1. CVS, our oasis of responsible health care...This really happened to me. At my local CVS this morning, waiting in line for the pharmacy, everything broke down when the trainee clerk couldn’t locate the prescription of the woman in front of me, who said she had received a call telling her to pick it up. The clerk and the supervisor insisted that they had no such prescription, and the supervisor even printed out a sheet showing her last five pick-ups. “Uh, that one on the top—the one with a red circle around it? That’s what I’m here to pick up,” she said, with less venom than I would have used. This completely confused the staffers, who caucused, and asked her to verify various dates. “Why don’t just look in the bin labeled “O” (her surname initial) and see if it’s there?” the woman suggested. They did, and sure enough, there were her pills. I started giggling, and she looked at me and said, soto voce, “Isn’t this scary?”
Then it was my turn. While waiting out this drama, I had noticed three printed signs reading that “The Coronavirus Vaccine is not currently available at any CVS locations. Check cvs.com for updates.” I asked to speak to the pharmacist, and told her that the signs were wrong: my sister and other people I know had been vaccinated at CVSs, and months ago. “Yes, but this CVS doesn’t have the vaccines,” she said. “But that’s not what the signs on your area say,” I pointed out. “They say that NO CVS locations have the vaccine. That is demonstrably untrue, and I would expect CVS staff to know that.”
“Oh,” she shrugged. “Well, it’s easy to change the signs…”
2. Yesterday I saw…
- An 8 year-old boy, running in a field, completely alone, wearing a mask.
- A man leaving his home maskless, then putting a mask on as he got into his car.
- A teacher (we live next to an elementary school) outside with her class. She wore a mask, and so did half of the children.
- A woman walking her dog on a windy day in Virginia. She had a mask. (The dog did not. Dogs are smart…)
Nobody has a clue what the proper and responsible conduct regarding the Wuhan virus is, and no wonder. The health community and alleged experts have been feckless, dishonest, uncertain, and wrong too many times to count, with peak disgrace reached when a mob of health professionals signed a statement last summer declaring that protesting the death of George Floyd should constitute exemption from the pandemic protocols. I don’t know how anyone will be able to declare “Trust science!” with a straight face after this debacle, which has given a boost to everything from anti-vaxx conspiracy theories to principled skepticism over climate change doomsayers. It is obvious that “science” is as polluted by politics and ideology as anything else—or at least it should be obvious.
3. Gee, the Washington Post stopped counting Joe Biden’s lies just in time! Biden’s speech began with the claim that the Capitol Riot was the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” This is exactly the kind of statement the Post and other lie-counters would condemn when President Trump made one—hyperbole, an opinion, probably not a lie because the speaker believed it, and stupid on its face. Let me know if any “factcheckers” take it on.
Fortunately, Siraj Hashmi was sufficiently offended to point out, on substack, what a ridiculous over-statement this was, citing several examples of real attacks on democracy that consisted of more than a few hundred idiots armed with sticks trashing the Capitol after the Mayor of D.C. told the Capitol police to “stand down” He notes in part,
As the FBI was formed in the early 20th century, Americans whose ideologies were at odds with the government’s interests were often targeted by the agency’s longest-serving director, J. Edgar Hoover. In the eyes of the FBI Director, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a suspected communist given his ties to Stanley Levison, whose suspected pro-communist activities were monitored by the FBI in the 1950s. Although Dr. King has been viewed as one of the most consequential leaders in American history due to his role in the civil rights movement, at the time, Hoover and many in the FBI viewed him as a threat to our democracy, ushering in communism under the guise of “civil rights.” The FBI infamously blackmailed Dr. King by sending him a letter advocating he commit suicide.
The Red Scare was so severe in the United States that the government actively sought to chip away at Americans’ First Amendment rights to prevent the spread of such ideas. And through the Lavender Scare in the early 1950s, thousands of people were forced out of government service for simply for being suspected of being homosexual.
When the United States entered the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Espionage Act of 1917 into law, which then gave way to the Sedition Act of 1918. These two laws worked in conjunction to strip away the First Amendment rights of every American and demand undying fealty towards the U.S. government. Expressing even the slightest bit of criticism of the U.S. or associating with groups like the Communist Party could result in, at the very least, a government wiretap, and, at worst, a hefty prison sentence and possible execution. In the same token that President Franklin Roosevelt interned approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II in fear that they might side with the Japanese Empire, the Espionage and Sedition Acts under President Wilson explicitly targeted German-born American residents during World War I, with over 2,000 arrested and sent to internment camps….
The story of the Russian Bounty program on U.S. troops in Afghanistan that broke publicly in the summer of 2020 made a significant impact in tipping the scales during the 2020 presidential election. The CIA produced the initial intelligence assessment in 2019, which later broke publicly in the summer of 2020, further cementing the perception that Trump was in the pocket of Russian President Vladimir Putin––a claim that was exacerbated when then-President Trump dismissed the allegations outright, calling it “fake news.” However, in April 2021, Trump would be vindicated as the U.S. government revealed that the Intelligence Community had “low to moderate confidence” in the intelligence assessment. In other words, there was little evidence to prove that it was real.
On top of these government abuses that took place on a wide scale impacting every American, there was a long-drawn-out period since the Civil War that impacted millions of Americans that has had consequences that last to this day: Jim Crow.
Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, the implementation of Jim Crow laws in Southern former slave states not only segregated black people from the white population, but also barred them from fully participating in society as equal members. Through policies like poll taxes, literacy tests, and increased residency requirements, black people had their right to vote stripped away, essentially removing them from the political process, keeping them further ostracized from society. It was authoritarianism in the most sinister manner, targeting a racial group that was perceived to be subhuman to their white counterpart, all in the name of protecting democracy…Since the Civil War, four U.S. presidents were assassinated (Lincoln in 1865, Garfield in 1881, McKinley in 1901, and Kennedy in 1963) and two presidents were injured in assassination attempts (Roosevelt in 1912 and Reagan in 1981). These were six attacks on the duly elected leaders of the people of the United States. Not only does changing the leadership alter the trajectory for a nation, but due to its status, it has lasting effects for the rest of the world.
He doesn’t even mention the 2016 post-election ethics train wreck, in which the “resistance,” Democrats, and the mainstream news media set out to undermine and obstruct the Presidency of Donald Trump, beginning with an effort to hijack the Electoral College and culminating in two contrived impeachments, as the news media manipulated the information available to the American public in an effort to tilt the 2020 election.
Biden’s statement was ignorant, absurd to anyone with a knowledge of American history, and wildly exaggerated, but was it a lie? It’s very possible that Joe believes it, especially now, as his IQ points drop as sand through an hourglass. Joe was never very bright, and, as the song says, he “don’t know much about history.” Yet the claim that the January 6 embarrassment was an “insurrection” is undeniably a progressive Big Lie, custom-designed for the gullible and biased, and we should count on hearing it for a long, long time.
Once again, Facts Don’t Matter.
4. And now for something completely different…Andrea Creel, young woman, entrepreneur and actress who I have known and admired for many years, has written a children’s book, and I want to give her a plug (Ethics? Well, I’d sure would have appreciated it if my friends’ blogs had given my book a plug!). You can read about the book here. The topic is yoga for children, and that would be one of the astounding number of topics I know nothing about…but I know Andrea. Trust her.
Here’s the cover: