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Wisconsin State employees must wear masks on Zoom when home alone

August 12, 2020

  boot_stampingIf you are one of the people who still think the authoritarian measures being implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic are rally for our safety and not for controlling the masses I bring you this story from Wisconsin. 

  Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has issued a mask mandate which went into effect on August 1st and here is the crazy part; if you work for the government and you are on a conference call while home alone in your house you still need to wear the mask.

In an email to employees sent out on July 31, the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources not only reminded employees of Gov. Tony Evers’ mask order going into effect on Aug. 1, he also said that every DNR employee must wear a mask … even while on a teleconference.

“Also, wear your mask, even if you are home, to participate in a virtual meeting that involves being seen — such as on Zoom or another video-conferencing platform — by non-DNR staff,” Preston Cole said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”

  They are admitting this does not do anything, but it looks good and it sets a good example. Of course we know this is not about setting a good example, this is about controlling people as I wrote above. Where is this insanity going to end?! In Wisconsin it is to the point now where anywhere you can been seen you can be regulated, where do we go from here? Telescreens to monitor the people when they are not on Zoom? People better wake up soon…

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Andrew Cuomo vastly under-reported COVID-19 nursing home deaths

August 11, 2020

Andrew Cuomo’s disastrous nursing home Executive Order which forced nursing homes to take patients with COVID-19 has been blamed for almost 7,000 deaths, but if this story is true the Governor of New York has vastly under-reported just how deadly his edict was.

New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.

That statistic could add thousands to the state’s official care home death toll of just over 6,600. But so far the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to divulge the number, leading to speculation the state is manipulating the figures to make it appear it is doing a better than other states and to make a tragic situation less dire.

How big a difference could it make? Since May, federal regulators have required nursing homes to submit data on coronavirus deaths each week, whether or not residents died in the facility or at a hospital. Because the requirement came after the height of New York’s outbreak, the available data is relatively small. According to the federal data, roughly a fifth of the state’s homes reported resident deaths from early June to mid July — a tally of 323 dead, 65 percent higher than the state’s count of 195 during that time period.

Even if half that undercount had held true from the start of the pandemic, that would translate into thousands more nursing home resident deaths than the state has acknowledged.

Even some Democrats in New York are saying something is not right:

“That’s a problem, bro,” state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, a Democrat, told New York Health Commissioner Howard Zucker during a legislative hearing on nursing homes earlier this month. “It seems, sir, that in this case you are choosing to define it differently so that you can look better.”

  Despite the fact that Andrew Cuomo investigated and cleared himself some New York Democrats have been demanding an independent investigation into this deadly decision and now with this news I do not see how an investigation cannot take place.

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Sunday, August 9th open thread: ‘Exo-Politics’

August 9, 2020

open-threadThis is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  Here is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right.

  In keeping with our Sunday “Musings” here is the band brining you “Exo-Politics”  live in 2006. I apologize for the shaky video, however there are not many live versions out there and this one had the best audio/video combination.

“As conspiracies unwind
Will you slam shut
Or free your mind
Or stay hypnotized?”

“Will our leaders tell us why?
Fully loaded satellites
Will conquer nothing but our minds”

Donald Trump to use Executive Order to suspend payroll tax and more

August 8, 2020

  As the aristocracy in Washington continues to bog itself down by playing politics with the COVID-19 stimulus bill–a bill designed to help Americans struggling due to the crisis they created in the first place–Donald Trump has vowed to take Executive Action and it could happen next week. This action would include suspending the payroll tax, extending unemployment benefits, and more.

  Here is more:

President Trump said Friday he would defer the payroll tax until the end of the year, using an executive order.

The president also said he would extend unemployment benefits, defer student loan payments and interest, and extend the eviction moratorium as well as an order requiring health insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

“If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage, I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the relief they need,” he said.

The president said that the lawyers were drawing up the executive orders and that they could be signed by the end of the week.

Asked whether he was concerned about the legality of his executive order, Trump replied, “No, not at all. You always get sued, everything you do you get sued … we’ll see.”

The president also declined to specify whether or not he would extend federal unemployment benefit checks at the full $600 a week.

  I have said it before and I will say it again, the best way to help struggling Americans is to open the economy back up! It is simple really, let Americans go back to work, let them earn a living, let them go out and spend their money on the weekends. Let businesses return, let the entertainment and sports industries flourish, let people get back to their lives. That is all we really want.

  But that is not going to happen because these governors have decided they really like all this power they have usurped and they have no intention of letting it go any time soon.  So with the Governors refusing to open up the economy we look to the aristocracy in Washington, but because they are trying to help themselves first–they are all concerned with making sure the other side does not get any credit for helping the American people, rather than actually helping the American people–Donald Trump is taking action but his action is using Executive Order to bypass the Congress to create and change tax law.

  Does anybody else fear the precedent of letting a President change tax law? I know it scares the hell out of me! I do not see how this will be deemed Constitutional and we know the challenges are coming. Donald Trump knows they are coming as well and he said he is not afraid of that possibility.

  However, that could be part of his plan. This is an election year and it could be that Donald Trump wants to get it on record that the Democrats sued him to stop him from getting relief to the American people after they failed to get relief to the American people. And if his Executive Order stands it will be a win for him, although I fear we will rue the day we put tax policy in the hands of a President.

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Los Angeles Mayor threatens to cut power and electricity to residents who have parties

August 6, 2020

  boot_stampingIf you thought the situation in New York was dire–where out-of-staters are being stopped in the airports and on the roadways and asked to show their COVID papers or else face what amounts to a 14 day house arrest order or pay a $10,000 fine–it is not any better in Los Angeles.

  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has a message, or should I say a warning, for the subjects of his city. If you dare to throw a party be prepared to have your electricity and water shut off. Here is more:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced the city was taking action against those who throw large parties.

He called recent gatherings of mostly young people in the Hollywood Hills and Calabasas “flagrant violations of health orders.”

“While we have already closed all bars and nightclubs, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs,” said the mayor. He then indicated he would hold them to similar scrutiny. “The same thing we would do with businesses,” said Garcetti.

If the LAPD responds to repeated complaints and verifies that there have been violations at a home, the city will within 48 hours have the DWP shut off service at that home. Garcetti also indicated that county health inspectors and other city representatives would be on the lookout for violations.

  This has nothing to do with keeping the people safe anymore, if it ever did, this is about an unabashed display of power. At least the Romans let its subjects keep their circuses to keep their minds off of the boot stamping on their heads. The subjects of Los Angeles are not being afforded that luxury as those who are drunk with power want everybody to see what they can and will do to those who dare oppose a royal decree.

  I would like to know what happened to all of those leftists who were afraid Donald Trump was going to be a dictator now that we are seeing actually authoritarian measures slowly being put into place.

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New York City to set up roadway checkpoints to enforce mandatory quarantine for out-of-state travelers

August 5, 2020

boot_stamping  The totalitarian crackdown in New York continues: Back in the middle of July we learned that New York Governor Cuomo was going to start sending out “enforcement teams” to airports to make sure travelers from out-of-state had their papers in order. Either you comply or you are fined up to $10,000.

  At that time I speculated that it would only be a matter of time before  New York would start pulling over cars on the road simply for having out-of-state plates and now that time has come. Roadblocks are now being set up to “randomly” pull over cars and order people to show officials their papers.

  Here is more:

New York City will set up checkpoints at entry points to the city to find travelers from states with high coronavirus infection rates and order them to quarantine for two weeks, officials said Wednesday.

The new checkpoints at bridges and tunnels will stop cars and seek to enforce quarantine orders imposed by New York State, which require people coming from 34 states and Puerto Rico to self isolate for up to 14 days to avoid spreading Covid-19.

The city Sheriff’s Office will run the checkpoints and stop a random sampling of cars entering the city, reminding drivers of the quarantine order and requiring them to fill out a registration form if they’re coming from a high risk state.

People caught violating the quarantine — which applies to both residents of the high-risk states and New Yorkers returning from visits — can be hit with fines up to $10,000.

“The checkpoints, I think, are going to send a very powerful message that this quarantine law is serious,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

  It amazes me that we have actually reached this point in what was once the land of the free, and I think what bothers me the most is that so many people do not seem to have a problem with any of this. People are just sitting back waiting for the government to tell them when it will be safe to return to normal but at this point I do not believe we are going to ever return to normal. Too many of our overseers are becoming addicted with this extra power and I fear the government more than I fear a virus.

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New York City Health Commissioner resigns over Bill de Blasio’s mishandling of COVID-19

August 5, 2020

  New York became the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak due partly to the congestion in New York City and partly because of the mishandling of the epidemic by of Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio.

  Now we are learning that the New York City Health Commissioner has resigned over a disagreement in the way Bill de Blasio is handling the COVID-19 crisis. Here is more:

New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, resigned on Tuesday and voiced her “deep disappointment” with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the pandemic, renewing scrutiny of his leadership during the crisis just as the city faces pressing decisions about how quickly to reopen schools and businesses.

Dr. Barbot’s departure came after escalating tensions between City Hall and top city health department officials, which had begun at the start of the coronavirus outbreak in March, burst into public view and raised concerns that the feuding was undermining crucial public health policies.

  As you can see the tensions began at the start of the crisis and have escalated. This was not a rash decision and it is not over one issue. Here is more:

“I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the health department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been,” Dr. Barbot said in her resignation email sent to Mr. de Blasio, a copy of which was shared with The New York Times.

“Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance and response work. The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not in the background.”

  Ironically she resigned because the mayor refused to listen to his experts, which is exactly what people on the left, such as Bill de Blasio, have accused the President of. But  you do not need experts when you are being guided by politics and not by science. In his misguided zeal to make the President look bad he has neglected his duty to the people of his city.

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Chicago to end history classes?

August 4, 2020

  As we have seen through the Spring and into the Summer our history has been under attack by the left. While our past certainly is not perfect it is our history and it is important that it be taught in the schools, both so that people learn how our country got to where we are today, and also so that we will not repeat the same mistakes we might have made along the way. But Chicago does not feel the same way, some in the Windy City who are unhappy with our history want to eliminate it altogether from the classrooms.

  Here is more:

Chicago-area leaders urged the Illinois State Board of Education on Sunday to halt history classes that “unfairly” communicate history until an “alternative” can be found.

Democratic state Rep. LaShawn Ford of Chicago said the current state history curriculum leads to a “racist society” and may cause “white privilege” before a Sunday press conference in Evanston in a release obtained by NBC 5. In the release, Ford called to replace courses and books that “unfairly communicate” history until a “suitable alternative is developed.”

“When it comes to teaching history in Illinois, we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,” Ford said in the release. “I’m calling on the Illinois State Board of Education and local school districts to take immediate action by removing current history books and curriculum practices that unfairly communicate our history.”

“Until a suitable alternative is developed, we should instead devote greater attention toward civics and ensuring students understand our democratic processes and how they can be involved,” he continued.

  I do agree with the need to teach civics in schools, I am not sure when that disappeared, however just because you might not like the history you are teaching does not mean it is not important to teach it.

  The left laughs at people who are upset that they are tearing down statues and the left laughs at those who claim the left wants to erase history, but that was just the beginning and now we have seen it lead to a major city in America that really does want to erase our history in the classroom.

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Democrats threaten to pack the Supreme Court if Donald Trump picks a nominee before the election

August 3, 2020

  The Democrats have been throwing around the idea of packing the Supreme Court if they win the Presidency and a majority in the Senate for a couple of months now and they are once again threatening to do so if Donald Trump picks a nominee for a vacancy in the highest court in the land before the election.

  Here is more:

Democrats are warning Republicans not to fill a possible Supreme Court vacancy this year after denying President Barack Obama the chance in 2016, saying it would embolden a push on the left to add seats to the court whenever they regain power.

“If they show that they’re unwilling to respect precedent, rules and history, then they can’t feign surprise when others talk about using a statutory option that we have that’s fully constitutional in our availability,” he said. “I don’t want to do that. But if they act in such a way, they may push it to an inevitability. So they need to be careful about that.”

  The precedent and history they are talking about is of course the decision of the Republican-led Senate not to confirm Barack Obama’s pick in 2016 before the last election. This case is slightly different because Barack Obama was a lame-duck President and there is still a chance Donald Trump can win reelection, but it is a slight difference and the Democrats will not make the distinction because they  are chomping at the bit to exact a little revenge.

  Personally I do not blame them for this, if the situation was reversed I would be for doing the same thing, but I think Donald Trump should turn the tables on them and threaten to pack the Supreme Court before the election to get them all on record as being opposed to court-packing.

  But what I really want to know is this, what do they know that we do not know? Why is the idea of Donald Trump getting a Supreme Court vacancy before the election suddenly an issue?

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Sunday, August 2nd open thread: ‘City of Delusion’

August 2, 2020

open-threadThis is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 KJV)

  Here is this week’s open thread. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 You can subscribe to America’s Watchtower to receive email updates and you can also follow America’s Watchtower on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links on the right.

  Here is Muse performing “City of Delusion” live. An interesting side note: as I was looking for the lyrics online I had trouble finding the correct ones because I found that most of the sites changed “all seeing eye” to “all seeing red.” I am sure that was an innocent mistake…

Stay away from me
Build a fortress
And shield your beliefs
Touch the divine
As we fall in line

Can I believe
When I don’t trust
All your theories
Turn to dust
I choose to hide
From the all seeing eye

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
Justify my reasons
With your blood

You’ll not rest
Settle for less
Until you guzzle
And squander what’s left
Do not deny
That you live and let die