MON brief 3.30.20

10s of thousands

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GOVERNOR ABBOTT on Sunday increased travel restrictions for individuals coming into Texas from U.S. destinations associated with higher rates of the Chinese Coronavirus.

Related: Trump extends virus guidelines

Dutifully, the media is spreading dire projections that the death toll will reach up to if not over 100,000 in the U.S.

Watch the expectation setting. Italy, the worst of the worst in terms of response and not as well off as America in preparation, is at 10,700 deaths.

KEN PAXTON is intervening to stop the planned release of inmates in Harris County. The half-baked idea to spring inmates is b by Texas' poor man's version of AOC, Lina Hidalgo.

LIFE has increasingly become a comedy/parody. The latest example, an NYU dean, when asked to refund tuition, sends her students a video of herself dancing.

What a brutal commentary on the market rate of education.

JOE BIDEN is irrevocably broken.

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FDA gives emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine use

No animal control in Hutto: residents want 48 laid-off employees rehired

UT students build website to track store inventories

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FRI brief 3.27.20

Enter the insurance salesman from San Antonio

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BROKEN MODELS were used to drive the Wuhan Virus response at the federal and state levels.

Good news for the public, the projections were massively wrong. Bad news for the public, officials used these numbers to bum rush the economy and inalienable rights.

In Texas, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, among others, will be scrutinized for their decisions. Still, the real work and focus need to be on safeguarding against a repeat performance.

Related: Ken Paxton has issued a legal opinion, local authorities must allow gun sales

JOE STRAUS, an insurance salesman from San Antonio, is arguing against restarting the economy.

A week ago, there was less certainty but a growing sentiment that policymakers had overreacted to the Wuhan Virus at the detriment of large swaths of the population.

Straus' tantrum isn't timely, is tone-deaf, and won't age well.

Related: U.S. was more prepared for Wuhan Virus than any other country

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Experts: You may have already had Wuhan Flu

Nevada Governor exhibiting TDS symptoms

Lina Hidalgo seeks "broad-scale release" of prisoners

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THU brief 3.26.20

Democrats sue to kill

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OVER by EASTER is doable but might not be soon enough to pull large swaths of the economy back from the brink.

Related: Texas is staring at double-digit unemployment.

Also, it might be time to stop with the Italy comparisons. There are several reasons why comparing Italy to America, or even Texas is a fool's errand.

The quality of our healthcare system, population density, distancing, pre-quarantined elderly populations in the U.S., treatment intel advantage (don’t dose patients with Advil), and American wealth/firepower all contribute to correct thinking that this is an apple to orange comparison.

Politically, there have been indications the flu fever would break sooner than later. The second that Pelosi and Schumer started playing games with the stimulus bill was the second the countdown to the end began.

Related: Obama veterans pan Pelosi's coronavirus bill

ABORTION providers are suing the state to continue killing babies in utero.

Texas Democrats are trading their pics-with-granny moral high ground for the more a familiar pit filled with dismembered babies.

Unlike abortion, keeping and bear arms is a constitutional right. Gun-grabbing local authorities like Clay Jenkins bent on limiting the second amendment, should be sued.

Meanwhile, the left-leaning blog Above the law is taking a run at Hobby Lobby for remaining open during the Wuhan Virus outbreak. Supplies sold at Hobby Lobby are being used to make masks, and any mask is better than no mask.

MITTENS LOVE

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Texas Billionaire Who Levered Restaurant Empire Hit on All Sides

Oregon doctor treats Wuhan Virus patients with drug used for malaria

North Texas Police allowed to arrests for 'shelter in place' violations

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WED brief 3.25.20

Distancing in TX kills

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TEXAS is killing social distancing, and in turn, it's economy.

A data tracking firm has assigned a grade of A to Texas and many of its most populous counties for social distancing by tracking declines in average distance traveled.

What's most interesting about the data, and we'll have to see if it changes over the next week, is that Collin and Bexar have higher drops in average distance traveled than counties with travel bans.

Moral of the story, Texans have good judgment and don't want or need to be ruled. 

JOE BIDEN is broken.

TRUMP winning narratives for 2020 may be expanded by the Wuhan Virus (TBD). Democrats are planning to launch ads this week, staking out ground as "calm voices" amid the crisis. Nope.

A branding and fighting machine, Trump has overcome leftwing media derision since 2016 while defeating the perpetually discombobulated Democrat party.

Now, he's got a new punching bag, which is the same as his old punching bag, China.

Right now, a case can be made that despite the heel-dragging by Democrats during his first term in office, China was on the ropes.

Now it's got more American blood on its hands and a well-established track record of hostility toward the world during the crisis it created. China, empowered by Democrats, is a narrative America will devour.

And remember, contrary to fake news from the New York Times Daily podcast, since the flu freakout began, Trump's polling numbers are stronger.

EPIDEMIOLOGISTS appear to be loving their 15 minutes.

Over the weekend, an analyst and former Mitt Romney staffer took a beating from the internet for, in essence, observing that we should anticipate a virus to behave like a virus.

One of his leading detractors was an epidemiologist. No doubt, these guys are having their day in the sun and don't want to be deprived of the glory, but let's pump the brakes.

When non-expert observations are made, they need to be addressed systematically, not rejected because of the pedigree of the source because experts are often wrong.

Here's a goofy article promoting an epidemiologist who was wrong for nearly 15 years about a pandemic. The report, an attempt to vindicate him, glosses over the fact that he's still not right.

FARE & TOLL suspensions are being rolled out in various parts of the state. Too bad you'll be Hostage at Home.

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Consider the costs

Unemployment headed to double digits

Austin frim hit pause on direct-to-consumer testing kits

SEC sues digital currency firm with San Antonio-area ties

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TUE brief 3.24.20

Flu freakout exposes true natures

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WUHAN CORONAVIRUS testing is increasing, and known cases will rise, driving Texas death rate (1%) down. Still, there will be many more cases that go undetected, artificially inflating mortality figures.

As the freakout progresses, it's less, and less of a secret that left in Texas is full-on rooting for the virus.

While Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) talks about rebooting work to rebuild the economy, liberal jackals jump at a chance to criticize Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for more colorfully driving at the same point.

The reactions from the left on hydroxychloroquine have been telling as well. Rachel Maddow this week told her viewers it wasn't an approved drug (it is). Playing semantics, in this case, looks like you don't want it to work. Why?

Because, orange man bad.

Meanwhile, rumblings of a special session of the Texas Legislature to cut the budget are beginning.

TX ABORTIONISTS have been told to shut it down during the Wuhan Virus, which has enraged the left.

As Democrats clamor to shut Texans in, they continue the fight to rip babies out of their mother's wombs.

“If abortion is a ‘choice’ then abortion is an elective procedure,” said Mark Harrington, president of the anti-abortion group Created Equal.

OBAMACARE marked ten years of surviving yesterday. Barack Obama's legacy, which has been on life-support since it's inception, is headed back to the Supreme Court in the 2020 term.

One potentially positive side effect of the reactionary measures deployed during the Wuhan Virus will be trials of policies like expanded telemedicine and the ability of doctors to practice across state lines.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT has deferred to local officials on strident restrictions on the liberty of movement during the flu freakout

In truth, there's too much either-or decision making going on. Either you shut it down completely or ignore. Might there be a middle ground? Yes. Is that good for headlines and crafting political fodder? No.

Signaling about how long distancing will cripple the economy is varied. Based on the mix of America not being a third world country, treatment options, and testing coming online, this may be a weeks, not a months-long effort.

We'll know more in the next 7 to 10 days.

Plus, as is the case in Hidalgo County, more and more shelter-in-place and curfews look like ego-driven power trips than good governance.

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Democrat staffers sue Bloomberg

Ideological demands slow Wuhan Virus Relief Package

Pelosi pushing for countrywide vote-by-mail ($)

Trump should put a tariff on oil imported from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's oil price war is backfiring

Elite hackers target WHO as coronavirus cyberattacks spike

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