Coronavirus

Californians Are Revolting Against the Lockdown

Small business owners and sheriffs are leading the revolt against Governor Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home orders, which they say are unscientific and ineffective.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed some of the most stringent COVID-19 restrictions in America, and some Golden State residents are starting to revolt.

Newsom's "dictatorial attitude toward California residents while dining in luxury, traveling, and keeping his business open and his kids in private school is very telling about his attitude towards California residents, his feelings about the virus, and it is extremely hypocritical," said Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco in a December 4 video announcing that his department wouldn't be enforcing the governor's latest order.

Sheriffs in Los Angeles County, El Dorado County, Orange County, and even the governor's home county of Sacramento, have also said they will not enforce aspects of the lockdown order.

Bianco says county sheriffs are acting within their legal authority.

"We're constitutional officers. Some of the sheriffs believe that it's a constitutional violation," says Bianco. "As a law enforcement officer, we're given very broad discretion on enforcement….We don't have to arrest just because there is a law."

On December 3, Newsom's stay-at-home order barred in-person dining of any kind at restaurants where hospital ICU capacity has fallen below 15 percent, as it has in four out of five California regions. But there's no evidence that the shutdown has stemmed the growth in cases, hospital admissions, or fatalities

Several restaurants in Riverside County are defying the ban, including Marla's Cocina and Cantina in the city of Beaumont.

"I've been playing by the rules way too long….It's getting to a point of ridiculousness," says owner Diego Rose, who says he tried converting the restaurant to takeout-only in March and began losing money every day of operation.

"At that point, you have to make a decision. Do you shut your doors and lose all your inventory and let your staff go in hopes that somebody along the way knew what they were talking about?" says Rose.

California's order to stop outdoor dining has generated outrage, controversy, and legal challenges. A county judge invalidated L.A. County's outdoor dining ban on the grounds that there's a lack of scientific evidence to justify it.

Rose is even permitting his customers to dine inside, though he's spaced out the tables and installed extra ventilation. He also spent about $35,000 converting a previously indoor space into an open-air patio and keeps the restaurant doors open whenever possible.

"At this point with this shutdown, we really have just kind of decided…we are at this point, no longer bending. We're allowing that bending to occur with the individuals," says Rose. "You don't like it, don't come." 

He says he's received visits from the health department, alcohol and beverage control, and angry citizens over the past several months, and he's faced threats of fines because his patio isn't COVID-compliant. Yet he remains committed to staying open and was emboldened by Sheriff Bianco's public statements.

But California is reaching record levels of COVID infections. A new, more easily transmissible strain has appeared in the state. And in several California counties, hospitals are completely out of ICU capacity. Yet Bianco says the responsibility doesn't rest with him.

"Making someone wear a mask or close their business has absolutely nothing to do with someone that is overweight, diabetic, unhealthy heart-wise, possibly cancer going through treatments with a weak immune system, then going out into public and putting themselves at risk. That wasn't my fault and nothing to do with me," says Bianco. "But no one wants to take personal responsibility. It's better if you blame someone else."

There is little evidence that in-person dining, particularly outdoors, is a major source of COVID-19 spread, a fact that state health director Mark Ghaly appeared to admit in a December 8 press briefing.

The ban "really has to do with keeping people at home, not a comment on the relative safety of outdoor dining," said Ghaly.

Research out of New York City found that 74 percent of COVID spread happens in households.

Rose, who once worked as an emergency room nurse, says that the responsibility for stopping the spread of COVID to the vulnerable doesn't rest with law enforcement or business owners.

"Every individual has to keep and maintain the amount of risk they're willing to assume. And that's inherent to the individual," says Rose. 

California's stay-at-home order prohibiting restaurants in counties with available ICU capacity below 15 percent remains in effect.

A judge in San Diego county ruled that restaurants there can remain open pending a ruling in an ongoing lawsuit, and San Bernardino County has filed suit against the governor in the state's Supreme Court to keep its businesses open.

Rose says he hopes more restaurants ignore the order and reopen.

"I'm not worried about my business as much as I'm worried about my country. If I have nothing to open back up to what's the point?" says Rose. "I hope more and more people get on that kind of a bandwagon to protect each other's rights….We have to do something."

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  1. I find the retarded progressives /socialists that make up a super majority of this literal flaming pile of shit state prett revolting too

    1. Huh? From a Koch / Reason libertarian perspective, California is pretty much the ideal state. It has a powerful economy, a diverse population, single-party Democratic government, and consistently high poverty levels.

      In fact the ultimate result of Charles Koch’s open borders agenda will be to transform this country into a union of 50 Californias. I can’t wait!

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    2. The “people” who elected their state politicians are “revolting” those same politicians….

      Q: Is it a possibility that their ballot boxes have been stuffed by DNC crooks for far too long or that they vote for the politicians just to revolt against them later?

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    3. This is one of the most clickbaity garbage articles I have read on here. Doesn’t say how many people are “revolting” could just be a handful, also no evidence that the lockdown is stemming infections because we can’t know what the alternate solutions would result in without creating a parallel universe California to compare against, and also the 74 percent of COVID spread in households statistic is ridiculous and totally meaningless what do you think the covid spontaneously erupts from the walls, the household transmissions should effectively be ignored because the way it gets into the household in the first place is from outside, obviously in a family space its going to spread the point is to not let it in there in the first place

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      2. There a more than a dozen parallel universes to compare CA with. By doing regression analysis of infection rates per 1 million population to find the correlation between restriction introduction you can determine restriction’s effectiveness. In all European countries the only restriction with a strong correlation is limiting gatherings to 10 or less. Mask mandates have almost no effect on stemming infection rates (2%).

      3. I agree. I live in the occupied territory of EL Dorado County. As much as we resist here libs in the valley and SoCal will probably reelect the Fuhrer Newsome since they believe he did such a bang up job.

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  2. So is this one of the good revolts or one of the bad revolts? Are these people patriots or insurrectionists? I need to be told these sorts of things so I’ll know how to feel about this story.

    1. Don’t you have YouTube for that? Come on, who could ever doubt that someone whose wall is covered with Game of Thrones Funko figurines would be privy to top secret UN plans?

    2. It’s bad because they’re literally killing people.

  3. Good! Because High School dropouts and people who believe Illuminati lizard men run the Trilateral Comission and who are operating on the same informational level as chimpanzees and baboons are the best ones to decide what’s “scientific”.

    Oh, and how many here now “never supported Trump” after the failed Beer Belly Putsch?

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    2. Well, they can’t be any worse than politicians. Mass panic and government doing stupid things are pretty common throughout history. Not sure why it’s so hard to believe that it’s happening now.

      1. Roughly 90% of state anti-COVID actions are pure theater, and the few honest politicians that exist have already owned up to that. The US passed the point where COVID was controllable in early February; everything done since is to try to keep it in people’s mind so the inevitable hospitalizations don’t all show up at once.

        We as a culture need to break this habit of blaming everything that goes wrong on the dudes hired to direct the civil service. But that’s the natural consequence of having a welfare state so…

        1. We as a culture need to break this habit of blaming everything that goes wrong on the dudes hired to direct the civil service.

          Yes we do. The assumption that there can or should be a government solution to every problem is very dangerous.

          1. Here here

          2. Good Idea, Can they also stop taxing me and telling me they need it so they can be the answer to every problem. (see Social Security)

        2. Don’t worry the threshold for shutting down is always just under what would close down Newsome winery’s

        3. We also need to break the nasty habit of simply saying OK nd DOING whatever gummit tell us to do, based on the mere fact that gummit TELLS us what to do.

          I first read of the WuFlu in Decmepber of 2019, and based on what I read then, and wht
          id seen in times past when Ebola, Lymes.AIDS, H!N!, Asian Flu, etc were “on the way and gonna kill us all” and then got to feaston a big fat NothingBurger after a few months of panic… I knew what was coming. Including the panic, lockdowns, empty store shelves., etc. I laid in a supply of simpe cheap supplements to make sure my immune system was up to snuff, and have lived my life pretty much ormallly, refusing to
          comply”.
          This carp will coneinut until enough eople simply say ENOUGH nd stop blindly and lemmingly obeying every grunt and hiccpu from gummit uffishuls who almost always have a dog in the circus performance. Riverside COUnty are doing the ONLY thing that wil work. Simply saying NO. WE WILL NOT COMPLY. Those people, from the Sheriff on down, know that ultimately THEY are the ones to bear the consequences of whatever they do. Gummit can say SHUT DOWN AND SHUT UP. But their bellies are not the ones going to be empty. The Gabbling Nuisance will still live in his ostentatioins house, with his guards, gardners, etc, just like he is now no matter what José and Maria do. He don’t care, he don’t have to.And nothing changes for him. (too bad, on that lt one)

    3. In other words, your world is black and white, Either hate Trump and support the socialists, or love Trump and hate the socialists.

      You have no comprehension of people who hate government, hate bureaucrats, hate meddlers, and are pragmatic enough to see some good from Trump while hating the rest.

      1. In other words, you’re happy to watch the world burn so long as you get to see the things you don’t like burn before you do.

          1. That tends to happen when socialists start loosing.

            1. HAAAAA!

        1. Who is this Trump person that you continually refer to? Did he do something bad?

          Your recommendation is that I dislike him? Mildly or intensely? TIA!

      1. Trump who?

        1. That person I’ve been trying to explain to half a country that just doesn’t get it.

    4. Well, lessee… “science”… Fauci has admitted that not once, but twice he’s lied about COVID facts for psychological effect.

      1. Once about mask efficacy and then what was the second?

      2. I count atleast six things, signficant ones, about which Fautchee lied. And I’ve not had the stomach to listen to everything he’s said, so my count is almost certainly low.. by several orders of magnitude.

    5. Most people didn’t support trump they said he was better than the dems, and probably the most libritarian president since coolage

  4. Those ICU capacity figures smell to me. I can easily imagine that hospitals never build excess capacity of any sort, especially the expensive ICU variety, and that they always try to keep as many patients as they can, because patients are revenue and excess capacity is, by definition, excess and unused. Flattening the curve kept normal patients away who were not replaced by COVID patients, and left hospitals with fewer overall patients, reducing hospital revenue. I bet they learned and now keep as many patients as they can, boosting revenue, and leading to false figures of ICU capacity.

    How elastic is hospital capacity? How easily can they keep patients a little longer in easy times because there are fewer emergency patients waiting for their resources, and kick them out a little sooner in rough times when the rush of emergency patients needs the resources more?

    1. More elastic than you might expect, though the supply-side elasticity will not show up in these measurements (we spun up a ton of new ICU beds in the spring, but they were unofficial and shuttered after the peak). But the incentives are such that we try to get patients out ASAP since that increases margins, so the excess capacity through improved throughput is pretty minimal.

      Missing part of your analysis: COVID patients as a rule greatly outstay their benchmark ALOS, so the reimbursements rarely come close to covering costs.

      1. At a high level, acute care is an arbitrage game. This is one of the reasons why everyone scrambles for surgical cases – much easier to predict outcomes and get patients out the door. Medical cases are more likely to be… stubborn.

        https://www.carelogistics.com/blog/2016/8/22/metrics-that-matter-considering-clinical-complexity-with-length-of-stay-more-accurately-indicates-efficiency

      2. The problem here is that for the most part the hospitals stopped building ICU’s and went all in for outpatient and urgent care. In the largest medical center in the world, 5 major hospital groups crammed in here mine was the only one to add ICU space, barely. And that was only because we expanded into OB in a big way so we needed more NICU beds. As you have noted, there just isn’t a lot of money in ICU’s. For us the big money makers are Pharmacy first, then Radiology and then outpatient clinical and urgent care. We had been seeing good returns on minor and day surgery but that was for the most part shutdown last spring.

      3. The Feds are paying for COVID care; that is a huge incentive to classify a patient as a COVID patient even if COVID isn’t why the patient is getting hospital care.

    2. The bed numbers are based on the excess beds after normal capacity. In the end, a 0% capacity is still fucking serious, as 0% excess beds is equivalent to 0% total beds, but the metric is still not total beds.

      As much as I hate Newsom, the hospital capacity numbers are very serious in this state. Which is incredibly ironic because the state spent the past twenty years consolidating hospitals and closing down local hospitals. Not as a deliberate policy, but as a side effect of state and national health care policy. When only big centralized hospital systems can exist under the cronyist healthcare system then only big centralized hospital systems can exist.

      For example, my home county has had no new hospitals or hospital expansions in my lifetime. But my local hometown hospital is gone, and several other local hospitals are gone. Only two hospitals remain, and they are no larger than they used to be. Meaning most people get airlifted out of county. Which makes our county capacity numbers look extremely dire. They are dire, but it’s not the fault of the virus, it’s the fault of the system that allowed for zero excess capacity.

      Even in the big city where I now live, there are two major hospitals that have been shuttered for a decade or more. There is a new hospital near me, but it was a replacement for an older hospital that has been torn down. When I was hospitalized for a minor stroke two years ago, I literally got the last non-ICU bed in the hospital.

      The lack of hospital beds is not the fault of the virus, it’s the fault of state and national government policy.

      1. True. But people who don’t live in California don’t know that. They just look at the numbers. While I am pissed at the irresponsible attitudes that the Riverside County Sherrif promotes, like the fact that law enforcement in Riverside often don’t wear masks, I agree with his pushback over the closing of businesses. The whole situation is messed up. I’ve seen local businesses go under in droves. Real people losing their livelihood. But that doesn’t mean we all get stupid either, which also doesn’t help the businesses. This polarization of politics brings out the worst from both sides. Plus, the younger generation are still going to parties, so this crap is going to keep spreading.

        1. I can’t say for sure, but I strongly suspect that if more young people had gone to parties, concerts, clubs, etc. this past summer, things would be less bad now. If the lockdowns and stuff had any effect it was just to delay spread, not stop it.

          1. Which is ironic, since that was the original intent behind “flattening the curve”, except now they have disowned that to the point of calling everyone who says that a Trumpian skeptic science denier.

            1. The politics is media driven. As the media changes its narrative the politicians change the rules to match.

              At first it was a two week shelter in place. Which is technically still in place in California. Then it was three months to flatten the curve. In both cases we succeeded. He slows the spread and flattened the curve. But every new uptick caused new media panic and it kept getting extended and locked down tighter. California is not the third strictest state (after New York and Hawaii) yet it has the highest numbers. The highest infection rate in the state is fucking Lassen County. Huh? It’s got a population density of zilch. Why? Probably because of the high security prison there, plus a single tiny hospital to skew the bed count.

              We’re never getting out of this because there is literally no criteria or metric to get out. Newsom will keep stuff locked down until he gets bounced from office. Which is two more years. He’s drunk with arbitrary rule.

              The pandemic is serious, it’s deadly, but not so serious and deadly as ditching the Rule of Law for Rule By Capricious Whim.

          2. more young people had gone to parties, concerts, clubs, etc. this past summer,

            Whaddya call the BLM riots? Sheltering in place?

            1. Mostly peaceful protests is what your betters call them, but you do you, racist.

      2. California is also ahead of the curve as far as this goes. The rest of the country has spent two decades playing catch-up, but this process is at play everywhere.

        In addition, they should have lower capacity in general since there’s less demand for inpatient services.

      3. There is a new hospital near me, but it was a replacement for an older hospital that has been torn down.

        And that’s statewide, due to OSHPD changes to the seismic requirements for acute care facilities. Pretty much every hospital in the state has been rebuilt in the last 10 years, and many non-compliant buildings have been abandoned for lack of funding to tear them down. Just for perspective, an acute care tower costs in the hundreds of millions.

        It’s part of how we keep the cost of healthcare under control.

      4. In CA in the last 20 years hospitals closed for two reasons 1) high percentage of unreimbursed care 2) the facilities didn’t meet seismic resistance standards & the owner of the facility couldn’t economically justify the millions to upgrade or replace. If the facility was built before 1980 it was not feasible to strengthen.

    3. Newsom, yesterday, told hospitals in CA that they would be taking in COVID patients if they had free beds. Mercy hospital in Redding received their first patients yesterday. This may suck for my mother-in-law, since it seems likely her heart procedure, since it is deemed not-immediately-life-threatening to go without, will likely be postponed indefinitely. Such is life in the “Golden State.”

    4. hospitals are built with minimal number of dedicated ICU beds, but a;ways have spaces available, normally used for other types of care, that are readily convertible to ICU spaces at minimal cost and time. So the Gabbling Nuisance is almost certainly counting ony standard dedicated ICE spaces, not easily/quickly availble ICE stand-in spaces that are fullly funcitonal when needed.

      Furthe,r I’mnnot certain California are doing this, but I know for a fact that in the two states north of that one that the bed counts are rigged…. friend of mine is a nurse at a large hospital in a major ciity north of California. SHE tells me that fully one fourth of availble beds are taken up by… HOMELESS who ended up in hospital for whatever reason, but doe to policies in place, cannot be released, even though fully healted of their admittable issue, but since they don’t have a “real place” to which to return, cannot be just allowed to walk out the door. So taxpayers in those two states are footing thb ill for homeless to remain in hospital long after a “homed” patient woud treturn home. She is furious about it, knowing those people can easily walk out of the hospital and reutrn to whatever life status they had before admission to hospital. And SHE has to take care of them when needy patients need her time and care. elcome to politics, honey……

  5. Apparently, Newsom has decided to extend the ICU bed emergency northward in the state by mandating the acceptance of cases from the overloaded southern regions to the north, which will overload those area hospitals as well. Thus, an emergency in LA becomes one in Eureka.
    Too bad for Newsom that he has not got even the thin veil of authority to send them to Nevada, Arizona, or Oregon.

    1. Newsom better appoint himself Senator because he is going to lose a recall

  6. Here in the People’s Republic of NJ, our People’s Duma passed a bill to help restaurants stay open. The bill would have allowed bars and restaurants to use portions of their sidewalks and parking lots for dining. The bill passed unanimously.

    Phuckhead Phil Murphy veto’ed the bill, causing even more misery to our small businesses. This man is a phucking incompetent. Even worse, the People’s Duma will not attempt an override.

    Did I mention that Phailing Phil Murphy and the People’s Duma are all Team D? The Duma has a Team D supermajority. They are all useless.

    1. Serf’s up!

  7. Science says 74% of transmission happens at home.

    Why aren’t these governors forcing everyone out of their houses? They’re so scientifically illiterate, it’s sad.

    1. And another 8% at the hospital.

      Exactly how are the lockdowns going to prevent these transmissions?

      1. You are operating under the assumption that preventing transmissions is the goal. Sometimes I wonder if that is true.

        1. it is the assumed goal of the gummit poohbahs who wnt to micromanage every aspect of our lives. But it is NOT the correct goal. Until WE The People rise up and take that back from them these stories will continue to entertain us.

  8. As a resident of this state, it’s no longer about red versu supermajority blue voters. It’s not evena bout progressives and wokes versus everyone else. The new lines are different.

    It’s big divide is between Affluent White Karens and everyone else. It’s pretty clear to even the most diehard woke progressive at this point that the disadvantaged are getting the pointy end of the pungi stick. Blacks and Latinos and other minorities have been officially declared “non-essential” for not having a white collar job in the tech sector. The Karens don’t care, their husbands all of work-from-home jobs in the tech sector.

    I disobeyed the California Fuhrer and traveled to a Red County for Christmas, and illegally visited some childhood friends. Guess what? The narrative that the Tribe Red are all a bunch of mask deniers is bullshit. They’re all wearing masks outdoors, all doing the social distancing thing. All taking the necessary precautions. Didn’t run across anyone who was a virus denier. Hell, the cops saw me out after official curfew, and didn’t give a shit. Better things for them to do than enforce a stupid curfew. Even the dumbest of cops knows that the virus doesn’t give a shit what time of day it is.

    Karens versus everyone else. Newsom is the Queen of the Karens.

    1. “the narrative that the Tribe Red are all a bunch of mask deniers is bullshit”

      C’mon man. If we can’t group people into buckets and assume that every in a bucket thinks and behaves exactly the same, how are we supposed to know to think? If we can’t assume the worst about everyone who disagrees with us, how are we supposed to know who to like?

      You’re making this too damn hard.

      1. If we can’t group people into buckets and assume that every in a bucket thinks and behaves exactly the same, how are we supposed to know to think?

        If you can’t group ’em, you have to hate ’em for being ignorant, slack-jawed ungroupables. Dude, do you even bigot?

    2. You must not have visited the county famous for Mark Twain’s jumping frog contest. I have a family member who complains about most of the people in her part of the county who don’t wear masks & restaurants that don’t comply with capacity limitations.

    3. Remember that blacks are only 6% of Californians.
      Hispanics need to wake up, form their own political party and throw all the rascals out.

  9. Yes Californians are revolting.

    1. Yes I’m revolting. Why the fuck should should I shower if I’m not allowed to be outside with other people? The only reason I shave is that I’m on Zoom on occasion.

  10. From those of us living in CA under this regime – FUCK YOU NEWSOME!

  11. Californians Are Revolting Against the Lockdown

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  13. So split California into two states (one conservative and one leftist), and then we can admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state. (DC can never be a state, per the Constitution.)

    Newsom is highly unpopular now and would likely lose if up for reelection. But his replacement probably wouldn’t be much better.

    1. Which three residents get to be in the conservative ‘half’?

      1. Combine the eastern halves of WA and OR together with the northern 1/3 of CA into one more flyover state. It will be reliably Democratic within a decade.

      2. About half the residents are middle to right. But the insane gerrymandering and districting means very few of them get to live in middle to right districts. Hence the supermajority.

        Then you had the problem of the state Republicans engaged in a series of misteps about twenty five years ago that essentially lost them the pro-family Latino vote. They’re starting to come back, but not because of anything the Republicans have done, but because the Democrats shifted to radical Wokism. Words like Latinx really piss them off. They’re shifting to Republicans, but the party is still dying.

        Still dying because they’ve completely lost the youth vote. That’s what you get when you have fifty years of Democrat run public schools in charge of your children. They emerge completely brainwashed, and it takes them a while to get their heads back on straight. The party is starting to learn. The old school kulturwar issues just don’t resonate with the kids. And Trumpism didn’t help much either.

        1. Then you had the problem of the state Republicans engaged in a series of misteps about twenty five years ago that essentially lost them the pro-family Latino vote.

          Pete Wilson, posturing for a presidential run by taking a great huge piss all over Californians. Good times.

          1. My grandmother was a lifelong Republican until Pete came along, whom she described as “that awful man.”

    2. “Newsom is highly unpopular now and would likely lose if up for reelection.” — Biden, “We can fix that!”

      Seriously; Obama got re-elected right after jamming UN-Constitutional Obamacare down everyone’s throat but Trump didn’t?

      1. The MSM chortles Obama’s balls and loves it that’s why

  14. Just for a change –

    Let Bacchus’ sons be not dismayed
    but join with me each jovial blade
    booze and sing and lend your aid
    to help me with the chorus

    CHORUS
    Instead of spa we’ll drink down ale
    and pay the reckoning on the nail
    no man for debt shall go to jail
    from Garryowen in glory

    We are the boys that take delight
    smashing the Limerick light when lighting
    through all the streets like sporters fighting
    and tearing all before us CHORUS

    We’ll break the windows we’ll break the doors
    The watch knock down by three’s and four’s
    then let the doctors work their cures
    and tinker up our bruises CHORUS

    We’ll beat the bailiffs out of fun
    we’ll make the mayors and sheriffs run
    we are the boys no man dares dun
    if he regards a whole skin CHORUS

    Our hearts so stout have got us fame
    for soon ’tis known from whence we came
    where’re we go they dread the name
    of Garryowen in glory

  15. Pretty soon, that lockdown will be federal, so that will make things easier.

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  16. How a “revolution” has changed.
    Just living your life is now a revolution? God, I miss the sixties. (18 & 19)
    No folks, revolution requires commitment. You know “our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor”.
    Now if those sheriffs were making those statements outside the governor’s palace, with their body armor and weapons, demanding the ouster of the dictator, it might be closer to a revolution.
    But then, California has always been a fantasy.

  17. California’s stay-at-home order prohibiting restaurants in counties with available ICU capacity below 15 percent remains in effect.

    Oh that also shows on these files

  18. Californians Are Revolting Against the Lockdown

    …and they stink too.

  19. “On December 3, Newsom’s stay-at-home order barred in-person dining of any kind at restaurants where hospital ICU capacity has fallen below 15 percent, as it has in four out of five California regions. But there’s no evidence that the shutdown has stemmed the growth in cases, hospital admissions, or fatalities”<–This is scientific comedy. Lockdowns have been tremendously effective, but they take months to bend the curve. There's massive worldwide evidence of that. Denying it based on one month in one state is willful ignorance on steroids.

    1. How about 10 months? California’s been in lockdown since March. The USA has 50 states, with probably 10 different levels of lockdown, none of which show much correlation to the case counts or death rates.

  20. This is a very poorly researched article. Have you ever heard of mathematics? Take a look at the difference in covid rates and hospitalizations in compliant vs. non-compliant (Republican-leaning) counties. You simply should not be writing on this topic if you cannot do basic math and science. Of course people are upset. And of course outdoor dining is a problem. Of course we are about to get a much more transmissible virus. Of course you don’t care if you die in a parking lot.

    1. You mean like Los Angeles county?

    2. Yes, yes. Compliant. That’s what we really want. Everyone to be compliant, about everything. No thinking, no questions. Now is the time to do as you are told!
      Thanks
      SleepyJoe.

    3. The mathematics is regression analysis to find correlations between restrictions & infections. Comparing hospitalizations per 1 million population can’t logically be used to compare states; because, there is no logic in hypothesizing that any restriction effects hospitalizations rates. The only thing that can logically effect hospitalization rate is demographics.
      P.S. Red states typically have lower infection rates than places like LA LA County, NY or NJ.

  21. I was in La Jolla over the Christmas to see family and was delighted to see restaurants pushing back against the Newsom’s inane dictates. Had a great dinner at the UTC mall and quiet breakfast on the patio in La Jolla. Appreciative of the owners, managers, and staff and tipped 50% at both locations!

    Resistance with a capital R.

    1. Just got a Rescue California “Recall Gavin Newsom” petition in the mail today…

        1. Sign a few Jared of them. It’s the democrat way.

          1. ‘Hundred’. Goddamn I’m sick of how obtuse autocorrect is.

  22. As long as the gabbling nuisance continues to count every positive test (some people are tested weekly, even bi-daily, or monthly, as a matter of routine, every positive counts as a new “case” even though the same guy’s already been count fourteen times. Sheesh, don’t that dood have a brain? Further, this “positive test equals case” nonsense has never been observed previsouly to this time. For an individiual to be counted as a “case” he MUST have symptoms as well as positive test. I know a number of folks who have tseted positive… and never had one symptom, never had any idea they were sick. Yet they were counted as “cases”. The lie goes so deep

  23. This is one of the most clickbaity garbage articles I have read on here. Doesn’t say how many people are “revolting” could just be a handful, also no evidence that the lockdown is stemming infections because we can’t know what the alternate solutions would result in without creating a parallel universe California to compare against, and also the 74 percent of COVID spread in households statistic is ridiculous and totally meaningless what do you think the covid spontaneously erupts from the walls, the household transmissions should effectively be ignored because the way it gets into the household in the first place is from outside, obviously in a family space its going to spread the point is to not let it in there in the first place

    1. Everyone gets infected outside. But the transmission rate is higher in the house because everyone stays there longer and no one wears masks inside.

      In normal times Californians would be stuck in traffic for 3,4 hours going to work and coming home. The kids would be spending 8 hours at schools or learning academies, away from the adults, malls and beaches.

      Lockdown basically says “Now all 38 million of you, including Latinos in stacked urban zones, must all stay at home all day, but here are like 3 places you can still go to if you wear masks. But we won’t actually make you wear masks that actually work. Yeah keep on wearing that thin ass blue masks”

      1. Thats ridiculous the amount of time families will have to spend with each other along with all the facilities they’d have to hare under any circumstances present an incredibly high risk of transmission, staying together longer than they would have makes absolutely no difference whatsoever
        The masks are to prevent you from flinging your spit in ppls faces while you talk to them, the face masks prevent you from getting spit in your eyes and face from other ppl and prevent you the same way masks do, the hospital grade masks actually protect the wearer
        Regardless this is a consequence of democracy, democracy will always try to take precautions because ppl are generally cautious, I mean obviously good to have an opinion but come on make a consistent argument then maybe ppl would take you more seriously and you will get a better outcome through civil processes
        If our economy relies on people going out doing unnecessary recreation and ppl will actually starve if that doesn’t happen like in the case of lockdown, then the real problem we should be trying to solve is that, we should become more resilient economically then we can sustain stuff like this

        1. Science has determined that transmission rates are higher indoors. Home is indoors. Lockdown prevent family units from being spread out throughout the time of day and herds them to the locations where they can go with masks.

          Mask usage is mandatory in CA. So no, they haven’t worked in CA. If you attended the recent Lakers publics celebration and mingled with thousands of people, the mask did little to help you.

  24. No, there’s no “revolt” in CA. The vast majority of the state approves of lockdowns. The pushback is coming from the center right minority and some players in the restaurant industry, all of whom are outnumbered by the liberal horde 2 to 1.

    The cops aren’t enforcing lockdowns because that would be a logistical nightmare and a potential powder keg situation in the age of BLM. Young people hit rave scenes and stand in long lines to enter Bath and Body Works because they just want to do things outside.

    You’re merely seeing people just do what they want to do. Which is fine, except the pushback isn’t based on deference to liberty or constitution. The same kids who want the freedom to hit superspreader parties would support teachers refusing to come back to schools or gun grabbing measures.

    1. “…The cops aren’t enforcing lockdowns because that would be a logistical nightmare and a potential powder keg situation in the age of BLM. Young people hit rave scenes and stand in long lines to enter Bath and Body Works because they just want to do things outside…”

      Correct, but the gal who cuts my hair is under control of the bureaucrats; they’ll enforce whatever they can.

    2. Out numbered 2 to 1? That’s what systematic attrition is for. The prog population must be reduced to a more manageable number

  25. I had to knock ‘shave and a haircut-two bits’ on the back door to get a haircut today.
    Can’t blame her; the Newsom-directed bureaucrats can pull her license in a New York minute, putting her out of business.
    You think cops can make your life miserable? You’ve never dealt with bureaucrats regarding ADA access, for instance.

    1. My dad got his hair cut in his usual Korean barbershop recently. The lady cut his hair in the open space near the backdoor. Her shop can’t stay closed for another 6 months.

      But another crackdown is coming, this time for the tech world. Twitter may very soon shut down accounts of business owners who defy lockdown orders. There were already pressured to shut down influencers who hosted huge NYE parties.

      We live in an alternate reality where like 6 people wandering the senate floor is akin to an insurrection, but a year of riots and spread of covid by irresponsible democrat players can be swept under the rug because “the cause is good”.

      We’re in a civil war. The writers here object to that because they live in their impenetrable bubble where the only thing that matters is unchecked immigration, smoking dope, and buying a baby crib for 5 dollars less by having trade deals with China. Stossel mentioned FB censoring his post about CA wildfires and that got little mention here.

  26. > A new, more easily transmissible strain has appeared in the state.
    In this newsletter, Dr. Joseph Mercola recently wrote that there is no scientific evidence to support claims of either increased transmissibility or disease acuteness in any new strain. Once again, “officials” (tyrants) are just making this stuff up!

    >And in several California counties, hospitals are completely out of ICU capacity.

    I remember when SARS-Cov2 was first being discussed in late January and early February 2020 (in the early days before anyone knew about the fraudulent and incompetent Covid actors’ responses) people like Chris Martenson were concerned because, historically, even a normal flu season causes many hospitals in many places to run out of ICU capacity. Hospitals simply often operate with ICUs at capacity in normal times. Fortunately, since Covid, people no longer contract flu illness. 😉 It’s all Covid! 😉 So ICU bed availability is still about the same as usual.

  27. That evidence would be pretty easy to obtain in the UK which is sequencing a large number of tests. After identifying ths infected with the new strain one must then measure the rate of shedding live virus. Comparing that distribution with the distribution from people infected with the original strain would give you the rate of incresed transmissibility.

  28. «”We’re constitutional officers. Some of the sheriffs believe that it’s a constitutional violation,” says Bianco. “As a law enforcement officer, we’re given very broad discretion on enforcement….WE DON’T HAVE TO ARREST JUST BECAUSE THERE IS A LAW.”»

      Beyond that, as LAW-enforcement, he has no legitimate authority to enforce anything that is NOT a law.  And a unilateral dictate from a corrupt Governor is not a law. 

      There are two valid ways that laws are made in this state—either by being passed and reconciled as a bill from our bicameral legislature, and then signed into law by the Governor, or else by being put on a ballot and voted into law by the people.

      The restrictions that the criminal Gavin Newsom is trying to impose on us have not been enacted into law by either of these means.  They have no legal force, there is no obligation on anyone’s part to obey them, and no valid authority on the part of any agency to enforce them.  In fact, any agency attempting to enforce them would in doing so, be acting illegally. To arrest someone for “violating” a non-law would be an act of assault and kidnapping; and rightfully, any officer who attempts to do so would be subject to criminal prosecution for it.

  29. “If lockdowns reduce COVID-19, why is “open state” Florida doing so much better than CA?”
    by Richard Rider

    Based on recent statistics (1 Jan, 2021), CA has the states’ fourth highest COVID-19 per capita hospitalization rate. More ominous, we have the HIGHEST percent of COVID-19 patients occupying our hospitals (32.9%).

    But wait. For months, CA has had among the most stringent lockdown regulations in America. Shouldn’t that Draconian lockdown have resulted in much lower COVID-19 figures for CA compared to the other less restrictive states?

    Shouldn’t frequently criticized Florida, which has far fewer mandates, have had worse results? FL has a much older, more vulnerable population than CA — 15% older, on average. FL has a significantly higher population density than CA — 51% denser.

    Plus CA people are healthier than Floridians. CA has VERY low obesity and smoking rates. California is the fourth best state on obesity (Florida is 17th), and second best state on smoking (Florida is 20th).

    Yet in spite of all these CA advantages, the Golden State per capita COVID-19 hospitalization rate is 81% higher than FL. In CA, the percent of hospital beds now occupied by COVID-19 patients is 2.4 times higher than FL.

    Remember, the lockdown states are supposedly driven by science. The less restrictive states (mostly GOP controlled) are supposedly ignoring the scientific facts, needlessly killing people. It seems to me that progressive pundits — champions of (PC) science — got it backwards.

    IMHO, the leaders of the oppressive states are driven by the overwhelming compunction to be in charge — to solve the COVID-19 with endless (and ever more harsh) lockdown restrictions. Especially so in Democrat states where the governors assign themselves unlimited dictatorial powers.

    EXHIBIT A: CA Governor Gavin Newsom.
    Der Kalifornien Führer

  30. The Rule of Law, where everyone is treated equally and alleged Libertarians claim to support, requires that ISIL/Daesh members should also be allowed to murder people as suicide explosives bombers along with these suicide virus bombers.

    Did I miss relevant?

    1. Libertarians support individual rights and minimizing the initiation of force. Many “laws” directly violate both values.

  31. You had me at “Californians are revolting.” And I can recall when they were exemplary.

  32. For all the screaming, it doesn’t look like the festivities damaged Trump’s reputation much.

    <a href="https://www.newsmax.com/us/rasmussen/2021/01/08/id/1004872&quot;Rasmussen: Trump’s Approval Rating Rises After DC Protests

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