Never-ending pandemic “emergency” powers

I supported and defended the economic lockdowns in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a lot we did not know and we needed to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. But there was always a danger in the lockdowns – that politicians would never want to give up their “emergency” powers. As “two weeks to flatten the curve” stretches into 15 months and beyond in places like the United Kingdom and California, it is obvious that some politicians have no intention of giving up their powers.

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A fraudulent attack on Hollingsworth

It is fine to oppose a member of Congress for a specific vote you dislike. It is not fine to openly lie about your reasons for doing so. Trey Hollingsworth has stirred anger among some conservatives with his early votes in the 117th Congress. This is one of the attacks on him:

Sign up to defeat these RINO communist traitors. They not only voted with the Democrats to investigate the January 6th Trump rally, but they are huge Never-Trumpers who hate the America First Movement.

Those of us who live in Indiana’s Ninth District know this is complete nonsense. First, Hollingsworth is not and never was a never-Trumper. That is an outright lie. He is very pro-Trump and has been since 2016. He is also a supporter of “America First.” If “Drain the Swamp” PAC is willing to openly lie about this, how can I trust a single word they say about anything?

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Erasing women to advance a radical agenda

There is no such thing as a “birthing person.” That is a made-up term designed to advance a political agenda. Those who give birth to human babies are women, not “birthing persons.” This is only the latest in a long line of demeaning and dehumanizing terms created by the radical Left to dehumanize women and reduce them to body parts and bodily functions, such as calling them “vagina owners” or “menstruators.” The radical Left has even taken to renaming body parts with especially childish terms like “front hole.”

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Store clerks do not set store policy

I was in an ice cream shop recently and I asked about mask policy for vaccinated people. The response I got was they do not even bother because people get “angry” when asked about it. It saddens me that people make such a big deal out of such a small thing. The fact that people get angry at store clerks who are simply doing their jobs is even worse.

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Random thoughts of the day

♣ – Last week was “International Sex Workers Day.” This is not something that should be celebrated, because “Sex work” is always exploitation of women. It is not “empowering” to let men use your body for money. It is degrading. It is a danger to public health, as well as the lives and safety of “sex workers.”

♣ – I am not sure why it is a “scandal” to find out that wearing a mask are not terribly effective at protecting the wearer from getting COVID-19. This is something I knew in May 2020. The point of wearing a mask is to protect those around you, in case you are an asymptomatic carrier of the virus.

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Never cite your sources on Facebook!

I had two comments hidden last weekend for allegedly posting “spam” on Facebook. What I did was link to the enabling legislation in a discussion about emergency powers of the executive in both city and state government – specifically the actions that Mayor Hamilton and Governor Holcomb have taken to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. I pointed to where the mayor and governor have been given specific powers by their respective legislative branches in state and city code.

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Censorship and shocking dishonesty by USA Today

As a publisher, USA Today is free to publish or not publish whatever they want. If USA Today had decided not to publish Chelsea Mitchell’s guest editorial about “trans women” competing against biological women because Mitchell allegedly used “hurtful” language, they would be well within their rights to do that. What they actually did was much worse, and completely eviscerates the newspaper’s credibility.

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That vaccine mandate at Indiana University

Indiana University stirred outrage with a reasonable COVID-19 vaccine mandate for faculty, staff and students, prompting Indiana’s attorney general and dozens of state legislators to object. When faced with a possible legal challenge, IU loosened the requirement. A vaccination is still technically required, but the university cannot ask for proof of vaccination status.

The university’s logic is that this is the fastest and safest way to get back to normal – eliminating expensive mitigation testing, allowing full in-person instruction, and eliminating both social distancing (including capacity limits) and mask mandates. They are correct. Herd immunity was always going to be the way out of the pandemic, as it has been for measles and other highly contagious diseases.

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Yes, of course words hurt

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is a common meme, buy everyone knows it is false. Of course words hurt. Even the people who repeat that meme know it is false.

Many people have been deeply hurt by harsh words from a loved one. Many people have been hurt by being berated at work or school. When someone feels unappreciated because of constant criticism and no appreciation for good done, it can be deeply deflating. Libel and slander have ruined many good names and damaged or destroyed people professionally. Constant teasing and mocking have driven many teenagers and school children to depression and even suicide.

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