Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | March 19, 2020

Scattered Brain:

This virus thing has my brain going in more directions than a jar of marbles spilled on a hardwood floor. What to believe, who to believe, why are people freaking out, why is Trump getting ripped – is this interruption of life as we know it an overreaction or an under reaction? Why are so many people selfishly dragging politics into this? When will my check come in the mail from the Feds? (Ouch, that sounded like someone relying on the government for survival; but hey, I gotta keep up with the Jones’ who have big toilet paper inventory). And how will the Dems criticize Trump for that? How long will we be able to come to the office, how many more advertisers is the Gazette going to lose, making it COST PROHIBITIVE to publish this newspaper? My biggest brain struggle this very moment is what direction this rant should go?!    

Me Confused:

I vaguely remember the swine flu from ten years ago, but if we had gone through the same rigmarole we are now, I bet I’d remember it very well and so would you. I saw a headline from February of 2010: “Swine Flu Has Killed up to 17,000, With 60 Million Infected in the U.S.”  I went on to read that 300,000 folks were hospitalized with that flu.

I’m not sure what the latest figures are for those infected or have died from this thing, but I know it’s just a fraction of the preceding figures attributed to the swine flu ten years ago. Therein lies my confusion. Why is there such freak-out this time around? Is it because the experts in this area weren’t as smart as they are now? Is it that the media didn’t want to shed any sort of negative light on the Obama administration by not focusing on the danger of the flu with the huge numbers of those infected and died?


From what I’m seeing, back then we had a Democrat President and the news was saying how well Obama was handling it and how smoothly things were going. Look, there is no real way to know – but if you ask me, and if Mrs. Bill Clinton were our president today, I don’t think there would be anywhere near the media panic that has propelled this to such extreme hysteria.

Another confusing factor for me is if this virus doesn’t make us that sick and is affecting relatively few, why is it a big deal? If the main concern is to protect those who are vulnerable from serious complications from the virus, then absolutely, let’s do anything and everything necessary to protect them. But why turn the lives of 300 million plus Americans upside down for that fairly limited segment of our population?

Wait a minute, you don’t think this could be a conspiracy orchestrated by the Dems and their media friends to skew the election, do you? … Nah. On second thought, it could be true, though. They resorted to two other crazy schemes to bring Trump down, maybe they’re thinking third time’s a charm!

Let Me Know:

If you think I’m all wet with this brain scrambling confusion, please let me know. I’m just a guy with a business who isn’t concerned about the virus itself, but the virus of panic that has engulfed so many of us.

Reading this from a doctor who is an infectious disease specialist brought it home to me: “I am not scared of Covid-19. What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ” probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess.”

The Rubbish of It All:

Last week I lamented on the torqueing of my shorts, and that’s in full affect now after reading and hearing how President Trump supposedly screwed this whole virus thing up. Sean Hannity helped increase the torqueing with his review of what went down in January when one mess was happening, and the current mess started raising its ugly head.

I’m sure you recall this past January when the Dems were in the full fledged battle of impeaching the president; it was during that time the news started to trickle out about the virus emanating from China.

At the end of January, Trump declared a national health emergency and imposed a travel ban from China. I hope you recall that, but I don’t, because I was sucked into the complete nonsense of impeachment like everyone else.

Well, as soon as the Dems chalked up yet another defeat in their attempt to “get” Trump, they woke up on something else to bust his chops with. The headline read; “Some Democrats think Trump stoked racial discrimination with the travel ban.” Then Joe Biden jumped on the band wagon with his response to the travel ban with “This is not the time for fear mongering on Trump’s part.”

From there, the impeachment thing quickly became a distant memory and the virus panic began launching full force into the minds of every American and it was Katie bar the door for Never Trumpers as they went to town blaming all aspects of the epidemic on him.  Not many of his detractors has come close to crediting the president for his fast acting on the travel ban (as they tried in vain to fry his butt in the Senate hearings), because if he didn’t have the foresight to enact it, things could be much worse than they are.

Uncle Joe:

I continue to be baffled by the support being thrown Joe Biden’s way from his fellow Dems. It kind of reminds me of Bob Dole as the Republican nominee in 1996. You could tell he just didn’t have what it takes and seemed to be in the position because of his long term service to the party, and because there just wasn’t anyone better at the time.

Joe’s true colors are showing more and more as his time on the campaign trail goes on. Recently I heard him rattling off what he would do if he was president during an epidemic, and I sat there thinking, “Wait a minute, that’s everything Trump has done and then some.”  What, did he think people wouldn’t be aware of that?

He also has proclaimed his intent of ending fossil fuel production and the creation of thousands of jobs in the green sector to provide parachutes for fossil fuel workers. He touts a program for everybody solving every social and economic ill that comes along. This one gets me; he will absolutely select a woman for vice president and a black woman for the Supreme Court. Oh my, talk about nonsensical emotion-driven ideals to garner votes.

And Trump Is Not Presidential? 

How many times have we heard that Trump is nowhere near presidential? They say we need a president who is positive and upbeat like Obama was. Biden must not have learned from his previous boss, as we’ve heard him berate potential voters with profanity if he doesn’t like what they’ve asked or suggested. He said to a retired Iowa farmer “you’re a damn liar man” and yelled “don’t be such a horse’s ass.” He even said “you’re full of sh-t” to a Detroit union worker. Who will ever forget when he called a lady a “Lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”

Biden is showing himself to be intolerant and unfriendly. Add that to his far left extremism and the obvious signs of early dementia (even Bret Hume of Fox News who is about the same age as Biden said he recognizes the symptoms as he himself has early onset). He leaves little doubt that he will go down to Trump the same way Bob Dole did against Bill Clinton. We can only hope.

Quips Quotes & Headlines

I am buying more stock because I believe in America, in this robust economy, and in President Trump. While the doom peddlers at CNN gleefully cheer the demise of this President AT ANY COST to our proud nation, I’m sticking with the plan.” (James Wood)

*I concur, the stock market should be surging as “buy low” is in full effect. (Me)

“This media hysteria over China Virus is irresponsible. Disease deaths per day worldwide: Coronavirus-56, Seasonal Flu-1,027 Pneumonia-2,216, Tuberculosis-3,014.  Media mentions of Tuberculosis-2.9 million, media mentions of China virus- 1.1 BILLION. They need to calm down.”  (Charlie Kirk)

*I wish all millennials would think like Charlie. (Me)

“I say we close down the national media for 30 days and watch 99% of the world’s problems vanish! (Aaron Carpenter, City Councilman in Marysville, Ohio)

“Close down Twitter, Facebook and all the social media and see improvement in 7 days. Leave TV and radio alone and we are back to the fifties, then look at us boom.” (Unknown)

*I think these folks are right, and without media-induced fear, there probably wouldn’t be panic buying of toilet paper, baby wipes (that don’t contain alcohol) and bottled water. Otherwise it’s a “go figure.”  (Me)

“I know it’s not going to happen, but I wish the president could just go on national, look us in the eye and say; we’ve got this, continue to wash your hands, take precautions, and don’t believe the fake news and the media hype. It’s not that serious. We’ve got this under control. And things need to go back to normal in this country. We need to resume basketball, get major league baseball started and stop buying huge amounts of toilet paper and quit buying into the hysteria and panic.” (Facebook Post)

*This person is right; it’s not going to happen because if the president did that, he would be crucified, unlike Obama with the swine flu. (Me)


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