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We have a winner!

The writers of FOTM voted for what each considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; a #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 225th FOTM Caption Contest, with three #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 14 points, is . . .

Paladin!

Here is the winning caption: “This way Chuckie can still stick his nose into everybody else’s business”

This way Chuckie can still stick his nose into everybody else’s business

truckjunkie is in 2nd place, with one #1 vote and one #2 vote, totaling 6 points. Here is his caption:

Yeah,I know this isn’t how I should wear my mask — I’m just wearing it to catch my dentures when I sneeze….

barbarossa58 with two #2 votes, and Kevin J Lankford, omega-man and operaghost with one #1 vote each, are in 3rd place, each with 4 points. Here are their captions:

barbarossa58: “No Chucky, the Depends go on the other end!”

Kevin J Lankford: “To Nose,..or not to Nose,…that is the question”

omega-man: “Chucky is thinking: ‘heh, heh…if they can’t see my lips moving they can’t tell if I’m lying.'”

operaghost: “Schumer wins the 2020 Dumbest Congressman of the Year… by a nose (Ba Dum Tiss)”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, Paladin!!!

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next, very exciting Caption Contest! 😀

~Eowyn

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Virtue signaling queen: Libtard Chrissy Teigen pledges $100k to bail out rioters

Many businesses in Minneapolis were already facing hardships due to the Wuhan virus shut down. After the protestors, rioters and looters had their fun, many are going to be permanently shut down due to the fires and destruction in that city.

So if you are a TDS-infected libtard, what’s the best way you can help? Bail out the rioters.

But that’s liberal logic for ‘ya. It’s not designed to make sense.

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Chris Cuomo’s viewership has plunged by HALF since he contracted Wuhan virus

Imagine my distress.

From Daily Mail: CNN host Chris Cuomo’s ratings have plunged 49 percent in the two months since he announced he’d contracted coronavirus, data from Nielsen Media Research shows.

Since the week of March 30, Cuomo has dropped from first in his 9pm time slot among cable news hosts to bottom of the barrel, last week averaging just 440,000 daily viewers in the age demographic prized by advertisers.

Cuomo’s stunning ratings nosedive came after interviews with his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in lighthearted segments that were widely panned as ratings stunts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Though all cable news saw something of a drop-off in viewership in May, as viewers seemingly grew weary of the pandemic coverage, Chris Cuomo’s decline was sharper than his time slot competitors, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

A spokesperson for Chris Cuomo declined to comment when reached by DailyMail.com.

However, a source close to the anchor pointed out that cable news ratings rise and fall dramatically depending on what’s happening in the news cycle. The person argued that weekly averages don’t provide an accurate picture of viewership.

Chris Cuomo’s ratings peak came the week of March 30 when he announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus and was isolating in his basement, beating out Maddow and Hannity with 862,000 daily viewers in the 25-54 age demographic.

Since then, his ratings have dropped 49 percent in the demo and 35 percent overall, while Maddow is down 17 percent in the demo and 7 percent overall. Hannity has dropped 38 percent in the demo and 12 percent overall.

Last week, Chris Cuomo dropped below Maddow in the demo for the first time since March 2. Maddow had 498,000 daily average viewers in the demo and Chris Cuomo had 355,000. Hannity has beaten Chris Cuomo since the week of April 6. Last week, Hannity garnered 4.7 total viewers and 589,000 in the 25-54 demographic.

Read the whole story here.

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Just like that, social distancing is over

Back in March our country and economy was shut down due to China’s Wuhan virus. We were told to stay at home – unless you were deemed essential – and practice social distancing in order to save lives.

Because of this, unemployment rose dramatically as did crime and suicides. Millions of people isolated and unemployed. And stressed.

Then the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis occurred. Stay at home orders were completely ignored throughout the country as people took to the streets to protest and riot.

Just like that, social distancing was done. After everything that was sacrificed by students, families and business owners to try to limit the spread of the Wuhan virus, social distancing is over.

Makes you wonder if the reaction to the Wuhan virus was really worth all of our efforts and economic sacrifices.

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Weekend Funnies!

Kyle Dunnigan is a stand-up comedian and actor.

Here he is as New York governor Andrew Cuomo explaining why you must wear a mask.

Hilarious!

And here are two bonus Kyle Dunnigan skits.

This lasts one is crude, but very very funny.

~Eowyn

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You might be able to get a haircut in Chiraq on Friday!

Yet if you are Mayor Lori Lightfoot, that was NEVER a problem for you in the first place.

Good news, people of Chiraq – you will be allowed to get a haircut! With RULES, of course. Rules that DON’T apply to your good mayor.

MyFoxChicago reports that this Friday barbershops will have very specific requirements to reopen and cut your hair. But they can’t cut all of your hair. From the story:

“In Chicago specifically, the industry will open sometime in early June and you cannot get any services that require removing your mask.

When they do open, coronavirus safety measures will change the way services are provided.

“Masks are required. For barbers, for example, they won’t be able to cut the mustache or facial hair if it requires taking the mask off,” Bradford said. “I won’t be able to cut it. I have to follow the guidelines and I don’t want any issues.”

The city of Chicago has put up Phase 3 guidelines on their website. In some cases, the recommendations will hit beauty professionals financially.

“Makeup artists won’t be able to do an entire face of makeup. They can do lashes,” Bradford said.”

Read the whole story here.

I guess doing only eyelashes keeps you much safer than doing an entire face of makeup. Probably much safer than getting a haircut during a stay at home order when you pose with your hair stylist without social distancing.

Mayor Lightfoot (r) poses with her stylist after SHE was ALLOWED a hair cut

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Harrowing account of woman, 51, surviving COVID-19 living alone

It is one thing to say that COVID-19 computer models and deaths have been exaggerated (which is true), and that state and local governments’ policy of lockdown should end because of the destruction to the economy (see “End the COVID-19 lockdown! Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp proved right“).

A staggering 52% of American small businesses, if they haven’t already closed, expect to close within six months because of the lockdown. The lockdown directly caused a loss of one-fifth of all U.S. jobs. From mid-March to May 8, 2020, 20.6 million U.S. jobs were lost, including more than a million in health care, resulting in an unemployment rate of 14.7%, a level not seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

But it’s another thing entirely to maintain that COVID-19 or whatever one wants to call it, is fake, not real, and does not actually exist.

Recently, I ended a friendship with an online colleague (we came to know each other through our separate work on Sandy Hook) because she insists that SARS 2, aka Wuhan coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is “fake,” i.e. not real.

In emails, I repeatedly asked her what, then, she thinks “it” is — referring to the many many cases of severe respiratory illnesses and deaths. She refused to answer my question, because she couldn’t, and accused me of being difficult.

I then asked outright if she believes this to be an off-the-scale vast, global conspiracy in which every medical personnel (scientists, doctors and nurses) is complicit. She replied “yes.”

When it comes to the empirical world, there are no absolute truths because we simply don’t know everything or 100% of any phenomnon. There are always questions and pieces that don’t seem to fit, and so the proper approach is to look at the preponderance of evidence.

In the case of COVID-19, however, to seize upon the little pieces-that-don’t-fit,  while ignoring the preonderence of evidence, and leap to the conclusion that the virus or disease doesn’t actually exist is not only poor epistemology, it is also intellectually arrogant, thinking oneself smarter than the countless scientists and physicians across the world who are studying and grappling with this pandemic.

Unsolicited and uninvited, my colleague then called me on the phone and tried to browbeat me into submission, despite my saying that I didn’t want to talk to her. If I were in her shoes, I would respect her wishes, say “Well, let’s talk when you feel up to it,” and let her go.

But she persisted and simply refused to honor my wish of not wanting to talk about it. In so doing, not only did she violate my free will, trample across my personal space, she also showed she really isn’t my friend because a friend would respect my boundaries. I actually had to hang up on her.

So for her and all who deny that COVID-19 is real, below is a harrowing first-person account of how Michelle Benvenisti, a woman living alone in New York City, survived COVID-19. The symptoms and duration of her illness far exceed those of the seasonal flu.

Benvenisti, 51, is the senior director of learning and development at WebMD Health Corp. Her essay does not give her age, but I found that information via a people search engine and can confirm she is real. I wanted her age to determine if she’s in the elderly (65+) group particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. She’s not.

Benvenisti is on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Michelle Benvenisti, “I Fought COVID-19 Living Alone. Here’s What Got Me Through,” WebMD, May 18, 2020:

Somewhere in the middle of my battle against COVID-19, I began to think I was going to die. And even worse than that – I thought I was going to die alone. Anyone who lives alone has likely wondered and worried at some point how they would get help if something serious happens to them. COVID-19 turned that fear into a stark and startling potential reality for me.

COVID-19 is an isolating illness. Everyone is left to fight it alone to some degree. People in the ICU are rarely, if ever, allowed visitors. If you live with other people, you have to isolate yourself in a separate room so you don’t give it to others. And when people like me who live alone get it, we must fight the emotional, mental, and physical battle by ourselves. I consider myself to be an independent woman. I live in NYC, have traveled to over 50 countries and take care of myself. But fighting this illness alone in my apartment tested me in ways I could have never imagined. It was the hardest, most terrifying experience of my life.

Day after day I struggled with serious breathing issues. Each breath I took was so shallow I was afraid to go asleep because I feared I wouldn’t wake up. I also had a fever, dizzy spells, shivers, pneumonia, excessive thirst, nausea, mild pink eye, a rash, lack of appetite, loss of smell, and mounting anxiety. My body was the weakest it has ever been. I felt like I was down to just 10% of my usual self, and I didn’t have the security of knowing someone was on the other side of the door to check on me and ensure I was alive.

On one of my worst days, I woke up thinking I was a bit better, so I took a shower – only to get so dizzy that I blacked out, collapsing on the bathroom floor. When I regained consciousness, I realized I had knocked all sorts of things over trying to drag myself to my couch.

At that point I realized that even though I was physically alone, I couldn’t ride this out alone. I had to search for and seek out sources of support to get me through this. Here are 3 things I recommend that helped me triumph over this terrifying illness.
Rely on technology to stay connected
I’m lucky to have an amazing family – two brothers, a sister, and my parents – who were incredible through this. I ended up relying on video chats with them in ways I could never have imagined before getting the coronavirus. Video chats became a literal lifeline for me. This is a slow-moving virus, and I was so sick that I had no sense of perspective about how I was doing day to day. I relied heavily on telemedicine with the doctors and checked in regularly with my family as they monitored my progress, telling me if they were seeing improvements or not.
My sister helped me with breathing exercises through Facetime. And after I passed out in the bathroom, I feared it happening again, so I would call her on my iPhone and leave it in the bathroom while I showered so she could keep tabs on me until I was done.
Sharing my experience through social media was also an extremely beneficial way to feel connected to others. Initially I hesitated to do so, but after several challenging weeks, I posted my experience, along with my offer to help others with COVID-19, on Facebook. The response, support, suggestions, love, and prayers I got in return was astounding. What a gift it was. There is great power in having a sense of community, so even at the depths of my weakness, I forced myself to respond to calls and messages and participate in my city’s daily 7 p.m. clap for frontline workers. I knew I needed to draw in strength and support from any way I could get it.
Accept socially distant help when it’s offeredEven if you feel alone, you are not. Look around. There are likely people who want to help you, so say yes when they offer. Or if you need something – ask. This one was hard for me.
At my age, I never thought I would come to rely so heavily on my parents. I was losing weight rapidly and didn’t have the strength to do anything about it. While they live over 30 minutes away, my 78-year-old mom and 82-year-old dad would drop off matzoh ball soup, nutritious meals my brother made, Gatorade and fruit, leaving it in a bag on a railing outside my building. Going downstairs while following all of the precautions, including wearing a mask, gloves and spraying disinfectant in my wake, was exhausting. I lost 17 pounds, but I truly believe my family’s efforts kept me alive and literally nursed me back to health from afar.

Prioritize mental health – in addition to physical health

This virus is incredibly taxing emotionally, so even while sick, I had to remind myself about taking care of my mental health. Each time I heard or read the news of a devastating COVID-19 story, it added to my anxiety and worsened my breathing. Instead, I streamed live animal and nature programs and forced myself to stay positive with constant reminders from my friends that “you’re okay”, “you will get through this” and “you’re stronger than the virus.” I recall one evening where my anxiety was at its worst, fearing I wouldn’t make it through the night. I spoke with my mother and father (who is a psychologist), expressing that I had been afraid to fall asleep for fear that I wouldn’t wake up. They gave me advice on how to manage my nightly anxiety. This taught me a lesson that while I am incredibly blessed to have that support in my life, we have to lean on people who can be positive and give us strength, especially when we don’t have it.It took me 26 days to finally feel 60% of myself, and I am still working on reconditioning myself back to normal. I kept hearing it takes 14 days to recover, but the reality is that the worse your symptoms are, the longer it will take to improve.

This virus exacerbated my worst fear – dying alone – and I’m still rattled by that. I don’t know how long it will take for me to feel okay about that, so I’m trying to practice patience and nurture myself.

While I was relieved to learn that my second test results showed “negative,” and I’ve been cleared by the doctor to be outside while practicing social distancing, I’m still experiencing the isolation like so many others who live alone. I’ve even experienced some fearing my presence. Through all of this, I still feel that I am one of the lucky ones to have survived it and to be incredibly blessed for my family and friends who continue to be there for me every step of the way. I trust that, in time, this will all be behind us and we will all be able to re-engage with our loved ones again.

A Pew Research Center survey found that more than a quarter of Americans (28%) know someone who’s had COVID-19.

~Eowyn

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End the COVID-19 lockdown! Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp proved right

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp was widely criticized for his decision to end his state’s COVID-19 lockdown and reopen businesses.

But he is proven to be right.

As you can see in the Georgia Department of Public Health graph below, ending the lockdown did not lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases. On the contrary, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases actually plunged after the reopening on April 30, 2020.

And although the number of COVID-19 cases began climbing up again on May 11, the “second wave” did not reach the heights of the first, and quickly dropped to below the lowest point on April 30.

Georgia’s COVID-19 cases are confirmed by U.S. health secretary Alex Azar.

As reported by Reuters, Azar said on May 17, 2020 that authorities are not seeing spikes in coronavirus cases in places that are reopening, but are seeing increases in some areas that remain closed: “We are seeing that in places that are opening, we’re not seeing this spike in cases. We still see spikes in some areas that are in fact close to very localized situations.”

Azar also said there are serious health consequences to not reopening. (See DCG’s “Walnut Creek, CA: Doctors have seen more deaths by suicide during quarantine period than deaths from Wuhan virus“)

Kemp’s decision to end Georgia’s lockdown is supported by a new study by 12 scientists from the Cornell University, University of Rochester Medical Center, and Lancaster University, which found that social distancing did not reduce the number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases, but “merely stabilized the spread of the disease.”

Even the UNICEF has changed its tune.

The Telegraph reports on May 13, 2020, that Dr. Stefan Peterson, chief of health at UNICEF, warned that lockdown can actually kill more than COVID-19. The risk of children dying from malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea in developing countries is spiralling and “far outweighs any threat presented by the coronavirus”.

Peterson said: “Indiscriminate lockdown measures do not have an optimal effect on the virus. If you’re asking families to stay at home in one room in a slum, without food or water, that won’t limit virus transmission. I’m concerned that lockdown measures have been copied between countries for lack of knowing what to do, rarely with any contextualisation for the local situation. One size fits no one. The objective is to slow the virus, not to lockdown people. We need to lift our eyes and look at the total picture of public health.”

Finally, there’s the media-lionized health guru Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the CDC.

Although Fauci on April 17, 2020, declared that the lockdown could last as long as 16 months due to the need for a coronavirus vaccine, a month later on May 22, the same Fauci now says that keeping the country locked down for too long may cause “irreparable damage.” He told CNBC:

“We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences including consequences for health. And it’s for that reason why the guidelines are being put forth so that the states and the cities can start to reenter and reopen.”

~Eowyn

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Chiraq criminals missed the Wuhan virus memo; sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend in five years

Shocker, not: The thugs in Chiraq ignored Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s orders.

Headline on Monday night from MyFoxChicago: Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend in years: 10 fatally shot, 31 wounded.

This is Chiraq’s deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015. Read all the details here.

And this occurred despite Chicago Police increasing patrols to enforce Mayor Lightfoot’s stay-at-home order. From a story three days prior:

“As the long holiday weekend kicks off, Chicago police say they will be enforcing the stay-at-home order.

The city is calling it an “all-hands-on-deck” strategy. Chicago police are increasing patrolling, including near major transit hubs and that is just one of the many things are doing to help keep people safe this weekend.

Memorial Day weekend in the past has typically been one of the most violent times in the city.

“This Memorial Day weekend will be like no other,” said Rich Guidice, Executive Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

CPD will enforce the stay-at-home order and be on the lookout to breakup large gatherings and issue citations.”

Well, this Memorial Day weekend was like no other…but not in the way they anticipated. Great leadership, Mayor Lightfoot!

(FYI: Mayor Lightfoot’s Twitter bio now includes the following: “Delightfully strict.”)

See also:

This is Chiraq: 32 shot – 5 fatally – by early Sunday evening of Memorial Day Weekend
Gun control, Chiraq style: 35 people shot over Memorial Day weekend, 6 killed

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