About This Covid-19 Thing

I have seen situations where enraged citizens are having some pretty hefty arguments with store managers and even with other citizens about, ” It is my constitutional right to refuse to wear a mask if I choose not to wear one.”

The problem with that argument is that it is not true. It is not a citizen’s right to refuse to wear a face covering in cases where it is ordered by government officials as a measure to protect citizens from the spread of pandemics.

You will want to get into your set of college law books out, dust them off and look up a case as follows: “Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11 (1905),”

It was a case before The United States Supreme Court in which it was adjudicated that in pandemics the general citizenry has every right to protect itself from the spread of contagion.

The decision has never been overturned and if you wish to read it for yourself, you may do so at The Library of Congress, referencing the above-mentioned case.

There is, as far as I can determine (and you will have to ask a lawyer because I am not a lawyer) no part of the Constitution that addresses wearing a mask in times of peril or crisis.

The constitutional right to refuse to wear a mask in the midst of a pandemic does not exist. It is addressed nowhere at all in the Constitution’ of The United States.

This law does state that the civil liberties of citizens can be suspended “When the safety of the General Public may demand.”

My Opinion:

The President has been on an anti-mask campaign of late making it sound un-manly or weak to wear masks in the pandemic and, in my opinion, since he is a public leader figure and people tend to listen, his anti-mask campaign is going to result in many more deaths from the virus than might otherwise have been the case and all efforts at reopening the economy will slow down significantly.

The common sense of mask wearing will become patently clear to people once the coronavirus hot spots created by reckless premature reopening and public refusal to follow the safety measures causes new flares and spikes in hospitalizations and deaths unless, as I suspect, the Press will be blocked from reporting the casualty figures somewhere along the line.

I believe that the Trumpian cocktail of Hydroxychloroquin and disinfectants is finally getting into the brains of his political offspring and is burning their brain tissue at an alarming rate.

As a side note, I understand that the coronavirus cases in Georgia are growing again after their recent attempts to rush the reopening of their state and I am personally awaiting the results of the wild Memorial Day Holiday where thousand and thousands of people threw caution to the winds and disregarded every possible safety precaution. I am predicting that the tragedy of those ill advised decisions will be horrendous.

President Washington Was Really A Red Head!

You see all those paintings and other representations of our First President all dolled up in a white wig but did you know that Washington never wore one of those fashionable wigs and that he was really red headed?

So how does all this come about?

Washington, a true red headed man, kept his hair covered with white powder to give it the illusion of the fashion wigs that were in vogue at the time, and he always kept his rather generous locks tied in a pony tail at the back of his head.

George Washington never threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River because …. simply because …. are you ready for it? There were no silver dollars at the time he was reputed to have done this rather impressive feat. The silver dollar wasn’t minted until the late 1790s when George was no longer a youth.

But there are theories out there that say that he might have thrown a piece of common slate across the iconic river instead.

I know that you might have heard the tale that President Washington was the first American president to live in the White House.

Unfortunately, President Washington never stepped foot into the White House because during his presidency it had not yet been constructed.

Now to another question about our First Commander In Chief: “Did he have a bathroom at Mount Vernon (His home)?”

Take a gander at this:

Did George Washington Have A Bathroom?

Yes, he had a bathroom but it was called a “Necessary” and it was located in a specially-built octagonal structure outside the mansion …. and it boasted three holes as opposed to one hole and there were no privacy partitions between the holes so going to the bathroom must have been a more socially-acceptable custom than it might be today.

So now, what did the President usually have for breakfast? He is reputed to have enjoyed a repast called “Hoecakes” with plenty of butter and honey spread on them and, of course, a complimentary tea taken much the same way as we take our morning coffee today.

How do you make hoe cakes?

You take a large bowl and mix together some flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt and in another bowl you beat together some eggs, buttermilk, a little water and about a quarter cup of cooking oil and you mix all this up into a batter using a whisk.

Use a cast iron skilled to cook the cakes in and use about a quarter of a cup of the batter for each cake. They are done when the edges look done and the top is covered with a lot of little bubbles.

Hoe cakes are a lot like ordinary pancakes, the difference being the addition of the corn meal.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff! People Are Gonna Do What People Do!

Doctor Birx who has something to do with the President’s coronavirus team has said that she is worried about scenes of people crowding themselves together like sardines on beaches and elsewhere.

Some officials in the State of Missouri have been complaining about what they perceive as irresponsible behavior by those crowding themselves together in defiance of social distancing orders and face mask orders and other related things.

The State of Virginia is reportedly talking about their increasing caseload of coronavirus victims ….after their governor loosened covid-19-related safety restrictions …

There is an obvious growing division among the American People about whether or not to accept social isolating measures as a defense against the coronavirus and this is obviously leading to a lot of civil disobedience of the laws designed to protect people from the virus.

I am the type of guy who looks at all this and who listens to all the knuckle draggers out there with the beer in hand, the gun on their hip, their hound dog at their heels and their wives barefoot and pregnant at home, and I say to myself, “This is America! If the assholes want to go ahead and get themselves killed by ignoring the coronavirus, then it is no skin off my nose and I don’t give a damn!” Let them do it! Just don’t let them do it to me!

I am going to pray for their eternal souls because I am a Christian, but there isn’t a blessed thing that I can do to save their ignorant asses, so I leave that little detail to God to sort out.

I Made An Old-Fashioned Depression Cake Today!

When I was a child, we were living in the last days of what some people call “The Great Depression” and things that we take for granted today were pretty scarce. Sugar and butter and eggs were among the items that were often hard to find. So my Mom made do with what was on hand and we often enjoyed chocolate-flavored “Depression Cake” which was baked entirely without any eggs, milk or butter at all. It actually turned out quite good!

The recipe:

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour — you do not have to sift the flour!
  • 1.5 cups regular granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp common table salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil — I just use regular all-vegetable cooking oil.
  • 1 full tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water.

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

When the dry ingredients have been mixed in the bowl, combine the vanilla extract, the water and the apple cider vinegar in a cup.

After this step, add the 1/3 cup cooking oil to the dry ingredients. (No need to mix at this point.)

Once the oil has been added to the dry ingredients, add the wet mixture in the cup to the bowl as well.

Using a hand-mixer of some kind, beat the batter until it is smooth making sure not to leave any dry flour in the bottom of the bowl. This should take about two minutes or so if you are using an electric mixer.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and choose the center rack of the oven to bake the cake.

Pour the batter into a 9-inch x 9-inch greased baking pan.

Bake the cake for 35 minutes and test to see if it is done. (It should be done when a straw or a thin blade penetrates the cake and comes out with no cake residue on it.)

While the cake is still warm from the oven, lightly spray the top with a cooking spray.

After using the cooking spray sparingly, dust the top of the finished cake with as generous a dusting of regular white confectioners’ sugar as you desire.

This cake is somewhat chewey and while it might not be the best you have ever eaten, I believe you will find it to be a creditable treat.

I find that I can become addicted to this recipe readily because it transports me back to another day.

The Naked Truth

President Trump announced recently that all churches should reopen Sunday and he said that if state governors did not want to allow all churches to open, He (The President) would override the governors and make sure the churches opened Sunday.

This comes at a time when the president has been saying that the deaths and numbers of new coronavirus cases are “Going Down” all over the country when, in reality, they are not going down but are steadily rising.

After issuing the edict that all churches should open Sunday, I find it hilarious that the President never bothered to attend church at all on the magic day but went to the golf links instead.

I sense a lesson in this …. I am trying to put my finger on it.