Too Stupid for Words category archive
Every once in a while, someone will ask me if some news or news-adjacent item is true.
My first response has become, “Did you see it on
In a longer article regarding a Federal judge’s ruling that the Trump-appointed head of the Department of Homeland
Republican Family Values Security was illegally appointed to his post, Elizabeth Dye summarizes how Trump’s promotion procedure (if you can dignify it with a three-syllable word) works:
Follow the link for the details.
Broken link fixed.
I noticed my error (I broke the link) about an hour ago, about 10:20 p. m., but it seems my hosting provider was having some issues. I got a 502 error when I tried to connect to the backend of the site to edit this post.
There’s a reason no hosting provider will promise more that 99% uptime–computers and networks are physical objects, and physical objects will break from time to time. But I’ve been using this provider for a decade now. I would recommend them to anyone because of their reliable performance and excellent tech support–especially because of their excellent tech support (and, in another life, I used to wear a headset myself).
It appears that ex-Governor Chris Christie has discovered that not everyone is who they seem to be on “social” media.
Methinks he shall vet his customers more carefully in the future.
. . . and promptly writes a prescription. Side effects include unfeeling callousness with a lack of empathy.
The 64-year-old recovered after being treated with a bronchial nebulizer in March, but the ensuing months have done little to dull the trauma of his illness. Hearing of President Donald Trump’s advice by Tweet and video on Monday not to fear the disease — as well as the president’s insistence on riding in a motorcade outside Walter Reed Medical Center and returning to the White House while still infectious — enraged him.
“I’m so glad that he appears to be doing well, that he has doctors who can give him experimental drugs that aren’t available to the masses,” Sedlacek said. “For the rest of us, who are trying to protect ourselves, that behavior is an embarrassment.”
COVID-19 has infected about 7.5 million Americans, leaving more than 210,000 dead and millions more unemployed, including Sedlacek. The U.S. has less than 5% of the globe’s population but more than 20% of the reported deaths.
More side effects at the link.
In The Kansas City Star, Melinda Henneberger reports on a small town in the Missouri countryside where most of the residents have chosen to disregard the danger of infection in these viral times. Many of them seem to have bought the herd immunity fairy tale that, if enough people get sick (lots of whom will die, but that part gets left out of the fairy tale version), somehow the threat will magically go away. Here’s a bit:
That’s such a common feeling in this town of 12,000 in the southwestern corner of the state that a mom who sees this nonchalance as “nuts” also said she’s afraid her business would fail if she let me use her name: “I’ve already had to unfollow everyone I’ve ever known on Facebook. More people than I ever would have believed think we’ll never hear about COVID again after the election, and if you wear a mask you get laughed at. A gentleman at the Dollar Tree came up and told me I was a sheep and I looked ridiculous. I have a friend who was diagnosed with COVID” who thought it was no problem for her kids to keep going to school.
We are a society of stupid.