CALIFORNIA'S BIG NANNY GOVERNMENT
Even in California, people can only take so much Big Nanny Government. Over the weekend, an estimated 40,000 shut-ins fled their houses and went to Newport Beach. State officials are threatening to close the beach on weekends because, as Gov. Gavin Newsom put it, California “can only keep flattening the curve if we stay home and practice physical distancing.”
Two points about that: first, “flattening the curve” was something that was supposed to be done to insure the cases didn’t peak early before there were medical resources in place to handle it. It worked. But it was supposed to be a two-to-three-week process. You can’t keep a virus from spreading indefinitely by ordering everybody to hide behind locked doors indefinitely.
Second, take a look at the photo of that “crowded” beach. The people look to me as if they are keeping a safe distance from each other. In fact, getting some fresh air and UV rays in the warm sunshine might be a lot healthier for fighting the virus than staying inside and breathing recirculated air.
I realize it goes against every instinct of “progressive” California politicians to trust the people to have enough sense to act responsibly on their own. But if they don’t lighten up and start letting people get back to doing their jobs and living their lives, those Californians may soon be sunning themselves on a Texas beach, like so many other former Californians already are.
(NOTE: The original version of my Evening Edition had an incorrect number of highway deaths because our source mistakenly quoted the global death number, not the US number. We corrected it and own up to the mistake because we’re not CNN.)
The corrected paragraph is here:
Personally, I might have pointed out that each year, over 38,000 Americans die in car accidents, which means that over Obama’s eight-year term, over 5 times as many Americans were slaughtered on the highways as died in Vietnam, and he did nothing to prevent it. I look forward to Ms Nuzzi’s article in New York Magazine calling for Obama to be brought up on war crimes charges because over 300,000 people died violently while he was in office.
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MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO SETS NEW WORLD RECORD
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio seems to be shooting for a new world record for double standards. While imposing draconian crackdowns and snitch hotlines on residents who leave their homes, he’s been spotted traveling miles to his favorite gym (nobody else is allowed to go to the gym) and taking a walk with his wife in a park 11 miles from his home, which is near a park. This went over as well as you’d expect with New Yorkers…
But even more disturbing than his “do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do” leadership is his double standard on respecting religious freedom. First, he threatened that any churches or synagogues that held services would be closed down “permanently” – not just until the lockdown ended, but “permanently.” It didn’t go unnoticed that he didn’t include mosques in that threat. Next, he announced that the city would provide 500,000 free halal meals to poor Muslims who couldn’t go to their mosques during Ramadan – fine in itself, but there was grumbling about the deference to Islam after the unconstitutional threat to churches and synogogues.
Now, despite DeBlasio’s Ramadan claim that "This is a place that truly believes in equality, something that is a profound New York City value," he’s once again threatening the city’s Jewish community, this time with arrest for violating “social distancing” rules by attending a funeral for a revered Rabbi in Brooklyn.
Critics are not defending the violation of social distancing, but they are alarmed at DeBlasio's language, at the way he repeatedly defaults to harsh criticism and threats of arrest and other strict government reprisals when he’s talking about Jews, but not other ethnic or religious groups.
DeBlasio was already under fire for appointing his wife to head a “coronavirus racial inequality task force.” If she’s looking for examples of discrimination in how the coronavirus is being handled, she could start by gazing across her own dinner table.
What do you want to bet that the media now drop this once highly-flogged story like a red hot potato?
DEADLY VIRUS OUTBREAK
I hope you’ll join me in praying for the victims (and their families) in what is now the deadliest virus outbreak in a longterm care facility in the US. Eighty veterans have died at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, and another 82 veterans and 81 staffers have tested positive. It’s under investigation to determine how it spread so quickly and if this was related to inferior care for veterans. It needs to be investigated and improvements made immediately, but all of us also need to be praying for all those who are still fighting this terrible disease.
CENSORSHIP IN CHINA
Chinese citizens who tried to preserve accurate history of the coronavirus outbreak are being censored, put under surveillance and arrested. I’d ask Bill Gates what he thinks about that, but he might find it to be a distraction from not holding China accountable.
WHEN THE FAKE OUTRAGE IS GONE
One of the problems with the media reflexively attacking and ridiculing everything that President Trump says is that when their flurry of faux outrage finally dissipates, people often realize that (A.) Trump didn’t actually say what they claimed; and (B.) Trump was right, or at least a lot closer to being right than the people who smugly claim he’s always all wrong about everything are.
For instance, like screeching that there’s “no evidence whatsoever” that UV light could kill a virus in the body. In fact, it’s already used to disinfect airliners and meat-packing plants, and a biotech company is testing an experimental method of using it inside the body.
BIDEN STORY IS STARTING TO HEAT UP
Just as the sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden from 1993 is starting to heat up (despite the best efforts of the compliant media to pour ice water on it), Hillary Clinton chose the worst possible moment to throw her full support behind Biden. And stunningly, she did it as part of a “women’s forum” for Biden.
The alleged “champion of women” is rather radioactive when it comes to this issue, since stories about her own husband and about her allegedly brutal way of dealing with women who accused him were never dealt with in the last election. They were swept under the rug, but that was about as effective in making people forget about them as shoving 20 pounds of fish under the rug and hoping nobody notices the smell. You could even be forgiven upon hearing that Hillary offered her aid to Biden if you wondered if that meant aid in intimidating his accuser into silence.
That gorilla-in-the-room did not go unnoticed by Biden’s accuser.
But as bad as all this smells, it should be noted that it’s still a he said/she said story and Biden deserves the due process and presumption of innocence that he and many of his ardent supporters refused to accord to Brett Kavanaugh or other people who aren’t part of their political tribe. Biden shouldn’t be assumed guilty, but his supporters can be assumed guilty of blatant hypocrisy.
So for that reason, I will not cite this accusation as a reason not to vote for Biden for President. Instead, I’ll point you to this article by Stephen Green of PJ Media, in which he offers multiple other reasons why neither Republicans, Libertarians, Progressives or even just decent human beings should vote for Biden for President.