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By Pete Moore On March 28th, 2020 at 7:06 pm

BLOOMBERG: Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.

“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “That risk is called New York City” […]

“Yesterday I announced and today I reiterated: Anyone coming to Rhode Island in any way from New York must be quarantined,” the governor said. “By order. Will be enforced. Enforceable by law.”

On the one hand it’s absolutely unAmerican. On the other, New York is taking a hammering. Thousands of people getting out now will undoubtedly spread the Chinese Disease. This has happened in Italy. The south is beginning to suffer because workers fleeing back home took it with them.

Need a laugh ?

By Patrick Van Roy On March 28th, 2020 at 2:16 am

The Largest Spending Bill in World History

By Patrick Van Roy On March 27th, 2020 at 11:34 pm

Totally UN-Constitutional.  This House Rep caught crap from ALL SIDES except he was RIGHT.

 

I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I take that oath seriously.

In a few moments I will request a vote on the CARES Act which means members of Congress will vote on it by pushing “yes” or “no” or “present.” The Constitution requires that a quorum of members be present to conduct business in the House.

Right now, millions of essential, working-class Americans are still required to go to work during this pandemic such as manufacturing line workers, healthcare professionals, pilots, grocery clerks, cooks/chefs, delivery drivers, auto mechanics, and janitors (to name just a few). Is it too much to ask that the House do its job, just like the Senate did?

I am not delaying the bill like Nancy Pelosi did last week. The bill that was worked on in the Senate late last week was much better before Speaker Pelosi showed up to destroy it and add days and days to the process.

This bill should have been voted on much sooner in both the Senate and House and it shouldn’t be stuffed full of Nancy Pelosi’s pork- including $25 million for the Kennedy Center, grants for the National Endowment for the Humanities and Arts, and millions more for other measures that have no direct relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic. That $25 million, for example, should go directly to purchasing test kits.

The number one priority of this bill should have been to expand testing availability and creation of tests so that every American, not just the wealthy and privileged, has access to testing. We have shut down the world’s economy without adequate data. Everyone, even those with no symptoms, needs immediate access to a test.

This bill creates even more secrecy around a Federal Reserve that still refuses to be audited. It allows the Federal Reserve to make decisions about who gets what, how much money we’ll print. With no transparency. If getting us into $6 trillion more debt doesn’t matter, then why are we not getting $350 trillion more in debt so that we can give a check of $1 million to every person in the country?

This stimulus should go straight to the people rather than being funneled through banks and corporations like this bill is doing. 2 trillion divided by 150 million workers is about $13,333.00 per person. That’s much more than the $1,200 per person check authorized by this bill.

The House did this by Voice Vote. The Constitution REQUIRES a recorded vote.

I heard Representative Massie on the Radio earlier today and besides being right is indignation was a delight to hear.

“My condemnation of my fellow representatives using the excuse that they may get infected if they go in to vote while MILLIONS of Americans HAVE TO…. Truckers are moving goods enmasse, Nurses, Doctors, Cops, Postman, Gas Station Workers, Grocery store, and Restaurant workers…. I guess my fellow Representatives feel their Lives are MORE VALUABLE THAN YOURS…. it’s a Damn Disgrace!”

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of what’s left of capitalism. I hope I get my turn soon at being a Labour voter and sitting at home all day. The World Health Organisation claims that alcohol is an “unhelpful coping strategy” for the possible stress and isolation of coronavirus lockdown. Phew, I’m out every day so that’s me exempt.

Have yourselves a good weekend whatever you’re up to. I’m in the mood for some Rock n Roll gold tonight. Enter Mr Steve Marriott with a total banger which many can relate to right now. As always, feel free to share your top sounds down below –

JUST THE 969 DEAD IN ITALY TODAY

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Italy has recorded 969 new coronavirus deaths, its highest daily figure in the outbreak so far.

It means 9,134 people have now died from the virus in the country […]

Spain – Europe’s second worst-hit country – has seen a sharp rise in the number of deaths but the rate of new infections was stabilising, officials said […]

In 24 hours, 769 people died, a daily record, taking the total to 4,858. The Spanish government has extended the state of emergency until at least 12 April.

UK deaths hit 181 today. It’s a significant increase. There is no prospect of any easing of restrictions. I suspect they might be tightened further in the UK.

GET WELL SOON BORIS

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 6:25 pm

The Prime Minister didn’t follow his own advice and now has the Chinese Disease. It’s at such times the leftists out there remind us what their “kinder, gentler politics” entails. As always, it’s wishing someone dead. Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health (as if a country of grown-ups needs such a thing), has also come down with the Hong Kong Fluey. So tonight the British Prime Minister is on his own in a room in Downing Street with someone leaving his meals at the door.

Because Boris and Hancock have it an army of ministers, advisors and flunkeys have it along with a load of people they all met. It’s as if we need to keep our distance from each other. If only we’d been told. But I’m not so worried about that lot. Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, who Boris has been spending a lot of time with, is self-isolating with symptoms. He’s one of the brains of this operation. Let’s hope it’s that far and no further.

If Boris becomes incapacitated then the Raabitron is activated. That’s right commies. Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, is the next in line. Be careful what you wish for.

“MASS PRODUCTION BEGINS ON MONDAY”

By Pete Moore On March 27th, 2020 at 6:07 pm

The Bat-Signal went up. The NHS had blown £134 billion last year on diversity officers, ethically-sourced prayer mats and turning 9 year old Timothy into a eunuch. So there’s nothing left for actual medical stuff. “Help us” they cried.

What’s remains of the British economy heard the call and responded at light speed. Productive capitalists and engineers do that. Maybe we can get around to thanking everyone in the productive economy sometime.

Production begins this Monday on 10,000 ventilators, for the NHS. No profit, they will come at cost. I wonder what the EU Ventilator Procurement Sub-Committee will be doing then? Not making ventilators.

Applause for NHS Workers

By Phantom On March 27th, 2020 at 3:07 pm

Some of us foreigners may have missed it.

Yesterday, across the United Kingdom, there was a moment where many stepped outside to applaud the brave NHS workers who are at the front line of a health care crisis.

If I were there, I would have been applauding also.

Much of the comment we see can be an endless litany of cranky complaints and never any compliments about the NHS or it’s staff. Yet the NHS is much loved among the British public.

Good show, ye British. Good show, NHS workers. Stay safe.

Thanks for the Laughs

By Patrick Van Roy On March 27th, 2020 at 12:48 am

Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal dies at age 77

Vincent Frank, Sportsnaut

The basketball world received some sad news on Thursday with reports that Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal has passed away at the age of 77, per TMZ Sports.

Neal’s 22-year stint with the exhibition team included north of 6,000 games and some incredible moments in front of awe-inspired fans.

Neal suited up with the Globetrotters during the height of their popularity from 1963-85, playing in 97 different countries. He’s right up there with Meadowlark Lemon as one of the most popular all-time members of the Globetrotters.

He became one of just five former members of the Globetrotters to have his jersey retired back in 2008, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Meadowlark Lemon, Marques Haynes and Goose Tatum.

Neal is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren and his fiancée, Linda Ware.

Our thoughts go out to the Globetrotters family and the entire basketball world during these most difficult of times.

 

“THE STATE WILL SAVE US!”

By Pete Moore On March 26th, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Do I really regard the state as incompetent? Do I really think that government is a perennial disaster? Read on.

The government says a communications mix-up meant it missed the deadline to join an EU scheme to get extra ventilators for the coronavirus crisis.

Ministers were earlier accused of putting Brexit before public health when Downing Street said the UK had decided to pursue its own scheme.

But No 10 now says officials did not get emails inviting the UK to join and it could join future schemes.

Thanks to copious imports of Chinese Disease people are struggling to breathe. So we can join a scheme to get more ventilators. (Whether or not it’s wise to do so is entirely irrelevant here. The scheme exists and there’s access to it.)

But the UK didn’t join the scheme, because someone didn’t get an email.

Let that sink in.