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Instagram Moment of the Week – August 8, 2020

On Monday, August 3, Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in Virginia, inexplicably posted a photo of himself with a woman who is not his wife, both with their pants undone, partying on a yacht.  He then deleted the photo, but in the current cyber age, the image has been captured – for better or worse – forever.

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Photos of the Week – August 8, 2020

The 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally opened this week in Sturgis, South Dakota with little regard for the COVID-19 pandemic.  Bike aficionados roared into town, sans masks and social distancing.  I have to concede I have no problem with this.  While I haven’t ridden a motorcycle in almost 30 years – and probably wouldn’t now at my age – I fully support this rally and the attendees’ right to navigate as they please.  If I was on bike, traveling down the highway at 100 mph, my biggest concern wouldn’t be a virus flying into my mouth; it’d be a bug!  Or some idiot coming the other way in their over-sized SUV texting.

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Video of the Week – August 8, 2020

Images captured in the aftermath of a horrific blast of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 5 that killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5,000 others show a city in chaos.

The following day Beirut resident Hoda Melki captured her mother playing “Auld Lang Syne” on a piano amidst the blast-related debris and damage in her apartment.

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Tweet of the Week – August 8, 2020

Discussions between congressional Democrats and Republicans over additional economic relief, including extending unemployment benefits, have broken down – again – as Americans continue struggling with rising personal debts and increased costs of living.

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Worst Quote of the Week – August 8, 2020

“[Children] don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem.  It doesn’t have an impact on them.  I’ve watched some doctors say they’re totally immune.”

President Donald Trump, in a video commentary on why schools should re-open, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The video had been tweeted out by Trump’s reelection campaign, but was promptly removed by Twitter for violating its newly-minted standards against spreading false information.

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Best Quote of the Week – August 8, 2020

“Trump is actively sabotaging the election under our noses – this isn’t theoretical, it’s happening RIGHT NOW.”

Brian Tyler Cohen, on the recent ousting of top executives of the U.S. Postal Service.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s mail service, displacing the executives in a move now dubbed the “Friday Night Massacre.  The incident comes as congressional Democrats called for an investigation of DeJoy and the cost-cutting measures that have slowed postal deliveries and jeopardized mail-in ballots in recent primary elections.

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Darwin Award Winner of the Month – July 2020 – Louie Gohmert

“[I]f I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

The far right-wing congressman who had adamantly refused to wear a mask in public has now tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Instagram Moment of the Week – August 1, 2020

In a now deleted Instagram post, semi-singer and desperately untalented actress Madonna praised the words of Donald Trump’s newest medical hero, Dr. Stella “Demon Sperm” Immanuel.

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Photo of the Week – August 1, 2020

Since 2014, wildlife filmmaker and photographer Mithun H has searched for Saya, a black panther that’s been eluding his admirers in the Kabini Forest in India for years.  After camping out in the area for six days recently, the photographer captured an image of Saya, alongside his leopard companion, Cleopatra.

Mithun H notes that the couple has been together for four years and has an feline atypical relationship.  “Usually in the courting pairs generally it is the male who takes charge and moves around with the female following close behind.  But with this couple, it was definitely Cleo who was in charge while the panther followed,” he wrote on Instagram.

Mithun H has previously worked with National Geographic Wild on The Real Black Panther, which follows Saya’s life.

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Tweet of the Week – August 1, 2020

In a now-deleted Tweet, Vance Ginn, the chief economist for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, commented that schools should open since most COVID-19 victims in Texas are elderly or Hispanic.

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