NO. Absolutely not. No way. Ever.

NO. Absolutely not.  No way. Ever.

The latest “expert” opinion on the Wuhan Coronavirus Crisis, brought to you in all its Red, Communist plumage.  Coronavirus expert estimates how long we will be required to wear masks.

This particular “expert” estimates that we will be required to wear masks when around other people for Several Years. How many of my readers are prepared to go out in public, to work, to shop, to a restaurant, or virtually anywhere, with your FACE, the part of you that makes you Human, covered by a mask, for the next Several Years?  How many of us will be willing to literally never see the faces of our friends, relatives, coworkers, and family, for years to come?

And who will be doing the requiring?  Will the CDC, who has been fudging the statistics for months, issue the proclamation that masks should be required, literally forever?  We all know that Democrat governors and mayors all over the country have been reveling in their power to literally stop their economies in their tracks, by executive orders never sanctioned by their elected legislatures.  And they love being able to decide what kinds of businesses are “essential”, and which are non-essential, thus picking winners and losers (except for the fact that all businesses have been losers in one way or another from the Chinese-introduced virus).

The governor of my state of Washington has made mask-wearing in public Mandatory, State-wide.  Even in small towns in Eastern Washington with few cases.  I am already defying that mandate, and if the so-called expert referenced above is believed by the powers that be, I will defy that mandate also.

I am hoping that this will simply be a bridge too far for most people.  Most of the people in my life have rolled over and played dead for Dimslee, and meekly go about with their masks on.  Not I, said the nearly-retired Patriot.

A bittersweet Independence Day

A bittersweet Independence Day

This year of 2020, when we Americans should be celebrating American Exceptionalism-the big difference in America’s founding and history from every other nation on Earth; our great country is riven by rioting, looting, Marxism, ugliness, vandalism—oh, and also a worldwide pandemic of a virus that originated in Communist China.

Instead of the sound of parades, brass bands playing Stars and Stripes Forever, and laughing children; we hear screams, bullhorns, and the rending sounds of toppling monuments.  Instead of praise for the Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and all the others, we hear praise for career criminals and Marxist fugitives.

The government school systems all across our country have produced a generation of youth who are taught that their country was illegitimately founded by a bunch of nasty bigoted, misogynistic, racist conquerors whose only interest was killing the natives they found here and taking over their land.  They were taught that the founders of America, because most were White and Male, were, by their very nature unfit to govern the population.  They are now being taught that the prime important date in America’s history was 1619, the year that the first “slave ship” docked.  And it is those youth who are now engaging in orgies of destruction, motivated by a so-called “Black Lives Matter” movement whose founders are avowed Marxists who despise America and wish to take it down.

We should be looking to all the manifestly great things that America, as founded, has done for those of us fortunate enough to have been born here, as well as the millions of legal (and too many illegal) immigrants who voluntarily left their own countries to seek a more-productive life here in America.  Those youth who constantly denigrate America should try spending a year or so in Cuba or Venezuela, and then see how they like it, compared to their pretty cushy life here.

This year in America, Summer has been Cancelled, due to the effects of the Wuhan Coronavirus, and the destructive Lockdowns perpetrated by the state and local Governments.  Everyday American citizens have been isolated from their friends and neighbors, schools closed (keeping children from their friends), offices and factories closed (resulting in massive unemployment and business failures), and city streets emptied.  The Virus did not cause this, the Governments did; making Policy at the behest of so-called Experts whose advice changes seemingly daily.  State governors and city mayors have become drunk with power, and they continually increase their decreed control over their citizens.  Most of the people of this great nation have become compliant sheep, going around in masks, and obeying every proclamation from their Masters. Never before in the history of this country has the economy been nearly totally brought to a screeching halt by any disease.  Even smallpox epidemics, and the Spanish Flu of 1918 did not see the total shutdown of the economy, with all its destruction.

The people of America are tired, and angry, and sick of being quarantined.  They see massive “demonstrations” against “police brutality”; thousands of people in the streets, with NO “social-distancing” or mask-wearing.  And when the “new cases” of viral disease spike, they hear NO mention of those mass demonstrations as the cause.

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And this year, perhaps we fortunate Americans should be thinking of those Citizens of Hong Kong, whose previous liberty and prosperity is being taken away by Communist China.  Just this week, the Communist Chinese passed a new national security law, given them increased control of Hong Kong, in violation of the Basic Agreement signed in 1989 when Britain ceded control of the island (perhaps now looking like a bad idea).  Going forward now, the Communists will be in tighter control, and can arrest and detain Hong Kongers at will and take them back to the mainland for “trial”.

The immediate impact is likely to be suppression of an antigovernment protest movement, whose demonstrations, within a comfort zone that protected rights to publicly question authority, were fueled by widespread public misgivings over Beijing’s growing influence.

The increase in the Communists’ power threatens all that has been beneficial about Hong Kong, including its economic freedom and rule of law.  In Communist countries, there is no such thing as rule of law, and citizens can be detained for any reason, for any length of time, with no recourse.  Already, bookstore owners and newspaper editors in Hong Kong have been “disappeared” by the Communists, simply vanishing.  For about 100 years, Hong Kong has been a haven of economic liberty in Asia, and those days are coming to a close.  The US has already declared that Hong Kong is no longer “semiautonomous”, and this declaration means that Hong Kong will no longer be treated as a free trading partner.  The Communists of mainland China are killing the Golden Goose of their own prosperity.

So, on this Independence Day, all Proud American Citizens should stand up and cheer.  Praise this Great Country, sing God Bless America or the Star-Spangled Banner, and be happy that you were born in the United States of America, the

GREATEST COUNTRY ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH

Jenny Durkan, the Mayor of Seattle, is Racist, and Black Lives don’t seem to matter to her

Jenny Durkan, the Mayor of Seattle, is Racist, and Black Lives don’t seem to matter to her

For nearly a month now, activists have occupied a portion of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Those activists and their hangers-on have barricaded the streets; desecrated the Seattle Police East Precinct and prevented the Police from returning there; broken windows and graffiti-tagged businesses in their “zone”; and allowed multiple shootings and two deaths.  The shooting victims were all Black men.  Do you see the Mayor decrying those deaths, and bringing the murderers to justice?

No, the Mayor is actually sympathetic to the Antifa and other so-called activists’ demands, and, funny thing, the vast majority of those wreckers are White!  For a month, the mayor has let those destructive, law-breaking activists hold part of her city, and has refrained from arresting them all and clearing out their manifestly illegal blocking of city streets.  Even the Black police chief, Carmen Best, has refrained from actually doing anything to remove the occupiers from city streets and let HER police officers back into their precinct station.  She comes out with these wimpy statements:

“Enough is enough,” she said during an impromptu Monday morning press conference with reporters. “It’s very fluid, (and) it’s very unfortunate that we have another murder in this area identified as the CHOP.”

Weasel, weasel, weasel, weasel!  What a total flop that police chief has been.  And the Washington State Patrol has also been complicit to a large degree, willingly blocking off both directions of Interstate Highway 5 going through downtown Seattle every time the demonstrators decide to walk onto the freeway.  I am on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s mailing list for long-haul truckers, and I have seen multiple messages a day noting the blockage of I-5 with no reason given (perhaps they are afraid to tell the truckers the reason they cannot proceed down the highway with their goods).

The White Mayor of Seattle and the Black Police Chief exhibit racist behaviors in their lack of action to bring the murderers of black men, and the occupiers of City streets to Justice.  Do not believe one word they say about Black Lives Mattering to them.  Their actions say otherwise.

Corporations Invite The Fox Into the Hen House

The title of the Wall Street Journal article reads: Firms Seek Government Mask Mandate.  It seems that some companies are asking their state governments to do what California’s Gavin Newsom and Washington’s (sleepy) Jay Inslee have done-issue statewide requirements that all persons wear face coverings when outside their homes.  The Journal says:

Rules vary by state and even by municipality, and some executives have said the issue would be simpler if the government ordered them to require masks so they could tell reluctant customers that they are simply abiding by regulations.

It seems that most big US airlines have been requiring all passengers to wear masks for months, but they would still like the Feds to make it a rule.  They don’t want flight attendants to get into arguments with passengers who remove masks in flight, and

a federal requirement that passengers wear masks in flight would make it easier for airlines to enforce their policies, according to some airline executives and union representatives. “If the government were to mandate it, I think that would help“, Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian said in an interview with Axios. “If the government mandates it, then you can enforce it.”

Las Vegas casino workers have called on Nevada to mandate mask-wearing.  What a shame, that they have to fear their customers.

The biggest shame is that corporations are literally inviting the government into their companies, to set rules of behavior for their customers.  Normally, most big companies chafe at all the government rules and regulations they have to follow, but obviously not this time.

If I were they, I would be very careful of what they are asking, because once the government has its nose under their tent, they may look forward to more government rules that they did NOT want.

They’ve Got Us Right Where They Want Us (with thanks to a Ricochet friend for the idea)

Isolated from friends and family.

Schools closed, so our children cannot see or play with their friends; in fact, being taught to fear their friends.

Churches closed. Movie theaters, retail shops, bars and restaurants closed (these are all the places where we socialize together).

Stuck at home. Working from home, distant from colleagues and supervisors

Jobs lost, so people lose their sense of purpose in life.

Information about the disease itself, and about how individuals should respond to it, inconsistent and unreliable.

Government so-called “experts”, giving contradictory advice on a daily basis.  University computer “modelers” predicting apocalypse regularly, but changing the parameters so nothing is ever constant.

Elderly people in congregate-care facilities even more isolated, forbidden to see their own families, dying alone and in despair.

People required to wear a mask over their face, the one feature of the body that makes a person human.  Unseen: smiles of satisfaction, frowns of concern, kids’ tongues sticking out at their friends’ good-natured teasing.  Seen: lineups outside stores, dozens of people with no faces, just blank masks, Six Feet Apart

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Citizens encouraged by Governments to inform on neighbors and strangers; asked to turn in their neighbors for violations of mask-wearing and physical-distancing guidelines.  Re-creating the East German Stasi secret police in the United States of America.

And to add insult to injury, Summer Events that define the Summer season are cancelled.  July 4 festivities everywhere are cancelled; the Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair is cancelled; the Seattle Chamber Music Festival concerts are cancelled in person-online just isn’t the same.  Not only do you have to go around wearing a mask, all of your social events are cancelled.  This is criminal, and very depressing to the populace.

They’ve got us right where they want us.  Cowed, afraid of our friends, neighbors, and coworkers.  Looking over our shoulders whenever we are away from home, watching everywhere for the snitches, just ready to call the enforcers to slap us with misdemeanor charges for refusing to hide behind the mask.  And if, as expected, the promised Wuhan Coronavirus Vaccine does NOT make its appearance any time soon, this state of affairs will be UNENDING.

They are Destroying American Society, with malice aforethought.  Be very careful of complying with every government “guideline”-they are leading you to disaster.

Are you ready to cower forever, afraid of an unseen virus that 96% of us, even if we get sick, will survive?  Not I, said the Patriot.

Hillsdale College Resists Pressure by “Black Lives Matter” Supporters

Hillsdale College Resists Pressure by “Black Lives Matter” Supporters

And Good for Hillsdale!  Hillsdale College admitted black students and women from its founding in 1844.  This illustrates its genuine Virtue of action, as distinct from the virtue-signaling demonstrated by companies and colleges pandering to the segregationist Black Lives Matter movement.

In this article at the Washington Free Beacon Web site (a must-read for any conservative), the author describes how students and alumni of Hillsdale have tried to pressure the College to issue a statement backing the group.  Hillsdale’s response is exactly right.

Please support Hillsdale College in its mission of promoting Learning, Family, Faith, and Freedom.

There is no hope for Seattle. More confirmation, June 16.

The City of Seattle is lost.  The City is no longer controlled by its elected officials, no matter how Left and Socialist they are.  The City government, and many private businesses surrendered to Antifa and the Black Lives Matter terror groups [I define them both as terror groups due to their methods, including arson, looting, vandalism, and illegal “occupation” of public rights-of-way].  The Police Chief of Seattle negotiates with the so-called “protestors”, thus granting them status.  And no one thinks anything of it.

Here are some reasons why Seattle is lost.

Seattle City Council OKs ban of “crowd control weapons”.

Capitol Hill Trader Joe’s store closed indefinitely following Black Lives Matter protests.

Visitors go to the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone

From Wobblies to CHAZ, Seattle has a long history of protests.

CHAZ changes its name to CHOP to better reflect demonstrations’ message.

Thousands participate in Seattle Children’s March.

[ED: New stories today, June 16. It gets worse]

Seattle reaches agreement with occupiers.   Agreement includes the Seattle Department of Transportation replacing wooden barriers with concrete ones!  Seattle Government Agency is helping the terrorists occupy City territory.  Seattle considers the “occupiers” to be the City’s equal.  This is frankly disgusting.  You don’t negotiate with terrorists, you  rout them.

Seattle business owner near occupied zone detains robbery suspect, calls police. Police do not respond.   Now we know who is more important in Seattle.  And it isn’t the law-abiding business-owning taxpayers of the City.

Seattle City Council mulls bills repealing loitering crimes for drug offenders, sex workers.  This speaks for itself.  With no police to enforce the law, we simply repeal the law.  Welcome to Lawless Seattle.

Power. The Power of Nature.

Can you watch this, and not know that Nature is more powerful than you are?  This is a source of the inexpensive hydro-electric power that we in the Pacific Northwest rely on.  That river flows day and night, summer and winter, with no interruptions.  Flow is heavier when fed by Spring runoff when mountain snow melts.  This is Snoqualmie Falls in Spring.  Listen to the Power.

Leftists Eating Each Other in Seattle [Extensively edited with new information]

This Fox News Web Site story today is just priceless.  The Mayor, white, homosexual, female Jenny Durkan, has been “demanded” to resign by avowed Socialist City Council-creature Kshama Sawant.  Yeah, as if Durkan takes orders from the Clowncil!  Sawant let demonstrators into City Hall, because in her view it “belongs to the people”.

“Protesters” Storm City Hall!  Those same protesters took over the Seattle East Precinct, making a 6-block “police-free zone”.

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And now this, from MyNorthwest.com.  It seems that the so-called “demonstrators” on Capitol Hill (above) are armed, and now establishing checkpoints around the neighborhood, and attempting to extract “protection money” from local businesses.  How is this helpful?  With no police, this is what you get.

Here are some quotes from another article on the KOMO Web site, about the “protester-occupied Autonomous Zone” near the Seattle Police East Precinct on Capitol Hill.

After Seattle police boarded up and abandoned the east precinct, a story started to spread that protesters with guns had broken in and were occupying the building. This is false.  [emphasis mine]

Now, just think about the bolded statement above.  The Seattle Police have abandoned their precinct station, and basically surrendered to the Occupying Force of Protesters.  What, exactly, does this say about the Police of the City of Seattle, whose job it is to protect the citizens of the city.  This is appalling!  In my opinion, this reflects the known fact that the city government of Seattle does not support its police force, and has not done for many years.  They are the descendants of 1960s radicals who think of police as “pigs”.

However, armed citizens are patrolling the streets around the police station. It’s also true that rifle-toting citizens have set up checkpoints and may be restricting who goes in and out.

Does this sound like a revolution to you?  An entire neighborhood of the city patrolled by armed “citizens” who probably do not live in that neighborhood.

And the truth actually gets even worse.

“We have heard anecdotally reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area,” Nollette said. “This is the crime of extortion.”

“The collective believes in the diversity of tactics,” said protest organizer Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, Jr. “I think a lot of different coalitions and efforts are trying to achieve a very similar goal.”

Police said they are reaching out to these leaders so they can move back into the east precinct without inciting more civil unrest.

What does this sound like to you?  To me, it sounds like, again, the Police have surrendered to the Protesters, and have to ask their permission to move back into their precinct house!  The Protesters’ Goal is a Police-free city.

 I have changed my mind about this being fun for us non-Seattleites to watch; it is now scary, and horrifying.  I feel sorry for all the business owners whose establishments were burned or looted during the so-called protests over the death of a career criminal in Minneapolis.  And I feel badly for all the citizens who are being prevented from returning to their homes, by armed thugs at checkpoints.

Hey, “protesters” and “demonstrators” in Seattle.   Be very careful what you wish for, you might just get it.  I wonder how criminal gangs and drug-pushers feel about Leftist wimps who pull the police from the streets in favor of social workers?  We may be about to find out.

What now for the performing arts?

What now for the performing arts?

Due to Government Edicts all over the United States and the entire world, performing arts organizations have essentially been prevented from staging their symphony concerts, big-band jazz concerts, chamber music performances, and choral concerts, due to fears of spreading the Wuhan Coronavirus.  They range from world-class orchestras like the Seattle Symphony, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to stage plays on Broadway, to the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.  Smaller groups have smaller cash cushions to get them through half a season with no presentations.  Groups have had to cancel needed fund-raising events like dinners and auctions, further reducing their available funds.

Many orchestras, especially the large ones like New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, have audiences that skew older.  But even places that cater to younger audiences, like nightclubs and rock concerts, have been closed down.  The venues themselves are in trouble, not having any ability to stage the events that keep them in business.  Will arts organizations like this be forced to deny tickets to older people, “for their own good”?

What will the future look like for these arts groups and venues, when the government holds their future in its hands?  Will a concert hall like the Kimmel Center Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, be able to stay in operation if its audiences are limited to 25% capacity?  Will the Philadelphia Orchestra be able to continue under those circumstances?  The Arts are a part of life that makes living worthwhile.  Millions of people all over the world spend time watching and listening to music of all kinds.  What happens when the “music stops”?

What will be the future of the Arts, if a vaccine against the Wuhan Coronavirus takes longer than anticipated to hit the market?  Will Governments insist that there be no concerts, or performances, or plays for audiences larger than say 50 people?  Will Arts organizations agree to commit suicide, because that is what they will be required to essentially do?

This spring and summer in Seattle, everything has been canceled.  We are very unhappy that the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Northwest Chamber Chorus, and the Seattle Symphony, have all not been able to stage one concert.  We are very sad that we will not have the wonderful experience of sitting in Benaroya Recital Hall listening to our favorite musicians play their sublime chamber music.  They have even canceled the outdoor concert scheduled for August!  And the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration was also canceled, preventing Hubby’s band from performing.

We are very unhappy and depressed about what is going on, but if we are feeling that way, just think of what the musicians and the Festivals are going through right now.  This is their livelihoods, and that hangs in the balance.  People who make their living playing music need an audience, and those audience members need that music.  We are not allowed to make our own decisions about whether to take the risk of being in the same room with the rest of the listeners and performers.  Government has deemed that we not be allowed to attend concerts, because we might be infected.

Funny, but you don’t see concerts being canceled during flu season from October to March, in case someone might catch the flu from the person next to them.  Flu kills thousands of people every year, but the world does not stop turning.  I wonder what the ongoing effects of the Wuhan Coronavirus will be on the performing arts, that add such love and excitement to life.  Will the organizations survive?