Howdy, y’all, out there in Interweb land! (I track readership totals,
so I know many are reading. I can’t see who you are. I can see only numbers.
Your identities are safe here, as opposed to “Farcebook,” which knows too much
about us. Post a comment every now and then, if you want to do so!)
Corona Myopia will NOT win! I override it! This is my FINAL article, on
the topic. I have proved my points several times, in several articles. My
points are fact, not opinion, as anyone skilled in common sense and logical
reasoning knows. If you disagree, challenge me to a formal, public or written,
The Corona Myopically
Obsessed Stay Obsessed
On Thursday, 5/21/20, a man -- who had married a lady, by my ceremony
officiating, a few decades ago -- posted, in part, as a reply to my 5/20/20
article: “this was pointed out by a friend after tracking my ‘biased’ posts and
explaining what was wrong with each one. Incidentally, his recap of my post
were [sic] inaccurate in most cases.”
Really? Corona Myopia is showing. My recap was ACCURATE. I did NOT
explain the inaccuracy in EACH post. (Hence, your term was “recap.”) By the
way, that “mini debate” was a fine “howdy do,” after these few decades with no
The man had also posted, with no remarks, Tennessee
State Annotated Code 58-2-107, as if the Code validates him. The title of
that Code is “Emergency management powers of the governor.” "Emergency"
is defined as:
“an occurrence, or threat thereof, whether
natural, technological, or manmade, in war
or in peace, that results or may result
injury or harm to the population,
or substantial damage to or loss of property;
provided, that natural threats
disease outbreaks and epidemics.”
“Substantial“ is not defined in the definitions section,
which is a mistake in the Code. The Code refers to “an emergency beyond local
control,” with various details and limitations. The Code appears to have the
idea of military invasion, man-made or natural disaster, etc. -- true
“emergencies” (by common definition).
As I’ve written before, regarding this new cold virus, the number of
cases is not KNOWN. The number of recoveries is not KNOWN. The number of DEATHS
is known (by constant media focus).
As of 5/23/20, 2020 COVID-19 deaths in Tennessee were 329 and in Knox
County were still five, via Tennessee’s website.
As of early morning, 5/24/20, there had been 26,894 deaths
in Tennessee in 2020 (the number keeps rising), which does NOT include COVID-19
329 divided by 27,223 means that 1.2%
of 2020 deaths in Tennessee (at that moment in time) had been by a new cold
virus. 98.8% of deaths had been by something
else. NOTE: I’d still like to see the 2020 deaths by all other factors, not
just a new cold virus, but I can’t find them.
For national, as far as the CDC shows, for weeks
ending 2/1/20 thru 5/16/20, with a 5/22/20 update (including various
73,639 (actual, “probable,” or “presumed” cause). I calculate 7.98% of total deaths.
Pneumonia plus influenza deaths: pneumonia 89,555 plus influenza 6,253 is 95,808. I
calculate, for pneumonia, 9.7% of total
deaths. I calculate, for pneumonia and influenza,
10.38% of total deaths.
NOTE: no OTHER causes of death are parsed out. I wish that the CDC
would parse out other causes of death.
COVID-19 is a new cold virus. Pneumonia and influenza are viruses.
Each, unfortunately, can cause death. The country seems to have cycled thru the
seasonal influenza (various viruses). I hope the country is cycling thru this
new cold virus and the pneumonia viruses.
I speculate that the Tennessee ‘guvrnor’ thinks that death totals by
this new cold virus are his, subjective, definition of “substantial” harm from
a disease outbreak or epidemic. (Again, case and recovery numbers are NOT
relevant and are NOT known.) What type of “executive orders” will the ‘guvrnor’
issue, for other “substantial” harms caused by ongoing or cyclical
disease outbreaks -- such as from cancer, stroke, obesity, heart
disease, influenza, pneumonia, ad nauseum?
Further, to conclude the “mini debate,” as I referenced on 5/20/20, one
scholarly source indicates that many “restrictions” do no better than few
“restrictions,” for the 50 states. The green, red, blue, and gray colors are here.
(Tennessee is barely visible, underneath West Virginia and Texas; all three
Finally, the man ignored my remarks, regarding the consequences to the
economy, health, religious freedom, etc., that the ‘guvrmint’ action on a new
cold virus caused. I suggest -- as a means of further education, on many
topics, not only related to a new cold virus -- the reading of The Patriot Post (which once had been named
The Federalist). Here are one
articles, to begin the education.
Saturday, 5/23/20, Free
Yesterday, as a free man in a once free country, I did chores. I hauled
trash. I bought “doggies” at the Tractor Supply. My new, ‘ol truck had an oil
change (with only 1779 miles since 2/11/20 oil change). I got gas (first time
Various employees were wearing, not wearing, or sometimes wearing
masks. Various customers were either wearing or not wearing masks. I passed a
man who had his mask under his chin. I saw a couple. One wore a mask. The other
did not. I didn’t bother to keep count. Many folks were out and about shopping,
etc. I speculate that, maybe, 10% were wearing masks. No one spoke or judged
me, for not wearing a mask. I judged none. One sales lady brought up the
subject. Her mask had been on and off, at various times. She expressed my
thoughts. We agreed. We didn’t judge those who wish to wear masks.
While driving about, I heard a national broadcast, on the local AM 760
radio station. I heard their position, regarding the ‘guvrmit’ restrictions on
religion, etc., during this new cold virus. I said “amen” more than once! We
would have been in full agreement, if I had been on the air with them.
Corrie Ten Boom
A very dear friend had cited, on 5/14/20 (on the date that Uncle Bobby
was born, fittingly), the following valid quotation:
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.
you look within, you’ll be depressed. But if
you look at Christ, you’ll
be at rest.”
My friend has a calm spirit that comes from her trust in the Lord. Her
spirit continues to be a safe haven, when I get my Irish up. Thank you, dear
Corrie Ten Boom faced a far more difficult life challenge than we will
ever face. Corona Myopia will pass, even for the most bullheaded. In the
everlasting perspective, Corrie Ten Boom had a far worse challenge. We have a
new cold virus challenge now. In the everlasting perspective, this blink of an
eye, on a speck of dust, world is boot camp! Let us move on toward Home, shall
6/8/20, Friday, note: V-E Day was observed on May 8, 1945, in Great
Britain, Western Europe, the United States, and Australia. It was observed on
May 9 in the (former) Soviet Union and New Zealand. I trust that y’all
Memorial Day is tomorrow, 5/25/20, Monday. I trust that each of you
will REMEMBER why we REMEMBER.
6/6/20, Saturday, future note: June 6, 1944 was D-Day. It was called “Operation
Overlord.” I trust that you WILL remember.
7/4/20, Saturday, future note: Independence Day is to remember -- as a
man running for president had said, in another context -- “you know; the
To conclude, I quote the final words of this article:
“The American spirit in 2020 still shouts,
liberty, or give me death!’ as
Patrick Henry did in 1775. No exception
What will be my next topic? It will NOT be Corona Myopia! Thanks,
y’all, for reading!