Soccer star Kyle Walker has apologized for his alleged actions during lockdown in England.
According to the Sun, the Manchester City soccer player hosted a party with two escorts during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic at the end of March. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
The alleged party took place one day before he filmed a PSA urging people to stay home and save lives.
The Sun reported that the escorts were invited over for a “three-hour sex session” during the ongoing crisis. Now, the team is not happy, and he’s had to apologize.
According to TMZ, the team released a statement, and said in part, “Footballers are global role models, and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts.”
Walker also issued an apology of his own and said in part, “My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown. And I want to re-iterate the message: Stay home, stay safe.”
If you’re going to break the rules while in coronavirus quarantine, you might as well do it by swinging for the fence.
Reportedly inviting over a pair of escorts for a “three-hour sex session” is the definition of swinging for the fence.
How could you even be made at the man? We’re going into lockdown until further notice. You have to do what you have to do!
I might have finally found the one soccer player in the world who I actually don’t mind that much. Anybody who gives coronavirus the middle finger by throwing a party with escorts is okay in my book.
Was it smart? No, but most entertaining stuff never is. He apologized, and it’s time to move on. He’s probably also a legend in his locker room, but that’s a conversation for a different time.
U.S. Navy aircraft carriers live by the phrase “complacency kills.”
There are so many different ways to die aboard an aircraft carrier, it should be the setting for a Final Destination film. Rotors, props, engines, exhausts, wires, wheels, catapults, and Davy Jones’ locker all pose a constant threat to the sailor and Marine upon the world’s most dangerous 4.5 acres. Except none of these things kills without the assistance of ones’ own negligence and complacency.
While operation security is crucial, and will be the technicality the Navy uses to justify its removal of Capt. Brett Crozier, its subtle but true reason is found within the content of his letter rather than just his careless means of distributing it. Crozier’s words revealed a cultural sense of complacency incongruent with the standards of the U.S. Armed Forces, and is why I believe the Department of the Navy ultimately removed him from command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
In his letter requesting assistance for the TR, Crozier demonstrated an affinity for safety over a dedication to duty. He claims that not a single sailor should perish because of the virus, references not being at war or being “at peace” five separate times, and for an entire page compares his $5 billion, nuclear-powered warship of the world’s finest Navy to a luxury cruise liner.
This letter came just weeks after authorizing a port call to a major city in Vietnam (China’s neighbor), one month after Chinese air incursions near our ally of Taiwan, and two months after nearly going to war with Iran. These words and actions demonstrate poor judgment and a mindset of complacency, which has no place commanding one of only ten American aircraft carriers, especially the only one forward-deployed in the 7th Fleet.
Now, Crozier has COVID-19, just as he would have had he not announced to our enemies that the Roosevelt has an outbreak. Except now, the only aircraft carrier capable of supporting the fleet with more ships than the other five fleets combined, the only aircraft carrier capable of supporting operations against China, Russia, or North Korea should something occur, is sidelined near Guam, with no comparable relief for 6,000 miles in any direction. The Theodore Roosevelt was truly the tip of the spear, which is now blunted, with American national security at greater risk because of it.
Anyone who thinks the Joint Chiefs of Staff and senior leadership don’t care about the lives and welfare of our sailors and Marines is a fool. Of course they do, but they also care about accomplishing the mission, which will and should always come first.
The most troubling thing of all of this is found in the video of Crozier’s departure from the ship, cheered on by hundreds of its crewmen. These sailors cheer him because they believe he was looking out for their welfare, and find that to be noble.
However, it’s also ignorant of their purpose, which is to protect and defend the United States by maintaining a combat-ready aircraft carrier in the 7th Fleet. This mission is no longer being fulfilled, placing American lives and interests in jeopardy, and contributing a greater propensity to spread the virus as thousands of potential cases are now docked instead of maintaining social distance.
Each and every sailor on that ship initialed the line in his papers that said he is willing to endure injury and possibly death from the requirements of his service. This cheering indicates a lack of that willingness to sacrifice for mission accomplishment and musters the question that if these sailors aren’t willing to fulfill this duty in the face of an invisible enemy, what makes anyone think they will do so in the face of a combatant one?
A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier hasn’t been sunk by enemy combatants since World War II, which naturally invites a sense of invincibility. Except there are no exceptions in the aforementioned pledge, and they should be expected to uphold it if necessary, regardless whether its fulfillment comes at the hands of missile or molecule. Crozier should have assumed that everyone on the ship was already compromised, and the USS Theodore Roosevelt should have remained at sea, maintaining combat readiness, until relieved.
Would that be a tough decision? Absolutely. Would there be anomalies who died, which he would have to live with every day of his life? Yes. But the U.S. military doesn’t appoint men and women to positions of responsibility who are incapable of making difficult decisions during hard times.
Part of service is sacrifice. If you are unwilling to make sacrifices, including utilitarian ones, then you are unfit to serve, and certainly unfit to lead. Simple as that.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly was dead-on in his statement that while America is not at war, it is neither truly at peace either. Crozier’s failure to recognize this and skipper accordingly is of itself justifiable reason to remove him from command and take a deeper look at the necessary eradication of complacent “peacetime” attitudes amongst many in the Armed Services.
Amidst the backdrop of the broadening coronavirus pandemic, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have confirmed their plans to launch a wide-ranging non-profit organisation named Archewell, reports on Tuesday said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who formally stepped down as senior members of the British royal family at the end of last month, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper they were establishing the organisation in the United States, where they have now made their home in Malibu.
The charitable organisation will include emotional support groups, a multimedia educational empire and a wellbeing website among other things, although full details are not fully known.
They also revealed the Greek word in the project, Arche – meaning source of action – was the inspiration behind the name of their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
The couple said they wanted “to do something of meaning, to do something that matters” and to that end the couple filed paperwork for their new venture in the U.S. last month, the Telegraph said.
They have delayed releasing full details about it because of the coronavirus pandemic and will make an announcement “when the time is right”, they told the paper.
Their proposals are for “a vast and ambitious array of projects” under the name Archewell to replace their previous “Sussex Royal” brand, it added.
In response to the Telegraph, the duke and duchess said they were focusing their efforts on the coronavirus pandemic but felt “compelled” to reveal details of the venture.
“Like you, our focus is on supporting efforts to tackle the global Covid-19 pandemic but faced with this information coming to light, we felt compelled to share the story of how this came to be,” the couple said.
“Before SussexRoyal, came the idea of Arche – the Greek word meaning source of action. We connected to this concept for the charitable organisation we hoped to build one day, and it became the inspiration for our son’s name. To do something of meaning, to do something that matters.
“Archewell is a name that combines an ancient word for strength and action, and another that evokes the deep resources we each must draw upon. We look forward to launching Archewell when the time is right.”
The commanding officer who sounded the alarm over confirmed cases of COVID-19 on a US Naval vessel, has been relieved of duty.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly announced late last week that the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, now docked in Guam, was relieved “at my direction.”
Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, the carrier’s commander, was sacked after he was accused of leaking a letter to the media that went “outside the chain of command” pleading for help after more than 100 sailors on board tested positive for the coronavirus, and nearly 100 others are suspected of contracting the virus.
Modly said, “This decision is not one of retribution.” In his complete statement to the press, Modly said, “I did not come to this decision lightly. I have no doubt in my mind [Captain] Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest [of] the safety and well-being of his crew. Unfortunately, he did the opposite.”
Modly continued, “It unnecessarily raised alarms with the families of our sailors and Marines with no plan to address those concerns. It raised concerns about the operational security and operational capability of that ship that could have emboldened our adversaries to seek advantage and it undermined the chain of command.”
Modly said Crozier was not out of line for raising concerns, but “it was the way in which he did it,” saying that it “created panic on the ship” and “misrepresented the facts,” adding that Americans back home were “panicked.”
Modly said that more than 100 sailors have tested positive and there will be more, but said all the cases are “mild.” The Acting Secretary said Crozier created a panic by suggesting as many as “50 sailors could die.”
“It raised alarm bells unnecessarily,” he told the press. Modly said the commanding officer could have reached out to him directly, but didn’t. He was also not happy the letter was sent out over an email server that is “not secure.”
Modly said he thought the skipper became “overwhelmed” at the situation and acted unprofessionally and violated the “sacred trust” given to all commanding officers in the Navy.
“It demonstrated poor judgement in the middle of a crisis,” Modly said.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt is a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, commissioned in the 1980s.
The ship, with a crew of nearly 5,000, is docked in Guam, and the Navy has said as many as 3,000 sailors had been taken off the ship and quarantined by Friday. More than 100 sailors on the ship have tested positive for the virus, but none are hospitalized at this point.
The ousted commander of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt may face further disciplinary action, the acting Navy secretary said.
“He’ll get reassigned; he’s not thrown out of the Navy.”
Modly said everyone, including the aircraft carrier commander, deserves a chance at “redemption.”
Crozier’s final punishment will be decided following an investigation into the incident.
“I’m not going to direct them to do anything (other) than to investigate the facts to the best of their ability. I cannot exercise undue command influence over that investigation,” Modly said.
Over the weekend it was announced that Captain Crozier has tested positive for COVID-19.
MSNBC and CNN have reached a new and unimaginable low. They have decided that it is better to hear their spin on the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings than to hear from the professionals involved.
The management of those two networks now believe that it is in the best public interest for we the people to NOT hear directly from the President and those medical professionals that he has appointed to the Task Force. Each day, President Trump uses the White House briefing room to allow members of the Fourth Estate to ask any and all the questions they wish. Initially, these briefings were carried by all the major cable networks in their entirety.
The problem for CNN and MSNBC was that Trump and his medical advisors – specifically Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and Surgeon General Jerome Adams — were saying things that did not support the networks pre-conceived anti-Trump narratives.
One of those narratives is that Trump does not listen to the medical professionals and that they are unhappy with his comments. They even speculated that Trump was unhappy with Fauci and was considering firing him. That baseless claim was made because Fauci did not attend one of the daily briefings. That fact was used by the networks to weave an entire baseless speculative report. It was – as Trump says – fake news.
Since Fauci and Birx are held in the highest esteem within the profession and among the general public, there is only one way that CNN and MSNBC – along with their elitist colleagues – can maintain the appearance of conflict and Trump’s alleged disregard for their advice — and that is to not allow the people to see and hear what is actually said at the White House briefings.
If you watch the entire White House briefings – as I have repeatedly advised the public to do – you would discover that the truth is the opposite of the anti-Trump media narratives. The networks pay lip service to listening to the scientists, but they prevent the public from seeing the expressions of agreement and cooperation evident in the actual briefings – and gaining important accurate information in the process.
It started a few days back, when the various talking heads on CNN and MSNBC suggested that full coverage of the White House briefings was not necessary. They said the briefings were turning into Trump rallies. Anyone watching the briefings would know that is a whole-cloth lie.
It is true that Trump can be a bit verbose and egocentric, but not only do all the participants generally agree, the others have ample time to give out extremely valuable information – the best information from the most knowledgeable professionals.
The propaganda attack on the White House briefings kicked into high gear with the Monday edition of “Morning Joe.” Co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski engaged in an unhinged attack. They said that the briefings were a waste of time – because they could summarize (read that mischaracterize) what was said in two minutes.
They said that the briefings were nothing but lies and counterproductive to addressing the Covid-19 virus. The President just rambles and repeats himself for more than an hour. (As opposed to the networks’ folks rambling and repeating themselves for 24 hours.)
Their characterization of the briefings, however, is a complete political fabrication. But it is consistent with Brzezinski’s inadvertent admission. She protested outside information by declaring that “It is our job (the media’s) to tell people what to think.” That one phrase explains what happened with the Monday briefing.
While FOX News carried the entire briefing – which contained a LOT of new and important information (even some good news) – CNN and MSNBC cut the briefing short and went to regular programming – meaning bashing Trump and the administration.
The segue for MSNBC was interesting because it was handled by their tarnished star Brian Williams – who was booted from the main NBC anchor job after making up stories and presenting them as news. After a prolonged period of absence, Williams was resurrected as a personality on NBC’s minor league subsidiary – MSNBC. Rather than allowing the public to hear the rest of the briefing, Williams announced that he would explain the important highlights. How he would do that is a mystery, since he was no longer watching the briefing. Instead, MSNBC brought in their stable of parroting pundits to continue their old-news anti-Trump narratives based on false reporting.
CNN did the same. Perpetual panelist Gloria Borger came close to a foot-stomping, panty-wetting outrage over what she declared to be Trump’s mistreatment of the members of the working press. Borger’s tantrum should come as no surprise since she is a reliable member of the Anti-Trump Resistance Movement.
What CNN and MSNBC did was nothing less than censorship to salvage political propaganda. What could be more abhorrent to a free press and an informed public than for the media to inhibit free speech. In my entire life in politics and public policy, I have never seen such an outrageous corruption of honest journalism.
I repeat the advice I have given in other commentaries. To be informed by the President AND the top medical professionals, you should watch the White House briefings from beginning to end – pay special attention to the medical professionals — and then turn to the movie channel to avoid being grossly misinformed by so-called news networks.
So, there ‘tis.
Many of the states hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak, including New York, have been calling for a moratorium on rent payments and evictions. However, this has led to a backlash by landlords who say they have bills to pay too. For many of these property owners, their rentals are their sole source of income.
It is part of the cascading effect of the economic shutdown to combat the virus. Governors are urging landlords not to evict renters during the crisis — some even going as far as officially prohibiting evictions, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did in March.
Cuomo suspended evictions for both residential and commercial property for 90 days in New York, which has emerged as the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.
Delaware Gov. John Carney halted evictions in his declaration of a state of emergency, citing the public health threat and the need for people to shelter in their homes.
That doesn’t help landlords who still have mortgage payments to make and rely on rent payments. It creates a domino effect.
Still, many landlords have said that they remained hopeful they would get by with aid in the $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue bill signed by President Trump last week, which included government checks and unemployment benefits that could help tenants pay rent for next few months.
Local governments also are stepping up to give guidance to cash-strapped tenants and worried landlords.
The San Diego Housing Commission created a website that gives tenants information on how to qualify for rent relief and what proof they must provide their landlords.
The rent is not entirely forgiven. Tenants get six months to catch up on their payments.
San Diego’s moratorium on evictions expires May 31.
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been pressured to issue a moratorium on evictions but has not formally done so. Sen. Rick Scott, Florida Republican, said the coronavirus relief package that Congress has passed does not go far enough.
The legislation put into place a nation-wide moratorium on evictions, but Mr. Scott wants a 30-day halt on taxes, utility payments, credit card payments, mortgages, and financial payments including rent.
“Today is April 1, and so many across our nation are struggling to pay their rent, mortgage and other financial obligations,” he said in a press release.
“I thank the many governors that have taken action to prevent evictions and foreclosures in their states. But we have to go even further to provide much-needed relief for Americans – and we have to do it today,” he added.
The most common hashtag mantra regarding the Covid-19 outbreak is that “we are all in it together.” But is that true?
Different people seem to have different opinions as to whether we have gone too far in shutting down America. There are those who seem to believe that the self-imposed collapse of the American economy – and with it, one of the highest standards of living in the world – is worth it … necessary. Others believe that we have overreached, and that this shutdown is as politically driven as it is medically necessary.
On the far left – represented by the current Democratic Party and its elitist media – are those who see the Covid-19 as an opportunity to move the nation further to the left. They are promoting the idea that the national government in Washington must seize power – nationalize the private sector and take over the primary role of states and municipalities in handling public health issues.
Those folks want more than temporary help from Washington. They want a dramatic increase in the power of the federal government – and by extension an elite ruling-class composed of authoritarian officials and an oppressive bureaucracy. It is the very enemy of individual freedom that the founders feared most – an all-powerful central government.
Vermont’s socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has seized on the Covid-19 virus to resurrect his Medicare-for-all proposal that would wipe out every private healthcare plan in the nation. House Democrats – led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi are attempting to pepper the relief and stimulus bills with provisions that would change the nature of our elections, change campaign finance laws and create mandatory unionization.
In addition to the political calls, there are others who seem to believe that no economic hardship is too great if it can save even a single life. Their opinions are seen — and their voice heard — across the media – mostly in the more liberal publications and networks.
But if you examine them closely, you will discover that the very people calling for Draconian economic sacrifices are not among those making them. They are largely untouched by the havoc they wreak. All those politicians you see on television are still being paid – as are all those million-dollar-salary media personalities who interview them. The reporters and columnists are also on the clock, as they say.
Government workers at the federal, state and local levels are all being paid even if they are not working – teachers, for example, and all those people who are not at those closed government offices. Union officials and salaried corporate executives are not missing a paycheck. Workers in the retail food industry are on the job. Utility workers – phone, electricity and gas – are working.
Obviously, police, paramedics and medical workers must be on the payroll – and while their sacrifice is not economic, they are in danger more than most.
Some industries have cut back but have still maintained a level of personnel – such as the airlines, bus companies, and some retail establishments. My local Home Depot is still open.
Folks who receive Social Security – like me – are still getting our checks every month. Welfare assistance goes forth unabated.
My point is simple. It is easy to support the policy of economic shutdown if your personal economy is not being shut down. Cable news is filled with anecdotal human-interest stories of people fearing the impact of the Covid-19 on them or loved ones. We see repeated pleas for more protective gear for our medical heroes – and they are heroes.
But we see very little human interest in the press for that family of four without a bank account and now without a paycheck. Oh yeah … they speak of them statistically and in the abstract, but do not plumb the depts of the personal anxieties and despair.
Maybe if more people were being hit by the economic crisis, they would not be so sure that closing down the nation was the best idea.
So, there ‘tis.
The things that are done in the name of science!
A researcher who was seeking a way to keep people from touching their faces during the COVID-19 outbreak, was himself hospitalized, when the magnets he was using to test his theory, got stuck up his nose!
With medical authorities around the world advising people to stop touching their faces to help slow the spread of the virus, Melbourne-based Daniel Reardon thought he would try to make a sensor that could tell if your hands were near your face, he told CNN.
An astrophysicist by trade, Reardon, 27, had some electronic parts lying around and decided to try his hand at a bit of ingenious engineering.
“I was just feeling a bit bored when it came up,” he said, admitting that his invention had the opposite effect to the one he intended: Instead of making a noise when his hands were close to his face, it buzzed incessantly until he moved them to his face.
“I had a laugh and gave up temporarily,” he added. “Then I started mindlessly placing the magnets on my face. First my ear lobes, then my nostrils — like a magnetic piercing.”
At that point, Reardon had only gained himself some temporary body modifications, but things were about to get slightly more permanent.
“The problem was when I put magnets first in one nostril, then in my other nostril,” he said. “They all pinched together and the ones on my septum got stuck!”
Unable to remove them by himself, Reardon ended up heading to the local hospital.
He said he spent about an hour there, describing the facility as “pretty quiet,” as coronavirus patients are being sent to another hospital.
“The staff enjoyed it — several doctors and some nurses came to laugh at/with me,” said Reardon.
“In the end, two doctors pulled at them — one grabbing at the magnets in each nostril.”
“I was in a bit of pain while they were moving the magnets and my nose — I had made it pretty sore myself,” he said.
“But other than that I was laughing with everyone else.”
So far, Australia has had close to 5000 cases of coronavirus and 22 deaths.
In response to the outbreak, the country tightened its restrictions on movement earlier this week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said public gatherings would be limited to two people and ordered residents to stay home, except to shop for necessities, medical care, exercise, work or education.
I have always said that a crisis, such as the current COVID-19 outbreak brings out the best and the worst in people. This is a story about one of the worst.
The press is reporting the sad story of an elderly woman who died after being shoved to the ground by a patient at a New York hospital for “not social distancing.”
The account was first reported earlier this week in the New York Post. According to the Post, the 86-year-old victim, who was awaiting treatment for a bowel blockage, was reportedly pushed by a female patient in NYC Health and Hospitals/Woodhull location in Brooklyn, on Sunday, March 29, just after 2pm.
She fell backward and hit her head following the assault, police sources told the New York Post. Roughly three hours later, the 86-year-old woman died while hospital workers were waiting to give her a CT scan.
The death of Janie Marshall of Williamsburg appeared to be the first potential crime in the city sparked by fears over the deadly contagion.
Marshall’s unidentified female attacker was given a summons for disorderly conduct, the Post reported. “She got too close,” the woman said to justify why she shoved the frail old woman. Her attacker was a 32-year-old patient, who was awaiting psychiatric treatment and got out of her nearby bed to launch the unprovoked attack, sources said.
The hospital didn’t alert authorities until 10.30pm — as the medical center was flooded with a surge of COVID-19 patients. New York City hospitals have been overwhelmed with coronavirus patients in recent weeks.
As of the writing of this post, New York leads the US with over 96,000 positive cases of the coronavirus and nearly 2500 deaths.
Cops were seeking to arrest Marshall’s alleged attacker on upgraded charges. She has a record of 17 previous arrests, many for trespassing, sources told the Post.
Neighbors at Marshall’s apartment described her as a longtime resident who lived alone and didn’t have any children, with one calling her a “nice lady” who was “very helpful.”
“She would always ask me if she could do something for me,” said the neighbor, who gave her name as Ms. Calloway.
Efrain Gomez, 70, described Marshall as a “very nice person.”
“What a shame,” he said of her death.
Gomez also noted that Marshall “looked much younger than she was.”
As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase dramatically, the CDC is now thinking about issuing a guidance saying that anyone who ventures out in public should be wearing some kind of mask.
According to recent reports, the agency is weighing recommendations to advise people to shield their faces with cloth coverings rather than surgical or N95 masks, which are now nearly impossible to come by.
No final decision has been made on the potential recommendation, however, an official said it could help “flatten the curve” of the outbreak if enacted.
Early on in the outbreak, the World Health Organization and the CDC repeatedly said that ordinary citizens do not need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. And as healthcare workers around the world face shortages of N95 masks and protective gear, public health officials have warned people not to hoard masks.
But those official guidelines may be shifting.
President Trump appeared to be open to the possibility of all Americans wearing face masks for a short period of time. He made the following comments on the matter, during his most recent COVID-19 briefing.
“So we’ll take a look at it for a period of time, not forever. I mean, you know, we want our country back. We’re not gonna be wearing masks forever, but it could be for a very short period of time after we get back into gear.”
Medical masks are urgently needed by professionals fighting the virus, but facial cloth coverings could potentially reduce the chances a person spreads the illness to others.
Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, confirmed in an interview with National Public Radio that the agency was reviewing its guidelines on who should wear masks. Citing new data that shows high rates of transmission from people who are infected but show no symptoms, he said the guidance on mask wearing was “being critically re-reviewed, to see if there’s potential additional value for individuals that are infected or individuals that may be asymptomatically infected.”
However, the CDC has yet to make any kind of official recommendation. They understand that widespread use of nonmedical masks could reduce community transmission. But recommending their broad use could also cause a run on the kinds of masks that health care workers so desperately need.