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*** UPDATED x1 *** “Millions unmasked march” planned for late July

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020

* I kid you not

I gotta think they’re setting attendance expectations just a tad high.

…Adding… Financial Times

A national face mask mandate could act as a substitute to renewed lockdowns that would otherwise deduct about 5 per cent from gross domestic product, Goldman Sachs analysts argue as a number of states in the US have paused or reversed easing measures in response to growth in coronavirus cases.

“We find that face masks are associated with significantly better coronavirus outcomes,” according to Jan Hatzius, economist at Goldman Sachs. “Our baseline estimate is that a national mandate could raise the percentage of people who wear masks by 15 percentage points and cut the daily growth rate of confirmed cases by 1.0pp to 0.6 per cent.”

Goldman said it analysed the impact of face mask mandates in 20 American states and the District of Columbia between April 8 and June 24 and data on mask usage from YouGov and found that they raise the percentage of people who “always” or “frequently” wear masks by around 25pp in the 30 days after the order is signed. They estimate that a national mask mandate would increase usage by “statistically significant and economically large amounts” in states that currently do not require it.

Despite the rise in coronavirus cases mask usage remains a political issue in the US and is voluntary in a number of states. Goldman found that mask usage is highest in the Northeast, which was particularly hard hit by the pandemic, but where conditions have now improved, while the numbers are far lower in the south.

Arizona, Texas and Florida, which were among the first states to reopen and have seen a jump in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, have all reversed easing measures. Indeed, Goldman Sachs analysis found that reopenings have been delayed or reversed for about 40 per cent of the US population, which has raised fears about fresh lockdowns.

*** UPDATE *** WICS TV

Guest speakers include:

    • Grundy County States Attorney Jason Helland
    • Illinois State Representative Darren Bailey
    • Constitutional Lawyer Thomas Devore
    • Teacher Tonya Sneed
    • Parkview Christian Academy Board President Jed Davis
    • Event organizers Dawn Gregory, Kayla Brooks Null and Michael Rebresh

Helland was clobbered by Secretary of State Jesse White in 2018. He’s been a regular at these rallies.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

72 Comments »
  1. - Nuclear Bozo - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:45 am:

    Wow, just wow!


  2. - Streamwood Retiree - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:46 am:

    Morons. I understand economic concerns of the shutdown. But I can’t understand objections to wearing a simple mask.
    I went to see my doctor yesterday for my annual physical. They made us wear double masks which made it very hard to breathe. I have asthma, but I’d rather have weak breathing than no breathing at all.


  3. - SAP - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:48 am:

    Advertising their intent to engage in child endangerment? Interesting strategy Cotton.


  4. - The Dude Abides - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:49 am:

    I live in Springfield but I won’t be within a mile of that place on July 25th.


  5. - The W.A. - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:49 am:

    Darwinism at its finest.


  6. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:49 am:

    Will Skillicorn be there or will he have someone proxy for him while he’s at an unmasked parade?


  7. - Streamwood Retiree - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:49 am:

    “My Child, My Choice” ? Do they think that when it comes to abortion? And “No” you don’t get to choose MY life. If you approach me without a mask, it’s an assault. I don’t care if you get two feet away or ten feet away, but wear a %$#@ mask (forbidden punctuation)


  8. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:49 am:

    Typo.

    They meant Milling Unmasked March

    – MrJM


  9. - Sangamo Girl - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:50 am:

    Is it BYOV, bring your own ventilator? “100% of ICU beds in the Texas Medical Center are now being used.”


  10. - Token Conservative - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    Three blocks to the Statehouse isn’t much of a “march.”


  11. - former state employee - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    Who are these fools?


  12. - Someone you Should Know - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    Frankly, how can people be so stupid. This is growing again. it’s at our doorstep again. Elkhart County Indiana, you know the one next to Notre Dame. Their hospitals are nearing full capacity. When it is coming to rural areas, that is bad.


  13. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:52 am:

    A right to die march.


  14. - Melido Perez - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:52 am:

    Someone thought it was clever. Hey - they had a million man march, we should have a million unmasked march. low energy “patriots”


  15. - Stones - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:55 am:

    I find it ironic that those who refuse to wear a mask in public because it infringes on their personal freedoms are now prohibited along with all Americans from travel to the EU.


  16. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:55 am:

    Which is more dangerous in America? The COVID-19 pandemic or the stupidity epidemic?


  17. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:55 am:

    Q: “Who are these fools?”

    A: https://youtu.be/ZZvT2r828QY?t=9

    – MrJM


  18. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:56 am:

    This seems to be an appropriate analysis from Forrest Gump:

    https://youtu.be/tldGgGFe194


  19. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:56 am:

    = Three blocks to the Statehouse isn’t much of a “march.”=

    If the crowd is as I picture it, that’s nearly a marathon. /s


  20. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:56 am:

    The EU may keep the US when it reopens. Can’t blame Europe when we have people such as these, and a president who encourages this.


  21. - MSIX - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:57 am:

    Million Moron March

    Fits better. Rolls off the tongue easier.


  22. - dbk - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:57 am:

    Yet another proof (as if we need one) of what an absence of early, firm, clear and sustained national policy on masks, social distancing, etc. has engendered.

    School districts - those that go back to in-person teaching - really shouldn’t permit unmasked persons on school premises.

    I’m starting to fear it’s all moot, though, given the fact that the virus’s curve will not be sufficiently flattened in many/most places to allow most students to go to school in August or September.


  23. - Hot Taeks - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:58 am:

    Like Rich said, the attendance expectations are ridiculous but also hilarious. Having a million people come down to Springfield would be a traffic and logistical nightmare.


  24. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:59 am:

    “What zombie movies got wrong about the actual apocalypse, part 1,487: they omitted scenes of people on the street demanding the right to be eaten by zombies.” (Kelly Davio)


  25. - Northsider - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 9:59 am:

    Covidiots gonna covidiot.


  26. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:00 am:

    With the EU blocking Americans from entering, when did we become the imbeciles of the world?


  27. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:03 am:

    = Having a million people come down to Springfield would be a traffic and logistical nightmare.=

    While incredibly stupid the one thing these rallies do is help illustrate that this is a small minority. But I could be wrong. Maybe there are plans for an overflow March for those that can’t get into the main event.


  28. - Jocko - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:04 am:

    To paraphrase members of Westboro Baptist Church “God Hates Poindexters”


  29. - Davis Junction - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:07 am:

    Seems like this is OK due to free speech protections?


  30. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:07 am:

    =when did we become the imbeciles of the world?=

    We were already on the path, but it was sealed on November 8, 2016


  31. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:08 am:

    ===when did we become the imbeciles of the world?===

    November 2016.


  32. - efudd - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:09 am:

    “when did we become the imbeciles of the world”

    11/8/16


  33. - efudd - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:10 am:

    Rep Bailey, are you going to be the master of ceremony?


  34. - Jibba - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:11 am:

    Feel free to choose to stay home when you choose to not wear your mask. Feel free to choose to keep your unmasked children out of school as well. Finally, feel free to choose to stay away from the hospital when you get sick, too.


  35. - SAP - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:11 am:

    ==With the EU blocking Americans from entering, when did we become the imbeciles of the world?==

    November 8, 2016


  36. - Langhorne - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:13 am:

    Take them at their word, and treat them seriously. Is a permit required for a crowd of that size? Does the city have to approve closing streets? Security? Insurance? Sanitation? Financial responsibility?

    The police agencies should have them in for a planning session. City, state, state cap police, Etc.


  37. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:13 am:

    So far, 6,272 members. They gotta long way to reach a million.


  38. - Smalls - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:19 am:

    One of the primary discussions in this group is trying to find a pediatrician that will write a note that their kids do not have to wear masks to school. Beyond that, it is largely the anti-vaxxer crowd who won’t be told what to do by government.


  39. - Chungas revenge - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:26 am:

    This could be a golden opportunity. Have the March end in a fenced-off area and then lock the dumb ÷=//$#÷= in it.


  40. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:30 am:

    A million people you say? How many are K-pop fans on tik tok?

    My guess is this Springfield Death March will be as momentous as the President’s recent rally in Tulsa.


  41. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:34 am:

    Nuts, others beat me to the answer to OW’s imbeciles question.


  42. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:35 am:

    Do they have the Trump campaign estimating their crowd size? Worked ever so well in Tulsa.


  43. - Concerned Dem - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:37 am:

    The only thing that will be in the millions at this gathering will be germs, bacteria and viral agents.

    I suggest that we honor our history and make Kaskaskia the capital again for a day on July 25th, then these people can go protest there.


  44. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:38 am:

    I’ve enjoyed the responses to my question.

    It beats thinking about the virus being spread by Covidiots who don’t see the world looking at them with distain as the rest of us fight to save each other.

    Thanks, all.


  45. - Lurker - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:51 am:

    I feel bad for teachers and administrators next year. You know these parents are going to be emboldened and they will get their kids to have “medical” reasons for not wearing masks. The march is a joke but the next school year will not be.


  46. - Chris - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 10:55 am:

    “ I kid you not”

    Good one, Rich.


  47. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:01 am:

    =Seems like this is OK due to free speech protections?=

    Of course it is as is our ability to ridicule the utter stupidity of this.


  48. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:04 am:

    Apparently, they are not aware of the conservatives pivoting to mask wearing as a good idea with Pence and McConnell at the lead.


  49. - Steve Rogers - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:07 am:

    I just saw on WICS website that the march is to protest the ISBE requiring masks in schools. Darren Bailey is one of the scheduled speakers.

    https://newschannel20.com/news/local/million-unmasked-march-at-the-statehouse


  50. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:08 am:

    Pot calling kettle, crypto-fascism requires adherence only to a single demagogue.


  51. - Paddyrollingstone - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:15 am:

    Kudos MSIX :

    “Million Moron March“

    These are people of the land. The common clay of the New West. You know…morons.


  52. - SAP - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:36 am:

    Perhaps they should relocate to Scott County. The virus doe not seem to go there.


  53. - JoanP - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    Here’s a thought.

    Let all the unmasked kids go to school. But they should all be put together in the same classroom, and the subject taught will be Science.


  54. - Pundent - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 11:53 am:

    Most kids learn right fro wrong from their parents and other adults. It’s our responsibility to encourage our kids to do things like wearing a helmet when they’re On a bike, buckling up in the car, and wearing a face mask in a pandemic. I feel for these kids being turned into political pawns who would put their health and the health of others at risk.


  55. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:32 pm:

    I’ve also heard that some parents are planning to home school their children, not taking any chances with school modifications to prevent infection.


  56. - illinifan - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:40 pm:

    Well I won’t be there. That said the few who will go should commit to not getting treatment if they are diagnosed with COVID. After all it is their body their choice.


  57. - Highland IL - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 12:46 pm:

    ==== Constitutional Lawyer Thomas Devore ===
    One of the legal giants of our lifetime. /s


  58. - Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:02 pm:

    ==I’ve also heard that some parents are planning to home school their children==

    I know of at least ten families in my neighborhood who will absolutely home school if the schools open as normal at full capacity, even with masks. If it’s some sort of hybrid - in class/online, staggered days/grades - then the calculus for each family is a little different


  59. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:14 pm:

    With respect for a lovely town, can you even fit a million people in Springfield?


  60. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:15 pm:

    ===even fit a million people===

    Millions, Cheryl. They’re planning for millions.

    lol


  61. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:29 pm:

    Yeah, millions of germs


  62. - ToadOfDoom - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:39 pm:

    More “freedom fighters” soon to join the “Please pray for me - I have Covid” list. There are more added to the rolls every day.


  63. - Anon E Moose - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:50 pm:

    Attendees should all be renamed “Karen”


  64. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    “Please pray for me”

    Isn’t there a story about some guy at the pearly gates who drowned in a flood?

    In this case, wouldn’t god be saying something along the lines of you were told to wear a mask?


  65. - Rudy’s teeth - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 2:28 pm:

    Wearing a mask is like wearing pants only for your face. Would Darren Bailey show up in his underwear? I certainly hope not.


  66. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 2:52 pm:

    “can you even fit a million people in Springfield?” Well, there are a lot of parking lots.


  67. - RIJ - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 3:07 pm:

    This struck me as one of the most stupid-funny things I’ve read about in a while. I literally laughed until I had tears. I’m nominating this bunch for the Darwin Awards.


  68. - Nameless - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 3:45 pm:

    Well at least we know the names to put on the tombstones.


  69. - Peanut - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 3:53 pm:

    I will be staying home that day. Maybe it will rain all day….


  70. - Frank talks - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 4:11 pm:

    I shouldn’t have to get the polio vaccine but you know…… ugh never mind it’s just getting so old and tiresome to listen to these folks.


  71. - "Old Timer Dem" - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 4:19 pm:

    They should all shake hands, hug and close talk too.


  72. - revvvedup - Tuesday, Jun 30, 20 @ 4:19 pm:

    Oh, wow. Just unbelievable that the “freedom to spread disease” crowed (all 6,whatever the count is) still hasn’t woke up and smelled the sanitizer.
    But apparently ignorance (and its twin, denial) are alive and well in Illinois (or Ill-inois after the planned Darwin Award Finalists Parade).


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