Tag: lockdowns

Fauci: “Nothing stops. Or am I being obtuse?”

 

The nation’s highest paid federal employee issued a stern warning to all Americans on Monday, stating that the long-awaited vaccines against COVID-19 won’t alter the long-term necessity of masks, school closures, lockdowns, and social distancing measures.

Responding to a question from a reporter about the possibility of relaxing restrictions once a majority of Americans have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, Dr. Fauci replied “Nothing stops. Nothing! Or you will do the hardest time there is. No more protections from the Bill of Rights. I’ll pull you out of that one-bunk Hilton and cast you down with the New York nursing home residents. Wearing a mask is too onerous? I’ll make you wear three – and throw in a charcoal filter just for giggles.”

An Eyewitness COVID Report from Florida

 

Universal mask-wearing and social distancing. And no lockdown in sight. Not being a elected public official from Texas, my spouse and enjoyed a nice trip to Florida sans doxxing and media, where we were grateful for warm weather; we’re blessed to have escaped to a decent (not spectacular) resort on short notice and traversed south via car just ahead of snow and ice storms that seem to have gripped most of the country and even parts of northern Mexico (not Cancun, apparently).

I had heard and read conflicting things about Gov. Ron DeSantis’ management of the COVID crisis – he never executed a lockdown of the state – or on citizens’ behaviors. A quick internet search is replete with endless excoriation of Florida’s handling of the virus and vaccine distribution, despite nearly 50 percent of the state’s seniors being vaccinated. I’d also heard that Floridians and especially workers were flaunting CDC safety standards, with crowded bars and limited masks. Some idiot dressed as the grim reaper has been spotted with media in tow along some of Florida’s beaches.

Were people actually wearing masks? Social distancing? Were retailers and other companies taking precautions? We know people and friends who‘ve been afflicted with COVID and lost loved ones. We grieve with them, along with 511,000 Americans who have also been lost to the China virus.

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A highly-touted online panel purportedly addressing climate change featuring Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Toobin and Anthony Weiner went about as well as could be expected on Tuesday as all three men ended up in varying degrees of undress. Approximately 20 minutes into the conference Mr. Weiner seemed to lose all interest as Mr. Clinton was discussing […]

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Jack brings on Reason editor Robby Soave to discuss the struggle (against . . . teachers?) to reopen schools, and the terrible consequences for kids — you know, the people the schools are supposed to be for — of their being closed.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Politico editors for defending their decision to have Ben Shapiro as a guest author and not caving to the liberal outrage in the newsroom. They also tell Joe Biden that this is the worst possible time to pursue a $15 per hour minimum wage, since it would kill even more jobs and probably more businesses. And they fume as a major study concludes lockdown policies did not help to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Indiana’s outgoing Attorney General Curtis Hill joins Executive Editor Joy Pullmann to discuss the effect of state governors who ignored perpetual lockdowns and unconstitutional mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disagreement over the lockdown has taken a decidedly different turn in the New Year. This past weekend Toby received a death threat in one of his email accounts and it was deemed that it was serious enough to warrant a police visit. He also got into a very public row with Conservative MP Neil O’Brien (Harborough, Oadby & Wigston).

On the culture front, we find James watching (*gasp*) the BBC and he recommends The Serpent, the story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj. (It’s a BBC/Netflix co-production so American listeners will presumably get it shortly after the Beeb is done with its run.) Toby is so disgusted with this year’s Bafta offerings (Have we ever mentioned that Toby is a Bafta member?) that he’s gone back to revisiting older films such as SPECTRE and Star Trek: Beyond.

Politicians Aren’t Smart Enough to Run Your Life

 

Opening the 117th Congress today, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ended the opening prayer with the traditional “Amen” and then, so as to be inclusive added the nonsensical word “Awomen” as if “Amen” is somehow a gendered term. While my etymology is rusty, “Amen” comes from Hebrew, and passed through Greek and Latin before English usage and it means “so be it” or “as it is.” It has nothing to do with male or female, and “awomen” is a made-up word meant to placate the unthinking woke among us.

It is one such example, and there are countless more, of how utterly foolish and incompetent politicians are. The year 2020, henceforth “The Year That Shall Not Be Named”, was rife with examples of why we need to stop believing politicians are in any way suited to tell us how to run our lives. Here are just a few, both from this infant year and The Year That Shall Not Be Named”:

Oh man, it’s media day in our year-end Three Martini Lunch awards and Jim and Greg are holding nothing back. Specifically, they look at the stories the mainstream media covered far too much, the ones they conveniently ignored because they didn’t fit their narrative, and what they saw as the best stories of 2020.

After upsetting the base last week our intrepid duo has called a holiday truce. We’re out of the trenches and playing footy in no man’s land. And speaking of desolate, deadly landscapes, the Government has announced an exit deal with the European Union.

Britons are now free! (We know you’ll want to read all 1,255 pages for yourself…) Of course, you’re not allowed to leave your homes, but you’re free! Is this enough to judge Boris Johnson a success or will his response to the pandemic find him wanting in the judgment of history?

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I’m one of those keep browser tabs open forever people, believing that I’ll eventually read that article, watch that video, or look up that band or song. The tab for this interview has been open (restoring my previous tabs whenever I restart my laptop) since April, and I finally watched this video today. This interview, […]

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On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Chef Andrew Gruel joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry and the struggle for small businesses to get back on their feet.

Clinging to the Science

 

When we say “science,” we are talking about a particular process used to answer a certain class of questions. The scientific method is formidable: we know of no more effective technique for understanding the natural world. The successes of science are countless and impressive, and provide incalculable benefit to mankind.

Prepending the definite article gives us “the science,” which refers to the products, the answers, obtained by the application of the methods of scientific pursuit.

Ep. 258 – John Ziegler, Senior Columnist at Mediaite, talk-show host and Emmy award-winning filmmaker, discusses being Never Trump, the real story of the California and New York lockdowns, what will happen in the upcoming election, and his discussion with Glenn Beck.

Join Joe Selvaggi and Pioneer Institute’s executive director Jim Stergios for a conversation with Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby about the lawsuit against the Massachusetts Governor’s executive orders. They will explore what can be learned from the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what must be considered when devising a new way forward.

Related commentary:
The Boston Globe (Columnist Jeff Jacoby): “Baker’s pandemic orders were tough. Were they lawful?
Commonwealth magazine (Pioneer Executive Director Jim Stergios and MA State Senator Ryan Fattman): “Executive branch overreach, blanket orders having harmful effects

Piling on Debt Is Not the Answer

 

The consequences of the Great Policy Blunder – shutting down our economy in a futile attempt to escape a viral pandemic – are numerous and devastating. Widespread unemployment, cratering GDP, educational disruption, escalating overdose and suicide rates, and increased racial tensions are just part of the penalty we are paying for decisions made.

But when the dust has settled and we’re in the New Normal, whatever that is, we’ll have to deal with the most lasting of all the self-inflicted wounds – the broad economic destruction that will be the result of piling onto our debt load.

Politicians seem oblivious to the fact that those are real dollars being spent to mitigate the effects of the lockdown. The CBO pegs the additional debt so far at $2.7 trillion since last October.

On today’s episode of COVID in 19, Avik Roy of FREOPP and Scott Immergut of Ricochet talk about the latest COVID stats — why is California, a lockdown state, seeing a rise in cases while Texas declines?

Why are Democrats mad about President Trump tapping Scott Atlas for his Coronavirus Task Force?

The War of All Against All…

 

…or How the Governments Multiplied Their Power by Destroying the US Economy to Fight the Wuhan Coronavirus

The United States has seen epidemics of new and old diseases many times in the past. The so-called Spanish Flu infected 500 Million people worldwide between 1918 and 1920, claiming between 17 and 50 million lives (figures vary, because governments around the world censored their information reaching the public). About 105 million people were infected in the United States, with 500,000-850,000 deaths.

Allison Schrager joins Brian Anderson to discuss economic trends in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, how the stock market has performed during the crisis, and why expensive infrastructure projects are a risky strategy for reviving the economy.

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Well, now our out-of-control Governor and his Health Secretary have really done it this time. They’ve expanded their mask order to require masks “whenever anyone leaves home.” This, despite evidence that the risk of contracting coronavirus outdoors, especially while physical distancing is ~0. Please remind me, what “super spreader” events have occurred in most major […]

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