Bubble-wrapped America: Hairdressers are afraid to re-open their salons in Washington State

The always-alarmed Press has got Americans so afraid of dying of the Wuhan Coronavirus that they have convinced some hairdressers in the Pacific Northwest that they would be in mortal danger from their customers, if they re-open their salons in the next “phase” of His Royal Highness Jay Inslee’s plan to re-open the Washington State economy.  A hairdresser (afraid to be identified in the news account) has begun a petition to delay hair salons’ permitted opening until “Phase Four”, sometime in the middle of the summer.  These cowardly so-called professionals insist that the Government Mandate that ALL salons not open until very much later, instead of making their own decisions on whether they feel comfortable in re-opening.

Leftists.  If there’s something that makes them feel bad, they insist that Government protect them and everyone else from it.  Although, this stricture might make some have second thoughts.

For example, employees are required to use PPE like gloves, gowns, goggles, face shields and masks depending on the service.

The hairdressers who signed the petition are worried about a shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) to keep them Safe from their customers.  Because they are concerned, they insist that the State deny ALL hairdressers the right to open their own salons with precautions taken.

It’s all about Safety.  Are they really ready to earn zero income until mid-summer?  What happens when the unemployment funds run out?  And do they care nothing for their customers who have already gone months without a haircut?  Do they simply expect their shaggy-headed clients to wait for them to feel Comfortable, and Safe?  I hope not, because I will find someone to give me a haircut when I need it.  And if I need to change salons, I will do so (although I expect the salon I use to open at the first possible moment).

By the way, His Royal Highness isn’t denying HIMSELF a haircut, is he?  Regulations for Thee but not for Me.

Defy Tyranny.  Break the Lockdown.

Skimmers! We Have Skimmers (and Terns, and Gulls)

In October of 2012, Hubby and I went to New Jersey, where he was born, to attend his family Catholic church’s 120th anniversary.  On that trip, we drove out to the Jersey Shore, and spent a nice day at Cape May.  It was absolutely beautiful for October; bright and sunny with temperatures in the 70s.  We almost had the whole beach to ourselves.  Well, the “almost” included a big flock of seabirds. There were Black Skimmers, Forster’s Terns, and other seagulls.  Here they are.

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Seabirds, Cape May

And, closer-up:

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See the Terns in the foreground, white with the black eye-patch.  This is their winter plumage.

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Skimmers, sea birds on the beach at Cape May, NJ, October 23, 2012

And even closer, aren’t they cool, just marching right up the beach?

Also found at Cape May…

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There is a whole long street of these beautiful houses.  They are “summer rentals” so were mostly empty in October.

Now, we were there about five days before Superstorm Sandy hit.  I have always wondered how those houses made it through the big storm.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96-Crop the Shot

I like to call it “Zoom-in-Zoom Out”.  Instead of taking one photo and cropping out the extraneous features, I find a subject and zoom closer in on it, to see the finer and many times more interesting features that might be missed in the wider view.

I took these one day at our favorite day trip, up the North Cascades Highway to the Diablo Lake Overlook.  Diablo Lake is one of the reservoirs behind the dams on the Skagit River in NW Washington State, where Seattle gets its (clean, hydro-electric) power. The water is that blue-green color due to its glacial origin.

Here’s the full-view picture.

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Next, I zoomed in on the rock face.

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Finally, I zoomed in even closer to see the patterns the various faces of the rock make.

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You can see the lichens that cling to the rock and give it color, as well as the mosses.  It is those tiny plants that, along with rainwater, spell the eventual doom of the mountains by creating tiny crevices that the water wears away.   Link to Tina’s site.

Oh, yes…  I almost forgot.  Tina, this one’s for you.

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Skimmers at Cape May, NJ, October 23, 2012

This is Sad. And Criminal. LaConner, Washington

This afternoon, my husband and I defied the “stay-at-home” order, and drove our car up to the Skagit Valley.  It was bright, sunny, and around 80 degrees out.  LaConner is admittedly a “touristy” little town on the Swinomish Slough, with dozens of little local stores selling just about anything you might want.  Not one store is a member of any chain, and we look forward to going up there a few times a year to see what’s new.  This year, this is “what’s new” in LaConner.

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And then, this.

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We were actually surprised to see so many cars parked on the main street.  But this was sad, sadder, saddest.

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And this was only fewer than half the stores on the main drag.  In his infinite wisdom, the governor of the State of Washington has ruined the town of LaConner.  I wonder how many of those little stores will actually re-open, when His Lowness in Olympia decides it is again “safe” for them to operate.  This was the most depressing trip to LaConner that I can ever remember.  The town is not being destroyed by the Wuhan Coronavirus, it is being destroyed by the Government of the State of Washington.

Sickening, this is really sickening, and so unnecessary.  Destroying the town in order to supposedly “save lives”.  No concern for the lives of all those shop-owners whose livelihoods are now in danger.  I wish them all the best, but fear the worst.

And just outside of town, you would never know the anguish being felt.

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What now, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway?

What now, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway?

This summer, the cruise industry is forced by the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic to cancel all cruises to Alaska.  Cruises to Alaska leave from the ports on the West Coast, including San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC.  So those ports will miss out on the cruise ship passengers’ money, but they have other sources of tourists.  The ports in Alaska, on the other hand, don’t have quite so many sources of tourist dollars.

In the past, those Alaska cities have expressed some degree of dislike of those cruise-ship passengers, who disembark in the mornings, swarm all over their towns, get back on those big ships in the evening, and sail away.  A few years ago, all those towns got together and proposed to levy some rather large taxes on each cruise-ship passenger, to cover the towns’ costs for rubbish removal and other wear-and-tear.  At least one place was concerned about the town’s “cruise-ship passenger carrying capacity”.  Obviously, that swarm of paying customers is a mixed blessing for the Alaska towns that see multiple cruise ships every summer.

So, how will they feel this year, when they receive zero cruise ships, and the many dollars their passengers spend in their cities?  Will they rethink their dislike of all those tourists swarming their towns?  Or will they breathe a sigh of relief when their towns remain quiet all summer?

There was actually some good news today.

First Good News Story:   US Department of Justice Drops the Case Against General Michael Flynn.

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This case was a total travesty from Day One, and documents revealed this week show a real conspiracy, led and known by those at the top of the Obama Administration FBI, led by James Comey.  The reputation of the FBI as an investigative agency tasked with finding and bringing the Bad Guys to Justice has been dragged through the mud, and may never recover.

It is my hope that General Flynn and his excellent lawyer Sidney Powell immediately file lawsuits against the individuals involved, NOT the Agencies.  Start with Jim Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, James Clapper, and Rod Rosenstein.  They are the ones who ruined a good man’s reputation and threw him into bankruptcy and penury.  And they should sue for triple damages because of it.  General Flynn at least deserves to get back the wealth that he spent fighting the bogus charges.  And Susan Rice, who helped “unmask” General Flynn while wiretapping the Russian Ambassador with whom he was (legally) speaking, needs to be sued into bankruptcy, and prevented from ever working in any government position again.

It it also time for President Trump to thoroughly clean house at Justice.  He needs to fire every single political appointee from any Administration other than his own.  That includes the US Attorneys who continually thwart his actions.  He should have done that on Day Two of his administration in January of 2017.

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The next piece of Good News today:  The Texas Salon owner who was jailed for violating the Dallas “Lockdown ordinance” was freed today by a ruling of the Texas Supreme Court.

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The Texas Attorney General has also ruled that no one should be jailed for violating such an ordinance.  Much of the United States economy has been brought low, resulting in millions of citizens being thrown out of their jobs and onto the unemployment rolls, by state officials ordering people to stay home and businesses to shutter in the name of stopping the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  The economic damage is turning out to be worse than the disease itself.  The people are starting to rebel against the Tyranny of local officials who are denying them the right to their livelihoods.

Congratulations to General Michael Flynn, and Ms. Shelley Luther for triumphing against Tyranny in its many forms.

Stolen. “If it walks like a Quack and Talks like a Quack”

Stolen.  “If it walks like a Quack and Talks like a Quack”

Thanks to a Ricochet friend for bringing this excellent quote to my attention.  It belongs in a prominent position, since it perfectly expresses the horror of the “Covid-19 Lockdown” mentality that has taken over the brains of so many state governors/mini-dictators.  From Dr. John Rao:

Our Socratic forbears taught us through their “Seeds of the Logos” that the reasoning man does not have to be an expert in a given field to be able to make a competent judgment regarding whether he is dealing with leaders whose advice he should heed or reject as fraudulent. Frauds demand absolute faith in their claims, treating the confused doubter with contempt for his invincible ignorance. Such imposters may seriously believe that they are omniscient experts. But when they tell young or otherwise healthy persons that they are in the same condition as the weakest of the elderly or the already ill; when they say that in order to protect itself the vast mass of the population has to abandon its livelihood, the well being of its country, the cultural life of its civilization, and the tools required for its eternal salvation they must be dismissed for what they actually are: quacks.

Does this sound like anyone you know?  It sure sounds like our Dictator in Olympia.  Quack!!!

DEFY TYRANNY.  BREAK THE LOCKDOWN.