September, 2020 archive
Notes from the Reopening 0
At the Idaho State-Journal, Nick Geir argues that we are in no way returning to normalcy (remember normalcy?). A snippet (emphasis in the original):
US virus cases up 17 percent; deaths up 5 percent
“Out of control” most aptly describes government mismanagement in the U.S., Brazil and India. A Donald Trump-inspired premature opening of American businesses and schools, primarily in the South, led to record number of cases and deaths in July. Memorial Day celebrations may have been a primary driver.
Trump’s fatuous claim that “we have turned the corner,” belies a Labor Day spike and the opening of schools, colleges and universities. Virus cases are up 17 percent two weeks after a holiday and deaths have increased 5 percent.
Follow the link for the evidence.
More from Florida Man 0
The stupid. It burns.
The Double-Dipper 0
I’ve said many times in these electrons that I choose not to waste two hours watching something on television when I can read about it in ten minutes the next morning. After my ten minutes of reading this morning, it appears that our decision to forego the you-can-hardly-call-it-a debate in favor of Star Trek: TNG on Netflix last night was quite correct.
(I’ve long considered TNG to be the best-written of the Star Trek series, but, when it first aired, I had too much real life to watch it regularly.)
Tables Turned 0
At The Charlotte Observer, Justin Perry wonders, “What if Breonna Taylor was a white woman?”
Follow the link for his answer.
Taxed beyond Endurance, Reprise 0
Image via Job’s Anger.
Taxed beyond Endurance 0
“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
When placing your vehicle in a designated spot as you are planning to leave it so as to take care of business, do so politely.
The Abandonment 0
A few moments ago I was musing to myself that the Republican Party has decided to abandon the founding ideals of the country, to sacrifice democracy on the altar of power (and, regardless of sins and flaws from the time of the founding, the founding ideals, well, ideals).
Then I stumbled over this:
Under Trump’s leadership, the GOP is now well into the final stretch of its transformation from a mainstream center-right party into a far-right authoritarian one, bearing less resemblance even to the GOP of 20 years ago than to Hungarian autocrat Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party. That’s not to say all Republicans are hostile to democracy. But as evidenced by the defections of prominent conservatives like columnist George Will, former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, Bush administration aide Steve Schmidt, and others, it’s not the party of democratically inclined conservatives anymore.
Follow the link for the full article.
Kerry Greenwood, who makes words dance:
The newly promoted Peace’s youthful enthusiasm occasionally filled (Detective Inspector Minton) with a sense of how old and cynical he had become. Without noticing. One day he just woke up and there he was, old and cynical and getting short of hair.
Greenwood, Kerry, Death by Water (Scpttsdale, AZ: Poisoned Pen Press, 2010), p. 199.