“We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that.”
– President Donald Trump, on FOX News, claiming that people in “dark shadows” are controlling the campaign of Joe Biden.
In my recollection, “Dark Shadows” was a highly popular primetime gothic series that ran from 1966 to 1971. It dealt with vampires, ghosts and various creepy ghouls that stalked the darkness. You know, much like we have in Washington, D.C. today. Only thing is the “Dark Shadows” characters were much more loveable.
The video was retweeted by – who else – Donald Trump, which Twitter promptly removed. Immanuel has already joined the President in touting hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19, but also has a history of making particularly outlandish statements — including that the uterine disorder endometriosis is caused by sex with demons that takes place in dreams.
In a video uploaded by Jordan Gipson, a delivery driver with Black Postmates in Los Angeles, a combative and maskless woman refuses to allow Gipson into the building. Eventually the resident who ordered the food arrives (wearing a mask) to get their food.
White woman becomes hysterical after Black man says something to her. In decades past, that occasionally would have been a death sentence for the latter. Now, it’s almost news fodder. And with the advent of 21st century technology, it becomes a social media event.
According to Karlos Dillard, the woman cut him off on the road then flipped him the bird and called him “nigger” before following him with her car for four blocks. It was only after she saw he was recording her with his phone that she stopped.
The belligerent, maskless man had charged at other customers who were recording him and even shouted at one, “Don’t record me! That’s an invasion of my personal privacy!”
I have to make three points regarding this particular incident. For one thing, while Texas Governor Greg Abbott hasn’t made it mandatory for people wear masks in public, he has encouraged the practice. Also, when someone is in public – angry or not – they should have no expectation of privacy. Finally, if you’ve ever been to a 99 Cent Only store, you should understand that the COVID-19 virus is the least potential health hazard you’ll face.
On Thursday, March 12, the U.S. stock market experienced its worst day since October 19, 1987 (“Black Monday”). They recovered somewhat today, March 13, but economists fear a recession looms on the financial horizon.
The above expression is what many people had on November 9, 2016. It’s also the same expression I had when I found out Madonna really wasn’t a virgin. Then, I remembered – the song said “LIKE a Virgin”.
“The Left is doing everything they can to blow COVID-19 and the fluctuating economy out of proportion.”
– Right-wing political activist Ed Martin, in an email earlier this week to his followers on why he believes the COVID-19 fiasco is having such a negative effect on the U.S. economy.
An attorney and politician from Missouri, Martin now runs the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, a group founded by the late Phyllis Schlafly in 1972 in response to the then-growing women’s and gay rights movements.
“Is this perhaps a ploy to try to take down President Trump’s roaring economy that we have by sabotaging the markets, by creating fear porn and fear-mongering while they’re also killing Chinese people by the thousands? Is that a strategy that the deep state would actually use?”
– Conspiracy theorist Ann Vandersteel, speculating that the coronavirus outbreak may have been orchestrated by the “deep state” and/or the British government in order to destabilize global markets, weaken the American economy and prevent President Donald Trump from being reelected.
Sometimes, when people become severely ill with an influenza-type agent, they begin to hallucinate and start seeing things that aren’t there. In this case, however, the new coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to be inducing phantasmagoric hysteria in a variety of people. Then again, that often happens when folks don’t read more than religious texts and a TV guide. It’s almost unfortunate fatal viruses don’t target stupidity.