WHAT Is In the Water in Alabama???

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I mean no disrespect to the citizens of Alabama, but boy, they have strange taste in politicians! I mean, they came this close to electing a pedophile to the Senate in 2018. Plus the guy he was trying to replace, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, was another piece of work (though I do give him credit for recusing himself on the Russia investigation). But their president pro tem of the Senate, Del Marsh, just earned himself a place in the Alabama Hall of … Something or Other:

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The Daily Beast headline says it all:

GOP Lawmaker Says He Would ‘Like to See More People’ Get COVID-19

Sen. Del Marsh made the remarks to local reporters on Thursday when asked if he was concerned about a spike in COVID-19 cases. The state recorded 2,164 new cases on Thursday, setting a daily record. Hospitalizations have also climbed, with the number of coronavirus-related hospital stays reportedly doubling over the past two weeks.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has reported 11,000 new cases in just the first nine days of July.

“I’m not as concerned as much as the number of cases—and in fact, quite honestly—I want to see more people, because we start reaching an immunity as more people have it and get through it,” Marsh said. “I don’t want any deaths, as few as possible… so those people who are susceptible to the disease, those with pre-existing conditions, elderly population, those folks, we need to do all we can to protect them. But I’m not concerned.”

OK, part of this is the effect of something that has long bothered me: Leadership tends to focus on Covid-19 deaths, as though anyone who doesn’t die from this is no worse off than if they got the flu. Certainly the Great Orange Deranged One would like us all to believe that, because — for the moment — death percentages aren’t as high as they were a couple of months ago. BUT — there is the strain on hospital facilities and personnel. There is the shortage of those same necessities to treat non-Covid-related accidents, injuries, diseases. There is the chance of having to stay in the hospital for weeks or months, the long recovery time, the debilitation, the possibility of nerve damage, brain damage, organ damage, blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, amputations.

And oh yeah, Britain and Sweden tried herd immunity. Marsh might have noticed it didn’t work. Meantime, Alabama is heading the way of Texas and Florida:

Young people are throwing coronavirus parties with a payout when one gets infected, official says



Some young people in Alabama are throwing Covid-19 parties, a disturbing competition where people who have coronavirus attend and the first person to get infected receives a payout, local officials said.  

The parties are being held in Tuscaloosa, and infected people are urged to attend so others can intentionally contract the virus, City Council member Sonya McKinstry told CNN. She said she heard about the trend from fire officials.

To her credit, Gov. Kay Ivey did reissue her “Safer at Home Order” at the end of June, extending it to the end of July. But even that order just says all persons are “encouraged,” “strongly encouraged,” and should “take reasonable steps, when practicable” — though retailers and workout places are told they “shall comply” with social distancing, sanitation, and occupancy maximums. Weak as it is, there is one interesting piece at the end: No state or municipality is allowed to issue less stringent guidelines, and two counties, Jefferson and Mobile, can impose more stringent rules if the State Health Officer agrees.

Jefferson county includes the capital largest city, Birmingham, but not Tuscaloosa. Maybe the order needs some expanding.