USA Today on China’s Side

I am referring to today’s article.

In aggravation (all emphases mine):

“This is such a dangerous dynamic for the world,” said Rachel Esplin Odell, a China expert with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, which advocates restraint in U.S. military policy.

“This is kind of the archetypal issue on which you would hope to have cooperation among the whole world – but especially among leading powers – because the downside is so high when you don’t have it,” said Jacob Stokes, a senior China policy analyst with the U.S. Institute of Peace, a nonpartisan institute.

But U.S.-China relations are “the worst they’ve been in nearly 50 years,” said Stokes, a former national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.

Yong Wang, who directs the American studies center at Peking University in Beijing, said relentless rhetoric from the Trump administration blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak risks a new “Cold War.” It could also undermine the view of America among the Chinese public, he said.

Does Trump need to tread carefully? (subhead; no corresponding ‘Does Xi need to tread carefully?’ headings).

Wang, the Peking University expert, said that if the U.S. pushes ahead with threats to seek coronavirus-related damages against China or to “decouple” the two economies, it probably would backfire. China is already starting to show signs that it will be the first economy to recover from the crisis, putting Beijing in a stronger position to retaliate if relations deteriorate further. (straight up propaganda, no evidence submitted)

In mitigation:

China has also come under fire for its lack of transparency over the outbreak, particularly in the initial stage, when it censored information about the virus and silenced doctors who tried to raise alarms. That sparked an intense backlash inside China – which Xi quickly moved to stifle – as well as abroad. 

Even now, U.S. officials and health experts have questioned whether China’s infection rates and death toll can be trusted. Raising further concerns, Beijing has restricted access to its research on the virus, according to a CNN report.

In a startling propaganda video, China’s government has openly mocked Trump’s attempts to down play the virus.

Paean to Governor Andrew Cuomo

Published in, natch.

Quotes follow, my emphases.

“While the video has a political subject, its real purpose is to cheer us up, not stir us up, as it pokes fun at everyone who has the luxury of going stir crazy while being sheltered safely in place.”

“Titled ‘KoCuomo,’ the video rewrites the Beach Boys’ ‘Kokomo’ into a musical tribute to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.”

“The video shows life dragging in the house – dishes pile up, showers are optional. But when Cuomo comes on for his daily news briefing, everyone is rapt and riveted, ‘in love with words of our take-charge guv.‘”


Half-truth from USA today

Researchers are hard at work trying to come up with an answer and there’s no clear consensus, but one telling fact stands out: The number of deaths the U.S. endured in April is larger than the combined total during the entirety of the pandemic for the next two countries on the list, Italy and Great Britain (54,738).


Populations (per

Italy = 60.43 million

Great Britain = 66.49 million

USA = 327.17 million

Summary: USA has 2.57 times the combined population of Italy and Great Britain.

I also note the editorializing ” . . . telling fact . . .”.  What makes this ‘fact’ telling?

I find USAToday useful for learning latest DNC talking points, less useful for learning latest news.

Belated Apologies to Gov. Raimondo (RI)

Within 24 hours she expanded her order to allow state police to stop ANY car entering RI, not just cars with NY license plates.  Since last week other governors are acting to restrict entry (TX and FL).  However, police still started going door-to-door. The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state.

Gov. G. Raimondo (D) channels her inner tyrant

Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

That is Bloomberg’s headline, not my characterization, but I added the bolding.

Lead paragraph: “Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.”  [my emphasis].

  1.  I am so old that I can remember when electing women to office would result in a kinder, gentler country.   Good times, good times.
  2.  The work-around is easy.  If stopped in your car, or being held face down on the floor at gunpoint, tell them you are an illegal immigrant.  You will be released and maybe even get a voucher for 1 free year at a RI college.
  3.  Old CW: we are in this together.  RI CW: we hate you and fear you.

I hope the RI TV stations include coverage of the house-to-house searches, including knocking on door, search perimeters, and control points.

Panic Jim Tedesco

Showing his inner tyrant.  Topic in the link:

Naturally he refused responsibility: ‘Tedesco said he was forced into the executive order “in a further effort to slow the spread of the pandemic.”‘

Wimpy passive voice found here in executive order: “Despite instructions from federal, state, and local officials to make every attempt to stay at home and avoid crowds, some Bergen County parks have noted that people continue to visit parks in large numbers, gather in parking lots, bathrooms, and popular spots despite guidelines to maintain a social distance from other people. ” [my emphases].

  1.  “Make every attempt”: well, maybe people did, or a lot of them did.  Making an attempt is making an attempt.
  2.  “Some . . .  parks have noted”: tell me more about these apparent self-reporting, non-human reporting systems.


The closed parks are

a. Ramapo Valley County Reservation Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202), Mahwah.

b. Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah.

c. Darlington County Park, 600 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah.

The Incurious NJ.COM

Gov. Murphy of NJ is unhappy.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s “really damned unhappy” to hear stories he’s hearing about New Jersey residents not abiding by his stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus outbreak and warned Sunday to expected a law enforcement crackdown.

“There’s too many people not paying attention to this. We’ve about had it. We’re not happy,” Murphy said during a conference call to update the state on the latest cases.

What stories?  How many people?  How can he tell how many people are out for permitted tasks (like grocery shopping) and how many are out for non-essential reasons?  How does the governor decide there are ‘too many’?  No questions or queries.  If the governor says it, it much be true.

USA Today Supports Gov. Cuomo


As it stands now, the competitive market is producing inflationary pressures on supplies, driving up the price of masks, for instance, from 85 cents apiece to $7. Cuomo said the federal government is the only authority that can bring order to what has developed into a chaotic marketplace.

No chaos, only supply and demand.  Note later quote from the governor.

“It will be hard, but it will be OK”, he said. “There’s not going to be chaos. There’s not going to be anarchy.” [my emphasis]

My opinion remains unchanged: Governor Cuomo is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.