23 thoughts on “Live Free or Die

  1. Pawn sacrifice says:

    “Trump is looking for a civil war. His followers are only too happy to oblige” https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-coronavirus-lockdown-protest-liberate-michigan-virginia-minnesota-second-amendment-a9475026.html
    “Trump’s support for right-wing protests just got more ugly and dangerous” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/20/trumps-support-right-wing-protests-just-got-more-ugly-dangerous/
    “Trump, Head of Government, Leans Into Antigovernment Message : With his poll numbers fading after a rally-around-the-leader bump, the president is stoking protests against stay-at-home orders.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/us/politics/trump-coronavirus.html


    Georgia leads the race to become America’s No. 1 Death Destination https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/21/georgia-leads-race-become-americas-no-1-death-destination/
    Meanwhile: U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “totally disagrees” with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s phase 1 plans to reopen tattoo parlors, bars, hair salons and other nonessential businesses this week. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/22/trump-says-he-totally-disagrees-with-georgia-gov-kemps-decision-to-reopen-businesses-in-the-middle-of-coronavirus-pandemic.html

  3. Judas Goat says:

    “While most of the world hungers for a vaccine to put an end to the death and economic destruction wrought by COVID-19, some anti-vaccine groups are joining with anti-lockdown protesters to challenge restrictions aimed at protecting public health.
    Vaccine critics suffered serious setbacks in the past year, as states strengthened immunization laws in response to measles outbreaks sparked by vaccine refusers. California tightened its vaccine requirements last fall despite protests during which anti-vaccine activists threw blood on state senators, assaulted the vaccine bill’s sponsor and shut down the legislature.
    Now, many of these same vaccine critics are joining a fight against stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which had killed more than 47,000 Americans as of Thursday afternoon. [50,439 as of April 24 according to CDC]
    “This is just a fresh coat of paint for the anti-vaccine movement in America, and an exploitative means for them to try to remain relevant,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
    Hotez said anti-vaccine groups are seizing on the anti-government sentiment stoked by conservative-leaning protesters to advance their cause.
    “Unfortunately, their strategy may work.”

  4. Organized Crime says:

    ⚫️ ‘Let State Police come down here’: New Mexico mayor to defy state lockdown order by reopening city https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/let-state-police-come-down-here-new-mexico-mayor-to-defy-state-lockdown-order-by-reopening-city
    ⚫️ The Anti-Defamation League is denouncing comments made by a New Mexico mayor who compared New Mexico State Police to the Gestapo and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to the Nazis. http://www.artesianews.com/1853016/adl-condemns-new-mexico-mayors-nazi-remark-about-governor.html
    ⚫️ New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson has had enough of the name calling and the idea of pitting law enforcement agencies against each other. https://www.abqjournal.com/1447731/state-police-chief-replies-to-comments-by-grants-mayor.html Chief Johnson said citizens shouldn’t be directed by elected officials to violate laws or jeopardize the public’s health, referring to Martin “Modey” Hicks, the mayor of Grants, statements that nonessential businesses would be opened Monday in violation of the governor’s public health order.
    “This puts both the citizens and my officers in a very difficult and unnecessary position. A position that has the potential to create terrible relationships not only right now during this pandemic, but on the back end of this.”
    As whether State Police will be in Grants citing businesses that are violating the public health order, Johnson said his agency will be following the same protocol.
    “We will respond to any complaints about nonessential businesses being open,” he said.
    ⚫️ “The governor also addressed directly Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks who reportedly has told businesses to open on Monday, again expressing disappointment. “These orders are the law,” she said. “You have to follow them.” And the idea “that you can just open up businesses and not worry about public health issues is really quite frankly tantamount to opening up a public pool and and having a pee section. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever [and] flies in the face of every single positive productive evidence-based public health effort.” https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2020/04/24/nm-covid-19-cases-2521/

  5. Happily Ever After says:

    The Trump administration is threatening to sue states and municipalities whose pandemic orders infringe on people’s rights or cause “undue interference with the national economy.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/04/trump-admin-threatens-to-sue-states-that-dont-lift-pandemic-orders/
    Attorney General William P. Barr’s memo to all 94 US attorneys’ offices : “Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights” https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/attorney-general-william-p-barr-s-memo-balancing-public-safety-with-the-preservation-of-civil-rights/749fc86a-f81c-4baf-b002-b68deb3f1ade/
    President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday evening compelling meat processors to remain open to head off shortages in the nation’s food supply chains, despite mounting reports of plant worker deaths due to covid-19. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/28/trump-meat-plants-dpa/
    In an authoritarian twist, President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday that he’s looking to condition coronavirus economic relief for blue states on complying with the administration’s immigration policy goals. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/28/21239903/trump-coronavirus-aid-leverage-states-sanctuary-cities
    “Mass layoffs begin in cities and states amid coronavirus fallout, threatening education, sanitation, health and safety : Millions of municipal workers could find themselves out of a job or without pay, according to local leaders, who say programs would fall into disarray unless Washington intervenes” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/29/cities-states-layoffs-furloughs-coronavirus/

  6. Rah-rah says:

    President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been largely absent amid the coronavirus crisis in recent weeks, said on Wednesday that “this is a great success story” as the death toll nears 60,000, with more than one million COVID-19 cases recorded. https://www.thedailybeast.com/jared-kushner-calls-coronavirus-response-a-great-success-story-as-death-toll-nears-60000
    The problem with the Covid-19 death numbers https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/opinions/the-problem-with-covid-19-death-numbers-sutter/index.html
    Researchers from Yale School of Public Health and the Washington Post published a report looking at “excess deaths” from Covid-19.
    The Yale findings indicate officials are vastly underestimating the toll of the pandemic.
    It may seem a callous term, but “excess deaths” are critical to understanding this pandemic. The term refers to the number of deaths that are found to be in “excess” of the normal death rate for a particular place during a certain period of time.
    U.S. deaths soared in early weeks of pandemic, far exceeding number attributed to covid-19
    An analysis of federal data for the first time estimates excess deaths — the number beyond what would normally be expected — during that period. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2020/04/27/covid-19-death-toll-undercounted/?arc404=true

      • Ok then... says:

        “An emergency proclamation issued Thursday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, requiring the use of face masks in stores and restaurants was amended Friday after threats of violence. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/02/us/face-masks-stillwater-oklahoma-trnd/index.html
        “In the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse,” Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle said in a statement.
        “In addition, there has been one threat of violence using a firearm. This has occurred in three short hours and in the face of clear medical evidence that face coverings helps contain the spread of Covid-19.”
        Due to the threats of violence the city has decided to amend their emergency order but still want people to wear face masks whenever possible, the statement said.
        Since April 3, the CDC has recommended that Americans should wear “cloth coverings” in public places.
        The updated guidance was in light of new evidence that many people were spreading the virus asymptomatically — meaning that even people not exhibiting symptoms were spreading it by coughing, sneezing or even simply talking in close proximity.
        A growing body of research also shows that minuscule Covid-19 viral particles can linger in the air as long as 16 hours. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.13.20063784v1

        OOOOk-lahoma, where the Coronavirus blows free…

        • Hosea 8:7 says:

          A security guard at a Family Dollar store in Michigan was fatally shot after refusing to allow a customer to enter the store because she wasn’t following the state’s guidance on wearing a face mask in public, authorities said Monday.
          Calvin Munerlyn, a 43-year-old father of nine, was shot once in the head while working at the store in Flint on Friday afternoon, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/family-dollar-security-guard-shot-over-mask_n_5eb009c2c5b69a79551ad393
          A 53-year-old anti-lockdown protester in Colorado has been arrested on suspicion of having pipe bombs and bomb-making materials at his home, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.
          FBI agents found four pipe bombs at the Loveland home of Bradley Bunn on Friday, a statement from the office says. They also allegedly found two 1-pound containers of gunpowder in his vehicle.
          Bunn has been active in protests against coronavirus lockdown orders at the Colorado Capitol in Denver, where he has been spotted carrying firearms, KCNC reported. https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/coronavirus/article242489446.html

  7. Bystander says:

    Two McDonald’s employees in Oklahoma City were shot Wednesday after they told two customers to leave the store’s dining area due to coronavirus restrictions. The incident is one of a number reported across the country that authorities said were related to restrictions put in place to combat the spread of the virus. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/06/us/mcdonalds-employees-shot-coronavirus/index.html

    A customer at a southern California grocery store chose to wear what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood throughout his shopping trip and ignored requests from staff to remove it, according to the supermarket. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/us/man-wore-kkk-hood-grocery-trnd/index.html The incident took place at a Vons grocery store in Santee, located 20 miles from San Diego, which has been associated with white supremacist activity for years, earning the city the nickname “Klantee,” according to a 2001 Los Angeles Times article. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-mar-06-mn-34016-story.html Reportedly the term is still used

  8. Rowdy Yates says:

    The founder of the group Cowboys for Trump and a New Mexico county commissioner is facing calls to resign after he said in a video, “the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/05/new-mexico-county-official-couy-griffin-calls-for-the-death-of-democrats/
    Commentary: Commissioner Couy Griffin Has A Long History of Violent Speech Against Democrats https://www.krwg.org/post/commentary-commissioner-couy-griffin-has-long-history-violent-speech-against-democrats
    “Waving the bloody shirt” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waving_the_bloody_shirt

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