Tulips, and more Tulips

In a normal year, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival takes place during the entire month of April.  Washington State’s Skagit Valley is the world’s second largest producer of tulips and bulbs, outside of The Netherlands.  There are a couple of large growers who open their fields for the festival; they charge for parking across the street, and tourists are allowed to walk between the rows of flowers, taking pictures and just admiring the beautiful colors of the flowers.  They also sell bulbs, cut flowers, and other festival merchandise (there is a new t-shirt design by a local artist each year, and they get to be collectors’ items).

This year of 2020, the Festival was cancelled, due to the State Shelter-in-Place Order to stop the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  And to make doubly sure that no one got in their cars and drove up anyway, the farmers (probably directed by Festival officials) turned off the “Tulip Cams” that show how the fields are doing, so people can see the flowers at their best full bloom.  Double-whammy for all those who look forward to a trip to see the flowers.

Hubby and I go most years, and I try to get new photos each year.  So here are many of the photos I have taken in previous years.  I hope you enjoy them.

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2017

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Tulip Fields near Mount Vernon, WA

The farmers in the Skagit also grow daffodils, and they bloom before the tulips.

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Skagit Daffodils

2019 was an exceptional year for the tulips.

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It’s a crying shame that the state government dictated that the tulip-growers of the Skagit Valley were unable to sell their crop this year.  So unnecessary, and so depressing for those of us who need those brightly-colored flowers to show us that Spring has arrived.  We fervently hope that the growers will be back next year.

 

 

 

 

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.

Calling All Citizens of the State of Washington: Defy Tyranny, Resist the Mandatory Wearing of Masks Outside the Home

The governor of the state of Washington, “Sleepy” Jay Dimslee, has issued a Proclamation, making it mandatory that ALL citizens wear face-covering masks whenever outside their homes.  This Edict applies to all citizens over the age of Two Years.  The Penalty for being caught without a mask over your face is a Misdemeanor Citation; as in, you will have a Criminal Record.  And the duration of this Edict is: Until there is a Vaccine against the deadly Wuhan Coronavirus.  Anyone willing to bet on when that might be? 18 months?  Two years?

There are some exceptions to this Mandate.  People with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are exempt, as are those actually eating in a restaurant.  Those are the only two exemptions.

Now, you parents out there, how many of you think you will be able to make your three- and four-year-old children wear a mask?  And what will you be teaching your children?  Why, you will be teaching them to FEAR Other People!  No, Johnny, when we go out to visit Aunt Mary, we all must wear masks so we don’t breathe Aunt Mary’s air.  Why?  Because we might catch a deadly disease from Aunt Mary.  Or She might catch a deadly disease from Us!

This unilateral Edict from the Holy Governor of the People of the State of Washington is not only unconstitutional (it is not a law passed by the legislature, and it has a criminal penalty, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Executive branch of government), it is practically unenforceable.  I wonder if local police and sheriffs will be happy about having to cite the thousands of Free Citizens of Washington for the crime of going outside the home unmasked.  How many Washington Citizens will be willing to add a new item of clothing to their daily wardrobe, and have to breathe in their own CO2 for at least another full year?

Not I, said the Free Citizen of Washington State.  I am not a Serf, bound to my Master in Olympia, and I will not comply.

Free Citizens, Join Me in Defying Tyranny!  Resist the Mask Mandate!  Stand up for your Constitutional Rights to Freely Assemble.

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.

Are you ready for the “socially-distant” future?

Are you ready for the “socially-distant” future?

This afternoon, I was reading my Wall Street Journal from a few days ago (I still take the old-fashioned print edition, and I am always behind), and I noticed more than one article that, taken together, got me to thinking some very uncomfortable thoughts.

I have read more than one article describing the “new office”, brought about by the Wuhan Coronavirus.  Most big offices in large cities were shut down by government decree in March and April, resulting in thousands of workers being laid off, furloughed, or directed to work from home to avoid contagion.  With some offices now allowed to reopen, companies are having to totally rethink their office layouts, so their employees can be “kept safe”.  The bolded chapter heading is “Distancing and Cleanliness”.  In the office of the very near future (like tomorrow), “Among the first priorities is figuring out how to maintain social distancing in an office.”  Software applications will now govern where and how employees interact.  Meetings will be smaller and less frequent, and employee desks will be further apart [thus cutting down on employee interaction]; “density sensors” may prevent too many employees in any one room at a time; all surfaces will be obsessively cleaned all day every day.

In the new office building, elevators will not be allowed to hold more than two people, and all the buttons will either be gone or changed to some kind of “no-touch” technology. Many will still work from home, and their colleagues in the office will hold Zoom meetings when they need to be in a group discussion.  A researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at UC Berkeley advises “bringing employees together virtually now to share ideas on how to re-establish social bonds while maintaining social distancing.”[italics mine]

Then, there’s the article on the New Hospital.  The ideas in that article are extremely depressing to me.  The title is “Rethinking the Hospital for the Next Pandemic”.  Here are some phrases from that article.  What does this make you think?

A future where such crises [the Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic] may become a grim fact of life.

 

These changes promise to markedly reduce risk and disease spread-and change the way people experience care even in times when there is no crisis.

 

…it will also become less hands-on than people have come to expect.

 

…come up with ways to keep patients out of those [waiting]rooms.

 

…remotely triaging patients before they even arrive.

 

…an iPad rigged on a four legged robot called Spot allows staffers to see patients from a safe distance in the ER or a triage tent outside, via a video assessment and a thermal-imaging camera to measure breathing rate.

 

Keeping Doctors and Patients at a Distance.

 

To make it safer for patients and staff alike, some hospitals are trying to limit contact.

 

In intensive-care units, instead of placing IV poles and monitors next to the patient, they are now positioned outside the room so nurses can check patients’ status without unnecessary exposure for both…

 

For example, he says, newly-diagnosed heart-disease patients, who need frequent checkups and possibly adjustments to their medications, could use the [electronic] system to relay important data to their doctors remotely.

The above observations are scary enough in themselves, but then I was thinking about the “vulnerable elderly” who are confined to nursing homes, or live in various other congregate long-term-care environments like assisted-living communities.  In the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic, thousands of such vulnerable elderly people died alone, in their rooms, forbidden to see family and friends in their final days.  For some reason, the idea of a video visit on an iPad sounds cold and unfriendly to me.

It is well-known that human beings are social animals.  Isolation is used as punishment in prisons and even by mothers with unruly children who send them to their rooms as a “time-out”.  It is also well-known that human babies need close contact with their mothers to thrive and grow.  Children neglected by their parents and not held or cuddled can waste away, or become depressed or anxious.

The idea of isolation being the theme of the “new office” or the “new hospital” is very unpleasant.  It is not a nice thought, that starting now, we need to be afraid of our coworkers, and even our doctors.  It is uncomfortable to have to go through life in fear of every other human being you encounter, but it appears that those designing physical spaces, and medical care facilities, will now be doing their best to minimize contact among all employees and clients.  It is not fun to think that your hairdresser, your manicurist, and your doctor, are now afraid of you.

I am in the age-group that is now defined as “vulnerable”, and it scares me shitless to think of what it will be like if I ever have to go to a hospital for any reason.  Will I be held at arms-length by everyone I encounter?  Will I be prevented from having any visitors, including my husband?  Will I be forced to suffer, and maybe even die, alone?  This is abhorrent to me, and I plan to do everything I can to avoid that kind of future.

I wonder how many others think this kind of future is a nightmare?  How many of you out there are horrified with the physical environment that will, by design, keep others away from you?  We humans require others around us, for celebrations, concerts, sports, and restaurant meals.  Will we all agree to give up things like handshakes when meeting a new colleague, or hugs when comforting a friend who has suffered a loss?  I hope and pray that my fellow people will not go happily into the “socially-distant” future without putting up a fight.