Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Plenty has been written about the absurdity of U.S. Senator Josh Hawley declaring that he -- and America! -- have been "muzzled" on the cover of the New York fucking Post and on several TV talk shows

One might despair of pointing out the insanity of this, as those who would most benefit from the information are obviously impervious to it and to pretty much any form of reason and logic. (Many of them are apparently training their children to resist it, too.) But we must keep a record for the sake of our own sanity, and whatever posterity there may be. 

Speaking of free speech martyrs, I see now the Post has also reported that Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue has been "muzzled" by his own board of directors

"Muzzled" has apparently become wingnut word of the week  (e.g. "Singer John Rich said Thursday he’s heard from other country stars who have told him that conservative voices are being 'muzzled' by the industry"). Anyway, the Post goes on:

Goya Foods has voted to silence its pro-Trump CEO Robert Unanue following his recent television appearances questioning the results of the presidential election, The Post has learned.

The Hispanic foods giant on Friday agreed to censure Unanue, 67, for controversial remarks in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 invasion of the US Capitol building, including on Jan. 20 when he called Biden’s election “unverified” during an appearance on Fox Business.

You could read the whole thing and get the impression that this is all just over a difference of opinion over the extent of voter fraud -- Some say it's a lot! Some say it's a little! -- rather than the casus belli behind the attempted coup on January 6, the widespread support of which among Republicans shows that it's not nearly so benign.

But there are hints in the story for the cognoscenti, such as Unanue's mention of the "great reset,” which has gone from a World Economic Forum COVID-19 rebuilding concept to a psycho-nutso conspiracy theory involving Bill Gates injecting you with microchips to enslave you to Satan. If you still haven't gotten the point, look at Unanue's recent remarks about yet another innocent victim of Muzzling:

There's censorship around the world. This cardinal, Mexican cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez was censored for — by Facebook, for denouncing a new world order. So you know, Big Tech, social media is not looking just for the big prize of the United States, this is a world order.

Íñiguez, retired Archbishop of Guadalajara, had his video taken down by Facebook because they determined his claim that COVID-19 vaccines implant the vaccinated with "the mark of the beast" via a Bill Gates microchip to be disinformation. 

But who's to say, right? The only way we can test this Mark of the Beast theory out is in the marketplace of ideas -- that is, bullying private media companies into publishing it against their will. (If only we'd been this enlightened in the old Procter & Gamble satanism panic days -- we could have gotten the TV networks to address it, and that would have been the end of Tide and Bounty!)

No wonder the Goya board doesn't want this nut representing them. As I have been pointing out for years, employers fire employees for embarrassing them all the time -- only you don't hear about most of them because they're not rich rightwing crackpots with a vested interest in portraying their situation as censorship (or, to be au courant, muzzling). 

I'd be happy to see legislation that allows employees as well as executives to mouth off whatever nonsense they like without getting fired for it -- I got a list of grievances like you wouldn't believe, myself! -- but I guarantee you that none of the people proclaiming the victimhood of Hawley and Unanue or any of these assholes would ever support such a law, because their real interest is not free speech but the further mesmerization of their rubes. Unlike the COVID-19 vaccine, their bullshit really does turn people into zombies. 

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