Join Jim and Greg as they appreciate the calm exuded by Queen Elizabeth II and and try to wrap their minds around the fact that her first national broadcast came 80 years ago. They also cheer evidence that the number of Coronavirus cases is flattening in New York and California, and getting a bit flatter throughout the U.S. – even if the number of deaths haven’t yet done the same. And they react to a White House reporter asking President Trump why he hasn’t closed anything, including grocery stores.

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  1. Lois Lane Coolidge

    Bull Run = North

    Manassas = South

    the North liked natural features. The South liked man made features like railroad junctions.

    But let the kid learn it backwards. Then the South will rise again? ;)

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    • April 6, 2020, at 1:37 PM PDT
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  2. Lois Lane Coolidge

    Double post… like the double victories at Manassas? :)

    Sorry, sorry. History humor.

    Good on the Jackson reference though!!!

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    • April 6, 2020, at 1:38 PM PDT
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  3. Cow Girl Thatcher

    Perhaps NOT having those D.C. insiders as part of the Trump team was a positive aspect. However, it could have been a problem that these “outsiders” weren’t entirely aware of how devious and villainous those “insiders” could be.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 4:40 PM PDT
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  4. Leslie Watkins Member
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    I just gotta say. A grocery store is a far more likely major spreader than the Bull Run battlefield memorial. Then again, I’m ready for us to open things back up or at least to start talking about opening things back up. But this time, we wear masks. I’m guessing that masks are going to become as ubiquitous as the iPhone. They’ll be made with all kinds of fabrics and designs. I can see a nice niche also for bandannas and visors and face netting. Scares will come and go, but people will know to keep ready. We should be encouraged to keep ready. … Maybe we’ll begin to feel socially intrigued again. Maybe mystery will make a bit of a comeback. One thing’s for sure: this COVID-19 is a game-changer.

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    • April 6, 2020, at 7:47 PM PDT
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  5. Lois Lane Coolidge

    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    I just gotta say. A grocery store is a far more likely major spreader than the Bull Run battlefield memorial. Then again, I’m ready for us to open things back up or at least to start talking about opening things back up. But this time, we wear masks. I’m guessing that masks are going to become as ubiquitous as the iPhone. They’ll be made with all kinds of fabrics and designs. I can see a nice niche also for bandannas and visors and face netting. Scares will come and go, but people will know to keep ready. We should be encouraged to keep ready. … Maybe we’ll begin to feel socially intrigued again. Maybe mystery will make a bit of a comeback. One thing’s for sure: this COVID-19 is a game-changer.

    I was trying to envision how close they must’ve been standing at Bull Run, too. Especially if there were no programs with Park Rangers explaining what happened where. But I haven’t been to that park in the past, so I don’t know. 

    It’s kinda fun to me though that Virginia has retained the Southern name and people who live in Virginia don’t know it. (Yes, I’m still teasing the hosts here, as much as I love their podcast.)

    I was annoyed this past weekend that my husband and I could not drive through the Smokey Mountain National Park. All we wanted to do was look at the brilliant trees from our car. I’m not sure how much more socially distanced from others we could get. It’s impossible to separate from each other, sooooo…. But no! We are for-BODEN.

    Heck. Even if one wanted to hike there, there are more than 800 miles of trails. I would think it would be easy enough to not cough on fellow hikers. Or bears.

    (Siiggggghhhh.)

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    • April 7, 2020, at 4:26 AM PDT
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  6. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    I’m reminded of a recent government shutdown over the budget. There are scenic overlooks on the George Washington Parkway across the river from Washington. The overlooks are just parking lots; there is no park ranger staff. During the shutdown, fences were put up at the entrances to the parking lots. So people in the executive branch were spending money so that people could not take advantage of a park that does not need daily expenditures. It sure looked to me that people in the NPS wanted to make the President look bad, in very petty way.

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    • April 7, 2020, at 8:23 AM PDT
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  7. Taras Coolidge

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):

    I’m reminded of a recent government shutdown over the budget. There are scenic overlooks on the George Washington Parkway across the river from Washington. The overlooks are just parking lots; there is no park ranger staff. During the shutdown, fences were put up at the entrances to the parking lots. So people in the executive branch were spending money so that people could not take advantage of a park that does not need daily expenditures. It sure looked to me that people in the NPS wanted to make the President look bad, in very petty way.

    Ah, yes — the famous National Park Gambit!

    They respond that way to budget cuts, too.

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    • April 7, 2020, at 10:57 AM PDT
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