If Your Porch Is Piled With Amazon Packages Shut Up About Stay-At-Home Orders

by Kerry Dougherty

Sometimes you read an entire news story and just one sentence sticks with you.

That happened this weekend when I read an online piece on the pandemic. In it the experts admitted they’re not sure how or where the virus is spreading. Following a quote from one of these public health experts, the reporter added this:

In the last nine months, he’s only been to a grocery store twice.

My first thought was, Yeah, but I bet his wife shops every week.

Perhaps I’m too cynical. There’s a chance this man is single. Or he’s been fasting since March. Or he’s a prepper with a garage full of staples.

More likely, he’s like a lot of people: prosperous enough to have groceries delivered to his home.

That’s fine. I don’t care if people want to stay in their houses, avoid supermarkets, restaurants and gyms. As long as they don’t add their voices to the chorus of Karens begging the governor to lock down the rest of us.

And they’re out there. Just read the comments after any Tweet by Ralph Northam. Some are upset that we ever reopened the commonwealth.

The most galling aspect of shutdowns orders is that they work only for the middle class, which can hide at home while the working class fetches things for them.

You know the types. They love to post stern “Just Stay Home!” messages on Facebook, while their front porches are piled high with Amazon boxes.

They want YOU to stay home, but not the folks who keep them comfortable in their hibernation.

You can be sure they don’t want farmers to stay home. Or meat packers. Or supermarket workers. They definitely don’t want plumbers to lockdown. Or sanitation workers. Or HVAC repairmen.

Most of all, they don’t want Amazon or DoorDash drivers to stay at home.

After all, how would the I-never-leave-my-house crowd prepare Coquilles Saint-Jacques for dinner if someone else didn’t plop the ingredients on their doorstep?

With a sharp increase in the number of COVID cases this fall, governors and mayors — mostly Democrats — are racing to see who can issue the most oppressive stay-at-home decrees.

So far, the prize may go to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who, on Friday, ordered people to avoid excess walking.

Walking, driving, travel on public transport, bikes, motorcycles and scooters are prohibited, other than for those undertaking essential activities.

These officials can’t admit that their mask mandates, their curfews, their shutdowns and their bans haven’t worked. Despite their endless emergency orders, the virus is doing what viruses do: It’s spreading.

So they blame the victims. Or that one guy at Home Depot last week who wasn’t wearing a mask or that family with an extra person at their Thanksgiving table.

Let’s at least be honest about shutdowns. They do nothing but kill small businesses and allow the middle class to feel virtuous as they sit home.

Waiting for the next delivery.

This column is republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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27 responses to “If Your Porch Is Piled With Amazon Packages Shut Up About Stay-At-Home Orders”

  1. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    I haven’t seen anything recently, but earlier this year the polling was clear. I think it was a September survey that had 48% of registered voters favoring a return to total lockdown. Again — September! The political stupidity on display is in response to more widespread fear and ignorance. That’s my basis for believing that the single biggest mistake Trump made was poo-pooing those who were cowering. Hide’n Biden was politically attuned with a huge part of the electorate. With the recent surge, that attitude is back.

    In my neighborhood walks I’ve noticed people now reluctant to pass on a sidewalk, which was not the case on those sunny fall days just a few weeks back.

  2. fromthefuture Avatar

    This is bull elephant level confusion.

  3. Nancy_Naive Avatar

    Whambulance has been called. Over 2000 per day Kerry, (1 Pearl Harbor daily) and fast approaching 3000 (1 9/11 daily). Just how many people have to die on a daily basis to satisfy your indignation?

    1. >>Just how many people have to die on a daily basis to satisfy your indignation?

      This is the kind of ignorant thinking that passes for policy analysis on the left.

      1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

        Go to EBay. Search for “clue”. Click “Buy”.

        Or, we can compare the Swedish policy results.

  4. LarrytheG Avatar

    We’ve got some folks willing to wear masks, social distance, and, in general do the recommended things to not spread disease.

    Then we got the other group that won’t.

    Then we see a “surge” and we want to talk about the folks who are following safety recommendations as if they are the problem.

    Go figure.

    1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

      Can’t wait for her column on the extreme shortage of healthcare workers three years from now because of burnout.

      1. idiocracy Avatar

        Burnout = giving the same heroin addict three Narcan doses in 3 weeks time.

  5. djrippert Avatar

    Kerry makes a good point in support of NoPlan Northam. Yesterday, Virginia recorded 3,880 new cases of COVID-19. The previous record was 3,242 on Nov 23. The peak in the summer was 2,015 on Aug 7. The peak in tyhe spring was 1,615 on May 26.

    While I’m sure more testing is partly responsible for higher cases, our peak in October was 1,844 on Oct 9. Our peak in November was 3,242 on Nov 23. Our peak in December (so far) is 3,880. In other words, our peak (so far) in December is more than twice our peak day in October. That’s not just more testing.

    So far, NoPlan Northam has shown no plan. He stumbles through press conferences merely quoting historical data before moving on to meatier issues like statues. Then he randomly drops new restrictions late on a Friday afternoon to avoid the weekday news cycle.

    There is obviously a huge dichotomy between what’s being done by Democrats like NoPlan in Virginia and what’s being done by the purveyors of fear porn in California. In that state a virtue signaling contest is underway. To give credit where credit is due, California has an algorithmic plan to decide on lockdown levels. The plan seems extreme to many but (NoPlan Northam take note) they have a plan. In the most recent lockdowns the SanFrancisco Bay are was spared the worst of the draconian measures. However, that didn’t sit well with the liberals who run the jurisdictions in and around SanFrancisco. Damned if they’ll be out fear porned by the state. As Yahoo News reports, “Five Bay Area counties will also begin lockdown restrictions in the coming days despite not yet reaching the threshold at which such action is mandated by the state.”

    So much for statewide plans in California I guess.

    Meanwhile, back in Virginia NoPlan Northam still has no plan. Let me be clear – the plan can be whatever Wise King Ralph wants. However, having no plan seems, well … pretty negligent.

    1. LarrytheG Avatar

      Must have SOME plan cuz these folks are opposed:

      ” Campbell County passes resolution opposing Gov. Northam’s recent executive order

      Campbell County supervisors have passed a resolution rejecting Gov. Ralph Northam’s recent executive order, declaring the county a “First Amendment sanctuary” and directing the county to express opposition to the governor’s new safety guidelines that limit the size of gatherings, among other restrictions.

      Northam’s executive order, issued last month, caps indoor and outdoor gatherings to no more than 25 people in an effort to suppress the spread of COVID-19 as cases climb locally and nationally. It also directs restaurants and bars to stop on-site alcohol sales at 10 p.m. and close by midnight.

      The county’s new resolution, approved unanimously Tuesday evening by the Campbell County Board of Supervisors, parallels the Second Amendment sanctuary resolution passed by the board more than a year ago and calls for the rejection of Northam’s mandates, which the board deems “unconstitutional.”

      The proposed resolution states the governor’s mandate is in violation of the Constitution of Virginia and seeks to oppose enforcement of the executive order. Specifically, it states no county funds will be used to restrict “the First Amendment,” and requests the sheriff’s office “not assist any state law enforcement officer, state health agent or federal agent” attempting to enforce the order.”

      I’m actually suprised that Bacon or Kerry has not reported on this!


      1. djrippert Avatar

        A plan, in this context, is a system or method for making decisions (using science) about lockdowns based on the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak.

        NoPlan Northam has no plan.

        He does, however, almost randomly make up restrictions off the top of his head depending on whether he saw something troubling on the nightly news.

        Other governors say things like, “If the number of available ICU beds in a health planning district falls below 15% of the total ICU beds we will invoke Orange level lockdown restrictions.” NoPlan Northam says things like, “Hey, you know, like wear a mask and be responsible ’cause everything is on the table. In fact. I saw some sick people on the news last night so I’m reducing occupancy in restaurants. Now let’s get back to those Confederate statues.”

        Then one Friday afternoon he issues a press release with a new string of restrictions without any scientific discussion of why he chose those restrictions at this time.

        He is flying by the seat of his pants which is very anti-science.

          1. djrippert Avatar

            Typical Virginia Way – lots of words, few thoughts.

            I read some parts, skimmed other parts.

            Where does it relate cases, hospitalizations, ICU capacity, ventilator usage, deaths or testing positivity rate to specific actions the state will take or require regions within the state to take?

            Where does it set out measurable metrics for deciding whether schools should be open, closed or hybrid?

          2. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
            Reed Fawell 3rd

            Northam has run out of ideas and lies, except white system racism. He just get get over his own racism, so stuck in his rut.

          3. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
            Reed Fawell 3rd

            An edit of early morning fog:

            Northam has run out of ideas and his own lies, except his charging that everybody’ else who is white is a systemic racist. He is stuck in his own character, and it ain’t fun, not for anyone. He’s led Va. into into a dead end.

  6. Those who make these lock down policies should be required to ‘feel the pain’. If the lock down policy decreases average house hold income by 50% – their salaries must be decreased accordingly. Make them ‘put skin in the game’.

    1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

      Well then, turn about is fairplay too. Shall we infect DeSantis and his entire family? But they collect full salary, then we can ask later which they preferred.

      1. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        What does the Governor of Florida have to do with Virginia? I mean you took no issue with him when you used the openness of his state to vacation. Wouldn’t that just make you, your typical flaming hypocrite?

        1. Nancy_Naive Avatar

          Ask kls. Theirs was a generic application of a cut in salary for lockdown proponents. DeSantis is an example of a converse argument. Better a flaming hypocrite than a blatant fraud, waster and abuser.

          1. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            “Nancy_Naive | December 8, 2020 at 9:21 am | Reply
            Ask kls. Theirs was a generic application of a cut in salary for lockdown proponents. DeSantis is an example of a converse argument. Better a flaming hypocrite than a blatant fraud, waster and abuser.”

            I wasn’t aware that Florida was under lockdown which was the premise of the posters argument and why the assembly should be made to feel pain. I can understand how actual reading is hard for you. DeSantis wasn’t a part of the argument you were just flapping your gums, per usual and ignorant per usual.

            Furthermore, your statement of “waste, fraud and abuse” doesn’t apply.

      2. I’m straining for the logic here.

        I assume you think Governor DeSantis is some horrible killer because he has not imposed a lockdown, but where’s the science proving the effectiveness for lockdowns? That’s an unproven remedy at best. Please show us the science.

        “New evidence on the effectiveness of lockdown”


      3. “Shall we infect DeSantis and his entire family?”

        Governor DeSantis has done nothing to actively promote infection. Please document where Governor DeSantis purposely infected others.

        What he is doing is allowing the citizens of Florida to make their own decisions about their health and welfare, just as they always have for other choices and behaviors that could bring about potential health issues.

        Should governors also use their emergency powers to prevent people from smoking? Should we implant a malignant cancerous tumor inside any governor who refuses to do so? There’s far more science to support banning tobacco than anything related to COVID-19.

        “Based on the findings, the researchers estimated that lifetime risk of lung cancer by smoking status in men and women is:2

        Never smokers: 1.8% for men and 1.3% for women
        Former smokers: 7.2% for men and 5.8% for women
        Current smokers: 14.8% for men and 11.2% for women”


  7. Nancy_Naive Avatar

    “If COVID-19 behaves like other workers’ compensation lung and disease claims, about two out of 100 cases may result in some degree of permanent partial disability and one out of 2,000 may result in permanent total disability, according to a new report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance.”


    Any guesses of the impact to the economy?

  8. LarrytheG Avatar

    We should give folks the choice between voluntary herd immunity from the virus itself or vaccination.

    I’m quite sure there would be some takers, probably already…

    what the heck… regular “virus” mucks some people up too, right?

    1. Matt Adams Avatar
      Matt Adams

      Vaccines are used as a method to achieve herd immunity to a virus. It allows your body to recognize and fight that virus as if you’d previously contradicted it and your body knew how to fight it (also known as herd immunity).

  9. James Wyatt Whitehead V Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead V

    As a seasonal personal package delivery driver for UPS I can assure you my carbon footprint is much larger than Bigfoot’s right now. Today, I drove all the way up a windy dirt road to Judy Court on top of Blue Mountain. 14 miles to get up there. Only stop on this cursed turkey path of a road. To drop off one package in plastic that weighed less than a Twinkie. Where are the Greenie Weenies on this one?

  10. Reed Fawell 3rd Avatar
    Reed Fawell 3rd

    Consider conclusion of October Imprimis article titled A Sensible and Compassionate Anti-COVID Strategy dated, October 2020 inVolume 49, Number 10 by Jay Bhattacharya

    “3. Deadliness of the Lockdowns

    The widespread lockdowns that have been adopted in response to COVID are unprecedented—lockdowns have never before been tried as a method of disease control. Nor were these lockdowns part of the original plan. The initial rationale for lockdowns was that slowing the spread of the disease would prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. It became clear before long that this was not a worry: in the U.S. and in most of the world, hospitals were never at risk of being overwhelmed. Yet the lockdowns were kept in place, and this is turning out to have deadly effects.

    Those who dare to talk about the tremendous economic harms that have followed from the lockdowns are accused of heartlessness. Economic considerations are nothing compared to saving lives, they are told. So I’m not going to talk about the economic effects—I’m going to talk about the deadly effects on health, beginning with the fact that the U.N. has estimated that 130 million additional people will starve this year as a result of the economic damage resulting from the lockdowns.

    In the last 20 years we’ve lifted one billion people worldwide out of poverty. This year we are reversing that progress to the extent—it bears repeating—that an estimated 130 million more people will starve.

    Another result of the lockdowns is that people stopped bringing their children in for immunizations against diseases like diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and polio, because they had been led to fear COVID more than they feared these more deadly diseases. This wasn’t only true in the U.S. Eighty million children worldwide are now at risk of these diseases. We had made substantial progress in slowing them down, but now they are going to come back.

    Large numbers of Americans, even though they had cancer and needed chemotherapy, didn’t come in for treatment because they were more afraid of COVID than cancer. Others have skipped recommended cancer screenings. We’re going to see a rise in cancer and cancer death rates as a consequence. Indeed, this is already starting to show up in the data. We’re also going to see a higher number of deaths from diabetes due to people missing their diabetic monitoring.

    Mental health problems are in a way the most shocking thing. In June of this year, a CDC survey found that one in four young adults between 18 and 24 had seriously considered suicide. Human beings are not, after all, designed to live alone. We’re meant to be in company with one another. It is unsurprising that the lockdowns have had the psychological effects that they’ve had, especially among young adults and children, who have been denied much-needed socialization.

    In effect, what we’ve been doing is requiring young people to bear the burden of controlling a disease from which they face little to no risk. This is entirely backward from the right approach.

    4. Where to Go from Here

    Last week I met with two other epidemiologists—Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University—in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The three of us come from very different disciplinary backgrounds and from very different parts of the political spectrum. Yet we had arrived at the same view—the view that the widespread lockdown policy has been a devastating public health mistake. In response, we wrote and issued the Great Barrington Declaration, which can be viewed—along with explanatory videos, answers to frequently asked questions, a list of co-signers, etc.—online at http://www.gbdeclaration.org.

    The Declaration reads:

    As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.

    Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings, and deteriorating mental health—leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice.

    Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

    Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza.

    As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all—including the vulnerable—falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity—i.e., the point at which the rate of new infections is stable—and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity.

    The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection.

    Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals.

    Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sports, and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.


    I should say something in conclusion about the idea of herd immunity, which some people mischaracterize as a strategy of letting people die. First, herd immunity is not a strategy—it is a biological fact that applies to most infectious diseases. Even when we come up with a vaccine, we will be relying on herd immunity as an end-point for this epidemic. The vaccine will help, but herd immunity is what will bring it to an end. And second, our strategy is not to let people die, but to protect the vulnerable. We know the people who are vulnerable, and we know the people who are not vulnerable. To continue to act as if we do not know these things makes no sense.

    My final point is about science. When scientists have spoken up against the lockdown policy, there has been enormous pushback: “You’re endangering lives.” Science cannot operate in an environment like that. I don’t know all the answers to COVID; no one does. Science ought to be able to clarify the answers. But science can’t do its job in an environment where anyone who challenges the status quo gets shut down or cancelled.

    To date, the Great Barrington Declaration has been signed by over 43,000 medical and public health scientists and medical practitioners. The Declaration thus does not represent a fringe view within the scientific community. This is a central part of the scientific debate, and it belongs in the debate. Members of the general public can also sign the Declaration.

    Together, I think we can get on the other side of this pandemic. But we have to fight back. We’re at a place where our civilization is at risk, where the bonds that unite us are at risk of being torn. We shouldn’t be afraid. We should respond to the COVID virus rationally: protect the vulnerable, treat the people who get infected compassionately, develop a vaccine. And while doing these things we should bring back the civilization that we had so that the cure does not end up being worse than the disease.

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