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Most Unhinged Moment of the Week – May 15, 2020

“Texas’ Governor says you don’t need (expletive)!”

 – An unidentified man at a 99 Cent Only store in San Antonio, Texas, after an employee told him to wear a mask as part of company policy to prevent spread of COVID-19.

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.

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Photo of the Week – March 13, 2020

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”.

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Worst Quote of the Week – March 13, 2020

“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.

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Worst Quote of the Week – February 28, 2020

“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.

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