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Insights From World of Joseph

World of Joseph:Mentuhotep Vizieer of Egypt

In this blog, I am reporting on some insights from The World of Joseph, my latest novel. Today’s insight takes a look at the different names of Joseph. Let’s begin:

Joseph is the name that is most commonly associated with this man. According to the Biblical account he was a young man who God chose to reveal two particular dreams. These two dreams indicated that Joseph’s brothers and parents would someday bow to him.

This became problematic and led to his being sold as a slave. He was first a slave to Potiphar, a captain of Pharaoh’s Royal Guard (which can be interpreted as General of Pharaoh’s Army). He was a slave for three years and followed that up by ten years in prison for a total of thirteen years. Then, at the age of 30, he became the Vizier of Egypt.

Zaphnaath-paaneah is the Egyptian name given by Pharaoh. It has various interpretations, such as life’, ‘Support of Life’, ‘the god speaks and he lives’, ‘god speaks’, ‘says the god’. The last phrase which says ‘the god speaks, he will live’ seems to capture Pharaoh’s acknowledgement that the wise Joseph had the “Spirit of God” within him (Genesis 41:38).

However, this name is used only once in Scripture.

Mentuhotep is the third name and you don’t find it in Scripture. However, it is found in Egyptian history. There were actually at least two Mentuhoteps and due to the confusion over pharaohs and their dynasties, our Mentuhotep has been referred to as Mentuhotep II. But researchers now know that the Mentuhotep of the 12th dynasty was never a pharaoh, but rather the Grand Vizier or Prime Minister of Egypt. He served under Pharaoh Sesostris I in the 12th dynasty.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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So, what can we learn from these names?

First of all, we learn what we already knew: the Bible is reliable. This has been proven over and over again. People point out supposed errors and eventually, sometimes after hundreds of years, the Bible is proven correct. But the Bible doesn’t need to be proved, it is the Word of God no matter what man says or thinks.

The name of Zaphnaath-paaneah gives insight into the mind of Pharaoh. He was deeply impressed by Joseph and believed that Jehovah God of the Jews spoke through him. That belief followed Pharaoh throughout his life. It helps us understand the true power Joseph had. He was not only second to Pharaoh in position, but in his power. Since Pharaoh acknowledged that God spoke through Joseph, he never according to the Bible, overruled Joseph’s decisions.

But it is the name of Mentuhotep that speaks the loudest in the sense that it provides insight into the Egyptian hearts of the people! The cover of my novel shows a headless statue of Mentuhotep. The loss of the head probably speaks of time, erosion, and maybe vandalism, but the statue itself reveals something altogether different.

First of all, it was unheard of to make a statue of anyone other than Pharaoh. The Pharaoh was considered divine. And yet here we have a statue of someone who obviously was not a pharaoh.

Why do I say obviously?

Because Mentuhotep is shown wearing the garb and cradling on his lap the tools of a trade. Not the tools of a government official, but of a scribe. This depiction tells us that Mentuhotep was a scribe, which fits in well with Joseph’s career as a slave where he ran Potiphar’s house, his career in prison where he ran the prison, and his career as Vizier where he ran the whole government’s effort to provide for the coming famine and to distribute food during the famine. This was a man who wielded great influence and power affecting Egypt and other nations, and he did so by using the tools of a scribe. In other words, pen and paper in modern times.

The Egyptian historical records also reveal insight from secular records that agree with Biblical records. Viewed from opposing perspectives, we see a commonality of facts. While the Bible does not need verification, it is nonetheless always a positive reinforcement. And it helps the unbelievers put their trust in the Bible.

I always emphasize research as a tool of an author. The above is just one of the reasons; it expands your knowledge! But another reason is that it expands the book itself. In my case, it provided the subtitle of my book, Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt. But it also contributed to the story writing itself.

The World of Joseph: Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt is available on Amazon.com and at T&R Independent Bookstore beginning August 12th. Pre-orders of the eBook will begin August 8th. You will find that this book comes in the following formats: paperback, hardcover, and eBooks. Paperback and hardcover are available at both Amazon and our bookstore, but the eBooks are only available at Amazon.com!

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A NOVEL ABOUT JOSEPH

World of Joseph:Mentuhotep Vizieer of Egypt

On August 12th my new novel The World of Joseph, which is a novel about Joseph, will be published. And around August 8th you can preorder your eBook.

This is the last book of the series The World That Was. It started with Perished: The World That Was which covered Creation to the Flood. This first and foundational book of the series introduced the readers to Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Seth, Enos, Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah. It provided a peak into the civilized world that existed prior to the Flood.

Then came the book The World of Noah and The Ark which covered the construction of the Ark, the gathering of the animals, the wickedness of the world, the coming of the Flood, and the Flood itself. It also included the landing on Mount Ararat, the descent, the establishment of a new life, and the first snowball fight.

This was followed by The World of Shem in which Shem was called by God to observe and report on Noah’s descendants. It included the Tower of Babel, the founding of Elam, Egypt, and Libya. Then came The World of Abraham and the reader experienced his adventurous life. After that came The World of Jacob which detailed his adventures and his relationship with his brother Esau.

Now comes the latest novel, The World of Joseph.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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The World of Joseph tells the story of a 17-year-old boy sold into slavery, later imprisoned, and then rising to the position of Vizier of Egypt. This latter title could best be understood as the Prime Minister of Egypt.

We know who Joseph was and what he accomplished by reading the Bible. But a man of his stature surely would have been written about in Egyptian history. Alas, for centuries the history of Egypt has been mysterious and confusing. The problem was that the original government of Egypt was actually two governments and two royal families.

In the beginning, there was an Upper Egypt, which was located in the southern end of Egypt, and an Lower Egypt located in the north. Upper and Lower were related to the Nile which flowed from the south down to the north. The Nile is one of only a few rivers that flow from the south to the north.

The earliest histories of Egypt dealt with two Egyptian thrones. This started with two brothers shortly after the Confusion of Tongues in Babel. Although brothers they were both aspiring to rule both kingdoms and that created strife. Especially if they talked like they ruled both areas. So, confusion began at the very start and for centuries the history of Egypt treated these kingdoms as one following the other instead of existing side by side.

But in recent decades the confusion has been penetrated and a better understanding has emerged. Whereas the Traditional Egyptian history could not mesh with known history elsewhere, new understandings have emerged that have made Egyptian history more amenable to that of other countries and histories, including the Bible.

Which brings us to the 12th Dynasty. New revelations have shown that the second Pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty was Sesostris I. It was during his rule that a young teenage boy entered Egypt as a slave. His name was Joseph, and he was sold to the Captain of the King’s Guard. This title can be freely translated as General of the Egyptian army.

Amenemhet I was the first Pharaoh of the 12th Dynasty having removed Pharaoh Nebtawyre of the 11th Dynasty. His son was Sesostris I and they co-reigned for a while. Joseph served in Potiphar’s house for 3 years and then spent the next 10 years in prison.

At the age of 30, Joseph became Vizier of Egypt. While the Pharaoh gave him another name, the name that stuck was Mentuhotep! And this is where we discover the Egyptian record of Joseph as Mentuhotep. The cover of my book is a picture of Mentuhotep as a scribe, which fits completely with Joseph as a slave running affairs for Potiphar and later the prison, and finally as Vizier of all of Egypt.

Discovering all this history has not been easy. There are still web pages out there on the internet that use Traditional Egyptian history. But more and more the newer, better organized, history has been emerging. As an author doing research, I had to discover new sources that were reliable. As always, I used the Bible as the filter determining what could be believed and what couldn’t. Fortunately, the new updated Egyptian history meshes well with Biblical and other secular histories, all of which made my job easier.

As mentioned at the beginning of this blog, the new book will be available in all formats, such as paperback, hardcover, and eBook on August 12th . And the eBook can be preordered around August 8th.

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Basic-30 Press Release

T&R Independent Books Expands Service with Basic-30 Plan

VP Ronald Riddle Announces Basic-30 Plan for Beginning Authors with same great service and personal attention. By: T&R Independent Books PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.July 9, 2021PRLog — Ronald Riddle, Vice President of T&R Independent Books and Editor of TR Writing Services, announced that the company, founded in 2014, is adding a new plan to their offerings. TR Writing Services was launched in 2019 with Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Plans, but the new plan being launched is called Basic-30. This new plan replaces Custom 120 and Custom 150 which were limited to the author seeking private publishing of their book(s).
According to Mr. Riddle, “This new plan allows the beginner, who may be intimidated by the 50,000 word threshold, to publish books of considerably smaller size. This includes a smaller book size of 5×8 instead of 6×9, although this can be changed at client’s request.”
He added, “Basic-30 provides, at a very low price, the same great quality service of the other plans, thus enabling greater flexibility on the part of the client.”
Plan details are as follows:
* Plan Name: Basic-30
* Minimum Pages: 72
* Maximum words: 30,000
* Editing: Yes
* Proofing: Yes
* Personal Promotion Page: Yes
* Format: Paperback
* Format: Hardcover
* Format: eBook: Available
* Retail: $95
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Announcing Basic-30 Plan

Within a few days, TR Writing Services will be adding a Basic -30 Plan, a new plan that authors may find very desirable. Not long ago, we identified prospective authors who were not at the level of writing 50,000 words or more.

To reach those authors, we instituted what we called the Custom 120 and Custom 150 Plans. These plans provided our service at a much lower cost, thus enabling them to take advantage of our services. However, those plans did not allow for actual publishing.

This meant that while we helped them get their manuscript Publish Ready, we did not publish the book. Rather, they were responsible for the publishing.

This did create interest and work for us, but progress is always going on. That includes our industry. And now, TR Writing Services is able to upgrade what we offer to people who may only want to write a book of 72 pages.

Considering a published book includes Front Matter (which includes Title Page, Copyright Page, and Contents Page), plus Back Matter (which includes an About the Author Page and, possibly an Index of other books written), the actual length of the story itself can be fewer than 72 pages.

So, in response to this information, we are replacing the Custom Plans with a new Basic-30 Plan.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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The Basic-30 Plan covers books from 72 pages to approximately 190 pages. Our new plan prefers the 5×8 format, although that is optional, Calibri 14 font, single space, and approximately 158 words per page. Obviously, these will vary, but it is what we use for basic design and pricing.

The details are:

  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 5×8
  • Pages: 72-190

The Basic-30 maximizes out at 30,000 words. However, this is a flexible number. Thus, it is best to talk to us and find out if your book is Basic-30 or Bronze.

This new plan is identical in most areas to our other plans, including the publishing of the book through Kindle Direct Publishing. But because of the smaller size (5×8) we are able to affect cost savings for the user.

Another advantage of Basic-30 is it lends itself to short stories, poems, collections, and other small books.

As mentioned earlier, it enables authors to get published at less than 50,000 words, which might seem large to a new author. It opens them up to the possibility of getting published without costing them an arm and a leg.

The fact is, we can provide them the same quality of service that they expect with the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans. The only thing we are not including is eBooks, although that could change.

I am excited about this new plan. The reason is that this new ability allows me to get into the smaller book size market for my own books.

Watch for our official announcement or Press Release. This is big news!

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FREEDOM TO WRITE

The debate concerning the Freedom to Write is all around us, but rarely do we as authors hear anything about books or magazines, but censorship hurts everyone, including authors!

Throughout history the Far Left and the Far Right have striven to suppress the right to hear or read opposing views. Basically, these two opposing viewpoints agree on one thing: the written and spoken word is powerful, dangerous, and must be controlled.

Furthermore, both sides have attempted to control the printed word. All of us know how the Catholic Church opposed the Bible being printed and put in the hands of common people. They didn’t just oppose it, they used every means possible to stamp it out. This included the hunting down of the printers, destroying the presses, arresting and burning at the stake those brave enough to oppose them. But they are not the only ones. We have seen dictatorships use it and we’ve seen it used right here in the United States.

This opposition to the printing of information contrary to the ruling powers desire, is neither Left nor Right. Both sides use it and when they do, the rest of us are harmed.

More about this on the other side of this break.

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Today, we have a news media, both print and digital, in the hands of the Left with strong efforts taking place in the Social Media area. Their goal is to squelch the voice of the Right. It doesn’t matter how well written, or how well established their argument is, if they are on the Right, they must be stopped. What government could not do, the high-tech giants seem unstoppable.

Are books next?

I don’t mean just non-fiction. I mean all books. We’ve had book burnings in the past by both sides, but the type of suppression we now have has the courts stymied. Why?

I’ve heard it is because they fear what Congress will do if they act. And that is a strong argument. But it is also possible that judges are simply petrified because high-tech is hiding behind the Constitution, especially the 1st Amendment.

This is a threat to all who value freedom. And it is a real threat to those who write.

We’ve all read or at least heard of books about to be published that were suddenly pulled back. Someone was against the book and used money, prestige, and maybe a little blackmail, thus forcing the publisher to back off publishing the book. When that someone has political power, financial power, or both, we the people suffer.

Why?

Because it keeps us from having the right to hear or read opposing views.

Everybody should be able to read or hear news or opinions that differ from the ones in power. In the current mixture of the Cancel culture and the Left, we are faced with increasing pressure to bar opposing views whether audio, video, or written. And this includes news, opinions, and even tell-all books.

I think there have been attempts to censure novels.

None of this is new. It has been going on for a very long time, but now is getting worse. And we’ve seen it from both the Left and the Right, although it does seem that the Left has it mastered.

The Freedom of the Press is a slogan that the Left uses to protect their drivel, but if a person on the right criticizes them, they do all they can to shut that person up. The Freedom of the Press doesn’t just mean newspapers and TV News. It easily extends to books and blogs.

I might remind you that it was the pamphlets (revolutionary blogs?) that stirred up the people to resist tyranny and rebel against England. These pamphleteers were the bloggers of the day.

And I must add that it was novelists who revealed the exotic world of royal shenanigans. They not only entertained, but they revealed the inner evils of the world. Censorship is never a good thing. Some have tried it with the purpose of protecting us from evil, but it only makes the censored item more desirable.

The latest example of censorship is the coverup concerning the voting rights bill being voted on in congress. There are some serious issues with this bill, but if you listen to the Left, they aren’t worthy of our concern. If the average American wants the truth, they have to plug their collective ears to the drumbeat of the Left and focus on discovering the truth.

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A Father’s Day Salute

Generally, on Father’s Day we celebrate our fathers, but today I want to provide a Father’s Day Salute to my father and my father-in-law. So, let’s get started.

A Father's Day Salute to my Father.
My Father

Dale Barlow Riddle

There are few written records pertaining to his life, but he made a major impact in mine. I probably didn’t communicate that fact very well to him, but I certainly admit it now. Here are a few facts:

  • He was born in 1912 (or thereabouts).
  • As a teenager he worked for a Goodyear Tire Store.
  • He taught himself how to drive (and never had a ticket).
  • He got saved as a young man (although I have no written proof of that; however, his lifelong interest in spiritual matters was evident).
  • As a young man he became a deacon.
  • As an adult he worked as a sales representative for Ford Tractor and was quite successful.
  • He backslid and married an unsaved woman (my mother, who may have gotten saved on her deathbed as she received a letter God had put on my heart which included the gospel).
  • Although backslidden, he kept us in church until the family left the church.
  • When I was yet a child, we left the Methodist Church.
  • He was very interested in spiritual matters and loved watching Billy Graham Revival Meetings. A little redheaded boy sat next to him.
  • He later worked for Bolens Tractor and then Lawnboy, and was a successful sales representative.
  • When I got saved at the age of 30, his continuous interest in the Bible was part of the reason I was already daily reading the Scriptures before I got saved.
  • My salvation and life may have been a testimony to him.
  • In his last days, he planned on getting back in church. He died of a stroke before he could make good on that plan.
  • It is with joy that I contemplate the possibility that when I get to heaven, I may meet my grandmother (who I led to the Lord), my father, my mother, and my Aunt Delores. I may also have other relatives, both living and dead, that I don’t know about. What a glorious day that will be!

As you may have noticed, it was dad’s continuing interest in the things of God that had a great influence on me as a child. I was yet a child when we dropped out of church as a family and didn’t come in contact with the church until I went to Navy Bootcamp. I don’t remember much about any conversations dad had with me at the time, but I know that when I went to bootcamp I had a little Bible in my hands. So, I imagine I got it from my parents.

Though he was out of the church, he continued to influence my life so that when I became an adult I was ‘religious’. God had a date with me that I wasn’t aware of until May 9, 1973, arrived. Looking back, I think my dad’s interest in church had played a major role in my spiritual life. His influence, the influence of my pastor, and my own interest in the Bible brought me to that date. And God pointed me to the Scriptures which said I was dead in my sins and needed a Savior. On that night I knelt by my bedside (at a Best Western motel) and asked Jesus into my heart.

I am so glad, that I had a father who never lost his faith completely. It is true he ran out of time for getting right and departed this world with few if any rewards. But I believe he is in heaven reunited with his Savior! And that is a great comfort!

More about this on the other side of this break.

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My dad was not the only man to play a role in my life. My pastor, Dr. Bob Shelton, preached sermons that led to my salvation, but my father-in-law lived the Christian life that influenced me as a young Christian (I was 8 years old in the Lord when I married Teresa). So, I think it is appropriate to talk about him for a few minutes.

Fathere's Day Salute to my Father-in-Law
My Father-in-Law

Carl Woodrow Wheeler

On September 19, 1981, Carl Wheeler became my father-in-law. Like my father, he got saved as a young man.

But Carl Wheeler continued on and grew in the Lord. By the time I met him he had already suffered his own crises of faith but was now a godly, faithful man. He served God in a verity of ways, including working in children’s church, and becoming a deacon.

When I met him, he was retired and a Snowbird spending half his time in Florida. Eventually he and his wife, Evalyne, moved to Florida full time. But whether living in Michigan or Florida, he remained a godly man who loved the Word of God.

I count myself fortunate to have a godly father-in-law and mother-in-law. In my imagination I like to think that my parents and Teresa’s parents have already met up there in heaven.

So, on this Father’s Day I am thankful that God gave me a father who taught me to believe in God and to read the Bible, and a father-in-law who demonstrated how a Christian ought to live. My birth father may not have been perfect, but he was a hero in my eyes and to this day I remember him fondly. Someday, we will be reunited and I look forward to that day!

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Researching Egypt

Researching Egypt may sound odd for a blog title, but it isn’t as odd as you might think. I have often talked about doing your research. Well, I have been writing a book that is nearing completion. It is the World of Joseph, subtitled Mentuhotep Vizier of Egypt. Guess what, it takes place primarily in Egypt!

So, it required research. The subtitle itself is a product of this research. Before I started, I didn’t know Joseph’s Egyptian name other than the one given him by Pharaoh. But research showed that the name Mentuhotep was the name that history identified with him. The many and conflicting names of pharaohs and their viziers was just one of the issues I had to deal with when doing research.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to do the work all by myself. I am not an expert Egyptologist. But through the internet I was able to gather a great deal of information about the Pharaoh, Sesostris I, along with the Vizier Mentuhotep, and the capital of Egypt, which was Itjtawy pronounced Ish ta way. Through research I was able to find the possible location of this mysterious city, design the palace which resembled other Egyptian palaces, and locate the land of Goshen.

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

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Tracking down Joseph in Egyptian history was quite a struggle. Not for me, but for Egyptologists. To begin with, Egyptian dynasties had to be discovered. Using ancient records proved daunting and made for a very unreliable Egyptian timeline, which not only didn’t compare with the Bible but didn’t compare with other well-known facts.

Fortunately, Egyptologists were able to make additional discoveries that led to a new Egyptian timeline. Although not intended, this new timeline merged well with the Biblical timeline.

But another aspect in tracking down Joseph was that Egyptians either did not know Joseph as Joseph or they chose not to use that name. It was a Hebrew name and therefore unlikely to be used by them. What the researchers did is research the Biblical facts regarding the feast and famine. Combining this knowledge with the knowledge they now had of where the Hebrews settled, the researchers were able to zoom in on the 12th Dynasty or Middle Kingdom. And when they did, they discovered that Mentuhotep was likely the Vizier we know as Joseph.

This vizier under Sesostris I was the second most powerful person in the government. He is credited with many things, chiefly the survival of Egypt during a seven-year famine! And not just that, he played a significant role in helping to establish the 12th Dynasty.

So, the truth is that others did the research, and I reaped the benefits! Not only did I now have a reliable history from which to work, I was now able to dive into the 12th Dynasty and discover much information, some of which found its way into my novel.

This is an example of what it takes to create a believable story. It is also an example of how you, the author, should handle the need for information. Whenever possible, let others do the heavy lifting of research. Eventually you have to get involved, but it is a major aid if you let others do the work for you.

And there is a big reward for you when the book is finished. First of all, you get a very special feeling of accomplishing something. While the novel is fictional, when the facts are examined, the book not only comes alive, but the reader gains insight. Moreover, the reader comes away with a greater understanding of the times and the people. And you have written something that has value.

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Reviewing Books

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You are an author, and you want to get your book reviewed. Have you ever considered reviewing other authors’ works? If you have the skill to write a book it is possible you may have the skill to review a book. That said, there are a few sand traps to avoid.

I said that if have the skill to write you may have the skill to review. But that is not always the truth. In writing a book you make a commitment to yourself, but in reviewing a book you are making a commitment to someone else. And that entails a sense of truthfulness and transparency.

Let me tell you a story as an example. I’ve actually told this story before so excuse me if you’ve heard it before. Back when I wrote Perished The World That Was, I sought Christian Fiction reviewers. And that proved to be a good mood as I received four- and five-star reviews!

But one reviewer gave me two stars and it is his story I am relating. He was a young man who I later determined was a teenager at that time. He professed he was a Christian and loved the Bible. Because my novel was based on world history as found in Genesis, I accepted him and sent him a copy.

After a few weeks I received his review where he gave the book only two stars. Now normally I would not be bothered by this low score. Why? Because you can’t please everyone. However, in this case he was honest enough to relate why he gave only two stars.

And early on the review showed that he didn’t follow the unwritten rules. What are these? Here are what I believe they are:

  1. You are committed to reading the entire book.
  2. You are committed not to skip.
  3. You are committed to finishing the book reading.
  4. You are committed an honest review.
  5. You are committed to being as transparent as possible.

This young man objected to the scene where Eve was created although the wording of that scene used similar descriptions as found in Genesis and in the Song of Solomon. This may have triggered his following actions:

  1. He began skipping through the novel.
  2. He came across characters who had the same name (these were real people taken straight from the Bible).
  3. He assumed that these all represented the same person.
  4. He eventually quit reading the novel.

As a result, he was confused and decided that I was inconsistent with the characters. That would have been a serious error on my part if true, but the error was his. For example, in the Bible and in my novel, there were two Enoch’s. Because he thought both were the same man, he assumed I had been inconsistent in their character.

His skipping around also disrupted any continuity he would have gotten by reading the entire novel. When you make a commitment to review somebody’s book you follow through. You don’t let your feelings stop you!

Honesty demands that you take the time to read the book in its entirety. I am currently reviewing a book and sometimes I come across language I object to. Honesty says I continue on. I can later point out these problems, but I’ve made a commitment to review the book, so I continue in my review.

His reactions convinced me that he was not fluent in the Bible. Later in his life I think he was better, but I don’t believe I ever used him again. I simply didn’t know if I could trust him.

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

TR-WritingServices.com brings you this blog post or podcast to keep you informed on the issues of today. Authors need to stay informed so that they can relate to their readers facts as well as entertain them with their imagination.

 TR-WritingServices.com is a service dedicated to help authors reach their potential as independent writers. Knowing the world you live and work in is essential to being a good writer, thus the need for the free flow of information.

To discover how we can help you be the writer you want to be, write to us at markting@tr-indbkstore.com. We will respond with a free copy of our Guide to Writing plus a brochure detailing our plans. We won’t ask for your credit card or any money, but we will send you these items for free.

Check us out and get your career moving.

Now back to the article.

Should I Review Books?

The only person who can answer that is you. Ask yourself some questions, such as: Do I like to read? Am I willing to take the time to read the book? Can I give an honest review?

If you can respond “yes” to these questions, then try it out. In the end, you might throw up your hands in defeat or you may discover that you enjoy it. And if you do, you may gain a following.

As a reviewer you will want to use some of your editing skills. It is not your responsibility to do actually editing, but those skills will help you find areas where the author made mistakes and you can let him or her know of their errors in your review. It is important to remember that the author is relying on you to provide a review to help in marketing, but also help in writing.

As a reviewer you watch grammar, spelling, readability, consistency, and accuracy. For example, if you are reading historical fiction is the book historically accurate? Does the speech or manner of dress fit the period? Questions like these will help you in evaluating the story.

Finally, remember that in effect you are critiquing and promoting the book. Your words are directed at the author so he or she can improve, and, at the same time, your words are directed at potential readers, to encourage or discourage them about buying.

If you are new to reviewing, you might want to stick to the same genre you write in or genre you like to read. It could be just what you need.

If you are reading this blog or listening to this podcast, it is being brought to you by T&R Independent Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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ALERT This Weeks Local Events

o6 03 2021

This is a public service regarding local events in Charlotte County, Florida. If this develops as I hope, then I will eventually expand the coverage area.

Port Charlotte Library

The Port Charlotte Library is located at the Cultural Center of Charlotte County, 2280 Aaron St.  Phone: 941 764-5562

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, the library will be hosting the Fill a Bag Sale. In the past this sale involved only books, but according to the local paper it will involve more than that this time around. The sale will begin at 9 a.m., but if history is any clue get there earlier, and it will go until 1 p.m. and visitors will be able to fill a bag for $1, $2, or $3, depending on the number of books shoppers want.

This sale and the activities surrounding it are designed to raise money for the Charlotte Library Bookstore and for various library programs.

Punta Gorda Farmers Market

There seems to be two Farmers Market.

Punta Gorda History Park Farmers and Artisans Market (no link)

This is actually open on Sundays, year-round, Opens 9 a.m.

Open air market offering produce, meat, fish and other food items, plus many other vendors.

Punta Gorda Downtown Farmers Market

Open Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located at Taylor Street (between W. Olympia Ave. and Herald Ct.) Punta Gorda, FL

A large number of vendors offering fruits and vegetables, pickles, jams and jellies, orange juice, German bakery, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware, cupcakes, beef and fresh seafood, fresh citrus, jewelry, candles and soaps, dip mixes, Florida arts and crafts, cheese, baguettes and olives, homemade pies, orchids, organic produce, personalized pens, kettle corn, coffee beans and drinks, native and exotic plants, natural facial products and all natural smoothies, and don’t forget the live entertainment.

If you are reading this alert, it is being brought to you by T&R Independent Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Memorial Day 2021 Memories

Memorial Day

06 01 2021

Riddle Report: Yesterday, my wife Teresa and I attended the Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony at the Military Heritage Museum (MHM). I must say as a veteran who has seen a few Memorial Day ceremonies and as a citizen of the United States, it was without doubt the best and most moving commemoration I have ever seen!

Located at 900 W. Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda, Florida, just east of Fisherman’s Village, the museum is an impressive building. With a ground floor garage and two floors of displays and exhibits plus a theater, it is an memorable experience that I would recommend to everyone.

Another thing I like is the cost which is $12 per person, $10 for veterans and military active duty, $9 for youth ages 9-13, $5 for annual members and no fee for children under 5, Charter and Sustaining Members. But yesterday, veterans got in free and adults for half-price ($6). And I promise you that what we got was worth far more than it cost!

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

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 TR-WritingServices.com is a service dedicated to help authors reach their potential as independent writers. Knowing the world you live and work in is essential to being a good writer, thus the need for the free flow of information.

To discover how we can help you be the writer you want to be, write to us at markting@tr-indbkstore.com. We will respond with a free copy of our Guide to Writing plus a brochure detailing our plans. We won’t ask for your credit card or any money, but we will send you these items for free.

Check us out and get your career moving.

Now back to the article.

The Commemoration Ceremony started at 1 p.m. with the Young Marines (Imagine School, North Port, Florida) and the Historic Color Guard consisting of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Seeing these men and one woman dressed in the Period uniform they represented made it all the more entertaining, instructive, and interesting, not to mention enjoyable.

Then came the National Anthem sung by Marcella Brown who did a great job, the reading of the poem, “In Flanders Fields”, and followed by a video message from Representative Greg Stuebe, who is a U.S, Army veteran. He gave a short but strong message of support for our military and was followed by a President Ronald Reagan narrated video tribute.

But they still weren’t done.

Isaac James, a piano accompanist, led us by playing the piano in singing the Navy Hymn. This was followed by members of the Color Guard performing the Candle Lighting Memorial. This consisted of each representative of one of the wars (twelve in all) being called forward to light the candle for their war. The twelve wars and twelve candles represent the wars ranging from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The last candle represented all the other wars not mentioned. At the conclusion of the Candle Lighting Memorial, we all left the theater in a quiet salute to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The entire ceremony was colorful, impressive, and moving! We’ll be back not only for next year’s Memorial Day, but for other activities at the museum. But though the ceremony was over there was still much to see. So, we visited various rooms on the first floor and then went upstairs.

There we discovered their Flight Simulators. Teresa and I flew the simulators and we both proved that we are not pilots. We did get them landed and in my case the plane bounced. Probably a good thing I served on a ship in the Navy.

If you are reading this blog or listening to this podcast, it is being brought to you by T&R Independent Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Riddle Report Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day 05 31 2021

ALERT: Memorial Day Sale entire weekend. Use Coupon Code MD10 and get additional 10% off our books.

Memorial Day is a day we set aside on a national scale for honoring and mourning the military personnel who paid the ultimate price for our nation. But we Christians also often use this day to remember those men and women who died for their faith during the past 2000 years, many suffering horrendous deaths.

And finally, it is a time for us to remember Jesus Christ who went to the cross and died so that all men and women could trust in Him and eternally have a home in heaven.

But the official purpose needs to be dealt with here. The United States military is all too often looked upon as a necessary evil. Politicians love cost cutting the military during peacetime and then blame others when our military is caught flatfooted. But the military suddenly becomes very important to our survival until the war ends, then we forget or ignore these men and women. Again!

A case in point was Vietnam. Our troops were sent there with the intent of stopping the communist north from taking over South Vietnam. Liberals attacked our involvement and spread lies and gleefully reported real atrocities that occurred over there. But their concern was not for the men and women in our uniforms. It was a costly war in which we were never defeated militarily but were defeated at home and politically.

When we came home, we weren’t celebrated with parades nor were we praised. Instead, every story of disreputable soldiers the press could find were published. Some veterans suffered from the anti-war militants.

In my case, I came home after serving in the United States Navy off Vietnam. Although I never stepped foot in Vietnam, our ship was within Vietnam waters and participated in providing naval gunfire support for our troops. When I came home, it is true I never saw a parade nor honored by my home community. But, to my knowledge, my family supported my service and honored me.

But it was a war that was fought by men and women who loved their country and who paid the ultimate price. It was a bloody war.

But Memorial Day, started during the Civil War, honors the dead of all our wars from the Revolutionary War to our wars in Iraq, Pakistan, and wherever our men and women have been called to serve. When they died, they didn’t die as Black, Red, or White Americans; they died as Americans. They didn’t die as Republicans or Democrats; they died as Americans. It doesn’t even matter if they were citizens or not, they were Americans. And they were heroes!

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

TR-WritingServices.com brings you this blog post or podcast to keep you informed on the issues of today. Authors need to stay informed so that they can relate to their readers facts as well as entertain them with their imagination.

 TR-WritingServices.com is a service dedicated to help authors reach their potential as independent writers. Knowing the world you live and work in is essential to being a good writer, thus the need for the free flow of information.

To discover how we can help you be the writer you want to be, write to us at markting@tr-indbkstore.com. We will respond with a free copy of our Guide to Writing plus a brochure detailing our plans. We won’t ask for your credit card or any money, but we will send you these items for free.

Check us out and get your career moving. And don’t forget our sale all weekend. Simply use Coupon Code MD10 and get extra 10% off our books.

Now back to the article.

These people died serving their country under the flag of the United States of America. And that is all that needs to be said. They were everyday heroes and didn’t even know it!

Here in Port Charlotte, Florida and in Punta Gorda, Florida there will be events to attend. While a majority of Americans only think of Memorial Day as party time, it is the wise person who takes time to remember their sacrifice. So, find one.

I am publishing this blog earlier than normal so that you can be informed about the Military Heritage Museum which will be open from Noon to 4 p.m. All areas of the museum will be open, and veterans get in free (I like free). They will also be allowing adults and youth in at half price which means $6 and $4 respectively. Children ages 4 and under are free.

At 1 p.m. there will be a Commemoration Ceremony in the Gulf Theater which will be free and open to the public. U.S. Representative Greg Steube will give a special tribute, plus there will be recitations, music, and a “moving candle lighting ceremony” with representatives from each American conflict.

If you are interested in attending, the museum it is located at 900 W. Marion Ave., in Punta Gorda. (You can also contact them for reservations at www.militaryheritagemuseum.org or call them at 941-575-9002).

Whether you attend that event or another, pause, and remember the sacrifices made. If you live in America, whether citizen or not, black, red, or white, these people died for you.

Until Jesus returns, we will always need to keep a strong military. Our enemies, both near and far, are always looking to harm us. The recent fighting in Israel illustrates the nature of that enemy. They hate the Jews and anyone who helps them! It is important to remember that our enemy doesn’t care whether you are a man, a woman, a child, or an unborn baby. Their goal, purpose, and cause are to murder and destroy.

Enjoy the day, but also take time to honor them. In the end, whether they fought at home or in some far-off land they did it for you, your children, and your grandchildren.

Don’t forget! Use Code MD10 and get 10% off your purchases in our bookstore.

If you are reading this blog or listening to this podcast, it is being brought to you by T&R Independent Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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ALERT Local Punta Gorda Events

Memorial Day 05 31 2021

Have you planned your Memorial Day activities yet?

Here are some local Punta Gorda, Florida events you might want to consider.

Fort Myers Shell Factory & Nature Park

Location: Not in Punta Gorda, but only a short drive.

Time: 12 p.m.

Memorial Day Veterans 10K and 5 K Race

Location: Laishley Park.

Time: 7 a.m.

Vintage Motor Car Club Memorial Day Car Show

Located at Fisherman’s Village

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are reading this alert, it is being brought to you by T&R Independent Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Riddle Report Memorial Day Sale

05 28 2021

Today is Friday and the Memorial Day weekend is beginning. For us at T&R Independent Bookstore, this is a chance to give back to our community. At 6:00 p.m. today our first ever Memorial Day Sale takes place.

In honor of this even we are going big. As you may know our bookstore only recently opened offers a sizeable discount on all our books. Every book in the store sells for $2.00 less than the retail. That’s $2 off what you pay at Amazon or anywhere else!

Depending on the retail the discount ranges from over 7% to over 25% off. That’s a pretty stout discount. But that is our everyday price. For this weekend we are going to do more.

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

TR-WritingServices.com brings you this blog post or podcast to keep you informed on the issues of today. Authors need to stay informed so that they can relate to their readers facts as well as entertain them with their imagination.

 TR-WritingServices.com is a service dedicated to help authors reach their potential as independent writers. Knowing the world you live and work in is essential to being a good writer, thus the need for the free flow of information.

To discover how we can help you be the writer you want to be, write to us at markting@tr-indbkstore.com. We will respond with a free copy of our Guide to Writing plus a brochure detailing our plans. We won’t ask for your credit card or any money, but we will send you these items for free.

Check us out and get your career moving.

Now back to the article.

I am a veteran. I served for four years in the Vietnam War. A war that saw many returning sailors, marines, soldiers, and airmen return to their home country disliked and often insulted. But they have lived to see that turn around.

This weekend, we take our place beside veterans of other wars, but there are thousands of men and women who died serving their country. Some died in far away and hard to pronounce places while others died in hospitals right here in America.

This coming Monday will be Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor those who didn’t make it back. They went out young, brave, and, sometimes, untrained. But, if they were lucky, they came home in coffins and are buried where loved ones can still honor them.

But others were never found, or their bodies were burned or sank to the bottom of the sea. However, they died, they died defending the American Flag and the ideal of our country.

I know many of you will see a living veteran and thank him for his or her service, but please remember those who died in war. That is what Memorial day is all about.

So, in honor of those who fell in battle, we are discounting all our books by an additional 10%. You still have to pay for shipping and taxes, but the book or books will cost less. Beginning at 6 p.m. you will find a banner on our website providing you a coupon. All you have to do is use that coupon code (the name of the coupon) at checkout and you automatically get the discount.

Use Coupon Code: MD10

As you take advantage of our sale and other business’s specials, please remember that men and women gave their lives so you could do that. Some were white, some were brown or black, and some were red, but all were Americans. They were also divided by faith, ethnicity, sex, and age, but none of that matters. They died for you; celebrate that!

If you are reading this blog or listening to this podcast, it is being brought to you by T&R Independent Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Pamper Your Desire to Write

05 24 2021

You love to read, and you have a desire to write a book. But you don’t have the skill or training to be able to write, much less get published and sold!

Ladies and Gentlemen put those concerns behind you! Instead of worrying about what you don’t control, pamper that desire to write! Your concerns may be appropriate, but they can be addressed and that is what you are doing as you read this blog.

You may not have natural skills, but you can develop what you have. You may not know how to edit, but you can be taught, or you can hire someone to do it for you. You may not know how to get published, but there are people willing to help you do just that.

You have fears and concerns. Fine. Contact TR Writing Services and we’ll talk. Whatever you do, don’t give up on your dream!

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

TR-WritingServices.com brings you this blog post or podcast to keep you informed on the issues of today. Authors need to stay informed so that they can relate to their readers facts as well as entertain them with their imagination.

 TR-WritingServices.com is a service dedicated to help authors reach their potential as independent writers. Knowing the world you live and work in is essential to being a good writer, thus the need for the free flow of information.

To discover how we can help you be the writer you want to be, write to us at markting@tr-indbkstore.com. We will respond with a free copy of our Guide to Writing plus a brochure detailing our plans. We won’t ask for your credit card or any money, but we will send you these items for free.

Check us out and get your career moving.

Now back to the article.

Why do I say don’t quit and give up on your dreams? Because I believe that everyone, and that includes you, has a story to tell. A story that might be based on personal childhood experiences, or personal adult experiences. Nobody can guarantee sales, but we can guarantee getting published. That is why we started T&R Writing Services.

As an example of not giving up, I had a hard road to travel before I got published. But here’s a principle that I followed and still follow: Write what you love. I love history, so my first books were based on history. But since I also love God’s Word, my first books were centered in the Book of Genesis. Up until Moses, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote by direct revelation, plus gathered, organized, and assembled the ‘Writings’ into what we call the Bible there was no written historical records. Evolutionists erroneously believe that men didn’t write back then and only related history by oral stories. In fact, Adam and Eve were geniuses by our standards, but man lost that ability to read and write at the Tower of Babel. But that’s another story in itself. The fact is that my love for history and Biblical history led directly to my basing my first novels in Genesis. Start with what you love!

There is another reason we started this business. Because once I was where you are. I wanted to write but didn’t know how. I looked around for help and it was hard to find anyone. I finally found help at a monthly fee. But I was in a low paying job and it strained my budget. I took the chance and began learning.

Unfortunately, I got laid off. End of writing course. So, I spent years learning the craft the hard way. There were times I didn’t even attempt to write a story. Instead, I diverted my efforts to writing computer code (self-taught), but when the software was upgraded, I didn’t have the money to upgrade myself, and upon investigation I found my previous experience didn’t help anyhow! So, I had to stop.

Then I wrote my first book using a Self-Publishing company. It cost me $400, which was a lot of money back then. Today, that same book would undoubtedly cost me $800 or possibly more at that Self-Publisher. But if I was a client of TR Writing Services, I could have my document edited, proofed, and published for only $145. That is a significant difference!

So, I understand the desire and the frustration. All you really want is a chance to write your book and get published. But it seems like the world is conspiring against you. You may not choose to use TR Writing Services, but whatever you do don’t quit on your dream. That dream is worth pursuing. You might find it difficult to pursue but do it anyhow.

Go on the internet and search for the services that will help you get your book print ready and publish your book. Contact them and discover what they have to offer you and the cost. If they are not willing to discus the price upfront, then that is a red flag.

When people contact us, we send them a free brochure that explains our services and we send a PDF of the book, T&R’s Guide to writing. It helps you with the basics of writing so you can start writing with more confidence.

Writing is an exciting occupation. When you get that book printed, and in your hand, there is a special feeling. You’ve done it! Your dream has come true! Take that step and work toward that moment.

And if you happen to be a Christian let me add that the world needs Christian writers. There is a lot of trash out there, but you can add fiction or nonfiction books that provide good content for readers to choose. So, seek God’s wisdom and guidance, then if He gives you the green light, go for it.

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INDIE PUBLISHING

The Riddle Report 05 17 2021

These days the author has more responsibility than ever before and more opportunities! Indie Publishing plays a big role.

In days gone by the author wrote a novel, submitted it to a publisher, and once accepted, relaxed. But Indie Publishing has changed all of that !

There are all kinds of publishers out there. But here I want to present you with a different perspective. In a previous blog I have mentioned that there is a better way than self-publishing. You are about to see what I was talking about.

First a brief history. I published my first novel in 2003. Since then, I have written a number of books. The first four books were all published by self-publishers. But in 2013, I discovered Smashwords.com and published my first eBook. (My other books are also in the eBook format, but the publisher did this because I paid for it.)

This discovery has changed my life and now I am about to reveal to you what I believe is a better way to publish.

That better way is simply: You are the publisher!

At the time there was almost no information on the subject but today there’s considerable. It is called Indie Publishing which tells you right off the bat that as a publisher you are independent. This is an important distinction.

More about this issue on the other side of this break.

TR-WritingServices.com brings you this blog post or podcast to keep you informed on the issues of today. Authors need to stay informed so that they can relate to their readers facts as well as entertain them with their imagination.

 TR-WritingServices.com is a service dedicated to help authors reach their potential as independent writers. Knowing the world you live and work in is essential to being a good writer, thus the need for the free flow of information.

To discover how we can help you be the writer you want to be, write to us at markting@tr-indbkstore.com. We will respond with a free copy of our Guide to Writing plus a brochure detailing our plans. We won’t ask for your credit card or any money, but we will send you these items for free.

Check us out and get your career moving.

Now back to the article.

Indie Publishing is the author taking ultimate charge. Basically, it means selecting a printer or publisher to print our books. And there are publishers out there willing to be our printer and even our marketer.

The one I am most familiar with is Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). CreateSpace, whom I was with, merged with KDP so now all my print books are with KDP. Plus, I have eBooks with KDP and a few with Smashwords.

I will discuss KDP more in the example. I have also located at least one other printer called Best Value Copy. They are an online printing service that provides quality work at reasonable prices. However, I have not used them or any other publishing platform because KDP has proven to me that they are very capable and affordable.

In looking for a quality printer you can try your own neighborhood. For example, there is a Staples store not far from us that gives business discounts to authors using their printing services. That suggests the possibility that other office supply stores may offer the same services.

But assuming the role of publisher is more than just getting a printer. You literally take on the responsibilities of a publisher. You may have to seek your own ISBN, copyright, and other important items.

In our case, we listed ourselves with the State of Florida with a DBA (Doing Business As) name of T&R Independent Books. Because we use KDP we are able to use their ISBNs which are free, although they also sell other ISBNs for a modest price. Copyrights are free.

It is both exciting and scary. But the rewards can be awesome. For example, a self-publisher may give us anywhere from 8% to 40% royalty depending on volume of books sold. But as our own publisher the percentage jumps up to 60% and more (before costs and taxes).

In addition to that, we have virtual control over every aspect. It is true that with Kindle Direct some control lies with them, but it is also true that such controls are limited.

In establishing our own publishing business, we also took on the marketing of the books, which I may discuss in a future blog.  But in short, we will now be able to use the marketing tools that we used to buy from the publisher. Now we will have the authority to market the books as we see fit without incurring exorbitant costs.

Tip: As a publisher you pay the ISBN, the copyright, and other legal fees.                
Tip #2: Indie Publishers can get gross royalties of 60% or more. Even after taxes the profit is excellent.                

Example

I promised to discuss Kindle Direct Publishing and here we go.

When my wife first expressed the desire to start writing her own novels it fitted right in with the idea of T&R Independent Books. So, we immediately began researching what the costs would be to publish.

We searched the internet for both local and online printers. Eventually we settled on KDP because of three primary factors:

  1. We would retain ownership of all rights.
  2. Costs were reasonable.
  3. KDP would provide us worldwide marketing.

(At this time, we were dealing with CreateSpace but in 2018 they merged with KDP. KDP is virtually the same as CreateSpace and both are owned by Amazon.)

These are career changing factors. Although we have and will do our own expanded local marketing, being in the KDP loop will expand our marketing a thousand times over!

While the KDP name will be on our books, there will be no question of the identity of the real publisher which is T&R Independent Books.

Application

In establishing T&R Independent Books we also took over what was formerly known as RFrederickRiddle’s Bookstore. Initially, we closed down the store and opted to direct all potential buyers to Amazon and Kindle. However, in 2021 we opened a new store called T&R Independent Bookstore. In both cases, we have control over the marketing, including tracking of sales. Our initial relation with Amazon was the familiarity of Amazon for customers and KDP’s powerful tracking tools.

But our association with WordPress and Woo eCommerce has enabled us to set up our store using WordPress’s Storefront theme. It is another game changer and fits right into our Indie persona.

When using KDP, it enabled us to exercise several marketing options, some being free. Does this guarantee sales? Of course not. But it did give us, a relative newcomer maximum control and flexibility. And we still have them by our side with the primary difference that the controls, tools, and products (books) reside in our store while the eBooks are on Amazon.

When we started out in 2014 Indie Publishing was rather new and unknown, at least to us. But now becoming your own publisher is no longer a new idea. It has the potential to change the publishing landscape in years to come.

Not only the publishing landscape, but our future and yours. You should seriously consider this avenue. I can almost guarantee you that your book will be published sooner than traditionally, and it will cost you dramatically less. Quality is another story as it will be up to you to either do the editing or hire a professional.

Getting published doesn’t guarantee sales. But once again being an Indie Publisher involves great responsibility and great rewards. Being an Indie Publisher has great potential! If you are listening to this podcast, it is being brought to you by T&R Independent Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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Republicans Fight for Democracy

A New York Times reporter claimed the Republican Party is turning against Democracy. Among several problems with that statement there is at least one that we will examine.

First of all, it was a lie. Worse than that it is impossible. Let me explain.

Democracy is defined as, ‘a government by the people, especially: rule of the majority.’

When our country was founded, and our forefathers wrote the Constitution they purposely decided that Democracy as defined above was not the right way to go. Instead, they chose a radically new idea: Representative Democracy.

Now to be fair, the average liberal or Democrat probably thinks that Democracy and Representative Democracy are the same. They are not. In true or pure Democracy, the majority of the people rule. There are no representatives chosen to speak on their behalf. The people rule.

True Democracy is best found in a mob. There you have a large group of people and usually one or just a few people who control it. The mob decides issues by what appeals to them. Reason and debate generally are absent. One reason is mob rule usually means one thought or direction; dissent is not allowed.

Representative Democracy, which our founders wrote into the Constitution, is totally different. In the United States Constitution, we have a Legislative Branch consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate. We also have the Executive Branch (President) and the Judicial Branch (Courts). These three branches form a Constitutional Representative Democracy sometimes called a Republic.

But for many years, actually decades, our schools, news media, and the Democratic Party have blurred the distinction. In some cases, this was simply ignorance (never having been taught otherwise), but more and more it has been willful.

Now that we live in a society under the control of the News Media, Social Media, and Liberal political forces, the blending has been largely successful. So, it is possible that the reader of this article believes that Democracy is what we have.

Why is that important?

It is important because believing in Democracy as the rule of law is believing in a Constitution as defined by Nancy Pelosi and friends. Not the written Constitution, such as I own a copy of, but a Constitution that is ever evolving according to the will of the people as led by them. Or, put succinctly, mob rule.

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We now live in a society where words and phrases we grew up knowing are being turned on their respective heads. We no longer have men and women as defined by birth, but now we have people born of one sex and later deciding they are of the other sex. The Bible calls this immoral and confusion. And we are seeing this played out right before our eyes.

But that is not all. We call abortion a right and we deny any rights to the unborn. We call Socialism, which can be termed the government taking away our hard-earned money and property, moral. But hard work, loyalty, and doing your best are considered outdated.

Unfortunately, the News Media and the big Social Media giants encourage this change. And they don’t like dissent. Which brings us to the true nature of Democracy. Namely, that it is a dictatorship. I said earlier that Democracy is like a mob. But there is always a leader of a mob and the mob follows the leader without thinking. So-called thinkers of the mob repeat ad nauseum whatever the leader says.

This kind of thinking is apparent in the Letters to the Editors where liberal contributors repeat as fact what NBC, CBS, ABC, along with CNN and other networks say. Especially if it came from the DNC. It doesn’t matter if what is being said is the truth or not, what matters is that the agenda is being promoted.

Perhaps you have heard the term ‘pack the court.’ This term is speaking of the Supreme Court and means that you increase the number of justices until you have enough that agree with you. It makes the Supreme Court irrelevant. I believe this scares our so-called conservative justices and explains their inaction in the last election.

The Republican Party is not perfect. It isn’t even close to perfect. But it believes in the sanctity of life, morality as defined by the Bible, a strong work ethic, the resilience of the American people, the Middle Class, and the Constitution of our forefathers.

What does the Democratic Party believe?

It believes it is fine for a person born a male to decide he is a female and then compete in female sports, thus destroying women’s sports. (By the way, the argument that women can compete against men equally is unsupported by biology or history.)

The Democratic Party also believes that stealing is fine as long as it is for a good cause. They talk about ‘fair share’ when in fact they want the rich to pay not just more, which they already do, but at exorbitantly higher tax rates.

In conclusion, it is the Democratic Party that is undermining Representative Democracy. They are in fact, using the tools and power of Representative Democracy to destroy itself and then turn the country into a dictatorship of mob rule whereby they run things.

This is their vision of the great new world.

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Journalism Debate Misses the Mark

The Riddle Report 05 04 2021

In today’s newspaper, I came across two articles focusing on trust in the media. Both were through Insidesources.com and both tackled the sad state of trust in the media.

The first article was by Carrie Sheffield and it was a good, well-researched discussion on the lack of “trust” that exists of media. She identified several points of concern and closed by saying, “Progressives in the media these days speak of “equity” and “inclusion,” but the question is whether they’ll include better ideological diversity in their work moving forward.”

In the second article written by Yosef Getachew and Jonathan Walter, the argument centered around the absence of women and people of color in the newsroom. They ended the article by saying, “The challenges to our current media landscape are multilayered that require bold solutions. In order to revive journalism as a pillar of our democracy, we need a vibrant ecosystem with diverse and independent voices, investigative reporting that holds power accountable, and robust reporting that can meet the information needs of our communities today.” (This article sounds more like an ad or perhaps a politician.)

Both of these articles were interesting and both brought up important points. But, in my opinion, the piece by Sheffield came closest to the answer. Just the same, I believe they both missed the mark.

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The solution to the problem with today’s journalism won’t be found in looking at charts and dissecting data. The answer is both simple and complex. Let’s take a closer look.

Yes, the trust in the media is broken! That is a fact. But I believe there is a very simple solution to that problem. Before I tell you what it is, let me be transparent. I hold no degrees in journalism, have never taken a class in journalism, and the only reporting that I have done is in my blog.

I am almost 78 and I have lived long enough to have observed both good and bad journalism. So, what do I think is good journalism?

The best way I can answer that question is to relate how I read the news when I was much younger.

When I was a kid, the local newspaper published news on local news and national news. And just like now they used the AP to publish stories that were primarily national. These stories were not only well-written and researched, but they were also written in a way that left the writer’s personal opinion out of it. That is, they reported just the facts; if they wanted to express their views, they were published elsewhere in the paper.

For all I knew, the writer could have been liberal or conservative. If I wanted their opinion, I could turn to the back pages where there was the Editorial page for the Editor and the Letters to the Editor where the letter writer could express his or her opinion. There were also guest opinion articles. (All of which we still have.) The bias was separated from the article and often was found elsewhere.

In short, the facts were reported without bias. And the bias was easily identifiable in another section of the paper where the reader knew it was an opinion based on their understanding of the facts.

Today that is not so.

In the modern newspaper we find the bias mixed right in alongside the facts. It is not rare to find article after article where this is the case. It is disheartening. But worse still, it is dishonest.

Reporters are supposed to report the facts and leave the opinion making up to the readers. But I am afraid the colleges and universities no longer teach journalism that way. Nowadays, it appears to me that reporters write with an angle or agenda. They insert words, sometimes only one or sometimes several, that are meant to convey certain ideas that the writer wants conveyed.

If you only want the facts, you have to try to filter out all the bias. It takes longer, is not always possible, and it provides a false narrative. I am an author of fiction and it is expected that I will write in a way to create a scene or show a person a certain way. But that is unacceptable for a reporter!

In response to the two articles, it is not what the color of skin the reporter has nor the sex of the reporter. Nor is it whether the reporter is liberal or conservative. It is telling us the facts and letting us form our own opinions. Let’s get back to what we knew when we were youngsters; report the facts on one page and state your opinion on another page!

Unless you bring honesty back to reporting and report the facts without the bias you will discover that increasing diversity and creating a vibrant ecosystem with diverse and independent voices won’t change our mistrust. It will just continue to grow and fester. Then we will get our news from blogs like this.

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Statehood for District of Columbia?

The following is a copy of an article by Rob Natelson.

Why the District of Columbia Should Not Be a State?

Commentary

In June 1783, the Confederation Congress was meeting in what is now Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Continental soldiers surrounded the building demanding back pay. They were peaceful, but the intimidation was plain.

Congress asked Pennsylvania authorities to clear away the demonstrators. Pennsylvania authorities refused to do so. Congress accordingly left Philadelphia for Princeton, New Jersey, thereby making that town the national capital for a short time.

This incident confirmed the American Founders in their opinion that the national capital should not be at the mercy of any state. The Founders also knew that in European countries, national office holders could be held hostage by mobs that local authorities were unwilling, or unable, to control.

In July 1783, therefore, Congress began to lay plans for a capital district outside of any state, and under direct federal authority. An independent capital district became a top congressional priority.

When the Constitution’s framers met in convention in 1787, they accomplished this by adding the Enclave Clause to the document. The Enclave Clause reads in part as follows:

“The Congress shall have Power … To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States …”

Securing the national capital from capture was one reason for locating it outside the boundaries of any state. But there were other reasons as well. The founding generation believed that for republican government to survive, decision makers (including voters) should be free from the undue influence of others. They had to be able to make decisions freely, based on full consideration of the evidence. Decisions made by people heavily dependent on others would reflect merely the will of the masters. It was like giving the masters extra votes.

Many participants in the debate over the Constitution expressed concern that residents of the capital district, who would consist largely of government employees and their families, would reflect solely the interests of the government upon which they were dependent. They did not want dependents of the federal government unduly influencing state or national elections.

The Founders also recognized that denying the vote to residents of the capital district would not leave them without influence. On the contrary, prior history showed that those residents would have an outsize influence—partly by reason of their proximity to federal institutions and partly because many would be government officials or employees. Allowing them to participate in national elections would unfairly magnify their power further.

The Constitution reflected all these concerns by making no provision for the capital district having seats in Congress or participating in presidential elections.

In 1788, the Maryland legislature formally offered to cede to the federal government jurisdiction over land for a capital district. Virginia did so the following year. In 1791, Congress accepted Maryland’s and Virginia’s offers. The District of Columbia was established formally 10 years later. The federal government later returned Virginia’s portion to that state, so all of what is now the District of Columbia is former Maryland territory.

In 1960, Congress proposed the 23rd Amendment, which the states ratified the following year. It permitted residents of the District of Columbia to choose three presidential electors. In 1973, Congress passed the Home Rule Act, permitting local self-government for the District.

As currently proposed, the new state would consist of all of D.C. except tiny strips of territory remaining under federal control. It would be called “Washington, Douglas Commonwealth”—presumably meaning the City of Washington in the Commonwealth of Douglas. Many of the arguments over this proposal center on such questions as whether the District is large or self-sustaining enough to be a state.

But those arguments are unnecessary. The history I’ve just recited and the modern implications should be enough to squash the idea.

As demonstrated by the 1783 incident in Philadelphia, D.C. statehood would put the federal government at the mercy of local state officials. “Douglas Commonwealth” officials could refuse to restrain rioters threatening federal institutions. They could threaten or intimidate federal officials to obtain political ends. One obvious tactic might be for Douglas police to harass members of Congress with traffic tickets until Congress passed a particular law or granted the Commonwealth more federal aid.

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The terms of Maryland’s 1788 offer of cession also present objections to D.C. statehood. The Constitution authorizes Congress to assume jurisdiction over a portion of a state only if the state cedes it. As another part of the Enclave Clause makes clear, cession represents the consent of the state to loss of some of its territory.

But Maryland’s consent to cession, as well as Congress’s acceptance, was clearly based on the land being used as a national capital. The 1788 Maryland law provides that cession is to be of a “district in this State not exceeding ten miles square, which Congress may fix upon and accept for the seat of Government of the United States.” Maryland did not consent to the creation of another state out of its territory. Doing so would have required action under an entirely different part of the Constitution (Article IV, Section 3).

In other words, Maryland’s consent was effective for creating a federal “enclave” to be used as a national capital, but not effective for creating a new state. Turning all or part of D.C. into a state would require either a new agreement with Maryland, or a constitutional amendment.

Another objection arises from the results of the 23rd Amendment. Those results have vindicated fully the Founders’ concerns about allowing District residents to vote in federal elections. As the record shows, in presidential contests D.C. voters do not seriously weigh the merits or demerits of presidential candidates. The District is a dependency of the federal government, and its electorate invariably votes for the party that offers more government—the Democrats. D.C. residents have cast ballots in 15 presidential elections. They have voted the same way each time, and by huge margins: In 2020, Joe Biden took 92 percent of their vote.

These results—disturbing to any but the most rabid Democrat partisan—suggest that rather than admitting the District as a state, we should be discussing repeal of the 23rd Amendment.

Nor has the 1973 D.C. Home Rule Act been a success. In 2012, the Washington Post published a column by a long-time D.C. journalist. Its title tells you all you need to know about government there: “How D.C. became a District of Corruption.” America does not need more corruption in its national councils.

Robert G. Natelson, a former constitutional law professor, is senior fellow in constitutional jurisprudence at the Independence Institute in Denver. He is the author of “The Original Constitution: What It Actually Said and Meant“ (3rd ed., 2014).

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author of the piece and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times from which it was copied. While I find the article informative, I had no prior knowledge of the subject nor was I involved in the research or the discovery of facts pertaining to it.

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What Are Six Steps to Writing?

The Riddle Report 04 20 2021

This blog is written to help new authors or those contemplating the idea of writing a book.

If you are thinking about whether to write a book or not, don’t be afraid to step out. While there are thousands of writers out there, there is no one quite like you. And we need to see your work.

What follows are six steps to help you get started. These are not in-depth, and they are not all that difficult. But I believe that you should take them to heart.

#1 – The Concept

The Basics of the Story

A story has to start somewhere and that is usually in the mind of the author. Perhaps it is a childhood memory, college years, military service, or simply a job. All of these are potential sources of plots.

You may only know a ‘what if?’ concept or perhaps a specific event in your own life that has triggered an idea for a story. While I am primarily talking about a fictional story, you could also want to write a nonfiction account of your experience.

#2 – The Research

Beginning Research

I call it Beginning Research because research is something you will need to do a lot of throughout your writing. But here you are performing some basic research to get you off on the right foot.

Some of the research you will do is as follows:

  • What is the uniqueness of the subject?
  • Has someone else already written on the subject?
  • What genres will it be in?
  • Is it fictional or nonfiction?

You get the idea. These are areas that you should consider, and you will probably come up with other areas. And none of the above will probably ever get in your book. But they will help you formulate your ideas.

Other areas of research may cover location of the story (i.e., Florida, Maine, etc.), type of industry in area, manner of speech and dress in the area, and so forth. The answers to these questions will have a direct impact upon your story.

In short, research is a valuable tool that you can use to help you throughout writing your book and, indeed, throughout your writing career.

#3 – First Draft

Your initial Work

New authors often fall in love with their first drafts because they poured their hearts into it. But you should always consider the first draft as a rough draft not meant for publication. No matter how much effort you put in this first draft it is going to require work.

I have never met an author who wrote a first draft and successfully published it. Someone out there may claim they have done so, but I can almost guarantee you that the draft is full of errors.

#4 – Review and Edit

Edit or not?

Some writers don’t edit until they have finished the first draft, others like to edit every page. Neither approach is wrong. But I would suggest that making use of your built-in grammar checker can be a help. But it is critical to remember that the grammar checker does not know whether you are writing an academic paper, which requires very stringent grammar, or a novel, which is not that stringent.

The other thing to remember about grammar programs is that they know the rules, but those rules are aimed at the academic level. Plus, the program does not know you are writing a novel, does not know your plot, does not know the education level of your characters, and so forth. So, use the grammar checker as a tool and interpret its concerns accordingly.

That said, I recommend that you strike a balance between constant editing and waiting until the end. Edit is necessary, but too much of a good thing can disrupt your flow of thoughts. In this first draft your story’s development is the most important thing going on. And when you finish your first draft you will find it necessary to go back over the entire book and check out your spelling, grammar, and other issues that may pop up. You find these issues by reading your draft. It is called reviewing.

What you are doing for each draft is reviewing and editing. And it may take several drafts before your book is ready to be published.

#5 – Get Help

Professional Help

After you have finished the first draft and done your review & edit, you can then write your next draft. But after you third or fourth or fifth draft you may realize that you need help.

The temptation is too do it all by yourself. And the hard truth is that even your very best authors don’t publish error free books. I know, I’ve read some of the best and still found errors. Sometimes minor and sometimes major. When you are talking about thousands of words, the likelihood of errors increases even when you use professional help.

But you don’t necessarily need professional help. Consider relatives or friends. But make sure they understand that you need honest reviews. It is not helpful if they tell you what they think you want to hear. What you need are another pair of eyes.

Even so, if you are on a tight budget, you may not be able to do that because if someone helps you out like that you should do something for them. If you are on a tight budget you may have to do it yourself, in which case, I would suggest that you take a breather after finishing a draft and do something else. Then go back and reread your story. You might consider reading with a view for spelling errors, such as ‘their’ instead of ‘there’. Then, reread the story and look at the grammar.

But if you go the do-it-yourself-approach, remember that you are the author and know what you think you wrote. Your mind might trick your eyes into seeing the words that you thought you wrote instead of the words you really wrote.

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The problems associated with self-editing are why there are professional editors out there. We exist to help you prepare your book for publishing. We read your book thoroughly looking for errors in grammar, spelling, etc. Then we work with you to improve the story.

In fact, if we are doing the editing, we do so with your story in mind. And not only your story, but your writing style. It is unique to you and we believe it should be preserved. So, we edit and proof the book, then we make sure you are happy with the results. Only when you are happy, and it meets the requirements of KDP is the book published.

And you haven’t spent a fortune to have it done.

Now back to the article.

#6 – Getting Published

Kindle Direct Publishing

At TR Writing Services we use KDP because they:

  • Allow the author to have total control except for a few technical issues
  • Allow you to determine your royalties, which range from 35% to 70%
  • Pay directly to an account you indicate
  • Provide you a large potential readership
  • and much more.

There are self-publishing companies out there that you should learn about. Don’t be confused by the term self-publishing. It does not mean that you have control over the publishing process. They do. And if you want them to edit your book, you may be giving up any control you have there as well.

But there are publishing criteria that you need to check out. One is the book cover.

It is important that after all the work you have put in to the book that your cover be good. And you have some options.

  • KDP gallery, which provides templates and pictures
  • Professional designers who will design a book cover for you

The KDP gallery should not be ignored. They have a small amount of pictures that may fit your need. I wish they would expand that gallery. However, they also have preset templates for book covers which allows you to upload your own pictures, such as designed for you or you purchased off the internet. Some designers will design the back cover for you but unless these people are KDP certified it could prove difficult. So, take the time and find out if they have worked with KDP, because KDP has criteria that must be met.

Professional designers offer their services at varying prices. Just because someone offers their services at a high cost does not mean that their services are better than anyone else’s. Check out their work.

Here’s thought. Why not make use of istock, pexels, pixabay, or others. Then upload to KDP the picture you bought or downloaded. Then let KDP do the rest.

I’ve done it. They also let you upload of bio picture of yourself along with a short biography and a description of the book. Then they let you know if you need to do more work on any of those items. When done, you have a quality book cover.

There you have it. Six basic steps to help you get started. There are several more items we didn’t discuss, such as ISBN, color vs. B&W, and more. But KDP will work with you on that as will just about any publisher that exists.

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What About Gov. DeSantis vs. the Big Lie?

The Riddle Report 04 16 2021

There is a narrative out there which I call the Big Lie. The narrative is that Covid-19 can best be controlled by ‘locking down’ the country. It requires businesses to shut down and people to stay in their homes. It further causes Americans to live in fear.

But facts keep popping up and exposing the Big Lie for what it is.

#1 – The Beginning

Back in early 2020 about this time the Big Lie was already getting pushed hard. Dr. Fauci and the CDC pushed it as the right way to fight the virus. President Trump trusted him, as did a host of governors and legislators around the country. But it soon became apparent to the President and to Governor DeSantis that shutting down was not working.

#2 – The Shutdown

President Trump took a cautious approach and encouraged governors to shutdown their states. Governor DeSantis did with an initial 15-day shutdown which was followed by a 30-day shutdown.

Now, looking back, he admits it was a “huge mistake.” In a recent interview with Epoch Times, he talked at length about that and his actions since then.

#3 – Phased Reopening

Both President Trump and Governor DeSantis of Florida began pushing for the reopening of our states. Governor DeSantis was widely criticized by the media, the medical establishment, and by fellow Floridians.

Perhaps you remember, I know I do, the numerous Letters to the Editor that lambasted the Governor. It was vicious and coming from the Left.

But the Governor stood his ground, and we can be thankful that he did. While the liberals preached doom and gloom, the gradual reopening of our state not only brought business back, but the doom and gloom never appeared except in the southeast part of Florida where lockdowns remained.

The phased reopening of Florida and 5 other states, along with 8 other states that never shutdown, has proven the wisdom of reopening. Moreover, we have seen over time that the lockdown didn’t and doesn’t work. Blue state after blue state has stuck to the lockdown and their citizens have paid dearly. The State of New York, the poster state of Covid-19, was placed in lockdown by their governor the poster boy of Covid-19 with disastrous results. We all saw the body bags on national television. (A side note is that President Trump sent at least one hospital ship to New York only to see it barely used.)

New York remains the #1 in worst handling, although the media lionized the New York governor.

#4 – Doom and Gloom

Remember I said people were predicting doom and gloom. Governor DeSantis was getting blasted for his decisions. Well, those decisions led to a booming economy here in Florida. Children are back in school and the media still gets excited if one child gets Covid, but that has never become the problem that the teachers union and others said it would become.

You want doom and gloom you will have to visit some of the northern states, such as New York, Michigan, and others.

#5 – DeSantis’ Closing Remarks

If you listen to the media, the pandemic is still raging. Now they are talking about variants. But the truth is that the pandemic is winding down where the lockdowns have been lifted. That is not what the media wants to hear; nor is it what the liberal politicians want to hear.

The CDC appears to be backing away from some of its harshest advice, but it is going about it very slowly. Why? Listen to the Governor.

“But I don’t know that they’re willing to accept that reality. I think they’re going to try to have no cases at all, which would basically mean there would never be a full end to these policies, which is scary.”

And why is that probably true? Because these same people (governors, legislators, media, and some in the medical field, are heavily invested in the narrative they are pushing. Retreating in the face of mounting evidence doesn’t fit their agenda.

Not long ago a supporter of lockdowns cried out, “It’s science, stupid!” But they were wrong. It was and is bad science!

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#6 – President Biden

There have been disturbing signs that the President’s mental capacity isn’t that great. There have been signs before, during, and after the election. That is scary.

But of even greater concern is that this once sharp politician doesn’t have the mental acumen nor the moral backbone to stand for what he once supported. Now he is pushing an agenda more closely aligned with his Vice President than his own past. Now he is pushing the vaccines.

#7 – Vaccines

President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed brought us the vaccines in record time. And that is fantastic. Not wanting to be outdone and laughed at for taking credit for the vaccines, President Biden is now pushing hard for everyone getting vaccinated. Despite rising occurrences of side effects, some fatal.

There is a time to rush and a time to evaluate. These vaccines need to be tested, analyzed, and tweaked so that these side effects are minimized.

One vaccine is now being “paused” and evaluated around the world. Two others should be watched carefully as well. Personally, I think they will resolve these issues if given time. But I don’t want to get vaccinated by an unproven model.

#8 – My Dad’s Advice

When I was a teenager, my dad gave me advice about buying a car. It went something like this, “Never buy a new model. Wait a couple of years for them to get the problems fixed.” That’s good advice for cars and it is good advice for vaccines. I am not saying wait 2 years, but I am saying let’s slow down and make sure these vaccines not only work but are safe!

#9 – Family Doctors

The medical community is no longer united on this issue. Some are pushing the idea of getting vaccinated, but some are more concerned about their patients than they are any benefits they might receive. Our doctors know our health and are taking a wait and see attitude about the vaccinations. And I am thankful for that. My wife is recovering from Cancer and I am a recovering heart attack patient (2014). Combined with the fact that we are both Type “O”, believed to be naturally resistant to the virus, we are advised not to get vaccinated. But we do practice social distancing and wearing the mask where required.

#10 – Conclusion

History has proven that “lockdowns” don’t work. Instead, they tend to excoriate the problem. Sometimes, plain old common sense is better than the most scientific responses. Science is often wrong; history is replete with erroneous scientific beliefs. And when everyone seems to be on the bandwagon for a supposed cure and won’t allow public dissent, it is a time to back away. My wife and I will be watching and may never get vaccinated. But one thing is for sure, as long as our doctors don’t push it on us, we aren’t volunteering.

I am glad that Florida has a Governor who has backbone. He saw the data and knew what the right thing was to do. And he did it! That same data was available to others and they ignored it or explained it away. And their people suffered for it.

This podcast has been brought to you by TR Bookstore. We want to be your local bookstore and we are located on the internet at tr-writingservices.com. Drop in and check us out.

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TR Bookstore Now Open!

TR Bookstore now open

The Riddle Report 04 13 2021

I recently blogged about our bookstore opening soon. Well, it is now open. It is more of a Soft Opening with the Grand Opening scheduled for May 3, 2021. We are using the Soft Opening to allow for testing, so if you come to our store now you will be part of the testing. I did some testing already and it appears that everything is working fine.

So, come on in and check us out.

#1 – PayPal

In my blog showing the steps in building a bookstore, I mentioned PayPal. I have tested this from my computer, but not from someone else’s computer yet. It looks good and working, so there should not be any problems. So, if you are curious and want to try out our new system, then go ahead.

#2 – Website

The best way to find us is just typing in tr-writingservices.com. If that doesn’t work try htpps://tr-writingservices.com.

A direct link to our bookstore is: https://rfrederickriddleblog.com/shop/ which will take you to our store’s TR Bookstore page.

#3 – Tour

I have prepared a video that will give you an idea of our store. Scroll down and you will see our products or you can click on a category (genre) and go to those books. We have tried to make your journey as easy as possible, so enjoy and look around.

#4 – Appearance

One of the things I, as the programmer, am interested in is your view of the store. Is it easy to navigate? How do the pictures display on your computer? Are you comfortable and can you find everything easily?

I would appreciate your comments.

#5 –Products

Our products are displayed in a manner that would enable you to see all that we have in an easily discerned format. Again, we are interested in feedback from you, so take a moment and tell us what you think. Don’t worry about my feelings; I will cry and then get over it.

#6 – Product Pictures

I have included pictures of our books plus links to Amazon and to our cart. Any comments are welcome, but I really prefer words like “Wow”, “Great”, and so forth.

#7 – Cart

We have provided a PayPal cart that enables you to buy one or more books at one time. You will notice that tax is charged as that is what the state of Florida wants. The rate is 7% (6% state and 1% county).

#8 – Testing

As mentioned before, we are in a testing mode. If you have any problems whatsoever, we want to hear from you! Hopefully you won’t find anything wrong. But if you do, we’ll be most appreciative.

#9 – Grand Opening

The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 3, 2021. That is not very far away and we are excited. We hope you like it well enough to tell your friends and anyone else who likes to read.

#10 – Directions

I like to say that we are located on Internet Hwy at tr-writingservices.com. When people come there, they will find our bookstore and our writing services where we edit, proof, and publish the book within.

TR Bookstore provides a clean, virus free environment. We don’t require masks or social distancing, but you may practice either or both if you like. But whatever else you do, enjoy yourself while you explore the store.

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TR Bookstore Opening Soon

The Riddle Report 04 9 2021

In my last blog I talked about brick and mortar bookstores and the fact that brick and mortar stores, bookstores in particular, are making a comeback. While that is true, Teresa and I are excited to announce that we are opening an internet store where book lovers can purchase our books at a discounted price.

While it is true that we’ve had a catalog allowing customers to purchase their book through links in our catalog, we thought our customers deserved better. Thus, we made the decision to offer our books, which are growing in number, to our customers at discounted prices and right on our website.

We have a grand opening tentatively scheduled for May 3, 2021, but TR Bookstore is ready now. There may be some tweaks needed here or there which is why we are going for a “soft” opening right now.

I thought it would be nice to let you in on our journey. I do not have affiliate accounts with any of the products I will discuss nor am I reimbursed or paid for my comments. I will tell the story in Steps.

Step #1 – PayPal

I mention this first because we have had a PayPal account for several years. While there are other vendors out similar to PayPal, we prefer PayPal. You need a method for your customers to pay for your products. One of the things I like about PayPal is that customers do not have to have a PayPal account. If they have one, then great.

But if they don’t have an PayPal account, they can still purchase their book(s) using their credit card. We accept most major credit cards.

Step #2 – Hosting Website

We currently use WordPress and we are very happy with it. Previously I have used Godaddy. And, yes, there are many good website hosts out there. Get one of them.

With WordPress I upgraded to Business. To have a storefront you must have either the Business Plan or the eCommerce Plan. We chose Business because it provides what we need and costs less than the eCommerce Plan.

Step #3 – WooCommerce

This is a plugin for WordPress that really makes a difference. It gives the look and feel of a bookstore. I have only recently installed it and started working with it, and I can tell you I am very pleased!

The fact that it is “free” is always a blessing. Along with that it is a powerful program that works well  in the Storefront Theme.

Step #4 – Appearance

Don’t feel obligated to follow the same steps I took, but I choose to have Step #4 be appearance. I started working on the appearance as soon as I could. And I have tweaked several times and maybe I will do more in the near future. The more I learn the better the appearance gets.

Step #5 – Add Products

I expected this to take days, maybe weeks. But the Add Products (WooCommerce) aspect has been very easy. You can assign your product ID (default is ISBN) according to your needs or desires. You can determine currency, retail price, sale price, inventory, and more

Step #6 – Product Pictures

At the moment I have continued to use the product pictures that I have also used in the catalog. I may choose to update the pictures to a more unified look and feel. That will be looked into for sure.

Step #7 – Cart

I have chosen to use the default Cart which is tied to my PayPal account. It is plain and simple which is what I want. More important, it is quick and easy for customers, and that is very important.

Step #8 – Testing

Technically, the store is operational right now. Customers can access and use the site. However, it is always as good idea to test the site. So, we are doing a “soft” opening which allows us to test the site and make any improvements necessary. If customers use us during this time they become part of the testing, but we are hoping that everyone will be happy and experience “zero” problems.

Step #9 – Grand Opening

The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 3, 2021. By that time all “bugs” should have been found and removed. It is also possible that at least one more book will be added to our inventory. We are starting out small, but intend to continue adding more of our own books to the bookstore.

It is also possible that other authors’ books might be sold sometime in the future, but these are unlikely to be discounted. There are a lot of decisions that we will have to make, but we anticipate are own published works will continue to grow.

Step #10 – Directions

I like to say that we are located on Internet Hwy at tr-writingservices.com. When people come there they will find our bookstore and our writing services where we edit, proof, and publish the book within.

I am seriously thinking of providing directions right on the site as a separate page.

Perhaps you want to build your own publishing business or bookstore. If so, I hope this blog gave you some encouragement and some constructive ideas.

Get free Guide to Writing at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com.

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AUTHOR’S PAGE: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? Want to review our books? Contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. Such as, ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ Be sure to indicate your email address and your name.

R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld and his Parler page is authorriddle.

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Are Brick & Mortar Bookstores Dying?

The Riddle Report 04 2 2021

It has been evident for a long time that brick and mortar bookstores were declining and the culprit has been the Internet. However, despite media coverage suggesting that bookstores were dying, a resurgence started several years ago. Covid-19, also known as the Chinese Virus (it started in China), has had a crushing impact on almost all industries. But the bookstore industry seems to be coping and is ready to continue its comeback.

News Item #1 Overview

There is a long history of bookstores dating back hundreds of years. They were the primary, and sometimes only, venue for selling and buying books. When I started my writing career in 2003, bookstores were still the primary place to sell your books. And it was in bookstores that I conducted book signings.

At that time, it was getting more difficult primarily because the superstores dominated and could be picky about the books.

Sometime after that the brick & mortar stores began declining as the internet was growing and people found they could shop from home. Thus, began a deep decline that saw chains that once dominated going out of business. Borders, one of the largest superstore chains, eventually closed its doors. But others continued.

News Item #2 Decline

As mentioned above bookstores, and we are talking primarily of brick & mortar bookstores, went into decline. Here is Port Charlotte, Florida I understand that there were bookstores, including at least one Christian bookstore.

Shortly after arriving here in 2008 we discovered that the Christian store was gone, and the only general bookstore was Books-a-Million. That hasn’t changed much. A Christian bookstore did open up and operate for several years, but it too went out of business. Books-a-Million is still here.

Why?

Part of the reason is that the new Christian Bookstore only had a minimal presence on the internet. Basically, a single page providing directions and when open. I also suspect that the manager of the store underestimated the competition that the internet was bringing. I talked to him and he was quite confident, yet his confidence seemed to me to ignore or not be aware of the purchasing power, not to mention low overhead, of internet stores.

News Item #3 Comeback

We currently have two bookstores in Punta Gorda, Florida, which is right across the Peace River. Both are Independent and have an online presence that compliments the physical store. In addition, I know Copperfish makes use of emails, virtual events, and Zoom to list just a few innovations. And I believe all Indie Bookstores have similar methods of outreach.

The comeback of bookstores in general and Indie’s in particular began in 2016 or shortly after. That was the year that Family Christian went bankrupt and disappeared. But the vaunted age of eBooks didn’t happen quite the way anticipated. Yes, eBooks sell well, but they did not replace print books which still sell well.

And the bookstores, particularly Indie bookstores that included Church bookstores, learned to survive and thrive!

News Item #4 In The Year 2021

The year is still young, but bookstores are doing well. Indie bookstores have invested time, money, and energy in coping with the restrictions from the Chinese Virus. As a result, they are ready to continue the comeback. Locally, I have seen at least one bookstore expand its virtual offerings while moving to a new brick & mortar storefront.

Scanning the internet for information on bookstores I found optimism. And that speaks well of the industry.

News Item #4s What About the Internet

The internet is well and doing fine. Just as there are millions of people wanting to hold a book in their hand before buying, there are also millions of people willing to buy a book from the comfort of their homes. The internet and brick & mortar bookstores can coexist and, in some cases, have a foot in both segments.

Here at T&R Independent Bookstore and Services, we are looking forward to opening are own bookstore, TR Bookstore. It will be exclusively on the internet and, at least in the beginning, sell only our books. This will allow our books to be sold both at Amazon and at our bookstore, where they will be discounted.

So, in conclusion, I believe it is way too early to mourn the bookstores whether brick & mortar or internet. And neither should we mourn the eBook or the Print book. Both are doing fine!

So, if you are looking for a fine book to read go to your local bookstore or your internet bookstore (which when you think about it are also local).

Get free Guide to Writing at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com.

Subscribe to Author Alerts (click and submit signup form)

For information about us (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”) contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com and get our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

AUTHOR’S PAGE: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? Want to review our books? Contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. Such as, ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ Be sure to indicate your email address and your name.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld and his Parler page is authorriddle.

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An Alarming Report

The Riddle Report 03 26 2021

Alarming News on Inflation

As I have predicted concerning the Biden/Harris Administration, their actions are going to lead to inflation.

I follow Dick Morris and in a recent report he pointed out that the pressures are overwhelming, and that inflation is coming. He pointed out that unlike Americans, Europeans, and others look not on daily prices but on the value of the dollar. And the pressures caused by stimulation money plus new taxes that are about to come down plus environment regulations and labor regulations, inflation is coming.

The formula of the stimulus package plus higher taxes plus environmental and labor regulations leads to inflationary pressures. These in turn will lead to corporations providing less goods and services while higher capital gains taxes leaves less money to invest in new plant and equipment, higher income taxes means less job creation, and environmental and labor regulations leads to constraining the supply of goods when supply demand is about to explode.

News Item #1 Stimulus.

While the stimulus payments to people are needed and will help people, I see the stimulus package as doing more harm than good.

Why?

Because of the pork!                        

Helping out states that have been impacted by the Chinese Virus is one thing but bailing out states that have mismanaged their state’s tax flows and expenses is quite another. It is pork.

Another interesting aspect of this is that nearly all of the states affected are Blue (Democrat) states. And the Red (Republican) states affected appear to lean left.

Apparently, fact checkers don’t dig very deep. They accept the Biden/Harris explanation of where the money is going and don’t really check them.

In the case of the states receiving money, when you dig deeper you find that the states can spend part of their 350 billion dollars on such items as abortion. Whatever your position on abortion is, that is not pandemic relief!

News Item #2 More Pork

Here is a partial list of recipients:

  • Provider Relief Fund – $8.5 billion
  • Public Health Workers $7.66 billion
  • Community health centers – $7.6 billion

This is again available for abortion services!

This is government running wild. It is beginning to look like the House had its agenda, the Senate has its agenda, and the President has another agenda.

News Item #3 Foreign Affairs

In what world does foreign affairs have a part in a stimulus package?

There may be just reasons for giving them money. That is not what this blog is discussing. But that money is supposed to be stimulus money and should stay home!

How much are we talking about?

$10 billion.

News Item #4 We have a Crisis!

Most arguments tend to center upon how much money is going for this or that. And I have demonstrated that tons of money is going for non-pandemic issues. But the amount of money is missing the whole point.

There should not be going $1 (that is one dollar) to non-pandemic issues. Helping low-income people is related and a priority; staving off evictions is a priority; helping restaurants and other businesses forced to close because of pandemic, a must.

But using a crisis as an opening to get pet issues taken care of is immoral. Perhaps some of those pets are really needed. Then work on pet relief!

We expect those in power to exercise responsibility, especially fiscal responsibility! But the Biden/Harris and Pelosi/Schumer teams are more concerned with political expediency than in handling a crisis.

With nothing indicating a change of mind, we are heading for a disaster. We now have thousands of immigrants coming into the United States and staying (despite Biden/Harris claim otherwise) plus trillions of dollars of debt hanging over us and more on the way. It is a recipe for disaster.

Oh, don’t worry, they say. We’ll tax the rich.

Well, after you’ve taken all that they have and forced them to leave the country, then what?

There is no real answer except for: “Gulp!”

News Item #4 Conclusion

Polls are now reflecting a loss of confidence in Biden/Harris and that Americans are finally waking up to the fact that open borders is not good business.

Gas prices are going up because of the inflation and eventually more will happen. You can’t do much about it until 2022.

So, to those of you who voted for Biden/Harris, Sorry. But you had your chance to vote against them! Instead, you voted for them, perhaps multiple times. So, strap your seat belts. It might get rough.

Oh, and if you are waiting for Biden to step aside and let Harris rule openly then I suggest you beware what you wish for. She is much further left than Biden ever dreamed of being!

Get free Guide to Writing at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com.

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AUTHOR’S PAGE: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? Want to review our books? Contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. Such as, ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ Be sure to indicate your email address and your name.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld and his Parler page is authorriddle.

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Videos on a Budget

The Riddle Report 03 25 2021

We’ve all experienced working on a tight budget. It usually isn’t fun. But I’ve come to the conclusion that you can lay a foundation for when the fun begins. And you can achieve goals even though on a budget.

In a sense we are always on a budget. Even when you have a lot of money you are budgeting where that money goes. But our human nature is such that we sometimes get swayed into spending more money than we should on different items.

In today’s blog, I am addressing using videos as a way to augment your business. There are a lot of tempting products out there that are yelling at you and telling you that you MUST have them. They sound attractive and the need seems to be great if you want to compete with the big boys.

Like most authors I have looked at the idea of marketing my books and/or services via videos. I’ve experimented and learned a lot, especially over the last year. I am now investing my time into creating videos that not only market my products but provide information that can help others be better authors and Indie businesspersons.

All in all, the video industry is growing and becoming a needful place to be if you want to see your business grow. What you see on the Internet are very successful people with fancy equipment and studios, but they didn’t start that way. We all, or at least most of us, start small and grow. And that usually means we start with a small or tight budget. Today’s blog is directed at you.

Go High Tech or Basic

One of the most interesting questions is whether to go high tech or Basic. By Basic I mean using the equipment you already own. Let’s take a look.

News Item #1 Overview.

  1. The Budget – For a new or struggling author budgeting is king! And even after you succeed you need to follow a budget. I mentioned that above. The fact is that lack of money is a huge factor controlling what you can and cannot do.
  2. Computer Camera – Not so long-ago computers with built-in cameras were not of very good quality. The picture was not all that sharp, picture stability was not good, and the resulting video was not something you wanted for your business. But times have changed! Nowadays, you can buy a middle of the road computer and it will come with a decent built-in camera. It is certainly not on the level of a camera that costs hundreds of dollars, but it is good enough for advertising clips, instructional videos, and the like.
  3. Cell Phone Cameras – You could almost copy and paste the comments I made above. Cell phone cameras have come a long way. I plan on buying a new phone in the near future and I am already excited about the possibilities I will have with the new camera (or cameras as some phones have multiple camera lenses). When reading someone’s evaluation of a cell phone camera and you see “It’s OK”, don’t let that turn you down. You don’t know the reviewers background or needs. I suspect they often are more demanding than most of us are or need to be.
  4. Award Winning Video – It is important to remember that you are not trying to win an award for your video. You are creating a video for a particular purpose, such as teaching or marketing.
  5. Studio – Many of the videos you watch show the person surrounded by expensive equipment and a large studio. But you don’t need expensive equipment nor a large studio. The studio can be the corner of your living room, a converted bedroom, or some other place in your house.
  6. Presentation – This is what is important and what I address below.

News Item #2 There are 3 basic parts to Presentation.

If budget is the King, then Presentation is the Queen. You can have the best equipment, and the best studio and still stink!

Presentation consists of 3 parts: Visual, You, and Message.

  1. Visual – This includes anything that the eye perceives. However, I am zooming in on office appearance while your appearance will be dealt with separately. As stated earlier, the studio can be anywhere, and it can vary in size. I’ve seen large studios and small studios and they all seem to work. I have found that a small studio can dramatically be changed by simply adding a display of books in the background, a banner on the wall, or anything that adds color and may represent your message.
  2. You – I think this is the second most important part of your video (message being #1).
    1. How does the viewer see you? A long time ago I realized I wasn’t Prince Charming. No matter how I dress I will never be a magnetic person, but I can dress for success and that isn’t as hard as you may imagine. The next time you watch a video that is teaching or selling, note the speaker’s manner of dress. They don’t dress like a slob nor do they dress like they are going to a White House event! Generally, they dress casually. In my case I dress casually, which in my case that means no coat and tie. There was a time I dressed in a tie, but eventually that went. From videos I’ve watched the casual approach is best. I also try to be consistent in style of clothing.
    1. Don’t feel speech must be letter perfect. Your viewer needs to hear and understand your speech, but you are not trying to win a speech award.
    1. Don’t need to be a star. The message is the star!
    1. Be Genuine.
    1. Speak clearly.
    1. Be enthusiastic, but not overbearing.
  3. Message – This is the most important part.
    1. Your message should be short. Usually around 10 minutes or less. Some of my teaching videos have gone over 10 minutes out of necessity, but I recommend you keep it shorter.
    1. Be Direct – Whether selling or teaching you want your message to be clear and less distracting as possible. I have tossed videos simply because of a coughing spasm, a momentary pause in my speech, or other seemingly mild interruptions just because they were distracting.
    1. Be honest – Don’t make claims you can’t back up. I have watched videos where the speaker practically promised the product would do wonders for the viewer. It is better to show or tell them what they need to know and let them connect the dots.
    1. Don’t Brag – This is related to being honest. When you brag about what you have done you can be irritating, but you are suggesting that if the viewer does what you what them to do, they will have the same success. You can’t really prove that. If they think they can do better, that is one thing, but bragging (especially showing bank accounts) could be a can of worms if they buy your product or service and it doesn’t perform as advertised.

News Item #3 Conclusion

I believe I have found the best way: start with what you have and build upon it!

Namely, start with the current equipment you have, yourself, and your message. Yes, you will make mistakes, but you can redo a video. That is one reason for keeping them short. You can also do really short clips and when you have them all done, use an editor to make one complete video.

As you move forward, your message will be refined and stronger, you will be more relaxed and composed, and the equipment will improve.

Get free Guide to Writing at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com.

Subscribe to Author Alerts (click and submit signup form)

For information about us (“we edit, proof, and publish the book within you”) contact us at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com and get our Free Brochure which tells you about our services.

AUTHOR’S PAGE: amazon.com/author/rfrederickriddle.

ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? Want to review our books? Contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. Such as, ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ Be sure to indicate your email address and your name.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld and his Parler page is authorriddle.

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Liar, Liar

The Riddle Report 03 12 2021

Yesterday, 03 11 2021, President Joe Biden took to the airwaves for his first speech since taking office on January 20th. In his speech, he took full credit for the ongoing manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines. This is a lie.

But the speech was sort of a 50-day celebration I suppose. Prior to the speech he signed the latest Stimulus Package, which means money should be going out to deserving people this weekend. Although the package was passed without Republican support, the stimulus checks were supported by both parties.

So, he was celebrating the passage of a 1.9 Billion package that was loaded with pork.

News Item #1 “The Big Lie”

“A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked.

“Denials for days, weeks, then months that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.”

That was his opening line and it was the big lie.

Instead of silence look at the following timeline:

  • January 3, 2020 – the United States offered to help China investigate the virus. Although later repeated, the offer was never really accepted.
  • January 6, 2020 – the CDC issued a Level I travel notice for Wuhan, China.
  • January 17, 2020 – CDC began screening 3 international airports.
  • January 20, 2020 – Dr. Fauci announced the NIH was already working on developing a vaccine.
  • January 31, 2020 – by the end of the month the administration had:
    • Issued a Level III travel ban (widely criticized by Biden and other liberals as being paranoia)
    • Organized White House Coronavirus Task Force
    • Declared a public health emergency
    • Announced Chinese travel restrictions
    • Suspended entry into the U.S. by foreign nationals at risk of transmitting the virus.

Does that sound like silence to you? Denials? The only denials came from Biden and company. Trump did deny statements and accusations by liberals, but he and his administration were already engaged.

News Item #2 “The Implied Lie”

“You lost your job. You closed your business. Facing eviction, homelessness, hunger, a loss of control, and maybe worst of all, a loss of hope.

“Watching a generation of children who may be set back up to a year or more – because they’ve not been in school – because of their loss of learning.”

Was any of that untrue? No!

But the implied lie that it was Trump’s fault is demonstrably false.

Most of the above statements happened in states that were near or were in total lockdown. Most of those states were run by Democrats who ordered the shutdowns. But most Republican run states did only partial shutdowns and began reopening as soon as possible.

A case in point is Florida where the Governor began reopening the state despite liberal protests and media condemnation. New York, which totally shutdown, led the nation in deaths, and just about every other category.

As for the schools, this happened in virtually all states, but again the Republican led states began working to reopen the schools as quickly as possible. It hasn’t always been pretty, but it has been largely successful except for one problem.

The Teachers union.

Despite assurances from CDC and the Dr. Fauci, teachers have been opposed to reopening the schools. The result has been a shortage of teachers and children being robbed of their education. And now, parents are actively pushing for the reopening.

News Item #3 “The Vaccine”

“When I took office 50 days ago, only 8 percent of Americans after months…”

Another implied lie: that nothing had been done toward vaccinating people by the Trump Administration. Let’s look at some more facts:

  • December 11, 2020 – Johnson and Johnson vaccine approved for use
  • December 18, 2020 – Moderna’s vaccine approved
  • January 20, 2021 – Trump’s last day in office; 1.5 million vaccinated
  • March 11, 2021 – 1st 50 days of Biden Administration; 1.4 million vaccinated.

Do the math: Trump administration vaccinated 1.5 million people between 12/11/2020 and 01/20/2021 for approximately 27 days; Biden administration vaccinated 1.4 million people between 01/20/2021 and 03/11/2021. Or put another way, the Trump administration vaccinated 100,000 more people in 23 less days.

Lest I forget, the Trump administration partnered with Johnson and Johnson to increase capacity to manufacture more vaccine and in record time. Translate the word ‘capacity’ to build a factory and you get the kind of commitment made.

News Item #4 “What it Could Have Been”

It would have been a great time for President Biden to show his commitment to unity. All he had to do was acknowledge what the Trump administration had done and congratulate or thank them. Then he could have bragged about how he was continuing the work. Instead, he tried to take all the credit.

News Item #5 “the 25th “Getting the Truth”

If you want the truth, you have to get out there and find it. It isn’t really hard, but your local paper isn’t going to tell you, nor is your television. And you can’t trust the social media. Facebook, YouTube, and others only want you to talk about their agenda. Your traditional sources of information are no longer reliable.

But the good news is that there are newer resources such as Rumble, MeWe, DuckDuck, and others. Find out what works for you. But in the end, it is your responsibility to find the truth.

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Surprised Yet?

The Riddle Report 03 09 2021

Joe Biden has been President long enough for us to start evaluating his Presidency. I’ve titled this blog “Surprised Yet” because of actions he’s taken and because of Congressional efforts to remove War Powers from him. On the first day of taking office, Jan. 20th, President Biden issued numerous executive orders, proclamations, and more.

News Item #1 “Keystone XL Pipeline”

This is a devastating order! Taking into consideration the people building the pipeline along with those that would be involved in the construction of the pipeline, its maintenance, and the supply chain (providing food, lodging, transportation, and the like), the State Department estimated 26,100 employees altogether.

All of these were essentially lost. But don’t worry. The government says these workers can retrain for the Green Economy. Talk about a pipe dream!

If you are a worker in your 20s, then you might be able to be retrained. But if you are in your thirties and above, have married, and care for a family, then it becomes increasingly harder.

By the way, no mention is made as when to expect this windfall of jobs from a Green Economy that doesn’t exist as of yet.

News Item #2 “Reversed Travel Ban from Muslim Countries”

No one wants to profile other people, nor do we want to keep people out of America if they truly want to come and enjoy American freedoms. But the truth is that the terrorists out there who hate Americans are primarily Muslims.

Opening our doors to these terrorists is a major mistake that will probably cost American dollars and lives. So far, there are neither plans in place nor plans being considered to vet incoming Muslims.

A lot of real refugees will come to America prepared to dream and to work to bring that dream into reality. But along with them will come those with hatred in their hearts and a plan to destroy America. And without restrictions or a realistic vetting of immigrants, we have no way of stopping them!

News Item #3 “Pause New Oil and Gas Leasing”

Once again, we are causing people to lose their jobs. And the loss of these jobs will also impact far beyond just the men and women working on them. It will be widespread before it is over.

Think of it this way. You lose a few thousand workers and it is like a small drop of oil on your floor. But then there are other industries and their employees that are at least in part dependent on your job. Add some, not necessarily all, to the drop and it grows bigger.

As time goes on and the leak continues that drop grows into a small puddle, then a pool, and finally a pond or worse. Eventually it becomes a flood that cannot be contained or stopped. Additional jobs will be lost in other industries that are dependent industry. What started out as a manageable problem has become unmanageable and our country is dying from a return to double-digit unemployment and perhaps stagnation.

But don’t worry. The Green Economy is coming. You only have to wait 30 years!

News Item #4 “2021 Stimulus Package”

While at the writing of this blog the legislation hasn’t been passed yet, the stimulus package will provide relief to the common folk. But there is also a great deal of pork in the package. This undoubtedly will cause acute economic problems down the road.

President Biden is looking at the problem through myopic glasses. He sees a future of green grasses and people wiping away tears of joy. What he doesn’t realize is that such a future is a long way away and those tears are not of joy but of heart ache and sadness. You see, they are standing on the graves of loved ones sacrificed to bring this utopia about.

Historically speaking, liberals come up with these grandiose dreams and then conservatives come along, tinker with them, and make them work. But with the new “cancel culture” and the clamping down on conservative opinion there may not be any conservatives left to make the system work.

Just saying.

News Item #5 “the 25th Amendment”

In case, you’ve forgotten the 25th Amendment was added for the purpose of a smooth transfer of power in case the President was ‘unfit’ for office due to a number of factors, including mental illness.

I keep hearing talk of the 25th Amendment being invoked to unseat President Biden. The poor man is doing everything in his power to keep such an eventuality at bay. His problem, aside from signs of senility, is his Vice President. While he is not Left enough to please the extreme liberals, she is right in step with them.

While he fights to keep his job, Kamala Harris sits back and waits. Time is on her side. Sooner or later, his propensity to forget and make mental mistakes will force the issue. And she will be ready!

The question is, Will America be ready? The answer is probably not. We will be so distracted by his behavior, that we almost give a sigh of relief when it happens. And then we’ll discover how bad a President she will be!

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Catching Up

The Riddle Report 03 02 2021

My writing career has been taking up much of my time (been working on two novels) and caused me to take a break from my blogging. But now I am back and it is time to catch up.

News Item #1 “False Claims”

You can hardly pick up a newspaper or turn on syndicated news without being told that former President Trump has once again repeated his “false claims” about a stolen election.

But this begs a question. Does the fact that the news media calls something false make it false?

One has to surmise that because the various lawsuits were dismissed by the courts that this proves to the media that the evidence was non-existent. But it wasn’t. Unless you had your head buried in the sand there was plenty of documented evidence, including signed affidavits.

There are a variety of reasons why a case would be dismissed by a court. In these cases, it appears that the courts never actually examined the evidence. Perhaps because the courts didn’t want to get involved or because the lawyers presenting the cases didn’t prepare well, or perhaps other reasons. But the evidence was there and was available; and it was not examined. That does not prove the claim was false but indicates problems within the judiciary.

In fact, from where I sit, it seems like most of the cases were dismissed on technical issues rather than evidentiary.

What a sad day!

News Item #2 “Jan. 6, 2021 Riot”

By now everyone knows about the riot that occurred in Washington in Washington D.C. The question is what do we really know? Facts have come forth indicating that the riot was preplanned by people in the Far Right. That would certainly undermine the charge that President Trump’s speech had anything to do with it.

And most people seem aware of the fact that Trump’s words were taken out of context by the Press. His using the word ‘fight’ is hardly a new word. Politicians use the word a lot, both Democrats and Republicans. And they never mean an insurrection or physical confrontation. Generally, when politicians of either party or anyone with a political agenda use the ‘fight’ word it means to take a stand, be principled, to support your cause, and other peaceful actions.

News Item #3 “Jan. 6, 2021 Five People Died!

I’ve been hearing this lately, but it is patently false. The inference of the statement is that five people were killed during the riot. But only one person was actually killed and that was an unarmed woman who was killed by a cop. Whether it was warranted or not will be determined by the police. The other four people all appear to have died due to stress from the riot.

One cop was reported to have been killed by someone smashing his head in with a fire extinguisher. Again, this turned out to be false. Last I heard they were still investigating, but it is possible that natural causes were involved.

But such stories don’t make the news where a story that lays the blame at the feet of the rioters is newsworthy. They’ll print that on the front page and, if a retraction or correction is needed, print it on the back page in small print.

News Item #4 “2021 Stimulus Package”

Typically, when a new President takes office, he gets a ‘Honeymoon’ (see below) but Biden’s $1.9 trillion Stimulus Package is having a hard time. It passed in the House of Representatives, but not by the margin anticipated. In the Senate it has a harder time.

Senate rules is one of the problems. In an effort to bypass the Republicans (perhaps copying President Obama’s health care strategy) the Democrats tried to package the $15 an hour minimum wage with the stimulus bill. But the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that the minimum could not be part of the package. This seems to doom the rush to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Another problem is that not all Democrats support the stimulus package as it came from the House. Without getting into names or personalities this is a major roadblock for the Democrats. They will get most of what they want, but not everything.

News Item #5 “Honeymoon”

As mentioned above most new Presidents get what is called a honeymoon. But President Biden is experiencing some bumps along the road. Aside from the stimulus package he is also having some difficulties getting the people he wants to form his cabinet is proving slower and bumpier than expected. He may end up getting most of what he wants, but he won’t get all that he wants in the time he wanted.

Aside from the problem with Senate Rules, not all Democrats are happy with the Stimulus Package. This may only be one man or several senators, but that is enough to derail the package as it now stands.

What does that mean?

Most likely, the $15 an hour minimum wage is dead as far as the package is concerned. It also means that Biden is already struggling to get his nominees and may not get them all. I doubt that the stimulus bill will be stopped. There is a groundswell supporting helping those in need. I predict that it will pass and be reconciled with the House of Representatives, but it will still contain a great deal of pork.

Stay tuned.

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Harris Making a Move?

The Riddle Report 02 17 2021

News Item #1

Is Harris making a move?

Last year then candidate Joe Biden told ABC,”I think it’s a legitimate question to ask anybody over 70 years old whether or not they’re fit and whether they’re ready.”

In the same interview, he added, “It’s a legitimate question to ask anybody, watch me.”

It is safe to say that Americans are watching. With the widely held belief that Biden is merely a stand-in for Kamala Harris it is noticeable that the Vice President appears to be assuming a more Presidential role. That role is the calling of the heads of states of other countries.

News Item #2

The Importance of Personally Calling Heads of States.

This is a very important role. It is through personal contact that these heads of states get to know the President. In some cases, they may have never met him before. Whichever, they use this opportunity to get a read and try to understand what makes the President tick.

There are two recent examples of how the President of the United States uses personal contact to influence international relations.

The first is President Obama wherein he made personal contact by phone and later through his Apology Tour. It is quite reasonable to say that foreign leaders quickly got a read of the man. In public they often praised him, but in private they either ignored his leadership or laughed about it.

History already records the fact that the United States stood by while Russia took land from the Ukraine. Treaties were made that cost the United States great sums of money with no real achievements accomplished.

The second example is President Trump who also used personal phone calls and a personal trip to influence leaders around the world. Under his leadership the United States forced the European Union to provide a bigger share of support for NATO, thus evening the playing field for the United States. The United States also withdrew from treaties that took advantage of us and brokered treaties that provided for greater peace in the MidEast.

In addition, his tough diplomacy stopped Russian President Putin from further expansion, and opened up a tiny although historic window with both China and North Korea.

Though most foreign leaders didn’t like President Trump they realized early on that he would be tough. To protect their own interests, they had to back down and accede to much of what President Trump wanted.

News Item #3

VP Harris made the calls

She has made multiple calls to heads of state. For example, her call to French President Emmanuel Macron, she discussed bilateral ties, the transatlantic alliance, Covid-19, climate change, and the Middle East.

By acting like the Head of State of America she was able to provide the leaders her credentials, her thinking, and her personality. There was no mention of President Joe Biden or his goals.

News Item #4

An Elevated Position

This has already created the view that it is a sign of her having an elevated position, particularly in matters of foreign affairs. Considering Biden’s tendency to forget things, which could be a sign of dementia, this would be a smart move on her part. It would also pave the way for a transition to her as President if, or more likely when, Biden steps aside.

News Item #5

President Biden Oldest President

At the age of 78, President Biden became the oldest person to enter the White House as President of the United States. Nothing against those of us also in our 70s, I’m 77 soon to be 78, but Biden has been showing growing signs of dementia especially during the campaign.

The strategy of the campaign was to keep him under wraps in his basement. The strategy in the White House seems to be to let VP Harris handle as much as possible.

News Item #6

Conclusion

I think we are beginning to see what I shall call the Basement White House. Just as he was kept under wraps and kept from saying much  during the campaign, I think We will see Kamala Harris become the strongest Vice President ever. Not because she is such a good vice president, but because they can’t afford to have a President who forgets who he is talking to or talking about.

She is merely making the necessary steps for taking the Presidency. When the day comes that the 25th Amendment will need to be used, the goal will be an easy, if not transparent, transfer of power to Harris. It will be similar to us going to bed at night with President Joe Biden on top and waking up in the morning with President Kamala Harris calling the shots.

So, it is already time to pay attention to what Vice President Kamala Harris says and does. It is possible the transition has just begun.

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Incitement Charge Falls Apart!

The Riddle Report 02 09 2021

News Item #1

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. THOMAS EDWARD CALDWELL, DONOVAN RAY CROWL, and JESSICA MARIE WATKINS, Defendants.

This affidavit is listed further down.

News Item #2

The Speech

Anyone who has been following President Trump would recognize his speech as a typical political rally speech. He was encouraging his followers to engage in political activism. In the same speech he encouraged them to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard. No unbiased person would understand this to be a call to riot or for insurrection.

News Item #3

Warning, Warning

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. RYAN TAYLOR NICHOLS, ALEX KIRK HARKRIDER, Defendants.

In this affidavit the defendants are identified as conspirators to enter or remain and did knowingly enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, or did conspire to knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engage in, and, with the same intent, did engage in, disorderly or disruptive conduct while, during and in relation to these offenses, NICHOLS did use or carry a deadly or dangerous weapon, to wit a canister of OC/pepper spray and a crowbar, as described below, and HARKRIDER did use or carry a deadly or dangerous weapon, to wit, a baton, as described below, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1752(a) and (b)(1)(A) (conspiracy against both defendants, two substantive counts against NICHOLS, and one substantive count against HARKRIDER); that NICHOLS and HARKRIDER (2) did willfully and knowingly utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the U.S. Capitol Grounds or in any of the U.S. Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress, or the orderly conduct in that building of a hearing before, or any deliberations of, a committee of Congress or either House of Congress, or parade, demonstrate, or picket in any of the Capitol Buildings, in violation of 40 U.S.C. §§5104(e)(2), 5104(e)(2)(D), 5104(e)(2)(G); that NICHOLS (3) did willfully commit or attempt to commit an act to obstruct, impede, or interfere with a law enforcement officer lawfully engaged in the lawful performance of his official duties incident to and during the commission of a civil disorder which obstructed, delayed or adversely affected the conduct or performance of a federally protected function; and corruptly did obstruct, influence, or impede any proceeding before the Congress, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 231(a)(3); that NICHOLS (4) did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, or interfere with an officer or employee of the United States or of any agency in any branch of the United States Government while engaged in or on account of the performance of official duties, and, in the commission of such offense, used a deadly or dangerous weapon, to wit a canister of OC/pepper spray, or inflicted bodily injury, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 3111(a) and (b); and that NICHOLS and HARKRIDER did (5) aid and abet the commission of these offenses against the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2(a).

Please note the word conspiracy. If there was a conspiracy (i.e., a plan conceived before Trump’s speech) then there cannot be incitement.

News Item #4

Defendants

This Affidavit sets forth additional evidence establishing probable cause that CALDWELL, CROWL, and WATKINS conspired together, and with others known and unknown, to obstruct the United States Congress’ affirmation of the Electoral College vote regarding the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, and that they committed other related federal crimes in furtherance of that purpose, as set forth below.

News Item #5

Charges

Knowingly and willfully conspired together and with others whose identities are known and unknown to law enforcement at this time to commit an offense against the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, that is, to corruptly obstruct, influence, or impede an official proceeding in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2); and b. Conspired together and with others whose identities are known and unknown to law enforcement at this time to prevent, by force, intimidation, or threat, officers of the United States from discharging their duties; to injure them on account of the lawful discharge of the duties of their offices; and to injure their property so as to interrupt, hinder, or impede them in the discharge of their official duties, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 372; and c. Attempted to willfully injure or commit depredation against any property of the United States, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1361; and d. Corruptly obstructed, influenced, and impeded an official proceeding, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2); and e. Entered and remained in any restricted building and grounds without lawful authority, and knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business and official functions, engaged in disorderly and disruptive conduct, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1752(a); and f. Willfully and knowingly engaged in disorderly and disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds and in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress, and the orderly conduct in that building of any deliberations of either House of Congress, in violation of 40 U.S.C. § 5104(e)(2).

News Item #6

Conclusion

According to the FBI the whole charge of inciting insurrection falls apart. But the proceeding itself is unconstitutional. Any lawyer saying otherwise does not believe in the Constitution as it was written.

The Constitution outlines who bring the charges (House of Representatives), who tries the case (Senate), who presides (Chief Supreme Court Judge), and who can be accused or tried (the President). The current trial violates this by having a member of Congress rather than the chief judge preside and the charge is against a former President and not the sitting President.

This is a waste of taxpayer dollars, unconstitutional, and dead upon arrival.

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Biden’s 100 Days Pause

02 08 2021

News Item #1

President Biden ‘paused’ deportation for 100 days, but a judge temporarily blocked the President’s decision. What follows is a summary with comments of an interview that Ana Quintana of the Heritage Foundation had with The Daily Signal.

According to Ana some 7000 men, women, and children began their march toward America before President Biden announced his decision to pause deportations for 100 days. This march came upon the heals of Vice President Kamala Harris on Univision and outlining his plan. According to Harris the plan called for suspending deportations for 100 days, granting green cards to illegal immigrants currently in the United States, and eventual citizenship to over 11,000,000 illegal immigrants.

Ana, a senior analyst with Heritage Foundation, went on to explain more.

News Item #2

The 2018 caravans were different than what we are seeing now. Then leftist organizers went among the people and basically told to motivate. One of the lies was that the United Nations would be at the border to assist them. Thousands of people responded, but many fell afoul of cartels who demanded payment to cross their land. These were poor people who could not pay such high fees and the result was that some men were murdered while their wives were raped! And who knows what happened to the children. This was a story that never was reported by our biased media.

News Item #3

But our leftist leaders learned. So, instead of American leftists going down and encouraging the people to make this dangerous trip, it was Honduran and other leftists who spread the word.

In addition, they learned that large groups could move through the lands easier than small groups. It is safer and easier.

News Item #4

The rest of the story:

The Biden plan involves more than a 100 day plan. It involves the granting of green cards to illegal immigrants who’ve been her for 8 years of more. Then it grants U.S. citizenship to illegal immigrants with the green cards who are here longer than an additional 5 years.

All of this insures that the immigration problem will soon be an unbearable burden. I suspect that legal immigration will be downplayed and illegal immigration will be pushed. Why? Because the immigrants will believe that Democrats truly care for them although that is far from the truth. Their only value to the Democrats would be their ability to vote. With both the black and legal Latino voters moving more to the right, it becomes inherent that the Democrats control this group.

You may wonder why I say that. Let’s take a look at tends.

YEAR           Black                      Latino

2016             6%                           29%

2020             8%                           32%

There has been an upward trend in Republican votes beginning in 2012. The numbers are small, but it is significant that there is an upward trend. And many experts think it is because both blacks and Latinos are looking more at the policies and less at the person. Considering the catastrophe about to befall us, that upward trend is anticipated to grow. When you look at job approval versus personal liking of President Trump, you quickly realize that although the media was successful demonizing the man, his policies were seen as beneficial.

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The Riddle Report

The Riddle Report 02 01 2021

News Item #1

President Biden has called himself a Unity President. He touts his experience in the Senate as evidence that he can bring unity to the table. Let’s accept that definition and history of The Unity President, and considers what that suggests.

First of all, he means he will be a better President than Obama and will be carrying on the tradition of President Trump. The fact is that what Trump accomplished legislatively was through working with both parties. On the other hand, President Obama excluded the Republicans from participation.

Right from the start we have Biden discovering that being a President of a unified government is going to be difficult. There are huge pressures on him from the far Left that want ‘instant’ gratification. They don’t care about the economic risks. In their childish dreams they are willing to cause massive unemployment and a devastated economy worse than we now have to bring about their far Left dreams. Biden doesn’t necessarily embrace those same dreams, but they are his core support.

He wants to pull a Clinton who at the beginning of his second term moved toward the center. The problem is that there is not much of a center for him to move toward. It is hard to imagine a man who apparently has dementia problems being strong enough to move the dialog a notch or two to the right. But if he can’t do that, there is no unity.

Already we are seeing the Left wanting to shut the Republicans out of the picture. And while there are Democrats and Republicans willing to work together, they are few in number. Can you imagine relying upon Mitt Romney for political success? I just don’t see President Biden accomplishing this, but for our nation’s sake I wish him well.

News Item #2

The goal of being a unity President is a good goal. If President Biden is able to bring the two sides together, what can we expect?

For one thing, the New Green Deal would be moved to the back burner. It is too radical. If that gets passed within the first 100 days, then unity is gone. You are not going to find very many fiscally responsible conservatives willing to sell America’s future for what amounts to a pipe dream.

Another thing that we should see is the President putting the kibosh on the movement to expand the Supreme Court so as to make it nothing more than a rubber stamp for the Left. It would cripple our justice system and, in effect, do away with the Constitutional structure of our government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) and replace it with only an Executive and Legislative government.

News Item #3

Stimulus package. The package put together by the Moderates (Democrats and Republicans) does restrict the stimulus money to the lower income more so than the original. That is good. But does it also remove helping states that got in trouble because of their own mishandling of states budgets? And, what about the excessive funds going to other countries? Shouldn’t Americans come first?

Bailing out state governments to cover their own irresponsibility does not seem like a good use of taxpayer money. To bail out state government would only be a bandage that would have to later be replaced with a bigger bandage as the irresponsibility continues.

News Item #4

President Biden has his hands full. So far, his actions have not matched his words. It is a sad day in America when the President caves into party politics, but that is what appears to be happening. And such a cave-in signals that President Biden is going to be a weak President rather than a unifying President. I hope I am wrong, but that is what I see.

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A New President

The Riddle Report 01 20 2021

News Item #1

We have a new President. Actually two. We have a new current President Joe Biden and we have a new Standing By President Kamala Harris, although her title is Vice President.

Most observers don’t expect Biden to last more than one term with the Vice President expected to run in 2024. But there are also a great many who don’t believe Biden will finish his first term.

This is not due to any form of death, but rather to the strongly suspected, if not known, case of Dementia. We all saw evidence of it during the campaign to become the Candidate and again during the Presidential campaign itself.

But for the time being he is President of the United States of America. Some people are saying he’s not their President. That is foolishness. Whether you voted for him or not, he is your President as long as he holds that office.

As such, it is our duty as citizens to respect and honor him. You have the right to disagree with him, to oppose him, and fight against his agenda, but you do not have the right to malign him. Only the Democrats have that right as they demonstrated the last four years!

News Item #2

I did not watch the inauguration for two reasons. One I was busy and secondly, I have a pretty good idea what kind of President he will be. He may speak of unifying the country, but he and the Democrats in Congress have already telegraphed that disunity is their agenda.

The biggest question is what will he do beginning today? Will he push for the Green New Deal or for a stronger economy as Trump did; will he approach Covid-19 with a crushing lockdown or a balanced approach such as Trump did; and will he put globalism first or America first as Trump did?

Speeches are fine, but actions speak louder than words. We’ll wait and see.

News Item #3

I’ve noticed that Mitch McConnell has turned against Trump. Perhaps he thinks his constituency will forget. I doubt it.

News Item #4

While today is a sad day for Conservatives it is wise to remember that we survived 8 years of President Obama. We can survive Biden.

Christians need to pray for our new President as we are commanded in the Bible. America still has the best government in the world, and we need to pray for it and work to improve it. In two years the Biden/Harris legacy will be apparent.

What needs to be done is work to negate voter fraud and build a strong grass roots that can build upon the Trump campaign accomplishments.

News Item #5

Unsubstantiated

This was the term we heard over and over from the news media. The word means ‘not proven to be true’ or ‘not supported by other evidence’.

But the media used it as a catch phrase. The fact is nothing can be substantiated if it is not first examined. At no time during the aftermath of the election was the evidenced looked at by the courts. Instead, judges dismissed the evidence without taking the time to examine it.

In the case of the Supreme Court, cases were refused because the litigants had no ‘standing’. This is foolhardy!

Every citizen of the United States, no matter what state they resided in, had standing. That is because everyone stood to lose or gain if fraud was found. The Court failed us. And this failure casts a cautionary light upon the Court for future cases no matter their nature.

It is scary.

What Will I Do?

First, let me tell you what I won’t do.

I won’t wring my hands and cry, “Oh me!”

I won’t take up arms against my government.

I won’t leave America.

But here is what I will do:

I will pray for our President.

I will pray for members of Congress.

I will pray for Supreme Courts judges.

I will pray for America.

I will pray for Revival.

By the way, that is what I have been doing for years!

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Riots, Ratings, and War

The Riddle Report 01 18 2021

News Item #1

The inauguration is only days away. Obviously, the government is nervous due to the riot in the Capital. A small fire occurred in a homeless encampment, but the Capital complex was shut down in an ‘abundance of caution’ by the Secret Service.

News Item #2

Insurrection versus riots.

The legal definition of an insurrection is: A rising or rebellion of citizens against their government, usually manifested by acts of violence.

Perhaps I missed it, but when were the riots out west that paralyzed government, caused damage and, I believe, death, ever called insurrections? They were called riots, peaceful protests, etc. They were justified because of perceived injustice, but I don’t recall them ever being called insurrections.

On the other hand, you had a riot in D.C. that involved the killing of an unarmed woman, a policeman and perhaps another, plus the attempted occupation of the Capital Building (remind you of occupations in the past?), and the damage of government property.

This last one never amounted to the scale of the riots out west, but it is called an insurrection. Both were against government, but one was definitely by the Left and the other appears to be by the Right (although there are facts surfacing that cast doubt on that).

Conclusion: If a riot occurs and is Left in origin it is a riot, but if Right in origin it is insurrection.

News Item #3

Trump’s Approval Rating

According to recent polls Trump’s approval fell sharply both before and after the riot. The problem is that these polls were primarily polls of Democratic voters. Only 30% or less of the voters polled were Republicans.

But the Rasmussen poll gave Trump 48% from a December 31st poll of 47%. Why the difference? The Rasmussen poll was undoubtedly more representative of the average voters instead of being weighted toward Democrats.

As has been pointed out here before, these polls don’t reflect actual voters or voting groups. Rasmussen weights its polls with actual registered voters who vote, which makes it the only one with a true touch of reality.

That tends to change the entire story. Instead of Americans wanting to get rid of and forget Trump they admire what he did. They may not like him, but they like what he did! And that is not good news for the Democrats.

News Item #4

War Against Christians

Under the Trump Administration Christians regained influence and protection, but that is probably going to end or at least there will be an attempt to end these protections. With more conservative judges in the judiciary, I expect legal setbacks for the government if they pursue their anti-Christian agenda.

But no matter how it goes down, we Christians not only have a merciful God, but our God rules and overrules the works of men. He may not act as soon as we want nor even how we want, but He will act!

And that is not good news for the anti-Christians!

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The 1st 100 Days

The Riddle Report 01 16 2021

News Item #1

Although the evidence of voter fraud was overwhelming and extensive it didn’t matter. The media called it unsubstantiated evidence, but in reality, it was ignored evidence and never got presented in a legal setting.

So, unless things change, it looks like Joe Biden will be President of the United States. As such, both he and our nation need prayer – which is always true no matter who is President. In his case there is the case of suspected dementia plus the ever-present Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States.

Therefore, I have consulted my crystal ball and arrived at certain conclusions regarding President Biden’s first, and possibly last, 100 days. As a reminder Trump is the only president in recent memory to actually implement or try to implement his campaign promises.

Here is my list:

  1. $1,400 Stimulus package (when combined with previous $600 amounts to $2,000)
  2. Downsizing of Air Force, Army, Navy, and Space Force
  3. An Apology tour reminiscent of President Obama’s apology tour shortly after taking office
  4. Establishing new restrictive environmental laws
  5. Stopping or tearing down the WALL
  6. Shutting down the economy and beginning his pride and joy 2009 Economic Recovery that both he and others have applauded (though it resulted in a lackluster recovery based primarily on low-income jobs)
  7. New Green Deal

Traditionally, Congress gives a new President most of what he wants in the first 100 days or Honeymoon. So, I expect him to press forward. I did not mention the impeachment of who will be former President Donald Trump because the impetus for that is coming from Congress.

His attempt to increase employment will probably raise us up to the dizzying heights of a stagnant economy, such as he accomplished under Obama.

It probably depends upon how aggressive he is as to whether factory jobs depart during this Honeymoon or afterward. But if he presses forward on his massive recovery act, as I think he will, then businesses will have to rethink whether they stay in America or leave.

News Item #2

Another item that it increasingly looks like we will be seeing is the impeachment of former President Trump. Such an action appears to fly in the face of the Constitution, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is not deterred by such technicalities.

Aside from the cost of such a trial, no matter the length, this would be disastrous for the nation and, eventually, the Democrats. The latest figures are that some 74% of the voters are against it. Right now, the Democrats feel that they can do no wrong, and may step into this mudpie.

News Item #3

Big Tech and Big Social Media have begun what some are calling ‘censorship’ and ‘rein of terror’ by becoming the arbiters of what is free speech and what is not. In launching their attack upon supporters of President Trump they have assumed that they have both the might and the right to censor speech. However, the American people have reacted to this and these Social Media types have lost billions of dollars in the stock market.

Only time will tell how this will turn out.

Tighten your belt folks. We may have a bumpy ride ahead.

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Announcing New Novel

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The Riddle Report 01 11 2021

Today I am announcing the publication of my newest novel, World War III. This novel is the prequel to Christland.

As many of you know I built my career on writing historical fiction, novels that were based on historical events recorded in the Bible. These have been my primary interest and will continue to be so. However, in the last couple of years I have delved into speculative fiction with my first series Christland.

With this publication the series will include World War III, Death Ship to the Stars, Pauline: A New Home, Task Force Hunter, Black Death, Rise of I.S.I.S., and Battle at Proxima Centauri. It is a series that carves out its own niche within the Sci-Fi or Speculative Fiction genre.

It is also a series I am proud of and have been encouraged by. That being said, I felt that the buildup to the Death Ship to the Stars needed greater exploration. Therefore, I set about writing what is called World War III.

World War III introduces many of the characters that are found in Death Ship to the Stars. You get to know them before those tragic events. One particular character you meet is Don Michaels, one of the heroes of Death Ship to the Stars. You get a deeper understanding of him and of the men and women around him.

But the biggest thing is you get to view World War III, which turns out to be one of the shortest world wars in history or is the shortest. In any case, you get to read and experience the war itself, but also the events leading up to it and following it.

Then there is General Abner Smith. This is a man who is both a brilliant general and a monstrous person. His hatred for all things Christian and Jewish comes through loud and clear at the expense of innocent people!

The writing of this novel allowed me the freedom to explore the world of speculative fiction in greater depth while adding to and, hopefully, expanding the experience of the Christland series. As a result of the new novel, I am rewriting portions of Death Ship to the Stars. This revised version should be coming out soon.

The eBook is in Pre-Order now and the Print book should be available this week. Here is the data:

Title: World War III

Publisher: T&R Independent Books

Author: R. Frederick Riddle

Pages: 357

ASIN: B08SLK6P83

ISBN-13: 9798571715317

Print Retail: $13.99

eBook Retail: $2.99 (in pre-order now)

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5 Proactive Actions for Authors in 2021

The Riddle Report 01 06 2021

Today I am writing about the pursuit of your writing career. The title is Be Proactive.

What do you mean?

One definition of proactive is: Acting in advance to deal with an expected change or difficulty. 2021 lies ahead of you. There are a lot of unknowns right now.

Take the election of the President. No matter the outcome of today’s voting, it is unlikely we will know who the next President is until the Supreme Court gets involved. There is a lot of evidence of voter fraud, certainly a great deal of mistrust of election results, and the abuse of power by state governors and their administrations.

That’s just one area of uncertainty. Connected to those issues you also have the economy, international relations, Covid-19, and so on. In other words, you, and all the rest of us, don’t know what 2021 will be like.

That being the case, I think we authors need to be proactively engaged. This blog contains 5 Proactive Actions for Authors in 2021.

  1. Budgeting

This involves looking back and forward. How did your writing budget work out last year. This would be a great time to analyze your success. While I am speaking of money, success has many faces.

You may not have made much money, but did you position yourself for success. In a moment we will talk about goals but positioning yourself involves financial investment for sure yet there is much more involved.

For instance, are you ready to write a new novel? I published some novels last year, but I have also laid the groundwork or have already started writing other novels. What about you.

If you been writing for any length of time you may have gotten to that stage where you can work on more than one novel at a time. If that is the case, it is a good thing. If you haven’t started working on the next novel, this would be a good time to start.

How about publishing and marketing? Now’s the time to start on them.

  • Goals

We hear about setting goals all the time and the reason is that goal setting can be very effective. Set short-term, intermediate term, and long-term goals.

For example, in locally marketing our TR Writing Services I began last year putting shoe leather to my marketing efforts. I began visiting local strip malls and getting out business cards and flyers to let people know about our products. I plan on continuing and expanding these efforts in 2021.

As for novels, I have three novels I am working on right now. All three were begun in 2020 and now being enhanced. In some cases, the novels may have major rewriting involved. Don’t know yet, but it is a possibility.

  • Writing

I just mentioned my plans for writing in the Goals segment. But being proactive requires more than just establishing goals. It involves actually doing some writing. Keep writing!

If you don’t have a plan for writing your books, develop one. It doesn’t have to be hard and fast, set in stone. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend that.

A better idea, specially if you are writing multiple books, is to work on one project and then switch to another. This will help keep your mind alert.

Plan ahead, maybe even schedule your books, but nothing set in stone.

  • Publishing

Publishing is a very important area. Have you decided to become an Indie Publisher? Whether you are traditional, self-publishing, or indie publishing, you need to start working on that now.

If traditional you need to have an agent who can find the right publisher for you. If you are going Self-Publishing you need the money so you can pay upfront (remember, it could be $800 or more). If Indie, it may not be money, but it could be getting all your pawns in order.

Whatever you plan on doing in 2021, now is the time to think about it and put your plans in action.

  • Marketing

Marketing is the final step. It involves advertising, selling, and record keeping. You may be one of those persons who can just do it and don’t need a calendar or some other reminder. Me, I need reminding.

And we all need good record keeping. I am not going to go into any detail on that because we all have different needs and expectations. But now is the time to get started!

Here at TR Writing Services, we stand ready to help you. Our motto is “We edit, proof, and publish the book within you.”  As for marketing, we can advise you and provide certain tools, such as your own dedicated book page that you can use to begin marketing. This page is free and designed to help your prospective reader to find and buy your book.

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Self-Publishing vs Indie Publishing

The Riddle Report 01 02 2021

A new year has started, and you are dissatisfied with your writing career. Perhaps you are making money writing for someone else, but publishing books has not really happened for you. You wrote a book that you think is the all-American novel, but you can’t get it published.

You’ve tried the traditional press and they won’t look at your novel unless you have an agent. So, you went out and submitted your books to agents, most of whom turned their collective noses down on your book. And those interested were either in the wrong genre or too expensive.

What to do When Traditional Publishing Doesn’t Work.

There are several options, but we are only going to look at two: Self-Publishing and Indie Publishing.

Self-Publishing.

Self-Publishing has been around for a while. The name suggests that by using their service you are self-publishing your book. That you are in control.

This is not accurate. You, the author, are actually paying a publisher to publish your book and the publisher gets the benefits. Here’s a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages:

  1. No agent required, although some suggest you should get one.
  2. Time from signing contract to actual publication usually only a few months.
  3. Virtually able to have book published.
  4. Author owns ISBN.
  5. Royalty paid.

Disadvantages:

  1. Publisher still in charge.
  2. Author gets low royalties, usually a formula that starts out at 8% or something similar.
  3. Marketing tools available with a price.

On the face of it self-publishing looks good for the author. And for some it probably is good. But if you want to have control of your book from creation to marketing, then there are problems. In the list of Disadvantages, I listed “Publisher still in charge” as the first disadvantage. Why? Because if the publisher is in charge of your book then you aren’t. It’s as simple as that.

Try this simple quiz:

  • If I use their editing services, do I still have final say?
    • Most self-publishing companies offer their authors their editing services. In some cases. they may charge for it.
    • When I published my first book, I used a self-publishing company, but I chose to do my own editing. Why? Because I did not want them to make any corrections unless I agreed to it and I wasn’t convinced that they would do that.
  • How long do I have to review a Proof before returning it for correction or publication?
    • In self-publishing the publisher makes the rules. When I was with a self-publisher, I was given 72 hours to proof the book. Sounds like a lot of time, but you are proofing to find any and all mistakes. For example, I found errors that were repeated throughout the book. I found some and noted them, but not all. So, some errors remained in the published version.
  • Can I pull the book, edit it, and republish after I have already published it?
    • Yes, if you are willing to pay for another book. Generally speaking, once your book is published, it is done.
  •  If so, how much does it cost?
    • This varies but I would estimate between $400 and $800 for one book.
  • How much help do I get marketing the book?
    • I didn’t get much. They did have a variety of tools I could purchase. But actual help, no.
  • What do the marketing tools cost?
    • That varies from publisher to publisher. In my opinion, too much.

Although the answers to the above questions are not ideal, self-publishing is still better than traditional publishing in that you do have more control than before and the book gets published faster.

INDIE Publishing

In 2014 my wife, Teresa, and I went out to lunch at a small McDonalds located in Murdock, part of greater Port Charlotte, and made a very important decision. As we sat there and discussed my writing career and the possibility of hers, although at that time she hadn’t started writing her first novel yet, we decided to establish our own publishing company called T&R Independent Books. The T was for Teresa and the R for Ronald.

Let’s look at the Why form our own publishing company.

Up to that time I had been publishing using what is commonly called self-publishing companies to publish my books. But as I studied these companies I discovered:

  • They controlled the content
  • They controlled the cover
  • They determined the royalties
  • I still had to do the marketing

In other words, while I had more freedom and control that I’d have with a traditional publisher I still didn’t really have control of anything. By going independent and truly publishing by myself, I would:

  • Have control over the content
  • Have control over the cover
  • Determine the royalties
  • Still do the marketing

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t consider myself a control freak. Rather, I believe that if the author is going to invest his or herself into writing a book, any book, then they deserve to benefit from it.

Case in point. With traditional and self-publishing companies the average author’s royalties are scaled. It varied from publisher to publisher but in general it might go like this: 8% of retail for the first 2,500; 15% for the next 5,000; 25% thereafter. Now the numbers I just used may not be accurate (I did it from memory), but the concept is true.

But by doing my own publishing I can receive 35% or 70% right from the start! That is a major difference.

What about the content?

With traditional publishers you generally have to first go through an agent who then tries to find a publisher. The agent has certain criteria which may involve you changing the content. But just finding an agent can be long and frustrating. Then the agent gets to tell you whether the book is good enough for publishing based on their expertise.

Even self-publishers exert control. For example, say you are writing a book and you quote from the King James Version Bible. It is possible they will substitute a different version whether you agree or not. They may also reject passages they don’t like. In other words, just because you are pleased with your results they might not be and can act accordingly.

Another thing involved is the ability to correct. No matter how or to what extent you have had your book previewed and edited, there is always the chance of errors. Moreover, the publisher may have printing errors. I ran into this with my books. I was sent a ‘Proof’ copy and given about three days to review, find errors, make corrections, and return (electronically, of course). (For more on this see above in section about Self-Publishing.)

But by publishing the book myself I am able to take my time and do a more thorough job of previewing and editing. And, if there are still errors in the published version, I can correct the errors and republish at no cost to myself!

What about the Cover?

I have discussed Cover Creator in previous blogs, but Kindle’s Cover Creator and Photo Gallery provide free pictures or frames in which I can upload my own pictures. Moreover, if I am willing to hire someone to do a professional picture including the bar code, I can do that. Just have to meet KDP’s criteria.

And one last thing: Writing a book can be and is stressful; so is marketing. Having greater control over the publishing removes a lot of stress; and having greater control over price and royalties is far more rewarding.

The result is that you can approach marketing with far less stress than before.

Have you considered Indie Publishing?

More and more authors are discovering the value of the Indie approach. Yes, it requires more work on your part, but it’s worth it. Go to our website and check out our videos, all free, that give you a head start on building your own writing and publishing business.

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TR Writing Service 2021

The Riddle Report 12 29 2020

Today we are looking at TR Writing Services in 2021

TR Writing Services was founded in 2019 as a service of T&R Independent Books. Since that founding, we have been slowly building it up. In 2020 we have already helped clients and expanded our services. Now, we are looking forward to 2021.

What follows is an overview of the business and a look into the future.

TR Writing Services is for the Little Guy

Back when I was in my twenties, I had a desire to write books. I found and signed up for a writing course. Although the course was not considered expensive by the experts I ended dropping out because of lack of money. This was at a time when I was laid off which wiped out my savings and delayed my writing career by decades. I never forgot!

Over the years I have discovered that just about any kind of writers’ aid that is out there is beyond the budget of most people. This includes the art of writing, editing, publishing, and marketing. The “little guy or gal” doesn’t have much of a chance. Having experience this problem myself I increasingly felt a desire to help others get published.

Why We Founded TR Writing Services

Our first love as far as writing is concerned is writing our own books. I’ve experienced the highs and lows of writing, whereas my wife, who published her first book in 2020, is currently experiencing the same. All writers must face obstacles, overcome them or change directions. But getting the help they need at the time they need it is a great need that is often priced out of their reach.

TR Writing Services was established with the purpose of creating a low-cost service that addresses the editing and publishing aspects of being an author. When considering our services you will find that our service is considerably lower than our competitors.

What is TR Writing Services?

TR Writing Services is Entry Level Proofing and Editing for the author(s) who cannot afford the more expensive services you find online. If you are looking for a professional extensive treatment of your manuscript, then this is the wrong place. We at TR Writing Services are here to expedite your ability to publish your book at an affordable price yet with high quality. You will have a book that you can be proud of

This service will focus on such things as grammar, spelling, formatting, and other quality issues. This is not aimed at academic books but rather fiction, nonfiction, and how-to.

What Plans Do We Offer?

We have a variety of plans beginning with our Custom Plans (120 and 150 plans). These custom plans are designed for small books of 120 pages or less and 150 pages or less. Both of these custom plans will edit and prepare your books of less than 100 pages for publishing, but the actual publishing is left to you. In these cases, you would publish using local printers and we would work with you and your printer to get the book published.

Those are custom plans at minimal cost, but we also offer the following 4 plans:

Bronze Plan

This plan is for books up to 50,000 words and slightly higher. We edit, proof, and publish the book for you. The entire process involves us working with the author and the author is in charge. That means that we may advise you something is not recommended or not professional, but you may want to stick with what you have. We do everything we can to adhere to your preferences.

The cost may change in the future but as of 12/29/2020 it is $145 plus an additional $150 for eBook service. For both the Print and eBook formats you can provide your own book cover image which we upload and use with a Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) template or your own book cover privately prepared (it must meet KDP guidelines).

You have the option of a free ISBN (recommended), free copyright, and free KDP account setup.

Total cost is $295 (Print and eBook) plus any other expenses you incur on your own.

Silver Plan

The Silver Plan includes all of the Bronze Plan but is for books up to and slightly more than 75,000 words.

The cost for this is currently $195 for Print only or $345 for the Print and eBook combination.

Gold Plan

The Gold Plan includes all of the Silver Plan but is for books of up to and slightly more than 90,000 words.

The cost for this is currently $295 for Print only or $445 for the Print and eBook combination.

Platinum Plan

The Platinum Plan is the best plan. It is for books up to and above 120 words. If the word count exceeds 120,000 the price will reflect the costs described below. This plan comes with the eBook, however if you do not want an eBook published, the cost would be $150 less.

The cost for this is currently $390.

If you have priced out our competitors you have already seen that our most expensive plan is approximately less than half their standard plan.

What Does It Cost?

Cost varies depending on page count and what you the author want.

As the years have passed, we’ve noticed that the high cost of help remains. Some services advertise a word-by-word cost. For example, they may charge $0.005 per word. That sounds great until you do the math. A book of 50,000 words would cost $250 just for the proofing! We at TR Writing Services charge only $0.002 per word meaning the same book would cost $100 for the proofing, a saving of $150.

A book of 100,000 words at $0.005 costs $500 while TR Writing Services would charge $200, a whopping savings of $300. In addition, TR Writing Services offers many FREE services, such as Setup of KDP Account if needed, Copyright page, ISBN (KDP free), Uploading your manuscript, Uploading Bio Picture for Back Matter, and more.

That is just the basic costs. But it gives you an idea. For greater detail simply contact us at marketing@tr-writingservices.com and we will email you a free copy of our brochure at no obligation on your part (we also will email you a copy of our book A Guide to Writing for free).

Can I Use TR Writing Services?

The short answer is yes. Basically, we accept anyone who submits a form (found in our free TR Writing Services brochure) plus the first three chapters of your book. We examine the form and the chapters to determine whether you fit the profile that we are looking for. If approved, we send to a letter of approval with a link to a page where you can purchase the service.

What Is Prohibited?

We are a Christian organization that applies Biblical standards.

We do not work with anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, excessive graphics, profanity, or any work that violates our Biblical stand.

If during the course of the contract excessive graphics or any profanity is found the author shall be informed and corrections/deletions required. Failure on the author’s part to provide this update will constitute a violation of the contract and subject it to termination.

How Do I Sign Up?

It’s simple. Simply go to our Facebook page and click on the “Learn More” link. This will take you to our web page. You can also simply go here. In either case you arrive at the first step that explains what you need to do to get started.

Basically, you will email us and seek a free copy of our TR Writing Services booklet. This booklet describes our services in greater detail and provides a form to fill out. Once filled out you copy it and post in another email along with the first 3 chapters of your book. No fee at this time.

We will review and decide. If we decide to accept you, we will email you a link and password to get you into the secure payment page. You then select the plan you want and pay for it.

Simple as that!

Then What Happens?

We go to work!

We will examine the entire book. Since we use Kindle Direct Publishing for our books we will examine your book in the light of their criteria. We will diligently examine the grammar, spelling, and more depending on the plan.

2021 Outlook

We have all had a tough year (2020), but we are excited about the future. No matter the outcome of the Presidential election there will still be people writing books. And some of these people will need our help. We stand ready to assist them (and you) in producing a quality book at a budget friendly cost!

As authors, we will be publishing our own books and you can learn about them at our website (just go to tr-WritingServices.com and look at our catalog where you have links to Amazon.com).

In the meantime, we wish you a happy and productive New Year. May your writing career be all you want it to be.

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ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? Want to review our books? Contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. Such as, ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ Be sure to indicate your email address and your name.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Stimulus Checks

The Riddle Report 12 28 2020

President Trump signed the Stimulus package.

Yea!

So, how do I feel about it?

  1. I’m against the stimulus checks
  2. I’m for the stimulus checks.

Do I sound confused?

Hear me out.

  1. I am against the stimulus checks because of its negative impact on the economy. The entire bill is loaded with pork and pushes our country into being a debtor nation. Experts say that it will take a long time, years or decades, to pay the debt down. Every time we pass legislation like this it adds to our national debt.
  2. I’m for the stimulus checks because people are suffering from this panic driven economic malaise. People are out of work, companies are closed or severely restricted, lockdowns are resulting in depression, sickness, and suicides. It is a terrible situation. Even $600 can make a difference! I know I could use it and I’m not as bad off as a lot of folks are. Plus, the $600 will stimulate the economy.

There is another way of looking at it. Caregivers are often told to take care of themselves so that they can take care of the people they are responsible for. This is not only good advice for care givers, it is good advice for working people throughout the nation. And the United States is a caregiver.

If we are going to take care of other nations, then we first need to take care of ourselves. The United States is acting like a caregiver and therefore should follow the above advice. The world needs a strong, viable United States and that only happens if we maintain our military, political, and economic health.

Still another reason for being in favor of the stimulus package is that when it gets to us, the people, we take it and pay bills. Then the person who gets paid, pays their bills, and so forth. Its impact multiplies and injects a stimulating shot of adrenaline into our economy.

So, this shot of adrenaline to the economy makes it worthwhile?

Yes. Principles are good things to have, but sometimes you have to ask what is the greater good. Besides, if Trump is reelected it is relatively safe to expect a reviving economy. Of course, a Biden/Harris Presidency means all bets are off.

What about the Recount?

It is going pretty much the way anticipated. The lawyers knew that the state courts would probably reject their suits. They also knew these courts wouldn’t even look at the evidence.

The evidence, which the news media says doesn’t exist, is constantly growing. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of affidavits plus videos pointing to fraud. The lawsuits, and the evidence, is now in the federal system where they are likely to receive greater scrutiny. It is unfortunate and sad that liberal judges are so agenda focused rather than evidence focused or at least constitutionally focused, but it wasn’t unexpected.

A Constitutional Solution

Another interesting factor is that come January 6th when Congress convenes to tabulate the electoral votes, the President of the Senate, i.e., the Vice President, has the power to determine which slates of electors will represent the different states. This constitutional power has been used at least once, as President of Senate then Vice President Jefferson used the power, and thereby became President. It might well cause an uproar, but it worked then, why not now.

The Constitution in Article II, Section 1 and in the XII Amendment provides that the Vice President as President of the Senate shall ‘open all the certificates’.

Another Constitutional solution is going on right now. This is the act that the state legislatures are the only body, including courts, with the Constitutional power to determine who their state electors will be. That power exceeds the power of the governor, secretary of state, and even the state supreme court. Several state legislatures have already begun movement in that direction.

So, we get the Stimulus plus Trump is Reelected?

Yes, and maybe. Yes, we will get the stimulus. It has been passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President. And since the previous stimulus caused the distribution machinery to be set up, it should be either this week or next that we get the money.

Maybe Trump is Reelected. The above information is valuable and in some regards is already being pursued. But there are no guarantees.

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ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? Want to review our books? Contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. Such as, ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ Be sure to indicate your email address and your name.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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A Look Forward

The Riddle Report 12 26 2020

Christmas is past and New Year’s is right around the corner. Confusion reigns as the country wants to know who won the 2020 Election. Although the media says it was Biden and call him President-Elect the results have yet to be verified and acted upon. It looks like we might not know until January 6th or even later.

All of this makes it hard to predict the future course of our nation. We can make some general predictions. For example, if President Trump gets reelected we can expect a rebounding economy that will shock the experts. Why? Because he did it before when he took a stagnant economy (Biden’s pride and joy) and transformed it into a booming economy. We can also expect Trump’s international successes to continue, again because he already has done much internationally. That includes Mideast peace moves.

On the other hand, if Biden/Harris (I use this designation because we don’t know how long Biden will last) are elected we can also make some general predictions. Although our economy is struggling due to uncertainty about the election and Covid-19 it is growing faster than economists have predicted. But assuming Biden/Harris follow through on their campaign promises, then the undergirding of our economy will be ripped away. We can expect fracking to be stopped, thereby once again making us dependent on OPEC. As they enact their Green New Deal we will see businesses once again leaving and probably never again returning to America. We can also expect unemployment, which is currently coming down slowly, to start rising again.

And of course, there is Biden’s health. How long would he be able to act as President? When will Harris push him out? We simply don’t know.

But all of that is conjecture. One thing we can be certain of is that when Harris becomes President she will be an activist President and lead us to disaster!

The truth is the election results are unknown. While there is plenty of evidence of election fraud, it must be examined, and determinations must be made before true results finally are known. So, we wait.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like waiting. This is particularly true when waiting on people. I try to be patient, but it doesn’t always work. Nor am I fond of waiting on God.

But while not fond of waiting on Him, I know He will act for my own good (Ro. 8:28). That makes waiting easier. So, in the case of the Steal, I am praying that He will act to prevent it and that we can have 4 more years of a government that at least honors His will.

But, folks, we have no guarantee of that. God sent the Israelites into judgment because they refused to worship and obey Him. This happened several times, and even now they are still under judgment. The day will come though when Israel will be back in His good graces.

America has slipped a lot since our founding fathers. Back then men and women worshipped, honored, and obeyed Him. He granted us victories we should not have won, protected General Washington more than once, and watched over our fledgling nation in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and many others. But like the Jews of the Bible we have turned from Him and may well be in the crosshairs of judgment.

So, what do we do?

Well, for me and my house (consisting of my wife and me), we will wait on the Lord. But not just for election results. We will pray, serve, and wait on Him.

We will Pray for:

  • Our own health
  • Others’ health
  • Our church
  • America

We will also continue to serve Him in:

  • Church
  • Business (writing & and helping others to write and be published)

In other words, while we have little control over the election, we still have control of how we live and serve God. While I believe a Biden/Harris Presidency will be bad for our country, I also believe that God is in charge. He may allow Biden/Harris to rule, but He always has the right and the power to overrule!

I recently heard a man preach that there will never be another worldwide revival of the Christian faith. He may be right, but the Bible tells us to pray for our nation, our rulers, missionaries, evangelists, and the furtherance of the Gospel. Our faith is proactive!

Pray for revival and then find out what God wants you to do.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Merry Christmas!

The Riddle Report 12 24 2020

Merry Christmas everyone. Today’s news is about the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Date of Christ’s Birth

Most people know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. Rather, this was a date set aside by the Catholic Church to counter pagan beliefs and traditions. Some of their traditions eventually became part of the Christmas celebration. But this blog is not about that.

Scholars have long debated the actual date of Jesus’ birth. There are many theories as to the date. The most reliable theories fall between 6 BC and 1 BC. The most reliable source is the Bible.

In the Bible we are referred to Cyrenius, governor of Syria. We now know that he ruled twice; the first began in 4 BC and ended in 1 BC, while the second began in 6 AD. We also know the taxing was the first of Cyrenius (Luke 2:2). And, of course, it was while Caesar Augustus ruled (Luke 2:1). While I make no pretensions of being a Bible scholar these facts suggest that the birth of Christ was somewhere around 4 BC or 3 BC.

Time of Christ’s Birth

While some people try to state the time of day for His birth, I won’t go there. However, as to the time of year, we have facts that point to a particular season.

According to the Bible, it was while the shepherds were “abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night”. That means they were nearby and not in the mountains. It can also be further narrowed down to either Fall or Spring as the time for lambing, the reason for being in the fields, occurred between mid-September and mid-March. Of the two, Fall would seem the most likely, but some believe it was Spring.

There is a belief, based primarily on astrological charts, that Christ was born on September 11, 3 BC. While this certainly places His birth in the Fall, the use of astrological charts would seem inappropriate and unreliable. Just the same the time of year seems relatively correct.

We can say for sure that according to the Bible Jesus Christ was born during the rule of Caesar Augustus and governor Cyrenius’ rule. When you check out the dates the year seems to be either 4 BC or 3 BC.

But That is not the Most Important Fact.

 If God wanted to clear up the matter of the date of Christ’s birth, He would have given us the information we needed right in the Bible. But the birth of Christ has a greater significance than the date.

While we tend to look at the physical scene, there was a spiritual scene taking place that made the birth of Christ of eternal importance! This is the fact that the Living Word of God became flesh for the purpose of dying on the Cross as our Redeemer! (John 1:1-14)

Many years ago, I was in charge of an Easter display at our local mall in Michigan. I asked a friend of mine, who was quite good as an artist, to draw a picture of the Nativity Scene with the shadow of the Cross passing over the manger. And that is how we should picture the Nativity Scene.

Christmas and Easter are eternally connected; without the manger there is no Cross and without the Cross there is no need for a manger!

As my pastor recently preached, John 1:1-14 is the spiritual backdrop to Luke 2:7-12. Christ came into the world to die on the Cross so that you and I might have eternal life! (John 3:16)

How Then Should I Celebrate Christmas?

It is all right to celebrate Christmas with a Christmas tree, a nativity scene, the exchanging of gifts, and singing songs. But it is imperative that we remember that the little Babe in the manger came into the world to save us poor miserable wretches by taking our sins upon Himself, dying in our place on the Cross, and becoming our Saviour!

Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. May you find joy and peace in Jesus!

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Stimulus Package

The Riddle Report 12 21 2020

It looks like a new stimulus package worth almost 1 trillion dollars is going to be passed sometime today. As a matter of principal, I am wary of stimulus packages. Particularly, those packages which Democratic hands have touched. Historically speaking, such spending is a short-term bonanza and a long-term disaster. I am afraid this may fall in the same category.

On the other hand, it is hard to argue against the necessity for help. While the economy is rebounding in a V shape, it is not happening as fast as hoped. At least part of this is fear generated by the press. Instead of making judgements based on facts the people are believing the fear mongering of the press, staying home, and only shopping for necessities. This results in a need for a stimulus shot.

One of the more interesting aspects of the package is the similarity to the Republican proposals earlier in the year. From what I have seen, the only concession by Conservatives was the desire to protect businesses. But the Democrats conceded more. The big one, in my opinion, was that they were forced to drop the bail-out of Democratic states and cities which were guilty of mismanagement.

Another part of the bill provides weekly unemployment benefits for up to 11 weeks. Having experienced unemployment myself many years ago, I know how vital that can be. But I believe having an end-time for these additional benefits is also important. In recent unemployment benefits the benefit was actually greater than wages being offered. Most people are prepared to work, but it puts undue pressure on them to be paid more for being idle than for working.

In addition, the bill provides relief for the airline industry, which is much needed. Then there is relief for small businesses, vaccine distribution, and more. These are all needed and their troubles are not related to mismanagement but to Covid-19.

All of that and more makes me think this package is good and needed. But even as they are voting on this package, they are already talking about another one bigger and wider! This, in my opinion, would be disastrous. The current package plus the previous packages all must be paid down, and work should begin on that immediately.

Whether President Trump wins reelection or Biden/Harris win, this latest package needs time to work. Get that money into our economy and then watch to see what happens. Right now our economy is slowly rebounding because of strong underpinnings. Assuming that Trump is reelected which evidence points to, then the underpinnings remain, and the economy takes off. But if Biden/Harris prevail those underpinnings could disappear rather quickly, and new help will be needed.

It is sad to watch anyone, Democrat or Republican, use much needed legislation as a bargaining point. How many people have suffered due to the Democrats wanting their agenda? Too many! But now they have gotten serious and dropped the worst pieces and so we can thank God for this help. But they could have agreed to this same package last summer.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Demise of the Press

The Riddle Report 12 16 2020

You may think me hard on our press, particularly the national news media. But I’m what’s called a dinosaur. I date back to the time when reporters actually reported facts and kept their opinions out of their articles.

This past Sunday I read an article about the loss of local news. It was very sad to read how the local news media has faded. But what the author didn’t mention was that the national media is also slipping. The article identified what the author thought was the real problem and went on to suggest a solution. But, I believe that he missed the mark. Let’s take a look.

According to the article more than a quarter of the country’s newspapers have closed and over 1,800 communities have lost their news outlets since 2004. That is truly sad, but what is sadder is the lack of understanding why.

The article blames the rise of websites (blogs?) that are ‘ordered up by political operatives…’ Instead, they should be looking in the mirror.

Here’s why.

Associated Press

Have you noticed how far left the AP has gone?

The next time you read an article from the Associated Press watch for words or phrases like no evidence, false charges, ranting, or the like. These are not words that you would expect to read in a fact-based news article; instead, they are opinion words. And they clutter the average article, specially those coming from the Associated Press.

Such words are a dead giveaway. You instantly know the authors are inserting their biases. A true report tells us the facts and doesn’t tell us how to read it or understand it. A true reporter digs up the facts, tells it like it is, and lets us decide!

The AP is no longer the reliable news source it once was. Back when ZI was a young man, reporters did what I described above. They dug up and put the facts out there for us to read and decide. But now they think it is their job to teach us how to interpret the truth. So, they place their highly valued opinions right in the article they are writing. Don’t believe me, pick up a paper and read an article written by the Associated Press. Just in case you accidentally find an honest to goodness report without bias, you should probably read two or three articles.

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor used to be informative. In reading them you often learned things and there was always the possibility to change your mind. With all the controversy surrounding the election I decided to add my two cents worth shortly after reading one man’s letter that was fraught with innuendo and falsehood. So, I sat down and wrote a letter. In the process I read the rules and tried my best to meet them. I mailed it and waited for it to be published; I waited some more, and finally realized it wasn’t going to be published.

Later this year I wrote another fact filled letter. It got the same results. I don’t know what it’s like in your community, but here in a Conservative area the liberal letters outnumber the conservative letters by a large margin. So, it makes no sense why my letter was not published.

It is hard to prove they were biased against me, but the perception of bias is clear. A Conservative letter is not desired.

FACTS

That is an odd title. But consider this: in the ongoing battle over legal and illegal ballots the news media has not been reporting the whole story. If you want to know all sides of a story you often have to go to other sources.

The reason the news media has protection in our Bill of Rights is because our founding fathers expected’ the press to keep the public informed on the issues. They say they are informing the people. But today’s media has failed in that endeavor. Instead of facts we get opinion. And when facts are given, they are preceded and followed by opinion. (Check out my comments about the Associated Press.)

Solution

The article identified what the author considered the problem and then gave us a solution: money. That’s right. The solution was money, which would provide better equipment, etc. But throwing money at a problem rarely works. Besides, money isn’t the problem.

The problem is the way reporters are being trained. One reporter unwittingly provided the real problem. She was caught on air stating that it was her job (as a reporter) to tell people what to think.

No, it isn’t.

It is her job and the job of all reporters to tell us the facts and let us decide the right course of action! That is old fashioned reporting. When I was a young man, opinions were found in the Editorial Pages not in the articles. Today, opinion is mixed with facts and the reader, if not careful, assumes that all is fact.

The only true solution is to return to the ideal of reporting facts and letting the readers, that’s us, decide. Give us truth and transparency.

Will it happen?

Unlikely.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Confirmed?

The Riddle Report 12 15 2020

We live in an era when the news media thinks it is the arbiter of facts, truth, and the American Way. But the news media has continually abused our founding fathers’ belief that they should inform Americans honestly and without prejudice. But the news media has long left the honest reporting of news. The latest example, because the Electoral College voted for Biden over Trump, they claim it is over and Biden is President-Elect.

No, it isn’t!

No, he isn’t!

The facts keep getting in the way of these statements.

Fact: There are multiple lawsuits in the federal court system working their way to the Supreme Court.

Fact: The United States Constitution gave the power to determine electoral votes to the state legislatures, not the governor nor the secretary of state.

Fact: The only date that is considered hard is January 20th and that has flexibility.

These are all facts. Denying them doesn’t change them. Let’s take a look.

Lawsuits

The Texas filing failed because it was determined they had no standing and could not prove they would be harmed by the election outcome. That is the only reason the Supreme Court rejected the filing.

But now there are multiple lawsuits filed within battleground states that do have standing and could be harmed by the outcome. These lawsuits have been filed and are in the federal system. One way or another these have to be dealt with.

But there are other lawsuits also in the system. These have been filed by Sidney Powell and must also be dealt with. Powell is a former federal prosecutor and knows a thing or two about the law. She has been investigating the criminal side of the election and has already filed several lawsuits. Again, these must be dealt with.

On the basis of the lawsuits themselves the case of election fraud continues. By the way, the media keeps saying no evidence seen. But that is because they are not looking. All of these cases are supported by evidence.

Another point. I am not a lawyer, but I believe it is improper to put your evidence out in the public. It belongs in court where it can be examined by lawyers and judges.

State Legislatures

Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors…

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1

That clearly gives state legislatures the sole power to determine electors. No state, not even the state legislature, can take that responsibility away. Can they delegate? It would seem so, but they are still responsible.

Can state or federal courts overturn it? No. It is in the Constitution.

So, what does that mean?

It means they still have the power. Since the electors were verified by the governor or secretary of state, it is my understanding that the state legislature can still invalidate the votes. And at least some of the state legislatures are investigating and may take action.

January 20th

The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States. U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1

All the other dates are determined by law. However, even January 20th is not stated in the Constitution. There are several contingencies affecting that date. The Constitution has determined that the term of office for President and Vice President is four years. That means President Donald Trump’s current term expires on January 20th, thus establishing that date as the final date.

But remember those contingencies? If there is no winner by this date then the contingencies will be activated, which could end up with the Speaker of the House or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate becoming Acting President.

The mass media and Social Media monopolies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube ignore the above facts and may even deny them. But if we are a nation of laws centered upon the U.S. Constitution then the above is pertinent.

Want to fact check this article? Get out your copy of the Constitution or go to the local library and get a copy. Check out Article II, Section 1 plus Amendment XII and XV.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Antitrust lawsuit against Facebook

The Riddle Report 12 09 2020

This is big news!

The FTC and 48 states have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. In the lawsuit they allege that Facebook has engaged in unlawful behavior to eliminate social networking competition.

While there are several aspects to this lawsuit one item caught my eye.

“Facebook’s unlawfully maintained monopoly power gives it wide latitude to set the terms for how its users’ private information is collected, used, and protected,” the states said in the lawsuit. “In addition, because Facebook decides how and whether the content shared by users is displayed to other users, Facebook’s monopoly gives it significant control over how users engage with their closest connections and what content users see when they do.” Emphasis mine.

Let’s narrow it down: “In addition, because Facebook decides how and whether the content shared by users is displayed to other users, Facebook’s monopoly gives it significant control over how users engage with their closest connections and what content users see when they do.”

It has been an increasing complaint by Facebook users that Facebook controls who sees our posts. And here you have the government saying the same thing. But that control, in my opinion, goes deeper than anti-competition. It also has become prosecutor, judge, and jury over what should be free speech.

I would support Facebook efforts if it was just trying to keep the internet clean from filthy language and pictures, but now if they don’t like the political content of a post, they feel quite all right censuring and removing that content. And they are not the only ones doing this. You also have Twitter and YouTube acting up.

It is high time that these monopolies were reined in!

I understand that these monopolies feel that there is a lot of misinformation out there. But the American people should be the arbiters of what is good and bad, not a corporate CEO or committee.

The ongoing discussion about voter fraud is a legitimate discussion. In the public courtroom of opinion both sides should be able to state their case. The fact that Facebook and others use their power to squelch opinions other than their own shows a disdain for free speech and the free intercourse of opinion.

America has no use or room for businesses that operate in this matter. I don’t know where this lawsuit will go, but I sure hope and pray that they’ll get more than a slap on the back of their hands.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Senator Cruz to Represent Case before SCOTUS

The Riddle Report 12 08 2020

The following blog is based on an article by Janita Kan in the Epoch Times. I have used excerpts from the article and enclosed them in ‘’.

I subscribe to the Epoch Times which carries timely news that impacts the United States. In this morning’s news (12/8/20) an article by Janita Kan caught my attention. Currently there is a case regarding the election before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). That case concerns an ‘appeal seeking to block the state from taking further action to certify their election results.’

According to this article Senator Ted Cruz (R – Texas) is willing to make oral arguments before the Supreme Court on behalf of the appeal. I regard this as a heavy weight decision since the Senator has previously argued cases before the court. That is a fact that speaks to his standing before the court and his experience.

‘The appeal is currently pending before the Supreme Court after Pennsylvania Republicans filed a request to block the finalizing of certification citing constitutional challenges.

In the instance where the certification has been finalized, Republicans asked the court to restore the “status quo” by compelling Pennsylvania officials to nullify its actions until an order from the court.

The Republicans also asked the court to treat the request as a petition of certiorari, asking the court to review the lawfulness of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision.’

For those of you who did not know what certiorari is, I looked it up. It means, ‘a writ or order by which a higher court reviews a decision of a lower court.’

‘Cruz said that he was asked whether he would be willing to argue the case before the nation’s top court if the justices grant certiorari. The former Texas solicitor general said that he had agreed and that he would “stand ready to present oral arguments.”’

Folks, it is one thing for well-known lawyers to file lawsuits and argue before the courts, it is altogether different when a man of Sen. Cruz’ reputation and intellect agrees to do so. Yes, he has been a lawyer, but not every lawyer can argue a case before SCOTUS as he did 9 times between 2003 and 2008, plus he wrote 80 legal briefs. But it is more than that.

Senator Cruz is articulate, experienced, and has a solid reputation as a conservative and as a lawyer. I might remind you that he was a strong opponent to Donald Trump in the 2016 election. And he has been a strong backer of Trump in the Senate.

‘“Because of the importance of the legal issues presented, I’ve publicly urged SCOTUS to hear the case brought by Congressman Mike Kelly, congressional candidate Sean Parnell & state rep. candidate Wanda Logan challenging the constitutionality of the POTUS election results in PA,” Cruz wrote in his statement.

As I said last week, the bitter division and acrimony we see across the Nation needs resolution. I believe SCOTUS has a responsibility to the American People to ensure, within its powers, that we are following the law and following the Constitution.”’

‘In the case at hand, Pennsylvania Republicans escalated the case to the nation’s top court after their state Supreme Court overturned a lower court order blocking election officials from certifying the results of the 2020 election. The Pennsylvania justices also dismissed the case.

In an unsigned opinion, the state’s top court ruled to reverse Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough’s temporary injunction that would have prevented the state from taking further steps to complete the certification of the presidential race.’

While it is frustrating to be turned down by the state courts this was expected since they are primarily liberal justices, which are historically not strict constitutionalists. This has been an education for me as it probably has been for you.

If you would like to read the entire article click here to go to Epoch Times article.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Non-Election News

The Riddle Report 12 07 2020

While the Presidential election fraud cases wind their way through the court system to the Supreme Court, I thought it appropriate to take a break and report on other news matters. So, what follows covers wide ranging subjects.

Covid-19

This issue continues to dominate the news. In my opinion, while it is serious it is no longer the danger it once was. It doesn’t help that the media and selected doctors talk about a second wave when such a second wave is hard to find. I haven’t been following Europe, but here in America the spikes have appeared to be in areas where Covid-19 wasn’t a major factor earlier. An exception would be nursing homes, which is another story.

Take the Death Rate. It is by far the most important factor, but it is continually under-reported. For example, while the Cases are spiking, the Death Rate continues to fall. In today’s paper the deaths and cases reported turn out to have a death rate of 0.0191 or 1.91% for the nation and 0.0184 or 1.84% for Florida. It keeps going down as the cases go up.

This suggests that while there are record setting daily deaths the overall death count has stabilized and is falling. How can that be? Well, it is hard to tell but watching the news carefully you might detect that many of the spikes are in areas not previously hit. In a recent blog I mentioned Findlay, Ohio. They have been hard hit, but I saw a chart that showed the virus as negligible prior to that. And, in my opinion, that is not a second wave, it is the first wave hitting new territory.

Clearly, this is evidence that we are past the worst which was rising cases and rising deaths.  But that doesn’t fit the media agenda, so we just continue to hear about negative news that supports that agenda, which I think is to push for more government control of our lives.

I agree that social distancing and wearing masks are helpful, but mandates are not. In some cases where the spikes have hit, you see people masked and social distancing, plus you learn the community is tough on people who don’t. Yet, they are hit as bad or worse than those who don’t mandate.

The overall news when it includes a rapidly declining Death Rate is good news. And the soon to arrive vaccine is better news. I would anticipate that they might use the vaccine in highly impacted areas first. We already know they will be used with first responders, but they should also be used in the hardest hit areas.

Iran

Trying to take advantage of our election woes, Iran is planning to increase oil production within the next 3 months. They are anticipating a Bide/Harris win and the restoration of the Obama era nuclear accords.

And indeed, former Vice President Biden, who currently leads President Trump in assumed electoral votes, has indicated he wants to bring Iran back into the disastrous accord he brokered under President Obama. In connection with this, it is also believed that the Biden/Harris Presidency will ban fracking, which would increase Iran’s value as a supplier of oil products. It would also increase unemployment at home and make us more reliant on Mideast oil.

SpaceX

SpaceX has entered a new phase in their space program. With a newer and bigger Dragon capsule supply ship, they will supply the International Space Station (ISS) with Christmas presents, tracts, and treats. SpaceX expects to always have at least one Dragon capsule at the ISS supplying the station with necessary goods.

While NASA was energized under the Trump Administration it is unknown what plans the Biden/Harris team has if they get elected. Assuming the fraud cases are eventually successful upon reaching the Supreme Court, and the trajectory is going as expected, then the space program will remain in safe hands.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning is not new. It has been around awhile, particularly on the college level. But Home Schoolers often make use of it rather successfully. So, when Covid-19 hit it wasn’t a surprise when the public schools decided to use DL. But it has been a surprise that they have had troubles with it.

In this mornings paper there was an Associated Press story detailing the problems they are having with Distance Learning. After reading the article I find myself asking some questions. Now, remember that while I am not a teacher, I have been around Christian private schools, I know people who Home School, and my wife had Distance Learning in college. And I have taken online courses before.

So, it is not that hard to learn. It does take self-discipline and a computer connection. It also takes teachers who know how to supervise students over the internet. So, why these problems?

Skipping Assignments – That suggests lack of control by the teachers. Some seem concerned about marking a student down and giving them a zero. The poor child might feel bad. But skipping assignments should never be an option. And in this day of Zoom, etc., you can interact with the student one-on-one.

Camera off – Also lack of control. Kids today know how to turn the camera on. Classroom (even though on the internet) discipline should be exercised. The student must be seen as well as the teacher. If they don’t turn their camera on, they get a lower grade.

Skipping School for the day – Come on! Did you allow that in the physical classroom?

Unfortunately, our public-school education system has not been well for years. We are a third-class country in education. The usual suggestions for improvement are smaller class sizes, easier grading, etc. I suggest that the students would do better if the teachers insisted that they learn. Back when I was a child, the teacher ran the classroom.

The ‘experts’ don’t really know why all this is happening and probably don’t agree with my suggested solutions (above), but their methods certainly haven’t worked.

Pearl Harbor Day

Today is the 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor where over 2,400 military and civilian lives were lost and some 1,200 wounded. It was a cowardly sneak attack that brought America into a world war. The Japanese expected it to keep America on the sidelines; instead, it led to the demise of their empire!

America responded with power and determination. And this is how America has always responded when under attack. Today America is under attack from within. It is not just the attempted steal of an election, it is the wholesale attack on our education, free enterprise, and our representative democracy. To honor those who have fought and died for our country we owe it to them to stand up for what is right. If you are a Christian, I ask you to pray that God will intervene and not let the liberals destroy our country. But more than that, we need a return to God nationally, corporately, and personally.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Confusing COVID-19 Data

The Riddle Report 12 04 2020

Covid-19 Cases Up!

Covid-19 Hospitalizations Up!

Covid-19 Deaths Up!

Covid-19 Death Rate Down!

How can that be?

Perhaps this strikes me more than you since I’ve worked with numbers most of my life. But logic tells me that if Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths are up then so should the Death Rate.

What is the Death Rate?

The Death Rate is simple division. You take the Total Numbers of Deaths-to-Date and divide that number by the Total Number of Cases-to-Date. For Example, today’s published deaths for this year-to-date are 275,550 while the published cases for this year-to-date are 14,086,016. When you divide the Cases into the Deaths you get 0.01956 or 1.96% which is lower than last March’s high of 2.04%.

Now, even if you compensate for the lag time, generally considered 2 weeks although it could be longer, you still get a plunging death rate.

The Numbers Don’t Add UP

It makes one suspicious when such discrepancies occur. If all three (cases, hospitalizations, and deaths) are up then it stands to reason that the death rate would also be up. Anyone can figure out the death rate, but we are dependent upon CDC and others (including the news media) to keep us informed.

So, What is Happening?

It looks to me like someone is not being honest. Like I said, the numbers aren’t adding up. We know for a fact that the cases are up in certain areas of the country. We also know that hospitalizations are up in certain areas of the country. And it is possible that deaths are up in certain parts of the country.

What I suspect is that these ‘certain areas’ are not all the same. For example, cases are up in Findlay Ohio? Are hospitalizations and deaths? For Hancock County (where Findlay is located) the deaths are 46 year-to-date and cases are 2845 year-to-date for a death rate 1.62%. However, the week-to-week increase was more around 15% for deaths. And that may explain the differences.

The News Media Reports Week to Week

When you do that you make things seem far worse than they are. The only true gauge, in my opinion, is month to month or, better, year-to-date. Year-to-date takes into account lag time between cases and related deaths. It doesn’t focus on spikes but on overall trends.

Isn’t This A Second Wave?

That is what they tell us. But getting back to Hancock, Ohio the chart (not shown here) shows very little in the way of cases and deaths until just recently. And the report I looked at today shows a sudden drop off to 0 cases for the last two days. To me this means it is still the First Wave which hadn’t really hit the area earlier. But it sounds more alarming when you call it a second wave instead of a spike.

Again, a longer time span is more instructive than a short one. And a large area is also more instructive. This is great for us trying to understand the trends, but for individuals and families with Covid-19 they are in the now and trends don’t mean much.

So, Why the Difference?

In my opinion, it is because it serves the news media’s agenda to publish the more alarming data. And it justifies the liberal politicians’ pursuit of total lockdowns and mask mandates.

Are We Going to have Mask Mandates?

It looks like it in some communities. I, personally, am not opposed to wearing masks and social distancing. Of the two, I believe social distancing is more effective. Both together may be even more effective. But extreme measures are not warranted and so far, if you look at the states with stringent rules, it doesn’t work.

I believe that President Trump hit the nail on the head when he said, repeatedly, ‘you cannot have the cure worse than the disease’.

Common Sense is in Short Supply.

Common sense tells you that taking precautions such as wearing a mask and social distancing may help friends, neighbors, and relatives. These should not be mandated. Period. I am glad that the Supreme Court stepped in and by all appearances gave a unanimous decision striking down California’s war on churches. The state was willing to throw the rights of the people and the rights of churches under the bus, but the court said, ‘No’.

Liberal politicians are using ‘panic’ to further their political agendas. And that is wrong. Don’t believe me. The Democratic controlled House of Representatives waited until after the election to compromise on the Relief Bill. They could have done so before the election, but they waited until it appeared that Biden won.

Did Biden Win?

That’s another subject but the evidence that the news media says doesn’t exist is so overwhelming that there is serious doubt about a Biden win. Now that the lawsuits are moving into the federal court system and away from the state courts (primarily controlled by Democrats) the issues and the evidence are being taken seriously.

Will We Ever Know the Truth About Covid-19 and the Election?

Those are two different issues. It is possible there are connections, but I am treating them as separate. The truth about Covid-19 will take time. There is ample evidence the virus while deadly is not nearly as deadly as the media reports. How deadly is a matter of looking back over time. But yes, I think we will eventually know the truth.

As for the Election, the answer to that will come much faster. You have courts and state legislatures (who are the only ones with the final say according to the U.S. Constitution) that are already investigating. And don’t forget we have a Senate runoff election coming up in Georgia. That is already stirring up legal scrutiny.

But they must decide these things soon to determine who leads our country for the next four years. My own opinion is that President Trump will emerge as having won the election. But only God knows the truth right now.

R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Transition

The Riddle Report 11 24 2020

The GSA has caved and declared Biden/Harris the “apparent winner.” A rather questionable statement, but I will let it stand though the 2020 Election recounts have yet to be adjudicated.

What bothers me is that we will be releasing to them sensitive information even though the process is still ongoing. There won’t be an official winner until at least December 12-14. It is possible the battle could go longer and delay everything. We still don’t have a President-Elect except be media.

So, now we have what is called Transition. President Trump has said they will cooperate. I hope this doesn’t include top secret information. When (and if) Biden/Harris is declared the winner, then you can go all out and share vital information. But until a government agency declares the winner, I think it is dangerous to share vital information.

This is going to be interesting. Biden/Harris will be transitioning for an office they may never occupy while lawsuits make their way up the judicial chain of courts until it reaches the Supreme Court. It still looks like things are going as expected, which means we have to continue to listen to the bias and politics of fear coming from the Press and politicians.

At least Biden, half of the Biden/Harris team, is trying to look Presidential. If he eventually wins election, we still won’t know how long he will occupy the White House. It could be a week, a month, a couple of quarters, a year, or even a full term. I guess that will be up to Pelosi and Harris.

Perhaps we Americans need to transition as well. We don’t have access to the evidence of fraud, nor do we have the ability to discern what is going to happen. If the situation goes to the Supreme Court it looks like a fair hearing will take place; and if so, then it is likely President Trump will get re-elected.

But what if Biden/Harris actually win? What do we do?

We will need to tighten our belts. I cannot fathom industries that originally left the country because of Obama policies and then came back under Trump will stay here under Biden/Harris. And if I am right that they will pack up and leave our fledgling economic success will come to a close, and we will sink to third world status.

So, for us, transitioning will include tightening our belts and preparing for hard times. It may mean small businesses closing permanently. It almost certainly would mean a return to the pre-Trump era of economic malaise. We will undoubtedly once again hear Biden claim he has restored jobs (only low paying jobs according to history). He might even quote Obama and tell us the high paying jobs will never come back.

That could be the trigger for the 25th Amendment and Vice President Harris would move into the Oval Office! She would be able to claim that Biden didn’t do enough and that he is senile. Then she would take America further to the Left.

On a more positive note, the evidence that the Trump Team is gathering appears to be massive. The media calls it baseless because that is what they want Americans to believe. But now the cases will start working their way up the court system. Evidence will be entered, thoroughly examined, and, probably, exposed to the light of day.

Remember, that when they were going after Trump to impeach him the Press continuously assailed him. But when it finally got to the national level and was examined in the House of Representatives the Impeachment began falling apart before the House ever sent the Impeachment to the Senate. Although the Press tried to ignore the facts, the real facts began coming out and the American people saw it for what it was – a political attack without any basis in facts!

This time the drama will take place in Federal Courts and probably in the Supreme Court. And once it gets there the evidence will be looked at seriously. And the Biden/Harris Transition will most likely come to a close. But I have to admit that this whole process is discouraging.

The constant attack by the media is designed to wear us out. We have to stay calm and stay faithful. Those of us who are called Christians must pray seeking God’s mercy for our nation. It is possible He will allow what we deserve, a President Biden/Harris. But He might also give us one more chance to get things right.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Sidney Powell

The Riddle Report 11 23 2020

Did Trump Campaign cut ties with Sidney Powell?

NO! That’s what the media wants you to believe. The statement by Giuliani was issued to clarify things.

Clarify What?

What the statement did was clarify that she was not a part of the Trump Campaign Legal Team. The former prosecutor is still there and still in take-no prisoners mode as she continues to pursue illicit voter fraud. What they did was simply state the existing relationship as her being independent of the Legal Team.

Why?

I can thing of at least two reasons.

The first reason is to clear up any misunderstandings people may have. Some apparently thought she was part of the Legal Team rather than a lawyer acting in conjunction with but not part of the team.

Secondly, there is the matter of fundraising. I got the impression that she has her own fundraising site, and they are simply making sure the lines are clear.

A third reason may be that she wants to remain independent. Her focus is on voter fraud while the Legal Team could be broader. This is just a guess on my part, but it makes sense.

Do They Still Stand with Her?

I will let you decide.

Other than the clarification, there has been no disavowal of any of her charges or statements. In fact, the Federal Election Commission chairman seams to be echoing them. The fact that he and others are supporting the challenges is a testament to the seriousness of the charges and the confidence they have in the evidence. My personal opinion is that yes, they still stand with her.

What happens Next?

So far, everything seems to be going as expected. I’m not a lawyer, but it seems logical to think that there needs to be a legal trail to the Supreme Court where I think this will all end up. So, it was necessary to go through the lower courts (state courts) which are generally liberal. The Trump Team knew that these courts would take a liberal stand and their expectations were verified.

It looks to me like these cases will soon be in the lower Federal courts and begin working their way upward to the Supreme Court where the majority take a serious view of the U.S. Constitution and will likely take the case. Because of the seriousness and limited time, the Court would also need to prioritize the case.

Meanwhile there are still other opportunities for President Trump to win.

Opportunities

According to Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, there are at least three avenues that the President can get re-elected by. These are:

  1. In Pennsylvania, the courts changed what the state legislature, which the U.S. constitution has given ultimate authority regarding Presidential elections, can do about counting ballots. He thinks this is a winning issue before the Supreme Court.
  2. The second path or argument is called the ‘equal protection’ of voters. In this case, some Pennsylvania counties allowed flawed ballots to be cured where others did not.
  3. The third path has already been mentioned and that is the computers and/or software, either fraudulently or by glitches, literally changed thousands of votes.

Without legal expertise I can only guess, but in my opinion, it is possible that the path is not limited to just one. It appears to me that all three paths could be used.

There is still a way to go, but that covers the existing paths as far as I know. Meanwhile the news media continue to confuse the public by calling Joe Biden the President-Elect. The truth is there is no President-Elect until the government makes that determination. It is never the news media; their declaration is just informative and not official.

This means that President Trump is under no obligation to concede to Biden nor is Biden in any way a legal representative of the government. This also means Joe Biden is not eligible to receive transition money. If he is ever officially called the winner, then he can receive the money.

In compiling this report I have used outside sources and not just my opinion.

R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. He is also an author of Historical, Speculative, and Mystery fiction, plus co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books. To reply to any blog you can comment on a blog and/or send an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. His Facebook page is at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

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Corruption of the Left

The Riddle Report 11 20 2020

The corruption of the Left appears to be far greater that I or anyone else ever anticipated. I knew they would lie and cheat. That is there history. But what stunned me is the sheer magnitude of what they have done! Mounting evidence demonstrates that the 2020 election was in the process of being stolen before the first votes were ever cast.

2016 Election.

There is plenty of evidence that the Left tried to steal the 2016 election before and after the actual election. At this time, they inserted the Dominion software by convincing people it would be a good and secure tool for election. But the real reason for buying the software was the expectation they could control of the votes for their candidate Hilary Clinton.

Unfortunately for them, the software didn’t function as well as advertised and Donald Trump won. But their own bitterness and pride would not permit them to admit any mistake on their part. For the next three and a half years they used every trick in the book to unseat President Trump culminating on December 18, 2019 in a House of Representative approval of Articles of Impeachment which then led to a Senate trial on January 16, 2020. On February 5, 2020 the President was acquitted.

This is where we wondered if they finally had learned their lesson. No, they didn’t, but they did learn that the software had been fixed and the upcoming election would be different. So they set about to steal the election from the American people.

2020 Election.

I used to believe and even wrote that the Democrats were making a mistake in pursuing their efforts to unseat the President. But I was wrong. They knew something that I didn’t, namely, that the election was rigged long before Biden received the nomination!

Now weeks after the election was held, we are beginning to see the tip of the iceberg. Across multiple states the fix was in. I believe, however, that somehow President Trump learned of the rigging and set about preparing for the battle ahead.

At the same time, the Democrats were aware that the Republicans suspected but didn’t really know about the rigging. If you were listening, they started accusing the President of not accepting the results if Biden won. There was no evidence to support such an accusation, but hindsight shows that they may have known about the fix and wanted to thwart any challenges he might make. Thus, we heard repeatedly the charge that he wouldn’t accept defeat. They were operating on the idea that if you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it to be true.

The Plan.

This Plan is so convoluted and mind boggling that it is hard to understand. Consider:

  • Thousands of deceased men and women voted in the election. While not proven yet, there appears to be a great deal of evidence showing that is what happened.
  • Ballot switching where ballots fro Trump were switched to ballots for Biden.
  • Evidence of Democratic Governors and Secretary of States spearheading voter suppression.
  • News media has consistently downplayed, ignored, or denied the evidence. In some instances, they have implied Republicans are desperately making stuff up. Such lack of journalistic integrity will be a stain on the media for a long time.
  • Cases of certified election observers being denied the ability to observe  the recounts in violation of the law.

The Dominion Fiasco.

As mentioned above Dominion software has been involved in the 2020 election. They deny any wrongdoing, but a former Prosecuting Attorney has pointed out that they have a great deal of evidence demonstrating Dominion’s duplicity. This is coming from an attorney with a great reputation.

Although I expect President Trump has been re-elected, it is a sad day when any person or group of persons think they can steal an election. We shouldn’t be surprised since the idea that the ‘end justifies the means’ is a favorite maxim for the Left.

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The Virus is Losing

The Riddle Report 11 16 2020

Reports have been coming for several weeks about a resurgence of the virus. You hear talk of record-breaking cases, overflowing hospitals, and rising deaths. I don’t want to negate all this news and call it false. I am sure the numbers are correct.

In fact, I know that some communities, such as Findlay, Ohio are getting hit really hard by the virus. But here is a fact you need to know: The death rate after weeks of surging cases has sunk to new lows. After hitting a high of 5.8% at the end of May 2020 it has now sunk to 2.23%.

What Does That Mean?

Please remember that I am not a doctor, but I can read, and I can understand numbers. The rise in cases is a concern, but the real question is should we panic?

Rise in Cases

To listen to the media, we should be panicking. But when you hear about the geography of the virus and the social groups hit by the virus this rise appears to be spotty. To put another way the hotspots are scattered. I mentioned Findlay Ohio above. That appears to be a definite hotspot and in fact the state of Ohio seems to have numerous hotspots. And there are other states experiencing rises in case count.

So, this is serious and should not be taken likely.

At the same time, it is not a time to panic. I will get into that more later, but we have learned how to handle the virus and a vaccine is coming. We have much to be thankful for.

Hospitalizations.

News reports tell us that some hospitals are experiencing high numbers of Covid-19 patients and diminishing supplies. But those should be short-term issues. The nation is no longer short on the needed supplies for testing and for hospitals.

Deaths

When the news media reports something like 5,000 cases and 54 deaths, it all seems high. But simple math tells a different story.  These numbers turn out to be a 1.08% death rate. Don’t get me wrong, any death is bad. But a death rate of 1.08% in an environment of surging cases is great news.

Before you say, “Yeah, but deaths lag cases” just remember that this rise in cases has been rising for several weeks. Also, throughout the period from June 1st to the middle of September, the cases were rising and the death rate plunging.

If you compare deaths to the United States population (2019) you get .00076219512 or a death rate of 0.076% or 0.08%. That is less than one percent and less than one hundredth percent.

The facts are encouraging!

Vaccine

The much-maligned Operation Warp Speed of President Trump has been and still is working. Based on its history and goals, I think it is logical to anticipate the vaccine going out to first responders this year.

Conclusion

We have good reason to not panic and instead to be encouraged concerning the virus. As stated in the headline, the virus is losing. And that is a good thing!

Now, if only we can settle the issue of who won the election, former Vice President Joe Biden or President Trump. Once they have determined what are legal ballots and illegal ballots and finish the recount, I anticipate that President Trump will be re-elected. It may take court cases to finally resolve the issue, so we have to be patient and, better yet, pray.

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Election Thoughts

11 13 2020

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This is Friday the 13th and I’m trying to think what to write about. It would be nice to write about something other than the election. But it is something you just can’t get away from. You have the election itself, the unsupported claim that Biden is the President-Elect, the counting and recounting of votes, the irregularities of the election, and evidence of voter fraud.

It looks dark, but the blessing is that God is still in control. I have lived a long time (over 77 years) and I’ve seen evil people seemingly get away with a lot, but this time stealing an election seems to be the worst.

I am not a person to engage in such shenanigans and it is depressing to see it go on. What am I referring to? I am referring to rabid voter fraud. Not only in other states but in the state of Michigan where I grew up and once called home. While it is shocking to see such an in-your-face attempt to defraud the American people through the use of strong arm tactics, illegal ballots, and other irregularities, it is also heartening to see that there are a great many people who want the truth to be exposed.

Sometimes it is overwhelming when you consider the onslaught of not just fake news, but of lies. The media keeps feeding us the same lies over and over.

For example, take the declaration that Joe Biden was elected President. They repeat this over and over, ad nauseum. But at this time, it is an outright lie. It is nice when the media project winners and losers, but when did their reporting become official. It didn’t!

Joe Biden may yet win the election, but as of right now it is not the case. In fact, from what I have seen it is a distinct possibility that Trump will prevail.

But the saddest part of all of this is not the audacity of the Left to try to steal the election, it is the failure of our institutions to protect us.

The Press.

Did you ever wonder why the Press is protected in the Bill of Rights? It was because the Press was expected to watch the government and keep us informed. The United States is now 244 years old and for most of that time the Press lived up to that expectation. In 1895-1898 the Press succumbed to Yellow Journalism which forever left a stain upon the 4th Estate. But that was only for about 3 to 4 years. Now we have Agenda Journalism.

Agenda Journalism.

It is journalism that is not concerned so much with factual reporting as they are with reporting news that aligns with their agenda. This agenda can be Liberal or Conservative, but in recent decades it has been primarily Liberal. Truth is trampled if it doesn’t promote their ‘truth’.

This has been the case for at least two decades. Our newspapers have let us down. So has television and radio. This election is not the only example of it nor the first. But it is certainly the most blatant!

Educational Institutions

Perhaps the greatest letdown has come from our educational institutions. I am not just talking about colleges, but about Elementary Schools and High Schools also. They have failed the children be giving them subpar educations. They have failed to teach absolutes such as God, the 10 Commandments, patriotism, responsibility, honor, and honesty.

Our country should be one of the best rated countries in education, but we aren’t. Instead of learning and developing the students, they are being taught to doubt and hate, to attack their history and to ignore it, to despise our government, and hate the police.

This didn’t just happen overnight or within the last 4 years. This has been coming for a long time. I suggest you look back to when God was kicked out of the classroom. Our morals went south almost immediately! That was June 25, 1962 and look at the whirlwind we inherited!

The Church

I said our educational institutions let us down the worst. But the worst in my opinion has been the church. I am a Christian and I attend church regularly, but I have to confess that the church has failed America. Back in the 1950s and 1960s the church didn’t really fight for Biblical perspectives in our government. Some pastors and their churches did fight, but the majority chose to ignore what was going on or to bury their heads in the sand. There are always those who will stand up for God, the shame comes when the majority of Christian churches and institutions stand by, watch the country burn, and do nothing.

Sadder yet has been the move toward liberal thought within the church. Liberalism, as we know it today, has no place within the church. It is the clear teaching of the Bible that life is sacred, and abortion is wrong. It is the clear teaching of the Bible that homosexual behavior is contrary to God’s law. Over and over liberal ideas are condemned in the Bible.

But what has been the church’s response to the rising abortion rates or the homosexual movement? All too many have turned from the Bible, many pastors preach from the newspaper and other documents and rarely use the Bible. The Bible is no longer viewed as the absolute Word of God! And a great many ‘Christians’ don’t even read the Bible!

God still has His remnant, but unless we experience a revival our country will collapse. Satan is attacking our nation through politics, education, and religion. It is time to take a stand.

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Riddle News: The Problem With Science

11 12 2020

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Joe Biden has said that if he is elected, he will on the first day of his Presidency follow science and shutdown the economy; completely. Dr. Michael Osterholm, an advisor to Biden, says that a total shutdown of four to six weeks would bring the cases down to manageable levels. In the same breath he says that the government could borrow the money to pay for lost wages for individuals, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies, or city, state, or county governments.

Let’s forget for the moment that the death rate is still down around 2.30%. Let’s also forget that this is happening although the latest surge has been longer than a couple of weeks. In addition, let’s forget that the economy while still down is recovering and unemployment rate is down. Then there is the fact that a vaccine is already in the approval process and probably will be available for First Responders this year and the general public possibly before Biden takes office (if elected).

Let’s forget all that and focus on the merits or lack thereof of Dr. Osterholm’s theory.

Shutting Down Businesses

Shutting down businesses and paying people for lost wages for four to six weeks could help keep the coronavirus pandemic in check and get the economy on track until a vaccine is approved and distributed.

All of this is based on his understanding of science.

The problem with Science

The problem with elevating science to the dominating position that many people, including Biden/Harris, have done is that science is not absolute. It is constantly changing. Usually that change is for the better and we have a better life than our parents and grandparents because of science. But science is sometimes wrong.

History is covered with scientific wrong thinking:

George Washington, after retiring from the Presidency, got sick. The science of the day preached bloodletting. That is the practice of surgically removing blood from the patient because they thought that would heal him. But instead it weakened him, and he died.

They followed science, but science was wrong.

Abortion. There was a time when science said that life doesn’t begin until after a baby is born. Thus, it was alright to abort. And now we have an abortion industry and politicians who want to expand it. But science was wrong. Today science believes that life begins at fertilization. (There are arguments about when this takes place, but they generally agree that human life begins at or shortly after fertilization.)

Unfortunately, abortionists still operate on the notion that life doesn’t begin until ‘birth’. This old science was wrong.

Covid-19. Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been shifting his stance ever since the virus came to America. But we shouldn’t blame him, blame science. In the first quarter of 2020 science pointed to a quick solution and recovery and he followed science and passed his views to President Trump. But the science was wrong.

Now science says that a vaccine is imminent. It is already being tested and distribution is being set up. There are other vaccines also nearing availability. Where once science said vaccines were up to 2 years away, now it is only weeks and months away.

The truth is that science has been changing. As new studies occur, and the results are learned science has had to adjust. What they thought they knew in January and what they think they know now are worlds apart.

But while science has adjusted, the liberal media and liberals in general stuck with the worst-case scenario that they created. Thus, the criticism of the Trump Administration.

Trump Administration. At this time, we don’t know who won the election (all media claims aside), but we do know that the administration followed science, at least at first. Advised by Dr. Fauci and others, the administration banned flights to and from China, then later from Europe and Britain. Here the science appears to have been correct as far as hindering the spread of the virus.

But it soon became apparent that science was having to adjust to the changing profile of the virus. Suddenly science had to develop new tools and strategies. And both were untested. The Trump Administration was faced with fully trusting theories put forth as facts or charting a course that incorporated the theories mixed with commonsense solutions.

I believe the Administration took the correct route and pulled back from full belief in science. Working with governors to shut down the nation saved approximately 2 million lives and reopening the nation saved our economy. The President was constantly juggling decisions based on input from both the changing medical science and from the changing business climate. These were difficult decisions, but the choices worked.

Has Trump’s Handling of Virus Been Good?

Yes, definitely! Although cases are still happening and people are still dying, the death rate has plunged and is still down. Plus, the economy is picking up and promises to be stronger in the fourth quarter and in January (although there are naysayers). Operation Warp Speed has brought hope to millions of people with the announcements regarding potential vaccines.

Assuming President Trump is re-elected (an increasing probability) then we can expect the virus to be brought under control, vaccine distribution to the general public, and a rebounding economy. It is not so rosy if Joe Biden or as I say Biden/Harris is elected. Shutting down the economy a second time would be devastating.

Especially since they are talking total shutdown. Talking about borrowing money to take care of lost wages and revenue ignores the fact that the House of Representatives has an agenda to help out Democratic states that were already in financial trouble prior to Covid-19. Our economy would be crippled trying to take care of them plus take care of Covid-19 issues. Businesses would close, some permanently, and people would go back to unemployment status. And does Dr. Osterholm really believe that the turnaround would only take 4 to 6 weeks?

I think somebody’s science is wrong.

If Trump Wins Then What?

As mentioned earlier there is at least one vaccine on warp speed. Already the National Guards throughout the nation are being prepared to distribute the vaccine first to First Responders and then to the public. By January 20th, the virus may be under control and our economy revving up.

We have had the right man at the helm during this crisis. I am praying that the recounts and court cases will give us 4 more years of Donald Trump.

As for science, it should never be considered the absolute authority. It is an important resource, but we need men and women who can lead even if it means turning aside from science.

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Riddle News: Election Mess

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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Riddle News: President-Elect?

11 09 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the 2020 election.

The media has pronounced Joe Biden as the winner of the election and as the President-Elect. Is he?

Such an announcement is an attempt to draw attention away from the obvious issues relating to the election and to get people thinking of a Biden/Harris Administration. But this is getting the cart before the horse.

There is a process.

As mentioned in a previous blog there are governmental steps to be taken. I am not going to rehash that blog, but I think you need to remember that there are governmental steps to be taken and every one of them are more important than the media.

One reason for the early declaration about Biden is that if the President were to concede then government funding of a transfer of power would begin. This rush to move on makes you wonder what ticking timebomb out there are they afraid of.  

We need to let all these steps, including investigations into how the voting was handled, play out. Biden could still be elected, but there is strong evidence suggesting Trump would be re-elected.

Consider:

Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are still on the table. It is true the media says Biden won all these states, but the counting is still going on. There are some serious issues that amount to voter fraud (though the media denies it). These issues, if proven, would constitute voter fraud and would disqualify the votes involved.

Voter Fraud?

 Yes. There are thousands of ballots, tens of thousands to be exact, that have been counted for Biden that have yet to be verified. You know, the little things like a valid signature, properly filled out ballots, and so forth. I learned today that there may be thousands of ballots that supposedly were cast by people in their 90s or over 100. Thousands? That is at the very least suspicious. I think it is probably necessary to check their pulse and also, if they pass that test, check their ability to vote or did someone have legal right to vote on their behalf.

For a very long time Democrats have been using voters who have already departed this world. But with the help of the media and the so-called fact checkers they deny it. Now they have shown that they have mastered the necessary techniques.

So, don’t expect the Democrats to admit to shenanigans even when, not if, these are found and exposed. They will simply try to ignore or cover them over with emotion and outright deceit. Recounts and trials are going to uncover these and possibly more.

What happens if Biden Still Wins?

If Biden wins fair and square, then we accept it. But we are a long way from that happening. On December 12, 2020 electors chosen by the state legislatures will vote. From my research that is not a sure thing. State legislatures have great leeway, and it is possible that they might choose the losing candidate in their state over the winning candidate. Apparently, there is no law that requires them to vote according to the popular vote. It is their right to vote for whomever they please.

Will that happen? I don’t know. But it is possible.

What should we do?

Pray. Pray for a fair and impartial vote count. In the end that is all we ask. Then whoever wins we pray for God’s hand on him. Whoever wins needs God at his side every day. You and I need to pray for the President’s guidance.

And pray for our country. We need revival throughout America. If that doesn’t happen then it doesn’t matter who got elected.

In the meantime, hold your peace and wait. Better yet, pray for those doing the recounts so that we can get an honest recount and that President Trump will get re-elected. But pray for revival!

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Riddle News: House Tightens

11 06 2020

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Pelosi announced Democrats kept House

But of greater importance is that Republicans gained seats. Some thoughts on the matter.

Democratic Edge

Because they kept the House the Democrats will be in control. That is important to remember. They will be able to pass legislation they want and obstruct the Trump Administration (assuming Trump is re-elected).

What it promises is more of the Democratic antics.

Pro-Life Women

At last count, the pro-life women in Congress doubled. There were 11 and now another 13 have been added to them. And it is possible that more may be added.

This sends a signal to the Democrats that their abortion rights agenda might be in trouble. If these 24 or more women can unite with male counterparts, they might have a voice that demands to be heard!

And if they are heard they might be able to restrict or possibly stop further abortion rights legislation. That would be a plus for every unborn baby out there!

A Stronger GOP Minority

It looks like the GOP had a net gain in the House. This gives them a stronger voice. It also shows the Democrats that their strategy backfired.

Overconfidence

They so believed their own messaging that they didn’t do much of a ground game. The Republicans got out and went door to door. For the most part, the Democrats leaned heavily on the news media and Social Networking.

Bad Message

From reports I’ve been reading the Democratic message was all about social justice and the New Green Deal. The American people largely rejected this message resulting in tight races and the flipping of several states.

The Democratic Party is now identified as the party of leftist nut cases. So-called democratic socialism morphed into socialism (which it really was all the time). Peaceful demonstrations that turned into riots and the Defund the Police movement alarmed Americans. It didn’t help matters that the rioting and the Defund Police were taking place in Democratic run states. It painted a sorry picture of Democratic rule.

Another aspect of their message is the fact that the American people recognized that President Trump did what Obama and Biden couldn’t do. They gave us an economy that by far the best in a long time. The fake claim that Biden gave us a good economy (it wasn’t; the economy was struggling along on low paying jobs) was obvious to a lot of Americans. And polls showed that Americans understood that.

Another message failure was childish actions of House and Senate Democrats. (Votes are still being counted but it looks like the Republicans held their own). Unfortunately, if President Trump is re-elected you can expect more childish actions from the Democrats.

And let’s not forget the impeachment travesty. I think this hurt House Democrats deeply and probably played into the thinking of the public.

Pelosi

Pelosi is loved by her constituents, but one has to wonder about her leadership. The above mentioned reasons for GOP gains are at least partly her fault. It is obvious that she is strong enough to keep her job, but it is also obvious that her leadership or lack thereof cost the Democrats significantly.

She just can’t keep her mouth shut. But it is not just that. People see her as an obstacle. As the election neared and Trump was pushing for an agreement that would have benefitted both parties, she got greedy. She wanted things that had nothing at all to do with Covid-19. So, she held up the legislation. Whether you think another stimulus bill is necessary or not, it can’t be denied that her actions stopped help from coming. And every time she opened her mouth, she clarified the issue in people’s minds.

While the Democrats blame Trump for their losses, but the truth is that Nancy Pelosi weakened her House and is the one person most responsible.

What about Fraud?

In the Congressional races I haven’t really heard much about fraud. However, it stands to reason that fraudulent ballots would affect more than the Presidential races. They would affect every office on the ballot.

The media continues to ignore the problem, but it is real and it is widespread. It looks like the state legislatures will have to get involved. If you read the article about the Constitution and state legislatures you have a strong hope. And then there are the state and federal courts.

It is going to get messy, but we must protect our right to vote and the constitution.

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Riddle News: Certified?

11 05 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the 2020 election.

Claim: Election goes to Pelosi controlled House within days of election.

As with anything there are always facts that have to be dealt with. The next step in the election is quite often called certification. Votes need to be verified and counted. Let’s take a closer look.

State certification.

Each state has their own laws and state constitutional requirements. These can vary from as couple days after the election to weeks and even into December. During this time all the ballots will be counted and verified. Verification usually means checking the postmark (if a mail-in), proper signature, proper marking of ballot, and eligibility (i.e., is the person a registered voter in the particular state).

However, legal challenges can impact the process. And it is safe to say there will be legal challenges. I believe some have already been filed.

 Because of Covid-19 the process is further messed up. Some states mailed out ballots to people irrespective of whether they asked for one or not. This raises serious mail fraud questions that will likely have to be settled in court.

But the counting of ballots is not the whole story.

Electoral College

Contrary to liberal thought, the President is not elected by popular vote. Within a state, yes. But each state has Electoral College electors. The number of electors differs by state and often are chosen by the parties. The winning party’s list of electors would then be chosen.

These electors then meet and vote for the President. In theory they vote according to the popular vote count, but it is possible to vote for someone else. The U.S. constitution does not require electors to vote according to their state’s popular vote. On the other hand, some state’s have laws binding the elector’s to vote as they ‘pledged’. (Pledged simply means if they are part of the Republican electoral list they will vote for the Republican, and if on the Democratic list they will vote for the Democrat.)

NARA

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) is an independent government agency responsible for preserving historical records. In a national election they are also responsible for transmitting the electors (Electoral College) votes to Congress where they will be counted. Electors cast their votes on December 14, while Congress counts the votes and declares a winner on January 6th.

Congress

On January 6th Congress will convene and the votes will be counted state by state. In the end there will be a final tally and the President will be announced. There is the possibility of a tie, but I am not going into that.

Lawsuits

This is a long drawn out process. And because of lawsuits it will be more drawn out. But when you have evidence indicating voter fraud (and it certainly appears so) then the legal challenges must go forward.

Elections are serious business and when an individual, a group of individuals, or a party attempts to ensure their candidates election by suppressing votes or adding votes it requires a legal investigation.

Are There Instances of Voter Fraud?

Don’t expect an honest answer from the media. But, yes, there have been reports of improper actions to suppress or alter votes. One such accusation involved certified vote watchers being denied the ability to watch the count in disregard to a court order. I wasn’t there and didn’t see it, but such accusations deserve to be explored by a legal authority (i.e., court).

Also, the practice of some states to send out ballots to all people living within their states, regardless of whether they were citizens or not, or registered voters is reprehensible and needs to be investigated.

Supreme Court

Yes, it is possible this will go to the Supreme Court. In fact, I will go so far as to say it is likely. Assuming we now have a court that esteems the Constitution, then I welcome it.

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Riddle News: Election Day

11 03 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the 2020 election.

Note: while CCP (Chinese Communist Party) cases continue to climb the death rate continues to fall.

The Biden ticket continues to deny that he ever said he would stop fracking although he did. The reason he gets so passionate is because this has raised deep concerns among voters in states like Pennsylvania where fracking has boosted the economy. By the way, the fears of the anti-fracking adherents have not materialized.

Biden likes to attack the Trump Administration on the handling of Covid-19. If you read my recent series on the handling of that virus you know that the Trump Administration was taking action on January 3, 2020 before we had our first case! He started out with poor tools at hand and had to recreate modern tools to work with while fighting this deadly ‘gift’ from China. He followed Dr. Fauci and CDC recommendations and banned China travel and was raked over the coals by liberals (including Biden) and the media.

A side note here is that Dr. Fauci enjoyed the President’s ear as long as his advice proved correct. But Dr. Fauci’s advice was not always the best. Perhaps he became too political, I don’t know. But he apparently has switched sides to Biden and therefore damaged his reputation and reliability.

Social Security is also threatened by the Biden/Harris ticket. Now he says we can trust him to preserve it, but he fought for years to do away with it. But if the New Green Deal becomes the law of the land Social Security will be endangered as well as our low taxes. The New Green Deal is very generous with giving money for a wide variety of causes, but the money has to come from somewhere. And as they say, the devil is in the details.

Biden has said that he will raise taxes on people making over $400,000 to a rate off 39.6%. Sounds good on the surface but the result would be businesses would pass the increased costs to their customers and/or leave the country. Prior to Trump’s Tax cuts businesses had left the United States or were contemplating it. When businesses leave, they take jobs with them. So, to say that raising taxes will benefit the average American is rather disingenuous. It would plunge us right back to where we were prior to the 2016 election.

President Trump took a struggling economy (not a good economy like Biden claims) and turned it into a booming economy. I believe the facts show that this turnaround began shortly after the election and the boom was already starting by the time Trump took office. It was a case of rejecting Obama/Biden policies and embracing anticipated Trump/Pence policies. By the way, the same Trump/Pence policies that brought about a boom will bring it back now. There are already signs of a strengthening economy. It may be erratic for a while, but he’s already proved his could outdo the expectations of the ‘experts’.

According to his released agenda and the past four years it is safe to expect that President Trump will continue to put America first in all his dealings both domestically and internationally. His recent successes in the Mid-East shows that he is very effective in bringing historical enemies to the table and securing agreements.

The Trump Administration has also been strong in its stand with Israel. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was only a step. The administration continues to strengthen our relationship with the nation of Israel.

Another issue is the Right to Life. The left worries about a woman’s discomfort while others have been concerned about the natural right for the unborn to be born. While the baby in the womb is nurtured by the mother it is not an organ of the mother or a part of her body. She provides the shelter and nurturing, but it is already an independent human being. Modern science has finally recognized this, but politicians are still bogged down with the old and disproven idea the baby is like a wart and considered part of the human body.

President Trump has transformed our court system back to the days when judges revered the constitution. I’m not talking about merely conservative judges, I’m talking about judges who value, esteem, and base their decisions on the constitution as it was written. Our founding fathers were quite smart and realized that future politicians (think Pelosi) would try to alter the true meaning of the constitution. That is why they did some serious thinking, discussing, debating, and finally writing the words that now frame our constitution.

In Foreign Relations the Trump Administration has taken our country from being the laughingstock of the world under Obama/Biden to grudging respect. He has given us new treaties that give Americans a level field for international economic activity. Countries didn’t want to do it, but they ended up doing it here in North America (treaty affecting Canada, Mexico, and the United States) plus he caused NATO to increase their financial support and participation.

Whereas Putin of Russia did whatever he wanted to do (think Ukraine) while Obama/Biden did nothing and expanded Russia, Putin has been stymied since then. He’s made threats that haven’t borne fruit, but that’s about it.

The United States is now the #1 leader in oil and natural gas production! That is amazing. And it happened quickly!  the fears that were expressed by the liberals, including Biden/Harris, have not materialized. But we are now enjoying prices we haven’t seen in a long time.

Businesses are returning to the United States! Do you know what that means? It means, jobs! It means a rise in individual income. It means unemployment going down and employment going up. It means more goods manufactured and sold in the United States. It means more profits for businesses and it means that people who were still unemployed under Obama/Biden or working in low paying jobs (McDonalds, taxis, etc.) are now back to work in higher paying jobs or will soon be.

You have a clear choice between the Biden/Harris ticket and the Trump/Pence ticket. There are other issues and accomplishments, but it is clear that the Trump/Pence Administration puts Americans of all colors, ethnics, and education first with both men and women.

Vote Trump/Pence.

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Riddle News: Islam is Dying

11 02 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

The following are facts recited by Muslims, not Christians.

[Historical fact as noted by author: Muhammadanism and Islam refer to the same religion, although Muslims are offended by the former term. It is an historical fact that no free society has ever willingly embraced the religion of Islam. Their religious history is one that is synonymous with the sword. The religion was started with the sword, spread throughout Africa and portions of Europe with the sword, and is to this day sustained by the sword. But is it the fastest growing religion as reported in the press?]

The following findings were revealed by Saudi Arabian Sheik Ahmad Al Qatani in a 2006 debate that:

  • Since 1900 Muslims have declined to a record low of 316 million
  • There are only 150 million African Muslims living outside the Arab countries
  • Of the 30 African countries using Arabic script there have been a disturbing number of conversions
  • 10,000 converts per year in Algeria
  • 45,000 converts per year in Morocco
  • 250,000 Muslims in Cambodia (1975)
  • 24,321 mosques in Russia in Russia (1927) with only 20 still existing
  • Tens of thousands (2001-2004) in Kyrgyzstan converted to Christ
  • 4 million Muslims in Burma (Today 300,000)
  • Currently 50,000 converted and baptized believers in Saudi Arabia
  • Pakistan had 80,000 Christians in 1947 and six million in 2000
  • Bangladesh has seen 10 million converted to Christianity
  • Iran had 500 Christians in 1947 and over 4 million by 2006

Now for my observations:

That means that 110 million Muslims (10% of the world’s Muslim population) have converted to Christianity in the last 18 years! This explains why the persecution of Christians has been on the uptick.

Yet we are taught by the Media and others that Islam is the fastest growing religion. But this growth of Christianity actually explains the increasing persecution of Christianity. Historically governments persecute groups they deem as threats. A declining Christian faith would not be a threat, but a growing Christian faith would be considered a major threat.

Check out the history of the Jewish people. Why are they hated so much? Because of their strong faith in Jehovah God and their growth in numbers. Christianity has been preached worldwide with the message that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to heaven (based on Christ’s own words: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn. 14:6).

Of all the religions of the world only Christianity puts man where he belongs. According to the Bible we were and are created by God, we are born with a sin-nature passed down from Adam, Jesus Christ died for our sins and opens the way for our salvation by His grace, and He takes a personal interest in our lives. False pastors and religious leaders teach otherwise and try to keep ordinary people from reading the Bible.

But Christianity is more than a mere religion. Religion is primarily a set of beliefs established by man for man, while Christianity is a relationship between man and God through God the Son Jesus Christ. When we receive Christ as our Savior, He makes us heirs and joint heirs with Christ. We are made sons of God (believers) rather than creations of God (all humans).

Tomorrow an election is held that will influence the direction this country will follow politically for a long time, but of more import is our need for a revival among Christians both personally (I certainly need it) and corporately (the church needs it). I am 77 years old and have read of revivals taking place on a community, state or even regionally basis, but never have I ever seen a national revival.

But that is what we need!

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Riddle News: Covid-19 2020

10 30 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths.

As I closed yesterday’s blog, I updated and expanded the Special Notice. Today I will take it further and it will serve to conclude this series.

Special Notice as of 10/30/20

In four days (if you count today) we will have Election Day and you will have the opportunity to choose between former Vice President Joe Biden (chosen by the media) and President Donald Trump, a conservative populist.

Joe Biden’s claim to fame is that he stopped the Great Recession of 2008-2009. However, a little exercise of your memory will tell you that the nation wasn’t recovering right up to election day. Jobs were up, but they were low quality, low wage jobs, and President Obama was telling people to get used to it, the good jobs weren’t coming back.

The Donald Trump economic recovery began within days of his election. Obama was still President, but industry believed Trump’s promises and began hiring. I believe this is when the boom began, possibly the day after the election. It was a combination of rejection of Obama policies and anticipation of Trump policies.

Then came Covid-19. I don’t know who coined the CCP virus (Chinese Communist Party virus), but it is very apropos. We all know the bad news concerning the virus, but the good news is that the Trump Administration got on top of it from the start and were taking actions before America had its first case. It is also good news if we Americans realize the dangers of doing business with China.

It is fine to do business with them, but it is necessary to be extremely careful. Whether they intentionally exported this virus or they were criminally neglectful, they were responsible. And their attempts to cover the situation up played a key roll in over 44,000,000 cases and over 1,100,000 deaths. The death rate of 2.64% is significantly higher than the U.S. rate of 2.54% (today’s data).

I wish I could report on the Chinese death rate but while there are figures out there it is virtually impossible to know or even make an educated guess as to the real numbers. Let’s just say it is likely higher than the reported 85,915 cases and 4,634 deaths. If you believe those numbers, I think Governor Cuomo of New York has a bridge or two he might want to sell to you.

Millions of people have already voted and to my knowledge can’t change their vote. But those of you who haven’t voted yet, you still have a choice. You could choose Joe Biden who attacked President Trump when the President closed travel to and from China. You could also choose Biden who is about my age (I’m 77). While I do have momentary lapses of memory, he seems to have it to a much greater degree and may be taking medicine for it.

Which brings us to Senator Kamala Harris. Recently Rep. Nancy Pelosi began talking about the 25th Amendment. Why? Well, it is not another attack on Trump. Vice President Pence would never agree to such a move. But Senator Harris would. The whole idea is to pave the way for a Vice President Harris to take a President Biden’s place and become President Kamala Harris.

What a scary thought!

So, what are you going to do?

I’ve shown you the Trump record. It is a record of hard work and success in combating an invasion of a deadly virus. But instead of 2.2 million deaths if we did nothing, it has been reduced to under 230,000 deaths. That is amazing, especially when you consider that they started out with antiquated tools and Democratic opposition. They eventually got better tools and the Democrats finally realized the threat (and the opportunity to assail Trump).

While the Democrats used the crises to advance their leftist agenda, the Trump Administration fought to bring the deadly results of the virus down and fought to not only save the economy, but getting it going strong again. And with a 33.1% growth in the 3rd Quarter, he’s succeeding.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.54% as of today (10/30/20). That’s another 0.03% drop since yesterday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have almost 11 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January through August were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point, and we are still seeing the Death Rate decline.

Little is mentioned in the media or social media about the corruption of the Democratic Party. I’m not talking about Joe Biden’s son Hunter. We already know about that and that the FBI does not consider it as outside (i.e., Russian) disinformation.

What I am talking about is that the Democratic Party is captive to the Far Left. They support abortions right up to the moment of birth (do you remember the cheering and applause in New York), socialized medicine (where they tell you who will be your doctor and where you will go for surgery if you qualify), socialized industry (private industry gone), defunding the police (instead of 911 you will call the mental health number or something like that), the Green Deal (doing away with fracking which will undermine the economy, plus reducing all fossil fuel consumption), and embracing China as our preferred trading partner. Plus, they opposed Covid-19 restrictions until the virus was underway.

I was born in the early 40’s and most of my childhood was in the 50’s. As a teen and later as a young adult I paid attention to national politics. It didn’t take me long to recognize that there was a difference between the Democrats and Republicans. But I also remember that men and women of both parties could sit down and come to an agreement. It wasn’t perfect, but it was far better than it is now.

The current divide didn’t start with Trump’s election as the Democrats maintain. It didn’t start when Obama was elected. It goes back much further and involves both parties. The seeds for it were planted in the late 1940s. And the divide isn’t just political.

The divide began when we as a nation began turning away from God. Poor laws, even poorer Supreme Court decisions kicked God out of our schools. Today children are going to public schools where they are not taught biblical truths. There is no moral absolute.

The result is chaos. Today people take other people’s lives and think nothing of it. What does our culture do? It blames guns.

Because of the moral cesspool many people are or have already given up. But God is a merciful God (yes, He still exists and has absolute power). What we need is a turning back to Him, a revival such as I have never witnessed. God warned His people Israel, and they would not listen. And He had to punish them. Twice! (Actually many times, but two stand out.)

First, they were taken over by Babylon. Jerusalem was destroyed, the people enslaved until God restored them. The second time was when they rejected Christ. While many now have returned to their land, many more are scattered abroad. God will restore them, but they could have avoided it all if they had worshiped Him in truth and obeyed.

Re-electing Donald Trump is huge right now, but it is just a step. We Christians must pray for revival, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. We can’t simply blame the liberals and Democrats, it is Christians who didn’t bother to vote in previous elections, who didn’t raise up their voices against sin in all its forms, and who buried their heads in the sand.

Yes, we need to vote and to make that vote for President Donald Trump, for Conservative Representatives and Senators, and then get our own lives right with God. He has and will use Donald Trump; the question is will He use us.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 August 2020

10 29 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from August here:

AUGUST 2020

03 August

  • President authorizes extension through the end of the year for the use of the National Guard for COVID-19 assistance in 46 states and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Effective August 21, 44 states and these territories will have a 75% Federal cost share. Florida and Texas will retain a 100% Federal cost share.
  • President signs an Executive Order focusing Federal agencies on United States labor in Federal contracts. The order notes that these opportunities are especially critical during the economic dislocation caused by COVID-19.

05 August

  • DOD, in support of the DHHS Strategic National Stockpile, announces it has awarded $104M for procurement of syringes in support of the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

06 August

  • President signs an Executive Order on ensuring essential medicines, medical countermeasures, and critical inputs are made in the United States.
  • The U.S. State Department, in coordination with the CDC, lifts its Global Level 4 Health Advisory that had been in place since March 19. With changing COVID-19 conditions, the Department is returning to its previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.
  • DOD Under Secretary for Personnel & Readiness issues Force Health Protection Guidance Supplement 12.

07 August

  • President directs FEMA to fund 25% of the cost share through September 30 for the use of the National Guard for COVID-19 assistance in Arizona, California, and Connecticut. This assistance is in addition to the 75% federal cost share through the end of the year for the extension of the use of the National Guard for COVID-19 response announced on August 3.

08 August

  • President signs a memorandum authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for major disaster declarations related to COVID-19.
  • President signs a memorandum deferring payroll tax obligations in light of COVID-19.
  • POTUS signs an Executive Order on fighting the spread of COVID-19 by providing assistance to renters and homeowners.
  • President extends student loan payment relief during COVID-19 through the end of the year.

10 August

  • DOD, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, announces details for a Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 action: a $3.1M agreement with BioFire Defense, LLC, to expand domestic production capacity for molecular diagnostic testing.

11 August

  • State Testing Plans Now Publicly Available: HHS has published an all 50 state COVID-19 testing plans. Posting the plans allows states to view others’ approaches, plans and strategies and create new methods moving forward. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) awarded a total of $10.25 billion to states, territories, and localities to help implement the goals of each jurisdiction’s testing plan, with goals to improve testing for minorities and other vulnerable groups.  

14 August

  • DOD awards $750K to Plasma Technologies, LLC for manufacturing of convalescent plasma products using a novel process in support of the U.S. COVID-19 response.

20 August

  • DOD reaches over 50,000 presumed COVID-19 cases (military, military dependents, DOD civilian employees, and DOD contractors).

21 August

  • DOD announces details for three more Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: AQYR Technologies ($3.6M), Leonardo Electronics US Inc. ($7M), and Aero Turbine ($3.7M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption.

23 August

  • The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19.

25 August

  • President Trump announces additional steps, including new testing requirements, to help protect nursing home residents from COVID-19.

27 August

  • The Trump Administration announces its purchase and production of 150 million rapid COVID-19 tests, to be distributed across the country.

29 August

  • FEMA, acting on President Trump’s order earlier in the month, announced Lost Wages Grant for Florida. It will allow Florida to provide $300 per week – on top of their regular unemployment benefit – to those unemployed due to COVID-19.

Special Notice as of 10/29/20

We are just days from perhaps the most crucial election our country has ever had. It is complicated by the lies and distortions that have daily been aimed at Americans. I have personally witnessed otherwise intelligent people repeat the lies they’ve been told. I’ve also read Letters to the Editor of our local paper that are based on these lies as well. And all to many people have believed them. I hope I have reached at least one of the above who now realize that the Trump Administration was on top of Covid-19 (or CCP for Chinese Communist Party virus) from the beginning.

I’ve shown you the record. It is a record of hard work and success. Instead of 2.2 million deaths if we did nothing, it has been reduced to under 228,000 deaths. That is amazing, especially when you consider that they started out with antiquated tools and Democratic opposition. They eventually got better tools and the Democrats finally realized the threat (and the opportunity to assail Trump).

While the Democrats used the crises to advance their leftist agenda, the Trump Administration fought to bring the deadly results of the virus down and fought to not only save the economy, but getting it going strong again. And with a 33.1% growth in the 3rd Quarter, he’s succeeding.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.57% as of today (10/29/20). That’s another 0.01% drop since yesterday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have almost 11 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru August were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point, and we are still seeing the Death Rate decline.

Tomorrow, I will bring this series to a close.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 July 2020

10 28 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from July here:

JULY 2020

01 July

  • On July 1, the U.S. Department of the Interior released public health guidance for the Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall on July 4. The Department recommends people who are not members of the same household keep six feet apart and asks people to wear masks. The Department is providing 300,000 cloth masks at the event.
  • DOD approves award of the Armed Forces Service Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal to recognize service members for their qualifying participation in COVID-19 operations.

02 July

  • DOD replaces its “Travel Restrictions: Green Locations” releases with installation status updates. The previous format listed U.S. states, districts, and territories, and host nations which meet the conditions outlined in the Secretary of Defense’s May 22 memo on moving to a conditions-based, phased approach to personnel movement and travel. The new format lists the status of travel restrictions for DOD Installation, facilities, and locations with greater than 1,000 DOD personnel assigned. Weekly updates will be posted on the releases page of Defense.gov.

04 July

  • POTUS signs into law a bill that reauthorizes lending under the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8, 2020 and separates the authorized limits for commitments under the program from other Small Business Administration loan programs.

06 July

  • DA Authorizes EUA for Rapid Diagnostic Test: The Food and Drug Administration granted an Emergency Use Authorization for a rapid, point-of-care, SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test called a BD Veritor Plus System. Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D. believes it will help identify community spread of the virus by further enabling rapid diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • PA Announces First Disinfectants Proven against COVID-19: The EPA announced that it has approved the first two surface disinfectant products, Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Max Cover Disinfectant Mist as effective against COVID-19. The agency also maintains a list (List N) of over 400 products from manufacturers that submit data to the agency showing their disinfectants are effective against harder-to-kill viruses that are similar to COVID-19.

07 July

  • HHS and DOD Partner with Regeneron for COVID-19 Therapeutic Treatment Project: HHS and DOD announce their partnership with Regeneron, Inc. to demonstrate a commercial-scale manufacturing of the company’s COVID-19 investigational anti-viral antibody treatment, REGN-COV2. The partnership allows the federal government to own the doses of the anti-viral treatment expected to result from the demonstration project. The company estimates between 70,000 and 300,000 treatment doses could be available from this project, with the initial doses ready as early as end of summer and completed this fall.
  • HHS and DOD Partner with Novavax to Produce Doses of Experimental Vaccine: In a $1.6 billion agreement with Novavax, HHS and DOD set out to demonstrate commercial-scale manufacturing of the private company’s COVID-19 investigational vaccine. This agreement allows the federal government to own the 100 million doses of the investigational vaccine expected to result from the demonstration projects. As a part of Operation Warp Speed, the vaccine doses will become available for clinical trials to investigate their effectiveness. 
  • Increase in COVID-19 Testing for Hotspot Jurisdictions: HHS announced free COVID-19 testing for Jacksonville, Florida; Baton Rouge, AR; and Edinburgh, TX. The temporary funding increases federal support in places where there has been an intense rise in positive cases and hospitalizations. Testing at surge locations is available to people five years and older who have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms, at a high risk for exposure, or those worried about contracting COVID-19. 

08 July

  • The United States formally withdraws from WHO. The reason is the failure of WHO (documented in this chapter) in handling COVID-19. Withdrawal was effective July 6, 2020.

09 July

  • 21 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response: HHS awards HRSA $21 million to be distributed to health centers to help their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the funding will be used to expand health centers’ capabilities for COVID-19 testing, with $17 million to support 78 Health Center Program look-alikes. 

10 July

  • $4 Billion in Additional Relief Payments to Healthcare Providers: HHA announces an additional relief package to healthcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals serving a large percentage of vulnerable populations on thin margins is set to receive $3 billion and approximately $1 billion will go to specialty rural hospitals, urban hospitals with certain rural Medicare designations, and hospitals in small metropolitan areas. HHS expects to distribute over $3 billion across 215 acute care facilities, bringing the total payments for safety net hospitals from the Provider Relief Fund to $12.8 billion to 959 facilities.
  • DOD announces details for seven Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: AirMap ($3.3M), ModalAI ($3M), Skydio ($4M), Graffiti Enterprises ($1.5M), Obsidian Sensors ($1.6M), Leo Labs Inc. ($15M), and ArcelorMittal Inc. ($56M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic.

13 July

  • President signs into law the “Emergency Aid for Returning Americans Affected by Coronavirus Act,” increasing from $1M to $10M the amount the DHHS may spend for the provision of assistance to repatriated U.S. citizens in FY 2020.

17 July

  • DOD reports two Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: Amfuel ($14.9M), and Rolls-Royce ($22M) helping retain critical workforce capabilities throughout COVID-19 disruption restoring some jobs lost due to the pandemic.

23 July

  • DOD announces it has awarded a $4.9M contract to Pall Corporation to increase industrial base expansion for medical ventilator components.

24 July

  • DOD announces details for three Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: eMagin Corporation ($33.6M), Meggitt-Rockmart, Inc. ($14.9M), and Urban Mining Company ($28.8M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic.

25 July

  • DOD, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, has signed a $2.75M contract with NPS to increase U.S. domestic production of meltblown fiber.

27 July

  • DOD and the Department of Health and Human Services have awarded a $7.6M contract with Hologic, Inc., to increase U.S. domestic production of custom sample collection and processing consumables for COVID-19 testing.

31 July

  • HHS Announces an Extension to the Application Deadline for Medicaid and Medicare Providers:HHS extended the application deadline for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers. Providers now have until Aug. 28, 2020 to apply for these federal programs. By extending the deadline, certain Medicare providers get a second chance to apply for federal assistance due to COVID-19 expenses, and providers who had a change in ownership get to apply for the Provider Relief Fund payment.  
  • DOD announces it has awarded a $42M contract to Curative Inc. to provide 250,000 Curative Inc. oral fluid swab test kits to military treatment facilities, thus expanding the department’s COVID-19 testing capability.
  • DOD announces details for a Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 action: a $31M agreement with North American Forgemasters to sustain and increase critical industrial base capability for domestic production of ultra-large iron and steel forging in support of the U.S. Navy and Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
  • DOD, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded a $51.15M undefinitized contract action to Puritan Medical Products Company LLC to increase domestic production capacity of flock tip testing swabs.
  • DOD and the DHHS have invested $24.3M in Becton, Dickinson, and Co. to establish and expand production of SARS-CoV-2 assays for BD Veritor™ devices

[At this time, the total cases were 3,760,000 and total deaths were 140,471 for a death rate of 3.7%. This indicates that the so-called death rate delay has not shown up as the rise in cases began July 2. Despite this fact the national news media continues to talk about the virus in an urgent, discouraging manner. Why?]

Special Notice as of 10/28/20

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America and young people. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical. And please take note that while the cases may be rising, the Death Rate continues to fall.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.58%. That’s another 0.01% drop since yesterday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have almost 11 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru May were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 June 2020

10 27 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from June here:

JUNE 2020

(I am now focusing on the United States only)

02 June

  • United States Secretary of Energy Dan Brouilette announced Monday that the Department of Energy will enter the first phase of its reopening plan June 8, allowing some mission-critical personnel to return to work at facilities in Washington and Maryland.
  • Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety: The FDA has issued a new piece, “Pandemic Challenges Highlight the Importance of the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” and bylined by Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. Plans for the New Era initiative were put on hold in order to prioritize the agency’s COVID-19 response. The FDA will release the blueprint in the coming weeks, outlining plans over the next decade to create a more digital, traceable, and safer food system.
  • CDC Releases Several COVID-19 Guidance Documents: The CDC has released several COVID-19 guidance documents for individuals with disabilities. The resources include: Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities, a resource for direct service providers, caregivers and parents of individuals with disabilities and a final resource for those with developmental or behavioral disorders including information on maintaining routine care, managing stress and mental health. 

03 June

  • COVID-19 Supplemental Funding: HHS has announced another round of funding that will help providers respond to COVID-19. The agency has disbursed $250 million, provided by Congress in the CARES Act, to go to providers to help expand telehealth services, train staff, procure supplies and personal protective equipment PPE and better coordinate their overall response. 
  • The FDA Provides New Web-based Resource, Testing Supply Substitution Strategies: The file contains information to help support labs performing authorized COVID-19 tests and an interactive ability that includes validated supply alternatives that labs can use to continue performing testing when there are supply issues. This information is not intended to alter any already issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 diagnostic test.

05 June

  • President Trump signs into law the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020, modifying provisions for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.

08 June

  • FMCSA Updates Emergency Rules for Truck Drivers: The federal motor carrier safety administration extended and modified its emergency declaration in response to COVID-19 pandemic. While the agency will continue to allow commercial motor vehicle operators to disregard hours of service for delivery of certain medical products necessary to fight the pandemic, those operators delivering food will now have to abide existing requirements. The agency first issued a relaxation of requirements for operators back in March.

09 June

  • The Department of Defense announced that it was lifting travel restrictions on installations in 38 states, Washington D.C., and five countries (Bahrain, Belgium, Germany, the U.K., and Japan). Service members could travel between those areas without needing permission. Travel restrictions remained in place in 12 states.

10 June

  • DOD announces details for five Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: Bethel Industries, Inc. ($15M); GE Aviation ($20M); Spirit AeroSystems ($80M); Steel America ($19.5M); and Allied System ($500K). These actions will help sustain defense-critical workforce capabilities in body armor, aircraft manufacturing, and shipbuilding.

11 June

  • Based on analysis of local conditions and per the Administration’s guidelines for Opening Up America Again, DOD Chief Management Officer announces the Pentagon Reservation will move to Phase One (Restricted) of the Pentagon Reservation Plan for Resilience, effective June 15, 2020. Under Phase One, the Health Protection Condition for the Pentagon remains at Charlie.

15 June

  • FDA COVID-19 Update on EUA: The FDA revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) that allowed for donation of certain drugs to the Strategic National Stockpile as a treatment for COVID-19 patients. The drugs, chloroquine, phosphate, and hydroxychloroquine have been determined as unlikely be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses in the EUA. 

16 June

  • the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review announced that Migrant Protection Protocol proceedings and in-person document services would likely resume on July 20.

·     Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf announced that the U.S. would keep restrictions limiting non-essential travel to or from Mexico and Canada in place through July 21.

17 June

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a report for nonessential businesses planning on reopening, titled “Guidance on Returning to Work.” The guidance includes recommendations for a three-phased reopening strategy.

18 June

  • HHS Funds to Grow and Train the Health Workforce: HHS announced $107.2 million in funding to 310 recipients to help increase the health workforce in rural and underserved communities. 45 states and U.S. territories have received funding to help improve the quality, distribution, and diversity of health professionals. 

19 June

  • The Department of Defense lifted travel restrictions on additional installations in 46 states and eight host nations, allowing military and civilian personnel to travel to those locations.
  • The Internal Revenue Service released guidance for individuals participating in retirement plans that describes how they can take advantage of provisions in the CARES Act that related to retirement plans.
  • CDC Released COVID-19 Case Surveillance Report: The CDC report describes COVID-19 case surveillance in the United States and demographic characteristics, underlying health conditions, symptoms, and outcomes among the 1,320,4888 confirmed COVID-19 cases that were reported individually between Jan. 22 through May 30,2020. 
  • DOD, in support of the Department of Health and Human Services, has signed a $13.5M contract with Lydall, Inc., to increase U.S. domestic production of meltdown filtration media, a critical commodity component to produce N95 respirators and surgical masks.
  • DOD announces details for 5 Defense Production Act Title 3 COVID-19 actions: Austal USA ($50M), W International ($55M), Weber Metals Inc. ($25M), GE Aviation ($55M), and American Woolen Company ($2M). These actions will help to retain critical workforce capabilities throughout the COVID-19 disruption and to restore some jobs lost because of the pandemic.

22 June

  • Citing economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump (R) signed a proclamation restricting the issuance of some visas that permit immigrants to work in the United States. Visas affected include L-1s, H-1Bs, H-4s, H-2Bs, and J-1s. The restrictions take effect June 24 and expire December 31, 2020.
  • DOD Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment signs Memorandum of Agreement with the CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). The agreement formalizes the relationship between DOD and DFC to use $100M of DOD’s CARES Act spend plan to subsidize multiple federal loans for domestic industrial base capabilities to support national COVID-19 response.

23 June

  • Nursing Home Guidance for Visitors Released: CMS released guidance on reopening nursing homes to visitors using a FAQ sheet. Nursing homes can open up to visitors depending on incidence of COVID-19 cases in a 28-day period. The FAQ sheet discusses reopening before Phase III, compassionate care situations, factors to consider for visitation, and testing strategies.

24 June

  • Department of Health and Human Services ended support for 13 federal testing sites and encouraged states to take them over. The sites are spread across five states, including Texas.
  • Changes to Staffing Information and Quality Measures on Nursing Homes: CMS plans to end Medicare emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data by Aug. 14, 2020. The reporting system CMS uses to collect nursing home staffing information impacts the quality of patient care. The waiver temporarily allows the agency to concentrate on combating COVID-19 and reduce administrative burdens on nursing homes. 
  • Treasury Updates the Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions: The Department of Treasury has updated its guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for state, territorial, local, and tribal governments. Through CRF, the CARES Act provides payments to state, local, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

25 June

  • Based on analysis of local conditions and per the Administration’s guidelines for Opening Up America Again, DOD Chief Management Officer reports Pentagon Reservation will move to Phase Two of the Pentagon Reservation Plan for Resilience, effective June 29, 2020. This transition lowers the Health Protection Condition for the Pentagon to Bravo.

26 June

  • Guidance Issued for Healthcare Facilities: In conjunction with the CDC, CMS issued guidance for healthcare facilities entering Phase II to begin preparing for their non-emergent, non-COVID-19 care, including visitation guidelines in buildings such as nursing homes and hospitals. CMS recommends that every visitor be screened for COVID-19 and complete reopening of facilities should wait until Phase III.

29 June

  • The Defense Department announced that it had lifted travel restrictions on military installations in ten more states, allowing service members to resume recreational travel and change-of-station moves. Restrictions were also lifted on troops in Guam, Puerto Rico, and South Korea.
  • New Supplies of Remdesivir for the U.S.: HHS announced an agreement that will secure large supplies of remdesivir from Gilead Sciences through September and will allow American hospitals to purchase the drug in amounts allocated by HHS and state health departments. 

30 June

  • The Treasury Department and the IRS announced that the tax deadline would not be extended beyond July 15. The deadline was postponed from April 15 to July 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The FDA took important action to help facilitate the timely development of safe and effective vaccines to prevent COVID-19 by providing guidance with recommendations for those developing COVID-19 vaccines for the ultimate purpose of licensure. The guidance, which reflects FDA advice has been providing over the past several months to companies, researchers, and others, describes the agency’s current recommendations regarding the data needed to facilitate manufacturing, clinical development, and approval of a COVID-19 vaccine.

[At this time, the total cases were 2,590,000 and total deaths were 126,140 for a death rate of 4.9%. Starting in July reporting data begins to shift in both W.H.O. & CDC reports. A move away from daily reports.]

Special Notice as of 10/27/20

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America and young people. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical. And please take note that while the cases may be rising, the Death Rate continues to fall.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.59%. That’s another 0.01% drop since Monday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have almost 11 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru May were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 May 2020

10 26 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from May here:

05 May

  • Vice President Mike Pence told reporters the White House was considering winding down its coronavirus task force in May or June. He has overseen the task force since January. The task force responsibilities could be transferred to other federal agencies.

06 May

  • DOD has signed, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services, a $126M contract award with 3M for increased production of 26M N95 medical-grade masks per month, starting in October.

08 May

  • President issues memo providing continued federal support for governors’ use of the National Guard to respond to COVID-19 and to facilitate economic recovery to the state of South Dakota.

11 May

  • In a call with state governors, Vice President Mike Pence (R) said the federal government was recommending that states test all nursing home staff and residents over the next two weeks.

12 May

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will publicly post CDC data on all nursing homes across the country by the end of May. The data will include suspected and confirmed cases and deaths at each facility.

13 May

  • Defense Logistics Agency, in coordination with FEMA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, signs a $134M contract with the Federal Resources Supply Company to provide PPE for medical personnel at over 15,000 nursing homes.

14 May

  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will publicly post CDC data on all nursing homes across the country by the end of May. The data will include suspected and confirmed cases and deaths at each facility.

15 May

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued reopening guidelines for businesses and workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
  • President Donald Trump announced the creation of Operation Warp Speed, an Administration task force meant to help develop a coronavirus vaccine. Moncef Slaoui was named as the task force’s chief scientist, and U.S. Army General Gustave Perna was named chief operating officer.
  • USNS Mercy departs Los Angeles after supporting DOD’s COVID-19 response efforts for a month and a half. The Mercy will return to San Diego, Calif., prepared for future taskings in support of FEMA as relief efforts continue.

19 May

  • President Trump issued an executive order directing federal agencies to remove regulatory barriers to economic activity as part of a coronavirus pandemic recovery effort.
  • The White House announced that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, had awarded a $354 million contract to Phlow Corp., a Virginia-based pharmaceutical company, to manufacture generic medicines and ingredients used to treat COVID-19. The four-year contract is part of an effort by the White House to return pharmaceutical manufacturing back to the United States.
  •  Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced the U.S. would extend travel restrictions in place at the Canadian and Mexican borders another 30 days to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions were enacted in late March in cooperation with both countries and extended for an additional 30 days on April 20. Essential travel, including for trade and commerce, is still allowed, but travel for tourism or recreation is prohibited.

21 May

  • The DoD ended a ban on new recruits who’d been hospitalized for COVID-19. Matthew Donavan, the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, said the military would evaluate recruits who had recovered from the disease on a case-by-case basis.

26 May

  • On May 24, the White House announced it had accelerated a proclamation prohibiting travelers from Brazil from entering the United States, moving the date the restrictions take effect from Thursday, May 28, to Tuesday, May 26 at midnight. The proclamation prohibits foreign travelers who have been in Brazil in the last 14 days from entering the United States.

27 May

  • The Department of Defense released new details on the approach it will take to phase out global travel restrictions on military and civilian personnel. The restrictions, which placed limits on deployments, redeployments, and personnel movement within the United States and between counties, will be gradually lifted on a geographic basis.

28 May

  • DOD, in support of the Department of Health and Human Services, has signed a $2.2M contract with Hollingsworth & Vose to increase U.S. domestic production of 27.5M N95 ventilator filters, and 3.1M N95 respirators per month, starting in August.

30 May

  • President Trump plans a U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization and will redirect the nation’s contribution funds to help meet global public health needs.

[At this time, the total cases were 1,776,785 and total deaths were 103,781 for a death rate of 5.8%]

Special Notice as of 10/26/20

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America and young people. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical. And please take note that while the cases may be rising, the Death Rate continues to fall.

My book, Trump an Outsider’s View, covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.609% or 2.61% (rounded off)! That’s another 0.05% drop since Friday. And it is still going down. To dismiss this by noting there is a lag time between cases and related deaths is just being ignorant. We now have 10 months of tracking that clearly shows the Death Rate in decline!

Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that actions speak louder than words. January thru May were months of action that were wise and often. The Death Rate at the end of May represented the high point.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 April 2020

10 23 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of the Trump response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from April here:

01 April

  • President Trump spoke to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon about the need to procure gowns for hospitals.
  • President Trump spoke to military families whose relocation or reunion with loved ones was impacted by the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that the construction & refurbishing of two additional hospital ships like the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort are being considered.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 1.2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • The White House, HHS, and the FDA worked with Senator Rob Portman to acquire and authorize for use over two million gowns donated to the Strategic National Stockpile by Cardinal Health.
  • Dr. Birx announced that the White House issued a challenge to universities and states to develop ELISA, or Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays, tests to detect coronavirus antibodies in larger communities more quickly.
  • The Treasury Department released FAQs to help small and medium businesses understand the paid sick and family leave tax credits now offered under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
  • The Department of Labor posted a temporary rule to implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in order to provide paid sick and family leave.
  • The VA opened its East Orange, NJ medical center to serve non-veteran coronavirus patients to assist the state and FEMA in their response to coronavirus.
  • The Bureau of Prisons announced it was instituting a 14-day lockdown of all prison inmates. According to TIME, the order affected 22 facilities and 146,000 inmates.

02 April

  • President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to direct 3M to produce more N95 respirator masks.
  • President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to help 6 companies (General Electric, Hill-Rom Holdings, Medtronic, ResMed, eRoyal Philips, and Vyaire Medical) get the supplies they need to make ventilators.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the #coronavirus outbreak for: Virginia, Tennessee, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • President Trump discussed the production of ventilators with GM CEO Mary Barra.
  • President Trump announced that The Javits Center temporary hospital will be converted into a coronavirus hospital.
  • President Trump announced that the Department of Defense will be establishing 48 more ICU beds in New York.
  • President Trump announced that the Federal Government will be establishing a coronavirus hospital in Louisiana and Texas.
  • President Trump took an additional coronavirus test and tested negative.
  • President Trump ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • President Trump ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • President Trump sent Senator Chuck Schumer a letter debunking false claims made against the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response.
  • Secretary Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that the Paycheck Protection Program, created by the CARES Act to provide $350 billion in loans to small businesses, will be launched tomorrow.
  • Secretary Mnuchin announced that the first relief payments will be dispersed within two weeks.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 1.3 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that all Blue Cross Blue Shield Members will be waiving out of pocket costs for coronavirus treatment.
  • Rear Adm. Polowczyk announced FEMA’s Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force has delivered: 27.1 million surgical masks, 19.5 N95 million respirator masks, 22.4 million surgical gloves, 5.2 million face shields, and over 7,600 ventilators.
  • First Lady Melania Trump had a phone call with Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada, who is recovering from the coronavirus.
  • The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $25 billion in federal funding to support public transportation systems in response to the coronavirus.
  • The Department of Justice and HHS distributed 192,000 N95 respirator masks confiscated from price gougers to health care workers in New York and New Jersey.
  • The FDA approved the first coronavirus antibody test, developed by Cellex.
  • The FDA issued new guidance to increase the supply of blood donations, reducing the deferral period for gay men from 12 months to 3 months.
  • The Department of Education donated 5,760 N95 respirator masks discovered in storage to aid the fight against the coronavirus.
  • Secretary Pompeo announced that the State Department has now brought home 30,000 Americans stranded overseas as a result of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
  • HHS announced it was relaxing enforcement of HIPAA violations to encourage health care providers to share coronavirus data and information with federal and state health care officials.
  • The Administration issued recommendations to nursing homes to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
  • HUD announced it was immediately making $3 billion of CARES Act funding available to help America’s low-income families and most vulnerable citizens across the nation.
  • The Energy Department announced it would immediately make 30 million barrels of the strategic petroleum reserve’s (SPR’s) oil storage capacity available to struggling U.S. oil producers.

03 April

  • President Trump announced new voluntary CDC guidelines that all Americans wear non-medical, fabric or cloth face masks to prevent asymptomatic spread of coronavirus.
  • The President met with…Phillips 66, Devon Energy, Continental Resources, Hilcorp Energy, Occidental Petroleum, The American Petroleum Institute, The Energy Transfer Partners, Chevron, & Exxon Mobil to discuss coronavirus’ impact on the energy industry.
  • President Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss convening the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in an effort to defeat coronavirus and discuss impact on the world.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for: New Hampshire, West Virginia, Indiana, Arkansas, and Oregon.
  • President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum blocking the export of N95 and other respirator masks, surgical masks, PPE gloves, and surgical gloves to ensure they are available in the U.S. – designating them as “scarce” under the Defense Production Act.
  • President Trump announced that Anthem will waive co-pays for coronavirus treatment for 60 days.
  • President Trump announced that uninsured Americans will have their coronavirus treatment covered, using funding from the CARES Act.
  • Trump Administration officials spoke to the directors of the two largest health care providers in Louisiana, Ochsner and LCMC Health, to discuss their need for medical supplies.
  • President Trump directed FEMA to send Ochsner Surgical Gowns.
  • President Trump announced that the DOJ and HHS have together secured: 200,000 N95 masks, 130,000 surgical masks, and 600,000 gloves from hoarders and have distributed the supplies to health care workers.
  • Vice President Pence announced 1.4 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • V.P. Pence announced that 18,000 machines are now available across the country to administer Abbott 15 Minute Coronavirus Tests, with another 1,200 soon to be distributed to states.
  • Vice President Pence announced that a Project Airbridge flight landed in Columbus, Ohio with medical supplies.
  • Secretary Azar announced a public-private partnership with Oracle to collect crowd-sourced data on coronavirus therapeutic treatments.
  • The SBA launched the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, issuing more than 17,500 loans valued at $5.4 billion.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is working with states to assess 750 requests for temporary hospital facilities, having completed 673 already.
  • The FDA announced it would coordinate the national effort to develop blood-related therapies for COVID-19.
  • The Defense Department’s Joint Acquisition Task Force launched a new portal giving the private sector the ability to submit information and solutions to the DoD.
  • The State Department announced that they have awarded contracts for 8 new medical facilities, totaling 9,693 new beds.
  • The Department of Labor issued guidance to help employers reduce use of N95 respirators, freeing up supply.
  • HUD announced it is making $200 million in Indian housing block grants for Indian Tribes under the CARES Act.
  • EPA Administrator Wheeler held a call with retailers and marketplace platforms to discuss ways to protect consumers from fake disinfectants.
  • First Lady Melania Trump held a phone call with Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France to discuss the coronavirus response.

04 April

  • President Trump spoke to commissioners of major league sports organizations including the MLB, NFL, & NBA, recognizing what the leagues, teams, and players are doing in their communities to combat coronavirus.
  • President Trump tweeted encouragement to children unable to start Little League baseball season on time due to coronavirus.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations…for the following states: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Maine, and Nevada.
  • President Trump announced that he was considering creating a second coronavirus task force focused on the economy.
  • President Trump urged PM Modi of India to allow Hydroxychloroquine to be shipped to the United States.
  • President Trump announced that the U.S. government has repatriated over 40,000 Americans from 75 countries.
  • Vice President Pence spoke to the Governors of the states of New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maryland.
  • FEMA obligated $44 million to Iowa under the state’s major disaster declaration to combat the coronavirus.

05 April

  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for South Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.
  • President Trump announced 3,000 military and medical personnel will deploy to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to assist in COVID-19 response effort.
  • President Trump announced that the Trump Administration will be sending New York 600,000 N95 masks tomorrow, including 200,000 to Suffolk County alone.
  • President Trump announced…will soon send 300 ventilators to Michigan, 200 ventilators to Louisiana, 600 ventilators to Illinois, 100 ventilators to Massachusetts, and 500 ventilators to New Jersey.
  • President Donald Trump announced the establishment of a federal coronavirus medical station in Washington D.C.
  • President Trump announced Washington has returned 400 ventilators to the strategic national stockpile.
  • President Trump announced that 1.67 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump announced that the government has stockpiled 29 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine.
  • Dr. Birx announced testing in the New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Washington has exceeded the testing rate of Spain and Italy.
  • Adm. Polowczyk reported Project Airbridge flights of medical supplies: 1m gowns, 2.8m surgical masks, and 11.8m gloves.
  • Adm. Polowczyk spoke to top health officials from states severely impacted by the coronavirus to discuss the supply chain.
  • Secretary Wilkie announced that the VA is making 1,500 beds available at VA hospitals to help states and localities across the country.
  • V.P. Pence spoke to governors from states severely impacted by the coronavirus, including Michigan, Louisiana, and Illinois.
  • FEMA and The Army Corps of Engineers completed renovations at the McCormick Place Pavilion in Chicago, providing an additional 500 hospital beds for the city.

06 April

  • President Trump announced agreement with 3M to produce and import 55.5 million N95 masks per month for the next three months.
  • President Trump held a call with CEOs from pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies to discuss potential coronavirus therapeutics.
  • President Trump had a “very friendly” phone call with former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that 1.79 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump approved Governor Murphy’s request to allow New Jersey patients aboard the USNS Comfort.
  • President Trump approved Governor Cuomo’s request to allow the treatment of coronavirus patients on the USNS Comfort.
  • President Trump announced that CVS will open two new drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island. Both will use Abbott’s rapid coronavirus test.
  • The FDA has authorized Inovio’s potential coronavirus vaccine for a clinical trial, while 10 potential coronavirus therapeutic agents are in “active trials” and 15 potential therapeutics in plans for clinical trials.
  • President Trump praised the work of the private sector, including Apple and Salesforce, who’ve agreed to donate personal protective equipment to help defeat the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced The Army Corps of Engineers is building 22 field hospitals and alternative care sites in 18 states.
  • President Trump reported 8,450 hospital beds and 8,000 ventilators deployed across the country from federal stockpiles.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date $4.1 billion has been allocated to states under federal disaster declarations.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 21,000 National Guard Servicemen have been activated across the country to assist in the fight against coronavirus.
  • VP Pence announced that thanks to California’s donation of 500 ventilators, the federal government will send 200 ventilators to MD, 100 ventilators to DE, 100 ventilators to NV, 50 ventilators to DC, and 50 ventilators to Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • The CDC began publishing a new, data-centered coronavirus surveillance report on coronavirus.gov.
  • HHS announced an additional $186 million in CDC funding for state and local jurisdictions combatting the coronavirus.
  • HHS announced it will be purchasing 15-minute coronavirus tests from Abbott for state, territorial, and tribal labs and for the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • The Department of Education announced a streamlined process making it easier for states to use federal education funding for distance learning.

07 April

  • President Trump participated in a conference call with bank execs…how to deliver financial aid and tech. assistance to small businesses.
  • President Trump announced the SBA has processed “more than $70 billion” in loans to help small businesses as part of the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Minnesota related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced that in addition to the 8,675 ventilators in the strategic national stockpile, the federal government will be acquiring 110,000 ventilators in the next three months to be distributed to states in need.
  • President Trump announced that 1.87 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • President Trump announced his intent to ask Congress for … $250 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program … to small businesses.
  • V.P. Pence participated in a conference call with over 500 business owners to discuss their needs amid the coronavirus response effort.
  • CMS Administrator Verma announced that CMS will make available  additional $30 billion in grants this week for health care organizations with increased operating costs due to the coronavirus.
  • The State Department announced an additional $225 million in health, humanitarian, and economic assistance to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus around the world.
  • As part of Project Airbridge, UPS and FEMA began shipments of 25 flights with more than three million pounds of medical supplies.
  • The DOT finalized a requirement that airlines who receive assistance under the CARES Act continue flights to destinations they were serving before the outbreak, ensuring commercial flights are available.
  • The EPA distributed over 1,100 N95 masks to the California Office of Emergency Services.

08 April

  • President Trump spoke to over 10,000 faith leaders & more than 3,000 state, local, and tribal officials to discuss the coronavirus response effort.
  • Secretary Pompeo announced that since January, over 50,000 Americans have been repatriated by 90 countries in over 480 flights.
  • Under the DPA, HHS announced a $646.7M contract with Philips to produce 2,500 ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile by end of May, and 43,000 by December.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Vermont related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced a Project Airbridge shipment of protective gowns landed in Dallas, Texas.
  • President Trump announced 10 drugs to … be used against coronavirus are currently in clinical trial.
  • President Trump thanked Indian PM Modi for allowing a shipment of the life-saving drug hydroxychloroquine to be released to the U.S.
  • V.P. Pence announced $98B in forgivable loans were disbursed through the Paycheck Protection Program, plus 27,000 National Guard service members were activated across country to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • The CDC issued new guidance for how essential and critical workers who have been exposed to the coronavirus can return to work, with precautions.
  • Four additional flights as part of Project Airbridge have landed across the country while delivering PPE and other medical supplies.
  • Customs and Borders Protection announced with FEMA that it will detain shipments of PPE in order to keep critical medical supplies within the U.S. for domestic use.
  • HHS announced an agreement with DuPont and FedEx to rapidly manufacture and deliver 2.25M new Tyvek Protective Suits to the Strategic National Stockpile over the next five weeks.
  • HHS expanded telehealth services for Native Americans through The Indian Health Service.
  • HHS authorized pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus tests, further expanding the availability of testing.
  • HHS awarded $1.3B from the CARES Act to 1,387 health centers in all 50 states, 8 territories, and the District of Columbia to fight coronavirus.
  • CMS issued updated guidance based on CDC guidelines to protect patients and health care workers in hospitals from the coronavirus.
  • The USDA announced approval of Arizona’s & California’s request for food stamp recipients to purchase food online, allowing these recipients to purchase groceries for delivery.
  • The VA announced that it has begun using funding from the CARES Act to pay overtime, hire new staff, and purchase supplies including PPE, beds, and pharmaceuticals.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a $500 million contract with General Motors to produce 30,000 ventilators under the Defense Production Act.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the number of deaths in the United States resulting from the coronavirus would be below his original projection of 100,000 to 200,000.

09 April

  • President Trump spoke with mental health advocates from across the country to discuss their work amid the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations related to the coronavirus outbreak for Alaska and Idaho.
  • President Trump announced that 24 Project Airbridge flights have been completed to date, with an additional 49 flights scheduled.
  • President Trump announced that there are currently 19 potential coronavirus therapies being tested and another 26 potential therapies in active planning for clinical trials.
  • President Trump announced that, to date, over 2 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that $125B in Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans has been approved to date.
  • Vice President Pence announced that a total of 29,000 National Guard service members have been activated across the country to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date 4,100 military medical personnel have been deployed to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • The Treasury Department announced that it extended over 300 tax filing, payment, and administrative deadlines to give relief to taxpayers.
  • Working with the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve announced new lending programs providing up to $2.3T in loans to businesses and state & local governments.
  • HHS announced it would relax enforcement of HIPPAA for pharmacies and other organizations that are working at coronavirus testing sites, helping these groups focus on testing.
  • Secretary of Education DeVos announced that $6.3B in CARES Act funding will be immediately distributed to colleges and universities to provide cash grants to students affected by the coronavirus.
  • The EPA announced that more than 11,500 pieces of PPE have been transferred to FEMA, which will be later transferred to state and local agencies across New England combating the coronavirus.
  • The USDA launched the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program in Michigan, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The USDA announced relief for farmers across the country by giving borrowers 12 months to repay marketing assistance loans (MAL), helping protect farmers from being forced to sell crops to make loan payments.
  • CMS temporarily suspended a number of regulations so that hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers can book the number of staff to confront the coronavirus.

10 April

  • President announced 60 mask sterilization systems, with ability to clean over 80,000 masks about 20 times, will be sent to 10 cities.
  • President spoke with Russian President Putin to discuss the global coronavirus response and the global energy market.
  • President Trump announced that a field hospital in Seattle will be leaving, as Washington State’s coronavirus outbreak becomes more manageable.
  • President Trump announced that his Administration is working to bring blood-based serology tests to market “as quickly as possible” so Americans can determine if they have had the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced that he will soon be establishing an “Opening Our Country Council” with more details to be released shortly.
  • President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum to facilitate the supply of medical equipment and other humanitarian relief to Italy.
  • Dr. Fauci spoke to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon…coronavirus mitigation.
  • V.P.  Pence, CDC Director Redfield, & Surgeon General Adams spoke to over 400 leaders of the African American community, including Jesse Jackson, NAACP representatives, & the National Black Nurses Association to discuss the impact of the coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence spoke to Colorado Governor Jared Polis about the specific needs of his state’s battle against the coronavirus.
  • VP Pence announced more than 2.1M coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 29,600 National Guard Troops have been activated, and 4,700 active duty medical personnel have been deployed to nine states.
  • Vice President Pence announced that to date, 26 Project Airbridge flights have landed in the U.S. with PPE, with four flights scheduled to land today with 250,000 gowns and 25M pairs of gloves.
  • HHS began delivering $30B in relief funding to health care providers, part of the $100B allocated to health care providers by the CARES Act.
  • The FDA approved an emergency authorization for a blood purification device to treat coronavirus patients.
  • Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced $1B for Amtrak to continue rail service and respond to the spread of the coronavirus.
  • The Treasury Department launched a web portal to help Americans who did not file tax returns receive their coronavirus relief payments under the CARES Act.
  • The Treasury Department announced it will launch a new “get my payment” app where Americans can enter their direct deposit information to get coronavirus relief payments quicker.
  • The VA deployed medical staffers to New Orleans to help “surge” personnel in the area, which is currently being heavily impacted by the coronavirus.

11 April

  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Wyoming related to the coronavirus outbreak, marking the first time in U.S. history a President has declared that a major disaster exists in all 50 states.
  • The DoD announced it is using The Defense Production Act to get the private sector to produce 39 million N95 masks within 90 days, a $133M investment.
  • Three Project Airbridge flights landed in Chicago, Illinois, delivering over 62 million gloves.
  • The Department of Justice announced it is monitoring state and local social distancing regulations to ensure religious organizations are not unfairly targeted. 
  • The USDA added Florida & Idaho to the food stamp online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • CMS expanded the requirements that private health insurers provide free coronavirus testing, saying that this includes anti-body testing and costs related to coronavirus testing, like emergency room or urgent care visits.

12 April

  • A deal brokered by President Trump was announced between The OPEC countries, Russia, and the U.S. to cut production and stabilize the oil market amid dual disruptions from coronavirus and the price war between Saudi Arabia & Russia.
  • The FDA issued an emergency authorization to devices from Advanced Sterilization Products, which can decontaminate approximately 4 million N95 respirators each day.
  • The FBI uncovered an international fraud scheme related to the attempted purchase of 39 million N95 masks by a Service Employees International Union Affiliate.

13 April

  • President Trump announced that new coronavirus infection rates remained “flat” over the weekend across the country.
  • President Trump announced that HHS is signing five new contracts for ventilators with GE, Hillrom, Medtronic, ResMed, & Vyaire, which will be added to the Strategic National Stockpile.
  • President Trump reported nearly 3 million coronavirus tests have been completed, with roughly 150,000 new tests daily.
  • President Trump announced that multiple advisory committees, including a “faith leaders committee” will be formed to consult on the reopening of the country.
  • Trump announced the members of his Council to Re-Open America. Those members are Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Ivanka Trump, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Director of the United States National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.
  • President Trump and Vice President Pence met with representatives from Abbott to discuss increasing the production of cartridges for Abbott’s rapid coronavirus test machines.
  • Vice President Pence and members of the Coronavirus Task Force led a conference call with 48 governors.
  • Vice President Pence announced that there are currently just under 7,000 ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile, and that no one has been denied a ventilator who needed one.
  • Dr. Fauci participated in a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the African American community.
  • Adm. Polowczyk announced that 37 Project Airbridge flights have been completed, with another 43 scheduled.
  • 5 flights landed across the country carrying shipments of PPE as part of Project Airbridge.
  • The U.S. government now has 28 million doses of hydroxychloroquine stockpiled.
  • Treasury Department announced 80 million Americans will receive economic impact payments in their bank accts within the week.
  • The Treasury Department launched a new web portal which will quickly deliver CARES Act funding to state, local, and tribal governments.
  • The Defense Department announced it was buying 60 Battelle decontamination systems which can sanitize 80,000 N95 respirators per day.
  • HUD announced new guidelines clarifying that borrowers of multifamily mortgages insured by HUD and FHA and renters have certain protections from eviction and foreclosure.
  • The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission announced that they will be enforcing antitrust laws against businesses that try to exploit the coronavirus outbreak to harm American workers.
  • The USDA released a “one-stop-shop” resource guide to help farmers, rural communities, and others know what resources and assistance are available to them as a response to the coronavirus.
  • USDA approved Rhode Island’s request to join Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Department of Commerce and Census Bureau announced adjustments to the 2020 Census operational schedule to protect census workers and the American people during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The VA announced a “dramatic” increase in virtual and tele-mental health appointments, a sign that veterans are still able to access care remotely during the coronavirus.

14 April

  • President announced halt in funding to the WHO while a review is conducted to assess its mistakes and mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • President Trump announced the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve, a public-private partnership to help hospitals with surplus loan them to hospitals in need.
  • President Trump met with health care executives to discuss ventilator supply.
  • President Trump announced the members of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups, who will advise the President on how to re-open the economy.
  • President Trump met with coronavirus survivors at the White House to discuss their treatment and condition.
  • President Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the global coronavirus response and the re-opening of the global economy.
  • President Trump extended an order for the federal government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations to states with recently approved disaster declarations.
  • HHS announced it was distributing the $3.5 billion in childcare and development block grant funding included in the CARES act.
  • FEMA confirmed it send out 19.1 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to cities across the country.
  • More than 30,000 National Guard troops total have been activated to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Two flights landed carrying 16 million gloves, 698,590 gowns, and 690 thermometers as part of Project Airbridge.
  • The Treasury Department announced that many of the nation’s major airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and Southwest intend to participate in the Payroll Support Program, helping pay… worker’s salaries and benefits.
  • The Transportation Department announced $10 billion in relief for America’s airports from the Trump Administration’s newly created CARES Act airport grant program.
  • The Department of Energy announced it is negotiating crude oil storage contracts totaling 23 million barrels to help US energy producers affected by lower demand.
  • The EPA announced that it has temporarily waived certain approvals for manufacturers producing disinfectants for use against the coronavirus.
  • The Department of Education Announced $3 billion in education block grants for states to help schools, students, and educators at all levels.
  • The VA announced…1,500 hospital beds around the country available to FEMA.
  • GM began mass production on an order of 30,000 Ventec ventilators, 600 ventilators are expected to be shipped this month and the full order will be completed by August.

15 April

  • The U.S. Senate has taken up a $250B measure to help small business.
  • President Trump announced that new guidelines for re-opening the country will be announced tomorrow, in consultation with governors and lawmakers.
  • President Trump announced the completion of more than 3.3 million coronavirus tests.
  • President Trump announced that 44 Project Airbridge flights have delivered supplies to date.
  • HHS awarded $90 million to Ryan White HIV/AID Program recipients to combat coronavirus.
  • The Treasury Department launched the “Get My Payment” web app, allowing taxpayers to submit their direct deposit information online for their Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments.
  • The Treasury Department announced that supplemental security income recipients will receive coronavirus relief payments as they would their SSI benefits, directly into their bank accounts or by debit cards or by check.
  • CMS announced Medicare will nearly double payments for “high-throughput” coronavirus tests, incentivizing health care providers to increase the supply and speed of testing.
  • The Department of Labor awarded more than $131 million in dislocated worker grants to help workers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

16 April

  • President Trump held conference call with governors and laid out guidelines for them to follow. The plan is divided into three phases: Phase I allows restaurants to reopen with strict social distancing enforced; Phase II allows; and Phase III allows return.
  • President Trump participated in a video conference with leaders of the G7 to discuss a coordinated response to coronavirus, including pooling data and research, preparations to re-open their economies, and the WHO’s response to the coronavirus.
  • President Trump spoke with Republican and Democrat members of the Opening Up America Again Congressional Group on the coronavirus response and efforts to re-open the economy.
  • President Trump held a “Thank God for Truckers” ceremony on the South Lawn to thank truckers for moving goods and ensuring a stable supply of food, medical equipment, and other supplies during the pandemic.
  • President Trump announced that 3.5 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, the most of any country worldwide.
  • President Trump reiterated his request for an additional $250 billion to replenish the paycheck protection program to help struggling small businesses.
  • President Trump announced that 4,000 community banks have participated in the paycheck protection program.
  • Under the DPA, HHS announced a $336 million contract with GE for 50,000 ventilators to be produced by July 13; in total, HHS has signed contracts for 41,000 ventilators by May and over 187,000 ventilators by end of the year.
  • Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza urged Congress to provide additional funds to the paycheck protection program to help small businesses.
  • USAID announced that it committed nearly $508 million in emergency health, humanitarian, and economic aid around the world to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The FDA encouraged Americans who have recovered from coronavirus to donate their plasma for the development of new treatments and therapies.
  • OSHA issued an alert listing safety tips