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Author: Raine    Date: 11/15/2021 14:05:53

We are forced to deal with and accept requirements all the time. You need to have a driver's license to legally drive a car, for example. You can still drive the vehicle, but if you are caught, there will be consequences. Most states require vehicle insurance as well as a license to drive the car. That's a fairly normal prerequisite to taking the car off the sales lot. You don't have to pay to upkeep the insurance, but again, if you get caught there are consequences.

If you take a loan out, you are required to pay it back. if you don't, it will be repossessed.

Wanna travel abroad, you're required to get a passport. Don't want one? Travel inside the country.

Shirts and shoes are normally required when eating at a restaurant, if a business requires it, you don't get service unless you meet the requirement.

Some businesses require you to be drug tested before and during employment. You can still smoke pot or do whatever, but those actions may have consequences.

We are required to do a lot of things in this nation. There are lots of reasons for them: the health of individuals and the general public, public safety, national security, and the list goes on. Mostly though, requirements are put in place to help make us a more cohesive society where the common good is a standard that we should all try to achieve. Sometimes things work and sometimes requirements need to be adjusted.

Earlier this month, the Biden Administration announced details of two big vaccination policies.
First, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is announcing the details of a requirement for employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis. The OSHA rule will also require that these employers provide paid-time for employees to get vaccinated, and ensure all unvaccinated workers wear a face mask in the workplace.

(snip)

Second, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing the details of its requirement that health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are fully vaccinated. The rule applies to more than 17 million workers at approximately 76,000 health care facilities, including hospitals and long-term care facilities.


You know what's not in this directive? It's a noun. It's the word mandate. There is a whole slew of people in the media and elsewhere claiming that they are being forced to follow vaccine "mandates". They are not being truthful. No one is being forced to take a vaccine. If they choose not to then the reality is that there will be consequences in the form of a financial penalty or something else. The right often claims that that "something else" is "cancel culture". It's not.

It's being held accountable for the poor decisions that were made.

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Raine
 

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Comment by TriSec on 11/15/2021 14:48:25
Morning, comrades!

Sorry for my absence this weekend - A certain Junior from a certain culinary college of some reputation, made his way back to his ancestral homeland for the purpose of returning to a wooded glen, the site of many previous triumphs.

Javi and I made Disney's Ratatouille and a fine Pastitsio for our annual Thanksgiving / Dutch Oven cooking trip. A fine time was had by all.

You may be aware of tornadoes striking parts of Rhode Island, as well as a warning reported in Milford, MA. We weren't close, but we got part of that same squall line in Hudson at camp. Fun times.

And regarding today's blog - The Mayflower Council, who owns and operates the camp where we stayed, required all Adult and Youth to complete their "Screening Protocol for District & Council Events" in order to camp overnight. Unscreened persons were welcome as day visitors without the paperwork....but as Raine alluded, Actions have Consequences.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/15/2021 14:48:27
Mornin' all..

I'm shopping around today for a cheaper home insurance policy. I've ALMOST got my costs cut back enough where my finances are stable.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/15/2021 14:50:51
Heh Tri that storm line was CRAZY. The wind was blowing so hard in Providence for almost an hour.. sounded like a fleet of tractor trailers was passing along the nearby main road.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 11/15/2021 14:52:25
Good morning, bloggers!!!

We are having unseasonably warm weather in LA. The projected high is 86 degrees.

Next Monday, I will be on Thanksgiving break.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/15/2021 15:25:18
Patrick Leahy just announced he's retiring at the end of this term.

Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 15:25:47
Quote by TriSec:
Morning, comrades!

Sorry for my absence this weekend - A certain Junior from a certain culinary college of some reputation, made his way back to his ancestral homeland for the purpose of returning to a wooded glen, the site of many previous triumphs.

Javi and I made Disney's Ratatouille and a fine Pastitsio for our annual Thanksgiving / Dutch Oven cooking trip. A fine time was had by all.

You may be aware of tornadoes striking parts of Rhode Island, as well as a warning reported in Milford, MA. We weren't close, but we got part of that same squall line in Hudson at camp. Fun times.

And regarding today's blog - The Mayflower Council, who owns and operates the camp where we stayed, required all Adult and Youth to complete their "Screening Protocol for District & Council Events" in order to camp overnight. Unscreened persons were welcome as day visitors without the paperwork....but as Raine alluded, Actions have Consequences.
Sounds like Javi is doing well at college!!


Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 15:40:41
Quote by Scoopster:
Patrick Leahy just announced he's retiring at the end of this term.
I am not too surprised about that.

Who is the promising Dem up there?


Comment by Scoopster on 11/15/2021 15:52:10
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Patrick Leahy just announced he's retiring at the end of this term.
I am not too surprised about that.

Who is the promising Dem up there?

I'm honestly not sure. I know the governor is one of the few traditional New England Republicans left.

Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 15:53:30
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Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Patrick Leahy just announced he's retiring at the end of this term.
I am not too surprised about that.

Who is the promising Dem up there?

I'm honestly not sure. I know the governor is one of the few traditional New England Republicans left.
Leahy was pretty sick at the beginning of the year.


Comment by Scoopster on 11/15/2021 15:59:30
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Patrick Leahy just announced he's retiring at the end of this term.
I am not too surprised about that.

Who is the promising Dem up there?

I'm honestly not sure. I know the governor is one of the few traditional New England Republicans left.
Leahy was pretty sick at the beginning of the year.

Yeah I remember that. I imagine that played a factor in the decision.

Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 16:05:08
The Judge just dismissed on of the gun charges against Rittenhouse...

Comment by wickedpam on 11/15/2021 16:08:35
Morning!



Comment by wickedpam on 11/15/2021 16:09:06
Quote by Raine:
The Judge just dismissed on of the gun charges against Rittenhouse...



Comment by Scoopster on 11/15/2021 16:16:27
Oh apparently Richard Shelby is also retiring.

Comment by Scoopster on 11/15/2021 16:17:28
Oh to answer your question Raine.. Rep. Peter Welch is likely the frontrunner for the Dem nomination to replace Leahy.

Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 16:57:26
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The Judge just dismissed on of the gun charges against Rittenhouse...

But wait... there is more!




Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 16:57:46
Quote by Scoopster:
Oh to answer your question Raine.. Rep. Peter Welch is likely the frontrunner for the Dem nomination to replace Leahy.

That would work out well.

Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 16:59:17
jesus.




Comment by TriSec on 11/15/2021 17:53:55


I am now off to the YMCA, which as we all know, is fun to stay at.

Not swimming today (maybe just a few hundred yards) but I dearly wish to take steam and sit in the sauna.



Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 19:28:14
I have been watching the prosecution's final arguments and I have to say -- he is really effing impresiive.



Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 19:31:04
Rittenhouse looks visibly bothered. -- he seems to be doing his damned best to not roll his eyes. he's twitching and pretending to take notes. If he weren't such an apparent sociopath, he would be wise to plead guilty.

The prosecution is knocking down EVERYTHING Rittenhouse said on the stand.

Comment by Raine on 11/15/2021 19:56:13
Kyle has gotten 3 pimples on his forehead since noon.