Has anyone come up with a convincing theory about why there are more outside home decorations and Christmas lights than we have seen in a long while, if ever? Another trend, at least in my neighborhood: a welcome return to multi-colored lights after the (cold, boring) white lights appeared to take over years ago.
1. I finally figured out what’s been bothering me about that GEICO “clogging” ad. It’s racist. (In addition to being, you know, stupid.) I guess GEICO thinks that as long as it sticks an inter-racial couple in their ads, nobody will notice (Though according to Madison Avenue, almost every couple in America is inter-racial.)
Here’s the ad, if somehow you’ve missed it:
Ah, those weird white people and their weird activities! Now imagine if the noisy family upstairs was an African-American clan practicing their break-dancing. Or doing authentic African tribal dances.
2. Boy, those college administrators are quick. CNN was reporting this morning that a handful of colleges are finally reducing tuition. “A Princeton spokesperson said that the Covid conditions have “diminished the college experience.” Really? Not being on or near a campus, being isolated from classmates, not participating in clubs, social activities and late night “bull sessions,” not to mention only seeing one’s professors through a screen, isn’t as valuable as actually attending college?
I’m only speaking for myself, but I would have regarded my own college experience as little better than a correspondence course under today’s conditions. All colleges were ethically obligated to cut tuition substantially. They got away with not doing so because they are selling degrees, not education or personal growth.
3. With all the legitimate questions being raised about Hunter Biden, his apparent influence peddling abroad, and what his father’s role was, the Biden team allows him to be interviewed by…Stephen Colbert. Are even the most impenetrable Biden supporters not troubled by this? If not, do they even have ethics alarms any more? Even with a journalistic establishment filled with shameless pro-Democrat hacks, the toughest interview the President Elect was allowed to brave was by a comedian?
And not just any comedian, but a comedian who dedicated himself to anti-Trump, anti-Republican propganda for four years. Thus here is the type of question Joe had to answer—one that was phrased with the assumption that the Hunter Biden laptop matter was just another conservative conspiracy theory:
What are you going to do and how will you sustain each other for the attacks you know are coming your way?Case in point, I know you want to be as bipartisan and reach across the aisle, but as much as you don’t want it to happen, you know that the people who want to make hay in Washington are going to try to use your adult son as a cudgel against you. How do you feel about that, and what do you have to say to those people?
4. No, it’s not only Democratic mayors and governors who undermine trust in the legitimacy of the pandemic mandates… Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Wuhan virus response, warned Americans before Thanksgiving to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.” Then, the next day, she traveled to Fenwick Island in Delaware where she has a vacation property, accompanied by three generations of her family from two households, including Birx, her husband, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had also asked Americans not to travel over the holidays and discourages indoor activity involving members of different households. “People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households.”
The Associated Press wrote, “Birx’s own experiences underline the complexity and difficulty of trying to navigate the perils of the pandemic while balancing a job, family and health, especially among essential workers like her.”
No, they underline the hypocrisy and lack of seriousness exhibited by those with power and influence who think they should be able to do what they tell others not to do.
“To me this disqualifies her from any future government health position,” said Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security. “It’s a terrible message for someone in public health to be sending to the American people.” Caught hypocrisy-handed, Birx refused to be interviewed but said in a statement that the purpose of the two-day visit was to deal with the winterization of the property before a potential sale, not Thanksgiving, though it conveniently coincided with Thanksgiving, and her family did dine together. She also insisted that everyone on her Delaware trip belongs to her “immediate household,” even though they live in two different homes.
While in Delaware, she even conducted an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” and criticized Americans who “went across the country or even into the next state” for the holiday weekend, adding that those who traveled should assume they were infected.
Kathleen Flynn, whose brother is married to Birx’s daughter, blew the whistle on Birx. “She cavalierly violated her own guidance,” Flynn said.
5. It is ridiculous and irresponsible for President Trump not to concede at this point.