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The thing that’s inescapable from this article is that the Tim Walz administration doesn’t give a damn about residents of long-term care facilities, aka LTC facilities. It isn’t often that I’d utilize such over-the-top language but this time, it’s found in the Star Tribune article itself. Check it out if you don’t trust me.

The article opens by saying “Despite the devastating death toll, Minnesota nursing homes are still being allowed by state regulators to admit coronavirus patients who have been discharged from hospitals. Early in the pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Health turned to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities to relieve the burden on hospitals that were at risk of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Minnesota hospitals have since discharged dozens of infected patients to nursing homes, including facilities that have undergone large and deadly outbreaks of the disease, state records show.”

This is almost as frightening:

Now that practice is drawing strong opposition from some lawmakers, residents’ families and health watchdogs, who warn that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Why just some lawmakers? Why aren’t all lawmakers upset with this stupidity? Further, Minnesota’s hospitals never got overwhelmed. Why did the Walz administration turn to “nursing homes and other long-term care facilities”? My annual physical was scheduled for late-January. That got postponed because the clinic was converted to overflow for the St. Cloud Hospital at the start of COVID. The appointment was rescheduled again to March 31. Again, I was told that it was related to COVID. The entire clinic was emptied out to create extra bed space.

The point is that hospitals and clinics prepared for a spike in COVID cases. There never was a threat to hospitals running out of space in Minnesota. There might’ve been a chance we wouldn’t have had enough staffing but that’s a different contingency to plan for. LTCs certainly weren’t better staffed than hospitals. This is the closest video I found in an hour of searching dealing with the topic of nursing homes in the past week:

The number of COVID-related deaths are increasing as a direct result of sending COVID-infected seniors into LTCs. This doesn’t require medical school training to figure out. It requires a memory of what Andrew Cuomo did in New York. This proposal should be immediately rejected:

They are calling for more state scrutiny over transfers, including stricter standards over which nursing homes should be allowed to accept COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

Wrong! They shouldn’t be allowed into nursing homes. Period. If nothing else, the state should set up a facility that could hold those elderly COVID-19 patients. Why set things up so that an entire facility gets infected? Karin Housley positively nailed it:

“It makes no sense to bring more COVID-19 patients into facilities that have already failed to protect them,” said Sen. Karin Housley, the Republican chairwoman of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee. “If it were my mom or dad in one of these facilities, I would be really worried.”

This is frightening:

State health officials and long-term care industry representatives have defended the practice of discharging some COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, saying it is part of a broader strategy to conserve critical hospital beds during the pandemic. Long-term care facilities can provide treatment for coronavirus patients who still need care, but have stabilized enough that they no longer require hospitalization, officials said.

How’s that worked thus far? Thus far, 80% of COVID deaths have happened at nursing homes. That indicates that these ‘experts’ have been wrong.

Gov. Gretchen ‘the Witch’ Whitmer is a vindictive person. The latest proof of that came this weekend when “state regulators opted to suspend [Karl] Manke’s barber and shop licenses.” Manke’s offense? Suing Gov. Whitmer for her overly restrictive executive order and winning.

After the state suspended Manke’s license, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said “It is paramount that we take action to protect the public and do our part to help save lives.” David Kallman, Mr. Manke’s attorney, replied “I think it’s totally vindictive. It’s petty, it’s totally in retribution because they didn’t like the court order from earlier this week.” Here’s the good news:

Manke is still able to cut hair until the suspension is served; it had not reached the barber’s hands as of Wednesday afternoon, the paper reported. He can ask for an immediate hearing with an administrative law judge at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to fight the order.

Here’s the best news: because Mr. Manke is following the CDC’s guidelines on social distancing, wearing face masks, etc., it’s likely that he’ll win his appeal. It’s difficult to picture Mr. Manke’s attorney opting for the administrative law judge hearing. It isn’t difficult picturing him filing for a TRO in a real court where appeals are allowed.

Each step of the way, Gov. Whitmer, a Democrat campaigning to be VP Biden’s running mate, has overstepped her constitutional limits:

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Manke said: “Obviously she [Whitmer] has no concept at all, the damage that she’s doing to our state and to families.” His defiance attracted the attention of Michiganders from across the state who drove hours to support Manke at his shop, some even getting haircuts.

It isn’t like Gov. Whitmer cares about people. She’s destroying Blue Collar Michigan’s jobs. Gov. Whitmer’s EOs have been draconian. The evidence is piling up against Gov. Whitmer:

Thus far, the states that’ve been most aggressive in reopening their economies haven’t seen the spikes that were predicted. Those smaller states that’ve seen hotspots develop quickly implemented plans that will limit the spread of COVID. It isn’t a matter of whether there will be outbreaks. It’s a matter of whether those societies can mitigate the spread and limit the damage. The answer to that is yes. The spread can be quickly stopped as long as you don’t send COVID patients into nursing homes:

Nursing homes are also required to readmit residents with COVID-19, which has been a source of contention between the state and nursing homes. Stephen Hanse, president and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association, told The Citizen last week that there have been concerns since the March 25 advisory from the state Department of Health.

These Democrat governors have been downright stupid. That applies to Gov. Whitmer and Gov. Cuomo.

Why the Concern for Death Now But Not When Death Rates began to Increase?
By John W. Palmer

A month ago I expressed concern regarding the extra-ordinary treatment the nuevo corona virus, that reportedly came from Wuhan China was receiving by writing an essay tittle “Ordinary Death v. Extra Ordinary Death”. In concluding that essay I made a plea for a change in reporting death. Here are the concluding sentences from the essay:

Hopefully, a positive side effect of COVID-19 can be renewed interest in primary prevention of the leading causes of death. We can’t eliminate death but we can take actions to delay its appearance. Perhaps, if in addition to the daily posting of COVID-19 cases and death, everyone will start to post the ongoing count for the ordinary deaths.

My plea went unheeded. Now there is widespread reporting of the negative impact of the mitigations being demand by government of?cials. That negative impact came close to home late last week when I received a prayer request for a friend. Here is that request:

Dear Recites and Prayer Warriors, I am having an emergency ablation for uncontrollable a?b of my heart tomorrow morning @ 7:00 a.m. @ the VA in Minneapolis. I am praying for success because of Coronus 19. The procedure was to have been done earlier but got set back and now has gotten out of hand.

Fortunately my friend survived and is now recuperating. Unfortunately, not everyone has been so fortunate. The Daily Beast reported that “Amid social distancing, authorities nationwide are reporting a surge in fatal opioid overdoses. Addiction and recovery advocates say the U.S. is now battling two epidemics at once. In Franklin County, Ohio, for example, the coroner is warning residents of a continued spike in drug deaths, including six on April 24. One week before, the coroner announced that ?ve people died in a span of 12 hours. In February, overdoses were so prevalent the coroner said she might need a temporary morgue to handle the deluge. Montgomery County, Ohio— which is home to Dayton and was considered the country’s overdose capital in 2017 – is reporting a 50 percent jump in overdoses over last year. Indeed, authorities in counties across Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York are also reporting rises in overdoses during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Then, in this recent Wall Street Journal article, this was reported:

Mental-health crisis hotlines are reporting spikes in calls. According to Express Scripts, anti-anxiety prescriptions increased by a third between mid-February and mid-March. Many in despair will probably turn to alcohol or narcotics. CVS executives warned this week that delayed care could lead to a surge of non-coronavirus related health problems.

Next is this from Fox News:

Things have gotten so bad that the American Heart Association joined seven other medical groups to remind people to call 911 and go to the hospital if they fear they’ve had a heart attack or stroke. Interruptions of medical care are taking their toll on patients. Some doctors have postponed surgeries aimed at addressing early-stage cancer. The longer these “elective” surgeries are postponed, the more people suffer. Patients in need of treatment aren’t the only ones at risk. The COVID-19 lockdown could lead to 22 million canceled or delayed tests for ?ve common cancers by June, according to a new report by the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. This reduction in testing could lead to 80,000 missed cancer diagnoses.

The same report found that colonoscopies dropped 90 percent between February and April; mammograms dropped 87 percent. New visits for cancer patients declined nearly 40 percent over the same period, while cancellations and no-shows nearly doubled.

In her opinion column, Liz Peek in her opinion column cited information documenting statistics on the lock down’s impact on mental health:

Deaths by suicide and because of alcoholism or drug abuse sparked by the isolation measures are no longer matters of speculation; in March and April EMT calls for drug overdoses and suicides in Milwaukee, for instance, rose 54 percent and 80 percent, respectively, compared with the year before.

Finally, Reed Abelson writing in the New York Times on May 5, 2020 in an article titled “Doctors Without Patients: ‘Our Waiting Rooms Are Like Ghost Towns’ another view on the lockdowns impact:

Some doctors estimate that the closure of hospitals to non-coronavirus cases and the reluctance of patients to burden 911 have increased mortality as much as the virus. The global depression will devastate life expectancies in the less-developed world. Overdose deaths and suicides brought on by joblessness and loss of hope will rise, as more and more businesses fold permanently.

With no change in how death is being reported, with the myopic focus on that new virus and with the emerging concerns that the treatment might be worse than the disease I decided to examine historic death rates and annual deaths in Minnesota. At this writing about 663 COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in Minnesota. That means with a little over a month left in the reporting year COVID-19 related deaths look like they may move into the top ten causes of death in Minnesota. The 10th leading cause of death in Minnesota is suicide. In the most recent year for which data are available (2018) suicides accounted for 737 deaths.

In order to examine COVID-19 related death in the big picture of death in Minnesota the following data from the Minnesota Department of Health’s “Summary of Death 2018”. Table 1 reports the total number of deaths and the death rate per 1000 persons by year from 2005-2018 and for 1950-2004 deaths and death rate per 1000 are reported every ?ve years. No death rate per 1000 was reported for 1985.

The total number of deaths per year have increased from 1950 to 2018. The rate of increase in the total number of deaths has been accelerating since 2006 reaching the highest recorded number on record (44,730) in 2018. From 1950-2018, the lowest number of deaths in a year occurred in 1950 (27,897)( see Table 1 and the graph titled Deaths by Year).

From 1950 to 2018, the total number of deaths in Minnesota increased by 60%. However, using simple counts for examining changes in an event over time can be very deceiving. It is clear that the number of deaths in a year is related to the population at risk to die in that year needs to be accounted for. To control for variation in the population at risk, a comparison of death rate per 1000 persons is preferred over simple counts since rates can be compared in an apples to apples approach.

The scatterplot titled Death Rate by Year illustrates the trend in death rate in Minnesota from 1950 to 2018. The highest (9.4) death rate per 1000 Minnesotans occurred in 1950. Death rates declined consistently from 1950 to 2007 when the lowest (7.1 per 1000) death rate was recorded. The 57 year decline is a 24% reduction in the death rate. That meant the chance of dying in a given year was 24% lower in 2007 than in 1950.

The downward trend ended in 2008 when the death rate per 1000 went from 7.1 to 7.4. Annual death rates have consistently increased from the low of 7.1 recorded in 2007 to the contemporary high of 8.0. This was a 12.6% in eleven years. If that rate of increase continues the death rate per 1000 Minnesota’s could reach 8.2 per 1000 this year. Independent of the Covid-19 outbreak the rate of death has been increasing.

With all the interest in preventing death the COVID-19 outbreak is generating why has the accelerating and troubling trend toward higher and higher death rates been ignored? Clearly the trend has nothing to do with the COVID virus since the rate increase predates COVID-19 by over a decade. Perhaps it’s a case of ordinary events not being news?

With it becoming increasingly obvious that death related to the virus is not going to signi?cantly increase death in Minnesota and probably the death rate this year in Minnesota and the state and nation opening for business one good outcome from the outbreak might be a new found concern for increasing death rates in Minnesota and the USA.

For the good outcome to be realized people are going to need to be presented with the facts concerning why deaths and the death rate are increasing. Then they need to be given direction on speci?c behaviors with high potential to prevent deaths. If attention shifts away from death and reporting on death returns to relying on obituaries not linked to the cause of death nothing will change and the death rate will continue to climb higher and more and more deaths will occur each year in Minnesota.

You have heard it said: Don’t let a crisis be wasted. No matter the cause or true magnitude of the most recent viral outbreak let’s hope we all wake up to the need to manage risks and engage in behaviors that reduce the probability of death. Ignoring the upward trend in both the number of deaths and the death rate until the next epidemic caused by some novel disease wastes an opportunity to enhance life for many Minnesotans. It is past time to include consideration of ordinary death whenever the new cause of death is discussed. Improving people’s behavior with regard to the leading causes of death in Minnesota probably has a greater chance of reducing both the number and rate of death in Minnesota.

With over 18,000 deaths per year caused by cancer and heart disease a 5% reduction in these two causes of death will save more lives than all of the cover death this year. With the ten leading causes of death in Minnesota accounting for over 30,000 deaths per year it would only take a 3% reduction in these causes to save as many lives as lost to COVID this year.

Finally, if behavior changes cut the number of COVID-related deaths along with a new focus on the other contributors to death in Minnesota many more people’s lives will be save than continuing a myopic view of death in Minnesota. I hope Minnesotans will make the behavior changes needed to reduce death from all causes and stop focusing almost exclusively on the new kid on the block.

Author’s note: As this essay was nearly complete this important commentary was published by the Wall Street Journal: Medical Lockdown Will Cause a Disease Surge Patients who are sick with conditions other than Covid-19 aren’t seeking screening and treatment. By Jeff LeBenger and Mike Meyer May 11, 2020 6:12 pm ET.

John W. Palmer, Ph.D. is a retired professor of health and safety. He can be reached via email at palmertss@cloudnet.com

Marcie Bianco intended to lecture Americans throughout this op-ed. She tried lecturing us unsophisticated brutes from the Heartland when she wrote “liberty does not mean what you think it means.” Actually, Marcie, I think it’s you that doesn’t understand what liberty is.

In the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, the men who won our liberty wrote “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

In Marcie’s words, “Liberty is a type of freedom defined and limited by civil society. It is not an unrestrained, unchecked license to do whatever one desires. Rather, liberty is a right constituted by the society — or, here, nation — one lives in.”

While it isn’t unreasonable to think that liberties are unlimited, it is unreasonable to think that liberty is defined only by society. While Bianco cites the Declaration of Independence, she wrote this:

And yet, as the quarantine protests make clear, a popular yet factually and legally inaccurate sentiment has infected the minds of many Americans. To paraphrase, it goes something like this: “This is America, and I am free to do whatever I want!”

That’s offensive. That isn’t what protesters have said. They’ve protested against tyrants like J.B. Pritzker and Gretchen Whitmer, Democrats who insist that it’s logical to say that it’s ok to shop at Walmart but that it’s dangerous to shop at a neighborhood hardware store. On the bright side, at least Democrats are accepting Walmart a little.

The belief that personal freedom is more valuable than the common good factors heavily in right-wing logic. And it has, particularly in the 21st century, been the strategic linchpin of right-wing efforts to squash social and economic justice movements, particularly through race-baiting, xenophobic rhetoric. Such rhetoric, which we are seeing starting to creep into anti-quarantine protests, is designed to stoke the fear of oppression in white American society.

I’ve watched tons of these protests. I don’t know what the hell she’s talking about. The first couple of protests were held in cars. I’d love hearing Ms. Bianco explain when she heard “xenophobic rhetoric.” Better yet, I’d love finding out which protests she attended where she heard xenophobic rhetoric. It’s quite possible that she’s assuming things that she doesn’t have proof for. Where is the xenophobic rhetoric at Karl Manke’s reopening?

The day after Manke reopened, vindictive Democrat Michigan Gov. Gretchen ‘The Witch’ Whitmer revoked Karl Manke’s license. Marcie, I’d love hearing you explain how The Witch’s vindictive action is a good-faith attempt at restoring Karl Manke’s liberty. It’s time to write Ms. Bianco’s article off as the rantings of a spoiled progressive fascist.

Tony Evers, Wisconsin’s Democrat governor, is upset with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling on Evers’ Wuhan Virus executive order. After the Supreme Court ruled against Gov. Evers’ EO, Gov. Evers said “Republican legislators convinced four members of the Supreme Court to throw the state into chaos. Republicans own that chaos.”

That’s an incomprehensible statement considering what’s been happening in Wisconsin. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s reporting “The ruling immediately lifts all restrictions on businesses and gatherings imposed by the administration’s order but keeps in place the closure of schools until fall. It comes after Evers had already begun lifting some restrictions because the spread of the virus has slowed for now.

This is what makes Gov. Evers’ statement that much stranger:

To put any new limits in place, the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled Legislature will be forced to work together to deal with the ebbs and flows of the outbreak — something the two sides have rarely been able to achieve before.

The horror of it all. Evers thinks that it’s the apocalypse if he has to work with — gasp!?! — Republicans? I can feel ice forming in Hades as I type.

I thought that J.B. Pritzker, Illinois’s Democrat governor, was a drama queen. I’m not certain that Evers shouldn’t fit into that same category.

In less than a minute, Gov. Evers said that ‘Wisconsin people aren’t idiots. They’ll do the right thing.’ then says that those same people have been thrown into chaos. It doesn’t work that way, Gov. Evers. Either they’re smart and they make good decisions or they’re idiots and they’re prone to creating chaos. It isn’t both.

Gov. Evers, the court has ruled. You can whine like you did in this interview or you can work with Republicans. Wisconsin elected you to govern, not to go on MSNBC and play a Democrat drama queen. It’s time you grew up. If your ideas are worthwhile, Republicans will work with you. If they aren’t, then they don’t deserve support. It’s just that simple.

I’m dealing with Joe Biden’s BS op-ed so you won’t have to read it. Actually, it’s highly likely that Biden didn’t write it. I’m not certain that he’s capable of stringing 3 consecutive coherent sentences together at this point.

The staffer’s op-ed opens by saying “The coronavirus, to date, has taken the lives of more than 79,000 Americans. One of every 5 U.S. workers has filed for unemployment, with the unemployment rate now the highest since the Great Depression. It is an extraordinary moment, the kind that begs for urgent, steady, empathetic, unifying leadership.”

Let’s deal with the urgency issue first. Just 10 days after the first human-to-human case was reported in the United States, President Trump issued a travel ban with Chine, though he brought home 40 U.S. nationals from China, which he was obligated to do. President Trump’s State Department worked tirelessly to get these U.S. nationals home. Upon arriving home, these people were quarantined immediately.

Meanwhile, Urgent Joe Biden criticized the decision:

“We need to lead the way with science, not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering,” he wrote. “He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

Where’s the urgency, Joe? All I hear is a politician attempting to sound relevant — and not doing a very good job of it. Next, let’s talk about how Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democrat governor, found himself out of bed space and ventilators. President Trump rescued him on both counts. He ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn the Javits Center into a 2,900-bed hospital. Then he ordered the U.S. Navy to equip the USNS Comfort for additional bed space. This was expected to take 3-4 weeks. It took the Navy 4 days to properly equip the Comfort and send it to New York Harbor. Meanwhile, that harbor wasn’t deep enough to let the ship in so the Army Corps of Engineers went to work and made the harbor deep enough. Again, this was done in “Trump Time”, a phrase first coined by Trump Trade Adviser Peter Navarro:

Then Trump assigned Navarro the task of getting ventilators manufactured:

“In under 11 days, GM sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build life-saving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.”

Meanwhile, the Obama-Biden administration didn’t replace the ventilators used during the H1N1 crisis. That crisis happened in 2009. Talk about lacking urgency.

In a crisis, give me a leader who gets the important things done immediately over a man with empathy, whatever that means. President Trump fits that description perfectly. Is he a little rough around the edges? Yup. Does he get the important things done in “Trump Time”? That’s his specialty.

The truth is that everyone wants America to reopen as soon as possible — claiming otherwise is completely absurd. Governors from both parties are doing their best to make that happen, but their efforts have been slowed and hampered because they haven’t gotten the tools, resources and guidance they need from the federal government to reopen safely and sustainably.

That’s BS. Here in Minnesota, the people have dragged Tim Walz kicking and screaming to open the economy just a little. In Michigan and Illinois, Democrat Governors Gretchen Whitmer and J.B. Pritzker are still trying to keep their economies closed. They’ve been hampered by themselves, not the federal government. That’s before talking about Democrat Governors Cuomo and Murphy. They’re in a class all of their own.

Biden suffers from Obama Disease. That’s when you see things as you want to see them instead of seeing things as they actually are. It isn’t lethal but it’s crippling.

If anyone personifies the death of critical thinking amongst pundits more than Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball, I don’t know who it’d be. Obviously, picking Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid or some well-established woman from CNN or MSNBC is the easy pick. Rather than do that, not that that bunch isn’t worthy of that ‘honor’, I’m picking Krystal Ball. Let me explain.

Early in their interview with Stephen Moore, Saagar Enjeti spoke about the difficulties being faced by families as a result of spousal and child abuse, rising opioid addictions, increases in alcoholism rates. That’s before talking about the increased numbers of suicides and increased cases of depression. Less than 10 minutes in their interview, Ball went on a rampage. She asked Stephen Moore “Why not stay closed for safety’s sake?”

What safety? Without realizing it, Ball argued that we should ignore the threats posed by increased opioid addictions and overdoses, increased spousal and child abuse and other dangerous situations. Ball is so fixated by COVID that she didn’t think about all of the other physical or mental problems caused by the Democrats’ extended shelter-in-place policies. Just because she isn’t thinking about them doesn’t mean they don’t count.

Earlier in her rant, Ball criticized capitalism itself, telling Stephen Moore that what he’s “proposing is a fundamentally false choice between stay locked down and suffer economically because we’ve had a fully inadequate response, which you seem to agree with or let’s just reopen and everything will just magically go back to normal. What about staying closed for safety’s sake?”

That’s a childish answer that doesn’t deserve a serious reply. Rather than give her a reply based on rock-solid economic principles, Stephen Moore instead turned the debate into a fight. He said “Well, because if we keep our economy locked down for another couple of months, we’re going to destroy the economic base of our country. We’re gonna have devastation. We’re gonna have not 30,000,000 but 50,000,000 unemployed. How many unemployed are you willing to have — 50-, 60-, 80,000,000 people unemployed? At some point, it doesn’t matter how many of these aid programs you pass out of Washington. We’re gonna run out of food. We’re gonna run out of items in the grocery stores. If you don’t have production, you don’t have an economy. It’s that simple.

The only way to changing the trajectory of the U.S. economy while protecting the most vulnerable populations is by opening the economy up while enforcing proven guidelines like social distancing and protecting the elderly. If people are willing to properly distance themselves in Walmart, why think they won’t properly distance themselves in other stores, too? Why won’t they wash their hands frequently in the neighborhood grocery store where they know the owner but they’ll wash their hands in big box stores?

Ball got her ass handed to her and she deserved it.

This morning on Good Morning America, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee, said something stupid even by Biden’s standards. Anyone that’s watched him knows how high a standard that is. Biden’s been an idiot virtually all his life. First, let’s dig into what Biden told Stephanopoulos.

According to the article, Biden was asked “What did you know about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn and was anything improper done?” Biden initially replied “I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn, number 1 and number two, this is all about diversion. This is a game this guy plays all the time.”

That’s downright insulting. Actually, it’s infuriating. For 3+ years, Robert Mueller and 19 hyperpartisan prosecutors and 40 FBI agents did their utmost to impeach President Trump. The upper echelon (singular, not plural) of the FBI, aka Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Page, in addition to former DNI Jim Clapper and Impeachment Committee Chairman Schiff, (D-Calif.), tried their utmost to impeach President Trump.

When people brought up tidbits of truth that didn’t fit with the Democrats’ storyline, we were told those were distractions. This isn’t a golden oldie but it’s certainly proof that Democrats view this as a strategy:

This nugget is just too good:

ADAM SCHIFF: This is a profound distraction from what Russia did from the issues that we’re charged with investigating. It’s quite by design and it’s very much in combination with the referral of Christopher Steele in a criminal investigation.

Adam Schiff was the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the time he said that. Schiff hadn’t yet turned it into the All-Impeachment-All-the-Time-Committee. Democrats hated President Trump so much that they simply set out to impeach him without any evidence of Treason, Bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats still don’t have proof that President Trump committed any crimes. They don’t have proof that anyone in the Trump campaign committed a crime worthy of impeachment.

That Vice President Biden would say that the Flynn scandal is a diversionary tactic to distract from the Wuhan Virus is reprehensible. If we hadn’t panicked on how to best contain the Wuhan/Chinese Communist Party Virus, the Obama/Biden/Pelosi/Schiff scandal would be the biggest news story since 9/11. Entrapping the incoming national security adviser isn’t small potatoes. That’s a major civil rights violation. Don’t be surprised if major Obama administration figures get sued over this. This isn’t the type of thing that an ‘I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.’ will fix.

Sleepy Joe isn’t that bright. The worst news for Democrats is that Biden is the Democrats’ best option. What’s frightening for Democrats is that he’s a worse candidate than Hillary. He might be worse than John Kerry, who once served in Vietnam.

Democrats sold out to the AOC/Bernie wing of their party. This November, they’ll pay a price for that capitulation. That’s why, contrary to Paul Mirengoff’s post, there’s little chance that President Trump loses to Biden. Further, the more people find out what’s in Pelosi’s Porkapalooza bill, aka the HEROES Act, the more they’ll hate it. Democrats constantly complain about corporate welfare. Why don’t Democrats complain about welfare for politicians? They’re one of the beneficiaries amongst an brigade of beneficiaries from the HEROES Act. They’re far from the lone special interest beneficiaries created by the Democrats. Sen. John Kennedy, (R-LA), put it perfectly in this interview last night with Sean Hannity:

It’s long past time for the US to reopen the economy. Dr. Scott Atlas has spoken out against keeping people shut down repeatedly. His logic makes the most sense of any doctor I’ve heard. Saturday night, he said “There should be no fear and panic anymore. We know that. We know who the virus impacts. We know who to protect. And frankly, it’s the same people we should have known from day one, because every third year medical student in the country would have been able to identify that older people with chronic underlying diseases like kidney failure, diabetes, heart failure and people who are immunocompromised are the people to protect instead of just locking down society in a broad, blunt way.”

I wish Dr. Atlas would fax this information to Gov. Walz ASAP. Gov. Walz hasn’t figured it out yet. He’s still pretty much in ‘Chicken Little” mode. In today’s update, Minnesotans are told to take a defensive posture towards COVID-19. In this interview, Dr. Atlas highlights all the different treatments that haven’t happened as a result of statewide shutdowns:

Do we really want to deprive people of vaccinations, biopsies, cancer treatments, etc. just to stop COVID? That’s the price the vulnerable have paid for these Democrats’ one-size-fits-all strategies. Do we really think that COVID is that much of a life-threatening virus amongst healthy people? It isn’t right to think of COVID as a trivial matter but it isn’t as threatening as the MSM, which is filled with Democrats, have portrayed it, either.

Thus far, Republican governors haven’t adopted one-size-fits-all strategies, with the possible exception of Ohio’s Mike DeWine. That’s the purview of the Democrat governors. (Think Walz, Whitmer and J.B. Pritzker.) It’s time we got our swagger back. That being said, that swagger, just like after 9/11, doesn’t return in the blink of an eyelash. It returns a bit at a time.

It requires paying attention to the CDC’s guidelines. It doesn’t require paying attention to the draconian orders of governors like Pritzker, Walz and Whitmer. Those orders don’t make any sense. This doesn’t, either:

Pritzker is an idiot. His order is filled with contradictory items.

Melissa Kolstad is just a shopkeeper in St. Joseph, MN. Tim Walz is the governor (emperor?) of Minnesota. Despite the mismatch, Kolstad intends on defying Gov. Walz’s stay-at-home order:

The BabyGirlz woman’s clothing boutique announced Monday on Facebook that it plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. When it opened last week, an officer with the St. Joseph Police Department was sent to shut it down. Proprietor Melissa Kolstad said she respectfully complied at the time, but as of Wednesday morning her Facebook page still stated the store would follow those same hours starting Thursday.

“Open…. like a customer can walk in and look/buy??” asked a resident, via Facebook. Kolstad posted the response: “If you feel comfortable coming in, you are more than welcome. The door is unlocked. I am cleaning regularly, and I have a small store so I can easily control social distancing. The door will be propped open, so you don’t have to touch the handle, and I have hand sanitizer when you walk in the door, as well.”

Gov. Walz is confused by Kolstad’s actions:

Walz said many Minnesotans have voluntarily embraced the spirit of social distancing for the greater good. Still, he said, it’s tough to explain the benefit of business closures to those who have not been infected, in the same vein as it’s tough to explain beach closures to everyone who hasn’t drowned.

“I think most of us know, regardless if it’s speeding laws or moving up to other things, social compliance is the idea that (our) actions don’t only impact ourselves, they impact others,” Walz said at a news conference this week.

It’s difficult to explain the benefit of business closures when a) the businesses are following the CDC’s guidelines and b) the shopkeepers need to feed their families. It escapes Gov. Walz why businesses put feeding their families ahead of “the greater good.” It’s difficult, too, because Gov. Walz hasn’t defined what the greater good is.

Instead, he’s shifted the goals multiple times without explaining why they’re important. A leader establishes easily understood goals that people quickly agree with. Gov. Walz didn’t do that.

Instead, he cited a model put together by the U of M and the Minnesota Department of Health that was criticized virtually immediately. Then Gov. Walz issued an ultimatum, saying that our options were limited to no mitigation, which would lead to 74,000 Minnesotans dying from COVID-19, or shelter-in-place, which would lead to ‘only’ 50,000 Minnesotans dying. As of this morning, 485 Minnesotans have died from COVID-19. This article highlights a disturbing trend:

More than three-fourths of the newly reported deaths involved elderly residents of long-term care facilities, which have become an increasing focus of state COVID-19 testing and response efforts. The state on Wednesday morning reported that one death involved a person in the 70s age range who was the spouse of a worker at the Jennie-0 turkey plant in Melrose. At least 11 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among workers at the Melrose plant. The disclosure that the death involved a spouse was an error by state health officials, who normally don’t reveal such specific details and leave that to county agencies, companies or families.

Why hasn’t Gov. Walz prioritized protecting long-term care facilities from the start? The first mass fatalities happened in a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington.

I was told by the Minnesota Department of Health, aka MDH, that protecting the elderly was their highest priority. If that’s true, then MDH has failed miserably. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s economy keeps tanking: