Is a President really responsible for COVID deaths in the U.S.?

In the last half of 2020 it was impossible to get through a day without someone blaming President Trump for the deaths caused by COVID-19. Not China’s fault. Not local leaders faults. Not anyone’s fault, except Trump and Trump alone.

My question today is this: Is the President really responsible for COVID deaths in the United State4?

President Biden has been in office for 4 days now and I have yet to come across anything (TV, internet, etc) that blames him for the COVID deaths since noon on January 20th. According to this COVID tracker there have been 12,000+ deaths since Biden took the oath. Is he as responsible for those as Trump was for the deaths in 2020?

A friend of mine on Facebook said this…

One of the most disingenuous parts of this election was the dishonest shameless politicization of COVID. It was so disappointing to watch, I was sure nobody would exploit a pandemic. But I was wrong, so go politics I guess.

…and he’s right (thanks CF, for the comment!). It’s unfortunate the crisis became political and Donald Trump didn’t do much to keep that from happening. I’m not saying he’s to blame for all of it becoming political but there was definitely an opportunity for Americans to unite in a singular cause, and have that cause championed by the President. One thing he cannot be accused of: killing hundreds of thousands of people.

Contrary to what the big media tech companies are/were telling us, we don’t have to blame the President for something of which he’s not guilty. Joe Biden hasn’t killed 12,000 people. Donald Trump didn’t kill 396,000 people. But as biased as the mainstream media was in 2020, they seem to have doubled down in 2021, likening Joe Biden to a deity come to heal and save us. Just check out the montage below and you’ll soon realize how ludicrous things have become.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it fair for Trump to be accused of this during his presidency, but not Biden? Chime in below and let’s chat!

Thanks for stopping by…

-Out of the Wilderness

Face mask covering your face tats?

According to this blog post, around 3,000,000 people have face tattoos. That’s quite a bit more than I would’ve guessed, for sure! I was watching an episode of the Bachelorette and it was the hometown dates. I promise this connects to face tattoos, just hang on. 🙂 The Bachelorette Tayshia is at the point in her “righteous endeavor” that she’s doing the hometown dates. It looks a little different this year because, well, it’s 2020, so the families of the remaining men actually came to the Bachelorette compound and they all sort of pretended they were in their real hometown. Anyway, one of the families included the brother of Ivan, a guy hoping to end up with Tayshia. This brother was full of tattoos, including all over his face and neck.

Then, in a very random way, I found out for the first time ever who Lil Xan is. I regret ever finding out about this young man (no offense, Lil Xan). This rocked me enough to write up another post just about him. I won’t even ruin your day by including a picture.

But then I went down a rabbit hole wondering about how all these face tattoo people feel about wearing masks for coronavirus. It’s like they’re covering up someone’s masterpiece. Well, “masterpiece” might be a stretch, but the tattoos these people probably love are often covered by the masks. For those of you who work in sales, it would be like winning a big account but you’re not allowed to tell anyone. Or a football player scoring a touchdown that gets called back by a holding penalty. Seeing your dog walk upright but forgetting to hit record on your camera.

They’ve GOT to be disappointed with all these mask mandates, right? Of course, the two examples above (Ivan’s brother and Lil Xan) have tattoos near their eyes, too, so the masks don’t completely cover up all the ink.

Anyway, if you’re one of the three million that have a face tattoo and feel like sharing, comment below with your thoughts. I’ll be waiting curiously.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Why some Democrats love masks and hate Trump

I will preface this by saying that I can’t speak for all Democrats, although I think most of them would agree one reason they hate Donald Trump is because he won’t require everyone to wear a mask. But why the outrage? Is there a reason a lot of folks on the left freak out when Trump (or anyone) appears in public without a mask? I have a theory. Let’s take a look at an example of my theory using “Jeff” as a Democrat.

Jeff wears a mask. Jeff believes firmly that science says masks work in fighting COVID-19. Whether the President mandates it or not, Jeff would wear a mask. That much is clear. But Jeff is livid every day that Trump hasn’t made everyone wear a mask. What upsets people like Jeff is not that Trump isn’t telling THEM to wear a mask (because they already wear the masks), it’s that he isn’t telling EVERYONE ELSE to wear a mask. They want everyone to behave like they do. This is a problem.

You see, this is how immature children behave. When I was a child, if my parents didn’t make my brother do something I thought he should do, I got upset and acted out. It came from a selfish place, as if I knew all the answers, and since I couldn’t make him do whatever it was I wanted, I hoped my parents would.

[on a lighter note, check out a bit of satire here: Biden to Grow Leg Hair Out for “No Shave November”]

Getting back to Democrat Jeff, he would say his enthusiasm for the mask is completely altruistic. He wants good things for everyone; in this case “good things” is the avoidance of sickness and death from the virus. But what if Jeff’s motives are the exact opposite– egoistic? (definition: Being centered in or preoccupied with oneself and the gratification of one’s own desires; self-centered)

Could it be about control? You might think that now I’m going to say Jeff wants all the control. Nope! I mean, it’s kind of like that but really it’s that Jeff (and people like Jeff) want to be controlled. This is the closest thing I’ve seen in my lifetime to someone literally wanting to be enslaved by someone else. After all we’ve seen and been taught about the horrors of slavery, and here we are again with people willingly putting themselves in chains!

Donald Trump (and maybe conservatives, in general?) thinks the American people have the right to decide for themselves whether they want to do this or that. It’s a novel idea called freedom. If non-mask-wearing Mark doesn’t want to wear a mask and this upsets Jeff, then Jeffy boy has to figure out a way to be an adult about it. He can be frustrated, annoyed, and irritated thinking Mark is being selfish and stubborn, and both have the right to feel the way they do. It’s a novel idea called freedom.

It’s a scary proposition, but I believe some mask-loving Democrats want to be enslaved by their leaders. “Tell US to wear masks. Tell THEM to wear masks. Take away our choices. We will do whatever you say.” They want Uncle Sam to be their dad. On the other side is personal freedom. Also remember, while this freedom means some won’t wear a mask, there are plenty that will. Now, I don’t like a smooth-talking politician, not many people do, but I’ll take one of those any day of the week if they’re the type who says, “You have the right to choose how you want to live, how you want to treat others. Yes, you need to live within the law but other than that, go enjoy your freedom!”

Until this particular group of Democrats can force everyone to believe the same things about masks, climate change, sharing wealth (taxes, minimum wage, etc), they’re going to moan, whine, and pout like I did when I was a selfish, immature child. It’s really not a good look and I hope people wake up to this soon before we all wake up and hardly recognize a novel idea called freedom.

-Out of the Wilderness

Masks for Your Masks to Help Slow the Spread of Happiness

Atlanta, GA — The Center for Disease Control conducted a COVID-19 study earlier this month, the results of which have become the foundation of a list of new guidelines published today. One of the recommendations is garnering praise from politicians and government officials who feel as if Americans do not have enough rules to follow as it is. “I’ve been busy shutting things down all over my county from funerals and weddings to Thanksgiving and Christmas parades,” said Mayor of Nashville, John Cooper.

The study showed that many people constantly touch the outside of their mask whether it’s to adjust for comfort or to get a breath of fresh air. “This habit significantly reduces the effectiveness of the mask,” says CDC staff member Mark Teague. “Based on our research, we are advising everyone heading out the door to grab another mask because if wearing one mask saves lives, then wearing two masks will save even more lives.”

According to the official explanation, using a second mask on top of the first mask means the first mask will be touched less often. When asked by reporters about the threat of the second mask being touched regularly and thus still spreading the virus, CDC ended the press conference.

Power-hungry governors and mayors seem to be chomping at the bit to implement this as a mandate in their respective cities and states. Gavin Newsom, Governor of California stated, “I was coming up empty on more ways to deflate the morale of Californians, but I’m thankful that now I’ll have another way to give people something to frown about.”

-OTW News

10 viruses in music, movies, and books

Awhile back I made a post of movies and music that have “mask” in the title so because the coronavirus just doesn’t seem to be going away, why not make another list? This time it’s all about the word “virus.” Check out the list below of “virus” in popular culture…

Con Air (1997) – starring Nicholas Cage but also John Malkovich who plays Cyrus the Virus.

“Put the bunny back in the box.” (this quote has nothing to do with a virus, but I can’t reference Con Air without including it, know what I mean?)

Contagion (2011) – a virus spreads quickly all over the world.

This film was probably good in 2011, but to watch it for the first time in 2020 and seeing how scarily accurate for how our world is today… it’s freaky. Like, not even funny how accurate it is.

Tangled (2010)conspiracy article here.

In the film, Rapunzel spends her days locked away in a tower from the rest of the world – or rather, the kingdom of Corona.

The book, “The Eyes of Darkness” (author, Dean Koontz) as revealed here.

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“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (2017)

“My left stroke just went viral…” and also a woman in the video wearing a mask.

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Outbreak (1995) – the film is about a fictional virus that spreads to the United States.

Virus (2019) – an Indian film about a virus spreading through the population.

Osmosis Jones (2001) – live-action / animated film about a killer virus named Thrax.

“Spreadin’ (Coronavirus)” – Psychs (2020)

“My Corona” – Chris Mann (2020)

If you have more to add, feel free to comment below. Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness