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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?

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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!

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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

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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.

If you want to read the whole interview with Ana Quintana, go here.

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The Riddle Report

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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

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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

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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

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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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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.

5 Proactive Actions for Authors in 2021

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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.

For more information see below.

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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 and his Parler page is authorriddle.

Self-Publishing vs Indie Publishing

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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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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.

TR Writing Service 2021

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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.

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.

Stimulus Checks

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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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A Look Forward

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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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Merry Christmas!

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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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Stimulus Package

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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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Demise of the Press

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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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Confirmed?

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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.

Antitrust lawsuit against Facebook

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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.

Senator Cruz to Represent Case before SCOTUS

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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.

Non-Election News

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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.

Confusing COVID-19 Data

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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.

Transition

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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.

Sidney Powell

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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.

Corruption of the Left

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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

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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

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11 13 2020

Welcome to Riddle News.

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

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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

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11 10 2020

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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?

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11 09 2020

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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

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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?

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11 05 2020

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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

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11 03 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 that employers can follow to help keep manufacturing workers safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

17 April

  • Some governors resist the phased plan. One governor denied U.S. government support using the word “none” although the U.S. Navy and Army had provided direct support. Media treats it as if governors had a real complaint.
  • Jacksonville Florida partially reopens beaches. People flock to them, but pictures show them honoring social distancing. Other cities in Florida and elsewhere considering partial reopening of beaches. Meanwhile in Michigan a huge traffic jam occurs by people protesting Governor’s harsh social distancing clampdown.
  • President Trump and Secretary Perdue announced a $19 billion relief package for ranchers and farmers impacted by the coronavirus.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for American Samoa related to the coronavirus outbreak, meaning major disaster declarations have been approved in all 50 states and in all US territories for the first time in history.
  • President Trump participated in a conversation with faith leaders to discuss the coronavirus response and “express his eagerness to get” houses of worship reopened as soon as possible.
  • President Trump spoke to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico to discuss Mexico’s need for additional ventilators.
  • President Trump announced that 3.7 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • V. P. Pence announced that a total of 33,000 National Guard troops and 5,500 active duty servicemembers have been activated … to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • Dr. Fauci participated in a call with the Senate Democrat Caucus to discuss the US coronavirus testing capacity.
  • CDC Director Redfield announced that 500 CDC staff are now embedded in state, local, and tribal health agencies across the country.
  • Dr. Birx announced that 47 states have the ability to perform at least 30 tests per month per 1,000 residents.
  • The NIH announced a new public-private partnership with over a dozen leading biopharmaceutical companies to speed up the development of coronavirus vaccines and therapies.
  • At the director of FEMA, GM announced that they delivered the first GM-Ventec ventilators to Chicagoland hospitals.
  • To support FEMA’s Project Airbridge, UPS announced it would add over 200 flights in April.
  • The Treasury Department and VA announced that veterans who had not filed tax returns would automatically receive economic impact payments without additional paperwork.
  • The DOJ filed an injunction to halt the online sale of a supposed “miracle” treatment for the coronavirus which is “unapproved, unproven, and potentially dangerous”.
  • The DOI announced it will continue to allow public access to parks.
  • The USDA added Washington, DC, and North Carolina to the SNAP online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online and for delivery.
  • The USDA approved the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer for North Carolina and Massachusetts, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

18 April

  • President Trump announced that over 4 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date, double the number of tests done by any other country.
  • President Trump announced that 1.6 million small businesses have participated in the paycheck protection program and reiterated his request that Congress replenish funding for the program.
  • President Trump offered to send ventilators to Iran if the Iranian government accepted the assistance.
  • President Trump consulted with FEMA and military officials about the coronavirus response.
  • President Trump spoke to the leaders of Poland, South Korea, and Bahrain about the global response to the coronavirus.
  • The USDA added West Virginia to the SNAP online pilot program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online and for delivery.

19 April

  • President Trump announced that 4.18 million coronavirus tests have been completed to date – more tests than France, The U.K., South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Austria, Australia, Sweden, and Canada combined.
  • President Trump announced his Administration is working on using the DPA to increase the production of testing swabs.
  • President Trump participated in a call with Republican senators on opening up America again.
  • 64 Project Airbridge flights have been completed to date carrying over 600 million pieces of gloves, gowns, and other PPE, with 50 additional flights scheduled in the future.
  • CMS Administrator Verma announced new requirements for nursing homes to report outbreaks of coronavirus to patients, patients’ families, and the CDC.
  • President Trump held calls with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Archbishop Bartholomew I, Turkish President Erdogan, and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

20 April

  • President Trump announced that HHS has distributed the $30 billion in relief funding to health care providers under the CARES act.
  • President Trump announced that there are currently 72 active trials for coronavirus therapies, with 211 additional therapies in the planning stages for active trials.
  • Vice President Pence and members of the coronavirus task force spoke to all 50 state governors and provided each with a list of labs with additional testing capacity in their respective states.
  • Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers Gen. Todd Semonite announced that USACE has, to date, executed the construction of 32 facilities across the country, creating approximately 16,000 more beds.
  • The Trump Administration announced it’s helping increase testing swab production by 30M per month – assisting an Ohio manufacturer to convert production lines to produce 10M swabs a month & using the DPA to help Puritan Medical Products produce 20M testing swabs a month.
  • CMS Deputy Administrator and CMMI Director Brad Smith announced that 650,000 infrared thermometers have been secured by the federal government in anticipation of future demand for these devices as states re-open.
  • Vice President Pence and Dr. Birx visited FEMA HQ and thanked FEMA staff for their hard work.
  • Vice President Pence announced that all DoD and federal labs will be made available for states to use in order to increase testing capacity.
  • Vice President Pence and Adm. Giroir announced that current testing capacity means that all 50 states are “ready right now to enter phase one” if they meet other criteria of the President’s opening up America guidelines.
  • HHS announced a partnership with Oracle and their donation of a therapeutic learning system, an online platform designed for collecting crowd-sourced data on potential coronavirus therapies.
  • Vice President Pence announced that the CDC is deploying teams of 10-12 experts to all states and territories to assist in contact tracing.
  • HHS’ substance abuse and mental health services administration (SAMHSA) announced $110 million in emergency grants for those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Defense Department announced the hospital ship the USNS Comfort has started admitting patients from New Jersey.
  • The Defense Department announced the US will be providing humanitarian support and relief to Italy, including transportation, supplies, and telemedicine.
  • The EPA announced expanded research efforts into the coronavirus’ impact on the environment and human health.
  • The VA announced it acquired a 470,000 sq. ft. facility in Texas to help provide overflow bed capacity to treat coronavirus cases, which will eventually serve as an outpatients and specialty care clinic for veterans.
  • Acting DHS Secretary Wolf announced that US, Canada, and Mexico had extended non-essential travel restrictions for an additional 30 days.
  • The Justice Department announced it cleared antitrust barriers which could have blocked the drug distribution company AmerisourceBergen from distributing medicine and supplies as part of the coronavirus response, including hydroxychloroquine.
  • The USDA approved Arizona and Illinois to join the pandemic EBT program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs in these states who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • CMS announced it is incentivizing Medicare health care providers to report more coronavirus data to help treat and fight the spread of the disease.

21 April

  • U.S. health regulators OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to self-test at home. The test, developed by LabCorp will initially be available only for health care workers and first responders, however expected to expand to general population later. President Trump supports it.
  • After negotiations with the Trump Administration, the Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which includes an additional $382B for the PPP, $75B for hospitals, and $25B for coronavirus testing efforts.
  • [Author’s comment]: The previous aid package to help small businesses hit a snag. Many small businesses are thinking about returning the money because the aid comes with a stipulation that they rehire previous employees at 100%. But since Unemployment pays more than what they pay it is difficult to get employees back. Also, the 100% rehire comes at a time when people can only be expected to start shopping again at a slower pace. It will take time to get back to their normal business traffic and sales. They are hoping to get the 100% halved and maybe scaled to a more gradual rehire.
  • President Trump announced that 20 states announced plans to enter phase one of the opening up America again guidelines.
  • President Trump officially announced plans to suspend immigration, with certain exceptions, for 60 days.
  • President Trump met with Governor Cuomo at the White House to discuss coronavirus testing.
  • President Trump announced the FDA has authorized more than 50 coronavirus diagnostic tests and four antibody tests.
  • HHS announced $995 million in CARES Act grants for older adults and the disabled.
  • FEMA approved nearly $5 million for BiPAP breathing machines for Pennsylvania.
  • The State Department announced it is coordinating international humanitarian assistance with pacific nations including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Taiwan.
  • The USDA announced that states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Texas have been added to the SNAP online program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • Education Secretary DeVos announced an additional $6.2 billion in grants is available for universities to continue providing educational services during the outbreak, such as distance and remote learning programs.
  • Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the issuance of new green cards. The order only applies to those applying for a green card residing outside of the country at the time of the order.

22 April

  • Several large corporations are returning money received from the Paycheck Protection Program. That program is aimed at helping small businesses and never meant for the large corporations. Public backlash and government pressure were applied to encourage these paybacks.
  • President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation suspending immigration in the U.S. for 60 days due to “the impact of foreign workers on the United States labor market, particularly in an environment of high domestic unemployment’.
  • President Trump urged the House of Representatives to pass the Senate-backed Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act without delay.
  • President directed the Opportunity & Revitalization Council to focus on supporting underserved communities…including Black and Hispanic communities.
  • The President announced the Administration has to date directed more than $7 billion in funding towards coronavirus treatments, diagnostics, and therapies.
  • President Trump spoke to Governor Newsom about increasing testing capacity.
  • President talked with Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan and Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar…global coronavirus response.
  • Vice President Pence held a call with over 340 state legislators from 43 states to discuss the response to coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence announced that 5,500 active duty military personnel are currently deployed to assist in the coronavirus response, including 964 medical personnel in 17 hospitals in 7 states.
  • Vice President Pence announced that the VA has been deploying teams of VA personnel to assist nursing homes in some states.
  • HHS awarded nearly $165 million in funding to fight the coronavirus in rural communities, providing CARES Act funding to 1,779 small rural hospitals and 14 HRSA-Funded telehealth resource centers.
  • HHS announced an additional $20 billion in CARES Act funding for health care providers would be disbursed this week.
  • FEMA Announced $36.5 million in expedited funding to the city and county of Denver, Colorado in response to the coronavirus.
  • FEMA published a final rule defining certain PPE as “scarce” to combat hoarding and price gouging of these materials.
  • The Justice Department announced federal law enforcement officials had successfully disrupted hundreds of online coronavirus scam websites.
  • The USDA announced it has successfully increased monthly SNAP benefits by 40% during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • USDA approved Alabama for the Pandemic EBT Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Secretary DeVos called on wealthy universities to reject taxpayer coronavirus funds and on Congress to change the eligibility put forth by the CARES Act.

23 April

  • Congress passed another relief bill of $484M to aid employers and hospitals. Most of the funding is for the Paycheck Protection Program enabling thousands of workers to remain on the job.
  • President Trump held calls with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Colombian President Ivan Duque about pandemic response.
  • President Trump announced that to date 750 million pieces of PPE have been delivered to the US through Project Airbridge.
  • VP Pence participated in a conference call with Secretary Carson to discuss refocusing White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council on the needs of Hispanic and Black communities impacted by the coronavirus.
  • Vice President Pence announced that since the release of the Trump Administration’s Opening Up America Again guidelines, 16 states have issued formal re-opening plans.
  • Acting DHS Undersecretary for Science & Technology William Bryan announced findings of a study indicating that heat, humidity, and UV rays can slow and kill the coronavirus.
  • HHS announced $631 million in CARES Act funding for public health departments across the country for testing, contact tracing, and containment of the coronavirus.
  • HHS awarded nearly $5 million to poison control centers across the country which are seeing increased calls during the outbreak.
  • CMS released a new telehealth toolkit to accelerate state us of telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The USDA approved Wisconsin for the Pandemic EBT Program, which will help feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are now at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The EPA announced that it blocked the importation of “a significant number of shipments” of illegal and untested “virus shut out” products that were being shipped into California airports.

24 April

  • President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act into law, providing $321B in new funding for PPP, $75B for health care providers, and $25B for coronavirus testing.
  • President Trump held calls with the Indonesian President, Ecuadorian President, El Salvadorian President, and Honduran President about the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Vice President Pence announced to date 5.1 million coronavirus tests have been completed.
  • Vice President Pence announced that over 35,000 National Guard troops and 5,000 active duty military personnel in 10 states remain active to assist in the coronavirus response.
  • VP Pence & members of the coronavirus held a conference call with Governors discussing increasing testing capacity.
  • FDA Administrator Dr. Hahn announced FDA granted emergency approvals to 63 diagnostic and serological tests to date.
  • Administrator Carranza & Secretary Mnuchin announced that the FBA will resume accepting PPP loans on Monday, April 27.
  • Secretary of Labor Scalia participated in a virtual G20 Labor & Employment Ministers meeting to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The VA announced that hiring has increased 37% during the first 2 weeks of April, as the agency surges staff to fight the coronavirus.
  • DOJ obtained an injunction prohibiting a Dallas health center from fraudulently promoting “ozone therapy” as a legitimate COVID-19 treatment.
  • USDA approved California & Connecticut for Pandemic EBT Program, helping feed children eligible for USDA school lunch programs who are at home during outbreak.
  • The USDA announced Vermont was added to the SNAP online program, allowing food stamp recipients to purchase food online.
  • Maj Gen Lee Payne is designated as lead coordinator for DOD COVID-19 Task Force Laboratory Testing, focused on screening, surveillance, and diagnostic testing for critical national capabilities.

27 April

  • President announces blueprint for testing to help safely open up America again.

28 April

  • Trump signed an executive order aimed at keeping meat processing plants open throughout the country. Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to designate meat processing plants as critical infrastructure.

29 April

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about an existing drug Remdesivir that has shown a 31% improvement in helping people sick with COVID 19 to heal (11 days instead of 15 days). This drug is being tested and may soon be available.

30 April

  • USNS Comfort departs New York City after supporting DOD’s COVID-19 response efforts for one month. The Comfort will return to Norfolk, Va., prepared for future taskings in support of FEMA as relief efforts continue.
  • President Trump announces new initiatives aimed at protecting seniors from COVID-19.

[Some people call April a ‘LOST’ month because the government didn’t do what they wanted it to do. On the contrary, it was a very important month that saw the government begin a cautious reopening of America. At this time, the total cases were 1,033,157 and total deaths were 55,225 for a death rate of 5.3%]

Special Notice

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. 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.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.68%! That’s another 0.02% drop. And it is still going down. 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 action speaks louder than words. Both January and February were months of action that were wise and often.

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Riddle News: Covid-19 March 2020

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10 22 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 March here:

3 March

  • The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.”
  • The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.

4 March

  • The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
  • Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.

5 March

  • On March 5, the FDA said anyone with a doctor’s order could be tested. As of March 25, at least 418,000 tests had been conducted, and by April 2 the number had reached 1,280,000.

6 March

  • President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.

9 March

  • President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.

10 March

  • President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.

11 March

  • President Trump announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days.
    • He also directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion.
    • He further directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.”
    • In addition, he met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus.
  • [But it appears that the primary reason is the speed at which it spread. According to WHO only 3.4% of people with Coronavirus have died. That is extremely low compared to other diseases.]

13 March

  • President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced: Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites.
  • He announced a pause on interest payments on federal student loans.
  • He announced an order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.
  • The Food & Drug Administration: granted Roche AG an emergency approval for automated coronavirus testing kits. And issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.
  • HHS announced funding for the development of two new rapid diagnostic tests, which would be able to detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour.

15 March

  • President Trumps begins voluntary shutdown for 15 days
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to plan to construct new facilities, including leased hotels and other buildings, and to convert them for use as hospitals and intensive care units.
  • President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss on-going demand for food and other supplies.
  • HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week.
  • Google announced a partnership with the Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, & local resources.
  • All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.

16 March

  • President Trump held a tele-conference with governors to discuss the coronavirus preparedness and response.
  • President Trump participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence.
  • President Trump announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time.
  • President Trump announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance.
  • The White House advised against any gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • The FDA announced it was empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by labs in their states.
  • Asst. Secretary for Health confirmed the availability of 1 million coronavirus tests and projected 2 million tests available the next week and 5 million the following.

17 March

  • President Trump announced CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is on “standby” to assist federal & state governments.
  • President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC.
  • President Trump met with tourism industry representatives along with industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers.
  • Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.
  • The Treasury Department contributed $10 billion through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility.
  • The Treasury Department deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1 million for individuals & $10 million for business.
  • The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.

18 March

  • President Trump announced temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic.
  • President Trump plans to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus.
  • FEMA has been activated in every region at its highest level of response.
  • The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships.
  • President Trump announced all foreclosures and evictions are suspended for a time.
  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed 1 million masks are now immediately available. 
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials.
  • HHS temporarily suspended a regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.
  • President Trump spoke to doctors, physicians, and nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus. 
  • 130 CEOs of the Business Roundtable to discuss on-going public-private partnerships in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

19 March

  • In the United States the Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel.
  • President Trump announced very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus. 
  • Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients. 
  • Vice President Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.
  • The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.
  • President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.

20 March

  • The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.
  • Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that Tax Day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.
  • President Trump spoke with Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures. 
  • Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts. 
  • Announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders.
  • The Department of Education announced it will not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year.  
  • DOE will allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days.
  • Secretary Azar announced FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country.
  • The CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act.
  • Secretary Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs.

21 March

  • Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results.
  • The Trump Administration announced HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through FEMA.
  • The FDA announced it had given emergency approval to a new coronavirus test that delivers results in hours, with an intended rollout of March 30.
  • Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits had been put into the commercial market from March 2 through March 14.

22 March

  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations for Washington State and California.
  • President Trump announced Governors will remain in command of National Guard forces & the federal govt will fund 100% of operations cost. 
  • He directed the federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for CA & 1,000 beds for NY & WA.
  • President Trump confirmed his Administration was working with Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries as a result of travel restrictions.
  • Vice President Pence announced the testing backlog will be resolved by midweek. 
  • The VP also announced that to date, over 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
  • President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles.
  • FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.

23 March

  • President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies.
    • VP Pence announced 313,000 Americans were tested for the coronavirus & received results. 
    • FEMA established a supply chain stabilization task force, so Americans get supplies they need. 
    • HHS will have commercial labs prioritize testing for hospitalized patients.
  • The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to advance coronavirus research. 
    • Provide access to computing technology and resources for researchers.
  • Attorney General Barr announced the Justice Department held a National Task Force meeting on hoarding and price gouging. 
  • Each of the 93 U.S. Attorney General offices is designating a lead prosecutor to prevent hoarding.
  • President Trump announced HHS is working to designate essential medical supplies as “scarce” to prohibit hoarding of these items.
    • The Treasury Department announced it is working with the Federal Reserve to lend up to $300 billion to businesses and local governments.

24 March

  • President Trump muses over lifting shutdown. Because of the economic impact of the shutdown the President, who has the responsibility for both medical and economic decisions, wanted to mitigate impact as much as possible.
  • President Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers & the National Guard are constructing four hospitals and four medical centers in New York.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Iowa related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Vice President Pence confirmed FEMA sent New York 2,000 ventilators. 
  • The VP announced individuals who have recently been in New York should self-quarantine for 14 days.

29 March

  • President Trump extends voluntary shutdown through April due to medical expert’s concerns.

[March was a very active month highlighted by an explosion of the numbers of cases and deaths, the shutdown of the country, and New York becoming the epicenter. the total cases were now over 200,000 and deaths were 4,076. This is a death rate of 2%.]

Special Notice

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. 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.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.66%! That’s another 0.02% drop. And it is still going down. 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 action speaks louder than words. Both January and February were months of action that were wise and often. You can twist his words, but it is much harder to twist his actions (and not get caught!).

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Riddle News: Covid-19 Feb 2020

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10 21 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a special series reviewing 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 February here:

2 February

  • The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.

3 February

  • President Trump issues travel ban against China.
  • Presidential Candidate Joe Biden criticized the move as did other Democrats.
  • [Words were bandied around like ‘panic’ and ‘racism’. In other words, according to the liberals at the time his actions were unwarranted. Note: what if he’d initiated stronger actions?]
  • The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.

4 February

  • President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.

5 February

  • The Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response efforts.

6 February

  • The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.

7 February

  • President Trump told reporters that the CDC is working with China on the coronavirus. 

9 February

  • The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.

11 February

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.

12 February

  • The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.
  • The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.

14 February

  • The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.

18 February

  • HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur…to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and…treatment

25 February

  • HHS Secretary Azar testified before the Senate HELP committee on the Administration’s coronavirus response efforts.

26 February

  • President Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to head it [task force] up. He also appointed Deborah Dix (U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator), Jerome Adams (Surgeon General), Larry Kudlow (Director of the National Economic Council), and Steven Mnuchin (Secretary of Treasury).
  • President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration’s containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.

28 February

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.

29 February

  • The FDA changed its protocols and began allowing public health agencies, hospitals, and private companies to develop tests and perform testing, and by mid-March private companies were shipping hundreds of thousands of tests. The FDA initially had very restrictive guidelines on who was allowed to be tested (see the March 5 details for more on this).
  • The Trump Administration announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea. In addition, all travel to Iran was now banned and the entry of foreign citizens who had visited Iran in the previous 14 days were barred from entering the United States. 

[February would later come to be called a “LOST month” primarily because there wasn’t a great deal of action taking place or the actions critics wanted. However, critical decisions and arrangements were made during this time that would prove decisive in future months. Sometimes it’s the quality of action not the quantity that’s important.

Total cases 68, deaths 1, Death Rate 1.5%]

Special Notice

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. 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.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.68%! That’s another 0.02% drop. And it is still going down. 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 action speaks louder than words. Both January and February were months of action that were wise and often.

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Riddle News: Covid-19

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10 20 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday.

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 for January here:

3 January

  • The United States HHS Secretary Alex Azar was alerted on January 3 that CDC director Robert Redfield sent an email to the director of the Chinese CDC, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level I travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.

5 January

  • CDC Director Redfield sent another email to the Chinese CDC Director, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.

6 January

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level I travel notice for travelers to Wuhan, China due to the cluster of cases of pneumonia of an unknown etiology…”

7 January

  • The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.

11 January

  • The CDC updated a Level 1 travel health notice for Wuhan, China.

13 January

  • The USCDC announced that the genome had been posted on the NIH genetic sequence database, GenBank.

17 January

  • The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan – San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.

20 January

  • Dr. Fauci announces the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.

21 January

  • The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.

23 January

  • The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.

27 January

  • President Trump tweeted that he made an offer to President Xi Jinping to send experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus.
  • The White House Coronavirus Task Force started meeting to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President. 

29 January

  • The White House announced the formation of the Coronavirus Task Force to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President. 
  • The White House Coronavirus Task Force is a United States Department of State task force created that “coordinates and oversees the Administration’s efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread” of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

31 January

  • President Trump declared a Public Health Emergency and announced restrictions on travel from China. Suspended entry into the United States for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
  • The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.

[January is essentially the first month of the virus as it impacts the United States. Despite ridicule and accusations of racism, the United States took quick action by banning flights from China (later expanded in February). It bought the country time.

Total Cases 6, Deaths 0, Death Rate of 0.0%]

Special Notice

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. 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.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.7%! And it is still going down. 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.

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 action speaks louder than words. And this timeline for January and future timelines demonstrate he acted wisely and often.

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Riddle News: Pants on Fire

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10 19 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday.

We took a bad economy and turned it around. Donald Trump took a good economy and drove it into the ditch.” Joe Biden.

Fact Check time.

Is what Biden said true?

“We took a bad economy”

The Obama/Biden Administration inherited a very bad economy. And it got so bad that President Obama and Vice President Biden desperately tried everything they could think of to right the ship. It devastated people around the country.

But VP Biden was able to initiate a plan that began digging us out.

“We took a bad economy” is a True statement.

“and turned it around.”

It is true that jobs began rising again and the unemployment figures dropped. And this led to the economic experts claiming the recession was over in 2009. But to Mr. and Mrs. America it wasn’t. Numbers lie. In this case the experts looked at the job numbers and claimed victory. Unfortunately, those jobs were primarily low paying jobs, such as you might get at McDonalds, Wendy’s, Five Guys, Little Caesars, Pizza Hut, and the like. For the worker laid off from a six-figure or higher job, those jobs barely sufficed.

Part of the lower unemployment rate was that people were no longer part of the work force and weren’t claiming unemployment for a variety of reasons.

The truth is that in 2016 there were still jobless people. President Obama said that many of the jobs (such as manufacturing and technical) weren’t coming back. Basically, get over it and find another job.

“And turned it around” is Mostly False.

“Donald Trump took a good economy”

Right up to Election Day the morose continued. It was hardly a good economy, but it was better than in 2008 and it was acceptable to Obama/Biden. But it was not good.

During their eight years not only did our economy improve only marginally, but we were being taken to the cleaners by our foreign allies. Part of Donald Trump’s appeal to voters was his promise to lower taxes, to get rid of many of the restrictions that mom & pop businesses and small business in general were facing.

“Donald Trump took a good economy” is a False statement.

“and drove it into the ditch.”

In less than 3 ½ years President Trump rejuvenated the economy. Historic lows in Black, Hispanic, and just plain every ethic out there in unemployment. Businesses were hiring and began laying out their plans I believe right after Trump’s election. Why? Because they believed him and trusted him. He honored that trust by not only carrying out his promises but hiring people who believed as he did. Not all worked out, but he tried to get the right people in the right job.

Moreover, he kept his promises! The only thing that temporarily derailed his promises was a Democratic run House of Representatives and the Covid-19. But even those two forces didn’t stop him.

Our country is already turning the corner. Unemployment that had been in double figures is back in single digits. The number of people out of the work force is going down, hiring is up, people are going back to work and beginning to get their feet on the ground again.

In the ditch? No, we are now poised to leap forward!

“and drove it into the ditch” is a False statement.

In my opinion, there is no reason to believe that Biden/Harris would preside over a booming economy. They want to take us back to the days that Biden is so proud of. Fracking, a backbone of our economy, would be a thing of the past. Unemployment will sour and what jobs remain will be low paying because businesses will leave America again and may never come back.

I didn’t get into Trump’s likeability, because that is not what brought this country back and, frankly, is not what we need. We need a man who stands up to the world and insists that we will play on an even field. A man who will stand up to Putin, unlike Obama, and to China, unlike Biden. We need a man who not only makes promises but keeps them! And Donald Trump’s record backs him up.

I promise to talk about Covid-19.

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. 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.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.7%! And it is still going down. Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions.

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Riddle News: Lies & Disruptions

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10 16 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday.

Harris’s falsehood about President Lincoln

By now everyone knows that Vice President Pence won his debate with Kamala Harris hands down. But I want to address Harris’s rebuttal during the debate concerning the nominating of a new Supreme Court Justice.

When the subject came up, she chose to be a teacher and proceeded to tell all of us that President Abraham Lincoln refused to nominate a Supreme Court Justice prior to the election.

“In 1864 … Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection. And it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge not only of the White House but the Senate. But Honest Abe said, ‘It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States, and then that person will be able to select who will serve on the highest court of the land.” Kamala Harris

While it is true that Lincoln refused to nominate a Supreme Court Justice it is not true that he did so because of a principle such as she said.

Let’s take a journey back in time to 1864:

  • No evidence that Lincoln ever made comments she attributed to him
  • Lincoln’s Party usually refers to Republican Party
  • Lincoln was running on National Union Party ticket, not Republican
  • Democrat Andrew Johnson was running as Vice President
  • A little fracas history called the Civil War was taking place
  • Congress was in recess
  • Congress wouldn’t reconvene until December 5, 1864
  • Even if congress reconvened distance and transportation made it virtually impossible
  • Fastest transportation was coal-burning train
  • Senators were at home far from Washington D.C.
  • Communications in 1864: Limited primarily to city folk
  • Communications in 1864: No phone, no TV, no Radio
  • Communications in 1864: Telegraph was costly, slow, with abbreviated messages
  • Communications in 1864: Newspapers usually a month old, not detailed, no pictures

What I found interesting was that even liberal Fact Checkers labeled her comments as False! That tells you something. When I saw and heard her remarks, I felt that it was a prepared comment, but if that were so, then she was ill prepared. And putting words into the mouth of any President, let along President Lincoln, is not only ethically wrong, it comes off as a lie!

Disrupt Business as Usual

Once again, the Democrats think Americans are stupid. Earlier they had pledged to disrupt the nomination of Barrett for Supreme Court. According to reports only one Democratic Senator was in the Senate while others stood outside. This was an attempt to force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ignore Senate Rules concerning Minority Party presence (two Senators required).

However, I believe they failed. Why? Read the following:

  • Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) of Connecticut, walked in and voted “no” during vote
  • Other Democrats voted by proxy

In other words, they were present, some hiding out in the halls until the vote began; then Blumenthal entered the chamber. There were at least two physically present and the rest were present through modern communications. The entire episode was staged to send a message to the American people that the process was flawed.

Instead, they sent a message to the American people that their concern for propriety was and is fake. And, in my opinion, most Americans saw it that way. Just as the Democrats never had a viable issue with President Trump but impeached him anyway, here they are using childish pranks to get their way. It is a disgrace.

As an aside, as a young man I saw a lot of differences between Republicans and Democrats, but men and women of both parties were willing to cross the aisle to come to an agreement on legislation. Those days seem to be loooong gone!

It’s the Economy

With all the talk about Covid-19 cases rising, the media doesn’t mention that the Death Rate is still going down. The latest rate is about 2.7%. Neither are they talking about the resurgent economy.

The painting of a dour future by the media serves their leftist agenda, but the fact is that the economy is coming back. Below are some of the positive highlights (all in September):

  • Construction industry added 26,000 jobs
  • Financial Activities added 37,000 jobs
  • Health Care and Social Assistance added 108,000 jobs
  • Manufacturing added 66,000 job
  • Other Services added 27,000 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services added 89,000 jobs
  • Retail Trade added 142,000 jobs
  • Unemployed people fell 1,000,000
  • Unemployment Rate fell to 7.9%
  • Wholesale Trade added 19,000 jobs

It is time for us to focus on the economy. Covid-19 as a deadly force is declining despite the current talk about a second and third wave. But the economy is getting stronger not only by the month but by the week!

For more on Covid-19 see the Riddle News for Monday, October 19, 2020.

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Ron’s Lit Tip Website

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10 15 2020

Welcome to Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you.

You’ve worked hard on writing and getting your book published. But what do you do next? Do you have a website where potential readers can find you? If not, you need to consider having one. Below I will discuss different types (type names are products of my imagination). Let’s begin!

Starter Website

Many people who’ve never built a website before have to begin somewhere. I call this type a Starter Website because this is probably their first and they will eventually move to more complicated websites.

Basically, a Starter Website consists of about three pages: Home, About, and perhaps a Product Page. The last one may vary according to needs. This type is rarely an Ecommerce site. It most likely is a beginner, but it could also be a site that directs people to a store. This has value for the store because potential customers can learn about them, their location, their hours, and their products.

Next Step

I call this Next Step because an entrepreneur who wants to succeed will quickly discover that the Starter doesn’t meet the needs. In this phase the entrepreneur may add additional pages such as more product pages, biography of owner, Question & Answer page, and other general information. At this time there is no activity such as eCommerce. In other words, it is still basically an ad.

Pre-Ecommerce Website

This is a site that authors should consider.

If you are an Independent Author, but don’t want to be involved with credit card transactions, and such, the Pre-Ecommerce site may fit your needs.

As an example, I will use our website at https://RFrederickRiddleBlog.Com. While I once owned an Ecommerce site for an online store I operated, that store no longer exists. My site is the home of my blog and the home of T&R Independent Books. By the way, I built that website using WordPress and have been very happy with it.

It is a website designed to inform people about our products (books) and services (TR Writing Services). One of our pages is a Catalog which lets readers search through it for our books with the purpose to buy. Here we show all our books, both mine and my wife’s. Each book’s cover is shown with a brief description and a link to their Amazon page where they can purchase the book.

Amazon takes care of all transaction details, including shipping, tracking, and delivery. This relieves the Independent Author of a great deal of stress and work, enabling the author to focus on the writing.

In our case, TR-Writing Services provides the would-be writer the opportunity to contact us and learn more about our services (beyond what they see on the site, which is a lot). If we approve of a request for our services, we will email a link to an order page that links to the PayPal System. Again, just as Amazon above, PayPal handles the order, processing of the payment, and notifies us of the transaction.

Ecommerce Website

This is structured similarly to the Pre-Ecommerce Website. The major difference is that the site provides the means to purchase right there. For you, the author it means you must have an ecommerce financial source.

Shopify, Wix, and others provide you with all the tools you need. You will want to be able to accept major credit cards like MasterCard, Visa, Discovery, and others. You will absolutely need a Privacy Page (good idea for your Pre-Ecommerce site as well).

In this type of website, you will be responsible for the order fulfillment, which includes packaging, shipping, tracking, delivery, as well as returns. When I owned my online bookstore, I was able to handle that, but the financial transactions were handled by a bank. And, most important for a writer, I was still able to have time to write.

So, which Should I have?

I indicated earlier that I think the Pre-Ecommerce site is ideal for an author. You can have unlimited pages (depending on the hosting plan) which allows you to put your products out there to be seen. In fact, you can do everything you feel capable of doing except the Ecommerce.

Grading Your Website

There are a lot of tools available for you to build a website. One tool you might want to check out is a website grader. There are free online graders, such as the one Hubspot.com provides. These will examine your website and grade it. The higher the grade, the better.

I use the one provided by Hubspot.com and it will tell me of any shortcomings my site has. I am then informed how to improve it with or without their help. I find it a helpful tool.

Tip: Check with various hosting plans for the type of website you want. Then go for it.

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Ron’s Lit Tip What to Write

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10 06 2020

Welcome to Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you.

Finding subjects to write on can be difficult or easy depending on your approach. Experts advise that you find what is popular and write accordingly. I suppose that works if all you are interested in is sales. But if you want to write something good, write upon subjects you find interesting.

For example, I love history, so my favorite genre is Historical Fiction. In that genre I’ve written about Bible based history, which are historical events that are seen from a biblical view. When you use the book of Genesis you get history often written by eyewitnesses.  Out of this genre has come my The World That Was series.

Another genre I enjoy is Speculative Fiction. This and Science Fiction are like kissing cousins. Very much alike, but yet different. I usually explain this way, Speculative Fiction is Science Fiction without little green men. Often Speculative Fiction deals with future events, sometimes events recorded in the Book of Revelation. In one sense this is Historical Fiction in that it is history prewritten. The famous Left Behind series would fit in this genre.

My point is that I write what I enjoy.

Another genre I enjoy reading is Mystery. And that will soon produce Mystery novels. So, I have a question: Are you writing what you enjoy or just what someone else enjoys?

I may get negative feedback on this but writing only what others like may be financially profitable, but it is likely going to be less than your best work. Ideally, you want to write books that sell and that you like! This combination should bring out your best writing and sell.

I do not know of any guaranteed method that will meet that standard. As a general rule I would say first write down possible stories and then search the internet for the most popular genres out there. But just because no one else hasn’t written what you plan to write doesn’t mean your book shouldn’t be written.

On the other hand, don’t be afraid to write in an unfamiliar genre. Study it, learn some basics, and give it a try. Who knows, you might just find something new that you like to write.

Tip: Don’t let $$$ determine what you write.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to write in a popular, yet unfamiliar genre.

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Riddle News: Trump Health Plan

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10 02 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday.

In the first debate Biden said repeatedly Trump didn’t have a health plan. The following excerpts from a Newt Gingrich article prove otherwise.

Joe Biden’s assertion during Tuesday’s debate that President Trump does not have a health care plan is flat out false. 

Unfortunately, the mainstream news media’s fact checkers probably won’t call him out on it… In fact, there is a widespread misunderstanding of what the president has done in health care and how it all fits together. 

Back in 2018, we described…Trump’s “1,000 step progress on health reform,” noting that instead of opting to pass one giant, comprehensive health care bill, the president was delivering a series of small but significant reforms to cumulatively take us to a much better destination.  

[Riddle: Does that remind you of how things used to get done?]

That destination was outlined in 2017 by the administration in a 124-page Health and Human Services document, “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition.” …It paints a picture of an alternative model — one that puts patients before insurance companies or government bureaucrats and delivers better care and coverage at lower costs.  

Everything…President Trump has done in health care since then has been consistent with the vision laid …

Even …coverage of one of the president’s actions on health care is viewed in isolation rather than as another step towards the destination described in 2017.  

[Riddle – We skip to a partial listing of his actions]

  • Repealed the individual mandate
  • Eliminated ObamaCare’s health insurance, medical device and “Cadillac plan” taxes
  • Expanded health reimbursement arrangements to allow employers to help pay for their employees’ individual health plan premiums with pre-tax funds
  • Lowered prescription drug prices for the first time in 50 years
  • Approved a record number of generic drugs, saving Americans $2.6 billion…
  • Took executive action to ensure price transparency in health care
  • Lowered Medicare Advantage premiums considerably — by as much as 40 percent in some states — while modernizing the program with new benefits and options
  • Improved kidney care with more transplants and better treatment
  • Lowered the price of insulin for those on Medicare
  • Invested in advances in genetic therapy for sickle cell disease
  • Launched a $500 million initiative to find cures for childhood cancers
  • Addressed the opioid crisis by expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and lifesaving naloxone, reduced opioid prescriptions by 35 percent, and launched findtreatment.gov to help those addicted 
  • Passed Right To Try to give critically ill patients access to lifesaving cures that haven’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration;  
  • Expanded access to telehealth, especially in rural and underserved areas
  • Signed historic VA Choice and Accountability legislation
  • Launched a 24-hour suicide hotline for veterans; and
  • Signed the largest-ever increase in childcare development block grants
  • Allowed more health expenses from health savings accounts
  • Gave states more flexibility to run their individual markets.  

Also…orders that would go a long way toward solving…surprise billing problem, saving more money on drugs, and providing additional certainty to those with pre-existing conditions that they will always be able to find affordable health coverage.   

… all consistent with the vision his administration laid out three years ago. They reveal that — contrary to news media reports and Biden’s talking points — not only does President Trump have a health care plan, he has been successfully implementing it. 

Thanks to his 1,000-step approach…we are on our way to a transparent, patient-focused health care system that delivers better care and coverage at lower costs.

For more from Newt, go to Ginrich360.

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Ron’s Lit Tip Writer’s Growth

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10 01 2020

Welcome to Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you.

Are you a beginning writer?

Have you written your first book?

Have you written several books?

If you can answer yes to any of the above questions, then you have something in common with most writers: You need to grow, to improve.

What’s wrong with my writing?

I didn’t say anything was wrong. A better question would be: How do I grow as a writer?

OK, how do I grow?

Think about muscles. If you work out with weights and other exercise equipment there is a likelihood that you are going to get stronger. And if you don’t work out there is an equal chance you will get weaker. Muscles need exercise. Well, think of your writing. The skills you have developed are like muscles. Just like muscles need to be exercised, your writing muscles need to be used.

But Growth also needs Food.

Just as your body and your muscles need vitamins and other nutrients, you as an author also need something. That something can be many things, such as learning new skills, shedding mistakes that hold you back, maybe adding a genre to the one you already have, and many more.

Genre?

Yes. Each genre has its own unique characteristics. For example, my first genre was Historical Fiction. I wrote books that took place in history. My series The World That Was is based on history that took place in biblical times. But my novel Dead Eye Will took place in American History. These are sub-genres under Historical Fiction. So, even adding a sub-genre to your resume can add to your overall appeal and, more importantly, to your skill set.

But adding an altogether different genre will definitely sharpen your skills and add new ones. I told you above that I wrote, and still write, Historical Fiction. I love history and that was a natural for me. But I also enjoy science fiction, so I decided to try writing Science Fiction, although what I write is more appropriately called Speculative Fiction. (I explain the difference as Speculative Fiction being Science Fiction without little green men. It is futuristic, can take place in space, here on Earth, and never involve aliens.)

Two Different Genres Require Two Different Skill Sets.

Some skills transfer to any genre, but writing historical novels requires a knowledge of history and the placement of the novel within the selected historical times. On the other hand, speculative novels require a knowledge of science, whether space science or future science that may impact our daily lives. Since it is generally futuristic you are writing history in advance. This resulted in my Christland series.

If that wasn’t enough, I have become interested in Mystery, a totally different genre. I am currently working on a mystery that involves murder and science set in the future.

These three genres are different from one another and demand different skills from me. Some I know, others I am learning. And that is what I mean by growing. I am adding new skill sets to what I already had and using new tools to do it. These represent multiple genres.

Tip: To grow, add to yourself new skills, tools, and maybe genres.

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