Crom Carmichael Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health’s Decision to Not Offer Monoclonal Antibodies to Fully Vaccinated People

Crom Carmichael Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health’s Decision to Not Offer Monoclonal Antibodies to Fully Vaccinated People

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss the Tennessee Department of Health’s announcement that fully vaccinated COVID-19 persons will not receive the monoclonal antibody treatment.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: I’m going to need your help, Crom, unraveling this mystery. And it makes no sense to me as most of the things going on with the Biden administration.

But this is in particular what’s going on with the Tennessee Department of Health as well. So, are you ready to put on your mystery-solving hat?

Carmichael: I’m listening.

Leahy: You’re listening?

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: So you may recall that I’ve talked a little bit about my personal game plan for COVID-19.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: I do not have COVID-19. I have never had COVID-19. I’ve gotten the Pfizer vaccine. Both shots.

Carmichael: Good for you.

Leahy: But everywhere you look, there are breakthrough cases of COVID-19, right? People have got their shots and they get COVID-19. I’ve told you what my plan is. My plan has been okay.

If I test positive, I will follow the best recommendation of doctors, which is to go immediately and get a monoclonal antibody treatment if my provider would do that.

Carmichael: You have said that yes.

Leahy: Many a time I’ve said that. I don’t know about many of the time.

Carmichael: But you’ve said it.

Leahy: I’ve said it on air.

Carmichael: That’s where I know it’s true.

Leahy: Privately, I said I told everybody that’s my plan, everybody. Because I know you’re waiting to know what my plan is. Why? Because you have to have your plan. So here’s the thing, Crom. Headline.

Our lead story this broke last night and everyone is scratching their head about it. We’re going to have State Representative Scott Cepicky on at 7:30 a.m.

He’s going to help unravel this and get his thoughts on it. Here’s the headline. Tennessee Department of Health says Vaccinated Not Recommended for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment. Now, why is that?

Carmichael: Why do you have to be recommended anyway?

Leahy: Well, that’s a very good question. That’s a very good question. The reason is these are guidelines. On September 3, the National Institute of Health put out guidelines. And in response to these guidelines, Lisa Piercy…

Carmichael: What are the National Institute of Health guidelines?

Leahy: Put out September 3.

Carmichael: Yes, what are they?

Leahy: While there are currently no shortages of these monoclonal antibodies, by the way, on September 3, a week later, Biden announces rationing of them.

And so far, as far as I can tell, Regeneron and Eli Lilly make these items and they’re purchased from them by the federal government. And then they distribute them.

Carmichael: Only? Is that the way it’s always been?

Leahy: I’m trying to figure this out. This is a new treatment just recently approved by the FDA.

Carmichael: It’s never been that way.

Leahy: Actually, in this particular instance, as far as I know, and we have a call into Regeneron. Right now during the break, I called them and I said, we want to know if a private hospital went to you and said, we want to buy some monoclonal antibodies would you sell it to them?

Carmichael: Or if a pharmaceutical distributor.

Leahy: Anybody.

Carmichael: It’s not anybody. The pharmaceutical industry operates in the similar way to the liquor industry.

Leahy: Through distributors.

Carmichael: Through distributors. And you have to have an account set up. You have to be vetted. I’m not trying to defend anything.

Leahy: No, no. This is why you are the original all-star panelist. Knowing these details is very important.

Carmichael: It is a controlled industry, just as alcohol is a controlled industry. And so consequently, you have to have a license.

You have to have a license, for example, to sell alcohol. You can’t just be a retailer and open a store. You have to go through a process and a doctor or a hospital or a pharmaceutical has to have a license in order to issue drugs that are covered by the FDA. In other words, they’re not over the counter.

I’m not trying to defend anybody. I want to explain this. As far as I know, pharmaceutical products are purchased by distributors. And in the case of Walgreens and CVS or the great big ones, they might have a company-owned distributorship.

Leahy: Or some of the larger hospital chains.

Carmichael: Exactly.

Leahy: Let me go with this guideline. It’s called the COVID-19 Treatment Guideline Panel. It’s from the National Institute of Health. We are on September 22nd. This was issued 19 days ago on September third.

While there are currently no shortages of these monoclonal antibodies, logistical constraints or Biden’s administration policies can make it difficult to administer these agents to all eligible patients in situations where it is necessary to triage eligible patients the panel suggests prioritizing the following groups over vaccinated individuals who are expected to have mounted an adequate immune response.

Number one, unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals who are at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 are at a higher priority, the panels suggest. But it does also say vaccinated individuals are not expected to mount an adequate immune response eg immunocompromised individuals. It goes on to say that these are clinical decisions made by the healthcare provider.

But how does the Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercy interpret these rules? This is their quote from The Epoch Times story via The Tennesseean.

“The emergency use authorization of these monoclonal antibodies is only for people with these conditions, and it has been the same since day one. The new thing is the NIH criteria. What we just read to you was released on September 3. Even if you have those conditions, but you’re vaccinated, you don’t get it now.”

That’s not how I read the NIH guidelines.

It doesn’t say you don’t get it if you’re vaccinated. The guideline says that you’re not on the top priority. It doesn’t mean you don’t and also, it says it is your provider who makes the decision.

That is your health care provider. But nonetheless, Bill Lee’s, Commissioner of Health, is saying, you can. She just said it in this quote. You cannot get monoclonal antibiotic treatment if you’re vaccinated.

Carmichael: Let me ask a back question.

Leahy: I’m listening.

Carmichael: What’s the name of this person?

Leahy: Lisa Piercy. Commissioner of health.

Carmichael: Wasn’t the previous commissioner of health fired?

Leahy: No, she was not the previous commissioner of health. She was like, two layers down. She was in charge of immunization. It was the same type of thing.

It had to do with vaccinations and what the government policy had to do with that lower-level bureaucrat’s interpretation of the mature minor policy as it relates to vaccinating kids without the approval of their parents. A different deal.

Carmichael: But COVID-related.

Leahy: It was COVID related.

Carmichael: What I’m saying is that the other person got fired for trying to micromanage an area of COVID and requiring people to essentially bend the knee to that opinion or whatever it was. And got pressure for that or they got fired.

Leahy: Not exactly. It’s Michelle Fiscus, I think, was her name. There were multiple reasons why she got fired, according to the department of health.

One of them had to do with a bad work environment. The other was she without proper vetting and set forward a state policy that the legal counsel had not approved.

Carmichael: Beurecratic overreach.  Would that be a sufficient description? I’m asking that because what you have told me also appears to be a bureaucratic overreach. We’ll continue this after the break.

Leahy: We’ll see what Representative Scott Cepicky says about that at 7:30. We have so much to talk about here and so little time and so little time. A crazy Biden press conference.

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All Star Panelist Roger Simon on Biden’s Dimming Bulb and Cuomo’s Probable Impeachment

All Star Panelist Roger Simon on Biden’s Dimming Bulb and Cuomo’s Probable Impeachment

 

Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist and senior editor-at-large at The Epoch Times, Roger Simon, in-studio to weigh in on the decline of Joe Biden, his administration, and the Andrew Cuomo sexual harassment case.

(Jen Psaki clip plays)

Leahy: There is the worst liar in American history, Jen Psaki. The purported press secretary for the Biden maladministration, saying something that’s just massively stupid. Roger, what would be the very first thing you would do? The most common sense thing you could do to help stop the spread of COVID?

Simon: Close the border. Period. End of story. I mean, of course. Something’s going on, something smells. There is a fake-out to the public here that is huge. It’s not even subtle. I mean, how anyone can believe this is beyond me. And maybe a lot of people don’t. But we’re used to being sheep.

Leahy: It’s a deliberate policy.

Simon: Yes. How can it not be?

Leahy: Yeah, exactly right. And if you look around, the array of liars of dishonest people is astonishing. From the CDC director who just says one stupid thing after stupid thing. Now the sergeant general, the sergeant general is saying something stupid.

Simon: Yes. It appears that they’re ready to vaccinate the kids. Now, that is particularly crazy, since we don’t know what these vaccines really do. They are mRNA vaccines and they could be affecting reproductive organs and things down the line.

We don’t even know that. It’s like we are living in the Middle Ages with superstitions running on. But there’s something else running on it and it’s called m-o-n-e-y.

Leahy: Money.

Simon: I’d love to quote the great H.L. Mencken. When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.

Leahy: H.L. Mencken a great American journalist from the 1920s who documented the famous Scopes trial here in Tennessee back in the 1920s. You make a very excellent point. It’s interesting you talk about the similarities between the Biden maladministration, the world as it exists today, and the Middle Ages when everything was anti-science back then.

Simon: Right.

Leahy: And anti-fact. I hear some of these “scientists” talk, and I think: you’re just a propagandist. You’re not a scientist.

Simon: They’re either under the pay of somebody. (Chuckles) It’s not directed, but it’s very clear. You play by the rules, we support you. You don’t play by the rules. We don’t support you. The same way unions work.

Leahy: The whole concept of principle seems to be gone, and now everything’s being replaced by a sort of tribalism. And the tribes in the United States at the top are the elite, the Big Tech guys, the Democrats. And maybe, is that what is that? Ten percent of the country, five percent of the country telling the rest of the country what to do?

Simon: Maybe two percent.

Leahy: Maybe.

Simon: The word elites always disturbs me too. It disturbed Donald Trump, too. I remember in a couple of speeches he was pointing at the audience and saying, you’re the elites, because they’re not really elites. They’re just bullies.

Leahy: That’s a good point. By the way, story at The Tennessee Star. I’d like to get your reaction to this. Headline: Texas Congressman Calls for the Impeachment of Biden Over Immigration Policy.

Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy is calling for the impeachment of President Joe Biden and the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, citing their “reckless immigration policy” that many lawmakers argue is endangering the lives of Texans and Americans. What’s your reaction to that?

Simon: Well, I support it, but good luck to him. But obviously, Biden is taking over. Probably not at his own behest. I wonder who’s really behind it all?

Leahy: Who is manipulating Biden’s brain? That is functioning below-average level.

Simon: Barack Obama. I think it’s second degree. Goes through Susan Rice. She’s sitting there in the White House and passing it on.

Leahy: That’s a good theory.

Simon: That’s my theory about have – it’s only a theory.

Leahy: So Joe has always been, you know …

Simon: A yes man.

Leahy: A yes man. Has he ever had an original thought? All of his thoughts are whatever the party says? Other than to make money from your family.

Simon: There is an interesting video, I think it’s still on YouTube before being blocked. There’s an interview with Clarence Thomas about when Biden was interrogating him during his confirmation hearings in 1991.

And Biden was saying collegially uncloaked to Clarence Thomas. You and I understand this point because we’re both lawyers. Thomas said he didn’t have a clue what Biden meant. (Laughs) Biden is not the brightest bulb. He wasn’t the brightest bulb then and it’s dimming.

Leahy: He went to Syracuse University Law School, and he was in the bottom third of his class.

Simon: Lower than that. And he actually plagiarized. He didn’t plagiarize as people do in college very often, like a slight paragraph because they’re not very smart.

Leahy: And don’t know how to cite it.

Simon: He just copied an entire legal brief page to page. (Leahy laughs) In law school! Think about that one.

Leahy: That kind of gives you an insight. I think if you look into his pattern of behavior, he basically was sort of like a high school athlete type guy, and he thought he was the coolest guy in town and didn’t really hit the books that much, from what I can tell.

He’s social. Very social. Just ask Tara Reid. (Laughs) Tara Reid is the woman who accused him of sexually harassing her. But apparently, the only sexual harassment stories that he focuses on right now have to do with Andrew Cuomo.

Simon: Yes. Because Cuomo is so ganged up on that Biden has to go that way.

Leahy: Where does the Cuomo story end up in your view? What’s your best guess?

Simon: This is one case where he actually might be impeached. I think he’ll be impeached.

Leahy: Will he be convicted?

Simon: He might be convicted of impeachment.

Leahy: I’m kind of with you on that. He’s gonna fight it all the way.

Simon: Of course. (Inaudible talk)

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Crom Carmichael on COVID Insurrectionists of Texas and the Public Affair Between the White House and Facebook

Crom Carmichael on COVID Insurrectionists of Texas and the Public Affair Between the White House and Facebook

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss the White House’s admission to partnering with Facebook and the un-punished COVID insurrection of Texas Democrats.

Leahy: Crom, that interview with Os Guinness, that was something.

Carmichael: It was fascinating. And the interview that you had before I got here was fascinating. And the part that I’m really generally concerned about is there were places for people to learn to think.

I’m a great believer that we have God-given rights. But one of those God-given rights is we have the right to learn, but we don’t have the right to know.

You have to learn and you have to think in order to know. Part of his life experiences and the difficulties that he had created the environment and the people around him and his parents and what they said to him and the values that they shared with him that he then came to embrace.

Carmichael: That is – that’s why I asked him: where would somebody go to learn today? And he says a great question. And then he didn’t have a particularly enthusiastic answer.

Leahy: For young kids, I have the answer.

Carmichael: There you go. The National Constitution Bee.

Leahy: And Thales Academy.

Carmichael: There you go.

Leahy: Two places.

Carmichael: That’s interesting. Well, I have a few little tidbits here, Michael, all around COVID. And what force COVID has become with the Biden administration and this to me, it ties so many interesting things together and a lot of what Os was talking about.

But what you have is you now have the White House, Jen Psaki, who has actually now admitted that the White House is colluding with Facebook on what information is posted on Facebook.

Let’s be sure that we’re clear about something. When the White House people and the Democrats refer to misinformation, they’re not talking about disinformation.

They’re just merely talking about information that they don’t agree with exactly. They want to stifle dissent. And here’s what was written.

We are in regular touch with social media platforms by COVID-19 and related information, says the press secretary. We’re flagging problematic posts.

So, for example, my guess is that if somebody posted that the Democrats from Texas are actually the ones who are creating the insurrection, that that post would be taken down.

But let’s consider this. Let’s consider what the Democrats from the House of Representatives did. They wanted to bypass commercial airlines, and they did.

They chartered a flight. They had people on that flight who had COVID. They did not wear masks. They wanted to spread COVID as much as they could among themselves on the flight.

Then they landed. And what did they do? They went to the Capitol. They surged into the capitol. They were carrying the weapon of COVID with them, but nobody knew.

The guards let them through. They got all the way to the vice president of the United States, who then later learned that she had been exposed to COVID. How did she react?

She says: I will not be quarantined. Nancy Pelosi’s own staff came down with COVID. We know that President Biden has called publicly COVID a killer. What is he doing with the Democrats from Texas?

Leahy: He’s elevating them and celebrating them.

Carmichael: He’s elevating them. He’s not putting them in solitary confinement for their efforts. Their clear efforts to avoid the authorities and to spread COVID throughout the capitol. He’s not doing anything about that.

Leahy: I have a theory about that. Would you like to hear my theory?

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: These are Texas Democrats? Many of them are on or near districts in the big cities where the illegal aliens that haven’t been tested for COVID have been brought.

Carmichael: And that is another point. It has been brought to Biden’s attention many, many times that this surge of illegal immigrants coming across the border are carrying COVID and are untested. And what does he do?

Leahy: Nothing. He spreads it throughout America.

Carmichael: He spreads it throughout America. He takes these people untested, carrying COVID to military bases, and then has them put on private, government-owned planes and flown throughout the country to spread his COVID insurrection. And then he complains that there’s COVID.

Leahy: My theory is that untested illegal aliens who have COVID came into contact with these Texas Democrats and transmitted it to them.

This is a theory. And although they’d all been vaccinated they came down with it, which would suggest perhaps this is a Delta variant. But six of them and rising have it now.

Carmichael: And let’s be clear about this. What has Biden been saying about the vaccine? What has Fauci been saying about the vaccine? If you’ve had the vaccine, you will not get COVID.

Leahy: Except if you’re a member of the Texas legislation.

Carmichael: We now know that that’s a lie. Fauci is now a verb. To tell a Fauci means to make something up on the spot.

Leahy: But to do it adamantly and brazenly.

Carmichael: Yes. Because it’s politically convenient. Here’s something that’s very interesting. This is a doctor – from Dr. Joel Khan.

He’s a holistic cardiologist, but he’s gone in, and he’s done the studying. By the way, these federal health agencies have over 20,000 employees.

And they don’t check any of the data on things that they don’t want to know about. But he’s checked the data. Of 9,048 deaths reported as of July 2, 22 percent occurred within 48 hours of taking the vaccine.

15 percent occurred within 24 hours, and 37 percent occurred in people who became ill within 48 hours of being vaccinated.

Leahy: These are how many deaths are associated with the vaccine?

Carmichael: Of 9,048 deaths.

Leahy: That’s not been reported.

Carmichael: That’s reported as of July 2.

Leahy: But not broadly.

Carmichael: What I’m saying has not been reported broadly because they spike it.

Leahy: What is the source on that, Crom?

Carmichael: Dr. Joel Khan.

Leahy: What outlet?

Carmichael: Sciencebasedmedicine.org.

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Crom Carmichael on the Rising Fentanyl Deaths Versus COVID and the Dismantling of Our Military

Crom Carmichael on the Rising Fentanyl Deaths Versus COVID and the Dismantling of Our Military

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to compare COVID deaths to rising Fentanyl cases and the destruction of America’s woke military.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning!

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael. (Chuckles) I’m watching you do three things at once.

Leahy: Is it very entertaining?

Carmichael: It’s very impressive.

Leahy: Multi-tasking. (Laughter) For those of you listening, you know, occasionally I am multitasking. I’m talking on the air. I’m finalizing the edit.

This is just a secret for everybody out there. I’m finalizing the edit of a Breitbart News story that has a deadline in about half an hour. And I forgot to get headphones for Crom.

Carmichael: That’s okay. I can still talk with that headphones.

Leahy: I was fumbling and mumbling and bumbling in order to get them for you. Also, I have to salute teamwork here. Our great producer, Scooter, has produced for me perhaps the most delicious cup of radio station coffee I’ve had in some time. Thank you, Scooter. I really appreciate it.

Scooter: Happy to help.

Leahy: I don’t know how you got this great quality.

Carmichael: So we have coffee back in the break area.

Scooter: And it’s fresh.

Leahy: And it’s fresh. Scooter may be a coffee specialist.

Scooter: It’s a backup plan. You never know.

Leahy: Now our number one plan though, Crom, is always we have to get a fantastic coffee sponsor and we would talk about them voluminously because we love coffee.

Carmichael: Yes. I don’t know why that hasn’t happened yet.

Leahy: It’s because I’m lazy.

Carmichael: Your phone should be ringing.

Leahy: It should be ringing off the hook – A coffee vendor just wanting to get in.

Scooter: You just had a guy on with the last name Starbuck.

Leahy: Now, that’s a very good point. Crom, what is on your mind?

Carmichael: This morning I stumbled across an article that then caused me to dig deeper and deeper.

And it’s really quite interesting because this whole COVID government demands and all this stuff where the government’s trying to crush our spirit by making all these demands on COVID. Yet they do nothing – nothing – zero about the overdose of opioids.

Do you know how many people died of overdoses from opioids? And I’m talking about now mostly from Fentanyl. I’m not saying 100 percent.

But the data show that  Fentanyl is by far the largest problem. Let me make sure about something. Fentanyl is an illicit drug. Most of it is manufactured in China.

It’s brought in through Mexico. Now you hear Anthony Fauci talk about how young people need to wear masks. Let me give you a little bit of data here.

From all of the people who died of COVID through February 17, 2900 have been age 25 to 34. 648, 15 to 24. 72, 5 to 14. Compared to other deaths, it’s very, very low.

Do you know what the average age of death of Fentanyl is? 32. 93,000 people have died from Fentanyl. How do you stop Fentanyl deaths?

Controlling your southern border and making demands of China. Making demands of China to stop the illicit manufacturing of Fentanyl.

Leahy: And you know, the weakness that we have right now in the foreign policy of the maladministration of Biden and Harris is in those areas precisely.

Carmichael: That’s because the issue is not what they claim it really is because the facts would prove otherwise. What I’m saying is that the deaths from Fentanyl are skyrocketing. They are going up and they are climbing.

COVID deaths are descending at a very, very rapid rate. There are solutions. I’m not going to claim they are simple to execute, but they are simple to identify. Execution is different. Biden is making no effort. In fact, he’s doing exactly the opposite.

Leahy: By the way, let me just interject here for a moment. When you say you take any major policy issue today, you can start by saying Biden is making no effort to.

But he’s doing exactly the opposite. That applies to virtually every major public issue.

Carmichael: That’s because he’s always wrong. I mean, we’re not joking here. What I’m saying is he has a 40 to 50-year history.

Robert Gates said he wasn’t right on a single foreign policy question in over 40 years. I would argue that that holds true.

Leahy: He has a consistent record of being wrong.

Carmichael: Yes. Let’s review. That’s because he has three screens through which he makes decisions. The first screen is, do I get money out of it myself?

If the answer is yes, there’s a good chance that policy will become The Hill endorsed policy. If it doesn’t make money for him, but it doesn’t cost him anything personally, the second question is, does it help my family?

Can my family make money from it? If the answer is yes, it will get his support. And then the third screen is, does it help my party? The Democrat Party?

It doesn’t matter whether it helps the country. It could hurt the country. All these things – himself, his family, and the Democrat Party – he doesn’t care if it hurts the country as long as it helps one of those three.

And so in the case of Fentanyl, this year we’ll have well over 100,000. By the way, it’s up 27 percent. So it’s from the 70,000s last year.

And by the way, Trump was trying to control this by shutting down the border and building a wall. But then he did dramatically control illegal immigration.

But still, the Fentanyl people were able to figure out a way to get across the border, even though it was in relatively small numbers. It doesn’t take a lot of Fentanyl to kill thousands and thousands of people.

And so you have a foreign adversary in China that manufactures it. And then you have the drug lords out of Mexico that gets it into the country.

And you have Biden cow-towing to China. And you have Biden letting people flood the borders and we now know that Mark Milley and the military. The Milleytary.

Leahy: That’s very good Crom.

Carmichael: Well, it’s easy to do. That wasn’t hard. The Milleytary is being used now to move illegal immigrants who come across the border are actually helping.

Leahy: That is illegal.

Carmichael: It is illegal.

Leahy: But just about everything they’re doing is illegal.

Carmichael: Yeah. But especially when it comes to immigration. The Milleytary is helping to move illegal immigrants all around the country.

And the commanders are telling the subordinate troops to take no pictures and do not post any of this on social media. So they know what they’re doing is wrong.

They know that the American people would oppose it. But yet the military that is supposed to be protecting the American people is helping the Biden administration hurt the country. And I would argue tens of thousands of our younger people.

Leahy: This is extremely disturbing to me, Crom. The politicization of our military. It seems to be in full form right now.

And we saw actually, I think during the early Trump administration, some evidence of that. In the debacle of James Madison as the secretary of defense, he was fully woke.

And you had all these Obama administration leftovers in the Department of Defense who were woke.

Now I look at this and I say, what is the solution to un-woke our military and turn them into a fighting machine that will defend America?

Carmichael: Well, you’re not going to do it with President Biden because they’re doing his bidding. And so if Trump were to be reelected or someone else or a Republican is reelected and the goal is to do that, then you’d need to clean out a lot of the hierarchy in the military and in the Pentagon.

Leahy: I’m not an expert on the military, but we need to get Representative Mark Green on because he went to West Point and served in Iraq.

But it seems to me the kind of thing that you would want to do is you would want to reach down into the lower levels and pick the outstanding Colonel, or outstanding Lieutenant Colonel, and elevate them to the top. Somebody that hasn’t been ruined by the political correctness required to advance.

Carmichael: And it would have to be people who have not had a career in the Pentagon. And it has to go very deep. You have to go very, very deep.

Leahy: No, I agree.

Carmichael: And the president is the commander-in-chief. So I think that the president has the authority to go very, very deep.

Leahy: On that cheery note, Crom, we’ll take a break.

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Mayor Andy Ogles on Moving Past COVID with Trace Adkins and MuleFest

Mayor Andy Ogles on Moving Past COVID with Trace Adkins and MuleFest

 

Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in the studio who detailed the upcoming performance by Trace Adkins at MuleFest and moving on from COVID.

Leahy: In studio, our very good friend, the mayor of that bastion of freedom, Maury County, Andy Ogles. This is my fault because it’s just so much fun talking to you but we got a little bit off track.

We are going to start at 6:05 talking about MuleFest, and we’ve talked about it on the edges. But now let’s really talk about exactly what’s going to be happening this Friday down at the square in Columbia. Tell us everything about MuleFest.

Ogles: MuleFest is a music festival taking place in Maury County this weekend. It’s hard to believe that it’s here. But Friday and Saturday, we’ve got three stages, a couple of dozen bands.

It starts at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, and we’ll run till about 10:30 Friday night. We have a couple of hundred vendors, food vendors, crafts. I mean, it’s going to be amazing. You’ll be able to get a wristband for those who want to partake of some of the artisan beers and brews that we have.

And you’ll be able to walk around from the various stages. And then Saturday morning, we have a parade at 11 o’clock. The stages fire back up at 10 a.m. in the morning and run until four o’clock in the afternoon.

And then in the evening, all of the restaurants and the breweries and such, they all have live music as well. On Saturday you’ll be able to come starting at 10 in the morning until about 10, 11 o’clock at night and hear live music.

And you’ll have a dozen different choices as to what you might want to listen to. And, of course, the main event is Trace Adkins. He’s performing Friday evening. It’ll be huge. I’m expecting a tremendous crowd.

And then Saturday, he’s the Grand Marshal in the parade. It’s a lot of fun and a huge event. The community is pumped and our small businesses. It’s been a tough year. And this is a way to just kind of spike the football, if you will, to say, hey, we’re moving past COVID.

We’re opening our economy. Keep in mind, Maury County never shut down, but we’re ready to come together as a community and celebrate. Memorial Day is about our veterans in particular it’s about those who have fallen in service to the country.

We’ll have some time there in the middle where we will have a service to honor those who have fallen serving this great country that we have.

Leahy: Trace Adkins is at what time?

Ogles: We’ll do the ceremony for our veterans around 7:55-8  o’clock. And then he’ll be right after right after that.

Leahy: And that’s just around sunset, right?

Ogles: That’s right.

Leahy: You got all the lights in the stages set up.

Ogles: Oh, yeah. It’s going to be amazing. And this is a full production. And when we first started talking about this and planning it. I was thinking maybe scale down an acoustic type of set, but they literally bring in a tractor-trailer that’s a stage. And then on either side of the stage, there’s these, like, 10 by 22 TVs.

Leahy: Really?

Ogles: Real monitors on either side.

Leahy: This is going to be something.

Ogles: This is big.

Leahy: So it seems to me, though, that this is the kind of stuff that people in the support people in the music industry have done for years and years and years are very good at it. They really haven’t been able to do it during COVID. But now I think in a way, this is a signal to the entire country live performances are back.

Ogles: When you look at some of the unintended consequences of the shutdowns and the closures, et cetera the entertainment industry has been decimated.

Leahy: Absolutely.

Ogles: Obviously, you have your big stars. They make a lot of money and have a lot of money. But you have all these layers of folks that put on these productions, from the person that rents the speakers to the guy that loads them into the back of the van, to the people that are working the concert, and everything in between.

All of that support staff, they’ve been out of work for a year. But you’re starting to see some of your more outspoken performers, like Trace and others, are getting back on the road. A lot of states have started to lift the restrictions.

They can kind of go out there, and you have now opportunities for them to perform in a stadium safely, et cetera, and put people back to work.

Leahy: And the key to all this, I think from a public health perspective, has been the widespread availability of vaccines.

Ogles: Oh, sure. Even Maury County, I refused to shut everything down. Last year, most of your county fairs, state fairs, were canceled. We had ours. That was during the summer peak. That was during September. It was an outdoor event.

There were no vaccines at the time, but with social distance, and we had hand sanitizer. And the Tennessee Department of Health said it was not a spread event. Now you had the CDC coming out and saying, oh, by the way, your chance of getting covet and an outdoor event is, like less than one percent.

And that’s basically if someone sneezes in your face. It’s one of those things that the data was there back in September when I made that decision. But the media got in the way of the truth. And the economic consequences are immeasurable.

Leahy: Absolutely. Well, here’s the thing, Andy. You use common sense and you look at the data. You are unusual for a political leader today because they all seem to be following the wind of whatever Dr. Fauci is saying at that moment in time.

Ogles: As a county mayor, I’m very active. I’m very accessible. I think I told this story before when we knew COVID was coming. It was jumped upon and then you have cases in Washington and New York, and it’s going to spread through the states.

And so you’re anticipating that first case in Tennessee or that first case in your community. And ultimately, when I made the decision to work with the Superintendent to close schools because ‘it was here.’ That evening, I went to the grocery store.

So up into that point, everything had been normal in Middle Tennessee and Maury County. So I held a press conference, and we announced that we were going to close schools and for the remainder of the year because, again, of the unknowns.

Everybody was terrified in March and April if you think back to the beginning of COVID. So that evening, I went to Kroger Walmart and all this, and it was sheer panic, literally had people just grabbing armfuls of cans and cereal, having no idea what they just picked up.

And we’re dropping it in buggies. I remember Walmart distinctly that I looked at the meat department. There were like three packages of liver on the far end. And that was it. That’s the only meat that Walmart had.

People were scared. But the data started coming in very quickly from Europe, out of Asia, not China, but out of Japan and South Korea. But the media doubled down on Fauci and they doubled down on fear, and they doubled down on just hyping this thing up.

And you hate to veer off into the conspiracy, but they had an intent to affect an election. And they did.

Leahy: Yeah, they sure did.

Ogles: Whether you believe it was stolen or not, that’s a conversation for another day. But there’s no denying that what the media did during COVID and they’re guilty, guilty as charged had an effect on the election.

Leahy: Yeah, no question about that. But now it’s May of 2021.

Ogles: And MuleFest!

Leahy: Not March 22.

Ogles: And it’s MuleFest.

Leahy: And so old Trace is ready to give an outstanding and energetic life performance Friday night, about eight o’clock.

Ogles: What’s great about Trace is he’s just a great American. And I’m not just saying that to promote the event, I’ve gotten to know him. And so even during some of this shutdown, and there weren’t a lot of venues to perform at, he was still going around to bases and performing for soldiers just because he loves our country, and he loves our troops.

So you may not be a country music fan or even a Trace fan, but if you want to come to support just someone who loves this country, believes in Liberty and freedom he’s the guy to get behind because his actions reflect what he believes and he supports our troops.

Leahy: Now, this about Trace, I did not realize this, but he’s actually done quite a bit of acting as well. He was in The Lincoln Lawyer, the Michael Connelly thriller in 2011.

Ogles: And then he has a TV show on Paramount or one of the cable networks. I think they’re looking at another season. So he’s getting some TV time.

Leahy: Very interesting. Plus, he can sing like the dickens.

Ogles: Well, he’s a great entertainer. And again, he’s a big dude. He’s a big personality. He’s got a big heart.

Leahy: He’s America! He’s American.

Ogles: He’s fun to be around. I’m so excited about the concert.

Leahy: I am, too, because Let’s get out of this COVID craziness. Let’s have some fun!

Ogles: I think for a lot of people, this is going to be one of those moments when they’re just a big sigh of relief.

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