California Was Too Cool to Stay Prepared

Being prepared is for all those crazy people in flyover country, not for the cool kids in California. Calif. was ready for virus, then it wasn’t: State had plenty of emergency supplies, then got rid of them.

Being prepared for an emergency costs money, and they were busy building their high-speed rail to nowhere, which was so much more important than being ready for a pandemic.

After the Avian Flu then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set up a program to be prepared for the next time.

They were ready to roll whenever disaster struck California: three 200-bed mobile hospitals that could be deployed to the scene of a crisis on flatbed trucks and provide advanced medical care to the injured and sick within 72 hours.

Each hospital would be the size of a football field, with a surgery ward, intensive care unit and X-ray equipment. Medical response teams would also have access to a massive stockpile of emergency supplies: 50 million N95 respirators, 2,400 portable ventilators and kits to set up 21,000 additional patient beds wherever they were needed.

But it wasn’t just the initial cost. (Which was hundreds of millions of dollars.) It was the ongoing costs of maintaining the respirators and other equipment that has use-by dates.

In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown cut off the money to store and maintain the hospitals and equipment.

Much ofthe medical equipment — including the ventilators, critical life-saving tools that are in short supply in the current pandemic — was given to local hospitals and health agencies, former health officials said. But the equipment was donated without any funding to maintain them. The respirators were allowed to expire without being replaced.

Together, these two programs would have positioned California to more rapidly respond as its COVID-19 cases exploded. The annual savings for eliminating both programs? No more than $5.8 million per year, according to state budget records, a tiny fraction of the 2011 budget, which totaled $129 billion.

So what was more important than public health? Their much publicized high-speed rail project kicked off in 2010, though construction didn’t start that year.

And the costs? California’s High-Speed Rail Project: Devolving From Political Pork, To An Ego Monument, To Trump Resistance

With only about a quarter of the $80.3 billion in funding needed to complete the project identified, chances are high that the train will only run in California’s Central Valley, from Merced in the north, 171 miles to Bakersfield in the south—with plain old bus service completing the connection to San Francisco and Los Angeles, making the 800 mile trip slower than flying or even driving down the I-5.

So 80.3 billion dollars for a political pork-barrel bonanza, or 6 million per year for 10 years to safeguard public health in the event of an emergency. It is clear what the priorities are of the politicians in California. But hey, as Forbes notes, they get to say how much they don’t like Trump. (Hat tip to Maggie’s Farm.)

Crab Rave

This is the perfect song for April 1st. This being “Crab Rave.” It was released April 1, 2018 as an April Fools joke, but it caught on, in part because it is fun, (it always makes me smile) and the music is uplifting somehow.

Every year after the most intense tropical storms, thousands of crabs gather on this remote island. Now for the first time, witness all the side-stepping, air-snapping action of the monumental Crab Rave! Claws in the air!

This is “Crab Rave” by Noisestorm.

STUMP Is Back

Wouldn’t you know it, but as soon as I referenced STUMP in Because a Couple of Media Types Proving They Are Morons Never Gets Old, they go offline due to some website issues. Well They are back…

The reference – in relation to a couple of Media talking heads, proving on network television that they are unable to do middle-school mathematics – was STUMP » Articles » How Not To Be A Dumbass: Media Innumeracy Edition.

The highlight of the post (in my estimation) was revisiting the cluster-f$ck from 2019 when a bunch of folks were mystified by high-school algebra. It was an off-hand comment at the end of the post, and almost beside the point.

Which is from January 2019 and Powerline: The Great Issue of Our Time….

…is whether, as a people, we are too dumb to sustain a democracy. This question arises often; for me, most recently, upon seeing this Daily Mail headline: “Twitter user stuns the internet with math that proves one 18-inch pizza has more in it than TWO 12-inch helpings.”

The theory was posted by U.S.-based Twitter user @fermatslibrary.

Theory.

Supported by a graphic, the theory proves that one 18 inch pizza is better value than two 12 inch pizzas. Since it was posted, the tweet has received almost 1,500 comments and a total of 60,000 likes. It has also been retweeted 25,000 times, as people try to spread the word.

To spread the word about geometry, in a context that people care about. Pizza.

The Daily Mail (another media organization, no doubt staffed by geniuses) called area = πr2 a theory.

But then they are journalists. They can’t be expected to know math! That won’t stop any of them from lecturing you on a whole host of subjects more complicated than high school geometry, because they are Journalists™. Or something.

You Don’t Have a Right to Health Care – not even under socialized medicine

CNN and others are just shocked, that you can’t make guarantees over things you can’t control. The So-Called Explicit Guarantee To Free Healthcare.

CNN was shocked the Orange Man wouldn’t guarantee that everyone who needs a ventilator, will get a ventilator. Of course, because there is a shortage, no one this side of God could make that guarantee.

But that doesn’t mean the Free Enterprise is a failure. Look at the socialized-medicine countries, and their so-called guarantees.

In Italy, the elderly will be denied intensive care, with respirators denied for those aged sixty or over.

In France, in some areas, anyone over seventy-five will no longer be intubated, with the only help to the eldest involving helping those patients die.

And what about that vaunted paragon of free healthcare that guarantees the bestest of healthcare that the British are sooo lucky to have (for free!!1!)? Doctors will just write off patients that they don’t want to waste money on those who need it most, by restricting ventilators to those that the NHS deems to have a “reasonable certainty” of surviving.

Each of those statements is backed up with links. Multiple links in the case of Italy.

So go take a look if you doubt it. And there is another post on this subject at this link.

“Professional Journalism”

Harder to tell from Fake News every day. CBS News admits ‘mistake’ after airing footage of overcrowded Italian hospital in report about NYC.

CBS News admitted to a “mistake” on Monday after airing footage of an overcrowded hospital room that was allegedly in New York City but was actually from a hospital in Italy.

“It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows,” a CBS News spokesperson told Fox News.

And I wouldn’t normally pile on, but since Fox brought it up…

ABC News made a similar mistake last fall when it aired footage from a Kentucky gun range while falsely claiming it depicted a fierce battle between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces.

The network aired the footage framing it as battlefield video, when, in fact, it appears to be from a night gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Ky.

The Knob Creek shoots do look like a battlefield, except no one is shooting back.

I’m so glad these folks in the media, who can’t do math, and who also apparently can’t do basic media stuff like getting the right video with the right story, are here to tell us all what to think about all things political.

Cincinnati PD Lists Crimes They Don’t Care About

That isn’t how they phrased it, but that’s what it amounts to. Starting Tuesday, Cincinnati PD won’t respond in-person for these calls.

I know this is from last week, but this slipped my notice. I never go into Cincinnati, and I don’t read their news/watch their TV. And I stopped listening to the radio when I got my first smartphone.

Cincinnati police announced Monday that these calls will be referred for online or phone reporting:

  • Assault reports where there is no medical attention necessary and suspect is no longer present
  • Breaking and entering reports where there are no suspect(s) or possibility of property recovery
  • Criminal damaging reports

The list is about twice that long.

They say that they are not “condoning’ these crimes, and they all will be dealt with, eventually. Yeah right.

So, you’re on your own, even more than usual. At least they’re upfront about the situation.

Hat tip to Gun Free Zone and MaddMedic.

Armed Woman Homeowner versus Idiot Home Invader

crime scene tapeHis smart mouth cost him his life. RCSD: Man shot, killed by homeowner during break-in.

The homeowner told deputies the man was attempting to get into her home through a window.

When she told him she had a gun, she said he threatened to come in and use it on her. She then fired her gun, striking the man.

He could have turned around and run, but he didn’t believe a woman would defend herself.

Cops found him dead in the driveway of the home.

So how would you respond to an an uninvited guest in your home at 8 o’clock in the morning?

Self-defense is a human-right.

Epic Fail at Children’s Protective Services in Ohio

“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Not so much in this case. Police: Children Services placed 2 kids in home with sexual assault suspects.

Montgomery County Children Services placed a 4-year-old girl into a home with two known sex assault suspects, a Dayton police report says, and kept the child in the home after the girl and her 5-year-old brother said she was sexually abused there.

Because they are bureaucracy, more interested in their benefits and union than in doing the job they are supposed to do.

Schlaack said the allegations in the police report demonstrate a failure of the system and the need for more accountability and transparency for children services agencies.

The 4-year-old first told her mother that her grandfather was abusing her during a visitation in July 2018, shortly before the mother was to regain custody. The mother told the caseworker about the allegation, according to the police report, but the caseworker allegedly didn’t follow orders to schedule a forensic examination, left the girl in the home with the grandfather and then continued court-mandated visitations between the grandfather and the children after the mother got the kids back.

Sounds like “protective services” needs to have someone read them the definition of “protection.”

Everything is under review. The caseworkers name is “being withheld.” My guess is that nothing will happen to anyone who works for the .gov, because that is the way the system is designed, to protect members of the system. And no one else. (Hat tip to Gateway Pundit.)

Hope for the Battle Against COVID-19?

The Other McCain tells us that the FDA Approves ‘Game Changer’ Drug.

Glenn Reynolds notices that Politico asserts there is “scant evidence” for the effectiveness of chloroquine, despite the actual evidence from French studies, which are not “scant” at all. It’s almost as if journalists were suffering from an “Orange Man Bad” disease, or something.

And Glen Reynolds notes that the media usually wants to be more like Europe. Not in this case.

Movies You Haven’t Seen: Tank Girl

Guys universally hate Tank Girl. I think it mostly stems from the “feeling inadequate?” scene that is referenced in the trailer. But maybe not. Women are split on the film in my experience. But hey, you’ve got time on your hands…

Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Ice-T and Malcolm McDowell. All in a post apocalyptic landscape.

Here’s the official trailer for Tank Girl, though I’m not sure that it does justice to the film. It does point up some of the insanity. I haven’t actually watched this movie in a VERY long time, but I tripped over a Lori Petty video that reminded me…

The soundtrack might be better than the film, but I still smile just thinking about it. It is NOT great cinema, not by a long way. Maybe you should watch it on your computer while doing something else. You can always rewind.

“In Math We Trust”

In honor of all the ways that the media have proven they can’t do math…

The sort-of Symphonic Metal group Epica is very fond of concept albums. The Holographic Principle is one such album. I have to say that I like most of the songs on this album. While I’m still on the fence about this song, the lyric which forms the title of this post means I have to feature it.

This song is “The Cosmic Algorithm” by Epica from their 2016 album The Holographic Principle.

‡ Sort of Symphonic Metal, because while Simone Simons is singing in a beautiful, clear soprano, but another member of the band, Mark Jansen, is doing something akin to the Death Metal Death Growl.

You can find one example of how the media fails, miserably, at math at this link. And another at this link.

COVID-19 and de Blasio’s NYC

Because they were bound and determined to live up to political correctness, even if it kills thousands of people. The Timeline of How Bill de Blasio Prepared New York City for the Coronavirus Or not.

First up, something that was done correctly (though not by de Blasio). On February 1st Flushing, Queens canceled Lunar New Year Bazaar.

Flushing, Queens canceled its annual Lunar New Year Chinese Temple Bazaar scheduled for that day. Organizers declared, “Though there have not been any reported incidents of the coronavirus in our area, Flushing Town Hall is aware of the concerns that many people in the community have about large gatherings at this time, especially because the full risks of the virus are not yet known.”

It goes downhill from there.

On February 6th, Health Commissioner Barbot stated:

There is no risk at this point in time — we are always learning more — about having it being transmitted in casual contact. We’re telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life, but practice everyday precautions. . . . If it were likely that it could be transmitted casually, we would be seeing a lot more cases.

February 9th was the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown.

“We know in China, so many of our loved ones are facing the challenges of the coronavirus, but we stand together,” de Blasio said. Senator Chuck Schumer was also in attendance, and he declared, “We love the fact that so many people come from all around the globe and make our city and our country a better place.”

Councilman Mark D. Levine stated on Twitter, “In powerful show of defiance of coronavirus scare, huge crowds gathering in NYC’s Chinatown for ceremony ahead of annual Lunar New Year parade.

In one of my favorite incidents, which can be filed under “Plan ahead,” on February 7th the city tried to purchase 200,000 N95 masks, but the suppliers had already run out. In one of the many books of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher, a Valkyrie notes that “You can only have as much preparation as you have foresight.” (Odin, was known for foresight.) I suppose that lack of preplanning is why you can’t buy toilet paper in any store right now.

Hat tip to Robert Stacy McCain at both The Other McCain and American Spectator, who notes:

As late as March 11, Mayor Bill de Blasio was still telling New York City residents to carry on life as normal: “If you’re not sick, you should be going about your life.” Two days earlier, Italy had announced a national lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and cases were already beginning to appear in New York, but de Blasio did not close the city’s schools until March 15.

But the media and de Blasio and the rest of the Democrats are all ready to maintain that this is all Trump’s fault, even though they all, quite demonstrably, ignored the problme. When Trump stopped travel with China and imposed a quarantine, that same group of people said it was just because he was xenophobic. Or as McCain say in American Spectator, they have “The ‘Orange Man Bad’ Disease.”

NYC and COVID-19 – 1000 deaths

New York passes grim milestone: Over 1,000 killed by virus, more than two-thirds of the deaths in NYC.

New York state surpassed a grim milestone Sunday as its death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed above 1,000, less than a month after the first case was detected in the state.

Across all of the US, there were just shy of 2500 deaths. (As of Sunday night.)

Italy surpassed 10,000 dead. Spain is up to 6800 dead. The worst is yet to come, especially since people will not stay home and avoid contact.

So how many people have to die because you’re bored and want to get out?

Concealed Carry Stops Shooting Rampage

crime scene tapeThat thing the Left says never happens, just happened. Concealed carry permit holder fatally shoots armed woman outside north Tulsa shopping center.

A would-be bad-guy with a gun, stopped by a good-guy with a gun.

Video reportedly showed the woman was involved in an earlier altercation in the parking lot. The woman left the shopping center and returned about three minutes later, when she pulled a gun and opened fire, according to the news release.

The concealed carry permit holder reportedly returned fire.

Don’t expect this shooting to be all over the news, because the narrative hasn’t been served.

Hat tip to Bearing Arms and The Daley Gator, who notes…

The Cult of Gun Control will be heart broken, their poor, poor false narrative.

More Insanity In New York

Because the Left doesn’t think police should defend themselves, even when they get shot. BLM Activists Riot After NY Police Shoot Armed Man in Self-Defense.

One police officer in Newburgh, N.Y. was shot when trying to arrest an armed man wanted for questioning in a shooting. Bodycam footage clearly shows the man armed with a silver handgun violently resisting arrest, drawing his gun, and shooting the officer before getting shot to death by the police.

And so BLM riots, even though a cop was shot.

Now I am no apologist for cops, all you have to do is look at the Cops Behaving Badly category. But people, even cops, have the right to defend themselves, and if this guy shot a cop, well he knew what would follow.

All the evidence points to the police using lethal force as a last resort. In effect, the man committed suicide by police. And yet, it’s the police who will inevitably pay the price.

Insanity.

California’s Governor Sets Convicted Murderer Free

He said he was sorry. Or something. Gov. Newsom commutes sentence of man convicted in 1987 murder of Bakersfield gas station clerk.

Bradley was convicted for the 1987 murder of gas station attendant Claude Baker. He was sentenced in 1988 to a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and has served 32 years of his sentence.

So not only does California not have the death penalty, they also don’t have “life without the possibility of parole.”

Because that would be unfair. Or something.

Are We Ignoring Infrastructure Problems?

There are many dams in America that are in danger of failing for one reason or another. Let’s look at 2.

First up, a simple problem with a dam in Ohio, could have bad consequences. Goose carcass causes clogged drain at Cattle Dam.

A dead goose was blocking the primary outlet of a dam in Ohio. This caused water to flow over the weir, and that caused erosion. The city tried to remove the goose, and failed and hired a contractor, who was successful. But there are still problems.

The erosion downstream of the weir has continued and has started to undercut the grouted section stone slope protection adjacent to the weir thereby increasing risk of dam failure.

It is one of the many dams in America where no one is quite sure who owns it.

So is a dead goose (or other creature) causing problems common or uncommon?

Then there are the many dams that have been ignored. This one is in the news. ‘We’re gambling every day:’ Lake Conestee dam remains a flooding and environmental risk.

This dam has been in poor condition for quite a while. The last inspection was in 2019.

The inspection also noted:

  • Seepage
  • Deterioration
  • Trash and woody debris

In addition to the problems with the dam, toxic debris is known to be behind the dam (the result of upstream problems). If the dam were to fail, that toxicity would be released downstream causing a whole host of problems.

They have plans to build a new dam, 10 feet downstream from the old one, which is supposed to be complete by 2022, but they haven’t even acquired all of the land they need. So who knows.

If it were to fail, it would be catastrophic, [Conestee Foundation Executive Director Dave] Hargett said.

All the toxic sediment the dam is holding back would make its way down the Reedy River and into Boyd Mill Pond and Lake Greenwood — which provides water for Greenwood and Laurens counties.

“If we lost the dam, it wouldn’t just be an environmental catastrophe, it would be an economic catastrophe,” Hargett said.

Yet they don’t seem to be moving too quickly getting funding, or the land needed.

So will this be another entry at Damfailures.org? Who knows?

Alyssa Milano Ignores Accusations Against Biden

I’m shocked that a Democrat has double standards. Hypocritical #MeToo Founder Alyssa Milano SILENT as Joe Biden Accused of Sexual Assault. OK, I’m not that shocked.

If it weren’t for double-standards, they’d have no standards at all.

A couple of years ago Alyssa Milano said, “You can’t pretend to be the party of the American people and then not support a woman who comes forward with her #MeToo story.” Now she’s refusing to support a woman who has accused her “friend” Joe Biden of sexual assault.

Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Homeowners in Nevada are armed; the bad guys haven’t gotten that memo. Homeowner shoots, wounds man during confrontation near Sahara, Arville.

A man was home alone when he reported hearing voices at his back door, Gordon said. The man got a firearm and confronted two people in the backyard.

One man allegedly moved toward the homeowner in a threatening manner, and the homeowner fired a shot, hitting the other man in the shoulder.

Cops came and he was taken to a hospital where he was listed as “stable.” The 2nd guy ran like a rabbit.

While the investigation continues, self-defense is a human-right.

Your WWII History Lesson for the Day

I know, we just had a history lesson yesterday. You’ll survive. You might actually learn something. (It will only hurt for a minute!) The Friday Flyby – Bombing Germany.

Sarge has some info on the bombing campaigns in WWII to inflict punishment on Germany.

The B-17F, the B-24 Liberator, the Lancaster, Handley Page Halifax B.III. And info on the German Flak guns, and German fighters like the Messerschmitt Bf 109, and the venerated P-51 Mustang, that could provide cover for the bombers all the way to Germany and back.

Click thru. Sarge always has good info.

As for yesterday’s history lesson, it was on the Soviet side of WWII.