Anger can be a good thing, when it motivates and inspires you to do something to change events or circumstances. If, that is, that which makes you angry is something over which you have at least a modicum of control or influence. But, when you must simply sit and watch the idiocy around you, anger becomes self-destructive and leads to depression. I took a break from blogging yesterday, except for my music post, because everything I tried to write was beyond a snarky snippet, was even beyond a rant, but sounded like the ravings of a madman with more expletives than a trucker would use! I’m still angry, but I have, hopefully, corralled the worst of it. Crises bring out the best in some people, the worst in others. What we see every time we log onto any of the news media are the examples of the very worst of the human species. And, of course, our own government is making a muckety mess of it all, doing everything exactly wrong, and … we have no control. It is frustrating, at best, and I won’t say what it is at worst. So … prepare for a bit of a rant … “Ranty Snippets”?
The bitch …
Gerrity’s Supermarket is a small family-owned chain in northeastern Pennsylvania. Like grocers nationwide, it has been deluged with orders and has struggled to keep basics such as chicken breasts and toilet paper on the shelves. Employees have been working overtime, pausing only for five-second breaks to wipe everything down with disinfectant wipes.
Two days ago, on Wednesday afternoon, a woman entered the store, proceeded to the produce section where she intentionally coughed all over every bit of the produce in the store!!! ON PURPOSE!!! Two weeks I tried to buy a damn green pepper and this woman, in a single malicious act, destroyed some $35,000 worth of food … food that we have been struggling to buy!
The store’s co-owner Joe Fasula said that they had no choice but to toss every bit of the produce.
It didn’t take long for employees to realize what the woman was doing, and they quickly escorted her out of the store and called police. Turns out, the woman is known to the local police for having caused problems in the community before. WHY, in these times of so much grief and trouble, would anybody be so cruel??? But, this isn’t an isolated incident.
- A New Jersey man was charged with harassment and making terroristic threats after purposely coughing on a Wegmans grocery store employee and saying he had coronavirus.
- A Carlisle, Pennsylvania man is facing multiple charges after deliberately coughing near an elderly citizen wearing a medical face mask.
There have been hundreds of such reports. The Carlisle man was 57 years old, and the New Jersey man was 50 … not some teenagers pulling a prank that they thought funny, but full-blown adults! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
First Amendment is still alive, yes?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I understand that for three long years and two long months, Donald Trump has been trampling the U.S. Constitution. However … we will not allow him to completely remove, destroy, reverse, or otherwise restrict our 1st Amendment rights!!!
The latest …
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign sent cease-and-desist letters to local television stations on Wednesday, threatening them with legal action and potentially their broadcast licenses if they continue to air an ad from a Democratic group, Priorities USA. The ad plays audio of Trump downplaying the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic over a chart of the mounting number of cases in the U.S. — now at more than 85,000 — but the Trump campaign objected only to one clip, of Trump saying “this is their new hoax.”
That quote comes from a Feb. 28 rally at which Trump repeatedly called his handling of the epidemic “one of the great jobs” and compared the Democrats “politicizing” of the coronavirus to the Russia investigation and Ukraine scandal. HE SAID IT! There’s no denying that it is a fact, it is the truth, it is on tape for all to hear! The president’s re-election campaign does not have the right to stifle free speech or free press! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
The loons are coming out of the woodwork!
Rick Wiles is an American far-right conspiracy theorist and non-denominational senior pastor at Flowing Streams Church in Vero Beach, Florida. Mr. Wiles claims that God is spreading the coronavirus in synagogues because he is “dealing with those who oppose his son, Jesus Christ.” And here is where those epithets really, really want to come out, but I am biting my tongue in the interest of professionalism and of not stepping on any toes. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
While schools and college campuses around the country remain closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Liberty University is set to allow the return this week of up to 5,000 students. The plan was announced by the private evangelical university’s scandal–plagued president, Jerry Falwell Jr., an ally of President Trump. Falwell’s ‘University’ is located in Virginia, a state that recently closed all schools for the rest of the school year. Members of the community are not happy with Mr. Falwell, but he claims their concerns are ‘overblown’. Nevertheless, the campus is said to resemble a ‘ghost town’.
On a final note, before I throw my laptop at the nearest wall, as of midnight tonight, Trump’s overall approval rating has reached an all-time high of 45.3%. His previous high was reached on February 18th at 44.9%. Would somebody PLEASE tell me what this jackass has done that people are approving of??? Since we first heard of the coronavirus back in January, Donald Trump has risked our lives every single bloody damn day by taking every single wrong turn he could take!!! WHAT THE HELL are people approving of??? Oh … is it that whopping $1,200 check? Well friends, guess what? You will pay that back in spades. Oh yeah … YOU the taxpayer will pay it back. The United States does not have $2 trillion … it is effectively bankrupt. It is borrowing that money and the day of reckoning will come. Remember, the wealthy and corporations don’t pay their fair share in taxes, so you, the average taxpayer, will pay that $1,200 back with interest! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
And now, my heart rate has once again traveled into that danger zone, so I shall stop for tonight. Hope you are all well and safe, my friends. Stay tuned this afternoon for Part XI of mine and Jeff’s project, Discord & Dissension.