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Badges, Masks & Animals 

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2020 by andelino

In an era when the government is using cell phone data to track our movements, drones to enforce compliance of lockdown orders, thermal imaging to monitor social distancing, pastors are getting arrested for hosting church, and ankle bracelets to ensure people stay quarantined, a Federal Reserve official proposed yet another surveillance plan:

“daily coronavirus testing for every citizen, and we publicly display badges on their clothing showing if we tested negative or positive.”

James Bullard, CEO of the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve, was recently on CBS’s “Face The Nation” with Margaret Brennan to talk about the state of the economy and what could be done to stem the outbreak of the virus.

Toward the end of the interview, Bullard says,

“You know, I have good news for you, MARGARET, because we have a- there is a solution using available technology today to fix the economic part of this problem. The solution is universal testing. What you want is every single person to get tested every day. And then they would wear a badge like they would at a- after they voted or something like that to show that they’ve been tested. This would immediately sort out who’s been infected and who hasn’t been infected. That would help the health care sector. But it would also help the economy because we could interact with each other with a lot of confidence.” 


Bullard’s suggestion sure sounds familiar. The last time I wore a “badge” was at the Nazi “Buchenwald” concentration camp were many of us were “liberated” by American troops. 

Former FDA commission Scott Gottlieb also appeared on the show and spoke about how we need “Massive Surveillance System” to combat the virus.

What’s next? Will they suggest that maybe those who are infected “wear a badge” that happens to be like the yellow “Juden” star?  You know, to identify the basket of “undesirables.”

The “radical” left has spent the last four years accusing Trump of being a “xenophobic white nationalist neo-Nazi.” Now they are complaining that he hasn’t closed the “borders” quick enough, hasn’t declared “martial law” quick enough, and hasn’t suspended the “Constitution” yet.

Rumor has it that President Trump is going to release his personal line of “Social Distancing Masks” to the Hollywood and San Francisco areas, as well as to all major Democrat run cities.

President Donald J. Trump beta-testing a prototype of the rumored mask in the Washington, DC area.

The mask is designed to guarantee that residents of these “progressive” Congress “enclaves” will keep their proper social distance from anyone wearing it.

Crying Chuck Schumer also “proudly” wearing his face mask incorrectly. Maybe Chuckie wasn’t briefed on the proper face mask wear or maybe he just couldn’t cover his long “Pinocchio” nose.

Anyone who has ever sanded wood, groomed a dog or cleaned out a dusty attic knows the proper way to wear a mask. Our medical professionals know to keep the mouth and the nose covered.

Sheila Jackson Lee, not known for being the “brightest” bulb in Washington, once said the U.S. Constitution is “400” years old. You’d think as the chair of the “House Coronavirus Taskforce” that she would at least know how to wear a “face mask,” right?

Well, if you thought that, sadly you’d be wrong. A photo of Ms. Jackson Lee with her medical “face mask” on completely and totally wrong emerged and caused quite an “uproar” online.

Needless to say, many people chimed in on Sheila’s absurd face mask display.

“Somebody needs to tell Ms. Jackson Lee that you need to cover your nose with the mask for it be of any help or value whatsoever.” — Amy (@MaybeAmes) April 6, 2020

“We’re DOOMED!”— OakTown ☢ Unfiltered (@hrtablaze) April 6, 2020

“A muzzle would be better.”— Carl Quance ⭐⭐⭐ (@CinderellaMan2) April 6, 2020

“She looks like something that would be playing in the cantina band from Star Wars.” — (@RodBuskas) April 6, 2020

“I don’t know how some people get elected to Congress.” #TermLimits — MarieTweets (@mkues65) April 6, 2020

“ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT” — John Korb (@john_korb) April 6, 2020

“Well, it does muffle her voice, so…”— Hillary’s Hind Leg (@ksoileau) April 6, 2020

“Why even bother?!” — Linty (@Triple_LLL) April 6, 2020

“A face palm would be more effective. Provided she washed her hands first.” — Just call me Sir or Steven (@sirswa77) April 6, 2020

“If it only it would keep her from spouting more BS!” — Amy (@MaybeAmes) April 6, 2020

“Can’t stand to smell her own breath.”— Amy (@MaybeAmes) April 6, 2020

In a striking moment, Gov. Ralph Northam also put on his own “black face” green mask. He urged every Virginian to do the same.

When you see a pictures like these it really does make remind you how badly we need “term limits.” We’re being “ruled” by idiots!

On the bright side, lockdowns due to the virus have kept millions of people in their homes and “social distancing” from each other bringing out “clear skies, quiet streets and tranquil shores.”

These are challenging times for humanity but for many of Earth’s other inhabitants, there’s a silver lining. Many animals that have become habituated to humans especially for food are having a “jolly time roaming freely around.”

With humans in lockdown, animals seem to be “reclaiming” what is rightfully theirs as well. The “social distancing” has proved to be a “boon” for animals, as they can “wander and discover” all that they have been denied. They are inching forward to “claim their stakes, their share of happiness and freedom” that the man had caged.

Lopsided Outrage

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2015 by andelino

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We’ve seen lots of commentary on the lopsided outrage over the inhumane death of Cecil the Lion and how the incident has “inspired” far higher levels of “fervor and indignation” than the brutal systemic “barbarism” of the #PPSellsBabyParts controversy or the tragically unjust murder of Samuel Dubose.

At first, I was inclined to shrug off this claim, thinking, “You can feel pointed grief about one while still feeling empathy about the other.”

Or, “the facts of the Cecil case are perhaps clearer to more people.”

Or, “How can we be sure this imbalance actually exists?”

But alas, the social media “rants” and media “non-developments” of the past few weeks have only “continued” to confirm that the “reaction” we are witnessing is, indeed, “stemming” from some kind of distorted “social, moral, and spiritual” imagination.

This isn’t just about what is or isn’t “bubbling” up in the news cycle. It’s about what’s “brewing,” and in some cases, “festering” deep inside our hearts.

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Far from being simply an “imbalance” in attention, the armchair animal rights “slacktivists” routinely claim that the “death” of a lion is, in fact, more “tragic and unjust” than the rest, that “animals are different” because they can’t “defend” themselves, as opposed to “unborn” humans or an “unarmed” person.

They claim that killing an “animal” via the hunt is somehow more cruel than killing “babies” for the cause of “science” and “progress” or killing a person for the cause of “justice.”

The “irrationality” of those arguments is glaring, but even more “troubling” is the perverse “immorality” of the philosophy of “life” behind it.

God loves all his “creatures” and we ought to be careful to “care” for animals and be humane and faithful stewards, but on matters such as this, the basic “ethical” assumption simply can’t be “humans = animals,” or in the disturbing case of those others, “animals > humans.”

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Lion, elephants and buffalo on Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday menu.

Perhaps the more helpful “corollary” to the Cecil affair is Zimbabwe itself, where Robert Mugabe rules with an “oppressive” hand, overseeing an “authoritarian” regime distinguished by “greed, torture, bloodshed, and defunct economic trickery.”

Real “human” people in Cecil’s own backyard are “suffering” tremendous pain, whether from “poverty, AIDS, prostitution, or the severe government intimidation” that perpetuates the cycle.

And yet it’s the particular “death” of a particular lion that “stirs” the masses. “Why?” we might ask?

Perhaps it’s more “convenient” to care about and confront an “incident” that doesn’t involve our fellow brothers and sisters and the “awful” things we do to each other.

Perhaps it’s less “intimidating” to pounce in the “frenzy and vent” Buzz Feed induced “angst” when we’re joined by a “foaming” media mob that’s “united” from Fox News to HuffPo to Daily Kos.

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Perhaps it’s easier to “care” for a distant lion than the “neighbor” in our own backyard, who is far more likely to “wrong, harm and hurt” us, then to challenge the “limits of our love and the depth of our selfishness.”

Any outrage can be “justified,” but as our culture supposedly evolves, our “passions” appear ever more “narrow,” ever more “disordered,” and ever more “sourced” from dirty, self-indulging, self-serving streams.

For whatever reason, it’s easier for us to elevate the dignity of a “lion” than it is to recognize, protect, and praise the dignity of a “man, woman, and child,” regardless of his or her country, class, race, age, criminality, or self-construed “viability.”

We are “created and called” to be image-bearers of God, and to “defend” the image and dignity of our neighbors — “to love, affirm, and relish their beauty, worth, and transcendent destiny.”

We should let that be the primary “driver” of our care, concern, and stewardship. Who knows. If we would stop averting our eyes from the “hunting” of humans, the excessive “pursuit” of lions may just take care of itself.

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