Minnesota has mandated face masks in public

Meanwhile, down at the Wal-Mart…

Stupid people will find a way to obey the letter of the law, while still parading their ignorance and hatefulness.

You know, I hate to tell you this, but if you merely want to be offensive you can buy “Make America Great Again” facemasks on the internet. I’ll still despise you, but I won’t think of you as an ahistorical idiot promoting genocide, mostly.


  1. cartomancer says

    It’s still pretty ahistorical, given that America was never “great” for the vast majority of people who lived there. Okay, possibly if you go back six or seven hundred years…

  2. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Let me share my imagination: They will claim “it is symbolic of being forced to wear a mask the way the NAZIs would force people to wear them, NOT that they are members the NAZI regime (you know what I mean, )”

    excuse my wild imagination

  3. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    re @2:
    I keep forgetting how anything in angle brackets is assumed to be html, and blanked out if not. I wrote:

    (you know what I mean [whisper] [whisper] )

    with angle brakets instead of the square ones I substituted this time
    remember to click [preview]

  4. a_ray_in_dilbert_space says

    Hope somebody keyed and painted a rainbow on the hood of their pickup.

  5. Artor says

    I respectfully disagree with you PZ. The red hat is functionally equivalent to a white hood.

  6. hemidactylus says

    The prototypical “social darwinist” said using some off-putting archaic patriarchal language:

    “More directly, and more obviously, does the bodily well-being of his fellows concern him; for their bodily ill-being, when it takes certain shapes, is apt to bring similar bodily ill-being on him. If he is not himself attacked by cholera, or small-pox, or typhus, when it invades his neighbourhood, he often suffers a penalty through his belongings. Under conditions spreading it, his wife catches diphtheria, or his servant is laid up with scarlet fever, or his children take now this and now that infectious disorder. Add together the immediate and remote evils brought on him year after year by epidemics, and it becomes manifest that his egoistic satisfactions are greatly furthered by such altruistic activities as render disease less prevalent.” From The Data of Ethics
    Herbert Spencer

    So prudent Herbie would promote wearIng a mask? He was a hypochondriac so maybe.

  7. stroppy says

    Flushed out into the open where you can get a good eye on ’em.

    As an aside, Walmart is mandating masks everywhere as far as I know. So naturally I see customers there wearing masks pulled down below the nose, covering the mouth only. Then there are the ones who apparently can’t speak without uncovering their mouths.

    Lotta stupid out there, folks.

  8. lakitha tolbert says

    I have unhappily realized, in the past ten years, that there is a distinct subset of humanity that, when given the opportunity to be truly shitty human beings, run towards that particular goal, with a great display of pride and happiness. Prior to ten years ago, I thought most of humanity was trying to be better, or at least had that as a goal.

  9. davidc1 says

    I see she wears the trousers in that family ,and she does all the talking too .Strange people ,a little inconvenience will lead to the Fourth Reich rising in Amurica ,who would have thunk it .

  10. Reginald Selkirk says

    Article in the Strib

    “If you vote for Biden, you’re going to be living in Nazi Germany,” the woman with the swastika mask told Mueller…

    It doesn’t occur to her that she only feels comfortable saying that out loud and publicly wearing her hate-gear since Trump became president.

    “Irony dies a thousand deaths”

  11. dbinmn says

    I’m surprised this is news. If you go to peopleofwalmart.com, you’re never more than 5 clicks away from a swastika – tattoo, haircut, jewelry, scar, . . .

  12. whheydt says

    Re: stroppy @ #7…
    I’ve noticed the wear-below-nose folks around. Did see one guy on my last grocery shopping trip that was wearing his mask to cover his nose…but it didn’t extend below his upper lip…

  13. says

    Reminds me of the small Eastern Oregon town I grew up in. The level of casual racism that we allowed when I was a kid is massively out of order now, but it was normal there and then. We CAN NOT allow this level of casual racism to continue. These people are toxic and need to be shut down. Hit them where it hurts. If you know them, then shun them. I was raised Catholic and shunning is a perfectly effective weapon for people like this.

    They can be denied entry to any establishment or store for wearing that because it is a hate symbol. If anything you are or are not wearing causes danger to the staff, then you can be denied entry. Wearing a fucking swastika into any place I go would definitely constitute a danger because I would beat the shit out of them and probably end up in jail. It’s OK. Wouldn’t be the first time.

  14. Rey Fox says

    Weeks ago, the cashier at the Big 5 had a mask that said “My Governor Is An Idiot” on it, with a zia over the O so there’s no mistaking which governor it is. What did she do to earn folks’ ire? Oh, only keep the state locked down and infection rates relatively low despite us being wedged uncomfortably between Arizona and Texas. The sooner I can get out of this shithole (Carlsbad), the better.

  15. Rey Fox says

    “If you vote for Biden, you’re going to be living in Nazi Germany,” the woman with the swastika mask told Mueller…

    I can never remember, are these people fer or agin Nazis.

  16. says

    @#10, Reginald Selkirk:

    Really? If that were true, that I would actually jump to late-1930s Germany by voting for Biden, it would be the first positive reason to vote for him that I’ve ever heard — think of all the things you could fix by being able to jump 90 years into the past, with advance warning of when it would happen so you could prepare yourself for the trip. Fixing climate change would, all by itself, justify the trip.

  17. wzrd1 says

    @a_ray_in_dilbert_space, #4, I do carry a tire valve removal/installation tool in my car, should anyone be in need.
    Got it when I found that I had a flat and missing valve. Came back with the tool and replacement valve pack to find my valve sitting on the ground next to the tire.
    Took me ten minutes to reinstall the valve, I was laughing so hard over my standing on the damned thing when I was getting the tire ready for my inflation pump and noticed the missing valve.

    @stroppy #7, yeah, I see that a fair bit. Some appear to be simply ignorant as to how masks work and why they’re worn a certain way. I’ve also been kind enough to remind people, “A mask covers the nose and mouth, otherwise you’re not wearing it, you’re carrying it with your face and that’s just downright silly”.
    When I’m outside and people aren’t nearby, I don’t wear the mask, still recovering from that pneumonia and partially collapsed lung mess and am still anemic for some reason, so walking a couple of miles with a mask is a lot of a chore. Once I approach a store, I mask up before I get 30 feet or so from the door. And I wear it properly.

  18. blf says

    I saw yet a new variant (to me) on wearing a mask improperly yesterday: Typically (or so it seems to me), when people don’t cover their nose and mouth but still have a mask “on”, the mask is either below the chin or dangling from one ear. But the young lady I saw yesterday (and also had social distancing issues (lack of) with) was covering only her chin. This was inside a shop (an enclosed public space) here in France, where wearing masks in such situations is now (finally!) mandatory.