Thanksgiving

The Riddle Report 11 18 2020

So, now the government wants us to forego Thanksgiving. Governors are not only suggesting it, but some are going Orwellian and threatening jail time. We Americans have the right to assemble in our churches and in our homes to worship and thank God for His blessings.

Shouldn’t we be careful though?

Should we be careful? Of course, but suggesting we limit the size of family that visits us or that we insist on testing is going too far. That is the politics of fear. I understand that the cases have been spiking and some hospitals are having difficulties. But the nation as a whole is experiencing a decline in the death rate. That means that the virus is still deadly, but less so than it was in May when the death rate hit its highest level at 5.8%. It is now down to 2.23% and dropping.

What about locally?

Here in Florida the cases have risen to 897,323 since January and 17,644 deaths for a death rate of 1.97%. Meanwhile Texas has year-to-date cases of 1,078,875 and 20,147 deaths for a death rate of 1.87%. With the media constantly emphasizing the case load and the total number of deaths it lends itself to creating panic. It is a case of overreaching by the media and perhaps by some politicians seeking their own glory.

It might also be noted that now there are effective measures in place to help people who contract the virus. It is not like it was in the period of March thru May. Doctors have the tools, hospitals can order the supplies needed, and the government can get these supplies to the hospitals. One more thing to consider. The media points to the fact that 11 million people have contracted the disease and 245,000 have died. But the total population as of 2019 was 328 million.

What does that mean?

It means that only 3.35% of Americans have contracted the disease since January and 2.23% of the patients have died. We need to keep these low numbers in mind because the media will ignore them. And remember those numbers include all cases since the beginning of January not just the last two weeks!

What should we do?

Common sense tells you that if you live in an area that is hit hard you need to practice social distancing and wear masks. In fact, that is not bad advice for anywhere. But the testing part I am not so sure about. It seems to me that the testing is so broad that it captures people who don’t really have the disease and instead have other conditions like the flu or a simple cold. It is misleading and creates doubt and fear.

To put it simply, I don’t believe the doctors really know the symptoms and are using a wide net hoping to catch the real infected people. And if your only concern is to beat the virus then perhaps that is ok. But our concern needs to be more narrowly focused.

With the election over, as far as the voting is concerned, the need to cause panic should also be over. Politicians need to act more responsibly and more in line with our constitution. Locking down homes and businesses is a draconian response and certainly not responsible leadership. I know of people who have contracted Covid-19 and everyone of them has responded responsibly. That is the American way.

Personally, my wife and I will probably stay home for Thanksgiving, but not because of Covid-19. It is an opportunity for the two of us to spend some time thanking the Lord for His care. Our health is good right now, my wife is in remission, and we enjoy one another. If we have the opportunity to visit family, we will certainly consider it.

Here’s a thought: Instead of letting a disease control you, take control yourself. You decide what the risks are and what, if any, risks you are willing to take. Thanksgiving is not just a time of fellowship; it is a time when we can and should thank God. It is a spiritual right and responsibility for all Christians.

It is not the responsibility of the government to tell us whether we can go to church, visit family, or what health steps we should take. We are fully capable of handling this without the government’s intervention.

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Riddle News: Election Mess

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11 10 2020

Welcome to Riddle News. This is a Special review of the 2020 election.

Do you Remember the Debates?

I do. And if my memory serves me right the Democrats continually said that Trump would not accept election results even though there was no evidence supporting that charge. Isn’t it odd that the prophecy came true?

Do you suppose the Democrats knew something we didn’t know?

Think about it. Evidence is piling up that a major effort to steal the election has been uncovered. When you are talking about thousands and tens of thousands of votes, that tells me that the Democrats had or were already developing these ballot dumps or whatever they are called.

If that was so, then they knew that the irregularities would show up. But it appears that they did not consider the legal challenges available to the Republicans. Either that or they were so desperate to get rid of Trump that they were willing to risk getting caught! I think it was the latter and they did get caught. And now we have a mess on our hands.

But surely they had to know they’d get caught.

Do criminals think they are going to get caught? No. They are too smart to get caught – until they do. Politicians of both parties often think that way. And when these politicians don’t believe in absolutes like sin, they get to define what is right and wrong. In this case, they believe that whatever it takes to get rid of President Trump is right.

Was the Media involved?

It wasn’t necessary back prior to the debates or when the debates started, and they certainly wouldn’t admit it now. But any reporter worth his or her salt should have noticed the irregularities and impossibilities of Biden’s sudden overnight surge. Especially when the counts for Biden were so unusually high and statistically unbelievable.

However, the media is certainly involved now. A real reporter would start digging if there was the slightest hint of wrongdoing. There is more here than a mere hint, yet the media either ignores it or dismisses it with their famous, “no evidence”.

What will the courts do?

I don’t have a great deal of confidence in the state courts. In many states these are partisan, and in the states where the irregularities are showing up the courts tend to be Democratic. At the same time, it is important to file in the state courts to create a judicial path that can be shown in the higher courts, meaning federal courts.

Many of the nations federal courts have conservative or, better yet, constitutionalist judges. These are judges who will go by what the constitution says, not Pelosi’s version of the constitution, but the one our forefathers wrote. And that being the case, we can expect such voter fraud to be discovered and properly litigated!

Should Trump concede even though legal challenges are being made?

No!

In researching this issue, I discovered that if he concedes it opens up taxpayer money to the Biden/Harris camp. This is money for the President-elect to use for transition purposes and is perfectly legit. But other than the media crowning of Biden/Harris as President-Elect there is no President-Elect yet. That remains to be seen and won’t be known until around December 14, 2020 when the Electoral College votes are tabulated or more accurately January 6, 2021.

However, to answer the question if Biden/Harris is certified as President-Elect then President Trump should concede. But the current recounts are seeing the gap between Trump and Biden/Harris narrowing. With the outstanding votes yet to be recounted there is a strong possibility that the battleground states, at least some of them, will turn red. So, he is wise in waiting right now.

What is Congress’s Role?

On January 6, 2021 Congress meets to certify the election results. This will be a joint session involving both the House of Representatives and the Senate. From what I have been able to find it is pretty cut and dried. This is the final and official certification of the election.

What will I Do if Biden/Harris win?

You may have noticed that I continually use Biden/Harris throughout this blog. That is because I do not expect that Joe Biden will be President very long if he is elected. I sincerely doubt he will last the first year let alone the full term. Pelosi and company may give him the first 100 days, but they are biting at the bit to get Kamala Harris into office through the 25th amendment.

Therefore, if Trump loses, I will identify the President-Elect as Biden/Harris. She is also the power behind Biden. He takes his cue from the far left as long as he can remember what he’s supposed to say. I am 77, about the same age as Biden, and sometimes forget things. Even though it is not constant like his, I would not be fit for such a high office.

But we’ve all seen him stumble. He forgets where he is and who he’s talking to and that would be disastrous for a President. Moreover, the President can’t hide in his basement. By the nature of the office he is very public. Every word, every action, and even the way they dress is analyzed more than any other government office. I doubt Joe Biden could stand up under that kind of scrutiny.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Covid-19 Death Rate

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today is Friday News Day and I am looking at Covid-19 Death Rate.

Surging numbers, Record high deaths, Alarming rise in deaths

Do these statements sound familiar to you? They should. You read and hear about them daily in your newspapers and television. It is in essence classic misinformation.

Aren’t the Numbers Accurate?

Yes. But when you state the number 140,000 deaths that sounds like an awful lot. It brings pictures of body bags to mind. But is that a fair and accurate presentation?

The Picture Presented does not Agree with the Facts

The truth is that the death of one person for any reason is a tragedy. But we need more truth in reporting.

During the same time period (over 8 weeks) that deaths have been described as surging the death rate has been plunging. That’s right, plunging!

At the end of May the U.S. death rate stood at 5.8%, its highest point for the year. But as of July 31, the death rate had plunged to a low 3.4%.

But the Death Rate lags the Rise in Cases

That is true. But we are talking over 8 weeks! Originally you heard talk about 2 weeks delay, then 4 weeks, and now even higher. Every day we hear about new highs in deaths and yet a lower death rate. So far, the death rate has not leveled off but is still plunging. There is no evidence that it will go up. Yet the media is in panic mode.

What Does That Mean?

It means that the focus on the number of cases and deaths is misleading. When dealing with large numbers you need to keep things in perspective. Thus, the need to take a serious look at the death rate. We need to mourn the loss of life but operate using common sense.

Tip of the Day: It is time for common sense.

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