August, 2020 archive
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III delivers a sermon for our times. H/T to my friend Andrew Jackson for the link.
If you are white like me, I especially urge you to listen to this message.
Kermit and Miss Piggy would not be amused.
We are a society of stupid.
Once again, we are reminded that “responsible gun owner” is an oxymoron.
With an emphasis on the “moron.”
There is a very real difference between spin, which may
offer different interpretations of the facts twist the facts, and lies, which ignore the facts.
Sam and his crew dissect the ludicrous arguments offered by Libertarians against common sense safety measures in these viral times. (Warning: Some language.)
The AP reports on the rest of the world’s view of the failure of the United States to deal with these viral times. An excerpt (emphasis added):
Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more consternation than in Italy, which was ground zero of Europe’s epidemic. Italians were unprepared when the outbreak exploded in February and the country still has one of the world’s highest official death tolls at 35,000.
But after a strict nationwide 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracing of new clusters and general acceptance of mask mandates and social distancing, Italy has become a model of virus containment.
“Don’t they care about their health?” a mask-clad Patrizia Antonini asked about people in the United States as she walked with friends along the banks of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome. “They need to take our precautions … They need a real lockdown.”
Much of the incredulity in Europe stems from the fact that America had the benefit of time, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus that the continent itself didn’t have when the first COVID-19 patients started filling intensive care units. Yet, more than four months into a sustained outbreak, the U.S. is about to hit an astonishing milestone of 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world. Health officials believe the actual number is closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all cases are asymptomatic.
“We Italians always saw America as a model,” said Massimo Franco, columnist with daily Corriere della Sera. “But with this virus we’ve discovered a country that is very fragile, with bad infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent.”