I’ve never been accused of being a prophet, yet one must take the best guess at the near future that he can. Some headlines to get us going.
Anger over mask mandates, other covid rules, spurs states to curb power of public health officials
By Amy Goldstein, 25 December 2021
At the entrance to the Lowe’s in a central Ohio strip mall, a bright blue-and-white sign tells customers that, under local ordinances, they must wear a face covering inside. Next door, at Hale’s Ales & Kitchen, a sign asks customers to please be patient with a staff shortage — with no mention of masks.
The city line between Columbus and suburban Hilliard crosses right through the strip mall, Mill Run Square. In Columbus, where the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store lies, the city council early in the coronavirus pandemic created a mask requirement that remains in place. In Hilliard, where Hales is located, the city council has not imposed a mask rule, despite entreaties from the top county health official as coronavirus cases spiked…
At Hale’s Ales & Kitchen, just over the Hilliard line where there is no mask requirement, patrons are asked to wear a face covering voluntarily if they haven’t been vaccinated, workers there said. Chris Hale, the owner, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
That must have been a fascinating experiment. In fact, I wonder if a way to ensure good government in the future would be to reroute as many state and county jurisdiction lines as possible through the middle of every town and city, allowing people to choose between two or even more local governments that are as separated from each other as possible. This would allow people to vote with their feet in addition to whatever participation in government that they’re allowed… which will be ‘none’ when the feet-vote matters most.
As much as I like the concept of armed self-defense, too many people have proven unwilling to drop the hammer without an immediate, mortal threat. We obviously need a different approach to thwarting local tyranny.
Under a new law in Ohio — one of at least 19 states this year that have restricted state or local authorities from safeguarding public health amid the coronavirus pandemic — Franklin County’s health commissioner Joe Mazzola can no longer intervene. The county health department was stripped of its power to compel people to wear masks even as the omicron variant fuels a fifth coronavirus surge in the United States.
“We’ve not been able to put in place the policy that would protect our community,” Mazzola said.
“We’ve not been able to be the Globalist shadow government anymore.” Mazzola has a Bachelor’s in marketing, Master’s in Public Admin and has been in government ever since. Who better to make your lifechanging medical decisions without your input?
The number of states that have passed laws similar to Ohio’s is proliferating fast, from eight identified in one study in May to more than double that many as of last month, according to an analysis by Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research. And around the country, many more measures are being debated or being prepared for legislative sessions to start early in the new year.
These laws — the work of Republican legislators — inhibit health officers’ ability to require masks, promote vaccinations or take other steps, such as closing or limiting the number of patrons in restaurants, bars and other indoor public settings. Often, the measures shift those decisions from health experts to elected officials at a time when such coronavirus-fighting strategies have become politically radioactive.
Excellent. I have seen lockdown fatigue happening for myself in Central California… but not Los Angeles. Repeatedly being threatened with job loss gets very old, very quickly.
A new Indiana law gives city councils and county commissions power to overrule local health officials if their efforts to tame the pandemic are more stringent than rules in effect statewide. Tennessee lawmakers have taken away health officials’ ability to decide whether public schools should be closed in an emergency, giving that authority to school boards while also allowing the governor to order all schools to teach students in person.
We have a winner in the Teachers’ Union versus the Bolshevik Indoctrinators matchup! But victory will look like the public schools being closed forever.
And in Arkansas, a statute forbids any state or local official from compelling masks. As the delta variant was racing around in August, the state’s Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, said he regretted the measure and summoned legislators into a special session to rethink it. The law stayed in place.
Conservatives frame this wave of legislating as a matter of individual liberties. Ohio state Sen. Terry Johnson (R), one of the main sponsors of that state’s new law, said last spring that its purpose is “restoring reasonable checks and balances” and “giving the people of Ohio a voice in matters of public health.”
Over the decades, critics have sought to persuade lawmakers to soften or remove safety measures, such as tobacco regulations, or requirements to wear seat belts or motorcycle helmets.
Burn, Ralph Nader! You one accomplishment in life is GONE!
“But for them to go after the basis of public health authority is pretty new,” said Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.
Health officials say the new laws, targeted at coronavirus-fighting strategies, often carry unintended consequences stretching far beyond the pandemic to thwart health departments‘’ longtime roles, such as maintaining food safety.
In other news, criminals complain that police crimp their style.
In May, Montana, which has several new statutes narrowing health officials’ powers, became the first state to prohibit discrimination based on vaccination status. It applies to any vaccine, not just shots to protect against the coronavirus. It means that employers may ask staff members whether they have been immunized against the virus, but they cannot punish or lay off employees who refuse to disclose their vaccination status or to get the shots. It makes an exception for nursing homes — but not for hospitals or clinics.
When the law took effect May 7, most Montana hospitals were watching the pace of the vaccine rollout and debating whether they needed to make shots essential for their workers. But just east of the Rocky Mountains, Benefis Health System, with two hospitals in Great Falls, had sent a companywide email in April announcing that, unless they had a medical or religious reason, all employees had to receive at least one shot by May 1.
New matchup! Globalism versus nationalism!
Community members staged protests. With the law imminent, Benefis backed off its mandate, according to health-care experts in the state. Benefis declined to comment on its decision.
For all 62 hospitals in the state, the law creates a bind, according to Rich Rasmussen, president of the Montana Hospital Association.
The state’s restrictions collide with what the federal government is ordering hospitals to do. The Department of Health and Human Services created a rule that hospitals and other health facilities with patients insured through Medicare or Medicaid must require their employees to have had at least a first coronavirus shot by Dec. 5.
This explains much about hospital administrators pulling triggers on their staff while simultaneously claiming to be overworked to the point of shutdown.
How are those parallel institutions coming? I need a California dentist who doesn’t demand Coof testing for Unvexxed. Will pay cash up front!
“Hospitals were moving forward with their compliance” with the federal rule, Rasmussen said, because they feared jeopardizing $2.1 billion that flows into the state in Medicare and Medicaid payments, and most hospitals “felt a federal requirement trumped state law.”
A standoff has been averted for now, because two federal courts in November temporarily blocked the HHS requirement as part of lawsuits objecting to the federal rule. Meanwhile, a health system, a few doctors’ practices, several patients and the Montana Medical Association have filed their own lawsuit trying to restore the ability of hospitals and other health providers to compel workers to be vaccinated.
Montana’s hospitals argue they must be able to provide safe environments for their workers and patients.
Officials: Nearly 25% of [Fully Vaccinated] Navy warship crew has COVID-19
By Lolita Baldor, 27 December 2021
About two dozen sailors on a U.S. Navy warship — or roughly 25% of the crew — have now tested positive for COVID-19, keeping the ship sidelined in port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba Monday, according to U.S. defense officials…
The Navy said in a statement Friday that the USS Milwaukee’s crew was “100% immunized” and that all of those who tested positive for COVID-19 were being isolated on the ship away from other crew members.
Those damn unvaccinated keep spreading the plague! If only we could get rid of them, the pandemic would end!
The U.S. officials said Monday that the Navy believes the total vaccination of the crew is the key factor in controlling the outbreak.
The vaxx is KNOWN to be SAFE and EFFECTIVE! Meanwhile, entire ships are being quarantined because the vaxx can’t stop illness or transmission.
Most Americans believe both of those ideas simultaneously.
Many Montana employers hold a different view.
Nick Checota, a restaurant owner and music promoter who runs KettleHouse Amphitheater, a 4,500-seat outdoor venue on a river bank near Missoula, said his concert policy is to encourage patrons to wear masks and to get vaccinated or tested before attending an event. It is not required. A few bands have canceled because of the lack of vaccine verification, Checota said.
This cowardice is very typical and, unfortunately, precludes any chance of organized opposition.
But he said, “If I’d asked my staff [to be vaccinated], half my employees would have quit. … Individual rights in Montana are very important to people.”
I would prefer an employer whose response would be “Screw your clot shot up your ass”. Perhaps they were filtered out. It wouldn’t help the Narrative to show an employer who was actively defiant yet not in jail, now would it?
The political moves against vaccine requirements are spreading. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) in November signed a law that forbids employers from requiring workers, job applicants or customers to prove they have been vaccinated. Six days later, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed four bills that prohibit employers and educational institutions from requiring workers or students to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and removes the state health officer’s ability to order vaccinations in a public health emergency.
In Ohio, House Republicans last month passed a bill that would block employers, schools and colleges from requiring workers and students to get vaccinated if they object for “reasons of personal conscience.” Some Republicans in the state Senate are reticent, contending that businesses should be allowed to decide on vaccine policies for themselves.
Senate Bill 22, the Buckeye State’s law in effect since June, splintered the party, pitting lawmakers against Ohio’s GOP governor Mike DeWine. A year ago, DeWine vetoed another bill that would have limited the state’s coronavirus-fighting powers by handing lawmakers power to stop a governor’s public health order and tightly limiting the state health department’s ability to impose quarantines.
The bill contains those features and added restrictions on local health departments. In March, DeWine vetoed that bill, too, saying it “strikes at the heart of local health departments’ ability to move quickly to protect the public from the most serious emergencies Ohio could face.”
This time, the legislature overrode the governor’s veto on S.B. 22 the following day.
DeWhiner got kicked!
In August, the village of Gambier, home to Kenyon College, approved a temporary mask requirement for public buildings, including schools, with a $25 fine for violators. The county sheriff posted on his Facebook page that he had spoken with the mayor “and informed him that deputies will not be citing anyone for violations.”
Sheriff David Shaffer’s Facebook announcement drew more than 700 replies, mirroring the fevered views that divide the nation over public health during the pandemic.
“So … you are elected to decide which law to enforce?” one woman wrote.
Nuremburg Code be like that, bitch. Although it must be said that even liberal Sheriffs are refusing to enforce such requirements. It’s anybody’s guess whether their motivation is a simple manpower issue, not wanting to make violent criminals out of thus-far-peaceful citizens or if they’re upset at their government’s “defund the police” threats. “Stop going after thugbait armed robbers and start persecuting the people trying to live a normal life, or we’ll cut your funding again! Maybe we’ll cut it anyway ‘cuz you be white and rayciss!”
Many praised the sheriff. “The more you protect our God-given freedoms,” one man wrote, “the greater my respect for you. … Please continue to defy tyrants who are trying to destroy our freedom.”
Such sentiment — and the Ohio law it yielded — leave the state’s health officials feeling impotent as each pandemic wave arrives.
Enjoy these good times, health officials. If you manage to escape Nuremberg Two then Father God will thwart you a new Hell on Judgment Day. You poison children. Repent fast, hard and NOW.
In September, Jack Pepper, administrator of the Athens City-County Health Department, worried as his southeastern Ohio jurisdiction, which contains both historical Ohio University and rural poverty, suffered the largest surge in coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths of the pandemic so far.
“It would have been nice,” Pepper said, if the department could have limited the number of patrons in restaurants, as it had when establishments reopened after a pandemic shutdown early on. “Those powers are all gone.”
Those powers were as useless as you currently are, Jack.
New Jersey agrees to pay $53 million for killing 119 Veterans…
Posted by Kane on December 26, 2021
New Jersey is set to pay approximately $53 million in settling claims its negligence contributed to the deaths of over 100 veterans in state-run homes. The settlement reached this week involved the families of 119 residents of veterans homes in Paramus and Menlo Park, according to attorney Paul da Costa. Da Costa’s firm represented 72 of the claimants, who will receive about $32 million in total. The families had filed notices of intent to sue but hadn’t yet formally filed lawsuits, da Costa said.
“This settlement of course does not replace their lost loved ones who served their countries honorably, but it certainly represents a good measure of civil justice,” da Costa said. “My clients do take satisfaction in the fact that there has been a resolution that they believe gives a voice to their lost loved ones.”
Over 200 residents in the homes died amid the pandemic, and Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) administration was blamed after instructing the homes not to turn away patients who tested positive.
That’s a criminally softball way of saying “Governor Murphy seeded the plague in elderly group homes.”
The order was eventually rescinded.
The Justice Department later issued a letter to Murphy asking about its nursing home death count, saying it was launching an investigation into the state’s veterans homes “after receiving what it described as incomplete answers to an earlier request for data,” the NBC report continued.
The official reason for the lawsuit was blaming staff for negligent things like not changing gloves between patients, rather than seeding the plague in vulnerable populations in order to manufacture scare numbers for the lockdowns, but an admission of liability is a good start to Nuremberg Two. We have many legal precedents that charging criminal AND civil penalties for the same action, is not double jeopardy.
Maybe next time, we can stick the guilty with the bill instead of taxpayers.
Establishment Media Outlets Crash Without Donald Trump in the White House
No Donald Trump in the White House to drive the news cycle means establishment media outlets are being abandoned, 2021 year-end figures released Monday reveal, as multinational corporate control of America’s news is rejected by the very audiences it seeks to engage.
AP reports cable news networks were the main form of evening entertainment for millions of Americans last year. Now those legacy television outlets, alongside digital and print news organizations are suffering in a post-Trump world. Big time.
In 2021, weekday prime-time viewership dropped 38 percent at CNN, 34 percent at Fox News Channel and 25 percent at MSNBC, according to the Nielsen company.
This loss was despite mass lockdowns and more people being forced to stay at home and seek their news from established sources, all while the passage of time keeps showing Trump was ahead of his critics on a host of contentious issues.
The decline was less steep but still significant at broadcast television evening newscasts: 12 percent at ABC’s “World News Tonight” and the “CBS Evening News;” 14 percent at NBC’s “Nightly News,” Nielsen said.
Everybody that might leave those venues, already did. Comparable to the mainline Protestant churches being nothing but old witches spending old endowments. I would guess that the cultural Marxists have about 30% of the U.S. population under total control, a number that will rise steadily as they indoctrinate the schoolchildren, but parasites lack the ability to play the long game.
All those numbers stand in stark contrast to 2020 when the presidential election and coronavirus pandemic combined to drive intense audience engagement to traditional, establishment news outlets.
Pushing Trump off Twitter and Facebook also worked to dilute his news presence to the loss of mainstream publishers who are finding President Joe Biden is just not engaging audiences like his predecessor.
Biden can’t engage an electrical socket with a screwdriver. In the rain!
It’s no secret that the Bidenreich is in desperate need of a charismatic villain. In a cruel twist of irony, conservatives could best help their Marxist allies by taking a few of their scalps. But there’s just no fight in them.
And that’s where I begin my predictions for 2022: our regime NEEDS a villain NOW. Not in November for the midterms, NOW. Trump isn’t working anymore; he gets booed by his own crowd.
Along with that is the local governments beginning to oppose the Plandemic. The Bidenreich’s biggest advantage is that it controls most elections; its biggest disadvantage is that the courts are now a coin toss so they can’t be used as a “legislator of last resort” anymore. The simple solution is vote fraud in the midterms cementing their hold on power but I doubt they have time.
Fomenting a foreign war is a classic solution to domestic instability but here’s the problem. Whether Taiwan or Ukraine goes hot first, the other will go hot instantly. Russia and China are allies against USA and this opportunity to force USA into a global two-front war will be too good to pass up. Save us, vibrant preggo-men of the United States Navy! We who can’t tell your gender salute you!
The smart guess they’re going to play for time to the midterms. Which means they need a major political shake-up. Get rid of Potato Joe? In fact, my deadpool on Joe says he’ll die between Jan. 1 and March 1 and I’m still feeling good about it. This would also explain why the D.C. crowd has had so much anger for Harris. She has, let us be kind, not grown into her role as Vice Puppet.
Shaking up the Oval Office would be an excellent play for time, even sympathy. And what a great excuse to start a war, if his handlers (read: Barak Obama) be so inclined.
Meanwhile, average Americans… I just don’t get them. They cannot see past their noses. Ideas like “we should distrust them because they lie to us” and “when the vote-counting is done without witnesses, that means the counting is fraudulent” are difficult concepts for them to grasp. They are not awakening except as the bread and circuses fail.
As we’ve seen above, government leaders are finally cracking down on the illegitimate authority of health bureaucrats WITHOUT FIRING A SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Likewise, all the anti-CRT pressure I’ve seen is “put a fig leaf over it, you Marxist, before you go back to teaching my kids.”
I feel like a man who cannot talk living among people who cannot see. Saving myself is easy enough but I cannot make a difference in society.