EXTRA! Free At Last!

Anyone that has traveled in the past couple of years has had to put up with wearing a mask while on a cruise ship, a train, a bus, or a plane. For a short time type of deal, it’s not that bad, and most of us just slogged through it. For longer trips (like a two-week cruise?) it can be a nightmare. And I really feel sorry for people that work in industries that are still requiring them to be masked at work!

But thanks to Federal Court Judge, Katheryn Kimble Mizelle, those days appear to be over. She issued a ruling stating the Centers for Disease Control has over-stepped their boundaries by issuing a three week extension of the mask mandate for folks traveling around the country.

Now, by way of a personal story, as you’re reading this, you should know that my wife and I SHOULD be on a cruise through the Panama Canal right now. We cancelled it in December for two reasons. One is the fact that neither of us wanted to wear a mask any time we were outside our cabin (as the cruise line was requiring), and the second was the cruise line had cancelled three of our four shore excursions. What’s the sense in spending that type of money to go on a great multi-week vacation if you can’t get off the ship, and you have to wear a mask? So, we decided to cancel.

I feel much better about this decision now, but am still grateful that Judge Mizelle made her ruling. Delta Airlines released an interesting statement that basically asked everyone for patients in dealing with the situation, as not everyone in TSA or the Airlines would get the news at the same time, and it may take a day or two to disseminate that information throughout the industry. They are exactly right. But overall, this is good news.

I realize that there have been several states that are getting surges in COVID still today, and I know people are still dying from the disease. But if you’ve decided to get the vaccination (totally your choice in my world), and you’ve gotten the booster (ditto), why are you worried? You should be covered. Or at least you’ve lessened the severity of the disease. Now, I won’t say it’s a guarantee, there are no guarantees in life, but I can tell you out here in the desert, most have been vaccinated to the point we reached “herd immunity” back in the summer of last year.

It’s going to be great to be able to get back to normal when traveling again. I know the Biden administration thinks this is a terrible idea, but I thought mask mandates were a terrible idea, so I guess we’re even. Enjoy breathing without a mask. You’ve earned that right!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

OFF WITH THE MASKS!

I know that Democrats in Washington, DC are not liking what’s going on around the country. They hate it that their attempt to drag COVID out as long as possible to keep a tighter rein on Americans (and the world) is falling apart. And it’s teaching us a valuable lesson.

After a while, Americans don’t put up with government telling them what to do.

And that is exactly why socialism and liberalism is dead in this country. Oh, it’s like the print newspaper…it’s still on life support, but the more America sees of it, the less they think it’s the way of the future. Maybe something good is coming out of two years of restrictions and mandates, over-spending, and law suits?

What I find interesting is that it’s not the Republican Governors that are revolting against Washington, Biden, and the CDC. It’s the blue states. Places like California, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, and Colorado are cancelling their mask mandates and letting people return to “normal” living. In Nevada, they have already lifted the mask mandates and told the casinos in Vegas and Reno that they are able to do the same if they want. I did a quick check and called a few the other day when the change went into effect. Not one casino told me they still had the mask mandate in place.

What is interesting is Biden is still wearing a mask on occasion. But more and more pictures and videos are coming out of politicians (mostly Democrats) that don’t wear a mask when they are meeting with people, but when they take the obligatory picture of the politician with the group, the politician puts the mask on. It comes off right after the camera goes away. Think Stacy Abrams down in Georgia. What an embarrassment she is to her party! But it goes beyond that. AOC has been caught, London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco has been caught, Pelosi has been caught, K-baby Harris has been caught, Gavin Newsome has been caught, it goes on and on.

And that America is finally waking up to the fact that we are going to get on with our lives is a good thing. Oh, it’s not a good thing for Biden. He can’t blame slow job growth, high inflation, a supply chain problem, southern border crisis, and Ukraine on COVID any longer. He has to take responsibility for actions that are only his doing, not some nebulous viral infection.

And I’m sure the folks in Congress, while happy that they aren’t going to have to wear masks in the House of Representatives any longer (though Pelosi hasn’t quite lifted that restriction as of this writing), they see positive movement. And they were worried about it because America was communicating with them and letting them know how unhappy we were as we get set to enter year three of the pandemic.

The other good news is that we can finally say goodbye to Anthony Fauci! There is a guy that had his 15 minutes of fame run out a long time ago, but refused to leave the stage. It will be good not to hear his name again on newscasts!

So, get out, maskless, and breath the clean, fresh, air! It’s time to take back America, and hope this never EVER happens again!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Time To “UnMask” America?

I don’t think there are more than a handful of people in this country that would argue that we as a nation are tired of COVID. We’re tired of the ludicrous “mandates”, or plans that the Biden administration says they have, but we never see, and of the myriad of threats, tacit and otherwise, that are thrown at those that don’t want to get vaccinated. Now, public health officials all over the country, from all political factions and walks of life are saying, it’s time to start lifting the restrictions. Not just a few, but all of them.

And America says, “It’s about damn time!”

Only in heavily Democrat areas like New York City, LA, and Washington DC are mask mandates and social distancing still in effect. Oh, there are still all sorts of mandates in schools, which is funny when you think of it because the kids are the least susceptible of catching it, and if they do, they find it’s the mildest case. But it just goes to show that this isn’t just a pandemic. It’s a power grab.

And that is the most important thing to remember about this whole COVID thing.

In my “conspiracy-laden world”, this has been a test. It’s been a trial run that has been put on by the Chinese with help from the United States to see exactly how long we all could go being forced to change up our lives, give up our freedoms, and listen to what the government says we should do. And there’s a good reason for it.

If you look at where this country is heading politically, it’s moving farther and farther to the left. You cannot achieve socialism without gaining total control over the populace. It doesn’t work otherwise. We’ve seen snippets of what happens when segments of society don’t fall in line. People refuse to wear masks on airplanes, they don’t want to social distance, we see those in charge not wearing masks even as they tell us to do so. And when they do wear masks, it’s only as long as the cameras are on. The minute the paparazzi turn off the cameras, government officials tear off their masks like they were laced with hydrochloric acid.

And that was the first hint in my mind that yes, we’ve had a pandemic, but it’s been going on far too long for not the right reasons. Put another way, I’m more convinced this was some sort of control grab than I am that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen”. I know there are some of you out there that will never believe that, but I think there’s more proof in the COVID theory, than the election fraud theory (where no one has been able to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt).

It’s time to take off the masks. It’s time for Joe Biden to stop blaming all of his shortcomings on COVID, and climate change and start being some semblance of a leader. Let America see what you really can do as a leader and not blame everyone but yourself for the shortcomings that you’ve been exposing to us so far. And then we can make a decision in November of this year, and in 2024 whether or not you deserve to stay in your basement in Wilmington!

Carry on world, you’re dismissed!

Supply Chain Woes

Oh, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. The talking head snowflake mainstream media has moved on to other issues, like Voting Rights legislation that is now all but dead (if you listen to James Clyburn), but trust me…there are still ships by the hundreds sitting in the waters off of Long Beach, California filled to the brim with tractor trailers.

And why is it going to be getting worse?

Well, nothing has happened to change why it’s there in the first place. But there has been a change as to why it will get worse. First of all, the supply chain woes are there for two reasons, regardless what Joe Biden and the mainstream snowflake media is telling you. The mask-and vaccine mandates that are being implemented by the folks at the pier in Long Beach causes a lot of it’s workers to decide to stay home, or they’ve been fired. So you’ve got a labor issue on that front. The second big reason is the Biden administration’s love affair with high gasoline prices. Diesel in Cali is bumping heads with $5 per gallon. it’s $4.83 per gallon as this is written. Now the average gas tank on these over the road trucks is between 120 and 150 gallons. So, let’s split the difference and call it 135 gallons. That means to fill up with diesel in Cali is going to cost the average truck driver $652! And they get an average of 7 mpg. Lots of scratch.

But there is another wrinkle in this that Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg hasn’t figured on. China has shut down a lot of their manufacturing, which means goods are not being produced, which means there are ships waiting to be filled to come to America (and other places), but are sitting in their ports empty.

And that’s what happens when a country relies on one country to fill it’s supply chain. America brought this on itself by moving manufacturing to China, much like it did to Japan, Korea, Mexico and other areas of the world with cheap labor in the past 50 or 60 years.

What’s the solution to no goods on our shelves? Well, first of all, the port of Long Beach needs to lift their mandates. That could be helpful in getting some of the workers back on the docks to unload those ships. But that’s just a part of the problem.

The other part that is just as big is you’ve got to be able to give the truckers who are sitting at home watching Oprah as opposed to transporting goods to the stores a reason to get off the couch. Right now, they lose money when they are spending $650 to go a whopping 900 miles. No one in their right mind is going to take that job. Biden needs to get the price of diesel down, like in half. And to do that, he needs to open up exploration, open up pipelines, open up production, and get America back to being the world’s energy leader again. It’s just one more thing that Biden has failed at.

China will once again open it’s factories and goods will start flowing once the Omicron variant that is plaguing that country has subsided in a few weeks. But in the meantime, Biden and Buttigieg should be doing something besides complaining. That’s all we are hearing out of DC these days. And they need to stop bitching and get back to work.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

The Whole “Omicron” Thing

And yes…it’s pronounced “OH mi kron”. Apparently TV talking heads can’t figure out the Greek alphabet. It’s not UH mee kron. And it seems to have the Democrats in a tither this past week. Since it emerged from South Africa as the latest strain of COVID, Democrats are seizing the opportunity to clamp down on travel restrictions and further erode freedoms of Americans.

Here’s what I find interesting about all of this.

First and foremost, when it comes to Omicron, it’s not that serious. It is a much weaker version of COVID than what we’ve seen with the original and the Delta variant. Apparently, it has some of the same symptoms, but they are much more mild and a lot less lethal than the other strains. And, apparently it is a little more easily transmitted, especially among children, who have had little trouble dealing with the stronger versions of the disease itself.

Secondly, and probably just if not more importantly, I’m getting tired of the liberal bent on imposing travel restrictions, mask mandates, vaccine mandates on American citizens, but the millions of illegals pouring into this country are allowed to do so (breaking the law) without even being tested for COVID. That’s not consistent and it’s not right. If you’re going to allow illegals into this country, and you’re not going to test them, you’re going to get what you get, which is more of a pandemic.

But this plays right into the Democrats’ hands. See, if they can have some sort of national emergency, some sort of healthcare hiccup that they feel could destroy the fabric of American life, then they have the RIGHT to take away your freedoms and restrict your movement, whether it is by lockdown, or only allowing vaccinated people to travel, or by not allowing anyone to travel. As Rahm Emanuel once said, “Never let a catastrophe go to waste”. That’s exactly what Brandon Biden is doing. He can’t wait to impose more and more restrictions. And why? Because it first of all allows his administration to test you to see what you will and won’t accept as far as taking away your freedoms. Wearing a mask is uncomfortable and I don’t know anyone that enjoys it. But it’s probably the least intrusive thing he can mandate. Vaccine mandates get a much larger pushback as we’ve seen. And travel restrictions are alright for a very short period of time, but don’t mess with people’s vacations and holiday trips!

Second, Biden has the ability, and we’ve seen it from Jen “Circle Back” Psaki already, to blame everything bad happening in the country on COVID. It’s COVID’s fault that there are mass illegal immigrants at the southern border. It’s COVID’s fault that the economy sucks. It’s COVID’s fault that Biden doesn’t know where he is half the time. It’s COVID’s fault inflation is through the roof. See how convenient that is? Unfortunately for Biden, people with only half a brain know he’s lying. The only one that has anything to complain about regarding COVID is Donald Trump who lost the election because of it. Nothing else is COVID’s fault. It’s Biden’s.

Biden needs to start being a leader. He’s been in office almost a year and I have yet to see any leadership out of the guy. He’s screwed up everything he’s touched, and if he hasn’t touched it, his VP has, and she has certainly screwed it up, probably worse than he would have. Time to start thinking about replacing Congress, and then replacing the White House staff.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

It’s Official…Masks Are A Waste!

If you are like me, you eschew wearing a mask in public. First of all, I’ve been fully vaccinated, and I don’t need a booster shot for a few months yet. So, I’m protected. Now, I realize there have been people that have caught this Delta Variant out there, and some have even died. And I’m not advocating, nor chastising anyone for not getting a vaccine. That is your choice. And frankly, I’m not one that believes the federal government should be telling you that you HAVE to get vaccinated when they have exempted Congress and all of the Congressional staffs from that mandate. That’s absurd.

So, I don’t wear a mask in public. The last time I did was flying back to the desert from Houston at the end of July. I used to keep masks in my car in case I needed one, but haven’t done that in a long while. And I don’t plan to.

If you need further proof that the whole mask thing is a way to keep you under politicians’ control and under their thumb, just listen to Whackjob Five member Rashida Tlaib. She’s the Michigan Congresswoman that was back in her home district over the weekend to do a few rallies. She was talking to someone who wasn’t wearing a mask. And they thought she was going to chastise them for not wearing one (she was), her comment was, “Oh, no, oh, not you!” Tlaib said in the video. “No, no, no – I’m just wearing it because I’ve got a Republican tracker here.”

The “Republican tracker” was a reporter from the Washington Beacon, who was video-taping Tlaib. And she hasn’t been the only politician caught not wearing a mask. Countless Democrats have been caught on camera not wearing a mask, then seeing the camera, they quickly put on a mask. As soon as the TV lights go out, they take the mask off again.

And of course, there is the picture that went viral about Whackjob Five member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who appeared at that tony New York Met gala wearing the dress that said, “Tax The Rich”, remember that? No mask in sight. Of course there were a billion people at Bobo Obama’s 60th Birthday party back in August. No one was wearing a mask. No one was social distancing. No one cared about COVID. They were shaking their booty, drinking up a storm, and having a great time.

So, what does the left have to say about this? Well, they said those folks are all “sophisticated”. I would beg to differ with you on the actual definition of the word, because they are about as sophisticated as a pig in slop. But that’s the excuse that’s brought out.

There are two sets of rules in this country. One is for the politicians and the “sophisticated” liberals. The other is for you and me. Frankly, I think it’s time that Anthony Fauci disappear from our TV screens for good, and that someone in DC have the balls to write a law that says, “Congress shall not be excused from ANY law passed at any time.” Nuff said!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Vax Mandates Fair? Not Really!

I had an neat lady that I went to high school with send me an idea for this one, and gave me a rather interesting angle on it. So, Maggie, thanks so much for the idea, and miss seeing all you guys from AHS!

OK…Joe Biden wants all employers with 100 employees or more to require their employees to get vaccinated fully or face weekly testing. Why? Simple. He made a campaign promise that he can’t keep. And so, he’s been out there trying to get the CDC to issue mask mandates, and more travel restrictions, and vaccinations mandates, all because he really looks like a horses hind end since he said that Donald Trump didn’t have a plan for COVID, “but I do”.

He didn’t.

And with only 50.4% of the population fully vaccinated, and about 64% getting one of two shots needed, we are a ways away from what Fauci calls “Herd Immunity”. Whatever Biden and his gang have been trying haven’t worked. He blames Republicans, but that’s not all true. There are plenty of liberals and Democrats that have not been poked with this vaccine. Their reasons are as varied as you can imagine. Some don’t like the government telling them what to do. Others don’t feel that the vaccine has been fully vetted and that it was rushed to market. Others still have already had COVID, so they are actually more resistant to the virus than people that got poked. It goes on and on. And it’s not an ideological thing either.

But the main question is, is it being handled fairly?

The simple answer is no. Unemployed folks aren’t being forced to get a vaccine or tested weekly or lose their jobs. People in small businesses aren’t being forced either. And don’t get me started on the illegal aliens flowing across our southern border. Some of them have been tested positive for COVID and are allowed to go into our communities. Why are they allowed to carry the disease with them and wander around free, and the rest of us are being told to quarantine in place?

You can’t use several different rules here. It’s one rule for EVERYBODY. Frankly my wife and I took the vaccine and have been fully vaccinated since April. That’s because we wanted to travel, and I have more than a little faith in the pharmaceutical industry. Neither of us have suffered any side effects or short term (it’s only been 6 months) effects.

As to should everyone HAVE to get vaccinated? I don’t believe so. I believe that is an individual’s choice, and as I have said earlier, I liken it to the inconsistency the left is showing with the abortion argument. They make the case that “it’s a woman’s right to choose what’s right for her own body.” OK. If that’s the argument you’re going to use for abortion, shouldn’t you be using the same argument here? Isn’t it the individual’s right to choose whether or not they get vaccinated? From a consistency standpoint it doesn’t make sense to me. You can’t say a woman has this right to do with her body what she wants, and then take that right away when it comes to something else that she wants to do with her body. That’s insanity.

That’s exactly what we are dealing with as far as Joe Biden’s policies regarding COVID are. He wants this to continue. He doesn’t want this to go away quickly. The reason is simple. The longer the government can exert control over you and me and tell us what we have to wear (a mask), what medical procedure we must do (vaccination), and limit our freedom of travel, especially if we aren’t vaccinated, the more likely it is we will accept these limitations to our freedoms long term. That’s wrong and it’s unconstitutional. THAT is why you see Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, and the uber-leftists wearing masks when the cameras are on and taking them off the minute the turn off the cameras. It’s a control thing. That’s one of the things liberals do.

I don’t agree that you should make a rule for government workers, public workers, and places of business with 100 or more employees, and leave the rest of the country (and the illegal aliens who are bringing COVID into this country in droves) free to do what they want. And I err on the side of individualism. You want to give some people like politicians the right to not wear a mask? OK, then nobody has to wear a mask. You want to not be vaccinating a group of people (take your choice), OK, then nobody HAS to be vaccinated. It is your choice, and you should be able to discuss it with your doctor and make whatever informed decision you want to make.

And it only starts with COVID vaccines…it extends to everything in our lives. Make a rule, and we ALL should obey it, not just the ones we like. And yes, that includes the idiot politicians of both parties in DC!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!