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(Texas Observer)   Abbott's dangerous early reopening of Texas was probably a gamble that covid wouldn't hit his base: rich white people in the 'burbs and rural voters. He rolled snake eyes   (texasobserver.org) divider line
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2020-07-11 9:02:47 AM  
Go ahead, taunt the Covid Monkey, dumbass.
 
2020-07-11 9:05:53 AM  
When you think about gambling with people's lives, I really do think Republican
 
2020-07-11 9:36:10 AM  
Months ago, Texans said NY's lockdown approach was dumb and ruining the economy when we could all just "tough it out."

Lt Dan said there more important things than staying alive, Texas.

Did y'all think that was just bluster?
 
2020-07-11 9:55:56 AM  

wejash: Lt Dan said there more important things than staying alive, Texas.

Did y'all think that was just bluster?


STIGGINIT To The Libz trumps (pun intended) all else.
Even basic survival. Now drink your bleach and think happy thoughts.
 
2020-07-11 9:59:55 AM  
"We are at the point where decisions are going to have to be made in the future about rationing resources,"

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2020-07-11 10:03:57 AM  

wejash: Months ago, Texans said NY's lockdown approach was dumb and ruining the economy when we could all just "tough it out."

Lt Dan said there more important things than staying alive, Texas.

Did y'all think that was just bluster?


Sort of. I think they really believed that covid just hurt black people and libruls in big cities and people like Patrick and Abbott thought it wouldn't hurt them or their base. Patrick doesn't make national news much, but he is crazy. And by that I don't mean to make fun of people with mental illness. He is Alex Jones' levels of mentally unwell and unwilling to get treatment. And you don't know exceptionalism until you've met Texas exceptionalism. These people thought it wouldn't hit them, the numbers were exaggerated, if they got it they wouldn't get that sick.

Texas didn't accept Medicaid expansion, and rural hospitals have been closing. As TFA says, "More than one-fifth of Texas' 254 counties have just one doctor or none at all." Think about what that means in terms of how many counties don't have a hospital, let alone a hospital with ICU.

This is the paragraph from TFA that made me bang my head on my desk. "Abbott's insistence that hospital beds statewide were plentiful means little in a state as big as Texas: An open bed in El Paso is little help for someone severely ill in Starr County, more than 700 miles away. Regional totals show a dire situation. The nine-county Gulf Coast trauma service region in East Texas, which includes Beaumont and Galveston and is home to 1.3 million people, had a single ICU bed available as of Wednesday. The 12-county Coastal Bend region of more than 630,000 people that includes Corpus Christi had three. In the mostly rural West Texas region spanning 17 counties from the Mexico border to north of Midland and Odessa, where 527,000 people live, there were 27 free ICU beds. And in the four-county Rio Grande Valley, home to nearly 1.4 million people, there were 25."

Abbott knew that there were not enough ICU beds if Texas got hit as hard as Georgia--forget New York.
 
2020-07-11 10:09:14 AM  

bloobeary: wejash: Lt Dan said there more important things than staying alive, Texas.

Did y'all think that was just bluster?

STIGGINIT To The Libz trumps (pun intended) all else.
Even basic survival. Now drink your bleach and think happy thoughts.


I'm lost. 30% of the USA would rather risk a horrible, suffocating death for them and their families just to stiggit.

It doesn't matter how responsible the rest of us are... All the Covidiots must do is simply be selfish and horrible. They're supported at every level of our government now.

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2020-07-11 10:10:46 AM  

yohohogreengiant: bloobeary: wejash: Lt Dan said there more important things than staying alive, Texas.

Did y'all think that was just bluster?

STIGGINIT To The Libz trumps (pun intended) all else.
Even basic survival. Now drink your bleach and think happy thoughts.

I'm lost. 30% of the USA would rather risk a horrible, suffocating death for them and their families just to stiggit.

It doesn't matter how responsible the rest of us are... All the Covidiots must do is simply be selfish and horrible. They're supported at every level of our government now.

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But there's no one coming to save us.
 
2020-07-11 10:11:25 AM  
Abbott wanted his corporate overlords to be making obscene profits again, and didn't care how many people were sacrificed in the process
 
2020-07-11 10:41:13 AM  
I live north of Dallas.  Went to pick up food at a restaurant yesterday.  Place was packed, no masks, no distancing.  It's been like this all over for weeks.  It's the reason I do my food shopping at 10-11pm now.

The burbs will most certainly get wrecked.
 
2020-07-11 11:01:08 AM  

bobtheme: I live north of Dallas.  Went to pick up food at a restaurant yesterday.  Place was packed, no masks, no distancing.  It's been like this all over for weeks.  It's the reason I do my food shopping at 10-11pm now.

The burbs will most certainly get wrecked.


My best friend and I went to Walmart in Arlington last week (I-20/Cooper) and a guy challenged a security guard to a fight over having to wear a mask

/Why yes he was wearing a Trump 2020 shirt
 
2020-07-11 11:10:10 AM  

TuckFrump: bobtheme: I live north of Dallas.  Went to pick up food at a restaurant yesterday.  Place was packed, no masks, no distancing.  It's been like this all over for weeks.  It's the reason I do my food shopping at 10-11pm now.

The burbs will most certainly get wrecked.

My best friend and I went to Walmart in Arlington last week (I-20/Cooper) and a guy challenged a security guard to a fight over having to wear a mask

/Why yes he was wearing a Trump 2020 shirt


With no sports, it's all the identity they have.
 
2020-07-11 11:44:25 AM  
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2020-07-11 12:25:07 PM  
It's all those damn liberal doctors that's working against Abbott and the great state of TexAss

And all due to Abbott's trumper logic mindset

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2020-07-11 12:25:49 PM  
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the fark-ups.
 
2020-07-11 12:26:07 PM  
The Republican Holocaust of 2020

Will they murder millions of their fellow Americans in pursuit of their political cult?
Or merely murder many hundreds of thousands?
 
2020-07-11 12:31:23 PM  
The thing that strikes me is repeatedly hearing "I didn't think it was going to affect me" or "I thought it was overblown until ...". It seems all these covidiots are going to have to learn this lesson first-hand, one by one. Until then, none of them are going to believe it. It'll be a hoax until they themselves are in the hospital bed on the brink of death. Even having people close to them fall affected wont persuade them in their stubborn denials.

The culture of ignorance is the dry underbrush of the covid-19 wildfire sweeping the US.

/ I hate these people.
 
2020-07-11 12:31:42 PM  
Costello probably could have handled this better.
 
2020-07-11 12:32:41 PM  
If they didn't cancel SXSW things would've been REALLY bad. NEW ORLEANS after Mardi Gras bad.
 
2020-07-11 12:33:17 PM  

Clarence Brown: wejash: Months ago, Texans said NY's lockdown approach was dumb and ruining the economy when we could all just "tough it out."

Lt Dan said there more important things than staying alive, Texas.

Did y'all think that was just bluster?

Sort of. I think they really believed that covid just hurt black people and libruls in big cities and people like Patrick and Abbott thought it wouldn't hurt them or their base. Patrick doesn't make national news much, but he is crazy. And by that I don't mean to make fun of people with mental illness. He is Alex Jones' levels of mentally unwell and unwilling to get treatment. And you don't know exceptionalism until you've met Texas exceptionalism. These people thought it wouldn't hit them, the numbers were exaggerated, if they got it they wouldn't get that sick.
...
Abbott knew that there were not enough ICU beds if Texas got hit as hard as Georgia--forget New York.


One minor nit: Patrick is known nationally, for his saying the quiet part out loud. He is literally the only state lieutenant governor whose name I know. (I don't even know the name of my own state's lieutenant governor.)
 
2020-07-11 12:34:40 PM  
... We are not ready for this."

You were warned.  Had plenty of warning to get ready for this.  But you believed you were "protected" by your belief that it wouldn't affect you.  So you ignored it.  Now you and your community are paying that price.

Welcome to reality.  Hopefully you'll survive the lesson.
 
2020-07-11 12:34:48 PM  

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I appreciate the attempt of a twist to the florida meme, if we saw off Texas it not just floating away...

We need to coordinate with Mexico.
 
2020-07-11 12:35:14 PM  
It's the country folk in Texas that keep the state red.

So it's true - nature will find a way.
 
2020-07-11 12:35:49 PM  
The most obvious lesson from the last 5 months is that Republicans are completely incapable of understanding what an epidemic is, that it spreads, that it doesn't have an agenda,  It's actually a lesson we learned in the late 80s with Reagan and AIDS, but I guess we forgot.

Pandemic Response Checklist:
1. Remove all Republicans from any decision-making with regards to the pandemic.
2. Don't "react" to the pandemic, get in front of it and OVERREACT.
3. Proportional responses to pandemics are never proportional and always too late.
4.....etc.
 
2020-07-11 12:37:16 PM  

bobtheme: I live north of Dallas.  Went to pick up food at a restaurant yesterday.  Place was packed, no masks, no distancing.  It's been like this all over for weeks.  It's the reason I do my food shopping at 10-11pm now.

The burbs will most certainly get wrecked.


Oh hey, Plano-near-Frisco here and yes, these people are absolutely insane.  Honestly I think this is the reason I want to just move out of Plano. This sort of selfish idiocy wears me down. I'm just over it.
 
2020-07-11 12:37:46 PM  
Go ahead and die conservatives; I will not miss you
You have endangered America long enough and the bill is coming due
Let Covid-19 reap a heavy toll among you
 
2020-07-11 12:37:59 PM  

wejash: Months ago, Texans said NY's lockdown approach was dumb and ruining the economy when we could all just "tough it out."

Lt Dan said there more important things than staying alive, Texas.

Did y'all think that was just bluster?


It's death panels al lthe way down.
 
2020-07-11 12:38:26 PM  

Aquapope: The most obvious lesson from the last 5 months is that Republicans are completely incapable of understanding what an epidemic is, that it spreads, that it doesn't have an agenda,  It's actually a lesson we learned in the late 80s with Reagan and AIDS, but I guess we forgot.

Pandemic Response Checklist:
1. Remove all Republicans from any decision-making with regards to the pandemic.
2. Don't "react" to the pandemic, get in front of it and OVERREACT.
3. Proportional responses to pandemics are never proportional and always too late.
4.....etc.


Rabid Individualism doesn't lend itself to problem that requires a collectivist response?


Who knew?
 
2020-07-11 12:39:22 PM  

Rattlehead: Everything's bigger in Texas, including the fark-ups.


They are holding COVID parties because it's a hoax
 
2020-07-11 12:39:58 PM  
His base didn't take COVID seriously either.  Play stupid games win stupid prizes.
 
2020-07-11 12:40:55 PM  
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A meme from the quaint and innocent days of late April, but we certainly still can.  Abbott, too.
 
2020-07-11 12:41:43 PM  

Clarence Brown: This is the paragraph from TFA that made me bang my head on my desk. "Abbott's insistence that hospital beds statewide were plentiful means little in a state as big as Texas: An open bed in El Paso is little help for someone severely ill in Starr County, more than 700 miles away. Regional totals show a dire situation. The nine-county Gulf Coast trauma service region in East Texas, which includes Beaumont and Galveston and is home to 1.3 million people, had a single ICU bed available as of Wednesday. The 12-county Coastal Bend region of more than 630,000 people that includes Corpus Christi had three. In the mostly rural West Texas region spanning 17 counties from the Mexico border to north of Midland and Odessa, where 527,000 people live, there were 27 free ICU beds. And in the four-county Rio Grande Valley, home to nearly 1.4 million people, there were 25."


So you're saying there are dozens of beds free.  DOZENS!!!!
 
2020-07-11 12:42:09 PM  
This is my community in a nutshell. I live in downstate Illinois, and I hear almost every single day "We're not Chicago. It's not like it's bad here. We don't need to be wearing masks and distancing. It's all overblown.". Even from other nurses that I work with.

I work in a small, critical access hospital. My greatest fear from the start of this (after passing it on to my family) has been the moment where I don't have any options but to send people home to die. I am sure this is what must be going on in rural Texas. Sounds like half the patients, at least, had it coming. But I feel for the hospital staff. Must be an awful, helpless feeling.
 
2020-07-11 12:44:28 PM  
Obviously, they're not true Christians if they get sick.
 
2020-07-11 12:44:33 PM  

TuckFrump: bobtheme: I live north of Dallas.  Went to pick up food at a restaurant yesterday.  Place was packed, no masks, no distancing.  It's been like this all over for weeks.  It's the reason I do my food shopping at 10-11pm now.

The burbs will most certainly get wrecked.


Kaufman County resident here. We are doing our shopping at 7:00 AM to avoid interacting with as many of these no-mask-no-distancing dumbasses as possible. I'm right there with you (while keeping social distance). PLEASE stay safe!!
My best friend and I went to Walmart in Arlington last week (I-20/Cooper) and a guy challenged a security guard to a fight over having to wear a mask

/Why yes he was wearing a Trump 2020 shirt

My observation: people who are White (or who identify themselves as White) are the least likely to:- Wear a mask.- Wear a mask properly.- Keep social distancing.Just this once, don't bother trying to prove me wrong because it's not me you are going to try to prove wrong... you are going to try to prove reality itself wrong.
 
2020-07-11 12:44:42 PM  
there's a special, singular kind of stump-dumb that for whatever reason, has been masterfully cultivated in texas.  i can't put my finger on it.
 
2020-07-11 12:45:35 PM  
Pack into those country clubs and die gleefully or be considered hypocrites.

God intelligently designed Covid-19 to wipe out the folks that push Creationism in textbook standards.
 
2020-07-11 12:46:09 PM  
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2020-07-11 12:47:19 PM  
Don't blame me, I voted for the other guy...
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2020-07-11 12:47:42 PM  

Cache: It's the country folk in Texas that keep the state red.

So it's true - nature will find a way.


An odd tidbit I remember from the O'Rourke/Cruz race was that it was transplants that let Cruz keep his seat.  Native born Texans went more of Beto.
 
2020-07-11 12:47:50 PM  
yohohogreengiant:
I'm lost. 30% of the USA would rather risk a horrible, suffocating death for them and their families just to stiggit.


The reason you're lost is because that is *not* the way they think. The way they think is "This is all liberal bullshiat, and we're not going to conform to their demands for a hoax that they're only exaggerating to hurt the president's image. He said things are fine, so they're fine, and you can shove any made up "evidence" to the contrary."

It's JUST as stupid as what you said, but a different kind of stupid. They don't think they *are* risking death for themselves and their families.
 
2020-07-11 12:47:52 PM  
Just like with taxes, the rural areas are all about bootstraps until they need something from the urban areas.
 
2020-07-11 12:49:58 PM  
My hardcore Trumper father-in-law is discouraging us from attending the funeral of my wife's grandfather due to how rampant COVID-19 is in South Texas right now. Gramps died due to the novel coronavirus.

The funeral isn't for two weeks due to the burial waiting list and he thinks it will be much much worse by then.
 
2020-07-11 12:51:22 PM  
Got it in Austin, most everyone I've seen is wearing masks and distancing.

PS., the shiat I got gives me stomach pain from hell. I've torn my ACL, obliterated my rotator cuff, and the stomach pain is legit. Epigastric technically, like extremely bad acid reflux. It came on right after I got blinding headaches which put me on my ass. No fever though, which is kinda weird.

Bulk generic famotidine helps a lot, which is an acid reducer. I've taken it in combo with Cetirizine an anti-histamine. Somehow, it works. Apparently there's a theory that the anti-histamine effects can have some kind of beneficial effect, but in cases where the stomach/epigastric pain is prevalent (and the docs told me this is quite common in "younger" people with Covid, as are the headache -> this pain), it certainly helps manage that pain.
 
2020-07-11 12:51:58 PM  
Awww...  So the Trumpers out in the Real-Amurrican(tm) countryside are starting to get sick, are overwhelming their limited rural health facilities, and NOW they want the help of the LIBS in cities???

Well...
F---
....
Fine.

Fine. If you need help, come to the city.  Because that's what us godless, baby-aborting, history-destroying, nonbinary genital-smashing libs do.  We help people.  We're not happy that you make our lives more difficult by voting the way you do, but we know what it's like to love a family member, and we don't want your family destroyed by this pandemic.

Fine.  Come to the city.
 
2020-07-11 12:55:34 PM  
 
2020-07-11 12:56:06 PM  

WeedBong420: Epigastric technically, like extremely bad acid reflux.


Huh.  I had bad acid reflux last week.  Stomach bloated and a bit gassy.  Went a whole day without eating anything.  I don't think it was COVID, but I wouldn't have known because those symptoms are never on the questionnaires at the dr's office.
 
2020-07-11 1:03:34 PM  

Cornelis de Gyselaer: Disney is reopening too BTW

https://www.latimes.com/california/sto​ry/2020-07-10/coronavirus-disneyland-o​range-county-downtown-disney-reopening​?_amp=true


Disney employees might be on top of the mask thing, they were all over me back around 2000 if I lit a cigarette 10 ft. outside their new smoking approved zones.
 
2020-07-11 1:05:31 PM  

Cornelis de Gyselaer: Disney is reopening too BTW

https://www.latimes.com/california/sto​ry/2020-07-10/coronavirus-disneyland-o​range-county-downtown-disney-reopening​?_amp=true


If they don't have any tourists to rob, Florida might have to enact an income tax.
 
2020-07-11 1:05:39 PM  

Thank You Black Jesus!: there's a special, singular kind of stump-dumb that for whatever reason, has been masterfully cultivated in texas.  i can't put my finger on it.


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