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Grifters of God 0

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.

That wasn’t even the nuttiest part of the story.

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.

Follow the link for the rest.


Nattering Nabobs of Narcissism 0

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.


Mask Marauder 0

I can’t help but feel that this is a harbinger of coming events.

A contractor working at Bangor City Hall is accused of stealing N95 masks intended for emergency responders and has been charged with theft.

In more news of our descent into Lord of the Flies, “zoombombing” . . . .


Putting the Cart before the Hearse 0

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

You can’t make this stuff up.


Twits on Twitter 0

Little Marco.

Words fail me.


The Electronic Medicine Show 0

FBI arrests coronavirus snake oil salesman for wire fraud.

Natch, he was hawking his phony cures via videos on “social” media.


Disinformation Nation 0

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.


Facebook Frolics, Going Viral Dept. 0

Headline: Man claimed he had COVID-19 in a Facebook Live video filmed in NC Walmart, police say.

Words fail me.


The Medicine Show, One More Time 0

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.


. . . To an Epidemic of Stupid 0

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.

Follow the link for the recap.


A Picture Is Worth 0

Man returning walker to props department at studio says to attendant,,

Click for the original image.


Judging Amy 0

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has had enough of Roger Stone’s guff.


Greens Fees 0

Golf can be an expensive pursuit.


The Return of the Medicine Show 0

Once a snake oil salesman, always a snake oil salesman.


The Sentence of the End 0

As you have no doubt heard by now, Attorney-General Bill Barr has chosen to undercut prosecutors’ sentence recommendation for Roger Stone. Field finds this act to be somewhat disturbing.


TSA Security Theatre 0

Nothing got by him.


Facebook Frolics 0

Tagged, you’re it.


Disarchived 0

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.


“Let Them Eat Cake French Fries” 0

Nutrition, schmutrition.

Yet more mean for the sake of mean.


Fly the Fiendly Skies . . . 0

. . . and get your bag checked out.