Airhead, yo-yo . . . | Tom Camfield

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Posted 8/4/21

There are about 100 synonyms from which to choose on line, but “Moron“ is pretty generally defined as “a very stupid person.”

“Make no mistake” tweeted Kevin …

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There are about 100 synonyms from which to choose on line, but “Moron“ is pretty generally defined as “a very stupid person.”

“Make no mistake” tweeted Kevin McCarthy, top Republican in the House, “the threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state.”

When asked by reporters about McCarthy’s assertion that the return of the mandate was “not based on science,” Nancy Pelosi said, “He’s such a moron.”

At her weekly press conference later, the speaker did not repeat her disparaging characterization. “I said earlier in my comments, science, science, science and science,” Pelosi said. “On almost every subject you can name, science is the answer, whether it’s the climate crisis, whether it’s a health crisis, whether it’s our preeminence in the world of technology, science, science, science, science. To say that wearing a mask is not based on science, I think, is not wise, and that was my comment.”

McCathy said Saturday that should he become speaker, he would struggle to resist striking Pelosi with the gavel that comes with the job. "It will be hard not to hit her with it but I will bang it down," McCarthy said,

ANOTHER NOTE IN PASSING: July 26 New York Times — The vaccines effectively prevent severe illness and death. Yet nearly half the population remains unvaccinated and unprotected. About 30% of adults have not received even a single dose, and the percentage is much higher in some parts of the country. America is one of the few countries with enough vaccines at its disposal to protect every resident — and yet it has the highest rates of vaccine hesitance or refusal of any nation except Russia.

AND ANOTHER NOTE: “Let’s be clear: My job as a Congresswoman is to turn your cries for justice and bold change into legislation that transforms lives and livelihoods for the better. What my job is NOT is to put the interests of corporations over those of working people and families. — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

MEANWHILE, Take the blind stupidity of Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who went on Fox News recently to attack crime in “big Democratic cities and states,” then suggested it was not a problem in South Carolina because of all the guns. He suggested that South Carolina (where the "castle doctrine" and "stand your ground" laws provide legal protection to shoot people in many situations) kept its crime rates down because people were deterred by all the gun owners. 

It also was a Republican (Michael Steele, former chair of the Republican National Committee) who tweeted in response: “Umm Senator perhaps you should speak with your State Law Enforcement Division before jawboning about South Carolina shooting people as a deterrence to violent crime: The murder rate went up around 25% in 2020; aggravated assault went up around 9% in 2020.”

Meanwhile, a HuffPost headline read: “Ex-Trump Official Warns Unvaccinated Exactly What To Expect From Delta Variant” and the story said “Adm. Brett Giroir also had a message for people who think they’re protected with natural immunity from a previous infection . . . Adm. Brett Giroir, the Trump White House’s COVID-19 testing czar, on Friday spelled out what unvaccinated people should expect from the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus.

“’If you are not vaccinated and if you have not had COVID before, you’re going to get the delta variant,’ Giroir told CNN’s Chris Cuomo." As Cuomo later explained: “On average, one person will transmit this to nine people, unlike the original virus, which got transmitted to two or three.”

Giroir expressed concern over people relying on natural immunity from a previous infection as their sole protection from the disease. “Natural immunity is real and it provides protection, but there is more and more accumulated evidence that that immunity wanes and it’s not so good against delta.”

“So I’m very concerned and I do support the recommendations that even if you had COVID, you need to get vaccinated as well,” he added of the shots proven to safely and effectively curb transmission and prevent serious illness.

Giroir’s comments came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned in internal documents of a change in “the war” against COVID-19 because of the highly infectious delta variant that’s spread nationwide.

So yes. Perhaps this will help to illustrate that some Republicans are concerned more with the plight of the American people than with self-oriented goals and comforts of the Trump gang.

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Justin Hale

How about the rights of citizens who believe they should be secure in their bodies, free from government interference?

Wednesday, August 4
Dage Corvish

See opening.

Wednesday, August 4
Tom Camfield

“How about the rights of citizens who believe they should be secure in their bodies, free from government interference?” Justin asks.

In response to Justin’s inane query here above, let’s cull a bit of comment by Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner and syndicated columnist of the New York Times: “Driving drunk is also a personal choice. But almost everyone understands that it’s a personal choice that endangers others; 97% of the public considers driving while impaired by alcohol a serious problem. Why don’t we have the same kind of unanimity on refusing to get vaccinated?

“The link between vaccine refusal and COVID deaths is every bit as real as the link between DUI and traffic deaths, but is less obvious to the naked eye . Why are people on the right so receptive to misinformation and so angry about efforts to set the record straight?

“When people on the right talk about ‘freedom,’ what they actually mean is closer to ‘defense of privilege’—specifically the right of certain people (generally white male Christians) to do whatever they want.”

Krugman’s latest column appeared in The ‘Seattle Times Aug. 4 and also may be found on line.

Thursday, August 5
Justin Hale

Personally, I don't care what Paul Krugman has to say, I asked YOU the question “How about the rights of citizens who believe they should be secure in their bodies, free from government interference?” And you offer up a piece by Krugman who drags politics and racism into the discussion.

Thursday, August 5
Dage Corvish

Sad really, to live in a society where leaders are elected to serve the interests of all citizens, to develop policies to keep all citizens safe, if necessary, even from each other. It is just not fair.

Thursday, August 5
Justin Hale

What's really sad is when our elected officials fail to uphold their duty to defend the Constitutional rights of Citizens. .....

Amendment IV: The right of the people to be SECURE IN THEIR PERSONS, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Congressmen/women oath of office: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Today we have some Congresspeople actively working against the 4th amendment, forcing citizens to inject a vaccine against their will, while they allow our Nations southern border to be illegally breached by thousands of unvaccinated illegals.

Friday, August 6
Dage Corvish

amend 4 is about search and seizure. It says nothing about vaccines. See opening line above.

Friday, August 6
Tom Camfield

"Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the unalienable rights which the Declaration says have been given to all humans by their creator, and which governments are created to protect.

Without the first, of course, the other two are meaningless.

Friday, August 6
Justin Hale

"amend 4 is about search and seizure. It says nothing about vaccines." ..... Not surprising since vaccines were hardly known of when the amendments were written. But hey, if you're OK with the government telling you what to do with your body/person then go for it, and once you are vaccinated why should you care about those who choose not to take the vaccine?

...........

Saturday, August 7
Dage Corvish

Ignorance kills.

Willful ignorance murders.

Saturday, August 7
Marge Samuelson

You might consider children who are under the age of 12 and cannot be vaccinated. I think it's o.k. to care about others, even if you are vaccinated.

Sunday, August 8
Justin Hale

Marge, the number of children dying from CV is extremely low. Would you, knowing that, expose your children to a vaccine that is yet not approved by the FDA and certainly hasn't stood the test of time as to its long-term safety? just because the government tells you to? I wouldn't.

Monday, August 9
Marge Samuelson

I grew up in a time when people, especially children died from diseases like smallpox, measles, mumps, polio. Thankfully we now have vaccines that have either wiped out these diseases or greatly diminished them. I gave my children vaccines from the time they were born. I would give them if I had small children now. Untested? How many people have died from Covid-19? How many were vaccinated? Stop spreading your misinformation. More children will die because of people like you, uninformed and uncaring.

Monday, August 9
Dage Corvish

Emulating his dear leader, t****, the willfully ignorant, racist inhale virus only cares for . . .

the willfully ignorant, racist inhale virus.

Tuesday, August 10
Justin Hale

The average vaccine takes between 5-10 years to develop, the CV vaccine was rushed to development and as of today has yet to be approved by the FDA. Polio, mumps, measles, and rubella are all natural occurring viruses. The SARS-CoV-2 virus IMHO originated in a lab in Wuhan China. I think there is ample information out there for a rational person to have doubts about taking the CV vaccine. We gave our children the MMR and polio vaccines, today I would be reluctant to give my child the CV vaccine.

You say I'm spreading misinformation, can you cite that "misinformation".

" More children will die because of people like you, uninformed and uncaring. "..... Meanwhile, the Biden/Harris administration disperses thousands of unvaccinated illegals into our country, excuse me if I don't take you seriously Marge.

Tuesday, August 10
Marge Samuelson

Of course you don't take me seriously. You are a troll, the only reason I respond is to make sure people know.

"Marge, the number of children dying from CV is extremely low. Would you, knowing that, expose your children to a vaccine that is yet not approved by the FDA and certainly hasn't stood the test of time as to its long-term safety? " misinformation again. Cases have dropped dramatically since vaccinations. Look at the statistics for each state, see where the virus is spreading, un-vaccinated people.

'Children are not supposed to die': CDC director gives passionate response about how children make up 400 of the 600,000 COVID-19 deaths. Yes I would vaccinate my child, having seen what COVID-19 can do to adults, vaccination is the only way to protect yourself & your children under 12.

Now we have the Delta Variant and people not getting vaccinated to protect their children. Masks are back in a lot of stores, in crowds you should wear a mask, even if you are vaccinated. Coincidentally there has been more colds & flu since people are not wearing masks.

A simple solution to the pandemic is if people would do what the World Health Organization, the CDC have asked, get vaccinated. Don't listen to trolls like Just in Hale.

Tuesday, August 10
Dage Corvish

Sometimes one cannot make this stuff up. It is hilarious and sad at the same time.

There is a local scholar (in the very loosest sense of the word) who in the midst of a worldwide pandemic (okay, that's redundant) . . . anyway, this scholar would feel much better about the whole thing if those pharmaceutical companies would just take several years to come up with vaccines rather than rush through an emergency process during an emergency. Can you imagine the familial and societal collapse if we waited some magic amount of time? (Please fire rescue folks, don't pour water on my burning house, it might cause some damage and the fire might go out anyway.)

The scholar even has a back-up plan warming up. Blame the illegal immigrants. Blame people who are trying to escape unbearable conditions to give their families some semblance of hope for a better life. What makes them less human than the scholar, I wonder? I suspect they are too brown for scholar's taste. I'm not sure how that addresses the vaccination dilemma faced by the scholar. I won't get the vaccination because there are illegal immigrants. (Remember: scholar in a very loose sense.)

Now we're faced with a variant of the original virus which in some respects is worse than the original. Who is getting infected by the virus? Ninety-five percent or so are those who are unvaccinated, some of whom would rather wait several years just to make sure. There's some irony. For the tombstone: Cautious to the very End. I'm sure someone will mourn. I wish there was a way to trace the collateral damage and inscribe that on the stone.

Wednesday, August 11
Justin Hale

The Thalidomide drug wasn't a problem until it was a problem 5 years after it was FDA approved. Anyone who thinks that less than 1-year experience with the CV vaccine constitutes the "test of time" is just ignorant. Anyone interested in learning more can Google "cases where FDA approved drugs proved dangerous" That's not misinformation, that's facts.

I know 5 people who have had the CV-19. They all survived it and said it was like getting a bad flu. Should they be forced to take the vaccine? I don't think so.

Explain to me how people who have been vaccinated should still wear the mask. If a person is vaccinated and then test negative a week later what purpose does the mask serve? Other than to placate the crazy, neurotics among us.

I noticed that you had no comment about the job Biden and Harris are doing spreading thousands of unvax'd illegals into the country.

Wednesday, August 11
Marge Samuelson

As of July 23, 2021 610,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.

Most deaths of COVID-19 now are among people who are not vaccinated.

Just because you don't know anyone (although I do) who has died from Covid-19 doesn't mean people that are unvaccinated are not dying!

STOP SPREADING MISINFORMATION.

Wednesday, August 11
Justin Hale

Marge, you keep harping the misinformation line and yet you have not given any examples. The message is, if you don't agree with me you are spreading misinformation.

"(CNN) Fully vaccinated people who get a Covid-19 breakthrough infection can transmit the virus, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday." .....Fact or misinformation Marge?

Wednesday, August 11
Tom Camfield

So which is it, politics or stupidity—or both?

Americans who say they will definitely not get vaccinated against COVID-19 are overwhelmingly white and Republican, according to polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Only 14% of Americans say they will definitely not get vaccinated. But even this much-lesser group is 69% white, compared with 7% Black and 12% Hispanic. Republicans make up 58% of this group, while Democrats account for 18%.

Wednesday, August 11
Marge Samuelson

Just trying to keep people who might read your comments realize you are just another Troll. Quit spreading misinformation. And the unvaccinated keep getting COVID-19.

Wednesday, August 11
Justin Hale

"So which is it, politics or stupidity—or both?".....

On the campaign trail Biden and Harris both cast doubt about the safety of the vaccine, Harris even said "But if Donald Trump tells us that we should take it, I’m not taking it." How's that for stupid political reasoning.

But political hypocrisy aside, back to my original point being that I believe that we have the right to choose what we do with our bodies, you and others don't believe we have that right.

Thursday, August 12
Dage Corvish

Sad really, to live in a society where leaders are elected to serve the interests of all citizens, to develop policies to keep all citizens safe, if necessary, even from each other. It is just not fair. End of circle. Buck up, rubber chicken.

Thursday, August 12
Marge Samuelson

Attention: People do not have the right to endanger others. Solutions: If you don't want the vaccine, stay home, stay away from people, go live in a isolated area of the world. Or, you could just get a vaccination, so that other invader COVID-19 can't enter your body. Duh!

Thursday, August 12
Justin Hale

"People do not have the right to endanger others.".....And people do not have the right to force others to take a vaccine that they believe may be harmful.

Friday, August 13
Dage Corvish

Keep America Dysfunctional. One might believe Comrade Rubber Chicken to be Russki. To be t****uglican pretty much the same.

Friday, August 13