After all these weeks of being restricted in the production of the paper it was very refreshing to find a group of kids having a small bike race on that beautiful late Memorial Day afternoon. The monotony was finally getting to me with a touch of depression and a bit of anger, especially remembering that this entire plague was inflicted upon an unsuspecting world by communist China.

I prefer to believe this was a deliberate, diabolical act by self-proclaimed President for Life Xi Jinping and his cast of thousands. I believe it was precipitated by fears of a declining Chinese economy vis-Ă -vis with the extraordinary success of the American economy sparked by President Trump's leadership. China's admitted goal is to replace America as the global superpower by 2049. China saw America's vibrant economic success as the perfect time to inflict chaos and bring it down - to catch us off guard.

China has begun causing trouble in several areas around the world again, using the general confusion brought on by its Coronavirus - the perfect "shi" moment. While Taiwan is the perennial victim of Chinese threats, India is another, as are many African nations.

It's time for the free nations of the world to sever as many economic ties as possible with China. America should lead the way by encouraging American companies that have manufacturing facilities in China to come back home, especially those creating essential goods and services. China must pay a heavy price for this outrageous viral attack by being cut-off from its American markets, particularly in pharmaceuticals.

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Like all small local businesses, the Gazette has been hurt by the lockdown. Next week I will make a proposal to assist all local businesses in a quicker recovery. Until that time stay healthy and get a little sunshine.

 


 

It's great to see things finally opening up. American citizens have been subjected to unprecedented restrictions upon their everyday activities, business, school, religion, etc. These activities are actually fundamental civil rights guaranteed by our Constitution. The way most of us have accepted government injunctions concerning our most fundamental rights (First and Fourth Amendments) has been unusually cooperative. We are also seeing who the truly power-hungry governors are, as in California. Many have now overreached their original mandate and it's time for them to get out of the way.

But we should never forget who caused the orderly functions of the world to suddenly crash with unparalleled suffering, death, and disorder, by a weaponized coronavirus. The devil in this mix is communist China - in particular - the head communist leader, President for Life, Xi Jinping. In short, he produced a true "novel" virus of an extremely infectious power. This new thing got out of control at his Wuhan Institute of Virology, causing the pandemic.

Wuhan itself was quickly locked down with no air traffic permitted from there to any other Chinese location. However, all international traffic was permitted to all points outside China from Wuhan, deliberately spreading the deadly virus throughout the world, particularly throughout Europe and North America. China denies any responsibility for the attack, which under "normal" circumstances would be recognized as an act of war. The pandemic has caused over 320,000 deaths and is still causing deaths and disabilities. It has disabled thousands of US military troops as well as effectively disabling hundreds of war ships, planes, munitions, and facilities.

This attack demands that the US government declare China to be a clear and present danger to the security of our country. Foolish liberal policies have for decades enticed China to steal and cheat their way to superpower status while feigning military weakness and industrial inferiority.

America has fed the beast until the beast now wants to dominate, overtly. Why did we believe all those old Soviet-styled lies about peaceful coexistence? In China it is the theory of shi, letting China get away with murder by ignoring the deceptive early steps. Chinese military developments in the South China Sea and new threats to Taiwan are outstanding examples of American naiveté and timidity in dealing with communist China.

We should arm Taiwan to such an extent that the communist Chinese would recognize the only victory they would have in attacking that independent island nation would be a Pyrrhic victory. That is, the cost would not be worth the investment. This could be done with strong US support, and it would help secure the South China Sea. However it might be done, China must be staunchly resisted, even to the point of active conflict.

The COVID-19 outbreak has scrambled the established world order by something close to outright war. Like Hitler in the 1930s, Xi Jinping, and the National People's Congress, must be hammered by the US and her allies as soon as possible, because history has shown us the consequences of doing nothing. I would have said immediately, but, as usual, America is unprepared to act immediately due to our failure to understand China as the immediate enemy instead of a mere commercial competitor. It has, in the words of author Michael Pillsbury, striven to be the global superpower in the "The Hundred-Year Marathon" to defeat the USA. Fools like Joe Biden don't believe this, but he's just running to become America's Democratic Party Commander in Chief.

In 1999, a book published in Mandarin entitled "Unrestricted Warfare" should have awakened US military leaders but didn't. The book, a bestseller in Chinese military circles, "...for the bluntness with which it discussed America's vulnerabilities. Instead of direct military action, the [military] authors proposed nonmilitary ways to defeat a stronger nation such as the United States through ... economic warfare, biological and chemical warfare, cyberattacks, and even terrorism. Once news of the study made its way to the West, Beijing quickly withdrew all copies from its bookstores." (The Hundred-Year Marathon).

What Mr. Pillsbury describes here is exactly what China has succeeded in doing. Xi Jinping wears that lean and hungry look today. He smiles as he knows the whole world, suffering and disoriented by his biological attack, can do little or nothing to defend or retaliate against his bold action. Even if we could definitively prove Xi Jinping is the proximate cause of this disastrous assault and establish his malevolent intent beyond any doubt before a televised world court, the world is impotent to defend or retaliate without causing further disasters.

So, communist China now threatens the rest of the world, America in particular, with unparalleled death and destruction, and in its eyes, remains unchallenged. China has the world in its grip. It has seized the opportunity - "shi" in Mandarin - and awaits the world's response.

"The United States had an offensive biological weapons program from 1943 until 1969. Today, the nation is a member of the Biological Weapons Convention and has renounced biological warfare." The statement [by President Nixon] ended, unconditionally, all U.S. offensive biological weapons programs. ... U.S. biological weapons stocks were destroyed over the next few years."

Yes, from a Judeo-Christian point of view, chemical-biological weapons are anathema. But to be without a credible defense against active communist chemical-biological threats, such as China, et al, present, is close to gruesome suicide. We should have them (again) and keep them very safe, but also very visible to our enemies. President Nixon was dead wrong in destroying our chemical-biological weapons and signing a meaningless treaty, just as he would have been to do the same with nuclear weapons.

We've been dusted with a deadly Chinese virus. It has already killed more than 92,000 US citizens. The coronavirus is just one of a huge family of other killers--remember Anthrax? We've been knocked off balance. We must shake it off and return to normalcy. At the same time, this incident should be a call to arms. Preparations against other Chinese bioweapons must begin as well as military and economic pressure against China.

Sorry I've gone so long.

 


 

With so much bad news in store for America, I have to give a shout-out to our new White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. She is absolutely brilliant. Having watched many other press secretaries over the years, she is, hands down, the best I've seen. Great choice President Trump!

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A funny thing happened on my way to my computer last night. I started reading a book I bought a few years ago after watching a TV interview of its author, Michael Pillsbury, entitled The Hundred-Year Marathon, China's Strategy to Replace America As the Global Superpower. It is an essential book for every American if you want to know why China has just poisoned the world, and what to expect in the near future.

What is the communist Chinese government up to? According to Pillsbury (director of Center on Chinese Strategy at Hudson Institute, served administrations - Nixon to Obama, educated Stanford and Columbia, former analyst RAND Corporation, Harvard research fellow, served Defense Dept., and staff - four Senate committees) China wants world domination through the destruction of America by economic and military means. This is a book for every reader.

"Key to attaining that goal is china's concept of shi. Beijing applies the concept in almost every aspect of its relations with the United States, and just as Tom Sawyer's friends had no idea that Tom was manipulating them into painting his fence, America's policymakers have no idea they are being used." Pillsbury speaks fluent mandarin. Surprisingly, "...the vast majority of so-called China experts in the United States do not speak Chinese beyond a few words - enough to feign competence in the presence of those who do not speak the language fluently."

"Never lose sight of shi. ...two elements of shi are critical components of Chinese strategy: deceiving others into doing your bidding for you and waiting for the point of maximum opportunity to strike." Following President Trump's stunning economic triumph, the rebuilding of the US military, the forcing of the communist Chinese government into fair commercial market deals after years of Chinese cheating, the timing for a world-wide biological attack, was absolutely perfect according to the concept of shi. "When the sage [Xi Jinping] detects the arrival of the moment of shi, decisive action must be immediate." China's main enemy (by its own admission), America, was seriously damaged and disrupted by the virus attack. China feigned cooperation with Trump's corrective political, commercial, and military moves, then struck because it was "the point of maximum opportunity to strike." The destruction caused to the rest of the world, in communist thinking, was simply collateral damage. In an atheist communist system people are just fungible things. The United States was the main target. "It is exactly the lack of recognition of the potential exploitation of shi that is dooming American strategy toward China." Pillsbury's book was written in 2015.

Think of what China has done to the United States. At the present time: "The latest Defense Department data show that 2,120 men and women in uniform have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The hardest hit service is the U.S. Navy, followed closely by the Army, Air Force, and finally the Marine Corps".

"Washington (CNN)--There are currently coronavirus cases on 26 US Navy warships, and another 14 have been hit by the virus... "

Every US military asset in the world, and those of our allies, has been seriously damaged by this virus attack. According to shi, America should expect another stealthy follow-up, soon. China denies everything; it continues to deny the US access to the Wuhan virus factory and any records concerning the pandemic it created. Massive disinformation continues from China's communist minions, denying guilt for the virus attack. According to shi, another stealthy attack, of a different kind, from a different direction, would maximize the intended effect.

It's time to counter the communist Chinese military buildup in the South China Sea, with more air and naval assets and maximum military assistance to Taiwan.

 


 

I hope everyone is getting along better than I am with all this sequestering for the corona virus. I have to say I'm fed-up with it all. I know science is making progress towards finding a solution to this Chinese virus, and that many courageous medical workers risk their own health to save lives, but after being holed-up like a groundhog for 5 weeks hiding from the bug, I have to look closely at the rapid collapse of our economy due to the shutdown.

We are losing our capitalist society and culture of freedom, while the do-nothing Democratic Party socialists try to persuade Americans to abandon almost two and a half centuries of our republic's system of capitalism. President Trump is challenged by the most serious threats to our nation since our Civil War, while Democrats have persisted in a treasonous 3-year attempt to destroy his presidency. Unless Republicans quickly circle the wagons, they may yet succeed.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor the civilian radio and onboard naval ships repeatedly sounded the alarm; "AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NO DRILL." --Telegram from Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC) to all ships in Hawaiian area, December 7, 1941.

The communist Chinese government has launched a catastrophic viral plague upon the world. American intelligence agencies have reported that the specific source of this attack came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is where the Chinese, like the Russians and others, design deadly pathogens in preparation for germ warfare.

Forget about all the nice treaties and UN prohibitions outlawing germ and chemical warfare, they have never meant anything to communist nations. This is because communist nations are atheist and have no Judeo-Christian guidelines to moderate their behavior. America is dangerously naive and foolish to believe otherwise. We only have to learn about life in communist countries, like north Korea and China (Russia is basically still communist as well) to see the obvious absence of freedom. These countries exist only to dominate, to grow their hegemony - like Russia took over Crimea and China took Tibet - and seeks the entire South China Sea.

So, since America is asleep, let me shout, This is no drill! The evidence of Chinese guilt or liability for inflicting death and social destruction upon nearly 200 sovereign nations is now certain. Getting a fair hearing is another thing.

After spending just a few hours researching the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic the above conclusions are obvious. The damage just to American national security is grave. No part of the American military has been left untouched by the virus attack, including some submarines. This damage has been greatly understated by our military, partly for security reasons. Even Cheyenne Mountain Combat Operations Center in Colorado is being buttoned-up again due to the virus attack. "In 1997, they were giving 800 tours a year. However, the tours were canceled after 9/11". We forget our enemies too easily.

China is now putting on a frantic full-court press (online, radio, TV, etc) of disinformation in defense against accusations of responsibility for the catastrophic virus release. Biological warfare is the perfect weapon for unconscionable communist nations. Just ask, what now? China denies culpability. America is successfully attacked. China learns much about the utility of this agent. What if it happens again? What military actions has China taken, during this attack, in the South China Sea? China will overtake the US in new naval warfare vessels in a few years.

China is arming for war - a war seeking Asian hegemony and world economic domination. America is her main enemy. How should America respond to this virus attack? At least start with our substantial financial weapons, reverse the debt bomb. Like it or not we are at war with China, and China has fired the first quick, quiet, devastating "shot", to great effect.

Once again - THIS IS NO DRILL!

 


 

Just two grumbles to begin.

Grumble No. 1: Now hear this, all you folks working at McDonalds. The face mask is supposed to cover both your mouth and your nose - because that's where the virus things fly in and out. I've often seen every employee in the kitchen wearing their masks gangsta style.

Grumble No. 2: Remember when "civilian-made" shopping bags were all the rage, after markets withdrew the cheap plastic ones? A few of us at that time questioned whether home-grown fabric bags used over and over again would stay clean. Well they have now become suspect as the happy hunting grounds of the plague - while free, clean plastic bags are back again!

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I've changed my mind about universal isolation as a method to vanquish the coronavirus. After listening to the opinions of several eminently qualified physicians on the question of surviving this pandemic, it looks to me like herd immunity, creating antibodies, is the best way to go.

The choices are, one - to isolate everyone until the virus goes away - or, two - join the herd and spread your antibodies, creating immunity, caring also for the most vulnerable elderly and those with serious underlying conditions. We can isolate while our economy is collapsing - or free the young and healthy (including school children) while taking normal safety measures. "If all you do is flatten the curve, you don't prevent deaths or severe cases. You just change the dates. We don't want to do that," said Dr. David Katz.

In a Mark Levin video interview, Dr. Katz explains his (traditional) opinion clearly and simply. "Coronavirus vaccine or herd immunity are the only ways life can fully return to normal." Elsewhere, Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Avik Roy, agree.

Keep those most at risk secluded and provided for. But the rest of us should bust out and save our nation's dying financial life. It's time to get back to work! It appears to me, a common citizen, while the present "duck and cover" system lets us escape the immediate danger, it also makes us more susceptible to the next inevitable threat. Again, Dr. Katz; "the founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Connecticut, has warned that while social distancing is helping to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus it is also preventing the development of the "herd immunity" needed by the public to resume their normal lives before a vaccine is developed.”

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All this talk of death and destruction, it now clearly appears, was deliberately caused by communist China. Without firing a shot, China has infected the entire world, caused the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, infected millions, and done significant damage to America's military and financial structure. Reports show more than 25 US Navy ships have been infected with China's virus. Our troops have been infected, and at least one has died by this virus. World financial markets have been roiled, schools closed, and normal commercial activity halted.

China denies all culpability while aggressively seeking hegemony over Asia, especially over the South China Sea, through which trillions of dollars-worth of the world's goods go to market. China must pay for this attack. America should start by calling back those trillions of US trade dollars in China's banks. Then, we need more planes, ships, and munitions.

In dealing with our first and most lethal enemy, China, America has always been naive. American naiveté is just an invitation to steal and destroy to the nearly 3,000-member communist National People's Congress. Americans just don't seem to learn that there is no good in communism, period. We have acted foolishly with China over the years and suffered for it. China does not reciprocate in good faith; that's a Judeo-Christian idea - which President Xi Jinping just laughs at.

America, it's time to wake up, and arm-up.

 

It's sad to see Drudge now siding with the Never Trumpers after supporting Trump since the last election. He's doing this by slanting the coverage on his web site. Every headline on the DRUDGE REPORT today is negative, most reflecting on Trump's leadership. It may turn out that he has become a conservative turncoat. Too soon to determine if this is a permanent frame of mind.

This virus thing is taking a more ominous course throughout the world, particularly in America. Today, when a deadly virus explodes out of nowhere, geneticists are indispensable. Other epidemics have not presented such complexity and confusion. Learning that this virus is 5-times more infectious than others is a huge concern, especially since it is constantly mutating. It appears to have many other unique characteristics as a member of the coronavirus family - kind of a super-virus, easy to spread, hard to control.

It seems to have been created (or discovered) "in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a maximum-security Chinese laboratory granted authority to research dangerous pathogens, [and] was likely involved in a biological weapons program". We know now that the Chinese government took desperate action to (unsuccessfully) cover-up the viral escape.

Does the virus appear to be the product of selective viral breeding, or just a new discovery? This is more a job for the CIA than WHO because it is a question of intent. Intentional or accidental, this virus has forced America into a radical change of its normal life. The deadly characteristics of this coronavirus can be as materially destructive of our country as WWII.

When we announce the enemy that inflicted this weapon upon our country we must then take definitive action to punish that enemy. The weapon they used was swift and quiet - financial response can also be swift and quiet, and nearly as deadly. Remember Sun Tzu's words: "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." This doctrine is repeated throughout his writings. Just look what this virus did, without firing a shot.

Did this deadly virus come to us through a process of selective breeding, or by accident?

I don't know what others may think, but I'm not going to live the rest of my life in hiding!

 

Being isolated in my office for the past four weeks stirs my imagination to think of a fictional character trying to escape the touch of the Black Death. I think of the classic books I read during my college years, including Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year. As a boy he narrowly escaped the bubonic plague which killed 20 percent of London's population in the 14th Century. That pandemic, worst ever recorded, killed up to 200 million people in Eurasia and Africa. Famous fiction like Edgar Allan Poe's Masque of the Red Death and many others of the same theme come to mind, each describing an escape from evil.

The coronavirus pandemic we face today is evil indeed, with US deaths already exceeding 27,000. But it's good to get some perspective in our fight against this virus. Deaths in 2018 attributed to the "common" flu in the US were 80,000. (CDC. Highest death toll in 40 years). Death by poisoning, 75,000. Unintentional deaths, same year, 170,000. Unintentional deaths by fall, 36,000. Death by self inflicted injuries, 273,000. Car deaths, 40,000.

Also, "...the unspeakable violence of WWI killed about 16 million people". The (Spanish) flu killed 50 million.

So, as terrible as things are today, they have been a lot worse. And, I salute all the courageous doctors, nurses, health workers at every level, who are saving us from experiencing that "worse".

We should note especially that this coronavirus is 5-times more infectious than the common flu and will hang around 5-times longer if not for strong isolation measures, like "stay-at-home".

The hope is we can continue the fight to save our lives, while at the same time keeping our national economy from sudden death. That is the question I'm confident President Trump will answer correctly if he can keep the Democratic buzzards at bay.

Meanwhile, back to the office, where production is happening from three locations while the door is closed. By far the hardest thing for me to deal with in the silence of my office is the total closure of my church. I miss Mass, the sacraments, and I miss my priests and parishioners!

I try to walk most days, either with Pebbles the Wonder Dog, or alone. I've never been so sick of TV; almost all trash. FOX news has been a huge disappointment; can't stand Gutfeld, very little international news. I'm also really fed-up with the suffocating glut of ads. But, I'm thankful for a good library and an uninterrupted place to read, though I miss normal office activity as well. I never knew how boring I was until I had to spend four weeks by myself! Overall, I think it's the total disruption of my 31-year-old daily routine at the newspaper that bothers me most. If this is what retirement is like, I'm glad I missed it. Otherwise, I believe I would have slipped into eternity long ago. Thank you, Lord - not that I'm tempting fate.

Whether we call the epidemic coronavirus, Wuhan virus, or just the China virus, Clifford D. May's recent column, "Xi Jinping's Wuhan virus has changed the course of history" has it right. So it's fair and just to pin the label "nemesis of humankind" on communism and its practitioners, not on the hapless, good Chinese people, enslaved for the past 100 years by this loathsome system.

May calls for a drastic change in our dealings with communist China: "One thing though is for certain: Our dependence on China’s communist rulers must end." I've always greatly admired the Chinese people and their extraordinary ancient civilization. They are brilliant. My fascination was rekindled last night watching a Nova production of "The Emperor's Ghost Army". It tells of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, about 200 BC, and his multi-thousand terra cotta funeral army. We can only wonder about the skill and intelligence which created this advanced civilization. Then, I look at modern China's development and ask, if they can accomplish this under the slavery of communism, what could they do under the freedom of democracy?

Communism and socialism, in all their poisonous flavors, have always been the problem.

It's up to American political and military leadership to keep us safe from every virus, including political viruses such as communism. Do our children still learn that communism is atheistic, hates democratic values, and rejects Christian ethics and virtues? If not, why not?

After looking at the specific damage this virus has done to the world, civilian, economic, and military, I believe conclusions developed by Bill Gertz in the Washington Times are credible. The article quotes a former military intelligence officer who claimed “the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a maximum-security Chinese laboratory granted authority to research dangerous pathogens, was likely involved in a biological weapons program" which got away.

This virus has disabled four US atomic aircraft carriers, planes, and troops.

I have to ask how many communist Chinese ships, planes, and troops were likewise infected. Maybe the difference here is that the Chinese take seriously the thoughts of Sun Tzu (500 BC) “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”, while Americans still think like Clausewitz.

The Cold War has never left us. In fact, it may have caused us to shelter in place.

 

I'm sure I'm not alone in my impatience over hunkering down for the corona virus. Our lives are being totally disrupted. My church has shut its doors and my daily schedule is completely changed. Just shopping for food or walking outside are problematic. The good things are illusive while bad things, overall, seem everywhere. And, worst thing among many bad things is communist China, which has single-handedly poisoned the entire world by loosing this coronavirus, either from its covert biological weapons program in Wahon, or its notorious "wet market" of wild animals. Bats are a popular item in the market, although most epidemics have been caused by bats.

Communist China has caused this world-wide epidemic, again. It is playing with deadly bio warfare, searching, as Russia does, for the perfect disabling disease with which to level rival nations. Our entire nation is at risk, and America has abandoned this sort of research in the naive belief that communist countries will eventually become civilized.

The cost of this particular epidemic, across the world can never be paid. America has to eliminate China as any sort of equal trading partner; it seeks only to increase its hegemony as the world's most powerful nation, first by trade, then by force.
China is an atheist behemoth which we must never trust; which is also true of all communist nations.

China hates democracy - period.

 

One glance at the DRUDGE REPORT today will tell us that America is obsessed with the threat of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. This epidemic is changing our lives in startling ways.

Virtually all American culture has been frozen in an attempt to stop this killer virus. All public activity has been halted or severely curtailed. That means no work or entertainment for most people who are being confined to their homes.

While these restrictions are acting like a blunt force against normal social and economic activity, stressing and angering many people, we should be concerned as well about its threat to national security. Biological, chemical, and virus-born weapons have ancient and devastating histories, from catapulting plague-infected corpses over city walls during wartime sieges, to releasing infected fleas to wipe-out whole villages.

In the 14th Century about 60 percent of Europe's population was wiped out by the Black Death, or bubonic plague. There were other waves of this epidemic, which also came from the far east. Epidemics like this have been the scourge of mankind from time immemorial. This COVID-19 that we face today is nothing new, though its structure varies from other viruses. Consider that after being released from Wuhan, China, in a matter of weeks the world was infected. If we can believe The New York Times, "After doctors in Wuhan began treating clusters of patients stricken with a mysterious pneumonia in December, the reporting was supposed to have been automatic. Instead, hospitals deferred to local health officials who, over a political aversion to sharing bad news, withheld information about cases from the national reporting system — keeping Beijing in the dark and delaying the response. The central health authorities first learned about the outbreak not from the reporting system but after unknown whistle-blowers leaked two internal documents online."

Those whistle-blowers soon disappeared, and it's not unreasonable to believe that Beijing was never "in the dark", that their experiment got away from them.

This whole disaster points to the stark reality of the effectiveness of germ warfare today. Nothing new, but in-your-face threat. The entire nation, and its defense mechanism, can be quickly disabled by this sort of weapon. It has already effectively "disabled" one US aircraft carrier. What if we were hit with other weapons of the same sort at the same time? We would be almost immediately overwhelmed, with no recourse; a much quicker and quieter attack - with no sure determination of the source.

This virus we are dealing with now should be a warning. Communist China has launched an insidious attack, intentionally or not.

“Made in USA” should quickly include all equipment needed to counter germ warfare.

Only an April fool would believe otherwise.

 

I have to say that I’ve done a little researching on the state of our so-called COVID-19 virus, which I just call “the virus”. I did that yesterday so I can’t use my now threadbare excuse of having too little time to write this column.

China lied, thousands died, and the world was quickly infected - because she gave the virus a deadly 6-week head start. President Trump, despite the usual “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” fake news media commentaries, took quick, effectual action (against liberal resistance) to shut down traffic from China. His bold decision saved thousands of lives, according to medical authorities.

Personally, I don’t much mind the hide-in-place circumstances we now live under. I have plenty of company with my library. And, my usual routine has been considerably relaxed. But what I see in town, and throughout the nation, is disturbing. Especially on the east coast panic is triumphing.

Panic is always the enemy. Many situations should cause reasonable fear and anxiety; these are friends to warn us. But panic causes unreasonable responses and regrettable consequences. (Source: Dr. Farrell’s think and do book). Anyway, it’s worth remembering, because too many Americans are in the grip of panic, finding themselves doing, as the comic once declared, “Wild and crazy things”. This is not good.

Viruses are tiny little things with nasty little feet, and they are not really alive. They can’t survive on their own, they always need a host to grow. Although ancestors of the present virus have been around for a very long time, this one is said to be 5-times more infectious than the flu. It spreads its seeds more easily and it survives longer than others on surfaces, including clothing. They can also make you a host for a week or longer before you know they’re there, like uninvited house guests.

If they’re not really alive, and are so light that they enjoy lofting in the air for hours searching for hosts, I wish we could just shake them off, like a dog judders his coat after a swim. But we can’t. We just have to find ways of avoiding them. So we’re doing the right thing.

Our scientists are working feverishly to find a vaccine to kick the freeloaders out and bring relief to those infected. Enormous loads of ventilators (sophisticated machines which aid breathing) and respirators (protective face masks) are being delivered to overwhelmed and unprepared hospitals and clinics throughout the nation. This monumental rescue effort is being ordered by President Trump, who is also pushing a 2-trillion financial grant to persons and businesses being challenged by near depression threats.

I noticed today Ventura County’s report of confirmed COVID-19 virus cases. Eleven cities have so far reported positive, including Santa Paula, with 2 cases.

So, there is almost frenetic activity taking place now to stem the flow of the virus and heal those stricken by this vicious thing.

The President is faced with an incredibly difficult dilemma - to continue the shutdown of the nation’s business activity, which is causing a real threat of recession (or depression), or comply with best medical directives to save lives. It’s a hotly debated issue. We can’t keep the nation’s business closed much longer without disastrous economic consequences.

What to do? That is the question. Why not try humble prayer?

 

Well, I've promised to complete this column in a half-hour, so I'm just going to skim over some issues of general importance.

In the 31-years I've published this column I've witnessed many flu, virus, and biological events. None has received the attention of this coronavirus pandemic. Like the swine flu and others, it is a gift from China.

The City of Fillmore is complying with national, state, county, and city demands to have residents isolate themselves and for businesses to close until further notice.

The great American production machine is closing down as never before. The world is doing the same. It's taken me awhile to grasp the reality of the threat, but I now understand that it is very real and amongst us.

Fillmore has apparently joined in the panic seen on TV in much of our country, with empty shelving in grocery stores, pharmacies and other places supplying food and emergency supplies. Water, toilet paper, anti-virus sprays and wipes have been hit especially hard.

We should all calm down and dig in. These products will continue to be available through this epidemic. Just stop hoarding this stuff. Stop the panic; everyone will be taken care of - if we stop hoarding!

"The coronavirus raging around the globe has tended to tread gently with children, who account for the smallest percentage of the infections identified so far. Now, the largest study to date of children and the virus has found that while most develop mild or moderate symptoms, a small percentage — especially babies and preschoolers — can become seriously ill."

I don't have much more to say except that I hope our country has finally learned not to trust our enemies, like China. China is a stringent communist country, permitting no freedom to its captive residents. It is not merely a competitor - it is an enemy nation.

Recently, China has had the audacity to threaten America by withholding essential medicinal raw materials and drug components, as well as medical equipment, unless we comply with its demands. This, of course, is blackmail.

America must call back the medical-related industrial companies we so naively sent over to China to sell product back to the US for a cheaper price. US companies sold-out their own country for enormous short-term profits. They gave away their trade secrets, patents, and souls. Now we no longer have control over these essential industries and materials. We must go begging the enemies we lifted from utter poverty to help us.

Now we have been awakened to this fact. Now we must reinstall these industries back home - as immediately as possible. President Trump is well aware of this situation - I am confident he will act quickly - without time-wasting nonsense - as he usually does.

Let's pull together, pray together, and beat this virus down.

And, let's see more MADE IN AMERICA stamps on products!

 

Well, adding to confusion about the danger of the latest corona virus is the statement by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who "told lawmakers during a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday that COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — is probably about 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu."

There are too many voices seeking to calm the American public, to avoid panic, emphasizing how less lethal the virus is than the common flu. This includes President Trump.

Let's get together on this issue. The coronavirus is very dangerous, and organizations should continue to take rational precautions, like canceling large gatherings of all kinds. This virus is something we should not take lightly - particularly old guys like me!

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Considering the oil war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, the coronavirus pandemic, and the stock market volatility, we could be witnessing a perfect storm, globally. I am an expert in nothing but my own soul, so I am expressing one man's opinion among those of 7 billion other souls. So, when I consider the fanatically militant attitudes in places like Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, and Turkey - ........................?

(My profound apologies to readers - I have mistakenly deleted the last half of this column, without time to rewrite.) I attribute this to the virus of old age.

 

The Gazette was unable to report on actions taken by the FUSD Board this week due to a lack of information.

The paper received the School Board meeting highlights citing four particular areas of discussion, but without textual reporting. For example, a detailed Power Point presentation was provided on the "Network Infrastructure Update" for the entire school district, students, teachers, and administration. However it was unaccompanied by any textual explanation which the paper could publish.

The entire presentation involved complex technical wireless connections with information on the significant increase in speed and power. The Gazette is unable, as most parents are, of retaining and understanding this information without an explanation in print. The "Highlights" does provide a link "for more information", however this brings the user to the same Power Point watched by those attending the Board meeting. This leaves most people who are interested in understanding the whole activity, in the dark about the function and significant costs involved.

In this case, mere verbal explanations, which disappear immediately after the presentation, are useless to 90 percent of interested persons. It appears that someone is too lazy to produce a textual presentation of this important, and expensive, undertaking. A written report should be demanded.

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Chris Matthews has quit his Hardball slot on MSNBC. Good riddance! I grew tired of his political invective and false accusations years ago, but it only grew worse during the Trump administration. The word is that he was pushed out. I am not disappointed.

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It looks like Biden is in for the Democrats, and Comrade Bernie is out. Yippee. Now Bloomberg can, once again, bestow his wealth, as promised, upon Biden. The coming Democratic convention may surpass the Ringling Brothers' Greatest Show on Earth for excitement. I can hardly wait.

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I hope the federal government begins to take the exposed criminal behavior of all Democratic office holders, and former office holders, seriously, like they have for so many Republican politicians. I no longer believe in federal criminal justice because it no longer (to date) abides by the Constitution and its laws. We have witnessed the greatest, most treasonous activity undertaken by the highest appointed and elected officials in American history; an effort to overthrow a duly elected president. Beginning with our FBI, CIA, NSA, and DIA, a legal search and destroy mission must begin to prosecute guilty members. They are the fleas on the national dog.

Until I see these guilty (by what we already know) members arrested, convicted and jailed, our system of equal justice for all will continue to be a farce.

 

Crazy Bernie? If it were so, he might have an excuse. But he's not crazy - just deeply evil.

I have to confess that I often have to drag myself to the computer to produce this column, often too short of time to do justice to the subject at hand.

This week, however, after reading and listening to the babblings of Bernie Sanders extolling the virtues of communism and socialism, I felt compelled to respond, for the sake of historical truthfulness. Because, among others things, Bernie has shown himself to be a sadistic liar: a liar because he justifies two systems of government which have caused the murder of more than 100 million innocent souls during the past 100 years.

The Soviet Union (formally, "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics", the first country in the world to be based on Marxist socialism) started the bloody Juggernaut rolling in 1917. Juggernaut is an apt description for the socialist system, because, worshipers of the Hindu god Vishnu became so excited when the idol was hauled along on a [huge vehicle] “during religious rites that they threw themselves under the wheels and were crushed". With Lenin and Stalin at the wheel, during and after happy times like The Great Terror, some 20 million (Russian people) were murdered. But, they explained, "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs".

Then, Hitler, inspired by Stalin's socialist success, dreamed-up his own National Socialist German Workers' Party, or the Nazi Party - thereafter at least 20 million more were mixed into another socialist omelet. This "thousand-year" socialist expectation lasted 12 murderous years.

Then came China, following the Chinese Civil War. Let's start from the 1934 Long March.

(1945–49), military struggle for control of China waged between the Nationalists (Kuomintang) under Chiang Kai-shek and the Communists under Mao Zedong. Deaths attributed to this experiment in socialism-communism are usually set at about 20 million. More accurately, deaths were many more than 40 million.

But why should anyone have to remind 21st Century Americans of the murderous history of socialism and its first cousin, communism? Because fools like Bernie want to associate America with this most deadly political system in world history. Bernie stands athwart communist history boldly telling the ignorant electorate, "All this I will give you if only you will fall down and elect me president". You can almost smell the sulfur.

Bernie's personal history is being exposed very late in the election game. But it is shocking. Before the age of 40 he was essentially a bum. His earlier statements are as disgusting as they are bizarre and troubling. For instance: "Toddlers Should Run Around Naked and Touch Each Other's Genitals". Then there is his "Rape fantasy" essay, which is so profoundly evil that it would make Harvey Weinstein blush.

It's certainly true that Bloomberg is attempting to knock Bernie out of the race, but even though I'm a Republican, I hope he succeeds. And this is just the beginning.

As I've said before, what disturbs me most when I think of Bernie's campaign as an avowed socialist is the demoralizing fact that so many young Americans are buying his lies. Communism and socialism stole all sense of freedom from China, Russia, Germany, Cuba, and more than 30 others. Check them out. See how they are doing.

So, if you want to do away with God, freedom and prosperity, vote for the Pied Piper. But do a little research on Comrade Bernie. With such a phenomenally weak slate of Democratic hopefuls this year, maybe Bloomberg is the Party's hope.

However - keep in mind that Bloomberg reportedly told one of his pregnant employees to "Kill it." That was an exposure of decant heart. Democrats, vote for Trump. After more than three years of intense research, your party found him innocent of all false charges.

 

On such a beautiful day I shouldn't have to talk election politics, but there's a Democratic debate tonight which consumes my thoughts like a swarm of African locusts. With a communist, an autocrat, a fake Indian, a sleepy ex-VP, and an ambitious young man with husband in tow, all seeking to command America's ship of state, what could possibly go wrong?

Is there even a whisper of traditional American virtue or good faith to be heard within this troupe? These are the people who launched scurrilous political attacks during Senate confirmations of now Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Grosuch, and Clarence Thomas. This same mentality prevailed during the 1987 nomination, by President Reagan, of distinguished legal scholar, Judge Robert Bork. This particular Democratic attack on Bork's reputation was so severe it created the adage to be "Borked", meaning a savage, false and unjustified formal rebuke. The Kavanaugh slander was so outrageous it left an indelible mark for me. This is what Dems do.

So, I anticipate an interesting evening at the debates. Michael Bloomberg's last minute billions are sweeping away Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg in their efforts to seek the golden nomination. They are being blown away by Bloomberg who effortlessly farts his billions to attract the Democratic Party's attention, while, once again, leaving poor Bernie in the dust.

This is one debate which may require face masks to survive the invective. The issue of money in this debate will be so dominate, so tight that there won't even be room to shout racist! And without the race charge Democrats can't win a thing.
I expect Bloomberg to coat the Democrat Party organization so completely with his filthy lucre that clean hands will be a thing of the past for at least a generation.

 

It appears the Democratic Party has hit the wall. None of its many aspirants seem able to reach the brass ring to qualify as candidate to defeat President Trump. They're just too weak to handle the most powerful job in the world.

I thought Bloomberg might have a chance with his $40 billion to play with. But recent revelations of his blatant racist thinking should end it for him.

What do we have left? Sanders is more than a socialist; he's really a neo-communist. He truly believes in the socialist legacy, which is at the heart of communism. He believes the state should run most things. Only a true believer would actually honeymoon in communist Russia in 1988.

I'm not so much worried about Bernie becoming president of the United States. What worries me is the fact that so many young Americans are so sympathetic to socialism. This reflects a serious failure in the American educational system. Either that or a deliberate undermining of our democratic republic. This sympathy towards the false promises of socialism by our young citizens is an historical embarrassment.

Our young citizens should be introduced to "The Black Book of Communism - Crimes Terror Repression. (Harvard College Press, 1999.) Ignorance of communism and its infectious cousin, socialism, in the American educational system, is almost criminal.
Enough about Bernie.

What about Buttigieg? He's a factory produced liberal. He is a 30-something, small city mayor, "married" to a man who pretends to be Buttigieg's "husband". As his “spouse” I try to envision both of them dancing at their inaugural ball, or meeting with Islamic heads of state.

Radical liberal American voters will hate my evaluation of Mayor Pete, but I am just voicing the otherwise muted traditional Judeo-Christian stand against public sexual degeneracy, so popular in Hollywood. Is Pete to become leader of the free world? If so he and his "husband" would also become the fullest examples for our youth.

The public no longer cares about private, personal morality. What it should care about is public conduct influencing our youth. I know it sounds corny today, but the traditional Boy Scout rules should still maintain:

"To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."

However, this too is being destroyed in America.

 

I watched most of the State of the Union speech yesterday. I have to say I've never heard a more powerful statement from any president than Trump delivered on this occasion.

His achievements are phenomenal. No other president has come close to successfully finishing so many promised goals for the benefit of our nation. There were so many highlights in the presentation it's hard to single one out for special praise. First Lady Melania Trump awarded conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of President Donald Trump. Several other presentations were noted during the speech. Of particular interest to me was a mother and her little girl from Kansas City, one of the youngest premature babies to survive after birth. Born at merely 21 weeks, she is a glorious example of the unique, sacred value of all human life, at every stage of life, which Trump defends.

The speech was President Trump at his very best. His list of positive accomplishments is simply extraordinary. Unfortunately, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore up her copy of President Trump’s speech at the end of his address. The scene of Pelosi shredding the speech behind the President's back was more bizarre evidence of her Party's free-floating hatred of the president, and a national embarrassment. This is another symptom of the psychotic animosity which has powered the Democratic Party's frenzied determination to remove the President from office - for the past 3 years!

When will the Democratic berserkers get some help to calm their rage?

In terms of national accomplishments, Donald Trump is in the fast lane to become the greatest American president in recent history. And this, while fighting-off unprecedented, incessant attacks, legal, political, and personal. God bless President Trump and family.

He showed up for us just in time.

 

Like the rest of the nation, I feel the grief of Kobe Bryant's family at the time of his death. What an unfathomable loss. Where can we find another such supremely good man? It's just hard to grasp the reality of our loss.
God rest his soul and the soul of his beautiful daughter Gianna.

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It seems almost sacrilegious to switch from deepest sorrow at the loss of Kobe Bryant, to extreme contempt for the 45 perfidious Democratic Senators shredding our Constitution in their unceasing efforts to remove our president from office.

I have to say I have never heard a more pellucid, scholarly explanation of the defects in the Democrat's two articles of impeachment than were delivered recently in the defense of President Trump. All of Trump's lawyers performed flawlessly. Attorneys Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz wiped-out the entire fraudulent impeachment articles. There is no crime therefore President Trump is an innocent man!

Let's get this farce over with and get on with the real business of the nation.

 

I've watched all that I can stand of the impeachment trial of President Trump. Center stage in this farcical scheme to get rid of the president is little Adam Schiff.

The loquacious Schiff began speaking early this morning. An hour later I turned on the TV and he was still talking. He has become the most recognized liar in Senate history. Every single sentence that falls out of his mouth is easily identified as a lie. It's truly remarkable. He has turned the entire truth in this impeachment scenario up-side-down. The "facts" he asserts are all false. Listening to Schiff is like being forced to believe in the most confusing parts of Alice in Wonderland. I just wish someone would shout "Off with his head!"

I think he deserves a special medal for being the smoothest, most infamous liar in congressional history. Others might prefer a more direct response for his outrageous slandering of an innocent man. This is another unforgettable Brett Kavanaugh lynching. Just expressing the anger millions of Trump supporters feel during this mock trial, I recall the 1856 beating of Senator Charles Sumner by Representative Preston Brooks in the Senate chambers. True to the historical pattern, Brooks was a pro-slavery Democrat, and Sumner an abolitionist. Sumner had fiercely criticized slaveholders.

Sumner's speech, and subsequent beating (which nearly caused his death) strongly contributed to the political polarization in the nation over the issue of slavery. "It has been considered symbolic of the breakdown of reasoned discourse and the use of violence that eventually led to the American Civil War."

Thankfully, the unconstitutional attempt to remove President Trump, by means of wholesale corruption in our highest government offices, and the Democratic Party, has not caused that level of retaliation. But emotions are high and the need to remedy Democratic Party villainy is palpable. Maybe the only solution left is a gigantic landslide victory for President Trump in November.

 

Well I'm told that I have only 40 minutes to come up with something in this column. First it was dog duties, then other tasks to slow me down. Haven't even had time to look at DRUDGE.

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! Let's hope and pray that it will be a more peaceful new year. It's already a prosperous one.

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Maybe my wish for more peace is naive. I see that Iran-provoked militants have attacked the American embassy in Iraq. More marines are on the way.

I have to fight my feelings about the entire Middle East, actually about fundamental Islam. Since the year 632, the founder's death, Islam has murdered more human beings than anyone else, including Hitler, Stalin, and Chairman Mao. Its mission is to force the entire non-Muslim world into submission. The choice is conversion, slave status, or death.

I guess the only solution is to have all Jihadists eliminated, which means perpetual war. So, like it or not, America must maintain its highly effective military in places where Jihadism is a constant threat to normal civilization. And today it's the Middle East that needs protection for millions of non-Muslim peoples - particularly Christians and Jews. The Christian population in the Middle East has been decimated by the millions. The whole area was once Christian.

Let's hope the New Year finds America strong and united.