We’re “solving” the wrong problem!

Posted by Bill Teasdale in COVID-19 | Comments Off on We’re “solving” the wrong problem!

Dean L. Gano
deangano@me.com

Long read but worth it!!!
Eight Lessons Learned (So Far)
From the COVID-19 Economic Shutdown
1. We solved the wrong problem.
2. Never listen to an epidemiologist again.
3. The “Scientific” Models Suck.
4. Groupthink will kill more people than the virus, so don’t let it suck you in.
5. Follow the science not the politicians or fake news media.
6. Change our laws to prevent any leader from ever trampling our liberties again.
7. Make all critical medicines and medical supplies in America.
8. Teach effective problem-solving skills in our schools.

1. We solved the wrong problem
The problem was defined by epidemiologists from the CDC, WHO, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director as a pandemic that would kill millions of people and overload our healthcare facilities resulting in more uncontrolled deaths and chaos. So, to prevent that from happening our politicians listened to these trusted experts called epidemiologists.
Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education and health policy. When presented with an epidemic their go to solution is to prevent the spread so as to minimize the number of cases and hence deaths. Note, they are focused on preventing the spread, not death, or civil liberties or the economy. The tools they use to estimate the spread are called mathematical epidemiology, statistical models, dynamical models, agent-based models, machine learning models. For more details see this National Institute of Health paper: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3710332/
Once these scientists study the problem, they make recommendations to the politicians for any actions. It is the politician’s job to assess the validity and significance of the problem and act accordingly. And here in lies the fatal error most governors and President Trump made. These leaders apparently did not ask what the true significance of this problem was and how effective the models are, so let’s do that:
Significance Not Defined:
On March 5, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) told the world that the significance of this problem was a 3.4% death rate of those infected. Based on what the epidemiologists knew of the infection rate in the general population, that would mean about 2.2 million people in the United States would die. But, as we have learned, we cannot trust the WHO. So, what is the basis of their number? Could we do better?
One way to find out, would have been to study the only controlled infection case we knew of at the time – the Diamond Princess Cruise ship that was quarantined in Japan in February and March, 2020, where the death rate was only 1.3% of those infected, not 3.4% – but that is still 850,000 people in the US that would die. But is the cruise ship representative of the general population? NO, but we can still learn from it. The people were generally older than the average U.S. population, and they were, in effect, all living in the same house, but let’s look a little closer.
Among 3,711 Diamond Princess passengers and crew, 712 (19.2%) had positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 (Figure 1). Of these, 331 (46.5%) were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Among 381 symptomatic patients, 37 (9.7%) required intensive care, and nine (1.3%) died.
The above statement and Figure are provided by the WHO. Notice the death rate they give is for the number of people who contracted the virus, not the entire population of the ship. If we divide 9 deaths by 3,711 passenger/crew, we get a death rate for the entire population of 0.24%, or one in 412 people died. And over 98% of the people on this ship had no or minor symptoms. Does that sound like a problem we should shut down the economy over?
But let’s look a little closer at the cruise ship event. A cruise ship is like a home, where everyone in it is eating, socializing, and most importantly touching the same surfaces and breathing the same air. Unlike most of our communities where people live in their own houses and do not touch the same surfaces or breath the same air as their neighbors, except when they leave occasionally to go out for food, medicine, entertainment, etc. This is especially true in rural communities, but not so much for large cities like NYC and Seattle, where the number of infected people are highest. So, if this disease only severely affected 2% of the people on the cruise ship, it would be much less in the general population where only 21% of the population is over 55 years old compared to probably 90% of the cruise ship guests. Given these conditions, the number of people that would be affected in the general population would be much less than the 2%, and which has come true today.
Note: This information was known by all the epidemiologists in the world in late February, almost a month before the Governors started shutting down the economy, so why didn’t they know or acknowledge it?
Before any decisions should have be made on how to respond to this pandemic, the politicians should have asked how does the estimated number of deaths compare to other causes we accept as normal. This would have given them and us a relative significance on which to make a decision to proceed. If they would have asked, they would have found the following:
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 0.86% of the US population died from ALL causes in 2019, which is about 2,800,000 deaths. If the Wuhan corona virus kills 200,000 people in the US in 2020 as suggested by Dr. Anthony Fauci that would be a 7% increase in the total number of deaths from all causes. This provides some perspective of the significance, but let’s see how it compares to other causes of death in the United States:
HIV
4,950
Homicides
19,470
Influenza
50,160
Suicide
48,510
Drug Overdose
67,650
Unintended Injuries
167,970
Falls of people over 65
202,300
Cancer
607,000
Total deaths/year
2,838,000
The total number of ALL deaths per year means one person in every 116 people die each year from “acceptable causes,” meaning causes that do not require us to cease living our lives, violate our fundamental liberties, and destroy our economy. As a point of reference, New York State, the hardest hit state in the union, is projected to have about one death from COVID-19 for every 850 people. That’s seven times less than what society seems to accept as normal.
If our chief epidemiologist Dr. Fauci had been right about the 200,000 deaths, which he is not, this problem would be the same significance as the number of old people who fall down and die each year. And, also note the similarity to this virus, in that it’s not the fall that kills them, it is some other pre-existing condition that the fall exacerbates.
So, the data was available in February to determine the significance of this new threat, but apparently no one even looked at it – WHY? Should we destroy the best economy this country has ever seen to prevent killing another 200,000 people? Not 2.2 million as the WHO predicted, but 200,000 and obviously much less? Or given current projections, about the same as the number of Drug Overdoses from last year. That’s 1 in 5000 people versus 1 in 116 for all causes of death, or 43 times less than what is acceptable to society today.
As we can see from this analysis so far, because our government leaders did not adequately define the problem and its significance. They came up with the wrong solution because they focused on the wrong cause. Was it Groupthink or incompetence or what? Let’s take another look, because there is much more to their ineffective thinking…..

2. Never listen to an epidemiologist again
Let’s look more closely at the logic behind this disastrous decision. The solution that was defined by Dr. Fauci and other epidemiologists was to stop the spread of the disease and by doing so reduce the number of deaths. Their focus has always been on stopping the spread, not stopping death!
What if they had focused on stopping the deaths instead? Of course, that is not what epidemiologist do, but it is what the politicians should have focused on. In fact, President Trump has tried several times to suggest we use various drugs to treat this disease, only to be poo-pooed by the main stream media, Democrats, and other Trump haters. He even made sure there were 35 – 40 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine available to the medical community and asked the drug companies to make more. So, who was right? In a recent global survey of physicians, President Trump has been proven right because they reported Hydroxychloroquine as the most effective treatment for COVID-19.
Had these government officials been a little more inquisitive, they might have asked a few more questions, like the following:

  • Why are there so few deaths in countries where they have a problem with malaria?
    For Example:
    Country
    Deaths from CV19
    India
    1 in 1.5 million
    Thailand
    1 in 1.3 million
    Taiwan
    1 in 4 million
    Hong Kong
    1 in 1.9 million
    Philippines
    1 in 200,000
    Nigeria
    1 in 5.1 million
    Possible Answer: Many people in these countries take Hydroxychloroquine to prevent malaria – they have been doing this for decades without any side-effects; it’s part of daily life and no one gives it a second thought. Also, very few people in these countries are obese, versus 40% in the US. And obesity is the number one comorbidity cause for COVID-19 deaths in the US.
    News Flash: Another report from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said that the total number of reported COVID-19 patients treated with Hydroxychloroquine was 2,333. Of these, 2,137 or 91.6% improved clinically. Of the 63 deaths, 52 were severely ill before getting the virus.
  • Why are half of those infected asymptomatic?
    Once they discovered this fact from the Princess Cruise Ship in February, why didn’t someone start asking why? Do they have some natural immunity? What is it? Can we learn something more about the causes of transmission by understanding the answer to this question? Fortunately, some people did ask this question, but no one in government did – why not? The one report I found answering this question stated that those who were asymptomatic had high levels of zinc in their blood serum, but why didn’t the “experts” ask this question and get a definitive answer? By understanding the causes of this natural immunity, we could provide a simple solution for everyone on the planet.
    All inflammatory and immunosuppressive diseases result from or are caused by Zinc deficiencies. Zinc is critical to over 300 enzymatic regulatory functions in the body.
    Given this knowledge about zinc, wouldn’t a good solution be to help the immune system work better by giving it some Zinc? The Best Offense is a Good Defense, right? Well, that is what some clinicians have done, and it is working.
    Dr. Vladimir Zelenko of New York treated 699 coronavirus patients with 100% success using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, Zinc and Z-Pak (aka Zithromax). For details read this report:
    https://techstartups.com/…/dr-vladimir-zelenko-now-treated…/
    “Hydroxychloroquine is a game changer and the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic,” Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Stephen Smith says. See article below:
    https://techstartups.com/…/hydroxychloroquine-game-changer…/
  • Were the people that have died so far given the Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, Z-Pak treatment?
    I can’t find an answer to this question but if governors, like the one in Arizona are limiting use of hydroxychloroquine and my own doctor is reluctant to use it, we have a significant lack of knowledge going on here.
    Furthermore, if some people are too afraid to go to the hospital and then go after they get really sick (which I think happens more often than not), did they receive Remdesivir , Pyrithione, or any of the other antiviral drugs that seem to work to stop the virus in its tracks within hours?
    If people died because they did not get those treatments, then our medical community is remise. If they did get these treatments and they still died, was it because the pre-existing conditions were in the process of killing them anyway and the virus just sped up the inevitable? If it is the later, as it was in 83% of the deaths in the AAPS Report, then the deaths should not be primarily attributed to COVID-19; rather the pre-existing condition. Given this inappropriate counting, the official general-population death rate should be significantly reduced.
    A major issue behind the scenes is that most drug companies don’t recognize the significance of zinc but stress the importance of the drug carrier of the zinc because they can’t make money on a natural food component. Hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir, and Pyrithione are drugs which transport zinc as the curative agent. President Trump did mention Zinc as part of the hydroxychloroquine solution but the news media and follow-up medical reports don’t report or recognize the significance of zinc as the curative agent and instead focus on the drug carriers of zinc. Remdesivir is currently being promoted as a potential cure but zinc is the actual curative agent and the drug ionophore is being sold as the curative agent. More on this in the next questions that should have been asked.
    Also, a good friend of mine, E.J. Ledet, who is a retired Bio-chemist, asks the following two questions:
  • What is it about Hydroxychloroquine and Remdesivir that makes it work so well?
    Because both are ionophores, meaning they act as an agent to help bond molecules together. In 2010, a collaboration of university-based researchers in The Netherlands and the USA produced an NIH Report showing that the combination of the trace mineral zinc plus a zinc transport molecule called an ionophore facilitates zinc’s entry into cells and efficiently impairs the replication of RNA viruses, like the newly mutated COVID-19 coronavirus.
    It appears that Hydroxychloroquine and Remdesivir work by helping the natural zinc in our bodies stop the COVID-19 and other corona viruses from replicating inside infected patient’s cells. We also know that many naturally occurring ionophores, like quercetin, resveratrol, ECGC, and other polyphenol flavonoids which occur in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate, red wine, green/black teas can do the same thing.
    But wait a minute, if I can buy zinc and quercetin supplements over the counter or just eat healthy foods like oysters and crab meat along with some fruit and dark chocolate, why would I need these drugs? Oh, because the drug manufacturers don’t want you to know about this, because it would shut down their huge vaccine producing machine that they make billions of dollars from. Remember, these simple products (zinc & flavonoids) facilitate hundreds of enzymatic reactions in our body that prevent many viruses, including the common cold virus from replicating in our cells. And, our scientist have known about this for more than 10 years.
    So, if you get nothing more out of this article, I hope you start taking zinc and bioflavonoid supplements, watch your weight, watch what you touch, wash your hands a lot, and get lots of sunshine.
  • Why aren’t we testing for blood serum zinc levels?
    Since the current COVID-19 testing methods have to be implemented and utilized in the field to determine if an individual has the virus and/or has been exposed to it and may have acquired immunity, why not develop a correlation between a simple blood serum, saliva, or feces Zinc test and these current RNA/antibody tests to determine if a person’s extracellular Zinc concentration can be a predictive indicator of survivability/mortality against COVID-19 and other inflammatory/immunosuppressive diseases?
    Once enough data from all these tests can be collected and correlation graph(s) generated, then a simple, quick field test can be implemented to derive sufficient, representative data the world needs to fight, contain, and defeat this pandemic and other correlated Zinc deficiency diseases.
    Mr. Ledet goes on to say: “Save lives and reopen our economy – Use blood serum zinc plus nature’s ionophores, the most cost effective and timely solution, to resolve the problem of a viral and economic pandemic.”
    So, just like the fake science of man-caused climate change, Dr. Fauci and his Epidemiologist friends have failed us miserably. Let’s look a little closer to see why they failed us so bad.

3. The “Scientific” Models Suck
By listening to the “experts” in epidemiology who used defective models to base economic decisions on, our politicians have made yet another huge blunder.
The models have been wrong every step of the way, but why? These so-called scientific models take a dataset and plot it on a graph and then try to define the shape of the graph with some kind of algorithm. For example: Regression models try to detect an outbreak from a time-series of epidemic-free periods by monitoring a statistic of reported infected cases, say y(t). An epidemic alert is raised when a certain threshold, say k, is surpassed, defined by ½y(t) – m½> k, (μ being the mean value of the time-series distribution) within some confidence interval (read as guess).
A basic regression model that was initially constructed to monitor the deaths from influenza based on the seasonal pattern of pneumonia and influenza deaths is presented here: y(t) = a + bt + å c cos q + å d sin q + e(t). Where θ is a linear function of time t and the coefficients are to be determined by a parameter identification technique. The cosine and sine terms are used to approximate (again, read as guess) cyclical seasonal patterns; e (t) is the noise (assuming that it is Gaussian distributed with mean zero and variance σ2) which is estimated (guess) from the time-series. The model was fitted using data from 108 U.S. cities for a 3-year period starting in September of 1955.
As you can see, this is very precise science, right? WRONG, it is guessing! And while this may be too technical for the average person (including me), that’s OK. The important thing to understand about these models is they do not reflect reality – they are just a mathematical equation that kind of represents how various parameters interact, based on someone’s observations. This is also the same kind of modeling that is done by the “man-caused climate change scientists” and none of thier models have ever been correct in predicting future climate.
Reality requires that you understand all the causes of any given phenomenon. So, if we ask why did someone die from COVID-19, we might start by answering that it was caused by suffocation which was caused by their lungs filling up with fluid, which was caused by COVID-19 virus attacking their lungs, which was caused by a lack of blood serum zinc, etc. But, it is more complicated than that. The principles of causation, which define reality require us to follow some very specific rules when asking why.
The principles of causation are as follows:

  • 1. Cause and effect are the same thing only viewed from a different point in time.
  • 2. Each effect must have at least two causes and they come in the form of actions and conditions.
  • 3. Causes and effects are part of an infinite continuum of causes.
  • 4. An effect only exists if its causes exist in the same space and time frame.
    Because every time we ask why we must get at least two causes, if we ask why again, we have four causes, and then eight, etc. See Figure 2 below for an illustration of this concept that defines reality.

Since our scientists have never been taught these fundamental principles, they do not use them and hence their work is suspect. Only by understanding the evidenced-based causal relationships can we have confidence in a model.
By not using a causal analysis, the models are defective at their core and should never be used to make public policy – especially a policy that kills our economy and robs us of our God given rights.
So why would these highly intelligent people do such a dumb thing? Because they are part of a huge scientific Groupthink that has never been taught the fundamental principles of causation. I know, because I taught these principles to tens of thousands of engineers and scientists all over the world for 30+ years and none of them knew about them. These are principles that have been around for thousands of years of human history, but have been ignored by our wonderful education system.
Figure 2: Infinite set of causes that defines reality

4. Groupthink will kill more people than the virus, so don’t let it suck you in
Nietzsche once said that ‘madness is the exception in individuals, but the norm in groups.’ The common condition of Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within any group of people in which the desire for harmony and conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. The group discusses a topic, and over time, a consensus in the form of a story or some dogma is born. It might be slightly modified as the narrative is created, but if anyone inside or outside the group challenges the agreed upon belief of the group, they are ridiculed and/or ostracized from the group. It doesn’t matter if evidenced-based facts are presented, if you don’t follow the dogma you can’t be part of the group. By our very nature, humans are social animals, so often times instead of thinking as an intelligent single-minded person, we are driven more by the need to be part of a group, than by thinking for ourselves. After all, thinking and arguing for something different than the norm is a lot of work and because the human mind is an economizing organ that does not like to waste energy breaking down existing longtime neural connections, we easily fall into this trap called Groupthink.
Today Groupthink is becoming much worse because of the fake news and the fanatical use of social media, where facts are not checked and the truth is based on whether the idea came from a trusted member of our group or someone else.
This phenomenon can be found in any group that we belong to, and is common in most, including the scientific community, political entities, fake news organizations, and the public at large who don’t question the fake news.
Consequently, we are being led by some psychopathic governor’s and others who are selling fear to an ignorant citizenry. And, as long as the public stays ignorant of the facts, the politicians will win this battle for our minds. As we will see in the next section, the Wuhan corona virus is narrowly focused on the sick and elderly and in a few high-density population areas like New York City where 31% of all US deaths have occurred so far. Don’t be part of the group, be part of the solution and get the facts.

5. Follow the Science not the politicians or fake news media
Every day we hear the politicians say we have to follow the science; the facts; what the experts say, etc.! And then they ignore them.
Well, the facts are in, as outlined in this article from The Hill, titled: The data is in – stop the panic and end the total isolation. In this recent article, Doctor Scott W. Atlas from Stanford University makes five evidenced-based scientific arguments for ending this nonsense (be sure to read this article):

The overwhelming majority of people do not have any significant risk of dying from COVID-19 – Current estimated fatality rate if infected is 0.1 to 0.2 %.

Protecting older, at-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding – In NYC, 98% of those hospitalized were 75 years old or older.

Vital population immunity is prevented by the current total isolation policies, prolonging the problem – The fastest way to stop the spread of the virus is to let it be transmitted to the majority of the population who have minor or no symptoms Remember, in the Cruise ship case 98% of the people had little or no symptoms.

People are dying because other medical care is not getting done due to hypothetical projections. – The hospitals are going bankrupt because they have so few patients (see Table 1 below) and suicide has doubled in my county since the lockdown.

We have a clearly defined population at risk who can be protected with targeted measures – 99% of deaths had an underlying illness and 95% were 50 years or older, so why lock everyone else down?

Alabama 5%
Alaska 3%
Arizona 8%
Arkansas 2%
California 10%
Colorado 24%
Connecticut 100% bed shortage
Delaware 35%
Wash DC 36%
Florida 7%
Georgia 22%
Hawaii 2%
Idaho 6%
Illinois 21%
Indiana 15%
Iowa 6%
Kansas 3%
Kentucky 6%
Louisiana 31%
Maine 8%
Maryland 71%
Massachusetts 58%
Michigan 44%
Minnesota 13%
Mississippi 6%
Missouri 8%
Montana 2%
Nebraska 6%
Nevada 14%
New Hampshire 11%
New Jersey 17% bed shortage
New Mexico 12%
New York 53% bed shortage
North Carolina 9%
North Dakota 5%
Ohio 9%
Oklahoma 5%
Oregon 5%
Pennsylvania 27%
Rhode Island 61%
South Carolina 7%
South Dakota 0%
Tennessee 3%
Texas 4%
Utah 14%
Vermont 11%
Virginia 14%
Washington 19%
West Virginia 3%
Wisconsin 7%
Wyoming 5%

Table 1: Hospital Bed Usage in US on 4/28/20
In 27 states, 90% of their hospital beds are empty – totally contrary to what our governors said would happen. Only 3 states have a shortage and they are in the NYC metro area. Healthcare is a $3.6 trillion/year business, so what do you think this shutdown is going to do to it and the fallout effects on the rest of the economy? But more importantly, how many non-COVID patients are going to die because some governors have prevented them from getting needed care?
OK, since many facts are now known, why do the politicians and fake news media continue to push this fake narrative? The short answer is they love power and they know they can attain it by selling fear. Remember, many politician’s motto is “never pass up a good crisis.”
Politicians are mostly driven by ego, power, and greed and as such are more prone to obfuscate and need attention. Many psychological studies show that politicians are more likely to show psychopathic traits, and in one study, Psychopathy by U.S. State, Ryan H. Murphy, Professor at Southern Methodist University, found the occupations that were most disproportionately psychopathic were in this order: CEO, lawyer, media worker, salesperson, surgeon, journalist, police officer, clergyperson, chef, and civil servant. He also found that the highest concentration of psychopaths is in Washington, D.C., which has almost twice as many as the next state, Connecticut.
Since most politicians are lawyers and live in our seats of power, these findings are not too surprising. Lawyers are taught how to argue for or against a given point or idea. They learn how best to persuade the listeners using many tactics, like appeal to their sense of fear, or attack the premise of the argument, but they are not taught the principles of causation and in fact the law does not allow them to acknowledge these principles, so they are not taught in law school.
As you read through the list of occupations most prone to psychopathy you also find media workers and journalists. This helps explain why we have so much fake news today.
The top five traits of a psychopath are as follows:
1. Pathological lying – incapable of recognizing or telling the truth
2. Glib and superficial charm – an absence of self-consciousness
3. Grandiose sense of self – notice how many TV personalities talk about themselves?
4. Need for stimulation or prone to boredom
5. Cunning and manipulative – use of deceit to cheat or con for personal gain
Stop for a moment and think of a classic political figure or fake news reporter and ask if you see any of these traits in them?
Now ask; why do so many people believe them? Sad isn’t it? The answer is in lesson learned number 8.
Politicians also know they can’t lose because if they follow the non-causal models and the epidemiologists who use them, and they are wrong, and fewer people die, then they can say they did the right thing. But in the process, they have killed the economy and stolen our freedoms. Had they focused on better understanding the virus and preventing death (as discussed in our first lesson learned), they could have saved the economy and had even fewer deaths. So, what do we do in the future to prevent this insanity?

6. Change our laws to prevent any leader from trampling our liberties
Many Governors have enacted absolutely insane orders that have no connection to the problem at all. In my state of Washington, our brilliant Governor has determined it is OK to build government buildings, but not private ones. Or, that it is OK to take a boat out onto our beautiful lakes and rivers, but you can’t fish. You also can’t golf or hunt or go for a hike on state owned land, but federal BLM land is OK. In Michigan, the Governor won’t let you buy seeds or gather to protest this stupidity. All this while we know that the Wuhan corona virus can only live for a few minutes in direct sunlight.
Also, some governors have ordered the medical community not to give a patient Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate unless they have tested positive for COVID-19, but since the tests are not available in many places, some patients have died. To work, Hydroxychloroquine must be given in the early stages of the disease. The Governor’s say they are trying to prevent a shortage of the drug when there are 40 million pills available and the drug companies say there are another 50 million on their way.
The lawyers tell us that government can enact rules that violate our fundamental rights if it can be shown that in doing so, their order clearly outweighs our civil liberties. But that is not the case here. As can be seen from all the causal evidence provided above, the problem does not even come close to what is accepted as “normal deaths”, nor does it focus on the real problem of protecting the vulnerable.
So, the bottom line in all of this, is that we need to first and foremost not re-elect any government official who has been party to this insanity, be it Governor, Mayor, Councilman, or Judge. Second, we need to pressure our elected officials to write laws that prevent this from ever happening again. These laws should require that any action taken by our governments that restricts our God given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to include our livelihood, cannot be infringed upon without an overwhelming show of evidenced-based causal relationships that clearly show us that to do otherwise would have grave consequences to our collective health and well-being.
Because our leaders have not focused on preventing death of the vulnerable, they have totally failed the citizenry. And as Heather Mac Donald points out in a compelling article about the consequences of these bad decisions titled: “The Deadly Costs of Extended Shutdown Orders.”, there will be hell to pay.
While many politicians have made disastrous decisions, we did not have the shortages of ventilators or hospital beds they predicted, but we did have shortages of PPE’s and other things. And as a result, it did makes us realize that if it had been as bad as they said it was going to be, we were woefully unprepared and we can’t let that ever happen again.

7. Make all critical medicines and healthcare supplies in America
This lesson is pretty obvious because we have seen how relying on China and others for so much of our medicines, even basic things like aspirin and cleaners, can have devastating effects when a pandemic occurs.

8. Teach effective problem-solving skills in our schools
At the core of this huge problem is the simple fact that we do not teach effective problem solving in our schools. Instead of immediately trying to understand all the causes of this threat, our scientists and political leaders did what they have always done: Tell stories, categorize the various causal factors, and then guess and vote on what to do. In the process they totally failed to deal with Reality, which as we learned in this article, requires understanding all the evidenced-based causal relationships that follow the principles of causation.

Had we ALL been taught how to effectively solve any event-based problem using these principles, the scientists would have better models, the politicians would have asked more questions, and us dumb citizens would have demanded better answers.
In the mean-time, since we know our government won’t protect us, make sure you take some zinc and bioflavonoid supplements, watch what you touch, wash your hands often and get lots of sunshine. These actions will not only stop many of the current pandemic deaths, they can prevent future ones by attacking all sorts of pathogens.
Dean L. Gano
deangano@me.com

Time to Open Up the Economy!

Posted by Bill Teasdale in COVID-19 | Comments Off on Time to Open Up the Economy!

It’s way past time for common sense to prevail in our current and unprecedented reaction to a virus.  Something that HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE.  We are “quarantining” healthy people, rather than those that are sick or in the at risk categories, such as those with underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, COPD, etc.

As this video will explain, this may have been a prudent precaution at the start of this unknown “novel coronavirus” (novel = new), but none of the dire predictions and models made by the academics (Dr Fauci chief among them) have come even close to the reality of the current situation!  The death rates, predicted to be 3 or 4%, are more like 0.05%, at the worst.  This is no worse, in terms of the death rate, than seasonal flu.

It’s never a good thing that a disease kills anyone.  But we live in the real world, where car accidents, suicides, heart attacks, and any number of other things kill exponentially more people than flu and COVID-19 combined!

It’s time to open up the economy and get back to work and school!  Obviously, there will still be “hot spots”, where things need to be considered to mitigate the spread.  But that still doesn’t mean quarantining healthy people, it means quarantining those who are at risk.

If there is anything that is patently obvious about all this, it’s that this HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT HEALTH!  It is ENTIRELY ABOUT CONTROL!  The lefties realize that they haven’t got a prayer of defeating President Trump in November, so they are trying to destroy everything his administration has been able to accomplish by destroying the economy.  The media has been complicit in the hysterical doomsday narrative that IS PATENTLY FALSE!

So, let’s take care of the sick, and also take care of the country.  Not by hiding out at home, but by living normal lives, keeping up our immunities, and quarantining ONLY those who are sick and/or vulnerable.

If this video doesn’t convince you of that reality, you’re brain dead!

 

 

More musings on COVID-19 derangement syndrome

Posted by Bill Teasdale in COVID-19 | Comments Off on More musings on COVID-19 derangement syndrome

While I know that you can’t necessarily believe everything on Facebook/Internet/Social Media…

There are increasing reports, or at least speculations, that the number of presumptive positives for COVID-19, most “infected” in the last couple of months of 2019, are 400 or more times as many as are being reported on the main stream propaganda channels, otherwise calling themselves “the media”.  The most interesting of these is a reported study done by Stanford University relating to California, specifically, where there are literally thousands or tens of thousands who were COVID-19 “infected” and either recovered or were asymptomatic.  The contention is that these people may have the antibodies to be potentially immune or, at least resistant, to the disease.

It doesn’t take much of a stretch in logical thinking to extrapolate that there are other areas of the country that have similar “herd immunity” potential, and that we had cases of this virus well before it became a “pandemic” and was used by lefties and socialists to shut down the best economy in decades, not only here in the US, but in many other parts of the world.

Bottom line…

THIS RIDICULOUS FARCE OF A SHUTDOWN NEEDS TO BE UNDONE… NOW!!  It’s at the point where it needs to be gradual and intentional.  By that I mean that the areas of the country, mostly referring to the non-urban areas (small towns, even some smaller cities, and, of course, ALL rural areas) could be completely opened up immediately and without conditions.  The major metropolitan areas, where population density dictates a more gradual return to “normal”, need to be taken case by case, based on REAL mortality/infection rates being low or gone.

My take is that while the big metropolitan areas MAY have benefitted from the “social distancing” nonsense, I don’t think it would have made ANY difference.  You’ll notice that the ONLY areas crying about this were ALL Democrat controlled areas.  They were also the least prepared and most knee-jerk in their reactions, and blamed everyone but themselves for the situation they were almost exclusively responsible for!

So now, we have morons like Gov. Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio flapping their lips on TV on a daily basis, telling complete lies about the situation… (Remember the warehouse full of ventilators not being used, while Cuomo cried he didn’t have enough?)… and blaming everything on President Trump.

And sleepy Joe Biden, who can’t even remember the year, much less the city or state he’s in, half the time, claims Trump isn’t doing anything, all the while saying that he would do EXACTLY WHAT TRUMP IS ACTUALLY DOING!!

At the risk of being labeled a conspiracy theorist, I believe there are way to many coincidental connections between the Wuhan Lab, the World Health Organization, the Obama Administration, Bill Gates, George Soros, and Joe Biden, for this all to be anything short of another coup attempt by the lefties who hate President Trump, and have done absolutely NOTHING except throw one thing after another at President Trump, in a completely undisguised attempt to remove a democratically elected sitting president!

Trump isn’t perfect, but he has been, and should continue to be, the single most effective and pro-American president since Ronald Reagan!

TDS

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I’m really baffled by people who continue to have an irrational hatred of President Trump. (aka Trump Derangement Syndrome) These are people who have similar views, on many issues, as I do.

Here’s the thing:

1) I’m pro-life… conception to natural death. President Trump has been the single most effective pro-life president in my life time!
2) I’m pro-American… meaning we want our country to prosper and to be a global leader. President Trump is the single most pro-American, both in word and in deed, president since Ronald Reagan!
3) I’m pro 2nd Amendment. President Trump has done more than any president in recent memory to protect our right to bear arms.
4) I’m pro-military… particularly with respect to our veterans, but also with respect to allowing commanders in the field to drive tactics and numbers. President Trump has done more to reform the VA than any president in recent memory, allows the commanders to do their jobs after giving them the objectives, and is actively trying to bring our troops home from the sandboxes, while still keeping the overall objectives in mind.

There are people that I know… I won’t name names… who are actively calling for President Trump’s resignation, based on manufactured outrage over doing his job… and doing it well… based on totally false narratives and information… and based on a visceral hatred of a man who, in my opinion, has been the single most effective president since Ronald Reagan, and who, in many ways, has been significantly more effective than President Reagan was.

I admit that I was not at all interested in Trump, when he first started his presidential run for 2016. I had only heard all the negative stuff about him, and his personality and bombast were not something that I gravitated towards. I still don’t particularly care for his way of communicating, but it actually is effective, because he speaks plainly and bluntly, and doesn’t beat around the bush, with how he views any particular situation. He doesn’t subscribe to the fallacy of political “correctness”, which is refreshing.

After he began laying out his policies, during the campaign, I began to realize that almost all of his policies were the same as those I supported. And since he was elected, he has held fast and followed through on most, if not all, of those policies. His most important achievements in policy are the rolling back of the idiotic, anti-business, anti-American, and anti-freedom policies of the Obama administration. All of this while being constantly pilloried by the left wing media (which accounts for most of the media) and by the insane rantings from left wing politicians, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer chief among them!

Despite the economic gut punch we have gotten from the COVID-19 pandemic, we were enjoying the best economic recovery and growth in generations, and it will continue, after this virus blows over.

I, for one, continue to support the Trump presidency, policies, administration, and his re-election in November! The candidates who are running against him are the most laughable bunch of clowns that have ever tried! They are socialists, and/or senile old farts, or flaming lunatics, all of whom should never be elected to ANY office ANYWHERE!

COVID-19 Hysteria

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While many may disagree with my take, I think we have tended to overblow the situation we find ourselves in with the COVID-19 infection crisis.  True to form, the main stream media have sensationalized everything about it.  They get incensed by it’s proper description as a Chinese Wuhan Virus (which is completely accurate) and call anyone using it a racist.  It’s no surprise that the term racism is once again improperly used.  Chinese is a nationality, not a race.

Many are comparing our response to that of China, S. Korea, Italy, and other places.  First of all, we have absolutely NO credible information as to just how China responded, other than to lie profusely… first by not reporting the outbreak for a couple of months, then by lying about total numbers of infected/deaths, etc.  South Korea did well by testing everyone and quarantining early.  That’s all well and good, as they are a fairly small country.  It’s just not something as quickly feasible in a large country like the US.  Italy can only bear comparison to China, because the infection was brought there directly from China in the form of the staff of the auto builders in N. Italy, who are largely owned by China.

I continue to be optimistic about the total length of our outbreak, here in the US.  I think it’s going to be significantly shorter than the media is predicting… likely over by late April, or early May, as the weather gets warmer and the measures in place, already, continue to mitigate the spread.

It still is a bit baffling that we shut the economy down for something that may have a .4% mortality rate, and a total infection rate much lower than the annual flu.  But then we don’t do the same for the flu that takes 1000 times more lives on an annual basis.  Rumor also has it, that there have been some cases of deaths from respiratory illnesses that were not associated with COVID-19, whose death certificates were amended to show COVID-19 as the cause, which inflates the numbers.  No, I don’t have any corroboration, but it’s still worrisome!

As this election year continues, the media is continuing to be complicit with the left in trying to create a narrative that impugns President Trump in any way they can.  However, that seems to be backfiring, as his approval rating on handling this crisis is roughly 60%, now, which is incredibly high for our current political climate.  He has some amazing people assembled as his advisors and point people on this crisis.  Dr Fauci and Dr Birx are experts with amazing experience, and are very articulate.  I take their recommendations and predictions seriously.

Scandal free?

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I have read more and more deluded posts on social media about how the Obama administration was 8 years of no scandals.  Ummm…. nope.

  1. How about “Fast and Furious”.  Selling guns to cartels in Mexico.
  2. How about leaving an ambassador to die, along with 3 other brave Americans, in Benghazi.
  3. How about pallets of cash sent to Iran in the dead of night, in payment of a bribe to get the signature of Iran on an agreement that was supposed to keep them from getting nukes, and in actuality had no teeth, no consequences, and no concessions on the part of Iran.
  4. How about the fact, as will come out in technicolor over the next months, that the only “Russian collusion” was, in fact, by the Obama administration and the Democrat party.

There are numerous other examples of the total malfeasance and complete incompetence of the Obama administration!  I am of the opinion that Barack Obama was the single worst president in US history, which gives Jimmy Carter some relief, and that his damage to our nation and its standing in the world has been all but irreparably damaged as a result.

The last three years of the Trump administration, by actions taken in reducing burdensome regulations on small business, tax cuts, and a foreign policy that operates from a position of strength, have gone a long way to reverse the damage.  But there is more to accomplish, and, quite frankly, there is no reason to switch horses midstream.  If one of the incompetent boobs running for the Democratic presidential nomination actually wins the election, in November, our country will be taken back into the whirlpool of leftist, socialist, anti-growth, and anti-American policies that may not be recoverable from!

Trump/Pence 2020!  KAG!

Redefining Words

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I’m noticing, more and more, that there are many commonly used terms that are being redefined, by the left, to mean something completely different from the true definitions.

  1. Racism – Most of us define racism as: a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.  The left now uses the term to describe disagreement with their agenda.
  2. Illegal Alien – a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country’s authorization. According to the left, those that should be defined by that term are simply called undocumented immigrants, and, to several of the current Democrats running for the nomination for President, they should be called de facto citizens!
  3. Truth – conformity with fact or reality; verity.  To the left, it means anything that they say.
  4. Patriotism – devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.  To the left it means hatred for one’s country.

(all definitions retrieved from Dictionary.com)

There are so many more “redefinitions” out there, but these are some of the most disturbing.  But, to quote a recent political candidate, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig”.  There is no room for agenda driven redefinition of core principles or values, but to so many with leftist ideologies, the agenda is more important that truth or reality.

The Irresponsible Waste of Taxpayer Money Otherwise Known as Impeachment

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The collection of Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers, otherwise referred to as the Democratic Party, have dragged our country through several months of idiotic rantings based on hearsay and conjecture, and totally partisan hatred, otherwise referred to as an Impeachment trial.

First and foremost, the beginning premise, that the President somehow was bribing a foreign government to help him in the 2020 election, is completely false.

  1. It is normal for foreign aid to be delayed until all the checks are in the boxes as far as vetting what and who the aid is benefiting.
  2. The aid was not delayed any more than any of the other aid packages sent around the world during the same timeframe.
  3. None of the so-called quid pro quo elements were ever done by the supposed victim of said q-p-q.
  4. The foreign policy of the country is 100% the prerogative of the administration, NOT the congress.  That’s why the SecState is appointed by the president in power.  The only input that Congress has, is “advice and consent” in the confirmation process of any cabinet member.

Secondly, how is it abuse of power to exercise the prerogatives enumerated in the Constitution to the Executive Branch (otherwise referred to as THE PRESIDENT)?  When we vote for a president, we vote for his policies, all of his policies, including the implementation of HIS foreign policy.

Bottom line… what we just went through is entirely about a bunch of sore losers, who as much as stated that they can’t trust the American people to choose a president, trying to overturn an election.  It is entirely about trying to seize power from the people, and to control every aspect of our lives… otherwise referred to as Socialism, or, in other words, Communism.

NOT NOW, NOT EVER!!!

Taking Offense vs Free Speech

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In the current climate of taking offense at every little word or perception or belief, I think it’s time for us to stop worrying about what others may or may not think of us, and get on with life.  Yes, there is such a thing as courtesy and manners, but when it really comes down to it, if you are so insecure to think that what I may say (or seem to say) about you, or appear to think about you, makes a hill of beans of difference, then you need to rethink it.

There are a number of things to remember, in all this:

  1. We have the freedom to speak our minds (1st Amendment), but there’s no benefit in being mindless in how you speak.
  2. The above right is NOT granted by government, it is what’s known as a natural right, granted to all.
  3. Just because you are offended by what I say, does not give you the right to take away a natural right… and let’s be honest, the current climate is about obscure groups trying to make everyone accept and “affirm” their perverted beliefs and/or lifestyles.
  4. It is not acceptable for ANYONE on ANY side of an argument to curtail the right of others in preference to their own.  i.e. You cannot tell me that I can’t say or believe that certain lifestyles or activities, which are named as sins in the Bible, are morally wrong.  I, also, cannot tell you that you cannot think or do what your conscience allows, other than those things that break constitutionally passed laws.

What has happened, gradually, over the last few decades, is that our moral compass has gradually gone away from the Judeo-Christian ethic on which our country was founded, to an increasingly amoral culture that seeks to make everything legal and nothing sacred.  Every obscure and twisted “lifestyle” or “orientation” is being pushed as normal, and the traditional family is being attacked as “hateful”.  Our education system has gone from teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic, to indoctrination toward aberrant lifestyles and political systems, and teach WHAT to “learn” rather than HOW to learn.  Universities are turning out leftist talking point spewing ideologues who have no ability to think critically.

The election of President Trump was a reaction to this decay in our culture… and this must continue.  If the current crop of ideological far left morons gets into power, our country and culture of individual freedom will be gone in a very short time.  President Trump has presided over some great positive steps in reclaiming some of what has been gradually taken from us, including rolling back regulations that crippled small businesses, lowering taxes on all of us, and reclaiming our respect around the world that was lost during President Obama’s “apology tour” and irresponsible foreign policy.  It is absolutely critical that we reelect Donald Trump to finish what he has started, and that we on the conservative side of politics take back control of Congress, by increasing our majority in the Senate, and taking back the majority in the House.

“Gun Free Zones” don’t work!

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I’ve read, recently, that it was then President Jimmy Carter who began the farce of a policy that is the mythical “gun free zone”. Anyone with a couple of brain cells to rub together should be able to see what a fallacy this is. As was reportedly stated in the El Paso shooter’s alleged manifesto, these people search out places where there will be no one to fight back, and that translates into going to the gun free zones.

It is inarguable that the best way to counter a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun! You don’t hear a lot about these guys, because, when a potential mass shooting is thwarted by a good guy with a gun, it doesn’t make the news, because it doesn’t fit their narrative.

Bottom line: GUN FREE ZONES DO NOT WORK. The vast majority of “mass shooting” events in the last 20 or so years have taken place IN GUN FREE ZONES!

It is also a false narrative that the US has more mass shootings than anywhere else in the world. Nope… we are actually close to the bottom of that list. And, also, counter to the media’s pet narrative, these types of shootings are declining in number over the last 10 years or so.

I am sick of hearing how President Trump is responsible for the “tone” or the “rhetoric of hate”. Not even close! Again… DISAGREEMENT IS NOT HATE!!! I don’t think there can be any direct correlation to any presidents words, to the depraved mindsets that these shooters had to have to do what they did. But the current climate of groups like Antifa and others of their ilk (including any of the white supremacist morons) is not a Republican construct. Remember Ferguson? President Obama accused police of racially motivated actions when none existed, which gave rise to rioting, looting and lawlessness, which, to this day, have never been condemned by Obama or any of his minions. The current climate of hatred toward police can be traced from this irresponsible statement, as well.

Stupidity when pulled over or questioned by Police officers

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I’ve been enjoying the new show on A&E called “Live PD” and it’s recent spinoff, “Live Rescue” over the last year or so. I’ve also been amazed at the abject stupidity of those pulled over for a number of reasons.

Here’s the thing… if you don’t want to get arrested, DON’T BREAK THE LAW! Are there actually people who think it’s OK to drive without a license and/or insurance? Are there people who think they can get away from cops who have dogs, helicopters and radios? Are there people stupid enough to think that anyone believes you when drugs, etc, are found IN YOUR CAR or ON YOUR PERSON, and you say, “That ain’t mine”… ?

If you want to live a normal life, going about your daily, lawful business and errands, then you need to be aware of how you come across to a police officer. First, speak respectfully, as you would like to be spoken to, yourself. Don’t make sudden moves, and don’t try to hide anything. Keep your hands visible AT ALL TIMES. If you need to reach for your wallet or go into the glove compartment to find your license/registration/insurance documents, tell the officer what you’re doing, and do it slowly. Stay in your vehicle until asked to exit by the officer.

It is the law in every state, as far as I know, to tell the officer that you are carrying a weapon, and provide your CCW credentials, if you’re in a state that requires CCW to carry. And this must be done as soon as the officer comes to your door. Don’t pull it out, let the officer tell you how and whether to secure the weapon for his/her safety.

Law Enforcement Officers have a difficult, very stressful job. And that job has been made more difficult by the false narrative that they are out to shoot people of any particular demographic or ethnicity. Of the thousands of cops, nationwide, there are very few (I’ve heard statistics of less than 1% or a fraction of that) “bad” cops. They are all human, and all have bad days. But the professionalism and restraint shown by 99.9% of officers is unassailable! That there are people who actually advocate the targeting and killing of police officers is disturbing, and a big indication of how low our sense of morality and right vs wrong has sunk.

No scandals?

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I have been literally dumbfounded by the contention that the Obama administration was scandal-free! Not even close to reality!

Remember Benghazi?
Remember Fast and Furious?
Remember SecState Hillary Clinton using a private server?
Remember the pallets of cash given to Iran in the middle of the night?

These are just a few of the bona fide scandals that characterized the disastrous Obama administration. President Obama has earned the distinction of being the single worst president in the history of this country! His entire tenure was one of bad mouthing America, and denying American exceptionalism.

Thankfully, the last 2 1/2 years have seen record recovery from the disastrous policies of Obama’s failed presidency, resulting from the termination of those policies.

Undocumented? Nope. Illegal.

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I am heartily tired of the ludicrous idea that we should be calling the law breaking act of crossing the border illegally “undocumented”. First of all, you can be absolutely sure that there is lots of documentation of the illegal act. Secondly, the only reason that liberals want to change the terminology, is to make it seem less wrong.

Bottom line, you cross the border without authorization, and/or anywhere other than a border crossing post, YOU HAVE BROKEN THE LAW, and thus, YOU ARE ILLEGAL.

There are differing opinions as to whether that makes you a criminal… mine is that breaking the law equals a criminal act. PERIOD.

Wildlife conservation, trophy hunting, and poaching

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I am getting a bit tired of seeing posts that disparage trophy hunting as negative to the overall goal of sensible and sustainable wildlife conservation, while ignoring the main cause of endangerment of those same animals… POACHING!!

In terms of percentage alone, it is arguable that trophy hunting kills barely register on the spectrum when compared to the scourge of poaching, worldwide. Add to that, the fact that these trophy hunts provide revenue to a number of entities… the professional hunter and staff… the local economy by virtue of the stays in local resorts, patronage of restaurants, stores, etc… and to the wildlife conservation efforts through fees paid for the hunt.

Poaching, on the other hand, provides no fees, no resort stays, and virtually no economic effect to the local community, and depletes the wildlife quickly, often with significant waste. The money in poaching is made overseas in the black markets of the far east, where those who buy the ivory, pelts, rhino horns, etc. have no idea that an animal dies to get those things, and the poachers don’t care how many they take, and how it affects the local ecosystem. Poaching flourishes when governments and conservation groups seek to ban controlled, licensed hunting, and, in many cases, where those governments are complicit in the poaching… a sad fact in much of Africa where tin-pot dictators hold absolute power, or where the people don’t get involved in changing.

So, NO, I don’t think trophy hunting needs to stop. I don’t, personally, wish to trophy hunt… I prefer only to hunt for the meat… but that doesn’t make it wrong or counter to my interest in wildlife conservation. The US and Canada have done well with the integration of licensed hunting with wildlife conservation, and many other countries around the world have done well with similar models.

The Midterms

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What the heck is wrong with people??? When loonie lefties like the deranged governor of Oregon are re-elected… and other leftie loons like Gavin Newsome are elected to Governorships (CA in his case)… and anti-semitics are elected to state and federal offices in Minnesota… and completely brain dead so-called economists win an election in New York (the “Valley Girl” Ocasio-Cortez)… and, probably worst of all, a corrupt criminal like Menendez is re-elected in New Jersey… it makes you wonder a few things.

1) Does the average American voter really have the slightest idea of the history of the Democratic Party and its sordid history of defending slavery and racism (KKK anyone?).

2) Does the average American voter really know what a total failure Socialism is?

3) How widespread is the voter fraud in the states that don’t require Voter ID?

4) What happened to the idea of American exceptionalism, and patriotism?

It has been proven time and time again that a strong America is the best possible situation for the World and peace. We are the only country to consistently champion the idea of individual freedom and representative government, and back it up with action.

One of the takeaways from the results, last night, is that people voted for two things. 1) On the Republican side, the candidates that supported President Trump’s agenda and had records to back it up, were successful in their candidacies. Those who distanced themselves from Trump, lost. Also, the number of true conservatives was increased, and several mushy “RINO’s” were replaced (Corker, Flake, and others who retired). 2) With one or two exceptions, the Democrats who were successful were either bona fide moderates or talked a good line about being moderates. The furthest left candidates like O’Rourke and the lady running for Georgia governor were not successful.

I am heartened by the increased conservative majority in the Senate, which is crucial to keeping the Supreme Court constitutional, and also by the smaller margin of the change of control of the House than historically happens in a midterm election against the incumbent administration.

I think the best takeaway is that 2 years from now, Trump/Pence have an increased chance of re-election because the House will prove just how ineffective and worthless the Democrats currently in office are. It will descend into a morass of frivolous investigations into made up perceived offenses by the Trump administration. That’s only going to help the Conservative argument.

Motorhome Woes and Triumphs

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As many of you know, my motorhome made it 3400 miles of my 3600 mile vacation trip in July and August to the Northwest and back. It spent exactly 68 days at a truck shop just outside of Clovis, NM, with a blown power steering hose (deep in the guts where it is virtually impossible to get at).

So… eventually, the shop manager got some good information on how to run new hoses in a more accessible manner, and in a way that didn’t compromise safety. New chassis batteries were installed. Then… when they went to “start ‘er up”, found an issue with a fuel pressure/temperature sensor. Another 2 weeks to get the right parts and install them… et voila! Drove it home with no issues.

However… comma… in the meantime, my already questionable house batteries pretty much crapped out… and, to add insult to injury, the transfer switch in my inverter/charger stopped working. So… no AC power. So, I have a replacement inverter/charger ordered… but have had some issues with shipping addresses, etc. I also replaced the house batteries with good solid Interstate deep cycle batteries.

So… this morning I decided it was time to figure a workaround, however temporary, for getting AC power in the coach. I decided to hard wire the “shore power” directly to the AC breaker box inside the coach, bypassing the inverter system. I also kept the inverter system powered, since it still performs its battery charging function. So now I’m back in business.

The Circus in the Senate this week

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I have been totally disgusted with the complete circus that has characterized the Senate “hearing” in the case of the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Completely uncorroborated accusations from 35 plus years ago, where the accuser cannot remember place, time, or even who was there, other than saying she is “100%” sure that one of the perpetrators was a 17 year old Kavanaugh… accusations that have been denied by the others named as “witnesses”, and by Kavanaugh himself.

They keep calling for FBI investigation. No, the FBI doesn’t have jurisdiction as this supposed assault was not a federal crime. And, Judge Kavanaugh has undergone a number of FBI led background checks for his previous federal judge appointments. None of these allegations were ever brought up at any other time.

It is patently obvious that this whole fiasco has nothing whatsoever to do with finding out truth, and is merely a political stunt by the left to delay confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, short term to prevent him from joining the new court season on October 1, and long term, hoping that the ridiculous “blue wave” will result in the Democrats taking control of the Senate, and then to vote against confirming an eminently qualified judge to the top court in the country. They don’t like the fact that he is a Constitutionalist, and that his confirmation will ensure that the Supreme Court is a Constitutionalist court for many years to come… because they don’t like to adhere to the Constitution.

It’s time to CONFIRM JUDGE KAVANAUGH!!!!

Borders, laws, kids

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I’ve gotten heartily tired of hearing the left’s mantra “they’re ripping kids from their parents’ arms at the border”. It’s an overstatement of what’s really going on, and is only an attempt to fuel a false narrative that the media and the left have been pushing.

So, here’s the thing. If someone is arrested for a crime, in any city, and in any state of our country, and particularly if their family (kids, spouse, whatever) is with them, you don’t arrest the whole family and “keep them together”. If both parents are arrested, the children usually go into Child Protective Services custody, unless a grandparent or other relative is available.

Translate that to a family crossing the border ILLEGALLY… which is a crime (first time, misdemeanor… subsequent times, felony). The parents are arrested, and the children are sent to the CBP version of Child Protective Services.

So, if you don’t want to be separated from your children, AND you want to apply for asylum, cross the border LEGALLY at a border crossing. OR, particularly if you are in Mexico, go to one of the multitude of US Consulates, or the US Embassy, and apply for asylum there… LEGALLY.

Another aspect that is being falsely portrayed is that this is somehow a new policy at the border. Actually, it has been around for a long time. I think it was instituted during Bill Clinton’s time as president.

It is also a misconception that most of the kids coming across the border are with their parents, or even with ANY family members. Many are being passed off as family by human traffickers who are physically abusing them, sexually and otherwise. I’ve heard that of roughly 20000 kids that have been held in protective custody in recent years, only 2000 of them actually came with family. The rest were with stranger adults, and the majority were being trafficked.

The fact that this is suddenly a major issue to liberals is because there is a mindless hatred of our current president. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome. It dictates that everything the President Trump does, says, stands for, must be hated and thwarted. It’s pretty much the textbook definition of mental illness!

While I wasn’t particularly behind Trump when he started his presidential campaign, he has proven to be an effective president, who has actually had the gall to fulfill as many of his campaign promises as possible. We now have record low unemployment, an economy that is being freed from the restraints of the ridiculous regulations imposed by liberals over the years, and is positively booming, and a return to the idea of American exceptionalism!

The EU

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Well, the toothless and ignorant EU parliament has decided that it trusts the completely untrustworthy regime in Iran, and will continue to support the complete rag of an “agreement” with Iran that was “negotiated” by the single worst Secretary of State in US history, John “Lurch” Kerry. Frankly, who cares? The EU has never, and will never, dictate anything to us, and we should always take their views with a grain of salt. We should be dealing individually with the separate countries within the EU, not all of whom are so woefully deluded as to the realities in the Middle East.

An Historic Day!

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Today, the acknowledgment of what has been true for 5000 years, that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State, is truly historic. Queue the lefties’ handwringing and denunciation of the Trump administration as rash and impulsive (even though the US Congress passed a bill in the 90’s declaring our recognition of Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, as Israel’s true capital) for daring to do such a thing.

What the left, in the US, doesn’t understand, or acknowledge, is that the only way any semblance of peace around the world will happen is for the US to be strong, both in military capability, and in credibility in following through with what we say we will do.

Europe, for the most part, is filled with anti-semitic bigots that mindlessly blame Jews for any of their own difficulties or failures. A few countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic stood against the EU governing body, blocking their attempt to condemn the US’s decision to put the US Embassy in Jerusalem. The rest of the EU showed just how clueless and bigoted they were. The UN has continuously tried to paint Israel as a human rights violator. Complete BS! Especially considering the treatment of women in ALL of the Islamic countries that surround Israel!

The straw man argument that says that Zionism is the reason for whatever the beef du jour is… is why Hitler and the Nazis were able to take power in WWII. In spite of the fact that the rest of Europe fought against the Nazis, they were almost as anti-semitic as Hitler, when it comes right down to it. I am constantly surprised at British people’s anti-semitism. We encountered it in Kenya, when many of the settlers lumped Christian missionaries in with the Jews as being Zionist infiltrators!

The notion that the Palestinians, or more correctly, Iran backed Hamas, are interested in peace anytime soon is pure fantasy! The fact of the matter is, that if the Palestinians stopped attacking Israel, the conflict would end. And if Israel did not defend itself, it would be wiped off the face of the earth. And that is precisely what Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Al Quaeda, and any other militant Islamic group around the world have stated as their goal.

Another way of putting it… “If the Palestinians wanted peace, there would be peace. If Israel wanted war, the Palestinians would not exist.” (from a Facebook Meme)