First comes the revelation that Trump thinks our soldiers are chumps and then Bob Woodward reveals that the disaster in chief knew how bad the ‘rona was for a long time and chose instead to lie about it.
There are some profound implications here, especially Trump’s decision to hold that campaign rally in Tulsa this past summer knowing beforehand it would kill some of his own supporters, such as Herman Cain. To endanger your most fervent supporters reveals the special kind of contempt Donald harbors for his own people.
The GOPers down here love to wrap themselves up in the flag and it makes them such easy marks for a sociopath that thinks our war dead are losers. The ironies are so 2020 (and delicious).
I’d look for more damning revelations to come.
I’ve devoted a good portion of my professional career working K-12s and JUCOs in Mississippi. There are some incredibly talented folks that work in education and I’ve personally made a few lifelong friendships from that association. Since public education has a political component however, there are also some folks that are without doubt among the biggest imbeciles I’ve ever met that also work in the field. Lately more than a few school districts have volunteered themselves up along those lines with their pandemic re-opening plans, Jackson County and it’s new Superintendent being one that comes to mind and with them it starts with having what can be most charitably described as band of idiots for a School Board. Such condition appears to be locally epidemic here in the Magnolia State.
Lest this post be construed as a painting with a broad brush Slabbed recognizes those districts that have busted their butts actually getting ready to start school in a pandemic, the municipal districts on the coast being examples of that and they are a credit to their communities. And when it became apparent that even their best efforts would still make it unwise to re-open Bay-Waveland Schools took the very prudent step to push the start date back after labor day, which was and remains the best decision any K-12 in this State has made so far this year. There is a benefit to listening to good advice during a public health emergency.
And then there is the other half:
Teachers share grim details of Mississippi school districts failing to uphold COVID reopening promises ~ Adam Ganucheau
At a school in the Jackson County School District, teachers received so few cleaning supplies from the district that they’re having to tear off-brand Lysol wipes in half just to have enough to wipe down desks between classes. A little more than a week since students returned to the district, teachers are already spending their own money to buy additional cleaning supplies for their classrooms.
Continue reading “I’ve needed to get his off my chest for a few weeks now……”
The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it in a spectacular manner!
Surely Herman Cain satisfied the criteria to be a big winner for 2020 by disregarding common sense and attending an indoor rally for his hero Donald Trump in Tulsa despite his advanced age and plethora of risk factors weighing against him.
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with coronavirus ~ Kevin Breuninger
On Facebook the snowflakes melted down on the news without considering the following inescapable fact. What kind of leader deliberately encourages his supporters to engage in reckless behavior during a pandemic? The answer is painfully obvious to all but the most ardent Trumpanzees, because it takes a special kind of contempt to kill your own supporters. Tucker Carlson of all people spilled the beans about a month ago:
“‘No matter what,’ they’ll tell you,” Carlson said of a handful of advisers around the president, “‘our voters aren’t going anywhere. The trailer parks are rock-solid. What choice do they have? They’ve got to vote for us.'”
He continued: “Jared Kusher, for one, has made that point out loud. No one has more contempt for Donald Trump’s voters than Jared Kushner does.”
I can understand the contempt for people that are so dumb despite the fact that it is not right but the nuance that Kushner missed is the human psychology that comes with people that have made the Faustian bargain that now understand in their heart of hearts they have gained nothing from selling their souls to the devil. You can almost hear Herman Cain screaming from the pain of the hellfire. Continue reading “Live Free and Die an Imbecile: Put Herman Cain in for a Darwin Award”
Judging from the average Facebook comment to the local newspaper stories on the topic of the Covid pandemic, there are a shit ton of dangerously ignorant people out there:
‘Major disaster’ looms as Mississippians ignore COVID-19 rules, top health official says ~ Anita Lee
Other takeways from Dobbs interviews so far:
He told Jackson Free Press reporter Nick Judin that, unless coronavirus spread is brought under control, people could be unable to find hospital beds after car wrecks or ventilators after heart attacks because of COVID-19 care demands.
When the next quarantine comes the stores will again be slammed. The inability to return paper goods may deter toilet paper hoarding at your local big box store. However, the stores here are just now restocking with dried goods like beans so now may be a good time to make sure your pantry is full if you can get them.
Tips derived from my casual observations from our last lock down:
- Do not stress eat. If you get extra spare time use it to walk outside and try to lose a few pounds. To the extent there is evidence that Covid-19 attacks the vascular system as much or more than it targets the lungs, obesity is a major risk factor for Covid. Losing weight cuts your risk of getting severely ill. Stopping smoking also cuts your risk greatly.
- Healthy foods did not disappear from Grocery store shelves nearly as much as processed/pre-made frozen foods etc. Eat fresh, you’ll feel better for it.
Stay safe folks, especially those of you in high risk groups.
Social media does make the world much smaller. We were out yesterday morning highlighting some topical news and punditry. By yesterday evening twitter sent the notification. I personally haven’t really chimed in on this particular local news story besides highlighting the news coverage but I’ll admit to a certain amount of reticence as locking up Ministers of the Gospel carries profound constitutional implications, especially when some home cooking is involved. In any event, what I think is Pastor Spell’s Twitter account in his own words:
Folks these are challenging times. I’ve only used the Slabbed twitter account one time in aid of my day job and that was yesterday when I goosed Hancock Bank after I got a bad report back from a client who submitted a Paycheck Protection Program Loan application at one of the branches. I am pleased to report that Hancock is now up and operational with these new loans with priority given to their existing deposit account holders which is very reasonable.
What I am not going to do is dispense financial advice here but I will give everyone a tip. The PPP program ends on June 30, 2020 so if your business has been adversely impacted by the pandemic start here and then make an appointment with your local banker. If you don’t believe in banking or you cheat on your taxes, with this program you’ll have also cheated yourself.
The demand surge for professional services is reminiscent of the days after Hurricane Katrina for us and I hear that the banks are being swamped. As always patience is the key as we muddle through this. Given that landscape I am astounded that any CPA firm would lay people off but such has happened. They must have been grossly overstaffed, either that or the firm is being run by morons.
Stay safe everyone.
Here in Mississippi each community is pretty much on its own:
Reeves chooses ‘economics over public health’ in COVID-19 crisis, former MEMA head says ~ Anita Lee
Elections have consequences. So do years of budget cuts. Last week’s talk of MDH taking the offense against COVID-19 was hot air as the agency is a shell of what it once was. That is the bad news.
Worse is the uneven local response to the pandemic. Here in Wiggins the City closed its open air parks to prevent people from congregating yet allows business to remain open where the customers congregate inside to make their purchases. For the record we walk by Blaylock Park every morning and my anecdotal observation is few people ever used the walking track there before COVID-19 while the Pavilion by the bathrooms was always popular and it remains so as a large group of younger folks was congregated there last Friday morning. We’re lucky to not have a reported case of COVID-19 in Stone County but there are clinics doing testing. I imagine it is a matter of time before we score the first unlucky winner.
Last Thursday I was down in Bay St Louis on business. Continue reading “For those of you that haven’t figured this out……”