Okay, I officially don’t get the point of the mask thing now.

It’s Monday, and on Monday morning I go into town with D&L for water and groceries. And as it happened, I had a busy time scheduled…

…and as frequently usually happens, I got busy loading empty water bottles and gas cans into the Jeep, don’t forget your sunglasses/hat/shopping list/gun/wallet/keys, and went off without putting a mask in my pocket.

In the little town nearest where I live this makes zero social difference. Most of the people you’ll see in a store or on the street will be obscenely baring their faces to the world, exactly as if it’s a tiny desert town way the hell off the beaten path where there’s virtually no Wuhan Flu to catch. But my friends D and L have really drunk the Koolaid on this particular subject and it bugs them when I go maskless. So I really try to remember, just to keep peace with my neighbors who generously let me hitch at least one ride to town every week and have for several years now.

But I can be bugged too, you know. And this morning, to keep the vitally-important mask thing from cropping up in future, they kindly gave me a gift…

…to keep in the Jeep for when I forget.

No doubt in the name of legal CYA, whoever designed the package art carefully and prominently added the disclaimer “Non-Medical” to the box filled with these vitally important preventatives to a medical condition. This is nothing new, I’m aware that none of the colorful cloth masks people have taken to wearing over the past almost-a-year-now-goddammit have any real medical utility.

But this just kind of rubbed it in. It irritates me.

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20 Responses to Okay, I officially don’t get the point of the mask thing now.

  1. Cookie says:

    The ones they give us at work say on the box “does not protect against covid-19” but we have to wear them anyway!

  2. Ken Hagler says:

    I recently came across a quote that I thought did an excellent job of explaining the masks:

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.”

    –Theodore Dalrymple

  3. Ben says:

    First of all, this has nothing to do with communism. Society (any society!) has always had something to say about how we cover our bodies, and the reasons tend to be buried, and have more to do with social norms than any objective reasoning. There is no medical reason (that I know of) for the requirement that we wear pants in public, but just try going to town with your “private “ parts on display!

  4. Mike says:

    “Okay, I officially don’t get the point of the mask thing now.”

    Interesting logic.

    Considering the number of times you have blogged about your life being in jeopardy and needing the .44 on your belt versus the time between incidents, what’s the point of carrying the .44?

    You have written about going to check on your secret stash of weapons, ammo and supplies hidden in a cave ready for a quick bug-out. Considering the number of times you have needed to bug-out, what’s the point of having this secret stash?

    The odds of the stuff at the secret stash ever being needed or you using the .44 is less than catching COVID-19 in the small town you visit. So if wearing a mask is a waste of time, isn’t carrying a .44 on your belt or having a secret bug-out stash a bigger waste of time?

    The reality is that your secret stash and the .44 are proactive for your safety. These things may be useful in saving your life and the lives of those you interact with that’s why. Just as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands may not be perfect, but these actions are as proactive as having the secret stash and are as useful in protecting your life and the lives of those you interact with.

    FYI, as of this morning’s update from John Hopkins, COVID-19 and its variants are only 345 deaths short of the total number of Americans killed in WW2, Korea and Viet Nam from all causes.

  5. Michael says:

    Mike, to each their own. You have every right to wear a mask if you like. As for the mask vs .44 comparison, well, I’d say that one is an easy-to-wear life-saver, the other is a spit-soaked rag with questionable efficacy. But that’s just my opinion, and I won’t force others to carry a weapon for my protection.

    Masks mandates aren’t rooted in logic, and Fibbing-Fauci’s flip-flop directives only reinforce that conclusion. We’re told that even after we’ve had the vaccine, we should still wear masks. How’s that for logical thought?

    Theodore Dalrymple’s quote (thanks Ken) does a great job of explaining the mask mandates. From what I’ve seen, they’re being used as a tool to humiliate and discredit political detractors. I hope to goodness that Americans wake up, realize this, and question what they’re being told.

  6. Brandon says:

    The masks are a symbol of compliance. Nothing more than “Will you bend the knee?”. There is no virus- the seasonal flu was rebranded. At this point it is obvious to anyone who turns off the screens and media fear-porn. Anyone who believes the official numbers is suffering a fever-dream from hypoxia from wearing a face-diaper.

  7. mattexian says:

    Until this mess is over, I am required to wear a mask at work as an “essential” employee (stocking groceries and bandages and drugs and seasonal candy and linens and toys). I really want the mask with the slogan on it, “I’m only wearing this so I don’t get fired!”, but I can’t bring myself to spend even more money on these things, especially what they want for *that one*.

  8. bravokilo says:

    The population accepted masks, even though all studies at the CDC websites say they’re useless.T hen they accepted mass censorship and a stolen election.
    Maybe the mask acceptance inspired the election thing? Kids find boundaries, then push them. I wonder what will make people say, “Enough.”

  9. Ken Hagler – thanks also for the quote. I’d been reminded of it often over the last few months but couldn’t remember the author. One eve a couple weeks ago when I had a few minutes I’d pulled up “Live not by lies” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – thinking that might have been the source of the quote. Now I don’t have to wonder exactly how that goes anymore and who it was that said it!

  10. jabrwok says:

    Mattexian, make your own. You can go fancy with stencils, or just use a Magic Marker on a rag of old t-shirt and wear it like a bandito. No reason to spend money.

  11. buckeyebob says:

    The sheeples will do whatever they are told including injecting their children with gender reversing hormones . The grand experiment in liberty has been killed . Murdered actually . The anti-Christ will soon arrive on the scene and they will embrace him and take The Mark . Enjoy the decline !

  12. Bibamufu says:

    It’s all about control…

  13. bill says:

    Some people get the “vaccine” (which except for Astra Zeneca are not actual vaccines) but won’t wear a mask. I wear a medical mask but won’t get a vaccine (50+ years in the medical field & retired last summer after 42 years being a RN but refused all vaccines since ’72 when a flu vaccine in the Navy damn near killed me). People are all over the place in their feelings/beliefs about COVID. Consider that our tax dollars support U.S Universities (University of Texas for one) who are partners with the lab in Wuhan….Biden just signed a bill giving money direct to Wuhan Lab. Boy Fauci has been in cahoots with Universities and Wuhan for years. Some states mandate a mask and some private businesses require a mask to enter but do nothing to enforce the rules. My Mother died in January from COVID (after 4 days on a respirator)…she was a believer that GOD would protect her so didn’t wear a mask at a very small church where 3/4s of the members caught the virus. What’s the true skinny? Beats me! I try to treat everybody at the grocery store pleasant like but inside I have anger towards the maskless and children that won’t cover their face when they snot and cough. On the other hand I have been working with different maskless people this week trying to repair damage at my gulch from last week’s storm. I believe one thing and that’s that “they” (whoever “they” are…pick who you choose for an enemy) are out to kill you. Aren’t we all hypocrites in some fashion or form?

  14. Terrapod says:

    It has now been one full year since this Wuhan virus has been in the news. For one full year we have been berated, cajoled and in the case of Michigan, Executive Ordered to obey every frigging whim of the D party apparatchiks in Lansing. No one in my immediate family has died from this and we think that 8 out of 14 have had the thing and recovered with minor discomfort, kinda like the seasonal flu, which has mysteriously vanished (the CDC has reported 165 TOTAL flu cases this year, the normal number is 400,000). The media beats the drum nightly – half a million dead! Oh Woe!. But then we find out that only 6% of the half million actually died of the WuFlu, all the rest had moderate to severe co-morbidities, so we just call those with heart failure, kidney failure etc etc. as having died of the WuFlu.

    I for one have had enough of this idiocy. We have survived countless deadly viruses over the past centuries, why is it only now that we have to cower in fear? Not wearing the mask any longer, they don’t protect against virus’ anyway, so why bother? Going to be interesting to find out how many stores will refuse me entry over an unconstitutional edict.

    Live Free or Die seems to have a nice ring to it when dealing with tyrants.

  15. Jerry says:

    Father in law died yesterday. Dad died 3 weeks ago. I believe in the destiny that God holds the minute of your death. Which means when they say a cigarette takes 9 minutes off your life, God is the one with the calculator of the actual answer. Choosing to smell like an ashtray is optional. Take the person who goes speeding past, only to be dead in accident in front of you. They had to hurry up to their destiny with death. Would their destiny be changed by not speeding past?
    If Bill’s mom is the only one of the 3/4’s to pass, There’s Your answer. Pull up YOUR mask, and leave the rest of us alone.
    FIL had covid 2 weeks ago. He died from a blood clot. His yesterday morning covid test was negative today.
    Dad never caught covid, inspite of living in a home & going to the hospital a few times for pnuemonia.
    In the mean time, I gotta get on to the things of “Tomorrow i’d like to…” today. Destiny may come knocking sooner than you think.

  16. Spud says:

    So far , I’ve been tested twice this past year. Both times coming back negative. Pretty much live a reclusive life and rarely come in contact with others. Only when I must replenish certain items , do I go out. When such is the case , I wear a medical grade mask.
    On the other hand , my wife works at the local zoo and comes in contact with literally thousands !
    All employees must wear a mask …guests of the zoo are supposed to also …yet there are those few whom refuse. Of the zoo’s employees , a handful have come down with the Wooflu.
    So do the masks help ? I’d have to say yes. Considering that it is estimated that one in twenty have had it. The zoo employs a little over 500 people , and given the one in twenty figure . One hundred should have come down with the stuff. I’d definitely say the masks help’..

  17. Beans says:

    Except, Spud, they don’t.

    Live near to a major hospital, one that deals with infectious diseases and such. Never a more lacadaisy attitude by senior staff of that hospital about masks. Which, when questioned, they honestly say don’t work.

    The only masks that actually work are… specially designed full face masks with a cartridge filter.

    At your zoo, betcha more than 100 people have ‘had’ the Covid, just didn’t know it because in most cases, from the beginning, it’s rabidly asymptomatic. Like the ‘Flu Cruise’ case, the ocean liner full of very old and not very healthy people that was one of the first study cases. Where many were discovered to have had it but never got sick.

    And as it was said above, if you look at the labels on most masks, they say directly that masks aren’t effective.

    If they were, along with social distancing, then we wouldn’t be halfway or more into Year 2 (studies show it was knocking around maybe as early as early fall 2019.)

    Masks… for the most part we don’t need no steenkin masks…

  18. OneGuy says:

    The masks don’t work. The experts have said that the masks don’t work. The reason the governors and other politicians want masks is that it makes it appear that they are doing something to fight off the pandemic. I wear the mask where I am required to. I don’t go acting ‘Karen’ on anyone about the mask, but I wear it simply to comply because it doesn’t protect me or others. It amazes me how many people get all offended when someone objects to the mask. Where is their curiosity? Where is the proof that the mask works? If they said to wear five masks would you do it? Ten? fifteen? Is there some point where you would want to see evidence that something this restrictive of our freedoms actually works? The masks do not work! You are being duped and the really sad thing is it was so easy to do.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Now that “The Year Of Fear” is winding down, did you know one of the first signs of Ebola is…Flu like symptoms? Yeah there ain’t no “fattening” I mean “flattening” The Curve if this gets out!

    But I hear a 3rd mask, 12’ distancing and double gloving will reduce the spread /s


  20. Brenda says:

    The correct type of mask will work. No one wears the correct type of mask. I never wear a mask in Walmart or Costco (I do have it on to get through the door then immediately take it off) I have never been harassed by employees or patrons. I’ve only gotten positive comments. The back makes me wear on and as soon as I deposit or withdrawal I remove it and walk out with it off. I live in Nevada. If you are sick, stay home. If you are afraid, stay home. If I want to go out and not wear a mask, you can just stay away from me. I stay home if I’m sick. My dad, who is 85 was tested negative for Covid when he went in for surgery and then tested positive (with no symptoms) after being in the hospital. hmmmmm

To the stake with the heretic!