A group of anti-mask far-right extremists are attempting a coup to overturn the law-abiding leadership of my church. All hell broke loose. Trying to do damage control! Quite a shock.
PS. This BS is happening all over America.
I’ve been writing about QAnon, Christian nationalism, anti-science extremists, COVID denial all year. Meanwhile, about ten families in my church were holding no mask gatherings with false prophecies for months.
Because several of the elders are related by blood and marriage—almost the entire oversight team got involved in the theologically-unsound gatherings. Even the prophecies about Trump failing to come true did not deter these folks!
Dang. @willwilkinson is smart and gracious. He tackled freedom, conscience, immigration, & much-needed humane libertarianism at @NiskanenCenter. Sad he’s a rightwing cancel culture victim—which in bad faith pressured his employer to fire him over an inappropriate sarcastic tweet.
My all-time favorite illustration of “context matters” is THIS Ken White @Popehat thread on TSA and a potentially-problematic hearing notebook exhibit.
I never elucidated what happened here with my family, but we were on our way to a track meet & my dad brought along bomb-making supplies in his carry-on. Or, “things to secure a tripod in high-wind conditions + camcorder remote power supplies.” Hard to parse at the x-ray machine.
Dr. Fauci is who Kermit the Frog would be, if he had gone into med school instead of entertainment.
When this is over, when the worst has passed and we’ve begun to heal—I want Anthony Fauci to get a contract to write his autobiography, along with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in the Rose Garden, with doctors, nurses, epidemiologists, virologists, COVID survivors as witnesses.
Dr. Fauci’s 80th birthday was December 24.
“Fauci, whose father lived to be 97, has worked every day since January but will take some time on Thursday to celebrate his milestone birthday with his wife of 35 years, Christine Grady.”
1) In the transition from the white nationalist agenda president back to the American norm, some of you are falling into paranoia. In catastrophizing the reality of diversity and multiculturalism, you are in danger of missing the future, by clinging to past that is already gone.
2) America survived 188 years of wicked segregation, from 1776 until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. People like myself have already lived through LONG ERAS of gross inequality. The fire hoses and dogs. The lynchings. The bombing of neighborhoods. White hoods. Red lines. Murder.
3) Somehow, despite open violence, mass disenfranchisement, immigration bans, stolen land, prison, assault, torture, even death--we raised our kids, got educated, wrote books, organized schools, made art, spoke with moral courage and rose above evil.
In honor of the Inauguration, I'm going to subscribe to the Atlantic. Trumpism attacks the free press, because a nation without the means to discern truth can't distinguish lies. Our news media has been under constant attack & violent threat. Please support them this week.
I have deprogrammed many of my conservative friends who have become lost to the "fake news" false accusation. Once people become infected with disgust for reputable information sources, they're steered towards Fox, OAN, Epoch Times, YouTube, Facebook and political extremists.
The devastation of journalism due to advertising moving towards algorithmic, extremitizing social media has created a societal "immune system disorder" where many have lost epistemic reality and have no way to fact-check intense partisan lies.
Awww. Out of respect, QAnon Shaman took off his furry devil horns before praying—using a megaphone to thank God for His divine help in the bloody coup attempt.
Bless your hearts. The guy in the doorway brought his Bible in case he wanted to look up Matthew 26:52 while taking a moment of spiritual reflection during the insurrection.
“Jesus Christ, we who have been following a deranged scapegoat cult that uses highly partisan hallucinogenic quasi-blood libel and evil slander to project murderous hate on an out-group, do now invoke your name, amen.”
Seattle voted in the $15 minimum wage and none of the fear-mongering came true. Restaurants didn’t close. Fast food stayed cheap. Socialists didn’t invade. Economy is fine. Ultra-wealthy business owners were forced to stop using food stamp subsidies as a business model, though.
Washington State already had one of the highest minimum wage laws in the nation.
Passed by referendum in 1998 because we are not heartless mofos like the rest of you.
Me, every time the Biden team puts out policy, does a press conference, or speaks a full rational sentence.
“For this high-level position of trust, I am appointing a non-criminal who didn’t cover-up genocide in Central America, didn’t cheat widows of their homes through a mortgage scheme, and HAS NO INTENTION OF BUYING A MEDIEVAL MONASTERY ...”
“......and so I will be appointing Merrick Garland the next attorney general....”
Other times Jordan has used cancel culture for rhetorical purposes:
June 26, 2020 Fox News
July 1, 2020 Fox
July 29, 2020 Tech hearings
August 19, 2020 News article
Sept. 2, 2020 Canton fundraiser
October 31, 2020 Tweet
Nov. 21, 2020 Coronavirus interview, Fox
(And many more)
This one from three days ago is like a culture war fortune cookie:
“Mass hysteria about non-existent crimes arising from race fear, that gives pretext for violence against out-group members and subversion of democracy to save children/the nation” is a not a bad description of what Nazism really was (in addition to lying, fascism, antisemitism).
(That’s a pretty good summary also of QAnon, which is a cult-like belief system about false child sex abuse accusations.
It’s a religious, political moral panic that leverages lies about harm to children to generate activism and aggression, including the Capitol Riot.)
When you hear rioters screaming “Hang Mike Pence” and “Pence is a pedophile,” that’s QAnon.
They believe Pence can be executed not just for betraying Trump, but because he is part of a global elite leftwing sex trafficking cabal.
Thank you to all the members of the press who broadcasted, took photos, reported and provided a historical record of the mayhem today at the Capitol—in the face of mob violence, death threats, hatred and years of contempt inflamed by a deranged conman.
The scapegoating of the press is one of the most heinous behaviors of Donald Trump. It’s the fascist playbook, delegitimizing the institutions of accountability.
“...the Trump presidency’s unprecedented hostility toward the press...[includes when he] habitually attacked the news media in rallies, responses to reporters’ questions, and many hundreds of tweets...”