Color me Surprised. Pleasantly surprised.

I can’t believe I am actually saying this, but I think the normally-stupid Governor of Washington State actually did something very good today.  This action leaves me shaking my head in bewilderment, but smiling.  It so happens that, today, Inslee vetoed $445 Million in spending passed by the heavily-DemocRat Legislature.   This is simply unbelievable!  Finally, there is something more worthy of taxpayer dollars than the usually-Leftist policies that get funded in Washington.  I’m betting that whatever was funded and vetoed probably won’t be missed.

The second unbelievable action was taken by the Leftist Mayor of Seattle.  Now, the city has been shuttered, and streets empty of traffic for many days in Seattle.  What Mayor Durkan did in support of all the essential workers in town was to make all parking in city paid-parking zones FREE.  Yes, essential workers, who are the only ones allowed out of their homes, now will find all the parking meters and pay-stations inactivated.  No more pay for parking, and no more time limits on parking.  The powers-that-be in Seattle are dominated by “get the people out of their cars and into government transportation” Leftists, and parking has become very expensive, both on the street and in garages and lots.  It’s great that they have taken pity on those who must use their private vehicles.  At least for a while.

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.

A sample of RushBabe’s Email for this week-Coronavirus Edition

The past week has been pretty volatile for everyone, around the world.  Whole countries “locked down”, stock-market swings like never before (2,000 points in one day on the Dow!), panic-buying leading to empty store shelves, restaurants and other public venues closing, and a death-count rising almost everywhere.  I live right smack in the middle of a “hot zone” in the Seattle area, so the local media is keeping us informed of conditions around Puget Sound.

I have a dedicated “professional” email account, where I direct emails from companies I buy from, both online and in person, and use for my employment contacts, should I be looking for a job.  For the past two weeks, I have been receiving emails from most of the stores and businesses I buy from, with a variety of updates and information on how they are dealing with the crisis.  Most places describe how they are keeping their own premises and employees safe; cleaning everything in sight, encouraging everyone to stay home if feeling sick, and following local and national guidelines.

Herewith, a sample of some of the emails I have been receiving:

The first one, from last week, from the head of Alaska Airlines. I was impressed that he has eight children-that’s pretty unusual these days, and I admire him for it:

Please be assured that Alaska Airlines is closely monitoring the situation, including conducting daily briefings with some of the best medical experts in the nation. Our top priority is always the safety of you and our employees. Check out our blog on the extra steps we are taking to keep our guests safe with additional cleaning and updates to onboard procedures.

At Alaska, we are optimistic about the future and hope you feel that way too. We launched our Peace of Mind policy so that you can take comfort in knowing that any ticket purchased after February 27, 2020 can be changed or canceled without a fee (applies for any travel through February 28, 2021). Today, we launched our biggest fare sale yet with fares starting as low as $20 one way* for travel between March 19, 2020 and May 20, 2020. And, we’ve got great deals to Hawaiʻi, New York and Florida starting at $99 one way.* We hope the combination of these great fares and our Peace of Mind policy will help those who want to travel this spring but are concerned their plans may change.

We understand that everyone is in a different place when it comes to what is best for you and your family. Just recently, Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said “I just want to echo again that the risk is low—the risk is low. I encourage Americans to go about their life. That includes travel to California, Oregon and the state of Washington.”

In closing, some of you may know that my wife and I are blessed with eight children. We have a family trip to Hawaiʻi planned for spring break this year, and we can’t wait to go! We know things can change, but we are looking forward to our trip together as a family. Hopefully we will see some of you there.

Thank you for being a Mileage Plan™ member.

Andrew Harrison

From my financial institution where I have my “play money” individual stock Roth IRA account:

As you might expect, volatility in the markets has increased the number of clients contacting us. Unfortunately, this has resulted in much longer than normal phone wait times, sometimes keeping us from delivering the level of service we are known for.

Given the potential spread of the virus over the coming weeks, we’re anticipating additional impacts that may lead to a continuation of extended wait times. In an effort to protect the safety and welfare of both our clients and associates, we may deem it necessary to limit or suspend person‑to‑person interactions between our clients and associates within our branches. If that is the case, our branch staff still would be available to clients by phone or other means. Please check the branch locator for the most up to date information on your local branch. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

They also emphasize that their Web site is the place to go for more information 24/7.

From Lands’ End, where I often buy clothing items.  They are located in rural Dodgeville, Wisconsin, and have some of the best customer service around:

We are following guidance from public health officials and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), so we can make assessments and provide information and guidance as the situation develops.

Employee self-care is important to us.  We continue to focus on encouraging washing your hands regularly, staying home when you are sick to prevent the spread of germs to others, and hand sanitizers are available for all employees. We also have restricted international travel and US travel is on a case by case basis.

In addition to our regular cleaning procedures at our retail stores, offices, and distribution center, there has been an increased focus on cleaning and sanitizing the more commonly touched hard surfaces, including entrances, bathrooms, fitting rooms, break rooms, conference rooms, phones and registers.

From Enterprise Rent-a-Car, where I often rent when out of town:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car® is offering College Student Travel Assistance in response to the closing of colleges and universities due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

We are reducing the minimum age and waiving young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020, to help students get home safely and ease the burden on families during this time.

Details
• Available to college students 18–24 years of age
• Official student ID must be presented at the time of rental
• Valid on Economy through Fullsize cars, Minivans, Small Pickup Trucks and Cargo Vans
• Valid at U.S. locations only for rentals reserved in advance
• Standard driver and credit requirements apply (excluding minimum age)
• Expires May 31, 2020

A short and sweet note from Barnes and Noble bookstores, which have not been doing well lately, seeing their business decline due to the influence of Amazon.  They are still my primary source of the physical books I still buy (I do not buy ebooks-just old-fashioned, I guess):

Dear Reader,

We’re living through turbulent times together. Our booksellers are your neighbors, your friends and family. Your stories are our stories, and we know how resilient our communities are.

Sincerely,

The Booksellers of Barnes & Noble

An email from Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Israel, to whom I donate each year:

In light of the recent directives from Israel’s Ministry of Health in the fight against the Coronavirus (COV-19), Yad Vashem is closed to visitors from Sunday 15 March until further notice.

This one is interesting.  I buy tickets to the University Unitarian Church full-length Messiah Sing-and-Playalong each December, through local ticket agency Brown Paper Tickets.  They are known for their Social-Justice Warrior characteristics, and each ticket-buyer is offered a choice of charities to which to direct their share of agency profits (they concentrate, obviously, on social-service outfits).  Here’s the email I received from them:

To our events community,

For the first time in Brown Paper Tickets’ 20-year history, we are reaching out to our entire community of fans and supporters because artists, performers, and organizers are in crisis. They need our help now.

The impact of COVID-19 on small, community organizations is unprecedented. From independent bookstores, to local theaters, to arts nonprofits, event organizers are in immediate financial danger. For them, every ticket matters – one canceled event could mean the difference between making rent and closing their doors forever.

Our core mission at Brown Paper Tickets is to support events and the people who make events happen. Now, we’re asking you to join us.

Please consider contributing to your local arts organizations during this difficult time.

We currently have over 20,000 small events listed, and more are being added daily – purchasing a ticket to a future event now can have a huge positive impact. Many organizers also accept donations through our platform or on their own websites.

We know that the climate right now is one of uncertainty. Some events may be postponed, some may be canceled, but many will go on. Our commitment to you remains the same: 24/7/365 live support, full refunds for canceled events through the Brown Paper Tickets processor, and an unwavering belief in the power of our community.

Thank you,

And, finally, a missive from one of our favorite local restaurants.  We like going to the local Red Robin for a burger, and we know that they got their start in Seattle in the 1950s.  Their message was encouraging, since we are not locked down yet, and have been going out to eat when we can:

[Edit: Sorry, I just could not make their email work with all its formatting. Suffice it to day, RR is remaining open for business, with increased cleaning and as usual following all the CDC guidelines.  We plan on going there soon.]

Hubby and I are still very well, and living our lives as we have always done.  We are still working (he from home, me at the factory), washing our hands more often (even if our skin is beginning to look like a rhinoceros), and keeping up with regular activities.  We are not panicking, even if many others are (our local Costco is still out of toilet paper!).  And we are grateful that most of our favorite restaurants are still open for business.  It is gratifying that the entities I deal with in person and online are doing what they can to support their customers and employees.

We will make it through this crisis, if we keep a level head, follow directions from health authorities, and just keep on keeping on.

Butt Out

Pete

Mayor Pete has ended his campaign for the DemocRat presidential nomination.  Since the beginning, I have thought of him as “Mayor Butt”.  I figure that many voters just aren’t ready for a homosexual president (count me in that number).  What a waste of cuteness!

BTW, he was a pretty poor mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and would have made a worse president.

Thinking about the “Novel Coronavirus” epidemic [Updated]*Dictators Beware

Thinking about the “Novel Coronavirus” epidemic [Updated]*Dictators Beware

The news has been pretty grim regarding the new virus making the rounds of most of the world this year, wreaking havoc on China, where it originated, and spreading quickly to other countries, including the United States.  It is fortunate that so far the US has very few cases, but that could change rapidly.

Now, China is a Communist country, and the way its leaders are handling the crisis reflects that.  Tyrannies tend to lie about any conditions that could make them look bad to the rest of the world, and this communicable disease is a perfect example of that.  They took weeks to disclose the original outbreak, and it’s pretty well known that even now their statistics do not accurately reflect the numbers of infections and deaths there. My take?  To Xi Jinping: I hope that he is afraid, VERY afraid.  This is an enemy that he has no defense against.  Even the Dictator of China is not immune to this novel virus that some say might have been deliberately created in his country.

To Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: I hope he is also VERY afraid, seeing that his Deputy Health Minister has tested positive for the virus.  Even the Supreme Leader of Iran, who is famous for oppressing his people, is not immune to this deadly infection.  Cases are multiplying rapidly in Iran, and I wonder if it takes a very tiny snippet of RNA to bring down the nuclear-weapon-seeking “Islamic Republic” of Iran?  [Edit March 3] Here is a link to a news story about the virus spreading in Iran, and at the top ranks of clerics and Parliament.  Will this weaken the regime? We can only hope.

And to Dictator Kim Jong-Un of North Korea: His country shares a border with China, but we hear very little about what is going on there with the virus.  It is well known that the health of the average North Korean has always been borderline starving, and those whose bodies are already in marginal health will likely succumb to this kind of disease much faster than healthier, better-nourished people.I pray that this evil dictator, who murders his own relatives, is VERY afraid today.  This tiny piece of living thing is a bigger threat to himself and his country than perhaps anything that he has previously encountered.

All of the above countries have some important things in common that will prevent them from adequately addressing, and protecting their people from, the new virus.  All three places are basically still Third-World countries, with medical systems that are much less advanced than the rest of the developed world, and are somewhat closed to outside influences.  Even relatively-advanced China has a countryside populated with poor peasants, who have lesser access to hospitals.  One other characteristic of all three countries is that tyrannies care little for the individual person, over and above their ability to do work, and have less interest in saving their lives.

I feel very sorry for the majority of the people who live under dictators and communist regimes, because their futures are most likely to include a greater degree of suffering than citizens of advanced economies.

Although, we citizens of an advanced economy in the US have watched the stock market plummet this week, losing 1,000 points today alone.  That is “panic” territory, with many people selling much of their portfolios. This picture says a lot.

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I’m not panicking yet, but I think we should all be concerned, watch the news, and take the advice of health authorities about what precautions to take.

One last thing.  The first US case of the virus was a man who lives in my general neck of the woods, and he has recovered and returned to his home.

Now, which party was it that constantly harps on wanting to “get the big money out of politics”?

I do believe that the push for “campaign-finance reform” came from the DemocRat party, with the assistance of RINO Senator John McCain (McCain-Feingold).  Oh, and also the infamous “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision that allowed, get this, Corporations and Labor Unions to spend money on political campaigns.  Numerous groups declare their interest in repealing that “Citizens United” ruling, even though it would mean their favored labor unions would also not be able to give money to campaigns.

I wonder why no one seems too worried that multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg, running as a DemocRat, has been simply pouring money into his campaign for president.  It sure looks like he is trying to BUY the DemocRat nomination to me.  Hey, DemocRats, how about looking close to home for the goal of getting all that big corporate money out of politics (yes, Bloomberg got all his money from his Company, Bloomberg, LP, which provides financial information).

Oh, and I almost forgot! What about that other billionaire DemocRat running for president, Tom Steyer? The one-issue candidate pouring multi-millions of his own money into the campaign? Funny, you don’t hear much about him, do you? He doesn’t even register in most polls. Another fool, just like Bloomberg.

So-Called “Whistleblower”: Media protecting him: Calling Eric Ciaramella

Most of the media are refusing to name the so-called “whistleblower” who started the phony “Ukraine Scandal” that led to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  I am not afraid to print his name above.  He worked for Barack Hussein Obama’s CIA for years; everyone in DC knows him, and also knows full well that he despised President Trump, and wanted to do anything he could to bring him down.

Here is his picture, “shaking” hands with Barack Hussein Obama.

Eric

Well, Eric Ciaramella, it didn’t work, did it?  Donald Trump is still the President, and your name is MUD.