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Italy Takes a Turn for the Worse

Posted on | March 28, 2020 | No Comments

After five days of apparent improvement, Italy’s coronavirus outbreak worsened Friday, when the country reported more than 900 deaths:

The number of people who have died of novel coronavirus in Italy has risen by 969 in the past day, the biggest daily jump since the crisis began.
The total number of deaths now stands at 9,134, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, more than any other country.
There has been an increase of 4,401 coronavirus cases in the past day, Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said.
The total number of recorded coronavirus cases in Italy, including deaths and those who recovered, now stands at 86,498.
The 969 figure includes 50 deaths that were not included in Thursday’s figures. The previous biggest spike in deaths came last Saturday, when there was an increase of 793.
Since the beginning of the crisis in Italy, 51 doctors who tested positive for the disease have died, the Italian Association of Doctors said Friday. Of those doctors, 32 were working in Lombardy, the Italian region worst-hit by coronavirus.
A total of 6,414 health care workers have been infected as of Thursday, according to the Italian National Institute of Health.

The previous highest number of daily coronavirus deaths in Italy was 793 last Saturday, and by Monday, they had fallen to 601. However, the daily number of new Wuhan virus cases, which also peaked last Saturday at 6,557, has since remained below that mark. Italy’s caseload is still very high, and increasing, as the number of new cases reported daily greatly exceeds the number of patients reported as recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, in the United States, 18,691 new cases of Chinese coronavirus were reported Friday, and 401 deaths. Here are the latest state-by-state numbers, according to CNN:

New York ………………….. 44,635 (519 deaths)
New Jersey …………………. 8,825 (108 deaths)
California …………………….. 3,801 (78 deaths)
Washington …………………. 3,723 (175 deaths)
Michigan ……………………… 3,657 (92 deaths)
Massachusetts ……………… 3,240 (35 deaths)
Florida ………………………… 3,192 (45 deaths)
Illinois …………………………. 3,026 (34 deaths)
Louisiana ……………………… 2,746 (119 deaths)
Pennsylvania ……………….. 2,218 (22 deaths)
Georgia ……………………….. 2,198 (65 deaths)

The top 10 states account for 81,261 cases, which is 80% of the total of 101,241 coronavirus cases reported in the United States. Two states, New York and New Jersey, account for more than half the U.S total. The situation in New York is bad and getting worse:

More than a third of the country’s cases are in New York — which has been in a partial lockdown for a week as officials try to slow the spread of the virus and hospitals scramble to keep up with the patients streaming in.
The state’s healthcare system is already overwhelmed. One hospital was forced to create a makeshift morgue and another reported 13 patient deaths in 24 hours. New York and its National Guard are now assembling four 1,000-bed temporary, overflow hospitals in existing buildings.

If you look at the state-by-state numbers, you’ll see that, as a percentage of population, the Wuhan virus has had much less impact in California and Florida, compared to New York, while Texas, with only 1,731 cases, has been particularly fortunate thus far. Dig down a little deeper in the numbers, and you discover that in Florida, for example, their COVID-19 cases have been highly concentrated in three South Florida counties — Dade (869), Broward (631) and (241) — which combined account for nearly 55% (1,741) of the statewide total of cases. These counties have a combined population of about 6 million, which is less than 30% of Florida’s total population of about 21 million. What this suggests is that people living in Florida’s urban centers face substantially higher risk from the virus, and this is probably true nationwide.

Of course, there is no such thing as 100% safety, but during a pandemic of contagious disease, rural life is much safer than city life.


In The Mailbox: 03.27.20 (Evening Edition)

Posted on | March 27, 2020 | No Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

EBL: Joe Biden Manages To Offend Democrat Gays, also, Curly Neal, RIP
Twitchy: Add Ukraine To The List of Countries That Got Crappy Coronavirus Tests From Red China
Louder With Crowder: Doctor Suggests COVID-19 Could Be LESS Deadly Than Seasonal Flu
According To Hoyt: Cures & Diseases, also, Rebel Millennials Without A Cause
Monster Hunter Nation: I’m Out Of Facebook Jail…And Immediately Banned Again, also, Sign Up For My Mailing List
Vox Popoli: The Failed Art Of Civilization, also, This May Work Out Better Than We’d Imagined

Adam Piggott: Friday Hawt Chicks & Links – The Great Reset Edition
American Conservative:  In Hard Times, Hershey Kept Thousands Employed
American Greatness: Cuomo Deserves No Plaudits For His Handling Of Coronavirus Crisis, also, Thousands Riot, Police Forces Battle In Red China Over Travel Restrictions
American Thinker: Coronavirus Is Not Even Close To America’s Biggest Problem
Animal Magnetism: Rule Five Warmer Weather Friday
Babalu Blog: Corona-Chan May Have Bagged Top Castronoid Ramiro Valdez
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For March 27
Cafe Hayek: What About Economists’ Expertise?
CDR Salamander: Hoist High The Yellow Jack
Da Tech Guy: Seeing America In This Crisis Through My Father’s Eyes, also, Friday Podcast Livestream – Reasons For Optimism
Don Surber: Trade War, Not The Stimulus, Will Save The Economy
First Street Journal: Nothing Like A Crisis to Get Politicians To Suspend Your Civil Rights, And Writers To Slant Stories
The Geller Report: Dr. Fauci In New England Journal Of Medicine – Coronavirus Not As Severe As The Flu, also, FOX Business Fires Trish Regan For Saying Coronavirus Is Another Attempt To Impeach Trump
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, The Helix Nebula
Hollywood In Toto: Resistance Shows Untold Heroism Of Iconic French Mime, also, Rogan Vs. Kimmel – Truth Meets Spin On Joe Biden’s Campaign
JustOneMinute: Good Intel From Tyler Cowen
Legal Insurrection: Occasional Cortex Throws Fit Over Stimulus Bill, also, Former Staffer Accuses Biden Of Sexual Assault In 1993
Megan McArdle: Need Motivation To Stay Home? Do It For Our Supply Chains
The PanAm Post: “The Economic Consequences Of Quarantine Will Also Cause Deaths”
Power Line: COVID-19 Deaths So Far – Where Is The Crisis? also, Good News From Washington State
Shark Tank: DeSantis – Making All The Right Moves During The Coronavirus Pandemic?
Shot In The Dark: All The Narrative That’s Fit To Print
STUMP: STUMP IS BACK! Also, Know Your COVID-19 Data
The Political Hat: Firing Line Friday – The Case Against Freedom
This Ain’t Hell: Valor Friday, also, Friday FGS
Victory Girls: Billionaire Makes Billions On Coronavirus Plays
Volokh Conspiracy: Is The CDC To Blame For The Lack Of Adequate Coronavirus Testing?
Weasel Zippers: House Dem “Deeply Disturbed” GOP Omitted Planned Parenthood Funding From Final Version Of Stimulus Bill, also, New Orleans’ Democrat Mayor Blames Trump For Not Canceling Mardi Gras
Mark Steyn: Crocs & Punks But No Staples

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In The Mailbox: 03.27.20 (Afternoon Edition)

Posted on | March 27, 2020 | No Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

Not sure I’ll be able to knock out both linkagery posts today, but I’ll do my best.

OVER THE TRANSOM Prepper Dream Job Contest!
357 Magnum: If It’s Tourist Season, Why Can’t We Shoot Them?
EBL: Remember, New Yorkers – Mayor DiBlasio Is To Blame For Your Coronavirus Crisis
Twitchy: Brit Hume Drops Democratic Candidate & Bitter Troll Regina Marston With His Usual Flair
Louder With Crowder: The COVID-19 Panic Is Insane & Destroying Our Way Of Life

American Conservative: Now’s the Time To Build A Truly “America First” Military
American Greatness: Joe Biden Has A Plan – To Fight The Ebola Virus!
American Thinker: Wake Up America – Red China Is The Pandemic
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Horse Squeeze News
Babalu Blog: If Cubans Want To Eat, They Wait In Long Lines & Risk Exposure To Coronavirus
BattleSwarm: Joe Rogan & Andy Stumpf On The Coronavirus Shutdown
Cafe Hayek: An Open Letter To Florida’s Attorney General
Camp Of The Saints: #WUHAN – Addendum To The Sticky Post
CDR Salamander: Who Will Save A Navy For Tomorrow From The Zombies Feeding It To Vanity Today?
Da Tech Guy: Coronavirus Side Effects – Under The Fedora, also, We Can’t Let This Become The New Normal
Don Surber: The Pelosi Virus
The Geller Report: Dr. Deborah Birx – “Media Has Frightened The American People”, also, As Trump’s Poll Numbers Soar, CNN & MSNBC May Stop Airing His Daily Press Briefings
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of The Day, also, Keeping Red Tape Cut
Hollywood In Toto: Why Wanderers Is A Must-Read Novel For Our Challenging Times, also, How Hunt For Red October Survived Timing, Casting Woes
JustOneMinute: Stimulus Deal – Any Night Now! also, Still Having Fun In Merrie Olde England
Legal Insurrection: Pelosi Tries To Take Credit For Coronavirus Stimulus, also, Bibi Is Back
Megan McArdle: Yes, We Need People To Stop Working, But We Don’t Need Them Unemployed
Michelle Malkin: Chutzpah – ADL Wants A Federal Bailout
The PanAm Post: The Fascist Spirit Of The Pandemic May Kill More People Than COVID-19
Power Line: Forecast Of British Coronavirus Death Revised Downward, also, Kevin Roche – Dear Commissioner Malcolm
Shark Tank: Mucarsel-Powell Wants Increase In Unemployment Benefits
Shot In The Dark: Democrats – “Never Waste A Crisis”
STUMP: STUMP Under Construction, also, Public Pensions Before The Storm
The Political Hat: Verboten On Campus – Equal Standards, Racist Language, & Clapping
This Ain’t Hell: John Grandizio – NOT A Green Beret, also, Waffle House Temporarily Closes 365 Restaurants
Victory Girls: Mexico Tells Americans Not To Cross The Border
Volokh Conspiracy: COVID-19, The Evil Genius, & How To Think About Societal Risks
Weasel Zippers: Joe Biden’s Sexual Assault Accuser Breaks Silence With Graphic Allegations, also, MSNBC Host’s Greatest Fear During Pandemic? Trump’s Rising Poll Numbers
Mark Steyn: The False-Front Superpower

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As If You Needed Another Reason Never to Vote for Democrats Again …

Posted on | March 27, 2020 | No Comments


After the shrieking tantrum Rep. Haley Stevens threw on the floor of the House of Representatives today, I would have thought that congressional Democrats — you know, the ones who wasted a week delaying passage of this emergency legislation — could not do worse. But of course, I had forgotten about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

Calling the measure “shameful,” Ocasio-Cortez accused Senate Republicans of fighting for “greed” and “one of the largest corporate bailouts with as few strings as possible in American history.”
“The greed of that fight is wrong, for crumbs for our families,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, arguing that the Senate’s bill had put her in an impossible position with no good options.
“The option that we have is to either let them suffer with nothing or to allow this greed and billions of dollars which will be leveraged into trillions of dollars to contribute to the largest income inequality gap in our future,” she explained.
“There should be shame about what was fought for in this bill, choices that we have to make,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded, warning, “Our community’s reality is this country’s future if we don’t do anything.”


What she calls “crumbs” is a payment of $3,400 for a family of four. Considering that the median U.S. household income is $63,688, that’s less than three weeks’ income, but it will help to pay rent and utilities for families thrown out of work because of shutdowns caused by coronavirus. As to “corporate bailouts,” what does she think will happen to workers if their employers go out of business? While I consider federal bailouts to be a bad idea, generally, there is certainly no more “greed” behind this legislation than was involved in various swindles pushed through Congress and signed into law by President Obama when Democrats ran the whole D.C. show in 2009-2010. But I digress . . .

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a bad person, and everyone who voted Democrat in 2018 is responsible for the influence this idiot has in Congress. That’s how political parties function, you see — every vote for any political party helps to empower the worst elements of that party. There are Republicans I find obnoxious, and deplore their influence in our public affairs, but when you compare the two parties, why does it seem the Democrats have a monopoly on dangerous idiots like the arm-waving, finger-pointing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

What does it say about the people of New York’s 14th District that they chose this irresponsible child to represent them in Congress? It is never wise to wish ill on people, and certainly it’s not Christian, but when I see Rep. Ocasio-Cortez declaring that her district is among the communities hardest hit by the Wuhan virus outbreak, it causes me to wonder if something like divine wrath might help explain this pandemic.

As I say, it’s un-Christian to think this way, as we are commanded to pray even for our enemies, but if indeed Jehovah was displeased by the elevation of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Congress, then perhaps this plague was intended to cause New Yorkers to repent their sins.

Did I mention that one thing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was angry about was that this bill didn’t include payments for illegal aliens?

Don’t vote Democrat. Never never never never vote Democrat.


Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Bedlam) Shows Why You Should Never Vote Democrat

Posted on | March 27, 2020 | No Comments


The 11th District of Michigan is a so-called “swing” district. For most of the past half-century, this district in the suburbs of Detroit has been represented in Congress by Republicans. Rep. Thad McCotter was the congressman there until 2012, and Republicans Kerry Bentivolio and Dave Trott later filled the seat, but after Trott announced his retirement in 2018, former Obama administration staffer Haley Stevens won a hotly contested five-way Democratic primary, then got 51.8% of the vote in the November general election. It should be unnecessary to say that Stevens’ seat is a prime target for Republicans seeking to recapture control of the House of Representatives this fall. And the argument against re-electing Stevens became obvious Friday morning when she freaked out and started shrieking like a deranged lunatic on the floor of the House:

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.
Stevens yelled she was wearing the gloves “not for personal attention.” The individual running the Democratic-controlled House proceedings repeatedly struck his gavel.
“I rise before you adorning these latex gloves not for personal attention, not for personal attention but to encourage you to take this disease seriously,” Stevens said. “I rise for every American who is scared right now.”
“The gentle lady is out of order,”
said Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Maryland, who was presiding over the chamber for the debate.
Eventually, Stevens was granted 30 more seconds to speak at the request of House Majority Leader U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland. Stevens continued but some of what she said was indecipherable because of the commotion on the floor.She appeared to say medical professionals would be “pushed” and would see “darkness.”
“Our country loves you to our doctors and our nurses,” Stevens continued
The freshman lawmaker added that she wore the gloves “to tell every American not to be afraid.”
Stevens was eventually ruled out of order. Her microphone was cut, and Brown’s gavel rang out repeatedly.
“The gentle lady from Michigan is no longer recognized,” Brown said.


If you live in the 11th District of Michigan, please vote Republican, so that Haley Stevens can get the psychiatric treatment she needs. People who vote Democrat have turned Congress into a lunatic asylum.


Guess Who Was on TV Last Night?

Posted on | March 27, 2020 | No Comments


OK, I think you might recognize this guy. The reason why I didn’t promote my appearance Thursday night on The Ingraham Angle in advance was because the way cable news “hits” are scheduled, you never know if you’re actually going to be on until it happens. Like, this had been planned for a day or so — calls and emails back and forth with the producers — but appearances sometimes get “bumped,” and I didn’t want to hype it up if, in fact, it wasn’t going to happen. Then by the time I was (reasonably) sure I’d be doing it, I was trying to get ready and, while I was waiting to go on, they pushed back the segment by about two minutes. This was because they were running a little behind schedule, so you’ll see that my spot got cut kind of short. But anyway . . .


As a TV personality, I’m slightly more coherent than Joe Biden, I suppose, but I’m a writer, not a talker. Whatever — my kids and my wife were proud of me, and that’s what really counts. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to say The Five Most Important Words in the English Language:



UPDATE: Evidently, the YouTube clip I embedded has been deleted. Will try to find video of the clip.


Joe Biden’s Sadly Obvious Mental Decline

Posted on | March 26, 2020 | No Comments


Joe Biden is the presumed presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. He is also 77 years old and unable to speak coherently:

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden spent the past two days conducting blunder-filled TV interviews from his home — and a virtual press briefing Wednesday where he said he doesn’t want to debate Bernie Sanders anymore.
“Do you think there should be another debate in April, and would you participate?” Biden was asked during his remote press conference.
“My focus is just dealing with this crisis right now. I haven’t thought about any more debates,” Biden said. “I think we’ve had enough debates. I think we should get on with this.”
The briefing followed a media blitz on Tuesday during which the gaffe-prone former vice president lived up to his reputation.
“We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what. No matter what,” Biden said on ABC’s “The View” when asked to respond to President Trump’s desire to restart the economy amid the coronavirus ­outbreak.
Biden went on to discuss “flattening the curve.”
“We know you have to — you’re tired of hearing the phrase, you got to flatten that curve where it’s going up like this, people getting it, and then it comes down. We got to flatten that curve and we got to make sure that once, in fact, we have this under control, it doesn’t come back,” he sputtered.
Speaking a few hours later with Jake Tapper on CNN, Biden was criticized for coughing into his hand just moments after telling the host that he had not been tested for coronavirus because he was feeling OK.

It is difficult to describe how badly Biden performed in these appearances, where he got nothing but softball questions, yet repeatedly failed to express himself without stumbling. The elderly Democrat also kept coughing on camera, suggesting his health may be precarious.

(Hat-tip: Ace of Spades.)

There has been talk that Democrats may draft New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to substitute for the ailing, addled, elderly Biden. Can you imagine the reaction of the Bernie Bros — who have already warned they would sit out the election in November if Biden is nominated — if Democrats pull a Cuomo switcheroo at the convention?


In The Mailbox: 03.25.20 (Evening Edition)

Posted on | March 25, 2020 | No Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

Ninety Miles From Tyranny: The 90 Miles Mystery Box, Episode #936
EBL: President Of Slovakia Nails Her Coronavirus Look, also, Joe Biden’s Mental Health Is Declining
Twitchy: Chuck Schumer Gets Hammered For Patting Himself On The Back Over Coronavirus Bill
Louder With Crowder: New Poll – Americans Trust Trump More Than Media On Coronavirus

Adam Piggott: Greasy Pole Podcast #13 – The Local Artists Episode, also, Who Will Rise To The Challenge?
American Conservative: Our Monoculture Food Supply Is A Potential Coronavirus Calamity
American Greatness: Nevada Governor Bans Use Of Chloroquine To Treat Coronavirus, also, Media Freaks When Trump Mentions Restarting Economy
American Thinker: The Democrats Are The Virus Threatening America
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News
Babalu Blog: Lack Of Medicine In Cuba Forces Cubans To The Black Market, also, Ilhan Omar sees Coronavirus As Opportunity For Government Takeover Of Hospitals
BattleSwarm: Austin Now Under Heavy Manners
Cafe Hayek: Don’t Bail Out The Airlines
Camp Of The Saints: #WUHAN – Americans & The Price You Pay, Part II
CDR Salamander: Transformed Our Way Out Of A Functional Sh1tter
Da Tech Guy: Keeping It Clean, also, Pelosi Longing For The Pre-Internet Days Of Yesteryear
Don Surber: Bald Party Wants A Cuomover, also, Don’t Exempt The Press
First Street Journal: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Misses No Opportunity To Demagogue, also, Coronavirus Is Exposing The Economic Ignorance Of The Left
The Geller Report: 21 Million Red Chinese Cell Phone Users Vanish In Three Months Of Pandemic, also, ANTIFA Says They’ll Kill Cops Over Lockdowns – “Murdering Pigs”
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, Zooming In On LHA 120-N150 In The Large Magellanic Cloud
Hollywood In Toto: Apolitical Klatman A Snug Fit For LA Comedy Scene, also, Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother Is A Neurotic, Revelatory Treat
JustOneMinute: 4th & Goal, or, Hey Dudes & Dudettes, Where’s Our Stimulus Package?
Legal Insurrection: What About The Coronavirus Excess Death Rate? also, Some Of Pelosi’s Pork Winds Up In Final Coronavirus Bill
The PanAm Post: How South American Countries Are Fighting COVID-19
Power Line: Democratic Networks Tune Trump Out, also, Kevin Roche – My Struggle With The Star Tribune (Part II, Part III)
Shark Tank: Dem Rep Deutch Pressures DeSantis To Impose Lockdown, DeSantis Says Nope
Shot In The Dark: Correlations, also, Crowd Psychology
The Political Hat: Nevada Governor Bans Prescribing Of Coronavirus Medication
This Ain’t Hell: Marines To Reduce Force By 12,000, also, Four Strikes & She’s Out?
Victory Girls: Pelosi Closes House For Entire Day, Refuses To Set Vote On Stimulus Bill
Volokh Conspiracy: Pennsylvania Governor Reverses Course On Shutting Down Gun Sales
Weasel Zippers: Pelosi Lies About House Bill On CNN, also, Gallup – Trump Job Approval Soars 12 Points, Best Ratings Of Presidency
Mark Steyn: Coronabits & Pieces, also, Testing Times

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