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Saturday, 09 May 2020 08:04

How Long Can Biden Stay in His Basement?

Where Barack Obama achieved notoriety for "leading from behind," Joe Biden, these last two months, has been leading from the basement.

         

And, one must add, doing so quite successfully.

         

Since his rout of Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday, Biden has led President Donald Trump in every national poll and, lately, opened up a lead in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida. One poll has him tied with Trump in Texas.

         

Last week, however, reality intruded. Biden was forced to defend himself against the lurid charge of ex-aide Tara Reade that, as a senator in 1993, he had groped and assaulted her inside the Capitol complex.

         

Why did Biden go public?

         

Because witnesses were coming forward to say Reade told them of Biden's misconduct years ago, and major media outlets began to give the charge credibility by moving the allegation onto Page One.

         

Media allies were signaling that they could not forever give Biden a pass on this, and he had to speak to the charges. Which is what Biden did Friday as he told MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski:

         

"This never happened ... and it's as simple as that."

         

With that flat denial, Biden put his credibility on the line -- in defense of his character. For one cannot equate what Reade claims Biden did with the reputation he has built over half a century as a decent and honorable man. Biden now has to persuade the nation this woman is deluded, wildly exaggerating, misremembering -- or is deliberately lying.

         

If "nothing happened," Biden must explain how well he knew Reade and why she left a plum job in the office of a U.S. senator after only nine months.

         

This is not a matter any presidential candidate wants to discuss while conducting his campaign. But this is only the beginning of Biden's problems -- and of his party's problems with Biden.

         

With four months left before his nomination in Milwaukee, and six months before the November election, there are still among Democrats gnawing concerns based on Biden's performance in the debates and primaries, and since, that he has lost the ability to articulate issues clearly and cogently, or to complete complex thoughts.

         

The worry is that he is suffering from mental decline and could be destroyed by Trump in a presidential debate. Biden forgets, mumbles, misspeaks, loses his train of thought and appears, at times, confused.

         

Moreover, Biden is no spring chicken. He would take office at 78, one year older than Ronald Reagan, our oldest president, was when he left office.

         

Biden has also signaled, by his references to being a "bridge" president, that he will be serving only the single term that would end in 2025 with him having celebrated his 82nd birthday.

         

"I view myself as a transition candidate," Biden conceded last week.

         

This makes his vice presidential choice crucial. For that individual would not only become president instantly should something happen to a President Biden, but he or she would also become the leader of the Democratic Party, the probable presidential nominee in 2024, and possibly president.

         

Who will Biden select as America's future leader, after him?

         

First rule: No white men need apply. Biden has ruled them out.

         

Indeed, no male candidate of any race or ethnicity need apply. The vice presidential nomination has been set aside for a woman.

         

A woman of color? Not necessarily.

         

But here Biden has another problem. It was a huge turnout among African Americans in South Carolina that rescued Biden's failing candidacy and propelled him to his Super Tuesday triumph three days later.

         

Should Biden choose Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate in a party that celebrates diversity above all, that all-white ticket would dismay and conceivably enrage the political elites of the black and Hispanic communities in the Democratic coalition.

         

If he chooses Sen. Elizabeth Warren, that ticket would also be all white. Moreover, it would point to a Democratic Party future far to the left of the constituencies that turned out in panic for Joe Biden because he was the last man standing athwart the forced march to the left of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.

         

If Biden chooses an African American like Stacey Abrams, who lost the Georgia governor's race in 2018, or Sen. Kamala Harris, who did poorly in the primaries and savaged Biden for his opposing forced busing to integrate public schools in the 1970s, would Democrats welcome either as the party's designated future leader?

         

Michelle Obama, as Biden wistfully says, would fit the bill perfectly.

         

But the former first lady is unavailable. And while Biden is mulling over his choice in his basement, Republicans will be attacking his character, credibility and mental competence. Before the fall campaign begins, they will have soiled his candidacy good.

         

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried," said Winston Churchill, after the British gave him "The Order of the Boot" in 1945.

         

Campaign 2020 may show us our own democracy at its worst.

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Patrick J. Buchanan

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 18:33

Media relentless on Trump

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference Wednesday at 5pm ... He announced the details of Phase 1 of his plan for reopening Florida.

DeSantis said the reopening plan for the state will go into effect on Monday, May 4, but will not include counties of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach because advisors believe those counties are not ready for phase 1. 

DeSantis made the announcement a day after consulting with President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force on Tuesday.

“We’re gonna approach it in a very measured, thoughtful and data-driven way and I think that’s what most of the folks throughout the state are looking for,” DeSantis said as he sat next to President Donald Trump.

Here's what phase 1 looks like for now... Gov. DeSantis said he would re-visit portions of this phase as time and new data give a clearer picture of the situation and adjust accordingly.

Reopening in Florida on May 4

Restaurants are allowed to reopen their indoor dining at a 25% capacity and their outdoor seating areas at 50%. Both indoor and outdoor seating must include six feet of space between tables.

Non essential retail stores will be allowed to re-open also with only 25% of capacity allowed inside stores.

 On the job, it’s likely that DeSantis will encourage employers to continue emphasizing remote working, while using social distancing among the returning workforce and suggested wearing mask in the workplace if space doesn't allow enough space for proper social distancing.

Elective surgeries are okay again.

Remaining closed

Bars, gyms and places where personal services are done, such as hair salons, will remain closed.

Schools remain closed and will continue distancing learning. Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited

          Are you enjoying your first taste of socialism? Life in America today is a sneak preview of life in Cuba or Venezuela. Democrats love it. This is the future they plan for you. The current economic catastrophe is exactly what America will look like if we institute the Green New Deal.

          The goal is to defeat climate change by killing your job, taking away your car, closing your business and turning America into Cuba or Venezuela.

          It's a progressive Democrat's rainy dream.

          And isn't it great? You don't need to go to work. Money magically appears in your bank account. Hopefully, you can live on $1,200 every six weeks for the rest of your life.

          You get to spend long days watching daytime talk shows and movies on Netflix -- you know, the things Democrats call a "typical day" for their voters.

          And think of the money you can save on gas by not going anywhere. Soon all those nasty, polluting, carbon-emitting vehicles will be just a memory of the past. How wonderful will it be to have time to "just think" as you wait hours for those new energy-efficient buses and subways?

          And, with all those nasty "nonessential" businesses closed, you'll have plenty of time to converse with your neighbors as you wait in line to see if anything is available for you to buy. It's socialist nirvana.

          So, please be honest with me: Are you enjoying your small taste of life in a socialist country? Are all these great benefits of socialism what you expected? You know, being told the business you spent your life building is nonessential and being forced to close; being stuck at home and not allowed to hold a job; having only the money your benevolent government decides you need; waiting in long supermarket lines only to see empty shelves; finding out toilet paper is now a valuable commodity; being told where you're allowed to go; being banned (in some states such as Michigan) from traveling to your second home; not being allowed to go to church; and having all your movements monitored and recorded.

          Having fun yet? Welcome to a test drive of socialist America.

          Democrats are just getting started. Soon they'll tell you whether you're allowed to enjoy yourself anymore. No more bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, bowling alleys. Oh, wait, that's already happened.

          But of course, liquor and marijuana stores are open. They're "essential." This is what Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been pushing for years. This is their rainy dream.

          In a truly socialist country, it is much worse. In a truly socialist country, your internet is tightly monitored; television is controlled by government; and all media is propaganda -- even a step worse than it is in America today. Although, The New York Times, The Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are all trying hard to give socialist banana republics a run for their money.

          In a socialist country, as envisioned by today's Democratic Party, you will not have a car. Those will be reserved for party bosses like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer and AOC. You will have to work in a state-assigned job. Doctors and janitors will make the same salary.

          There will be huge "advantages," according to the crazy socialists of the Democratic Party. Stores will be much smaller. And with the closure of all those greedy corporations, buying decisions will be much less confusing. The shelves will be empty anyway, so who will need all that space?

          And, to achieve a small carbon footprint, you will live in a tiny apartment and travel to work only on public transportation. But isn't that precisely why New York City is the worst coronavirus-infected area in the country? Half the country's dead are in one city. Oops, liberals forgot to mention that little problem.

          And toilet paper? There will never again be a shortage. The soft kind will only go to socialist politicians and government bureaucrats. The rest of us will do our part to save the planet by using biodegradable corn husks.

          I've saved the best for last. One hundred and ten percent of you will vote -- just like in many Democratic inner cities in the past few elections. There will always be more votes than registered voters. That's the way socialists like it. And, your ballot will show up in the mail. Don't worry if you don't receive it. The person sent by the government to pick it up will have extras. He or she will even help you fill it out. In a couple of years, it will get even easier, as there will be only one box to check.

          So, does your brief experience with socialism make you want to live like this always?

          As for me, if the choice is to be locked in my home, close my business and wait for the government to save me, or to face the remote risk of death from the coronavirus and keep living my life and earning a living for my family ... I'll risk my life and choose freedom every time.

          We are a nation of risk takers. We don't run and hide. We're all first responders. We face danger and live life. That's what made America the most exceptional nation and people in world history.

          If you don't like this test drive of socialism, I suggest we all start making our voices heard. Repeat after me: "OPEN THE ECONOMY. OPEN THE ECONOMY. OPEN THE ECONOMY."

          Finally ... since the slogan "Keep America Great" no longer applies to President Donald Trump's reelection after this catastrophe, let me suggest a new campaign slogan: "Make America Great Again, Part 2."

          Caps and T-shirts to follow.

The Lee County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to open all of its beaches, parking and bathrooms - including Fort Myers Beach. Starting Wednesday April 29th from dawn til dusk! 

 

Woooo Whooooo ... I'm catching a sunset tomorrow evening!

 

You can sun bathe, you do not need to wear a mask. All you need to do is adhere to proper social distancing.

Lee County Board Chairman Brian Hammon plans to call Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy and ask the council to get in line with the County plan.

Monday, 27 April 2020 12:47

Covid-19 Latest numbers!

By the Numbers:

Corona Flu as of 12:01am April 27th, 2020 ... there are 2,994,436 cases worldwide so far with 878,707 people that have had total recoveries and 206,973 deaths in the whole world!

In the USA there have been 987,160 total cases..... 55,413 deaths and 118,781 complete recoveries. In the USA there are currently 812,966 active Corona Flu cases with only 15,143 out of almost 813,000 of those are in serious or critical condition! That is 0.01862% ............!!! This percentage had come down significantly!

Comparison to the 2009-2010 SWINE FLU:

In 2009, there were up to 1.4 billion worldwide cases of the Swine Flu in the flu season of 09-10 (less than 3 million cases so far w/Covid-19... yes we all know this number will go up but it is a far cry from 1.4 Billion) it was a global pandemic with 575.000 deaths worldwide.

We are in SW Florida, toilet paper is plentiful at WalMart and most stores like Aldi's and Publix too... they all are also getting their shelves stocked up with essentials and cleaning products so there is no need to hoard them! Be Smart, Be Safe, Wash your hands !

Fort Myers Beach town council has just voted to open the beach to residents from 7 am till 10 am starting tomorrow morning!!! .... WELL it's a start. Dogs are ok, biking, walking but no swimming? The town doesn't own the water so how can they not allow swimming? No towels or chairs... keep moving!!!

They will discuss expanding the hours this Friday! BUT for now...They want you to wear a mask! I recall when I first went to Italy, the motorcycle riders would wear a helmet on their arm to satisfy the law of "wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle"

So I will be wearing my mask on my arm! Not encouraging you to do the same but that is how I will comply... see you on the beach!

 

Just so you will remember come next time these guys come up for reelection Mayor Murphy and Veech voted to not open the beach!

 

 

They will also be discussing business/restaurants reopening on Friday when the Governor's executive order expires on "dining in" restaurants.

And the meeting is still going on...

Fort Myers Beach town council has just voted to open the beach to residents from 7 am till 10 am starting tomorrow morning!!! .... WELL it's a start.

They will discuss expanding the hours this Friday! BUT...They want you to wear a mask! I recall when I first went to Italy, the motorcycle riders would wear a helmet on their arm to satisfy the law of "wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle" So I will be wearing my mask on my arm! Not encouraging you to do the same but that is how I will comply... see you on the beach! Just so you will remember come next time these guys come up for reelection Mayor Murphy and Veech voted to not open the beach!

They will also be discussing business/restaurants reopening on Friday when the Governor's executive order expires on "dining in" restaurants.

And the meeting is still going on...

Fort Myers Beach town council has just voted to open the beach to residents from 7 am till 10 am starting tomorrow morning!!! .... WELL it's a start.

They will discuss expanding the hours this Friday! BUT...They want you to wear a mask! I recall when I first went to Italy, the motorcycle riders would wear a helmet on their arm to satisfy the law of "wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle" So I will be wearing my mask on my arm! Not encouraging you to do the same but that is how I will comply... see you on the beach! Just so you will remember come next time these guys come up for reelection Mayor Murphy and Veech voted to not open the beach!

They will also be discussing business/restaurants reopening on Friday when the Governor's executive order expires on "dining in" restaurants.

And the meeting is still going on...

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier delivered some good news and some bad news Friday to business leaders planning the state’s post-pandemic recovery.

The good news, he said, is businesses may not see employee health insurance premiums increase because, with the health care system almost exclusively focused on combating COVID-19, insurers are seeing fewer claims in other areas.

The bad news is financial losses attributed to pandemics are not are covered under most “business interruption policies,” Altmaier told the 30-member Re-Open Florida Task Force Industry Working Group on Agriculture, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Management and Professional Service.

 

The group, led by Senate President-designate Wilton Simpson, R-Longwood, is one of four panels identifying obstructions and forwarding ideas to the task force’s 22-member executive committee.

The executive committee was expected to present Gov. Ron DeSantis with a statewide reopening plan by Friday but is not likely to do so until next week.

Executive Committee Chair Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez asked working group members to email suggestions to the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget by Sunday.

DeSantis praised the work of the four industry groups Friday after each met for more than 20 hours over the week in teleconferences.

“A lot of great ideas culled and presented,” he said. “We’re going to figure out a way to get back. That will be a bright spot – the fact that we were thoughtful and methodical in doing this.”

Among moves being made to help businesses reopen, Altmaier said, is the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) works with insurers on developing protocols for employers to test workers. Insurers have waived cost-sharing for testing, with more than half paying co-pays for treatment through at least June, he said.

 

Altmaier said OIR is closely monitoring litigation trends and emergent risks for the insurance sector, adding he supports granting liability exemptions for businesses that reopen and comply with all protocols and best practices.

Unfortunately, Altmaier said, there’s little state insurance regulators can do for businesses only now realizing insurance policies covering financial losses stemming from involuntary and emergency shutdowns do not include pandemics.

Insurers would suffer catastrophic financial losses if required to retroactively pay out pandemic claims, he said.

“A lot of (insurers) have rejected retroactive coverage. They did not intend for that to be covered and did not provide dollars for that.” Altmaier said. “Policymakers around the world grapple with this issue. It is an issue not only in Florida but nationwide.”

Florida Dental Association President Dr. Rudy Liddell said his constituents are eager for DeSantis to lift the state’s ban on elective procedures and to designate dentistry as essential.

He said about a quarter of Florida dentists surveyed by the association said they would not be able to reopen their practices if they remain closed through May. Nearly half would go out of business if they could not reopen before July 1, he said.

“If these dentists can’t reopen their practices, this could hurt dental access for years to come,” Liddell said.

The state association and its national affiliate has developed protocols for workers and patients that include prescreening questions, temperature checks and quick COVID-19 tests, Liddell said, adding patients will be required to call ahead to reduce waiting room times and “patient-to-patient interaction.”

“My message isn’t one of gloom and doom but optimism and assurance that Florida’s dentists are ready to get back,” Liddell said.

John Haughey

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