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The would-be putschists within our Intelligence Community are at it again.

This morning, the New York Times ran a story headlines Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops.

American officials said the Russian plot to pay bounties to Taliban fighters came into focus over the past several months after intelligence analysts and Special Operations forces put together key pieces of evidence.

One official said the seizure of a large amount of American cash at one Taliban site got “everybody’s attention” in Afghanistan. It was not clear when the money was recovered.

Two officials said the information about the bounty hunting was “well known” among the intelligence community in Afghanistan, including the C.I.A.’s chief of station and other top officials there, like the military commandos hunting the Taliban. The information was distributed in intelligence reports and highlighted in some of them.

The assessment was compiled and sent up the chain of command to senior military and intelligence officials, eventually landing at the highest levels of the White House. The Security Council meeting in March came at a delicate time, as the coronavirus pandemic was becoming a crisis and prompting shutdowns around the country.

What is notable about the article is the sourcing. A bland “America officials.” Not “with knowledge” not “high ranking” not “within the Intelligence Community who were not cleared to talk about the matter” not even “current.” In short, there was no reason to give this story any more credence than any Pulitzer Prize winning story by the New York Times covering the Russia Hoax.

Not to be outdone, Jeff Bezos’s plaything, the Washington Post, had to jump on the bandwagon with Russian bounties to Taliban-linked militants resulted in deaths of U.S. troops, according to intelligence assessments.

The intelligence was passed up from the U.S. Special Operations forces based in Afghanistan and led to a restricted high-level White House meeting in late March, the people said.

The meeting led to broader discussions about possible responses to the Russian action, ranging from diplomatic expressions of disapproval and warnings, to sanctions, according to two of the people. These people and others who discussed the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity because of its sensitivity.

The disturbing intelligence — which the CIA was tasked with reviewing, and later confirmed — generated disagreement about the appropriate path forward, a senior U.S. official said. The administration’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, preferred confronting the Russians directly about the matter, while some National Security Council officials in charge of Russia were more dismissive of taking immediate action, the official said.

It remained unclear where those discussions have led to date. Verifying such intelligence is a process that can take weeks, typically involving the CIA and the National Security Agency, which captures foreign cellphone and radio communications. Final drafting of any policy options in response would be the responsibility of national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien.

Here we see the source as “people said,” which we know is the highest level of classification.

President Trump immediately denied it. As did DNI John Ratcliffe. A review by the IC led to a late breaking report that this intelligence does not, in fact, actually exist but was made up out of whole cloth.

Read my colleague Bonchie’s posts:

So what are we to make of all this?

It is clearly not outside the realm of possibilities that Russian intelligence, probably the GRU, could be involved in some such activity. From the outcry one would think President Trump had failed the nation by not launching a thermonuclear strike against Moscow. There was no mention of how we know for a fact that Iran paid bounties for dead Americans and provided explosively formed perpetrators (that has to be the bet typo I’ve ever made) penetrators to the Shia and Sunni insurgents in Iraq and Taliban in Afghanistan that killed a minimum of 500 US soldiers or Marines and wounded and maimed scores more and yet they were deemed a fitting partner for a sweetheart deal with the Obama administration that let them continue developing nuclear weapons and receive billions in cash and unfrozen assets. Not to be flippant about it, the shock would be that Russia, Iran and China are not trying to get more Americans killed in Afghanistan. There is ample precedent…like giving Stinger MANPADS to the Afghan resistance in the 1980s.

There are two likely motives here. The obvious one is that it was calculated to politically damage President Trump by using Russia Hoax catnip the perpetrators knew the media could not resist. President has upset a lot of apple carts within the IC and four more years of a Trump administration might actually bring the IC back under control and no president would ever have to heed Chuck Schumer’s warning, “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

But why would this off-the-wall nonsense be launched? Probably because there is resistance within the CIA to the Afghan peace plan hammered out between the various parties to the conflict that could see all US troops out of that country by May of next year bringing to an end our second longest war if one counts the conquest of the American West as the longest. The idea that we would negotiate a withdrawal with an enemy who was not only killing US troops during the withdrawal but getting paid by those devious Russkis to do so.

That this story was knocked down so fast is a credit to both President Trump, former Acting DNI Richard Grenell, and current DNI John Ratcliffe. In the past, the head of the IC just let these stories float about and never bother to knock them down. Dan Coats and his merry band of ‘IC professionals’ might as well have actively aided the propagation of the Russia Hoax by their studied and adamant refusal to either debunk fake news stories or pursue investigations to find the source of these malicious pseudo-leaks.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: The Intelligence Community Launches Another Attack on President Trump but to What End

Yesterday, I posted on a Seattle Port Authority cop named Greg Anderson who was fired from his job over an Instagram post in which he bemoaned the fact that the police hierarchy and a lot of his brother officers seemed nonchalant about, if not actually anxious to, enforce the bizarre and anti-science mask-wearing, business closing, and social distancing orders that are now in vogue with totalitarian-minded governors and mayors. As it happened, he was fired on Monday, and on Tuesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee essentially vowed to starve into submission anyone who refused to cooperate with contact tracers.

This is the key part of Anderson’s soliloquy:

I’ve seen officers nationwide enforcing tyrannical orders against the people and I’m hoping it’s the minority of officers, but I’m not sure anymore. We don’t get to violate someone’s constitutional rights because somebody in our chain of command tells us otherwise.

He’s absolutely right. Across the nation, we’ve seen police forces cheerfully, if not gleefully, enforce ‘public health’ orders that are at best dysfunctional and lead to the general disrespect for law and authority, if not downright unconstitutional and thuggish (looking at you Kentucky and California and Michigan).

Now we have another checkpoint to add on our fast freight to the re-education camps.

A police arrest of a mom for not wearing a face mask in a Brooklyn subway Wednesday — as her young child watches the struggle — was caught on video and went viral on social media.

The video, posted on Facebook Wednesday, shows the woman yelling and cursing at police officers in the Atlantic Ave.-Barclay Center subway station at about 11:50 a.m., her surgical mask pulled below her chin.

After she’s led up the stairs, an officer can be seen touching her shoulder. “Don’t touch me!” she screams, as she swings her arms, and within a few seconds, the officers surround her and bring her to the ground, while a cop leads her child away from the chaotic scene.

“Yo, yo, this is unnecessary,” a man can be heard saying, though it’s unclear if the remark is directed at the woman or the officers.

Moments later, a man says, “She’s got a kid with her! She’s got a baby with her!… She’s got her mask on! Her baby’s even got a mask on! That’s too much, man!”

The video is stunning. The woman has already been barred from entering the subway platform. On the stairs, you can see that she has a mask on though by the time she reaches the top of the stairs the mask is off…in fact the masks are off for everyone as no less than six police officers wrestle her to the floor and handcuff her.

It seems like her real offense was ‘contempt of cop.’

“Officers approached the woman and politely informed her that she cannot enter the Transit system without properly wearing a face mask,” said NYPD Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell, a department spokeswoman. “She responded to the officers with vulgar language and repeatedly refused requests to properly wear her face covering over her nose and mouth.”

Take a moment and think about that. It wasn’t that the woman was not in compliance with the silly rule, the incident was brought on by her not ‘properly’ wearing her mask. I’m not in New York, but even in the People’s Republic of Maryland, there is no rule on ‘how’ you have to wear your mask. Also keep in mind that this is a city in which she would not have been arrested for jumping the turnstile.

The officers then told her she’d be booted from the station, and as they escorted her out, an officer told Rozier, ““Do not do this in front of your kid, ma’am,” O’Donnell said.

Rozier swung her arms and hit an officer with her hand, the spokeswoman said, and that’s what led to her arrest. She was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment, and given a desk appearance ticket.

I know, after reading the comments on the Arbery posts, there is going to be at least one person in the comments section that says she had it coming. I can’t change that person’s mind because that is a person who is going to be herding the rest of us onto the boxcars.

What you see here, both in level of offense and the outrageous, meth-and-steroids response is very, very familiar:

This being the time and place that it is, race and ethnicity are always hot points:

I’m much less inclined to think that race has as much to do with this as a power-drunk officer out to establish their ability to tell you how to behave. But an uneven enforcement, one that fluxes between being subdued and handcuffed for improper wear of a face mask and being roundly ignored for not wearing one at all, lends itself to allegations of targeting by race, ethnicity, or any other hot button issue.

As I’ve noted, we’ve already seen a Texas county SWAT team sent to arrest patrons of a restaurant that was ‘illegally’ open

It is just a matter of time before this police state nonsense gets people killed.

I really hope police unions are taking note of this nonsense and beginning to see the long term damage this is going to do to relationships between police officers and the communities they are supposed to serve. I’m already at the point where I would not consider donating to a police oriented charity.

While there are officers out there like former Seattle Port Authority Officer Greg Anderson who understand what is happening, all too many are willing to waddle from a surplus MRAP and bust patrons at a restaurant.

This blind allegiance to a paycheck and personal power by men with guns and the ability to kill you with impunity is a clear and present danger to our republican system of government. If every police agency considers every order that it is given to be constitutional and enforces even pointless rules and a brutal and mindless manner, they will have effectively stopped being a police force with a mission of keeping communities safe and will have become an occupying army with a mission of supporting their gauleiter.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: NYC Cops Handcuff a Young Mom With a Toddler for Failure to Wear a Face Mask ‘Properly’

This week is shaping up to be a major one in the case of retired Lieutenant General Mike Flynn. Flynn, if you recall, was the retired director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the man who had basically re-engineered how intelligence was processed and acted upon in Iraq and Afghanistan, who was tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be his first National Security Advisor. As it turned out, he was the first victim, as far as we know, of the slow-motion coup engineered by James Clapper, John Brennan, James Comey, Sally Yates, and other NeverTrump Obama appointees and Clinton supporters. Flynn was forced to resign over an FBI sourced accusation that he’d liked to Vice President Mike Pence and was eventually coerced into pleading guilty to a charge of ‘lying to federal agents’ even though the agents interviewing Flynn said, in writing, that they did not believe he had lied.

Flynn’s counsel, as it turned out, was hopelessly conflicted–they’d prepared the FARA documents that served as the basis of Flynn’s indictment–and, it seems, were at least as interested in protecting their own interests as those of Flynn. Eventually, Flynn fired them and hired the take-no-prisoners Sidney Powell who has revealed the conduct of the government and of Flynn’s counsel a flaming dumpster fire of ethical violations. This culminated in January when Flynn requested to withdraw his guilty plea.

Last Friday, the Department of Justice turned over more Brady and Giglio material. Since then it has been one revelation after another. This is RedState coverage of the story:

A Happy Ending for Gen. Michael Flynn? DOJ Finally Turns Over Long Withheld Brady Docs and His Lawyer is Smiling

Maria Bartiromo: Sources Say General Flynn Will Be Completely Exonerated This Week; Victory at Last?

Flynn Lawyer Files New Motion; Prosecutor Made ‘Secret Side Deal’ with Flynn’s Now-Fired Legal Team to Force Guilty Plea

Report: FBI Director Christopher Wray Pushed to Withhold Exculpatory Evidence In Michael Flynn Case

Gen. Flynn’s Attorney: Plea Was Coerced by a Threat to Indict His Son

Over the past couple of days, there has been some movement in Flynn’s case that indicates that it may be on the verge of a just resolution…at least just in a world where prosecutors can deliberately target political opponents, reduce them to poverty, and try to send them to prison for a long time and have nothing happen to them when they are caught out.

Here are the significant points. The investigation of Flynn’s case has been handled by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jeff Jensen. His office uncovered additional documents that had not been turned over by the FBI. Shocker. Right?

This is Andy McCarthy’s take on what the new documents reveal:

In the motion, Powell argues that the new information “proves Mr. Flynn’s allegations of having been deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents.” She elaborates that the evidence that has finally been communicated to her

defeats any argument that the interview of Mr. Flynn on January 24, 2017, was material to any “investigation.” The government has deliberately suppressed this evidence from the inception of this prosecution — knowing there was no crime by Mr. Flynn.

This goes to the point I’ve been pressing for years. There was no good-faith basis for an investigation of General Flynn. Under federal law, a false statement made to investigators is not actionable unless it is material. That means it must be pertinent to a matter that is properly under investigation. If the FBI did not have a legitimate investigative basis to interview Flynn, then that fact should have been disclosed as exculpatory information. It would have enabled his counsel to argue that any inaccurate statements he made were immaterial.

The other item which shows the extent to which that Flynn’s former counsel failed in its duty is demonstrated in this filing and subsequent order by Judge Emmett Sullivan:

How do you miss 6,800 documents related to one of the most politically charged cases your law firm has ever handled?

Judge Sullivan seems to have also grown tired of this:

None of this is to say that Sullivan will toss the guilty plea and order a trial or even find the government’s conduct unsatisfactory. Sadly, Sullivan has shown himself to be incredibly prejudiced against Flynn, at one point equating his conduct with treason, and has been AWOL every time a new government abuse has been uncovered. I suspect that he’ll accept the guilty plea, say ‘mistakes were made,’ and head towards a sentencing hearing and force President Trump to issue a pardon.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: More Government Misconduct Revealed as the Matter of General Flynn Heads Towards Its Final Act

Few things are more pathetic in public life than an irrelevant politician flailing about trying to seem as though he matters. Hillary Clinton has raised this to an art form in the past months. But #QuidProJoe takes a backseat to no one in the race to irrelevancy. With his campaign stagnating and reduced to ‘live,’ nearly embalmed would be a better description, statements on Facebook where he loses his place and falls asleep, Biden has been further shunted to the side by the Wuhan virus crisis. Now, in an attempt to show President Trump how ‘it’s really done,’ Biden has attempted to interject himself into the management of that travesty.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is offering to call President Trump to discuss a strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic rocking the nation, Fox News has learned.

Biden’s offer comes after Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, challenged him to “call the White House today and offer some support.”

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on whether the president would be receptive to Biden’s offer for a phone call, or when the proposed phone call between the two could take place.

Biden has been offering advice and warnings to Trump about the coronavirus in media interviews and appearances for months. Wednesday, however, is the first time the former vice president is offering to speak with the president directly.

“Vice President Biden has been extending his advice for months, and he did so again on the air last night,” Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told Fox News. “As he has said repeatedly, Donald Trump is not accountable for coronavirus itself — but he is accountable for the federal government’s slow and chaotic response to this outbreak.”

“Unfortunately, Trump spent months after the virus was discovered disregarding repeated warnings from his scientific and intelligence experts, and downplaying the threat of this outbreak to the American people,” she continued. “He could have heeded Vice President Biden’s public advice not to take China’s word as they misled the world about their efforts to stop the spread.”

Bedingfield added: “The Obama-Biden administration even wrote a literal playbook for pandemic response, but unfortunately Trump’s administration left it on the shelf. Now we have more coronavirus cases than any other country.”

In a sane world where Joe Biden was napping by the pudding table with a drool cup suspended under his chin rather than being on the cusp of becoming the Democrat nominee for president, a sense of proportionality and self-awareness would have kicked in and this conversation would only have taken place in Biden’s mind. But this is not a sane world. There is virtually not a true statement in anything that this Bedingfield creature says. It was the Trump administration that began research on a vaccine before the first case arrived in the US. It was President Trump who imposed travel restrictions and removed bureaucratic red tape that was impeding both testing and treatment protocols. The idea that Biden, who has appeared at time as though he was a owned by China, contributed anything of value about China’s duplicity is laughable. The ‘playbook’ that Bedingfiled referred to, as revealed by Politico, is nothing more than a laundry list of potential actions that could be taken in the event of a pandemic. It doesn’t identify decision points for actions or provide any useful material. If a brigade or division operations officer had presented that garbage to the commander he would have rightly had his ass kicked up around his shirt collar.

Making this worse it that this is the guy who counseled Barack Obama to not carry out the raid that killed bin Laden. This is the guy who former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out had been on the wrong side of every major policy issue for “the past 40 years.”

This is Biden’s play. He’s not in the actual loop for receiving up to date information about what the administration is doing. He isn’t smart enough to use that information if he had it. He’s trying to set up a win-win for himself. On the one hand, he’s trying to position himself as the wise old veteran who is willing to rise above the political fray and lend his experience to the hapless OrangeMan. He knows he’s going to get turned down. He’s counting on it. And then he can say that he predicted every twist and turn remaining in the crisis but Trump would not talk to him. The real win for him would be Trump accepting the call and then Biden taking credit for every success the Trump administration has worked to achieve and blaming shortcomings on them not taking his advice.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: Joe Biden Makes a Pathetic Attempt to Achieve Relevance and Claim Credit for the Wuhan Virus Response

After an initial testy period, President Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo seemed to have reached a modus vivendi on how to react to the Wuhan virus crisis. Considering that their fates were basically intertwined, this was a great move by both men. The situation is serious enough without the two men most at the front line of the fight bashing each other.

That truce was violated yesterday during Cuomo’s daily press conference. The video is cued up to this exchange.

Zack: Governor, I noticed you didn’t mention President Trump by name today. You mentioned federal government, you mentioned Secretary Gazier are, I wonder if you could tell us [inaudible 00:12:02] they seem very dug in. Peter Navarro. Larry Kudlow are telling them not to do this. They say they’ve got their own supply chain stabilization board with the staff general [inaudible 00:12:18].

Andrew Cuomo: Yeah, yeah, yeah. People say, people say, people say politician say. Yeah, I look at actions, not words. They’re doing the supplies? Here’s my question. Where are they? Where are the ventilators? Where are the gowns? Where’s the PPEs? Where are the masks? Where are they? Where are they if they’re doing it? And by the way, Peter Navarro, well we want to work with companies, fine, work with companies. What the defense procurement act was about, the country needed materials to go to war. When we went to war, we didn’t say, “Any company out there want to build a battle battleship? Who wants to build a battleship? Maybe a couple of you guys could get together and build a battleship. Maybe a couple of you guys could get together and build us some missiles, maybe you think? Anybody want to build a plane? We’re going to need planes. They’re sending planes at us and they’re dropping bonds. Anybody want to do that?”

Andrew Cuomo: That’s not how you did it. President said, “It’s a war.” It is a war. Well then act like it’s a war and it’s not anti-business. Nobody’s talking about changing the governmental philosophy. By the way, the businesses would welcome it. I speak to the businesses. You know what they say, “I’ll do it, but I need startup capital. I can’t turn my factory overnight into a ventilator manufacturing company. I have to buy equipment. I have to find personnel. I have a lot of startup capital. Will you give me the startup capital? Will you give me an order that says if I go through all this, you will buy X number of units?” It’s actually a pro-business mentality, not an anti-business mentality. This is a false distinction.

Andrew Cuomo: Well, we don’t want to tell business what to do. That’s our philosophy. We don’t want to tell business what to do. You know what business wants? They want to make money. That’s what they want. They want to put people to work. They want to open their factory, they want to make money. Let them open their factory and make money. Help them do that by ordering the supplies you need. It’s a war. You’re right. Say, “Zack, you’re building battleships. Here’s your contract. God bless you.” That’s what the defense procurement act was all about. And at the rate they are going, it is not happening. FEMA says, “We’re sending 400 ventilators.” Really? What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.


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There is a lot of bullsh** being slung by Cuomo in this. Some of it is playing to a national office (message: I’m on top of things but the feds are screwing me). Some of it is simply because Cuomo is given to bouts of melodramatic excitement which frightens people because he acts like he’s about to lose his crap. The odds of New York needing 30,000 ventilators is pretty slim. In the current situation, no matter how much money you throw at the problem, it will be difficult for an manufacturer to either increase production or retool their existing production lines to churn out 30,000 FDA approved medical devices in a two week period.

President Trump noted the criticism and was ready and waiting when he convened a virtual town hall on FoxNews yesterday with his Wuhan virus team. The video is cued for your convenience.

Donald Trump: Well, I think they’re actually coming together. We had a bill that was done the other night and then all of a sudden somebody else injected herself in and all … we didn’t have anything that was even remotely signable. But now I hear just from a few minutes ago that they’re doing well and it’s for the workers, it’s for the people of the country and I hear they’re doing pretty well, so we’ll see how it comes out. I watched Governor Cuomo and he was very nice. We’re building him hospitals. We’re building him medical centers and he was complaining about … we’re doing probably more, definitely more than anybody else. And he was talking about the ventilators, but he should have ordered the ventilators and he had a choice, he had a chance because right here, I just got this out that he refused to order 15,000 ventilators. I’ll show this to Bill, but take a look at that, Bill. What does that say?

Bill Hemmer: Is this social distancing here?

Donald Trump: This says that New York Governor Cuomo rejected buying recommended 16,000 ventilators in 2015 for the pandemic, for a pandemic, established death panels and lotteries instead. So he had a chance to buy in 2015, 16,000 ventilators at a very low price and he turned it down. I’m not blaming him or anything else, but he shouldn’t be talking about us. He’s supposed to be buying his own ventilators. We’re going to help. But if you think about, Governor Cuomo, we’re building him four hospitals, we’re building him four medical centers, we’re working very, very hard for the people of New York. We’re working along with him and then I watch him on the show complaining. And he had 16,000 ventilators that he could have had at a great price that he didn’t buy them.

(Transcript by Rev.com)

The primary source for this was New York Post column by former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey:

At its most severe, coronavirus attacks the lungs, making it impossible to breathe without a ventilator. Landing in the hospital on a ventilator is bad. But worse is being told you can’t have one. After learning that the state’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015. He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had.

That task force came up with rules that will be imposed when ventilators run short. Patients assigned a red code will have the highest access, and other patients will be assigned green, yellow or blue (the worst) depending on a “triage officer’s” decision. In truth, a death officer. Let’s not sugarcoat it. It won’t be up to your own doctor.

Cuomo could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece or a total of $576 million in 2015. It’s a lot of money but less than the $750 million he threw away on a boondoggle “Buffalo Billion” solar panel factory. When it comes to state budget priorities, spending half a percent of the budget on ventilators is a no brainer.

This from the New York Times:

Across New York, there were 7,241 ventilators in acute care settings, and another 1,750 stockpiled for use in an emergency, according to a 2015 state report. The report noted that the supply of ventilators would be inadequate for a pandemic on the scale of the 1918 flu outbreak.

The task force that issued the report devised a formula, relying partially on medical criteria, to help hospitals decide who would get ventilators and who would not. It also envisioned a lottery system in some instances. And age could play a role, with children being given preference over adults.

And finally, New York State Health Department guidelines:

The guidelines consist of four parts: Adult Guidelines, Pediatric Guidelines, Neonatal Guidelines, and Legal Consideration when Implementing the Guidelines. New York is the first state to develop innovative clinical protocols that address special considerations in treating children and neonates. The adult clinical protocol was updated and revised from the 2007 draft guidelines.

The guidelines were developed with input from experts in the fields of medicine, ethics, law, and policy as well as members of the public. Key points include:

  • The guidelines provide an evidence-based clinical framework that support the goal of saving the most lives in an influenza pandemic in which there are a limited number of available ventilators.
  • All patients in need of a ventilator are subject to one of the three clinical protocols, using objective, universally-applied clinical criteria to evaluate a patient’s likelihood of survival. Patients who have the highest likelihood of survival with ventilator therapy receive priority. Factors such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, advanced age, perceived quality of life, ability to pay, role in the community, or other subjective criteria will never be part of the evaluation in determining who receives ventilator therapy.
  • To ensure that patients receive the best possible care in a pandemic, the guidelines call for a triage officer or triage committee to determine who receives or continues to receive ventilator therapy. To prevent a conflict of interest, these decision-makers are not the patients’ attending physicians. The decision regarding whether to use a triage officer or committee is up to each hospital, given the different resources at each site.
  • The guidelines apply only to patients at hospitals and not to ventilator-dependent chronic care patients at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. However, if such a patient requires hospital care, the patient is then subject to the clinical protocol.
  • Patients not receiving ventilator therapy should receive alternative forms of medical intervention. Palliative care will be provided to all patients to manage patient discomfort.
  • During a pandemic the guidelines will be modified as new information is obtained. Data collection and analysis of the pandemic viral strain, as well as symptoms, disease course, treatments, and survival, will be taken into consideration, so that patients receive the best care possible.
  • Additional public outreach efforts will be conducted regarding the guidelines and the public will have opportunities to comment on them.

“The guidelines were written to reflect the values of New Yorkers, and extensive efforts were made to obtain public input during their development,” said Susie Han, Deputy Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law and project chair of the guidelines. “The guidelines are a living document, intended to be updated and revised in line with advances in clinical knowledge and societal norms.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, but when a Democrat was in the White House, Andrew Cuomo had a rather laissez faire attitude towards supplies of medical equipment and a decidedly die-and-go-to-hell opinion of people in need of said equipment.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: Andrew Cuomo Criticizes Federal Assistance to New York but Didn’t Count on President Trump Having Done His Homework

Very little happens in political Washington in a vacuum. It is the one place in the United States where the cause and effect are so directly linked that the phrase “correlation is not causation” is practically meaningless. The Wuhan virus crisis has brought this into stark relief.

Late last week, a series of polls were published that showed a dramatic increase in President Trump’s approval rate for the handling of the Wuhan virus crisis and just about everything else associated with it.

While this is, granted, ephemeral and a mere snapshot in time, it is a sign that something President Trump is doing is working and, thanks to the media, we know what that is.

In the space of about 24-hours after the release of the latest and most authoritative of the approval polls,

we started seeing articles like this from the Washington Post:

Trump is doing harm and spreading misinformation while working for his own partisan political benefit — a naked attempt to portray himself as a wartime president bravely leading the nation through a tumultuous time, the FDR of the 21st century.

The press — if it defines its purpose as getting truthful, useful, non-harmful information to the public, as opposed to merely juicing its own ratings and profits — must recognize what is happening and adjust accordingly. (And that, granted, is a very big “if.”)

Business as usual simply doesn’t cut it. Minor accommodations, like fact-checking the president’s statements afterward, don’t go nearly far enough to counter the serious damage this man is doing to the public’s well-being.

Radical change is necessary: The cable networks and other news organizations that are taking the president’s briefings as live feeds should stop doing so.

From the ever lovely and gracious Rachel Maddow:

I know we ought to be getting used to this kind of thing by now, but I’m not. President Trump today, again, just flat-out wrong in public about this malaria drug that has gotten stuck in his mind, quite some distance from the facts.

If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape but if he keeps lying like this every day on stuff this important, all of us should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s gonna cost lives.

A columnist at the left-leaning The Hill writes:

The Trump administration’s most recent press briefings on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been downright frightening, even more so than usual.

Even with two doctors present — Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, who have injected some semblance of stability, reassurance and truth — President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s performance Friday was nothing less than despicable.

These have not been White House press conferences; they are three-ring circuses with Trump as the deranged ringmaster.

Enough is enough. Americans deserve so much better than what this president offers every time he approaches the podium.

He needs to give up the daily press briefings and let the experts take control so that they can use these press conferences to reassure Americans in our time of distress and not cause more fear when we need it least.

In addition, to demanding that media outlets stop giving President Trump’s Wuhan virus briefings live coverage (this is a rather stunning proposal for the same clowns who beshat themselves when the White House stopped doing live daily press briefings), they are also engaged in a conscious campaign of disinformation about what President Trump actually says. RedState’s Nick Arama covered this in detail yesterday in Media Post Misleading Info to Dash Hopes for Possible Drug Cure Which Trump Touted. This morning NeverTrumper and Devin Nunes nemesis Liz Mair was out with the same line:

Never mind that the information comes from a medical journal and is based on a small scale clinical trial:

This sudden concern has zero to do with public health or any concern about the safety of Americans. The press, quite honestly, seems incapable of developing any empathy whatsoever for working Americans who live outside of elite liberal enclaves where the major fear now is the family’s nanny being deported. It has everything to do with the press conferences showing Trump in command in a decisive way, with him and his staff announcing data and actions directly to the American public without Glenn Kessler and Politifact injecting Democrat spin; it has to do with Trump coming across as a real individual and not the caricature the left, the media, and their NeverTrump fluffers have made him out to be. He is not, as Mike Ford points out, a stellar communicator in the technical sense. Were he at the Infantry School, he’d never be allowed within a country mile of a podium to present a formal block of instruction. But he gets the job done and the American people are growing to appreciate his candor and forthrightness. And the media and the left simply cannot allow that to happen because if this takes hold, not only will Trump cruise to reelection, he will be a force to be reckoned with in his next term.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: The Media Wants to Shut Down President Trump’s Wuhan Virus Briefings Because They Are So Effective

Earlier today, Joe Biden, aka #QuidProJoe or #JoeDemento, was touring an auto plant in Detroit. As my colleagueBonchie reported, things went south in a big way when an auto worker confronted Biden about his pledge to outlaw semi-automatic rifles, particularly those of the AR-14 variety.

This is simply unhinged behavior that indicates the stress of the campaign is accelerating the pace of Biden’s dementia onset. A few months ago, the tame, compliant Democrat media would have tut-tutted over it but now that Joe Biden is the presumptive Democrat nominee, it is all hands on deck to defend the indefensible. One of the first out of the box was The Atlantic’s David Frum. I’d just like to note that Frum was a speaker at the goat-rope-and-county-fair mash up that was the Summit on Principled Conservatism.

Not to miss a beat, the New York Times’s Jonathan Martin joins in following the same script

The unnamed Republican campaign vet/strategist is the journalistic equivalent of the ‘woke eight-year-old.’ It is a bullsh** designation used to try to launch a narrative. What Martin is really saying is ‘the professionals think what Biden did was great and wondrous but the rube voters don’t understand.’

There is virtually no one out there who hasn’t experienced this type of behavior from someone in a position of power. And you know what, no one thinks it is terrific. No one loves it. No one thinks it makes Biden look like anything but the worst sort of ass. Shouting down citizens who apparently know your record and rhetoric better than you, yourself, is not a good look.

If you want proof, here’s a simple test. If anyone thought this made Biden look like anything but a ill-tempered, doddering old fool, this video would be playing on every television station and cable news outlet non-stop both today and for the next week to help him in two critical rounds of primaries. But that will not happen. Other than FoxNews, you won’t see this video ever again.

Author: Streiff

Source: Red State: After Joe Biden Threatens to Slap Detroit Auto Worker and the Media Tells Us This Makes Biden Look ‘Terrific’

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