Trump Derangement Syndrome HQ.

Weight-loss program, or TDS?

Trump holds financial interest in pharmaceutical company that produces hydroxchloroquine!”

Those are headlines in Salon.com and the New York Times. Okay, I’ll bite, that means…..what? Reading the text, they try to portray two pieces of information as damning: 1-It seems that a guy named Ken Fisher, who runs Fisher Investments, a world famous money management firm, owns shares of a company, Sanofi (among many), that produces Plaquenil, a brand name for hydroxychloroquine. So what? Fisher is called “a major donor to Republicans”. Well, shiver me timbers, walk him out on the plank!

2- In any event, the crack team at the New York Times also thinks it’s unfurled the mystery. “As of last year,” reports the paper, “Mr. Trump reported that his three family trusts each had investments in a Dodge & Cox mutual fund, whose largest holding was in Sanofi.” When you see the words “largest holding”, what do you think? In fact, “largest” means 3.3% of the fund, in this case! In addition, both Salon and the NYT say the mutual fund is “a Dodge and Cox fund”, without naming it. The actual fund is Dodge and Cox International Stock mutual fund, which invests presently in 68 different companies (that what stock mutual fund do), has assets of $50.2 billion, and owns stocks of at least 7 international pharmaceutical companies. Before anyone gets self-righteous, if you have a 401(k) or employer-provided defined benefit pension, you probably own shares of that same mutual fund. It’s been very popular for a long time. My information, as well as that of the NYT, comes from the fund’s own website, their downloadable pdf of holdings.

David Harsanyi at National Review writes: “As far as we know, Trump probably owns less than $100 of Sanofi stock in one of his mutual funds. If things go well, say he triples his position, Trump will be taking in upwards of $300. Art of the Deal, indeed. Though it’s unlikely. Sanofi is a French drugmaker that produces the hydroxychloroquine-label Plaquenil. The drug, however, isn’t patented, it isn’t particularly difficult to manufacture, and there are a bunch of giant pharma companies around the world already ramping up production of generic versions. Sanofi is less likely to benefit than Novartis or Bayer (check everyone’s mutual funds, pronto!). So cunning is Trump’s scheme to spike his $1,000 mutual-fund position that he called India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, this week and convinced him to lift a ban and start exporting even more generic hydroxychloroquine to the United States.

“When Trump first mentioned hydroxychloroquine, reporters scoured the world to find overdose cases so they could claim the president had blood on his hands. When that effort came up short, they clutched pearls after some nitwit couple thought it wise to ingest fish-tank cleaning liquid. Now this. Hydroxychloroquine is a prescription drug, not a pill that Americans can buy in bulk at the local Walmart and hoard in their closest and pop prophylactically each day. Media keeps asserting that Trump is “ignoring the experts.” Well, the president didn’t induce South Korean doctors to use hydroxychloroquine. He didn’t induce Indian doctors to use it. I assume American doctors who are now “off-labeling” the drug to patients have some medical reasons behind their thinking.”

What the “lamestream media” (Trump’s term, which I agree with) is trying to do in the midst of the MOST SERIOUS THREAT WE HAVE EVER FACED, is to discredit the president and all his advice. While I am disappointed in the Trump administration’s handling of the epidemic, I believe it is fair to consider some questions:

  1. Is it possible that the President of the United States has information that you and I don’t have?
  2. Is it possible that the President of the United States has pressures (and conflicting advice) and responsibilities that you and I don’t have?
  3. Is my disappointment with the Trump administration’s handling of the epidemic based on comparing it to perfection, or hindsight?
  4. If it turns out that hydroxychloroquine could have helped a lot of people, but the media’s efforts to invalidate Trump’s advice resulted in most of those people staying away from it, how will I then think about that media?
  5. Is this a time to put partisan politics and Trump Derangement Syndrome aside?

I suggest you go to Salon.com, and look at all the headlines. Then convince me they aren’t enslaved to the Democrat Party! Do you have a 401(k), or does your employer have a pension plan for you? Then you probably own shares of Dodge and Cox Stock International mutual fund. Why? It has been one of the best performing and therefore most popular stock mutual funds since it’s inception in 1965. Could that be a reason for Trump’s trusts to invest in it?

I will give the Babylon Bee the last word. “Liberal Treated With Hydroxychloroquine Hopes He Still Dies Of COVID-19 To Prove Trump Is Stupid.” While Trump has been giving people hope that hydroxychloroquine could save lives, his political opponents have called it false hope and claimed Trump has no idea what he’s talking about. Jeffery Walton, a lifelong Democrat and progressive had joined in calling Trump “irresponsible” and an “ignoramus” and now has an opportunity to prove it by simply dying. “It’s such an opportunity, I don’t want to pass it up,” Walton said. Doctor Glenn Logan, Walton’s physician, says he’s been up and down. “After we gave him the hydroxychloroquine, he got really excited about the idea of dying to prove Trump is dumb, and his good mood helped his condition, and he started to improve. Because that would only help Trump, his getting healthier made him depressed, which caused his condition to deteriorate. Which made him really happy. Which helped him recover and… Well, it’s been a weird cycle.” Dr. Logan has been warning Walton that there is a chance he could fully recover. Walton is trying to prepare himself for this — a world where everything isn’t black and white and Trump can be right about some things — but he insists he’d much rather die.

For those of you who don’t know, or Snopes is your go-to source for the facts, Babylon Bee is satire. That means don’t try to look Jeffery Walton.

Update, April 8: On Monday, Democratic Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett credited President Trump with effectively saving her life. She suffered from COVID-19 but recovered after taking the drug. “If President Trump had not talked about it, it would not be something that’s accessible” in Michigan, she told Fox News, due to “an order that was put down in my state.” Indeed, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) initially threatened physicians who would offer the drug to coronavirus patients — before reversing herself and even requesting the malaria drug from the Trump administration.

Hydroxychloroquine isn’t just saving lives in Michigan, however. Dr. Anthony Cardillo, the CEO of Mend Urgent Care in Los Angeles, said he is witnessing “significant success” in prescribing hydroxychloroquine to coronavirus patients. “Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within eight to twelve hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo told ABC News. He probably doesn’t read Salon.com or the NY Times.

Sensa huma?

Mike Leach, the new football coach at Mississippi State, is known to have a twisted, irreverent sense of humor (a proclivity we share). Last week he Tweeted a picture of an old woman knitting her husband a scarf in the shape of a noose, with the caption, “After 2 weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf..” I think it’s funny, and so do a lot of people, but…..not everyone. Mississippi State football player Fabien Lovett said he has entered the NCAA transfer portal, saying he has three years of eligibility remaining. The announcement comes a day after head coach Mike Leach apologized for a now-deleted Twitter meme that featured a noose. Lovett responded to the post with “wtf” on his Twitter account.

He did not say if the decision to enter the transfer portal was because of the controversial tweet. He did, however, retweet someone who wrote “Good for Fabien! This being the 21st century, one would expect to know what is offensive. I hope more players leave MSU and not just football. Leach’s apology is not enough.” He also retweeted Shannon Sharpe’s critical comments about Leach’s tweet: “Given the history of Emmett Till and lynchings in the state of Mississippi, Mike Leach, as the head coach of Mississippi State, you seriously thought it would be cool to post a picture that had a noose in it?” On his TV program Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Sharpe ranted, “This is a fire-able offense! Shannon, I am really sorry that Mr. Til was lynched…..in 1955! So, 65 years ago some terrible and ignorant people lynched a man due to the color of his skin. That stinks. So it follows that even 65 years later, during the worst epidemic of our lifetimes, and yours, no one can show a picture of a noose, even as a joke, even using an elderly white woman as the foil? Sharpe may be your last name, but it doesn’t denote your powers of reasoning.

Predictably, Mr. Leach immediately deleted the tweet and “apologized” as soon as he got attacked. Mike, if you are going to tweet a joke, and it isn’t intended to offend but to help people laugh, DON’T APOLOGIZE!!! The Mississippi State football coach posts a photo with a funny caption more days than not. He said one of his favorites was a picture of a fenced field with a sign on it that said, “Do not cross this field unless you can do it in 9 seconds because the bull can do it in 10.

I can’t wait for someone to get offended at the two Farside cartoons I started out with. Here’s my apology, just in case: “I am truly sorry that your sense of humor, if you ever had one, has been replaced by either fake outrage or hypersensitivity. Those of us who have managed to retain our ability to laugh–whom I would wager laugh at ourselves most often–take no pleasure in outrage, self-righteousness and thin-skinned sensitivity. I can only hope you will GET A LIFE! As for deleting my post, or removing the cartoons you chose to take offense at, DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH! If you do, and let if out too fast, you might suck in a gigantic cloud of coronaviruses.

In Seattle, the sidewalks surrounding the municipal court buildings were littered by piles of human (?) shit, and judges, attorneys and visitors were vocal in their complaints. The feasible solution was to hose the piles into the streets and down the sewers. Halt, full stop, a City Councilman held up the cleaning by…..can you guess? If not, you must lack empathy. He complained that hoses couldn’t be used because they might remind POC’s of fire hoses used to disperse demonstrations. None of us living, with the possible exception of soldiers, have experienced the level of fear and insecurity caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and the infection called CoVid-19. As I sit in my car in the parking lot of a Starbucks, sipping my nitro coldbrew while using their WiFi, every employee and most of the customers—all in their cars—are today wearing masks and gloves. Last week no one was. Isn’t it time to mentally let go of past sins and bring your mind up to speed?

PARTING SHOTS

Erick Erickson writes: Faith over fear. Update: figured I should note that I did not make this. Two kids who are the ages of our kids have been making these and selling them for $20 then buying break room snacks for local hospitals with the money. I added the lights. What is he referring to? It’s the cross, symbolizing Easter.

Newsweek (it should be called Newspeak) headlined this: “Conservative radio host Erick Erickson criticized for placing a ‘burning cross’ in front yard.”

Erickson writes, “Jesus has entered Jerusalem. He will end the week nailed to a spit upon, beaten, tortured, nailed to a cross, and killed. He’ll be blessing people all the way to Golgotha.” AND THAT’S NO LAUGHING MATTER, BECAUSE THREE DAYS LATER HE WILL CONQUER DEATH AND OFFER US ALL ETERNAL LIFE!