers.

He has since hired Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver. Staver represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay people in 2015.

In a live streamed call-in Thursday, Browne said he had closed the church “to protect the congregation, not from the virus, but from a tyrannical government."

He said the church would remain closed through Sunday, Palm Sunday, but did not dismiss hosting services on Easter Sunday on April 12.

"At this time, I have not made any decision about Easter Sunday or services thereafter," he said. "Adonica (his wife) and I are praying and seeking the Lord for wisdom. I will say, however, that the church cannot be closed indefinitely."

For a mid-week moment, it appeared Florida’s chief executive had accorded great regulatory and enforcement authority to local governments in issuing his statewide stay-at-home order.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decree allowed local governments to impose tighter restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic than levied by the state, other than those stipulated in the order.

The executive order bucked a decades-long trend in state Republican leadership’s use of “predatory preemption” to whittle away at home rule across the regulatory landscape.

 

DeSantis cleared away any confusion such a thing was to occur in a Thursday amendment memo that declared his order “shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”

The revised order reinterprets a line in the original decree allowing local governments to implement restrictive orders by erasing it.

Nevertheless, DeSantis assured reporters Thursday, the revised order ensures “the baseline” and local governments can impose stricter measures if they choose.

Local governments “can go beyond what I’ve done. What we’re doing is setting a floor,” he said. “And they can’t go below the floor.”

Except when it comes to religious services.

DeSantis’ order defines "religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship" as “essential” and, therefore, preempts local restrictions on religious gatherings. The original did not do so.

“I don’t know that they would have the authority, quite frankly, to close a religious ... the Constitution doesn’t get suspended here. There’s got to be ways where you can accommodate,” DeSantis said.

The governor met with religious leaders and agreed “their work is important” and should be classified as “essential.”

 

“There is no reason why you can’t do a church service 6 feet apart,” he said. “In times like this, I think the service that they are performing is going to be very important to people, particularly coming up in the Easter season.”

Michigan, New Mexico, Delaware, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia are among states with stay-at-home exemptions for religious services.

Virginia and Maryland require places of worship to limit in-person services to fewer than 10 people, which is the same as President Donald Trump’s administration’s 30-day guidelines and DeSantis’ stay-at-home order – except, apparently, for religious services.

Local officials are on edge as some pastors, such as Brandon megachurch preacher Rodney Howard-Browne, threaten to defy stay-at-home orders to open their churches for services Easter Sunday, a little more than a week away.

The Evangelical pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested on misdemeanor counts of unlawful assembly and violation of a county-wide order after he was warned to limit his congregation to fewer than 10 people in compliance with a county stay-at-home order.

Claiming the restriction violated his First Amendment rights, Howard-Browne staged two services Sunday at his megachurch south of Tampa, drawing up to 500 worshippers.

He has since hired Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver. Staver represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay people in 2015.

In a live streamed call-in Thursday, Browne said he had closed the church “to protect the congregation, not from the virus, but from a tyrannical government."

He said the church would remain closed through Sunday, Palm Sunday, but did not dismiss hosting services on Easter Sunday on April 12.

"At this time, I have not made any decision about Easter Sunday or services thereafter," he said. "Adonica (his wife) and I are praying and seeking the Lord for wisdom. I will say, however, that the church cannot be closed indefinitely."

Wake up America, we are in the midst of a war and have been attacked like we haven’t been since Pearl Harbor. 

In case you haven’t noticed, our opponent is China. The only difference is they have caused mass crisis, chaos, death and destruction to America- without firing a bullet, or bomb.

Fellow Americans and citizens of the Free World, it’s time we wake up and prepare for battle. Once America mobilizes for all-out war, we never lose.

One positive result of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak is that we have clearly seen that China is not only not our friend, they are our bitter enemy. China may not have purposely released the coronavirus, however, their actions following its spread clearly shows their true colors.  

Not only did they withhold critical information and refuse to cooperate to limit the virus’s spread, they supplied desperate countries with faulty masks, test kits and respirators. And rather than accept responsibility, China tried to place the blame on the US military- a despicable and disgraceful lie. 

Perhaps even worse is the discovery that over the past decade or two here in America, deep-state, big-business crony capitalists; working with corrupt, swamp-dwelling politicians; allowed China to take control of most of our manufacturing and the supply chain of America’s essential medical and pharmaceutical products. For more details, study the Clinton Crime Family, Biden Crime Family, Kerry Crime Family and Obama Crime Family. 

Even worse, rather than stepping up and joining the world in fighting this deadly outbreak, China is holding life-saving medical products hostage, even threatening to withhold them from the rest of the world. The only saving grace is, who wants their products? They’re mostly defective.

What was China’s goal? Perhaps world economic domination, or perhaps economic retaliation, or perhaps simply covering up communist incompetence on a grand scale. 

Does it matter? Wake up America, this is our generation’s Pearl Harbor

It is almost impossible to explain how fortunate that at this time in history, America is led by a man like President Donald J. Trump. Unlike typical politicians who see a crisis only as a way to secure and increase government’s power, Trump is a businessman who sees a problem and solves it. 

It is nothing short of amazing how President Trump is able to accomplish as much as he does, in the face of the withering fire he takes daily from the fake news media and head-on opposition from the D.C. swamp-dwelling politicians and deep state bureaucrats.  

If President Trump were not in charge, this battle may have already been decided, the U.S. and free world’s economies decimated and destroyed, with China now a powerhouse on its way to domination and control.

Thank God for the leadership of President Trump. I am confident America is about to see real action to fight and win this war. I hope and pray it will be accomplished without bombs and guns; it will be done with economic policies. Here are some ideas to get started.

The obvious first step is regaining control over our medical and pharmaceutical supply chain by manufacturing here in the USA under the umbrella of a “national security emergency.” Whatever it costs the government to insure our medical supply chain is “Made in America.” please do it Mr. President. 

But then, let me suggest a bold second blow in this economic war, aimed directly at the heart of the Chinese economy. President Trump, should immediately announce to the world that 90 days from today, any apparel product that says “Made in China” will be turned away at US ports. Not charged a tariff, but actually refused entry. 

The ignorant liberals and fake news media will scream “You can’t do that. Prices will skyrocket and hurt Americans, especially the poor.” This will just show how ignorant they are about the way business works in today’s world.  

Within hours of that announcement, a roar of approval will rise from U.S.-friendly countries including India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala and Ecuador. Why 90 days? I’ve spoken to my friends in the clothing business. That is the time required for apparel manufacturers operating in China to pack up their sewing machines, move them to one of these other low-cost countries, hire and train employees, and begin manufacturing, without missing a beat.  

The result will be millions of unemployed Chinese workers very unhappy with their brutal communist government. And praise for the USA from governments of countries where millions of new jobs have been created. China’s economy will be devastated. All without firing a shot. 

Then there’s shot number three shot across China’s bow. President Trump must ask the American people to help, whenever possible, by buying “Made-in-America” products. Make that a new national security priority. 

And finally, here’s economic shot number four: President Trump should tell the American people, from now on if any product says, “Made in China,” just say no. Simply look for an equivalent from the USA, or any other country. 

What has just happened to America is a catastrophe- both medical and economic. We may not recover for years, or decades to come. All because China refused to warn us quickly enough, and once they did, they refused to tell us the true scope of the unfolding disaster. This fraud and cover-up has led to thousands of American deaths, perhaps over 100,000 to come, millions of jobs lost, and trillions in economic damage. 

Clearly these are only the first blows in what will be a long, and hard-fought war. But President Trump, know the vast majority of the American people are behind you; we realize just how blessed we are to have you as our President at this moment; and we trust you will lead us to victory. 

God bless President Trump. And God Bless America.

Wayne Allyn Root 

In the late 80's REM released a song called "It's the end of the world as we know it" well COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it.

While some have taken to panicking, hoarding toilet paper and groceries, others are trying to enjoy their normal lives as best we can while following procedures to keep themselves and those around them safe.

It’s looking like this may be a long road back to the lives that we were used to, so practices that can help keep your body active and mind at ease are key— In a recent Executive Order Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has issued guidelines for us to practice "safer at home" and in that order it mentions "recreational activities" as permissible... practices like riding a motorcycle fall under that guideline are allowed but we all need to be smart about it.

We have to be careful while riding not to appear that we are not following proper guidelines.

Here are some practical tips to help keep you safe on the road, and help avoid the further transmission of this virus.

Social distancing allows for groups of up to 10 people but let us go one better......... if you have a group of 10 or more... lets ride in smaller groups... so you designate a second ride captain who keeps his group a full car length behind the first group ... so if 10 you could ride in 2 groups of 5 or 6 and 4 if you like to ride in pairs... if you have more than 12 designate another ride captain.

Ride captains should maintain same distance from group in front of them when stopping at red lights or street corners and lead their group to a seperate parking area from previous group.

When you arrive at a destination, be sincere in keeping with 6 feet apart distancing from riders not in your immediate circle.

Helmet on, gloves on.

While this is a good rule for riding in general, I believe it to be more important during this time, it’s a good idea to keep your helmet on with shield or eye ware and gloves on a little more than you usually would When getting to a destination, park further apart than you usually do, even within your group... Keep these helmet and gloves on until the group has separated a bit.
Keep your gloves on while filling up with gas to avoid touching the handle that is probably covered in germs. Or bring your own sanitary wipes and clean the handle for yourself and others.
Keeping your face covered keeps you from touchint it and gloves are likely to do the same. At the end fo the day, wipe down your gloves and helmet.
Skip the large parties.
It’s commonly said that motorcycling is a solitary endeavor, made exponentially more fun by the addition of others. I’ve generally agreed with this, but now… We need some space. Social distancing is one of the key components of slowing down COVID-19’s spread, so avoiding any sort of gathering is key. If you want to go ride with some friends... see above
Wash your bike,  your helmet, your hands,  your phone.
We’ve all been told to wash our hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, and that’s great advice, you absolutely should. But there’s a lot more than just your hands out there to worry about, and it’s likely that you’ve touched your phone with your gloved hand as well. Think about commonly touched surfaces—even the visor and vents on your helmet that you’ve been adjusting throughout your ride. If you’ve used any tools on your ride, it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect those as well. So play it safe—wash your bike, wipe down your phone, and, for the love of God, wash your hands.
Bring the Purell, wipes, 409, liquids and some snacks.
We’re riding for some social distance here. So whether you’re packing a picnic or picking up some food along the way, you want to be able to clean your hands without having to find a bathroom with some soap, and hand sanitizer is perfect for that. Make sure you can relax and enjoy your meal by packing some of this liquid gold. . 409 cleaner is actually a great way to clean surfaces too and still available at Walmart (well it was yesterday when I was there)... it kills 99.9% of Viruses and bacteria. Also, it is a good idea to pack some snacks and water to keep your blood sugar up and stay hydreated, keeping your immune system working.
Enjoy the freedom, within limits.
I don’t know about you, but where I live, the roads are more open than I have ever seen them. There is a natural part of me that thinks for some reason the rules suddenly don’t apply, but when I go riding I still see cops out. So obey the usual rules of the road while adding some these new suggestions.
If you feel unwell at all, stay home.
If you’re showing any symptoms at all, stay home. Even if you feel well, always practice the 6-foot rule for social distancing (which is easier on a motorcycle, let's face it). Most people who are infected are asymptomatic; do your part and stay home. It’s not worth it to get germs on a gas pump or anything else that may inadvertently infect someone else.
Most of all ....Have fun, ride safe, AND do your part.
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