You need to understand that it IS POSSIBLE for a republican to be that clueless – especially in the South – Republicans get most if not all of their “news” from Fox Entertainment (I refuse to grace what they “spew” as “News”.
So what we have is a “republican” governor in a “republican” state, surrounded by OTHER “republican” states and he’s in the South, to boot, where “news” seldom travels to the next “holler”!
(I understand what I just said could be construed as denigration, but that IS how it appears, at times, and perception is everything – if they object to the “country cousin-hillbilly” meme then they need to stop ACTING like one, for Pete’s Sake!
You have my sympathy (no snark, very real!) my state (NM) has a democratic governor, at the moment (we swing between democratic and republican governors, but our Legislature remains solidly democratic) and she put “guards” in place very early on, including a travel restriction on people flying into the state (which is stupid but, okay…)
No restrictions on overland travel, but I-10 and I-40 are two of the three main routes for trucking and truckers so it wouldn’t be a good idea to shut THEM down now would it?That is the major way food gets from California and Arizona (and Central & South America) to the rest of the country.
There is no GOOD way to isolate the “Trump” coronavirus completely here in this country – but not having a “stay-in-place” decree in a state really is almost criminal.
So, may the Gods watch over you and your family, and let’s hope America survives this partially man-made catastrophe.
Pete my comment about Obama and the democrats losing the moral authority to "judge is based simply on a “black & white” determination of the facts. The Bush administration advocated and eventually USED torture against individuals in connection with the destruction of the “Towers” in New York City. this is known beyond all doubt!
The Obama administration CHOSE to overlook the illegality of the Bush administration’s actions in order to “heal the nation” but, by so saying, Barack Obama indirectly verified the illegality of the Bush administrations’s actions (and members of the World Court screamed ‘bloody murder’ but we’ve never paid them any mind unless WE wanted a ‘judgement’ against someone.)
THAT is the basis of my “losing the moral authority” statement, Pete – it’s really quite straight forward, I would think.
Oh, and, Pete, on the whole, I’m an Obama fan, through and through – I grew up in a political family and was taught, at an early age, the concept of “political expediency” and I firmy grasp the concept! (doesn’t make it right, but I understand it)
Zuhlamon, have you ever raised children? the average child, before he or she has been taught responsibility for his or her own actions ALWAYS assumes that, if the “collective” is allowed to DO something, then he or she should be allowed to do that same thing something as well, but, when they do something that draws criticism, their actions (or lack of action) will be depicted as totally different and not the same at all.
Trump is a “child” – he has NEVER taken responsibility for ANY of his actions in his life. And, as the most powerful “man” in the country, he attracts and gives legitimacy to similar childish actions among his peers.
And understand this, as well. The initial investigation into “Benghazi” was, quite possibly legitimate to a degree, though it was quickly warped into a witchhunt against Secretary Clinton. By the time the FOURTH “Benghazi” investigation was suggested, the REAL purpose of said investigation was readily apparent and it WASN’T TO FIND CULPABILITY FOR THE DISASTER!
It wasn’t to find culpability, it was because the childish bullies on the Congressional playground didn’t LIKE Hillary and they were, by God, going to beat her up real good just to show her how was tougher!
Incidentally, Those same Congressional bullies tried to use the “witchhunt” cry against the Trump impeachment by the democrats, but the democrats kept turning over rocks and finding real witches, just like the Mueller Investigation, before it.
Of course he does, but there is a limit to the “truth-telling” he can do and still remain on the panel, and he has evidently taken the position that “staying on the stage” and rebutting the worst of Trump’s lies is preferable to exposing America to the ‘unvarnished’ truth.
Remember, both medical heads on Trump’s panel warned that the 100,000 to 240,000 death figure was applicable ONLY IF the entire country follows “stay-in-place” guidelines and do not assemble in groups of larger than five or 10 individuals – and there are more than a dozen (republican) states with NO STAY-AT-HOME ORDER at all.
So that death figure is woefully inadequate.
When Barack Obama refused to prosecute the top officials in the Bush administration for “war crimes” for practicing torture, the democrats lost the moral ’authority to criticize anyone else for THEIR actions; sad to say.
Please note that, while the Trump Administration has “provided” the 1,000 bed U.S.N.S. Comfort to New York City, as well as "providing a 2,500 bed hospital set-up in the Javits Center, they originally forbade Covid-19 patients from using either facility. Governor Cuomo requested the Javits Center hospital be allowed to accept Covid-19 patients and the administration finally agreed, this evening.
The Comfort, at last report had 20 patients in their 1,000 beds – shades of Puerto Rico!
In other “news”, the administration announced at today’s “Trump” virus News Briefing that the government was going to sell several thousand P.P.E. items on the open market, supposedly so all 50 states would have an equal chance to bid on them, but, in fact, this is just Trump “profiteering” on a national scale.
Donald John Trump once again proves he is an existential threat to America. We have gone from a “steady hand” on the rudder of the Ship of State to no hand at all – Trump has now appointed his fourth or fifth head of the “Coronavirus Task Force”, one Jared Kushner, by name, who has absolutely no prior experience in ANYTHING except being Trump’s son-in-law!
Were it not so horribly pathetic, it would be laughable. I truly hope the trumpian masses are enjoying their rather wild ride to perdition in their “handbasket” – it is unfortunate that they are also taking the rational among us along for the ride.
It’s a lot better than nothing, but we have well over a dozen (republican) states whose governors have yet to establish stay-in-place policies of ANY sort – and one – Florida – has a governor who FINALLY established such a policy and then immediately signed a second decree allowing for his states’s churches & Mega-churches to continue to meet on Sundays! Such monumental stupidity not only boggles the mind, it totally negates any advantage in establishing a “stay-in-place” order in the first place!
Greasy, that’s correct – DISTILLERIES are equipped to manufacture "hand sanitizes – BREWERIES are not. My original reply was to someone posting, “The horror is going to be a beer shortage because the breweries are now making the sanitizers.”
To which I pointed out that “breweries” – that is to say “beer producers” were ill-equipped to manufacture hand sanitizers since an alcohol level of 120 proof (60%) is required which can only be reached by ‘distillation’, not ’brewing.
Therefore, America’s "beer " supplies were completely safe since there’s no practicable way to convert a beer vat to a distillery.
Donald John Trump is attempting to run the country the same way he ran his real estate business and it just isn’t working.
Trump has always been able to bully and fake his way through ANY situation up to now – nothing is ever his fault, Trump is ALWAYS the “victim”, no matter the situation, but, in the case of the “Trump” virus, it’s becoming all too clear that Trump is his own (and America’s) worst enemy.
Incompetence only becomes seriously apparent in the advent of a crisis such as we’re living through at the moment