1. Nah, there’s no news media narrative coordination! Twitchy has pointed out the remarkable conformity of language regarding the Joe Biden sexual assault accusation. Last week, CNN reported that Democrats are “grappling with questions” about Tara Reade’s allegations. This week:
Politico: “The #MeToo movement is facing a new challenge: how to grapple with the allegations against Joe Biden without tearing itself apart.”
Jake Tapper on Twitter: “Democrats grapple with questions about Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden…”
Jeremy Scahill at the Intercept: “My aim in writing this piece was to put into words what many principled people are grappling with right now, not to tell anyone what to do. Recognizing and understanding the problem helps us all decide what we believe is right…”
Mother Jones: “Sexual Assault Advocates Are Grappling With the Allegations Against Joe Biden”
All independent, objective journalists, of course…talking points? What talking points?
2. This “sharing a life” concept seems to be beyond you…over at Social Q’s a woman who is living with her boyfriend to ride out the pandemic complains, “He eats significantly more than I do, including some foods I don’t touch. Still, we split the grocery bill, and I am paying significantly more for food than usual. How should I handle this?” Columnist Phillip Gallanes’ advice is impeccably ethical:
Try stepping back and looking at the bigger picture…Sure, he eats more than you, but are you twice as messy (while sharing cleaning duties equally)? Do you watch three times as much Netflix (but split the bill in half)? And I haven’t even touched on emotional labor yet. ..if you want your partnership to survive even after we’re set free again, consider all the contributions each of you makes.
Nice try, Phil, but I’m guessing that question is signature significance, and the relationship is doomed.
3. It’s all our fault. Columnist Nicholas Kristof, an old-fashioned bleeding heart liberal if there ever was one, holds America responsible for the sad fate of a family he grew up knowing, with “five smart and rambunctious children [that] had recently bought their first home and were full of confidence in the future.”
#1, the oldest, “descended into a spiral of drug and alcohol abuse and died of liver failure.” #2 “died in a house fire when he was passed out drunk.” #3 “blew himself up cooking meth.” #4 “died of hepatitis from injecting drugs.”
Now the youngest, who once told Kristof, “Our family is cursed. Something went wrong with our generation,” has also died. He had spent 13 years in the Oregon State Penitentiary—Kristof implies that the state shouldn’t have spent the money to convict and incarcerate him. He had dropped out of high school, like his four siblings, and abused drugs and alcohol. He told his columnist friend that he drank liquor daily, occasionally used a little meth, smoked pot (of course), and before his death had started shooting heroin. He overdosed and died.
“This is America’s pandemic of squandered talent and early death that preceded Covid-19 and that will linger after the coronavirus is gone. There’s no vaccine that will rescue us, but improved education, job training and drug treatment would help….For a tiny fraction of the [Wuhan virus assistance packages} recently approved, we could have created a national high-quality early childhood program like those in other countries, giving children a solid start in life and making it easier for working-class parents to hold jobs.”
Yes, the government can save people like those five doomed siblings, raised by an alcoholic father who beat everyone in the family, if it just spent enough money like other countries. Kristof really believes this.The family was cursed, the culture is the problem, and America would make it all go away if it cared.
I would have no idea what I would say to him to change his mind, or to the people who have reasoned this way ever since I was in college.
4. It’s unfair to accuse Democrats of fearmonger to keep people scared to death during the pandemic and ensure that the economy stays paralyzed…or is it? Florida lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder plans to tour the re-opened state beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper. He says his goal is to remind people to say six feet apart. He is also using it to raise money for Democratic candidates running for congressional seats. But mostly its altruistic. Really.
I’m trying to think of ways this might breach the Florida legal ethics rules, as the state is infamously strict about appropriate attorney conduct. It probably does not. Still, Florida’s Creed of Professionalism states in part,
I… will at all times in my professional and private lives uphold the dignity and esteem of each…
I will strictly adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of my profession’s code of ethics, to the extent that the law permits and will at all times be guided by a fundamental sense of honor, integrity, and fair play….
I will abstain from all rude, disruptive, disrespectful, and abusive behavior…
Here’s the learned counsel:
5. How do you practice social distancing at a whorehouse? You can’t, of course, so Nevada’s Bella Cummins, the proprietor of Bella’s Hacienda Ranch in Wells, Nevada, a legal bordello, applied for an emergency loan for pandemic stimulus money. But when the Madam went to the Nevada State Bank to apply forthe loan from the Small Business Administration, she was rebuffed. Originally, the SBA had notified Cummins that her application to the Paycheck Protection Program for $70,000 had been approved. She was then told by the bank that the funds were put on hold.
Professor Turley, who is terrific at finding these stories, concludes that it should make no difference that the business is a house of prostitution: it’s a small business, it’s legal, and it’s been harmed by being designated a non-essential business. She should get her money.