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Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:06 PM

Abbott ends Texas mask mandate, opens businesses '100 percent'

Source: Houston Chronicle

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the end of the statewide mask mandate Tuesday.

He also announced that businesses can soon open at 100 percent capacity March 10. In a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, Abbott declared that "state mandates are no longer needed" following promising COVID-19 numbers over the last few days.

"Too many Texans have been sidelined from opportunity," Abbott said. "... This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100 percent."

Any local order mandating masks is no longer valid, Abbott said. A local county judge may order restrictions if regional COVID-19 hospitalizations reach 15 percent.


Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/mask-mandate-ends-business-open-15994001.php

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Reply Abbott ends Texas mask mandate, opens businesses '100 percent' (Original post)
brooklynite Mar 2 OP
LuckyLib Mar 2 #1
NotHardly Mar 2 #37
Roy Rolling Mar 2 #47
sandensea Mar 2 #54
nitpicker Mar 3 #69
sandensea Mar 3 #73
TomCADem Mar 2 #43
onecaliberal Mar 2 #2
Irish_Dem Mar 2 #4
onecaliberal Mar 2 #14
magicarpet Mar 2 #3
Javaman Mar 2 #5
forgotmylogin Mar 2 #55
EarlG Mar 2 #6
Atticus Mar 2 #7
onecaliberal Mar 2 #17
yonder Mar 2 #8
The Blue Flower Mar 2 #9
rkleinberger Mar 2 #10
tanyev Mar 2 #44
IronLionZion Mar 2 #11
Shanti Shanti Shanti Mar 2 #12
CCExile Mar 2 #57
Shanti Shanti Shanti Mar 2 #61
MineralMan Mar 2 #13
Laelth Mar 2 #15
bluestarone Mar 2 #16
lark Mar 2 #18
efhmc Mar 2 #19
regnaD kciN Mar 2 #20
progree Mar 2 #30
cayugafalls Mar 2 #58
dchill Mar 2 #21
OldBaldy1701E Mar 2 #22
muriel_volestrangler Mar 2 #23
Skittles Mar 2 #24
dalton99a Mar 2 #45
Paladin Mar 2 #25
BlueIdaho Mar 2 #26
Hip2bSquare Mar 2 #27
Lonestarblue Mar 2 #28
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rdking647 Mar 2 #32
EndlessWire Mar 2 #33
Grokenstein Mar 2 #34
NurseJackie Mar 2 #35
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7wo7rees Mar 2 #64
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monkeyman1 Mar 2 #56
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monkeyman1 Mar 3 #65
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:10 PM

1. Ah, Texas. At the forefront of stupidity each and every time.

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Response to LuckyLib (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:31 PM

37. Why does the Texas Governor hate Texans?

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Response to NotHardly (Reply #37)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:54 PM

47. All Businesses Open!

Those with power, maybe. And those without water damage, or customers stuck at home fixing damage from the joys of deregulation.

Governor “Let me add some injury to your insult” Abbott strikes again.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #47)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 08:53 PM

54. Plus he WANTS there to be an explosion in Covid cases

They all do.

Somewhere in GOP servers, there must be a memo calling for "a million deaths by Labor Day - blame Biden no matter what."
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Response to sandensea (Reply #54)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 07:53 AM

69. It's almost as if

The death industry contributed to his party so they could maintain the increase in business.

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Response to nitpicker (Reply #69)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:08 PM

73. Anything for money!

Although in this case, it looks like more of a case of the GOP being a fifth column again - their favorite pastime.

They seem to have come to the conclusion that provoking a public health catastrophe "works" for them politically.

And they're acting on it alright.
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Response to LuckyLib (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:16 PM

43. Didn't Texas Do This Back In May 2020? How did that turn out?

Republicans governors are once again betting with American lives. Last year, after cases started to drop in April, AZ, TX and FL Republican governors rushed to reopen betting that by reopening a bit early, they can help build goodwill with Trump for his reelection effort. Of course, this resulted in a summer wave and insured that COVID-19 continued to ping around the country all but ensuring a third wave during the holiday season.

Now, ironically, due to Democratic leadership, cases have begun to go down as people take precautions seriously and vaccines are distributed. However, Republicans are once again trying to prematurely open in the hopes of building credibility with the Republican base.

We can only hope that this does not cause too much damage, because this might not only start a fourth wave, but this increases the risk of new variants that might be vaccine resistant.

Of course, if this backfires, watch them all blame Democrats again.

May 2020:

https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/15/texas-reopening-coronavirus-cases/

As Texas reopens, coronavirus cases are increasing while testing misses benchmarks

Two weeks have passed since Gov. Greg Abbott allowed Texas retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries to open at 25% capacity.

In that time, Texas has seen a modest but steady increase in the growth of new coronavirus cases, and the state is not meeting all benchmarks for reopening set by White House officials or even Abbott himself. The state set new daily records this week for both new cases and deaths.

State officials have pointed to other metrics, such as the continued availability of hospital beds and a gradually declining rate of tests coming back positive, as cause for optimism in the fight against the virus. And they say the state urgently needs to allow businesses to reopen to help millions of Texans who have lost jobs.

So far, “the state’s performance has been good,” said Peter Hotez, a preeminent infectious disease expert and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.


July 2020:

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/texas-mask-mandate-gov-greg-abbott-executive-order/287-75207055-ec2d-4de1-9f97-732030863703

Gov. Greg Abbott issues statewide order requiring face masks in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Thursday requiring all Texans residing in counties with more than 20 cases to wear a face mask while in a commercial space or public buildings or when in an outdoor setting that does not allow for 6 feet of physical distancing.

* * *
The move comes after weeks of surging daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalization in Texas.

On Wednesday, state health officials reported that Texas surpassed 8,000 single day cases for the first time.

In North Texas, Dallas and Tarrant counties crossed 600 single-day confirmed cases earlier in the week, and then Dallas County reported more than 700 on Thursday.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:10 PM

2. The plateau we are experiencing is quite high. They'll have another spike.

We need a commission to start looking into all of these people and how they allowed citizens to endanger the lives of others because reasons. I'm so sick of living in a country where stupid and evil people get to hold the rest of us hostage. Talk about a fucking shithole.

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:10 PM

4. More transmission means more variants which put us all at risk.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:31 PM

14. I agree.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:10 PM

3. Yeeeeee Haaaaaaaa,...

..here comes the next rampant outbreak of Covid in Texas.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:11 PM

5. cominjg very soon, a new spike in texas.

he couldn't just wait till more people were vaccinated, could he.

asshole abbott.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 09:01 PM

55. Build that wall.

I hear Texas will pay for it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:12 PM

6. Every time I see stories like this

I think of the joke someone made on DU a while back about a skydiver at 5,000 feet deciding to cut the cords on their parachute, reasoning that since it has already slowed their descent, they don't need it any more.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:14 PM

7. Those who consider Yellow Dog Democrats extremists need to understand---THIS is why they'd

"vote fer a yeller dog" with a "D" after its name before they'd EVER vote for a Republican.

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Response to Atticus (Reply #7)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:33 PM

17. For sure, it's just that lately the "yellow dog" has voted to starve their children.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:17 PM

8. Next up: remove all seatbelts from cars and traffic signage/signals from roads

Freedumb, Lib-hurty and Justus.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:17 PM

9. Chronic illness and death also have a way of sidelining opportunity

For those who don't know.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:27 PM

10. Isn't Texas like 49th in vaccinations? Lol

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Response to rkleinberger (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:22 PM

44. Hey! I'll have you know we're 48th!

*sigh*. We suck.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:28 PM

11. Liberal Texans would still wear masks

and Dem mayors will have local mandates in their cities if they have the 15% hospitalization threshold. So it will disproportionately be GOPers breathing deep and infecting each other with freedom.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:30 PM

12. Great, let the spring breakers go there

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Response to Shanti Shanti Shanti (Reply #12)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 09:50 PM

57. Thanks.

I live in Corpus Christi.

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Response to CCExile (Reply #57)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 10:20 PM

61. Oops, well, we dont want them in FL, lol

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:30 PM

13. How about getting everyone's water and electricity

turned back on and the damage repaired first, Gov. Abbot?

Jebus!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:32 PM

15. Sigh. I am surrounded by stupid. n/t



-Laelth

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:33 PM

16. The GOOD texans need to get rid of this ASSHOLE!!

How to DESTROY a state with ONE GOVERNOR. Some of these people just DO NOT learn a fucking thing. They followed him through a winter Armageddon, right into a pandemic Armageddon.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:34 PM

18. Fuck him.

My 94, 87 and 86 year old aunts and uncle need to be protected! I hope my cousins continue to wear masks and socially distance, especially to protect our elders there. My other elderly aunt is in WA, so I don't worry about her as much.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:35 PM

19. From #BlackoutAbbott The storm didn't kill enough Texans so let's try another tack.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:35 PM

20. If you look at CovidActNow...

...you’ll see that Texas is still one of the handful of states marked red (for “Critical - active outbreak”). In other words, even if most other states decided they could safely reopen (which they can’t), Texas should be keeping restrictions in place.

I wonder how long it will take for all the states next to Texas to go full red as well?

https://covidactnow.org/?s=1633574

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #20)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 05:59 PM

30. Thanks for that -- 8th highest in daily new cases per capita, with a 11.2% positivity rate (2nd high

2nd highest test positivity rate.

Definitely not good.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #20)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 10:04 PM

58. When you drive down the highway here in Texas, the Amber Alert Signs have a COVID RED alert

message.

Abbott is a fool.

I'm being nice and insulting fools...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:46 PM

21. Republicans murder with official impunity.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:48 PM

22. Well

That should take care of a few rethugs. Maybe then Real Texans can finally get rid of the rethug stranglehold once and for all. (Breath... not holding it).

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:49 PM

23. 8th worst state for new cases last week; 7th worst for deaths

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

A mask mandate does not "sideline" anyone from opportunity. Apart from lipreaders, perhaps.

Abbott: "Now, Texans have mastered daily habits to avoid getting COVID" - so how come so many are catching it, even with a mask mandate, dumbass?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 04:52 PM

24. anything to take attention off the grid

the man is an absolute piece of shit

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Response to Skittles (Reply #24)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:37 PM

45. Yep.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 05:06 PM

25. Plenty of us in Texas are smart enough to not trust Abbott with our health.

We're grownups, who don't mind the minor inconvenience of mask-wearing. When medical authorities say it's OK, our masks and other precautions will be set aside.

Hey, I wasn't stupid enough to ever vote for Abbott---why would I trust him to deal properly with the Covid scourge?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 05:10 PM

26. Gov. Greg - moving from one disaster to another

What the hell does he have against Texans?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 05:10 PM

27. Operation Distract!!!

Distract them with open bars and covid to take their minds off of having to boil their water.
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 05:11 PM

28. Premature, as usual.

Texas has a population of close to 30 million people. So far, 5,462,028 doses of vaccine have been administered, including both first and second doses, so around 17% have been vaccinated. I would think it safer to wait until around 40% have been vaccinated as Texas is still at very high risk of infection. But Republicans don’t care about people —just business and getting those sales tax dollars flowing into state coffers again.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 05:26 PM

29. I guess he's after those of us who didn't freeze to death.

Now it’s going to be the wild Wild West again when it comes to confrontations with Texas covidiots...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:00 PM

31. Once again a Republican governor demonstrates

having $hit for brains.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:03 PM

32. fuck texas

2 weeks ago the weather tried to kill texans.
today abbot is doing the same thing.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:04 PM

33. "Oh, they're all gonna die,"

said Richard Dreyfus, "Jaws."

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:10 PM

34. So long, Big Stupid.

Let us know how much "opportunity" you got out of this before your last citizen kicks off.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:16 PM

35. NOW is the time to BUY STOCK in publicly traded funeral homes...

... and casket manufacturers, and vault manufacturers, and cremation services, and urn artisans, and embalming fluid chemical plants. Funerary hair and make-up artists will have a very merry Christmas!!

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #35)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:56 AM

68. damn ,time to get the ol'check book out.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:19 PM

36. Straight out of Lubbock!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:31 PM

38. The stupidity of this cannot be overstated.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:37 PM

39. Never going there....ever!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:53 PM

40. Greg Abbott .. he's a simple son of a bitch.

Abbott is a simple-minded moron, or maybe even a moran, who is going to kill us all. A pox upon him and upon his GOP cronies.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 06:57 PM

41. This problem doesn't stay in TX (and sympathies to those of you *in* TX).

People are on airplanes daily, flying in/out of TX, through other airport hubs etc. A blowup of cases in TX means a blowup of cases in other states as well. This S. African variant is nothing to be lightly dismissed. Holding mask mandates, restrictions in place could maybe allow us to at least stay "even" as we get more folks vaccinated, eventually finally getting ahead of COVID. Lifting restrictions is setting a match to a bundle of dry kindling under a bonfire.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:08 PM

42. Coming to a theater near you, COVID III

This is the time period where anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers drop like flies. Remain vigilant Libs. The promised land is straight ahead.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:52 PM

46. Make Texans, and those who spend time there after this, quarantine

if they leave the state. And watch them, make them stay in a hotel that they pay for, and do not let them leave for two weeks, as Hawaii has done.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 07:56 PM

48. Based on personal observation while there

this is going to get ugly. Masks were hit or miss depending where you went. Now they're going to be non-existent. My daughter and her boyfriend (who both worked in the service industry) haven't returned due to well ... idiots. They wash hands, mask, social distance and have basically been going nowhere for months now.

Wonder how long it will take for the case numbers to spike? Abbott and his ilk will do ANYTHING to get the spotlight off the electrical grid problems.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 08:13 PM

49. Wholesale Darwin Awards

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 08:31 PM

50. Someone must have asked Abbott during the last power fiasco "How stupid can you get?"

Appears he's going to show us.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 08:34 PM

51. I'm a Texan in the north Texas area.

Most of my neighbors are very careful to wear masks and likely will
continue to do so despite Abbot's rescinding of the mandate. I simply won't patronize businesses
where there are a non-trivial number of customers not wearing masks. IOW, this could affect
the bottom line for businesses if people just decide to abandon masks. Outside of the urban
areas in Jeezus country people never observed the mandate anyway.

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Response to harumph (Reply #51)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 10:06 PM

59. I agree with this assessment

the people who listen to doctors and scientists will continue to wear masks; those who hump repuke politicians will not

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 08:35 PM

52. Good luck folks

'cause that is all ya got.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 08:48 PM

53. Well when your drinking water has to be boiled, and your electrical grid is just fucked up

Last edited Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:49 AM - Edit history (1)

and you have Allen West running around the state wanting to just fucking leave the union, and your going into hurricane season, well why not just get everyone killed, just for the heck of it, and to deflect your meglomaniac narcissistic dreams of being a psychopath, so why not have more deflection...........its worked for over 20 years in your state and look at where your at on covid shots



https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/states-ranked-by-percentage-of-covid-19-vaccines-administered

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #53)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:47 PM

64. Before we get to hurricane season we have spring and.......

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TORNADO season!! WooHoo!!

Abbott is a f'ing idiot/or not. Calculated move to create a new controversy to draw attention from the Republicans miserable failures to protect the power grid since the winter storm of 2011.
They learned then during "Super Bowl" week at Jerry Jones brand new stadium in Arlington that the grid needed to be winterized or it would happen again. Boy was that a mess and they've done nothing since.

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Response to 7wo7rees (Reply #64)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 09:58 AM

72. Yepper spot on................

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 09:40 PM

56. just when start to gain on this shit !


damn abbott has got to be the most stupid sob on the planet ! he has the mentality of f#&cking donny !! well guess what , these jack-off republican's need to go period . end of the pos party. the grand ol' party is dead . when are people going get smart? over 300 charged in insurrection . for what ? donny the con -man . end of f&%king statement .

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 10:18 PM

60. Yikes! Asshat. I got friends there, too. : (

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:37 PM

62. don't want to play by rule's - take fed money away .- simple

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:38 PM

63. Goddamn, Greg Abbott is a fuckwit!

Every time I think that, "Gee...maybe saying Republicanism is a death cult is a bit hyperbolic", one of them goes and does something like this.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:19 AM

65. like voteing for a houseplant

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:36 AM

66. Would love to see the airlines...

...railroads, etc. just say; "Service has been discontinued to Texas due to the high contagion factor until further notice".

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Response to tonekat (Reply #66)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:50 AM

67. F&#CKING LOVE IT. GOOD ONE !

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:03 AM

70. Texas is a hot mess. So many state and local politicians need to be voted out

I sure hope Texas remembers this.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 08:55 AM

71. Hopefully..


People will continue to mask..distance...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:41 PM

74. I would hope that Abbott would clarify that ANY business

has the right to refuse service to any person as long as it's not discriminatory. It's no different than "no shirt, no shoes, no service" or a fancy restaurant requiring a certain standard of dress. A business can also require their employees to wear masks, if they so choose.

I know the Texas grocery store HEB will require masks on its employees. I have a friend that works at Walmart that that's scared shitless. He isn't high risk, but his girlfriend has COPD. My niece works at Home Depot. I'm not happy about all this.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:53 PM

75. Abbott got his vaccine. Screw everyone else



Cue the Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 04:11 PM

76. Sidelined from what? The "opportunity" to try out a ventilator? n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 04:21 PM

77. I was wrong

I always thought Costello was supposed to play the idiot sidekick to Abbott!

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