Reelection Roulette

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Joel Pett)

In other news, New Orleans now has the fastest growth rate of coronavirus infections and it could be the next epicenter of the outbreak after New York peaks.

The growth rate in Louisiana tops all others, according to a University of Louisiana at Lafayette analysis of global data, with the number of cases rising by 30% in the 24 hours before noon on Wednesday. On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a major federal disaster declaration for the state, freeing federal funds and resources.

Some 70% of Louisiana’s 1,795 confirmed cases to date are in the New Orleans metro area.

The culprit for the coronavirus in the Big Easy? Some blame Carnival.

“Mardi Gras was the perfect storm, it provided the perfect conditions for the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Rebekah Gee, who until January was the Health Secretary for Louisiana and now heads up Louisiana State University’s health care services division.

Meanwhile, Britain's Prince Charles, who is 71-years-old, has tested positive for the virus and is showing early symptoms.

Finally, state prosecutors in Turkey have indicted two Saudi officials for the assassination of former Washington Post contributor Jamal Kashoggi.

The list of 18 suspected killers includes a 15-strong team which flew to Turkey to carry out the operation, and three intelligence officials.

The indictment accuses former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s general intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri and former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani of having “instigated premeditated murder with monstrous intent”, the prosecutor’s office said.

It says the others suffocated Khashoggi, who had grown increasingly critical of Prince Mohammed’s actions, after agreeing in advance that he should be killed if he did not return to Saudi Arabia with them.

I'm sure President Tayyip Erdogan has his own reasons for doing this and those reasons may not necessarily be good or altruistic reasons, but at least they're doing something. I can't say the same for the Trump regime which swept this under the rug and moved on for their own selfish reasons.