Not much Comfort: Navy hospital ship only has 20 patients

Symbolic of Donald Trump's entire Presidency:

On top of its strict rules preventing people infected with the virus from coming on board, the Navy is also refusing to treat a host of other conditions. Guidelines disseminated to hospitals included a list of 49 medical conditions that would exclude a patient from admittance to the ship.

Ambulances cannot take patients directly to the Comfort; they must first deliver patients to a city hospital for a lengthy evaluation — including a test for the virus — and then pick them up again for transport to the ship.

I must be getting slow in my old age. I had assumed the ship was going to New York to help with the overflow of COVID 19 cases, but that is apparently not the case. I'm trying to find a list of those other 49 medical conditions the ship is refusing to treat, but we may have to wait until somebody leaks it, because the Navy isn't releasing that info. It may (or may not) surprise you to find out the same damn thing happened when it "came to the rescue" of Puerto Rico:

Friday News: The wrong list

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NC HAS THE SECOND LARGEST UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS IN THE NATION: More than 350,000 North Carolinians have filed for unemployment since mid-March, state officials said in a daily update Thursday. That’s when businesses starting closing down due to local and statewide orders to try to stem the tide of COVID-19. And those 350,000 people don’t include those who have lost their jobs but haven’t filed for unemployment. There have been numerous reports of problems with the website and phone lines at the state’s unemployment office, which has been swamped by the record job losses, the News & Observer has reported. “North Carolina has the second biggest increase in unemployment due to coronavirus,” WalletHub said, explaining that when taking both numbers into account for all 50 states, only Louisiana has been hit harder.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article241724831.html

Mark Walker wants to bill China for COVID 19 Stimulus

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Because that worked so well with Mexico paying for Trump's wall:

Walker voted last week for the unprecedented relief package, known as the CARES Act. The legislation’s scope includes direct one-time payments to Americans, financial assistance to struggling businesses, larger unemployment benefits and aid to health care providers.

Before the vote last week, Walker tweeted that he wants the U.S. government to pass along the costs to their Chinese counterparts. “China’s lack of transparency created this. Now we are asking American taxpayers to foot the bill?” wrote Walker in his tweet.

Even if we hadn't been in a complex and unnecessary trade war with China for the last year or more this would be a stupid idea. But with that in the picture, it's both moronic and delusional. Trump has pissed away any leverage we might have had to push such a policy, and we'd be lucky if China merely laughed at us for making such a demand. They actually hold over $1 Trillion in U.S. debt, and if they decided to sell those Treasury bonds off, it could cost us much more than just a Trillion:

Thursday News: She's not wrong, you know

REP. ALMA ADAMS SAYS PANDEMIC RESPONSE WOULD BE BETTER WITHOUT TRUMP: “I’m getting to the age where I don’t have time to mince words: If the Senate had removed President Trump in January, I believe our country’s response would have been swifter, more competent, and would have saved lives. President Trump has demonstrated that he’s incapable of leading the country during a crisis, and his inaction has cost lives,” Adams, 73, said in an emailed response to a series of emailed questions about the coronavirus and Congress’ response. Trump enjoyed a bounce in the polls for his response, which include daily on-camera press conferences from the White House. Several surveys showed more Americans approved than disapproved of his handling. However, a Wednesday poll from Politico/Morning Consult had some poor numbers for Trump. The poll found that 61% of registered voters think Trump was not prepared for the outbreak. The poll found 47% percent of voters feel the administration is not doing enough compared to 40% who think it is.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article241682686.html

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