Saturday, April 04, 2020

Same Old FDA, or Some Dogs Can't Be Taught

Well, here we go again.

...the private sector has stepped up to the plate by increasing production of ventilators, face masks, and much-needed hand sanitizers. In fact, more than 575 distilleries have committed to converting their operations from making alcoholic beverages to producing alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

However, in yet another case of regulations run wild, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inserting a wrench in “Operation Hand Sanitizer.” In other words, FDA bureaucrats are halting the production of millions of bottles of hand sanitizer to communities in need.

Because FDA regulations differ in regard to undenatured (food-grade) and denatured alcohol, this red tape is actually causing a pause in the production and distribution of hand sanitizer...

Yup.  Since FOOD-GRADE (un-denatured) alcohol is NOT approved for hand-sanitizer, FDA shut down production, preferring NOT food-grade (denatured) alcohol.

This.  Is.  FDA.

Joe Buck Gets His Jollies

Apparently Super-Twit Joe Buck offered to narrate videos for his fans.

Yes, actually, he DID get some.  But they were NSFW.

Joe, being a prudent sorta guy, .....

“I’ve had a couple of submissions from let’s say, a man and a woman, that just didn’t seem appropriate to put my voice to in this stage of my life. Maybe later in life, but not now. I look at these videos very carefully...

How many times, Joe?

HT:  AOSHQ of course.

Dems 2, Pubbies 1 (Maybe) at Appeals Court

While the Lefties won 2 of 3 points at the 7th Circus, the Pubbies won the important one--except the 7th managed to suggest a fraud-loophole big enough for a parade of Schneider Pumpkins.

A federal appeals court Friday night denied emergency requests from Republicans to stay a judge’s ruling pushing back to April 13 the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned in Wisconsin’s spring election.

The 7th Court of Appeals also rejected a request from GOP lawmakers as well as the state and national Republican parties to stay Judge William Conley’s order that gave Wisconsin voters an additional day to request absentee ballots in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the guv issuing a stay-at-home order for the state....

K.  Don't like it, but .......Run!!  Hide!!  VIRUS!!!!! is the current fad.

On the other hand, the blatant frauds schemed by the (D)s will not be too easy.

...[the] appeals court put on hold one piece of Conley’s ruling. He had ordered clerks to accept absentee ballots without a witness statement if voters submitted a statement explaining why they couldn’t safely obtain a signature from someone else on the envelope they used to mail back the ballot.

The court ruled Conley didn’t give enough weight to the state’s interest in enforcing that requirement to prevent fraud. It also noted the Wisconsin Elections Commission had posted guidance for voters struggling to safely find a witness for their ballot in light of the public health emergency....
Even so, the 7th came up with an escape plan for the Left.  This is called "legislating from the bench" in normal circles:

...we have every reason to believe the Commission, in keeping with the forward-leaning action it has taken thus far to accommodate voters’ interests while also striving to ensure their safety, will continue to consider yet other ways for voters to satisfy the statutory signature requirement (if possible, for example, by maintaining the statutory presence requirement but not requiring the witness’s physical signature).”...
Should take a Lefty fraud-schemer about .005 seconds to game that suggestion.

FISA Judge Spraying FooFoo Dust UPDATED

Looks like someone's trying to push all the blame to the FEEBS.

Yes, indeed, the FEEBS are dirty as Capone if not more so.  But the FISA Court of Credulous Cretins has no excuse for its total surrender to the FEEBS.

...the nation's intelligence court on Friday ordered the FBI to review more than two dozen wiretap applications to determine if they were so flawed as to have led to inappropriate spying on Americans.

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Chief Judge James Boasberg gave the bureau until June 15 to complete the review...
So far, so good.

But here's the FooFoo Dust:

...The new IG memo "reinforces the need for the Court to monitor the ongoing efforts of the FBI and DOJ to ensure that, going forward, FBI applications present accurate and complete facts,” Boasberg wrote....
You mean the "monitoring" that you and your bunch of blackrobes NEVER BOTHERED WITH?

The Court of Credulous Cretins.

UPDATE:  Da Judge also wants the names of FEEBS who submitted "materially mis-stated" stuff.  He's thinking prosecutions.  You can bet that Christoper Wray, current FEEB-in-Chief, will delay this until .........oh...........2090 or so.

Is Evers Too Honest for Democrat Party?

Just a quick question here.....

Tony Evers adamantly resisted changing the Wisconsin local/state election date.  Then, under heavy pressure from (D) politicians, some of which was public, Evers changed his mind and is now attempting to make it into a much later AND mail-in affair.

Evers--until last week--knew better than to game the vote.

Was Evers just too honest for the Democrat Party?  Did the (D) bigwigs have to send death-threats to get Tony off his Boy Scout promises?

Inquiring minds, and all that.....

(By the way, we still think that Evers doesn't have a clue about being a Governor.  That's a quality distinct from honesty.) 

Andrea Palm: Wrong Answer

On March 24, Andrea Palm, a Hillary campaign marketing veteran and un-confirmed DHS secretary, told us that CoViD19 deaths "could" top 1,000 by April 8 unless we all sit at home and watch Netflix.

With 4 days to go, Andrea Palm's Hair-On-Fire Chicken Little prognostication is short about 950 deaths.

And Wisconsin's Unemployment Compensation bureau is buried.

But shootings in Milwaukee have decreased.  That's something.  Maybe Andrea should be in law enforcement.

Friday, April 03, 2020

Fauci Goes Nuts

It's become more and more clear that Dr. Fauci--who is well-intentioned--is going nuts.  If he's not careful, he will be remembered as the SuperNerd of Economic Death.

Fauci said that we can start to "relax" social distancing once there are "no new cases, no deaths.
Where Dr. Fauci works, there are no layoffs, no furloughs, no missed or diminished paychecks, great benefits, and a wonderful pension system.

In the real world, UC claims hit SIX MILLION last week, 30% or more of restaurants/bars will be bankrupt by the end of this month, and manufacturing will soon be at a near-standstill with the closure of all Big Three and some other-label auto plants in the US--and that's just for starters.  Hotels, airlines, movie theatres, and churches also face serious negative financial impact, and to top it off, "What to do with the children no longer in school?" is a big question for two-income families.

"Work at home" only goes so far, and it's only good until one of those employers moves to Furlough or Layoff........which WILL happen.

This economy needs money-turnover to survive and that is rapidly diminishing.

Fauci is a doctor.  To him, every problem is a virus or a germ.  Sorry, Doc--that ain't the way it is.

Codevilla makes the same point (and the rest of his essay is worth the read):

...President Trump, as well as the governors of some states, have been stampeded out of their common sense into shutting down the country until further notice. The bureaucratic-media complex has done this on the supposed basis of medical authority. But the doctors have not been speaking as doctors on the basis of knowledge of the human body while offering cures or even palliatives. No. Their judgments are based on speculation about the meaning of mathematical models.

They are not acting like good doctors but rather like bad politicians....

He's well-intentioned and wrong as Hell.

The Fam's Gun Locker

Well, mine is a large family.  Didn't know that the AOSHQ got a pic.

The handguns are kept in a separate facility for security purposes.


Thursday, April 02, 2020 Projections: Hysterical

The good news:  this projection model is seriously over-projecting hospitalizations in Wisconsin.

It projects a need for 835 hospital beds as of April 2.

But on the ground, we find only 461 beds are occupied with the Kung Flu.

That's only 44% of the projection.  We can live with that.

Slapping Schumer S***less

You don't like Trump's style?  I find it very refreshing.  Idiot Schumer told Trump that he should put a military man on the procurement team.

Trump sent a response.

Vermont Pushes the "No Selling" Envelope

Frankly, this presents a BIG problem to the affected retailers.

“Large ‘big box’ retailers generate significant shopping traffic by virtue of their size and the variety of goods offered in a single location,” Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Lindsay Kurrle said on Tuesday. “This volume of shopping traffic significantly increases the risk of further spread of this dangerous virus to Vermonters and the viability of Vermont’s health care system."...

Accordingly, the State has determined that these retailers will no longer offer certain "non-essential" items for sale, including.......

  • Arts and crafts
  • Beauty supplies
  • Carpet and flooring
  • Clothing
  • Consumer electronics
  • Entertainment (books, music, movies)
  • Furniture
  • Home and garden
  • Jewelry
  • Paint
  • Photo services
  • Sports equipment
  • Toys
They may be "non-essential", a point I will not necessarily concede (clothing IS essential!).  Regardless,  the State has just told these retailers to shut off 70% of their sales volume, making the stores unprofitable, as grocery margins are much smaller than margins on "home and garden" or "sports" goods.

So then the stores will close and dump their employees into the street.


Pelosi Demands "Vote By Mail"

Good ol' (VERY ol') Nancy.  Still dedicated to stealing elections by any means necessary.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she would like to see "vote by mail" funding of up to $4 billion in Congress' next coronavirus stimulus package for upcoming elections....

Uh-huh.  Sure.  By the way, see if you can make any sense out of this direct quote:

..."Vote-by-mail is so important to our democracy so that people have access to voting and not being deterred, especially at this time, by the ammunition to stay home,"...

" the ammunition...."?  WTF?  That's a Biden, Nancy. 

Here's the next laugh-line out of the superannuated speaker-slime:

..."The integrity of the election system is central to our democracy. I don't know how anyone could oppose our enabling the states to have vote by mail."...

The integrity of vote-by-mail is suspect; but even in states like Wisconsin which allow it, there are complaints that many people cannot upload the documentation required to obtain a mail ballot.

No doubt MaligNancy has a solution, like "Fuggedabout documents!!"

OK, then.  

How Stupid Is Mark Green (of USAID)??

Yup.  That's Wisconsin's Mark Green running USAID.  You know the type:  globaloney-Pubbie, loves him some Deep State......

How stupid IS Mark Green?  You be the judge.

Vice President Mike Pence's coronavirus taskforce is now looking at the process in which the United States Agency for International Development sends medical supplies to other countries to combat the coronavirus.  

Politico reported Wednesday that a Trump administration official tried last week to obtain protective gear for American doctors and nurses from Thailand - only to be told that a shipment of the same supplies was en route to Bankgkok from the United States

That mix-up prompted Pence's taskforce to look into USAID's deliveries of personal protective equipment and place a moratorium on new shipments from USAID's stockpile being sent overseas, Politico wrote. ...

Smooth move, Mark.  Your immediate resignation is expected......tick tock tick tock......

Pro-Abort Gates: "Shut Down Entire USA"

Bill Gates, notorious promoter of abortion and ardent supporter of Population Control, has an idea.

...Writing in The Washington Post, Gates complained about the piecemeal approach to shutdowns that are currently taking place across the country, as states decide on their own what the best policies are for them.

That’s a no-no, he says; there ought to be a “national policy” and it ought to mandate a total economic and society shutdown.

“Despite urging from public health experts, some states and counties haven’t shut down completely. In some states, beaches are still open; in others, restaurants still serve sit-down meals,” he wrote.

“This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus. The country’s leaders need to be clear: Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere,” he added. “Until the case numbers start to go down across America — which could take 10 weeks or more — no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown.”...

OK, Bill, thanks for that idea.  We'll consider national economic suicide........ahhh..........later.

Huawei's in Trouble. Thank God

The 5G manufacturer/vendor Huawei--a wholly-owned and -operated subsidiary of the Chinese Communist Party--may have lost its contract with England.

Oh, snap!

CDMedia has heard from two sources close to the matter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will cancel the UK’s contract for 5G wireless service from the Chinese conglomerate Huawei. The move is a stunning reversal of fortune for Huawei, the flagship nationalized vehicle for advancing the CCP’s growing soft power in the West.

The implications are fraught for any sovereign country that agrees to contract with Huawei for 5G. The Chinese Communist Party is the de facto owner of the tech giant, and the CCP makes no secret of its plans for global domination. Given China’s history of intellectual and technological theft, agreeing to let them play host to all the online information of any nation is dicey enough on its face....
Frankly, we never understood why England committed to Huawei in the first damn place.

But this gets better!

...Johnson is said to be furious with China for a number of reasons, not least of which is his own positive test result for COVID-19 on March 27. Further complicating matters, a recent shipment of test kits bound for the UK were found to be contaminated with coronavirus.

In other words, take the test and get infected....
Huawei is very important to the ChiComs.  Naturally, the Party's bigwigs are raking in the profits from this venture (what?  you thought 'the people' got some?) just like any other venture in Commie-Land--so this will nick their piggy banks.  But this is only one of the very many ChiCom holdings which are now in Deep Shit.

And that's all good.

What's Behind the Newspaper Crash & Burn? Lefties.

In the last week or so, newspapers--including the local kitty-litter-liner--have been cutting salaries and imposing furloughs on staff.  Ad revenues have dropped off, as you might expect.  So some reporters will disappear and return; others will probably just disappear.  This is despite an upswing in subscriptions and "clicks" by the way--bear that in mind.

(This blogger will NOT suggest that the affected reporters and other staffers Learn To Code.  That would be nasty or curmudgeonly, or something like that.  Nope.  Not going there.)

Anyhow.  The revenue problem is partially due to the hard-left's invention of "ad blocking."

...Most advertisers purchase online advertising programmatically, through ad networks. With programmatic advertising, advertisers basically buy people, not publishers. They identify a person by, for example, past search history or they buy information, and then market directly to that specific person — whether that person is on their favorite sports site, news site, YouTube, wherever that person likes to visit… The ads follow the person. Notable exceptions are porn sites.

Once upon a time, programmatic advertisers did not care where on the Internet they reached their target persons — if those persons liked Fox News or Breitbart News, Fox News or Breitbart News would get paid. If those persons liked CNN or the New York Times, CNN and the New York Times would get paid. That’s how it was, until…

Trump was elected, and the left-wing blacklisters came along....
The left-wing blacklisters such as Media Matters and Sleeping Giants were very effective in scaring the bejabbers out of advertisers.  The weapon of 'blocking' was used against sites such as Breitbart and Fox News, and Fox reacted with a change in its news policy, just as did Drudge.

But now that weapon is biting the "news" organizations in the ass.  Hard.

...Turns out — as you read in the story excerpted above — advertisers not only care which news publishers their programmatic ads appear on, they began to care about which specific content their ads appeared against. Plane crash story? We don’t want to sell cars next to that story! COVID-19? We don’t want to sell cars against those stories! As is so often the case, the blacklisters created a monster that they can no longer control — a monster now running amok destroying establishment media outlets, too.

This changed the entire dynamic of advertising.

Terrified advertisers now, when placing ad buys, add words to a block list so that their product will not appear next to certain content. And now,.... one of the most popular words on the block list is “coronavirus,” and what subject is every news outlet in America covering right now? The coronavirus. The very subject skittish advertisers want nothing to do with for fear a Sleeping Giants or a Media Matters or another member of the left-wing Appropriate Police will launch a hate jihad against them: How dare you profit from death!

Here’s the short version: While Sleeping Giants and Media Matters were relentlessly pushing to blacklist Breitbart out of business, they ended up altering the way advertisers place their ads, and now that alteration is threatening to annihilate the mainstream news media whose ideas the blacklisters DO approve of....
Why yes, yes indeed:  the "news" people are gutless wonders. 

And of course, the New York Times is now pushing for FedGov funding of "news" papers.  Just like in Communist China.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Barrett's NEXT Problem

Below we speculated that the (D) Party in Wisconsin--which includes Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, is in great danger of losing in the Spring election. 

Then there's Teh Virus, which is hitting the City of Milwaukee very hard, indeed.

Looming in the distance:  the cancellation of the Democrat Convention.

Losing the Convention will save the City a bunch of money for police services.  But it will cost the local (surviving) bars, hotels, and restaurants around $230 million in revenues.

Combine that with moving Summerfest to the fall--and losing Festa Italiana altogether--and Barrett will be running the City of Losses.

Makes the SCOWI election into a very minor loss indeed.

Screeching from McKenna.....Sheesh!

Ms. McKenna of Madistan has become irritating with her soprano-screech banging away on potential (D) vote fraud and losing the election(s), leading to The End of the World As We Know It.

Yah, OK.  Yes, I turned off the program and likely won't listen again until 4/8 or later.

Not to worry.  Belling will be doing the same thing in a baritone, not quite so screechy and certainly not hysterical (which is technically a property reserved to actual born-female types.)


The reason that Barrett is running drive-through voting (with fries!) and the Milwaukee and Dane County clerks are suggesting that their employees will violate Wisconsin voting law is simple:  they are scared to death that they will LOSE, and LOSE BIG.

Oh?  Really?

Yes.  Really.

Q:  Where are the legions of UW, MU, and UW-M students now?

A:  NOT VOTING EN MASSE in Madistan, Milwaukee and Milwaukee.  They are home with Mom and Dad--in whatever State they actually live--and will not be providing votes for the LeftWad running for SCOWI, nor any LeftWads in general.

Next question:  since Barrett is forced to squeeze the entire voting population of Milwaukee into only eight to twelve polling stations instead of 180, how many of the mind-numbed Democrats will actually wait in line for HOURS to vote for.........Biden?  Karofsky?  You're right.  Not many at all.  Biden and Karofsky are as inspiring as a used Kleenex.

This is not to suggest that voting is no big deal for conservatives.  It is.  By all means, VOTE!!  But to save your hearing and sanity, turn to classical music or streaming movies.  Too much Vicki is more toxic than CoViD19.

Dead by Virus? Or Dead by Stay-Home Orders?

This is a very, very bad projection.

Economic output in the United States will shrink by 34 percent in the second quarter as the CCP virus pandemic delivers a worse-than-expected hit to the economy, Goldman Sachs stated in a new report....

..."We now forecast real GDP growth of -9 percent in Q1 and -34 percent in Q2 in qoq annualized terms (vs. -6 percent and -24 percent previously) and see the unemployment rate rising to 15 percent by midyear (vs. 9 percent previously),..."--ZeroHedge quoted at Gateway

Meaning that the number of unemployed will be between 34 and 66 million.

Ford Respirators, Inc. (!!!)

Not invented by any level of Gummint, including CDC or FDA.

NOT invented by "the press."

Invented by private-sector engineers with a will to find a way.

Ford will be building its own line of respirators.....

...using a makeshift design that includes fans from F-150 pickup seats, hoods from assembly plant paint shops, 3D-printed parts and portable tool battery packs that could allow the devices to run for up to eight hours. 

Some components and sub-assemblies are being made at Ford's advanced manufacturing center near Detroit in Redford, Mich....
We hear that this will replace the (discontinued) Taurus.

"Strong Black Woman" Should Be in Prison

Some "strong black woman"--who by any standard of justice should be convicted of perjury (and perhaps treason) is squirting ink into the water.

It's a well-known defensive technique.  Ms. Rice may have been told she's next up on the Bob Barr Inquisition into Obama-Clinton treachery.  (Yes, yes, I know......I assume that's still going on and that Barr/Durham are serious.)

Anyhow, as the Examiner points out, Rice sounds a lot like any Red Chinese propagandist.

There's a reason for that.

FBI Lies and Cheats; FISA "Judges" Don't Mind

Talk about a complete and total fail.......the FEEBS and "judges" on the FISA court.

A new IG report will be coming out soon, but the ugly truth has been released.  This review was NOT concentrated on the FBI's Trump-scam--instead, it's a review of a wide variety of cases using the "national security" label.

Part 1: 

The error rate in the files undertaken by the internal accuracy review was over 93% (3 compliant out of 42 reviewed). These were the FISA files with the greatest possibility of being accurate.
"Errors" is the ultra-CYA word for "lies and cheating."

Part 2:

 99% of the FISA warrant applications are rubber stamped approved.
FEEBS lie, and "judges" don't ask any questions.  Remind me again why we PAY these trolls.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Baptisms, Weddings, Extreme Unction: A Canonist Writes

Ed Peters is a reliable canonist and he comments on recent developments.  I'll skip to the good parts.

Concerned about death??

...a new mess has taken its place, one whereby a bishop thinks he can “suspend” the celebration the sacrament of Anointing in times of greatest need!

Keeping this short, I know of no authority whereby an arch/bishop can “suspend” the operation of a sacrament itself so I can only conclude that whenever a proper, willing minister utters the correct form while applying the necessary matter to an eligible, willing, recipient, the sacrament occurs. All of the usual considerations for the administration of sacraments in time of serious danger apply, of course, and those factors lean heavily (not uniformly, but heavily) in favor of administration of the sacraments, especially to the gravely ill....
What about baptism?  These rules apply, even in Chicago!!

...Infants are to be baptized “in the first few weeks” after being born, even sooner, of course, if there is danger of death. I agree with the Exegetical Commentary which states that Canon 867 “protected the fundamental right of the parents to baptize their children within the first few weeks. This right shall not be limited or restricted by a particular law, at least not by a norm of lower rank than the [1983 Code] itself.” Exeg. Comm. III/1: 465. Commentaries on the old law (e.g., 1917 CIC 770) warned against parents trying more than a month to secure the service of a priest before acting on their own. See, e.g., Woywod, Practical Comm. n. 669. Parents, unable to secure the ministrations of a cleric during a pandemic, who baptize their own children, should simply report such baptisms to the pastor of the parish, per c. 878. ...

Have a wedding planned?  Don't have heroic virtue of continuing chastity??

...Canonical form for marriage need not be observed, even by two Roman Catholics, if it is foreseen that an official witness (typically, a priest) cannot be present for at least thirty days. 1983 CIC 1116. We are very near that time already. Such couples still need, of course, to observe state law for the civil effects of their marriage to arise, but canon law provides for lawful celebration of marriage without canonical form in surprisingly short order....

And you'll save a TON of money on that elaborate-but-NOT-necessary reception.

Do-Nothing Evers Playing Politics While People Die

Tokin'Tony Evers, unable to actually lead, resorts to playing politics, hoping that Wisconsin citizens are dumb enough to swallow his crap.  People are dying while Tony fiddles, diddles, and kvetches about "the Republicans."

The CoViD19 became an issue around January 31.  What did Tokin'Tony do then?  Nada.  Did Tokin'Tony's not-yet-confirmed "health" secretary Andrea Palm have any thoughts on the matter?  None that we know of.  She was drawing up marketing plans for some (D) election, I guess.

Tokin'Tony waited around until mid-March--SIX WEEKS--to declare an emergency.  Did Tokin'Tony use his emergency powers to scramble for ventilators and PPE?

Hell, no.  He used them to force closings of churches and golf-courses.

Finally, Maggie Gau told Tony to demand SEVEN HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS to spend, knowing that his demand was ludicrous but could be used to rip the Pubbies when they told him to go fly a kite.

...Evers gave the Republican legislative leaders a bill on March 21 that would spend at least $706 million to help state agencies respond to the outbreak and is drafting a second bill related to economic recovery and less-urgent health care needs.

So far the lawmakers have not told Evers' team which measures they support or provided an alternative proposal, according to the governor's office.   ...

And so Tokin'Tony went on the teevee to cry about having a hard time obtaining ventilators and PPE for hospitals.  This despite the fact that the FedGov will be sending Wisconsin a check for $1.9 BILLION or so......

What a tool he really is.

UPDATE:  Here, the little gamma-bitch complains about Trump's response.  It's hard for Tony to watch what a real leader does.    As to his "leadership," O'Donnell already assessed it.  Hint:  none could be found.

NeverTrump "News" Runs Really Dumb Editorial

In its never-ending quest to rid D.C. of Donald Trump, the Examiner runs a really stupid piece, arguing--badly--that returning to fully-deductible meals & entertainment is not going to help restaurants.

So to make their case, they say this:

...He’s wrong. Fully reinstating the deduction would not help struggling restaurants. 

How are companies going to spend more on meals and entertainment for their employees when so many restaurants are closed, and so many offices have shifted to remote work? Incentivizing people to leave their homes and go to restaurants also certainly seems like a public health risk.

Even in normal times, this deduction is bad policy. Ideally, companies would be able to deduct their expenses as soon as possible, as the corporate income tax is a tax on profits (in other words, revenues minus expenses). Companies can deduct the cost of building a new factory or office, and they can deduct the wages they pay their workers. Meals provided to employees are a form of compensation, so it might sound like they should be deductible for companies, just like wages.

But the difference between a corporate deduction for wage payments and a deduction for sponsored meals is that employees pay income taxes on their wages, but not on the benefits they've received from a sponsored meal. Instead of making individual taxpayers keep track of these meals and report them on their taxes, which could result in a lot of annoying tax compliance costs, the next-best solution is simply to not allow corporations to deduct that spending....
Clearly written by someone who has NO CLUE why meals/entertainment were deductible.

They are NOT a reward for employees, by and large; they are a means of capturing a prospect or customer's attention for more than 10 minutes, or for furthering a customer relationship.  IN the many decades I've been in the biz-world, getting a free meal from my employer has been rare, indeed, aside from the usual Christmas party or summer picnic/gathering.

It would be nice if the Examiner hired someone who actually understands American business to write about business matters, no?  Maybe someone over the age of 24, too!!

Barrett's Homeless-Shelter: Smart or Killer?

Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, will be placing some homeless folks into an old dormitory at the grounds of the St. Francis Seminary.

Meantime, a paper on transmitting CoViD19 (3/18) says that's the best way to infect them.

The paper, by Thomas R. Frieden — a former CDC director — and Christopher T. Lee, notes (footnotes included):

Environmental factors [in transmission] include population density and the availability and use of infection prevention and control measures in healthcare facilities. SARS and MERS had relatively low rates of person-to-person transmission but caused explosive outbreaks in healthcare settings (28). Rapid person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 appears likely to have occurred in healthcare settings, on a cruise ship, and in a church (3). In a study of 110 case-patients from 11 clusters in Japan, all clusters were associated with closed environments, including fitness centers, shared eating environments, and hospitals, the odds for transmission from a primary case-patient were 18.7 times higher than in open-air environments (H. Nishiura et al., unpub. data, External Link). SARS-CoV-2 is present in stool (33); ensuring cleanliness of toilets and other potentially contaminated surfaces is needed, and measures to prevent aerosolization from plumbing, as might have occurred in the Amoy Garden outbreak of SARS (24), might need to be implemented. Evidence of environmental contamination by SARS-CoV-2 through respiratory droplets and fecal shedding highlights the need for effective decontamination efforts and strict adherence to environmental hygiene, which are pertinent to prevention and control of transmission, including SSEs (34).

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Why Ending Quarantine at Easter?

ZMan has a number of good observations in today's post, but let's go to the last 2 grafs.

...Anyone who has had to manage a large number of people knows that sentiment can turn quickly against you, unless you stay on top of it. It’s why sportsball coaches have locker room insiders to tell them the mood of the players. It’s why every military has a layer between the officers and the enlisted men. More than a few grand schemes have been undermined by a quiet rebellion in the ranks. This is something we are already seeing that will become more evident next week.

This is why Trump is getting antsy about getting people back to work. It’s not because of the economy, although that is one reason. It’s because he has managed lots of people and he knows this dynamic. By next week, whatever benefit there was to this lock down will have been achieved. The inevitable wholesale revolt against it will make the whole enterprise pointless. Trump will want to be seen as leading the charge to get the nation back to work, so expect that to be the topic a week from now....
There's little question that this "shelter-in-place" thing is wearisome to anyone afflicted with it.  And of course, the hysteria-tattling going on (see your Next Door neighborhood page) is guaranteed to create a backlash.

The next week or so will be ...........interesting.

More on Tokin'Tony's Ransom Demands

Below we mentioned the local litterbox-liner's story on Tokin'Tony's ransom demands.

That story didn't carry all the juicy details of Gau's demands.  But we found more!!

Gov. Tony Evers is asking for more than $800 million to address the COVID-19 pandemic in a sweeping bill that would also halt enforcement of voter ID, ban evictions, and prevent the layoffs of school employees during a public health emergency.

The proposal, which the Evers administration released late Saturday, also would give the Department of Health Services unlimited spending and position authority during a public health emergency....
First off,  the State is in line for $1.9 BILLION from the Federal Relief bill passed last week.  Tony wants $800 million more?  Really??

Secondly, DHS is run by a Hillary Clinton-hack 'marketing' type, whose appointment by Evers is STILL provisional as the Senate has not confirmed her.  Think she's the kind of SwampCritter that should have "unlimited spending and position[s]" during a crisis?  Me neither.

 Finally:  Evers' real concern here is the teachers' union.  He can't hide that, can he?

...The administration is also seeking a joint resolution that would indefinitely extend the public health emergency Evers issued March 12 in response to the pandemic. Under the proposal, the extension would last until it was revoked by a subsequent executive order or a joint resolution....
Sure.  Right.  Maggie Gau gets to prevent family and church gatherings for as long as she damn well pleases.  NOT OK.

Gau put on her pissy-face in another attempt to blame the Republicans for her delays and incompetence, of course.  It's possible that Tokin'Tony agreed with her, but she wouldn't let him out of his cage to comment.

Evers Gives Up on Political Ransom Demand

While the litterbox-liner tries hard to twist this story into "Pubbies Bad, Evers Good", it failed.

In fact, it's "Evers Quits Being a Political Jerk."

Gov. Tony Evers' administration is buying 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective masks after waiting a week for action from Republican lawmakers who said Saturday the governor already had the power to make the purchase. 

The dispute comes after the Democratic governor gave legislative leaders a sweeping bill a week ago that called for spending more than $700 million to help care for thousands of sick and jobless people in Wisconsin that also imposes a number of measures Republicans oppose like suspending the photo ID requirement for voters....
Tokin'Tony (or Maggie Gau, take your choice) thought he could force the Republicans to give up election integrity by pretending they had to give him "authority" to purchase critical medical supplies.  The Pubbies pointed to Evers' existing authority.

...But top Republican lawmakers said Saturday[that] Evers was the one holding back the state's response by not using authority he already has to make such purchases citing the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau's conclusion, and that they won't act on the bill as is.

"Again, we implore you. Please do not wait any longer to buy ventilators and masks. Do it now," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester wrote in a letter to Evers. ...

...The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau agreed Saturday with the lawmakers' position.
Evers' authority under the 'emergency powers' law is very clear and extremely broad.  Even if Tony doesn't understand the law, Gau certainly did.  If he has the authority to prevent you from "interacting" with more than 5 people over 30+ days, he has the authority to spend a few bucks on critical medical items.

It's possible that Evers/Gau will not be able to obtain ventilators and masks since every other State in the Union and every country north of the Equator is also trying to get some.

If that happens, you can bet that Gau/Evers will be blaming Republicans.  Only question is whether they'll blame Trump or the Pubbie Legislature or both.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Big Brother Runs L.A. Yes, a Democrat

You DO know that you are being tracked, ain'a?

During an interview with Chris Cuomo [segment @14:19 to 14:28] Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti discussing the ‘stay-at-home’ order says (emphasis mine):
”but this has been marvelously embraced by 99.9 percent of people; we see it in the traffic data, we see it in the cell phone data; but we’re going to hunt down that last point-one percent and say: ‘you’ve gotta get inside, you gotta cut it out, and you gotta distance”  --CNN via Last Refuge
Your phone provides the option to turn off location tracking--or so it says.

Why We Despise "the Media"

A short lesson in Why the Media is a bunch of despicable, totally untrustworthy, jackwads.


Kennedy Center Screws Musicians After $25M Gift

After Pelosi jammed a $25 million gift to the Kennedy Center down Trump's throat, Trump came out and defended the gift.

So the Kennedy Center made a fool of Trump AND screwed their musicians, too!!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts informed members of the National Symphony Orchestra that they would no longer be paid just hours after President Trump signed a $25 million taxpayer bailout for the cultural center, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Nearly 100 musicians will no longer receive paychecks after April 3, according to an email from the orchestra's Covid-19 Advisory Committee....
So my question is this:  who the Hell WILL get that $25 million?

One hopes that Trump learned something here--that is, that Nancy Pelosi is nothing but poison.

Bp. Schneider on "Civil" Servants

The Archbishop of Milwaukee appeared on the Mark Belling show to explain why he closed down the churches.  It was something of a love-fest; Belling did not grill him, and the Abp. used what could only be called "lawyerly" (or at least lawyer-informed) excuses.

Boiled down, it came to 'the Church (i.e., me and the Archdiocese) could be blamed if someone died after going to Mass and that would really look terrible and maybe even cost money.'

That's his story and he's sticking to it.

So when Bp. Schneider spoke about the church-closing wave, he said....

...Bishop Athanasius Schneider has urged priests to imitate Jesus the Good Shepherd and, for the sake of souls, even disobey the unjust orders of bishops whom he says are now behaving more like “civil bureaucrats” than “shepherds.”...
..........almost as if he heard that interview.

Life vs. Liberty. How Trump Figures In

There are some "conservatives" who won't like this excerpt because they sincerely believe that "liberty" is the most important thing in human life.  They bought that line from a Left which knows exactly how to sell poop disguised as ice-cream. 

Further, in a completely unforeseen plot twist, Donald Trump's pro-life and pro-religion actions and statements have placed him in the X-ring for Leftists who really understand the danger he represents.

...when Bellow published his award-winning novel in 1970 cultural and moral norms were still largely intact in the United States (though waning in Europe). But moral relativism and nihilism had always been a uniquely European problem that had yet to invade the shores of the United States.

Only three years after the publication of Bellow’s novel, the United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the killing of human life was permitted by the U.S. Constitution and this was universally imposed over all the individual states. Roe v. Wade was the erection of the Temple of Baal in the heart of the American nation which, since then, has become the most sacred institution in the United States.

If banality was the disguise of a powerful will to abolish moral conscience and the sacredness of life, then liberty has been the even more powerful disguise to achieve this project since 1973. Morally empty Christians, Jews, and Muslims who hide behind the idol of liberty will see their moral conscience, and soul, utterly eviscerated by this all-consuming poison that destroys what the best and purest humans from the beginning of time have always known, and that which all three of the Abrahamic religions maintain as a central tenet of their faith. Neither liberty nor choice is the highest good in life....

That's why St John Paul II reminded us that 'Liberty is the freedom to do what is right.'  Which is to say that Liberty is NOT the freedom to do whatever you damn well please (so long as no one else is hurt).

The amoral and banal Left must also eradicate conscience.  Thus....

...privatization has surely become the banality associated with the abolition of moral conscience. How often do we hear that one’s private beliefs are exactly that, private — and therefore the public matter trumps private concerns? The privatization of moral conscience has become the partner in crime alongside liberty in the conspiracy against moral clarity and the sacredness of life....

Therefore, in the Public Square you may NOT have a conscience.  It is not coincidence that the Left has consistently (and obnoxiously) campaigned to remove God from 'public squares,' right down to the absurd case wherein they claimed "God" was hurting them when they attended a public high-school graduation in a non-denominational church in Brookfield, WI.  You can look that up.

Bottom line:

 ...It is not so much the case, despite their hyperbolic language, that the left sees Roe v. Wade at risk of being overturned. What they fear is that their project of abolishing moral conscience from public life is threatened; abortion is simply the most pernicious false sacrament to which they latch their morally vacuous ideology. If the Supreme Court chips away at certain advances made since Roe v. Wade, then the veil is torn asunder and the nation as a whole will see the great diabolical evil that has enslaved it for nearly half a century....
The fear is justified, as large sectors of the US' population do not and WILL not accept the abolition of moral conscience.  With Trump (unexpectedly) joining the fray, we are certainly approaching the final battle here.

WaPo's BS on Drive-Through Testing

Four stenographers from the WaPo took down dis-information from Democrat sources and came up with this:

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump promised a network of drive-through covid-19 testing sites across the country where people could be tested "very safely, quickly and conveniently." In a Rose Garden news conference, chief executives of Target, Walgreens, Walmart and CVS said they would work with the government to provide space in store parking lots. 

While the four retailers have a combined 26,400 U.S. stores, this vision of a proliferation of coronavirus testing sites has yet to materialize....
Carefully chosen phrasing there, as it allows the stenographers to vilify Trump while ignoring on-the-ground reality.

Since YOU are not allowed to drive "non-essentially", but I drive "essentially," I noticed that every Aurora hospital within 30 miles of me has a newly-constructed DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING TENT, complete with standby generator and a large portable refrigerated chamber.

It is true that Aurora is not Target, CVS, Walgreen, or WallyWorld.

But these stations are, in fact, "proliferating" and if I drove past more Aurora hospitals, I'd find more proliferation of these stations.

Screw the WaPo.

Barrett Evades the Obvious Problem

It is sad that all of Milwaukee's CoVid19 deaths are concentrated in a small area surrounding St Joseph's Hospital and all the victims are blacks.

One of the victims was a Vietnam vet who was undergoing treatment at the Zablocki VA.

...Lonnie Loving, a Vietnam veteran died at the VA Medical center one day after being admitted to the hospital.

But his nephew told 12 News Loving, who had a weakened immune system from radiation for prostate cancer, saw a doctor two weeks ago. At that time, Christopher Loving said, doctor's diagnosed his uncle with pneumonia but did not perform a Coronavirus test.

It was only after the symptoms got worse did Loving go to the hospital, but it was too late....
Naturally, questions were raised about why no testing.  There are probably a few good reasons; who knows?

So the Mayor of Milwaukee steps into it........and manages to evade a BIG Democrat problem.

...12 News asked Barrett how he would respond to Loving's family's questions.

"The first thing I say to the family is I'm very sorry that happened," he said, "I believe it's this pandemic that is bringing home the reality that our healthcare system is not there the same way for everyone."...
What Tommy 'Milk-Carton Barrett' managed to avoid:  the V.A. IS Government HealthCare,  the dream of Democrats such as Barrett, Obama, Pelosi, AOC, and Schumer.

In a perverse way, Barrett is correct.  Most of us are NOT subject to Government HealthCare.  That's a very good thing.  You can thank God for that.

*Shock*! AP Virus News Is Largely Fake

Not only is it 'fake'--that is, not entirely true--it also betrays the sad truth that AP and its "reporter" have NEVER read and understood the Constitution of the United States.  Further, it validates Aesop's "Ants and Grasshopper" morality play.

Here's a snipped that would never get past "Politifact"--were "Politifact" honest:

...“I want them to be appreciative,” President Trump said Friday after the White House announced that he would be using the powers granted to him...
The WHOLE truth?  Trump said he wanted them to be appreciative of the efforts made BY THE WHOLE TEAM, INCLUDING the MILITARY.  I watched the damn presser and I know what he said.

Following ~10 grafs of estrogen-laden whining about the 'pooor, poooor, governors' (who piss and moan as a matter of professional pride), and who 'fear' Trump, who is "notoriously thin-skinned", we encounter this:

...The administration’s mantra, frequently articulated by Mike Pence, has long been that the fight against the virus must be “locally executed, state-managed, and federally supported.”

But President Trump has shown little public empathy for the states’ predicament, with his emphasis skewed toward the “locally executed” portion of that trifecta....
Under the Constitution, the State governors are responsible for their States, not Donald Trump.  If States are caught with their pants on the floor, that's not Trump's fault (see Cuomo's choice NOT to buy respirators a couple of years ago, e.g.)

The whining, bitching, pissing, and moaning is coming from States who are the Grasshoppers.  They didn't prepare, whether by choice or through benign neglect.  So to cover up their problem, they (and the AP) screech about "Trump."

Fed Judge to Green Bay Mayor: You're Stupid

The (D) regime in Green Bay managed to waste a bunch of City money on a stupid lawsuit.

...U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and the city didn't have the legal grounds to sue. ...

"Didn't have the legal grounds...." is in law-school 101.  But the Mayor got what HE wanted:  a bunch of press coverage.  For being stupid.

Should be fun to see the next mayoralty campaign up there, no?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Barra and GM Foul Their Nest

The expression 'foul their nest' is the polite equivalent of what Barra (and GM) actually did.

Barra committed to 40,000 ventilators, then "revised" that down to 6,000.  They promised "quick" and then decided "late April."

So Trump dropped the hammer and invoked Defense Production Act.

It's about time for Mary Barra and her Not Really Playing for Keeps act to disappear.  Who knows?  Maybe GM would produce vehicles that people want to drive--besides the Corvette.

What's the Matter With Rochester Hills, MI??

We've been through that town a few times in the last year or so.

Looked normal from our perch in the Interstate.

But apparently, underneath that mild, quiet exterior......

...Wearing pink latex gloves, U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Rochester Hills, was ruled out of order during a Friday speech on the House floor about the $2.2 trillion relief package to help workers and businesses in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Stevens’ speech started out normally. Then, as she ran out of her allotted time of one minute, she began shouting her remarks, requested 30 more seconds and mentioned the gloves she was wearing....

Go to the bottom of McCain's post for the video.  This woman is in serious need of a shrink.

Not "Big" Pharma. PIG Pharma

Peter Navarro has no nice words for the pharmaceutical industry.

Navarro, the assistant to the president for trade and manufacturing, told The Spectator that Big Pharma’s opposition to the executive order, which would require government agencies to purchase pharmaceutical products made in the US, because it wants to ‘preserve its offshore oligopoly’.--National Sentinel quoting Spectator
Pig Pharma didn't like that, so it lied about the order.

...“At this time, while supply chains for a broad range of US industries are stressed due to the global COVID-19 crisis and a number of factors related to the crisis already raised concerns about shortages, it is important that we do not take any measures that could undermine the complex arrangements between firms that allow for efficient delivery of medicines to patients,” the draft letter states....
Oh, really??

...That’s bogus, Navarro noted, because the president’s EO contains exemptions.

“None of the Buy American provisions in the proposed Executive Order would apply during the current COVID-19 crisis,” he explained. “That’s a Big Pharma red herring designed to preserve its offshore oligopoly at the expense of American citizens.

“If this crisis teaches us anything at all, it is that we cannot rely on Big Pharma, which is renowned already for its price gouging, to provide America during the China virus crisis with the medicines and medical supplies we urgently need from its offshored production,” the trade rep continued....
I would suggest that Pig Pharma retreat.  Trump & Co. rarely lose, and it appears that he'll have another 4 years to beat them into submission if they want to play rough.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Chamber of Commerce: Capitalist Pigs

There are those who would have you believe that all Capitalists are Pigs.

The US Chamber of Commerce is their proof.  And they really don't need more.

White House plans to expand “Buy America” mandates to the medical equipment and pharmaceutical sectors could worsen shortages of urgently needed medicines and delay discovery of a vaccine for the new coronavirus, over 80 business groups warned.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and dozens of other business and trade groups urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and other top U.S. officials to drop plans for the order, arguing it would also damage U.S. trading relationship for years to come....  Reuters quoted at Treehouse
It is necessary to know that not ALL businessmen in the US support this treasonous claptrap.

Mr. Donahue and his Board may take all the Chinese pharmaceuticals they want, including the fentanyl that is Red China's specialty.  To make it easier for them, the President should have them flown over to Beijing.  One-way.  

Maduro of Venezuela Indicted Narco-Terrorism

This is good news, but not quite what Venezuelans would like to see.

Venezuela’s President Nicol├ís Maduro has been charged with federal drug trafficking crimes in Washington, New York, and Florida. The U.S. has also announced a $15 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

The New York Times reports that charges against almost a dozen others will also be announced soon, including Venezuelan government and intelligence officials and members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, Colombia’s biggest rebel group, which has long been funded by the cocaine industry. While not all details were made available, known charges include narco-terrorism conspiracy and conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S...

Venezuelans would like to see Maduro in a Federal prison NOW, not later.

CoVid19 Model Is VERY Wrong

Hand it to the guy, he admits a horrible error in his projections.  We essayed a bit about this earlier--and now our suspicions are confirmed.

...The Imperial College predicted that over 500,000 people could die in the U.K., and over two million could die in the U.S., but Ferguson said he now expects the death toll in Britain to be under 20,000...

Well, that's one-twenty-fifth.  Bloody significant, eh wot?  And MORE THAN HALF of those deaths would have occurred before year-end no matter what; the people are infirm and old.

Using 1/25th, the death toll in the USA is reduced to 80,000.  That's a lot of people, yes.  But it's NOT 2 million. 

Now, then........THREE million unemployment claims were filed last week alone.  Think that's enough to bring the US into recession?  How about depression?

Trump was right.  Easter will be glorious.  We fully expect our Archbishop to tell Tony Evers to sit down and shut up.  (I'm kidding.  He won't.)

Cheesecake Factory Will Skip April Rents, NATIONALLY

Interesting little bombshell.

The Cheesecake Factory, one of the most popular sit-down restaurant chains in the country, says it will not be able to make upcoming rent payments for any of its storefronts on April 1 because of significant loss of income due to the coronavirus crisis.  --quoted at Last Refuge
Margins are slim in the restaurant biz, of course, but this is not Bill and Sally's home-style eats on the corner.

There will be more.

Of course, SOME argue that stiffing landlords, suppliers, and perhaps employees is no big deal compared to a few thousand deaths.  But that landlord and supplier--and ex-employees--will be stiffing THEIR banks, suppliers, and employees, too.

Missing Info From Virus Reports

The State is maintaining a daily update for CoVid19 cases.

It would be far more useful if the State included more information--such as how many cases require hospitalization, and how many deaths are from "related problems" vs. just the virus.

Inquiring minds, and all that.

Desperate Lefty Counties Want To Fix the Election

News item:

Milwaukee and Dane County clerks issued guidance Wednesday that gives voters who request absentee ballots the option to declare themselves "indefinitely confined" if necessary, allowing them to vote without showing a photo ID....

Gee.  Waukesha and Ozaukee counties didn't do that.  So far, Brown and Winnebago counties haven't done that.  

So do you wonder why only the two MOST Lefty-laden counties did that?

Desperation.  The presidential primaries are over with and the Party will run Biden.  The Extreme-Left (D) Supreme Court nominee--Karofsky--repels most voters, including traditionally (D) voters.  So they have to find a way to stuff the ballot box--and this is it.

Pubbies will sue, of course.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Did Evers Use "CoVid Act Now" Numbers?

Well, the pieces are beginning to fall into place.  A few days ago, I saw a story on this damned virus which pointed to "an Imperial College of London study."  That study recommended a heavy-handed early intervention to effect 'flattening the curve.'

The study was picked up by "CoVid Act Now" a bunch which is tight with Democrats--and SURPRISE!!  Democrats are using it to justify heavy-handed early interventions.  The study has come under severe criticism from other researchers and has predicted 2.2 MILLION deaths in the USA.  Oddly enough, the author of the study will NOT reveal his formulas.  Huh!

The "CoVid Act Now" website has made predictions of Doom And Gloom which have been wildly inaccurate, by the way.  But no matter.  I suspected that Tony (or whoever) used that study and said so on another blog run by a pleasant but mis-informed RINO.  (He lives in Madistan, so he gets a lot of slack.)

Since Tony Evers has not revealed the source of his stats, and his "health commissioner" (whatever) has made rather wild predictions about DEATH!!  DEATH!!! unless you interact with damn near nobody over the next 30 days.....yah, that sounds like CoVid Act Now.


Is the Crime Uptick Coming?

The RenMan has thoughts on the near future.  If you haven't kept up with his posts, there IS a shortage of drugs which require 'parts' such as fentanyl--not to mention heroin and marijuana.  That's because the supply comes largely from Red China and, well, ships aren't sailing because ports aren't open....


...many of those who are accustomed to buying drugs with the proceeds of panhandling, begging and minor crime are finding their usual fields of endeavor have become barren.  With most people staying at home, there aren't nearly as many drivers, pedestrians, shoppers, etc. to approach for money;  and many stores are also closed, making shoplifting of higher-value items almost impossible.  Supermarkets are overcrowded and under-stocked, and besides, stealing a jar of mayonnaise or a tin of peas isn't exactly going to bring in a lot of money.  Therefore, many of the aforementioned drug buyers are turning to residential and property crimes to fund their habit.  They're snatching anything left out in gardens;  ringing doorbells and aggressively begging for - or, rather, demanding - money;  stealing parcels that are delivered on doorsteps and left unattended;  and breaking into cars parked on the street, looking for valuables left inside them.  There are also reports of threats of violence to homeowners and others who try to stop them.
The gangs who have, until now, made a living from selling drugs in the "hood" are also hurting, because (as noted yesterday) there aren't as many drugs available to sell.  They're trying to compensate by increasing their prices - but, as noted above, many of their regular clients can't afford even their regular prices any longer.  Other buyers are taking the quarantine seriously, and no longer venturing into the shadier parts of town to buy drugs.  Therefore, the gangs are also turning to other forms of crime to make up the shortfall in their income.  Many of those newly released from prison, most of whom have no other way to make a living, are said to be doing the same.

Finally, with the closure of schools, large numbers of urban youth are wandering the streets.  They don't have a stable nuclear family to keep them at home, and the one parent they have (if they're lucky) doesn't have enough money to buy them what they want in the way of entertainment....

That's MORE than 'fair use,' but Peter's a good guy.

Below we mentioned that 'low-level' crooks were being released from jails to "prevent CoVID-19."  Isn't that nice of Sheriff Smiley??

You Already Broke Tony's Law in Wisconsin

Odds are VERY heavy that you already broke the law of Tony Evers.

The restrictions on individuals are much more draconian.

“All public and private gatherings of any number of people that are not part of a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes expressly permitted in this Order,” the order states.

Secretary-Designee Palm said people should only interact with five people – not five people at a time; five people total....

That's in the 30-day period during which Tony's Law is in effect.  You broke it, didn't ya?  HA!!  Turn yourself in!!  Some county and city jails are letting 'low-level' inmates free, so there's room for you.  Do the Time!

I have no idea on what planet Tony and his advisers live, so don't ask me.

Bernie and AOC Partner to Stop the Bill

The MaligNancy (a/k/a The Bitch) cannot get AOC to understand how things work.

Bernie is AOC's new both of them will team up to stop the bailout bill again.

Can't wait for November!!

Trump vs. Archbishop Listecki

The President, a Prot of some sort or other, wants Easter to be the glorious day that it SHOULD be.

So Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee cancelled Holy Week and Easter.

Just sayin'...........

Why yes, the Archbishop can say that Wisconsin's governor, Tony Evers (D-Abortion & WEAC) ordered it so.\

Nero issued orders, too, Excellency.

Get This: Nancy Wants to READ THE BILL!!

The bitch has the backups.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) ended the House's session Wednesday within two minutes and did not indicate when there will be a vote on the coronavirus stimulus bill.

The House was set to approve the $2 trillion package and unanimous consent was expected after Senate leaders and the White House struck a deal Tuesday night.

Pelosi released a statement on Wednesday saying the bill had moved closer to helping the American worker but added that it is in the process of review.

"House Democrats will now review the final provisions and legislative text of the agreement to determine a course of action," Pelosi said....
She's working on reducing (D) House seats to 26 in '21.  And she could succeed.

MMAC Gets What It Asked For. Too Bad, Eh??

Nice to know that Timmy Sheehy get to Tony Evers.

MMAC President Tim Sheehy said his organization urged Gov. Tony Evers in a Sunday night call to issue a stay-at-home order after a briefing members received from medical professionals that morning.

He said the experience of MMAC members in overseas markets also played a role in the group’s pivot to believing such a step was necessary....
Well, then, you ought to be happy, Timmy!! you know, Evers issued a THIRTY DAY order.  Too bad, Timmy!

...Sheehy said while the group supported the move, members would’ve appreciated more details on Monday as the guv announced plans to take the step because “anything that knocks us off the center point of certainty causes confusion.”

He also said MMAC would’ve preferred a shorter order than one that runs through April 24 with adjustments made as needed.

“Businesses want more than anything certainty and clarity,” Sheehy said. “How long is this tunnel? I can do this for two or three weeks and get through it OK. The longer this tunnel is, the worse the economic damage is going to be.”...
Well, gee, golly, Timmy!!  You asked Tony to shut down the State, and you got it.  Tough.  

Milwaukee "Leaders"?? Nope. Leftists.

Just what you expected when you read the first graf here:

A group of Milwaukee leaders on Monday joined the list of officials and organizers calling for the postponement of spring elections...

So who are these "leaders"?

Glad  you asked!!

Sandy Pasch, a nurse and former Assembly Dem lawmaker....

Souls to the Polls organizer Reverend Gregory Lewis...

 ...Milwaukee Area Technical College Professor Dr. Thomas Kalluvila; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Milwaukee Branch Legal Redress Chair William Sulton; League of Women Voters of Wisconsin President Debra Cronmiller; and Voces de la Frontera Executive Director Christine Neumann-Ortiz....
Not one is elected, either in the County or the City.  Combined, they form the "Lefty League of Nattering Nabobs."  The "news" stenographers love to re-post their yappaflappa and call it "news."

The reliable-Lefty Fox Valley mayors and a squirmy clerk in Oconomowoc are also exuding estrogen-fired silliness.

Postponing the election raises all sorts of issues with overseas military voters, not to mention getting the results nailed down before the WI Supreme Court turns over on July 1.  But the Left doesn't care about actual, verifiable election results--because they might lose.

In fact, the louder the Left-O-Wackies scream about this, the more it's clear that they KNOW they're going to lose the SCOWI election--and perhaps a lot of others.

Cuomo: There Are OTHER States Besides New York?

Now he starts crying.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that an approximately $2 trillion assistance package the Senate hopes to quickly approve doesn’t come close to meeting his hard-hit state’s needs.
“It would really be terrible for the state of New York,” Cuomo said at a news conference held as lawmakers were trying to put into legislative language the deal announced in the early morning hours by Senate leaders. “This doesn’t do it.”

Cuomo said New York would get $3.8 billion when they’re looking at a revenue shortfall of as much as $15 billion and the cost of combating the coronavirus will be several billion dollars....

Well, Andy, raise your taxes!!  

Or you could cut your spending, but that's not an option to a (D), is it?

Pelosi Poops Into New Bill, Too

Stuff that the Senate should take out, courtesy of The Bitch.

On Tuesday, Pelosi released another revised version of House Democrats’ plan in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, which includes:
Slipped into the plan is an amnesty for the nearly 700,000 to 800,000 DACA illegal aliens who currently reside in the United States...

Maybe someone out there needs a really serious kick in the ass.....or someplace.

Shalala, Morality Cop?

While the President is concerned about sustaining the American economy, Donna Shalala (D-FL) is not.

Rep. and former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala (D-FL) stated that what President Trump “has been saying about getting back at Easter time is both dangerous and immoral.”..

Shalala has NEVER been on a private-sector payroll.  Why should SHE worry?