Hospital Warriors: On the Front Lines

Here is my daughter Justina, on the left, with a friend. They are hospital nurses, in full protective gear, caring for covid-19 patients.

I had just called and talked to my daughter Justina (pictured on the left), and she described for me her work with covid-19 patients and what she wears to protect herself. She sent me this picture. I just finished writing an article, After Vietnam, about my Vietnam experience and how it seemed that God was watching over me and keeping me safe…maybe for some greater purpose. Now I’m thinking, what if I had died in that war? I would have never been married and given my kids. And my daughter would not be here now to be the great front-line warrior that she is—saving many lives. And she is also a Christian warrior who is not ashamed to share her faith. She is a mother of two great kids.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS!

Of Monsters and Beasts — -Wings of the Dawn-

I came in the house carried food from afar Like women of old, who shopped at bazaars. Was tired and beat from reading the signs, From standing on blue tape and waiting in lines. “How was it?” my hubs and all the kids asked. I collapsed in the chair and took off my mask. “Oh, […]

Of Monsters and Beasts — -Wings of the Dawn-

Making the most of the Pandemic

Fish practicing social distancing.

I’ve gotten in the practice now of picking up my breakfast and coffee at some fast food place, getting a newspaper, and then parking at this place near a walking trail where people walk by. I like to wave and greet them. Yes, we can still wave from a distance. We need to make the most of this pandemic.

Unprecedented

The world is headed fast toward globalism, and things like this pandemic are speeding it up as nations are learning more and more how to work together in a crisis.

Ernie's Musings

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (Isaiah 64:4)

Tune your television to any news station you like these days and you will hear the word “unprecedented” repeated often. The rapid worldwide spread of the Wuhan Bug[1] is unprecedented. Those infected by the virus display no symptoms for up to 21 days yet remain contagious and spread it to others unknowingly. That is unprecedented. The shelter-in-place orders around the world are unprecedented. The effect of the virus on the global economy is unprecedented. The loss of employment in the United States (and around the world) – currently over 17% — is unprecedented. Many store shelves are empty of cleaning supplies, drinking water, assorted food items, and TOILET PAPER…

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Media’s Response to Trump on WHO Suspension of Funds is Revealing

Yes, the WHO has been China’s puppet. They have conspired with China to hide critical information about the Coronavirus Pandemic.

An article by the Los Angeles Times together with the New York Times, in my newspaper, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, entitled Trump suspends WHO funding, was quite revealing as to where the Media stands. Of course, they present a glowing picture of both China and the WHO (World Health Organization), and a very critical picture of President Trump. No surprise! Let me just highlight a few of their words, and my comments (in Bold).

The article begins by stating…

The suspension threatens to undermine the WHO, the United Nations agency for international public health, as it seeks to coordinate governments in the battle against a pandemic that already has left more than 125,000 people dead in about 200 countries. 

Note the use of their words. It says that the WHO “seeks to coordinate governments.” And that the Trump administration “threatens to undermine” them. No. that’s not right. The WHO has sided with a very dishonest and un-transparent government—of China. They conspired with China to hide critical information about Covid-19 so that China wouldn’t get blamed and would look good to the world. The only way they seek to coordinate governments is to spread China’s disinformation to make them look good and to make America look like the villain. And the Trump Administration doesn’t exactly want to undermine them; they want to shut them down—because they are siding with China who is the true villain. I’m not sure what Trump will do, but I agree that we can’t support the WHO, and we also should do whatever we can to persuade other countries not to support them. We need a WHO that will be fair to all and will not give in to corrupt countries like China.

The article goes onto say…

But the announcement [to suspend WHO funding] was consistent with Trump’s efforts to deflect blame for his delay in declaring a national emergency until mid-March…

No, Trump did more than anyone to stop the pandemic. He ordered a travel-ban on China as soon as he knew of the virus threat. And he would have done it sooner if China and the WHO would have been honest and humble enough to admit what had happened—that the virus had begun. Yes, if they had immediately told the world of the spreading of the virus as soon as they knew of it, the covid-19 could have been contained in China. But they covered it up and now they are blaming everything on Trump and making up stories of how it began by our military. That is disgraceful!

Well, wouldn’t you know. The democrats are also protesting against Trump. They will never let a pandemic go to waste. To them, this is just another opportunity to blame Trump for something. Oh, they were “outraged over the suspension of U.S. support for the WHO.” They suggested that “Trump was trying to deflect attention from the laggard federal response to the crisis by blaming a little-known U.N. agency for its operations in China.”

They are 180 degrees wrong. The WHO along with China are entirely to blame, and Trump deserves more praise than anyone for his untiring work. If it wasn’t for our great President, our country and the world would have at least three times as many deaths as we do now. We own him a huge debt of gratitude.

Why No Toilet Paper? Here’s Why

The main reason why you can’t find toilet paper on the shelves is because people have been hoarding it.

And the next question you may ask is, why can’t we just make more? Here’s the answer:

The big three U.S. toilet paper companies – Georgia-Pacific LLC, Proctor and Gamble Co. and Kimberly-Clark Corp. – were already running their toilet paper plants 24 hours a day before the new coronavirus hit…Toilet paper is bulky and not very profitable, so retailers don’t keep a lot of inventory on hand.

(Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press)

So apparently, companies are already producing as much as is possible, so when people board it, it is impossible to meet the demands—unless more companies are built or more machines are made. But in the meantime, Companies can’t keep up and the shelves will be empty much of the time.

What can be done?

Here are four possible answers:

  1. Raising the prices might stop the hoarding some—if the hoarders are poor.
  2. People must learn to use less TP.
  3. People must stop hoarding. Maybe they need to be educated that they don’t need to hoard, that when they do, they are being selfish. But who will educate them?
  4. Do we need to build more TP companies to satisfy the needs of the hoarders?

Positive News Tidbits

On the road, from Minnesota to Texas

I thought it would be good, in these troubled times, to bring a bit of positive news.

  1. From my newspaper I read the good news that because of the bars being closed and far fewer people are drinking and on the roads, there are significantly fewer DWI’s, crashes, and injuries. So, even though the COVID-19 death toll is rising, at the same time the traffic accident death and injury toll is declining.
  2. A retired Venezuelan army general, Cliver Alcala, has surrendered to U.S. That’s great news. Also, I presume that someone just received a 10-million-dollar reward.
  3. Generally, I think people are praying more.
  4. Due to this pandemic, and all the precautions we are supposed to take, there seems to be more positive messages going out, especially among the youth.

A New Prayer Focus: Reopen the U.S. by Easter

President Trump suggests the high goal of reopening the county on Easter Sunday–April 12th.

woke up extra early this morning and was unable to fall back to sleep. I had on my mind what President Trump was hoping for: that we could reopen the United States by Easter. That after so much suffering and lock-downs and being isolated from the world due to the Coronavirus, that we could, very soon, by Easter reopen our country. Here are three quotes from him that I read in my Newspaper this morning. He said,

I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.

Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?

You’ll have packed churches all over our country.

It does seem a little early for that to happen. But President Trump seems confident that it could happen, at least in most of the country. And what I have been thinking is, why don’t we make it a prayer! As long as the President is thinking that way, why don’t we as Christians get behind him with our prayers. What have we got to lose?  Let’s make it a matter of prayer with faith—a prayer focus. Let’s pray every day until Easter that God would heal our land and open up our schools and churches and our work places and meeting places. Like the President has said, “It will be a great celebration on that day.” And all believers will give thanks to the Lord.

Coronavirus in the US: Thoughts and Questions

Okay, my first thought is this: If we compare this virus to the flu, it really seems like the flu is much deadlier. Last year there were 34,157 flu related deaths. And no one hardly said anything. Am I missing something?

Also, what about abortion? In 2016, 623,471 deaths came as the result of abortions. And nobody has been saying anything. Or what about suicide? In 2017, 47,173 deaths from suicide occurred. And where was all the concern for that?

Oh, here’s a real winner. Everybody’s so concerned about our troops in Afghanistan. So many of our men are being killed over there. Well in the total war, 1,833 of our troops have been killed; that’s an average of about 96 deaths per year. If you compare that number to the flu last year, the flu has been 356 times deadlier that the Afghanistan war.

I’m just trying to put some perspective on this. Can anyone tell me why this coronavirus is so concerning—more than other things like I have mentioned? I mean I know it’s a big deal, but I’m just wandering why we seem to be so much more upset about this virus than other viruses, and about abortion and suicide (not to mention so many other diseases).

And here are some questions I have:

  • Should the government be spending so much money on this coronavirus? If God has allowed this virus to happen maybe we should just take it as His way of disciplining us. Does this make any sense to anyone? I mean, everyone will die at some time in their life.
  • Is this coronavirus a harbinger of things to come? If so, how can we prepare for it? How can we let this virus prepare us for things to come? What does the bible say about future viruses? Or future disasters that will cause deaths? Should we try to control them or just be ready to face them?
  • Will this coronavirus in some way work together for our good? Maybe God has allowed it to benefit us in some way, to draw us to Him for His help. I have heard that there are bipartisan efforts gong on. There is some unity happening. Sometimes I guess it takes a disaster like this to bring us together.  Maybe God is in it all. What do you think?

I just want to say that I am super proud of President Trump and the whole Trump team the way they have responded to this virus. I think President Trump has been especially resilient the way he has faced the press. He has a great, positive attitude, and just because of that I know we will come out of this much better than anyone ever thought. I just feel that he was made for this kind of disaster. No one could handle it better.

My sources: All the data was gathered from reliable government websites.