The Smart Virus

Who knew exactly how smart the covid virus was until the world of sports gave us living examples?!

Smart Virus’, Part 1

NBA Commissioner Adam Stern said yesterday during a press conference that New York’s vaccine mandate was “odd”. That was a nice way to say that how it affects the NBA is just crazy.  Kyrie Irving, for example, is not able to play home games in New York City because he is not vaccinated. However, any visiting player that comes to play, who is also not vaccinated, IS allowed to play.

The people who came up with that must have realized that the virus is so smart that it only targets people that have homes in New York, a very dangerous place, but apparently doesn’t affect visitors.

‘Smart Virus’, Part 2

Now that the big game is over, it was hard not to notice the impact of the mask mandate that is in place in California (the game was played in Los Angeles).  Near as most could tell, the impact on the Super Bowl was pretty much nothing. When you saw pictures of all of the celebrities in attendance—Lebron James, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and others—none of them were wearing masks.  Yet, kids in schools on Monday were required to wear masks.

Amazing that the virus is smart enough not to bother people at special events like the Super Bowl, even though it apparently goes after the kids in much smaller groups.

Smart Virus’—Observation Summary

As Thinking Man has said on a number of occasions, different thoughts on how to combat the pandemic are very understandable, even if you may not agree.  A clinician or someone who wants strict virus protocols is understood by viewing it primarily as a medical or epidemiological issue. And we can understand someone who views those same strict measures as an unwarranted limiting of freedom.  Neither opinion is unreasonable, even if we may have an opinion of one over another.

What is not understandable are things like the above, where the measures for fighting the pandemic are applied in some cases but not in another. That makes it pretty clear, at least to this observer, that the issue then is more about control than it is about fighting a pandemic. The obviously contradictory aspects of the two above examples show that those rules, at least, are just stupid and more so when you realize how many times the politicians, especially in California, have ignored the rules that they, themselves, have made.

The Rising Chinese Threat (Part 4 Of A 4 Part Series): A Fourth Worldwide Pandemic

We are in year two of the world wide pandemic. With a new, much more contagious, variant there seems to be no promise of an end in sight.

We know little about the origins of the virus that has plagued the world for the last two years, except that it originated in the Wuhan province of China.  There is evidence that it broke out from a virology lab in Wuhan where experiments were being done on deadly viruses, though China has not cooperated in studies to find out. China has maintained that the virus originated in the local markets and was the result of a jump from animal to humans.

Whatever the case, here is the basic concern:  even if the deadly pandemic did not originate in a lab in Wuhan, it shows that China and its health and food safety regulations are negligent, at a minimum.

Since 2003, several worldwide pandemics have originated in China:  SARs, H1N1 flu, bird flu and now covid-19. Once may be an accident. Twice may just be coincidence.  Four times that deadly disease was unleashed on the world from the same place of origin is negligent, and careless of human life. 

What we are seeing play out is the Chinese disregard for life. China’s Communist government is careless because the Chinese government is willing to risk hundreds of thousands of lives. This is the same Chinese Communist government who just last month celebrated the founding of the Communist Party and its leader, Mao Zedung who was responsible for the killing and deaths of an estimated 20 million people during the Cultural Revolution. Life means little and power means everything.  And now the world is paying for that disregard and recklessness. The pandemic has resulted in over 4.3 M deaths worldwide, and over 600,000 in the United States.

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer Violates Own Order, Again

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer apologized yesterday after a photo surfaced of her violating her own indoor dining order. The picture showed Whitmer with at least twelve others sitting together without being socially distanced, which violated Whitmer’s order of no more than six people dining together indoors.

Whitmer apologized, saying “I am human” and just made a mistake. That is true and could happen to most of us, as we all do things without thinking sometime.

Yet with Whitmer it doesn’t quite ring true. Besides the fact that you would think that a person would not forget their own order, this is not the first time that Whitmer’s hypocrisy has come to light. Last year about this time, Whitmer had issued orders to lock down her state and held a press conference at which she even suggested people should not travel at all outside of their immediate area. At roughly the same time, her husband was on the phone with a marina several hours drive away, asking them to have their boat ready because they were going to drive up for the Memorial Day holiday to do some boating.

Objective people can understand true differences of opinion on measures related to battling the pandemic, and only mindless robots on the extremes of the issue can’t understand legitimate concerns of an opposite perspective. Whitmer, however, is an exception. As contentious as pandemic restrictions have been and as ardent and ‘in your face’ as she has been in her position (as have her opponents), it’s hard to imagine that she keeps “forgetting”. More likely it’s that the caricature of the power hungry government executive fits, in her case.

Whitmer clearly believes that the laws that she initiates only applies to others but not to her or her family and friends. Pandemic restrictions, to her, are about control not about health. Otherwise, she would not make a habit of breaking her own rules.

When Racism Becomes A Cliché, We All Lose

After a year of arguably the most restrictive lockdowns in the nation, Los Angeles County has said that it will beginning trying to allow schools to resume in person classes in the near future.

The teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, is strongly opposed, and the union’s president Cecily Myart-Cruz calls the move for in person learning “structural racism”. I am not quite able to understand how getting children back to schools is racist. But I CAN understand how not letting them back in schools could be implicitly racist.

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The Prophet Billy Joel?

A hit song released several years ago by Billy Joel may have been eerily prophetic. Did he know something we didn’t?

In his song “Miami 2017”, Joel sang…

“I saw the lights go out on Broadway. It seems so many years ago, before we all lived here in Florida.  Before the Mafia took over Mexico. There are not many who remember. They say a handful still survive…to tell the world about, the way the lights went out and to keep the memory alive.”

As people leave New York in droves, one cannot help but wonder if there was something we should have listened to more closely.

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Fellow Democrats Go After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Months ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was the darling of the media, despite the fact that objective measures showed that New York was the worst state in the nation for its handling of the pandemic:  more deaths than any other state, highest death rate in the nation, more cases and deaths per capita than all but one other state, etc.. Yet somehow the national media fawned over Cuomo, and even created a special award for him that was awarded last fall, clearly putting appearance over substance and image over actual health data and science.

CNN, where his brother has a nightly opinion show, even removed its ethical ban forbidding hosts from having immediate family members as guests so that Gov. Cuomo could appear on his brother’s show.

All that has changed and the actual health data seems to be catching up.

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Why Conservatives Oppose The 3rd Pandemic Relief Bill

Here are some examples of the reasons that many conservatives oppose the latest pandemic relief bill. The bill proposed by President Biden is $1.9 TRILLION, which is after two earlier bills of roughly $4 T and $ .9 T.  Included in the bill passed by the House are such ‘pandemic relief’ items as:

  • $1.5 billion for Amtrack (this is on top of $1 billion from previous relief bills that is unspent)
  • $100 million for an underground railway in Silicon Valley
  • $500 million for Native American ‘language preservation’ and a museum
  • $50 million for Planned Parenthood and other ‘family planning’ organizations
  • $50 million in grants for “environmental justice”
  • $1.5 million for a bridge connection Canada and New York state (home state of Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer)

Opposition to the bill has nothing to do with opposing money for helping those impacted by the pandemic. It has to do with lawmakers using the pandemic to put in money for pet projects that have nothing to do with the pandemic…which, now that we think about it, would be called ‘fraud’ in any other context.

New York AG Corrects Cuomo’s Fudged Covid Numbers

New York Democratic Attorney General Letitia James released a report yesterday showing that the death totals for nursing homes in New York was 43% higher than Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Administration had been reporting.

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They Can’t Be Serious? Can They?!

As if everything related to covid-19 and the pandemic isn’t wild enough, we now have Dr. Fauci and others not only calling for a mask mandate but suggesting that we should be wearing two masks for better protection.  Really?! Should we all just get HazMat suits for any time we leave the house?

Vaccines, Incompetence and the Big Lie

There is an old joke asking how you know a politician is lying?  You know when their lips are moving, of course.

If we were honest, even most of his admirers would admit that the presidency of Donald Trump brought that to a new level. Well, it didn’t take long for that to become the ‘new normal’. When asked about the slow rate of vaccination, several governors are blaming the Federal government by saying the Feds need to ship more vaccines.

We can cut right to the point and just say ‘that is a big lie’. Governors who have failed to plan to effectively combat the biggest health crisis in a century aren’t about to take the blame. They have to put it somewhere and so they say they need to get more vaccines and blame the Federal government. If we look at the actual information we have, we can see the real problem pretty readily.

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