Lots of small and annoying stuff today….
1. I left “Bite me!” unsaid, but I admit, I thought it. Picking up a prescription at the pharmacy, a woman about my age wearing a big enough mask for three heads shielded her face with her hand as I passed her on the way to the counter. It really pissed me off, and after two steps, I wheeled around, raised my hands, wiggled my fingers, and wailed at her in my best Biblical leper imitation, “Unclean! Unclean!” Several customers laughed. I’m not putting up with that crap…
2. Related to this post and the one that spawned it: Broadway star Laura Osnes—never heard of her!—was fired from the cast of a one-night production of “Crazy For You” in the Hamptons. The theater required all staff and cast to be vaccinated, and Osnes refused. The two-time Tony nominee revealed that she hadn’t been vaccinated and won’t be, because she doesn’t trust the vaccine.
I’d fire her too.
3. Congratulations, BLM, race-baiters and anti-white racists! You’re making black Americans sick or dead! The New York Times reports that far fewer blacks in New York City are vaccinated than other groups, and the reasons given by those interviewed for the story are telling:
- “Since when does America give anything good to Black people first?” This from a an reacting to efforts to make vaccinations in the African-America community a priority.
- “I’m supposed to worry about getting sick when I go outside, versus getting killed by a cop or something like that?”
- “They came out with one so fast for Covid, and now they want to pay you to take it. It seems fishy.”
- “It reaffirmed my hesitance, it reaffirmed everything.It just shows Black lives don’t matter. You can test that on us just like you tested syphilis on us.”
That was a young black woman reacting to the fact that the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been directed to Black and Latino communities by health officials, because not only did it require just one shot, there were more flexible refrigeration requirements for that vaccine. It seemed like the perfect choice for mobile vaccine clinics at public housing projects and churches that were key to the government’s plan for vaccinating minority neighborhoods. In April, though, the federal government ordered a brief suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine when it was linked to blood clots in the brains of several women. “They’re experimenting on us,” another black woman told the Times.
The level of distrust that the Left has worked to create between black Americans and White America—just to pick up some cheap, emotion-driven votes—is the classic destructive Genie who can’t be put back in the bottle.
Good job, everyone!
4. A NYT article about a new Titian exhibition at Boston’s Gardner Museum is headlined in the print edition, “Do Classic Paintings Get a Pass?” A pass from what, you might ask. Why, a pass from moral scrutiny, of course! After all, that bull-disguised Zeus in “The Rape of Europa” isn’t properly vilified by the painter at all. \
Boy, progressives morphed into Cotton Mather so fast, I barely noticed!
Remember when President Bush’s ultra-conservative Attorney General was mocked mercilessly by the news media and Democrats for covering the bare breasts of two art deco statues at Justice?
Well, they were right the first time. Applying #MeToo era standards to 16th century artists and classical art is as ridiculous as, well, an amazing number of things the Left is advocating these days.
5. Believe it or not, the Olympics fined the Norway’s beach handball team (What the heck is “beach handball?”) because its players wore shorts like the player on the left,
…rather than the bikini bottoms like the player on the right, which are mandatory. The International Beach Handball Federation requires that women wear bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg.” The sides of the bikini bottoms must be no more than four inches. Men, on the other hand, can wear shorts as long as four inches above their knees as long as they are “not too baggy.”
No double standard there! But after all, beach volleyball and this mutation have always been as much about titillating male spectators as sports. Apparently the rule will be changed, giving women less revealing options.