This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
For just general FYI notices, use to “tips” pages. All the old ones remain for historical reference:
What’s Going On?
Chinese Wuhan Covid Lockdowns Unconstitutional
Federal Judge Says Pennsylvania Democrat Governor’s Lockdown Orders Are Unconstitutional
SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 By Tristan Justice
A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Monday the state Democratic governor’s lockdown orders are unconstitutional, violating both the First and 14th Amendments.
The lawsuit, brought by Butler, Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties joined by Pittsburg-area Republican Congressman Mike Kelly and several state representatives, was filed in May arguing Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders implemented with state Health Secretary Rachel Levine to shut down businesses violated constitutional liberties. Seven businesses that included several hair salons and an appliance store had also joined the suit.
In the 66-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania William Stickman struck down Wolf’s limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings of up 25 and 250 people, respectively. The limitations, Stickman wrote, violate “the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment.”
Stickman ruled that the governor’s stay-home order and mandatory closure of businesses, which were deemed non-essential to curb the spread of the novel Wuhan coronavirus, infringed on citizen freedoms and discriminated based upon arbitrary “life sustaining” and “non-life sustaining” standards breaching 14th Amendment protections.
In the ruling, Stickman said he “believes that defendants undertook their actions in a well-intentioned effort to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus. However, good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge. Indeed, the greatest threats to our system of constitutional liberties may arise when the ends are laudable, and the intent is good — especially in a time of emergency.”
Stickman emphasized that once liberties erode under a public emergency, they become difficult to repossess.
“Even a vigilant public may let down its guard over its constitutional liberties only to find that liberties, once relinquished, are hard to recoup,” Stickman wrote.
OK, precedent in hand, let 40 more suits be lodged…
But folks are pretty much saying F.U. to the whole idea anyway.
Electricity Political Drama
I’ve got my generator running and in good shape. Ready for the next outages. After looking over various generator reviews, it looks like lots of newer inverter based generators are out there. For about $300 to $400 you can get a nearly 2 kW continuous 2.2 kW surge generator from several sources all of which work OK. Harbor Freight Predator, Wen, Generac, and more. They generally look to me like minor case and detail variations of a Chinese Clone of the Honda.
I also have my inverters in place so can get modest power from the car via a long drop cord if desired.
Chinese Wuhan Covid
Daily Infections and Daily New Deaths continue to drop despite folks restarting things and generally blowing off the restrictions. This thing is just so over.
The EU continues to play bully boy power politics, not recognizing a Free People when they see them. I didn’t think the Germans were so stupid. Oh Well, if they want to play that way, guess you Brits can just buy more Japanese and American cars ;-0 (Or maybe restart your own brands…)
Then there’s that whole “we want to keep on telling you how to live while we take your fish” and the Northern Ireland thing. Well, what is it, 3 months to go and this will FINALLY be over?
The Election Follies
Well, Trump is now doing an appearance per day. Biden does a 1/2 hour scripted teleprompter reading every other day then takes a day off.
At what point can an Amicus Brief for Elder Abuse be filed with the Family Court?
Stupid Games, Stupid Prizes
Gov. Whitmer has a bad case of Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes:
Group tops 400K signatures to repeal Whitmer’s virus powers
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, faced with lawsuits challenging her use of emergency powers to fight the coronavirus, could continue to prevail in court.
But she may be unable to stop a Republican maneuver that would rescind a 75-year-old law that has enabled her to issue and lift COVID-19 restrictions unilaterally. A ballot drive said Friday it was in the “home stretch” after collecting more than 400,000 signatures in just two months. Its goal is 500,000.
If at least 340,000 signatures are deemed valid by the state elections board, the GOP-controlled Legislature would likely repeal the 1945 law rather than let it go to a 2022 public vote. The Democratic governor could not veto the initiated bill. A 1976 law, which requires legislative approval to extend a state of emergency, would remain intact.
“No one should think that allowing a politician to have unlimited power for an unlimited duration is a good idea,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesman for Unlock Michigan. He urged people to consider if they would be OK with 2018 gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette or President Donald Trump, both Republicans, wielding emergency powers permanently with no need to consult lawmakers.
One Down, a half dozen more to go…
They are still collecting signatures and expect to hit 1/2 Million before stopping.
The Facebook Truth Inverter
In other news, Facebook as now banned any posting that claims Antifa / BLM Arson is involved with the west coast fires. This, despite a few such folks being arrested for Arson in setting the fires. One guy on a revolving door having set a half dozen already (now remanded to a mental institution since that’s stronger than a DA / Jail).
This is one in a long string of such political rulings. This causes me to postulate the Facebook Truth Inverter:
Anything Facebook BANS in terms of political speech, is full proof of the veracity of it. If Facebook bans it, you KNOW it is TRUE!
In the mean time, Oregon has had as many fires in 2 months as they normally get in an entire year. That’s arson, folks. Then there is the convenient proximity of about 1 car drive from Liberal Riots. Gov. Nuisance and a few other Loony Dimocrats are shouting that it is Globull Warming!!!! when it isn’t. Fuel load and arson is all it is. This summer has been cooler than many here in California.
FWIW, we’re finally getting more or less clean air today. Onshore slight wind.
In other news, folks in rural areas are setting up check points and promising to shoot looters or arsonists. Said scumbuckets ought to look up the phrase “Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up.” Rural farming types are well experienced with that…
In an unrelated note: I have dug out my deep stores of ammunition. Looks like it is all still good. Next week or two I’ll set up the reloading station and run a few hundred 9mm through it. So far my suburb has been nice, quiet, and peaceful. I’m not expecting that to change. Should that change, it’s not getting past the front door.