Trump vs W.H.O. … And Other Tidbits

For over three years, Donald Trump has seemed intent on turning against our allies, while pandering to those who are our adversaries.  At first, he only tarnished our reputation abroad and we were the laughingstock of the western world.  But then, he began doing things such as pulling out of treaties and agreements that were working to keep the world safer, touting his ridiculous “America First” policy, and the world stopped laughing.  This week, he may have driven a final nail in the coffin when, in the middle of a global pandemic with thousands of people dying every day, he cut off U.S. funding to the World Health Organization.

Why???  Because he f*cked up so badly in his own response to the coronavirus that he now needs someone else to blame.  It’s called CYA, or Cover Your Ass.  It’s also called stupid. It’s rather like shooting your surgeon in the middle of your heart surgery, or burning down your house in the middle of a blizzard.

“Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences, not the time to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health Organization or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus.” – United Nations Secretary General António Guterres

“Cutting funding to the WHO — rather than focusing on solutions — is a dangerous move at a precarious moment for the world. The AMA is deeply concerned by this decision and its wide-ranging ramifications, and we strongly urge the President to reconsider.” – Statement by the American Medical Association (AMA)

And numerous world leaders spoke out against the foolish move, as well.  The ultimate irony here is that Trump claims to be cutting off funding because he says WHO’s “severely mismanaging and covering up”, when it is Trump’s own mismanaging and covering up, his bungling response for the first two months, that has led to unnecessary loss of life.  And even today, he is putting profit ahead of people by threatening to ‘re-open’ the country by May 1st, come hell or high water, even threatening and bullying states’ governors who are planning to proceed with caution, despite Trump’s wishes.

This was another foolish move by a ‘man’ who does not understand much of anything outside his own bank account, nor does he care about much other than his own profit & pleasure.  One example … at yesterday’s ‘press briefing’, in defense of his desire to reopen the nation quickly, he said …

“We have to get our sports back. I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old.  But I haven’t actually had too much time to watch. I would say maybe I watch one batter then I get back to work.”

Awww … pobrecito!

Nicholas Kristof’s column today, titled Trump’s Deadly Search For A Scapegoat, provides further enlightenment … please take a minute to check it out!


Meanwhile … in other news

This was the scene this morning in Chicago …Chicago-icePortions of a Chicago expressway left icy by a wintry blast that brought overnight snowfall led to a pileup involving of dozens of vehicles early Wednesday, sending 14 people to hospitals, officials said.Chicago-ice-2About 50 vehicles were involved in the 5 a.m. pileup along the Kennedy Expressway, the Chicago Fire Department said. The crash prompted Illinois State Police to close all of the expressway’s southbound lanes near Chicago’s North Avenue for about three hours, and multiple northbound lanes also were closed temporarily.

Chicago fire officials said 14 people were transported to area hospitals and 32 others were evaluated at the scene.Chicago-ice-3Makes it a bit hard to believe it’s mid-April, doesn’t it?


Remember I mentioned in one or the other of my snarky snippets last week that Trump was insisting his name be the signatory on the stimulus checks that will be going out to individuals?  Well, the egomaniac got his way – sort of.  According to The Washington Post

The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump’s name printed on stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is rushing to send to tens of millions of Americans, a process that could slow their delivery by a few days, senior IRS officials said.

The unprecedented decision, finalized late Monday, means that when recipients open the $1,200 paper checks the IRS is scheduled to begin sending to 70 million Americans in coming days, “President Donald J. Trump” will appear on the left side of the payment.

Turns out that Trump is not legally authorized to sign for legal disbursements by the U.S. Treasury, so he had to settle for his name on the left-hand side of the checks.  It is a marketing ploy, in hopes that people will remember his name on the check come November 3rd, but surely the people of this nation are smart enough to realize it is their own money they are receiving?  Aren’t they?  Please?


Let’s wrap up with a bit of humour …

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77 thoughts on “Trump vs W.H.O. … And Other Tidbits

  1. Wait. Give the devil his due. For many years prior to running, Trump was genuinely racist, xenophobic, vindictive, and scornful of WHO, WTO, NATO, UN. Etc…and of everyone and everything that wasn’t Donald.

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  2. A friend of mine is a former information officer of W.H.O. and a former journalist. He says that the W.H.O. leadership is heavily influenced by China. W.H.O. has received much criticism here in Canada, but our leaders have been dodging journalists’ questions about W.H.O. mishandling Covid-19 by reiterating that they continually seek information from all international health and scientific experts (implying not just W.H.O.). It seems there is some underlying issue. Nevertheless, I don’t think cancelling funding is the answer; and even if it was, now is definitely not the time. I just cannot believe that anyone who insists his name appear on all stimulus cheques (delaying their release) could make an informed decision about anything!

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    • Of that, I have very little doubt, but still, the WHO does, I think, far more good than harm and to abandon our allies at a time like this by withholding WHO funding is unconscionable and brings us down even further in the eyes of the world. We will soon be, if we are not already, a pariah, thanks to one ‘man’ and his sycophants. Sigh. More and more, I want to ask your country for asylum!

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  3. Loved the Titanic joke, Jill! Thank you! Trump will continue to behave like he has absolute power until his party stops enabling him. They won’t. His followers love how he is thumbing his nose at the law. When Trump loses in November can civil war be far behind? I’m shuddering already!

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    • Sigh. I suspect, with so much money at stake, the party will never stop enabling him, and his followers are, for the most part, ignorant in the ways of the world, focusing only on their own small corner of it and caring not a whit for the rest. Civil War … you may well be right, for his supporters have promised violence if he is ousted by any means. Frankly, I’m hoping you can talk Justin into invading and annexing the U.S. to Canada!

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      • You know, Jill, on a serious note about Canadian annexation of the U.S., I’m confident that 70% of the American people would prefer to live with the rights guaranteed under the Canadian constitution. Universal health care is a “right” in Canada. We are far from perfect but we have a federal government that is functioning well and providing leadership while consulting daily with the 10 provincial and 3 territorial governments. Just imagine, no more NRA!!

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        • I can only speak for myself, but I would definitely prefer to live in a nation that has sane and sensible leadership, guaranteed health care, and NO MORE NRA!!! I think this nation has become so divided that it will inevitably not stand as a single nation much longer. These days, I’m glad to be old.

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  4. This is one of my favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes, it certainly is apropos at present. How is it that every time you hope that Trump cannot sink to any lower depths, he manages to do just that? The halt to funding WHO until a review of their mismanagement of the coronavirus takes place is beyond detrimental, it is preposterous! A review of the Trump Administration’s mismanagement of Covid-19 should then simultaneously be undertaken whilst their paychecks are withheld pending the findings. Does anyone recall that in January Trump was praising and thanking President Xi’s for his management? Trump cannot manage to control himself and yet he is control of the management of Covid-19…no wonder that it is so mismanaged! One final thought…does anyone know any possible reason why Trump’s name is allowed anywhere on a stimulus check, other than his monumental ego?? Thank-you!

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    • I’ve come to believe that for Trump, there is no bottom of the barrel, that he would literally kill people who got in his way. Yes, his praise of President Xi a short 3 months ago is only one of his many contradictions. For example, at one point he said there were 15 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and they would all be fine, there would be no new cases. We are now over 600,000 cases and over 30,000 deaths, and he is denying that he ever downplayed it. He is obviously not mentally right, but what’s more important, perhaps, is that he still has a loyal base who refuse to open their eyes and see the horrendous damage he has done and continues to do to not only this nation, but the world. Sigh.

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    • and from what I understand, he doesn’t have the authority to do that, just like he doesn’t have the authority to tell the states when to open. That’s a decision for them to make much as it was their individual decisions to lock down and crash the economy.

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      • Now Scott … I don’t like the isolation either, but I would not risk people’s lives. While the republican motto seems to be “Profit over People”, my own is the opposite … “People over Profit”. Hugs.

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        • without people, what profit can be had?

          It’s still a mischaracterization for the media to say the virus caused the shut down when we all know it was the governors who made those decisions, decisions which we’re finding out, were made on faulty data.

          We can’t change it, what’s done is done but this should be a lesson for all politicians going into the future, perhaps broaden the scope of experts, after all, there are many more scientists and doctors than fausi and berx. though the argument might be made that they are specialists, a similar argument from a statistical perspective can also be had for saying that there are also other experts in these same fields who could have been consulted and I’m sure would have been happy to contribute their opinions to the data that was used to drive such a political decision that has had and will continue to have far reaching and unintended consequences on the people of the world for years to come.

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    • Certainly China is not without blame for the spread of the virus, however once the virus arrived on U.S. soil, it became the responsibility of our government to do the best they could to preserve lives. They have not done that, and this is why I call out Trump for his bungling and ineptitude. Remember how, back on the campaign trail in 2016, he once said, “I alone can fix this”? Well, he had a chance to actually lead, to protect the people of this nation, and he failed.

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  5. The Burger King and the Whopper cartoon sums up Trump well. I just wonder why some people can clearly see the contradictions in the things he says, and others can’t. It’s sad that he has any support at all.

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    • I think that people see what they want to see, what is convenient, what fits in with their own views. It is a sad statement about some 40% of this country that they still, after all the madness, support him, but I’ve largely concluded they are unmovable … I’ve been trying for four years now and keep getting the same old tired lines of b.s. Sigh.

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      • You are so right, Jill. As I’ve mentioned, most of my friends and relatives are avid Trumpists who have lost all regard for reality. Because I oppose Trump, they refuse to listen to anything I say. If an angry grizzly bear were approaching them, and I warned them to go inside, they’d call the grizzly a Teddy bear and wait to pet it. If Trump told them to hand over their virgin daughters or granddaughters, they’d find a reason to justify the command and obey it. Trying to reason with them is an exercise in futility.

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        • I’ve got a question for you, Jerry. You were once a republican, yet you saw the way things were and changed course … what will it take to convince the rest to do the same? What made you make the change? Is there something we can learn from your experience? Seems to me that there MUST be a way to get through to them that this isn’t a game, that this is the future of the nation we are talking about. I just cannot comprehend that mentality that would “hand over their virgin daughters or granddaughters” … I’m trying so hard to understand it, but am failing miserably. Thumbs up to you, though, my friend!

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          • I wish I had the answer. For me, it was Trump. When Trump won his first primary I knew something was wrong with the Republican Party. Then, when I tried–futilely–to point out to my many Trump-adoring friends and relatives their hypocrisy in supporting a man who violated all the principles they’d long claimed to hold dear, and they became angry at my warnings, I began to realize there was no turning back. I was finished with the Republican Party. Even my sister, who is one of the kindest people you could ever meet and who, initially, detested Trump, went over to the dark side, persuaded by her husband and sons. The primary hurdle–and I’ve addressed this before–is that Trump’s biggest and most-loyal group of devotees is white evangelicals who honestly believe God chose Donald Trump. And if Trump is God’s man, then anyone who criticizes Trump is criticizing God. Blasphemy! I’ve tried repeatedly to show them the absurdity of such reasoning. But, I’m afraid, it’s too late. Dislodging people from a cult is extremely difficult.

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            • Jill and Jerry, you might enjoy a podcast by former congressman Joe Walsh called f*ck silence. You may remember he ray against trump but didn’t get too far in his campaign. Check it out on iTunes if you’d like.

              He’s a very engaging passionate fellow for sure and he’s backing Joe for president.

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              • I will go find that, or see if I can find a transcript, since podcasts are very difficult for me to hear with no captioning. I liked Joe Walsh from the day he announced his candidacy and the RNC did a terrible thing when they cancelled primaries in some states, making it impossible for him or Weld to stand a rabbit’s chance of winning.

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                • oh that’s right, I’m sorry, I forgot about your hearing difficulty. I don’t know if there are transcripts of his podcasts, shall I try to look for you?

                  hugs, I hope you’re doing well my friend.

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                  • No worries, Scott … how many times have I forgotten you were blind and posted pictures you couldn’t see? We manage, both of us do. If you would, I would greatly appreciate it! I got busy today and haven’t had time to look. Thanks so much! Yes, I am doing well, as are the girls. Daughter Chris being a nurse, of course I worry, but so far we are all fine. Big hugs!

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            • Jerry, best wishes. If it would help, mention you know a 61 year old white Christian man who left the GOP after 25 years. He said the GOP used to stand for something, but he no longer recognizes it. He is also sad he does not believe a word the president says. It won’t help, but may make you feel better. Keith

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            • Sigh. Thanks, Jerry, for your insight. Seems to me that there is no easy path to enlighten the 40% who think he is wonderful. Still, I am a stubborn wench and will keep on trying. Sigh.

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  6. Jill, the Conservative PM said it best. The WHO is not without fault, but defunding a group that does a lot of good when needed is unwise. On top of other leaders, Bill Gates echoed his concerns.

    As per his modus operandi, Trump makes a rash judgment to downplay the Coronavirus in January and February, even calling it a Democrat hoax. Why he missed the chance to actually be presidential and forewarn us is amazing to me.

    So, after people started dying, he could no longer stick to his message, so he got a big bucket of whitewash to say he never said those things. He even sued TV stations not to run ads using his own words saying these things.

    When that did not work like he wanted, he searched for fall guys. The WHO was convenient. Of course, he is aided by sycophants like Hannity, Limbaugh, Ingraham, Jones who all are fact challenged like the president.

    But, this is all a long time modus operandi. Five biographers wrote a long time ago of Trump’s problem with the truth. Sadly, we need to keep reminding others that taking the president at his word is a fools errand. Keith

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    • ‘Tis true that no organization or person is perfect, and WHO is no exception, but they do a heck of a lot more good than not. As for why Trump missed the opportunity to act like a president … he wears blinders and is focused only on one thing: himself. I suspect he knew that any response would require sacrifices and … his only talking point is the economy and it IS an election year. He cost lives … who knows how many of our 30,000 deaths so far might have been prevented? He’s further demolished our standing with our allies. And it isn’t anywhere near over yet. He certainly learned his lessons from Roy Cohn well, didn’t he? We simply cannot allow him another 4 years, my friend … one way or another, he has got to go, else we will have lost everything that once made this a decent nation.

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      • Jill, all leaders of the other G7 countries are pushing back on the defunding of WHO. It should be noted Bill Gates just announced a $150 million donation to the WHO from his Foundation. That is leadership. Keith

        PS – when I see the push to reopen everything, I am reminded of the movie “And the band played on” about the AIDs epidemic early on. There was way too much push back and naysaying going on in a meeting until Matthew Modine’s character from the CDC responded to a comment about acceptable deaths. He said “How many is acceptable? Give me a number!” We should not forget the Reagan government dragged its feet on the AIDs epidemic as they thought it only affected gay people. It was not until heterosexual folks starting getting AIDs that it got more attention. I wish I was making this up, but sadly it is true.

        My point is we cannot pretend everything is OK before it is. They call it a pandemic for a reason. We have had too many people die because our president decided to naysay this and call it a hoax. We lost six weeks of planning. If we open to soon, more people will die. I recognize we should not lay all of this at his feet, but I do recognize his first motivation on action is self-centered. So, my question to people pushing this – give me a number of acceptable deaths. If we go to early, more folks will die. We need to be data driven and smart about this.

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        • I think that we have lost the standing among our allies that we worked so hard to earn over the past 60 years … and all in a short 3 years. I read an article this evening by an International Relations expert who said that we will likely never regain all of the ground we’ve lost with our allies. De-funding W.H.O. is only the latest in a series of global alliances that he has shunned. We are no better off, in fact are much worse off for his decisions.

          I have not seen “And the Band Played On”, though I have heard of it. “How many must die …” … how many, indeed? Today, the death toll in the U.S. alone stands at over 30,000, with the highest number of deaths so far Tuesday-Wednesday, and yet, Trump claims some nonsense that we have “flattened the curve”? He might call to re-open businesses, but … I think we will decide when we feel comfortable going to those businesses. Some will … I will not until I see that people have become comfortable enough to stop wearing creepy masks wherever they go.

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  7. First — I’m glad my stimulus check will be direct deposited. Second — aren’t the people in Chicago supposed to staying home? Why were there so many cars on the highway? Hmmmm? And third — LOVED that meme of the Titanic! So apropos.

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    • I was guessing, given the early hour, that many of them were healthcare workers, or grocery workers, pharmacists, whatever. Like you, I’m glad Chris’ stimulus check (I don’t get one) was direct deposited, for if I had to see his name on it, I would have had a hard time not ripping it to shreds, or lighting fire to it. I loved that meme, too … been saving it for a few days for just the right time!

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  8. Tell me this has all been a bad dream. How is it possible that any President could ever be such an unmitigated disaster? And yet hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t top himself by sinking to a new low. Four years ago, who would have believed it? Now, we may never recover from it.

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    • Every night when I go to bed, I hope to wake in the morning and find that this entire last 3+ years have been a bad dream … a nightmare. Then I wake in the morning, look at my phone, and there is breaking news to remind me that no, we’re still living the nightmare. I think that the nation will never completely recover from it, for sure. Some things he has done cannot be repaired … ever. And yet, 40% still applaud him. HOW??? WHY???

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      • I doubt if even the 40% could answer those questions in a way that doesn’t bend ethics into something that comports with their mindset, and tries to justify the unjustifiable. Some of that 40% apparently lacks critical thinking skills or the ability.to see the real motives of their leaders, and the rest are just shameless sycophants.

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        • I think you’re right … much of the 40% has never learned to think for themselves, but rather follow what they are told, largely in the churches. Sigh. We simply must correct this in November … there is no other choice, unless we wish to waken one morning to the sound of jackboots outside our window.

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  9. In a time of crises, you can depend on Trump to do the wrong thing. I wrote 2 or 3 years ago that whatever he is accusing others of doing, look behind the scenes and you will find him doing that very thing. Nothing has changed.
    As for his political ploy to make Americans beholding to him for sending them a cheque, he should personally be charged the cost of the paper, the printing, the envelopes, and delivery fees, not to mention paying for the time of all the people working to send them out. He is using the government to advertise for him. Is that not illegal?

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        • You know, it seems to me that Bill Gates, not being a medical doctor, shouldn’t be spearheading any type of vaccine initiative at all like he’s currently doing with the world horror organization.

          some of you support population control but think about this for a minute. what if it were you or your family, friends and other loved ones who they wanted to eliminate in the interest of a smaller population?

          That’s the thing with these types of issues. It all sounds good on paper until it gets personal and with government, it always ends up being that way because, if you give them an inch, they will ultimately take the whole damn football field.

          No, government is definitely not here to help, regardless of what you’ve heard from the media who is purchased and owned by the very government who they’re referring to.

          I don’t think Bill Gates is on the side of the angels at all with this new cv19 vaccine and it will be a cold day in hell before I allow myself or my family to be vaccinated with whatever ingredients are in there.

          Be honest with yourself, you really don’t know and the pharmaceutical industry won’t tell you, even if you managed to ask them.

          I know firsthand the effects and bad reactions that people can have to vaccines and though I don’t doubt that they have done a lot of good, I am suspicious of people like gates who doesn’t have medical knowledge wanting to push such a drug on the population.

          And before any of you scream hysterically that I’m a horrible person or selfish for even taking such a position on the issue, think about it clearly for a moment. who really benefits from such things as testing and vaccination? Follow the money, it’s the drug companies and other corporate interests.

          The same ones you guys scream about for getting bailout money from the government, and rightly so but you’re okay with them getting billions over the course of test and vaccine administration?

          Something is very wrong with this picture.

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          • sklawlor, while your point is well taken, Bill and Melinda Gates are renowned for doing their homework on where to donate money. They don’t just give to any place. And, they usually make sure results are measured. They impressed Warren Buffett so much, he gave them about $40 billion of his Foundation to donate for him. I felt that was a good testimonial. Keith

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            • Hi Keith.

              I can appreciate your point about them doing research and homework. I’d still want to know from the industry just precisely what ingredients would be going into such a vaccine before shelling out any funds for it especially if it was going to be for the public good. The people deserve to know and it is imperative that the pharmaceutical industry adopt standards of transparency and accountability that would allow such information to be freely available to everyone, risks, benefits, side effects, etc. Their drug commercials list out some, but probably not all known side effects of other drugs, hell, the side effects usually outweigh the benefits by a ratio of 10 to 1. They don’t do this out of the goodness of their hearts but to avoid liability if something were to go wrong. It doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of trust and confidence ,if any, from me.

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              • Scott … that lawsuit is about as likely to happen as I am to become an 18-year-old princess! And besides … the virus was not China’s fault. Sure, they could have been a lot more forthcoming early on, but they did not intentionally create the virus.

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  10. And to top it all off, none other than our great friend, Mr. John Bolton, agreed with Trump on the WHO funding. Well…..of course he did. What an idiot!!!

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