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Kenny Rogers Leaves Us

By Phantom On March 21st, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Kenny Rogers has left us.

He had a long history as a performer, with the First Edition, then as a solo artist.

I like a number of his songs including this one. Beautiful in a terribly sad way, from a time when Vietnam was not over.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On March 20th, 2020 at 6:45 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night, and some things must remain the same.

I don’t know if I’ve posted this Willie before. Who cares now? Enjoy it again if I have. I like it and we’re all entitled to enjoy the little things now more than ever.

Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to. Let’s hope the interweb doesn’t go down or we’re all stuffed. As always, feel free to post your favorite sounds down below –

DON’T GO STIR CRAZY OUT THERE

By Pete Moore On March 20th, 2020 at 6:28 pm

I just found out that I’m a “key worker”. I’ve been delivering food to supermarkets for months. We’re doing hospitals too now. That’s my working year sorted. The irony is that I must have delivered thousands of bananas this week, and when I finally get to do some shopping … no bananas left. Gee, thanks. I have a couple of bananas every day. They keep you going. Leave a few for me too.

I love my music and I’m a readerholic, so that’s unlimited distraction in my time off. And I live in the countryside, which I love to ramble over. So I’ll be alright. It’s other people I’m thinking of. A lot of people can’t sit still or don’t have many interests. Some will be going stir crazy already. This year’s going to drag for them. There’ll be a spike in births around Christmas and a spike in divorces when these lockdowns are lifted.

I hope everyone out there has got plenty to do, or a shed to hide in.

EVERYWHERE IS CLOSED

By Pete Moore On March 20th, 2020 at 5:58 pm

The British government just closed all the pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms and leisure centres. It will pay 80 per cent of salaries of those at risk of being laid off. The shelves are still bare. Thanks to the Chinese disease we’ve become a socialist republic in a matter of weeks.

I see that California and New York have social lockdowns. Did I hear something on the wireless about New Yorkers not going to work now? There are too many shut downs and lockdowns to list, frankly.

I say again, there must be a reckoning with the Chinese communists when this is all over. Coronavirus isn’t the first such thing they’ve incubated. If they want to play in the 21st-Century they cannot be allowed to continue with primitive diets and hygiene standards.

He Lied. They All Did.

By Phantom On March 19th, 2020 at 9:42 pm

Does this look like leadership to you?

This ad, created by Republicans, will air on Fox News tomorrow morning.

DO YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO GO FOR A WALK?

By Pete Moore On March 19th, 2020 at 7:45 pm

The British government has published a Bill to establish “new emergency powers”. Goodness knows what horrors of state-expansion it contains. I hope they haven’t taken inspiration from France, where everyone needs to fill out a form before they can leave the house.

You want to stretch your legs, just go for a walk? You need the form. Even just to take the dog out, you have to fill in the form or be fined €135. And you need a new form every time you leave the house.

WHO’S IN CHARGE OF WHAT IN THE US?

By Pete Moore On March 19th, 2020 at 7:16 pm

@Tom_Winter

NEW: New York City now has 3,615 positive cases of COVID-19 and 22 deaths, Mayor Bill de Blasio announces.

Big numbers from New York, which are increasing rapidly. I think it’s, in part, due to a ramping up of testing. We know that all the bad stuff is the president’s fault. He didn’t test anyone, he closed the borders, he didn’t close the borders and so on. But who is in charge of what, health care wise?

Cities have mayors, legislatures, powers and budgets. States have governors, legislatures, powers and budgets. The United States is a federal republic. The president cannot do everything, nor does the president have have the power to do or order everything. So while I’m not overly impressed with the president’s conduct of what he is responsible for in this epidemic, I suspect that plenty of people with the power to take action and take responsibility on their own patch have been hiding behind his skirts.

SLASH TEACHERS’ PAY

By Pete Moore On March 19th, 2020 at 6:36 pm

Tomorrow the schools close. Assuming they re-open as normal in September, that’s six months that teachers will be in their pyjamas. They’ll still moan about how hard pressed they are.

So I propose that their pay be slashed. We can say by a half. They need to show solidarity with everyone in the productive economy. It is not acceptable for them, and hundreds of thousands of government bureaucrats, to sit at home while the rest of us keep it going, and doing so while many of us are losing jobs. In fact we might all have to earn less –

@ReutersBiz

Deutsche Bank slashed its forecast for Germany’s economy on the coronavirus fallout, saying it now expected the euro zone’s largest economy to contract between 4-5% in 2020 while industrial production could shrink by 10%

We all have to earn less if we want to keep people in jobs. Thanks to the Chinese Virus, which started in China and spread from China thanks to Chinese lies, Christendom’s economy is tanking. We are producing less, therefore we are worth less. (Pipe down, that’s two words.)

In loose terms, some of us can earn the same and the cost will be borne by those who lose their jobs. Or we can keep employment up, but earnings down. That’s what happened after 2008. Employment stayed buoyant because earnings didn’t rise.

So we can all tighten our belts. I’m happy to do that. It’s a tough year but we’re already super-wealthy. I’m sure all state-sector employees will be happy to do likewise.

I thought this was funny

By Patrick Van Roy On March 19th, 2020 at 3:36 pm

Tick Tock

By Patrick Van Roy On March 19th, 2020 at 1:21 pm

More than an investigation, the Mueller probe was the wellspring of a political narrative. That becomes clearer as time goes by and more information ekes out . . . such as new confirmation that, months before Mueller was appointed in May 2017, it was already well understood in Justice Department circles that there was no case of criminal “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Never was that made more obvious than by the Justice Department’s quiet announcement late Monday, under the five-alarm noise of the coronavirus scare, that it has dropped the special counsel’s indictment of Russian companies — an outcome I predicted here at National Review nearly two years ago. 

Let me repeat something else I said several times: This is not to say that Russia is innocent. Again, I accept the intelligence agencies’ conclusion on this point (though a number of others, including some former U.S. intelligence officials, do not). But the point is that Mueller could never have proved it beyond a reasonable doubt under courtroom due-process standards. Any competent defense lawyer would have had a field day with the Obama Justice Department’s failure to have the FBI take possession and conduct its own forensic examination of the servers that were hacked. And what fun defense counsel would have had with DOJ’s delegation of that rudimentary investigative task to a DNC contractor with close ties to the Clinton campaign. (Yes, the forensic conclusions blaming Russia were paid for by the same folks who brought you the famously dodgy Steele dossier.)