☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Wednesday, December 8, 2021 ☙ FLEEING NEW YORK 🦠
Two new injunctions pose problems for injections; a new study nukes them; the Atlantic's unintentionally-hilarious booster article; UF profs remember rights when it affects THEM; and more...
Good morning, C&C team, and Happy Wednesday! We have a big roundup for you today, with stories about: a new lawsuit shuts down the federal contractor mandate nationwide; a stellar Epoch Times article mentions C&C; de Blasio’s new private-employer mandate runs into problems; Florida’s Governor stands up for masked employees and offers passport-free beers to tourists; The Atlantic publishes an unintentionally hilarious booster article and gets virally flamed; UF professors suddenly discover constitutional rights after getting hit in the pocketbook; Florida finds Omicron and yawns; a New York Post columnist writes passionately about deciding to become a Florida Covid refugee; and a new study nukes the injections. A sign of the end?
🗞*COVID NEWS AND COMMENTARY* 🗞
🔥 Freedom and the rule of law are now three for three. After a Kentucky judge enjoined Biden’s Federal Contractor Mandate in three states, another judge — this one in Georgia — has also halted the mandate, this time nationwide. Now, all three big mandates are frozen: OSHA, CMS, and now, the Federal Contractor Mandate.
Seven states including Georgia sued to stop the Federal Contractor Mandate. Judge Baker — a 2017 Trump appointee — found they were likely to succeed in their lawsuit to declare the mandate unconstitutional. The judge rejected the idea that “emergencies” trump the Constitution:
“Even in times of crisis this Court must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities.”
In this decision, the Court carefully avoided the factual issue of whether the vaccines “work” or not and just focused on the constitutional issues. In other words, it doesn’t MATTER whether the injections work, it is STILL unconstitutional. As I have said repeatedly. This is the same reasoning I used in my successful mask case from last year. It doesn’t MATTER whether masks work. It’s still unconstitutional.
🔥 The Epoch Times ran a very well-written story yesterday about the new Florida exemption complaint process, which happens to mention your humble author AND Coffee & Covid: [Florida Unveils Tools for Reporting Employers Who Violate Restrictions on Vaccine Mandates].
🔥 Well, that was fast. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s newly-announced vaccine mandate on all private employers in New York City has ALREADY been enjoined. A Manhattan court yesterday entered an order temporarily stopping the mandate pending a hearing on the full injunction motion on December 14. The attorney for the plaintiffs is Patricia Finn, an excellent attorney who’s been fighting for people’s rights in New York for some time.
🦸♂️ Governor DeSantis stood up for masked workers yesterday, and suggested that unmasking them was a matter of right and wrong. Among other comments, he said, “If they have servers without [masks], they may get that one customer who’s so upset & will complain. But it’s time we stopped letting that one person veto what’s right.”
It’s a curious thing. Republicans have traditionally been the party who stood up for the rights of business OWNERS, while Democrats have always positioned themselves as advocates for WORKERS. What does it mean that Democrats have completely abandoned workers by pushing all these mandates and helping create hellish job conditions? And that Republicans have been forced to become the defenders of those least able to defend themselves: non-unionized service employees?
In fact, Republicans have defended every type of employee there is: from the busboy at Waffle House to head of neurosurgery at General Hospital.
🦸♂️ The Governor also remarked about why Florida’s tourism industry is booming. He said, “people know, when they come here on vacation, they’re gonna be treated with respect. They’re not gonna have to show medical papers to get a beer.”
🔥 Hahahaha! We called it! Remember when I struggled to find the new unclean category: the non-boosted, the unboosters, or the booster-defectives? Well, The Atlantic has settled the question. This week, the magazine raised the question all the pro-vaxxers are fretting about in a story headlined, “Is It Safe to Hang Out With the Unboosted?”
Oh man, I wish they wouldn’t make me laugh so hard.
The subhead reads, “How to make everyday risk assessments when there are many shades of what it means to be vaccinated.” Many shades! Just like the color of people’s skins! You see what this means, right? Yep. More invidious structural racism on the left.
You see, things are starting to get complicated for pro-vaxxers. The Atlantic explains to its fretful readers that “what it means to be vaccinated encompasses much more variety [now.]” Variety! In case you weren’t keeping up with current events, the magazine explains to its audience how confusing things are now: “some people who have gotten their initial doses haven’t gotten a booster dose, and some people mixed and matched the brands of their first shots and their booster. What’s more, everyone is on their own personal timeline, depending on when they got their shots.”
Whew. It’s getting hard to be a pro-vaxxer.
I know what to do! We need an app! An app to tell you if its safe to hang out with your friend! You can’t do it yourself. “Because of boosters,” the Atlantic explains, “the term ‘fully vaccinated’ doesn’t indicate as much about someone’s vaccination history as it used to.” Waning injection efficacy “adds another element of complexity: Some ‘fully vaccinated’ people might abruptly revert back to the category of partially vaccinated.”
Abruptly! In other words, you could be right in the middle of dinner, about to snake another grilled asparagus down into the feeding hole, when BLAMM, your friend suddenly stops qualifying as fully vaccinated anymore. How do you handle that awkward social faux pas without choking on a fig-glazed duck wing?
Furthermore, the Atlantic warns its readers that things are going to get worse: “Indeed, as complicated as vaccination statuses are now, they might become even more complicated in the future.” You see, if people end up needing a new TYPE of vaccine — because of Omicron — it’s going to get super busy all up in here: “people’s vaccine sequences would be even more varied: Some would be getting their fourth shot, while others would get an Omicron-specific dose as their first.”
My goodness. How do these folks navigate day to day life? Can you imagine walking around, obsessing about this kind of stuff?
Anyway, it gets better. After the headline went viral, the Atlantic defended their choice of language in a strongly-worded update. By which I mean, they sneakily edited the headline without telling anybody and changed it to “How to Socialize Safely in the Booster Era.”
Nothing says you meant it like stealth-editing your story after catching flak on the internet.
🔥 There’s a bitter little controversy that’s been percolating at the University of Florida for a couple weeks now, but I haven’t written about it because it is that silly. But, since it isn’t going away anytime soon, Let’s Chat.
It all started when three UF professors went to testify as paid “experts” AGAINST THE STATE in a lawsuit challenging Florida’s new voting laws. The state reminded them about the long-standing “conflict of interest” provision that bars state employees from taking money to testify in unrelated lawsuits against their own employer. And about how they shouldn’t moonlight. Then the nutty professors lost their minds.
It’s the worst thing ever! It’s unconstitutional! Mandates — those are okay for employees. But this! Barring employees from making bank by testifying against their employers in other people’s lawsuits! This cannot stand!
So anyway, the three greedy but litigious professors joined up with a few more like-minded “intellectuals” from the University and have now sued the school, arguing that their holy and inviolable First Amendment rights are getting smushed and trampled upon. Now, I’ll bet you $100 that these professors were also ALL FOR mask and vaccine mandates. When it’s a policy you agree with, who cares about constitutional rights? They just get in the way during emergencies. Employees should just shut up and take the shots.
But when it’s a policy you DISAGREE with, then — my gosh — they’re literally shredding the Constitution! They’re tearing it to pieces!
If you needed any more proof of an intellectual crisis at our universities, here it is. You’re welcome.
🔥 Florida announced yesterday that the first case of Omicron has been discovered in the state, behind the milk carton or something. In a press conference announcing the development, Governor DeSantis promised that Florida would NOT lock down or go mad with mandates or anything like that. He even coined a new term for over-reacting to a mild virus: “You don’t impose Fauci-ism on the whole country or on a whole state. It’s wrong.”
Fauci-ism! That’s what happens when you put puppy-torturing bioweapons engineers in charge of the country. You get “Fauci’d.” I got Fauci’d last year, and it chafed, I can tell you. But so far this year I’ve managed to avoid it by staying out of his sight.
The Governor invited people who are getting Fauci’d in other states to come down here. “It’s a free country, so when people are in bad environments – when you have states that don’t know how to fight crime, when you have states that are locking people down, mandating them, doing a lot of stupid things – people look for greener pastures,” he encouraged.
We have LOTS of greener pastures here in Florida. It IS getting a little busy on the Interstate though.
🔥 Karol Markowicz, columnist for the New York Post, announced yesterday in an op-ed published on Fox New’s website that she is moving her family to Florida after living in New York City for her whole life. “I see a sanity in Floridians that is simply missing from New Yorkers right now,” Markowicz explained.
In a sobering comment, the popular columnist described how her relatives fled Belarus in 1939 before the communists took over: “When World War II began, my grandmother, her sister and their mother left their town of Gomel and ran east. … They didn’t know for sure that times were about to get very bad.“
Even though she said she’s NOT comparing New York City to Belarus in 1939, well, she kind of did.
Then after pointing out that New York kindergartners are always masked outside at recess, but their geriatric, messianic replacement governor Kathy Hochul is never seen wearing a mask, Markowicz pointedly concludes the op-ed saying, “We saw something we can’t unsee. It’s time to go.”
🔬 Finally. A new study, published online ahead of the print version, appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry yesterday titled, “Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 Evolution Revealing Vaccine-Resistant Mutations in Europe and America.” It totally nukes the injections.
The study’s researchers explain how the INJECTIONS are CAUSING mutations and accelerating evolution of vaccine-resistant strains. Here’s the conclusion from the study’s abstract:
“By tracking the evolutionary trajectories of vaccine-resistant mutations in more than 2.2 million SARS-CoV-2 genomes, we reveal that the occurrence and frequency of vaccine-resistant mutations correlate strongly with the vaccination rates in Europe and America. We anticipate that as a complementary transmission pathway, vaccine-breakthrough or antibody-resistant mutations, like those in Omicron, will become a dominating mechanism of SARS-CoV-2 evolution when most of the world’s population is either vaccinated or infected.”
Think about this: a year ago, this study could never have been published. The researchers’ essential conclusion is that the injections are doomed to fail. They call for “the design of the next-generation mutation-proof vaccines and antibody drugs.” In other words, we need a NEW “mutation-proof” design. It’s back to the drawing board, according to these scientists.
If the injections haven’t jumped the shark yet, they’re on the waterskis headed toward the ramp.
Have a wonderful Wednesday! And, I’ll be back here tomorrow with more.
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