Krazy Karens & The FTBA BS

a Krazy Karen with a FTBA “badge” threatening to personally sue an employee over her refusal to wear a mask.

Over the last year it’s been hard for most of us. My trials started before covid back in August 2019 when I lost my mom to a senseless accident. I will say, however, that my decision to move to Mexico shortly after was probably the best thing I have done in a long time. It is much easier to deal with a pandemic in paradise.

Central Mexico

I’m constantly amazed at the level of stupidity and ignorance surrounding the concept of wearing a mask. All these people having meltdowns over wearing a piece of fabric over their pie hole is simply astonishing. When I was a teenager I used to lifeguard in the summer months. Anyone who has ever been to an outdoor pool knows the official uniform is a bathing suit, a towel and maybe flip flops. Yet we all knew that if we did a run to the local corner store for Cool Ranch Doritos and Gatorade, we had to throw on a shirt and shoes, which sometimes meant borrowing someone’s or digging in the lost and found. “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service.” Simple instructions. It didn’t impede on anyone’s rights, it wasn’t a law, it was how they did business and you respected that. I didn’t need to have my boobs hanging out nor did I need to see Joe Schmo’s beer gut and toe jam. It was also a courtesy to other patrons.

These businesses are struggling as it is. Grocery stores have been open thru the whole pandemic at the cost of the health of some of their employees. All they ask of their patrons is to wear a damn mask for the short time you are in their store. To protect other shoppers, their employees and yes, even you. Now for those that think covid is a lie, a conspiracy and it’s all made up, well, then just humor the rest of us that are paranoid of catching this made up illness and wear a mask while you’re around us. Think of it like this, when your rights start to take away mine, they are no longer rights. A face covering does not stop you from breathing, but it does stop little germ-ies from your space getting into my space. That’s why I wear a mask, is to protect YOU. I wear a shield to protect me. The mask is for the people that don’t have a choice. You can choose to shop, the employee at the store HAS to be there.

Now, as for our Krazy Karens and this bullshit about having medical conditions, citing the ADA or this bullshit organization FTBA (Freedom To Breath Association). I’ll be in the states next week and I almost HOPE I encounter one of these Karens. See, unlike them, I actually have invisible disabilities (i’m disabled, but you wouldn’t know by just looking at me). I have had brain surgery and multiple surgeries on the nerves on my skull and neck, a connective tissue disorder, neurological issues, the list is long. I fortunately do not have anything that impedes my lung function, however, I can very easily become over heated and get vertigo and faint. Wearing a mask, especially in warmer or humid climates can cause me difficulty. But you know what? I have options! I either stop shopping and take a break, stop all together and leave, don’t go out at all and just have my stuff delivered, ask an employee to help me (they always do) or just order shit online! I have NEVER pulled this Krazy Karen ADA discrimination bullshit ever! It’s hard enough living with a disability, navigating life in general, the amount of medications I have to take on the regular, the daily pain. I already have my battles having to deal with my service dog at some locations still to this day (thanks other insane people who insist that a duck or a snake were emotional support animals and just HAD to fly in the cabin with them). The ADA is not there to protect your delicate ego so you can go shopping. It’s there to ensure that buildings are accessible to everyone regardless if they can walk or if they are using a wheelchair or a walker, that doors are wide enough, that ramps are in place at schools and voting locations, that your employer makes reasonable accommodations so that you are ABLE to work despite having a disability. That you are given the same chance as everyone else.

Our last flight back to Mexico in March, an empty plane so Marlow actually got her own seatx

There are only a few conditions that would actually qualify you from wearing a mask and the rate and volume at which these Karens are speaking, I highly doubt they suffer from any of them. As I said before, it’s lung function, and people that have a lung condition, regardless of what it is, are at a higher risk of not only contracting COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens, but they will also have a greater risk of complications, so it would behoove them to have some sort of protection or better yet, to not expose themselves at all. Basically, the few items that would preclude you from a mask would be a facial deformity (temporary resting bitch face doesn’t count), emphysema, COPD, chronic bronchitis or lung cancer/single lung and incapacity. These conditions usually require supplemental oxygen as it is. Asthmatics MAY have some difficulty, but again, the benefit of wearing protection outweighs the discomfort (yes, discomfort, because it’s not a risk for an asthmatic to wear a mask). If these Karens really did have a condition that would keep them from wearing a mask, they would be staying home. Unless they WANTED to get sick. These people are bastardizing the ADA and it just pisses me off to no end. I’m glad I’m not in the states because I’m sure I’d be encountering it on a regular basis and I would probably get myself in trouble.

I’m guessing so much has to do with the fact that people are following the example set by the orange orangutan, being self centered. They have been emboldened to not only let their ignorance shine bright, but also letting their Krazy become normal. I’m glad some of these videos have resulted in repercussions for these insane behaviors. They shouldn’t be able to treat people like this, act like entitled brats and get away with it. There should be consequences for their actions. They also need to stop crying wolf when it comes to disabilities. Those with visible disabilities already have to deal with an immediate shit pile and those of us with non-visible disabilities are dealing with diseases most have never heard of, even doctors and even fewer can pronounce. Life is hard enough as it is, add a disability (or two or three) and navigating the world becomes and uphill climb, in the snow, during a hurricane. These Karens are just adding shit to the path.

Response to Yad Vashem @yadvashem Twitter response to @AOC calling US boarder “concentration camps”

Wow. This hurts me to the core. I am the child of a German immigrant. She was born in what is now Poland in 1935. She wanted so to become part of the League of German Girls, the branch of the Hitler youth for girls, when she was a child, but was too young to join. You had to be 10 years old, and everyone did. She, like many, especially children, we’re enamored by her leader, by patriotism and nationalism. Even as her own family was torn apart, her siblings in different homes, her father taken prisoner by Polish soilders, she was proud to be German. It wasn’t until she was in her teens that she learned of the horrors that were carried out in the name of her country.

She moved here with her husband, my father, in the 60’s, eventually settling in a suburban neighborhood that had a dense Jewish population. As I was growing up a decade later, I didn’t advertise I was German, I was embarrassed and knew it was an open wound for many in my community. It was one of those things you didn’t speak about in polite conversation. Fortunately most in the community were one generation removed from the direct experience (my mother had me at a relatively late age, whereas most other parents were about ten years younger).

We grew up knowing it was not our fault. It was not my mother’s fault. It was not our grandparents fault. But somewhere, at some point, Germans allowed it to happen.

It wasn’t like on Monday everything was normal and on Friday 6 million Jewish people were dead.

No. History has shown us, it has never happened like that.

Hitler did not have a grand design of cheap war time labor. He had a grand design of targeted genocide. Brushing aside the brutality of history by claiming the concentration camps were created with the intention of cheap labor is spitting on each and every grave.

There may have been people that were sentenced to hard labor that were not Jewish, but the camps were not built for them, they were a handy alternative for dissidents, criminals and people that just pissed off Hitler and his SS boys.

What is happening in this country, at our southern boarder, no, it is not on par with 6 million Jewish people murdered by Hitler. It is on course to be worse. Why?

Because we can see. We can see each and every atrocity carried out. We can see every family ripped apart. We can see what OUR war on drugs has done to their homes in Central America and why they are fleeing for their lives. We can see children without their mother or father. We can see children in cages sleeping on floors. We can see courts with no inturpreturs or attorneys. We can see people’s rights being taken away because they were not born here, regardless of how long they have lived here. We can see.

We can hear. We can hear the vitriol coming from the mouth of trump. We can hear the hate speach chanted at his rallies. We can hear people in stores yelling at people to go back to their country. We can hear the KKK marching in our streets again. We can hear.

Having the Holocaust Center stating “the camps helped” is so beyond disturbing. This is the type of political dog and pony show that is reserved for the bullshit and pandering, not the sacred memory of millions.

There are few left that were actually alive to experience the horror of 1939-1945 in any aspect. So for that, we are now left with records, written history, photos, interviews, memories of stories told. It is up to us, right here, right now, as to whether or not we are willing to allow such a monstrosity of history, or even a shadow of a resemblance of it, be repeated. Do you want your children, your grandchildren to have to answer these questions in 50 years?

What Happened To Civility

People announced their intention to run for president in April . . . of 2015.  Many were already jockeying for prime exposure well before that.  For a year and a half, 18 months, we have endured television ads, mail flyers, phone calls and yard signs.  We have been lied to, called names, told to question the current government, courted, teased, bullied, frightened and a myriad of other emotionally taxing tactics.

Somehow, during this time, we (as a collective group) have had our heart-strings yanked out.  Along with our sense of logic, critical thinking, compassion and humanity.  This used to be reserved for the politicians during these times, not the people.  We have lost our basic sense of civility.

It’s one thing to be passionate about your beliefs and how you want your tax dollars spent, these are things that are important to us as an individual.  However, what the people have evolved to is nothing that has been seen before.

If it were an isolated incidence, sure, things happen.  A couple, makes you raise your eyebrow.  This, how this country is behaving however, is worse than a school yard scuffle  combined with the apocalypse.  It’s not just the candidates that should be in detention, the people have sunk below the lowest common denominator  and are on the verge of making politicians look good!

I don’t care what side you’re on, I don’t care what your biggest issue is.  What I do care about is that you, as I do, respect my choices.  Please don’t say respect is earned.  That is not what we are talking about.  You don’t need to respect me as a person, my qualities, my anything, except respect the IDEA that someone may not think the same way you do.  As long as it does not interfere with your daily life and is not breaking a law, just leave it.

It seems as if this is no longer allowed in this country.  If you don’t think like we do, you are:  stupid, crazy, uneducated, gun nut, unbalanced, un-American, not patriotic, pro-immigrant, anti-immigrant, baby killer, anti-woman, redneck, liberal, 1%, anti-2nd amendment, pro-war, anti-military and on and on.  The name calling has been unprecedented, as has the violence, mob mentality and divisiveness.

If there is anything that we should have learned in the last 8 years, is that one person a government does not make.  So many had very high hopes of big and sweeping changes to Washington when Obama took office.  He did make changes, he did make impacts, but Washington is very much the same today as it was 8 years ago.  This is why it is so puzzling that the run for the White House this time around has just brought out the worst in people.  If changes in Washington is really what the people want, the changes need to happen TO Washington.  A single person will never do that unless that single person wants to change this democracy into a totalitarian state or dictatorship.

Why are we throwing eggs at people?  Why are we kicking people?  Why are we punching people?  Spitting on them, destroying property, instigating others, calling names, hitting, bullying, just being violent.  It’s not this disturbing in the rest of the animal kingdom, their packs or herds or families don’t treat each other the way we have been treating one another.  This has become the most divisive period than ever before and everyone is quick to point out those differences and not allow anyone else to do the same.  People have ended friendships, stopped talking to family and ‘unfriended’ them.

Discussion is no longer possible because no one is considered a neutral fact fountain.  The amount of misinformation, skewed numbers and flat-out lies that have been disseminated make it impossible.  Normally, you could be informed and have a hardy debate, but when you are debating two different topics that are the same, you are not going to get anywhere.  When there is no consensus on facts and that the source is valid, you could have two people disagreeing that grass is green.  This infuriates people for some reason and logic disappears.

Once we got to this point, that is when civility left.  It ran down the road and never looked back.  The question is, can we get it back or have we gone over the event horizon already?