To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Tuesday, October 3, 2023


I Like Numbers … But Not These


In all of December 2021, Oklahomans experienced 41,206 new COVID cases. In the first half of January alone, the number is 102,365.

If you remain stupid and are not vaccinated going forward, you have a 90% chance to become infected over the next 10 months. And for those who think Omicron is mild, please recognize our state leads the nation in the per capita death rate which simply means per 100,000 residents no state has a higher mortality rate than we have here in the home of The Oklahoma Standard For Stupidity.

And please. Don’t give me and the 54% of Okies who are fully vaccinated all that horseshit about freedom; my body-my right; or any other excuse you use to extend this pandemic with all of its tragedy, expense and heartbreak.

Even the ultimate Trumper – Donald J. Trump himself – berates the anti-vaxxers now and reminds them he’s had all his shots, his booster, all his family has, his close friends as well, and anybody else he cares about, if he cares about anybody.

And the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard for not getting vaccinated is that people are COVID-19 tired, just too exhausted from working overtime to get their shots.

Well, for 90% of you without the protections the vaccines bring, you will be really worn out when you contract COVID-19. And for some of the same disbelievers, their work will finally be complete because Delta, Omicron or the next unknown variation will kill them.

We will mourn you, hug your relatives, send flowers or food, and regret your passing just before Easter, Memorial Day, the next Thanksgiving or Christmas. But soon enough, the first friend will say to the second friend, “Just what was that fellow’s name that took pride in not taking the vaccine?”

And the second friend will retort, “Beats me but his wife sure seems happier with her new beau than she did will old dumbbell Bubba who apparently was more afraid of a nothing shot than he was death itself. Talk about bravery!!”

And the first friend responds, “No … talk about stupidity!!”

Don’t be stupid. Be brave. Get your shots. Then kiss your wife and kids. Then they’ll say they love you instead of telling you how stupid you’ve been.

And they’ll never have to break in that new beau … and neither will your wife.

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Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.
Mark Krawczyk
Mark Krawczyk
March 9, 2023
Exceptional reporting about goings on in my home state as well as informative opinion pieces that makes people think about issues of the day...........get a SUBSCRIPTION FOLKS!!!!!!!
Brette Pruitt
Brette Pruitt
September 5, 2022
The Observer carries on the "give 'em hell" tradition of its founder, the late Frosty Troy. I read it from cover to cover. A progressive wouldn't be able to live in a red state without it.