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Mask It Or Casket

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Gadfly | August 2nd, 2020

Please, Democrats, Socialists, and Never-Trumpers, don’t pay too much attention to the political polls this time. You have to understand that Donald J. Trump is a psychopathic nutcase who has no ideology or moral base in his baseness. Baseness is defined as being corrupt, treacherous, and contemptible with low moral standards. One of the greatest horror movies ever made was “Nosferatu” in 1922, the first film of the “Dracula” series. The sequels have frightened and horrified the bloodthirsty for a century. The main character travels on a ghastly ghost ship loaded with caskets filled with diseased rats to a small German town and turns them loose. The rat’s task is to fill the caskets with dead.

The residents panic in the streets, try to scatter to their homes before the rats can infect them with the fleas they carry, and then pray and cower behind their doors. Does it sound a little like our current coronavirus pandemic and our Great Leader who is helping to spread it? He was elected once—and his big base seems to be still behind him. There’s only about 90 days to the next election. Normally we talk about the first hundred days of an administration, not the last.

Remember, the man who never pets dogs or laughs has millions of Southern whites, Jim Crow veterans, black voter suppression legislators, and worshippers of Jefferson Davis and the Ku Klux Klan who are still fighting the Civil War in his base. The sons and daughters of the Confederacy will most likely be displaying the Confederate battle flag in their homes and waving it in their hearts until they lose the war, even if it has been removed from NASCAR and the Mississippi flag. Remember, he has millions of conservative fundamentalist Christian bigots in both Protestant and Catholic ranks in his base who believe God created the colored, particularly blacks, to serve the whites. Remember, he has millions who believe that fundamentalist Christian Dominionists should govern a theocratic country and prepare us for the Rapture. Remember, Trump has millions who are against same-sex marriage, the LBGTQ+ community, and abortion. Remember, NRA and gun culture members of his base justify that the Second Amendment is worth much more than the 140,000 Americans killed and wounded by firearms each year. Any human sacrifice is worth carrying AR-15s and handguns on the streets, in the bars, in grocery stores, and in state capitols in order to intimidate politicians and their fellow citizens. Almost 20% of American adults say they will not take COVID-19 vaccine while 28% of Republicans will refuse it. Who will the crazy anti-vaxxers led by Robert Kennedy, Jr. vote for? Ignorance is dangerous. It’s real hard to deal with stupid. If Trump loses the election and refuses to leave office in the Divided States of America he has turned into a banana republic—well, shoot the son-of-a-bitch. That’s what happens in third-world countries.

My favorite cynic H. L. Mencken left this message for citizens to consider when they go to the polls: “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world…has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the American people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

Two New Wordsabout a Human Dissenter: “Deluminating Covidiot”
Masks have been around for thousands of years: hiding identities, protecting faces from swords and spears, shielding faces from freezing cold and ice crystals, protecting faces from heat and welding materials, and even keeping the lungs from ingesting pollutants and germs, but this may be the first time they have been used to identity a political ideology.

The lack of a mask today can result in a deadly shooting of bullets or the respiration of deadly virus droplets resulting in death. The best bumper sticker to come out of the current crisis is “MASK IT OR CASKET!” In a challenging situation in a mall, an irate shopper yelled at a clerk: “Masks can’t stop viruses, pants can’t stop farts!” Perhaps the woman just had a series of brain farts. A Florida woman compared not wearing a mask to not wearing underwear because: “Things gotta breathe.” That’s as far as I will go with that one.

Masks can block the spread of respiratory droplets of COVID-19 that can kill babies, teens, Gen X, boomers, and lots of old farts. Research indicates masks have prevented 450,000 COVID-19 cases by May 22. Scientists predict that we can save 33,000 deaths if 95% wear masks through October. Read Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Mask of the Red Death” published in 1842 for additional details! In the story a mysterious masked figure runs through an abbey killing an impressive list of people—sorta like a virus in a nursing home. By the way,deluminating (like a dimmer switch!) covidiots don’t wear masks because it’s a “hoax!”

The Greek “Fab Five” Were Pretty Ignorant Compared To HS Sophomores Today
Students who have been forced to study Western and European history to gain a high school diploma or college degree today have run across the Greek “Fabulous Five” of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Sophocles, and Hippocrates. Hippocrates was the first to be fascinated by medicine. Socrates asked questions that the other three tried to answer—as well as millions of students over the centuries have also. Aristotle is called the father of Greek democracy—and ours. But I have never had a teacher proclaim that Aristotle staunchly defended slavery because it was “beneficial to the slave.” He thought that some people were unable to do things for their own good, so they should be “living tools” for use by others. He wrote: “The slave is part of the master, a living but separated part of his bodily frame.” He also thought that women should not be considered to be citizens in his “democratic” city because they were incapable of authoritative decision-making—and that even capable manual laborers should not be considered for citizenship. So it is our job today to correct Aristotle’s opinions to fit today’s society. Science in all fields marches on.

Henrich Rohrer describes what the task of science is: “Science means walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ambition and passion; and between arrogance and conviction—in short’ between and old today and a new tomorrow.” Rohrer was a Swiss physicist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in physics for using the electron microscope to construct small electronic circuits and for developing new technologies and equipment for the scanning tunneling microscope. It provides images of individual atoms on surfaces. He is recognized as the founder of what we call nanotechnology.

Science Tells Us Aristotle, Trump, Sojourner Truth, and Jesus Are All Africans
If you want to believe that Adam and Eve came from dust andrib in the Garden of Eden, that’s your business, but Eden was most likely in Northern Africa—and the entire human race, including the seven-foot Watusi in the NBA and the three-and-half foot archaic pygmies of Indonesia also came from the universal birthplace. We all started out pretty dark. Despite all of our present shades of white, brown, and black, we are all one race—the human race. When our ancestors moved around Planet Earth, we ran into different loads of ultraviolet rays and vitamin D. As a result the color of our skin varies. Folks, this is not an Alex Jones conspiracy theory, it’s hard rock science developed from Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and all of the scientific facts discovered since then. But we have to be educated to accept the facts.

Research (https://wallethub.com/edu//e/most-educated) on the education levels of the states is quite illuminating. Comparing educational attainment (diploma and degree) and quality of education (test success, funding, and other factors),experts determined that out of the top 15 states in the ranking of the most educated, only one, Utah, voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Fourteen went for Hillary. Out of the next 16 through 30, 11 voted for Trump and four voted for Hillary (Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, and California). In the bottom 20 in the rankings, all of them voted for Trump. Every Bible Belt state and every Old Confederacy state voted for our “Only I Can Do it” stable genius Donald Trump. Fascinating. A Pew Research poll of voters reveals that only 45% of Republicans are worried about spreading COVID-19 while 77% of Democrats are worried. GOP voters are more willing to mingle with other people at a sporting event or concert while only 11% of Democrats are willing. Willing to dine at a restaurant? GOP-65%, Democrats-28%. There’s a lot of “covidiotcy” going on. But Trump loves his base. He says: “I love the poorly educated.” But remember, he loves only himself. Do you think this anomaly has anything to do with the quantity and quality of education the voters have received? Perhaps the GesTrumpo should study why 37 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. have Democratic mayors. The largest city under GOP control is San Diego with 1.4 million. The other 12 are all in Republican states.

StormTrumpers and the Battle of the Masks
How would you like to be a cashier, a clerk, a Walmart greeter, a nursing home aide, a bartender, or a flight attendant, particularly in the South, Bible Belt, or red state? Comments to a 63-year-old North Carolina woman who is a lifetime asthmatic made by covidiots are quite instructive about mask-wearing. She worked as a clerk-cashier in a small general store in a little town on the Intracoastal Waterway.The state just made the mask a requirement. Corky and I are familiar with the territory and the people because we lived on New Topsail Island, NC, 20 feet from the Atlantic for two years. I have selected a few comments from a Washington Post article. Signs requesting customers to wear masks were placed in prominent positions outside and inside the store.

*** ”You’re infringing on my rights. This is a free country, and I’m here to shop, so who’s going to stop me?”
*** “F—k masks. F—k you.”
*** “You are a sheep. You’ve been brainwashed. You’re pushing government propaganda.”
*** “You are suffocating me. I’m an agent of the World Health Organization. You are part of the deep state.”
*** “How do you like your muzzle? Is this going to be sharia law? Are you prepping us to wear burqas? What’s next? Mind control?”
*** “My rights, my rights. Why are you trampling on the Constitution?”

The harassed clerks finally locked the door and admitted only those with a mask. King Donald indicated mask-wearing was a terrible weakness for four months to his Always-Trumpers—until his polls tanked. H. L. Mencken could spot a Trump a mile off: “As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”Remember when Trump said he was going to clean the swamp? He continues to pee in it. Actually, we all evolved out of a swamp. Trump has now created a cesspool out of the swamp.

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