By George Smith

Congress — both houses — is on vacation.


Both Democrats and Republicans are pathetic images of public servants for leaving Washington-on-the-Deficit to go home and campaign after not agreeing on a stimulus package for American workers.

This cadre of cowards left town without confronting an attack on the Postal Service by an out-of-control psychotic president and his administration of lab monkeys trained to do his bidding, a bevy of executive orders (one of which is an overt attack in Social Security and Medicare) and a jittery populous fatigued by a never-ending pandemic and financial and familial concerns.

Way to go, Elected Officials! Proud of you, we are!

As it has been for almost four years, the blame game starts with President Trump and his Corps of Rump Huggers. Almost to a person, Washington’s Republicans stand in abject lockstep with the whims, dewhims and rewhims of this cock-brained president; time after time they ignore historical perspectives, societal norms and plain ol’ common sense to embrace the will o’ the wisp brain gasses emitted by an unhinged would-be dictator.

Too harsh? Sorry, just getting warmed up.

By his own words, Donald J. Trump admitted to undermining the foundation of democracy — the right  to vote — by, first, naming a new postmaster general who will do his bidding, and, then, denying money and resources to ensure American citizens can be assured that every vote in the November election is accepted and counted.

Trump is using the pandemic as a diversion from his gutting the postal service of internal resources, proclaiming his opposition to an adequate budget to ensure an honest election and to sow seeds of uncertainy to enlarge the abyss between party loyalists.

A news report of contractors picking up remote post office mail receptacles, to cut down on mail drop-off points, created a firestorm of negative comments and resulted in the replacement of the mail drop-off boxes.

Such strong-arm tactics to inhibit voting, a fundamental right of any democracy, should give every patriot, every American, pause. Why would any public official, much less the nation’s president, want to inhibit the right to vote for thus nation’s citizens?

One word: Fear.

President Trump is afraid of the wrath of a majority of America’s citizens voting and expressing their frustration with his juvenile attacks on those who oppose his moronic actions, and who see him as an emotional cripple who believes empathy is a fault and uses the power of his office to force his will on the “unwashed masses”. More and more Americans are seeing his administration’s inability to conceive of a clear-cut national policy to address the COVID 19 pandemic and getting more angry with each absurd statement by administration cheerleaders.

Trump is cracking, afraid of what November 3 will bring.

And, well, he should. But his every off-the-wall tweet, every disjointed news conference, every call to his friendly media outlets and every executive order intended to shore up his Pied Piper-following base, he is simply driving more nails into his political coffin.

He is panicking. His moves are now becoming predictable as his panic over losing the election grows.

That is bad for President Trump. But, in the long run, good for this nation.

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August 15, 2020

New Cases Friday: Harrison-0.     Gregg 14

FROM THE LONGVIEW PAPER’ Friday:”Hospitalizations in Longview related to COVID-19 have increased to 123 — up from 119 reported Monday, Browne said. He added that not all of those patients live in Gregg County.

Browne also noted a trend of younger people without underlying health issues needing to be hospitalized and moved into intensive care units.”The fact that younger people are getting it and becoming sicker is a concern,”

SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing of skin for COVID-19 diagnostics: a case report    In summary, this case emphasises the use of SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing of skin biopsy samples as an additional diagnostic tool, helping to shed light on the actual prevalence of COVID-19 in the general population. Additionally, further studies are needed to understand to what extent and at what point during their disease course patients with COVID-19 actually develop immunity—a question of uttermost importance, especially with regards to the currently ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine to SARS-CoV-2, and the concept of herd immunity generation.


1. Robust T Cell Immunity in Convalescent Individuals with Asymptomatic or Mild COVID-19 (Cell) Researchers systematically mapped the functional and phenotypic landscape of SARS-CoV-2-specific T cell responses in unexposed individuals, exposed family members, and individuals with acute or convalescent COVID-19. Acute phase SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells displayed a highly activated cytotoxic phenotype that correlated with various clinical markers of disease severity, whereas convalescent-phase SARS-CoV-2-specific T cells were polyfunctional and displayed a stem-like memory phenotype. The collective dataset shows that SARS-CoV-2 elicits robust, broad, and highly functional memory T cell responses, suggesting that natural exposure or infection may prevent recurrent episodes of severe COVID-19.2.Exclusive: U.S. to Make Coronavirus Strain for Possible Human Challenge Trials (Reuters) U.S. government scientists have begun efforts to manufacture a strain of the novel coronavirus that could be used in human challenge trials of vaccines, a controversial type of study in which healthy volunteers would be vaccinated and then intentionally infected with the virus.The work is preliminary and such trials would not replace large-scale, Phase 3 trials such as those now underway in the United States testing experimental COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N), according to a statement emailed to Reuters by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.Covid-19 “long haulers” are organizing online to study themselves

Effect of an Inactivated Vaccine Against SARS-CoV-2 on Safety and Immunogenicity Outcomes
 In this interim report of phase 1 and phase 2 trials of an inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, patients had a low rate of adverse reactions and demonstrated immunogenicity; the study is ongoing. Efficacy and longer-term adverse event assessment will require phase 3 trials.

If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead.
~ Johnny Carson

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