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As many of you have probably seen or read, today’s New York Times has a partial list of Americans who have died after contracting COVID-19…under the headline: An Incalculable Loss. The national death toll is for all practical purposes at 100,000 now.

For an interactive view of this loss and some date/time stamps or milestones (or headstones)…click here to visit the NY Times site.

And here is what that front page looks like this morning:

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As part of Wisconsin’s efforts to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19, Governor Tony Evers announced a program to help renters who are at risk. The initial commitment is $25 million.

Gov. Tony Evers announced a $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program for those who have experienced income loss as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Wisconsinites have enough to worry about as we continue to battle the deadly COVID-19 virus. They should not also have to worry about losing the roofs over their head,” Evers said. “The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will hopefully provide peace of mind to a lot of people, as well as a reminder to them that we are all in this together. They have not been forgotten.”

We haven’t heard from the major nabobs of do nothing out of Madison, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald yet, but I imagine they have a problem with this program. At least they haven’t sued the governor…again!

But State Representative Van Wanggaard is all over this:

State Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, criticized the program in a statement saying “when individuals look for details or an application to access this aid, nothing can be found.”

“People are suffering and scared for their financial future,” Wanggaard said. “They need help now, not the promise of help only to find out they can’t access it. Making grand announcements of millions of dollars provides immediate hope to people in need. But that hope is snatched away when they find out there’s no way to get the money or learn any details.”

Wanggaard also criticized the timing of the announcement in light of recent news that 675,000 unemployment claims have gone unpaid

“How many evictions will occur because of the inability to access unemployment payments?” Wanggaard said. “The administration needs to stop promising and start delivering.”

Now are his concerns valid? Yes, I agree that they are. But considering that his party and his leadership have done absolutely nothing be obstruct the governor at very turn…he has little place to complain. He’s been instrumental in hamstringing the governor. And this despite the fact that his home county has become one of the hot spots for COVID-19 in the last month or so.

Got some ideas on how to make this work? Please step up Rep. Wanggaard! Otherwise get out of the way!

His issues with the initial set up are niggling at this point. As a former IT person this stuff doesn’t happen overnight…particularly in an underfunded state government we live with today (thank you Rep. Wanggaard!).

But the issue around getting unemployment payments out is pretty serious…and should be reviewed. But I suspect that the late bills passed by the GOP majority led legislature may have a lot to do with that as well. You know, the bill that cost Wisconsin taxpayers $25 million in lost federal unemployment funds?

I missed this one because it is on a television website. I don’t pay attention to those unless someone points them out to me…so this article comes from a regular reader who sent it to me.

But as we’ve written recently, President Donald Trump claims to be using hydroxychloroquine prophylactically to prevent contracting COVID-19. Apparently it doesn’t work…and I am surprised other news outlets haven’t covered this…there must be dozens of Americans in similar circumstances.

An Oconomowoc woman who has had lupus for most of her life said she takes hydroxychloroquine and still caught COVID-19.

Kim, who only wants her first name used, said she has taken the anti-malarial drug for 19 years to help treat the pain caused by her lupus.

Kim said when the pandemic began, she only left her home to go to the grocery store.

She said by mid-April though, she started feeling coronavirus symptoms.

Kim said after arriving at the Aurora Medical Center emergency room in Summit, she tested positive for COVID-19.

Kim said even though she took precautions when leaving the house for the grocery store, she thought she would be safe because of what President Donald Trump has said about the drug.

Kim said she was in the hospital for seven days.

She said she was on oxygen and received plasma.

Kim is mostly recovered now, but is still on oxygen at her home.

“You’re not safe taking that medication at all. (Hydroxychloroquine) is not going to prevent anything. You can still get coronavirus,” Kim said. “It kind of makes me mad that (Trump) thinks it’s going to do that and is telling the whole world it’s going to do that.”

’nuff said.

P.S. If you see other similar articles, please let me know.


The current federal deployment ends after 89 days…90 days are required for a boost in GI Bill benefits including pensions and educational allowances. This from the administration that keeps touting their support of the US Military…hmmmmm…maybe not so much…aina?

“It seemed kind of weird to me,” said retired Brig. Gen. J. Joy Robinson, president of the National Guard Association. “It’s a Wednesday. And it also coincides with 89 days of deployment for any soldiers who went on federal status at the beginning. I was getting all kinds of calls about it and I said, ‘It’s probably just a coincidence.’ But in the back of my mind, I know better. They’re screwing the National Guard members out of the status they should have.”

After President Donald Trump flippantly said he has been taking the anti-malarial medication hydroxychloroquine for the past few weeks…the drug he himself has touted as a preventative drug against COVID-19…the question around the nation has been…is he or isn’t he?

My take is he’s lying. AGAIN. And if he’s taking something, my bet is the White House doctor is prescribing a placebo. Can you imagine the fall out if the medical staff gave the president a drug off label that killed him?

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