Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

I visited a woman in the hospital this weekend.  She had a heart attack and was unresponsive on arrival.  The doctors didn’t know if she would make it.  Here’s a note from her husband (I did their estate plan, back when I was in private practice):

“When you are laying in bed at 2:00 a.m and your mind is running the gerbil wheel of ‘what if she doesn’t wake up,  would she want burial or cremation and what do I do with the ashes, keep them or scatter them, and what funeral home should I hire, and who is going to scan photos for the video but would she even want a memorial, and what are her friends’ phone numbers or maybe invite only family, and can we even have a memorial, what are the Covid rules and oh God, what if she doesn’t wake up?’ . . . it’s not as much fun as you might think.  Spend some time talking to your family so they know the plan.”

Joe Doakes

What Joe said. 

Went to dinner at friend’s house, no masks or distancing, and got to admire his M1 from the CMP program. Solid people.

His wife is afraid Democrats will never let us take off our muzzles but I explained the marks silliness will only last through the recount.

Last January, impeachment was a ploy to get Trump out of office. It failed.
Covid is a ploy to prevent Trump from getting re-elected. When it fails, they will drop it and move to a different play to get him removed from office. I suspect it will be another attempt at impeachment, this time based on tax returns.

Masks are temporary. Does not make them less annoying, but the end is in sight.

Joe Doakes

Even if mask mandates are as effective at disease prevention as they are at logrolling compliance, this whole episode points out that when the people get terrible information, the rumor mill – and its high-tech analog, “fake news” – fill in the gaps.

And yes, it is all Governor Klink’s fault.

27 thoughts on “Masquerade

  1. Wisconsin has about the half the number of covid-deaths as Minnesota.
    In Wisconsin, covid-19 mandates are done locally. The Democrat governor had his power to mandate things like social distancing and mask wearing taken away by the supreme court months ago.
    Minnesota and Wisconsin are as alike politically and demographically as two peas in a pod, the biggest difference, as far as each state’s reaction to covid-19 goes, is that Minnesota’s governor has the ability to rule by decree. As a consquence about a thousand more people have died of covid in Minnesota than have died of covid in Wisconsin.
    About 80% of the covid dead in Minnesota were people who were residents of nursing homes. In Wisconsin, only about 40% of the covid dead were residents in nursing homes. Otherwise, the age demographics of the dead are similar.
    So you can actually point to specific policies in Minnesota that have resulted in unneccessary covid fatalies.
    The governor of Minnesota has responded to the carnage in the nursing homes by requiring healthy people to wear masks while shopping.

  2. Walz & Malcolm were aware by early March of the demographics of mortality in MN and actively chose to exploit it for political purposes. At least half the deaths of those over the age of 60 should be reclassified as homicides. This is murder under color of authority. Lets stop being polite and deferential to these people, lets name them for what they are Murderers.

  3. And to put a point on it people like the Emerys as fervent aidders and abettors are direct accomplices in the democide that Walz, Malcolm, Cuomo, et al have undertaken.

  4. Ha! When Emery uses a proven lying propaganda source as his support, you know he’s deranged. Oh. Wait! Those are the sources of all of his rants.

  5. I’m not sure I can agree with JD that the wearing of masks will be temporary. Where I live, masks are a 50/50 deal and some places more than others, but it is my impression that the Metro Area is cuckoo for masks (to paraphrase an old cereal jingle).

    There are people with clear mental health issues, people like this one, who are freely walking around trying to involve us all in their delusions. I don’t think the politicians nor the news media really understand the monsters they’ve created. And remember, there’s the next flu season just a few months away…

  6. “Most of the slowdown occurred due to voluntary social distancing rather than lockdown policies”

    This is an important note and suggests the economy is dependent on the course of the pandemic.

    “Merrill Lynch economists put out a note this morning: Nordic Lessons. Here are a few brief excerpts:
    One of our core views is that both voluntary and mandated social distancing have significant impacts on the economy. A new academic paper out of the University of Copenhagen and CEBI quantifies the effect of each kind of social distancing on consumer spending during the COVID-19 pandemic. …

    Let us start with the facts. The outbreak began at the end of February in Denmark and Sweden. … Since then the two countries have diverged significantly in terms of health care outcomes. As of May 18, Denmark had 95 deaths per million people, while Sweden (363 per million) has had among the highest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world. This difference points to a large healthcare benefit from lockdown policies. What about the economic costs?

    The paper finds that consumer spending dropped by 25% in Sweden and by 29% in Denmark. The 4pp difference between the two declines quantifies the cost of lockdown policies. While 4% of consumer spending is not trivial, it is a small share of the total decrease in consumer spending. Therefore the data indicate that most of the slowdown occurred due to voluntary social distancing rather than lockdown policies.

    If the paper’s results are applicable to other countries, they have important implications for the economic outlook. … Even as restrictions are lifted, consumer spending will likely remain highly impaired, with services getting hit the hardest. Ending lockdowns might also limit the activity of more vulnerable people, further delaying the recovery.”

    In summary, the economic downturn has been primarily because of the virus, not the policy response.”

  7. Emery(s) is angling for a seat on the Committee of Public Safety.

    Like all lick-spittle accomplices Emery is happy in his subservience to direct the light of responsibility away from the Murderers he serves in hopes of his one day reward.

    They are still Murderers, Emery, and you are still their accomplice.

  8. I too wish Trump was not in favor of mass human sacrifice as a way to propitiate the gods and halt the coronavirus epidemic.

  9. nice try Emery, but you’re still the lick-spittle accomplice of the Murderers!

  10. Herman Cain was a solid Conservative. He’d have been appalled at the notion that it was the President’s job to protect him from catching a virus. For Emery to invoke Cain’s memory in service of everything he abhorred, is excreable.

  11. Interesting that I never get a reply to: “If masks are effective, why are people not allowed to go about daily business, and if they are not, why wear them?”

    Plus, ever seen anybody working in the lab with viruses? And you REALLY think mask, especially cloth, works? Dude, I have acres of lakefront property I bought 10 years ago for $0.57/ft…

    But SCIENCEtm!

  12. And also thread-jacking.

    The point of the post is whether Democrats will continue Mask Hysteria after the recounts are ended and it’s clear the tactic didn’t keep Trump out of the White House, or whether Democrats will switch to a new tactic to try to oust Trump from the White House.

    Herman Cain has nothing to do with the topic. A person who can’t undestand that is simply too stupid to read this blog.

  13. Also I should make clear: I’m joking here, I don’t actually believe that Trump has suddenly converted to the worship of Huitzilopochtli.

  14. Alex: “Clown nose on, clown nose off; kidding on the square; and Emery.”

    Joe: “What are examples of Liberals, lying?”

  15. Hey! It looks like the governor of WI it’s going to get on the Wally-Witmer bandwagon of electoral victory! Masks for everyone!

  16. Governor Wimpy has delivered his decrees about school openings, complete with the usual pseudo scientific blather. When I was in practice, seeing the phrase “evidence-based” something was a tell that the speaker was FOS. I’m in the process of calculating whether my 8th grader will be going to school or enduring a hybrid model. A cluster fug if there every was one. Dakota County is on the cusp of that Twilight Zone. I swear to vote for whatever warm body opposes that chicken s*it phony next election.

  17. I read an article from the UC-Davis paper today, coverage of a scientist explaining why masks were the best thing ever to defeat the virus.
    The scientist talked about all the research that has proven that mask wearing prevents the spread of covid-19.
    But he never cited a reference. Not once. You could not check his work.
    When people will not show you their work, be very, very suspicious.

  18. Mamm, Wuhan Flu has been around for what, 6-8 months tops? Surely you do not suggest there is a plethora of scientifically significant evidence out there ALREADY that can prove ANYTHING categorically. The difference between science and SCIENCEtm is as large as Grand Canyon is deep.

    OT. So I do not have to scream words, what is the code for “bold” that works here? I looked and looked and everything I came up with does not seem to work. Thanks.

  19. Ok, I am really interested now what word(s) got me into moderation this time!

  20. jpa
    its the word strong surrounded by the usual less-than – greater-than characters thus

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