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Austin, TX...a very Blue City with a Mask Mandate...Overwhelmed by COVID

By HatetheSwamp
August 9, 2021 4:11 am
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Austin's population is 2.4 million. Bloomberg reported that on Saturday the China virus plague had reached such great heights that only six ICU beds were available.

Our nephew lives in Austin. He called two weeks ago and said that the mayor had put a mask mandate in effect. And, make no mistake, Austin is a bright blue city with virtually no GOPs holding elected office in the whole city.

As I've made clear often, we wear masks every time there's a remote chance that one might be needed.

Having said that, I'm inclined to agree with the version of St. Anthony of Fauci, from the early days of COVID, who all but mocked people who think that wearing a mask will help a person avoid the virus.

Clearly, in Austin, the spread has not been arrested by the mask mandate.

San Francisco, which also has a mask mandate, is being battered by COVID. If I read the NYT chart correctly, there are more COVID cases in San Francisco than ever.

All of this is to say to you Big Bro progressives, fascist rules and regulations aren't helping.

And, as far as Austin is concerned, one wonders how much the Biden administration and its open border policy is the real problem.


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Comments:

  1. by Curt Anderson on August 9, 2021 11:42 am
    Yes, a very blue city in the middle of very red state.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on August 9, 2021 12:08 pm

    University town.


  3. by Curt Anderson on August 9, 2021 12:19 pm
    All students at UT-Austin must show proof of vaccination against meningococcal disease but not vaccination against Covid. Illogical and inconsistent thinking brought to you by the Texas Republicans.


  4. by HatetheSwamp on August 9, 2021 12:40 pm
    COVID-19 is one of those rare diseases with a political identity, which was first developed when the ex trucker and Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of racism.


  5. by Hang Mike Pence! on August 9, 2021 10:58 pm
    Post correction: Contrary to what is stated in the OP, there is no mask mandate in Austin. The Republican Texas governor has declared a ban against mask mandates in Texas municipalities. This lack of a mask mandate is a large reason Austin is in the shape it's in today.
    google.com


  6. by Donna on August 10, 2021 7:51 am
    Correct, hmp.

    In fact the city of Austin just passed a mask mandate yesterday in defiance of the governor's order against a mask mandate.

    google.com


  7. by HatetheSwamp on August 10, 2021 11:01 am

    Hmmm. I wonder what Brian was thinking. He's been observing the Austin mandate for two weeks.


  8. by Donna on August 10, 2021 11:20 am
    The mayor of Austin has been urging mask wearing for a while, but there wasn't an official mandate until yesterday.


  9. by HatetheSwamp on August 10, 2021 11:45 am

    I'm thinking that the actual mandate might have been with his employer but I'm certain that I heard correctly from him that the mandate he said it was a government mandate.


  10. by Donna on August 10, 2021 2:50 pm
    Well he was wrong. This is the second time in less than a week that you've been misled by a friend.


  11. by HatetheSwamp on August 10, 2021 3:13 pm

    I'm still following up on that CDC thing.


  12. by Curt Anderson on August 10, 2021 3:43 pm
    HtS,
    If your "friends" make astounding claims that you can't find it in any news source and they won't provide you with a link to the source, don't the red lights in your bullshit detector begin to flash?


  13. by Donna on August 10, 2021 3:51 pm
    It doesn't take very long to check the CDC's website.


  14. by Curt Anderson on August 10, 2021 4:07 pm
    It doesn't take very long to check the CDC's website. --Donna

    Although looking for something that isn't there can take a long time.


  15. by Donna on August 10, 2021 11:46 pm


  16. by HatetheSwamp on August 11, 2021 4:24 am

    My guess is that my friend may have been confused about the source he was reading from. But, I'm confident that the convo with the doctor happened. I'm waiting for a return email to clarify.

    But, let me just say this about that and let me make this perfectly clear.

    It stuns me how much simple and blind faith that the three of you have in Trump's vaccines.

    There's so many things that the best informed scientists can't possibly yet know.

    No doubt the link to the CDC is spurious but if you think that there's not a variety of opinions about the long term impact of these Trump vaccines on victory over the virus, you're shortsighted idiots. Are you?

    Is you focus that narrow? Is your faith that blind?


  17. by Curt Anderson on August 11, 2021 8:27 am
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his anti-masking edict are facing open rebellion from schools and local officials in Texas.
    texasnewstoday.com


  18. by Donna on August 11, 2021 8:46 am
    Hts- Of course you and your wife were vaxxed too. You two have no faith in the vaccine you got? You think it was a bad decision?

    I have some concern about the long range effects of a couple of Rx drugs I take as well as the COVID vax, but I would be even more concerned about my health if I weren't taking them.


  19. by HatetheSwamp on August 11, 2021 9:02 am

    Hts- Of course you and your wife were vaxxed too. You two have no faith in the vaccine you got? You think it was a bad decision?

    Faith?

    If what you do reflects what you believe, I have limited faith. I'm still going to mask in public, in fact, I'm going to live exactly the same after the vax as before.

    I think it's fair to say that we both concluded that there probably is little risk in being vaxxed, being the geezers that we are, and potentially significant benefit.

    But, faith? As the song says, "No, not much." But, nothing ventured nothing gained.

    I do understand and respect people who are being cautious. And, I think that mask mandates are not appropriate, that individuals should be permitted to make a choice for themselves.


  20. by Donna on August 11, 2021 10:16 am
    I was just going with the word you used. I have no faith or beliefs. I always go with the data, and when the data is inconclusive, I make my decisions on the perceived odds.


  21. by HatetheSwamp on August 12, 2021 3:59 am

    I have no faith or beliefs. I always go with the data, and when the data is inconclusive, I make my decisions on the perceived odds. -Donna

    What's happened to your brain? How oxymoronic! You, by your words, you believe in data.


  22. by Donna on August 12, 2021 9:20 am
    That's not belief. Belief is accepting something as fact without evidence.


  23. by HatetheSwamp on August 12, 2021 10:10 am

    Belief is accepting something as fact without evidence. -Donna

    Since when?


  24. by islander on August 12, 2021 12:36 pm

    When you are dealing with “believers” like pb, Donna, you have to be careful when using the words belief and faith. They often use them interchangeably. They say they “believe” in God but that belief is based on faith (which most will readily admit). If you say you believe that water will freeze at about 32F they will say that’s no different than their belief in God, since, and, this is the tricky part, “both are based on faith”. But one’s belief/faith that water will freeze at 32F is based on observable and provable empirical evidence. It can easily be demonstrated by anyone to anyone. That’s the difference. But I think we all know that (including pb)! LoL !!







  25. by HatetheSwamp on August 12, 2021 1:49 pm

    Actually, water will melt at 32 degrees. It can freeze at different temperatures.

    When you are dealing with “believers” like pb, Donna, you have to be careful when using the words belief and faith. They often use them interchangeably. They say they “believe” in God but that belief is based on faith (which most will readily admit).

    I love it when people who don't believe in God splain to people who do why they believe. Thanks for that.

    Bahahahaha, ahhhhhh!


  26. by Donna on August 12, 2021 2:58 pm
    Hts has always confused the acceptance of facts with belief.


  27. by islander on August 13, 2021 6:34 am

    ”I love it when people who don't believe in God splain to people who do why they believe. Thanks for that.”

    You’re more than welcome. I’m surprised you didn’t know that. Although, to be honest, I suspect you’ve pretty much always known it to be true!



  28. by HatetheSwamp on August 13, 2021 7:21 am

    You da bomb, isle! Bahahahaha!




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