Monday, August 30, 2021

Briefly Noted: Serious Pushback In WA, More

The Federalist carried a very interesting article this morning on a topic that's been out there--more or less waiting in the wings. I'm referring to the issue of mandates for employees to submit to experimental gene therapy injections. We're talking about two different but related issues. One is the issue of private companies issuing such mandates, while the other relates to governments doing so. The article in question has to do with an extremely broad mandate issued by Dem governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee. I've been predicting, based on early indications, that mandates of this sort will arouse opposition--especially now that the Dread Delta has revealed that the mandates could quickly develop into open ended demands with no set time limits. The initial time frame for a boost, for example, was 8 months, which has now decreased to 5 months--but these are all averages. The actual rate of decrease in effectiveness will clearly differ among individuals. Some wags have suggested IV implants so that a constant drip can be administered.

With that in mind, skepticism regarding these medications is increasing--what, people are asking, was the point of the "vaccines" in the first place? In the face of these developments, some Dem rulers on the state and local level have gone ahead with mandates for their employees, and opposition has quickly developed--usually led by unions:

Mass Resistance Arises As Washington Makes It Nearly Impossible To Get Vaccine Exemptions

It’s unlikely Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expected this level of pushback. In progressive Washington, it’s rare to see such bipartisan ire towards an Inslee policy. How will he respond?

The most controversial element of the mandate is a gotcha question that all employees seeking a religious exemption must answer:

State officials on Wednesday published new guidance for public school faculty and staffers who plan to seek a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine as the deadline for the required vaccinations nears.

A new form was released that asks several questions for those who are applying for the exemption.

The form’s questions to state workers include:

  • “You assert that you have a sincerely held religious belief or religious conviction that prevents you from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.. Yes or no?”
  • The second question is the most controversial. You affirm/agree that you have never received a vaccine or medicine from a health care provider as an adult. Yes or no.”

That sounds like if you've taken ibuprofen from a health care provider you'll be denied a religious exemption if you have concerns about the use of fetal tissue in vaccine development. Obviously the gotcha question is designed to catch people who are using the religious exemption as a subterfuge and aren't truly sincere--and that probably would be a large number of those seeking an exemption, by my guess.

But opposition doesn't stop there. The Federalist points out:

Not all of the resistance is over the religious exemption subterfuge, of course. Some don’t trust the vaccine yet. Others feel they don’t need it as otherwise healthy people or recovered COVID patients. Many think this is government overreach. In fact, a number of vaccinated employees simply refuse to turn over private medical paperwork to the state for fear that this takes away their freedoms.

It’s unlikely Inslee expected this level of pushback. In progressive Washington, it’s rare to see such bipartisan ire towards an Inslee policy. How will he respond? It may depend on whether the thousands of employees try to force Inslee’s hand.

The "bipartisan ire"--fueled by unions--is described here:

It’s already facing a legal challenge. The Washington Federation of State Employees announced last Friday night that it is suing the governor for a “failure to bargain in good faith over the impacts of the vaccine mandate.”

An Inslee spokesperson called the allegation “false” in a statement to me, saying they “look forward to the opportunity to respond in court.” But other unions have made similar arguments, complaining that during impact bargaining meetings, state representatives often have no answers and progress isn’t made.

This issue will come to a head one way or another. It may force Inslee to commit to a mass firing or give up on the mandate because Washingtonians aren’t accepting the mandate. They are publicly speaking out at great risk to their careers.

First responders organized their resistance early. Firefighters and EMTs from Seattle and Spokane to Tacoma and Vashon Island were quick to say they won’t follow the mandates. So, too, were nurses who rallied in Bellingham. They argue that the “heavy hand” of a mandate is counterproductive.

This follows a pattern of opposition that appears to be emerging around the country, including in Deep Blue states and metro areas. It's a healthy development that fits a broader pattern of opposition in other matters that hit home with many: CRT in schools, etc.

ADDENDUM: Who knows, maybe some of the people in WA have read this Reuters story: Japan's Moderna vaccine contamination woes widen as 1 mln more shots suspended.

Now, moving on, here's a nice reminder of an important point:

How do you feel about professors of medicine who are scientifically and statistically illiterate? How else would you put this? I suppose you could explain this as rank dishonesty--I'm not sure which, at this level, is more appalling. You can read about Schooley at the link, but there's no way in the world that he should be unaware of the actual statistics or of the concept of cost/benefit analysis--however you want to phrase that in medical terms. The point is, no one should reflexively assume that a person with assorted letters after their name truly knows what they're talking about--i.e., are "experts"--or, alternatively, is motivated in their statements by a scientifically detached desire to ascertain and/or disseminate the truth.

The fact that so many people are coming to this realization is another healthy development in these days of the Covid Regime.


  1. so freedom for religion is only for government recognized religions which follow Government policies on religion.

    1. slight correction. should = government established religion

    2. Somewhere in a recent video, a British youth says it best:

      “If you allow the government to break the law and violate your rights because of an emergency, what’s stopping them from creating an emergency to break the law.”

      But it gets better all the time. This is the real litmus test, all this COVID business, for just how dumbed down Americans really are.

      Recently I ran into a fellow with Florida plates at our local gas station.

      The fellow said hello so I replied, "I see you're from Florida?"

      Yes, he was here in New England visiting relatives and doing some sightseeing.

      I made the sad mistake of making what I thought was a compliment about Florida's good governor.

      This was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde moment. I swear this guys face turned into that of a serpent. Well, he "hates" Governor DeSantis because he has been trying to pass legislation that would abolish the ability of schools to mandate masks and vaccines. He was livid because DeSantis, according to his belief, is interfering with people's freedom to make choices.

      When he started on the polio vaccine, I wasn't about to spend my energy trying to educate him about the difference between polio and bioterrorism.

      I played Columbo; "Let me understand you. So DeSantis is denying people their right to make choices through legislation prohibiting mandatory mask and vaccine mandates?

      I then realized this man was a lost soul, that no matter what I said, it would be impossible to try to reason with him.

      As Father James Altman preaches, "Be informed, not just opinionated."

      Where are people like this guy from Florida getting their information? Americans like him are being force-fed disinformation until they explode like foie gras. That's part of it. Worse, however, is that some have no ability to reason or to think for themselves. This is a problem not only of the intellect, but a crisis of Faith that is the result of the loss of conscience, the loss of a soul. We have zombies walking among us.

    3. Please don’t think all Floridians are like that guy! I love my freedom and haven’t worn masks except on rare occasions. Most of us love DeSantis!

    4. Thanks, you've made my day! For some reason, it looks as though, like you, most Floridians seem to do some thinking for themselves which is why DeSantis is your Governor. Such is not the case in other states, sad to say.

    5. I think they get it for social media. The same old story of the left. They sit there are call everything except what they were programmed with as dis-information. Then echo real dis-info around saying listen to the experts.

    6. If you meant "they get it *from* social media", I'm with you.
      But, it's worse that that, see e.g. Prof. Michael Lind, in the 19 Jan. 2021 Tablet Mag, on "The New National American Elite: America is now ruled by a *single elite* class rather than by local patrician smart sets competing with each other for money and power"
      (esp. about how, on social media, “Woke speech is simply a *ruling-class dialect*, which must be updated frequently, to keep the lower orders from *breaking* the code”).

    7. There is what I refer to as a qualifier when speaking "Floridians". Your first question should always be, "so where are you actually from?".

      95%+ if it's from a progressive area you'll have a progressive on your hands. The spots don't change colors based on geographical relocation.

      Even the so called northeastern Republican transplants are wack jobs peddling some over zealous form of right branded progressivism.

      Florida had it right in the 1990's when they started taxing the snot out of people moving here, they should have maintained that. Quantity over quality became their goal.

      Our family is in the process of a long term geographical search right now for future relocation.

      The first priority is based on long term survival, temperate zones for weather, growing, power consumption for general habitat.

      Our second priority is long term geopolitical climate.

      Our third is cost of living.

      And fourth, medical.

      We may end up not being part of the republic anymore but when you start digging on other places you'll find a LOT of similar issues everywhere you look.

      It's not a friendly world anymore for those who just want to be left alone.

    8. I'd love to hear more about your research about places to move. Is there anywhere left to go?

    9. @dm

      Please keep us all updated on your search. My wife and I are doing the same thing.

      My general process so far is to ask, What is the most likely catastrophe that I believe I cannot adequately face where I am now *and* how soon might it occur? This helps separate out the myriad of *possible* catastrophes that could conceivably happen in 2, 4, 10 years from events *likely* to happen in the near future. To relocate is a big decision and requires an assessment that a likely bad event will likely happen soon for which my current location is ill suited. I.e., "I have to move because if X happens we can't survive that here."

      What sorts of things moght satisfy this test that would make moving a necessity? My short list so far:
      1. Authoritarian .gov action such as door to door jabs or g-un confiscation;
      2. 1930s Spanish civil war event where military splits and chooses sides and then the general population is drawn into the same sort of "political cleansing" operations as in Spain based upon your perceived group membership.
      3. Economic collapse/ dollar collapse/ hyperinflation/ food shortages (possibly weaponized by the Regime)
      4. Martial law of some variety to stamp out citizen protests a la Australia

      Of these four, only 1 and 2 seem to require relocation for us since we live in a fraudulently Blue state (even though it is rural and conservative in our corner). Since I can't count on state or county governments to protect or resist federal tyranny like this, relocation is the better option, ie, getting to a state that likely will resist. No guarantees obviously but better than waiting to be rounded up for a certainty.

      The alternative to relkcation though is to create a bug out location for just such emergencies. Rather than move permanently on the chance that 1 or 2 might happen (and the chance that all the cost, disruption, and hardship will not have been necessary), it may be better to find a location in a reliably red state (and for this I'd consult some of the voting maps that show county results as well as fraud indicia). A small piece of land can be had for less than $10k. Having this land available as a bug out spot, even without a building, isn't bad insurance. And insurance is maybe the way to look at it. Things that happen slowly we can generally respond to and act prudently against. It's the sudden disaster that requires insurance. If the .gov suddenly announces door to door jabs beginning next month it's too late to sell and move elsewhere. But you could easily pack up the camper with necessary gear and go to your bug out spot and then, from its relative safety, make orderly arrangements to sell your home and start a new life if necessary. Maybe the crisis blows over, maybe not. Flexibility seems key. In the meantime you have a fixed destination that is yours, a place where you (and family) know they can meet up in case of disaster, even if communications are down.

      Final thought. My wife and I have opted to stay put for now as our current location is well positioned to withstand most of the likely storms. Everyone is different. Big consideration must be given to family, employment, food sources, neighbors and local community. If you don't have confidence in your neighbors then moving may be best. Eventually we all may have to make a stand and running may no longer be an option. One imperative seems to be this: if we are headed for a Spanish civil war as many think, do not get caught on the wrong side of the lines. Large cities, deep blue areas and immediate environment are not survivable in any of the 4 most likely catastrophes.


  2. What's going to happen during election time?

    The vaccine-free will obviously be declined to enter the voting boot.

    Many judges will dismiss requests for alternate accomodation for the vaccine-free voters, as they have been dismissing similar requests made to employers, or as they have been allowing the tyranny described above in the article.

    And even if everyone gets a vaccine passport, a new variant will suddenly and conveniently appear. All passports will be declared as "expired". Until the new version of the jab becomes available, mail-in voting will be pushed again. More ballot stuffing.

    I think those who were saying the last elections were the last chance, were right.

    As Bezmenov explained in his lectures, once a society advances in the steps of "ideological subversion", there is no going back without a shooting war.

  3. Mark,
    Posting link to a well-made rather strong argument that we all need to push the 'vax mandate is racist' point, that it is the beginning of the end to their covid over-reach; not sure it's that simple, as it likely will depend on many of us pointing out many fallacies and broken promises, but it certainly is a good point to be made.

    found it at the bad cattitude blog, which is worthy of following.

    thanks Mark for fanning the flame.

    1. A little more to fan the flames is a bit of Socratic irony in that it was Trump, after all, who started the vaccines with his Operation Warp Speed! So here are all these obedient Woke-ers actually patronizing Trump's vaccine, being injected with his gene therapy! How 'bout that!!! Just wait 'til they all start turning orange!

  4. My friend had the 2 jabs in he told me he went for a antibody test a few weeks ago....NO antibodies....!!!! We are being fed BS from everyone and anyone....!!

  5. Has anyone seen this little gem?

    World Health Organization says it is monitoring new Colombian COVID variant called 'Mu' amid fears it may be vaccine-resistant as Delta infections finally slow in US

  6. To the commenter above who ran into the hostile Floridian, in their effort to run away from problems rather than hang in and solve them, persons from some states - I am a native California and a lifelong Conservative. My Dem parents switched to Republican when FDR ran for his fourth term and never looked back. Became Goldwater Republicans. So, you see, painting all Californians with a leftist brush is a sign of provincialism or ignorance. Or a need to put people in pigeonholes. I imagine the same is true of Florida where the outsider’s assumption they are all right-wing DeSantis fans.

    I have to add my favorite comment about California, made onlne by a woman who said she lived in Texas: “I have never been to California but I know I wouldn’t like it."

  7. Hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients in the United States are declining for the first time since late June, suggesting the latest surge has peaked.

    The seven-day average of new daily hospitalizations with confirmed COVID-19 dropped 2.4 percent from a week earlier to about 12,280—the first such drop since around June 27, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It comes as fewer hospitalizations are being reported in Florida, Texas, and other Southern states, the agency said.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 tracker shows that the seven-day average for both deaths and cases appears to be leveling out. Previous surges of cases—including in the spring of 2020, in late July and early August of 2020, and January 2021—always leveled out and then dropped.

    During prior surges, the COVID-19 death rate appeared to be higher, according to the CDC’s data. For example, on Jan. 13 of this year—which saw the most COVID-19 deaths per day—the number of deaths was around 4,169, compared with around 240,000 cases being reported daily. Amid the current surge of cases, the CDC on Aug. 31 reported a seven-day average of around 150,000 cases daily compared with a seven-day death average of around 985.

    More here:

    In California they’ll probably go down September 15, the day after the recall election.

  8. Some words fell out of my 2:37PM comment, but you get my drift…:-)