A Message from God

A5259EB7-2ABE-40CC-812D-191CEB68E8C2The Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores was planning to stay open during the pandemic after the CEO’s wife received a message from God. In a letter to employees, CEO David Green explained that while the coronavirus pandemic is “certainly concerning,” God informed his wife, Barbara, last week that He will specifically protect Hobby Lobby and its employees and “groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible.”

Well, either God had a change of heart or Barbara garbled God’s message to her. Seems that Hobby Lobby has now started closing its stores and laying off employees. In a letter to the terminated employees, one senior exec said, “It is with a tremendously broken heart that I’ve been forced to take these unimaginable actions, and I genuinely hope you know that my prayers are with you and your family.”

Hobby Lobby fired its employees by email. People lost their insurance and were offered no severance. David Green told the fired employees that, while he does not know what the future holds for the business, everyone will have to “tighten” their belts. He also stated that “God is in control” of the situation.

God and Trump…so in control, right?

Inexplicable

The video above reflects the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. as of March 22nd: 30,367. Today, one week later, the number of cases stands at 131,403, with 2,329 deaths.

And yet Trump’s poll numbers go up, his job approval rate goes up. In the presidential race polls, Trump has moved from what was a seven-point deficit in February to a near tie with Biden today.

And 15% of Bernie Sanders supporters have indicated that, if Bernie doesn’t get the Democratic nomination, they will vote for Trump in November. Are you fucking kidding me?

How stupid can people be? It’s inexplicable.

One-Liner Wednesday — Business as Usual

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“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Donald J. Trump

A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson told a press conference in Geneva yesterday that there has been a “very large acceleration” in U.S. coronavirus cases in recent days.

Yet the American president, despite warnings like these from the WHO that the United States could soon become the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, wants to return the country to business as usual by Easter.

Further, Trump has predicted that, on Easter Sunday, there will be “packed churches all over our country.” He added, “I think it would be a beautiful time, and it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.”

This is something that virtually all doctors, epidemiologists, and health experts agree is exactly the wrong thing to do if we want to “flatten the curve” of this highly contagious and easily transmitted disease.

It’s obvious that the current president of the United States is more eager to prop up the faltering U.S. economy in order to reinvigorate his re-election campaign than he is in saving the lives of American citizens.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #62

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Over the past few weeks, each of us has had to make some sacrifices due to the global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have had to make adjustments to how we go about our daily lives. My provocative question this week is simply this:

What activities have you cut from your life since this pandemic started that you DON’T really miss?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.