Too Venal for Words category archive
The Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell comments on the who-shot-john in Florida over whether or not churches should be subject to shut-down orders in these viral times. He starts out with the story of the mega-church pastor who got arrested for ignoring a shut-down order.
No, that honor went to the pastor’s rationale for why he claimed his congregants they were safe — because he spent $100,000 on some sort of magical electronic system to “neutralize” the virus.
“We have brought in 13 machines that basically kill every virus in the place,” the pastor said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “If someone walks through the door, it kills everything on them. If they sneeze, it shoots it down at a 100 mph. It’ll neutralize it in split-seconds.”
I know the Lord blessed us with brains. It’s a shame some of his followers opt not to use them.
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At Psychology Today Blogs, Kristy Lee Hochenberger writes of the danger posed by narcissists who believe that they are entitled to ignore the advice of experts in these viral times. A snippet; follow the link to see whether her depiction of narcissism and narcissists reminds you of anyone in the news.
Only a narcissist would believe they are safe, immune, and deserve to continue life-as-usual. Case in point? A man outside of Rochester, NY lied about his COVID-19 symptoms in order to join his wife and new baby in the maternity ward. He is now responsible for exposing dozens of medical personnel and vulnerable patients – as well as their families – to the potentially deadly virus.
I can’t help but feel that this is a harbinger of coming events.
In more news of our descent into Lord of the Flies, “zoombombing” . . . .
Natch, he was hawking his phony cures via videos on “social” media.
David does a round-up coronavirus scams. As he points out, these are not nice people.
Elsewhere, David does a round-up of coronavirus scam ads. It’s absolutely mind-boggling.
New York State has issued a cease and desist order to stop televangelist Jim Bakker from selling magic snake oil reputed to combat coronavirus.
Apparently, it’s been found to be a grift of God.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., offers a eulogy for competence. A snippet:
The mixed-up, mixed-messaging misadventures of the Trump regime as it struggled to frame a coherent response to the novel coronavirus threat was a master class in what happens in a post-competence world once a critical mass of voters decides that stupidity is authenticity and ignorance some form of native genius. It was frightening and yet perversely fascinating to watch.
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If you Photoshop it away, did it really happen?
Follow the link for the National Archives spokesperson’s truly lamer rationalization for pretending history wasn’t.