Health or Control?

If you return to Washington DC after “non-essential” travel to certain states you must self-quarantine for 14 days. If you travel to the same place on “essential” business then you are not under the same restrictions. Does that mean the virus will be more or less deadly based on why you decided to travel? Probably not, but it does mean that going to Georgia for a Democrat’s funeral is definitely an “essential” activity.

In Nevada, churches cannot have more than 50 people in them at a time, regardless of how large the church is. Casinos, on the other hand, are allowed to have up to 50% capacity. So, if your church can seat 1,000 you can only have 50 people but if your casino fits 1,000 people you can have up to 500 gamblers at a time. Again, does the virus know if you are a worshipper or a degenerate gambler? No, it does not. Casinos pay more taxes, but we are still going with the “public health” argument for the lockdowns, right?

Where I live in New Jersey, Governor Murphy has managed to achieve the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths per million in, not just America but the world. Still, he gets to tell us what we can and can’t do. When protestors complained about Murphy’s lockdown orders he insisted, “we’re trying to save lives.” A few weeks later, large Black Lives Matter rallies took place in the state. The governor not only encouraged them but even attended one. His reasoning was along the lines of, “yeah, but this is really important.” It should be pointed out that 1st Amendment was written because people did think the government had the right to determine what speech is or is not important.

Most people don’t want to get sick or see others get sick. People are willing to make sacrifices if that will help. But here’s the thing, the virus can’t be dangerous sometimes and not others. It doesn’t care about political causes or intentions. When your “medical” advice is arbitrary and changes for non-medical reasons, then you have lost any sense of credibility.

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10 thoughts on “Health or Control?”

  1. All true: it’s all about power. A possible silver lining: the political class and the corporate media are losing credibility day by day and it’s high time. We may have to pass through this period of lies and oppression to come out the other side with renewed confidence in our own judgement and a new birth of freedom.

    It’s a slender reed , I know.

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  2. drlorentz:
    All true: it’s all about power. A possible silver lining: the political class and the corporate media are losing credibility day by day and it’s high time. We may have to pass through this period of lies and oppression to come out the other side with renewed confidence in our own judgement and a new birth of freedom.

    It’s a slender reed , I know.

    Indeed it is, but I’ll gladly grasp at it.
    Irony: I can’t remember any issue, crisis, or problem in our country in connection with which governmental sources have been so wrong and issued so much contradictory regulation, as Vance points out.  Yet the people who on the one hand want to “burn the system down!”  are the very people who are soooo sanctimonious about “masks“ (which means any old piece of cloth) and So in favor of draconian lockdowns.   They unquestioningly trust any move which prevents us from returning to our wonderful normal lives, (No bar service!) and are poisonously suspicious and fearful of any move to restore  our ordered liberty (like the federal marshals in Portland).

    I hope you’re right!  But this is the way it looks to me: Summer is here, and our country is like a terminally ill  patient on steroids: we got a boost of well-being, we feel a surge of energy. Brightly colored umbrellas blossom outside  the darkened restaurants, like brilliant-hued  fungus on a dead tree. We think we’re alive again!  But when winter arrives, all the Fragile gaudy outgrowths will wither away,  and we’ll be left with the lifeless interiors of shuttered businesses.  And this time there’ll be no renascence. O my America!

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  3. I hate knowing that these people can’t see their double mindedness. They have drunk the Kool-Aid and see a different world that makes sense. Corona is the First PC Virus known to man individuals. 

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  4. Hypatia:

    drlorentz:
    All true: it’s all about power. A possible silver lining: the political class and the corporate media are losing credibility day by day and it’s high time. We may have to pass through this period of lies and oppression to come out the other side with renewed confidence in our own judgement and a new birth of freedom.

    It’s a slender reed , I know.

    Indeed it is, but I’ll gladly grasp at it.
    Irony: I can’t remember any issue, crisis, or problem in our country in connection with which governmental sources have been so wrong and issued so much contradictory regulation, as Vance points out.  Yet the people who on the one hand want to “burn the system down!”  are the very people who are soooo sanctimonious about “masks“ (which means any old piece of cloth) and So in favor of draconian lockdowns.   They unquestioningly trust any move which prevents us from returning to our wonderful normal lives, (No bar service!) and are poisonously suspicious and fearful of any move to restore  our ordered liberty (like the federal marshals in Portland).

    I hope you’re right!  But this is the way it looks to me: Summer is here, and our country is like a terminally ill  patient on steroids: we got a boost of well-being, we feel a surge of energy. Brightly colored umbrellas blossom outside  the darkened restaurants, like brilliant-hued  fungus on a dead tree. We think we’re alive again!  But when winter arrives, all the Fragile gaudy outgrowths will wither away,  and we’ll be left with the lifeless interiors of shuttered businesses.  And this time there’ll be no renascence. O my America!

    Winter is coming Hyp.

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  5. Hypatia:
    Summer is here, and our country is like a terminally ill  patient on steroids: we got a boost of well-being, we feel a surge of energy. Brightly colored umbrellas blossom outside  the darkened restaurants, like brilliant-hued  fungus on a dead tree. We think we’re alive again!  But when winter arrives, all the Fragile gaudy outgrowths will wither away,  and we’ll be left with the lifeless interiors of shuttered businesses.  And this time there’ll be no renascence. O my America!

    How about the following hopeful counter: once the people taste the sweet nectar of freedom again they’ll refuse to release the cup.

    We went down to the beach on Monday. It was a beautiful day; the water was warm (for here). Everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. No one on the sand had a mask on, even though (absurdly) they are required; one is only permitted to take them off to go in the water. The lifeguards did not care.

    I’m trying to be positive, which is so …. not me. Don’t give way to despair.

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  6. RE; the 50 people in churches….

    [video width="620" height="480" mp4="https://www.ratburger.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/14-The-Best-Of-Dave-Allen...The-Comedy-Sketches1.mp4"][/video]

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  7. drlorentz:

    Hypatia:
    Summer is here, and our country is like a terminally ill  patient on steroids: we got a boost of well-being, we feel a surge of energy. Brightly colored umbrellas blossom outside  the darkened restaurants, like brilliant-hued  fungus on a dead tree. We think we’re alive again!  But when winter arrives, all the Fragile gaudy outgrowths will wither away,  and we’ll be left with the lifeless interiors of shuttered businesses.  And this time there’ll be no renascence. O my America!

    How about the following hopeful counter: once the people taste the sweet nectar of freedom again they’ll refuse to release the cup.

    We went down to the beach on Monday. It was a beautiful day; the water was warm (for here). Everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. No one on the sand had a mask on, even though (absurdly) they are required; one is only permitted to take them off to go in the water. The lifeguards did not care.

    I’m trying to be positive, which is so …. not me. Don’t give way to despair.

    You are right, my master: despair is a sin.

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  8. drlorentz:

    Hypatia:
    Summer is here, and our country is like a terminally ill  patient on steroids: we got a boost of well-being, we feel a surge of energy. Brightly colored umbrellas blossom outside  the darkened restaurants, like brilliant-hued  fungus on a dead tree. We think we’re alive again!  But when winter arrives, all the Fragile gaudy outgrowths will wither away,  and we’ll be left with the lifeless interiors of shuttered businesses.  And this time there’ll be no renascence. O my America!

    How about the following hopeful counter: once the people taste the sweet nectar of freedom again they’ll refuse to release the cup.

    We went down to the beach on Monday. It was a beautiful day; the water was warm (for here). Everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. No one on the sand had a mask on, even though (absurdly) they are required; one is only permitted to take them off to go in the water. The lifeguards did not care.

    I’m trying to be positive, which is so …. not me. Don’t give way to despair.

    Doc what have I told you about hope?

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