Dispatch from the People’s Republic of Washington State

 

Today’s Headlines:

This is what downtown Seattle looks like today:

Ray and I went to our local (six blocks from home) Costco today, and it was ugly. “Minders” everywhere reminding you to stay six feet away from others; the PA system repeating the message to follow CDC Guidelines; the notice stating that on Monday they will require all customers to wear masks. Shopping there is now no fun. I am a Costco shareholder, and this just makes me sad and angry.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    I wonder if when the shutdown is ended, how many of those businesses stay boarded up?

    I wonder if Inslee wonders that.

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  2. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

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  3. Al French of Damascus Moderator
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    That’s misleading. She renewed her declaration of emergency. The stay at home order is open ended so didn’t need extending. But the underlying point is correct. Oregon has relatively few cases and is being very slow to open up. 

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  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @RushBabe49

    And you can bet that Brown and Inslee are NOT confined to their homes. Or denied haircuts or manicures.

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  5. Doug Watt Moderator
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    @DougWatt

    Governor Kate Brown has nothing to lose. She cannot run for another term. This is the exact reason Oregon Republican State Senators, and some House Members head to Idaho to kill a legislative session.

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  6. Susan in Seattle Member
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    @SusaninSeattle

    Percival (View Comment):

    I wonder if when the shutdown is ended, how many of those businesses stay boarded up?

    I wonder if Inslee wonders that.

    He’s a rather curious fellow in many ways, and that doesn’t mean he’s curious. It wouldn’t occur to him to wonder, much less think. He has paid staff to think for him. We call him, ‘Dimslee.’ I hope to have a post soon with some further thoughts. Don’t hold your breath though.

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  7. Headedwest Coolidge
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    I think her real name is KAREN Brown

     

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  8. Jules PA Member
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    @JulesPA

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    Locked down Til July 6? That is horrible, even obscene. 

    😭

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  9. Brian Watt Member
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    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    I think her real name is KAREN Brown

     

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Brown

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  10. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @RushBabe49

    What will the government do for revenue if people are not working or paying taxes?

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  11. Brian Watt Member
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    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    What will the government do for revenue if people are not working or paying taxes?

    Increase sales taxes…on all items but especially on gasoline, natural gas, electricity, water…

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  12. Blondie Thatcher
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    @Blondie

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    What will the government do for revenue if people are not working or paying taxes?

    This is the question, isn’t it? As Mrs. Thatcher once said, “Eventually you run out of other people’s money.” They can raise sales taxes, but people won’t have money to buy anything, either, so that can’t last. 

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  13. Brian Watt Member
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    @BrianWatt

    Blondie (View Comment):

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    What will the government do for revenue if people are not working or paying taxes?

    This is the question, isn’t it? As Mrs. Thatcher once said, “Eventually you run out of other people’s money.” They can raise sales taxes, but people won’t have money to buy anything, either, so that can’t last.

    Welcome to Venezuela. Be prepared for power outages.

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  14. Jim McConnell Member
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    Sussh! Oregon doesn’t have a general sales tax. Yet.

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  15. aardo vozz Member
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    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    Locked down Til July 6? That is horrible, even obscene.

    😭

    Just in time to be too late to open up for the Fourth of July. It’s like the government is making an obscene gesture while shouting “ I got your independence right here!”🤬

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  16. Hammer, The Member
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    @RyanM

    I’m cancelling my Costco membership over the mask requirement. 

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  17. TBA Coolidge
    TBA
    @RobtGilsdorf

    Really sorry to hear that Washington isn’t doing more to help the Burglar Community in these difficult times. 

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  18. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    I did see one story a few weeks ago about all the looting and break-ins at closed NYC stores. Other than that one story? Crickets . . .

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  19. Jules PA Member
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    Hammer, The (View Comment):

    I’m cancelling my Costco membership over the mask requirement.

    Where else will you go? Costco is simply following an emergency ordermandated by either the local, county, or state government. 

    I don’t think fighting over masks is the hill to die on here.

    If we want the state to release the restrictions, the mask seems a prudent part of steps to get those in a fearful frenzy to be less fearful and frenzied.

    No one is injured by a mask.

    I don’t know for certain what a mask does or doesn’t do, but I will follow that request in order to ensure our food supply chain is repaired. Me buying food is a critical link in MY food chain supply. 

    Big picture…

     

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  20. Buckpasser Member
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    Stad (View Comment):

    I did see one story a few weeks ago about all the looting and break-ins at closed NYC stores. Other than that one story? Crickets . . .

    Officials can’t let those stories out because it would cause them to pay attention to actual crimes instead of fining and arresting normal citizens for crimes like walking outside of their homes.

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  21. Brian Watt Member
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    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    I think her real name is KAREN Brown

    My apologies for not being hip and up-to-date on the “KAREN” jab.

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  22. Weeping Member
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    Jules PA (View Comment):

    I don’t think fighting over masks is the hill to die on here.

    If we want the state to release the restrictions, the mask seems a prudent part of steps to get those in a fearful frenzy to be less fearful and frenzied.

    I agree. I don’t like masks either, but I’m willing to wear one (for a few weeks at least) if doing so will encourage people to get out and help get the economy moving again.

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  23. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    I did see one story a few weeks ago about all the looting and break-ins at closed NYC stores. Other than that one story? Crickets . . .

    Officials can’t let those stories out because it would cause them to pay attention to actual crimes instead of fining and arresting normal citizens for crimes like walking outside of their homes.

    Yeah. Patrol streets with closed business, not parks and suburbs . . .

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  24. Headedwest Coolidge
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    @Headedwest

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Headedwest (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    I think her real name is KAREN Brown

    My apologies for not being hip and up-to-date on the “KAREN” jab.

    I probably should have added a link explaining the Karen thing.

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  25. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge
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    @CarolJoy

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    And you can bet that Brown and Inslee are NOT confined to their homes. Or denied haircuts or manicures.

    Well that can be explained by the fact that the people in power simply don’t have viral matter or bacterial germs surrounding their skin and mucous membranes, unlike you and me.

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  26. ShaunaHunt Inactive
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Meanwhile in Oregon:

    Are they in a competition?

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  27. The Reticulator Member
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    @TheReticulator

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    I don’t think fighting over masks is the hill to die on here.

    Me, either. But it might be a good hill on which to get a moderate case of Covid-19 or a bad headache. 

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  28. GeezerBob Coolidge
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    Jules PA (View Comment):
    I don’t know for certain what a mask does or doesn’t do…

    For one thing, it kills facial recognition systems.

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  29. Hammer, The Member
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    @RyanM

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Hammer, The (View Comment):

    I’m cancelling my Costco membership over the mask requirement.

    Where else will you go? Costco is simply following an emergency ordermandated by either the local, county, or state government.

    I don’t think fighting over masks is the hill to die on here.

    If we want the state to release the restrictions, the mask seems a prudent part of steps to get those in a fearful frenzy to be less fearful and frenzied.

    No one is injured by a mask.

    I don’t know for certain what a mask does or doesn’t do, but I will follow that request in order to ensure our food supply chain is repaired. Me buying food is a critical link in MY food chain supply.

    Big picture…

     

    No. Masks are the hill to die on, and that is exactly why. “it’s no big deal,” “doesn’t hurt anyone,” etc… It is a nonsensical placebo, and so people concede because it’s no big imposition. No, I don’t wish to suffocate for no good reason. No, I don’t wish to have an itchy and uncomfortable device attached to my face. Yes, I want to see the people I’m talking to. Masks are to covid what plastic straws are to global warming, and if you don’t stand up to the little bits of tyranny, the mouse eats the cookie and demands a glass of milk. 

    And Costco is not mandated to require masks. It’s playing along because that’s the easy out.

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  30. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    @RushBabe49

    Costco is made up of Big Leftists top to bottom, and they go along with whatever Dimslee mandates. I will remain a shareholder and a member, because this too shall pass.

    However, with the PPE allocated to the “healthcare professionals”, what about us peons, who are required to wear PPE? The stuff is still in short supply! Catch-22. I can ask for an extra one at work, where I still refuse to wear one, keep it in the car, and use only at Costco. But I am on the side of Mr. Hammer above.

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