Puppet Master?

It occurred to me that we are around five months from the election in November. As each day passes and we get closer to the election, the knees start shaking, the hands start trembling, the eyes go all Marty Feldman-esque. Then I sort of shake myself and ask why I’m concerned.

When there were twenty-six (?) Democrats hoping for nomination to run for President of the United States, I was terrified. But watched them fall off the map, one by one, and thanked God each time. We worry about America but we shouldn’t. Not one of those hopefuls could meet the knowing eye of the average American. Didn’t matter if the candidate was black or female or both, if they were gay or straight, if they were Christian or not – none of that stuff mattered because America knows it’s the wrapper you throw out after Christmas, not the content of the wrapper. There was no content, nothing new to sit up and take notice of. It was the same speech over and over, often using the exact same words and phrases and this country is entirely too wide and deep to be satisfied with ‘nothing new to say’. We’re a ‘big idea’ country, a country of innovation, a country of risk-takers.

Now we’re down to Joe Biden. I’m not even going to discuss issues or policies – you know them all far better than I. But what I do want to look at is his age. When the puppet master took him out of his box of mothballs, I deemed it necessary to listen to what he had to say. It’s been years since he was Vice President and we all learn and grow and change our minds and I was interested in what time and distance may have had on his thinking and outlook. I was so upset the first time I heard him speak. I was embarrassed for him and upset that family and friends allowed him to be used that way.

We age differently. I’m 68 years old and my memory is slipping a little bit, not enough to be a problem but just the occasional, “Hold on, old girl – you used to know this …” There are physical changes taking place as well. I cannot imagine flying around the country, making appearances, speaking to groups, television interviews, and the incredible pressure that is on a candidate to succeed, and those close to him, who see him and spend time with him on a daily basis said, “Yeah! Great idea! You can do it!” Ummm – no, he can’t.

I’m not a clinician, I have no medical training at all and yet it is so easy for me to see there’s a certain level of dementia there. I’m not going to make fun of him; I feel badly for him because most of us can go through our decline privately, amidst the love and concern of family but there seems to be no such care and concern on the part of his family.

So whose bright idea was having Joe Biden run for President? Who jacked him up and pushed him out the door? Who, in their presumably right mind, would think Joe Biden is strong enough and competent enough to run America? There has to be a puppet master. Someone, somewhere, is holding the strings. Does the puppet master not think we can see his shadow? We can see the shadow, the shape, but we can’t quite make out the face.

Who is the puppet master?

I Just Don’t Know

I’ve had to take a mental health break from the news. I realized something went ‘pear-shaped’ (as our cousins across the sea would say) for me when I forced an email discussion with our priest, a Ghanaian who is now a naturalized citizen. The conversation was systemic racism and unconscious bias. He supports Black Lives Matter and I don’t. In the end, I came to myself, so to speak, with the realization that I depend on him for spiritual things, not the latest news headlines and where he stands. He is perfectly well free to believe whatever he wants to, as long as what he preaches is Gospel. We are still friends and I still support his work in our church.

After that discussion is when I took my mental health vacation and focused on puppy videos and curiously talented bird videos and artistic cake decorating videos. The ringing in my ears had stopped, my breathing became much more regular and something silly I watched made me laugh.

Which brings us to today. I’m only reading video titles, not delving into everyone’s thoughts on what is happening. But then I found out about Seattle. Well, here we go again. My nephew and his partner of twenty+ years, born and raised Seattleans, moved to New Mexico about a year and a half ago. I think they saw the writing on the wall.

So. Seattle. Here is my very serious question to the historians and politicos that people the readership of Nebraska Energy Observer: Would it be a good or a bad thing for President Trump to send in troops to Seattle to restore order? And what do you think that might look like – how should they restore order?

I have to ask you because I simply don’t know.

Hypocrisy, Valor, and Prayer

Well, something new today and something that pleases me greatly. We are featuring a post by a guest author, whose nom de internet is 39 Pontiac Dream. He’s a friend of both Audre and me and lives in north Norfolk, England. It’s something I’ve wanted ever since Jess left, I find the English view of events here informative, and like so many of us, I care about what is happening to the cousins. So, Here’s Pontiac

The Hair Raising Hypocrisy of the Media

Take this title with a pinch of salt. It’s nothing more thanconjecture on my part, in relation to hat some might see as quite superfluous. In the UK, though, this superfluous musingcould potentially mean something quite different.

As Tina (my better other half as Neo and Audre will tell you) and I were watching the news ecently, Tina turned to me and asked, “who is doing their hair and makeup?” A relatively straight forward question with a simple answer in normal times however, here in good old Blighty, the hair and beautysector are being told that they will be some of the last businesses to reopen, considering the close and personal contact with their clients. If, however, those in the media are still using them, then they are disobeying the lockdown measures they propagate every day. Tina informs me (I’m a bloke – how the hell would I know?!) that hair and makeup, in relation to television, is a tricky business. The makeup, for one, and considering the cameras, the lighting, the heat in the studio has to be applied to ensure the presenters look completely natural. Apparently, that takes years of training and is not something a presenter would know how to do. With regards hair, not one of our news presenters or reporters look any different, presentation wise, to how they did before the lockdown. Some on the BBC insist they’ve been doing it themselves but I seriously doubt that. If they are, indeed, cutting their own hair, then inevitably there’d be someone who has made a mistake; cut one side higher than the other; cut a chunk out of the back of their hair leaving a bald spot. Inadvertently cut their fringe too short. There are no tell tale mishaps to back up their claims that they are doing it themselves which makes me suspect that they are not doing it themselves, as they say. They should, to all intents and purposes, all look as dishevelled as Boris Johnson does on one of his morning runs but they don’t so I ask again – who is styling these presenters?

If they’re not breaking the rules and are doing it themselves then you have to ask whether the stylists the BBC (and other channels) usually employ are now surplus to requirements
because I see no difference in how they look now to how they looked before.

I have no idea whether this sector, in the States, is suffering in the same way as it is here in Britain but I’m surprised no one has even thought to ask.

As I told Pontiac, likely they are employees of the network and considered essential, because TV makeup is pretty specialized. It can also be important. Back in 1960, the presidential candidates had a debate, Nixon refused makeup and Kennedy did not. By the transcript, it was nearly a draw, but Nixon won on the radio (more important then than now, of course) but Kennedy won on TV. Something to think about. But it is pretty hypocritical.

So say “Hi” to Pontiac in comments and let us know what you think, as well.


Today is an anniversary as well, of course, as most here will remember. Today 76 years ago, it must have felt pretty lonely in Southern England, as some million soldiers mounted the invasion of the continent that would result in VE day in about 10 months.

On April 2d of that year, A.P. Herbert published a poem that we should remember more than we do.

Boadicea from the Bridge looked down,
And saw the Yankee tanks invade the town.
Boadicea held her head more high
To hail the Sherman and the proud G.I.
‘Eyes right!’ she said. ‘Fine fellows though you are,
You’re not the first to drive an armoured car.
Halt, soldiers, halt! For here is one can tell
A tale of fighting chariots as well.
Look up, brave girls. In a.d. 61
I led the lads, and saw the Roman run.
God speed you too against an alien mob:
God bless you all for joining in the job.
By Grant! By Sherman!’ said the queen of queens.
I wish I’d had such men, and such machines.’

They passed. And Parliament, across the way,
Discussed the principle of equal pay.

I can remember waking up every Saturday to watch TV at 6:30 in the morning, no, not cartoons, a show called The Big Picture made by the Signal Corps. It showed various things the army was up to and was pretty interesting. This is one episode.

 

The Longest Day indeed, for here the future of Europe was decided for a generation by the Anglo Saxon powers. They went in with our prayers behind them, of course. In the United States led by the President.

I HATE It.

First an apology to Audre, this has been here for almost two weeks, it got sidetracked in the spate of Easter posts. But that said, speaking for myself, it has only become more relevant. I don’t know about you, but she certainly speaks for me here. Neo

If there ever was any doubt about the accusation of ‘false news’, the aftermath of every President Trump cv-19 update gives proof to the accusation.

I watch each update, mentally noting the states heavily infected and how they’re managing, what may be new in the research and the ‘models’, how the government is throwing all its considerable resources against the virus and the financial worries of a nation. I listen to every word; watch the body language, listen to the voice inflections. I pay attention.

What really got to me, really got under my skin, was Friday evening’s update. New guidelines suggest – SUGGEST – wearing a mask when out in public. President Trump stated he didn’t think he’d wear one. Said it didn’t seem right to sit in the Oval Office wearing a mask. I get it. Only REPORTERS didn’t get it. First of all, our president has a massive ego – goes without saying, almost four years into his first term; but his is the office of the most powerful person in the world. What kind of image would it be to see him in mask and gloves? Where would we get the comfort he’s trying so hard to offer if he, himself, portrays fear?

Back to fake news. After every single update, the fake news media launches all the deliberately misunderstood statements the president made. I heard him say something, and in less than five minutes, the news headlines on YouTube show the exact opposite of what he said! I mean, I just heard him say abc and they report xyz!

When they’re not asking him questions only God could answer, they’re trying to trip him up with things he said previously. They don’t really care what the correct answer is or how the president phrased an answer, all they care about it is stabbing at him, pinching him, tweaking his nose. That doesn’t help anybody – least of all the reporters who try to excel at getting his goat. And it doesn’t serve the American people! Those White House reporters have the unique ability to ask the questions we would ask – they have incredible access to be right there with him. Ask the damn question I want the answer to, don’t pester him with whatever he said in January! Nobody knew in January what they know now, for crying out loud.

I’m so sick of the reporters. I’m so sick of the Left trying to score points off this thing that is killing people. I’m so sick of the lies the media tell to fulfill the ‘narrative’. I hate it! And God forgive me, I’m starting to hate reporters, too.

From Neo: A bit of a supplement. The other day the President showed a video at the briefing that showed conclusively how the media has been lying to us about his response, and so I’ve appended the video to Audre’s article. I also note that when he did the Chinese News Network (CNN for short) and MSLSD immediately cut off their duty to inform the citizens of the United States of pertinent information about this problem. And yes, the Telegraph like almost all British media, especially including the BBC, is as malevolent to honest reporting as CNN is.

The Year of the Boomerang

Chinese Bat Soup flu, here, there, everywhere, nothing else holds fashion! As I said yesterday, I’m tiring of it, but there just isn’t much else, not even much politics to rant about. So we’ll talk a bit about consequences…

First, there was a semi-reasonable level of cooperation on relief legislation in the Senate. It was plenty bad, but about what could be expected. Then San Fran Nan showed up. The Federalist says:

And then Pelosi came back to town from her week-long vacation and announced the rare, rare bipartisan cooperation the country had seen in the Senate would end with her — and election politics would begin.

“Oh, I don’t know about Monday but we are still talking,” she said Sunday evening. “It’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote but we’ll be introducing our own bill and hopefully it’ll be compatible with that they discussed on the Senate.”

It was difficult to guess how she’d do this with the House in recess, but on Monday her office miraculously introduced a 1,400-page bill. Miraculous, until it became clear she’d simply unloaded the Democratic Party’s election platform into a bill intended to save Americans from bankruptcy and death in the face of a global pandemic.

Keep reading but the gist is that Nan’s bill would make sure that America stayed dead. Who knows? Maybe the ChiCom Politburo wrote it. No doubt they’d be overjoyed.

Over at Townhall, The Colonel has some thoughts on the players, and they are worthwhile.

There’s lots of blame because there are a lot of stupid people and institutions who should be blamed. There are also heroes. I wrote about them the other day. But most of the people you recognize from the idiot box were zeros.

The list of zeros must begin with the media, as if that’s a shock. If you were expecting anything but garbage from our media, you have not been paying attention for, oh, the last half-century. Like its establishment masters, the press was freaking out because the Democrat candidates were a collection of mutants and nothing they threw at Donald Trump could stop him, not emoluments, not taxes, not chicks, not Russia, not Ukraine, not Upper Volta, nothing. And then…the Chinese flu. Yeah, that was it! Yeah, that would totally get Trump! Yeah, instead of dealing with the bogus impeachment, Trump should have been rebooting Contagion, though when he cut Bat-Soupland off from direct air travel the smart set called him “racist.”

Yeah. Uh huh. M’kay.

And when the virus got going, the media decided that it should provide critical information to help people cope with the crisis, information like the freshly-minted notion that identifying a virus by its place of origin is racist. That was super-helpful and not-at-all-frivolous nonsense. Oh, and blaming Trump because mental defectives decided to gobble fish tank cleaners – without mentioning the fish tank cleaner part.

Someday, an expert is going to write the definitive book on the modern American media. That expert will be a proctologist.

A big hero is Dr. Anthony Fauci for going everywhere and talking to everyone. Yeah, he’s a liberal in his personal life. He seems to like Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit for some reason but he does what you should do in his position and plays it straight. Where he disagrees with the president, he does it respectfully and without the spittle-spraying insanity of the Never Trump set, and where he thinks the president is right, Dr. Fauci says so. Sure, some conservatives are suspicious of him, and that’s no surprise. What is shocking is seeing someone not being a liberal hack.

Nancy Pelosi is another huge zero. Boy, talk about stepping on your Ted Lieu. Her idea about tanking the relief bill and trying to force her liberal Kwanzaa shopping list of commie fetishes down America’s throat was a strategic blunder of incredible proportions. Nancy forgot that it’s not 1970, when she was 62 years old, anymore. Her media pals will try to cover for her but the gatekeepers got no gate no more to keep. The truth came out and she wilted under the heat. The Dems look like idiots.

Yep, to all he says.

Why the Year of the Boomerang? Because we’re six months out from a presidential election, and one party is obviously trying to destroy the America most of us grew up in, and six months isn’t even close to enough time for anybody to forget.

I think they will pay a terrible wonderful price, and once again we will see the glories of American world leadership.

And the Chiucoms? They too are off on the journey to the scrap heap of history. Being an enemy of America tends to have that effect, at least when we care enough.

 

Super Flu or Mild Cold?

So which is the Chinese flu? America Thinker had a look at this question and it’s worth a read.

With symptoms ranging from a gasping death to nothing at all, one has to wonder whether COVID-19 is a super flu or a mild cold. Have we ruined our economy over nothing or saved millions of people from death? If COVID-19 is a mild cold, how did we mistake it for a super flu?

One of the points the author makes here is that we simply don’t know, but it’s likely that our environment matters a lot. China is, by all reports, wildly polluted, like LA in the 60s or London in the 50s. That matters. Lots of Chinese smoke, if you’re like me (and a lot of other Americans) you know how much that matters. It also matters that few people go to the doctor (at least in the US) for a cold or the flu. What’s the point? We’ve been told, and correctly, that there is little doctors can do. So hydrated, get bed rest, and tough it out. Fine and dandy, but do we have a clue how many have had this new Chinese variant? No, and we probably never will.

But the media and the chamber of commerce corporatists have panicked us into closing the world down. Why? To cover up their malfeasance in America perhaps? Ace tells us…

The Daily Beast screeches that Peter Navarro is, get this, trying to get America to rebuild its now-nonexistent medicine/medical technology base.

Tucker Carlson just had an author on talking about this — Rosmary Gibson, author of China RX.

America no longer can even make aspirin. Thousands of the base medicines which all other medicines are made from are made entirely in China — none in the US.

The author also pointed out that the reason that we can’t make ventilators is that we are entirely dependent on China for the circuit boards that control the ventilators, and China just stopped exporting those to the US.

She didn’t say that was for a nefarious purpose — I assume it’s because China needs all those ventilator control boards for its own people. (Hey, they totally stopped the coronavirus, though…)

I can’t find her appearance on Tucker, but here’s Rosmary Gibson, author of China RX, giving testimony to the Senate that 90% of the “core chemicals” used to make all medicines are made in China, and that there are only two Western companies which even make generic medicines any more.

Or face masks, or ventilators, or probably half a hundred other things.

In the meantime, the US is shut down. How many people will be driven out of business, or even to suicide, because of that fact? America’s essence is movement, we’ve never been especially good at standing still. PowerLine noted this:

The current shutdown approach to controlling the spread of the Wuhan virus can’t be “sustainable” (to borrow the cliché) for long. It is slow-motion suicide […]Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial “Rethinking the Coronavirus Shutdown”

Financial markets paused their slide Thursday, but no one should think this rolling economic calamity is over. If this government-ordered shutdown continues for much more than another week or two, the human cost of job losses and bankruptcies will exceed what most Americans imagine. This won’t be popular to read in some quarters, but federal and state officials need to start adjusting their anti-virus strategy now to avoid an economic recession that will dwarf the harm from 2008-2009.

The vast social-distancing project of the last 10 days or so has been necessary and has done much good. Warnings about large gatherings of more than 10 people and limiting access to nursing homes will save lives. The public has received a crucial education in hygiene and disease prevention, and even young people may get the message. With any luck, this behavior change will reduce the coronavirus spread enough that our hospitals won’t be overwhelmed with patients. Anthony Fauci, Scott Gottlieb and other disease experts are buying crucial time for government and private industry to marshal resources against the virus.

Yet the costs of this national shutdown are growing by the hour, and we don’t mean federal spending. We mean a tsunami of economic destruction that will cause tens of millions to lose their jobs as commerce and production simply cease. Many large companies can withstand a few weeks without revenue but that isn’t true of millions of small and mid-sized firms.

Even cash-rich businesses operate on a thin margin and can bleed through reserves in a month. First they will lay off employees and then out of necessity they will shut down. Another month like this week and the layoffs will be measured in millions of people.

The deadweight loss in production will be profound and take years to rebuild. In a normal recession the U.S. loses about 5% of national output over the course of a year or so. In this case we may lose that much, or twice as much, in a month….

The politicians in Washington are telling Americans, as they always do, that they are riding to the rescue by writing checks to individuals and offering loans to business. But there is no amount of money that can make up for losses of the magnitude we are facing if this extends for several more weeks. After the first $1 trillion this month, will we have to spend another $1 trillion in April, and another in June?

By the time Treasury’s small-business lending program runs through the bureaucratic hoops—complete with ordering owners that they can’t lay off anyone as a price for getting the loan—millions of businesses will be bankrupt and tens of millions will be jobless….

But no society can safeguard public health for long at the cost of its overall economic health. Even America’s resources to fight a viral plague aren’t limitless—and they will become more limited by the day as individuals lose jobs, businesses close, and American prosperity gives way to poverty. America urgently needs a pandemic strategy that is more economically and socially sustainable than the current national lockdown.

We can and must do better than this.

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