Something has been bothering me for a while now, and with this latest revoltin’ development I can remain silent no longer.
See the problem here? That’s from the Liberty Daily, a news aggregator I use quite a bit for blogfodder purposes, and I do like ’em. They’ve been selling a whole selection of these masks for a while now. I didn’t much care for seeing the ads and all but, y’know, fine, everybody’s gotta make a buck where they can, right? No skin off my nose, really.
I very nearly piped up a cpl-three weeks ago, though, when they ran one for a face diaper sporting the slogan “I Hate Wearing This.” I mean, come ON, guys. If you really hate wearing it, then…don’t wear the damned thing, ‘kay? There are easy ways of dodging those unconstitutional edicts—such as claiming “medically exempt” any time you’re pushed on it, which is perfectly acceptable in most states. Heck, I even went so far as to just yank my T-shirt up over my head in one of my favorite restaurants once, just as a joke to amuse my daughter. The people at the pizza joint, a place I take the young ‘un to regularly and whose small staff I am friendly with, just about fell over laughing at me as I flailed around crashing into walls and such.
Even with the up-front, irritating ludicrousness of the “I Hate Wearing This” mask—the sad admission of weakness, submission, and lack of self-respect implicit in the message—still, I held my peace. I’m aware that there are plenty of people who really do have no choice in the matter; having been a lifelong scofflaw my whole life, noncompliance is second nature to me by now anyway, so I have no wish to be too hard on normal people who have to put up with the damnable things in order to hold onto their job. Whatevs. Live and live, I always say.
But really now: Live Free Or Die? Printed on a Mask Of Submission? Guess y’all must be dead then, guys. Because if you’ve accepted the bit to the point that you’re willing to disgrace yourself in public by donning the face diaper—even though You Hate Wearing This, mind—then Living Free is the very damned thing you are NOT doing, by even the most malleable of definitions.
We’ll just leave the concomitant damn-foolery of any putative American being willing to drop 15 bucks for a five-dollar insult to the Founders alone for now. Although I do have to wonder how many of them have been sold. I’m pretty sure that I truly do not want to know. I am not about to ask, for fear of what the answer might be. Again, nothing against Liberty Daily, but I have to hope sales have been somewhat less than brisk.
Of course, it isn’t helping matters any that “Live free or die” is the official state motto of a certain New England Democrat-Socialist stronghold so liberal it’s not only shown little to no interest whatsoever in bothering to live up to said motto, it actually seems to have become openly hostile to it in recent years.
Noticed that myself and thought the same thing.
My mask, which I carry into grocery stores and such for use if a shopkeep requests that I wear one, is a martial arts sparring helmet with a full-face wire grid suitable for stopping punches. The wires are spaced at about 3/4″ and don’t even make the pretense of blocking germs but they meet the letter of the
lawillegal executive order. I’m sympathetic to business owners, who can be and have been shut down by the stasithe county or state health department, so I don’t give them grief about it.
In practice, it hasn’t been an issue. Not once in five months has anyone chided me about not wearing a face diaper, nor even offered me one and asked me to wear it. This suggests that a good chunk of the population of upstate New York is at least a little bit sensible.
I get the same thing. I have to wear the mask into most manufacturing facilities. The management knows it’s useless, but temperature checks and masks and when the lawsuit comes they can say they followed all the CDC recommendations.
I wear one for lowes and the occasional trip to wal mart because they have people checking. At first they didn’t but then they got threatened by the nazi’s.
By the way, we’re now in Day 173 of “15 days to flatten the curve”.
Does it seem to you and anyone else like March/April have lasted a hell of a lot longer than 30 days?
Does to me. We’re at the 214th of March by my reckoning.
I’ve quit even any pretense of taking it seriously by this point. (And so has damn’ near everyone else in Bryan and Johnston Counties, by my observation.)
I have a pair of masks that I take with me on the very, very rare occassions that I need to go to a store or facility that requires a “face covering”: bank, Alliance Health, Sam’s Club/Costco, or even more rarely, WalMart. That’s assuming that they refuse to take “I have a breathing condition” as a reason for not wearing one…
One is a mesh paintball mask, and if they object to that, I pull my plague doctor mask off of where it’s hanging from my belt, put it on, and ask, “Happy now?”
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HGSV8WG/ (“Speak to the Beak!”)
Those have been worth every penny of the 20-odd dollars I’ve spent on them just from the flustered reactions of some of the “You vill mask!” types.
So far, I’ve only had one (1) encounter with a real Karen type who glared and said something to me about not being masked at the store.
I frowned and gave her my best politely puzzled expression, cupped my hand behind my ear in the universal ‘hard of hearing’ sign, and said, “Huh?”
She repeated it, and I leaned forward, still looking puzzled, and said, “Sorry, I can’t hear so well?”
She yanked down her mask, drew herself up, and said, “You should be wearing a mask!”
I nodded and said, “You looked so much prettier with the mask on.”
Actually got a loud “Huff!” out of her before she stalked off muttering. 🙂
We need you to wear a body camera 🙂
I think you could become a rich man soon.
*grin* I don’t have enough opportunities out here to make it pay off. 🙂
I stole that “You looked much better with the mask on” quip from some blogger back in April, and I’ve been waiting for a chance to use it in IRL ever since. It didn’t come up for months until just a couple of weeks ago.
We just don’t have enough Karens around here, I guess. Although for my money, *one* is one too many, so there you go.
The *looks* though from a few people when I’ve pulled on the plague doctor mask somewhere and then resettled my hat on top of it have been priceless. 🙂
Few opportunities of this type are a good thing.
Plenty of fools around here, but they don’t say anything to me. Too damn ugly too mess with 🙂
Most people are pretty laid back out here.Lot of old farmers and ranchers, and blue collar types. Fairly easy going, slow to anger, and you really don’t want to see them riled up.
I don’t see many people bothering to wear the face diapers, so I don’t really stand out all that much.
There’s the difference. I’m often the only person in the grocery store who’s not at least pretending to follow the superstition, like a surgical mask down over their chin.
Same here. But I notice that away from the bigger cities it’s not as bad.