I have two or three pieces started … good topics, I think … but too much detritus is crossing my radar for me to find my focus, so … sigh … you know what that means, right? Yep, it’s time for snarky snippets. Once I share the angst with you guys, then perhaps I can clear my mind and focus. It’s worth a shot, anyway.
Is he really trying to kill us all?
When I read yesterday … or was it the day before? … that Trump ordered meat-processing plants to remain open and continue operating, declaring them critical infrastructure, I shook my head. This is puzzling, for … he is perfectly fine with farmers trashing their entire harvest, plowing their crops back into the ground, throwing billions of gallons of milk away, fruit left rotting on the trees (because he has deported the migrant workers), and yet he orders meat-processing plants to remain open. Where’s the logic??? Fruits, vegetables, milk, dairy products, etc. are a far more important part of the human diet than meat! In fact, most people in the U.S., perhaps in all western nations, consume far much more meat than is healthy.
So, what to make of the fact that Trump is happy enough to have healthy foods destroyed, but is determined to shove more meat down our throats? The only conclusion I can draw is that he wants us all dead, or at least in such a diminished state that we cannot do much. This theory is supported, also, by his determination to have all businesses up and running again long before it is safe to do so. He has been warned that to open businesses to the public just now will … not ‘might’, but ‘will’ … result in a resurgence of the coronavirus and that the second wave might be even more lethal than the first.
Trump also said he would also shield meatpacking companies from legal liability from worker claims of not being adequately protected … a gross violation of the law, and one that is going to lead to so many lawsuits that I’m beginning to wish I were a lawyer!
At least 22 plants processing meat from pork to chicken have closed at some point after clusters of employees tested positive for coronavirus. You remember that old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink”? I think that will apply here. You can order a plant to remain open, perhaps, but you cannot force employees to return to work. It is my sincere hope that the employees present a United Front and take up the mantra of Vietnam War protestors in the 1960s, “Hell no, we won’t go!”
Oh, what could possibly go wrong?
I’ve written numerous times about Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who I consider to be one of the most awful human beings in the country, a man whose campaign ad shows him pointing a rifle at his daughter’s boyfriend! However, here he is again, back on my radar, and this time I’m … floored at the stupidity.
Kemp announced in his most recent executive order that — provided they meet all other requirements — those holding instructional permits can qualify for their driver’s licenses without the “comprehensive on-the-road driving test.”
That means teens can get their license when they turn 16 without getting in a car with a test administrator. That means that in the State of Georgia, by this time next year, there will be tens of thousands of teenagers driving cars who have never proven that they were capable of driving the car. My recommendation is that every person who is involved in a crash with any of these illegitimate drivers must sue Governor Kemp for millions of dollars … it seems that money is the only language these jackasses understand, for human life surely carries no weight with them! Where’s the logic???
And speaking of the insanity that reigns supreme in the United States today …
On Thursday, New York became the second state to be sued by … wait for it … the National Rifle Association (NRA). Why? Because New York decided that gun shops, contrary to what Trump & Co determined, were not essential services and were therefore closed down during the shutdown of non-essential businesses in an effort to protect its citizens.
The NRA is, of course, claiming that shuttering of the gun shops along with schools, restaurants, retail stores, etc., is an infringement on the 2nd Amendment. They have also found other imaginative ways of turning the coronavirus pandemic to their own advantage … or at least trying to. On their website, you will find articles titled “COVID-19: Threat to Second Amendment” and “Pandemic Exposes Dangers of So-Called “Universal” Background Checks” Seriously???
Let’s talk about this for just a minute. A gun is manufactured with only one purpose: to kill. Hunting rifles and shotguns are used to kill animals, all other guns are used to kill humans. There is no other purpose … guns do not make pretty decorative planters, nor are they useful for peeling potatoes. They kill. That’s all. So, think about this for a moment … in the midst of a pandemic that is killing thousands per day every day in this country, the NRA believes it is essential that people in this country have unlimited access to buy a gun to … kill. Isn’t the damn pandemic doing enough killing??? And … libraries are closed, bookstores are closed, music stores are closed … the things that bring us pleasure and enhance our lives are closed, but gun stores must remain open.In other states, where gun shops have remained open, gun sales have soared. SOARED! 3.7 million background checks were performed in March. The previous record was 3.3 million in December 2015. The highest number of guns sold in this country in a single month was this past March, when businesses were first shuttered and the death toll from the coronavirus skyrocketed. WHAT THE HELL??? Did the gun nuts think they were going to shoot the virus??? Do they think it will break into their homes in the middle of the night and steal the good silver? I have never understood and will never understand the gun culture in the United States, but this one just blows my mind … there is absolutely zero logic behind it. Surely the courts will have the good sense to throw the cases out, or at the very least rule against the NRA. If not … then I have no more hope for the sane people of this nation.