319,985 pandemic deaths here in the United States and the number keeps growing by leaps and bounds. 19 December 12020 doesn’t seem to be any sort of holiday, and the only saint Sabine Baring-Gould gives an account of is a “certain Nemesion,” according to Bishop Dionysius of Alexandria, who wrote to Fabius of Antioch about “an Egyptian [who] was accused at first of being a companion of thieves; but when he had repelled this charge before the centurion as a calumny, devoid of truth, he was charged with being a Christian, and was brought as a prisoner before the governor. He, a most unrighteous judge, inflicted a punishment more than double that awarded to robbers, both scourges and tortures, and then committed him to the flames between thieves, thus honoring the blessed martyr after the example of Christ.” Notable people born today include Edith Piaf (“La Vie En Rose”), Phil Ochs (“I Ain’t Marching Any More”), Tim Reid (Mastergate), and Zal Yanovsky (“Nirvana Banana”).
And, in case you thought members of the ruling elite in this country had reached maximum cluelessness, here’s representative Jim Jordan letting us peons in on his high-toned thoughts: “The best stimulus? A job.” How long did it take you to come up with that idea, numbbrain? Any idea where that job is going to come from? Or had you forgotten the pandemic? Or do you just think that jobs grow on trees? And this is the kind of intelligence that is supposed to lead us out of the catastrophe? God help America!