Tag: COVID

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the FDA fully approving the Pfizer vaccine, although it does come with stronger calls for vaccine mandates. They also cringe as the Taliban says there will be “consequences” if the U.S. stays past August 31, especially since the U.S. is relying entirely on the Taliban honoring its word to allow Americans to get to the airport. And they roll their eyes as Biden refuses to address the horrific execution of the U.S. withdrawal and always reverts to the decision to withdraw.

The Delta Variant Just Got Serious

 

Politico wants you to know that while you may be distracted by Afghans handing their babies over razor wire to get them to safety, illegal immigrants crushing the border, and China standing poised to invade Taiwan… you shouldn’t forget that there are real crises in the world. Real crises that are hurting real people.

The bashing of former President Barack Obama’s bash is having a chilling effect on the D.C. party scene as (especially Democratic) pols and their staffers scramble to figure out when and where — or even if — they can party again.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Dem Rep. Seth Moulton, a decorated veteran from the Iraq War, calling ‘BS’ on a key element of Biden’s speech. They also dissect National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s painfully bad news conference on Afghanistan. And they roll their eyes as the CDC urges Americans to get a COVID vaccine booster just days after saying it wasn’t necessary. Will people have to have this to be considered “fully vaccinated”?

How Do We Get More People to Get the Vaccine?

 

I am watching (I have not finished, I wanted to get my thoughts down right away…stupid memory) the latest episode of Good Fellows from the Hoover Institution. They are talking about the new wave of COVID-19 cases and vaccine hesitancy. John Cochrane implied that we need to have more businesses say they require vaccination, which I totally disagree with. Then when asked how they would get more people to take the vaccine H.R. McMaster said to tell them it’s not for them it’s for others, again I disagree with this. Niall Ferguson then says that people are vaccinated against the vaccine, and we need to do a better job of mocking the anti-vax memes and propaganda … yes, please!

Just to be clear, I and my husband, just got through a breakthrough case (probably Delta) after we were fully vaxxed in April. I get a flu shot every year and have been mocking anti-vaxxer’s for years. With that said, I am surrounded by friends and family that have no interest in getting the COVID vaccine and I don’t blame them.

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Several months ago during one of our many conversations about Covid, I scoffed at a comment made by someone who noted they were “looking forward to going back to normal”.  It was probably a bad day in a long line of bad days, but if memory serves I said something like “forget about it.  There […]

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My youngest son started to complain about a fever last weekend, He’s only 15, so COVID wasn’t the first thing on our minds. It was just a fever, no other symptoms, so we didn’t give it much thought. It stuck around, though, so last Tuesday, we had him tested for the virus. And it came […]

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Here’s a silly covid meme with a keystone state theme, hopefully amusing. I made it just to get it out of my system. In case someone reads this who is not familiar with the annual PA ritual of pulling the celebrity ground hog to predict the weather, Phil pretty much always sees his shadow.  Preview […]

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The Liberal Case for Denying Health Care to People with HIV

 

Academics are making the case for denying health care to people who don’t choose to become vaccinated. (Or, making them pay their own health care bills, which, according to the “Health Care Is A Right” people is tantamount to denying people access to health care.)

Why should the vaccinated bear those financial costs? Insurers, led by government programs, should declare that medically-able, eligible people who choose not to be vaccinated are responsible for the full financial cost of COVID-related hospitalizations, effective in six weeks.That gives time for the unvaccinated to make a choice, based on their personal preferences and a truer sense of responsibility.

Join Jim and Greg as they react to California Gov. Gavin Newsom urging Democrats to vote against the recall but not vote in the replacement race for governor on the same ballot. They also strongly reject President Biden’s contention that Andrew Cuomo has done “a hell of a job” as governor outside of his personal behavior. And they hammer Biden for his ridiculously naïve approach to Afghanistan, and that he reportedly believed the Taliban would behave better as the U.S. pulls out of the country.

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Director of Research and former Massachusetts Inspector General and State Representative Greg Sullivan about HB 2808, COVID-19 Essential Employee Retirement Credit Bonus, discussing the merits of the recently proposed joint bill, its cost, and our current public debt burden in the Commonwealth.

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ZDoggMD: A Voice of Pandemic Pragmatism

 

For those of you who never read anything I write and don’t bother to look at my handle, I’m a nurse.

In the bedside nursing community right now, it is hard to find anyone who is a moderate on anything COVID-related.  There are people (mostly) vehemently for lock-downs, masking, mandatory vaccinations and then there are the other people that believe that there’s a conspiracy, the vaccines are inherently evil, the vaccines change DNA and are designed to control society.  In between, in the silent corners of the break-room (appropriately socially distanced, of course), there are the moderate people.

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Since so many of you are specialized in ways that I am not, I seek your opinion of a new video from WhatsHerFace, our Canadian humorist, satirist, and ironist. As many of you know, I tend to regard the Far Left as totalitarians, and that given the last several years of evidence, that it is […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to New York Attorney General Tish James, a Democrat, issuing a scathing report saying that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is guilty of sexually harassing multiple women and his team tried to stop some from coming forward. They also discuss obvious signs that China is clamping down against the Delta variant after saying at length that its people are immune. And they react to a Biden COVID adviser telling CNN that your cloth masks really don’t do much good.

The New New Normal

 

Stay six feet apart. Wear your mask. This, we were told, is the New Normal.

Then “two weeks to slow the curve” turned into much, much more. 14 days became 14 months. It started with the shutdown of “nonessential businesses.” But who decides what is essential? Politicians, of course, but they told us they were using “science.” Liquor stores were essential. Clothing stores were not. If you ever criticized someone for sitting around the house drunk and naked rather than going to work, you need to apologize. They were performing essential services. You could still buy clothes at Walmart, but only because they also sell Pop Tarts, which makes them essential.

Take a Risk. Lose the Mask. Get the Girl.

 

I had occasion to write in a comment in another thread (which I deleted) about someone I knew long ago. That he wasn’t the most dependable of men, but he was someone who I knew would have walked through fire for me.

And it got me thinking about the times in which we find ourselves. There’s a young man of our acquaintance; if there was a son #4, it would be him. His parents adopted him when they were in their 50s; we met him when he was five, he grew up right in between sons #2 and #3.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the bravery of people in Hong Kong publicly booing the Chinese national anthem, which can now land you in big trouble under Chinese control. They also turn a scrutinizing eye on the latest leaks from the CDC that supposedly suggest the Delta variant is much worse than previously thought. And they’re not exactly surprised that the federal government – and government at other levels – has botched a program designed to provide rent relief.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the great story of an Iranian defector dedicating his silver medal to Israel. They also fume as the CDC and the Biden administration force vaccinated people to wear masks again. And they slam President Biden for nominating someone who doesn’t believe in prosecuting drug dealers and other crimes to be a federal prosecutor.

Jim is back! He and Greg get a kick out of Democrats already blaming voting reforms in red states for their forthcoming losses in 2022. They also groan as American optimism for the next year plummets over the past three months and President Biden seems poorly positioned to address the many concerns. And they throw up their hands as the Biden administration continues to hold the door open for COVID-positive illegal immigrants but refuses to allow vaccinated Europeans into the U.S.