☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Tuesday, September 28, 2021 ☙ A New Savior 🦠
More bad news for the City of Gainesville over its injection ultimatums, New York City teachers get whiplash as the Second Circuit lifts their recently-acquired stay, New York’s new interim Gov ...
Happy Tuesday, coffee drinkers! Today’s fabulous roundup includes: More bad news for the City of Gainesville over its injection ultimatums, New York City teachers get whiplash as the Second Circuit lifts their recently-acquired stay, New York’s new interim Governor tells churchgoers she’s the miraculous Covid messiah, Supreme Leader Biden moves the injection goalposts again, The Wall Street Journal blames Facebook for injection hesitancy, View ladies have more ultra-rare breakthroughs, West Virginia’s attorney general opines about injection passports and mandates, and Norwegians hold a dangerous celebration of freedom.
🗞 *THE C&C ARMY POST* 🗞
☎️ 5DAY army: We’re changing gears! I have newly-acquired intel about the location of the resistance to the special session request. We’re going to stop calling legislators for a little while while I work on a different strategy. Instead, we’ll be calling … private employers! You’re going to love it. Stand by for a new script and a different set of numbers today.
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🦸♂️ Yesterday, Florida’s Department of Health delivered a letter to the City of Gainesville’s Mayor, Lauren Poe. I don’t think it improved the embattled mayor’s day. At all. The letter says that the DOH intends to proceed with fining the City up to $5,000 per employee who was subject to its “injection attestation” policy, which is all of them. It asks the Mayor to promptly provide the total number of employees of the City. At around 2,200 employees, that could be up to an $11 MILLION DOLLAR FINE. So.
The City is going to try to argue that Florida’s Vaccine Passport ban doesn’t say what it says. Its argument, as set out in its recent brief in my injection-mandate case, argues that the ban on making people show evidence of injection to “gain access to … the state’s operations” somehow excludes employment. In other words, the City thinks that “employing people” isn’t ANY part of what the state does when it is “operating.” Operations are … other stuff. Or something. It’s all a little murky.
👨⚖️ Well, that was fast! The nation’s largest school district — New York City — CAN immediately impose an injection mandate on its teachers and other workers after all, a federal appeals panel decided Monday, reversing a federal judge’s temporary five-day stay. Leading lawyers for the teachers said they’ll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. Attorney Mark Fonte, who brought the lawsuit on behalf of teachers and others said he was “dismayed and disappointed by this turn of events.”
He added, “With thousands of teachers not vaccinated, the City may regret what it wished for. Our children will be left with no teachers and no security in schools.”
You guys know how I feel about it. The Second Circuit panel that reversed the brief stay didn’t explain its decision, but, apparently, bought the City’s argument that “there’s no right to not be vaccinated.” Which is just hogwash mixed with word salad, of course.
🤡 New York’s Interim Governor — who replaced the clinically-insane Andrew Cuomo — is crazier than a sprayed roach. At a megachurch service on Sunday — from the pulpit — Governor Kathy Hochul, sermonized about her newly-acquired messianic complex, or something. In prime fiery-sermon hellfire-and-damnation mode, Hochul preached to the large New York congregation, fully vaccinating the awkward Christians with a new religion that I think she just made up about ten minutes ago:
“The vaccine is from God to us! … I wear my vaccine necklace all the time to show I’m vaccinated! … You’re the smart ones … There are people out there who aren’t listening to God and what God wants … You know who they are! … I need you to be my APOSTLES! … I need you to go out! … I need you to go out and TALK about it.
God wants you to take the injection. Or something. So … this lady needs the megachurch attendees to be her APOSTLES, and go out among the people — the dumb ones — to spread her “good news” about how the injections save you from damnation. I mean dying. From a flu-like disease. You’ll be healed!
Wow. She has a pretty high opinion of herself. She thinks she’s … you know who. The other guy who had apostles.
And how about the pastor who turned over his pulpit for this heretical nonsense? Great job, pastor. Maybe you should go back to private life or something. Just saying, as a brother. A brother in the Vaccine God Religion, or whatever you think it’s called, if that helps. I’m not staying long, just long enough to give you that word in season.
After all, you’ve been replaced anyway, pastor! Hochul — and I think she was frothing at the mouth a little when she said this — told the congregation that “God did answer our prayers! He made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers — he made them come up with a vaccine!”
I see. The injections were divinely inspired! A special revelation, direct from God, straight to the “smartest scientists!” They’re the new clerisy. What do we need pastors for, when we have divinely-inspired governors and smart scientists? They know everything you need for your salvation. Two little jabs. Plus some more, they’ll let you know.
Anyway, without any segue AT ALL from the injections, Hochul then, bizarrely, was somehow suddenly ranting about the evils of systemic racism:
“After we come back to normal, we have to start talking about the real issues that we have to. Fighting systemic racial injustice! Which exists today! And if there’s a denier, I will take you on — any day — because I have seen it! I KNOW it exists! And we are not going to have a blind eye to this ever again any longer under my watch!”
Hochul is a person of EXTREME pallor, by the way. Super-white. I’m just saying. Crazy white people can rant about systemic racism if they want to. So, it’s DEFINITELY not politics. It’s the new-time religion! Maybe they’ll finally publish that self-aggrandizing book Fauci wrote but then put on ice, and call it their Bable or something. He can be the high priest of the Church of Injection or its pope or something.
Why do I feel like building an ark now? Dunno, but there’s some pretty weird stuff happening over in New York.
🔥 The Wall Street Journal published an unintentionally-hilarious hit job on Facebook last week, headlined, “How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg’s Bid to Get America Vaccinated.” Where do I start? First of all, it’s laughable to blame Facebook for “vaccine hesitancy.” When are they going to start blaming the pathetic public health experts who made the wrong call every single time they had a chance?
Next, the headline reveals “Mark Zuckerberg’s bid to Get America Vaccinated.” Zuckerberg is a social media platform designer. He’s not a doctor, scientist, politician, or public-health official. Why is it HIS job to “get America injected?” Is he getting paid to do it? By whom? Where’d Zuckerberg’s duty to inject everybody come from? If I were Zuck, I’d tell them to go do something with themselves that would require an extended period of limbering up first.
Anyway, the article cites an internal Facebook report that says, among other things, that “anti-vax attitudes appeared in a majority of … comment threads.” A majority! You don’t say. Maybe — and I’m just spitballing here — maybe it has something to do with the INJECTIONS and not the platform. Maybe it has more to do with how the people are feeling about the INJECTIONS. Maybe it’s THAT.
The WSJ’s article’s sub-head says, “Company documents show antivaccine activists undermined the CEO’s ambition to support the rollout by flooding the site and using Facebook’s own tools to sow doubt about the Covid-19 vaccine.” Uh-huh. Okay. Anti-vaccine activists undermined Zuck and his ambitions. But it’s still Facebook’s fault!
See Zuck? You can’t win. If you try, you just make EVERYBODY mad, that’s all. Trying to please the government to keep the regulators off your back is a sucker’s game. It’s worse than the milk-bottle ring toss, or trying to dart one of those under-inflated balloons.
Zuck, think about it. Maybe it’s time to tell the government to sell their own injections. You have a social media platform to run. It’s not your business. You don’t have to promote injection choice arguments. Just quit trying to censor everything. You can’t possibly win at that game.
Hey! Did you ever think you’d find a defense of Facebook here in the blog? See? Don’t say I never did anything for you, Facebook. I’m not mad about being put in jail that time. I forgive you.
💉💉💉 Glorious Leader Joe Biden got his booster shot on national TV yesterday. Or something that looked like a booster shot, anyway. I didn’t get a chance to check the vial. Anyway, in the process, he moved the goalposts yet again:
REPORTER: “How many Americans need to be vaccinated for us to get back to normal?”
BIDEN: “97%, 98%. I think we’ll get awful close. But I’m not the scientist. I think one thing is for certain. A quarter of the country can’t go unvaccinated and us not continue to have a problem.”
Ninety-eight percent!? Is that even possible? And who does that leave out? Who’s the two percent, Joe? What happened to 70%? Is this what the science is showing about all these waning vaccines? We need more? Says who? Does that include booster shots?
I have SO many questions.
What do you want to bet the next time they move the goal posts the target rate to get back to normal will be OVER 100%? Anybody want to bet me on that one?
🔥 Late last week, CNN reported that “Two hosts of ‘The View’ test positive for Covid ahead of interview with Harris.” View hosts Sunny Hostin and guest host Ana Navarro both tested positive for Covid-19 right before an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris. It was so sudden that the ladies’ positive test results were announced by View host Joy Behar DURING THE SHOW, after Hostin and Navarro were asked to leave the set. Get lost, dirty people.
Joy Behar said Hostin and Navarro were both fully vaccinated. So.
Harris responded to the emergency saying, “The vaccine is free. It is safe, and it will save your life.” It will save your life. Salvation! You’ll live forever! The vice-president said so.
🔥 West Virginia’s attorney general issued a stunning opinion a couple weeks ago (it just posted on Westlaw). In it, he said vaccine passports were unconstitutional:
“[A] law requiring all state employees to be vaccinated or requiring all businesses to demand vaccine passports from all patrons would violate our State’s constitution … and violate both state and federal law … We therefore urge any public entities to comply with such guidance and come into accordance with this opinion.”
He then pointed out that private employers are subject to limitations on how they can enforce injection passports:
“Likewise, a private employer’s mandate or vaccine-passport requirement may violate federal and state anti-discrimination laws if it does not, at a minimum, provide for appropriate exceptions for those with religious-or disability-based objections.”
But best of all, the Attorney General encouraged the West Virginia legislature to take additional steps to protect people:
“Additional steps can and should be taken by the Legislature to ensure that individual liberty interests are protected. The Legislature could:
* Preclude vaccine mandates for some or all employees;
* Bar governments from imposing vaccine passport requirements or bar such passport requirements outright;
* Ensure that employment-related policies contain, at a minimum, exceptions for those with religious objections and other objections, such as those of a medical or conscientious nature; and/or
* Implement a religious or conscientious objector exception for compulsory school vaccinations.
In view of the broad notions of individual liberty and security which underlie our sense of freedom, potent constraints on overreaching governmental intrusions are appropriate.”
Are you listening, Florida Legislature?
🔥 Pro-injection people were badly triggered yesterday by an AP article headlined, “Rowdy Celebrations Erupt in Norway as COVID Restrictions End.”
The absolute, unmitigated horror! People HAPPY about Covid restrictions ending?? What on Earth is wrong with them?? Get ready for the world’s biggest super-spreader!
“It has been 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime,” Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Friday. “Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life.”
Normal life?? Oh dear. I am SO SORRY, all you Norwegians who loved lockdown living. And the media. I’m sorry for you, too. And experts. Sorry, experts. No good thing lasts forever, you know.
The AP described the celebrations as “unrest.” It’s very dangerous! According to the AP, Norwegian media even reported “people fainting while waiting to get into pubs in Trondheim.” We can’t have THAT! We have to protect people from standing in lines so long they faint! Shut them up in their apartments, quick! It’s worse than Covid!
The AP noted that Norway is the SECOND country in the Nordic region to lift all Covid-19 restrictions. Denmark lifted all theirs back on Sept. 10. So.
Have a terrific Tuesday! I’ll be back tomorrow, armed to the eye teeth. With caffeine. Don’t freak out.
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