Columns

The Morning Briefing: Lockdown 2, BS Boogaloo Is Upon Us

Townhall Media/Julio Rosas
Lock Down Your Enthusiasm 

We’re back to this already. While enjoying a perfectly lovely dinner with nine other people as we were celebrating a friend’s birthday, I discovered that I’d missed the news that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey had issued another lockdown edict. I really wanted to like Ducey when I moved back to my native state a couple of years ago, but he’s been a continuing disappointment and makes me worry about Arizona’s ability to resist becoming purple for good during this next election.

The move wasn’t entirely surprising. I felt that another lockdown was imminent when Vice President Mike Pence canceled a visit that he was scheduled to make here today because of increasing coronavirus concerns. The weak Ducey was bound to use that as cover to issue Lockdown 2.0.

The move here comes shortly after Greg Abbott in Texas issued another executive order for a partial lockdown and Gavin Newsom in California is quickly slipping back into petty tyrant mode. None of these orders are lockdowns as comprehensive as what we all went through in March and April, but we know that’s coming. Newsom is already signaling as much.

The lockdown virtue-signaling is already back in full bloom. Il Ducey’s Twitter feed was positively insufferable on Monday night. It was almost as if he were auditioning to be the Democrats’ new favorite useful idiot Republican. The liberal responses were so laden with hysteria that I think the poor dears are at greater risk of succumbing to cardiac arrest than they are COVID-19.

lockdown
 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

What’s most infuriating here is that we’re being asked to engage in some monumental suspension of disbelief and pretend that people hanging out in bars are responsible for some recent spikes in infection rates but that thousands of people marching, rioting, and looting for weeks had nothing to do with it. In fact, those still aren’t going to be shut down. When Ducey was asked about protests he was suddenly a huge fan of the Constitution and the right to peaceable assembly, no matter how lacking in peace the assemblies happen to be.

There will be no lockdown for anyone who wants to break windows downtown but I’m a COVID monster if I want to have a beer at my local pub with a friend.

Matt had a great post on Monday about what a bad idea Lockdown 1.0 was and pointed a finger at the real culprit right now:

Young people, possibly from the recent protests and riots, are likely behind the recent spike in cases, and that tells us a lot about why the data looks the way it does right now. According to the CDC’s current best estimate, the fatality rate of the coronavirus for symptomatic cases only are as follows:

  • 0-49 years old: .05%
  • 50-64 years old: .2%
  • 65+ years old: 1.3%
  • Overall ages: .4%

When you take into account that approximately 30% of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic, that drives the fatality rate down even further.

Again, I’m not in the “possibly” category; I firmly believe it was the riots that are causing the spikes.

We discussed in a Briefing a couple of weeks ago the fact that a frightening number of small businesses probably aren’t going to survive the first round of lockdowns. If there were any that were going to have some new life breathed into them, new lockdowns are going to kill that in a hurry.

The usual suspects will no doubt complain about my irascibility here but the complete lack of honesty about the riots and protests has left me off in the land of the skeptical once again. If we’re doing more lockdowns it would be nice if it were a bit less arbitrary than the first time. As long as we’re pretending that there’s some big magical cone of protection over the looters, I’m going to like Lockdown 2.0 even less.

This makes me feel as if we’ll be in varying degrees of lockdown for at least the rest of the year now. If that’s the case, then Biden will probably be elected and at that point who cares anymore.

I’m a bundle of cheer.

No Oompa Loompas, No Deal

PJM Linktank

The stupid came out early this week: Peak 2020: Chess Is Racist Because White Goes First or Something

Austin Is Becoming More Violent But Here Are Two Hopeful Signs

Lockdown CHOP: Seattle Police Chief Can’t Stomach the Bitter Irony of the Latest Murder at CHOP

Trump Is Committed to Action: DOJ Has Arrested Over 100 Anarchists for Rioting, Destruction

Warren Claims Victory as Supreme Court Rules Part of Her Pet Agency Unconstitutional

ICYMI: ‘This is Not Seattle’: Oklahoma Rioters Charged with Terrorism, May Face Life in Prison

Video: Terrified St Louis Attorney Who Pulled Gun on BLM Says ‘This Isn’t a Protest. It’s a Revolution.’

Report: Is China Committing ‘Demographic Genocide’ Against the Uighurs Right Now?

VodkaPundit: #DefundThePolice Fantasy Crushing Minorities, Inspiring Lawlessness

BREAKING: Supreme Court Puts Abortion Industry Ahead of the Health and Safety of Women

EVERYTHING IS FINE. Second Man Dead in CHOP Shooting as Antifa Leaders Plan to Move Into Police Station

Remdesivir Gets a Price Tag of $3,210 Despite Showing No Evidence of Decreasing COVID-19 Deaths

Knock-Out: Raymond Ibrahim 2, CAIR 0

New York City Proves You Don’t Have to Defund the Police, You Can Just Demoralize Them

From ‘Oh, Joe’ to Slow Joe: A Stunning Number of People Think Joe Biden Is Losing His Mind

Sidney Powell Drops a Bomb or Two on the Glaring Problems With the Flynn Case

Activists Trot Out Ominous French Revolution Symbol to Threaten Jeff Bezos

Seattle Mayor Durkan Very Upset that CHOP’s ‘Summer of Love’ Has Landed On Her Doorstep

VIDEO: Woman Defeats Antifa Kids and Defends Teddy Roosevelt Statue

Zito: Madonna of the Trail Defies Statue-Toppling Culture

Prager: The Present Moment Has Set Blacks Back a Half-Century

VIP

Chief Justice John Roberts Helps Make The Case For Reelecting Trump

VodkaPundit, Part Deux: The New Cold War: Assessing China’s True Weaknesses

VodkaPundit, Part Trois: The New Cold War: Assessing China’s True Strengths

VIP Gold

Even CNN Is Shocked to See Chief Justice John Roberts Side With Liberals Again

Is Social Justice Just A New Genre Of Self-Help For White Women?

From the Mothership and Beyond

Armed Citizens Defend Communities Amidst Growing Chaos

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Attempt To Paint Gun Advocates As Racists Fails

The Need For Police Reform Isn’t Because Of The GOP

Oh, I’m sure there are ways to inspire them to go. CHOP Protestors Won’t Leave Until Demands Are Met

Na zdrowie! Celebrating 25 Years of Townhall

Another Virus with the Potential to Cause a Pandemic Was Discovered In None Other Than China

Country Music Singer Derided as ‘Selfish’ for Holding Concert During Coronavirus

Detroit Police Drives Through Crowd of Protesters After Being Surrounded

Twitch Suspends Trump Account, Reddit Takes Down Huge Subreddit Devoted to Trump Support

J.K. Rowling Keeps Gunning in the Aftermath of Her Transgender-Jostling ‘Sex is Real’ Insistence

Red + Black Ep.2: Bubba Wallace, Confederate Flags and Dumpster Pools

Hospital CEO On Spike In COVID-19 Cases: The Virus Has Moved To The Under 50 Crowd

McConnell: “We Must Have No Stigma, None, About Wearing Masks”

A Photographer Was Shot And Killed At A BLM Protest In Louisville Saturday, A Protester Was Arrested

Pence Masks Up For “Celebrate Freedom Rally”, Protesters Dangle Doughnuts To Taunt Police

Democrat Mayor Doxxed Defund Police Protesters During A Live Event, Accusations Of Intimidation Follow

DNC’s tweet slamming Trump for upcoming 4th of July celebration ‘glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore’ got deleted FAST (but here it is)

Leftists wouldn’t last ten seconds living out their violent fantasies. Lefty think tank president says he’d have rushed St. Louis homeowners and beaten their brains in

That should help tourism come back. Defund the police? Mayor Bill de Blasio to cut $1 billion from NYPD’s budget, divert money to young people

Surveillance, body cam videos contradict witnesses who said San Diego police shot an unarmed man in the back

US Catholic bishops: Louisiana abortion ruling ‘a cruel precedent’

Uber reportedly offers to buy out Postmates 

Boeing and FAA start first test flights of 737 Max since deadly crashes

Near Stonehenge, an Even Bigger Neolithic Site Is Hidden Underground

Bee Me

The Kruiser Kabana

Memories…

What’s the male equivalent of yoga pants?

___

Kruiser Twitter
Kruiser Facebook
PJ Media Senior Columnist and Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.