Here is the logical conclusion of the right wing’s war on science and truth:
As I said in an earlier entry on this topic: I should feel bad. Tant pis.
Names changed, but otherwise true
A friend, Dwight, texted me last night: “Did you hear that Joe Ruger died of COVID-19?”
I had a true stunned moment there: Joe was a long-time co-worker and always so good at his job that it’s just something I marvel at from time to time. But more pointed, to me, was the fact that Joe’s wife Lucy is a close friend of mine. Further complicating this is the fact that because of the professional turmoil from which I am just emerging after about a year, she and I are seriously behind on catching-up.
And now this? How am I even going to open a conversation with her about it? It’s not like I can go to calling hours at a funeral home, with the state in lock-down.
I need a source of wisdom greater than mine for this situation.
Meanwhile, outside my head: Dwight further explained that he heard about it from our mutual acquaintance, Pete, who in turn heard it had been announced at a town hall meeting of Greenhouse. Dwight and Pete both used to work at Greenhouse. Several of my other pals still do. But not, to my knowledge, Joe.
A spark of doubt/hope…
I asked Dwight, Wait, when did Joe join Greenhouse? Last I knew he was at AT&T. Dwight texted back, Not sure, let me check.
Half an hour later came this update: Oh, sorry, it was JOSEPH Ruger. Who worked at Greenhouse’s Oregon branch.
Now I feel bad for being so relieved… which is weird. The Oregon Rugers are dealing with a loss every bit as devastating as the Rochester Rugers would have been.
But I don’t know those Oregon folks.
Programming note: This would by rights be #WaltzWednesday. But today’s was to have been baseball-themed. I am putting that one back in the freezer until there’s some actual baseball….
I have long asserted that the apparent stupidity of Rethuglicans is wilful and malicious. If you saw Pumpkin turn his daily COVID-19 hour of lies (“press briefing” LOL) into a commercial for My Pillow today, you now know what I mean.
But even more seriously: read this article. The aim of the right-wing noise machine now appears to be literally to reduce the population. To kill as many of us as they can.
Other conservatives have framed protective measures as a threat not only to America’s rugged individualism but to masculinity. The Christian pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth referred to social distancers as “sissies” and “pansies” who have been “neutered,” and described Christians who use hand sanitizer as having “fake faith” and “no balls.” Another minister said he would never close his church, because his congregants were not “pansies.” Some politicians, including the lieutenant governor of Texas, and pundits, including Glenn Beck, have gone so far as to suggest that older Americans should be willing to risk death to preserve the economy.The Conservative Campaign Against Safety
Good old toxic masculinity! Just when you thought that was something we only worried about in happier times, like 2018. This may be evil of me but I really sincerely hope they get exactly what they wish for. That is to say, they should get exactly what they wish for you and me.
Gertrude and I wish you a serene and happy Caturday
While we are getting sick faster than anywhere else in the world? Other than holding daily
Behold, and weep:
And… designed as it was to preserve chattel slavery, the Electoral College will probably once again combine with Russian fuckery to finish us off by 2024.