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Saturday, April 04, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, thousands of people swarmed the Southern California beaches to get some fresh air and get their minds off the coronavirus for awhile.

In response to some people not socially distancing, the Commissars of California closed the beaches.[snip]

Which brings us to a paddleboarder in the Malibu area of LA County. To be clear, he was in the ocean off the coast of Malibu, minding his own business and paddleboarding by himself. Well, he was alone until the cops and lifeguards came.

They corralled the paddleboarder with the use of two lifeguard boats.

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This is the last paragraph of the linked article and it really says it well:

The Commissars of California mean well. We all know they're just trying to keep us from getting too close to others in this pandemic, but with these kinds of shenanigans, they run the risk of open rebellion against what are plainly dumb laws. And when the laws become a mockery of themselves, we've reached peak buffoonery.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-04-04 02:18 PM | Reply

For those of you inclined to STS, here is a link to local reporting:

ktla.com

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-04-04 02:19 PM | Reply

Cops and coast guard are bored.
They are looking for trouble and they will find it regardless if there is any or not.

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-04-04 03:16 PM | Reply

#3. I agree. What makes this case particularly stupid is they arrested a guy who was actually practicing social distancing and by arresting him came into close proximity to him.

I have a friend who's a cop. He went back to work this week after being out for several weeks on medical leave. I told him, "Don't pull anyone over,". He responded with, "I'm not planning on it."

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-04-04 03:33 PM | Reply

It's crazy to close outdoor venues like beaches. Just keep your distance. Government can suggest and if you're smart you'll follow those suggestions but I'm not down with following orders and some of the orders are stupid and
overreaching.

Vermont wanted to pick and choose which items in Walmart were essential or non-essential and couldn't be sold. Give these authoritarians a little power and don't know where to stop.

#5 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-04-04 03:51 PM | Reply

Ridiculous; but then, it is California.

#6 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-04-04 05:05 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by JeffJ

I kind of don't disagree -HOWEVER- if you allow one, then there will 20 tomorrow and 200 the day after. Where do you draw the line? Surfers for example don't necessarily keep social distancing. How will you be able to tell those that live together from others? etc.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-04-04 05:10 PM | Reply

Ridiculous; but then, it is California.

#6 | POSTED BY MSGT AT 2020-04-04 05:05 PM | FLAG:

Do you honestly think the ridiculous ------ only happens in California? We could revisit the last couple of Dallas, TX police murders where a cop walked into the wrong apartment and shot the inhabitant or the wellness check where the cop shot the homeowner through her bedroom window.

Saying stupid ------ because Blue vs. Red states is not helping and only exposing a headlong attempt to further divide us.

#8 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-04-04 06:20 PM | Reply

"I kind of don't disagree -HOWEVER- if you allow one, then there will 20 tomorrow and 200 the day after. Where do you draw the line? Surfers for example don't necessarily keep social distancing. How will you be able to tell those that live together from others?" etc.

Even if there were thousands of people out, would it matter? So long as they kept three meters between themselves and the closest other person? And if the state is concerned that people may not respect social distancing guidelines, then the state should be clear and prohibit people from being outside at all. This guy was probably pretty surprised that the authorities went after him at all.

#9 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-04-05 03:20 PM | Reply

This guy was probably pretty surprised that the authorities went after him at all.
#9 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

It's about practicality, IMO. People need to be outside to be comfortable, they don't need to surf. Walking dogs, cats...getting vitamin D, all those practical things that would give a government pause in instituting a ban on going outside at all. That's an extreme we probably won't see as it's not practical -- unlike banning surfing. Banning surfing is not unpractical in any way, considering our current circumstances.

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-05 03:26 PM | Reply

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