Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lock down 2020

I can remember way back to last year when the year 2020 was still on the horizon.

Bring it on, I said.

Now the old saying "Be careful what you wish for" comes to mind.

Good grief.

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Shawnee County is only allowing people to leave their homes for essential activities, like groceries, health care or working at an essential service or business.
The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, March 26, according to Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, Shawnee County Health Officer. It will last until April 26.
Under this order, everyone is directed to stay home except for essential needs.
That includes:
  • Obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor or other health care provider
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family or household members, such as food, pet food or supplies necessary for staying at home
  • Obtaining supplies necessary for maintaining a household
  • Obtaining supplies necessary for working from home
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running
  • Performing work providing essential services at an essential business
  • Caring for a family member in another household
  • Caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

SCHD said essential businesses and organizations include:
  • Hospitals
  • Childcare facilities
  • Government operations
  • Pharmacies, health care supply stores and health care facilities
  • Grocery stores and convenience stores
  • Agricultural stores or stores that provide essential food and goods for animals
  • Gas stations
  • Auto repair facilities
  • Garbage collection
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
  • Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food and goods directly to residences

Stay safe and be well, my friends.

Kevin McGinty


  1. Well I better make my beer run today, better stock up I guess, this lock down doesn't bother us, we haven't been out of the house for 2 !/2 months and that was only a doctor visit, and My beer runs in and out in minutes, once a week, adapt improvise and over come, and this country will do that.

  2. We've been under this lock down out here for a while. Not a big deal. You can get out to get groceries, hardware, booze, food or whatever. You can go walking, fishing, or typical activities. They aren't going to be stopping people on the streets demanding to know where they are going. Simple answer, going to the grocery store. Can't argue with that. So they aren't going to stop people.

    We've had a run of people on facebook saying their business is giving out letters to verify the person works at an essential business. This is nonsense. If the only way you can be out is if you have a letter saying you work at a grocery store, then nobody else can be out so you got no customers.

    Don't believe half of what you hear. Our church office is open. People are able to stop by and have a little human connection time. My wife is working there a couple days a week to help out. But then we have zero cases in our valley, so we are probably a little safer.

    I think this is going to be over sooner than anybody thinks. Us older folks with some health issues will probably have to stay home a little longer, but the young healthy people can get herd immunity. This country can't do this for a long period. Our President is right. It will destroy our country.

    I'd be fishing every day but we're having unseasonable chilly windy weather. By the weekend it's looking like back to normal, seventies and sunny so I'll be quarantined by the lake fishing. Otherwise, lots of TV.

  3. Yeah we were all issued those papers yesterday. Seems like just the fact that I'll be driving a bread truck full of bread should be enough to make it obvious to anyone that I'm delivering bread.

    But I'll have my papers with me just in case I run across some dumbass out there...

  4. Most people are familiar with the tale of "The Ant And The Grasshopper," an ancient fable about a grasshopper who spends the fruitful months of spring and summer in idle recreation, dancing and playing carelessly while the industrious ant works tirelessly to prepare for what he knows will be a harsh winter. In many versions the Grasshopper harasses the Ant, criticizing him for wasting so much time on work when he could be out enjoying himself in the sun.

    Eventually, winter does arrive, and it is as brutal as the Ant had predicted. Not surprisingly, the carefree Grasshopper finds himself cold and starving with no supplies, begging the Ant to share the bounty he had worked so hard for over the summer. The Ant refuses, telling the Grasshopper he can "dance the winter away, now..."

  5. What many people do not know is that there is also a decidedly more socialist version of "The Ant And The Grasshopper" written by a French poet named Jean de La Fontaine in which the Ant is portrayed as the bad guy, and his industry as "mean spirited." And here in this little fable we have represented one of the greatest conflicts of humanity:

    Should the people who refuse to work and prepare be bailed out and saved from their laziness and foolishness? Or should they be allowed to suffer for their mistakes? And if they are bailed out, should they be bailed out by the very people they used to mock for working so hard and the people they used to mock for seeing the danger ahead?

    Now, in the versions I read as a child the ant did not just work diligently while ignoring the grasshopper; he consistently tried to warn the grasshopper that winter was coming, but the grasshopper was incredulous. And, I have to say if we apply this fable as an allegory to our current situation in the middle of a pandemic and economic collapse the ants (preppers) have been loudly pleading with the grasshoppers to stock supplies because a crisis event on a national and global scale was inevitable.

    Our industry has hardly been mean spirited; we gave other people every chance to see the danger and prepare. We tried to save them. We went above and beyond. Yet, some grasshoppers out there now claim that this is not enough.

    Over the past couple of weeks we have seen an avalanche of articles which attack people stocking supplies as "hoarders," not to mention a number of bizarre arguments by economists on why stockpiling goods is "bad for the economy." Even Donald Trump has been telling Americans to "stop hoarding supplies" and to have faith that food will still be in the stores weeks from now.

    I would point out that the vast majority of people that are suddenly rushing to stores to load up on goods during the crisis are not really preppers. Preppers were already equipped for this event months or years in advance. Preppers were buying their extra supplies two or three months ago when they first heard about the virus threat. We all knew what this meant not just for public health, but the economy overall.

    The current narrative is essentially lumping together all the people who have stockpiled goods meticulously over years in with people who raced to Costco a few days ago to buy all the toilet paper, and I think this is a deliberate misrepresentation.

  6. Hoarder is a negative word used to describe people who were smart enough to prepare ahead of time by people who were not smart enough to prepare ahead of time.

    I would also point out that gun stores, reporting a massive influx of new firearms owners purchasing whatever they can find as the situation becomes more grim, are also reporting that the majority of these people are Democrats and leftists that were previously "anti-gun." Many of these people have never even fired a gun in their lives. This is not to say that all preppers are conservative and all the panic buyers are leftists, but I think the evidence suggests that there are far more on the left that are unprepared, and this is where we start to run into problems.

    I don't condemn people who raced out to buy supplies the past week, I'm glad they did because that buys the country a little more time before the real panic starts. However, we need to be practical and accept that many of these folks are inexperienced in preparedness and think that buying an extra two weeks of food is going to save them. I can't tell you how many times I've heard this phrase from people in the past couple of days:

    "When the lockdowns are over in the next few weeks we'll go out and restock..."

    This is a serious disconnect from reality. It shows that these people are hyper focused on the virus alone, they actually believe the rumors that the virus will be gone as spring floats in and they are completely oblivious to the economic collapse that is happening while the pandemic is developing. They really do think this will all be over before their meager supply of goods from Costco runs out.

    These are the people I feel bad for, because at least they were trying. These are not the grasshoppers.

    The grasshoppers are people that not only attacked preppers as "doom mongers" for years, not only refused to stock their own supplies during the coronavirus event, but they are also the same people that now are taking to social media to rage at preppers (ants) who now say "We told you so...," and the grasshoppers want to make the ants pay by demanding their supplies be taken and redistributed.

    How dare we call out the grasshoppers for their imprudence and their hypocrisy, right? Does it help to say, "I told you so?" Absolutely. Shaming people for making stupid decisions and for putting themselves and others at risk because of their stupid decisions is a hallmark of human survival that has been discouraged by the mainstream in the past decade. It needs to make a comeback.

  7. Kevin, I'm not sure why you need a paper to be delivering bread. If you can't be out on the street without a paper, who's going to be out buying your bread so why do you need to deliver it? I think this is just overreaction. We're not under martial law so it's not illegal to be on the street. There's no curfew. If some fool decided to try something like that, disaster would follow. Who cares if you have a paper to deliver bread if I'm not allowed out to buy it. Just seems like a really dumb idea that just increased confusion and panic.

  8. Agreed. But there's always the chance of running across some dumbass county inspector trying to make a name for himself.

  9. A perfect example comes from La county
    In your very own state.

    La county sheriff orders all gun stores to close after releasing 1,700 prisoners from the county jail.

    He's probably getting ready to run for Attorney General by proving how woke he is... Story on Breitbart...

  10. Well beer store guy is playing it day by day, so I just stocked up.. JUST ENCASE !!

  11. One more thing,

    Here's the thing; our labor is one of the few things we truly own from birth, and according the constitution we are supposed to own it outright. If you plan to steal or "redistribute" the labor of others, then you are making them into slaves. You are using their work to support people who did not earn it and often times don't deserve it.

    If you want to maintain the moral high ground, then you can appeal to prepared people and their sense of charity, which I myself have done on occasion. I do not think that preppers should turn away every single person in need of help, but it has to be their choice, not an imperative forced at gunpoint and by government. If they refuse, then that is their decision and it does not make them a villain. They are merely reaping the benefits of their own struggles, their own blood, sweat and tears.

    The grasshoppers do not care about any of this, though. They feel they are entitled to a livelihood and to comfort, and they are happy to take it from others if they can, or even better, they are happy for the government to steal for them.

    Mark my words, these people are about to start swarming in droves like locusts. They are vicious narcissists, their pride has been damaged and they are out to prove that even though preppers were right, we are still wrong because now we are going to be forced to feed the same grasshoppers that used to tell us our prepping was pointless. That will teach us!

    Of course, I don't think they comprehend the measure of response from the ants. Many of us plan to fight back, and frankly we do not care who our opponent is or how well equipped they are. If you come to pirate our livelihood and labor and claim it as your property, then we plan to take as many grasshoppers down as possible.

    My suggestion to the grasshoppers? Learn how to plant and farm quick, because you are not going to get anything from us for free and trying will only start a war. Maybe, if you ask nicely, we'll even teach you how to provide for yourselves.

  12. Kevin, I saw that as well. Just a little while ago the LA Co Sheriff reversed himself and said they can stay open. On advise from legal counsel. That was always illegal. Sometimes the good guys win.

    There's a lot of that going on right now. Petty bureaucrats overreaching their authority. The LA Mayor forbid people from going to or coming from their vacation homes. Lots of people in LA have second homes. And he says they can't leave that disease ridden hell hole and head to the hills to their vacation homes. That's so beyond his authority. But we'll see more of this from the commie rat bastards.

  13. And that my friend is why I need papers that show I'm delivering bread if they pull me over in my bread truck...

  14. I have papers as well.
    Mine actually from a governmental agency.

    Papers are to allow "free passage" to travel to your essential task.

    It's different for me, considering the facilities I'm in.

    I'm like Safe, and the others. Papers don't mean much to me.
    But, I was advised that it is no joking matter. Employwr and Client require them on our persons at all times.
    So take it for what it's worth.

    It does feel like it belongs in 1928 in some far far national socialist country.

    All I'm saying.....

  15. well, we here are ok. no one sick. thanks and praise to God.

    got some stuff to do outside in the yard, plenty of stuff to do inside the house too.

    Kevin, sorry to hear about Linda's job -

    Hey, Bunkies...Y'all be careful when you venture out and about. Hugs.

  16. There is no Hugs, Good Grief 6 feet apart...:)

  17. :) ok, I'll reserve the hugs for the next summit :)

  18. these are frightening times, never in all my years did I ever think anything like this would happen. We had a nice evening, for a little while Rick and I sat on our glider bench on the front porch. It felt nice to sit in the sun for a little while during sunset.

    can't do physical hugs for now.... but.... I can hug y'all via internet like this:


  19. Good morning room 235...

    Now I'll go read on what the dem"s messed up last night,

  20. Other than their usual war on the US, they haven't messed up much more. The day is just beginning, so give them time and they will come up with something. The presumptive Democrat candidate now claims he became a college professor when he left the Senate. He apparently forgot he became VPOTUS after the Senate. No one remembers taking a class from him and no university has claimed him as a professor. Some lib wrote a story claiming all he has to do is stay alive to defeat Trump.

  21. Sleepy Joe should be renamed Dementia Joe. Sad, that people would even consider him as presidential material. The article detailing the original article indicates his handlers attempt to keep him on script. I still believe there is a movement to deny him the delegates necessary. If successful a dark horse candidate (maybe Fredo's bro) to save the Democrats.

  22. Should say the candidate would emerge to save the Democrats.

  23. Well it looks like they have big eye's for Como of NY to replace joey...

  24. The government tells you that you must stay home, locked up. Your work is closed, your job is suspended. But we'll send you a thousand bucks. Oh, by the way. We found $25 million for the Kennedy Center. Isn't that great? And congress gets a $25 billion dollar raise. Lucky them.

    This whole thing better make us think about a few things.

    Shutting down the country, invoking government authority they don't have, taking over markets they have no right to control. We have petty local level bureaucrats ordering us around like we were serfs toiling on their estates. How the hell did this happen? And what happens next time? How much worse can it be?

    The Republican party needs to wake the fuck up. These democrat/communists are going to stop at literally nothing to regain control. We saw it with Kavanaugh, with the Russia hoax, with the impeachment fraud. And now with the stimulus bill. They used it to stuff a bunch of commie bullshit down America's throat. And the Republicans acted like a bunch of pussies and let them. You know, so they could get the bill passed. These people should be loudly exposed every hour of every day as the hate for America commie rat bastards they are. They are horrible people. And they have done damage to this country that may be beyond repair. Stop playing with these people. It's a war for the soul of America and the Republican party, sad as it is, is all we have to fight for us. The next step will be much, much worse.

    And China needs to be recognized as the global threat they are. Stop pretending they are our friends. They are not. They are taking advantage of us. And our media, Hollywood and our sports teams are all on their payroll. Cut it off. Fuck a bunch of ChiCom rat bastards.

  25. Time for another Tailgunner Joe McCarthy. And a House Committee on Unamerican Activities. And bring the New York Times, CNN and MSNBC in front of them and sweat them. Then start on Hollywood. The start on the democrat/communist party. Then we'll see if we have any empty cells left and go from there.

  26. I think FOX can start cutting these Cuomo briefing's shorter, he say the same shit every day. Good Grief...

  27. and the media needs to mute Pelosi's briefings too

  28. That wasn't a briefing that was a lying sermon..

  29. Good time to say good night room 235 and to Mrs Calabash where ever she is.

  30. Good grief good morning room 235, the weather got me up...

  31. But it looks like it didn't bother anyone else... :)

  32. It bothered my goofy little dog which bothered me when she started barking..

  33. Lol animals do weird things during storms, some times that's a good thing.

  34. Well it looks like a good time to take a 4 hour Nap...

  35. Enjoy your nap, Sarge.

    It's about time for me to begin my daily battle with the masses. Woo hoo!!!

  36. Quote for the day
    "We will be a great country despite all that Congress does to destroy us...The first enemy of the US Army is the US Congress"
    ^General Patton

  37. He had that right Skipper, and good morning again room 235...

  38. I think we need a daily Happy hour on this blog site, where we all get on here and talk about the days events, kill a little time also, we just need to pick the best hour, How say you all? Oh by the way we now have a Asshole Gop guy Massey from KY holding up the relief bill, He may end up in the Morgue...

  39. The House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved a more than $2 trillion package to combat the coronavirus pandemic and send economic relief to workers and businesses squeezed by restrictions meant to stop the outbreak’s spread.

  40. Well I had a lonely happy hour tonight, but I am happy now...

  41. And it is about time to say good night room 235....

  42. Well at my age every week is like bullet...

  43. Replies
    1. Lol. Company is always welcome on the ship..

  44. Hey Kevin I had to mow the back yard today, kicked my ass even on the rider to many damn turns and no power steering...

  45. I have been thinking that one positive outcome from the Corona Virus shut-down may possibly be another Baby Boom in the making! Now the cause of that certainly will not be from "social distancing" but I think we can all agree to allow that to happen if they are already locked up together anyway! :)

  46. Lol, Gary I can scratch that one off my list...

  47. Want some entertainment. Read the latest Letters to the Editor at CJ on line. These people never cease to amaze me.