Thursday, April 9, 2020

ITALY’S RECIPE FOR DISASTER By Giacomino Nicolazzo

Posted By on April 5th, 
Giacomino Nicolazzo_ is one of Italy’s most beloved writers. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, he lives in a small village in Lombardy where he writes his books.
Montecalvo, Lombardy, Italy_. As I sit here in my involuntary isolation, it was just reported that overnight 743 more people died and 5.249 new cases have been reported. This brings the total cases of infection to 69,176 and the body count to 6,820. We take relief in knowing that 8,326 people have recovered so far. (Numbers as of 3/24, 8:30pm in Italy.

Most towns here in Italy, from the upper reaches of the Alps to the ancient shores of Sicilia and Sardenia, while not deserted, are closer to being ghost towns than the bustling centers of tourism, business and daily life they were just a few weeks ago.
Stores and shops have been shuttered. Restaurants and coffee shops no longer serve customers. Schools, universities, sporting arenas…even our museums and theaters…all closed. Even the Vatican City has closed its gates and armed patrols monitor the 20 foot tall walls that protect it!

Streets and roads are now empty for as far as the eye can see. Normally, they would be filled with crazed Italian drivers in tiny cars and scooters (the ones that sound like demonic insects) darting here and there, reaching the limits of centrifugal force on our roundabouts. In the piazze of our towns and cities, there are now officially more pigeons than people. Many of us know someone who has been infected and recovered. Some of us know someone who did not recover…now they are dead. But everyone knows someone who has been affected by this microscopic monster in one way or another.

Sixty million of us are in lockdown…it is like a war zone here. We are being held prisoner in our own homes by an unseen enemy that sneaked in unnoticed…by most of us. As you will read in just a few more minutes, there were those who knew something like this was coming…or at least they should have.
So who is to blame? With all this craziness swirling like a whirlpool at our feet, I just had to find the blame answer. And so I have spent my free time (of which I have a lot in these days) digging and researching.

I was literally shocked to discover how this has come to be.  I am not going to bore you with talk of Patient ‘0’ who spread it to Patient ‘1’ and how mathematics efficiently explains the rapid expansion of infection. No…I am going to tell you how (as I see it) the virus came to Italy.


It has everything to do with communism. Allow me to explain.  Beginning in about 2014, Matteo Renzi, the imbecile ex-mayor of Firenze (Florence) acting as the leader of the Partito Democratico (synonymous with the Italian Communist party), somehow managed to get himself elected as Italy’s Prime Minister. To give you a proper frame of reference, Matteo Renzi was so far left, he would make Barack Obama look like Barry Goldwater!
At the same time that Renzi was leading Italy into oblivion, strange things were happening in Italy’s economy. Banks were failing…but not closing. Retirement ages were being extended…for some reason the pension funds were dwindling or disappearing. The national sales tax we call IVA (Value Added Tax) rose from 18% to 20%, then to 21% and again to 22%.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Take Time To Think About President Trump the Man

Joey Longwell
Image may contain: 1 person, suitI copied this from a friend. Just stop scrolling for a minute and look at this photo. This is NOT a political post by any means. This is simply something that everyone should stop and think about.
Can you imagine the weight this man is feeling right now? I have one child and a wife that depend on me daily, yet on some days my stress level is through the roof and I feel like the weight of the world is all on me. When he signed up for this role (without pay) he did it for us Americans. He didn’t do it for the fame or glory, he already had all that. He was willing to take on the job, but the magnitude of what we’re currently experiencing has got to be paralyzing. To some, NOTHING he does is ever right or good enough.
Do you ever wonder how he must be dealing with it all? When his head finally hits the pillow at night after press conferences, the scrutiny of the media, countless meetings, the endless negative and derogatory comments thrown at him, and constantly trying to defend himself and protect OUR country.
Does he break down and cry from all the pressure?
Is he scared and confused?
Is he even able to sleep?
Can he shut his mind off at all?
Or does he lay there and talk to God all night praying for strength and answers?
Whether he’s making you proud or not, look at this photo and ask God to soften your heart just a little bit and lift this man up in prayer. He needs them right now more than ever. He is carrying the weight of OUR country on his shoulders and I don’t think anybody could or would be able to do the job better than he is.
Feel free to share this post and remind everyone to be kind(to everyone) and to pray for President Trump and for the entire world 🙏🏼❤️
As always... if you don’t have anything nice to say, there’s NO NEED to comment, just keep scrolling. No one wants to hear you bitch or negativity at a time like this. #repost #istandwithourpresident #thankyoufirstresponders🚒🚔🚑 #thankyounursesanddoctors #thankyoupresidenttrump #goat #bekind #spreadlovenothate

Monday, April 6, 2020

Hard Realities in the Face of a Pandemic by Dr Ada M Fisher

The Corona virus has shown the vital necessity for Presidential power to commandeer industries in service to the nation.  The Police Powers Act supplements this and allows government to further isolate and contain populations in the event of contaminations or spread of infectious agents.  Now over 40 States have embraced this need
Dr Ada M Fisher

President Trump deliberated the many dimensions of the pandemic but also understood that one has to measure the risk/reward of the economic realities which must be considered in this.  Appropriating and identifying businesses for production of Masks, Respirators and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPEE) under the Defense Protection Act was used rather than the  Obama Executive Order giving the President authority to take control over national defense resources in times of emergency.  This sidesteps a potential constitutional quagmire even though we are engaged in war of a different source.  The need to save us as a Republic which is both democratic and capitalistic is paramount. 

Give the president some slack for we are in these times on unchartered grounds.  In 2005 George W. Bush, a man many thought inept, foresaw the possibility of a pandemic in his visions for the Department of Homeland Security.  His report on the need to ramp up our capabilities in vaccine production, stockade hospital supplies and other on point advice was unheeded, likely due to other national priorities. We may have been unprepared initially but we were not unaware that this day was coming.

The personal discomfort of self imposed isolation and restriction of movement to mitigate disease spread as well as limits on vital activities such as going to the store or personal face time and contact with friends or enjoying the out of doors will bring pain to many.  Religious prayers are always needed but in this framework outliers must render unto G-d what is G-d 's and render unto to Caesar (government) what is his. There is more to come for this is far from over. 

The economic disruptions which are occurring will change the nature of education, jobs and money as a tool for interaction.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Thursday Night President Trump Ripped Schumer A New One via Scathing Letter

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

CARES Act: Coronavirus Relief Check Questions Answered

CARES Act: Coronavirus Relief Check Questions Answered
 April 2, 2020 - PRESS RELEASE J.P. Freire
Jesse Solis
(202) 226-4774
The CARES Act provides financial support through a one-time check for American workers to help them as our country continues its work to defeat the novel coronavirus.
  • The full credit amount ($1,200 individuals, $2,400 couples, $500 for children) is available for individuals with income at or below $75,000 ($112,500 for heads of household), and couples with income at or below $150,000.
  • If you have children, you will receive an additional $500 per child.
  • Your tax rebate amount will be reduced by $5 for each $100 your income exceeds the above income limits.
  • That means for those without children, an individual will not receive any rebate if their income exceeds $99,000; and the same is true for couples with more than $198,000 of income.
Who is eligible to receive a rebate check?
Any person that has a valid Social Security number (SSN), is not considered as a dependent of someone else, and whose adjusted gross income (AGI) does not exceed certain thresholds (see below), is eligible to receive the credit. This means workers, those receiving welfare benefits, Social Security beneficiaries, and others are all eligible.
  • Spouses of military members are eligible without a SSN.
  • An adopted child can use an Adoption Tax Identification Number to be eligible.
How much money will those eligible receive?
The full credit amount ($1,200 individuals, $2,400 couples, $500 for children) is available for individuals with AGI at or below $75,000 ($112,500 for heads of household), and couples with AGI at or below $150,000. If you have children, you will receive an additional $500 per child.
  • Your tax rebate amount will be reduced by $5 for each $100 your AGI exceeds the above thresholds.
  • This means—
  • an individual without children will not receive any rebate if their AGI exceeds $99,000,
  • a couple without children will not receive any rebate if their AGI exceeds $198,000, and
  • a family of four will not receive any rebate if their AGI exceeds $218,000.
How will the IRS determine who receives a payment and how much that payment will be?
For those that have filed a return with the IRS in 2018 or 2019, the IRS will use the most recent tax return to determine eligibility.
Do rebate checks need to be repaid?
Unless obtained by fraud, rebate checks do not need to be repaid. If an individual experienced an income loss in 2020 or if they have an increase in family size, they may be able to claim an additional credit of the difference when the individual files their 2020 tax federal income tax return in Spring of 2021.
The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?
In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.
Can you receive a rebate check if you are claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s tax return?
Someone who is claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s tax return is not eligible to receive the $1,200 refund check themselves.
Can you receive a $500 child credit for a dependent claimed on your tax return if that child is 17 or older?
No. Children 17 and older are not eligible for the $500 per child tax credit.
Are non-tax filers eligible to receive a rebate check?
Yes. For those with taxable income, you will need to file a tax return for the 2019 tax year, which you can do until July 15. Those with little or no taxable income are encouraged to use the IRS’ Free File Program which can be viewed here: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
Other than Social Security beneficiaries, individuals with no taxable income will be able to file a simple form provided by the IRS specifically for the purpose of receiving the rebate check. The IRS will soon provide additional information instructing people on how to file the simple form that includes information such as their name, address, SSN, number of dependents, and direct deposit bank account information, on their website: irs.gov/coronavirus.
How can Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file a tax return receive a rebate check?
The IRS is working directly with the Social Security Administration to obtain information needed to send out the rebate checks the same way Social Security benefits are paid. Beneficiaries do not need to take any action.
When will people receive their rebate check?
The Treasury Department expects to begin distributing checks within the next month, with the first checks arriving in bank accounts as soon as mid-April. It is anticipated that those that currently have direct deposit setup with the IRS will receive their rebate checks faster than those who only have a physical address on file.
Will someone who is homeless be eligible for a rebate check? If so, how/where will the IRS direct the payment?
The Treasury Department is aware of the challenges reaching some citizens, such as those that are homeless, and they are working on solutions to ensure that everyone eligible is able to obtain a rebate check. We await formal guidance from Treasury on how they will go about this as well.
Are the rebate checks considered taxable income?
The credit is not taxable, consistent with other refundable tax credits.
Will the rebate check affect my eligibility for federal programs, like Supplemental Security Income?
No, the rebate is considered a tax refund and is not counted towards eligibility for federal programs.
Could my rebate check be offset by any outstanding money owed to the government?
The rebate checks are not subject to the majority of offsets, including student debt and state debts. The only administrative offset that will be enforced applies to those who have past due child support payments that the states have reported to the Treasury Department.
Can families with children born in 2019 or 2020 receive the $500 child credit?
Yes, but action is required.
A family with a child born in 2019 is eligible for the $500 per child rebate amount (assuming all other requirements are satisfied). If the family has not yet filed a 2019 tax return, the IRS will determine the family’s rebate amount based on their 2018 tax return filing. As a result, the family will not automatically receive the $500 rebate amount for the child born in 2019. To receive the credit the family can either:
  • Claim the $500 credit on their 2020 tax return filing made in 2021, or
  • File their 2019 tax return quickly with the child’s SSN and receive the $500 in the rebate check sooner.
Likewise, a family with a child born in 2020 is eligible for the $500 per child rebate amount. The family will be able to claim the $500 credit on their 2020 tax returns filed in 2021.
Want to read more on the fight against Coronavirus? Read our Coronavirus Bulletin here which contains our extensive FAQ about recent federal actions.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Numbers Update As of March 26 2020

Data in Focus Note: See Coronavirus Numbers HERE
Thursday's Coronavirus Updates: 13 new SWFL cases, 1 more state deathYesterday’s number is in parentheses for each data point below. More information on our calculations, their limitations, and why we’ve chosen to report the numbers we have can be found here.
New US cases: 13,591 on Mar. 25 (vs. 11,075 on Mar. 23)
Total US cases: 68,472 (vs. 54,881)
Time for number of US infections to double: 3.05 days (vs. 2.69 days)
US mortality rate: 1.5% (vs. 1.4%)
Total global cases: 471,742 (vs. 422,952)
Global mortality rate: 4.5% (vs. 4.5%)
Global recovery rate: 24.3% (vs. 25.8%)

All figures are as of 1.30 am ET, March 26.

Source: Worldometer, which compiles data from international agencies and national statistical offices around the world.
Calculations are by Knowhere staff, using data from Worldometer.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Fear Not? Is Martial Law Next? by Dr Ada M Fisher

Image result for dr ada m fisher ncThe Corona virus has brought to the fore heretofore unappreciated seemingly unconstitutional measures and laws previously established for enactment as needed to keep the order and peace of society.  One poorly understood law is the Police Powers Act which allows the government to isolate and contain populations in the event of contaminations or spread of infectious agents.  Welcome to New Rochelle, New York’s present experience with the outbreak of the corona virus there.  Within these boundaries it is possible to force immunizations, prevent relocations and install other suspensions of civil liberties.  All of these depend on reliable public health installations and a proactive National Guard.

In all the talk about health care and Medicare for all, having insurance won’t improve one’s lot in a public health fiasco as may be upon us.  Part of the presidential debates must focus on how to shore up these agencies in times such as these.  One of the downfalls of this is the use of the National Guard composed of local citizens to insure compliance of fellow local citizens in these matters.  As was sometimes seen during the Civil Rights Marches of the fifties using local military citizen force and possibly coercion on ones neighbors was a tough task.

Secondly as is now being highlighted by nations, not just our own, screening for health issues must be a part of immigration policy in all areas.  Controlling borders and entry is a critical piece of national security and foreign policy.   Those advocating for open borders are subverting the safety of citizens in abandoning this need.

Third and also first are  the implications of such massive encroachments on our lives not just in terms of banking, communications, education and food, the further isolation of the poor, imprisoned and unconnected individuals from  the internet, all will degrade their ability to be informed and feel secure.  One thing which must be understood is that human nature will dictate  when people feel abandoned and neglected without attention to their needs for survival, anarchy will result and violence is not far behind.   Survivalist and other such organizations have prepared for this day and the rest may find themselves without protection, food and limited shelter.  The importance of the 2nd Amendment and bearing arms will become paramount and the resistance to taking guns away will only increase. 

A reexamination of the Patriot Act, section 215 of the FISA laws and other encroachments on the constitution must be had for in efforts protecting us from terrorist; we forgot to ask who will protect us from ourselves.  The effort to unseat President Trump who was duly elected points out the influence of unelected government officials, corporate big money, the supposed excesses of the deep state and other nefarious imaginings. The question is what is to be done when people don’t do what the dictates of the public’s best interest suggests.  That time may be at hand.

Parents warn children who are misbehaving; don’t let me come in there.  For government, Martial Law is similarly imposed by direct military control of normal civilian functions by the government, often in response to temporary emergencies such as a major disaster of national emergencies as was seen in Katrina.  Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19 which exacerbated our attention to this potential for a national disaster.  His disregard for his teammates, the fans and the situation warrant a severe restriction on his activities in basket ball such as a suspension from the NBA. His action was like an elbow to the face and without such damning consequences, too many won’t get the message while our handshakes must now become elbow bumps.

Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a former Medical Director in a Fortune 500 company, licensed teacher, retired physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1 (available through Amazon. Com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman.
 [It is worth noting that these possibilities are covered by my book noted above.]

Monday, March 16, 2020

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Let a Woman Do It: by Dr Ada M. Fisher

Though many are lamenting the lack of women in elective office in US society, the cardinal rule of politics here is golden, i.e. ye who can raise the money is too often the one to be seen and heard.  This quid pro quo is the norm in politics and women are often counted out because they fail to raise sufficient funds or they can’t get media attention based on issues which pinpoint  the heart strings of what the majority feels and considers most important.  Nowhere is this more important than in the 2020 Presidential Elections.
Image result for dr ada m fisherThe Republicans unfortunately chose up sides before primaries were held giving the incumbent Donald Trump an unprecedented leg up on any potential challengers.   This belied the concept that anyone should be able to run for president.  But if one likes what one sees, why bother wasting ones time looking elsewhere when the prize is right before you.  He was right on many issues before they have become obvious to the general public.

The Democrats have done a poor job of capturing the mood of the country in focusing on their sole mission to oust Trump at all cost.  In a crowded platform of mediocre talents,  many of whom might not normally be considered presidential timber;  a few stars emerged though the issues of the constitutional role of government was overridden by an overwhelming urge to be all things to all people regardless of who is paying the bill.  The US Constitution clearly states that the judiciary, national defense/security, commerce and taxation powers are roles for government.  The bloating of the general welfare is not enumerated and has seen ventures into education, social welfare, health and issues of child and family which are nowhere delineated to the federal government’s role but under the 10th Amendment lies with states.

If the Democrats hope to dethrone Republican rule then they have to be bold and show a stroke of genius that is thus far removed from sight.  In this the month for women, it is past time we had a woman fill the role of vice president.  Of those who entered the race Senator Amy Klobachur of Minnesota demonstrated her political chops in debates and would bring much to the ticket; however, given the overwhelming support of blacks for his race, Biden would be pressured to pick such a woman as VP.  Senator Kamala Harris seems ready to bite the bit but given her personal attacks on Biden, he has to ask himself who do you and can you trust.  Former State Senator Stacy Abrams though blessed with a Yale law degree still lacks the substance many would consider worthy of a possible assumption to the ranks of President.  Color alone does not justify the right fit. 

A dark horse democratic VP candidate should be New Jersey’s 11th District Congresswoman, Rebecca Michelle “Mikie” Sherrill who reeks of presidential timber.  This woman is the mother of 4, a former Lt. Commander and Navy helicopter pilot, district attorney and prosecutor as well as dripping with qualifications in economics and Russian.  She is one who captured the majority of votes in a district previously won by Trump and she represents a needed future focus rather than a retreat to policies of the past which were part of the creeping socialism of Clinton, Obama and others who want to continually give more than is taken in.

The best Republican for the emerging battles is Nikki Haley though some within this group may find her a little non-conservative for their taste,  Her tenure as a governor, successful service as the US ambassador to the UN and ability to quell emerging storms of race and heartfelt compassion has won her praise both domestically and internationally.  With the Corona virus fiasco, one couldn’t help but wonder how she could help handle this.  And don't forget the queen of tthe Golden Rule, RNC Chairwoman Ronna  Romney McDaniel who has rewritten the rules on political fundraising.

As one watches 73 year old President Trump and the gaffe prone former Vice President Joe Biden, their memory lapses give one pause as do the age of many Supreme Court Justices.  Can they successfully serve out their terms?  Why is a woman not in the waiting?  Reagan survived, so we as a nation have to ask will they?


Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a former Medical Director in a Fortune 500 company, licensed teacher, retired physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1 (available through Amazon. Com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman.