GAS FALLS BELOW $1 A GALLON IN TEXAS

JD’s Truck Stop in Salado, Texas (March 27, 2020, photo courtesy Salado People Group)

It’s happened. Gas is under $1 per gallon in parts of Texas, and it’s still falling.

Demand for fuel has fallen by more than 50% across the nation as workers hunker down in isolation and quarantine, with that drop in demand and an artificially inflated supply thanks to OPEC and Russia, prices continue to plummet.

Oil field workers in Texas are among the hardest hit.

Hopefully this passes soon, and everybody can get back to work.

KIDS GIVE TREATS TO TRUCKERS

By Mike Kreisel

Coming back from St. Louis this afternoon, pulled off in a rest area to take a break. I noticed a pick up pulled in and parked at the end of the lot. As I climbed back in my semi to leave, I noticed two girls, I’d say around the age of 7-8 years old, climb in the back of the pick up and pull out two cardboard signs they made . I couldn’t read the writing but I could see all the glitter and the pictures and I can make out something about truckers. They were jumping around and waving them excitingly at every truck that passed by on the interstate. As I began to pull out and back onto the highway , “mom” came running towards me waving her hands for me to stop, in which I did . I put down my window , and with a sincere voice and a smile on her face, she handed me a bag and said, “ we wanted to thank you for what you’re doing…you and all the truckers working hard to keep our supply lines open. Here’s just a little goodie bag we put together to show our appreciation. Be safe and thank you again!”
I thanked them and waved to the girls , who were grinning ear to ear and so excited to be doing their part to spread kindness and happiness, despite the turmoil we’ve all had to endure these last few days. With a lump in my throat , I cranked the wheel heading back towards the interstate , and noticed dad, putting together more bags and wearing a US Army stocking cap….
Couldn’t be prouder or more touched than right now….we’re going to make it through this…with love, caring, and that unbreakable American spirit …

SHOCKER: MILLENIALS LICKING TOILET SEATS AS PART OF ‘CORONAVIRUS CHALLENGE’ TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS

The latest millenial craze is the “Coronavirus Challenge”. The challenge is to film yourself licking a public toilet to see if you get coronavirus.

You guessed it. These geniuses have started testing positive for coronavirus.

According to Mirror:

A man who filmed himself licking a toilet bowl in the ‘coronavirus challenge’ is now reportedly ill in hospital with the deadly disease.

In bizarre footage posted on TikTok, the man can be seen placing his mouth around the bowl and extending his tongue.

According to Piers Morgan on GMB, the same man is now receiving treatment.

The presenter said: “You may remember also the other idiot, this is also in America, as part of the coronavirus challenge some morons are doing, went into  his local toilet cubicle and licked the bowl.

“I think this called karma – he’s got coronavirus.”

Here’s the video:

WHY DO WE CRAVE THE FOODS THAT ARE KILLING US?

Sponsored Article

For many of us the sight of a freshly glazed doughnut can feel like falling in love and coming home to a pack of unopened cookies can feel like the adult version of Christmas morning. There’s something about sugar that hooks us and keeps reeling us in again and again. Whether we like it or not sugar has a major hold on us.

If you’re reading this it’s highly likely you understand, and have first-hand experience, of this allure. Sugar isn’t just confectionary, it’s compulsion; there is no such thing as stopping after “just one.” I mean, if one is good, more is better. At least that’s what it feels like with the sweet stuff.

We are given many reasons for our sugar cravings: pleasure-seeking brain circuits, intestinal parasites, mineral deficiencies, malnutrition, habitual behavior, unbalanced diets, too much salt, buried emotional issues, lack of sleep, stress…. and my favorite, lack of discipline. We are not at a loss for reasons for our addiction to sugar, yet knowing isn’t enough to change us or our behavior. If knowing was enough we would all be winning gold medals and gold stars in every area of our life. If anything, knowing just makes it feel worse… we know better so why aren’t we doing better? Knowing becomes just another reason for us to feel bad about ourselves.

The next step to knowing is to try and do something about it. We take matters into our own hands and attempt to turn our sugar-loving switch from on to off. This is not a painless process, and just when we feel we’re making ground something happens to throw us off and we’re on a mission to hunt down any sugar we can find and back at the start.

When we decide to target our sugar dependency, we attack the sugar itself, we clear the pantry, empty the house of all products and declare sugar the enemy. And this is fine… except it doesn’t work. When we create an action plan like this, we’re a few steps too far ahead and facing the wrong direction. We don’t address what’s really happening.

The key: target the true problem, not the side-effect of the problem. And sugar cravings are the side-effect, they’re the symptom of the real problem, and treating symptoms never makes the problem resolve. The only way to create true, long- standing change is to address the root cause…. otherwise you’re just wasting your time and prepping yourself for another future sugar-binge.

What is the root cause? Leptin resistance. One way to target leptin resistance is with a product called leptitox, a blend of 22 all natural ingredients which work with your body to reverse leptin resistance and it’s effects. When leptin resistance occurs in our body we have a malfunctioning system. This malfunction will produce troublesome symptoms. Not only does leptin resistance increase hunger but it creates cravings! That’s a recipe for disaster! Not only will you be hungry but you’ll be hankering after the worst foods imaginable…

We may have blamed everything else under the sun for our inability to stop reaching for the next cookie… everything but leptin resistance. If you want to see real movement and change you’ll need to target leptin resistance and do something to “fix” it.

Leptitox is just the way to address the growing problem of leptin resistance, since it has been created to target and address it. Leptitox is a blend of 22 carefully selected herbs, amino acids and vitamins with the ability to help your body address the real cause of leptin resistance. It will change everything you thought you knew about weight loss.

LEARN MORE HERE

YOU CAN NOW GET TOILET PAPER CUPCAKES DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

After we highlighted the ‘poop and TP’ cupcakes by Lily’s Cakes in Harker Heights, Texas last week, the story reached closed to a half a million people all over the world – and all sorts of media outlets began reporting on the unique Texas cupcakes.

Folks all around the nation began reaching out to Lilian Halabi, the owner of Lily’s Cakes, and she has responded by increasing employees’ hours, going into overdrive, and sending them out across the country.

The best part of this is there is “some assembly required” which makes the perfect craft for all the kids stuck at home!

You can get yours by ordering here.

And please share this story on your social media pages. Not only is this Texas company making the most of a “crappy situation”. they are making waves everywhere.

Photos courtesy of Lily’s Cakes.

DAN CRENSHAW: DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING AMERICA HOSTAGE

Photo courtesy Patch.com

Former Navy SEAL Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) released a video message on social media Monday making the case in plain terms for the urgency of passing the emergency financial relief package that Senate Democrats “torpedoed” in the eleventh hour Sunday in order for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to present her own package packed with partisan agenda items unrelated to the crisis.

In a video filmed at a local restaurant in Atascocita, Texas, Crenshaw lays out the harsh economic reality of the situation many businesses face amid government-mandated lockdowns intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“I’m at a Texas BBQ joint that may not make it,” Crenshaw wrote in a tweet including the first of the two videos (below). “Democrats tanked the rescue package that would help them, and millions like them. Do not let them get away with this. Do not be silent.”

“So I’m here at the Tin Roof in Atascocita, Texas, just outside Houston, and this place is struggling. They might have to close down,” says Crenshaw. “This is the kind of business that would have access to an SBA (Small Business Administration) loan, that would then be forgiven for rent, utilities and payroll. That bill would’ve kept employees attached to their businesses.”

“We’re in a pandemic right now, which means we have to press pause on the economy,” he continues. “We’re asking businesses to close; we’re asking them to stop serving customers. If we’re going to ask them to do that, we have to give them the capital to survive during the pause in economic activity. We have to make sure they can keep paying employees and their rent. That’s what that bill was going to do.”

RECIPE: SLOW COOKER CHILI VERDE (GREEN CHILI)

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cubed
5 (7 ounce) cans green salsa
1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapeno peppers
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes or (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatillos

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large skillet, pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, then cook and stir until fragrant. Add the cubed pork, and cook turning occassionaly until browned on many sides, about 4-6 minutes. Transfer the pork, onions, and garlic to a slow cooker, and stir in the green salsa, jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes.

Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours. Reduce the setting to Low, and cook for 4 to 5 more hours.

Recipe owned by Texas Recipes. Posted with permission.

CRUZ: THIS IS A TIME OF CRISIS, NOT A TIME TO PLAY GAMES

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the Senate Democrats’ decision to play partisan games and block the Senate’s third bipartisan emergency coronavirus package, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor where he called on his colleagues to address this public health crisis and deliver real relief for the American people.

ON DEMOCRATS’ BLOCKING CONSIDERATION OF THE THIRD EMERGENCY CORONAVIRUS PACKAGE:

“This is a time of extraordinary crisis for our nation. In this time of crisis, I call upon each of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to rise above. Rise above petty partisanship. Rise above the bickering that so often consumes Washington. Rise above and put first the priorities of the millions of Americans who are hurting.

“There is a time for political disagreements. There is a time for policy disagreements. I am no stranger to robust political and policy disagreements. But we are in the midst of a global pandemic. People are dying. People are suffering.

“Last night when the Senate voted on whether to move forward with emergency relief legislation for the millions of people being devastated by the economic disaster we’re seeing as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, every single Democrat in this body voted to block consideration of this bill.

“Now for those of you at home who are not pouring over a Senate procedural matter, what does it mean to vote to block consideration? It doesn’t mean they voted against the bill. It means they voted against even starting to take it up.”

ON DEMOCRATS’ EXPLOITATION OF THE CRISIS TO ADVANCE THEIR IDEOLOGICAL PRIORITIES:

“If [Senate Democrats] have reasonable concerns, they’re welcome to raise them. By the way, this bill was drafted with the participation of nearly a dozen Senate Democrats who are actively part of the task forces submitting suggestions. In fact, one of the suggestions the Democrats submitted during the drafting was plus up those unemployment insurance numbers and they got agreement.

“This was drafted in a bipartisan manner. What happened? I got to tell you, yesterday, Sunday, most of us thought we were going to move to this. But then Nancy Pelosi decided it was time to play politics. Decided to throw a grenade into the whole process. And she had a list of demands, over 1,000 page bill that she drops out of nowhere. And the demands she’s pushing, I ask you do these have anything to do with the coronavirus epidemic?

“A number of people have cited the famed quote from Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.’ Sadly, we’re seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now. […]

“What are they pushing for? Changing the emission standards on airplanes. Mr. President, what the hell do the emission standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic? Don’t treat this bill like a partisan Christmas. […]

“The Democrats are pushing wind and solar tax credits. Mr. President, what in the hell does a windmill have to do with this crisis? Other than there’s some Democratic lobbyists getting fat and rich and they’re willing to extort a crisis to try to advance their political agenda.

“Mandates on corporate board diversity. […] They want to mandate effectively, quotas on boards of directors. Mr. President, what in the hell does that have to do with this crisis?

“The Pelosi wish list wants to restructure the debt for the Post Office. Mr. President last I checked, look our postal workers, they go through wind and rain and snow, but they haven’t been laid off.”

ON CURBING THE PANDEMIC AND GIVING REAL RELIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE:

“I am going to close this the way I started. By calling on Democrats, calling on Republicans: rise above petty partisan games. The Democratic leaders are playing these games. To every one of you Democrats, listen to the men and women in your states. Don’t give in to the games. Most of the Democratic Senators say they don’t even know what their side wants. But it’s just their leadership that’s willing to hold the American people hostage for unrelated political partisan objectives.”

The full remarks may be viewed here. Earlier this month, Sen. Cruz voted in favor of the Senate’s first and second coronavirus relief packages to assist in the United States’ response to COVID-19.

For more information and additional resources, visit www.cruz.senate.gov/coronavirus/.

Sen Cruz: “Mr. President, this is a time of extraordinary crisis for our nation. In this time of crisis, I call upon each of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to rise above. Rise above petty partisanship. Rise above the bickering that so often consumes Washington. Rise above and put first the priorities of the millions of Americans who are hurting.

“There is a time for political disagreements. There is a time for policy disagreements. I am no stranger to robust political and policy disagreements. But we are in the midst of a global pandemic. People are dying. People are suffering.

“Last night, when the Senate voted on whether to move forward with emergency relief legislation for the millions of people being devastated by the economic disaster we’re seeing as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, every single Democrat in this body voted to block consideration of this bill.

“Now for those of you at home who are not pouring over a Senate procedural matter, what does it mean to vote to block consideration? It doesn’t mean they voted against the bill. It means they voted against even starting to take it up.

“The New York Times headline moments afterwards said, ‘Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill.’ Of course that headline had the fault of being accurate and so within minutes the New York Times changed it to ‘Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill, citing worker concerns.’ That was headline number two. But then apparently the partisan leanings in the New York Times were too strong for that, and so they revised it a third time to say, ‘Partisan division halts discussion of the bill.’

“No, it wasn’t a partisan division. It was one party – the Democratic Party saying to this chamber and the American people, ‘Hell no. We won’t even take this up and discuss it.’ At a time of crisis, at a time when people are dying, that’s wrong. That’s shameful.

“When we awakened this morning following the Democrats’ obstruction, worldwide, there were 372,563 reported cases of the coronavirus. In the hours since then, just today, there have been an additional 23,352 cases reported today. While the Democrats are blocking the bill 23,000 new cases today.

“In the United States, when we started this morning, there were 35,224 cases this morning. Right now, as of the latest numbers, there are 41,708 cases in the United States today. That means we’ve had an additional 6,484 cases today, while the Democrats are blockading.

“And by the way where are the Democrats? C-SPAN doesn’t show this whole chamber often, but it’d be nice if they did because that entire side of the chamber is empty. They’re not showing up for work. They’re not doing their job.

“In Texas this morning, there had been 668 cases. As of right now, there are 722 – 54 more cases today while the Democrats are blocking consideration of this bill.

“How about deaths? As we look at this crisis, there are people right now gasping for breath. You and I, we have friends who have been diagnosed with this disease. We’ve read stories, we’ve talked to people who have struggled under it.

“I heard from one individual, who is hospitalized right now, that breathing felt like a belt strapped across his chest. That he could barely breathe.

“As of [now], worldwide, there have been 16,381 deaths. This morning it was only 15,308. That means today, while the Democrats have been blocking this bill, 1,073 additional people died.

“In the United States, as of this morning, there were 471 deaths reported due to coronavirus. As of right now it’s 573. That means today 102 Americans died while the Democrats were blocking consideration of this bill.

“In Texas, as of this morning, there had been eight deaths. Now there are nine. One Texan died while half this chamber refused to show up and do their job.

“Now this morning when we voted again, we saw the first signs of cracks as one Democrat, Senator from Alabama, who had voted ‘no’ yesterday decided this morning, ‘well, maybe we should take up the bill.’ One. One Democrat. Where are the rest? There are a lot of Democrats who like to hold themselves out as moderate Democrats. Where are they?

“Right now what the Democratic leadership is doing is they’re playing games. They’re playing games in a way that is irresponsible.

“This bill has a lot of important elements for a lot of people that are hurting. You’ve got, not only the people who are hospitalized, the people who are suffering, but you’ve also got economic devastation as we have much of this country ground to a halt. We’ve got people who work in restaurants, waiters, waitresses, bellboys, who haven’t gone to work in over a week. […]

“I’ve spoken to business owner after business owner after business owner for the last week. One hotel owner described how he currently had six percent occupancy rates. You can’t keep a hotel running with six percent occupancy rates. I talked to one hotel owner who described how he had made 5,000 layoffs in the last week. Another hotel owner had made 6,000 layoffs in the past week. I talked to an oil and gas business owner who had laid off 5,000 workers in the past week. I talked to another oil and gas owner who laid off 5,000 workers in the last week.

“You know today, I’m thinking about people like my friends at Republic Country Club. Now Republic Country Club is a bit of a misnomer. It’s a barbecue joint outside of Houston. It’s owned by my friend, Michael Berry. It is often the venue of country western concerts. The venue sometimes for comedy shows. I went and took my dad to [see] ‘Larry the Cable Guy’ at Republic Country Club. I’ve had multiple election night parties at Republic Country Club. It’s a big ole honky tonk. You’ve never seen so many confused national reporters as they walked in and looked around and didn’t know what to make of the place.

“Father’s Day, a year ago, I did a Father’s Day party at Republic Country Club. My dad [and I], we roasted up two whole pigs. The cook staff at the barbecue place, they made them up and we had a big party [and] invited people there. It’s a Cuban tradition to roast a whole pig. Why am I telling you about Republic Country Club?

“Because yesterday, which happened to be my father’s 81 birthday, yesterday at Republic Country Club announced they’re closing their doors. Yesterday, Michael Berry sent out a tweet telling first responders, telling police officers, and firefighters, and everyone on the frontline, he said, ‘Drive by Republic Country Club today, March 23. Drive by during the day and we’ll give you a free barbecue. We’re going to cook everything we have and we’re just going to give it away in to go. You can’t come in, but we’re going to give you to go boxes.’ And he went on to say they’re emptying out all the liquor from the store room and from behind the bar, they’re giving it to the employees because the employees are all being laid off. And he said he didn’t know if they’ll open again.

“Now tell you those employees, the bartenders, the bouncers, many of them are veterans. Many of them are big guys covered with tats. They’re salt of the earth. Right now, they don’t know where their rent check is coming from next week.

“That’s happening all across this country. That’s happening not just at one barbecue place in Houston. That’s happening at bars. It’s happening at nail salons. It’s happening at movie theaters. I love Sunday night to go with a buddy of mine and go watch a movie. Movie theaters are shut down all over this country. Retail stores, people laid off. Nobody’s going to the mall right now.

“The people who are hurting, they’re scared. They don’t know, number one, if they’re going to get sick. But number two, they don’t know how they’re going to make ends meet.

“This is a time of crisis and we ought to be coming together. This bill that we were moving to, I don’t necessarily agree with every word of it. But there are a number of elements in this bill that are designed to provide real help to people who are hurting.

“One element of this bill is to give cash, an immediate check for $1,200 to every person in this country, every adult in this country earning under $75,000 a year. $2,400 for every couple earning under $150,000 a year plus $500 for every child they have got. And you want to talk about real relief? For people that are scared they’re saying, ‘What do I do next?’ Those are checks that are coming in the mail.

“What have the Democrats said? ‘No hold the checks.’ Right now, those checks aren’t coming and they aren’t coming for one reason because the Senate Democrats are blocking taking up that bill.

“In many circumstances that would not be the right policy outcome to just send checks to people. But at a time of crisis, where you need people just to be able to make it to tomorrow, putting some resources in their hands makes a big difference.

“Another element of this bill that is being blocked by Senate Democrats is $350 billion in emergency loans to small businesses. To small businesses like Republic Country Club. To small businesses like restaurants and bars. To small businesses like nail salons and barber shops and movie theaters and dress shops and hardware stores. Small businesses that are, right now, putting up the sign saying closed for coronavirus.

“Now those emergency loans are designed to be given with the condition that they keep their employees on payroll. A lot of these small business owners want to keep their employees on payroll. But they don’t have the cash. Under the terms of this bill those loans are forgiven if they keep their employees on payroll.

“By the way, the Democratic talking point is, ‘Oh, this is just cash to businesses.’ Tell that to the owner of the barbershop who takes an emergency loan to not fire all of her employees. That loan, under the terms of it, is forgiven if employees stay on the payroll. The Democrats are blocking that right now.

“What about unemployment insurance? The job numbers coming out shortly I expect to be massive in terms of the job losses. I think we’ll see north of two to three million people who have lost their jobs and the numbers are getting worse. Every phone call I have is with more and more people that are losing their jobs.

“It is bad. It will come back. But it is bad right now. We need emergency support to get people through this dark time. This bill had $250 billion for additional unemployment insurance. What did that mean? That’s an additional $600 per week for an additional 13 weeks.

“If you’re one of the waitresses right now who’s just been told your job’s gone away and you apply for unemployment insurance if this bill passes, you get an extra $600 immediately. But you know what, you don’t right now because Senate Democrats are blocking this.

“Now, if they have reasonable concerns, they’re welcome to raise them. By the way, this bill was drafted with the participation of nearly a dozen Senate Democrats who are actively part of the task forces submitting suggestions. In fact, one of the suggestions the Democrats submitted during the drafting was plus up those unemployment insurance numbers. And they got agreement. This was drafted in a bipartisan manner.

“What happened? I got to tell you, yesterday, Sunday, most of us thought we were going to move to this. But then Nancy Pelosi decided it was time to play politics. Decided to throw a grenade into the whole process. And she had a list of demands, an over 1,000 page bill that she drops out of nowhere. And the demands she’s pushing, I ask you, do these have anything to do with the coronavirus epidemic?

“A number of people have cited the famed quote from Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.’ Sadly, we’re seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now. […]

“What are they pushing for? Changing the emission standards on airplanes. Mr. President, what the hell do the emission standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic? Don’t treat this bill like a partisan Christmas.

“By the way, Republicans, we’ve got things we would like to advance too. Things I believe in deeply. Do you want to talk about what I’d like to do? I’d like to abolish the IRS. I’ve campaigned on that all over the country and I’m going to continue fighting for that. But Mr. President, I’m not standing here with an amendment saying as part of this emergency relief, let’s abolish the IRS. There’s a place for that political and policy discussion.

“The Democrats are pushing wind and solar tax credits. Mr. President, what in the hell does a windmill have to do with this crisis? Other than there’s some Democratic lobbyist getting fat and rich and they’re willing to extort a crisis to try to advance their political agenda.

“Mandates on corporate board diversity. These are Democrats that want a social engineer. I actually have a lot of problems with corporate boards. I think we have far too many corporate boards that are docile and do what management wants. That’s a serious problem. A lot of discussion about stock buybacks, I’ll tell you what I get concerned about stock buybacks is when you have compensation agreements in place that the executives get rich if they get a short term boost in share price and it ends up hurting the shareholders. So I’d love to see actually more vigorous boards of directors that make sure that you’re not creating incentives to game the stock price. That’s a reasonable question. But they want to mandate effectively, quotas on boards of directors. Mr. President, what in the hell does that have to do with this crisis?

“The Pelosi wish list wants to restructure the debt for the Post Office. Mr. President last I checked, look our postal workers, they go through wind and rain and snow, but they haven’t been laid off.

“I call upon both sides: don’t play games with this. This crisis isn’t going to end tomorrow. It’s not going to end the next day. It’s going to last for a considerable time. It’s going to require adults to step up and lead. On the pandemic, we need to follow the science. We need to listen to the doctors. We need to listen to the physicians. We need to do the steps that we’re taking to keep people safe. On the economy, we need to give immediate relief to people who are hurting. And we need to make sure a liquidity crisis doesn’t become a solvency crisis.

“You know it’s interesting, many of the Democrats are saying they don’t want corporate bailouts. I agree with them. I am passionately opposed to corporate bailouts. One of the things I was gratefully relieved about how this bill was structured, is that it’s structured as loans and not condition free grants. And it’s structured primarily so that it’s not picking favored companies that happen to have big lobbying presence in Washington.

“What does it mean to not have a liquidity crisis become a solvency crisis? Let’s take for example the airlines. I’ve spoken with just about every major airline CEO in the past two weeks. The airlines are losing billions of dollars every month. Now they didn’t cause that problem. Unlike the financial crisis in 2008, this crisis was not caused by misconduct of one industry or another. It’s not the airlines fault that the federal government has shut down flights to Asia and to Europe. That’s not their fault. It’s not the owner of the restaurant downtown Houston’s fault [that] the city of Houston has shut down the restaurant. That’s not the small business owners fault.

“Now what we don’t want is when the bills come due for all of those businesses, for them to have to sell their assets at a fire sale. We don’t want the restaurant owner who has a pizzeria who saved to buy this fantastic pizza oven, to have to sell the pizza oven for pennies on the dollar because a liquidity crisis has become a solvency crisis. We don’t want our U.S. airlines to have to put up a garage sale effectively to sell all their airplanes because they’re going bankrupt in the midst of a crisis.

“We want to come out of this with a strong robust commercial airline sector. We want to come back out of this with the small businesses thriving. We want to come out of this with a thriving energy sector. We want to come out of this with jobs.

“And so, Mr. President I am going to close this the way I started. By calling on Democrats, calling on Republicans: rise above petty partisan games. The Democratic leaders are playing these games. To every one of you Democrats, listen to the men and women in your states. Don’t give in to the games. Most of the Democratic Senators say they don’t even know what their side wants. But it’s just their leadership that’s willing to hold the American people hostage for unrelated political partisan objectives. And by the way, one of the reasons I think Senate Democrats are so willing to engage in this, is they expect the media to be utterly complicit in their cynical gamesmanship.

“So as we stand here this afternoon, it is not only the Democratic side of the chamber that is empty, but as I look up to the press, nobody’s there. There’s not a single reporter sitting in the chamber. Actually, there’s nobody sitting in the chamber, so they may have closed the chamber. In which case, that may have been an unfair assault. But it’s not an unfair assault to say that the New York Times is changing their headline to give political cover for the games of the Senate Democrats.

“This is a time of crisis. It’s not a time to play games. It’s a time to rise above. It’s a time to stand for the American men and women. It’s a time to stand for jobs. It’s a time to help protect people’s lives.”

DALLAS COUNTY ORDERS RESIDENTS TO STAY AT HOME

Dallas County is now under a shelter-at-home order in an effort to try to contain and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The order applies to anyone who lives or works in the county. It goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and lasts until at least April 3.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the stay-at-home order is needed to flatten the curve. The goal is to help prevent a scenario in which the number of coronavirus cases exceeds local hospital capacity and to minimize the catastrophic outcomes other countries are seeing because they waited too long.

“This order is our best chance to flatten the curve in Dallas County and save as many lives as possible,” Jenkins said. “I know there will be economic hardship and business closures with this order, and it makes me sick we are at this point.”

2007 “TIME BOMB” ARTICLE PREDICTED EATING BATS IN CHINA WOULD LEAD TO PANDEMIC

“The presence of the large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China is a time bomb.”

This article, published in 2007 on PubMed, predicted that the Chinese custom of eating bats would lead to a pandemic. Above is an excerpt of the article.

The entire article, on the National Institutes of Health website, can be viewed here.