This Too Shall Pass…

Thankfully as a nation this crisis is causing us to reevaluate our priorities: faith, family, community and freedom; and seeing the easy dispatch of liberty also reignites that oft forgotten flickering flame…

Journalists are less important than janitors. Our nation’s best athletes are healthcare workers rushing to assist those in need.  The true heroes are not celebrities, but rather farmers, truck drivers, stock clerks, and supermarket cashiers.

The most valuable businesses do not glitter or present themselves with self-congratulatory award shows; they do today what they have always done to keep our food supply flowing.  Perhaps now, at least for a few short weeks, we stop taking them for granted.

Effective right now comfortably invisible workers are recognized as critical priorities; or as the government has officially designated them “essential services.”  These folks form the network of our lives; they always have, but we didn’t notice. Everything else is less than.

Any average hard-working American is worth more today than all those who chase the golden statues of Hollywood; and ultimately if they want to go down the superiority path… well, what they provide is essentially useless.

  • Florida Power and Light won the prestigious International Edward Demming award for excellence in multi-platform engineering and efficiency superiority. They didn’t blow every PhD intellectual out of the water with slide rules, CAD programs and engineering acumen. They did it with hard hats and dirty fingernails.

Because they lost the award, the Japanese spent 6 months studying FPL and later published a 1,000 page dissertation essentially saying FPL “wasn’t really good, they were just lucky”….. FPL field leadership laughed, took out markers and wrote on the back of their hard hats: WE’RE NOT GOOD, WE’RE RUCKY….

  • When every single Kuwaiti oil field was blown up by Saddam Hussein, they said it would take over five years to cap them all off and restart their oil pumping industry. The Kuwaitis and Saudis called Texans, who had them all capped and back in working order in ten months.

We are a nation that knows how to get shit done.

  • When the Northern Chile mine workers were trapped two miles underground, they said no-one could save them. Who did they call for help? A bunch of hick miners from USA coal country who went down there, worked on the fly, engineered the rescue equipment on site, and saved every one of them….

That’s our America.

Don’t lose sight of it.

  • When a half-breed Islamic whack job, armed with an AK-47 and a goal to meet his virgins, begins opening fire on a train in France, the Americans on board didn’t run to the nearest safe room and hide themselves amid baguettes and brie. They said “let’s go”, and beat the stuffing out of that little nut with a death wish.

Legion d’Honneur or not, that’s us.  That’s you.

That’s just how we roll.

Lady Liberty can stroll along the Champs-Elysées with a swagger befitting Mae West because without her arrival they’d be speaking German in the Louvre.  Yet for the better part of the past decades groups of intellectual something-or-others have been selling an insufferable narrative that it’s better to be sitting around a campfire eating sustainable algae cakes and picking parasites off each other.  Enough!

  • Ordinary people, just like you and me, gave their lives and crashed flight #93, a commercial airliner, into a field in Shanksville Pennsylvania so they could save our nations capitol.  Yeah, I think we can wash our hands, quit touching our faces and stay inside for a few days.

In case you missed it, it wasn’t FEMA driving jacked-up monster trucks into the flooded neighborhoods around Houston Texas to rescue people from their homes; it was a bunch of glorious rednecks assembled like the second division of the Cajun Navy… which also just happens to be a fabulous bunch of shallow water boat operators who convoy their gear voluntarily into the aftermath of hurricanes and floods.

That’s America folks; in all her magnificent colorblind glory.

Git-r’-done ain’t government.

Quoting from Bart Hall:

Truckers are saying “fuck the log rules, I’m hauling” and they’re getting supplies to the stores. People are stocking the shelves all night and letting old people shop first. Folks are buying meals for truckers, who (obviously) can’t go through the drive-ups. Asking ’em what they want, then buying it for them.

Carnival Cruise Line has told Trump “We can match those big Navy Hospital ships with some fully staffed cruise ships”.

GM and Ford have said “hold our cars and watch this — we can make ventilators where we were just making car parts, starting next week” — by re-engineering seat ventilators which their engineers hacked together for a new purpose. In under a week.

In a project with which I’m loosely associated, a very-effective agricultural disease-control agent was re-purposed and re-labeled specifically for Corona-virus control by the FDA and EPA in under ten days, from initial request to distribution.

Restaurants and schools have said, “we’ve got kitchens and staff; we can feed the poor kids who used have school lunch.”

NBA basketball players have said, “Hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.”

Construction companies are saying, “Here are some high-end masks for medical staff and doctors”.

Distilleries are making sanitizer out of distilling “heads and tails” which are normally discarded. Nasty shit to drink, but effective sanitizer.

People are tipping grocery check-out clerks and thanking them for taking the risk.

Local, state, and county governments are taking control of everything the feds cannot do. Some are doing it wrong, but for the first time in decades … they’re doing it. Federalism is re-emerging, and the smallest unit of government is the individual and the family. This, too, is re-emerging after decades of dormancy.

As Japanese Admiral Isokuru Yamamoto said, after Pearl Harbor … “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

I sense this has just happened. We have a wonderful country, the greatest single force for good in all human history. We have closed our borders, with good reason, yet we have top medical people now assisting North Korea in their response to the virus.

Many things have been re-set, and will never be the same.

By microbiological accident, we are living in profoundly transformative historical times.

So I ask you a question, what part are you to play?

If you feel comfortable sitting in your socially distant box and bitching about all things that are not right, or might be not be right….  Or, if you prefer to allow yourself to be overcome with dark imaginings simply because what cannot be done is more comfortable than the effort to oversee what needs to be done….  well, that’s okay.

You can do that.

And when you’re done doing that you’ll still be in the same place.

Or, you can check on older neighbors to make sure they are OK and make sure they have necessities. If older neighbors need something at the store, get it for them. Friends and neighbors who are anxious, send them a card or note with positive comments on it. Give people hope. If you don’t want to send a card, send an e-mail checking up on people.

Order an extra lunch or dinner from a local restaurant just so you can give an tip to the delivery person who shows up at your door. Then stick the extra in the fridge and eat it tomorrow.  We can do this.

No-one is saying this doesn’t suck; but some people know that standing around bitching about the comparative values of current life in suckdom doesn’t actually accomplish anything.

President Trump is doing what needs to be done; with far more information than me; and in the best manner he can assemble to keep America great.  He does this while simultaneously swatting away thousands of piranhas biting at him on an hourly basis.

So again, ask yourself a question: what part are you to play?

Live your best life.

You only have this moment once.

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529 Responses to This Too Shall Pass…

  1. David Osterloh says:

    as a dairy farmer, Thank You, please remember us when this is over, but for now, all in a days work
    We are a small family organic dairy farm, one of the few left, all family, 70 cows, but profitable,

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    • booger71 says:

      We have 2 small (family) dairies in SW Missouri besides the big one. I always try to buy the small dairy milk, and I appreciate all the hard work it entails to keep one going.

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    • convert says:

      God bless you and yours! That type of farm used to be so common all across the country but now almost disappeared!

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    • call your banker tomorrow… there is help for you.

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    • lieutenantm says:

      Comments below and this wonderful writing posted here by Sundance –that we’re all commenting about–are just the most welcome and warming things I’ve read since all this insanity began. Thank you all so much!

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    • chojun says:

      The other day I was at the local Kroger, grabbing one of the last 2 gallons of skim milk that was available..

      As I reached in and grabbed it, I felt reminded that somewhere, likely within 100-200 miles from me, was a nameless, faceless dairy farmer busting his ass off so that I could have that milk and feed my family for a few days.

      Ayn Rand taught me that via capitalism I can exchange effort for effort via the dollar. Much of my daily effort is exchanged for the efforts of countless unnamed farmers across the fruited plain who work every day to put food on our tables. They are true heroes.

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    • Rollin Shultz says:

      As a “Raw Milk” drinker I appreciate small dairies especially the ones nearby in Amish country.

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  2. Magabear says:

    While I’m less optimistic about all this than the OP is, here’s some good news: only 264 reported deaths today in the U.S. due to the Wuhan virus. Now maybe numbers don’t get reported on Sundays as thoroughly as other days (Don’t know why they wouldn’t), but that is steep drop off from the past few days.

    So maybe the theory is correct that due to testing only becoming more available recently that deaths that occured many days ago were just recently found to be Wuhan virus related (post mordem diagnosis). Could be on the downside of the curve. Lets hope anyway.

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    • Magabear says:

      P.S. Being one of those deemed from Mount Harrisburg as an “essential” worker, I’ll be back at it tomorrow helping to supply the energy industry (and naval ships!) with critical components. Heck, I’ve got nothing else to do right now. 😄……..😒

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      • AustinHoldout says:

        Speaking of the extraordinary things Americans do, while working with a foreign ministry in Eastern Europe, I undertook to change a law that that orphans could not be adopted before age one (given reason was to allow time for them to be adopted domestically). The problem was that literally zero Gypsy children and zero handicapped children were adopted domestically ever. The hold up with changing the law for “hard to adopt” kids was that no one believed foreigners would adopt either “dirty Gypsies” or handicapped kids for any reason other than to harvest their organs. It was hard for me to believe this was the prevailing belief, but I came around. Over the years in that and other countries, I witnessed Americans adopting kids with autism, paralysis, cleft palates and other issues for no reason other than to love them and relieve their suffering. I learned this was another one of the many things that Americans do and others generally would never consider. God bless America and may we never lose our identity as a nation with a heart for service.

        BYW, I adopted one of those “hard to adopt” kiddos and she is a kind, smart, faithful and self-supporting college graduate who works with kids in foster care herself.

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        • amazed treetop downlooker says:

          MAGNIFICENTLY CHARITABLE, GBY, Austin….keep “holding out” for what is right & true & beautiful !
          THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your BEAUTIFUL witness!!!
          👏🇺🇸👏🇺🇸👏🇺🇸👏

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      • Peter Shaw says:

        @Magabear. Here in NZ, I work in telecommunications, working to maintain a network that provides broadband data across the Pacific to Australasia. Yep, an essential service, and I’m grateful to be in this job.
        This site, https://theconservativetreehouse.com is, IHMO, gold. That’s my two cents worth.

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      • butch cassidy says:

        Magabear, I now understand where some of your comments are coming from. Thanks for being out there working for those of us who are not.

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    • ZurichMike says:

      Let me help you (and it seems just about everyone) with the math. The mortality rate is the percentage from the fraction where the numerator is “total deaths attributed to COVID-19” divided by the denominator “total people infected by COVID-19”.

      Originally there were no tests, then tests that gave 50% incorrect results. Tests were given only to those who showed symptoms — and most of those needed acute medical care. This makes sense — what normally health person gets tested for seasonal flu let alone COVID-19?

      Initially, then, the morality rate was artificially high because the demoninator only reflected very sick or dying patients — it was not representative of the entire population, which included (1) infected people who naturally produced antibodies and are now immune without showing any symptoms and were not tested, (2) infected people who had mild symptoms and are now immune and were not tested, (3) infected people with severe symptoms who were treated and are now immune but were also not tested.

      Greater testing across a broader group of people more accurately shows (from a statistical perspective) the overall mortality rate, which using US data approximates that of a bad seasonal flu season. Interesting note: Italy has a high mortality rate because of a constellation of simultaneous endemic issues (oldest population in Europe, 300,000 Chinese nationals living in Italy (mostly northern Italy) and mostly from Hubei province, multiple connecting flights to/from China (including Wuhan) that continued into February, poor primary healthcare, crowded apartments where seniors live with Chinese nationals. Additionally (and never discussed or addressed) is that Italy also has a disproportionately high mortality rate for season flu year after year.

      Each year millions of people come down with a cold or the flu, casually known as “I’ve got that cold/flu that’s going around”. Most people do not get sick. But respiratory failure is possible for the elderly and those with underlying medical issues (emphysema, COPD, diabetes, vascular disease, heart disease, cancer, obesity, etc), all of which suppress the immune response, particularly if you are taking other medications. This should not be a surprise to anyone.

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      • Magabear says:

        ZurichMike, while I appreciate the info in your post, mighy I suggest simplifying the jargon a bit. You probably lost most readers on the first paragraph.

        At any rate, I think mine and many others theory that the death toll will be much smaller than these models are projecting will be proven to be true.

        The prediction of some that other areas of the country still haven’t seen the worst of this doesn’t make sense to me. People had been moving freely throughout this country since this virus likely was present here last fall, so why would it only be hitting certain areas at a particular time? The logic just doesn’t make sense.

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        • ZurichMike says:

          What a sad state of affairs that basic fractions is complicated. Sigh. LOL!

          I agree — I have the feeling that MILLIONS of people have been exposed and NOTHING will happen (they have developed immunity, much like they do for the common cold). People falsely equate “more testing” with “more death” rather than just knowledge about who has the antibody already.

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          • Magabear says:

            The death numbers went from 525 on Saturday down to 264 on Sunday. How can that be if we’re still on the uptick of the curve?

            I’m no doctor, but I can figure out stats and logic. A 100% drop in one day isn’t possible if we’re in the worst part of this pandemic.

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            • ZurichMike says:

              Agree. But the absolute numbers are what the media hypes, causing the panic. It’s disgusting.

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            • dallasdan says:

              Fauci and Birx are fully-invested in claiming the worst is yet to come. The President’s repeated emphasis today of their projections put them in the spotlight. IMO, Birx backed-down due to media attacks, and she will regret acquiescing to the fear-mongers.

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            • William Warburg says:

              FDA approved the quinine stuff today. Git r done America. This will save many lives. Trump was right again.

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            • JohnCasper says:

              You obviously have not been trained in Common Core math.

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            • Kenji says:

              I suggest that the “death from Coronavirus” numbers are muddy. Clouded with underlying medical issues. “Proximate Cause of death” is sometimes quite subjective and at the whim of Doctor or Medical Examiner. And some States don’t require a physician to determine cause of death. Frankly … I am ONLY interested in the COVID death statistics for otherwise healthy patients with no underlying conditions or diseases. I believe those numbers will reveal just how “deadly” this virus is. We have become a culture who uses blurry statistics to push agendas. Forgive my cynicism… but it is well earned. I don’t like it when our civil liberties all get suspended because of RED LETTER Drudge headlines.

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            • fred5678 says:

              I tutor math. That is a 50% decrease starting from roughly 500 going to roughly 250.

              In the other direction, starting at 250 and going to 500 would be a 100% increase.

              I know, picky, picky, but either 50% or 100% is SUPER!!

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            • Mo says:

              Date States &
              Territories Positive Negative Pending Hospitalized Deaths Total test results
              Positive + Negative
              29 Mar 2020 Sun 56 139,061 692,290 65,549 19,730 2,428 831,351
              28 Mar 2020 Sat 56 118,234 617,470 65,712 16,729 1,965 735,704

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          • cantcforest says:

            ZM, I agree with your posts. The lack of precision in defining the numerator and the denominator make for ‘garbage in, garbage out’. The number of deaths in the numerator: are those deaths where COVID-19 was present, but the proximate cause was a heart attack, or are we using only those deaths where there was no underlying deterioration? Same sort of thing for the denominator: ‘known’ COVID-19 infections or ‘suspected’ COVID-19 infections.
            Unfortunately, the media and the politicians have focused on the direst set of numbers and ignored most likely cases. Why should one assume that the transmission mechanism is radically different from other flu? Is there evidence that more or fewer COVID-19 infections are asymptomatic than with regular flu?
            Who do you think is running PDJT’s assessments for him? I don’t think he is relying solely on the FDA and CDC.

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      • Taspok says:

        ZurichMike, you are correct, i hope folks listen to what you have said above. I’m an ER doc, 43 years in the pit. Now at an urgent care facility, testing high risk folks myself….collecting the swabs, doing vital signs, history and physical exam in a tent in our parking lot. I’m the oldest one in the clinic at 69. Fairly concerning, like being close up to a rattler wondering when it will happen. I get a new respect for the nurses and techs who Did these things for me everyday before now. The folks i see are basically ok, some worried too much, some not enough, but no one is flipping out. We have done 150-200 COV swabs , 8-10 positive so far. Most results come back in 4-5 days. Your mathematical premise is correct. We need random testing for COV19 and for antibodies for it.
        For the folks who do the work, thank you. This too shall pass, and we will see who does the heavy lifting and who sits and worries and pontificates. I’m old friends with the grim reaper, but my best buddy is Jesus, so we all get along reasonably well. I fight the reaper and I don’t argue with Jesus.
        Sundance did a great service with this article, and the comments are encouraging to read. Say your prayers and keep your powder dry.

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        • Bob Lynch says:

          Doctor, thanks for your service. May I ask a question? If a patient has preexisting conditions, becomes infected with the coronavirus, and dies, what cause of death is placed on the death certificate? Indeed what is the cause of death? Which is reported to the CDC?

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          • Taspok says:

            Great question. As i understand your hypothetical, the immediate cause of death would likely be COV infection, but it depends on what the underlying conditions are, how much or little those conditions contributed to the person’s demise. Listed as other conditions present. Correlation does not prove causality, but good sense and a proper understanding of physiology is essential to establish the likely cause of death, and contributing factors. If i have COV infection, a mild case, and i get killed in a motor vehicle accident, my cause of death would be trauma from the MVA, and an also present condition would be the COV infection. I hope that helps, but in essence, these are fuzzy things. Hippocrates said ‘knowing is difficult.’ And ‘art is long, but life is short’. Your question goes to the heart of the matter, observation is key. Best regards, i hope this helps.

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          • lumoc1 says:

            I do not mean to be facetious but I remember a historical perspective of the reported cause of death over time;
            At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, after a heavy meal in the evening people went to bed and some died during the night, cause of death : indigestion.
            Starting later in the 20th century the cause of death for people doing the same thing:
            heart attack.

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      • David Vicknair says:

        Mr, Reagan is reporting that Italy is over reporting Coronavirus deaths by about a factor of about 7x because the virus is being given as the cause of death for anyone who tests positive, even if the root cause is something else, such as terminal cancer. He is not want to follow conspiracy theories and seems to have compelling evidence: https://youtu.be/gXlHXmfDDnc

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      • Jan Pauliny-Toth says:

        In paragraph 3 you reference a “demoninator”.
        Is that a Democrat denominator?

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        Thanks, ZM, for saying so eloquently and concisely what I’ve been thinking and trying to convey to people around me. I’ll probably copy/paste this in future. Hope you don’t mind. My thick cut, pecan smoked bacon at breakfast will be served in your honor!

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      • fred5678 says:

        I have read also that Northern Italy and Wuhan share a contributing factor — FILTHY air!!!
        I have seen lots of pics of Beijing’s opaque atmosphere — maybe filthy air is a CCP feature.

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    • vikingmom says:

      I would still like to see specifics as to how many of the deaths labeled as being from COVID were actually from other causes (i.e. heart attack) but because the patient tested positive for Coronavirus in an autopsy, their death was labeled as such. That is evidently what happened in Italy and is one of the reasons their death toll was so high. Sorry to sound like a pessimist but I still feel like we’re being played here…

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      • Snow White says:

        Vikingmom, I see reports on social media from nurses and people working in the hospital saying that if anyone dies of anything, they write the death as covid and add it to the national number. We are being lied to and played like fools.

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        • vikingmom says:

          I am seeing the same reports…I do understand that the President is caught between a rock and a hard place but I today was a hard day, for me, and millions of others who were hoping and praying that he was going to make a very different type of announcement…like, “Federal agents around the world are right now taking into custody those who orchestrated this collapse of our economy.”

          I just do not know what to think right now – I trust Donald Trump but I feel like there is SOOO much more going on here than we can even imagine.

          So, I go back, again and again to one of my favorite verses…

          “Lord we do not know what to do. Our eyes are on you.” II Chronicles 20:12

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          • Chip Doctor says:

            Thank you. A great reminder in whom is our hope.

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          • leavemygunsalone says:

            I hear you. I have often wondered if we have enough Federal Agents to get the job done. We are being played, there is nothing more than I want to see is for the media to go down. What they are doing is criminal and evil. And I cannot say what I want to see for Pelosi and all her ilk.

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            • amazed treetop downlooker says:

              Widespread Military Ops….WIDESPREAD…. + LEO’s, prob lots…AND probable suspension of writ of habeus coRpus….already ?

              PRAY for God’s just outcomes !

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          • 1IreneFlick3 says:

            Federal agents are arresting friends of Maduro for drug trafficking while we sleep. Does that help?

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        • navysquid says:

          Snow…I get what your saying…I think the way I would look at it is if you went in with pneumonia and while in the hospital your bunk mate through the veiled screen had Wuhan but not known to hospital staff. You later pass away and hospital staff realizes you were positive I could see that it was the COVID that put you over the top of your pneumonia.

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      • livefreeordieguy says:

        Correlation does not imply causality…. And there is a difference between dying ‘with’ something and dying ‘from’ something…. Thanks, VM…

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        • vikingmom says:

          Yes – but no one in the media seems interested in looking into all of these reports that death certificates are mislabeling cause of death as COVID when it clearly is NOT the reason!

          I had a family member who passed away and her “primary” cause of death was listed as pneumonia BUT the certificate also specifically said that the “underlying” cause of death was chronic emphysema, COPD, and Congestive Heart Failure. To have left that info off and simply said that she got pneumonia and died would have blatantly misleading and I think that is what might be happening here – not in every case – but in enough of them that it is skewing the numbers to make this virus look far more deadly to the general population than it actually is (which, “coincidentally” is exactly what Anthony Fauci did in the 1980s with regard to the AIDS outbreak – I remember hearing that it was going to start hitting the general population in huge numbers at any moment, which of course, it never did!)

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          • Rhi says:

            Right on Vikingmom, case in point, one death originally listed as Coronavirus caused in Hawaii was later reclassified as a different cause of death. I think you’re right.

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  3. jusflipthescript says:

    Wow!!✊🏽🇺🇸 America Ef Yeah!🇺🇸

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  4. Tereese says:

    That was beautiful and so full of hope. Thank you Sundance – God Bless you and Menagerie and your co-workers. In God We Trust!

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    • Rhi says:

      Yeah Sundance, that was so beautiful! The Lord bless you and all treepers hanging out on different branches here. Thanks for providing us a sanctuary in these troubled times. You are a watchman on the wall. Praying the Lord watch over you Sundance and our President 🙏.

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  5. convert says:

    Excellent. People are tweeting this bigly, Sundance. Thank you. Also …let’s roll. 🇱🇷

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  6. Brant says:

    Still one of my favorites.

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  7. plane of the ecliptic says:

    And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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  8. Marcia says:

    Retired Magistrate here: We can all do our part. You can check on older neighbors to make sure they are OK and make sure they have necessities. If older neighbors need something at the store, get it for them. Friends and neighbors who are anxious, send them a card or note with positive comments on it. Give people hope. If you don’t want to send a card, send an e mail checking up on people.

    If possible, get some meals from drive thru’s and support local businesses that are still open. Most churches in my area of Ohio are closed; however, some have come up with creative ways of having service: drive in church services and streaming services. One pastor even got a cherry picker and preached from that to his congregation who were parked in the parking lot!

    When you go to the grocery store smile at other shoppers; most people I see look anxious and scared. Thank the stock personnel and cashiers; don’t get more product than what you need. It is the little things that can make all the difference.

    If you are divorced and have a shared parenting plan, do everything possible to make it work because many children are stressed out over this. If you are in an intact family, remain calm and pray with your children. Yes, going through this is difficult. However, I think of my parents who went through the Great Depression and World War II and they survived and came out stronger. I think that we can too.

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    • I saw an old quarantine poster today. It reminded me that, except for the centenarians among us, our whole lives have been lived on the other side of that massive, devastating worldwide Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918. We got through that, and we’ll get through this, too. We’re Americans.

      This Too Shall Pass…great essay, chief.

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  9. booger71 says:

    Thanks Sundance…I needed some hope and a good slap upside of my head. I will do my level best to be more positive.

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  10. OhNoYouDont says:

    Unfortunately, this site has evolved into the ‘blame game’, while pinning narrow arguments defending extremely partisan positions.

    As a former “Screaming Eagle”, these impediments will not deter myself from filtering through the noise to receive current events I seek from CTH …

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  11. luke says:

    Nice post SD.

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  12. Skidroe says:

    I was being sarcastic!

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  13. lemontree says:

    I have to admit I was pissed when I heard “end of April “. But then I decided I can complain and worry about it, but I know from experience you can’t see clearly while in the midst of the storm. You just don’t have the perspective until it passes. Imagine the stress our President is under making this type of decision. You know he agonized over it something awful before telling the country something he never thought he’d have to do. I think we can agree in a month we will all have a better idea if this was a good idea or not . Don’t stress too much over it, it’s not good for any of us.

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    • starfcker says:

      Remember this, Lemontree. By giving you that number now, you’ll be able to start wrapping your mind around how you will make it to that date. If conditions on the ground improve, you can bet your bottom dollar our President will cut it short. I said a few weeks ago, this may be his best moment. Nice to have a man with real leadership skills at a time like this. Not having a strict ideological bent, and having the ability to adapt best practices in all cases is key to what he’s doing. It’s key to everything he does. That’s how the successful in life operate. A moral core, and operational flexibility.

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      • highlander says:

        —-amen and a thousand up-votes Starf — reading and re-reading every sentence, and finding you are restoring and steadying my perspective. ~~~So easy to get off-kilter! Thanks enormously. Be well, stay safe all—-L.

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      • joshashland says:

        While I realize this quarantine extension is annoying to a lot of people I say cowboy up.
        Let me tell you about a ‘cowboy’ I know well and love very much. He was diagnosed with CLL in his early 30’s. Told don’t worry by the oncologist ” It’s a very slow growing cancer” albeit with no cure.
        After 3 years of wait and watch it took an aggressive turn.Chemo , clinical trials, off and on . Remission 2x
        Fast forward 15 years, A bone marrow donor was found! He has no siblings so this was t a miracle. A bone marrow transplant was done last summer. After hospital stay , he was allowed to go home and ‘quarantine’ with his wife and children. No easy task with school age kids in the house.
        Missing out on all the kids baseball ( he had been a coach) Soccer, football and gymnastics.
        Father daughter dance…nope.
        Barber.. nope
        supermarket…nope
        restaurants…nope
        Well you get the idea. Nothing that involves anything social. Not even the kids were allowed to have friends over.
        No visits from anyone outside the immediate family. Not even his mother.

        April 1 2020 he was due to start inoculations. Measles munps etc. . That may be postponed. Fortunately he has been working from home since December.
        No early release for him. Things are on hold. He was looking forward to May and the end of all the isolation.
        And not once has he complained that it wasn’t fair. He even said ” How weird is it that I get this life saving transplant and it works and then along comes a world wide plague ?”
        Soon , soon he sees a future and has cowboyed up for almost a year.
        I pray for him daily.
        2-6 weeks is a piece of cake.

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  14. Lev25v10 says:

    All this is good and fine… except without turning our hearts back to God, this time of trial is pointless. We either wake up as a nation and repent for turning our backs on God, killing babies every day and destroying the traditional family or we have lost what many died to give us. This may be the last call to save this nation.

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  15. Steve F says:

    Best article I’ve read yet on this pandemic. Keep it up Sundance!

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  16. JG3 says:

    Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
    What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
    One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
    The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
    The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually,
    and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
    All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come,
    thither they return again. Ecclesiastes 1:2-7 KJV

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    • Lev25v10 says:

      Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34. American became great, because we served the God of Heaven and Earth. To become great again, we need to return humbly to the God of Heaven and Earth.

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  17. TheShaz says:

    I am one of the lucky ones that can work from home. Up to just recently I was paycheck to paycheck and I know what millions are going thru as the economy stalls out.

    But I can still go to the grocery store, thanks to farmers, truckers and the staff at Wal*Mart. I live next to a huge retirement community just south of Tampa, I see EMS out doing their jobs. I drive by the local hospital knowing that they are all dialed up for Corona.

    We are the country that gets things done. Yes there has been some atrophy involved but emergencies have the tendency to kick people into gear.

    Seeing how private industry both small & large are working with the federal and state level governments gives me a sense of pride that is quickly replaced with disgust when the Fake News Media and some politicians use this emergency to grandstand.

    I know that if I can see this, so can others.

    We will get thru this crisis and come roaring back. I have zero doubt of that.

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  18. Raptors2020 says:

    In the early days of television:
    They only broadcast for a few hours a day. A test pattern of the head of an indian chief would appear on the screen. People would turn on their TVs in the late afternoon and stare at that image. Howdy Doody would begin the broadcast day (a puppet show).

    Our loathsome journalists are on TV. They are given respect because? They’re on TV. Like most things in life, this too shall pass. America awaits the arrival of the next Drudge. A compiler of citizen journalists. Some will be crackpots, some will be stars. They won’t be messenger boys for the Democrat Party, which is what we have now. By God, thought will be required!

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  19. Judith says:

    Wonderfully uplifting post! Thank you Sundance! The merry go round has stopped for one moment in time. This is a time for introspection. This is a time
    for reflection. And this is a time for service to one’s fellow man. Thank you for noticing and for commenting on this Sundance.

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  20. frankmystery says:

    Great post Sundance! There’s wisdom here. Yes I’m personally hurting over this situation but there’s nothing constructive I can do by bitching about it so I’ll recommit to being part of the solution and spend less time vomiting my troubles.

    I joined 2 weeks ago a local Facebook group to help feed truckers so they can keep us all alive! We post locations and rotate getting them drive through or whatever so they feel appreciated. It feels great to help out those that so few understand keep everything running.

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  21. burginthorn says:

    We just went through the worst bush fires our country has ever experienced. Who flew halfway around the world to help us? Americans. They are good mates to have.

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  22. Newhere says:

    WOW. Thank you Sundance. I am going to come back an read this every day. Because every day is a battle between light and darkness in my own mind. And EVERY DAY I can do SOMETHING.

    Please fellow Treepers — share what you’ve done or will do!

    I have walked to my immediate neighbors to check on them, make sure they have my number. I brought one, who feeds stray cats, a big bag of cat food.

    I am growing 8 vegetable beds — will be way more than I need and will share.

    I’ve done the drive through at local businesses.

    I brought my elderly mom down to live with me in early March, when it looked like here major metropolitan area would be among the first “hit.” When I did it, I was afraid she’d be in a locked down city alone. Probably not — but still much more calming for both of us to have her here.

    I’ve been thinking about the many pets (mostly dogs) that people may have to give up do to money, chaotic living situations, or illness. One thing many of us might be able to do is TEMPORARY FOSTER. My dog doesn’t get along with others; but I have a yard cottage I can outfit with crates and fresh air/temp control, and create a dog run right beside it. I could take in 1-3 dogs — perhaps enable someone who might otherwise have to surrender their companion a chance to weather the storm and then reunite.

    And here’s one more potential idea: start a “loyalty program” with our local businesses, where we customers pay more for a while to help get our community vendors back into full swing — then when they’re healthy again we get a small discount. So for example, you sign up for your favorite restaurant’s program, and for the next year you pay a 20% premium on each bill; then the following year, you get a 10% discount on each bill. It could be coupled with pre-pay for those who can afford it — like buying store card with $300 to then recoup over the year.

    So that’s what I got so far!

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  23. hardworkinghousewife says:

    What is the agricultural disease control agent and what is its purpose?

    Like

  24. alligatriot says:

    Thank you.

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  25. Retired IG says:

    Want to add my thanks as well to you Sundance for this post. Such a great relief from yet more “advice” on why a person should be shaking and quaking. Many in my area are laid off. hourly workers. Lots of seniors too, “laid off” from their social lives.
    For me the worst part of this is how the seniors are getting the message that hey are the most vulnerable. As if they weren’t already.
    In my experience the seniors are the friendliest in the grocery stores They are not used to “being shunned” just because one of us might make them sick. .
    My recently departed Auntie M spent her Sundays frequenting grocery stores on Sunday. It was part of her social life. She also played cards or Mah Jong or card games four days a week and drove her car up until the day she died.
    She’d be spitting nails right now if she were hearing the message “be afraid and careful around seniors.” But she, as well as my parents , aunts, and uncles, and grandparents alike experienced the Great Depression as well as WWI and WWII. Hardship in any form made them stronger, not weaker. Whining over the lack of toilet paper would be the funniest thing they ever heard of. I can only imagine the jokes.
    Apologize for the long missive. Am so GRATEFUL TO read the words, “This too shall pass.”

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  26. Jus wundrin says:

    And obama would lie “you didn’t build that” to The cheers of the MSM.

    Great post, SD. Thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

  27. I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve worked from home for the last ten years. So when the schools closed down, I get to watch my eight year old granddaughter. And even though my heart was irreparably broken when my wife divorced me, I can still give her extra money to help her with bills. When the lady that cleans my house every other week was worried because her clients couldn’t afford to pay her, I told her to come every week and gave her a small raise. I still don’t know to this day how I can still walk after a helicopter crash in the military 40 years ago, but even in pain I can still play a pretty good game of golf. If God told me I would be in immense pain for the rest of my life, but I would get to spend just one day with my grandkids and be able to still help out others, I would consider my life to be the best life in the world.

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  28. billrla says:

    Outstanding. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. warrprin1 says:

    I love the photo: Liberty Island with our beautiful Statue holding her lamp aloft in greeting, is welcoming the enormous white hospital ship with the yuuge red cross emblems. Breathtaking.

    Gives a whole new meaning to, “Help is on the way”.

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  30. TreeClimber says:

    Can I respectfully request an addition to that list? =) The Texas boys in their monster trucks who fished the stranded National Guard rescuers out of the hurricane (Harvey?) floodwaters…

    Liked by 14 people

  31. TheAbidingDude says:

    Embrace the suck. But please maintain social distancing while doing so.

    Liked by 2 people

  32. sundance says:

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    • rebelinme2 says:

      This photo is inspirational, especially in view of seeing several posts online today about how Georgia is being hit by the coronavirus. Your article is a bright reminder of reality in in a sea of distressing MSM negativity. I have been telling others throughout this to look on the bright side, This too shall pass …just make the best of it and hang in there.

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  33. Elizabeth G says:

    Excellent article Sundance and spot on!! Thank you!!

    Liked by 4 people

  34. sundance says:

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  35. Tony d says:

    #1 writing in my book. Forwarded to everyone I know first thing tomorrow.

    Liked by 2 people

  36. dallasdan says:

    I am happy to pile-on with more praise for another excellent commentary that is also uplifting. Thanks, SD!

    Liked by 3 people

  37. nkmommy says:

    This very much needed to be said. Thank you.

    Liked by 3 people

  38. grlangworth says:

    Right on the money, Sundance.

    Liked by 2 people

  39. snowfalling says:

    Thank you sundance. Yes, this too shall pass. Continue supporting our president and we will have a better world coming out of this crisis. In God we trust.

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  40. JustTheFactsPlease says:

    Sundance, thank you very much for the inspiring article!

    Here are some things we might do:

    1) Pray.

    2) If our doctor gives the ok, then we might donate blood. Blood banks are running low these days. (At least mine is.)

    3) If we get groceries delivered, we can give the delivery person a good tip (if their company takes tips), and thank them for doing an important job. (Their job is important, because it keeps some shoppers out of grocery stores.)

    4) If we see an inaccurate statement in an online news website, we can write a correction to the statement. President Trump is trying so hard, to keep both us and the economy healthy. It doesn’t help anyone, when someone falsely accuses him of something.

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  41. Jan Pauliny-Toth says:

    By Graham Dockery, RT
    In times of crisis, people look to the president for leadership. But the media’s criticism of Donald Trump misses the point: New York is sick not because of POTUS, but because of an endemic rot at every level of government.

    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/484438-new-york-coronavirus-failure/

    RT is much maligned, but unless not discussing the Putin elephant in the room, thay have good writers.

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  42. Fools Gold says:

    My daughter and daughter in law are TN RN’s. Today I told both of them to think hard about being ‘essential” to this country and their trade and that I worked in a very valuable industry in our nations defense and felt essential in my long time career but it was my opinion because there was no mention of what me and my colleagues were contributing to the future capabilities. Both young lady’s were bashful at my remarks toward them but both walked away from me very proud of theirselves and Thankful for me telling them the reality in a medical crisis. Just so you understand both are passionate about their work and both are advancing their education, one graduates to a nurse practitioner in June. The other receives her master this fall and is considering strongly to advance her education to receive a nursing home administrator license. I’m a very proud of them but you should hang out with my genuine genius grandson and 3 granddaughters. One wants to be an Anesthesiologist, another a ER Surgeon, another a elementary school teacher, and one a AF pilot and scientist. I’m amazed by their smarts and wisdom at their age daily. I’m also amazed by their friends from their schools. This generation is going to be unstoppable IMHO…just not the majority unfortunately. All of my kids are Trump supporters and know exactly what was and what they want the future to be like. I give most of the credit Thanks to my favorite all time President!

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  43. Uncle Max says:

    Its’ been a up and down weekend for me. Todays’ announcement that he was going with advice and extending the Federal guidelines to April 30th hit me. Not happy. But as I’ve had time to ponder it tonight, nothing is set and stone and it makes a GREAT bookend to his tweet Friday that he was thinking of doing a Federal Q of NY, NJ, and CT.
    He has positioned himself and the WH right where he needs to be. No leak from anyone can hurt him and Dr. F can’t really say crap b/c POTUS obviously went with what he wanted.

    Governors of NY, NJ, and CT pleaded no Q, and so, there is none, but POTUS was willing to go there. So he’s calling the bluff of the scare-mongers, staying hopeful and positive but firm. He’s knowingly causing pain and wants it to stop but fully knows the traps the media and the Democrats , AND the GOPe keep throwing in front of him. All of them are desperate to damage him in his second term with this. It’s about lame duck status on Nov 3rd. They know he cannot be beat at this point. That’s my take.

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    • Uncle Max says:

      and to SD’s post… the positivity of the President and all the American corporations and regular Americans that are rising to the challenge is inspiring. The President is keeping this a federalist response… a state by state response as much as he can and he is being generous. He is leading and has grown as our President. I feel sorry for the folks that can’t see it… can’t accept him; never have. Their hatred blinds them. They are in for a very rough summer as things get good.

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  44. noswamp says:

    SD, thank you!

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  45. wodiej says:

    Amen to that first paragraph.

    Liked by 1 person

  46. muskea says:

    THANK YOU LORD JESUS, FOR ALL OUR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS…..WE LOOK TO YOU THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH…………

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  47. fred5678 says:

    Between Big Pharma ramping up production of HCQ way back on MARCH 20 and FDA March 29 announcement of HCQ approval, USA may make Easter after all!!

    If (a big if) it only takes massive domestic shipments of 5 day combo packs of CHQ, Z-Paks, and zinc for all of $20. Maybe a special on Amazon???

    Read this and count the TENS of MILLIONS of doses about to be in the pipeline:

    https://drugstorenews.com/pharma-companies-ramp-production-hydroxychloroquine-support-covid-19-response

    I predict a big move up in DJI this week.

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  48. Frank says:

    Reading this with my morning coffee before work, same as usual. Trump says he wants this stuff wrapped by Easter. I agree with him. My employer says elective surgeries have been delayed until April 10th, so they’re basically saying the same thing. They want things back to normal soon, too. In many cases, “elective” surgery can only be delayed a little while before it becomes emergency surgery, and nobody wants to do that. So I hope things get back to normal soon.

    And remember what the democrats did to you. Remember their bans against chloroquinine and against anything that threatened their beloved Chinese virus. Remember those GD psychopaths when it comes your turn to vote later this year.

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    • convert says:

      Absolutely. These insane extremist Dem governor’s and the press have really revealed themselves and their mental illness to everyone. I’m betting quite a few suburban mom’s who voted for Hilary! are going to flip. Bigly.

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  49. Kerry_On says:

    Sundance, This one of your best. Thanks for reminding us all of what’s in our DNA.

    Liked by 3 people

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