Bloody-minded stupid people bother me


I thought I was pissed off when Trump took a joyride after being hospitalized with COVID-19. That was disgracefully irresponsible and exposed who knows how many people to his disease — at least his driver, that’s for sure — to accomplish nothing, other than to advertise his insensitivity. I mean, I had a few symptoms two weeks ago, and went in for a coronavirus test that turned out to be negative, and I was still told to quarantine myself for 10 days in case it was a false negative, and I did. That was ten days in which I didn’t even leave my house, and my spiders were hungry and I was desperate for escape, and I was scrupulous in following the recommendations of my doctor.

Trump was diagnosed with a positive case, the disease is spreading rapidly through the White House staff, and he decided to do a ridiculous publicity stunt? Fuck him, and all his little sycophants.

But my annoyance is nothing compared to this woman’s.

I can’t even imagine. I don’t want to imagine. My family has been spared so far, but I fear every day that the slapdash stupid way we implement basic hygiene procedures is going to catch up to me and mine personally, and I’ll probably snap and turn into the avenging angel who wanders through the local grocery store punching every ignorant asshole who wears a mask below their nose in the face.

Hey, Americans — do you even realize how idiotic you look when you wear a mask below your nose, or worse, below your chin?

Does it even cross their little, selfish minds that their irresponsibility might cause suffering?

Comments

  1. komarov says

    I read on some news site (BBC maybe?) that it wasn’t until his second positive test that Trump even did anything about it. He may have attended some appointment or event after the first test. And apparently the White House isn’t very keen or thorough on contact tracing the president but I didn’t read that article in full because I just couldn’t. “Lead by example.” Hah! Sod those people.

  2. says

    Of course it “crosses their little, selfish minds that their irresponsibility might cause suffering.” That’s why they act irresponsibly. Other people’s suffering isn’t a side-effect; it’s the target goal of people like Trump and his enablers.

  3. raven says

    Repost from the earlier thread.

    He decided to go on a car ride today, casually risking the lives of the military members who rode in the car with him.

    That car is sealed to survive a chemical warfare attack.
    He did indeed put the Secret Service agents within the car at high risk for Covid-19 virus.

    Quite a few Secret Service agents with Trump have already caught Covid-19. It’s been a high risk for them. It wouldn’t surprise me if the ones now assigned to Trump were the ones that caught the virus…and recovered. Presumably, they are immune at least for a while.

  4. tacitus says

    He may have attended some appointment or event after the first test.

    One cannot understate how little Trump cares about the wellbeing of anyone else. He is the consummate narcissist. His public image is far more important than the health of the people who serve him, and to admit being sick is to admit being weak, and that cannot be allowed to happen if at all possible.

  5. birgerjohansson says

    Bring along a tool used for trimming hedges, in case you see another person with something sticking out.

  6. woozy says

    I’m a bit annoyed that the press is rather tap dancing around saying the, what I guess the must consider blunt, statement that Trump is a carrier and gave the coronavirus to his staff and those he met with. period. It’s a statement of fact. The press needn’t draw any political conclusion from it. It’s simply a statement of fact.

    What annoys me is the spin he puts on it. “I had to confront covid-19 head on to conquer it” (That doesn’t even make sense). My one solace is that although his base eats everything he says up (“If the leader of the free world can get it then a three dollar handkerchief won’t protect us. We just need to face we might get it bravely”…well, maybe if the idiot had worn a three dollar handkerchief… what… you think a virus is more deterred by secret service than a handkerchief), is that nobody else seems to buy it.

    That car is sealed to survive a chemical warfare attack.
    He did indeed put the Secret Service agents within the car at high risk for Covid-19 virus.

    If someone told me that the cars are designed to have the drivers air and passengers air hermetically separate, I’d be willing to believe it, but I’ve heard no such thing. But I’m sure Trump wouldn’t care, and I’m sure Secret Service and Drivers don’t believe they are in a position to refuse.

  7. raven says

    … statement that Trump is a carrier

    The correct term these days is “plague rat”.
    Speaking of tap dancing around, Trump is a plague rat.

    There are a lot of plague rats out there.
    The Covid-19 deniers and the mask deniers are all plague rats.

  8. raven says

    What annoys me is the spin he puts on it. “I had to confront covid-19 head on to conquer it” (That doesn’t even make sense).

    You have to put it through the Google Right Wingnut to English translator.

    “I had to be stupid and careless until I caught the Covid-19 virus, spread it around, and got sick enough to end up in the hospital.”

  9. unclefrogy says

    every bit of news about this administration that has come out since they took office has shown them to be ignorant, spiteful and grossly incompetent as well as casually cruel and corrupt. They are the hopefully final flowering of the holly Raygun revolution and tea baggers. This where it was heading all along some catastrophic tawdry failure.
    There is going to be a lot of work to do cleaning up this f’n mess when they are finally gone.
    uncle frogy

  10. blf says

    @12, “There is going to be a lot of work to do cleaning up this f’n mess when they [hair furor and his dalekocrazy] are finally gone.”

    Yes. I’ve been of the opinion since he was “elected” the single biggest civil society disaster is all the fruitloopy “judges”, who are appointed for life.

    The biggest disaster is Global Heating, with not only four years wasted, but what extraordinarily slow progress there had been put in reverse. (Yes, yes, I concur Obama, both Clintons, and Biden weren’t / aren’t exactly stellar on the Climate Catastrophe.)

  11. Ed Seedhouse says

    He’s going home today it seems. I am happy to see them giving the virus a better crack at him.

  12. brucegee1962 says

    I note that he was the one who announced he was leaving, not his doctors. That suggests it was against their advice. Who is going to start the pool as to how long it takes before he is readmitted?

  13. wzrd1 says

    Some military vehicles actually do have air supply hoses for military chemical protective masks, but most don’t. The modified Suburbans don’t have such equipment and there isn’t even a divider between the front and rear seats, leaving everyone within the vehicle potentially exposed.
    Things to consider are, N-95 masks are fitted for physicians and nurses, to ensure that they’re properly seated and able to do their job. It’s uncertain, but fairly unlikely that Secret Service agents are fitted for their masks and trained to ensure that the masks are properly seated and “sealed” to ensure that they’re positions correctly to filter air in and out.
    Worse, many of his protective detail realize the risk he’s demanding of them, know that his antics are dangerous for all around him and are royally pissed off. I’m surprised that most haven’t requested reassignment to somewhere safer, such as inside of a war zone!

    Well, there is one upside. The antiviral treatment is conducted as an inpatient procedure, takes five days to complete and he didn’t get anywhere near five days of IV infusions of the antiviral, so it’s fairly certain that the virus hasn’t been completely eliminated and it’s far too soon for immunity to become a reality. If we’re fortunate, he’ll also infect Pence and when the inevitable occurs, Acting President Pelosi will be in place to get a competent response to the virus in place before the predicted spike in the infection rate arrives.

  14. Mobius says

    Wearing it over your mouth but not your nose probably helps a little in keeping you from spreading it to others since it will catch a good part of your coughs. But not your sneezes. And it will certainly not help you at all from catching COVID since you are breathing through your nose. Dumbsss.

    I have pointed out that wearing your mask that way is not the thing to do, but only to a few people since so many do it that way here in Tulsa.

  15. whheydt says

    Re: wzrd1 @ #16…

    Hmmm…. If that happens soon enough, President Pelosi could withdraw the Barret nomination….

  16. komarov says

    Re: Brucegee1962 (#15):

    “I note that he was the one who announced he was leaving, not his doctors. That suggests it was against their advice. ”

    In this particular case, had it been the doctors doing the announcing I might have wondered if it was just to get rid of the guy. Not exactly upholding the Hippocratic Oath but that should apply equally to all patients as a group as well as the individual. If the plague carrier likes to sneak out and lick all the other patients’ faces you toss him out. Maybe Trump’ll end up as an example in a textbook on medical ethics.

  17. whheydt says

    Re: komarov @ #22…
    You can’t be kept in a hospital against your wishes. Usually, you’ll be strongly advised not to leave until the doctors discharge you, but they can’t actually prevent you from leaving if you want to. They’ll probably ask you to sign a document stating that you left against doctors orders, but I doubt they can force you to sign that.

    It does have the side effect that if you’re ready to leave (and they’ve said you’re going to be discharged as soon as they get to you), by calmly suggesting that, since the paperwork seems to be unduly delayed, how about I just leave anyway? The paperwork will mysteriously suddenly show up.

    Not the same situation, but I was once asked to sign a document that included language saying that one shouldn’t sign important documents if you’d been under anesthetics (I had been….mild ones, not enough to knock one out). I pointed out the language in question and declined to sign. Considerable confusion ensued. Eventually, the medical staff conceded that I was, in fact, correct. The flip side is, I think, that if I was coherent enough to make that decision, I was almost certainly enough in my normal wits to have signed it. Hospital version of Catch-22.

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