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Today’s roundup includes a sharply-worded letter to Leon County from the State of Florida giving the hapless County officials an ultimatum; I file a new lawsuit against some school boards ...
It’s a fabulous Florida fall weekend this morning, just the right amount of cool in the air, doves cooing, with a beautiful Florida sunrise. Today’s roundup includes a sharply-worded letter to Leon County from the State of Florida giving the hapless County officials an ultimatum; I file a new lawsuit against some school boards and superintendents on the heels of our recent win in the vaccine mandate lawsuit; a national school board association shrieks about being criticized by a few angry moms; an op-ed in the Stanford Review illustrates that average IQ’s been falling sharply at our elite institutions over the last year and a half; a new UK study confirms — again — that school kids are LEAST likely to spread Covid — and a police officer says he suffered horrifying post-injection injuries.
And, our new weekly Florida Covid data report is out, and you can guess what it says because you haven’t heard one single thing about it from the corporate media.
☕ *C&C ARMY UPDATE AND THANKS* ☕
We continue to re-tool the 5DAY system. Yesterday I interviewed a full-time volunteer who is now working diligently to further the cause. I’ll thank her publicly if she is comfortable with me using her name here. For now, I thank her anonymously. Anyway, we are going to start aiming the 5DAY calling crew at private employers who think they can treat their employees like cattle that can be injected with anything they want.
Next, I am working with Florida officials on drafting legislation to stop private employer vaccine mandates. There are a lot of sensitive political issues at play, it seems. Navigating them is a whole new learning curve, but we’re going to get it done.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who is so generously giving on www.coffeeandcovid.com. You guys are heroes and I promise you I am leaving no stone unturned, no minute lost, and we are building out something huge and awesome. Your help is making it possible.
I know there are a lot of folks who want to help but the platform only allows us a couple donation levels, and they’re too high for those folks right now. Well, in another miraculous development, a sympathetic payment processor has offered to help us design a system with unlimited levels for contribution, including very small ones. Right now, Substack requires individual donations to be higher than annual value of the highest recurring plan. For some reason. But we’ll have that fixed soon.
As a tiny measure of gratitude for folks who are generously giving of their resources to help us build a bigger army, since we’re up against the biggest opponent in the world, I will continue writing special Sunday editions for subscribers, instead of taking the day off. So.
And, on Tuesday night at 8pm, we’ll have a C&C Subscribers-only Zoom call. I have no idea what we’ll talk about yet; I’ll give you guys a brief on some behind-the-scenes stuff that’s going on and maybe take questions and stuff. We’ll try to have a good time. The zoom link will go out to everyone who’s subscribed to donate.
I realize there are a lot of you that want to help but the current options over on www.coffeeandcovid.com aren’t affordable. I PROMISE we are working on it. Hard and fast. That’s what she said.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🦸♂️ Yesterday, the State of Florida served a cease-and-desist letter on Leon County, Florida (where the state’s capital is located) over it’s reprehensible “vaccinate or terminate” policy. The letter didn’t mince words:
Dear [County Administrator] Long and [HR Director] Wilson:
It has come to our attention that you sent the attached letter to at least one Leon County employee. Please immediately provide the names of all Leon County employees who received this letter, as well as copies of each letter sent by your office. In addition, please provide the names, and any relevant supporting documents, of all Leon County employees who submitted proof of vaccination or who declined to submit such proof and were terminated, or will be terminated, on October 4, 2021, in compliance with Leon County’s policy requiring proof of vaccination as a condition of continued employment.
Leon County must immediately rescind its policy (in no event later than 11:59pm on October 1, 2021), which violates Section 381.00316, Florida Statutes, and refrain from terminating any employees who decline to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of continued employment. This may include all employees who were required to submit proof of vaccination, as well as those who were terminated for failing to do so.”
Boom! The statute cited in the letter gives the state power to fine Leon County up to $5,000 PER VIOLATION. Here in similarly-sized Alachua County, with its 2,200 employees, that would be a fine of ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS. So.
Govern yourselves accordingly, Leon County.
🔥🔥🔥 Late yesterday night, my office filed a lawsuit against the school boards of Alachua County and Duval County, and their superintendents, for acting unlawfully and breaking the state’s laws regarding school masking and quarantine procedures. We filed it directly at the First District Court of Appeals, bypassing the local court, since it includes multiple counties and is an issue of such great public importance.
For those of you who don’t know, the State of Florida recognized that masks cause harms to some children, and issued an emergency health department rule last week that says schools in Florida MUST give parents an opt-out from masking policies “at their sole discretion.” They also have to let healthy kids attend school, which is a difficult concept for many school administrators, but there it is.
Anyway, after she heard about the new rule, Alachua County’s Superintendent Carlee Simon said “no.” After the rule was published, Simon told CNN reporters that she liked her own policy better than the State’s, which does NOT provide a voluntary opt-out, and she said she’d prefer to stick with her own policy, thank you. Needless to say, this shreds the Constitution and shatters a large binder full of Florida statutes.
For the record, Simon’s policy does not give parents any opt-out from the mask policy. None. It provides a Byzantine and opaque procedure for parents to “apply” for a mask “exemption,” and even then, only after they’ve taken the time to get a doctor’s appointment and spent money on medical costs not covered by insurance and somehow convinced the doctor to write a “letter” to the school supporting the “request” for an exemption.
Why, it’s almost like they want to make it nearly impossible to opt-out, or something.
Our lawsuit, filed on an emergency basis, is in a special archaic form called a “Petition for a Writ of Mandamus.” It’s described by Florida courts as an “extraordinary remedy” that is used in the rare cases where public officials violate their oaths of office and break the law. I never EVER imagined in my entire career that I would be required to file one of these. And I pray the court agrees that the issues are extraordinary and that it considers giving us extraordinary relief. If ever there were a case where it was appropriate, this would be that case.
The boards and superintendents have been served and the die is cast. Given their track record, I don’t expect to hear from them about working this out any way but in court. Stand by for updates.
🤡 Oh no! School board members widdle feewings have been hurt and they need mommy to make them feel better. Some school board members, a bunch of them apparently, are starting to sense the sharp pricks of pointed two-minute comments from some moms who are upset about their moronic governance of schools. The school board members are feeling bullied, or something, and have run to their mommies for help.
Late this week, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a strongly-worded letter to Joe Biden, urging him to investigate moms complaining about racist “critical race theory” policies and lambasting rules forcing kids to wear dirty bacteria mouth rags all day, and wants Biden to prosecute them under federal anti-terrorism laws or something. Because all of this harsh criticism really stings. It’s JUST LIKE actual violence.
According to one media story describing the letter, “the examples given in the letter sent to the president mostly refer to contentious, tense, disorderly or disruptive school board meetings.” The NASB’s letter argues that that people who oppose CRT and mask mandates represent “an immediate threat” that includes “threats of violence and acts of intimidation,” and said “the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
Well. I suppose it “could be” the “equivalent” to “a form of” terrorism. Maybe. Or not.
Where do I even start with this? I wonder whether the petulant school board officials considered that maybe, I don’t know, just brainstorming here, but maybe they should think about just stopping doing stuff that makes people mad at them, if they don’t want to get their widdle feelings hurt. Just saying. It’s a thought. I realize critical thinking is NOT their strong suit, and this is asking a lot of them. But growth is important. Stretch a little!
But guess what? The Supreme Court long ago endorsed harsh criticism of public officials. It’s legal. It’s fine. It’s democracy. It’s part of the job, especially if you do dumb stuff that riles folks up and makes them ornery.
Here’s what the U.S. Supreme Court said in the seminal case of New York Times v. Sullivan:
> “[D]ebate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and  it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials. … Criticism of their official conduct does not lose its constitutional protection merely because it is effective criticism and hence diminishes their official reputations.”
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 270-273 (1964).
In fact, money damages for violation of civil rights are available to moms who are unfairly silenced by school board policies intended to suppress “contentious, tense, disorderly or disruptive” political speech. Recently the Fourth Circuit affirmed that very proposition:
> “In the context of an alleged First Amendment violation, in particular, this Court has found that a challenged action by a governmental official is fairly attributable to the state when the sole intention of the official in taking the action was to suppress speech critical of his conduct of official duties or fitness for public office.”
Davison v. Randall, 912 F.3d 666, 681 (4th Cir. 2019), as amended (Jan. 9, 2019).
Now, I don’t want to pile on and further injure the tender feelings of these school board officials, but I feel compelled to point out that the savage comments from citizens is PRECISELY the kind speech that is “critical of how they are conducting their official duties,” and these cranky moms are saying pretty plainly that the school board officials are wildly unfit to hold ANY kind of public office. County Dog Catcher is probably beyond their grasp. These people couldn’t run a table at a farmer’s market, much less large multi-million-dollar school districts. Anyway.
Let’s just say that this “domestic terrorism” idea that the NSBA has come up with is the WORST idea they’ve had in a long, long time, and that is saying a LOT. There’s a lot of competition for insane and idiotic ideas among school boards these days. Congratulations, dummies.
🔥 Is it just me, or have average IQ’s been falling sharply at our elite institutions over the last year and a half? Maybe it could be long Covid?
In an article published in the Stanford review late last week, opinion writer Maxwell Meyer recounted a hilarious anecdote that is all to familiar to most of us at this point:
> “I witnessed something on the Stanford campus that will be seared into my memory forever: a student on a bicycle, wearing flip-flops, AirPods in ear, going the wrong way through a roundabout in an active construction zone, with no helmet. But like any good follower of science, the student was wearing a disposable blue face mask — for safety.”
Hahahaha! Right? What on Earth is going on with all these people wearing masks OUTSIDE when they are ignoring just about every other risk much more likely to kill or maim them than Covid — which isn’t even transmissible outdoors? For Peter’s sake.
The kid in this anecdote got into Stanford somehow. I wonder if he filled out his application by himself.
So anyway, Meyer decided to sit out on campus and survey bike riders. Here’s what he came up with. Out of 400 observed riders, it worked “out to a masking rate of 41% and helmet-wearing rate of 17%.”
Meyer pointed out that the injection rate at Stanford is in the high 90% range. So the cyclists probably have all been injected for Covid, too. So what gives? How do these top-tier students calculate their risk matrix to the point they aren’t worried about their delicate skulls but ARE worried about an invisible virus that they’ve been vaccinated against and is scientifically proven not to transmit outside?
And, according to Meyer, Stanford gives out FREE bike helmets. So.
There’s something going on inside these skulls that won’t protect themselves — or something NOT going on in there — which must be causing the problem. If only we had some smart experts who could look into this problem.
🔬 A new preprint study of 151,821 contacts of 99,597 index cases in the UK reinforces what everyone except U.S. public health officials already know: Covid spreads LEAST among kids. The study looks at contacts of patients with a positive PCR test and runs through August, when the Alpha variant was already the dominant strain in England.
Not only was the under-20 cohort the LEAST likely group to transmit the virus at school, but the study also found that younger people were also the least likely group to spread the virus in the HOME.
But last month, while adjusting his pocket protector and sticking the duct tape back on his expensive designer reading glasses, our loopy chief numbskull Tony Fauci said that kids were “vehicles of spread,” and so should stay masked up until they can get injected. Okay, Tony.
You literally cannot make this stuff up. One wonders where Fauci gets his information from. You want to know why people don’t trust public health officials? Two words. Tony Fauci.
🔥 Fully-vaccinated 34-year-old Denver police officer Jose Manriquez told Fox in a live interview yesterday that he lost the use of his legs after he gave in and took the injections on August 22 after being threatened to be terminated from his job. After the injection, he started getting body aches and didn’t feel too great. He said, “that week, I started feeling pain in my legs. The next week, August 31, I tried going in to work, but my legs hurt a lot more. Ended up getting sent home. On the way home, I couldn’t feel my feet anymore. Couldn’t feel the gas pedal or the brake pedal. Had to call for help to get home.”
Manriquez cannot walk unassisted anymore. He said his hands shake and he cannot handle ordinary day-to-day tasks. He broke down crying on the interview describing how he can’t play with his kids or carry them to bed anymore. He said his kids think that he’s “broken.”
He’s got a lawyer and they are considering a lawsuit. The lawyer, Randy Corporan, is representing nine police officers who don’t want to get the injections.
Fox reached out to the Denver police department, which refused to comment. Not even to express sympathy for its disabled officer and his family. I really hope those people think hard about their life choices. They will face their Creator one day and will have to give an ultimate accounting for their evil choices. I hope that, someday, they will have their own opportunity to understand how Officer Manriquez feels.
📊 *COVID IN FLORIDA AND ALACHUA COUNTY* 📊
So, the latest weekly Covid data for Florida is out. You’ll never ever guess what it shows. By which I mean, you already know what it shows. Covid numbers falling even faster in Florida, while hospitalizations in the northern states begin to trend up.
US Covid hospital admissions ticked up from 2,077 to 2,127. That isn’t a lot, but I’m going to make an early prediction that what we’re seeing is the badly-mismanaged northern states beginning to reap the harvest from their dumb Covid mitigation policies. It’s not seasonal. It’s their governors’ fault. (That’s how you do it, right?)
But Florida’s Covid-19 “in use” hospital beds are down, from 7,478 last week to only 5,216 this week. That hasn’t stopped hospital officials from lying about having critically low bed capacity, which is the direct result of their own idiotic policies causing tremendous losses of qualified, healthy healthcare workers.
Florida’s cases are down again, from 56,325 last week to only 37,772 this week. That’s off the peak a few weeks ago of 151,749. So. What pandemic?
Alachua County’s cases (positive test results) are down to minuscule levels — dropping from 579 to 427 for the week. That’s despite local officials heroic efforts to pump up the numbers with illegal quarantines to get the PCR test numbers up, since frantic parents have to take their kids in for testing every ten minutes to come back to school. But, haha, kids are least likely to test positive. Sorry.
Florida’s positivity ratio plummeted from 8.6% last week to only 6.5% this week.
Alachua County’s positivity ratio is even lower, falling from 6.5% last week to 5.5% this week. We’re closing in on the false positive ratio.
Florida’s cases per 100K are down from 256 last week to only 179 this week — the first time Florida’s been under 200 since mid-July. It peaked in late August at 690.5. So. One month later, we’ve somehow survived, despite all the hysterical apocalyptic predictions of local “experts” from the state university. I’m starting to think we should put the janitors in charge of the virus lab over there. How about some accountability for being wrong? Is that too much to ask? Let’s fire some people who’ve had this chance to show how incompetent they are.
I’m not kidding. If we’re going to fire people for a single decision — not to take an injection — we should definitely fire them for months of repeated bad predictions and even worse advice.
Who wants to help work on a team that will go back through the public comments and media reports about these local eggheads over the last 18 months so that we can prove to the Board of Governors that these overpaid and under-performing “experts” really have no idea what they’re talking about? If you guys will get me the data, I’ll put in in the right persuasive format. Sound good?
Have a terrific weekend! I’ll see you on the other side.
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