Blood is Thicker than Gasoline

But gasoline can start a fire.

If there’s one thing that a staged mass crisis does is emphasize how much most of us can’t stand too much family time. Another is that it is so true that we can’t choose our relatives.

My family is ridiculously dysfunctional (like that old platitude: we put the FUN in dysfunctional.) This person doesn’t talk to that one. This one is mad at that one. Blah blah blah ad nauseum. Of course, I admit, there are some of my family members with whom I don’t speak largely because they are nosy, intrusive, judgmental, self-righteous assholes.

Friends are, indeed, one’s true family. I have friends I’ve known for decades with some going back to high school and even earlier. People who have been there for me (and vice versa) during difficult times who don’t judge but are there to listen and offer advice (when asked, of course, unlike family members who seem to always know what you should do and don’t hesitate to lecture every chance they get.)

But why is it that friends are oftentimes so much better (for want of a better word) than family? First of all, you can choose your friends, and if you don’t like them or you have a falling out then you can say your goodbyes and be on your way without the extra baggage of a massive guilt trip.

Family members, however, tend to take one another for granted. They are oftentimes rude, self-centered, discourteous, entitled, and have little loyalty to one another. ‘Tis sad.

Maybe you are one of the lucky ones with a very close family in which everyone gets along and there are never harsh words, undue criticism, abuse, tears, or alcoholism. If so, congratulations and best of luck with your fairy tale existence.

I’m willing to wager, however, that most of us have at least one or 12 toxic family members

A toxic person is a toxic person regardless of their ancestry, and simply because you share a bloodline does not necessarily mean that you need to let that poison invade your own bloodstream. Think of this toxicity as an allergen of sorts. Repeated exposure to an allergen oftentimes forces one’s immune system to react to this foreign body. Voila, an allergy is born. So, if you find yourself breaking out in hives every time your Uncle Felix comes near or when your Grandma Edna tells you that you’re too skinny or your hair is the wrong color or your clothes are not flattering or she doesn’t like your spouse or that you live in the wrong city or that you could get a better job or what-the-fuck-ever, then that person is toxic and you are likely allergic.

Unless you want to purchase stock in Benadryl, just stay away. Far, far away.

Back to Kindergarten

In the next part of my annoyed as hell with this whole COVID-19 mass hysteria bullshit, let me tell you about yesterday. You can read about the relative uselessness of gloves and masks in my last post here.

I first tried to go to the post office, but there was a huge line of mask-wearing sheep waiting outside in a nice single-file line with everyone standing at least six feet apart (outside, mind you.) An obviously unhappy-with-her-job drill sergeant poised herself at the front of the line to ensure that only one person at a time was permitted inside and admonished and refused entry to anyone attempting to do business without a mask. Needless to say, since I am an adult with common sense and knowledge, I left.

Then, I stopped at my local grocery store and saw staff placing signs on the floor with one-way arrows at the end of each aisle. When I brazenly walked the wrong way down the soup aisle, I was informed that today they would let my insubordination slide, but from tomorrow on, I had to observe all traffic laws. I asked, “Or what?” and a pimply-faced kid told me those were “the rules,” along with the painstakingly measured feet signs on the floor, to enforce social distancing.

Adding insult to injury, plexiglass shields, plastic-covered credit card readers, and large folding tables have been added to further enforce the ever-increasing paranoia.

What is this? Kinderfuckinggarten? Apparently, we must all be treated like children who, first of all, have no concept of measurement, and, second of all, cannot be trusted to utilize even a modicum of common sense to not ram our carts into oncoming traffic if, God forbid, we are going the “wrong way” down an aisle. If they start mandating masks, I will be shopping elsewhere. Or online.

Paging Dr. Paranoid

I’m getting sick and tired of this COVID-19 “plandemic” and the utter naivete of the masses. If you want to succumb to the fear mongering regarding this virus and wear a mask and gloves and look like some wannabe surgeon, then go ahead. Just know that they really don’t do anything except make those of us with common sense and good hygiene who pay no heed to the lamestream media and its bullshit laugh.

Even better are those who wear their masks and gloves while driving alone in their vehicles because who knows what evil virus made its way into their car and is sitting there waiting to invade their uncovered nose and mouth (or burrow into their unprotected hands) and make them sick. Or how about those who wear them outside because we all know that the atmosphere is chock full of deadly viruses that live indefinitely and are floating around looking for healthy folks to infect.

Give me a break.

According to Popular Science, masks are not the panacea of protection against viruses since the major transmission route is hand-to-face. Touch your face after you touch something a sick person has touched creates a greater likelihood that you might get sick.

Ergo, hand-washing has, and always will be, the gold standard for preventing disease.

Further, the paper masks the majority of sheep are wearing are disposable. They should not be reused, nor should someone touch his/her mask while it is on his/her face because it defeats the whole purpose. Additionally, cloth masks (or other cloth face coverings like bandanas, scarves, socks, bras, pantyhose, hijabs, etc.) can actually harbor bacteria and viruses due to the moist, warm environment around your mouth.

Forbes echos the sentiment that masks are not necessary for those who don’t have the virus. In fact, they can actually increase your chance of getting sick, especially if you wear them incorrectly and keep touching them to adjust. Thus, the medical consensus is that you should only wear a mask out in public if you are sick yourself to protect others.

The same goes for latex gloves. Wearing gloves does nothing to protect you from getting sick. In fact, they, too, can increase your chance of catching something if you touch a surface and then touch your face (ooh de ja vu!) To make gloves even remotely worthwhile, you’d need to change or wash/disinfect them as frequently as you do your hands.

So what’s the point? I’ll tell you. Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Simple.

Smoke and Mirrors

By now, I’m sure everyone whose employer or school has suspended activity due to this mainstream media overblown corona virus mass hysteria “pandemic” (or, as I like to call it, “panic-demic“) bullshit is, like me, bored to tears. Granted, as a writer, Armageddon or not, dammit, I can always work. However, given that I always can does not necessarily mean that I want to. Aside from some scattered poetry and these bitch-fests, I’m not being very productive aside from basic household chores, and even those have been attended to unenthusiastically.

And, truly, how many movies can one person watch in two weeks? For me, the answer is 17.

But what is really making me irritated during this whole mess is the unrelenting coverage by mainstream media (aka “lame” stream media) about this virus. Yes, this is the same mainstream media that (as all “woke” folks know) are simply the propaganda arm of the deep state left and those who are willing to bankrupt and destroy the US just to eviscerate, discredit, and oust President Trump because he’s not one of them. He actually gives a damn about the US and her people. He keeps his promises. I know, right?! What a concept that our elected president (or any other elected official) actually has the US in his best interests. Let me tell you, he is quite a breath of fresh air given what has inhabited the White House for the past, oh 20 years.

Unless your head is buried in the sand, you have been brainwashed a la “Project Mockingbird” (look it up), or you are just too stupid to see that the numbers don’t add up, it is very apparent that this “pandemic” is not all it seems. When has the US (and the rest of the world) been closed for business for a flu bug? We’ve survived SARS, eBola, H1N1, Zika and an assortment of other alleged human race-ending diseases without the massive and unprecedented shutdowns we are seeing today.

Something is afoul. Do some research. Wash your hands. And wait for the storm to pass.

Remorse My Ass

Perhaps the most overused three words in the English language is “I am sorry.” Of course, most people contract the subject and verb to “I’m sorry.” And those lazy folks will just say “Sorry.” I particularly hate just “Sorry” as it sounds so disingenuous.

I’m sure there are a few people who actually mean it when they say they are sorry for some stupid thing they did or if they hurt someone else. They feel remorse, make amends, and don’t do it again.

The problem lies in the fact that the majority of people will say “I’m sorry” and then continue the bad behavior that sparked the original apology. If you say, “I’m sorry” to someone for hurting them and then keep hurting them, every time you say that you’re sorry diminishes the meaning until the word dissolves into a hollow, worthless pile of nothing.

The apologizer oftentimes ends up getting angry at the apologizee for not believing that s/he is, in fact, sorry for what s/he did. I like to believe most people are simply clueless regarding this, but I do believe that there are some truly horrid folks out there who don’t care who they hurt and spout the word “sorry” ad nauseum with zero feeling.

Remember Aesop’s fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf?” In it, the titular character kept crying “wolf” to combat his boredom, thus causing a stir in the village and angering the villagers each time. Eventually, there was a wolf, but the fact that the boy kept issuing what amounted to a false alarm rendered this cry for help useless as nobody believed him anymore. Aesop closes out the fable with “Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth!” Ain’t THAT the truth?!

The chronic overuse of the word “sorry” amounts to the same thing. If you say you’re sorry, be sorry and don’t do it again. Show remorse. Make amends. If you say “sorry” just to placate someone who you hurt, you don’t heal the damage, and if you repeatedly say “sorry” and continue the behavior, well, fuck you.

Don’t Be a Namby-Pamby

In case you hadn’t figured it out (or read my About page), I am female. If you haven’t read my About page, why the hell not? I’m interesting.

By the way, how great is the word “namby-pamby?”

Anyway, one of my biggest pet peeves is when I extend my hand to shake someone else’s hand, I get this lame and flimsy finger squeeze poor excuse for a handshake. While it really irritates me when a female does it, it’s even more irritating when a man does it.

Dammit, grasp my hand firmly and shake. I’m (generally) not going to bite, and you’re not going to break my hand unless you’re, like, the Incredible Hulk or some poorly programmed robot.

A firm handshake is a universal sign of confidence and strength and to demonstrate mutual respect. Thus, everyone should have one. Yes, even ladies. I have one.

However, this is no license for the handshaker to crush the life out of his/her handshakee’s hand.

On the other hand (pun intended), a weak handshake will definitely leave an impression and not in a good way. Oftentimes called a “dead fish” handshake, such a flimsy, feeble, and flaccid handshake is not the impression you want to make. Or receive from another.

Panic-Demic

Well, the mainstream media (also known as the lame stream median in certain circles) and the left are at it again. This time, they are spreading fear and hysteria regarding the Coronavirus aka COVID19 aka Wuhan virus, Wuhan flu, Chinese flu, etc.

As of today, a small number of Americans have died from the Coronavirus (never mind that the majority of them were elderly in nursing homes with an already compromised immune system, not that any deaths are acceptable), and it’s 24/7 coverage. Wait, not just 24/7 coverage but “OH MY GOD THE SKY IS FALLING” coverage.

More people have died from the flu than this virus.

Where’s the media coverage of the 76 people who were shot and killed in Sanctuary City Chicago thus far this year? Or the thousands of babies killed via abortion EVERY DAY?

Good grief, the democrats, socialists, and communists we have in office at the moment (along with the complicit mainstream media) are sparing no expense or breath in lambasting President Trump for something for which he is not responsible (much like everything else the left has accused him of.) They want him out of office so badly that they have further devolved into a “whatever it takes” mentality; even if this harms the US and Americans.

The NBA, giving in to this mass hysteria, has decided to cancel the remainder of the season after a presumably healthy player tested positive for the virus. The NHL is looking at its options.

Good grief. Treat the player, teach the team how to wash their hands and not get in the direct proximity of somebody’s cough or sneeze.

The left is trying to destroy the economy to bring down Trump, and this bullshit just might do it, but at what expense? Destroying the country? Forcing businesses to shut down? Dealing with thousands of people potentially losing their jobs? That’s exactly what the left wants to do: make everybody completely dependent on them. Open borders with unchecked illegal immigrants flooding our country and bringing disease and Americans’ complete dependency on a communist central government.

Try it. See what kind of revolutionary war will start. This is yet another reason why the left is trying to take away our gun rights. Rights are not a gift from government unless, of course, you’re an illegal. The Second Amendment exists for a reason: to protect the possibility of this happening. The US was founded as a constitutional republic. And it’s going to stay that way.

Oh, and let’s address the bullshit claims (again by the left) that calling this virus the Wuhan this or the Chinese that is racist. Dear Lord, the term “racist” is so overused that it has completely lost all meaning. This brings to mind Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride telling Vizzini, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” No shit. Where was the I’m Offended Racist Patrol during the Hong Kong flu, Spanish flu, German measles, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), West Nile virus, Hanta virus, Lyme disease, and the list goes on.

God forbid we offend anyone about anything. Check this ridiculousness out.

This virus causes mild flu-like symptoms in the majority of those who acquire it, but the left will have you believe that everyone is going to die. So much so, that here, people are running around like chickens with their heads cut off buying mass quantities of toilet paper, masks, hand sanitizer, and bottled water in anticipation of the oncoming “epidemic” despite the fact that there is treatment.

And prevention. Wash your damn hands, don’t let people sneeze or cough on you, and calm the fuck down. This, like every other virus, will run its course. The Earth isn’t going to implode, the world’s population isn’t going to go the way of the dinosaurs no matter how much propaganda the left spreads.

So, to utilize an overused phrase, Keep Calm and Carry On. And use common sense.