COVID Pandemic Commentary Part 3
August 7, 2020 - At Lakeside, OH this week for our
annual family visit here. Of course the administration is
liberal, we've known that all along, in part from their
overbearning enforcement of tickets in past years. This year
they are not checking them at all. Why is that? Last year
every ticket was scanned going and coming. This year, they
don't even seem interested in looking at them. The crowd here
is very light. Less than half of normal I would guess. COVID
impact. People are afraid I guess.
So part of the Liberal bent shows up in their
request that everyone wear masks when you are outside of your
house. They don't enforce this. They also say masks are
required in the downtown area. It's not enforced, but the
vast majority of folks are complying, including myself.
But many folks, maybe 30% are walking around all
over the place with their masks on. I suspect they think they
are protecting themselves. They might say that they are
protecting others, but I suspect the real motivation is
protecting themselves, perhaps just signalling that they
expect me to wear my mask because they are wearing theirs.
I saw an old man taking out the trash at his home,
up in the housing area where there aren't a lot of folks
walking around. He had his mask on. Again, I suspect thinking
he was protecting himself. Maybe he's getting some very, very
Big news items in Ohio this week: The governor has
mandated that all school children will have to wear masks in
school. This is going to keep a lot of kids out of schools I
suspect. I know my daughter and daughter in-law are
considering home schoooling. We'll see if that happens. I
know I would be very reluctant to tell my kids to wear masks
all day as school. I suspect this is largely a concession to
the teachers' union. I'm sure a bunch of teachers are
Liberals who are concerned for their health.
The second big news item was that Dewine tested
postive. The test was administered because he was going to
meet with Pres. Trump. Two later tests were negative. The
first test was said to be a quick but less accurate test.
You may sense that I think Liberals are more likely
to be worried about COVID. I do think that is the case for
two reasons. First they listen to the Liberal media who blows
it out of proportion, partly to keep people engaged, and
partly in hopes of making President Trump look bad. The
second reason I think they are more worried is they typically
don't have a faith and trust in God. So they are simply more
anxious people. That of course is a generalization. There are
Christians who are anxious and there are Liberals who aren't
anxious, but in general, I think Liberals are more anxious
August 8, 2020 - A possible partial reflection of the
COVID mess are the riots that have been going on for weeks
now since George Floyd died during a police stop. Most would
say that he was murdered, and indeed the police involved have
been charged with murder. But I'm making the predition right
here, that they will be aquitted of murder and perhaps all
charges. I won't go into the details, but there is plenty of
supporting evidence. If I lived in Minneapolis, I would be
moving out of there. When the aquital comes down, the rights
are going to be worse than they were originally, and they
were bad. I'm telling you if you are a law abiding citizen
and live in or near those certain areas of town where the
riots happened, you would be advised to move. It's going to
I say that this may be a
reflection of COVID, as people were completely sick of being
locked down and pushed around. That may well have been a
factor in the reaction. It's hard to understand that severety
and scope of the riots otherwise. Of course I know much of it
was done by anarchists who want to destroy the country.
Perhaps some are simply paid.
August 10, 2020 - Was in a discussion in Sunday School
yesterday about masks, etc. I said that I don't think the
governor has the legal authority to mandate masks. Another
person said that he has the responsibility for the health and
safety of the people in the state. I said, "No he
doesnt'." Somone else agreed with me, but I'm not sure
I also stated that all the reaction to COVID-19 has
been on a political basis, not a health basis. All that has
been done has been motivated at its core to get someone
re-elected. Its not about health.
August 13, 2020 - I saw an article today that the
State of Connecticut fined two people for not filling out
forms after they had traveled to one or more of the 32 states
that are on a list. When you travel there you have to file a
form when you return and then self quarantine for 14 days.
Two people did not do this and were fined $1000. First of
all, this is nuts. Secondly, where does the state get the
right to do this. There have been no such laws passed, and
I'm not sure they would be constitutional if they had been
passed. Our civil liberties are being not only infringed, but
unlawfully infringed. They are being stolen by fiat.
August 26, 2020 - Yesterday some Ohio state
representatives filed articles of impeachment against
Governor DeWine. Of course it's not going to go anywhere, but
it does reflect that fact that there are people who are fed
up with his dictating rules. He came out with a policy about
attending sporting events. Maximum of 1500 people regardless
of the size of the stadium. This is without rationality. It's
just about control and making people think you're doing
something. Here's the deal... if at this point he said, OK,
I'm no longer going to be telling people what they can and
can't do, then folks could reasonably ask, why now? I've said
all along that the politicians have painted themselves into a
corner. They have no exit strategy. The virus will never be
gone. Do they intend to lay down this rules for ever more?
Also, I saw an article that referenced sections of
the Ohio Revised Code that portended to be the basis for his
authority to do what he's doing. In my view, it doesn't give
him the authority at all. The representatives who filed
articles of impeachment might actually have a chance of
making a difference if they filed law suites against the
state, but that's much more work. The articles of impeachment
are pure grandstanding.
August 28, 2020 - Saw an article today entitled,
"The Church After COVID." I read the article and it
really was kind of meaningless. Platitudes about the church,
all true, but nothing really to do with COVID. Here's my
assertion though regarding the church after COVID.. there is
no such thing. COVID is here for evermore. The virus is never going to go away. Will less and less people get sick? Yes. Will people more and more forget that its
around and become more complacent? Yes. But will the government ever forget? Not for a long time, because it gives them control. It gives them a way to be the hero (get votes, they think)
31, 2020 - People love the power. I had a conversation with a local physician. He was telling me how he is monitoring the policies set at the local school. When he sees something that doesn't make sense, he calls the local board of health director and gets her to change the policy. He tells me that some masks are acceptable, other are no good. I tell him that all of what's been done is about politics and power, not about health. He is standing three feet from me with no mask on, telling me how important it is to take this thing seriously. He tells his wife to wear a mask and a plastic face shield because that would be the safest. I've not see him wearing a plastic shield. I think he's enjoying telling people what they ought to do.
He says we know that the virus is short lived and so not very likely transmitted by touching things. This is exactly the opposite of what we were told back in March. I remember very well a doctor who claimed to be an authority because he's working every day exclusively with COVID patients, that the virus was transmitted by touching things and then touching your face (eyes, nose, etc).
At this point, I don't believe anything I'm told about the virus. You can't trust the media. You can't trust the government. You really can't trust.
Another local doc is still refusing to prescribe hydroxychloriquine despite many studies and much, much anecdotal evidence showing that it works. They love the power.
Note that these docs are personal friends. So note how this virus impacts us personally. Everyone has been very impacted by it in one way or another. That's what this blog is about. The impact it has had. And I think people getting sick from the virus, has been perhaps the least of the impact.