Operation Big Lie

Just when you think the Trump administration couldn’t do any worse, they do. This news came out today and it’s terrible news for all Americans, including yours truly. From Rolling Stone:

“[Thursday] night, I received disturbing news, confirmed to me directly by General Perna of Operation Warp Speed: States will not be receiving increased shipments of vaccines from the national stockpile next week, because there is no federal reserve of doses,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said on Twitter.

“I am demanding answers from the Trump Administration. I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences,” Brown added. “This is a deception on a national scale.”

Distribution of the vaccine has been plagued with issues. States have accused the federal government of not supplying the funds and resources to distribute the doses they have, and the federal government has blamed the states for not being ready to administer the vaccine to large amounts of people. So far around 9.7 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, far short of the 20 million the administration promised by the end of 2020.

“Operation Warp Speed” becomes “Operation Lie to the American People About Something Incredibly Important”. There’s no reserve of vaccine, even though they talked about it frequently. Lying bastards.

Ill winds blowing

We’re having a dangerous weather day today. Hot, dry and windy. There’s a localized Santa Ana blowing in from the east as strong as I’ve seen it here since 2007. And that didn’t end well.

January here is normally cool and a bit wet. We should have received about 7.5 inches of rain so far, and we’ve only had 2, all in one storm back before Christmas.

Here’s our weather from the last week. This isn’t normal.

That was a look backward. Looking forward, it’s even worse.

I know a lot of people back east in cold and snowy weather would be happy for this, but too much of a good thing (heat, dry weather) causes big problems here. And I really miss the rain.