Someone somewhere wrote that most state governors are limited in their ability to declare emergencies and issue directives. Said directives are limited to 30 days and subject to ratification by the legislature. So stated this source.
I went to the Colorado Code Annotated, the section on emergencies and the duties and powers of the governor. They are sweeping and unfettered. Nowhere is the legislature mentioned. The source I cite above was wrong, at least about Colorado. Jared Polis, who strikes me as the kind of dweeb who has to beg his wife to have sex with him, has virtually unlimited power, and of course, no one is standing up to him. Someone should demand that he prove the existence of the virus, which has not been done, or back down.
I also went to the Montana Code Annotated and found similar language. However, the language for that state was not as clear to me as that of Colorado, and I don’t live there anyway. We just visited there, and the atmosphere is oppressive with clerks refusing to sell merchandise to anyone without masks. The governor has empowered these little twirps behind cash registers, and man do they like bossing people around. It’s not unusual to see the arm-on-hip, body language saying “I am the boss of you.”**
Colorado is equally oppressive. We just did a hike to the top of a nearby mountain this morning. Often the trail is very busy, but only moderately so today. Still, people were ducking out of the way and covering their faces, just as they did several months ago. For a time (we do that hike a couple of times a month) masks were a rarity. The fear is back, and as omnipresent as ever. These people are freaky scared of something they cannot see, taste, touch or smell. What a propaganda accomplishment!
I haven’t watched news in a long time, and on our recent two-week trip through Montana and Wyoming, I did not do any electronic communication. It was a practice run, as I intend to get rid of my cell phone in the near future, contract tracing and all already installed on it without my permission. But I do know about the second wave, hard to imagine as there was no first wave. I do know about positive tests popping up everywhere, no one aware that the PCR has an accuracy rate of … let me look for it here – I just wrote it down yesterday, somewhere under this stack of papers … oh yeah, here it is, zero.
My take from the behavior around me is that the fear is now as intense as ever, and being focused on those of us who have not drank the Kool-Aid*, and who do not wear masks. The repression I feel is heavy as fog.
One bright spot – Wyoming. Stores that we stopped in there showed no signs of fear, no Covid-19 notices, no footsteps and lines on the floors. Masks were a rarity. The exception was the Holiday Express in Riverton, where we stayed. The town of Riverton was free of the nonsense, but Holiday played it up big, all employees in masks, barriers, no sit-down dining. They emailed me this morning and asked me to rate our stay. I normally ignore such things, but I gave them a review. Boy did I give them one.
*My apologies for use of the hackneyed phrase. It seems to fit, however.
**The headline for the Bozeman (Montana) Daily Chronicle on the day we left was “116 construction workers test positive for Covid-19.” I thought about the number, and realized that the story, false anyway based on bogus testing, was also a spook marker:
11 is out in the open, 6 is 3+3, or 33, and 1+1+6 =8 – a triple whammy! The story is fake, in my view.
I am amending my remarks above regarding Jared Polis. I live among Colorado residents, but am not a part of them. I first discovered Polis was our governor only this year. Who cares? I have now learned that he is gay and has a partner and two adopted children. Therefore my remarks about him, that he appears to be a dweeb who has to beg his wife to have sex with him, need amending. Substitute “husband” for wife.