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Mar 29 2020

Borders

Being a Nutmegger makes me a pariah now.

Can’t go to World Headquarters, that’s in NYC. Can’t go to North Lake or By The Sea either, except I can just get in the car and drive and if you’re canny enough to avoid Tolls and DUI Checkpoints or even have a fair to moderate excuse (“My Aunt’s trapped in Florida, I need to rescue her Cat.”), no problems.

They can’t keep out firewood (ok, they do it because there’s some kind of Beetle or Fungus they’re trying to avoid, ask me about invasive water weeds).

But I’m proud to be from the State that gave you Colt Revolvers to stop the rebellions of Race Slaves transported in the bottom of Ships from the Land of Steady Habits feeding a Whitney Cotton Gin for Wage Slaves to make into cloth and clothing stitched together in sweatshops by babies with a Howe Sewing Machine.

That was before we got seriously into Armaments.

And the Insurance part of FIRE and Big Pharma and other reprehensible activities.

We’re persona non grata since we’re close to NYC (4 hours on a good day), “Epicenter” of the contagion and I put it in scare quotes because…

IT’S NEW YORK CITY! IT’S THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE! WHAT MADE YOU THINK THEY DIDN’T NEED ALL THE VENTILATORS?

I mean LA? Preening for vanity’s sake. Check out any Russian Nuclear Targeting Plan.

Gina Raimondo hates us, damn Leafers-

Rhode Island police, troops stopping incoming New Yorkers to force quarantine
By Phil McCausland, NBC
March 28, 2020

Rhode Island’s National Guard and state police are stopping motorists with New York license plates and going door-to-door to find people who may have traveled recently from the state.

The enforcement actions come after Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered that anyone who has moved from New York state to Rhode Island in the past two weeks must self-quarantine for 14 days, part of her state’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Troops from the National Guard have been posted at train stations and bus depots to inform New Yorkers of the order, and on Saturday they began going door-to-door to tell any recent travelers from New York that they must follow the quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus. State police began stopping cars with New York plates on Friday.

“I know this is unusual. I know this is extreme. And I know some people don’t agree with it,” Raimondo said. “It’s absolutely not a decision I make lightly.”

Those who do not comply with the order face a fine of $500 and 90 days in prison.

First they came for the people with New York Plates but I did not have a New York Plate…

You’d be surprised actually. Lots of people register in Florida because the taxes are low. Not me mind you.

Then you could pick up a rental- who knows what kind of plates are on those?

Also, it’s a little unConstitutional-

Her order to stop New Yorkers drew a complaint from the state’s chapter of the state’s American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter.

“While the governor may have the power to suspend some state laws and regulations to address this medical emergency, she cannot suspend the Constitution,” Steven Brown, head of the ACLU in Rhode Island, said in a statement. “Under the Fourth Amendment, having a New York state license plate simply does not, and cannot, constitute ‘probable cause’ to allow police to stop a car and interrogate the driver, no matter how laudable the goal of the stop may be.”

Raimondo said that she understood the ACLU’s argument, but said that directive follows federal guidance and will be enforced respectfully. The White House had previously called for all people who leave New York to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“This is the law. This is not a suggestion. It’s going to save lives,” Raimondo said.

Raimondo is an idiot, but Rhode Island Governors frequently are (when they’re not being corrupt as Hell) and I’ve met several from both Parties. Frankly losing access to Rhode Island bothers me not a bit, I’ve heard rumors they were the ones who introduced Celery to Lobster Rolls (any Nutmegger knows a proper Lobster Roll has Butter and Lemon, that’s it, Butter and Lemon and Lobster on a toasted Nissen).

How do I know she’s an idiot? Even the Unindicted Co-conspirator Bottomless Pinocchio has backed off.

See, it was all because of Ron DeSantis of Florida and as it turns out he’s not really all that worried about rich Snowbirds from the Big Apple flying down to Naples, oh no…

It’s those Brown Zombies from Louisiana storming into Tallahassee.

Florida coronavirus cases pass 4000: state border checkpoints begin, vacation rentals halted
by James Call, USA TODAY
March 28, 2020

On Friday, he issued an executive order expanding a previous directive that airline travelers from the New York City area self-quarantine for 14 days to include people from Louisiana who enter the state on Interstate 10.

The order would not apply to commercial transportation.

New Orleans is experiencing a coronavirus surge of more than 1,000 infections linked to the Mardi Gras celebration in February, sending Louisiana’s total number of cases past 3,300 as of Saturday. DeSantis wants to intercept any Louisiana travelers from “seeding” the virus in Florida.

It’s about a three-hour drive from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida, and panhandle officials had expressed concerns to him about travelers fleeing the Bayou State and carrying the virus into Florida.

“Look, we’re either trying to fight this virus or we are not,” DeSantis said of his plan that includes a checkpoint on Interstate 10 at the Alabama line and National Guard members greeting travelers from the New York City area at airports.

We’ve done what we could with New York City and we’re also doing the same with the New Orleans hot spot,” DeSantis said.

His executive orders defined the greater New York City area and Louisiana as areas with substantial community spread. Individuals traveling from those regions must “self-declare” they came from a hot spot and agree to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival in Florida. A violation could mean a 60-day jail sentence and fines of up to $500.

Signs were erected along I-10 to direct eastbound drivers to a checkpoint where they were notified about the requirement. DeSantis said he was also looking at establishing one on I-95 to catch New York travelers.

But while the Georgia Public Health Department has called Albany, 88 miles north of Tallahassee, a region with “sustained community spread” of the coronavirus, DeSantis shrugged about establishing a checkpoint on I-75. And his office did not respond to questions about U.S. 319. Both thoroughfares connect north Florida to Albany.

“Having the 10 and 95 (checkpoints) is good and I think that provides the protection,” DeSantis said when asked about other routes into the state.

The governor also called on local airport authorities and airlines to help identify travelers from hotspots. The National Guard and public health officials are stationed at major airports and DeSantis called on local airport authorities to help to screen arrivals at smaller airports like Tallahassee’s for contact with hot zones.

“I think it is in everybody’s interest that we deal with the spread we have now, try to blunt it, flatten the curve, but we don’t allow importing new infections,” DeSantis said.

On Friday, he said the state would suspend vacation rentals for two weeks, telling visitors, “If you’re in one now, finish and go home.”

If you’re bound and determined to get to Florida-

Why?