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Category: COVID-19 Tyranny

Jul 01 2020

Dr Fauci’s Self-Fulfilling Crisis

Anthony Fauci continues to issue dire warnings that statists may exploit to snuff out the dying embers of American liberty. Now he warns that the autumn flu season will combine with COVID-19 to place a heavy burden on healthcare facilities. This time he is right. Reasons that we face this looming crisis is that his lockdowns prevented herd immunity, weakened our immune systems, and threw tens of millions of Americans out of work so that they can no longer afford healthcare.

Tony Heller, best known for debunking the global warming hoax, continues to be a voice of reason regarding the ChiCom virus and the still more devastating overreaction to it:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jun 09 2020

The Right to Assemble Under Anarchotyranny

It is not true that the constitutional right to peaceably assemble has been revoked under the leftist anarchotyranny that now prevails. You can only assemble if it is for a politically correct purpose, but liberals have compensated for this by lifting the requirement that the assembly be peaceable.

The Manhattan DA confirms that assembling for the purpose of rioting, looting, and vandalizing in the name of Black Lives Matter ideology has official sanction:

Good news for protesters arrested in Manhattan on charges of Unlawful Assembly and Disorderly Conduct: Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. announced Friday his office will not prosecute these arrests “in the interest of justice.”

Social justice, that is.

In contrast, this sort of assembly will meet with punishment:

As looting, arson and assault swept New York last Saturday, pro-lifers Bevelyn Beatty and Edmee Chavannes were arrested for praying for the lives of human beings like George Floyd in front of a Manhattan Planned Parenthood abortuary.

Beatty and Chavannnes are black, but as Candace Owens could tell you, the current power play by leftists isn’t really about race. Actual racists like Black Lives Matter are only a tool the mainly white liberal ruling class has been utilizing in the naive belief that the Frankenstein monster they have created will always do its bidding.

What about gatherings that have no political significance? As a rule, those are banned too. Only leftist intent can justify public congregations. But ways can be found around this.

Ace Speedway in Elon, North Carolina had been warned by Democrat Governor Roy Cooper that a crowd of more than 25 would violate lockdown restrictions. But over 2,000 attended a race Saturday night, after management put up a sign that read, “This event is held in peaceful protest of injustice and inequality everywhere.”

The sign must have worked, because so far as I know, no one was dragged off in handcuffs, as when North Carolina patriots protested against the suspension of fundamental rights in the name of the Wuhan coronavirus. Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson confirmed that he would not cite the track owner, although Cooper did growl that if nonapproved gatherings continue, “the state will have to take action, which we will do if the local officials don’t.”

On tips from Stormfax, seaoh, Rapinhoe, and Giorgio Palmas.

Jun 08 2020

Health Officials: Okay to Riot but Not to Protest Lockdowns

Our liberal ruling class has decreed that tens of millions had to be thrown out of work lest they spread Wuhan coronavirus, yet that same ruling class eggs on tightly packed mobs to take to the streets to denounce America, loot, and destroy. Some see an inconsistency here.

John Nolte even fumes that Anthony Fauci, who personifies the liberal technocracy, is a sociopath and either a liar or a fraud:

Is he a fraud who still believes these mass gatherings are a nightmare scenario, but is unwilling to use his massive public platform to say so out loud because shaming protesters who hold the “approved” views among America’s hideous elite would risk Fauci feeling the disapproval of those elites?

Or is he a liar, does he in fact know the coronavirus is nowhere near as deadly as he played it up to be? Is he a liar who mislead us into agreeing to destroy our amazing economy in order to undermine the Bad Orange Man’s re-election?

Either way, Fauci’s a sociopath. Either he’s a sociopath who furthered his political ambitions and abused his authority and public trust to talk hundreds of millions of Americans into shattering their own lives and mental wellbeing when there was no real danger, or he’s a sociopath who chooses the good opinion of elites over raising the alarm to save the lives of thousands and thousands of protesters, and the countless millions those thousands will infect.

As Nolte notes, elite approval of the protests/riots stands in stark contrast to the ruling class reaction to patriots protesting the abrogation of our constitutional rights in the name of COVID-19.

God help those who came out to protest the lockdowns, because bitter, power-hungry tyrants such as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) and the hate-filled media that empower her, waved the Holy Writ of Fauci to justify smearing these Americans as racists and punishing them with lockdown extensions.

No worries. The Experts have stepped forward to explain themselves:

More than 1,200 health professionals have signed a letter saying that they approve of protests against racism during the Chinese virus pandemic, because it is “vital to the national public health.” The health professionals added, however, that protesting lockdown orders is still dangerous, and is also “rooted in white nationalism.” According to the letter, “White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19.”

In short, race riots good, protests against unconstitutional power grabs bad, because as many of us have suspected for some time, the lockdowns are about political power, not public health.

The media wailed in righteous grief that blacks have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. They will be even more disproportionately affected if mobbing the streets results in a second wave of disease.

Likewise, the massive Ferguson Effect that is certain to result from the current war on police will disproportionately effect blacks, who are the primary victims of black crime. But as with the lockdowns, mobilizing mobs to destroy American cities is about political power, not some dead career criminal in Minneapolis.

On tips from Rapinhoe, ABC of the ANC, and R F.

Jun 03 2020

Wokevirus

People are forbidden from hugging relatives, going to work, and attending church or school, but crowding tightly together in vast violent mobs is not only tolerated but encouraged by the same liberal establishment that just a few days ago supported even the most draconian social distancing decrees.

Nothing drives home the hypocrisy not to mention insanity of liberal anarchotyranny than moonbats rioting on a thin pretext with impunity, even before the repressive COVID-19 lockdowns have been completely lifted.

It isn’t easy to take the lockdowns that destroyed so many jobs at face value in light of this:

On a tip from Lyle.

Jun 02 2020

Riots Cure COVID-19

I’ll say one good thing about the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots. They cured Wuhan coronavirus. Just a week ago, Big Government was throwing tens of millions of Americans out of work by forcing us to shelter in place against this menace. Social distancing was rigidly enforced, at the expense of fundamental constitutional liberties like freedom to peaceably assemble and to practice religion. Now the authorities, aligning themselves with the ideology of the rioters, help gather crowds.

From Illinois:

Several city leaders joined the peaceful protest in Champaign-Urbana, including the mayors and police chiefs of both cities.

“People have the right to protest,” said Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb. “They have that first amendment right.”

Nice to see the First Amendment has been restored.

Cobb took part in that, walking alongside hundreds of protestors through the streets of Urbana. “Their voices do matter. That’s why I was here. That’s what it symbolized for me taking a knee, showing that I’m willing to take time. I’m willing to take a knee and I want to hear you.” From beginning to end, he chanted in support, kneeled in solidarity and stood up for the Black Lives Matter cause.

Taking a knee Colin Kaepernick style symbolizes obeisance to the anti-police ideology of the rioters — the same ideology inspiring leftists to attack police.

By the way, there was looting in Champaign the night before, in the name of the same bogus and corrosive ideology Cobb endorses.

This doesn’t look much like social distancing. Watch Cobb shake hands and hug:

On a tip from Bob Z.

May 30 2020

Public Pushback Against Lunatic Lockdown Restrictions in Montgomery County, Maryland

This is encouraging. Watch the public reaction when County Executive Mark Elrich announces the lunatic restrictions that will still be imposed as Montgomery County, Maryland begins to slowly and belatedly lift the lockdown:

At least people can go to the barber shop or hair salon, even if they can’t get their hair cut there.

On a tip from Ellen O.

May 29 2020

Study: Wear a Mask Even at Home and Healthy

The masks local despots like Eric Garcetti and Ralph Northam have been mandating are such perfect symbols of submission to arbitrary authority and of obliteration of individual identity that our ruling class will not long stand for our taking them off even at home. As usual, the experts have conducted a study, meaning that you hate science if you won’t comply passively.

Via CNN:

The study, which was published in BMJ Global Health on Thursday, showed that wearing a mask at home was 79% effective at preventing the spread of the virus — but only when family members started wearing masks before symptoms emerged in the first person infected.

That is, you can’t wait until you get sick. You have to wear a mask all the time, even if you are healthy.

“This study confirms the highest risk of household transmission being prior to symptom onset, but that precautionary [non-pharmaceutical interventions], such as mask use, disinfection and social distancing in households can prevent Covid-19 transmission during the pandemic,” the study says.

Uh oh, this contradicts information put out in March by the WHO:

Somebody get the word to Susan Wojcicki that CNN needs to be banned from YouTube.

On tips from Henry B.

May 29 2020

Police Investigate 7-Year-Old’s Toy Gun After Zoom Call

Flu Manchu mania has made it obvious that the moonbattery-infested USA of 2020 is fertile ground for totalitarianism. We have been encouraged to rat each other out for minor infractions against ludicrous and unconstitutional decrees. As noted at NRA-ILA,

This trend is made all the worse by the fact that people are getting an unprecedented glimpse into each others’ homes through pervasive online video conferences now being used to facilitate activities like work, school, and religious worship.

This became a problem for Sheila Perez Smith of Pennsylvania, the mother of a 7-year-old first grader who had recently been given a plastic toy gun. He had it next to him, though he was not playing with it, as he took part in a Zoom call with his classmates.

After the call concluded, the family received an email from the child’s teacher “basically saying that another parent of another classmate had been very uncomfortable by the fact that the gun had been in view of the Zoom call.”

The annoying email was only the beginning.

Within a couple of hours, Perez Smith said, an officer from the Hampden Township Police Department came to their home and asked the family to step outside so he could question them about a complaint involving a child and a gun.

It was a TOY GUN. The family had no actual firearms.

A Pop Tart chewed into the vague shape of a gun evoked a similar reaction in a case involving another 7-year-old.

Despite the lecture Perez Smith received from the police about children and firearms, this has nothing to do with safety. The issue is that video-conferencing allowed a moonbat to see a toy gun in someone else’s home, and the moonbat didn’t like it, because guns are unclean according to progressive ideology.

That’s not all that liberals regard as unclean.

Indeed, officious busybodies are being encouraged not only to report violations of public health orders but to call out perceived violations of political correctness during “virtual meetings.” An article providing advice from two professors at state public universities warned that the sight of wedding pictures and references to fun family activities during online meetings can be construed as “microaggressions.” Strategies to counter these offenses, they counseled, include “calling out microaggressions when they occur, whether “naming [them] on the spot” or taking action after the fact.

The existence of happy, normal families constitutes a threat to progressive social engineering schemes — as does the concept of guns in private hands.

On a tip from Straight Shootr.

May 29 2020

What Keeps Democrats Awake at Night

Although Politico is a left-wing outfit, you can get actual news there. For example, it was Politico that broke the bombshell story (which in sane times might have resulted in a treason trial) of Barack Obama allowing Hezbollah to smuggle cocaine into the USA at the behest of our nation’s most vociferous enemy, Iran. Another example is this more recent story of what has been keeping Democrats lying awake at night, chewing their fingernails in terror — the economy might bounce back quickly from the COVID-19 overreaction:

In early April, Jason Furman, a top economist in the Obama administration and now a professor at Harvard, was speaking via Zoom to a large bipartisan group of top officials from both parties. The economy had just been shut down, unemployment was spiking and some policymakers were predicting an era worse than the Great Depression. The economic carnage seemed likely to doom President Donald Trump’s chances at reelection.

However…

Instead of forecasting a prolonged Depression-level economic catastrophe, Furman laid out a detailed case for why the months preceding the November election could offer Trump the chance to brag — truthfully — about the most explosive monthly employment numbers and gross domestic product growth ever.

Rather than the slow recovery that followed the Great Depression and Great Recession (largely due to the Big Government policies of FDR and Barack Obama), Furman expects the V-shaped recovery that normally follows natural disasters when the underlying economy is healthy.

“This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”

Let that sink in. Top Democrats are near panic at the idea that the economy will improve and damaged lives will be restored as Americans find jobs. To emphasize the obvious, these people do not mean us well.

The former Obama White House official said, “Even today when we are at over 20 million unemployed Trump gets high marks on the economy, so I can’t imagine what it looks like when things go in the other direction. I don’t think this is a challenge for the Biden campaign. This is the challenge for the Biden campaign. If they can’t figure this out they should all just go home.”

They sure should — except that Biden already is home, all but drooling on himself as he botches one interview after another from his basement.

You may have been wondering why so many Democrat governors continue to inflict the economically devastating lockdowns despite it having been obvious for weeks that there is no significant health benefit. Now you know the answer.

It is crucial to Democrats’ power-seizing strategy to keep the economy down until November. As for the misery the lockdowns are causing, the worse the better, as their role model Vladimir Lenin would have said.

On a tip from Chuck A. Hat tip: Daily Wire.

May 29 2020

Open Thread

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. - Friedrich August von Hayek

On a tip from Giorgio Palmas.

May 28 2020

South Africa Sentences Journalist to Prison Because Coronavirus

Small wonder that authoritarians love COVID-19 so much that they employed the Flatten the Curve strategy to keep it going as long as possible. The virus — or rather the hysteria it has allowed the media to generate — is a carte blanche for those who want to expand the growth, scope, and power of the State. South Africa demonstrates how it can be used to lock up pesky journalists:

The editor of the Mohokare News community newspaper in Ficksburg [South Africa], a town on the border with Lesotho, Paul Nthoba fled across the border into this small enclaved nation on 19 May, four days after being repeatedly assaulted by Ficksburg police in connection with his coverage of a lockdown enforcement operation.

Nthoba was initially punched and kicked by police while covering the operation in a Ficksburg township on 15 May. He told [Reporters Without Borders] that he went to Ficksburg police station the same day to file a complaint, but was punched and kicked again and was detained for several hours.

He reported this to the watchdog Independent Police Investigative Directorate. Bad move. He thought they would protect him…

Instead, he was charged with violating lockdown regulations and is facing up to six months in prison under the Disaster Management Act, as amended in April to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Per Bing’s COVID-19 tracker, South Africa’s death toll stands at a trivial 397 out of a population of 58 million. That comes to one death for every 146,000 people — 1,000 times as rare as Africans who are born with six fingers on a hand (one in 143).

But it doesn’t matter if coronavirus is a serious threat. Once the herd has been spooked, anything goes.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki will love this:

The emergency measures [South Africa] has adopted include the possibility of up to six months in prison for disseminating “false information” about the epidemic.

The tactic of imprisoning reporters for violating quarantine won’t be as useful in the USA, where virtually all journalists worship Big Government like a god, and do whatever they can to grow and empower it.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

May 27 2020

Two Minutes Hate

Boris Johnson and his advisor Dominic Cummings can take pride that they have been selected by Karens to serve as Emmanuel Goldstein for the Two Minutes Hate:

To get a really loud Two Minutes Hate out of lazy, lackluster moonbats, Airstrip One will need a PM who resists authoritarian lockdowns and who actually does something to get mass immigration under control.

On tips from Frances J and Lyle.

May 27 2020

Mandating Masks, Statewide and Nationwide

Virginia’s repressive Democrat Governor Ralph Northam has failed to wear a mask himself, just as he has failed to abide by stay at home orders by traveling to a vacation home. Nonetheless, Virginia — which plans to stretch out coronavirus hysteria for 2 years — may follow the lead of some other states by imposing the masks on a statewide basis:

Northam said at a news conference Tuesday that he’s ordering masks be worn starting Friday inside all retail stores, while using public transportation, and in any other indoor places where people congregate.

The dictate is to be enforced by the Health Department rather than police due to “tremendous equity issues.” This means that for now it will not be enforced — at least, not until health departments can be beefed up into proper police forces, SWAT teams and all, which is a probable outcome of COVID madness.

MSNBC expert contributor Vin Gupta wants to do Northam one better by mandating masks nationwide:

“I’m going to say this for the benefit of your family — I know you have young kids — for my family, and for all Americans, we should make masks mandatory in public, just like we ban indoor smoking, because you know what? You shouldn’t have to breathe somebody else’s secondhand smoke. I shouldn’t have to breathe exhaled COVID-19 in somebody’s breath. Nobody should. We should institute mandatory masks in public when you can’t guarantee social distancing. That means retail stores, public transportation, workplaces. That’s absolutely where we should be heading.”

When the government boot comes down on your face, it is nice to know it is for the benefit of your family — not that young kids are even vulnerable to Kung Flu.

Not everyone agrees that the masks are healthy — even in moonbattery-addled California:

Ventura County will not issue a public health order to mandate people wear cloth masks in grocery stores or other public settings, the county’s health officer said Tuesday.

Dr. Robert Levin, of the Ventura County Public Health Department, cited the lack of enough compelling evidence over net benefits of cloth face coverings in announcing his decision not to follow the lead of Los Angeles and Riverside counties in issuing a mask mandate. …

He cited one report in a 2015 journal article contending infection risks could increase through moisture retention, the reuse of masks and poor filtration.

Some healthcare professionals are adamantly opposed to the masks. They don’t seem to understand that this is not about health; it is about signaling submission to the collectivist ideology of the ruling class that has been aggressively exploiting the virus. What could be a more striking symbol of erasing your individual identity than covering your face?

In addition to signaling submission, the masks help gin up the panic level. As noted at the Vigilant Citizen,

Each masked face is a reminder that things are not normal, that we should be afraid, and that we are still looking for outside forces to save us.

That’s why masks are now crucial, even though authorities discouraged us from using them a couple of months ago when the virus was on the rise.

On tips from Stormfax, Manuel R, ABC of the ANC, Blackjack, and Henry B.

May 27 2020

Lockdowns and Lives Saved

We must destroy the economy and crush even the most basic liberties if it saves even one life, bark the media and Democrat governors. But whether this is saving net lives is doubtful:

Medical studies show that excessive stress and anxiety are among the most debilitating and deadly of all health hazards in the world. Beyond their obvious effects like suicide and substance abuse—these mental stressors are strongly related to and may trigger and inflame a host of ailments like high blood pressure, digestive disorders, heart conditions, infectious diseases, cancer, and pregnancy complications.

Based on a broad array of scientific data, Just Facts has computed that the anxiety created by reactions to Covid-19—such as stay-at-home orders, business shutdowns, media exaggerations, and legitimate concerns about the virus—will destroy at least seven times more years of human life than can possibly be saved by lockdowns to control the spread of the disease. This figure is a bare minimum, and the actual one is likely more than 90 times greater.

The study was done before 39 million Americans had been thrown out of work.

If it saves only one life, we need to end the lockdowns right now.

Even if the lockdowns did save lives, they would be absurd. Walter Williams puts it well:

Prudent decision-making requires one to compare benefits to costs. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2019 36,120 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Virtually all those lives could have been saved with a mandated 5 mph speed limit. Those saved lives are the benefit. Fortunately, when we consider the costs and inconvenience of setting a 5 mph speed limit, we rightly conclude that saving those 36,120 lives isn’t worth it.

This isn’t about saving lives. It is about tyranny. Authorities are learning how much we will put up with. After COVID-19 finally ends despite the flattened curve, we will have to go through the same thing next time a bad bug goes around if we do not push back this time.

On tips from Lyle and Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Summit News.

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