A Great Lady

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This is A Great Lady.  She has maintained her equanimity in the midst of family turmoil, and a worldwide pandemic of epic proportions.  She delivered a short speech today, thanking everyone for their efforts in responding to the Wuhan Coronavirus. Sorry, I can’t link to it, since I don’t do Social Media, and especially Facebook (it was on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook).

If you want to hear the speech, Fox News has linked to it.

Three Cheers for Queen Elizabeth II!

I had to pass this on. Trump to Schumer.

I had to pass this on.  Trump to Schumer.

Shocked!  They were just Shocked.  President Trump told it like it is.  Schumer deserves everything the President throws at him.  Like many of my Ricochet friends, I Thank God for President Donald Trump.

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This is why I voted for him the first time in 2016.  He fights back against all the slander and slime the so-called media, and the DemocRats fling at him.

Thank God for President Donald Trump.

Dispatches from Furlough, a continuing series

Today is officially Day Four of my two-week furlough from work, due to the economic effects of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  Last Friday just before noon, we were told that our aerospace manufacturing factory was shutting down for two weeks, due to a falloff in business, including customers pushing out and cancelling orders.  For the purposes of this continuing series, I will only be counting weekdays as part of the furlough.  I have ample vacation time saved up, so this will mostly be a forced vacation.

I have opted into the company’s text-messaging service, so I have heard via text that two employees in our factory have contracted the COVID-19 illness, and they both work in the same area of the factory.  It is interesting that this particular area is almost completely enclosed to separate it from the rest of the factory (due to machine noise and fumes).  My work area is on the opposite side of the building.  Even before the factory shutdown, many office employees, including the majority of our department, were working from home.  But I was going in to work every day, because my particular job involves carrying things to the shipping and receiving departments, and I really didn’t want to be working from home while my husband was already working from home.  I did like the relative quiet, which made it easier for me to do my job.  Our entire state of Washington is under a “shelter in place” order from our stupid governor, so my furlough promised to be uncomfortable confinement.

Being the incendiary person I am, I defied that shelter-in-place order on Sunday.  It was a nice day, so I got in my car and drove up to the Skagit Valley to check out the tulips.  Every year in the month of April, they have the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which normally draws thousands of flower-viewers, who clog up all the 2-lane roads in the valley, stopping by the side of the road to take pictures of the flowers in the fields.  Not so this year, since the Festival has been cancelled, due to the “social-distancing” edict from the all-powerful State.  The group who runs the Festival has added insult to injury, by turning off the Tulip Cams, so we shut-ins can’t even view the flowers on the Web! Please note that the header on my blog is a picture of those Skagit Valley Tulips from a previous year.  I enjoyed my drive, and when I got there, the traffic was pretty light, but NOT totally gone.  There is a roadside farm stand, Snow Goose Produce, and they were mercifully open!  I didn’t stop there, but there were some shoppers.  In my drive among the fields, it became apparent that it was still a bit early for the tulips to be in full bloom, and I didn’t get any tulip pictures.  But, I did get one picture.

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I do believe these are blueberries, and they are not ready yet.  I did not get out of the car, but just turned around and drove back home.  On the way, I noticed a few things.  The Walmart and Home Depot were open.  And the big Outlet Mall at Tulalip was closed. I wish I had taken a picture of their empty parking lot, which on any weekend is crammed with cars, many from British Columbia.

Monday was the start of the real furlough.  I had decided that I was not going to waste my time off, and made my plan to get some exercise every day.  In my bedroom resides my Concept 2 indoor rowing machine, and I vowed to use it every day.  I started with 20 minutes, and I am increasing my time by one minute every day.  Today, I did 24 minutes; when I reach 30 minutes, I’ll do 30 per day each day.  Most of my time has been spent reading, my very favorite activity.  I am always behind on my Wall Street Journals, so I am catching up this week.  I’m also spending some time on Ricochet.com, both posting and reading.  Ricochet members are very smart, and very diverse, so I always learn something.  Since many of us have to stay home, our Ricochet Birders group is getting lots of action, with members describing which birds they see from their windows.

Hubby and I have gotten out to do some allowed activities, like grocery shopping.  I have always liked going to the grocery store, and I appreciate those trips even more now.  I also made a Costco run on Tuesday, to pick up a prescription, and get gas in the car.  Wow, the price of gas is sure down!  My car uses premium gas, and this week’s price was over $0.35 lower than last time.  And the Costco parking lot was half empty.

Owing to the rapidly-sinking stock market, I was able to call Vanguard, who manages my investments, and cancel this year’s Required Minimum Distribution from my Regular IRA account.  I am glad that the Feds allowed me to cancel this year’s distribution, since the amount is based on my balance on December 31, which was a great deal higher than it is today.  I really don’t need the money, since I am still working (I hope I will have a job to go back to).

Both Hubby and I are in the over-60 high-risk group, and so far both of us are well.  We’d better be!

China Lied, and People are Dying in Great Numbers

Many greater than the Chinese Communist Party is admitting to.  I urge all of my followers to follow the link below to an excellent story, promoted to the Ricochet Main Feed by the Editors.  Many thanks to the Post Author, James Gawron.  Also, many of the commenters provided their own links to other stories, which only add to the sordid data. God Bless Everyone in America.  And may the Almighty God Curse the Chinese Communists unto the tenth generation.

China Falsifying Health Statistics

 

Welcome to Seattle, where police respond to name-calling…

But not to burglary or assaults in progress.  Thanks to Todd Herman of Radio Station KTTH for bringing this story to our attention.  This link takes you to the story on MyNorthwest.com, where you can listen to the 911 calls, and read about the new initiative on the part of  a local media figure, and the (Black, Female) Police Chief, to stop Hate in Seattle.

The Police in Seattle are already seriously understaffed, and have basically stopped responding to most property crimes.  Officers know that the city government basically thinks of them as Pigs, city government being run by 1960s radicals.  No wonder that the city can’t keep police, and more resign than are hired.

I feel sorry for the citizens of Seattle, who are basically on their own in protecting themselves.  The last gun shop left the city last year, when the government imposed onerous taxes on their businesses and their merchandise.  Sad, really sad.

How Seattle businesses prepare for the 2-week “Stay at Home” edict-Updated with Yep!

Remember Seattle?  The city on the Left Coast with the huge homeless population living in tents and under tarps on its streets?  The city where street people are allowed to remain on the streets if they don’t want to “accept help”?

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The city has announced plans to clear away a homeless encampment under the south end of the Ballard Bridge. About six people are still living at the camp. (Genna Martin, seattlepi.com)

This article in today’s news just made me laugh (and vow, once again, to stay the hell out of Seattle, which won’t be difficult since the entire state is under the order to stay home unless involved in essential activities).

So people don’t break in and drink our alcohol”: Stores board up for stay-at-home order.

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Look away for a few minutes, and your livelihood is trashed.  Except for the fact that these businesses were already in danger of going under, due to the order that all bars and restaurants close, to slow the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  In this case, the cure may be worse than the disease for small businesses.

Update 3-27 And here it is-the article describing exactly what those business owners feared would happen:

Seattle restaurants hit by thieves, vandals, during coronavirus closures.

Right on time.  Welcome to lawless Seattle.

Looking for a refuge from the Wuhan Coronavirus?

Looking for a refuge from the Wuhan Coronavirus?

…and all its attendant ills, both physical and psychological?  Are you looking for a place to go to relax, where the pesky virus will not intrude on your mellow?

Well, I have just the place for you.

Hie yourself on over to WizardingWorld.com, and dive right into the Harry Potter Universe!  The site is the former Pottermore, with all the features you have come to love. The elves behind Wizarding World will entertain you with quizzes, features, and news from the world of Harry Potter.  Eventually they intend to bring back the “explore the story” feature that those of us who really got into the old Pottermore came to love and lose ourselves in.  Personally, that’s the part I miss the most about the former site.

Now, though, the additional Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise adds new and fun areas to the site.  For anyone who has never checked out Wizarding World should go over there right now!  Even now, you can register, get sorted into your House at both Hogwarts, and Ilvermorny (the US school of magic); find out your Wand and your Patronus, and get ready to have fun!

You will not find ANY mention of that Muggle virus at Wizarding World, so you can just relax and explore.  You can also go to the Apple App Store and download the app, and do quizzes and read about features on your phone!

So, do it today!  You will not regret it for one minute.