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2010:  Several Blasts from the Past
2011:  Blogging the Wedding
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HISTORIANS

30 April 2020

Historians are going to have a difficult time when it comes to publishing the collected quotes of Donald Trump.  (Maybe it will have to be a graphic novel.)  Take this comment about the Coronavirus:

It could have been stopped and it could have been stopped short but somebody a long time ago, it seems, decided not to do it that way and the whole world is suffering because of it.

Does he have ANY clue how many times he could have "stopped it short" and chose ignore all of the warnings and information and suggestions he was given?

He accuses Obama of doing nothing during the swing flue epidemic.  According to a CDC estimate, there were more than 60 million swine flu cases reported in the U.S. between April 2009 — when the disease was first detected in California — and April 2010, with more than 12,000 people dying.

The agency said the first case was reported on April 15, 2009, and the government declared H1N1 a public health emergency on the April 26. The first test to detect the new virus was approved by the FDA two days later. Shipments of the new CDC test began May 1.

Today a reporter asked Trump if he felt any guilt about people who might be drinking disinfectants after he said that disinfectants might cure the virus.  "No.  I don't know why they would...next question, please..."

The other day someone asked him what he would say to people in the country who are terrified about the virus and his answer was that he would say "you're a terrible reporter."  "Next question."

Jared Kushner today went on TV and said that the Coronavirus was "a great success story of the Trump administration."  Trump also seemed to take note of Kushner's frustration over the administration not getting credit for its response, calling Kushner "a genius."

Three days ago some of the country's largest meat processing plants were been forced to cease operations temporarily after thousands of employees across the country have tested positive for the virus.  Pork processing plants have been hit especially hard, with three of the largest in the country going offline indefinitely.

Trump's response yesterday? He  invoked the Defense Production Act to keep meatpacking plants in the U.S. open during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said that the Defense Production Act would "solve any liability problems" meatpacking companies might have. The full legal ramifications aren't clear, but his order overrules any state or local directives shutting down meatpacking facilities.

In meat packing plants where they have been able to test workers, more than 60% of them test positive, several have died and in at least one state the workers are  told that if they walk off the plant they will lose all of their retirement.

There are guidelines for how these meat processing plants can be run safely, but the government says "No part of the Joint Meat Processing Guidance should be construed to indicate  that state and local authorities may direct a meat and poultry processing faclity to close, to remain closed, or to operate in accordance with procedures."  In other words, just do what you want.

In the H1N1 virus in 2008, the Obama administration made regulations and made them binding for everyone. 

And then there is the vice president, the guy who is in charge of all the information about the virus, who feels that despite hospital rules, it's OK if he doesn't wear a face mask.

I haven't heard him asked why he felt he did not need to obey hospital rules yet, but look at that picture.  It just says it all, the arrogance of "I can do whatever I want no matter what your rules are or how much in danger it might put me or someone else."  You'll never see Trump in a mask either (but then you'd never see Trump visiting hospitals either).  For Trump, it would muss his hair and make-up.  (Trump has not publicly worn face masks during press briefings and other events, saying earlier this month: "I just don't want to wear one myself. It's a recommendation. They recommend it.")

Please, oh please....I don't want anybody to die, but couldn't one of these clowns -- or someone they love -- come down with a case of Covid-19.  Do you think Trump's lack of empathy would improve if Ivanka got sick?  I really want Pence to contract it.  Not die.  Just feel what it feels like when someone around you does not protect himself -- or you -- sufficiently.  I dunno.  it seems unfair that these guys aren't sick.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY

A bear was seen in Davis today.  Go bears!

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