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The only coronavirus lie of this administration that I can forgive

And its not completely a lie and it came from a rightfully panicked health care system. In this the lie was not unlike the explanation from parents who’s children walk in on them during an intimate moment to protect the children from the trauma.

Every health care professional upon realizing that they were about to be overwhelmed with a need for every imaginable tool in the kit to deal with hoards of sick and dying patients, at a time when there was no surplus of desperately needed supplies like ventilators and masks, began dismissing the utility of face masks. It was an understandable means of conserving what the hospitals needed far more badly than healthy people sequestered safely at home.

But it was not true…….like so much coming out of the mouth of the President of the United States along with his spreading of the contagion by incompetence, lies and his phony brand of salesmanship. So now we know that simple breathing and talking can spread the virus two or three feet. I was right to put on a mask at the Mount Royal Supermarket three days ago.

And now my better half is doing her part in the new American pastime. No more Disney Mickey Mouse bandannas for me. I would upload the lastest picture I took of her putting strips of cloth together on an ironing board but it looks like Flickr may have tricked me into updating to a flashy new system costing me 12 years worth of previously uploaded photos. I sent them a somewhat frosty email inquiry about this but for now I’m the one cooling my heels.

Ah, a temporary work around. Here’s that pic:


Speaking of dishonesty:

This is the departure of Captain Crozier from his aircraft carrier in Guam after he was relieved of command because the Joint Chiefs decided to prevent him from containing the contagion of corona virus sweeping across his prison..I mean…air craft carrier. You can see from the video how much his crew appreciated his deferring to their safety instead of the hush hush secrecy that would have kept them on board had their captain not sacrificed his career to keep them safe. Such is the way of our government in our Trump contaminated age. Go Pete Stauber!

The Voice Behind the Blog TVBTB

If you are interested in finding how Harry feels about an issue you are advised that there are 10 million words to chose from in this twelve year blog. Narrow you search by either going to the various issues on the right column or go to the search function and type in what ever word you are interested in. Quote marks “” surrounding your search will keep it more limited. If you have a specific question you can email Harry and ask him your question.

In the meantime he wants to answer questions with videos to give voters a chance to see how he thinks on his feet which is a little different than a carefully thought out written blog post.

Here is a list of questions he’s asking himself until such time as voters send their own questions to him via email at

1. Shouldn’t you be giving President Trump more credit or at least deference than you have?

2. How will the Coronavirus Emergency affect the Future?

3. Are you a baby killer?

Other questions to follow until such time as other’s are submitted to me.

* Are you rich?
* What should the Federal Government’s responsibility for Special Education funding be?
* Didn’t you screw up on the Red Plan?
* Is there anything wrong with Donald Trump’s determination to undo everything President Obama did?
* Why was the United States so unprepared for the Corona virus.
* Why are you so angry about President Trump calling news “fake news”?
* Do you think Trump supporters are stupid?
* How can you call yourself a Republican?
* How come you stopped teaching?
* Should we permit copper/nickle mining in our water rich environment when clean fresh water is disappearing everywhere?
* Are you a Christian?
* Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian?
* Does the United States owe any other country help?
* What do you think about reparations for slavery?
* How can you be so friendly with the idea of “socialism”?

Some Blah, blah, blah explaining the origin of this semi-permanent post Continue reading

TVBTB – How will the corona virus affect the future?

The voice Behind the Blog

And a couple more thoughts:

I am a “have.” I am easily able to remove myself from most situations where I might be exposed to the coronavirus. I know damn well I’m counting on both big shot professionals like Doctors to solve problems despite a lousy federal response to the beginning of this National emergency. So to am I indebted to an army of people at minimum wage jobs who are on the front lines because our nation has not seen fit to provide them health care or a decent enough living so that they don’t have to live paycheck-to-paycheck. There is a reason Bernie Sanders has gotten so much traction.

I am an old fashioned Republican who was long ago reconciled and supportive to a government that gave its citizens some protections from the vicissitudes of life. That’s a fancy word for “ups and downs”……like the four horsemen of the apocalypse. People like me and Abe Lincoln have been pretty well purged from the Party for the past twenty years.

No Trumplican can be trusted Continue reading

CNBC headline 1,000,000 infections, 50,000 deaths – worldwide

That’s a five percent death rate. Five in every hundred infected people die. But then again there are a lot of unknowing carriers still infecting people. The good news is that if we counted all unsuspecting carriers it might only be a 2 percent death rate.

Below Dr. Rishi Desai sets a fox News host straight leaving her speechless. Goes to Thank you Dr. Desai. The Doctor has since sequestered himself with the virus.

And this is a pretty map of Donald’s Trumpet, Fox News leading the charge to tell everyone not to worry. Red America is red indeed showing where complacent Fox watchers have delayed staying-in-place to remain plague free.

Read more on the subject in this NY Times story Where America didn’t stay in place. As is easy to tell from the first map a broad swath of Red Country from the midwest to the south kept spreading the virus that was no worse than a common cold……Trump’s and the Fox master’s assurance.

Georgia is as red as they come and guess what their Governor said today. No one ever told him healthy looking carriers could infect anybody. Peerless leadership. My wife and I have sheltered in place for fourteen days already and neither of us are governors of millions of people.

My voice Question 1

The Question is: Shouldn’t you be giving President Trump more credit or at least deference than you have?

This is the first in a series of answers to questions. Please send me your questions to

This post explains the point of my answering questions by video in roughly two minute snippets.

If you want to get a sense of how deeply mistrustful Harry is of President Trump skim through his many posts on the President.

Not April Fool’s related – not intentionally anyway

Its two months before I (may) file for Congress. I guess April Fools is as good a day as any to organize oneself. So, this is an invitation to join the anonymous “green democrat” who wished me well yesterday. Above you can see what I have checked daily over the past dozen years of blogging. My visitors are modest not legion. My loyal 8 comes close to averaging 800 visitors a day in some months. Over the last 12 years I have no idea how many people have paid a call on my ten or twenty millions of words.

I sent in a new column to the Reader yesterday. With only two months of them before I go on hiatus I’m thinking of making them a weekly event. I have two new ideas for future weeks. Yesterday’s submission was “The Gift of Why.” It is not overtly political. In fact, I warned publisher Boone that I didn’t want to write a lot of political stuff when he first invited me to contribute. He was hoping I’d represent the Republican side of politics to give his tabloid a non-partisan feel. At the time in 2001 I was still a nominal but apostate Republican who had at least one or two more campaigns in me as a moderate Republican. I guess they were part vanishing acts. In 2006 I contemplated becoming a Democrat hence the name of this blog. Instead I filed for Congress as an Independent candidate again as I had in 1992. But after a short-lived fling with Democrats highlighted by the delightful victory of Barack Obama I retreated to my sullen non partisanship with occasional threats to upset the Republican apple cart. I would do so by returning to the fold as an unreconstructed Re-constructionist. That’s a reference to 1876 in case you’re scratching your heads.

I got a call from Dr. Timothy Westcott of Park College in Parkville, Missouri an hour ago. I had sent him an email mentioning that I suspected my Grandfather suffered from the Spanish flu when he was in France. The plague was more likely the American flu as most researchers think it began a few miles from my Grandfather’s home town of Salina, Kansas. It first hit Fort Funston, a training camp for Americans headed of to the trenches of WW I. The most iconic image of sick soldiers comes from Funston and its where, after the war, my Grandfather was brought for treatment and rehabilitation of the wounds he suffered in the war.

Dr. Westcott mentioned this to a small gathering of academics who have been planning a June commemoration and they immediately asked him if my Grandfather had been at the opening of the Tomb of World War I’s Unknown Soldier. Continue reading

Thank you, Harry

I am about to type corrections into a French story I’ve been translating and typing up. A woman just a little younger than my Mother wrote it. Its the witness of a cat to the war in northern France in 1944 as the Allies tried to probe and charge their way into Germany from France. Its short and formal considering a cat is doing all the writing. But cats are superior creatures. This has kept me busy for better than a week. Its also a good way for me to wrestle with French which while getting more comprehensible to me is still a blur.

I also wrote two columns for the Duluth Reader. I’ve done that for the past few issues. I write one, come up with another idea and submit that instead. One week it was three columns. And the one I wrote last week was never put out in the stands. It was the first issue the publisher has missed and that was because the printer was sold.

And tonight I saw an email with a promising subject heading. I waited until I finished watching Frontline’s program on how the Petro-Chemical Industry gave America the soft soap on recycling thirty years ago and we took it hook line and sinker. Today people are catching on and with Oil being replaced by alternate forms of energy they want their injury production upped with more plastics. Injury production. Cute but not cute.

I hope my new supporter watched it tonight. He/She is remaining anonymous and the message was brief:

Subject: Hello Mr. Welty. I consider myself a Green Democrat. I look forward to you challenging Pete Stauber and will support you. Thanks.

I was even briefer in my reply:

Thank You

I will feel a little ground under my feet when I get half way through the book I’m compiling.

President does right under protection of lies

Like a cat who rolls off a bed while yawning but picks himself up and licks his paws as though to say “I meant to do that,” Prez Trump stopped hinting that America should open back up on Easter. I, of course, beat on the Commander for that threat in this week’s Reader. He deferred to Dr. Fauci instead of replacing him. He was shrewd enough to realize that suddenly how he handles Coronovirus will determine if he has any chance of reelection. I’ll take what I can get from this creature.

The Newspaper biz under attack for being fake already had enough problems but one of their ripper-offers, Facebook, has the deep pockets to sustain some of them for a while during our virus outbreak. The Big Z will pump $100 million into the papers to keep them afloat. We are in a crisis of local newspaper closings. Again I’ll take what I can get. Facebook comes to the rescue of Print Media

And in more virus news, yet another elected President wants to make himself a Czar. This time its Hungary’s Victor Orban. When I was five, in 1956, Republicans were distressed that we stood by to let Russia snuff out a blooming democratic movement behind that era’s Iron Curtain. Now with wannabe three-termer Trump not a peep. Corono Virus used as justification for Dictatorship

The Case for Two Centrist Parties

I believe the Trump supporters have been accused of wanting to go back to the days of Ozzie and Harriet, My Three Sons and Leave it to Beaver….if not quite back to the Flintstones. I understand this idea. Those were great days for a white kid like me with a stay-at-home Mom and a father who was an attorney for the State of Kansas. The privation of the Depression was long past, the post war economy was booming, Europe was still on the ropes and black kids should have been grateful that the era of lynching was mostly in abeyance. Golly, my city, Topeka, Kansas, had gone to the Supreme Court to preserve its more gentle segregation and lost. I was part of a bold new experiment to see if kids of different colors could play together happily like slave kids and their master’s kids. At least until such time as the master’s kids had to reluctantly pick up the whip and enforce the South’s “Peculiar Institution.”

And a lot of good things came to pass in the the sixty-two years that experiment in equality began when the black kids from segregated Buchanan School were shepherded into the white kid’s Loman Hill Elementary. But what I find myself nostalgic for is something all the damn college kids in my era wanted swept away. I wanted two centrist political parties. My peers pined to rid themselves of two parties that they called Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Well, they got their wish. The Citizens Councils of the South, the John Birchers, all sorts of cultic religious conservatives and Texas Oil men took over a new Republican Party that fought to keep us in Vietnam and teach rioting blacks a lesson in the rule of law. They all coalesced with big money from the Koch Brothers and purged moderates from the GOP, people like me. The same thing will happen to the Democratic Party if today’s unhappy youth get their way.

Here is the four line conversation I had on Facebook with my ex Bro-in-law who is becoming an ever more resentful Bernie supporter: Continue reading

Presidential liar and deal breaker

“I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the SIGPR to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required by the Take Care Clause,” part of Article II Section 3 of the Constitution that states a sitting president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” This seems to suggest the administration believes it is the president’s duty and not that of an inspector general to ensure the funds are distributed as the law intends.

latest from Vox

What else in the law passed by Congress will Trump ignore – the spending limitations that prevent elected officials from sucking up these corona virus funds the way Trump properties inflate and suck up Secret Service rent?

Donald Trump runs the White House like he does his businesses. Ignore the law and fight and delay in court. Its the work of a Dictator. Its unlawful but he doesn’t give a damn about the law.

Still life for the age of corona virus

first of three pics. Moi avec mon nouveau look. Must keep up my French. I think my recent difficulty getting a good night’s sleep stems from my excitement at several challenges. Fighting corona virus would be the top of that list. Now I can put on a face mask and have more security should a micron of virus spittle try to invade my respiratory tract. But that’s not all. By shaving my graybeard I won’t look that much older than the 53-year-old Congressman Stauber. Claudia always tells me my beard makes me look much older. I like it and it was a good way to hide my youthful impish qualities that some stodgy voters find off putting. But even with young folks swooning over Bernie I doubt looking curmudgeonly will be that attractive. So now, instead of looking 16 years older than Pete, voters will think I’m only ten years older.

Second pic. Continue reading

A nation of Trump, for Trump, and by Trump

The franking privileges of our President:

Why this useful postcard wasn’t described as coming from the CDC or described as being financed by Congress isn’t in question. Its obvious what Trump people do in our government. They find ways to make everything about Trump and every taxpayer funded governmental responsibility the gift of President Trump. I can’t imagine any other Presidential administration of the past splashing the President’s name so blatantly on a nationally mailed out item.

Thank God his press conferences weren’t included. People would die…..oh, they already have….the ones who took his wonder drug for malaria.

Here’s what my better half saw when she pulled it out of the mail.

Edging closer to a fourth abyss – My latest Reader Column

The Duluth Reader, to whom I am fondly in debt for kick starting my print career, didn’t get printed last week. Robert Boone told me that it was the first time ever, in over twenty years, that he had failed to get it into print. The Duluth News Tribe’s Trib did not note or celebrate this disappointment. It has to do with a print shop being sold more than Boone’s recent threadbare financing for the Boone empire. Its financial state will not be helped by advertisers pulling ads due to the coronavirus drought. But in the long term I’m not worried for the future of the Reader. Bob is even more stubborn than he is wily and I think he’s plenty wily. This is simply the beginning of a long prologue to introduce today’s Not Eudora.

I just threw down a gauntlet that I’ve been waltzing around for a couple years, like when I filed but did not campaign in 2018’s Republican primary against Congressman Pete Stauber. Any official campaign I might launch will likely wait until filing opens in July. That doesn’t prevent me from idle threats and taunting in the Muhammad Ali style. I’ll float like a butterfly and sting like a bee until such time as I actively court the voters, ALL OF THEM. There are few voters, citizens or residents in the Eighth Congressional District who would be vastly better represented by me than almost any other American politician I can point my finger at at this moment in time. I am from a different age, and in many ways a better one.

Mr. Boone has some reservations about having active politicians writing for him so I’m hoping that as long as I remain only a distant, unofficial threat to the Congressional campaign he’ll let me keep writing my columns for the Reader. He may not. If not, that just gives me more time to write the book I’ve been threatening to write. Up to now its been a moving target for four or five years. I’ve taken orders on one book, changed my mind, offered refunds, then refocused as events on the ground change as fast as Donald Trump’s tweets.

At present I’ve got a rough idea for a Book title. I’ll keep it under my hat because it would be snapped up by someone else. And frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if a title like it has already occurred to a dozen people. I can imagine finishing it in a month’s time of concentrated effort because the secret is – I’ve been writing it for the last twenty years!

So, with this prologue out of the way I introduce you to the Online version of my latest Not Eudora column: From Victor to Vector.