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CA Gov. Newsom ignores his COVID lockdown rules, attending 12-person dinner party at The French Laundry

CA Gov. Newsom ignores his COVID lockdown rules, attending 12-person dinner party at The French Laundry

As Pelosi backtracks on congressional shindig, governors of New Mexico and Oregon planning enhanced lockdowns and restrictons

Gov. Gavin Newsom was forced to apologize Friday after a news report surfaced that he attended a fancy dinner party honoring a top political adviser, which occurred as the governor is discouraging households from gathering together for their own parties during the upcoming holiday season.

The Democratic governor, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and people from several other households gathered outside this month at The French Laundry to celebrate the 50th birthday of lobbyist Jason Kinney, a longtime friend. The dinner at one of the world’s most exclusive restaurants was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

While Newsom’s office said the outdoor meal hewed to protocols, the governor conceded that he erred in joining the gathering.

“While the First Partner and I followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, I should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” Newsom said in a statement.

The rank hypocrisy in the wake of new lockdowns is working out as well as you would expect.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, cancelled plans for an in-person dinner for new Democratic members of Congress after a viral tweet showing the tables being set up for the event sparked backlash amid the moralizing posturing on following coronavirus restrictions.

Pelosi deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill initially doubled down on how “safe” the event was supposed to be, tweeting, “Our office strictly follows the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician, including for this dinner. To be a further model for the nation, this event has been modified to allow Members-elect to pick up their meals to go in a socially-distanced manner.”

However, Hammill later followed, “Members-elect are now picking up their boxed meals and departing the Capitol. There is no group dinner. Members-elect are in DC already for orientation.”

Residents of Oregon and New Mexico may want to keep an eye on their states’ leadership: New restrictions and stay-at-home orders are being issued. The governors are threatening fines and arrests.

The governors of Oregon and New Mexico ordered near-lockdowns Friday in the most aggressive response yet to the latest wave of coronavirus infections shattering records across the U.S., even as many of their counterparts in other states show little appetite for reimposing the hard-line restrictions of last spring.

“We are in a life-or-death situation, and if we don’t act right now, we cannot preserve the lives, we can’t keep saving lives, and we will absolutely crush our current health care system and infrastructure,” Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico said in imposing a two-week stay-at-home order.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered a two-week “freeze” starting Wednesday, under which all businesses will be required to close their offices to the public and mandate work-from-home “to the greatest extent possible.”

While most Oregon stores will remain open, gyms, museums, pools, movie theaters and zoos will be forced to close, and restaurants and bars will be limited to takeout. Social gatherings will be restricted to six people.

The Democratic governor warned that violators could face fines or arrest.

It appears the biggest turkeys this year are being served up to us by moralizing, hypocritical power-crazed politicians.


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There is only one way out of this.. Taker back your freedom.

Antifundamentalist | November 15, 2020 at 12:08 pm

This is the problem with our political elite – they do not follow the rules they would impose upon others. As long as we accept that, then we have the government we deserve.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 15, 2020 at 12:17 pm

The French Laundry? I hear they serve things with heavy starch.

Silly fool, socialism isn’t for the Socialists.

Did he eat cake?

This is per person. This is how the elite live.
Oysters and Pearls $310.00
Smoked Wild King Salmon “Royale” $310.00
Hoppin’ John $310.00
Pacific Shima Aji “Sashimi” $310.00
Stonington Maine Sea Scallop “Poelee” $310.00
Celery Root “Manicotti” (Chef’s Tasting Menu) $310.00
Ballotine De Poularde Aux Homard $310.00
All Day Braised Snake River Farms Beef Cheek $310.00
Gougere (Chef’s Tasting Menu) $310.00
Persimmon Pudding $310.00
Vanilla Ice Cream $310.00
K + M $310.00

OT, but in a sense related.
Biden transition team head and in chosen to head Voice of America etc. Believes that the First Amendment has a design flaw that needs to be fixed immediately by executive action. Foremost is the criminalization of criticizing Islam. However there are a great deal of other areas that need a rather stricter approach on reigning in wild ideas of people he disagrees with.

    Milhouse in reply to puhiawa. | November 15, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    He didn’t say anything about executive action. He wants Congress to change the statutes. He seems to think that Congress can ban “hate speech” under Brandenberg. He clearly doesn’t understand the Brandenberg standard, and probably hasn’t even read it, just seen it quoted somewhere and not looked closely even at the quote.

Memo for Oregon & New Mexico Democrat voters: You voted for this s**t, now STFU and live with it.

    stablesort in reply to MarkJ. | November 15, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Are you sure they voted for it? Maybe our elections aren’t ‘our’ elections anymore.

    MajorWood in reply to MarkJ. | November 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Suggestion for Branco cartoon. A couple of turkeys with the faces of the OR and NM governors, and a caption, Happy Holidays

Congress needs to create a baseline for all national elections:

* All voters must be registered with the state at least 60 days.
* Vote with national voting ID with current picture (4 years).
* Vote in person. Any exceptions opens the door for all exceptions.
* Vote on hand-marked paper ballots only.
* All vote counting in full public view; recorded by video.

    Sanddog in reply to stablesort. | November 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    You really have to allow absentee ballots for ex-pats, military, and people who are physically unable to make it to the polls.

      MarkS in reply to Sanddog. | November 15, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      Ex pats? If you don’t live here then why should you have a say in what goes on here?

        Sanddog in reply to MarkS. | November 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm

        Because you’re still a citizen. You’re still paying US Taxes.

          Milhouse in reply to Sanddog. | November 15, 2020 at 9:01 pm

          1. There’s no hyphen in “expat” (short for “expatriate”).

          2. The USA is the only country in the world that taxes its citizens who live abroad, while generally not providing them with any services, which they get from the country they live in. Maybe it should stop doing that.

          Still, citizenship generally implies the right to vote. An alternative to postal voting would be to set up polling places at each US embassy and consulate. Many other countries do that.

      stablesort in reply to Sanddog. | November 15, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      Remember how COVID-19 prevented people from going to the polls? Nope, show up in person or don’t vote.

        Milhouse in reply to stablesort. | November 15, 2020 at 9:07 pm

        Some people can’t show up in person. But one solution is to bring the polls to them. In Israel they go around the hospitals with a mobile voting station, complete with election judge and poll watchers, and come to your bed so you can vote in person. That can also be done for housebound people, nursing homes, etc.

        “Mrs Smith, it says here that you’ve voted in every election since you moved in here.”
        “Who, me? You must be mistaken, young lady, I haven’t voted since my husband died 30 years ago.”
        “Oh. It says here that he’s been voting regularly too.”

Life or death? This scam has to stop. My wife tested positive for covid; only symptom was diminished sense of smell / taste that lasted for 2 days (now symptom free). She was exposed at her sister’s house (4/5 of that household tested positive – with only 1 experiencing a stuffy nose…) when she took my 2 teen kids to visit overnight (they both tested negative). I continue to test negative (tested weekly at work). We have to stop this nonsense; can’t keep destroying our economy and limiting freedom for the small percentage that will have bad time after getting infected (same is true of yearly flu…).

BTW – the wife and her sister follow all the stupid guidelines (i.e. masks, social distancing) religiously, while I refuse to submit, yet they are the ones infected……

The virus, as we see, is a scam.

Don’t be surprised if we later learn the ChiComms released it in cooperation with Traitor Joe and Giggles the ‘Ho – and that idiot, Fauci.

We’ve been told non-essential workers are only allowed to leave their homes for food, water, medical care… and covid tests. So of course, everyone rushed the stores this weekend and cleared out all the toilet paper, eggs and meat. No one believes it’s only two weeks, we figure our governor is going to keep her shelter in place order up until the new year.

The “First Partner?”

I quit.

    rustyshamrock in reply to Anonamom. | November 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    I wondered about that, too.

    Milhouse in reply to Anonamom. | November 15, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    What else do you want to call her? She’s no lady.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Anonamom. | November 16, 2020 at 11:21 am

    This whole concept of a politician’s spouse being “The First [noun]” or “The Second [noun]” is – in my view – out of place in a Republic. It sounds like a title; like royalty. We do not have rulers based on bloodline.

    Mrs. Trump is the president’s wife. Mr. Newsome’s partner is his partner. Nothing more.

    “First [noun]”. Oh, barf!

So many restaurants in Portland have dumped thousands of dollars into building outdoor shelters to serve meals. These have taken over numerous sidewalks, and streets including both main thoroughfares and side streets, some completely closed off like plazas. I fully understand that this is a move by some to make PDX a car free town. But what I now predict is that these ready built shelters will be taken over by the homeless as the restaurants are closed to dine-in in any form. I am sure that it will be argued that since they are on public right of way that the people who built them will not be able to exert any means to enforce a no trespassing ban. Good luck having the absent and invisible police force come and help you.

All Newsom has to do is issue a Mea Culpa oopsie with his scratchy voice, and all will be OK.

Going forward, Americans can ignore any COVID decree and if caught,simply apologize without penalty.

OK, then.