For George Davis, a bishop at Impact Church in Jacksonville, getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was an act of faith. He says that he believes in divine creation, and that the shot is a miracle - a sign of God guiding scientists in their attempts to curb a devastating virus. Yet, for his nondenominational congregation, the provenance of a lifesaving tool was not as obvious.
The hesitancy was clear from the beginning. When cases surged, some of Davis's congregation, which numbers more than 6,000 parishioners, had a different idea of the pandemic's effects. One spat back false information to the pastor. Others did not trust government and health officials. Davis said he tried to bridge the gap - enacting safety measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encouraging vaccinations when doses were made available, and discussing the virus on social media.
Still, he said, some did not listen. Six of the church's members, Davis said, died of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in 10 days. Four of them were healthy and younger than 35; all were unvaccinated.
"It's very frustrating knowing that these were avoidable deaths," he said. "You also don't want the loved ones who are left behind to feel horrible and don't want to seem like I'm putting guilt onto them, but the reality is, I know that these people would still be here had they gotten the shot."
Get the message yet? Nope. They'll never get it.
Sorry anybody's gotta die from this thing, but if they do, I'm glad it's mostly the idiots. They had their chance, and at least now they won't be around to impact the world anymore.
Keep on dyin' to "spite the libs." Great fucking plan. Go with that.
And, hey, three cheers for this fucksplat:
Dick Farrel, a former right-wing radio host in Florida and anchor on Newsmax TV, died Wednesday of complications from Covid-19, NBC affiliate WPTV of West Palm Beach reported.
"He was known as the other Rush Limbaugh. With a heavy heart, I can only say this was so unexpected. He will be missed,” Farrel's partner, Kit Farley, wrote on Facebook, according to WPTV.
"He fought like a tiger. Please don't put off getting attention for this illness," Farley wrote on Facebook. "Yes, for some it has minimal effects, but others it is deadly. We will always love Dick Farrel, always appreciate his spirit, and miss him greatly."
Farrel was a vocal and staunch advocate against the coronavirus vaccines, which he posted about on social media, once calling them "bogus." He also railed against figures like Dr. Anthony Fauci, whom he called a "lying freak."
However, after he contracted Covid-19, friends said, Farrel's attitude about the vaccines and the virus changed, WPTV reported.
"COVID took one of my best friends! RIP Dick Farrel. He is the reason I took the shot. He texted me and told me to 'Get it!' He told me this virus is no joke and he said, 'I wish I had gotten it!'" Amy Leigh Hair, a friend of Farrel's, wrote on Facebook.
Congratulations, Dick. Whatever else you did in your life, you'll always be remembered as the punchline to a dark joke that was on you. That's your legacy now, chuckles. Nobody'll remember your name, but they'll remember "that dead moron who called Fauci a lying freak." You're a LOL-meme, thanks for helping out by growing the porn'stache.
There are plenty of "lying freaks" around. but the aren't Fauci.
The whole reason they hate Fauci is because their throbbing monetized amygdalas get spooked when they hear bad news and they want to just deny it, so they hate it for not helping them do that. I really don't get the anger toward Fauci. He's trying to keep 'em safe. That's all the man's doing. He's giving 'em good advice, and they react to it like he's done something to hurt 'em. It's completely and utterly insane, nonsensical. They hate him because they've been told to hate him and they want to be part of the crowd that hates him so at least then they can be part of something.
But that's where we're at with the Republican base now. Childishness and madness and spite-spite-spite. They'll do whatever they think "the libs" don't want them to do, even if they have to make fools of themselves to do it. "Ain't no goddamn liberal gone tell ME I can't drink turpentine!" *glug glug glug!*
These assholes like Dead-Ass Dick up there know that their base are idiots and want to be told that they're right even when they're wrong... and so they'll keep telling them what they want to hear, even when it's harmful to them. They honestly couldn't give a fuck less if their listeners die drowning in their own fluids, because all they are is a cash cow. Pump the money out of it and it's disposable. There's always enough to keep Newsmax's ratings up. They know their viewers will never wise up. It just ain't in 'em.
So idiots actually cheer when Marjorie Taylor Green informs them that Alabama's the least-vaccinated state. Then a couple weeks from now them same folks gonna be cryin' 'cuz mam-maw died and boo-hoo-why-didn't-somebody-MAKE-us-get-vaccinated? We didn't knowwwww, we wuz told we wuz patriots, resisting common-sense and overburdening the hospitals in a time of national crisis!
It's sad but it's still pretty hard to feel sympathy for these idiots. But we still keep trying to wise them up, but they fight ya every step of the way. Conservatives never care about a goddamned thing until it affects them personally. And then it becomes the most important thing in the world. An activist is a conservative who just got the condition they were making fun of somebody else for having. I've seen that over and over and over again. I just wish they'd un-brainwash themselves enough to change it already. But they won't. Because they think some "lib" wants 'em to.
Spite's one hell of a drug.