Our country is in “woe” shape. Everyone going in opposite directions.
Trump his way. Fails to listen to his own selected medical professionals just as has has done with our intelligence people. The elitists/rich financing and encouraging the “people” to raise hell about returning to work and eliminating restrictions. The nuts of our society playing soldier. Dressing in military fatigues. Carrying guns.
Wisconsin has a very serious problem. Governor Tony Evers issued a stay at home order. Republican legislators took it to court. Wisconsin’s highest court declared it illegal yesterday.
It was celebration time in Wisconsin last night! The bars were packed. No face masks, no distancing. All over the State. Chaos has been used to describe the partying.
Governor Evers said, “We’re the Wild West!” The Governor sees “more death” on the way.
AXIOS had an interesting article this morning: The Pandemic Broke America. I disagree. Trump broke and continues to break America.
It is in the way he has been handling the coronavirus crisis. Instead of bringing out the best in American people, he is bringing out the worst.
Michigan Governor Witmer is a stand up lady. Gutsy. Knows what her job is and tries to do it every day. In spite of the opposition.
Her latest problem involves her stay at home order. Pits her against a 77 year old barber.
Karl Manker practices his trade in Owosso, Michigan. He refused to close his barber shop. He considers what is happening because of the virus “all nonsense.” Says, “I only want to work”
A group of civilians who enjoy playing soldier have come to his aid. The Military Men. Dressed in fatigues and carrying guns.
They have been standing for days in front of Manker’s barber shop defying authorities to remove the man or try to close him down. They promise to defend Manker from “being hauled away in handcuffs.”
The State suspended Manker’s barber license. He continues to cut hair.
The Michigan Attorney General issued an order closing down the business. The order has not been able to be served because of the Militia.
The matter was in court before the Military Militia were on the scene. Still in court. The judge seems to be dispensing “local justice.” He will do nothing till the State shows ‘irreparable damage” if Manker is permitted to remain open.
Then there are those counties in Pennsylvania where businesses prohibited from doing so will open, stay at home orders out the window, etc. They care not what Governor West says or anyone else.
Trump is heading for Pennsylvania today to show his support for the rebellious counties. He is promoting confrontation by so doing. Not proper for a President to do in these circumstances.
Trump considers himself above the law. He is numero uno. He can do anything he wants. He believes he has the power of a King rather than a President.
The Supreme Court heard argument this past week re Trump’s tax returns. Some think the Court’s decision can establish without question that a President is no different from an ordinary citizen in the eyes of the law.
Christina Farsis in a recent article in Vanity Fair wrote the Court has the opportunity before November’s election “to reassert the notion that Trump is no different in the eyes of the law than any other person.”
I wrote yesterday concerning the protest by some Key West persons about opening U.S. 1 and letting people work.
Today’s Citizens’ Voice carried a reader’s comments re the protest. The reader observed that the protesters were not practicing social distancing nor were they wearing face masks. The reader raised the question as to what will tourists do if they are permitted to return at this time.
The reader posed another observation: “Greed has become very ugly in Key West.”
One time Key West resident Thelma Strabel wrote Reap the Wild Wind. On this day in 1940, she obtained a building permit to construct a home in Key West.
I wrote at length about Strabel, Reap the Wild Wind and Key West in in a 2013 blog. I summarize some of the details today.
Reap the Wild Wind was a novel about Key West wreckers. A successful novel. Strabel’s building permit allowed the construction of a new $12,000 home at 400 South Street.
A movie was made 2 years later in 1942. Starred John Wayne and Paulette Goddard. I did not like the movie. Wayne played a bad guy. The only movie in which he ever played a bad guy. The bad guy image did not set well with me.
Strabel’s novel was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post. Strabel built her Key West home with the monies she received from the serialization.
The house became known as the Southernmost Home in the U.S. The address 400 South street attracted many visitors. The view. It was the last house on South Street. There was a claim that Cuba could be seen from the house. False, of course. No one knew it till they went and took a look.
Strabel sold the house at some point in time. The purchaser tore it down to build a larger home.
I have no idea where 400 South Street was at the time and what, if anything, stands there today.
Medical marijuana is legal in most States today. In a few, even for social smoking purposes.
Not in 2001.
On this date in 2001, the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-0 decision ruled there was no exception in federal law for people to use pot for medical purposes.
Time heals most things.
Doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel stood tall and are still standing tall in this time of the coronavirus.
A problem gas arisen, however. Caring for virus patients not as financially rewarding for those involved in medicine. Not high paying care. And when paid, generally medicaid/medicare. Low paying and long times between rendering of the service and payment.
This year alone 1.4 million healthcare jobs have been lost nationally.
I don’t have to tell you. Grocery costs are shooting up because of the epidemic.
U.S. grocery cost the highest in 46 years. Leading the price rises, meat, eggs, cereal, and milk. April experienced a rise of 2.6 percent.
As with Onward Christian Soldiers, the price of groceries will continue to rise.
Last week, 3 million more unemployment claims were filed. In the last 2 months, a total of 36 million.
One of America’s greatest entertainers died this day in 1998. Frank Sinatra.
Michael Flynn’s case is going to become even more interesting. Trump and his cohorts are picking on the wrong Judge He will not put up with their games.
Judge Sullivan will go down in history for his actions regarding what is to come. He is cut from the same cloth as Watergate’s Judge Sirica.
Enjoy your day!