From the desk of Daniel P. Finney, hot seat editor, 24th Street bureau, Des Moines, Iowa.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds sure seems sweet enough when she goes before cameras to announce that’s she’s effectively doing not one single goddamn thing to stop the spread of coronavirus in her state.
She has the voice of a kindergarten teacher, welcoming all the students and urging us to sit on our placemats and not piss ourselves as she uses none of her constitutional authority to quell the spread.
In dulcet tones, COVID Kim, Iowa’s very own Hanoi Jane, tells us this is not about mandates.
Mandate the fucking masks already. It slows the spread. It’s provably true.
Instead, she has another mealy-mouthed, half-assed measure about gathering sizes and masks for people indoors longer than 15 minutes under a full moon with winds from the south, southwest.
Reynolds says there’s not enough law enforcement in the state to enforce such a mandate.
My friend Grant Jordan tweeted: “We don’t have enough law enforcement to enforce fucking speeding but we still have a damn speed limit don’t we?”
Reynolds ordered elective surgeries limited. Most of the hospitals quit booking elective surgeries months ago. Hospitals in Des Moines have kicked doctors and other medical professionals out of their offices to make room for emergency beds.
Elective surgeries were low on their list.
I will give COVID Kim exactly this much slack: Her Republican compatriots in Congress managed to convince half the country that COVID is a hoax or, at a minimum, it only killed people who were going to die anyway.
Well, we’re all going to die, I suppose. But there’s dying because you reached the end of your natural life cycle and there’s dying because you played Russian roulette with an AR-15.
COVID Kim shut down all youth sports except for high school. College and pros march on.
Somebody tell me how in the hell we’re going to have wrestling season in this state with every county slathered in COVID?
Basketball is hardly better unless we turn it into games of social-distanced HORSE.
COVID Kim could have stopped crowds at college games. She didn’t.
Thank God we’ve preserved the potential for crowds at the NBA D-League and minor league hockey games that hardly anyone attends. Those were socially distanced by lack of interest.
COVID Kim’s do-nothing approach to the pandemic officially pushes her past Chet Culver as the worst governor in my lifetime.
She’s still two-stepping to lame duck President Donald Trump’s kazoo orchestra.
Who knows what Trump will do after he leaves the White House — and he will leave — but if he starts a band, he should hire COVID Kim as a back-up singer.
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You crack me up! LOVE the comparison To enforcing speed limits.
She’s saying that 15 minute bullshit for ever. How in the hillbilly fuck does that work?
Absolutely right! What did we do to deserve her?Whatever it was-I promise I’ll never do it again!
If she thinks Iowans are going to do the right thing, I challenge her to take a drove through Des Moines around 11:30 pm. The streets are crowded with drivers. They are not home, they haven’t been home, and they aren’t all going home from work, as am I. Since March, night traffic is heavy. It was apparent to me back then; and now judging by the increasing cases of Covid 19 positives; Iowans are emphatically NOT DOING THE RIGHT THiNG!
She needs to wake up and smell the coffee: Iowans care about themselves, not doing the right thing.
I am so angry. People didn’t have to die like this. Even when it became obvious that masks do work, trump didn’t change his habits about wearing them.
trump has no excuse and Kim is allowing Iowans to behave irresponsibly with no consequence.