Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Red hot conservative Kern County votes to oust Gov. Newsom but is overwhelmed by the rest of the state, owners of the popular eatery Dot and Ott say they have had enough and Trump lashes out at Kevin McCarthy for his betrayal

Welcome to Bakersfield Observed. Our mission is to celebrate life in Kern County by focusing on newsmakers and events and the local characters who make this community such a special place. The views expressed here are strictly my own and do not represent any other company or publication.

* ... CALIFORNIA RECALL: If you want to know how out of step Kern County is with the rest of the

state, consider this week's California recall election. Kern County voted whelmingly to recall the governor, by some 58 percent, while the rest of California went the other way. By the time the ballots were counted, 63.9 percent of California voters cast ballots against the recall, with just 36.1 percent voting in favor of recall. Even once red Orange County voted against the recall.

* ... CHANGING CALIFORNIA: While Kern County voted predictably Republican, once conservative counties like Orange flipped and voted to keep Newsom in audience. This of course drew the inevitable criticism from other parts of the state, like the post below:

 * ... RIP DOT AND OTT: One of the most promising local restaurants in town, Dot and Ott on 18th Street, its closing for good. In a message posted on Facebook, the owners of the downtown eatery said between the pandemic and general uncertainty they were getting out of the business. "Bakersfield, our doors at Dot and Ott are permanently closed, as of today, Tuesday September 14. Yes, again," it read.  
"We thank you, all who supported us, and our staff who showed up during a time when staffing was so difficult. This is not a one-reason decision. It was a culmination of many things- COVID, staffing (though we need to give a huge thank you to our staff that was with us up until today), funding, shut-downs, numbers, etc. It ultimately comes down to not wanting to fight a constant uphill battle. This industry is not for us, but we put our all into it and are proud as to how it evolved. We will go out thankful with the opportunities, thankful for those in the community who supported us, and thankful for those who wrote nice reviews. Thank you again. With love, the Blackwells."

 * ... SPOTTED ON FACEBOOK: "Costco is the only place that you can walk out with a Kayak, 25 pounds of salted meat, eight pairs of jeans, ten bottles of suntan lotion, a midget pony and part ownership of the Washington Football team.

 * ... TRUMP SCOLDS MCCARTHY: Former president Donald Trump remains furious with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, saying the Bakersfield congressman "fucked me" after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. According to a soon-to-be released book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Trump doesn't trust McCarthy and believes McCarthy's sole aim in life is to become speaker of the House. "This guy called me every single day, pretended to be my best friend, and then, he fucked me," Trump said, according to a new preview of the book by CNN. "He's not a good guy." In the week following the Capitol attack, McCarthy endorsed a resolution to censure the former president while saying Trump "bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack by mob rioters." Despite McCarthy's later attempts to repair his relationship with the former President - including a trip to Mar-a-Lago to visit Trump in late January - Trump reportedly continues to hold McCarthy in low esteem. "Kevin came down to kiss my ass and wants my help to win the House back," said Trump, according to the book.

 * ... FACE OF EVIL:  If Jamie Osuna doesn't have the face of evil, show me someone who does. Osuna is charged with the 2019 torture killing of his cellmate, Luis Romero, at Corcoran State Prison. He was beheaded and some of his body parts were removed. At the time of the incident, Osuna was serving a life sentence for the torture and killing of Yvette Pena of Bakersfield. Osuna, 33, plan to argue that Osuna is incompetent to stand trail.

 * ... MEMORIES: Check out this picture of the old Beale clocktower, where it stood before the 1952 earthquake and what the intersection looks now.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The enduring horror of the image of "falling man" haunts the 9-11 anniversary, the blood feud between Bishop Joseph Brennan and accused sexual abuser Craig Harrison and fewer boys than ever are attending college

Welcome to Bakersfield Observed. Our mission is to celebrate life in Kern County by focusing on newsmakers and events and the local characters who make this community such a special place. The views expressed here are strictly my own and do not represent any other company or publication.

 * ... SEPTEMBER 11 ANNIVERSARY: Of all the horrific images coming out of September 11, 2001, the visual of "falling man" has haunted me most. The identity of the man, seen falling upside down from an upper floor window of the World Trade Center, remains in dispute but the image stands as mute

testimony of the horror of that day. Remember this day in the appropriate way you choose, but pray we have seen the last images of "falling man."

 * ... BOY, GIRLS AND COLLEGE: There is a disturbing trend in American higher education and if it continues women will be earning college degrees at twice the rate of men. That's right, fewer men than women are going to college and even fewer men are sticking it out to earn a degree. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, at the end of the last academic year women made up 59.5 percent of college students while men accounted for just 40.5 percent. And it's worse at graduation, where after six years of college 65 percent of women received diplomas compared to just 59 percent of the men. Researchers say boys face more obstacles than women, including video games, pornography and childhood related medications.

 * ... BABIES OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE: And here is another sign of the times compliments of the National Academy of Science: more educated American women than ever had their first babies later in life and outside of marriage. In this group, about 24.5 percent of them were between the ages of 32 and 38 when they had their first child, and they weren't married. A decade ago, researchers said it was relatively rare for college educated women to have a child outside of marriage. In fact, these same researchers say non marital childbearing is increasing across all educational levels.

 * ... FRESNO DIOCESE VERSUS CRAIG HARRISON: The bad blood between the Diocese of Fresno and former priest Craig Harrison, who is facing multiple charges of sexual abuse while he was a priest, grew worse over the weekend when Bishop Joseph Brennan released a scathing letter calling into question both Harrison's past actions and his current behavior. At its core, of course, the dispute surrounds the fact that the Diocese suspended Harrison two years ago after seven men came forward to say Harrison abused them, and the fact that the Diocese investigated the claims and found them credible. That has been a difficult thing for Harrison's supporters to stomach, and they have turned their anger on their own

Bishop, arguing Brennan has an obsession with Harrison. But this story has found legs and an audience well outside of Kern County, and an organization that defends sexual abuse victims, called SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), issued this statement: "A little more than a month ago, when the Diocese of Fresno finally released its list of credibly accused' clerics, Msgr. Craig Harrison’s name appeared on it. In a media statement following, SNAP demanded that the Diocese be more transparent about their findings, what they knew, and when, as Harrison continued to repudiate these allegations. To us, refusing to acknowledge the external findings by the District Attorney and the findings of the Diocesan review board appeared to be just plain denial by Harrison. A letter from Bishop Joseph Brennan was read this past weekend to parishioners, acknowledging the Diocese had received accusations of abuse from seven children against Harrison. The allegations were first made public in April of 2019. The Bishop said that the review board for the Diocese of Fresno found each accusation 'credible,' which subsequently led to a case being opened at the Vatican against the priest. In shorter words, the judiciary tribunal in Rome will consider whether or not to officially remove the resigned Harrison from the clerical state. We applaud Bishop Brennan for taking this step toward transparency, as we believe it has answered some of our questions. More importantly, this step may well encourage others who were victimized by Harrison or another priest, nun, or religious in the Diocese to find the courage and strength to come forward and report to law enforcement. There is also still time for survivors who have been time-barred from justice to file a civil suit for damages in California, and we encourage those interested to seek legal counsel."

 * ... MEMORIES: Beautiful old picture of the El Tejon Hotel which sat on Truxtun where the Bank of America tower is today. Thanks to the good folks over at the Kern County of Old Facebook page for this one. The picture is circa 1920.

 * ... JAIL: And then there is the old Kern County Jail that was located at the corner of 16th and Eye streets in operation from  May 1894 to December 1915.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Bishop Joseph Brennan of Fresno addresses the case of former priest Craig Harrison, saying seven men initially came forward to accuse Harrison of sexual abuse, urges parishioners to drop the reference to Harrison as "father" or "monsignor"

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Bishop Joseph Brennan has reached out to parishioners in the Diocese of Fresno explaining more about the allegations of sexual abuse against former priest Craig Harrison and revealing for the first time that seven men had accused Harrison of wrongdoing.
 A letter from Brennan was read at St. Francis Church late last month in which Brennan addressed the Harrison case and acknowledged that the allegations against the once popular priest had led to deep divisions among parishioners.

 “I know it has not been easy for you there at St. Francis,” Brennan wrote. “I try to make decisions based on what is best for the flock. You have heard many voices these past two years … from your local media, Facebook, news conference and others.”
 The diocese, Brennan said, was forced into a position of not commenting on the case after Harrison took legal action against the church. He added that failing to make a comment also protected the privacy of Harrison.
 “Since April 2019,” the point at which Harrison was suspended from the church, Brennan said “we have been on quite a journey, to put it mildly… A journey (that)  has been neither wanted or planned by any of us. Over these two years I have heard from many of you sharing with me your anger, disappointment, frustration … “
 Brennan revealed that when Harrison was suspended, the diocese “received allegations of misconduct involving seven minors against Craig Harrison.”
 The church eventually said the allegations were credible, and according to Brennan, the church was gearing up for its own disciplinary action when Harrison decided to leave the church on his own accord.
 For the record, Harrison and his attorneys flatly deny that Harrison was ever sexually inappropriate with anyone, with defense counsel Kyle Humphrey even going so far to suggest that the men now suing Harrison were akin to pigs at a trough in search of monetary payouts.
 The video of a deacon reading Brennan’s letter was posted on the St. Francis Assisi Facebook page and drew a range of comments, many from the faithful rallying around Harrison.
 “Shame on you Bishop Brennan,” one woman wrote. “Not one dime to the Diocese.”
 Yet another shamed Brennan for “making the deacons of our parish read your untrue, spiteful and egotistical letter.”
 Now that Harrison is no longer a priest, Brennan reminded Harrison that he can no longer perform priestly duties (giving a homily for example, or presiding over a function in the church) and that parishioners should stop referring to him as either “father” or “Monisgnor.”
 Finally, Brennan wrote that he had heard Harrison was positioning himself as a consultant or life coach but seemed to wonder openly whether Harrison was qualified for certain pursuits.


 On the Sunday before Labor Day, Harrison released this statement on his Instagram account:


Friday, September 3, 2021

Dr. Brij Bhambi's stern warning on the pandemic: antivaxers are perpetuating the pandemic by playing Russian roulette with a killer virus, creating an "arsonist inferno" as the truly sick are crowded out of hospitals now full with the unvaccinated

 Bakersfield Observed is proud to present another opinion essay from Dr. Brij Bhambi, local cardiologist, head of Centric Health and one of the physician-owners of Bakersfield Heart Hospital.

"In humanity’s battle against Covid-19, the development of highly effective and safe vaccines, in a record time, has rightly been hailed as a miracle of science. The continued skepticism of some notwithstanding, there is no treatment that has this widely been studied in entire human history. Billions of dosages have been administered with a minuscule number of adverse effects.
 The alternative reality in the recesses of dark web has its own narrative, that by design, is built on misinformation and mischief.
 The vaccines were intended to be our ticket out of pandemic. Vaccines are effective shields that lend time limited immunity. These shields are not completely impervious or timeless against the virus.

But the vaccine generated immunity would have been effective and durable enough to give us time to beat the virus for good.
 The success was predicated on near universal adoption of vaccine, near simultaneously. The spectacular apathy of the leadership to coordinate a global response worked in favor of the virus. It took the “near simultaneous” out of equation.
 Logistics got even murkier near home.
 The initial disequilibrium between demand and supply was soon remedied and vaccine abundance hit the stubborn wall of vaccine resistance.
 Rest is history.
 The waning immunity among the earlier vaccinated and virus friendly behavior of vaccine resistant are contriving now to expand vulnerability all over again. Hospitals are bursting at seams and virus is killing in high numbers, again.
 The booster shots among the willing will temporarily shrink the susceptible population base.
 The overriding concern persists.
 This vicious cycle will continue to play ceaselessly as waning immunity meets vaccine resistant again.  And again!
 A rendezvous guaranteed by the antivaxxers.
 The pandemic will perpetuate, with luck only at an elevated endemic level.
 Mere optimism wont reduce this threat to flu level anytime soon.
 When mischief is given a mulligan, society will be compelled to pick up the tab.
 As the virus ravages and stench of death thickens, the unhinged celebrate their liberties, un-infringed.
The healthcare workers drag their beat up carcasses to the service of sick by choice, as truly sick are crowded out.
 Death mounts, life expectancy continues to fall. Unattended strokes and heart attacks die a preventable death.
 The nation rightfully convulsed with a collective shock when 13 marines were massacred in a botched exit from Afghanistan.
 A daily death of 1300+ draws a collective yawn. Dead amidst death is a lost “sense of proportion”.
 A zombie nation indifferent to its own.
The hollow vaccine mandates encourage some to find religion. Web based testimonials affirm exemptions and scoundrels find refuge.
There is no real medical exception to vaccine other than past history of vaccine induced Guillain Barre syndrome. Or in rare occurrences, a demonstrated allergy to vaccine components. But the diligent are not wary, they will hustle and invent any number of health based exceptions.
 Mandate is an exercise in mockery.

 "Healthcare workers are reaching a breaking point. They are mercilessly exposed to the virus through the actions of vaccine resistant. There is a palpable fear and building frustration.
Then there is guilt.
We fail Hippocratic oath when we lend silent acquiescence to the spread of infection. We make mockery of the oath when we allow the unvaccinated to kill the vulnerable.
This death and killing has to stop.
And yes, our lives matter too.

"We can’t be detached spectators to this arsonist inferno. We can’t volunteer to be a vassal for an invasive and relentlessly proliferative virus.
We can’t deliberately usher infection home.
We can’t be coerced in to a Russian roulette, attending to infection seekers by choice.
An interesting imposition and infringement on our health and liberties, to save the immortal and suicidal.
Is sanity forbidden?
Is commonsense comatose?
Line in the sand begs to be drawn.
This conversation is completely respectful to political and religious preferences. The virus, however, is totally agnostic.
Get vaccinated.
"Stop perpetuating the pandemic.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

While the nation grows more secular, more Catholic priests are accused of sexual misdeeds, local boy Tyler Williams wins the yellow jersey in an Arkansas cycling race and it's time for a frank discussion of the homeless

 Welcome to Bakersfield Observed. Our mission is to celebrate life in Kern County by focusing on newsmakers and events and the local characters who make this community such a special place. The views expressed here are strictly my own and do not represent any other company or publication.

 * ... SECULAR UNITED STATES: The national trend of the United States becoming a more secular nation continues without slowing down, with just 30 percent of Generation Z believing in the existence of a God. According to The Wall Street Journal, only 44 percent of millennials believe in God,

far down from the 70 percent of the Silent Generation and 63 percent of the Baby Boomers. "Today," an essay read, "scholars are finding that by almost any metric they use to measure religiosity, younger generations are much more secular than their parents or grandparents." It went on: "The decline has come about as a result of a combination of demographic changes: America has become more multiracial, and larger shares of Americans are jettisoning Christianity and either aligning with other religions or are leaving religion behind entirely and joining the ranks of the religion nones."

 * ... PREDATOR PRIESTS: Two more priests, this time from the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, have been accused of sexual abuse and had their priestly faculties removed "pending the outcome of a formal investigation." The allegations were leveled against father Daniel Madigan and father Maurice O'Brien, both retired but both of whom have been accused of improperly touching young men in a sexual manner. The sheer number of priests who have been accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual activity is astounding, including the one prominent Kern County case where former priest Craig Harrison is facing multiple lawsuits from men who say Harrison preyed upon them as young men.

 * ... SPOTTED ON TWITTER: "I don't care who you voted for, show me your rescue pet."

 * ... HOMELESS: Is the homeless problem getting any better in Kern County, or is there simply a reservoir of pent up goodwill praying that it will get better? Ask anyone on the street and the answer is unanimous: there has been no discernible decrease in the homeless population over the past few years. They remain living in our parks, on our street corners, in the alleyways, on the streets and leaving a mess in their wake. Yet some of the people coordinating the anti-homeless effort say progress is being made. We will discuss the gap between perception and reality this week on the Bakersfield Observed podcast when Jim Wheeler of Flood Ministries and Carlos Baldovinos of the Mission of Kern County join me for a frank discussion of the work before us. The podcast will drop Thursday on Spotify, KERNRADIO.COM or wherever you get your podcasts.

 * ... TYLER WILLIAMS: Tyler Williams, a 26-year-old phenom pro cyclist from Bakersfield, took the yellow jersey and won the Joe Martin Stage Race over the weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Williams, who raced in Europe a few years back, races for the LA-based L39ion racing team. Williams held the leader's yellow jersey until the penultimate stage when he lost it, only to regain it and win the race on the last stage.

 * ... MEMORIES: I thought you would all enjoy this old picture of downtown Carpenteria back in the day.

 * ... MORE MEMORIES: And finally this old shot of a Texaco station on the old grapevine road, circa 1940s, from the Kern County of Old Facebook page.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Long term exposure to smoke proves harmful to your skin, Samuel Van Kopp addresses the chaos of Afghanistan and celebrating the Midway Palm

Welcome to Bakersfield Observed. Our mission is to celebrate life in Kern County by focusing on newsmakers and events and the local characters who make this community such a special place. The views expressed here are strictly my own and do not represent any other company or publication.

 * ... SMOKE DANGER: Have you ever thought about how your skin might react to all the smoke in the air from the California fires? Well one researcher at The University of California San Francisco did, and what Dr. Maria Wei and her team learned is not good news for anyone who lives and breathes wildfire

smoke. The New York Times said the "eczema and wildfire study focused on that disease because afflicted people have an impaired skin barrier, meaning they would be more likely to have a reaction to smoke." The study noted that those living in smoky areas went to see dermatologists more often and about half those surveyed suffered from eczema. Retailers have discovered the problem, but the researchers warned people to be wary of topical marketed as providing "pollution protection."

 * ... AFGHAN PULLOUT: Few people can appreciate the chaotic scene at the Kabal airport more than the members of the U.S. military who served there, along with Afghan allies. And few things put the danger of the operation in perspective than the suicide bombs that took the lives of 12 Marines on Thursday. For a fuller perspective of how some of our servicemen and women view the situation on the ground, go to Spotify to listen to my interview with former 1st Lt. Samuel Van Kopp, a Bakersfield native who suffered traumatic brain injury during a 2012 suicide bombing. Von Kopp argued we have a moral obligator to airlift to safety all the Afghan people who aided the United States, whether they were interpreters, cooks, drivers or clerks at U.S. installations. To do anything less, Van Kopp said, would be to invite other allies - in Taiwan, Japan and across the world - to doubt U.S. promises of mutual aid. Listen to the Bakersfield Observed podcast with Van Kopp on Spotify or pick it up on Kern Radio.

Bakersfield's Samuel Van Kopp, a veteran of the Afghan war, talks about the chaos of the withdrawal and our responsibility to those who helped ...

* ... CHICK-FIL-A: The lone Chick-fil-A in Bakersfield, located at the corner of California and Stockdale, is closing for two months for a major kitchen remodel. A second Chick-fil-A is planned for Rosedale Highway, in the old Pier 1 building, but there is not exact date on when that will open.

 * ... SPOTTED ON TWITTER: "I hate when your kid needs help with their homework and you have to try and learn math in 10 minutes." 

 * ... MIDWAY PALM: If you have ever driven on Highway 99 you may have missed the significance of a lone palm tree standing in the median near Madera. Located just south of Avenue 11 just outside the city limits of Madera, the Midway Palm denotes the halfway point between the border with Mexico and Oregon. The Midway Palm represenst Southern California whereas the Midway Pine is intended to represent Northern California.

* ... MEMORIES: I spotted this old picture on the Kern County History Fans Facebook page. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Amazon eclipses Walmart as the largest retailer in the world, the Moneywise Guys purchase the old Woolworth's building, Jeremy Adams as a best seller on his hands and Thomas Drew is promoted to major general

Welcome to Bakersfield Observed. Our mission is to celebrate life in Kern County by focusing on newsmakers and events and the local characters who make this community such a special place. The views expressed here are strictly my own and do not represent any other company or publication.

 * ... AMAZON: Here's a revealing thought: Amazon has now eclipsed Walmart to become the largest retailer in the world. For most of us who order from Amazon regularly and watch as the boxes and packages pile up outside our doors, this will come as no surprise but it represents a seismic shift in

retailing, owing first to Amazon's endless selection and quick service and the pandemic which has kept so many of us at home. Amazon said that people spent more than $610 billion on Amazon over the last year of the pandemic while Walmart posted sales of $566 billion.

 * ... HEAT WAVE: Would it surprise you if I told you that July was the hottest month on record? That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who said that for the first time since we began keeping records 142 years ago, land and ocean temperatures were 1.67 degrees greater than the century average. And now comes word that Californians made be under mandatory water restrictions in late September, timed conveniently for Gov. Newsom after the recall election. Stay tuned.

 * ... VISIONARIES: Kudos to Dave Anderson and Sherod Waite of The Moneywise Guys for entering into an agreement to buy the old Woolworth's building on 19th and K streets downtown. Waite told me months ago the company was looking for a new building and hinted they wanted to move downtown if they could find the right building. Well they did, and it just happens to house the last working Woolworth's lunch counter in the country, and in true Moneywise fashion, they plan to honor history and keep it open. The deal should close this fall. (photo by The Bakersfield Californian)

* ... THOMAS DREW: There was some big news recently not only for local residents Joe and Jan Drew but for our country as well: their son, Brij. Gen. Thomas R. Drew, was promoted to major general during an Army ceremony at Fort Knox, Ky. Joe Drew is retired now but served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam while his brother, Fred Drew, was an infantry commander who fought in the battle of Hue. Thomas Drew followed the family footsteps.

 * ... HOLLOWED OUT SUCCESS: Bakersfield High School history teacher Jeremy Adams is enjoying a wave of success with his latest book, "Hollowed Out: A warning about America's Next Generation." A sober look at the expectations of our children, and how that will affect society, the book is now on the Amazon best seller list and it has brought Adams interviews with dozens of news hosts and podcasts on national forums across the country. It is a must read for anyone with school age children, or anyone concerned about the future of our country.

 * ... DUI LAWYER: Local DUI lawyer Richard Middlebrook has been elected to the board of directors of the California DUI Lawyers Association (CDLA.) The non profit organization has more than 400 members and represent thousands of people accused of driving under the influence and related offenses. Middlebrook has been a DUI specialist for some 30 years and is a founding member of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association.

 * ... CORNISH BAKERY: Does anyone remember this old bakery on 19th Street?

 * ... BAKERSFIELD EATS: And do you remember this iconic Bakersfield landmark? Thanks to Art Moore and the folks at Kern County History Fans for this nugget.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Kern County's Dr. Brij Bhambi of Centric Health takes on the vaccine deniers, warns of doubling down on a losing idea in which you maintain your concept of freedom, but die making the point

 Today Bakersfield Observed features an essay by Dr Brij Bhambi, one of the owners of Centric Health and Bakersfield Heart Hospital and one of the most prominent cardiologists in town. Listen to Bhambi use some harsh words to characterize where our nation is in its fight against the coronavirus.

 "Covid-19 is the most over promoted hoax in generations, if not millennia. Just when Alpha gets beat, it goes Beta. Then Gamma, then Delta, and Im not kidding, now Delta plus. 
A Greek alphabet soup!
 The hoax has become self perpetuating. Common cold, way more lethal, at least maintains common civility and not dress up in a new iteration at every twist of lethality. No doubt, the virus was nefariously designed by a formidable adversary to subdue the competition in to submission. 

 Virus is a hoax but the strategy, gone viral behind the business motives, resonates. The US government failed to fall for naiveté and put science to work through operation Warp Speed. Rumor has it, vaccines so created amalgamated science, precision, logistics, safety and efficacy against the virus in a record time. 
 What a crowning glory for the humanity!
 Then we are talking about a virus thats a weaker cousin of common cold. 
 Science and its shenanigans! 
 Muddled messaging from CDC to Fauci confirmed the obvious to the all knowing. The Covid dead were over counted to control the masses through fear. And dead seldom come back to correct death certificates. 
A weak virus, invincible individual immunity, exaggerated death burden, a commitment to contain erosion to personal liberties, a purported scientific miracle that barely provided waning safety to 95% and panic promoting governmental overreach, confirmed the worst fears among the faithful. 
 Its the hill to die upon. 
 Honor held high. 
 Screams to heaven reinforcing the inviolable truth among believers, unvaccinated die a brave death.
Government is a word that inspires lack of trust. Antigovernment sentiment is well promoted by those who want to be the government aka congressmen, representatives, senators and other selfless humans like governors and God forbid president. 
 The governmental overreach is an ultimate sin. How dare you propose to penetrate my body with an unwelcome needle that's going to inject a gene control serum to reduce me to your puppet. I know people who have developed a tail. Definitely gone sterile. Their thoughts are satellite controlled and pay for Bill and Melinda divorce. And that divorce my friends is doozie when it comes to dollars.
Some have developed a third eye.
God forbid they may actually use it to see.
 It's a relief that medicare, medical, pension, military, social security, disability and welfare like institutions fall outside the premise of government.
Imagine government ruining that for us too.
 It's a good thing we are self funded.
 Hard work of our lives enshrined in a timeless promise.
 The institutions in this country were given one body blow after another by our government trashing governments over decades.
 Derelict and damaged, they crumbled under their own weight. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. CIA, FBI, Police, Judiciary, Education, CDC, FDA etc etc have all been laid bare by preceding governments.
 Those are our guts.
 Vultures feed our guts, as we watch mesmerized.
 We will find a way to our preordained exceptionalism.
 Thats our unquestioned right. Our God given prerogative will not be denied. The way will find us.
The dual between virus and vaccine maybe wreaking wreckage but it sure is transfixing.
The much hyped vaccines do fail. All the time. They may come between sickness, hospitalization and death.
 But they fail.
 Who wants to bet on the side of a failure.
 Everyone knows a cousin or uncle who got virus from the vaccine. Bravo to cousins and uncles who lived to tell.
 Besides why one would allow invasion of his/her body when FDA hasn’t even authorized the vaccine. FDA should have configured pandemic preparedness in its population response. Tools necessary for drug or device development lack the urgent responsiveness of an inferno. In its lethargic bureaucracy FDA is gutting the common faith. This ass sitting does equal CYA.

As an argument it has merit, for now.
 It will fall to wayside after its approval because of “political motives”.

 The “wait and see” crowd is not nearly on pins and needles. They have a day job. Vaccine needs to be trashed.
 We are a nation of laws.
 We should have a drunk drive car pool lane.
 Mix fun with safety.
 Same as unvaccinated healthcare. Patients appreciate infections from the caretakers with exalted commitment to personal freedoms. Patients die happy.
Its nitty gritty that drags us.
Past injustices like Tuskegee experiment figure prominently.
And with merit.
 Some prejudices have outlived merit.
 Accepting virus over vaccine is a self created prejudice. Double down on losing the current war as a revenge to losing the previous war has a ring to it.
 The cost concerns pertaining to vaccine and access to vaccine are issues not raised infrequently. The fact that its free and easily accessible can’t be shared. It can poison the environment.
We all know natural infection provides strong and enduring immunity. Big pharma has studies countering that. What do you expect! With our robust immune system that made virus cry mama, we are untouchables. And big pharma is always corrupt.
 Pity the weak and infirm.
 Cycle of life.
 I know in India cow urine insulates humans from all maladies. Its a go to treatment for Covid-19 among a segment of believers. And don’t belittle cow urine as snake oil. All of us have seen cow urine, snake oil anyone? We don’t lack cows in our part of the world. Some solutions don’t have access problems. Snake oil may draw more discriminating audience but the truth serum flows in abundance.
When its all said and done, a believer would have had a celebrated journey without the tyrannical clutches of coerced vaccination.
An “occasional slip” with tube down the throat and protracted lonely death can be easily outsourced to allegedly “tireless” healthcare workers. They signed on to heal the sick. If in the process they sicken and kill their own, its a bonus, a higher calling. The brave healthcare souls can march to fearless martyrdom.
Heal the sick and die trying it!
Yet celebrate the unvaccinated.
Unvaccinated emphasize personal freedom.
Some freedoms tread the dead.
And worth it!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

FDA is set to recommend a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine for those with compromised immune systems, Dr. Ravi Patel to be honored as the recipient of the John Brock award and expect the real estate market to remain hot, hot, hot into next year

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  * ... THIRD DOSE: The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve a third dose of the

coronavirus vaccine for those people who have compromised immune systems. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser, said that for those with compromised immune systems, the need is "so imminent to make sure that we get them boosted so that they would be in a protected zone." The decision to allow a third dose would come from the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected as early as this week to extend its emergency use authorization on vaccines to allow an additional dose.  Roughly 3% of Americans have an immune system that has been made weaker due to disease, certain medical treatments or organ transplants. For most people, a booster would mean a third dose of vaccine.

 * ... HOT HOUSING MARKETS: If you thought the housing market was hot this year and last, just wait. That's the word from a national research firm that ranked the hottest housing markets for next year (2022), including what percentage the prices may rise in the next year. Hold on because these numbers are staggering: Riverside (21 percent); Las Vegas (23 percent), Boise (23 percent), Salt Lake City (23 percent), Spokane (24 percent), San Jose (24 percent), San Diego (24 percent), Ogden, Utah (25 percent), Phoenix (26 percent), Provo, Utah (28 percent), Fort Myers, Florida (28 percent) and Austin (37 percent).

 * ... SPOTTED ON TWITTER: "My life is a delicate balance of functional alcoholism and OCD. Some days I wake up from a blackout to a spotless house."

 * ... RAVI PATEL: Good news for one of our local doctors: oncologist Dr. Ravi Patel will be honored as the recipient of the John Brock Community Service Award. Patel, founder of the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, will receive theaward during a recognition dinner on Sept. 9 at Seven Oaks Country Club. Patel is one of the most successful, and popular, doctors in the community and he has been instrumental in building CBCC into one of the most respected medical facilities in town.

 * ... MOJAVE: This lovely old picture, taken from the Kern County of Old Facebook page, shows a woman looking out a building on Main Street in Mojave (Highway 14) looking at the train depot and the Silver Queen mountain in the background.