mask mandates

September 19, 2021

San Francisco mayor caught breaking her own strict mask mandate

Photographs show San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) breaking her strict mask mandates at a local club. An editor for the San Francisco Chronicle photographed the mayor singing and dancing in a crowded jazz club with nary a mask in sight.

Breed told the Chronicle reporter, Mariecar Mendoza, she felt reassured by the fact that “everyone who comes in here has to show proof of vaccination.”

However, Breed’s citywide mandate requires masks in public buildings regardless of vaccination status.

“She was with friends at her table, not wearing a mask while eating and drinking and enjoying herself. She knows health orders are hard and asks everyone to do their best to follow them,” a representative from the mayor’s office told ABC7.


San Francisco Mayor London Breed breaks mask mandate at club

September 15, 2021

Met Gala highlights the M.O. of the elites: do as we say, not as we do (opinion)

Vogue held its annual Met Gala on Monday night, and the event highlighted the disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Members of the elite were able to forgo masks, while the hired help wore required face coverings.

One particularly eyebrow-raising inclusion was the presence of the self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who donned a custom designer gown emblazoned with the phrase “Tax the Rich.”

Tickets to this year’s event cost as much as $35,000 per person — a steep rise after Vogue‘s long-time editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, complained in 2014 that the event wasn’t exclusive enough at a measly $15,000 per ticket.

The Met Gala’s red carpet is said to be “outdoors” even though it is surrounded by tent walls and other structures, and still leaving the question of why workers need to be masked in the same area.

Glenn Greenwald, “The Masking of the Servant Class: Ugly COVID Images From the Met Gala Are Now Commonplace”

This instance is just a continuation that starkly highlights the difference in what COVID-19 guidelines you have to follow, seemingly based on your status or tax bracket.

Last November, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) enjoyed a maskless dinner with other state health officials one month after he told the public to “keep your mask on in between bites.”

Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held an event for donors in Napa. Tickets ranged from $100 to $29,000. Video of the event shows tables packed with maskless attendees, even though Pelosi and her party routinely push for strict mask mandates.

Similarly, at former President Barack Obama’s birthday party, 400 maskless guests attended his 60th birthday bash at his sprawling $12 million weekend estate on Martha’s Vineyard. Reportedly, only the staff wore masks.

Though some took exception to Obama’s lavish party, New York Times reporter Annie Karni argued that the impositions only applied to ordinary people.

[The controversy] is really being overblown. They’re following all the safety requirements. People are going to sporting events that are bigger than this. This is going to be safe. This is a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd and this is just about optics. It’s not about safety.

Annie Karni, CNN

All of this back and forth may leave you wondering which rules you’re meant to follow. The answer seems to depend on one factor alone: your tax bracket.

It is a powerful symbol of the growing rot at the core of America’s cultural and social balkanization: a maskless elite attended to by a permanently faceless servant class. The country’s workers have long been faceless in a figurative sense, and now, thanks to extremely selective application of decisively unscientific COVID restrictions, that condition has become literal.

Glenn Greenwald, “The Masking of the Servant Class: Ugly COVID Images From the Met Gala Are Now Commonplace”

Photo by Matt A.J. licensed under CC BY 2.0.

September 12, 2021

Florida appeals court reinstates school mask mandate ban in a win for DeSantis

The 1st District Court of Appeal reinstated Florida’s ban on school mask mandates, marking a temporary legal victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The ruling again allows the Florida Department of Education to penalize the 13 school districts that require students to wear masks without giving parents the option to opt out.

The court’s decision also theorized that DeSantis is well-positioned to win the lawsuits brought by parents who sued the state for barring mask mandates.

“These doubts significantly militate against the likelihood of the [parents’] ultimate success in this appeal,” the ruling reads.

“Just like last year in the school re-opening litigation, the First District Court of Appeal has reinstated Florida’s ability to protect the freedom for parents to make the best decisions for their children while they make their own ruling on the appeal,” said DeSantis’ communications direction Taryn Fenske. “We look forward to winning the appeal and will continue to fight for parents’ rights.”


Appeals court reinstates Florida ban on school mask mandates, delivering win to DeSantis

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