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Seeing is Believing

Robert Franklin

Posted on February 10, 2019 20:32

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A bombshell was dropped on Sunday morning's episode of Fox & Friends.

Initially, I was going to devote this week's TLT to pointing out the intellectual laziness in a comment like "both the Republicans and the Democrats are equally to blame." As interesting a piece as that would be -- and I do plan for it to be a topic at a later date -- the peddlers of hyper-partisan excreta over at Fox News gave me something a little more immediate (and a little more entertaining) to work with.

In the bilious words of Pete Hegseth, after being hazed for eating day-old pizza left on the Fox & Friends set:

"My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air. I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years. Really, I don't really wash my hands ever... I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them. Therefore, they're not real."

Oh, my. That's a stunning, nauseating admission. While learning that Hegseth hasn't washed his hands in a decade (at least) would be bad enough on its own, Hegseth's comments offer insight into why he's on Fox News in the first place.

Pete Hegseth, apparently, does not buy (i.e. understand) germ theory, which is actually fairly horrifying, considering he was once on the shortlist for Veteran's Affairs secretary.

The germ theory of disease, similarly to other scientific theories like evolution, relativity, and thermodynamics, is based on actual observable facts, repeatedly tested and verified in accordance with the scientific method. A scientific theory, such as that which states diseases are largely caused by microorganisms, is not the same as a "theory" used in the general sense, such as my neighbor's theory that the Earth is flat.

Interestingly, Hegseth's claim is that he doesn't believe in germs because he can't see them, which should come as a shock to many of Fox News' most loyal viewers. A significant portion of Fox's viewer base is composed of people who believe things they can't see: the Christian God, scores of Muslim terrorists on migrant caravans looking to pour illegal immigrants over the border, a Deep State of liberal bureaucrats plotting to overthrow the Trump Administration.

General mockery aside, Hegseth's disgusting admission is actually a fairly dangerous one. By his own admission, he is a man carrying on his daily life as a sentient hazardous waste container. He goes to work every day, opening doors, shaking hands, pushing elevator buttons, and so on and so forth. Every time he takes a coffee, he's making contact with the barista. Every time he pays in cash, he's making contact with cashiers. Every time he gets in a cab, he's touching the door, the seats, the seatbelts.

He's a landfill with legs.

When humans started practicing hygiene, diseases like cholera and E. coli infections diminished significantly. The most fundamental part of human hygiene, as well as the most important, is washing your hands. Humans use their hands for everything.

Pete Hegseth uses them to hit people with axes... and spread norovirus.

Robert Franklin

Posted on February 10, 2019 20:32

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