Here Is The REAL Culprit!

Joe Biden has it figured out. Inflation seems out of control. There is another mass invasion heading our way at our southern border. The stock market had it’s worst day in a very long time on Friday. Biden’s poll numbers have plunged through the toilet. His Vice President is despised by her own party. There are riots in the streets. Smash and Grab is the new form of Christmas Shopping in California as others start to follow suit in their states. China is on the verge of taking over Taiwan once and for all. And it’s all being blamed on one thing…and it ISN’T Donald Trump.

It’s COVID-19.

That’s right. Biden has figured out that the reason his presidency sucks so bad isn’t because of anything HE is doing wrong. It’s because of COVID. Every time he and his team come up with new cures for the virus, it mutates into some other life form and infects everyone all over again! And Omicron (the latest viral infection) is heading our way from South Africa this time around.

It’s not right to blame Joe Biden. After all, he had a 200 page plan to deal with COVID. At least that was what he told us when he was running for president, remember? It’s not fair that he’s had to print trillions of dollars to cause inflation to jump from 1.5% under Donald Trump to about 7% overall this past month. And in some instances, like healthcare, expect it to jump 15-20% next year.

I find it amazing that Biden is trying so hard to find something, ANYTHING to blame his failing administration on. America has wised up and realizes that it made a terrible four-year mistake when it elected him over Trump. Sure, Trump is the least presidential president this country has had since Andrew Jackson. Yes, a New York City real estate developer isn’t about to come in and soothe everybody’s soul and talk nice to everybody. Tigers don’t change their stripes. And maybe that same philosophy applies to a guy from Delaware that has lied about his family, his career, his accomplishments, and has plagiarized his speeches for decades. Why would we ever believe that Joe Biden wouldn’t find someone or something else to blame for his mis-steps and foibles?

And this is one big problem I have with politicians. It seems to be more prevalent with Democrats, but Republicans are trying to catch up to it. No one wants to admit that they’ve made a mistake. The Trans Pacific Partnership that Obama stressed would increase jobs and bring more prosperity to America because it brought more prosperity to other countries? That was even shot down by Hillary Clinton! Well, it was until she needed Obama to help her beat Trump back in 2016. This is a terrible character flaw that politicians seem to have. It’s not a human flaw either. Humans make mistakes, and yes, that includes Joe Biden. He’s certainly not a perfect president. But to blame a world-wide pandemic for all your problems? That’s not only childish, it’s just plain wrong.

I certainly hope the media jumps all over Biden for this one. I doubt they will, since they want him to look good. But in the long run, Biden is the one at fault for our problems that have emerged this year. As I was thinking about this the other day, I’m reminded that we are in the same type of phase we were in during the mid to late 70’s. We had Nixon shamed from office for Watergate, and the lies he told about that. We had Gerald Ford who’s only success was beaning people with golf balls, and we had Jimmy Carter that couldn’t even live up to Ford’s example. We are faced with the same thing today. Donald Trump’s failure to get reelected simply because he had a very nasty personality, though he had very good policies; Joe Biden who was a stumbling, bumbling Gerald Ford (thank God he doesn’t golf!); and who knows who’s next?

At what point do the American people stand up and say, “ENOUGH!”? It’s OUR country, not theirs. They work for us, not the other way around. We just have to take it all back.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

“He Has No Plan. I Do!”

Those words came roaring back to me today when I was reading an article from last Wednesday in USA Today. It was really amazing when you think about it. There have been more deaths in 2021 from COVID-19 than in 2020.

I think I need to repeat that.

There have been more deaths in 2021 from COVID-19 than in 2020. Last year, there were 352,000 deaths from COVID-19. So far this year there have been 352,000 and we are adding about 500 deaths per day nationwide. That means that 2021 will be deadlier than 2020.

And Joe Biden uttered those words in a tweet last year during the campaign. The fact of the matter was, he was telling the truth. He had a 200 page plan that someone on his team (not him) developed on how to defeat COVID. The problem was that about 195 of those pages were taken from the Trump plan, and the other five pages didn’t work. The plan was deep-sixed about two weeks after he got into office and read Trump’s plan.

This is just one more thing that Joe Biden has failed at. The list gets longer and longer every single day. In fact, while dealing with COVID was the thing America felt Joe was doing better than Trump, that number is slowly slipping away. When idiots like Dr. (and I use that word loosely) Anthony Fauci says that “maybe” we can have Christmas together this year, it makes you realize that there is a segment of our society that wants this pandemic to continue at least past next November to preserve Democrat advantages in the House and Senate. Possibly they want it to extend past 2024, so that Democrats can maintain the White House as well.

Interestingly enough, Quinnipiac, which polls monthly on a number of presidential issues, and is rather liberal in it’s weighting, has found that the White House has now gone underwater on pretty much every issue. They list Biden’s approval rating at 38% making him the least popular president since presidential approval ratings were taken. Donald Trump’s was the worst at 41.1% prior to that. But it’s the other issues that are very telling.

As far as COVID-19 and his handling of it, America isn’t impressed with Joe’s plan. Now fully half of America feels he isn’t doing a good job with COVID. 48% felt he was doing a good job. That’s the first month that particular issue was underwater for Biden. But it’s the other issues that are telling even more.

55% versus 42% say Biden’s administration isn’t competent enough to handle the federal government. 23% approve of his handling of the crisis at the southern border. A whopping 67% disapprove. When you look at the economy, taxes, the military, and foreign policy, Biden’s approval numbers are all in the 30’s and his disapproval numbers are all in the 50’s for each category.

Only 44% approve of his leadership skills, while 56% do not. That’s an abrupt turn around from six months ago when 52% approved of his leadership skills. Also in April, 51% felt Biden was honest. 42% said he wasn’t. However, in the latest poll, only 44% believe in his honesty. 56% don’t.

The poll was taken the first four days of October from a liberal polling group. Want to think of what would happen if a conservative polling group had taken this poll?

In short, Biden has replaced Jimmy Carter and Bobo Obama at the bottom of the ladder in terms of the worst president in US history. And he was able to accomplish that in just nine months in office. Well, at least he holds the record for something!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

It’s Official…Masks Are A Waste!

If you are like me, you eschew wearing a mask in public. First of all, I’ve been fully vaccinated, and I don’t need a booster shot for a few months yet. So, I’m protected. Now, I realize there have been people that have caught this Delta Variant out there, and some have even died. And I’m not advocating, nor chastising anyone for not getting a vaccine. That is your choice. And frankly, I’m not one that believes the federal government should be telling you that you HAVE to get vaccinated when they have exempted Congress and all of the Congressional staffs from that mandate. That’s absurd.

So, I don’t wear a mask in public. The last time I did was flying back to the desert from Houston at the end of July. I used to keep masks in my car in case I needed one, but haven’t done that in a long while. And I don’t plan to.

If you need further proof that the whole mask thing is a way to keep you under politicians’ control and under their thumb, just listen to Whackjob Five member Rashida Tlaib. She’s the Michigan Congresswoman that was back in her home district over the weekend to do a few rallies. She was talking to someone who wasn’t wearing a mask. And they thought she was going to chastise them for not wearing one (she was), her comment was, “Oh, no, oh, not you!” Tlaib said in the video. “No, no, no – I’m just wearing it because I’ve got a Republican tracker here.”

The “Republican tracker” was a reporter from the Washington Beacon, who was video-taping Tlaib. And she hasn’t been the only politician caught not wearing a mask. Countless Democrats have been caught on camera not wearing a mask, then seeing the camera, they quickly put on a mask. As soon as the TV lights go out, they take the mask off again.

And of course, there is the picture that went viral about Whackjob Five member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who appeared at that tony New York Met gala wearing the dress that said, “Tax The Rich”, remember that? No mask in sight. Of course there were a billion people at Bobo Obama’s 60th Birthday party back in August. No one was wearing a mask. No one was social distancing. No one cared about COVID. They were shaking their booty, drinking up a storm, and having a great time.

So, what does the left have to say about this? Well, they said those folks are all “sophisticated”. I would beg to differ with you on the actual definition of the word, because they are about as sophisticated as a pig in slop. But that’s the excuse that’s brought out.

There are two sets of rules in this country. One is for the politicians and the “sophisticated” liberals. The other is for you and me. Frankly, I think it’s time that Anthony Fauci disappear from our TV screens for good, and that someone in DC have the balls to write a law that says, “Congress shall not be excused from ANY law passed at any time.” Nuff said!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Fauci, What’s The Difference?

I’m all about consistency, and if you’re a regular around these parts, you know it. I can’t stand it when someone takes one view in one circumstance, and then faces the other way when a very similar occurrence takes place. It sets off alarm bells that the person isn’t being totally honest. And if we don’t have honesty, you don’t have anything.

It’s happened again with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Fauci has found new life with the Biden administration because of Biden’s refusal to let COVID go off the front pages. The administration realizes that if they take away their chance to control how you live your life, they’re letting this pandemic slip away without instituting some sort of permanent changes to their power. Fauci has gone along with that because he also realizes that when this pandemic is over, so is his ability to get in front of a camera. It’s a once in a century type of thing.

And he’s at it again. Over this past weekend, the annual motorcycle gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota. Last year’s event was so toned down it was barely visible. This year they were expecting about 700,000 bikers to be in town, compared to about 460,000 last year (Sturgis is a town with only 6,910 folks living there). Fauci, in all of his glory, slammed the ten day event as a “superspreader”. And yes, there are a lot of folks showing up in close proximity to each other, but Fauci didn’t have a damn thing to say about Bobo Obama’s much talked about birthday party. Granted the 500 or so people that were invited to the “scaled down” version (there were over 1,500 on the original guest list) is much less than Sturgis, but you’re still putting 500 people in close proximity to each other for more than 15 minutes.

And there is the rub.

What’s the difference if 700,000 people show up for a biker rally in Sturgis, or 500 FOB’s (Friends of Bobo) show up in Martha’s Vineyard to party hearty and celebrate Bobo’s 60th birthday? The answer is absolutely nothing. If it’s such a sin for people to be gathering together still, after almost a year and a half of this pandemic, then why are 500 people allowed to show up totally unmentioned by St. Fauci? It’s totally inconsistent.

But as the late Ron Popeil used to say…”But wait…there’s MORE!”

Fauci, in all of his greatness, didn’t mention anything about the 70,000 people that are streaming across our border illegally. They are not being tested. There are people infected that are being shipped off, infected and untreated, to other parts of the country. The only people that ARE being tested are kids. If they are positive for COVID, they are being treated, but not anyone else.

So, where is the consistency here St. Fauci? Answer…there is none. You want to attack conservatives that are gathering in Sturgis, but when it comes to a former president holding a maskless birthday celebration, or thousands of illegals stampeding our borders, you keep quiet. My question is why? Why aren’t you just as upset over these things as you are about wearing masks in schools, and shutting down the Sturgis Rally?

Whether this Delta variant is as deadly to those already vaccinated or not, whether it means that we still should be wearing masks for the rest of our lives or not is not the question. The question remains very simply, when is the left, who loves to grab power anywhere it can, going to relinquish it’s stranglehold on the American public? Time’s up people. Time to put the masks and the social distancing away until the 22nd century. We are only a few short weeks away from Moderna and Pfizer announcing that they are ready to start jabbing you with your soon to be mandatory “booster” shots. Apparently, we’re going to be getting those like we do our normal flu shots, just to be safe. So, what’s the big deal here?

It all has to do with power and control. That’s really what it’s been about since the beginning. Nancy Pelosi threatening to fine and arrest House members for not wearing a mask is only a sign of control over the House. And it’s failing. Most people are tired of wearing a mask and aren’t going to follow through. Here in the desert, though the CDC has set their latest Biden-initiated guidelines that don’t follow the science, but follow Biden’s addled mind, saying we should wear masks indoors even if we’ve been vaccinated, we are taking a different path. Our Governor has decided to forego that (for now), and won’t be issuing any mask mandates, or shutdowns of businesses. He at least has a solid reason behind it. Yes, while the numbers have tweaked up a bit here, it’s nothing like it was. Where I live, we have reached “herd immunity” with over 70% having received both vaccine shots. People are back to living their lives normally. If you’re not in one of those areas, you have my deepest sympathies.

As for Anthony Fauci, your 15 minutes of fame long passed. You’re a dinosaur. Time to leave.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

EXTRA! Biden Not Ready For Prime Time

Joe Biden has basically been hiding in the basement of the White House since January 20th. Oh, he’s been shown signing over 50 different Executive Orders. But he hasn’t been seen holding a press conference in his first 50 days in office, the first President to avoid doing that. He hasn’t even scheduled his State of the Union speech. It doesn’t have to be a speech in front of Congress and the world. He can have his speechwriter put it down on paper and currier it over to Capitol Hill. But he hasn’t even done that. But he DID make a prime time appearance before the nation last night.

It was embarrassing to say the least.

Biden was weak and ineffective. For the sake of the nation, let’s hope that he’s not going to rule like that over the next 46 months. And, he was actually wrong in what he said. He addressed the nation on the whole COVID situation. Now, COVID is beginning to wane in most of the country. Texas and Mississippi have pretty much opened up everything so far. Here in the desert, we received word from the Governor last Friday that we still needed to social distance, and to wear masks, but he was lifting the restrictions on how many people could be in a gym, or a restaurant, etc.

But Biden is determined to stretch this thing out as long as he can, and for a few reasons. First, he knows it’s what got him elected. His policies are going to be unpopular (as I’m going to be pointing out in the next few days), and he can also blame Donald Trump for the “slow start” to getting this thing behind us. Actually, he needs to be fact-checked on that.

Donald Trump issued the travel ban from China to the US in late January, 2020. Joe Biden called him a xenophobe because of it. Nancy Pelosi went to Chinatown in San Francisco and invited everyone to “come to Chinatown and party”. When people started dying in Washington State nursing homes, Donald Trump put together a medical team with Birx and Fauci. Joe Biden was campaigning. In fact, Joe Biden campaigned up until mid-March last year, well into the pandemic.

And so, Biden took a swipe at Trump on his prime time broadcast last night. He said, “A year ago, we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked, denials for days, weeks then months — that led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness,” Biden said. “We lost faith in whether our government and our democracy can deliver on really hard things for the American people.” Now, he never called Trump out by name, but he certainly didn’t tell the world how slow HE reacted to Coronavirus.

And the world will never know what Joe Biden would have done had HE been in the White House last year. His story has changed two or three times on that account. He’s blamed Trump for a hundreds of thousands of deaths, but even his 200 page “plan” to get America back on track is nothing more than a copy cat version of what Donald Trump had done. Oh, well, there IS the 100 day mask mandate he wants everyone to follow. And there IS the promise that he’s going to open K-8th grade schools by the end of April… if you count one day a week in 50% of the schools as a promise.

Of course, now, Biden has backtracked on a ton of his comments he made while running. Now he is saying that it’s going to be with us all of this year. Now, he says that instead of 100 million people vaccinated in his first 100 days in office (something he didn’t know Trump was bumping heads with before he took office), he wants everyone to be “eligible” for vaccines by May 1st. Unfortunately, he can’t supply enough vaccines by then to meet that promise, so it’s Promise #14 that he’s already broken!

No, Joe Biden isn’t ready for prime time. In fact, it’s becoming more and more clear to more and more people, Joe Biden isn’t ready for the White House. If only those folks had known that on November 3rd!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

New CDC Guidelines Throw Biden A Curve

I will credit Joe Biden for being overly protective of himself during this pandemic. He hid in his basement throughout much of the campaign, and when he did have rallies, there were 12 people there. Most of the time, those folks were his staffers. He swore that he wanted to make a “mask mandate” where we would have to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration, basically until the end of April. He forgot that COVID-19 doesn’t have a calendar and can’t count to 100.

Apparently, neither can the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control came out with their latest set of guidelines this week and basically slapped Biden in the face with his own mask. They said that if you’ve been vaccinated, that’s having both shots, you don’t need to wear a mask or social distance when in the presence of others while being inside…IF both of you have been vaccinated. So much for the mask mandate. They also said that social distancing in that circumstance wasn’t necessary either. As long as you’ve had your shots, you’re pretty much good to go. You also don’t have to quarantine if you have been exposed, though you should still monitor for symptoms for two weeks.

All of this flies in the face of the “Biden Protocol”. And while I have to tell you, there is no better feeling in the world than to take a mask off when you’re in public somewhere, I’m happy to see that part of it coming to an end. My wife and I had our first shots on Tuesday of this week, and we’ve got the appointment for the second shot in two weeks. So, by mid-April, we should be semi-worry free.

Now, the CDC does still want to restrict travel. Of course, that’s still one of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. If you can’t travel about the country freely, they can keep tabs on you a whole lot easier! But hey…it’s a start.

Hopefully, though most say we’re going to see another spike this spring and probably one in the fall, we are coming to the end of this thing. I know it hasn’t been fun for anyone. I also know that when the bill comes due and we have to pay it, it’s going to be the most costly expenditure in our country’s history. It was, most likely, the reason why Donald Trump lost the election in November, though historians will probably write it differently.

The good news is, we are able to at least see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s just hope this isn’t an on-coming train!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

You Neanderthal!

Texas and Mississippi decided this week that they had enough with Biden’s 200 page COVID plan that already is way off track. They’ve decided that they are going to go their own way and remove the mask mandate, and open everything back up…100% back up.

Now, Tate Reeves, Governor of Mississippi, and Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas didn’t do this because they were tired of Biden’s already failures in his “cure” for the Coronavirus. They did it because they have seen the number of cases, the number of hospitalizations, the number of deaths in their states drop, as the number of people that had taken the vaccine increased.

Was that the right move to make? Well, it depends on who you ask. Talk to folks in Mississippi or Texas, and most of them will say yes. Talk to President Joe Biden, he has another thought. He thinks their “neanderthals”. Actually, Biden called it “neanderthal thinking”. It’s the same thing as Hillary Clinton’s “deplorable” remark. It’s a slam at anyone that doesn’t agree with the left. Biden is basically saying that HE knows best what is best for you, and one way or another, HE is going to enforce it.

Except he can’t.

Unless Congress passes a law that it’s illegal to be out of your house without a mask on, it’s just a Biden wish list. Oh, he can ASK you to do it. He can write another Executive Order saying he WANTS you to do it. But it’s up to the Governors in every state if THEY want to do it or not. I thought we learned that back in the 9th grade, but apparently Joe Biden must have skipped school back that day (so did Donald Trump by the way).

Frankly, calling anything “neanderthal thinking” is pretty stupid. Now, I get why the reference. Biden was alive back then and probably on occasion dated a neanderthal or two. But to come out and make slurs and comments like that certainly isn’t going to bring the country together.

Speaking of that, let me veer off topic for just a minute. I’m getting the sense the Biden administration isn’t really interested in “working across the aisle” much any more. At least that’s the tone I’m getting from watching Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary. She’s really not interested in listening to anything but the Biden company line. And it doesn’t appear that Joe Biden having moderate Republicans into the Oval Office for coffee is doing much either. Just after meetings like that, he swears up and down that he’s going to get a COVID bill that he wants, WITHOUT Republican support. Doesn’t sound much like working across the aisle to me.

And yet, it’s ok to call Reeves and Abbott guilty of “neanderthal thinking”. So, is it ok for us to call some of the president’s proposals to pay off the huge bills that liberal cities have racked up because of all of these “Defund the Police” riots that have gone on, is it ok to call that neanderthal thinking? Just askin’!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

$2,000 Checks? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Oh, I know what the MSM has said. I understand fully that there are a LOT of people in need right now across the country. And $2,000 per person will help them out for a little while. I also understand there are some major problems, as I’ve said before here, with giving everyone free money. And I can’t prove this beyond a reasonable doubt, but I have a hunch it’s why Mitch McConnell has tied election investigations and the elimination of Section 230 to the $2,000 checks. It has very little to do with outgoing president, Donald Trump.

McConnell is a long-view player. He always has been. He is, in that sense, a visionary of sorts. He doesn’t do things that are popular necessarily today, but he looks at the long term effects and judges whether or not they are going to be useful. And if you look at it, $2,000 checks may be extremely helpful for a lot of people in this country right now. Based on the November jobless numbers, the unemployment rate is 6.9%. That equates to 11.1 million people. If you go back to February, 2020, the rate was 3.5% or about 5.5 million people. Assuming that “full-employment” in this country was the 3.5% we had back in February, there are about 5.5 million Americans that are without jobs today because of COVID-19.

I have no problem in giving those 5.5 million Americans not $2,000, but more if they need it. The problem I’ve always had is that a) sending checks to every American is wasteful and unnecessary, and b) it’s a short-term bandaid. What’s needed is a long-term fix. Conservatives have long held the belief that self-reliance is the key to success in any country. Relying on the government to “get you there” is not only fool-hardy, it’s just plain wrong. McConnell is well aware of all of this.

Democrats love to play the emotional game when it comes to politics. They want you to think about the children. They want you to believe that Republicans are taking food out the mouths of the hungry, or medicine out of Grandma’s medicine chest by their insensitivity and greed. Unfortunately, that’s all hogwash. Republicans would rather teach you to fish than give you a fish. They’d rather see you sit around the kitchen table with your family and figure out how to start your own business and make it on your own than become reliant (and yes, a slave) to the federal government.

That is the reason why Mitch McConnell has tied $2,000 relief checks to Section 230 and to investigations into the presidential elections. And that is why there is going to be this monstrous debate on Capitol Hill over whether or not we can afford to send a half a TRILLION to every adult in this country. With our federal debt hovering at $27 TRILLION right now, we have reached the point where every penny our government spends it needs to borrow. We owe more than our economy is worth. And THAT is the reason for all of the bantering back and forth.

Of course we want to help those in need. That would be 5.5 million people. That does not include the rest of us. There was no means testing done on need for either the first batch of checks that came out earlier last year, or this batch of $600 per person checks you either have already received or will receive. And those checks don’t take into account help from other sources such as churches, food banks, and charities that have opened their doors wide during this pandemic.

No, Mitch McConnell is taking the long view on this one, and I personally think he’s right to do it. It has nothing to do with Big Tech. It has nothing to do with election fraud. It has to do with spending money on every American, when we can help the 2.1% of Americans in need. The rest is political blather.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Genevieve Briand’s Research

I told you about this woman yesterday. Here is the article in it’s entirety:

According to new data, the U.S. currently ranks first in total COVID-19 cases, new cases per day and deaths. Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.”

From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19.

She explained that the significance of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths can be fully understood only through comparison to the number of total deaths in the United States.

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.

“The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals,” Briand said.

Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths.

These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.

This comes as a shock to many people. How is it that the data lie so far from our perception?

To answer that question, Briand shifted her focus to the deaths per causes ranging from 2014 to 2020. There is a sudden increase in deaths in 2020 due to COVID-19. This is no surprise because COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. in early 2020, and thus COVID-19-related deaths increased drastically afterward.

Analysis of deaths per cause in 2018 revealed that the pattern of seasonal increase in the total number of deaths is a result of the rise in deaths by all causes, with the top three being heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia.

“This is true every year. Every year in the U.S. when we observe the seasonal ups and downs, we have an increase of deaths due to all causes,” Briand pointed out.

When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph below, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.

Graph depicts the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018.

This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19.

Graph depicts the total decrease in deaths by various causes, including COVID-19.

The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths. This is likely the main explanation as to why COVID-19 deaths drastically increased while deaths by all other diseases experienced a significant decrease.

“All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

In an interview with The News-Letter, Briand addressed the question of whether COVID-19 deaths can be called misleading since the infection might have exacerbated and even led to deaths by other underlying diseases.

“If [the COVID-19 death toll] was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased COVID-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn’t give us a choice but to point to some misclassification,” Briand replied.

In other words, the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the U.S. is considered problematic only when it increases the total number of deaths or the true death burden by a significant amount in addition to the expected deaths by other causes. Since the crude number of total deaths by all causes before and after COVID-19 has stayed the same, one can hardly say, in Briand’s view, that COVID-19 deaths are concerning.

Briand also mentioned that more research and data are needed to truly decipher the effect of COVID-19 on deaths in the United States.

Throughout the talk, Briand constantly emphasized that although COVID-19 is a serious national and global problem, she also stressed that society should never lose focus of the bigger picture — death in general.

The death of a loved one, from COVID-19 or from other causes, is always tragic, Briand explained. Each life is equally important and we should be reminded that even during a global pandemic we should not forget about the tragic loss of lives from other causes.

According to Briand, the over-exaggeration of the COVID-19 death number may be due to the constant emphasis on COVID-19-related deaths and the habitual overlooking of deaths by other natural causes in society.

During an interview with The News-Letter after the event, Poorna Dharmasena, a master’s candidate in Applied Economics, expressed his opinion about Briand’s concluding remarks.

“At the end of the day, it’s still a deadly virus. And over-exaggeration or not, to a certain degree, is irrelevant,” Dharmasena said.

When asked whether the public should be informed about this exaggeration in death numbers, Dharmasena stated that people have a right to know the truth. However, COVID-19 should still continuously be treated as a deadly disease to safeguard the vulnerable population.

Facebook and Twitter will certainly block this article within hours of its publication. Just like Johns Hopkins deleted it from its site. The question is … why?

UPDATE: JHU tweeted that they deleted the article because it “was being used to support false and dangerous inaccuracies about the impact of the pandemic.

Importantly, they didn’t say anything in the article was incorrect. So we’re just memory-holing studies that don’t align with the narrative? Got it.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Commission Decides On “Virtual Debate”

The Commission on Presidential Debates, a supposedly “non-partisan” group that sets the rules and the debate schedules during presidential election years, decided this morning that the debate slated to be held on Tuesday of next week in Miami, will be a “virtual debate”, meaning that the participants will not be in the same location.

Donald Trump immediately said that he will not participate in that debate and that he plans on holding a rally that night.

The Commission was prompted to make the move because Joe Biden was worried that he could catch COVID-19 from Trump, who is recovering from the disease that is thought to have been spread at Amy Coney Barrett’s introduction as the next Supreme Court Justice nominee in the Rose Garden. Several members of the Trump administration, and those in the audience who were not social distancing, and not wearing masks also contracted the disease. So far, all have survived. Trump himself was hospitalized in Walter Reed Army Medical Center for four days over this past weekend.

It would seem that the Commission has decided to cave to Joe Biden’s requests that the debate not be held live and in person. It was originally slated to be a town hall style debate where the audience gets to ask the candidates the questions. Biden had been talking for days about his reluctance to debate as long as “Trump still has the virus”. Unfortunately for Biden, Trump has tested negative and apparently has no virus in his system yet, but is developing the much talked about and needed antibodies.

So, we will wait to see what happens whether the debate in Miami would take place or not. My initial feeling is that it will hurt Trump more than it will hurt Biden because Trump lost the first debate rather badly (and most polls have it 45-29 in favor of Biden winning). Trump needed to score a decisive victory in this go round.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!