The “Me Donald” Doll

By George Smith

There are those who believe I am “obsessed” with the mercurial “Me Donald” doll that happens to be president of the United States.

Please remember: I would have very little word-fodder with which to work concerning Donald Trump if he did not constantly draw attention to himself by doing, saying and tweeting stupid combinations of unvetted words.

You know, like the actions that resulted in this headline; “Trump wages war on CDC over ‘tough’ school reopening policy after lashing out at Dr Fauci”

What could the president possibly be thinking? Attacking HIS administration’s national disease control and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who, in polls, is one of the most trusted people on the planet when it comes to pandemic advice? What rational thought-path ended at that metaphorical cliff?

Trump wants the nation’s schools to open next month. Period. Paragraph. The president hisownself wants schools open, regardless of the coronavirus status, regardless of the Center for Disease Control  guidelines, or feelings of various state officials, school boards, teachers or parents.

Is it clear that Trump wants the schools open, just like  he wants stores and businesses open, and just like he wants to have full-blown “Trump Luv” rallies, just like he wants the virus to disappear.

What Trump wants, he wants…and fully expects to get. Do not try and insert reality into the conversation; it is, as Lightnin’ Hopkins decreed,  just a dead skunk in the middle of the road, a bump, a mere hiccup.

This egocentric man-baby, in his mind,  is not living in the real world that is defining 2020. His off-of-the track slot car mind is laser-focused on giving the economy a shot of optimistic adrenaline, believing that his edicts will halt COVID 29 and that — like a hopeful sigh…Ahhhhhhhh — everything will be back to normal.

(Sound of snapping fingers.)

“Donald. Donald. Mr. President! Please wake up! The country NEEDS you!”

But, sadly, it seems not in the cards for President Trump to obtain a level of knowledge and a sufficient degree of empathy to understand that this country is in the throes of a medical crisis of gargantuan proportions and a companion economic pandemic that has brought the country to its knees.

Record bankruptcies, big chain stores shuttering across the country, residents dying in record numbers…with no end in sight.

All this, and our president is casting blame to any and all the will o’ the wisps that could damage his re-election chances. This week he even  threatened anyone, including state and school officials, who will not follow his decision to reopen schools regardless of the virus status, of local situations, of health officials’ advice.

The nation is not well. Neither is its president.

Isn’t it time — no, past time — for members of his own party to confront him and persuade him to resign for the good of the country and the Republican Party.

Do I believe he will resign? Not for a minute.

Do I believe the Republicans in Congress will confront the president? Collectively, the GOP bloc in Congress has the combined backbone of an  eggplant.

So, here we are. The only ones who   can change this path of national self-destruction are those reading this column and those of a like mind.

Vote in November to end the Trump reign  and oust His enablers up for re-election.

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July 9, 2020

July 8, 2020 – 5 new cases to report and 2 recoveries says Judge Sims. 

LONGVIEW AND TYLER HAVE HAD MASSIVE INCREASES OF COVID CASES. CHECK THE PAPERS FOR DETAILS. They must have been testing there recently. “”The free COVID testing sites organized by TDEM do not require the clients to have any symptoms of COVID 19,” George Roberts, NET Health CEO, said. “While we do not have precise data, it appears that many individuals who tested positive for COVID 19 were asymptomatic.”

Free COVID testing is scheduled for Harrison County TODAY, at the Civic Center, 9-4. First come, first tested. No appointment is necessary. This type of test is good if you feel sick, have been around someone with Covid, or need reassurance—like children who have fever and sore throats and runny noses. Could they have COVID? Yes, they could; it may come to pass that COVID will be more common than the “common cold”  for a while. Wear your masks. 

COVID daily census reports are not available for 8 July, nor are the hospital reports. 

JOHNS HOPKINS REPORTS1.  “…and there are reports that major health systems in some parts of Texas are quickly filling with COVID-19 patients. In fact, more than 20 states have reported increased COVID-19 hospitalizations over the past 2 weeks. There are concerns that existing supply of critical personal protective equipment (PPE)—including surgical masks, gowns, and gloves—could once again be in short supply as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase. 

2. Amid New Surge In Virus Cases, Israel’s Top Public Health Official Resigns (NPR) Israel’s top public health official resigned Tuesday, claiming leaders ignored her warnings and reopened the country too quickly, driving a new surge of COVID-19 cases that officials are scrambling to contain.

3. My Covid-19 Symptoms Have Lasted More than 100 Days, and I’m Not Alone. Will They Ever End? (STAT) I’ve now logged nearly four months of symptoms, with little sign of returning completely to my pre-Covid self. As a physician, I was aware of the concept of post-viral syndromes; as a patient, this concept brings a dismal new meaning, signaling the possibility of a new disease and everything is unknown — especially how long the symptoms will last, and which of them might be permanent. (written by a physician).

4. Some good news: Scientists Make Precise Edits to Mitochondrial DNA for First Time (Nature) A peculiar bacterial enzyme has allowed researchers to achieve what even the popular CRISPR–Cas9 genome-editing system couldn’t manage: targeted changes to the genomes of mitochondria, cells’ crucial energy-producing structures. The technique — which builds on a super-precise version of gene editing called base editing — could allow researchers to develop new ways to study, and perhaps even treat, diseases caused by mutations in the mitochondrial genome.

Call for Retired Licensees and Out-of-State Providers

J. Harris: The Texas Medical Association and state medical authorities are asking doctors who have been retired 4 years or less as well as out of state doctors to go back to work in Texas and expediting the credentialing necessary to practice medicine in the state. Obviously, the medical folks think we might run short of doctors in the near future in Texas. Better wear that Mask.

I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off!

 Waking up this morning was an eye-opening experience.

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HCIDA Courthouse Endowment Board

announces installation of survey markers indicating the property boundaries

determined by recent survey of the Harrison County Courthouse Square

The Harrison County Industrial Development Authority (HCIDA) Board of Directors, most commonly referred to as the Courthouse Endowment Board, shared that the official survey markers connected with the recent HCIDA-funded survey of the property associated with the 1901 restored Harrison County Courthouse and Courthouse Square in downtown Marshall, will be installed on Thursday, July 9.

These 4-inch brass survey markers will designate the official corners and property boundaries of the Courthouse Square owned by Harrison County.

The survey of the property associated with the 1901 restored Harrison County Courthouse and Courthouse Square was recommended by the Texas Historical Commission (THC) earlier this year. The 9-member volunteer HCIDA Board voted in February to fund the survey in order to confirm the property boundaries. The survey was done in coordination with Harrison County.

Mark Patheal of MTX Surveying performed the survey, which was funded and managed by the HCIDA Board and volunteer Harrison Courthouse Manager.  Funded by the Courthouse endowment, the survey was carried out at no cost to the taxpayers of Harrison County.

Christina Anderson, president of the HCIDA Board of Directors, shared:  “We look forward to sharing with the Commissioners Court, the Texas Historical Commission, and our community the final results of the survey and the final survey report once the markers are installed and the survey is certified. It will be exciting to be able to share a definitive determination of the property boundaries not only for our community’s current purposes but also for all future purposes going forward.”

Ms. Anderson added that the HCIDA Board has kept Judge Chad Sims and the Commissioners Court, as well as the Texas Historical Commission, apprised of every aspect of the progress of the survey throughout the process.

The survey was informed by extensive historical research, legal analysis, and the compilation of relevant historical documents dating back to 1841, carried out by former Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson, who now serves in a volunteer capacity as Harrison Courthouse Manager, working with the HICDA Board in accomplishing the Board’s two-fold mission and work.

Created in 2010, the HCIDA Board of Directors has a two-fold mission a) to preserve, protect, and grow the Courthouse endowment which was established by the Commissioners Court in 2009 after the completion of the restoration of the 1901 Courthouse and b) to assist Harrison County with the ongoing preservation of the restored 1901 Harrison County Courthouse in perpetuity.

In 2009, after the completion of the restoration of the 1901 Courthouse, the Courthouse endowment was proposed and structured by then-County Judge Richard Anderson through the sale of historic tax credits and approved by the Commissioners Court.

The County transferred the proceeds from the sale of the historic tax credits in order to establish a Courthouse endowment which was created to assist the County with the ongoing preservation of the restored 1901 Courthouse in perpetuity so that the Courthouse would never go into disrepair again. As part of the HCIDA Board’s two-fold mission, the HCIDA Board has invested and managed the endowment funds so that they continue to grow for the purpose of assisting the County with the ongoing Courthouse preservation.

In recent years, in addition to the Courthouse Square survey in 2020, the HCIDA Board of Directors has carried out six other permanent improvement-related projects on the restored 1901 Courthouse. These projects include a Conditions Assessment of the restored building in 2015 to establish the permanent improvement needs going forward, as well as re-painting and repair of all exterior windows and doors of the Courthouse, the repainting of the area around the interior rotunda, replacing and installing UV-resistant sealant on the Courthouse and surrounding sidewalks, repainting the exterior handrails, and re-upholstering the 14 jury chairs in the historic courtroom.

These HCIDA projects have totaled approximately $95,000. All projects were funded and managed by the volunteer HCIDA Board and volunteer Courthouse Manager at no cost to the taxpayers of Harrison County. The Courthouse endowment is the only Courthouse endowment of its kind in the state of Texas.

The members of the HCIDA Board include Christina Anderson, President; Chief Reggie Cooper, Vice President, Veronica King, Secretary; Eric Neal, Treasurer; Dr. Blair Blackburn, Commissioner Jay Ebarb, Jack Redmon, Commissioner Zephaniah Timmins, and Amanda Wynn.

The HCIDA will share the results of the survey and more information about the process, as well as the historical research that informed the survey, once the survey is officially certified in the coming week.

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