Former New Jersey governor and longtime Trump ally Chris Christie published a striking op-ed in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal in which he laments “the polarization of something as practical as a mask” and admits that his own failure to wear one at a White House event last month could have been fatal.
“I am lucky to be alive. It could easily have been otherwise,” Christie writes in the piece, castigating himself for a “serious failure.”
The piece does not explicitly mention President Trump, who has repeatedly expressed doubts about the effectiveness of masks and mocked others for wearing them, remaining resistant even after his own battle with the coronavirus. But it does appear to rebuke his approach.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Trump has lied about the disease’s severity, saying it is no more dangerous than seasonal influenza. Trump himself admitted to journalist and author Bob Woodward in recorded interviews in early February and late March that he knew COVID-19 was more deadly than the flu and that he wanted to play down its severity.
Why It’s False: The precise infection fatality rate of COVID-19 is hard to measure, but epidemiologists suspect that it is far higher than that of the flu—somewhere between 0.5 and 1 percent, compared with 0.1 percent for influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the latter causes roughly 12,000 to 61,000 deaths per year in the U.S. In contrast, COVID-19 had caused 200,000 deaths in the country as of mid-September. Many people also have partial immunity to the flu because of vaccination or prior infection, whereas most of the world has not yet encountered COVID-19. So no, coronavirus is not “just the flu.”
Why People Believe It: Their leaders keep saying it. In addition to his repeated false claims that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, Trump has also said—falsely—that the numbers of deaths from COVID-19 are exaggerated. In fact, reported deaths from COVID-19 are likely an undercount.
Swedish artist Jacob Munkhammar turns old Citroën cars into flying retro-futuristic vehicles by “photoshopping” out the wheels and subtly modifying their shadows but leaving the rest of the photos, even the original color hue intact. Take a look at these flying retro cars!
“I am an American, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. And I am voting for Joe Biden on November 3. Rather than binding up the nation’s wounds, Trump exacerbates division. Rather than standing up to the world’s dictators, Trump cravenly seeks the favor of thugs. Rather than fostering free enterprise, Trump embraces economic principles not only outdated in Lincoln’s time, but made even worse today by a leader who lost close to a billion dollars in a single year running a casino.
“As I’ve reflected on matters of leadership, decency, and constitutional norms I am reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said “a man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” Character matters. Our vote matters. The leader we choose matters. I cannot be silent, and I hope neither can you because we know a vote for Joe Biden is what is best for our country — because America matters.”
Also endorsing Biden, with no other endorsements in their tenure, the hotel doorstep rag USA Today.
Four years ago, the Editorial Board — an ideologically and demographically diverse group of journalists that is separate from the news staff and operates by consensus — broke with tradition and took sides in the presidential race for the first time since USA TODAY was founded in 1982.
We urged readers not to vote for Donald Trump, calling the Republican nominee unfit for office because he lacked the “temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.”
We stopped short, however, of an outright endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. This year, the Editorial Board unanimously supports the election of Joe Biden, who offers a shaken nation a harbor of calm and competence.
When I first moved to Chicago, I applied to work at Big Idea, the production company that created Veggie Tales, a Christian animated series featuring a pickle and a tomato as the main characters. Their production company was in the Chicago suburbs.
My college mentor loved Veggie Tales as entertainment for raising his three children. When I was in college, I lived with him and his family during one summer internship. Applying to work at Big Idea was one of the last vestiges of me trying to appear Christian.
I entered a series of interviews by phone and email, but eventually did not get any work out of them.
To this day, I can only cite my brother’s music and Veggie Tales as the strongest creative work coming from anyone who calls themselves a believer.
A fellow graduate of my evangelical high school posted the above video of Phil Vischer – the co-creator of Veggie Tales – explaining why white Christians vote Republican and why Black Christians vote Democrat. My friend also also cited that she wished she would have learned this info in her government classes. But I distinctly remember learning a lot about this information in my classes, which led me to a path to social liberalism, because it makes more sense to me that Christianity would lean progressive seeing that Jesus Christ himself was pulling the entirety of religious worship into a progressive leap.
Who would want to go back to the olden days of scienceless bullshit when we can move forward with progressive tactics of improving the world. I bet good money, had Jesus been god and he had any foresight, he would have been an American Liberal. But he had no idea how to address topics that were completely absent of future knowledge, because he was a subject of his culture and could only help push some Jews to a new level of thought ending in Catholicism and finally protestantism and then whatever the Americans did to trash the whole scene.
He was a movement starter. A controversial one. The death and destruction that resulted from the cultural shifts into Christianity can be compared to all cultural shifts. Look at BLM. Look at women’s suffrage. Look at any peace loving attempts by good people to bring us out of the stone ages. That’s why conservatives hate BLM. They want good old days when segregation kept the people of color out of their purview.
Imagine driving your car with only the help of your rearview camera. That’s what it is to be a “conservative.”
Take a look at this video and hopefully it’ll help give you perspective that maybe you missed in your high school or college experience.
I’m posting this entire essay from a woman on Facebook named Haylie Grammer who shared her story about her “abortion.” In light of the current bullshit scandal of republican hypocrisy shoving Amy Coney Barrett through to the Supreme Court, I think more stories like this need to be heard. It’s what many of my so-called conservative friends need to read, because of their lousy gullibility toward hearing and perpetuating abominable conspiracies that late-term abortions exist, what they are exactly, and that democrats somehow “love” them.
Democrats do NOT advocate for late-term abortions. The right to a woman’s body is her right. Not the old white dudes with an agenda derived from an old dusty book that said nothing about abortion, but everything about killing babies.
Below is the whole piece. I would recommend reading the links, too.