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Tue

31

Mar

2020

COVID-19 At Prestigious Hospitals in Boston, Including Beth Israel Deaconess, Also Known As The House of God

In 1978, Samuel Shem published a novel, The House of God: Life and Death in An American Hospital.

 

Since then, more than two million copies have been sold, and, at one time, it was required reading in medical schools.

 

Samuel Shem is a pseudonym for Dr. Stephen Bergman, an American psychiatrist, who based The House of God and Mount Misery, both fictional but close-to-real first-hand descriptions of the training of physicians in the United States.

 

Bergman based his novels on his experiences as a medical resident at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

 

Your solitary reporter has read The House of God, and he routinely asks physicians whom he meets whether they have read it.

 

Now that Donald Trump has flunked Epidemiology 101, fact-based reporting has disclosed that several prominent and prestigious hospitals in Boston, including Beth Israel Deaconess, have employees who have COVID-19 (https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/30/824170756/four-boston-hospitals-report-significant-numbers-of-employees-have-the-coronavir?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nprblogscoronavirusliveupdates).

 

So we sent associate solitary Anthony Kenniston and associate solitary reporter Dan McCandless to meet with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the man whose job includes correcting Trump on his numerous misstatements about the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Dr. Fauci told them that he is aware of what’s happening at Beth Israel Deaconess and Massachusetts General Hospital, and that he will privately urge Trump to quit yelling about the Boston Tea Party, and focus instead on getting real, as opposed to hypothetical, help, to both hospitals.

Mon

30

Mar

2020

Here's What Our Germaphobe-in-Chief Did Today in the People's Rose Garden

Donald Trump has small hands, and he doesn’t like germs.

 

Today, once again, he berated PBS NewHour’s topnotch White House Correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor.

 

He’s real big on nastiness.

 

That’s what comes from being born rich in Queens with a gold spoon in his mouth.

 

He’s on record as telling former Indiana conservative talk show host Mike Pence that unless Governors are nice to him, they shouldn’t get any help from Los Federales in combatting the Coronavirus Pandemic (which he’s blamed on Xi Jingpin).

 

Associate solitary reporter Keith Coleman was at Alcindor’s side, and, though he has no credentials such as Alcindor has, he piped up and asked Trump, right there in front of God and everybody in the Rose Garden, when he’ll wise up and be nice to the Empire State’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, a really good Democrat whose father, Mario Cuomo, almost ran for President.

 

‘Cause New York City has way too many COVID-19 cases, and nowhere near enough supplies to treat them.

 

That’s when Trump unleashed a torrent of invective even more extreme than what he had just treated Alcindor to.

 

“Go back to Anacostia where you belong!” he yelled, as the Secret Service manhandled Coleman and took him to the District of Columbia jail.

 

Sat

28

Mar

2020

Guess What? When He Signed Yesterday's Two Trillion Dollar Stimulus Bill, Trump Wouldn't Let Any Dems Stand With Him

The only thing that stimulates Donald Trump is when people tell him they love him.
Even though he is noticeably unlovable.
As far as that goes, neither Stormy Daniels nor Karen McDougal, who had a ten-month affair with Trump, ever loved him. Ask The National Inquirer’s David Pecker.
President Obama signed a critically needed Stimulus Bill in February, 2009, and your solitary reporter watched as he arrived at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on a very cold day. That’s where President Obama signed the bill.
And on that occasion, President Obama welcomed a worthy Democratic entrepreneur who is in the solar panel business.
Donald Trump thinks climate change is a hoax, and so does octogenarian senator Jim Imhofe (R-Oklahoma).
Inhofe represents the Earthquake State, and he’s probably never seen a solar panel, even though there’s lots of sun there.
Yesterday, Trump signed a big big Stimulus Bill, only his close personal friend, Senate Bossman Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) wouldn’t think of calling it a stimulus bill, which is exactly what it is.
That’s because as soon as President Obama was elected, McConnell immediately set in motion his Plan to make President Obama a one term president.
That didn’t work out very well for McConnell & Co.
So yesterday, when Trump signed the Two Trillion Dollar Stimulus Bill — which was negotiated between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and McConnell and Trump’s rich rich Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin — were there any Democrats standing behind Trump for the bill signing photo-op? 
 
Of course, part of the reason for that is that Trump won’t speak with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
 
Not only that, Trump’s lackeys were standing shoulder to
shoulder — a really bad idea, given the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
When associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones — who is with Trump a lot more than he is with Trophy Wife No. 3 — curtseyed and politely asked Trump’s Throng to practice Physical Distancing, Trump picked her up bodily and threw her out the window.
 
In other news, Trump wants to quarantine New York City and adjacent areas of New Jersey.
 
The Empire State’s Governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, is the Governor best situated to deal with the COVID-19 Crisis.
 
Trump, who knows almost nothing about government, is the least qualified person in the US to deal with the crisis.
 
Not only that, Trump — who only wants happy happy news to be received by his base —  is foisting an untried malaria vaccine on his health care professionals (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/27/trump-malaria-coronavirus-152498).
 
That’s why, moments ago, associate solitary reporter Linda Hatfield, 40, Colorado’s best neurologist, teleported herself to the District of Columbia and pounded on all the gates until she forced her way in to the White House to tell Trump exactly what she thinks of him.
 
Then, Trump, a 238 pound unattractive 73-year old narcissist, tossed Dr. Hatfield out the window, where she had a very pleasant chat with associate solitary reporter Jones, 25.
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Thu

26

Mar

2020

A Meditation on Clean Air, the Coronavirus Pandemic, and What to Do About It

The coronavirus pandemic is endangering everyone (except for Maverick and Levi, two wonderful guygoats who live next door to your solitary reporter), and Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned today that these here United States could soon be like Italy; and in New York City, all hell has broken loose, with hospitals woefully unprepared (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/25/health/coronavirus-covid-hospitals/index.html).

 

Here in the Centennial State, Colorado’s Governor, Democrat Jared Polis, today made a very eloquent and articulate statement as he issued a state-wide Stay at Home Order, after Denver’s Mayor, Michael Hancock, also a Democrat, issued a Stay at Home Order, on Monday, for the Mile High City.

 

Gov. Polis began with Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and Pete Seeger’s classic, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” which is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

 

Gov. Polis is Jewish, and he appropriately quoted Ecclesiastes 3 (“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…). 

 

Ecclesiastes is part of the Wisdom Literature in the Hebrew Bible; but Donald Trump has very little wisdom.

 

Since the coronavirus (a subject concerning which Trump has very little understanding) is transmitted through droplets, it’s virulent. And those droplets are in the air, and on surfaces, flat and otherwise, for up to 72 hours.

 

So, for some historical perspective, we called on associate solitary reporter Keith Coleman to look back in time at the Clean Air Act, signed by Richard Nixon way back in 1970.

 

Coleman — who is more than a little familiar with Psalm 51:10 (“Create in me a clean heart, O God”...) — was a leading advocate for the Clean Air Act and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, when he was a member of the Democratic National Committee as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club. Coleman was also one of the founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

 

The Clean Air Act did considerable good, and President Obama supported the EPA, especially with regard to coal, a major pollutant.

 

But all that changed on January 21, 2017, when Trump launched a major offensive against regulations protecting our air and water. In this, he was strongly supported by a certain senator from Coal Country, Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky — only, if the good voters in the Bluegrass State do the right thing, McConnell will go home in January, to be succeeded by Democrat Amy McGrath).

 

To run the EPA, Trump appointed Oklahoma’s attorney general, Republican Scott Pruitt, who, as Oklahoma’s highest law enforcement officer, sued the EPA no less than 14 times.

 

Pruitt was tasked with taking the EPA apart, piece by piece; and after Pruitt was sacked, that job continues under Administrator Andrew Wheeler, also a Republican.

 

“When you don’t have good, clean air,” ASR Coleman said, “it’s no wonder that a Republican administration doesn’t know what to do about an insidious airborne virus.”

 

Trump does not support sustainable, renewable energy such as windmills, so Coleman was astonished when, earlier today, he visited EPA Administrator Wheeler and Wyoming governor Mark Gordon, in Cheyenne.

 

Wyoming, the Cowboy State, is well known for its very high winds, which is why there are hundreds of windmills there, especially along the I-80 Corridor in southern Wyoming.

 

Wheeler was holding a press briefing in which he begged Governor Gordon to lend him hundreds of Wyoming’s windmills to send to Washington State, California, New York, and Colorado, to clear the air of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 

But Gordon’s a Republican, so we’re not expecting much coronavirus relief from him.

 

Sat

21

Mar

2020

Once Again, Trump Makes a Fool of Himself at His Daily Press Conference; South Korea's Moon's Top Secret Plot to Get Back at Kim Jongun

Donald Trump is always strutting around from one place to another, so long as a camera is nearby.

 

On a daily basis, because of Xi Jinping’s gift to the world, Trump assembles former Indiana conservative talk show host Mike Pence, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and others who are part of Trump’s Federal Goverment, for a news conference.

 

The goal of those news conferences is for Trump to try to impress his base with the illusion that he’s fully in charge of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now caused 300 deaths in the United States.

 

But the governors are doing a much better job (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/21/opinions/trump-governors-leadership-zelizer/index.html), especially the Empire State’s Andrew Cuomo.

 

As always, associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones, who is with Trump 24/7, attends those news conferences, often accompanied by associate solitary reporter Keith Coleman.

 

Today, in a televised back and forth, Trump’s top infectious disease Doctor, Anthony Fauci, flatly refuted several of Trump’s blatant lies about how quickly a vaccine can be developed (https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/03/20/trump-anthony-fauci-coronavirus-drugs-gupta-ip-vpx.cnn).

 

Unknown to anyone else at the press conference, associate solitary reporters Jones and Coleman distinctly told Trump, offstage, that (1) our Liar-in-Chief is grossly overweight (2) that when it comes to COVID-19, he hasn’t the faintest idea what he’s talking about (3) that he should never even think about showing up at Pence’s daily press briefings.

 

Meawhile, Trump’s close personal friend, Kim Jongun, tossed three of his missiles into the Sea of Japan in a vain attempt to frighten South Korea’s Moon Jae-in (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/asia/north-korea-missiles/index.html), at the same time that Dictator-for-Life Kim announced that Trump had sent him an offer to help Kim with infectious disease issues (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/21/politics/north-korea-trump/index.html).

 

South Korea has many COVID-19 cases, but, as of press time, we have yet to hear Kim release any information about COVID-19 in the DPRK.

 

Which is why our Seoul-based associate solitary reporter, Ko Il-sun, just spoke with President Moon, who told him of his plans, early tomorrow morning, to arrange, in a Top Secret Manner, to smuggle twelve patriotic South Koreans across the DMZ for some face-to-face chats with North Korean prisoners, in retaliation for Kim’s tossing three unfriendly missiles into the Sea of Japan.

 

All this, after Trump whined about how China should have told him earlier about the obvious threat of COVID-19 — thus showing, once again, Trump’s tendency to blame somebody else for his own manifest shortcomings (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/21/politics/trump-china-told-us-coronavirus/index.html).