Covid perversity

Every unvaccinated adult that I know is a Trump suppoerter. That can’t possibly be a coincidence; undoubtedly, the generality of vaccine deniers reject vaccination as some sort of sign of loyalty to Donald Trump, science skepticism, hostility to the notion of public responsibilities in general.

It probably sounds hard-hearted but, generally, I’m just fine with natural selection carrying-off the morons; unhappily, these clowns are a danger to everybody around them because they are breeding grounds for variants — one of which, inevitably, will be able to slip past vaccines. The person who refuses vaccination is not — Repeat: NOT — endangering only him– or herself; those people endanger everybody.

Going unvaccinated is not quite the same as carrying a loaded, unholstered gun, but it is every bit as reckless, irresponsible, and anti-social, and I suspect we’re approaching a point where sensible self-protection is going to require that the unvaccinated be put out of our lives, told they are not welcome in our homes. I hate to even think of doing that, but the present trajectory of the disease makes it appear increasingly likely.

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Today’s anniversary: Does anybody remember?

Republished from 2020-Jul-20

On this date in 1969, at just about this time, I was in the backseat of my grandparents’ car, parked next to a cornfield near Gladwin, Michigan.

We were listening, like most of the world, to the first manned landing on the moon — still, the greatest stunt of all time and an achievement which should cause every American a thrill of pride.

Could anybody have imagined then that evangelical loonies would become the most influential force in American politics? That they would be enthralled by the most corrupt president in American history and that they would elect — and may re-elect — a president who adores a Russian dictator and is hostile to even rudimentary science, climatology and epidemiology?

The pious have succeeded in making it unseemly to doubt their claims — and I wonder why that is? We can question astrology, we can question Dr. Fauci, we can criticize the President — but we must never ridicule some pious buffoon who claims to be in regular contact with an Invisible Friend and who vouches for the accuracy of an old book that claims everything went bad when a talking snake tricked a gullible woman into stealing a piece of fruit?

This is nuts. The Pious are the most ignorant people in society, they are affirmatively hostile to the Enlightenment ideals that America is founded upon, and they are insanely loyal to a corrupt executive whose incompetence kills people every day.

And they occupy some exalted space beyond criticism? It’s unseemly to doubt that they are the very best people?

Well … bullshit. I want to see churches failing, their buildings abandoned and in disrepair, their pastors standing in the unemployment line. I want it to be allright again to be smart in America, and I want to see astronauts on the moon again.

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An avoidable pandemic

I was very young then, but I can distinctly recall the polio scare of the 1950s. “He got polio,” somebody would whisper, and suddenly the play-area and –mates of we neighborhood children would be sharply circumscribed and enforced. When a polio vaccine was developed and widely available — in my neighborhood in Detroit it was administered one Saturday at the local elementary school — everybody went and stood in line and got their shot, classmates to rarely seen elderly neighbors.

It was a matter of personal protection, but not just personal protection; it was explained to we schoolchildren as a matter of good citizenship, too.

Overnight, polio practically disappeared; in 2017 there were only 22-cases reported … worldwide.

Presently, North Carolina requires proof of the following vaccinations before children are permitted to enroll in public schools:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Hepatitis
  • Chicken Pox

When is the last time you heard of any child catching any of those sicknesses? It’s been quite a while, I’ll bet.

So, puh-leeze, spare me the empty-headed rhetoric about the state not having any business demanding that vaccine be put in your body; the public has every right on earth to impose reasonable conditions upon the use of public facilities. A Covid vaccine should be added to the list upon verification that it is safe for children.

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Lying for Jesus

In 2015, [God] spoke to me and said Donald Trump would become president,” Christmas said. “Did not look possible. He became president. Most of us thought that he would become president again this time, and he was. He won it by about 80 million votes.

Kent Christmas, Holy Man

I guess people who believe in talking snakes will believe just about anything.

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“Conservative” derangement

Nobody with a properly functioning mind can any longer regard conservatives as anything but a dangerous national enemy.

The crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas cheered against COVID-19 vaccinations, drawing concern from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

“It’s horrifying,” Fauci told CNN in an interview Sunday. “They’re cheering about someone saying that it’s a good thing for people not to try and save their lives.”

Something has gone wildly wrong, wildly sick, on the Right. They are no longer part of the decent, educated world — and they are NOT conservatives in any meaningful sense of the word; they’ve degenerated into sick nihilists.

The Republican Party of Donald Trump is past salvation; we need a third party if health is ever to be restored to our public life.

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