If you doubt for a moment that the twin pillars of agitprop in our culture right now are Fox News and Facebook, this should convince you. Despite the fact that 70% of Republicans polled recently by Quinnipiac said they supported a stay-at-home order, a couple of Facebook groups, run by three brothers, are providing a digital hub for misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and further politicizing and inflaming an already dicey situation. Washington Post: A trio of far-right, pro-gun provocateurs is behind some of the largest Facebook groups calling for anti-quarantine protests around the country, offering the latest illustration that some seemingly organic demonstrations are being engineered by a network of conservative activists. The Facebook groups target Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, and they appear to be the work of Ben Dorr, the political director of a group called “Minnesota Gun Rights,” and his siblings, Christopher and Aaron. By Sunday, the groups had roughly 200,000 members combined, and they continued to expand quickly, days after President Trump endorsed such protests by suggesting citizens should “liberate” their states. […] Facebook said Sunday it did not remove the groups or events partly because states have not outlawed them. Organizers also have called for “drive-in” protests, in keeping with recommendations that people keep a short distance between each other. In other cases, involving protests planned for states like New Jersey and California, the company has removed that content, Facebook said. “Unless government prohibits the event during this time, we allow it to be organized on Facebook. For this same reason, events that defy government’s guidance on social distancing aren’t allowed on Facebook,” said Andy Stone, a spokesman for the company. The Post reports that “Wisconsinites Against Excessive Quarantine” was created on Wednesday by Ben Dorr, while his brother Christopher put together “Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine,” as well as “Ohioans Against Excessive Quarantine.” And not to be outline, the third brother, Aaron, is the creator of “New Yorkers Against Excessive Quarantine.” I guess we’re fortunate this family never had octuplets. This is scary enough, but what is even scarier is that Donald Trump gets all his ideas from Fox News and social media as well. Here’s a sample from March 22. I suspect that Trump all-caps tweet is a livetweet of Fox from tonight (though obviously @MattGertz would know for sure). Host Steve Hilton used similar language. (No way that Trump read that Medium piece) pic.twitter.com/VS0I29Xgqx — John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) March 23, 2020 That led to this. WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020 It’s not new information that Trump is both the de facto assignment editor of Fox News and it’s most ardent viewer. Fox and Trump have a symbiotic feedback loop going and it’s difficult to tell who is the sender or receiver on any given day. Same thing with Twitter. And Trump has boasted, “I’m number one on Facebook.” He claims Mark Zuckerburg told him that at dinner. We don’t doubt that he is, since GOP mega-donor Peter Thiel is on the board of Facebook, a platform which he believes will “create the space for new modes of dissent and new ways to form communities […]
It’s too bad that while scientists search for a COVID-19 vaccine that they can’t also develop one that immunizes a person against stupidity and immaturity — because Donald Trump needs both. In a childish and epically selfish display of temperament Sunday, Trump left Walter Reed Hospital to go joyriding in an SUV and wave at […]
Attack ads are endemic to presidential campaigns like ivy is to college campuses, so expect to see a lot more of them as we near the November finale of the Trump schitt-show. This one is Biden’s newest and it contains not only famous last lines of Trump’s that you have already heard, but some new clips of Trump abusing reporters. Napoleon had Waterloo, Hitler had the Russian front, and Trump has COVID-19. holy shit this @JoeBiden ad is good. pic.twitter.com/CAgIrt2Zua — Florida Chris (@chrislongview) March 26, 2020 Trumpty Dumpty sat on a wall, When COVID-19 came, he dropped the ball, Now all of his ass-kissers fret about when, The voters decide to take back America again. BYEDON! Exit through the west wing revolving door and don’t let it hit ya in the ass!
Well, that didn’t take long. Admit it, you’ve been waiting for Republicans to blame Democrats for Trump catching the hellbug. You didn’t have to wait long. Meet DeAnna Lorraine, a gibbering idiot who makes her living blathering bullshit for Newsmax, and who ran a hopeless (and senseless) campaign to take Nancy Pelosi’s House seat in […]
This is not the least bit surprising on a day when a security guard was fatally shot in the head, after being yelled at and spit on by a woman who didn’t want to put a face mask on her kid to go into a Family Dollar Store and pipe bombs were seized from the home of an anti-lockdown protester. People are nuts and it’s because they’re listening to other people who are nuts. Steven Lively, who is described by Right Wing Watch as a Trump loving radical right-wing activist told his online Bible study listeners on Sunday that they need to establish a modern-day Underground Railroad for Christians to escape the upcoming persecution by those who are endeavoring to use COVID-19 as a means to impose “an emerging beast government” — Beast as in End Times, Mark of the Beast, all that. Along with the underground railroad they need to prepare to wage a violent revolution. Seriously. Right Wing Watch: “We need to be establishing a network of believers everywhere that can operate in an underground fashion,” Lively said. “Because if this thing continues in the trend that it seems to be, we may be evolving here at a revolutionary speed [and] entering into an emerging Beast government.” “We’re going to need to have something like an Underground Railroad in which believers who are fleeing persecution are going to be able to have some way of escape,” he continued. “If these people truly are intending to destroy America so they can bring in their global socialist system, or even a nationalist socialist system, then violence is appropriate in response in the most measured possible way. That’s the idea. If at all possible, you disarm the zombies trying to kill you without hurting them. But if it’s not possible, you do whatever is necessary to stop them from killing you and your family or putting you into slavery. That I believe is the duty of an American.” “Violence is appropriate in the most measured possible way.” And what might that be, an AR-15, AK-47, both? The lunatic fringe is getting excited and they’re losing it. This has been the case since Trump took office. They were more subdued before, because they were still “in the closet” so to speak. As soon as he got in, hate crimes spiked immediately. Then you had the Ku Klux Klan marching in the streets while the Nazis threw Sieg Heil! arm salutes. Calling for civil war and violence is not surprising, on these facts.
Mike Pence is either in an enviable position or the worst position possible, depending upon your point of view. He could remove Donald Trump from office as early as tomorrow, under a little studied section of the 25th Amendment, Section 4, which says: If the vice-president and the majority of the Cabinet decide that, for whatever […]
As the horrendous death toll in the New York environs slowly begins to recede, and as some parts of the country start taking the first baby steps towards reopening their states, the media is slowly starting to cover some stories that are catastrophe driven. And the longer we have the virus, and the more we study it, some interesting oddity stories concerning the virus are beginning to pop up. Here’s a couple of them. There was a story broken earlier this week that posited that the Kansas City Chiefs victory in the Super Bowl may actually have helped to save many lives. I know, how the hell can a sporting event in Miami have anything to do with the coronavirus and saving lives. Well, read on McDuff. As the San Francisco 49ers rolled into the fourth quarter with a double digit lead, the pity of San Francisco was preparing to blow up in celebration of a Super Bowl title. But then Patrick Mahomes did his Superman thang, and it was over. But here’s the important part. As that 5th quarter started, the first confirmed cases of the coronavirus were starting to pop up in San Francisco ares hospitals. Which means that there were already an unknown number of asymptomatic carriers walking around out there in Frisco. If the 49ers had won, people would have spilled out into the streets in a frenzied celebration, hugging and high fiving each other, with God only knows how many asymptomatic people joining the crowd. And a couple of days later, there would have been a celebratory parade through downtown, and a mass rally, again filling the streets. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to draw a direct reference between two mass parties held in public mere days apart, and the results that showed up in New Orleans after the gestation period following Mardi Gras. You’re welcome San Francisco, we only wanted you to be safe and healthy. The second case is even more strange. I saw it reported today that there is a paper being studied by the World Health Organization that, at least on its face, appears to show that smokers may be less likely to suffer the ravages of the coronavirus than non smokers. The paper itself is already embroiled in controversy, but here’s the basics as I understand them. The study involved a controlled group of coronavirus patients. The first results of the study showed that statistically, 25% of non smokers in the group ended up requiring advanced care, while only 5% of smokers required it. Obviously, there are oodles of math reasons that could account for this, but the researchers actually have a medical hook to hang their study hat on. And that’s the fact that nicotine, the addictive active ingredient in tobacco and vaping fluids, actually occupy the same space in cells that the coronavirus does. The implication is that since nicotine is either inhaled through smoke, or ingested by gum or patches much more frequently than virus exposure, the constant presence of nicotine in the very space the virus needs to survive may be inhibiting the virus from getting a foothold. Now obviously, no practitioner who wants to retain his license to practice is telling patients to start smoking if they want to avoid getting the coronavirus, and most are […]
I’m grown tired of the Daily Outrage stories. “Trump said this! What an asshole!” “McConnell did this! What an asshole!” There’s just so fucking many of them, each of them more shocking and morally reprehensible than the next. Honestly, if you made me king for a day, I’d channel Travis McGee, who had similar thoughts (from The Empty Copper Sea; go read the quote): I’d go through the land in disguise, rewarding the good and lopping the heads off of the assholes. By the time I was done, the place would look like a macabre bowling alley. I have violent thoughts, I know. Usually, I just move them aside and try to continue conducting myself in a civilized fashion. Who knows what lurks inside the hearts and minds of men, indeed? But this one is special. This guy…well, I honestly don’t know what we, as a civilized society, should do with this one. Pennsylvania State Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Plague Rat) is a special kind of asshole. On May 27, he announced on his Facebook page that he had been “secretly self-quarantining” for a few days after being tested positive for COVID-19. He began feeling ill the second week of May, was tested on May 18, and told he was positive on May 20. He chose not to go public “[o]ut of respect for my family, and those who I may have exposed.” He said in the comments on his Facebook post that he privately told family members and some who might have been exposed, and said members of his staff “who met the criteria exposure was immediately contacted and required to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of possible exposure.” At least one fellow Republican, and possibly two more, were advised that Lewis may have infected them, and they should self-quarantine. Bad enough, right? He decided who he should and shouldn’t know about him breathing the Coronavirus on everyone and everything he encountered. But it gets better. Lewis told his Republican caucus’s Human Resources Department. He did NOT tell any Democrats. Neither did the GOP caucus. So the House Democrats who came into contact with him didn’t know he was blowing his Corona breath in their faces. Democrats found out…yesterday. Yesterday. No one told them. For almost a week. Like many in the Rattus Norvegicus Caucus, Lewis didn’t participate remotely in legislative business, and he refused to wear a mask. The idiot who was told to self-isolate, Russ Diamond (R-Sewer Rodent) has openly boasted that he goes in public without a mask. Apparently masks are for sissies. (No word if Macho Man Russ Diamond is currently battling a scorching case of COVID-19 as you read this. He says he’s fine, and intends to keep showing up, unmasked and apparently untested.) Democrats are not happy. Democrat Kevin Boyle, who chairs a House committee that both Diamond and Lewis breathe all over, says he is outraged that he and his fellow Democrats were not told. Most Republicans, he says, refuse to wear masks in the committee. “Whoever knew this in the Republican leadership and did not inform the broader membership and staff, they need to resign immediately. This is outrageous and immoral.” Boyle intends to get tested within a day or so. Boyle’s committee has been at the center of a pitched […]
It is very damaging for Donald Trump to have Fox News questioning his handling of the coronavirus, in the wake of the explosive audio tapes released by journalist Bob Woodward. None other than Karl Rove was called into action to defend Trump, after Kayleigh McEnany blatantly lied from the podium that “The president has never […]