Posted On: Friday - May 1st 2020 2:27PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  US Police State  Female Stupidity
...but we didn't do what we could do.
It's great right now not being a Michigander. I say that not because I'd be stuck in my house or neighborhood through the months of May now, per CBS news*. I just don't know if I'd end up in more than just a house arrest after refusing to comply.
I haven't been keeping up with all the individual State's news on the Kung Flu panic (even mine, because I don't care enough). The current Governor of the State of Michigan is one Gretchen Whitmer. Peak Stupidity has already displayed a big bout of hysteria already from a US Congresswoman from MIchigan named Haley Stevens. Is there something in the water there? Well, not just the lead in Flint, I mean. Bouts of hysteria are characteristic of females, although America has become more diverse with bouts of hysteria with this Kung Flu Infotaiment Panic-Fest. Diversity is our strength, of course, so that's gotta be good, right?
You can't put it all on the women. There are still mostly male Governors, thankfully, as currently, in the 50 States, 41 governors are men, versus 9 women. Amazingly, for this day and age, there are 20 States that have never had a women governor. (My source is Wiki which is pretty good with this kind of thing - it even has 2 nice maps on this.) You would think, just based on normal sex traits, that the male Governors would be the more power hungry. You see that out of Governor Newsom in California. Even though that state, with it's generally low small-scale population density, at least for Other-Than-Hispanics, has helped them keep the Kung Flu (or reported Kung Flu) numbers low, that guy has been closing beaches**, I think just because they've got a lot of beaches to close. It reminds me of Major Major Major in the Joseph Heller book Catch-22 who was not allowed to arrange for parades, due to war and all. That was his kind of his thing though, and he felt down about it, until he was allowed him to at least to CANCEL parades.
This abuse of power is not the same as hysteria, but the effect on the population can be the same. There is the nanny effect though too, with the women, and that's why we can't have too many of them , or better yet, have none of them, in power, at least during hard times. For these nannies, you can never be too cautious. Never mind that the economy is grinding to a halt, and millions of people in Michigan will be poorer for it, it's her FEELINGS!
"We remain in the state of emergency," Whitmer said during a town hall Thursday night. "That is a fact. For anyone to declare 'mission accomplished' means that they're turning a blind eye to the fact that over 600 people have died in the last 72 hours."600 people! 72 hours! Yeah, but, but, Michigan has an even 10 million people. The general average death rate is near 1%. 100,000 Michiganders will die in an average year. That's 820 people every 72 hours on average. Is it really 600 extra people that are dying that would not have otherwise? From the State of Michigan's own web site, that Governor Whitmer ought to read:
The case fatality rate is the number of people who have died from causes associated with COVID-19 out of the total number of people with confirmed COVID-19 infections.See, but instead of getting hysterical, you just have to read it carefully, Governor, even if it IS with a blind eye. See that bold on "causes associated with"? That means if one died of respiratory problems, one condition associated with COVID-19, even though he'd have passed on without having the virus, that counts. It's some weasel wording alright. It doesn't even say the dead individual even HAD the virus! They are just dividing it by the number of people that have been tested for, and have, this virus. Of course, the more people you test, the more you find out have this thing.
For any readers who want to see this whole ridiculous guesswork on death rate of this disease, with it's unknown, often-fudged, numerator, and even more uncertain denominator, see our post with Mr. E.H. Hail's writing. Better yet, Mr. Hail has written 6 good posts (with number 5 written mostly by a guy named Allen) on his site on the Corona-Panic and the Corona Coup d’Etat (his terminology). They have lots of graphs and numbers, along with links to some good videos - see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.
OK, back to the nanny Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer. I just learned about some of the worst of the Police State moves made by this hysterical woman, but it's the small stuff that gets to me, regular people doing small business, as per this comment comment under iSteve article The Atlantic: China Is Right About Free Speech by Anon7:
We’re much more seriously screwed than we think we are.The reply, by commenter Stan Adams is classic:
Some entrepreneurial guy in Detroit figured out how to have an outdoor theater, cars socially distanced, the whole nine yards. Beautiful!
Our state governor, Gretchen Whitmer, shut this guy down. Nope, no business for you. Most women in the state reflexively support her – she just wants everyone to be safe.
Just imagine living in a state where some woman can just point to something she doesn’t like and just outlaw it. There’s no recourse.
Glad you don’t live in Michigan? The joke’s on you! She’ll be president by next year, because she will ace Joe Biden’s hair-sniffing test for vice-president. And Joe is cognitively impaired.
Lots of men live in such a state. It’s called marriage.
Anon7, you're scaring the crap out of me with that VP-candidate talk. Stan Adams, nice job!
My take: How do people get this way? What happened to little Gretchen in elementary school? Did too many girls pull her hair or make fun of her shoes? Some of these problems start early, maybe in the womb. Perhaps her Mom listened to the Communist Internationale too loudly while fetal Gretchen was trying to nap in there after getting a quick snack from the placenta.
I think we need to ponder the same question that Tom Petty did:
* Standard LYIN' PRESS ALERT applies, but this one seems to have pretty much just facts.
** What a rotten-ass thing to do while people are stuck at home and not making any money. Many cannot find the time to hang out at the beach during normal working weeks. During the 2 months-and-counting unpaid vacation, lots of them would want to go to one of the few inexpensive attractions of California.