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When is a mask not a mask? School board president mutes mic of man wearing shirt on head for ‘face mask’

Anchorage School Board President Margo Bellamy warned the audience at the school board meeting on Tuesday that they must wear a mask at all times, even when testifying. She just didn’t specify what kind of mask.

Most of the testifiers at the meeting appeared to be recruited by the board to support the school district’s masking policy, and they wore the usual non-effective masks, as required. But then there was Dustin Darden.

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Darden, who has shown up to public meetings during the past year with a paper bag on his head in protest of such masking orders, wore a shirt over his head to the meeting, and he sat in the front row.

When it was his time to speak, he started in with his usual fire-and-brimstone remarks when one of the members of the school board, who did not identify himself, asked that Darden remove the shirt from his head.

“This is my face covering, sir,” Darden said.

“We have a point of order, and if you will uncover your face you may speak to the board,” Bellamy told him.

Bellamy ordered him to remove it, and he took the shirt off of his head, showing his face.

“Where is your mask? You need a mask!” Bellamy said.

“That was my mask,” Darden said.

“Would you get Mr. Darden a mask please?” Bellamy said to someone somewhere, although it was unclear who she was speaking to. (Such are the limitations of watching school board meetings from a safe social distance.)

While that someone was busy looking for a mask, Darden started again, speaking of Jesus Christ in the cadence of a tent revivalist. The mask never seemed to show up.

Within seconds, however, Darden’s mic was cut by whomever was running the sound system, and soon the camera that allows the public to watch the meeting from home focused the lens onto the wall behind the school board, making Darden unseen and unheard to those watching from home. The audio-visual technician appeared to be working on orders to prevent the public from witnessing any dissent. During the last school board meeting, the public was passionately opposed to

“Mr. Darden, you are out of order. you need a face covering on to continue to talk. And that is not an appropriate face cover,” Bellamy said.

Darden put the shirt back on his head, according to those in the room.

The board took a five minute break, before which Bellamy could be heard telling Darden he had lost his 3 minutes of testimony time.

After Darden had left the room the camera resumed working as expected to show the public what was going on in the room, which was just people milling around.

Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing
Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.


    • Those tyrannical elected needs to be bridled. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.

      Mr. Darden, great way to point their mindless rules on society. MASKS DON’T WORK! It is like using a chain link fence over your face to avoid a nat to pass through.

  1. Anchorage should elect him to a public office seat, and keep him there. The madness of the currently elected, they need to be humbled. The leaders madness, cutting people off due to the elected’s prejudices need to stop. They can’t do that. It’s like an immature adult or child sticking their fingers in their ears singing la la la la la la I can’t hear you, while you trying to correct them.

    • Dustin has run for office numerous times and is well known for his lunacy. You obviously are not from Anchorage

    • Mr. Darden was wearing a shirt on his head and “speaking of Jesus Christ in the cadence of a tent revivalist”, you think that is mature behavior, and he should be an elected official?

      • Not speaking of Mr Darden in anyway, but the biggest reason we are falling apart as a nation is that people are to ashamed to speak of Jesus Christ more. What standard of revivalism scares you so much that you feel his name should be stricken from every setting outside of church?

          • The typical Marxist Left go to.
            Man has made your mind up for you, so I am sure a factual reading of the founding father’s actual statements are not quantifiable enough for you. If you so choose to be open minded, maybe you can Read The 5000 Year Leap. Just because man changes laws to suit your interpretation of living, doesn’t mean it was right. And the only cornerstone your analogy could be referring to, is the corner we turned away from morality.

    • The first Private Party Arrest form was filed on the tyrants yesterday. Case number 21-26348. When you file the forms they have to do their duty. Pen to paper time my fellow Anchorites.

      Cage the tyrants now before we are all dead or locked up in a FEMA camp.

  2. People, I wear a mask on planes that says, “This Mask is as Useless as Joe Biden”. If more would wear this mask, there would be no mask mandate. I have had my picture taken 8 times at airports–by request, not TSA!

  3. Nothing to see here, the meeting is going perfectly to our viewers and we shall enforce that illusion, no matter the cost.

    • They are not ignoring the science. Well, they are ignoring medical science… that is not the science they are talking about when they say they are “following the science.”
      They are paying attention to, and following the political science.

  4. Excerpt from They Thought They Were Free an account by the German people post WW2 on how the government subverted the will of the people. . . . .
    “One doesn’t see exactly where or how to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse… You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow…

    But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked … But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between comes all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next…

    And one day, too late, your principles, if you were ever sensible of them, all rush in upon you. The burden of self-deception has grown too heavy, and some minor incident. . . collapses it all at once, and you see that everything – everything – has changed…Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed…”

    • Mandating masks is not fascism but rather medical courtesy toward fellow citizens. Polls show that over 60% support wearing masks.

      • Polls have been used by the CIA and KGB to overthrow governments since their inception. Only the gullible believe them. People find comfort in numbers and the government is more than happy to provide the numbers for which way they want the wind to blow. There must be a gene in you people that prevents from questioning authority but I guess that comes from worshipping at the alter of man.

      • Irma, I’m going to give you the best advice you will ever hear in your entire sad life and I have no doubt you lack the reasoning power to even consider my words but I feel I must do my best: Stop Licking Nazi Boots.

  5. It’s difficult to imagine the facade of this “civilization” enduring successfully much longer with scenes like this playing out regularly now. This entire “pandemic” game has well run its political course, but like “global warming”, it will evolve and continue to be used to manipulate people. We may have arrived to the point where governance is 100% about the hold and advance on power, and effective management isn’t a factor whatsoever. I remember a debate from my youth on whether the period after the Fall of Rome should be called The Dark Ages or The Middle Ages. Thinking about it now, all that really mattered was that the Roman emperors were gone forever, they weren’t coming back, and that the future belonged to those who were ready to move on……….but only the barbarians were ready.

  6. Hurray for Dustin Darden!
    He will be a folk hero before this is all over! He clearly demonstrated that the emperor aka the school board has no clothes on. It seems the only thing the people of Anchorage have left is embarrassing the self-important powers that be.

  7. God Bless Dustin Darden. He is a fighter of tyranny. Bellamy is a puppet that has a degree without the intelligence to support it. Elect Dustin Darden to any office of his choice.

  8. Mr. Darden’s approach is just as absurd as the school boards approach and does not benefit the cause he is pushing for in any way.

    • they have their minds made up they’re true believers with unshakable faith in lord faucci and the all mighty CDC, to even offer a second opinion from a credible Doctor is tantamount to blasphemy and you will be cancelled. all information that isn’t from a government approved source is misinformation and you will be canceled, even if proven true later it doesn’t matter, still canceled. These same type of authoritarian people their comrades and compatriots closed businesses , churches , play grounds and dictated how many people you were allowed to have on your private property they would have no problem putting you under house arrest if they thought they had the political capital to do so. in the face of this knowledge the only things these people deserve is mockery, contempt and disrespect.

      • While all of that may be true, standing in front of them and acting the fool does not move your cause forward in any way. Instead of behaving like children, those who claim to hold conservative views should be behaving like rational grownups and showing the petty would be tyrants how to behave. Maybe then the general public will take notice that there are responsible adults with responsible ideas willing to address the issues of the day instead of idiots filming walls while the sound is muted because a man-child is wearing a shirt over his head while “speaking of Jesus Christ in the cadence of a tent revivalist” at a school board meeting.

        • There you go again, piping off with some self awarded expert title with testimony of how “rational grownups” are supposed to behave while taking a cheap shot at Jesus Christ, as if a person is instantly insane for speaking his name in public. I can tell you what’s not working, sitting quietly in your homes while watching the country you once loved fall apart before your eyes. Holding your tongue every time some brainwashed, supposedly educated person tells you that you are a racist. Worrying what side of this administration’s law you stand on or what action they are planning because you supported Trump and are a Constitutional Patriot. Sitting by as a law biding citizen, while this administration, little by little changes laws to make you a criminal and threaten to steal your freedoms if you don’t do as they tell you. Quietly walking around in public while being brow beat by some know-it-all, self righteous a-hole that don’t know how to mind their own business. Our silence has run its course and that course has been a failure. If those who support tyranny use violence as a course of action, there should be consequences and it isn’t the silence of “grownups “.

          • Brian,
            I’ve always been a huge fan of unintended irony, so thank you for this bit…
            “Quietly walking around in public while being brow beat by some know-it-all, self righteous a-hole that don’t know how to mind their own business.”

          • And Brian,
            I understand that you think a guy wearing a shirt over his head at a school board meeting while “speaking of Jesus Christ in the cadence of a tent revivalist” is somehow normal, but it’s not. Let me explain it to you like this:
            1. The guy is at a school board meeting speaking.
            2. The guy is wearing a shirt on his head.
            3. The guy is “speaking of Jesus Christ in the cadence of a tent revivalist”.
            See if you take one of those things all by themselves, no big deal. When you combine any of two of them things start getting a little weird. But when you combine all three of them…well you get a write up in the news for a reason.

  9. Maybe the school board can hold shows for the most glamorous face masks? Can you imagine? “coming down the red carpet in a fine plaid mask manufactured in china and sold by walmart is Mr. Darden” (as the crowd oooh and ahhs and camera flash fills the air) maybe then the emperor will be pleased.

  10. The Assembly is the same way. All these people are on massive power trips. It’s a control freak’s utopia.

  11. Darden is a hero. He is exposing the idiocy/incompetence of the school board. Unfortunately, due to mail in voting these totalitarians will continue to have a stranglehold on the board. So the only recourse the voters have is to take their children out of these government schools.

  12. We need more parents at these school board meetings. We wore down Constant one testimony at a time—we can do the same with the school board. Let’s do it.

  13. The information I’ve read on “masks” says it must cover the mouth and nose. As far as I know you can have your eyes and head covered. Face shields are permitted which cover the entire face. Granted, most are clear but your face is still covered. All this is total nonsense.

  14. Is our new mayor going to fight this overreach.
    At least use the bully pulpit through social media – and call these people out by their names – post their pictures to so they are recognized out in the community.
    If the new mayor relies on the local MSM he will be as ineffective as our soon to be ex guv Dunleavy.

  15. I wonder how these Assembly and ASD School Board members, and pro mask wearing people reaction be if on regular sighting they started seeing their protestors showing up to meetings wearing full head to toe Burqas? Testifying in Burqas? Hahahaha

    • You can buy your own Burka on Amazon for 100.00 probably plus shipping. Or you can make one by using another website to purchase the patterns before ordering fabric.

  16. For the people who like to point out Darden may be fries short of a happy meal:

    Where were you? At least he’s trying

  17. I don’t want to be rude, but can someone explain why conservatives have turned into such morons? I mean, does anyone seriously think this does anything except make them look like complete braindead idiots? It is one thing to be anti-science in the middle of a pandemic, but it is a whole other thing to wrap your head in a shirt and expect anyone to take you seriously…

    • But its not antiscience to believe a man can be pregnant or women can be men? Talk about morons!

    • What’s more moronic? Those of us who weigh this government actions since January and see that they are speaking out of both sides of their mouth then the other constantly or the ones who just blindly follow orders. It don’t take any intelligence to blindly follow orders/mandates and that equals moron! The military is a socialist system and designed to follow order without question not a Democratic Republic.
      However our government says take the vaccine to stop the spread of COVID but then lets in 1.5 million illegals (and counting) with as high as 40% infection rate. No vax requirement to those crossing into our Country illegally.
      Our government says take the vaccine to stop the spread of COVID but studies show that it’s not stopping the spread only reducing the symptoms of individuals who are not A type, who would have never spread it to begin with.
      Our government says wear a mask and 6 foot social distance is vital. Delta comes along and I see no mandates for 6ft social distancing.
      Government says we’re your mask and yet our leadership is constantly caught without their mask on, and when they do it’s for the camera.
      Government says get the vax it’s totally safe yet they won’t keep the VAERS system updated so people can see the adverse effects the vaccine has had to which people can weigh the facts for themselves.
      Government says a mask will stop most of all the virus, however science has proven that the virus is much smaller than the fabric openings in your mask.
      Government says trust us on this new experimental mRNA shot even though that hasn’t been successful in animal trials yet, the creation period was 9 months versus years like all other vaccines, and the trial period is you now rather than the typical 5+ years on a much reduced number of people.
      Government says trust us Afghanistan pull out won’t look like the Vietnam pull out, it looks worse.
      Government says trust us with your tax money we know what we are doing better than you, while spending us to oblivion in order to crash our economy as many financial experts will say.
      Government says trust us with this CRT because it strengthens our nation, while using it as the divisive tool that undermines race relations and and demonize white man all in the name of equity. I dare someone to point out to me where the Bible states we were suppose to be equal or equitable. Not one word.
      Government says trust us as they dismantle and weaken our military while shoveling woke crap down their throats and hunting down soldiers who support the greatness of America.
      Government says BLM and ANTIFA peacefully protested for an entire year, while streets, stores and parts of cities burned to the ground
      Government says if you support TRUMP you are an enemy to this Country, yet they hand the real enemies of our Country Attack Helicopters, Troop Transport Helicopters, Advanced Weapons, Drones, Armored HMMVs, Night and Thermal Vision Optics, Ammunition and Explosives, and crucial bio information on our allies in the region and much more.
      And too much more to list.
      Taken as just one of these as a minor mistake, but as a whole, an obvious attempt at tyranny and destruction
      Ronald Reagan warned us that the most frightening words in the English language are, I’m here from the government and I’m here to help you.
      Funny how you choose the word moron, it fits you well. As does ungrateful and unpatriotic.

  18. And Steve-Zero, that is the most idiotic point I have heard on here. My apologies for not attaching it as a reply but it is obvious that I am being censored with no “reply” option. I’m guessing Suzanne is in favor of censorship as well. The only irony going on here is that you keep giving those that are stealing our freedoms the keys to continue doing it.

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