Coronavirus

'Do I Look Like the COVID Police?'

Business owners in the Bronx respond to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine passport mandate.

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At Biancardi Meat Market, the walls on one side are decorated with family photos and a picture of the twin towers with what looks like a Catholic prayer card nestled lovingly into the corner of the frame. On the other side, skinned dead animals hang from hooks—too small to be cows, but maybe lambs or goats. Arthur Avenue, high up in the Bronx, is one of New York's last Italian enclaves, although there are some Albanians, too, and the street's restaurant and bar owners are upset about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's new mandate that their establishments start asking people for proof of vaccination or else deny them indoor service.

At the beginning of August, de Blasio announced that all indoor dining, drinking, and entertainment venues—including everything from movie theaters to strip clubs to concert venues to museums—would need to check for vaccination proof, with enforcement squads being deployed citywide on September 13. Fines for violation are extreme: $1,000 for a first violation, $2,000 for a second, and $5,000 for subsequent offenses. Given that a little over 76 percent of New Yorkers have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 78.5 percent of elderly people in the city have done the same, it's strange that de Blasio's so quickly resorted to the stick while the carrot still works. The scientific consensus right now is that vaccinated people, too, can spread the virus, so it's unclear who exactly de Blasio's edict is helping. Certainly not business owners, who must now enforce the rule or cough up.

Regina, who runs a large Italian restaurant, tells me that so far, she's not asking people for their vaccine passports. (All last names and restaurant names have been withheld.) "First of all, I didn't go back to 100 percent [capacity], my tables aren't 6 feet apart, but they're not on top of one another. We have airflow, we have high ceilings, we were doing all this before and now it's like, why are they just targeting us, restaurants, again? We've been hit so many times," she tells me. "De Blasio shut us down last December, two weeks before Christmas.…We had all our reservations for Christmas Eve, had every single person cancel." Though some people ate outside and others ordered to-go, "we'll never make up what we lost." She tells me that Westchester County—outside of city limits—wasn't shut down for indoor dining as long as city restaurants were, so patrons understandably flocked there, not wanting to dine outdoors during New York winter.

Regina's talking about the shutdown of indoor dining that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered on December 11, 2020. This dictate was widely criticized when state COVID-19 data released soon after indicated that only 1.43 percent of cases in the city from the prior three months could reasonably be linked to indoor dining, with roughly three-quarters of cases linked instead to private social gatherings. Indoor dining was permitted again in mid-February 2021, with full-capacity indoor dining finally allowed on May 19.

The city and state have put restaurants through the wringer for the better part of the last two years. Mandated shut from mid-March to June 2020, when they were allowed to open for outdoor dining alone, they were again shut down this past winter; they endured the eras of temperature checks and mandatory distancing between tables; the unscientific recommendation that restaurants with inadequate spacing use plexiglass barriers; then, as many restaurants made their roadway barrier installations permanent to allow for outdoor dining in the streets, the city's Department of Transportation slapped regulations on them that required complete overhauls of their structures (and fat fines for any deviation from the guidelines). So what's left? Not many employees, and not much goodwill toward the state, or interest in complying with demands.

"At first, when everybody was getting vaccinated and they were so excited to come back in, they'd say to you, 'Oh, don't worry, I'm vaccinated, do you wanna see my card?'" says Regina. "Now I have to ask you for your card, and you're like, 'What are you asking for? It's an invasion of my privacy!' Oh my god, it's a catch-22, do I want people getting mad at me at the front door?"

"Every time we get two steps forward, you put some other hit on us," she says. "It's like, targeting the restaurants, again? If they're gonna do [vaccine passport mandates] in the Bronx and all the boroughs, then you have to do it statewide, not just New York City." 

I ask what happens when the enforcement date, September 13, rolls around—will she start asking for people's vaccination cards then? "I think so. I don't need thousands of dollars in fines. I can't afford that.…[But] I [also] can't afford to hire another person to do this job, and have people get nasty with that person," she says, emphasizing that she's also short-staffed on top of all this.

"People are getting so much money that they're not gonna come back to work," she tells me, saying that a couple of employees have decided not to come back due to their unemployment benefits being so high. Others found work elsewhere during the shutdowns. But hiring is hard right now; I noticed a dozen "we're hiring" signs on my walk around the neighborhood. "Do I look like the COVID police?" Regina asks, indignantly, "Do you want me to be a cop too? How do I know if your pass is real or not?"

Over and over again, restaurant owners and workers tell me they take the virus seriously, that they had it, or that they lost older loved ones to it. Regina lost her father earlier in the pandemic; a guy at a fish market tells me he has an older friend who is in the hospital on a ventilator right now. Nobody seems callous when they talk about it.

Danny, who serves me a cappuccino, tells me through his thick accent that they have to enforce the vaccine mandate, "otherwise the punishment will be very harsh." Most of his customers are vaccinated but some are not. Why? "They believe conspiracy theories and all that stuff." Danny thinks everyone should get the vaccine but that the fines are so expensive. "The biggest problem," he says, "is no way out. Because first, when COVID happened, the whole world was running for the vaccine. Then, get vaccinated, after we get vaccinated, right, then now you can go without masks, then, no, you should put the masks [on] even if you are vaccinated, so it's very confusing."

He tells me he's serious that everyone should be vaccinated, but "the government should have a map for a way out. People have to know when this thing is gonna stop!"

Dihae, a woman from Kosovo who works at an Albanian cafe, is mid-altercation with a customer who hasn't shown his vaccine passport when I walk in. Nobody's speaking English, and everyone's tense. Finally the man retrieves his folded-up vaccine card from his wallet, and she seems relieved. She says she's had to turn three or four people away today alone. A lot of her customers, all Albanian, "don't believe that the vaccine can protect them…they prefer to do the test every week than to do the vaccine."

When I ask Paul, at the beer bar, what they're going to do starting September 13, he says they've been checking, but "you hope that there's a surge in vaccinations," and "that more people acknowledge that vaccine as a step in the right direction."

"Are we promised a guarantee that it's 100% effective? No, that's with any vaccine though; you take the flu shot to make sure that when you get the flu, it's not full-blown flu." Like Regina, Paul says they've overhauled the space. The bar is sort of an island unto itself within a broader food hall, but he's removed the barstools for the duration of the pandemic, making the counter just for serving and tasting, but less for lingering.

What was initially state-mandated feng shui-ing has become a more permanent change, perhaps in an effort to ease the minds of city regulators and the COVID-cautious. Bartenders are used to handling belligerent people when the situation calls for it; hopefully the belligerent won't multiply with the imposition of de Blasio's vaccine mandate.

A little more than half of the dozen people I chatted with had contracted COVID-19 earlier in the pandemic. It's left many of them with a sense that, yeah, it's bad, and it's especially dangerous for the elderly, but most people pull through—can the same be said about their businesses? Will their jobs be there tomorrow? Or will the businesses they've worked to grow over the years fold, another pandemic-era casualty easily linked to the state's all-too-common malfeasance.

As the train goes west to east, connecting Manhattan to Queens' Long Island City, I wonder whether de Blasio's enforcement squads will target boroughs and neighborhoods they know have lower vaccination rates. Will they spend any time at all in highly-vaccinated Park Slope? In SoHo? In Greenpoint? In Chelsea? My own borough, Brooklyn, is a whole different world. One of compliance, one of acquiescence, one of few people giving bouncers grief. Compliance is easier for a business owner whose clientele won't be bothered by the imposition; but what about the rest? What about the fact that just a little more than half of eligible people in the Bronx have received their first doses?

Almost every one of the people I spoke with had some sort of goofy rapport with other neighborhood characters. Paul had an older Puerto Rican guy, seemingly not on the payroll, whom he asked to go grab extra beers from the cellar. Danny was sitting outside with two older Italian men who run businesses in the neighborhood, men sharing midday glasses of wine and a pack of Marlboro Reds. Regina knew exactly what other business owners had endured recently, since she'd heard folks groaning about the authorities who'd come knocking. These people didn't just seem there to make a quick buck; they're people who don't allow others in their community to be anonymous.

On my way back to the train, a Dominican-Lebanese guy and his buddy, who is rolling a joint, are sitting outside the auto body shop. They vaguely catcall me, but I play ball, and realize the Dominican dude enjoys waxing poetic about all manners of things. After 50, he tells me, life is a gift. It's all a miracle, it's all a blessing, do what you want. As his buddy lights up and I miss my train, we talk about the body shop business.

His cheery demeanor—giving me shit, giving his buddy shit, no end to his playfulness and nice grin—is a far cry from the restaurant owners I chatted with just hours ago, some of whom let out heavy sighs of exasperation, who said they didn't know how they would make ends meet, who said that they don't see the government giving them any real path forward for how to make it in the restaurant business. I can't help but wonder whether the difference in demeanor between those trying to keep auto shops in business versus those trying to keep restaurants in business has to do, to a degree, with how suited each type of business is to weather the menace of a virus that jumps quickly from human host to human host.

Or maybe it has to do with the burdens the city has imposed; the challenges of operating in a heavily public-facing industry, one predicated on putting people at ease and making them feel cared for. What happens when the state winnows away at your ability to do that well? What's left?

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  1. “Do I look like the COVID police?” Regina asks, indignantly, “Do you want me to be a cop too? How do I know if your pass is real or not?”

    From the point of view of the government and the frothing Karens this is a plus; when the government’s stupid edicts fail to eradicate Covid (as if they could do that even if they were competent) they can just say “well those stupid business owners didn’t do it right”.

    1. “Do I look like the COVID police?”

      Yes, yes you do. Just as much as you’re the minimum wage police, the equal employment opportunity police, the health and safety police, the drunk driver police, and the thousand other types of police you’ve agreed to be for the state. You exist for the benefit of the state, you lowly worm, and don’t you fucking forget that you exist at their pleasure.

      1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi

        One of the Stasi’s main tasks was spying on the population, primarily through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents (Zersetzung, literally meaning “decomposition”).

        1. Sounds like the current state of the FBI

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    3. Well, restaurant employees have long been conscripted to enforce liquor laws, so it’s not too much of a leap.

  2. Promises made, promises kept.
    Vote for fascists, get fascism.
    https://democrats.org/where-we-stand/party-platform/

    1. Exactly. How did De Blasio get in office? And if they can’t have De Blasio because he turned out to be a failure, the only answer is to find someone worse.

  3. Meh. I am waiting for the combined vaccination-union-Party card that will be required in NYC soon.

    1. Except, of course, for voting.

      1. I feel like NY would relent the voter ID thing if they could accept union cards

  4. You don’t understand, Wolfe. Its not enough that most obey and the rest don’t oppose.

    Totitarianism demands that all *embrace*.

    1. “You hate him. Good. Then the time has come for you to take the last step. You must love Big Brother. It is not enough to obey him: you must love him.”

      1. He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.

        1. As long as you resist deep inside yourself where no one can ever see it.

  5. No no, you’re doing it wrong. You must compare anyone against wearing masks or hesitant about vaccinations to Afghan terrorists who wish to murder people in cold blood.

    Get it right next time.

    1. I am becoming a fan of Ms Wolf. Here was an article focused on the morality of forcing businesses to enforce mandates. Wolf didn’t need to spend endless paragraphs explaining why vaccinations are important, and why we should be vaccinating, etc.

      Compare that to Soave, Boehm and Sullum who nestle a “to be sure, mandates are bad” inside an article lamenting that the rubes won’t get onboard with the clear SCIENCE! ™ that says vaccinations are the second coming of Jesus.

  6. “When is this going to stop?”
    It’s not.

    1. It will end when people get so fed up with it that the streets run red with blood.

  7. “so it’s unclear who exactly de Blasio’s edict is helping. Certainly not business owners,”

    Given Blasio’s political persuasion, that’s definitely a feature. He gets to act out his authoritarian desires, and punish business owners as a bonus.

    1. punish business owners as a bonus

      It’s not just business owners. Managers of larger businesses will be fired for failure to force employees to comply. Employees will be fired for not checking ID. Customers who refuse to show will be trespassed and have the cops called on them. The unvaccinated are now VERBOTEN in NYC.

      This is how you create hatred and dehumanize your enemies. Those who have recovered and see no need or for whom the vaccine is counter-indicated are just collateral damage.

      with enforcement squads being deployed citywide on September 13

      Just call them what they are, Wolfe, goon squads. The mafia idolizing bureaucrats that infest NYC finally figured out how to monetize COVID. This is an extortion scheme thinly disguised in a public health mandate.

      We need some libertarian writers around here that are going to tell the truth without parroting the governments euphemisms and newspeak.

      1. It is like they eant to make a George Floyd 2.0 situation all but inevitable.

        1. And why shouldn’t they?

      2. I should not have said that they, “finally figured out how to monetize COVID.” What I should have said is that they continue to scheme up new ways to monetize COVID. It’s not like they haven’t been shaking down the public the whole time.

      3. I disagree. Giving this in a persuasive but not exclusionary or derogatory way is far more likely to make people think than what you are advocating. If you just start ranting about how they are fascists, people are going to ignore you.

        1. LOL! Nudging people with polite discourse in an attempt to call attention to the creeping totalitarianism instituted by corrupt fearmongers with the complete support of complicit media outlets.

          The fallback position to that is laying down in front of the tanks.

          1. That’s always the final fallback position. However, while people can be convinced, we need to convince them.

            If you just throw out insults, you will get ignored, and no one will listen to you. You have wasted your breath. If you say “this is a horrible thing. You don’t want to do a horrible thing, do you?” You will get results.

            You want to get results, don’t you?

            1. Yup. I find a lot of people at least willing to listen when I attempt to explain my position calmly and politely. It is still worth doing. Most people aren’t really onboard with the full-on culture war political polarization, I don’t think.

    2. deBlowsyerhole is a leftist/Marxist/socialist who hates private businesses, made himself dictator of N.Y. City and believes in his own infallibility….. sort of like the Pope.
      Maybe he should be paying attention to what’s happening elsewhere, like California, Canada and Australia, where the people have had enough of this tyranny.
      I hear Trudeau is getting quite an earful.

  8. As long as we keep rolling over, what do we expect? Govt. is ONLY in power because WE allow them to be. Maybe time for a change?

    1. this quote from the author says it all “hopefully the belligerent won’t multiply with the imposition of de Blasio’s vaccine mandate”

      Two words: Fuck That

      1. I hope for more 93% peaceful protests.

  9. Today, a local radio host was calling for segregation in Philly schools. Those not masked, and teachers refusing vax, will be kept in separate areas like the unclean beasts they are. One caller, opposed to this, was told “If it was your kid that was sickened and died, how would you feel?” So the new criteria apparently is to isolate any and every child who might carry a communicable disease, which in the medical literature has led to a least one death, because saving even only one life is worth totalitarianism. I must note that this same radio host last week actually supported guillotining a mother who let her asymptomatic kid go to school several days after “testing positive.”

    1. I must note that this same radio host last week actually supported guillotining a mother who let her asymptomatic kid go to school several days after “testing positive.”

      Wait, what?

      1. Well if the virus isn’t going to kill anyone, somebody’s got to.

      2. I say we guillotine radio hosts who call for the death of their fellow man.

    2. If it was your kid that was sickened and died

      Exactly how many times has this happened as a result of exposure in a school? Zero? Yeah, let’s guillotine the bitch.

      At least when they bloviate about school shootings, it is just a gross exaggeration of something that has an infinitesimal probability of affecting your child and not something that has never actually been proven to have occurred.

    3. Let’s be fair, getting a positive test and then deliberately exposing others is a completely different situation than the rest of this debate. There is a difference between not taking a preventative measure that is generally accepted as a wise choice and knowingly spreading a communicable disease.

      That was how my family got it, as well as a sizable chunk of my wife’s job. One of her co-workers ignored a positive test and it spread like wildfire. He was rightfully fired.

      1. Agreed: This is where the moral responsibility of an individual asserts itself. If you know that you are a risk to others, you are morally obligated to not spread that to someone else.

        1. It is also noteworthy that the latest study out of Duke suggested that kids who are asymptomatic *do* spread the virus, because they have viral loads in their sinuses high enough to represent a spreading event.

          That said, the evidence isn’t completely clear yet: the study does not distinguish between asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic kids. It just shows that kids who were not showing symptoms had viral loads high enough to spread the virus.

          Overall, if there is a change in behavior needed in our country, avoiding spreading the virus once you know you are infected seems a good place to set the bar.

        2. if true why are democrats staying in office??

      2. One of her co-workers ignored a positive test and it spread like wildfire.

        Correlation is not causation, no matter how good it feels to have someone to blame. Your wife could also have gotten it at a gas station, at the grocery store or while boning said co-worker. Did you research all the possibilities?

        He was rightfully fired.

        That is some masterful scapegoating. Did COVID regulations supersede HIPAA? Health information is private and employers have assumed liability when someone is fired for reasons related to health. Unless the guy announced his status, along with his intention to infect others while coughing into an air return, the guy should be currently collecting unemployment and have already filed a case with the state labor agency.

        As someone who most likely contracted COVID in the workplace, I have zero animosity towards the person who was the most likely vector. Typhoid Mary knew she carried a much deadlier disease without any symptoms. But there was no question about being false positive and she had been told so repeatedly for years before she was labeled forever as a plague bearer. I think I could forgive a guy with no symptoms the first time.

        1. I also agree with you. While I think there is a moral obligation to isolate if you know you are infected, I view breaking that obligation with about the same opprobrium as I view someone who runs a red light. It is a dick move, with a rather low likelihood of causing any real harm.

        2. “Correlation is not causation, no matter how good it feels to have someone to blame.”

          I read an account from a nurse early last summer. She described how her husband brought Covid into their home and infected the family. According to her, one night he had a very high fever, but no other Covid symptoms. He was taken to the hospital and admitted due to the high fever. He was tested for Covid and the test came back negative. The doctors said that the high fever was a rare complication of surgery he had the month before. He was tested two other times in the two weeks he was in the hospital, and again both tests were negative. He was released from the hospital. Several days after his release from the hospital the family caught Covid (shocker, they only had mild symptoms). The entire time the husband was in the hospital, this woman was going about her job and otherwise doing what needed to be done (shopping, etc.) to run the household. Despite three negative Covid tests and no other Covid syptoms aside from the very high fever one night, this woman insisted that it was her husband that brought Covid into their home. The mental gymnastics in which this woman engaged in order to deny the obvious conclusion that she was the one who brought it into the home (kids never left the house) was simply astounding.

        3. Correlation is not causation, true. However, if you get a positive test on Sunday, show up to work on Monday through Thursday, and by Friday you have over a dozen people sick, then 1+1=2.

          Can we prove it beyond any shadow of a doubt? No. Reasonable doubt? Definitely.

    4. There is the problem. Don’t let your children be tested. For a young child there is literally no difference in the care given for a cold. The only thing a positive test does is allow the government to tally another number and perpetuate this farce even longer.

  10. By requiring everyone at their 31 concert tour (attended by about 40,000 – 50,000 per concert) to present a covid vaccine card or a recent negative covid test result, Dead and Company have convinced far more people (including many senior citizens) to get a covid vaccine than Bill de Blasio.

    Check out their first two songs (The Music Never Stopped/Easy Answers) from their concert in Hershey on Saturday (8/28/2021)
    beginning at 24 minutes into
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlSYacgaMJI

    Free markets are almost always more effective than government mandates.

    1. So much for “free thinking”, “do your own thing”, or whatever hippy crap that launched their careers of shitty music.

    2. Dead and Company likely convinced more people in the NYC metro area to get a covid vaccine than de Blasio’s absurd mandate will achieve by simply playing a concert at Citi Field on 8/20/2021 (as everyone attending had to show a vaccine card or a recent negative covid test).

      The first set of that concert is at
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dAnTPzC3VE

      The Set List is
      00:25 Let The Good Times Roll
      05:25 Bertha
      Good Lovin’
      22:38 Big Railroad Blues
      26:56 Ramble On Rose
      They Love Each Other
      51:30 Cassidy
      1:03:28 Casey Jones

      1. it’s disgusting Bobby is shilling for the federal government without your cheerleading it

        1. I’ve been very disappointed in Bobby’s left wing political activism during the past decade, but his music continues to get better.

          The band is now absurdly claiming (across its huge video screen) that its current tour reduces five times more carbon emissions than it creates, which is a bunch of crap as most of the 20,000 vehicles at each concert are gas guzzlers that don’t get more than 25 miles per gallon.

          But their music has been great.

    3. I wonder what coild have deterred senior citizens from getting vaccinated.

      Aside from inept, incompetent public health messaging?

      1. Cuomo and Murphy will soon be shown to be the best of all governors at handling COVID among the vaccinated. The Science! crowd will correlate the deaths to COVID in nursing homes versus the vaccination rate among that cohort beginning in early 2020. That the government can’t protect people who won’t protect themselves by getting vaccinated will be the conclusion.

    4. So vaxxed and infected are totes cool to attend?

      1. That is, those who are infected but have a vax card

      2. Yes. Halfway to sanity is better than absolute insanity.

        Reductio ad absurdum: I would gladly trade forced vaccination for the outlawing of COVID precautions, including testing. This obsession is unhealthy.

    5. I was there. Great show.

  11. Turning citizens on citizens. It is what progressive politicians do.

    1. It worked so well in East Germany.

      1. Just ask Angela Merkel. I’m sure her father told wonderful tales of the benevolence of the Stasi at the dinner table.

  12. People love bullies when they bully is doing what they want them to.

  13. Most of his customers are vaccinated but some are not. Why? “They believe conspiracy theories and all that stuff.” Danny thinks everyone should get the vaccine but that the fines are so expensive. “The biggest problem,” he says, “is no way out. Because first, when COVID happened, the whole world was running for the vaccine. Then, get vaccinated, after we get vaccinated, right, then now you can go without masks, then, no, you should put the masks [on] even if you are vaccinated, so it’s very confusing.”

    But was EVERYBODY

  14. Did anyone else see the article about Larry David losing his shit and screaming at Alan Dershowitz in a grocery store?

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/larry-david-couldn-t-curb-his-anger-at-alan-dershowitz-in-martha-s-vineyard-grocery/ar-AANtrJm

    The attempt to spin it is hilarious. It doesn’t matter how lefty you are. Once you cross their picket lines, you will get spit upon.

    The extortionist Vaccine Police in NYC are going to expose a bunch of their elite as hypocrites and they will be targeted just like Dershowitz.

    1. I never thought Larry David was funny.

      1. He’s like the Jimmy Johnson of comedians. Is he really that funny, or was he just surrounded by and good at attracting really funny people into a single space?

        1. Seinfeld was funny in the 90s. Pretentious characters only superficially interacting with the people around them convinced that discussing a subject with passion is what wins arguments. The audience laughed because they had to admit to behaving similarly on occasion. It was self-mockery.

          Watching it today is like watching a bad reality show. Larry really understood where the left was headed. He was normalizing the behaviors. George Costanza could run for President and beat Joe Biden.

        2. He’s a good comedy writer, at least. I liked Curb Your Enthusiasm too, but I can see its cringey uncomfortable humor is maybe not for everyone.

    2. “Elites” arguing in grocery stores.

  15. “… it’s strange that de Blasio’s so quickly resorted to the stick while the carrot still works.”

    What carrot? When did they ever try using the carrot? Note that I don’t consider the offer of not being beaten with the stick to be a carrot.

    1. That’s a nice carrot you’ve got there. Sure, would be a shame if someone beat you with a stick, took it from you, and then threatened you with a stick if you didn’t desire *their* carrot.

    2. Not being beat with the stick is the only carrot they ever had.

      1. Remember the viral videos of people screaming at their fellow man for not wearing a mask? People walking up to others and getting in their face in the store to demand to know why they’re not wearing a mask?

  16. Most of his customers are vaccinated but some are not. Why? “They believe conspiracy theories and all that stuff.” Danny thinks everyone should get the vaccine but that the fines are so expensive. “The biggest problem,” he says, “is no way out. Because first, when COVID happened, the whole world was running for the vaccine. Then, get vaccinated, after we get vaccinated, right, then now you can go without masks, then, no, you should put the masks [on] even if you are vaccinated, so it’s very confusing.”

    But was EVERYBODY really running for the vaccine?

    Or was the entirety of the left, the Democrats, and the media idiocy complex talking it down when it looked like Trump was gonna be the one getting credit for it?

    It’s no wonder the response has been so confused.

    But why is anyone surprised? To the left the plandemic is the perfect way to amass power while creating a smaller more scared and separated population.

    “Stay in your bubbles”
    “Do not leave your homes”

  17. “hopefully the belligerent won’t multiply with the imposition of de Blasio’s vaccine mandate”

    Liz Wolfe wants obedient little bitches. Fuck you, Liz Wolfe. If you’re so scared of covid get a Vaccine you anti-vaxxer.

    People should not be bending over and taking it.

    1. DeBlasio is a Marxist traitor who should have emded up hanging at the end of a rope decades ago. That mistake should be corrected.

    2. “hopefully the belligerent won’t multiply with the imposition of Biden’s mandatory minimum policies”

      Nobody wants more brown beligerents, not even Liz Wolfe.

    3. We need more belligerents.

  18. NYC’s public awareness campaign for vaccines:

    NYC RESPECTS YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE. NEEDLE STICKS OR NIGHTSTICKS?

  19. And yet they keep voting these clowns back into office. Different subjects, but same behavior, and still they get elected and re-elected.

  20. Requiring ID to vote is racist.

    Requiring proof of vaccination + an ID to verify it is not racist.

  21. Australia. Is. Building. Concentration. Camps.

  22. Compliance is easier…

    That’s the idea.

    1. C- comrade, not enthusiastic enough. “That’s the idea!”

  23. https://twitter.com/LeonydusJohnson/status/1432384464823390209?s=19

    What is the ethical difference between treating people who are not even sick as if they have some extremely deadly contagious disease and treating innocent people as if they are extremely dangerous criminals?

  24. Weird…

    https://twitter.com/Timcast/status/1432368981030080512?s=19

    Something bad just went down near Morgantown, WV

    A Moderna shipment truck crashed, hazmat dispatched, airspace shut down and now apparently Emergency Response is claiming the Department of Defense took it over
    [Link]

    1. Hazardous waste.

    2. At a guess, containing samples?

  25. Jesus, NY businesses, it could be worse, you could be banned from being the COVID police! Imagine that level of tyranny!

  26. https://twitter.com/ElectionWiz/status/1432392282456698881?s=19

    JUST IN: US Dept. of Education opens “civil rights” investigations into five Republican-led states for barring mask mandates for schools. Office for Civil Rights sent letters to education chiefs in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. – AP

    1. And clearly these people have tons of evidence about how masks work in the real world, right?

      No? They’re just threatening people because they can? Cool.

  27. Move. It really has come to that. Time to hit the road, and never look back.

  28. https://twitter.com/LeonydusJohnson/status/1432367108642517006?s=19

    Treating the Holocaust as some kind of sacred taboo that can never be compared to anything ever makes it impossible for a society to learn from it and much easier for it to happen again.

    Just tweak the variables a bit and they won’t even see it coming.

  29. with enforcement squads being deployed citywide on September 13

    Hey Liz, how about a follow up article

    1. Armed enforcement goon squads.

      1. They better be.

  30. Okay… You link NPR admitting flu vaccines don’t work after a short time, right at the beginning of the article, and then spend the rest blathering about how we all should get stuck anyway.

    How about questioning the wisdom of taking a third dose of an experimental vaccine that has warnings regarding myocardia upon taking the second dose?

    1. Yes we’ll need boosters. I think there was both over and underselling of the vaccine. It really did help bring down cases earlier this year in places but too much hesitancy and now the delta variant means it’s resurging. No evidence that side effects anywhere near as dangerous as getting Covid itself though. On the other hand does seem possible that natural infection provides greater immunity (if you survive). Have to weigh that against risk of death and other long term effects.

    2. These are the most tested vaccines in history. The only reason they didn’t take longer to develop is because scientists had the genetic blueprint of the virus within a week. In the past you could not get a genetic blueprint. So the development took longer. All told, modern science and technology helped create the vaccine is 1 year rather than 4 years.

  31. Mandates are nothing more than political CYA. Responsibility for enforcement is passed on to businesses who have no business determining the legitimacy of proof of vaccination. Gives the Mayor an excuse when Covid infection rates inevitably increase due to the spread of more contagious variants and vaccine failure. Gives him a boogeyman, creates a justification for additional regulation, and makes everyone else look like the bad guy except the puppetmaster pitting us against one another for personal gain.

  32. For whom did these people vote at the last mayoral election?

    1. “It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes that counts”
      I can say with all certainly it wasn’t Thomas Jefferson who said that.

      1. Excuses, excuses…

  33. Stop voting for communists, you unrepentant morons. How hard is this? It’s never a surprise except to those who refuse to learn.

  34. Wait …. there are still white people in the Bronx?

    Who knew?

  35. Some vaccinated people can spread the virus to other vaccinated people – so it’s not really an issue because they are vaccinated. They might get mild symptoms but breakthroughs that cause hospitalizations are rare. But if you have unvaccinated and vaccinated together then either can spread it to unvaccinated and then you have an issue since most serious cases are among the unvaccinated.

    The mandate is set up to prevent more outbreaks that help the virus evolve to more dangerous variants. I’m personally okay with it since I have been vaccinated. Theoretically I see an issue with it but let the courts decide.

  36. Was born there, glad family left when I was young. Now I don’t even want to visit. Any place that can elect DeBlasio and Cuomo multiple times is a place to avoid.

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