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My ship’s been split to splinters and it’s sinking fast

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As Mississippi gets close to being the nation’s very worst state for COVID-19 deaths — passing the northeastern states who had most of their deaths when nobody knew any mitigation measures, during a time in which a safe and effective vaccine is universally available — let’s hear from the “Party of Life”:

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves believes religion has a lot to do with the region’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a Thursday, Aug. 26, fundraiser at the Eads home of Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Brent Taylor, Reeves spoke to several dozen Republicans.

“I’m often asked by some of my friends on the other side of the aisle about COVID … and why does it seem like folks in Mississippi and maybe in the Mid-South are a little less scared, shall we say,” Reeves said.

“When you believe in eternal life — when you believe that living on this earth is but a blip on the screen, then you don’t have to be so scared of things,” he said, but added: “Now, God also tells us to take necessary precautions.

Here’s a story about a 30-year-old local anti-anti-COVID activist leaving behind 3 children and a pregnant wife which explains what dying of COVID is like:

The nurse tells Jessica it’s not a problem and hangs up to don a plastic suit of PPE, personal protective equipment required to enter Caleb’s room. About five minutes later, Jessica answers her phone and the video call begins.

“Keep fighting, daddy,” Caleb’s children said Thursday into the video screen. “We miss you.”

The conversation is one-sided; Caleb says nothing.

[…]

Since Aug. 8, the 30-year-old father of three (soon to be four), has laid unconscious, heavily sedated in an intensive care unit at Shannon Hospital. A mechanical ventilator pumps fresh oxygen into his lungs, which have been crippled by the virus.

[…]

After several days of detailing gradual improvements in Caleb’s condition, Jessica made a social media post she called a “heartbreaking update.”

Caleb’s health had deteriorated quickly after his lungs became “stiff” with fibrosis, Jessica said in a public Facebook post dated Wednesday, Aug. 25.

“He’s not doing good,” Jessica said. “It’s not looking in our favor.”

He’s also an illustration of what happens when you’ve been poisoned by the Republican media-industrial complex:

“He was so hard-headed,” Jessica said. “He didn’t want to see a doctor, because he didn’t want to be part of the statistics with COVID tests.”

Caleb instead began taking tablets of ivermectin (an anti-parasitic medicine the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has since urged people not to take for COVID-19), high doses of Vitamin C, zinc aspirin, and an inhaler. By July 30, however, Caleb was taken by a relative to the emergency room at Shannon Medical Center.

Reeves, DeSantis, Trump, Tucker, et al — the worst people on Earth,

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