Category Archives: State

We Were Afraid Data Would be Used Against Us

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We froze because we were afraid the data was going to be used against us.

Melissa DeRosa, Top aid to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo had ordered coronavirus patients into NYC nursing homes. And almost 15,000 seniors died. But the state only reported 8,500 deaths.

New York Attorney General Letitia James reported that the governor had undercounted the state’s COVID-related nursing home deaths by nearly 4,000, making the true nursing home resident death toll about 40 percent higher than Cuomo’s administration claimed. Then, Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa admitted during a private conference call with Democrats that the administration had covered up the true death toll, afraid of provoking a Department of Justice investigation.

Liz Wolfe, Reason

And now he’s accused of sexual harassment.

Snitch on Neighbors is New Viral Ethic

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Mayor de Blasio encouraged citizens to snitch on their neighbors:

“We still know there’s some people who need to get the message. And that means sometimes making sure the enforcement is there to educate people and make clear we’ve got to have social distancing,”

So, New Yorkers responded by overloading His Honor’s snitch line with middle fingers.

 

Chinese Virus Emergency

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The World Health Organization wants to ban Chinese virus exports. So this week it officially designated the coronavirus outbreak a public-health emergency.

But also this week, Boris Johnson gave the official o.k. for the U.K. to import Huawei G5 networking technology.

And that doesn’t sit well with Boris’s best buddy Donald Trump. Last May Trump issued his own national emergency, essentially banning Huawei in America.

Another Chinese Virus?

Secretary of State Pompeo believes China spies through Huawei networks. He’s in London to welcome Brexit but “warned that the Chinese Communist party did not have “a technical back door to Huawei. They have the front door.”

Rex Tillerson: The Final Insult

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Former Secretary of State Tillerson says President Trump decided on his own to meet with Kim Jong Un. That was right after Tillerson publicly advised holding off on the meeting.

Trump’s decision to fire Tillerson was his own idea too. Tillerson learned of it when he read the president’s tweet.

Final Insult

Calling Trump a moron appears to have been Tillerson’s own idea

North Korean Reset

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President Trump Hits Global Reset Button from Paris to Pyongyang. At least that’s the way a headline in The Hill sees it.

The article is by former Trump Staffer Sebastian Gorka. He claims that if you want to understand The Donald you have to read Art of the Deal. And once you’ve done that you’ll know it’s all about the objective:

The negotiations themselves, or maintaining the established way of doing business, are never the objectives. The real objective is defined by realizing your interests, which may not be possible if the status quo is maintained.

Russian Overcharge

For example, Hillary’s reset (or overcharge) with Russia didn’t achieve an objective.

President Obama sent Hillary Clinton to present a mislabeled “reset button” to the Kremlin. In reality, there was no reset. The Obama administration did not effectively address the expansionist and destabilizing behavior of former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, not even after he invaded Ukraine.

But Gorka has way more faith in a Trump reset with North Korea:

It is a reset that included tough talk with China and North Korea, talk followed up by actions that have led to a response on behalf of Pyongyang, which may take us to the cusp of bringing peace and stability to the region after 65 years of potential war.

But whatever you do with Dear Leader, don’t go all Madeline Albright.

The whole thing seemed more upset than reset with Secretary of State Tillerson. He was traveling in Africa when he learned of the dotard’s decision to meet the rocket man.

So he called in sick.