6/10/20

Today Penny and I went for her run. Afterwards we went down to the beach where I photographed seagulls. I received my monthly meat shipment this afternoon. Tonight I have Bible study at church.

County health officials reported four new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the county’s total to 306 confirmed cases. Four people are hospitalized, including two patients who are in the ICU. Twenty-six people are recovering at home and 275 people have recovered. That is a 90 percent recovery rate. San Luis Obispo County has had one death attributed to COVID-19.

The top three cities for number of cases are Paso Robles with 122 cases, Atascadero with 44 cases, and Nipomo with 31 cases. By region of the county north county has 189 cases, south county with 69 cases, and the rest of the county with 48 cases.

In tracking the mode of transmission, the county has found that 54 cases are due to travel outside the county, close person to person contact 142 cases, from in community contact 105 and 5 cases of unknown contact.

Law enforcement agencies have responded to an “active and moving crime scene” in the city of Paso Robles. At 3:15 a.m. it was reported that shots had been fired at the Paso Robles Police Department building. It was confirmed shots were fired in the downtown area by City Park.

It was reported that shortly after the initial reports that shots were fired new reports came in that a sheriff deputy was shot. He was rushed to the hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

At about 7 a.m. a body of a man around the age of 40 was found having been shot at close proximity in the head. He was found near 8th and Pine streets. The sheriff department believes the two shootings are related.

The investigation is on going and active. The authorities have issued a shelter in place order for downtown Paso Robles while they conduct a systematic search of the area for the shooter. The shooter is described as a man in his 20s or 30s. The Paso Robles Unified School District announced this morning that there will be no school lunches for students due to the shootings and investigation. The school district usually prepares lunches for hundreds of children each day due to the current COVID-19 circumstances. The district believes it will only be a one-day shutdown.

One has to wonder how much recent protests contributed to the shootings especially the sheriff’s deputy. So far no one involved in the recent local protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has announced plans to hold a protest over the shooting of a local deputy or the murder of a community member. Liberals should be really proud of themselves. One has to wonder how much worse it will be if liberals have there way in cutting back police funding.

This is an example of the hypocrisy and self-entitlement of liberals.

“Burn that s— down. Burn it all down,” ESPN alumnus and NBA analyst Chris Palmer cheered via Twitter on May 29, above a photo of 189 affordable-housing units that were under construction until Minneapolis rioters incinerated them.

But rather than a revolutionary, Palmer echoed landed gentry when rioters reached his California home.

“They just attacked our sister community down the street,” Palmer ranted via Twitter on May 31. “It’s a gated community and they tried to climb the gates. They had to beat them back. Then they destroyed a Starbucks and are now in front of my building. Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood. Go back to where you live.”

After learning that walls work and expressing the Palmer Principle (trespassers should “go back to where you live”), Palmer wagged his finger at his visitors, saying: “Tear up your owns—. Do not come to where we live at and tear our neighborhood up. We care about our community. If you don’t care about yours I don’t give a  s—.”

Several churches in Somerville, Mass. plan to defy the mayor’s “arbitrary” coronavirus restrictions on in-person services.

Mayor Joseph Curtatone is requiring all places of worship to limit attendance to no more than 10 congregants, despite Gov. Charlie Baker’s May 18 order allowing churches to open at 40 percent capacity if they follow health and safety guidelines.

First Liberty Institute, the nation’s largest religious liberty law firm, and the Massachusetts Family Institute, a conservative nonprofit, sent a letter Wednesday to the mayor on behalf of four area churches: Christian Fellowship of Boston, International Church, Safe House Baptist Church and Igreja Comunidade Batista Shalom Internacional.

“Mayor Curtatone’s restrictions on churches would prevent even Jesus and the 12 disciples from lawfully gathering in Somerville,” Jeremy Dys, special counsel for litigation and communications for First Liberty Institute, told Fox News in a statement.

“If thousands of people can peacefully protest in the streets under the First Amendment, certainly churches are able to safely resume in-person religious gatherings.”

Curtatone did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Baker’s order states that no city or local authority should enforce stricter regulations than the state.

“It is time for government officials to stop these discriminatory orders that single out churches,” Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute said. “Churches in Massachusetts are vital to our communities and just want to be treated with respect and fairness.”

In a four-page plan, churches represented by Dys’ letter outlined the guidelines they will follow when they open in defiance of Curtatone’s restrictions Sunday. Those include meeting with less than 40 percent of maximum capacity, requiring face masks, and distancing of at least 6 feet from others.

On May 22, President Trump declared churches “essential” and said he would override governors who would not allow houses of worship to reopen.

“It’s clear that Christians across America are ready to get back to in-person worship in a safe atmosphere, and it’s time for our nation’s churches to reopen,” Robert Jeffress, pastor of 14,000-member First Baptist Church of Dallas, wrote in an opinion piece for Fox News.

Sen. Josh Hawley asked Attorney General William Barr to open a civil rights investigation into the restrictions placed on churches during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter, the Missouri Republican decried a double standard in closing churches and limiting the number of people allowed to attend services while protesters have been permitted to gather in large crowds across the country after George Floyd’s death in police custody.

“State officials have violated the free speech and free exercise rights of religious Americans by treating religious gatherings and speech differently than the speech and mass gatherings of protests,” he wrote. “I urge you to launch a full civil rights investigation.”

Hawley said he supports the right of people to protest peacefully but asked for equal treatment for those seeking to worship in a physical space.

“After two weeks of nationwide protests, no uncertainty remains,” he said. “Many jurisdictions across the nation are imposing extraordinarily strict caps on religious gatherings — such as restricting religious gatherings to 10 or fewer people — even as those jurisdictions allow thousands of people to gather closely in protests. States cannot allow one but prohibit the other.”

Churches across the country have either closed or remained open to a limited capacity of people to prevent outbreaks of the virus. Last month, President Trump called for the reopening of houses of worship and threatened to overrule any governor or state official who does not comply with the order.

Ahead of Hawley’s letter, Barr on Monday said First Amendment rights need to apply equally to everyone, whether they are protesters against police violence or churchgoers looking to worship together.

Seagulls congregating in back water near Morro Rock.

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Published by mpfitch

I am a retired disabled veteran and am actively involved with a Baptist Church on the Central Coast of CA. I am a photographer who likes to shoot portraits and scenic photographs.

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