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Photo of the Week – March 27, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, at a White House press briefing on March 22, reacts to the incorrigible Donald Trump.

“I’ve been telling the president things he doesn’t want to hear,” Fauci declared.  “I have publicly had to say something different with what he states,” explaining that he’s engaged in “risky business” but insisting that Trump is not and has not been “pissed off” at him to date.  “I don’t want to embarrass him,” Fauci added.

Thankfully, Fauci doesn’t have to worry about embarrassing Trump.  The President does a good job of that all by himself.

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Tweet of the Week – March 27, 2020

“How long is this social distancing supposed to last? My husband keeps trying to get into the house.”

Julie Banderas

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Worst Quote of the Week – March 27, 2020

“Am I crazy, or are they crazy? Could I be right, and Harvard and all these CDC guys be wrong? Yeah, because they’re all conventional. They don’t talk about how you can keep yourself from getting sick … Why don’t you just not get it [the coronavirus]? Why don’t you just stay healthy?”

Dr. Steve Hotze, a religious-right activist offering the view of a “medical professional who also has a Christian worldview” about how best to respond to the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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Best Quote of the Week – March 27, 2020

“You’ve got to be realistic.  And you’ve got to understand that you don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on CNN’s “Prime Time”, on suggestions by Donald Trump that businesses return to normal operations by Easter.

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Life Blooms Once More in a Canal

Clear waters support a gondola in a Venice canal on March 17, 2020 as a result of the stoppage of motorboat traffic, following the country’s lockdown within the new coronavirus crisis. Photo by Andrea Pattaro /AFP via Getty Images

Outside of China, Italy has mysteriously and sadly become an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With more than 35,000 documented infections and more than 3,000 deaths, health and government officials in one of the most uniquely European nations are embroiled in the worst health crisis in decades.

Yet, amidst the heartbreak and carnage, something beautiful, extraordinary and unexpected has occurred: dolphins and swans have returned to the famed canals of Venice; the ancient city of dreamers and lovers.  Because of its popularity, this beloved community has had to endure trash and pollution in its waterways.  But nationwide lockdowns have allowed the Venetian canals to refresh themselves.   In a Facebook group, “Venezia Pulita” (“Clean Venice”), locals are sharing pictures of the city’s water looking unbelievably clean.

Now dolphins and swans – two of nature’s most heralded and mystical creatures – have innocently made their way back into Venice.  It’s a bright spot in a world consumed with illness and tragedy.

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Photo of the Week – March 20, 2020

At a press conference on March 19 about the spreading COVID-19 flu, as Faux-President Donald Trump read from notes on the podium, a Washington Post photographer managed to take a photo of a page on which the term “corona” had been crossed out and replaced with “Chinese”.  Trump had already used the word “Chinese” to describe the virus; later saying, “It’s not racist at all. It comes from China, that’s why.”

Yes, the virus originated in China, but sadly, the pandemic also has spawned hate crimes against Asian-Americans.  It’s not uncommon for certain groups to fall victim to violence perpetrated by others in response to particular crises.  At the start of the AIDS pandemic in the early 1980s, gay men and even some lesbian women found themselves targeted for violence; usually by people who would have used any excuse to attack anyway.  Periodically, over the past several years, many Hispanics – including The Chief – have fallen victim to violence perpetrated by others over illegal immigration.

The current situation for people of Asian extraction is that we have a billionaire Republican, failed business tycoon, former reality TV star masquerading as the American president who has already proven he’s not above using racist tropes to communicate his point.

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Tweet of the Week – March 20, 2020

“This might be easy for you, Senator, but you’re not a server losing wages, a single mom losing her job to stay home with her kids, or one of 5 million Texans without insurance.  I’m glad you’re ending your long weekend and hope you’ll pass the legislation they need QUICKLY.”

M.J. Hegar, former U.S. Air Force pilot, Afghanistan War veteran, and Texas Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, in response to a tweet by Sen. John Cornyn.

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