Monday, March 30, 2020

If Ever There Was a Time…

I’ve been thinking of doing a “Transport Me There” meme for awhile. If ever there was a time to be transported this is it. So this is entry #1 in my “Transport Me There” vault.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, “social distancing” and all. But who couldn’t spend a day in this alley coffee shop with a laptop, Kindle or good book?**

But for now we return to reality with a Wuhan Wave update:

In the wake of an additional study of its efficacy Italy and France are now prescribing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as treatments for coronavirus patients. The U.S. has not done so as the FDA and CDC aren’t sure of the drug’s effectiveness and safety due to the small trial size of the trial and lack of sufficient data.

We can shut down the world’s #1 economy in hopes of stopping the spread of the disease but we’re not willing to use established drugs without business-as-usual protocols? How about we let the patients decide if they’re willing to risk taking a drug off-label in exchange for being able to breathe?

By the way, doctors often prescribe off label use of drugs for conditions that have been shown to respond to the treatment. It is perfectly legal unless medical marvels like Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmore declare it not to be. And don’t forget that many successful drugs, such as Viagra, were originally designed for another purpose.

To all the people on the left who perpetually promote “be more like Europe” socialism at any cost:

European "Socialism" : Libertarian

Now seems to be a good time to emulate them a bit.

Oh, and thanks to American prowess and know-how you will soon be able to get a coronavirus test in just 5 minutes using the new FDA-authorized ID NOW COVID-19 test from Chicago’s Abbott Laboratories

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a coronavirus test that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests. The agency authorized emergency use authorization for fastest available molecular point-of-care test for novel coronavirus. The approval signals that federal regulators were satisfied with the test’s validation data and believe its benefits outweigh any risks, such as false positives or negatives.

“We’re ramping up production to deliver 50,000 ID NOW COVID-19 tests per day, beginning next week, to the U.S. healthcare system,” the company said.

**NOTE: The Pickwick Roasting Co. is currently “Closed Due to COVID 19 Crisis.” Plus it’s not far from the Chicago Art Institute (also “Closed Due to COVID 19 Crisis”) and it is still March so on second thought I might defer this transport for awhile. Probably until such time as it is summer…and Chicago once again “allows” you to carry your legally obtained and licensed firearm.

UPDATE: FDA Issues Emergency Authorization for the Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Combat Coronavirus Effective Immediately…

After the media went bananas trying to refute President Trump several weeks ago after he spoke optimistically about the potential for a malaria medication called chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to be used to combat the coronavirus, today the FDA has approved its use.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Cooties, Cooties Everywhere!

Cooties Cooties everywhere - Buzz Lightyear - quickmeme

As usual, it appears the experts’ advice of maintaining “social distancing” of 6 feet is inaccurate. It needs to be at least 4 times that or more like 26 feet according to a study conducted by MIT.

The study, which was reported by the Telegraph, found that viral droplets expelled in coughs and sneezes can travel in a moist, warm atmosphere at speeds of between 33 and 100ft per second (ten metres to 100 metres).

This creates a cloud within the atmosphere that can span approximately 23ft to 27ft (seven metres to eight metres) to neighbouring people.

It has also been warned that droplets, which contribute to the rapid spread of covid-19, can remain suspended in the air for several hours.

So perhaps it’s just as well that we are in day 14 of our little town’s shutdown.  The resorts would normally have the town packed to the rafters for late spring skiing this time of year. Instead it’s a ghost town.

Lower Main Street, Park City, UT early last week

Andy Larsen: So just how bad is it in Summit County? Here’s what the coronavirus numbers show.Upper Main Street, on Friday; more pedestrians getting a little exercise than cars

So just how bad is it in Summit County UT, home of Park City? On a per capita basis, apparently pretty bad. Not quite as bad as New York City which by all accounts is the U.S. “epicenter” - a word that, like “anarchy,” has come to mean something altogether different from its original sense – but still bad. Aside from New Orleans parish and 5 New York counties the worst Wuhan coronavirus clusters in the US are in ski towns.

Four counties – Blaine County, Idaho; Summit County, Utah; and Eagle County and Gunnison County, Colorado – lead the nation in per capita rates of confirmed cases outside New York and Louisiana.

 Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake TribuneNote: excludes New York City where there are 8.7 million people and nearly 30,000 cases or 1 in 292.

All you can tell from this is that the Wuhan coronavirus likes to party…and ski. Gunnison County, Co is home to  Crested Butte, Blaine County, ID, Sun Valley, Eagle County, CO, Vail and Summit County, Park City.

There are only 42,000 residents here but 1 out of every 312 of us has been confirmed positive for the WuHu Flu. So with that kind of saturation we’ve decided to hunker down a bit more than we have been. Accordingly, we placed our first ever grocery home delivery order yesterday. Of course the earliest they can deliver is Wednesday afternoon, but I’m hardly in dire need of anything as I keep a well stocked larder all year round – you know, in case of emergencies like cootie attacks.

So if you need me I’ll just be sitting here, at home, wiping down the cooties…and waiting for the world to end.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus: the Real Chinese Curse

Here’s a partial list of people/groups that have proved themselves unworthy as we navigate through the  waters of the Chinese Curse:

Media: (too many examples to mention and apparently the American public agrees.)

When the Babylon Bee is just as believable as any mainstream outlet you might have a problem.

Politicians: (too many examples to mention but here’s a classic from a classless has-been)

Democrat politicians in particular: (way too many to mention but here are two Freshman Reps doing jazz hands on the Floor to make the most of their facetime)

AOC gives fiery floor speech denouncing coronavirus stimulus ...Freshman Democrat Haley Stevens yells on House floor before ...Sorry to say the idiot on the bottom is my Rep

China ((too many examples to mention but here’s one anyway)

After infecting the world with Wuhan coronavirus, China now demands that the world apologize to them.

China’s embassy in Denmark has demanded an apology from daily Jyllands-Posten after it published a cartoon of the Chinese flag with its five yellow stars represented by coronavirus particles. - NYP

A cartoon of the coronavirus depicted as part of the Chinese national flag, is pictured in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.Who do they think they are anyway, Muslim terrorists?

But for some real first rate propaganda (pay attention MSM and Democrats) there’s nothing like the CCP’s official propaganda arm, the Nightly News (just like here).

So when the headline reads “US becomes the first country to reach 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases” remember that the actual headline is “US becomes the first country to report 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases” because China stopped reporting cases weeks ago.

But stop saying that because…racist!

Pro-tip of the day:

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Interesting note: this Calvin and Hobbes cartoon was originally published on November 29, 1995. Twenty five years later, it’s still as pertinent as ever.

Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strip for November 29, 1995

Friday, March 27, 2020

Fake Models.

No, I’m not talking about Melania; due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis, FLOTUS Friday, like much of America, has been suspended until further notice and the country remains on lockdown.

Melania Trump | TheHill

For what it’s worth this is my take so far:

It would seem that the models used to forecast the run of the Wuhan virus run are faulty.

The forecast used to predict 2.2 million U.S. deaths and 510,00 deaths in Great Britain was produced by Imperial College in London. It is “the epidemiological modeling which has informed policymaking in the United Kingdom and other countries in recent weeks.”

OK, but is the information reliable? Epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta is doubtful.

“I am surprised that there has been such unqualified acceptance of the Imperial model,” he said in the Financial Times.

Gupta’s team of researchers at Oxford believe both the hospitalization and mortality rates are much lower than the worst estimates, and immunity is more widespread than previously thought.

“Some say”  the models are not just wrong but wrong by an order of magnitude.

The Wall Street Journal has published an op-ed from professors of medicine at Stanford who said “projections of the death toll” reaching 2 million to 4 million “could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high.” They believe “epidemiological modelers haven’t adequately adapted their estimates to account for” a number of important factors.

Why ever does this not surprise us? Perhaps because we have already seen faulty models used to whip up panic and manipulate the world to bend to the “science” of fake modeling promoted by our betters. Where else have we heard that we must “bend the curve”?

Bending the Curve: 10 Scalable Climate Solutions for Climate Stability

If I’m feeling kind I might excuse our betters for inciting such panic. They fear that the highly contagious virus  without a massive shutdown will result in so many critical cases at once that it would overwhelm our hospitals and medical personnel. That certainly is true in some countries. But in America we have ships standing at the ready to serve as floating hospitals, and auto manufacturers that know how to makeshift production facilities on a dime to produce more respirators. We’re kind of unique that way.

At this point history alone will prove which course is best – duck and cover or come out and fight.

Meanwhile we remain on lockdown here in Park City after our unelected health director issued  a “stay at home” diktat. He deemed that “grocery stores, banks, hardware stores, post offices, essential transportation services, senior care facilities, farming operations and media outlets. Restaurants that have transitioned to providing curbside and delivery service in compliance with a previous order may also remain open.” Plus the state has directed that state owned liquor stores will remain open.

That is pretty much the way things have been here since March 15th so the big announcement is more hoopla than news. Essentially this means that aside from formalizing what’s already taken place the diktat forces the closure of one jewelry store on Main Street along with a couple of galleries trying to hang on by the skin of their teeth.

That will show them who’s in charge around here.

The jury is still out on the status of our local gun range,

As licensed concealed weapons carriers, we consider firearms training/practice to be essential, although we’re not sure our betters would agree.

We don’t want a bunch of untrained cowboys running around packin’ now do we? Just because somebody’s model was wrong.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

From Parody to Reality In Less Than One Generation

As of tomorrow Raj and I will be joining many of you in mandatory involuntary confinement. Our order wasn’t handed down from on high by our governor as it has been in other states. So far this lockdown  only applies to our county, Summit, which has a population of just 40,000 but is running the highest per capita number of confirmed cases in the state (90 as of yesterday). Nor was the county-wide shutdown ordered by our elected County Manager but rather by our duly unelected county health director who was given all this power by the simple declaration of a county emergency. It’s bad enough when elected officials - who are at least accountable each election cycle – have access to this much control over our liberty but seriously, when your local government charter grants this capacity to individuals who are simply appointed I have a real problem. The petty demigods amongst us are always far too eager to use their power.

I first heard about the coming shelter in place order from my neighbor, who listens to the local NPR station round the clock. I guess that’s good as otherwise I’d never know what was happing around here.  She also sent me this PSA on food safety which coincidentally was made by a doctor in my hometown. Suffice it to say that putting groceries away will never be the same.

Now I know the good Dr. means well and is only interested in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping people safe until it is your time. But honestly, about 2 minutes in and all I could think about was Phil Hartman’s Anal Retentive Chef on Saturday Night Live.

Sad isn’t it - from parody to reality in less than a generation.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan

You are now free to go about discussing the $2 trillion Covid-19 bailout.

NOTE: NBC doesn’t allow SNL clips on YouTube but if you don’t mind sitting through a couple of mandatory commercials you can view the entire The Anal Attentive Chef Fixes Pepper Steak episode here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Positive: Just Not In the Covid-19 Test Sense

Raj and I are going to the old farts hour at our local market, maybe they’ll have potatoes today.

So this advice will have to suffice in lieu of a post:

Good advice at any time I suspect, just a bit harder right now.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

“We’re All Waiting For the World to End”"

How about a little old fashioned foot stomping knee slapping musicality to greet this Taco Tuesday?

It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll – served up with a grand splash of super funk. If you’ve been looking for an official Wuhan Coronavirus theme song this is it: music for the Great Undoing.

If you haven’t had your coffee yet this studio version will suffice in its stead.

If you have already had your covfefe and prefer to get up on your feet and dance with abandon to the Great Quietus, here is the live [she said without irony] version. I recommend it; if you can watch the whole thing and not break out in a smile you’re taking things too seriously my friend.

So in conclusion here's the solution
Just live your life until you die, my friend
Have no regrets and don't forget
We're all waiting for the world to end

Monday, March 23, 2020

“Mommy, What Did You Do During the Wuhan Coronavirus War?”

Some day your children or grandchildren will ask you what you did during the Wuhan Coronavirus War. Ensure that you use your time such that you’ll have something to tell them other than “I binged crappy shows on Netflix.”

Do some research, maybe learn a new skill:

Let’s just say that some people were more productive than others during the Great Pandemic of 2020.

Lucy’s redecorated stairwell, circa 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Nobody Knows Nuthin’– Black Swan Edition

Warning: There’s Always a Black Swan Somewhere Ahead

"There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." -  Donald Rumsfeld, 2002

This is undoubtedly Rumsfeld’s most famous, as well as most derided, quote. The media, predisposed towards disdain for George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense, didn’t even attempt to comprehend what he was telling them. Instead they ridiculed his statement as “word salad.” If however you have at least a working knowledge of classic risk assessment technique/models – which most journalists do not - Rumsfeld’s statement would seem both perfectly logical and linguistically correct.

Human endeavors are riddled with knowns and unknowns.

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That’s why decisions are seldom perfect. Risk analysis helps sort through what you do know, assess the impact of things you don’t and direct you to the best decision based on a thorough evaluation of circumstances, facts and hypotheses. Many methodologies exist for coaxing data from the first 3 quadrants, but only imagination will help you discover what you don’t yet know.

Which is why novelists predicted a 9-11 event, the financial meltdown and countless examples of worldwide pandemics but apparently nobody actually responsible for averting such disasters ever conceived of them. Such disasters have come to known as Black Swan events: an extremely rare, unpredictable event with severe consequences. With the benefit of hindsight people who lacked the imagination to envision such a calamity  will claim that the Black Swan should have been predictable.

But we are in the middle of the maelstrom, having not yet arrived at the point of perfect knowledge known as hindsight. If we’re not driving blind we’re certainly operating with impaired sight. And we’ve reached a dark intersection where the knowns have the right of way but there is no guarantee that the unknowns will yield to them.

Hence we have two camps regarding our response to the the coronavirus threat: one camp says we are shutting the country down and ruining the economy for no valid reason, the risk to the general population isn’t that great and it’s much ado about nothing. The other camp contends that this thing, this plague, could decimate the population and requires an abundance of caution. I bounce back and forth, simply because the unknowns at this point remain many and significant. Nobody actually knows.

What we do know, although nobody in authority will admit it, is that this is a man-made disaster. To paraphrase the few scientists who are not (yet) afraid to speak out, the bio-markers of the “novel” Wuhan coronavirus genome are as unlikely to have occurred in nature as a monkey sitting at a keyboard and banging out a Shakespearian play.

Image result for monkey writing shakespeare

So acting like this is just another flu is insane, especially since the Communist Chinese Party hasn’t told us anything we can trust about the virus’s origin, infection and death rate. Since we don’t know or understand the full extent of this scourge – Europe is just two or three weeks ahead of us so not a reliable model either - we don’t know whether destroying America’s economy is a futile attempt to contain the virus or the only prudent action.

So I sit here with too much time on my hands and no more real knowledge than I had 3 weeks ago. From that vantage point the the shutdown and shelter in place strategy looks like a stalling mechanism, right out of a dystopian novel, to keep the Grim Reaper at bay while we search frantically for a prophylactic and/or cure.

There is nothing worse than the uncertainty of outcomes and the ambiguity of meaning. That there’s been as little panic as there has been is almost commendable.  But the truth is out there and yes, we can handle the truth – even if it’s that nobody knows how this plays out at this point. I do not want a government functionary determining my fate. If the Black Swan has made another appearance we deserve to hear it sooner than later.

But remember, all swans appear black in the dark.

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If the government expects us to follow their diktats - that are sounding more and more like martial law – and isolate in place for weeks or months we deserve to know why this is necessary. Shine a little more light on the pandemic’s prognosis. Tell us everything that is known today; and if nobody knows nuthin’ let us decide how we want to deal with the risks of the unknowns.

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For all we know the swan is getting a bum wrap.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Real Life, Real Solutions

Thought for the day:

Priorities people, priorities.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Buckle Up Buttercup

And now, a PSA regarding the Wuhan virus from our FLOTUS:

Melania Trump released a public service announcement about the coronavirus

"While changes need to be made now, this is not how we'll live forever. Our children will return to school, people will return to work, we will gather at the places of worship, concerts, and sporting events again," she said. "I urge you to stay connected to family and loved ones with video chats, phone calls, and social media."

"Stay safe and remember, while many of us are apart, we are all in this together."

Of course the anti-Trumpers lost no time proving her wrong, we are indeed not in this together as long as they can still squeeze an ounce of venom from their veins. Because for those suffering from TDS nothing is more important than hating on Trump and all things related to Trump.

Meanwhile California Governor Gavin Newsom issues the first “stay home” edict. Watch for other local potentates to follow suit quickly, unless they are overruled by a court somewhere. 

This is what “it will get worse before it gets better” looks like.

Image result for california stay at home orderStay home, where ever you call home.

With the left it’s always more of a threat than a warning.

California governor orders statewide stay-at-home orderCamping out in front of the shuttered San Francisco Ballet, homeless version of “movin’ on up.”

Buckle up buttercups, Wuhan Flu ain’t for wimps.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Wuu-hu! It’s Throwback Thursday

Woo-Hu! It’s Throwback Thursday.

“Dirty hands are dangerous. To keep the disease away be cultured; before eating, wash your hands with soap.” Soviet poster from 1955, words by Vladimir Mayakovsky.“Dirty hands are dangerous. To keep the disease away be cultured; before eating, wash your hands with soap.” Soviet poster from 1955, words by Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Which is a great excuse for taking a brief break from pandemic planning to make a quick observation about the Democrats deep bench strength.

Image result for biden sanders grumpy old menCrotchety Joe and Cantankerous Bernie

In that ironic sense that the Left is so good at, it strikes me that the last two Democrats standing (sort of) are Joe “you’re full of s**t” Biden and Bernie “I'm dealing with a f---ing global crisis” Sanders. These are the Democrats’ torchbearers for “restoring decency, dignity and honor to the White House?”

OK, Boomer.

Note: Regular Pandemic Panic will return tomorrow

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Come On People, We Can Do This!

It’s officially Hump Day. If you’ve been suffering from Wuhan Flu overload and could use a little boost to get you over the hump allow me to help. Read When Wuhan Virus Departs, World Will Be Changed by Michael Walsh. It will give you something to look forward to.

Here’s a synopsis: Once the Wuhan wave recedes the ripple effects will reach every aspect of life as we know it today,and not necessarily in a bad thing: “when it finally runs its course, a whole lot of things are going to be very, very different…it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

The premise is that this pandemic exposes the shortcomings in many arenas not the least of which is the ongoing battle between the progressive left’s desire to break down every societal tradition

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and political norm in the pursuit of inexorable “change” and the conservative right’s losing attempt to maintain valid traditions and norms.

Image result for chesterton's fence fallacyIf a fence exists, there is likely a reason for it.

The list of losers as a result of the spread of the Wuhan virus are many and mighty:

The European Union

…So say “auf Wiedersehen” to the European Union as we knew it as the Europeans remember the joys and protective uses of nationalism, and those more interested in national survival than the Brussels pipe dream follow Britain out the door.

Open borders

…Just a few days ago, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden was calling Trump’s handling of the Wuhan flu crisis “xenophobic.” But now that the virus has shut down commerce and travel from New York to California, Americans are less tolerant of law-flouting than they were a month ago. That old folks should be confined to quarters for up to four months while the homeless turn the sidewalks into open-air latrines, Hollywood, the lifeblood of Los Angeles, essentially shuts down production, and movie theaters across the nation close. As 30,000 illegals continue to cross the southwest border per month, open borders have suddenly become a luxury even a liberal can no longer afford.

China:

…Dependence on China for, among other things, prescription drugs and medical devices, is now a thing of the past, especially after a Chinese threat to withhold life-saving pharmaceuticals.

Climate Change:

…An enormous industry of global-warming alarmists and rent-seekers is going to have to make do with less fools’ gold as rational countries redirect critical resources to infectious-disease care and prevention.

Globalism and “free trade”

…One of the cornerstones of the left-right consensus, and an unholy alliance between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and outfits such as La Raza, globalism (along with open borders) has enriched the few at the expense of the many and beggared everybody else. Look for “American made” to mean something again.

And there are more including income taxes, sports,

public transportation (the private automobile turns out to be the perfect social-distancing vehicle), animal rights, judicial rule, Democrats (!) and – ta da! – the media:

whose anti-Trump mania, reliance on manipulative if not imaginary “anonymous sources,” eagerness to be seduced by former members of the intelligence community, general ignorance of almost every specialized field they encounter, political naiveté, and absolute fidelity to the party line (“Wuhan” is now racist) has rendered a once-proud profession little more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic National Committee and a constant reproach to truth, justice, and the American way.”

While it is hard to put a positive spin on the Wuhan virus at this point this visionary glimpse at it’s potential societal impact is encouraging. If you need to get over the hump, I encourage you to read the whole thing.

Come on people, we can do this!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I’m already sick and tired of the Dems current plot to take down the President – along with the rest of American. The most recent ploy of accusing the president of single handedly bringing the Wuhan coronavirus down on the country is brought to you by the same Deep State types who previously advanced the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax and the Ukrainian hoax. They are operating under the Vietnam war era combat belief that they have to destroy the town in order to save it.

So I leave that aside to celebrate the previously joyful St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day

So here, for your entertainment, is a young Irish Leprechaun, James O’Keefe, doing what he’s been doing for a long time, exposing the idiocy of the left.  Ten years ago he and a few friends punked Rutgers administrators into agreeing to ban Lucky Charms from the school cafeteria whereas they trigger Irish students.

Life has become much weightier in the ensuing decade but people have only grown that much more clueless.

So Happy St. Patrick's day anyway! I have a big corned beef in the frig that I’ll cook in the Instant Pot slow cooker. Plus I’m making my world famous Irish soda bread.

Image result for st patrick's day corned beef and cabbage

Because I didn’t invite anyone over this year, that should leave us with enough leftovers for a week of  sandwiches, hash and colcannon. There are some benefits to this Wuhan shelter-in- place mandate.

I’ll find something green to wear even though I probably won’t be going out for anything other than a walk. Some traditions are just too important to ignore.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Is It Time To Panic Yet?

Those people wheeling full grocery carts down the aisle last weekend don’t look so crazy now.

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We’ll all be eating at home for awhile it seems.

California, Illinois and Ohio state officials on Sunday issued statewide orders to close all bars and restaurants through the end of March. In Ohio, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the state plans to provide unemployment benefits to people affected directly by COVID-19 as well by their employers closing their doors. – Nashville Post

Like it or not it looks like we’re headed for a full lockdown as a nation. Every bureaucrat has the potential of becoming a despot. Empowered by “a public health emergency” they are free to issue diktats at will with impunity. Businesses and other venues are facing forced closures in an effort to stem the spread of Wuhan Flu.

Maybe this abundance of caution is the wisest course of action, but to us older, independent types enforced actions like this are abhorrent. Especially when our overlords use our right of self-determination against us.

In Illinois. Gov. JB Pritzker said he made his decision partly in response to partiers who gathered en masse in Chicago Saturday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

“I tried earlier this week to appeal to everyone’s good judgement to stay home, to avoid bars, not to congregate in crowds," Pritzker said, per WGN. "It’s unfortunate that many people didn’t take that seriously. The time for persuasion and public appeals is over. The time for action is here."

Let us hope that in retrospect this will end up as another case of government/public overreaction.  Trying to put the best face on it, it may prove to be an important, albeit expensive, dry run for when the world is faced with a pathogen – natural or manmade - with much greater mortality rates.

It may also serve as a teaching moment for the indoctrinated generations who are about to discover for real  that “free” is not free. Nor is freedom. SrDem, our inhouse sage, explains:

My adult grandchildren are frightened. They have never heard "no" in their social life. Free to go wherever they wanted, eat at whatever place they liked, and now...No, you can't. I'm serious, they are confused and scared. These same young people who think Bernie has the right idea with all his free stuff, now wonders who is going to give them this 'free' stuff if nobody's working. What good is "free" they say if you can't get it.

Image result for coronavirus empty shelves  socialismLook kids! It’s what you’ve always wanted: socialism.

Rush Limbaugh has always said he would tell us when it’s time to panic; unfortunately he’s off all week. Mark Steyn will be in for Rush today and tomorrow. He may not know whether it’s time to panic yet, but at least he’ll be entertaining. That’s the best I’ve got right now.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

And Now A Message From the Mirror Of The United States

As Wuhan Flu™ has become an evolving and uncertain public health issue affecting people globally and here at home,

MOTUS’ bunker is in Summit County, where the first “community spread” case was confirmed yesterday

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Little Mo recently had the sniffles and was confined to his lower bunker

  • And we’ve been hoarding toilet paper, in the event we’re faced with a situation where we can use it as barter.

Just load those into the black Jeep


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