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MASKS AND MANDATES? AGAIN? JUST. SAY. NO. ( from the Wall St. Journal)

FROM: A Crime Scene Where the Victims Wore Masks – WSJ

As terrified passengers stumbled from the train at the 36th Street station in Brooklyn last week, it was noticeable how many of them were complying with the mandate that to enjoy the privilege of venturing into the underground abyss known as the New York City Subway system, you must be wearing a face covering.

There they were, desperately fleeing a gunman or bravely helping rescue injured passengers, but still dutifully playing their part in the absurdist theatre of pandemic regulations scripted and directed for us by our little overlords.

Those flimsy pieces of fabric might have offered some minimal protection from the noxious fumes of the smoke bombs that Frank James allegedly set off in that subway car. But they were never going to be a match for the bullets fired from the 9mm semiautomatic handgun recovered at the scene. Many innocents were wounded, and it is something of an Easter miracle that no one was killed.

For the millions of people who have dared to ride the city’s subway this year, the greatest danger to life isn’t some escaped molecule of a virus of rapidly diminishing potency. That exiguous risk is dwarfed by the combined threat of being pushed in front of an oncoming train, stabbed, hit in the head by a psycho with a hammer, robbed at gunpoint or being sexually assaulted. The number of robberies on the subway so far in 2022 is up 72% from the same period in 2021. There is no easily discoverable record of how many maskless riders have been struck down this year by Covid.

It’s hard to think of a tableau that better captures the disordered priorities of our governing classes than that scene in Brooklyn.

The politicians and bureaucrats who run almost all major cities, many states and the federal executive branch seem to care more about preserving the symbol of their authority that mask mandates represent than about the actual physical safety of citizens. In their warped ideology, crime is the result of material deprivation, prejudice and wicked police officers. The real need for enforcement is shown by those tempted to show their faces in public.

Masks are only an example. It’s hard to recall a time in recent American history when there has been such a monumental mismatch between the priorities of the people who govern us and the needs of the people. On issue after issue—crime, inflation, immigration—we have leaders so entrenched in their ideological priors that they seem incapable of, even uninterested in, addressing the actual challenges faced by hard-pressed Americans.

Joe Biden was at it again last week with inflation. It has been clear for a long time that the return of this old horror is the largest threat to living standards and economic stability. But acknowledging that would have required the Democrats to abandon their ideological goals of ever-higher spending and forced them to reorder their governing priorities. So they didn’t.

Now, unable to dismiss it anymore, they have offered not a serious set of policies to relieve inflationary stresses, but a series of public-relations gimmicks that will have virtually no alleviating impact. Lifting the summertime ban on blended ethanol fuel will be about as effective in addressing higher energy costs as publicly shaming greedy corporations or blaming Vladimir Putin.

On immigration, the administration instinctively reflects a progressive mindset that regards border control as racist. It spent the better part of a year undoing the immigration restrictions imposed by its predecessor. As the inevitable border surge swelled, it feigned some concern. Now, as apprehensions of aliens in border areas reach their highest level in 22 years, what is its response? The repeal of Title 42, a measure that had been effective in curbing illegal crossings.

Interestingly, as the pandemic rationale for that measure is no longer deemed operative, the administration insists elsewhere that the emergency continues when it suits it. So, even as the nation yearns to return to normality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week announced another extension, for 15 days, of the federal mask mandate on airplanes and public transportation. It had been scheduled to end this Monday at long last. (And on Monday a judge in Tampa, Fla., held that the mandate exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority.)

On it goes. from needless bailouts for student loans to a fixation on sacrificing energy capacity in pursuit of long-term climate goals, Democrats display an unerring focus on aims Americans don’t see as pressing—or even necessary.

Obdurate insistence in the face of evidence of both rising unpopularity and accumulating failure is a common political flaw. No leader willingly acknowledges the irrelevancy of his policies. but it seems to be especially embedded in the modern progressive philosophy that the rulers know best; that they, by dint of their scientific expertise and moral superiority better understand our true needs.

Like all such authoritarian conceits, it doesn’t survive long in a democratic environment. That helps explain why leftists are so panicked at the thought of losing control over information, why they feel so threatened at the thought that a communications channel such as Twitter might fall out of their hands. Anything that challenges their right to go on pursuing their priorities is “disinformation.”

But it won’t take the intervention of a rogue billionaire to restore democratic equilibrium. A popular reckoning is coming.

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  • John Venlet April 21, 2022, 9:24 AM

    So, now, the WSJ is going to pretend they’re conservative, or only Gerard Baker, the author of that piece? The WSJ is just the faux-conservative version of the NYT.

    • Mike Austin April 21, 2022, 10:52 AM

      True that. The Wall Street Journal is a member in good standing of Globohomo. Its “conservatism” is mere moral posturing.

    • gwbnyc April 21, 2022, 11:01 AM

      some history-

      “The newspaper was owned exclusively by news company Dow Jones & Company. The company was taken over by Clarence Barron—the founder of Barron’s Financial Weekly—in 1902, who passed it on to the Bancrofts in 1928. The Bancrofts owned a majority stake in the company with almost two-thirds of the company’s voting shares.

      Enter News Corporation-
      Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (NWS) put in a takeover bid for Dow Jones & Company in 2007—an offer that was initially rejected by the Bancrofts. The family agreed to the deal several months later, selling the WSJ for $5 billion or $60 per share. The deal, which ended the 105-year-long ownership by the Bancroft family, was $2.25 billion—a 67% premium—over the announced market price on the day the offer first was announced. At the time, the newspaper industry was struggling, and many prominent daily papers already closed or drastically reduced production. Murdoch’s deal, therefore, was extremely attractive. News Corp. took over ownership of the WSJ as well as other Dow Jones assets including the Dow Jones Newswire.

      News Corporation trades on the Nasdaq and is one of the companies that make up the S&P 500.
      Murdoch is one of the world’s most powerful media tycoons. Born in Australia in 1931, he inherited a newspaper company from his father in 1952. Since taking over the family business, he amassed a number of assets including some of the world’s top papers, broadcasting companies, magazines, and digital assets. The following is a short list of some of the other names that fall under the News Corp:

      Fox Corporation
      The New York Post
      The Sunday Times (U.K.)
      Vogue Australia
      Sky News Australia

      Phone-Hacking Scandal-
      Not long after News Corp. purchased the Wall Street Journal, news broke that journalists at British newspapers owned by Murdoch were tapping phone lines to get the inside scoop for their stories. While Murdoch said he had no direct involvement, the scandal forced the closure of the News of the World—Britain’s top-selling newspaper—and led to criminal charges against many senior journalists. As a result, Murdoch dropped his bid to purchase the BSkyB satellite network.

      Most members of the Bancroft family said they would not have sold the company to Murdoch had they known of the conduct of his employees in the phone-hacking scandal. Even before news broke of the scandal, many members of the family showed concern over Murdoch’s journalistic practices and attempted to put an independent panel in place to safeguard the paper’s ethics.”

  • gwbnyc April 21, 2022, 10:28 AM

    I had covid, “when it was bad”, March of 2020. Had two vax February of ’21, they floored me, so no more. Stopped the mask for most purposes since then. Had a positive covid test today- medicine is available now so I don’t expect to carry it for much more than five days. In 2020 it took 21 days w/no meds, and I had what were later determined as symptoms going back to January.

    My doctor: “Ever have this before?”
    Me: “Yeah.”
    My doctor: “Well, ya got it again.”

  • Mike Austin April 21, 2022, 10:53 AM

    Never had Covid. Never been vaxxed. Wore a mask only a few times while shopping at REI.

    • Fletcher Christian April 21, 2022, 2:16 PM

      Aren’t you lucky?
      I have a rather less pleasant story. Fortunately, I wasn’t involved.

      A friend of mine, who is about 60, decided to have a house party in the middle of the pandemic. At the time, London was a level 4 zone, with dozens of people a day dying. All the people invited (around 20, including half a dozen kids under 8) lived in London, in 4 different households. I was invited and cried off – fortunately. Fortunately, because if I had attended I would probably be dead.

      Well, she got what she was asking for. 3 weeks in ICU including about a week in an induced coma and on a ventilator.

      A year or so later, and she is suffering from one of the rare long-term complications. Now an insulin-dependent diabetic. And, so I understand, permanent lung damage.

      Just another flu, eh?

      • Vanderleun April 21, 2022, 2:49 PM

        No. Not just another flu. A Chinese Communist bio-weapon intentionally let loose on the Non-Han world.

        • Fletcher Christian April 22, 2022, 10:26 AM

          Now that, I agree with.

          • gwbnyc April 23, 2022, 3:52 AM

            -and I make three.

      • Mike Austin April 21, 2022, 4:13 PM

        “Aren’t you lucky?” Luck had nothing to do with it. I saw from the beginning —and for sure I was not the only one—that the “pandemic” was a massive hoax. You were fooled. which makes you a fool.

        “London was a level 4 zone, with dozens of people a day dying.” So now you believe what your Globohomo government tells you to believe? Good God, you are the perfect slave: gullible, subservient, obedient, ignorant, cowardly.

  • Foo April 21, 2022, 11:40 AM

    Heh, that author may be one of the last adults left in the sjw broken children sandbox that the news side has becomee, at WSJ. Too bad not enuff spine ther or at ownership for recovering WSJs credibility tho…thats gone, for a generation of common sense news readers with more than genZs approx 5 sec attention soan or even the Millenials 11 minute (time between commercials on MTV per Fidelity mkting research in the 90s)…

    Btw… thot the early info was the gunman used a .380 that jammed after two mags…
    9mm with Buffalo Bore would have done more damage…but hey, dont ask journos to do math, or guns…”just.cant.even.” OMG the dram and the trauma…😆🤣

  • ghostsniper April 21, 2022, 11:42 AM

    The politicians are no more. They are just grabbers now. Grabbing as much as they can, striking backroom deals, now that gov’t crime is all but illegal. The USSA is going down so they are padding their nests like there is no tomorrow. If you aren’t doing the same you haven’t been paying attention. UPS dropped 3 heavy boxes this morning. 1 was 223, another was 22 and another was 9mm. About 27lbs each. Do the maff. Meeting a dood in the morning about 1/2 a steer. Neighbor just got 50 more chickens and are begging us to take more eggs. Got tribe?

  • Foo April 21, 2022, 11:47 AM

    Say, havent been following this since it was first revealed to be a black gunman…
    Like Waukesha BLM nutjob mowing down Dancing Grannies and children,
    it MUST be suppressed by “look there’s a squirrel…wahhhh ourr sistah journo sjw drama queen ( read malicious borderline personality groomer)
    Taylor Lorenz is crying, “they broke me”….
    ooooh Teh Narrative is “cyber bulliess on Teh RightWing” whatevah…

  • Foo April 21, 2022, 11:55 AM

    Ghost, concur the corrupt evil Left is doubling down in a panic…
    No surprise, and as proof how deeply disconnecte/dont care about Normal America, its finally obvious to even the more clever rats in meedia, who are jumping ship seeking sannctaury and some way to restore there own lost brand as writers…
    That might work for Greenwald, Sully, Taibbi, Bari Weiss, but just like ol Pooty Poot cleverly captured his Elites behind closed borders, our Elites in Teh Media, the wannabe GeekClub, and now FBI GleeClub pandering as Handmaidens to the Pelosi/Schumer/Harris/Waters coalition of Crazy…

    Its all falling apart. The lefts loose coalition of intertribal loose screws see BLM, Antifa Incels, et al, arenow practicing cannibalizm to divide what spoils they can now before it comes apart…

    See Dave Rubins latest youtube, etc
    Stay cclam, press on, keep your powder dry…

  • Dirk April 21, 2022, 1:39 PM

    They may be doubling down, who gives a fuck.

    As for watching bloggers to hear options, yea. That’s a fucking joke also.

    Amusing, we’re gonna get nuked, do the douche bags who pen this shit, realize the idiocy.

    Do you really believe humans have forgotten the lesson learned in Japan with two nuke deployments. I gotta believe we can demonstrate better problem solving skills.

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