The COVID-19 crisis is a real crisis. Drastic measures were needed to ensure that we did not have mortality like that suffered in Belgium, Great Britain, and Italy. But the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights have been on pause long enough. We have suspended due process, the legislative process, and common sense while granting fascist state like powers to governors and mayors. We have witnessed a classic exhibition of the old bromide, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Mario Cuomo, Bill de Blasio, Gavin Newsom, et al.; have had a taste of something they have long craved: total control over the lives of ordinary citizens, crushing private enterprise, and making everyone dependent of government largess. It has been a Progressive (fascist) wet dream, so it should come as no surprise that they have been loathed to give it up and return control to the people, where it belongs.
A roughly $21 million Brooklyn field hospital authorized by the de Blasio administration at the height of the coronavirus pandemic opened and closed without ever seeing one patient, according to city officials.
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook was one of several sites across the five boroughs converted into a medical facility as a way to relieve the city’s overburdened hospital system as the COVID-19 crisis mounted.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans on Mar. 31 — a day after the USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in New York Harbor to aid in the coronavirus fight — for the $20.8 million Red Hook field hospital with an estimated capacity for 750 beds.
The field hospital was built by Texas-based construction company SLSCO.
“They are going to set it up rapidly and we’re then going to go to the next site, the next site, the next site to meet our goal,” de Blasio told reporters of the site during that press conference in which the mayor also outlined the details to turn Queens’ Billie Jean King National Tennis Center into a 350-bed temporary hospital.Brooklyn field hospital never saw a coronavirus patient
One thing not on lock-down is the Progressive assault on the democratic process and rule of law.
A lawyer whose firm hired Fusion GPS to produce opposition research on Donald Trump leading to the phony “Russia dossier” has written to the State of Nevada pressuring it to bow to Democrat demands to allow “ballot harvesting.”
Mark Elias, a Perkins Coie lawyer who once represented Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, wrote on behalf of the Nevada Democratic Party to Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on April 10 demanding that the state refrain from prosecuting violations of current state law, which only allows “a member of the voter’s family” to return an absentee ballot on their behalf. It is a felony for someone other than a family member to submit a ballot on someone else’s behalf.
Across the state line, in California, Democrats allow “ballot harvesting,” in which party operatives may collect and submit as many ballots as they want. (The practice is almost exclusive to Democrats; Republicans do not easily part with their ballots.)
As Breitbart News has explained:
“Ballot harvesting” was legalized in California in 2016, and first used in the 2018 midterm elections. It allows anyone to drop off someone else’s mail-in ballot at a polling station. There is no process for vetting or verifying those delivering the ballots — no background checks or identification requirements. Democrats dropped hundreds of thousands of ballots off at polling stations in 2018, helping Democrats as they flipped seven Republican seats.
The practice is illegal in Nevada and most other states — as well as most other countries, where the practice is associated with fraud and corruption. Democrats, however, want to make “ballot harvesting” the law nationwide — and wanted to do so long before the coronavirus pandemic.Democrat Lawyer Behind ‘Russia Dossier’ Pressures Nevada to Allow ‘Ballot Harvesting’
These public gatherings will be allowed to continue unabated, however. And when they are decimated by an explosion in coronavirus cases Trump will get the blame. Progressives are not just idiots. They are dangerous imbeciles.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The City and County of San Francisco has banned “non-essential group events” at any city-owned facilities for the next two weeks because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus, according to an order Saturday signed by the county’s top health officer.
The “city-owned facilities” covered by this order include City Hall; the Moscone Center, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the New Conservatory Theatre; the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center; the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre; the San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St.) and Piers 27 and 35.
“This order is issued on the basis of scientific evidence and best practices as currently known and available to protect vulnerable members of the public from avoidable risk of serious illness or death resulting from exposure to coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19),” according to the order signed by Tomas Aragon, health officer with the City and County of San Francisco. “The age, condition and health of a significant portion of the population of the City and County of San Francisco places them at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19,” coronavirus.San Francisco Bans Non-Essential Public Gatherings At City Facilities For 2 Weeks – CBS San Francisco
The slaughter of innocents is often celebrated by those who have convinced them selves that such barbarism is justified and necessary. The volume of the shouting does not make it so.
More progressive nonsense that will accomplish nothing except inconvenience shoppers and make operating a small business in this city even harder. Meanwhile the exodus continues.
New York will ban single-use plastic bags in stores starting March 1.
The state’s ban, which was passed last year by the state legislature, will impact both grocery and department stores. New York is the third state to introduce a plastic bag ban, joining California and Oregon, as a way to curb the amount of plastic going to landfills.
Instead of receiving a plastic bag at the checkout counter, customers will have to provide their own reusable bags or take a paper bag from the store with a five-cent tax. Customers using food stamps will be exempt from the bag tax.
“If you have a small purchase, such as a magazine, candy or drink, you can help our environment by saying, ‘No, thank you,’ to a single-use paper bag and carrying the item instead,” New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation said in a press release.New York Bans Plastic Bags, Threatens $500 Fines
Now here is something that could keep progressives up at night. Twitter controlled by a conservative activist? This could be a bigger blow to the snowflake brigade than Donald Trump’s re-election.
Activist investor Elliott Management Corp. has taken a sizable stake in Twitter Inc. and plans to push for changes at the social media company, including replacing Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey, according to people familiar with the matter. The New York-based firm has nominated four directors to Twitter’s board, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. There are only three seats becoming available at this year’s annual meeting but Elliott wanted to ensure that it nominated enough directors to fill all three seats or any other vacancies that may arise, the people said. The exact size of Elliott’s stake couldn’t be determined. Elliott approached San Francisco-based Twitter about its concerns privately and has had constructive discussions with it since then, the people said.Twitter: CEO Jack Dorsey At Risk From Activist Investor – Bloomberg
A friend recently posted on Facebook some arguments that are out there concerning the current situation. It was a quite reasoned and well thought out argument, one you used to be able to have before the discourse in this country devolved into that between entrenched warring factions rather than anything resembling civilized, intelligent discussion. So this is an attempt to respond in kind.
The first point she makes is that the stock market has zero to do with any President. That is only true in the sense that the Stock Market does not care who the President is. Wall Street donates heavily to both political parties, and there have been bull markets and bear markets in both Democratic and Republican Administrations. What the market does care about is the state of the economy and, as such, is an indicator of how that economy is doing. Indeed, it is not the only indicator, but it is a legitimate one. It is also a place where millions of Americans invest their hard-earned money through 401k’s, IRAs, and the like. So to say that the stock market has nothing to do with the lives of most Americans is not valid.
While conceding that the unemployment rate is low, my friend mentions that she knows several people who cannot pay their rent or mortgages on their salary. I have struggled with money my whole life and will likely continue to do so until they close the lid on the box. But my issues with money have much more to do with my own decisions and mistakes than with anything that was done to me. We also live in NYC where everything is more expensive, so even making what would be considered a good salary elsewhere is barely subsistence level here, especially with the cost of housing.
All that being said, sure people are taken advantage of, paid less than what they are worth, or what they need to live. But we do not live in a caste system here. If the economy is good and unemployment is low, but we are not able to pay our bills then maybe its time to try something else. I am not judging anyone but expecting wages to magically go up just because it would be fair, well it will be a long and disappointing wait. Having the government impose unrealistically high minimum wages on entry-level jobs inevitably causes unemployment. It does not matter what any job pays if that job does not exist.