Think we’ll just stay home today

Panicked or prudent?

Got everything we need here


Moose out front should have told you.

Man walks into bank wearing a mask and everyone panics until he announces, “I’m not sick. This is just a stick-up.”

I would tell you a joke about Corona virus but you probably won’t get it.

Parents worried they’ll have to raise their own children as schools shut down. — Babylon Bee. 

Was Blessed Eusebius of Esztergom, the 13th century Hungarian, onto something when he founded the religious order of “Saint Paul the First Hermit?” Then why did Herman’s Hermits give concerts?


Bracketology

Is the Coronavirus, COVID-19, aka the Wuhan Woo Woo going to mark one of those unintentional pivot points? Will the pandemic hasten retreat from the public square? Why engage with other people when they’ll just make you sick? Physically, as well as psychologically.

We can remember Mom and Dad getting a babysitter so they could go into town to watch Uncle Miltie on the TV at the local tavern, where they could meet friends and hoist a few Schlitzes. Dad belonged to VFW, American Legion, Lions Club, Catholic Foresters, Holy Name Society, Farmers Union, Dane County Democrat(ic) party — all of which had meetings, get-togethers. Civic clubs are shriveling away and we’re poorer for it.

After the raucous presidential debate hosted by CBS February 25 in Charleston S.C., pundits demanded live audiences be done away with (prepositional ending of sentence be damned!). Bernie and Biden will go at it Sunday in the studio, thanks to the Wuhan thing. (Then again, the three JFK-Nixon debates were conducted without a live audience.)

⇒ Still hoping for a canned laugh track at Sunday’s Democrat(ic) debate.

Woodman’s supermarket west side of Madison WI 03-13-2020

The world will come to you

Why go out to eat when GrubHub will bring the food to you? Why go shopping when Amazon and FedEx deliver?  Woodman’s and Pick n’ Save will deliver your groceries. No need for movie theaters with NetFlix, Hulu and 54-inch, high-definition screens. Martin Scorsese’s latest movie went almost directly to subscription TV. Download your books. Do the U.S. Census on-line. Banking, too.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is falling back to on-line learning as a result of the latest pandemic. Madison Civic Center is cancelling shows.

Will public transportation recover? Will our churches shut their doors? Even Donald Trump has canceled the Catholics for Trump rally in Milwaukee next week. Mayor Tom Barrett insists the Democrat(ic) national convention will carry on five months from now. Lot could change in five months. In the meantime, stay away from Chinese and Italians.

Two more cases in Dane County

Spanish flu 1918-19

Skepticism has curdled into cynicism

It is a mark of how little the news media is trusted that many of my conservative friends are pooh-pooing the risk involved.  Indeed, COVID-19 may peter out. (Let’s hope.). Our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances attach the word “crisis” to every micro-aggression. They fanned the Russian conspiracy hoax, after all.

It should be remembered that the 1918-19 “Spanish Flu” killed more than all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. It lasted just 15 months but was the deadliest disease outbreak in human history, killing between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide — 670,000 in America when the nation’s population was 106 million — less than one-third of today’s. My aunt Evelyn (born 1910) told of being sent to the neighbors’ farm to live.

Blaska’s bottom line: If you want to downplay the risk today, go ahead. Book that cruise, rub elbows. But there’s a reason wildlife experts ban baiting deer — the spread of diseases like chronic wasting chief among them.

What do YOU think?

About David Blaska

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64 Responses to Think we’ll just stay home today

  1. Batman says:

    “It should be remembered that the 1918-19 “Spanish Flu” killed more than all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. It lasted just 15 months but was the deadliest disease outbreak in human history, killing between *50 million and 100 million* people worldwide”

    How is it the mortality number is vague by about 50 million?

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      “Spanish” flu–so disrespectful of the Latinx community! (Seriously, the Spanish flu didn’t originate in Spain, unlike the current pandemic, which without question originated in China, which is why we’ll NEVER hear it called the Chinese flu, at least in the MSM. As Biden would say, we prefer the truth over facts.)

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    • David Blaska says:

      Poor record-keeping.

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  2. westsidesue says:

    I think you couldn’t have hit the old nail on the proverbial head any better than you did Mr. B. But that pesky prepositional
    ending on that one sentence…that’s gonna cause a massive crisis among the grammar Nazis. Why did you do it? Trying to create panic? hmmmmmm….

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  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Saw the first evidence of incipient mass panic yesterday at the Woodman’s on Milwaukee Ave. My first clue that something was up was the absence of a single empty space in their vast parking lot. Inside, presumably rational people were loading their carts with toilet paper, bottled water, hand sanitizer, etc. (How is it that the first impulse of someone faced with an impending apocalypse is to make sure his arse stays clean?) If I were as convinced as these good folk that the end is nigh, I’d be clearing out the liquor department.

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  4. Kooter says:

    The facts do not justify the panic. Media in general and social media specifically have contributed; not to mention chicken shit administrators. Far more likely to die in a MVA or via gun shot. People have too much time on their hands to worry about this kind of stuff!

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  5. John Marx says:

    “Republicans don’t think government can do anything right; as soon as they get elected they prove it” (PJ O’Rourke ?). Deny science, belittle experts, scoff at the “elites”, trust your gut, rely on prayer, convince your followers that the MSM is lying to them, trust only Fox News, trust the ignorant, arrogant, inarticulate buffoon in the White House. Why wouldn’t people panic after you’ve spent decades telling them government can’t help them?

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    • dad29 says:

      Thank you for typing up my evening prayers for me. Seeing as we Deplorables don’t have access to printers or the Intertubes in our cold-water trailers, you’re a Godsend.

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    • Batman says:

      John Marx; what a perfect name for someone who thinks an all-powerful governing elite is the overdue American panacea, unless of course one revels in mass murder, starvation, and general ineptitude.
      I hear Venezuela is hiring grave diggers.

      Let us pray

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Let us pray Bats-for-brains quits using ludicrous false analogies as a form of argument. And Dad, every word Marx wrote is true. Sorry if it makes you Deplorables feel bad.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          Wouldn’t your time be better spent preparing to…um…man (The Gotch uses THAT reference with extreme caution!) the military grade centrifuge for after the REAL Jabberin’ Joe strokes out in front of the known Universe in Phoenix tomorrow night?

          The Gotch

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        • Batman says:

          bobo’s synaptic molecular machinery is malfunctioning again.
          Calm down and go back to your safe space.
          Unsatisfactory.

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    • David Blaska says:

      Well, John, I would only say that conservatives believe that government can’t do EVERYTHING. In point of fact, the best thing government can do in the current situation is to shut down. Shut down schools and offices. Medicine is still largely private sector (despite Obamacare); unless you want to emulate the V.A. (which is improving). Individual, private actions — hand washing, social separation, healthful diet — still prevail.

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  6. George's son says:

    That “ol’ Debbil” seasonal flu H1N1 never went away. There are reported to be some 1 billion influenza infections worldwide EACH YEAR, with up to 45 million cases in the U.S. Of Note: Up to 646,000 deaths worldwide ANNUALLY.

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  7. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    The Gotch just returned from a western WI road trip with his Dear eldest Brother; hitting Iowa, Crawford, Richland, & Sauk counties.

    We had the rare pleasure to visit the current owner of a “home” that once housed, and may have been built by, our Great Great Grandparents in the 1850’s.

    They bought the Akan TWP/Richland County parcel ~1856 from GGGammy’s brother; he bought it, per the abstract of title, from a Mr. Pierce, whom some of you may know as Mr. Franklin Pierce, our 14th President.

    Our biggest takeaway? We were dutifully relieved to find that, despite the COVID-19 MASS HYSTERIA freakout, it was abundantly clear that all the farmers we drove by/encountered were allowed to work from home today!

    The Gotch

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    • dad29 says:

      Was out that way late last year. IIRC, there were quite a few notable battles with the Native Americans along the Wisconsin River thereabouts.

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        It’s Driftless, baby, and yes there were.

        My SIL is a retired Professor with an emphasis on WESconsin Native American history.

        Her take is not very flattering to the U.S. calvary/military; The Gotch finds it hard to argue otherwise.

        The Gotch

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        • dad29 says:

          The double-crossing and slaughter stuff…….well……..the Cavalry was commanded by Progressives. They believed that they were bringing Progress to the ..ahhh…deplorables. Hillary would have been proud.

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  8. Paula Fitz says:

    Some act like it’s nothing, while others are treating it like the Zombie Apocalypse. There’s a middle ground, people.

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  9. Paula Fitz says:

    That’s a good point you make about the media’s complicity in people’s cynicism. Can you blame them for taking what they say in stride? Cry wolf and this is what you get.

    That said, I think we tend to believe scientists based on our or our party’s personal belief systems or how our preferred party – not just with the COVID-19, but with every issue from climate change to vaccines and GMOs. That’s a dangerous thing.

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    • Paula Fitz says:

      Edited: That’s a good point you make about how the media contributes to our skepticism. Cry wolf and this is what you get.

      That said, I think we tend to believe scientists based on our or our party’s personal belief systems. Not just with the COVID-19, but with every issue from climate change to vaccines and GMOs. That’s a dangerous way to make decisions.

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  10. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Speaking of tomorrow night’s MUST SEE T.V. and @TheRealJabberin’Joe, here’s his virtual townhall and Sleepy Joe at his humiliating DUMPSTER FIRE LEVEL BEST!

    The Gotch

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  11. madisonexpat says:

    I think there is a correlation between the pearl clutching permanently alarmed Progressives and panic. 41 deaths in the US and we fight over TP? There were 1,000 deaths from H1N1 during the previous regime and I don’t recall any panic. The Covid 19 has a vanishingly small fatality rate. Anyone using this for partisan politics is as contemptible as Justice Kavanaugh’s character assassins, and that’s saying something.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Vanishingly small fatality rate? How about at least 10 times the rate of flu, with no treatment or vaccine?
      Completely agree that anyone using it for partisan purposes is contemptible. So, when will you pile on Trump himself, the Fox blowhards and other Trump supporters (but I repeat myself) for claiming it’s the Democrat’s new version of impeachment? Waiting…
      The thing is, Trump doesn’t need his opponents to point out his ineptitude and utter unfitness for the office he holds; he’s doing that all by himself. At a time when the country actually needs true leadership from the top, Trump gets in front of the cameras and lies his a** off, takes no responsibility for anything, and makes sh*t up on the fly. He’s screwin’ the pooch all by himself. And if you don’t believe me, believe the Dow. How’s that 401k of yours doin’?

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      • dad29 says:

        FatRate in Germany is 0.2%; in South Korea, 0.8%. That’s because they have a LOT more confirmed cases–which is to say, the denominator is more accurate. No reason at all to think that the rate in the US will be worse.

        Now that the protocols for testing have been loosened to allow private companies to develop/administer, we should see a FAR better denominator in 3-4 weeks.

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      • dad29 says:

        and by the way, you put out a great deal of “non-political” fertilizer, don’t you? I realize that you can’t help yourself, but in this season of social distancing, your absence from the intertubes for 4 weeks or so would be a boon to health everywhere.

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        • AnonyBob says:

          Oh, Dad. I was about to compliment you on your fact-based post about morbidity rates. A big problem with this pandemic is all the unknowns – it’s a brand new virus humans have no immunity to. Yes, we will have more and better data in 3-4 weeks, but that’s too late now that it’s spreading exponentially in our country and the world. And why would you assume we’ll do better than Germany and S. Korea? We’re less healthy.
          But then you give in to partisanship sarcasm. We – the US, the government, the guy at the top who’s supposed to be running it – squandered several weeks of time the Chinese gave us because he didn’t want to hear about or publicize bad numbers that could affect his re-election. He’s harmed our country for his own selfish ends. And now people will literally die because it. Literally. So yes, your damn emperor, who has no credibility because he lies habitually, is buck ef-ing naked and I’m calling him on it. To quote your guy at yesterday’s press conference, “No, I take no responsibility.”

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  12. AdamC says:

    Things that don’t look good these days:

    -Trump hatred
    -Open borders
    -Unlimited immigration
    -Public transportation

    Repeal the wheel tax and stop the bus rapid transit boondoggle NOW Mayor and City Council!!

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  13. dad29 says:

    we will have more and better data in 3-4 weeks, but that’s too late

    Too late for……….what, exactly? According to you, the damn thing is going to spread–which is correct. The data certainly won’t change that, will it?

    Nope. Trump’s travel shutdown WILL limit the spread, as will washing hands, (etc.) And clearing the underbrush of Obozo-era regulatory restrictions will deliver more tests AND perhaps a vaccine.

    why would you assume we’ll do better than Germany and S. Korea?

    Didn’t say that. Said there’s no reason to think US will be WORSE. Read for meaning, please. And by the way, what informs your belief that the US population is less healthy than Germany’s?

    squandered several weeks of time the Chinese gave us

    OK, you probably had a better plan. Show us your timeline of actions, beginning with the EXACT DATE on which you knew the USA was threatened by this. Show your work–we need to know how YOU knew the threat-level and critical-path timeline decisions. And by the way, “Chinese gave us….” That’s an interesting remark. How do you KNOW that “the Chinese gave us….”? Were you privy to their phone call to Trump?

    Sorry I’m not close enough to douse your hair-on-fire with a bit of water.

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    • Sprocket says:

      I suspected this had the potential to be a major problem over a month ago. My household was prepared for shenanigans two weeks ago. This should have been on Trump’s radar at least that long ago, if for no other reason than the potential political repercussions. This failure is probably a result of his talent for surrounding himself with morons.

      The bumpkin wing of the party has been doing it’s best to remind me why I never voted Republican before Trump. However, when all is said and done, the Democrats are still the party of criminals, parasites and neo-socialists. I’ll take stupidity over commies any day.

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      • dad29 says:

        Your plan was………….? Co-ordinate with AnonyBob to create the very best answer.

        Clearly, it was “on ….radar” more than two weeks ago, and after gathering enough expert consultation, he acted by shutting down China travel and beginning the public alerts.

        The snooty-snotty part of the population reminds me why I never maintained any interest in them beyond my childhood. Apparently some never grow out of it.

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        • Sprocket says:

          We knew, at the end of January, that given the infection rate and number of infected requiring medical intervention this had the potential to be a significant public health, economic and political threat. While shutting down air travel with China delayed things, it was never going to stop the virus from establishing itself in the US. Perhaps if we’d stopped all air travel and instituted testing and quarantine it could have been stopped. That was never going to happen in the US. However it would have been fun to watch the lefties lose their minds as Trump locked down infected areas.

          It’s clear the administration has been winging it’s response to this. These are sort of failures we cannot afford. Politics is about perception as much as anything else. Not having an aggressive response tee’d up is a bad look. The “it’s just a flu” morons with public platforms do us no favors either. The Republicans need to get it together unless they want four years of Biden.

          Also, where I’m from, being able to count and not being a completely ignorant are not considered snooty-snotty. Perhaps your experience is different.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Well, Dad, better data – like from more tests this admin. is JUST prioritizing now – would’ve helped identify outbreak hotspots earlier and allowed them to be dealt with more effectively.
      Trump’s travel shutdown is a day late and a dollar short because this virus is already here and widely spread. He also announced it off the cuff, catching our government, the airlines and our allies by shocked surprise.
      OF COURSE we’ll do worse than S. Korea and Germany. They’re healthier. They have better, universal healthcare, better diets, and they exercise more. Why do you think their average life expectancies are so many years higher than ours? (Do your own damn googling.)
      And as Sprocket points out, it should’ve been on Trump’s radar weeks ago. I live with a public health professional and her daily rants about what deep sh*t we’re in have been my life for the past month. Sprocket ALMOST gets it; Trump does surround himself with morons. But that’s by design of the insecure and mercurial-tempered Moron-in-Chief. Didn’t it alarm you just a bit when Azar had to get the drug company execs to explain to the MiC, in public, that you couldn’t just use the flu vaccine for this and that it’d actually take 12-18 months to develop one?
      Sorry I’m not close enough to pull your head out of your…you know.

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      • dad29 says:

        Oh. Why, THAT was simple!! He should have closed down all the borders, including all international-arrival airports, as soon as Wuhan’s epidemic had 1,000? 5,000? victims. Tell us what number is the right one, O Oracle of Gummint Wisdom.

        Of course, in the next sentence or so you go hysterical about him ‘surprising’ everyone with a far more limited announcement. So should he have dropped the bomb later, after having called everyone in all the capitals around the world asking about it? Or sooner, protecting the US population (which IS his job)? Hmmmmmm?

        You state that “testing is limited.” Yes, it was, due to FDA and CDC regs–which Trump certainly didn’t know about until it was late. Unlike your room-mate, Trump doesn’t spend all day on matters of sanitation, vaccines, and hand-washing in pubic schools.

        No, I will not google your claims of better health in Germany which seem to expand every time you mention it. YOU made the claim, so YOU provide the documentation.

        It occurs to me that your room-mate also surrounds herself with a moron in her home. But I’m sure you have a handy list of real innerlekshuls Trump should have appointed to the Cabinet. Go ahead…..get together with the other Intellectual Giant, Sprocket, and show us your list of GEeeeeeeeniuses that should be running the USA.

        We can wait.

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      • dad29 says:

        Still waiting for your precise time-line of actions Trump should have taken, beginning with the EXACT DATE that YOU–and your roomie–would have known of the problem, and then the EXACT LIST of actions you would have taken–with dates.

        C’mon! You’re the kvetch/bitch specialist, so surely YOU knew better. There are only 325 million people in the country, only a few thousand miles of loose border, only several million international-business connections and arrangements…….for YOU, this should be a cake-walk.

        Ready? Go!!!

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Credit where credit is due: Trump was correct to ban travel from China weeks ago, when it had an effect.
        P.S. If you know anyone currently traveling by air, it might be prudent to encourage them to return home while the airlines are still flying.

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  14. AnonyBob says:

    Jeeze, Dad, you sound a little unnerved, a little hot under the collar. I’m sure it’s frustrating to keep having it pointed out just how unfit for office your Revered Leader is when faced with a real crisis. Don’t believe me? Just ask the Dow. How’s your 401? (Still waiting for YOUR answer, Splat.)
    As for life expectancies in 2019, here you go, lazy fingers-in-ears guy: U.S. 78.87; Germany 81.26; S. Korea 82.92. (Source: Macrotrends.net)
    As for my EXACT timeline, EXACT dates, EXACT list, blah, blah, blah… Why would I bother? You won’t listen to me. You’re in the thrall of our Glorious Leader/Stable Genius/Moron-in-Chief. Reality doesn’t matter in his cult.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “Just ask the Dow. How’s your 401?”

      But, but, but, but, but, but, but, but, it’s Hopey Changey’s economy; remember, he told us!

      “As for life expectancies in 2019”

      Thank the Food Stamp President, et al, for making drooling, feral, sloppy fat, endomorphic, gimmee gimmee, sponging, generationally dependent Lefty lifestyles not only acceptable and enviable, but the standard, and with predictable results.

      Obese America demographically:

      ​*The obesity rate for Caucasian adults 18 years and older (over 30 BMI) in the US in 2015 was 29.7%. For adult Caucasian men, the rate of obesity was 31.1% in 2015. For adult Caucasian women, the rate of obesity was 27.5% in 2015

      *The obesity rate for Black adults 18 years and older (over 30 BMI) in the US in 2015 was 39.8%. For adult Black men, the rate of obesity was 34.4% in 2015. For adult Black women, the rate of obesity was 44.7% in 2015

      *The obesity rate for the Hispanic or Latino adults 18 years and older category (over 30 BMI) in the US in 2015 was 31.8%. For the overall Hispanic or Latino men category, the rate of obesity was 31.6% in 2015. For the overall Hispanic or Latino women category, the rate of obesity was 31.9% in 2015

      *The obesity rate for Mexican or Mexican Americans adults (over 30 BMI) in the US in 2015 was 35.2%.

      *The obesity rate for Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander adults (over 30 BMI) in the US in 2015 was 33.4%.

      Gosh; the Lefty base appears to be pretty well fed, am I right? But accurately attributing cause-n-effect would be RAYcist.

      The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Yep, Trump’s (in)action managed to turn Obama’s bull market into a bear market. Nice goin’, champ.
        How are your investments, Gootchbrain?

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  15. dad29 says:

    U.S. 78.87; Germany 81.26; S. Korea 82.92. (Source: Macrotrends.net) Whaddya know!! Actual stats!! I won’t even debate whether ‘life expectancy’ is identical to ‘better health’–which is what you started with–but there IS a difference, as your room-mate will tell you.

    Frankly, I knew you didn’t have a better plan. You’re a babbling hysteric hoping that your TrumpTrashing will win the day in November. You couldn’t plan a bicycle ride to Sun Prairie, much less a response to a Communist bio-weapon coming from China. But the Intellectualoid “Sprocket” will have one, I’m sure. He’s So Very Smart and Knows All the Smart People!!

    Toodle oo!

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    • AnonyBob says:

      I am aware “better health” is not the same as “life expectancy,” but one is certainly indicative of the other.
      “…Communist bioweapon coming from China.” Ooooookay… (as I slowly back up, not making eye contact…) Evidently there hasn’t been a run on tin foil yet at your local store. Unless that was done by you.
      Sprocket: my apologies that you’re now being lumped in with me. That must be unsettling.

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  16. dad29 says:

    “…Communist bioweapon coming from China.”

    Just like you have a better plan than Trump executed, and you would have done it FAR faster because of your house-mate’s intimate knowledge of food-truck sanitation, I’m sure you have a FAR better understanding of how a Wuhan bio-weapons lab run by the Chinese Communists has nothing………..NOTHING………to do with a virus which–according to YOU–is the most deadly thing since Spanish or the Plague. Except that it came from Wuhan, in Red China, and Wuhan has thousands of dead, if not 10’s of thousands.

    Go ahead. Tell us all about your theory of origin. Make us laugh; we need it.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      C’mon Dad, you have to admit Trump has seriously dropped the ball. One of the morning news shows had a montage of what he’s been saying the past month or so. He’s outright lied about the virus, claimed it was a hoax, downplayed it, came right out and said he didn’t want quarantined cruise ship passengers released because the numbers would make him look bad, would accept no responsibility for the government’s response, etc. It was damning. Every time he opens his mouth in public his staff has to scurry to walk back half of what he says. His habitual lying and lack of credibility has left the public confused and scared when they need solid, reliable information the most. This has been a major, major failure of leadership which, along with a crashed stock market, should doom his chances in November. And that’s now causing the heads of Trumpsters like you to explode with discredited conspiracy theories. Yep, them sneaky Chinese commies killed 10’s of thousands of their citizens to unleash a bioweapon on the world. Good grief, get a grip. (Hint: that’s not how bioweapons are supposed to work.)
      By the way, since you keep bringing it up I have to ask: what’s YOUR wife’s expertise?

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      • dad29 says:

        Ah. You have Magical Thinking!! Since you (and a lot of other LeftCranks) THINK that Trump should be out of office, you simply declare that he SHOULD be out of office,

        You probably haven’t absorbed this information, but it is a documented fact that Mao killed around 80 MILLION (that’s a really, really, big number, ya’know) of his own citizens during his reign as Emperor. They were inconvenient, so they are dead. You are a fool if you think Xi won’t do the same. 50,000 is pish-posh to him; pocket change.

        Trump is NOT responsible for policy of CDC and FDA in place before he was elected.

        habitual lying and lack of credibility has left the public confused and scared when they need solid, reliable information the most Yes, that’s a problem. If people stopped paying attention to CNN/NBC/CBS/ABC/MSNBC/Times/Post, they would not be confused and scared. Reliable, truthful information is out there, of course. You’re a big boy. Find it.

        My wife specializes in making me happy.

        Since you are more dense than Copernicium, and I haven’t 30 years to re-form your alleged brain, we’re done here. Buh-Bye

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        • AnonyBob says:

          “If people stopped paying attention to CNN/NBC/CBS/ABC/MSNBC/Times/Post, they would not be confused and scared. Reliable, truthful information is out there, of course. You’re a big boy. Find it.”
          Ha, ha! Sorry, Dad, but I’m addicted to responsible, conventional journalism that follows a code of ethics, along with truth and reality. Journalism that doesn’t blatantly lie to protect and prop up Dear Leader. I’m confident if Mao were still alive Trump would embrace him just like he does Xi, Kim, Putin, Duarte, MBS and every other authoritarian thug he so envies and admires. You can enjoy all the crank fringe sites you and the other Trump cultists want; I’ll take a pass. All hail Dear Leader! Ho, ho!
          Your wife should step it up; you haven’t seemed particularly happy in this thread.
          Best wishes!

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  17. Batman says:

    Scant coverage of Obama’s multiple visits to China this past year without any publicly declared purpose, despite being spotted a few times in Wuhan. Coincidence?

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  18. madisonexpat says:

    Whoa. Been offline walking in the woods the last few days.There must have been lots of fun at the ABob household of late. I imagine two people ranting right past each other. Some observations;
    ** Spring has sprung hereabouts, crocuses (croci?), daffodils are numerous, peach and pear trees blossoming.
    **ABob surprised me by agreeing that anyone using Covid for partisan purposes is contemptible and held on to that principle almost an afternoon before reverting to high fever levels of TDS.
    **ABob’s “addiction” to honest journalism is belied by his knee jerk pearl clutching credulity to anything accusing President Trump of anything. “I find Ballsey Ford,17 intel agencies, anyone who says the president is a Russian agent yada yada yada…. credible.” He demonstrates my point that the further Left are prone to panic and, apparently, exhaustion having been in a swoon since 2015.
    My 401K? Better than it ever was under the previous regime but you go ahead and bail out ABob. Much like your political party, never miss a chance to miss a chance.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Thanks to the Trump Bear Market your 401 is back to where it was under the previous regime. Hope it stays that high. I’d be a little disappointed by all this if I were you.

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  19. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    AnonyBob above: “How are your investments,”

    It’s been a brutal six figure bloodbath, but The Gotch (a buy-n-hold kinda a guy who not
    only understands, but accepts the rules of the game) tries to look at it philosophically; he has money to lose.

    If you have a dollar to your name, you’re better off than over half the world’s population, who have -0- to negative net worth.

    Lost a substantially higher % as a result of the Former Serial Sexual Predator In Chief and co-President Hillarity deregulating Wall Street; the FSMA (partial repeal of Glass-Steagall), the CFMA (deregulated freakin’ derivatives!), & Riegle-Neal (deregulated interstate banking and led to a wave of mergers). Not quite sure if any of that led to the Dot.Com bust; you?

    Anywho, lost a substantially higher % 2.0 after Bawney Fwank and his morons savant Franklin Raines & Daniel Mudd (with enabling apologists Greg Meeks & Maxine Waters) ignored the Fannie/Freddie ticking time bomb, which contributed to the democrat caused mortgage meltdown/global recession**.

    **Deserving of mention is the Former Serial Sexual Predator In Chief and co-President Hillarity (assist/AG Reno) morphing the Jimmah Carter democrat voter drive, I mean Community Reinvestment Act, into its final, lethal form, with disastrous, far-reaching implications.

    Mandating lenders give unqualified people mortgages who have no business buying a house; screwing them and their credit. Not unlike the democrat Party rewarding Flint, MI voters by poisoning them, am I right?

    Lefty; always RIGHT THERE when they need you!

    The Gotch

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    • dad29 says:

      Ironic, no, that the Lefty–one of those who advocate giving other people lots of YOUR money–is measuring Trump by the status of a 401(k)? The ones who apparently believe that money grows on trees and should be disbursed in large quantities to whoever asks…..have suddenly become money-conscious, since Orange Man Bad is President…

      Betrays the Lefty’s REAL concern: the shape of THEIR wallets.

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Nah, Dad, I’m just using the metric Trump-cultists like you and Splat have responded with whenever I point out the many malfeasances of your Revered Leader. “Yeah, but my 401k is doin’ just fine!” doesn’t have much resonance anymore, does it.

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        • madisonexpat says:

          As Warren Buffet says “When the market gets greedy…. get scared. When the market gets scared… get greedy.

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  20. Batman says:

    Buy gold, from Rosland Capital.
    Yours truly,
    William Devane

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  21. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Barely one month ago Hopey Changey was slobbering effusively, albeit emptily-n-unconvincingly, that this was HIS economy.

    Funniest thing, haven’t heard a peep out of the former Blamer in Chief on that subject since; you?

    Nothing about his disastrously limp-wristed/bend over approach to J V Team adversaries, either.

    The Gotch

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