1. On second thought, who needs work? The United States has been a nation that embraced work as a value and a mark of character as no other. Naturally, this core value has been under assault from the Left as part of its cultural overhaul strategy. The pandemic created an opining that has been brilliantly exploited politically, leading to a large part of the work force now unwilling to work. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, the biggest bloc of liberal lawmakers in Congress, has endorsed a bill proposed by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., which would seek to implement a four-day workweek. Americans work far more than people in most other affluent countries, and we also produce more without using, as some countries do that I might mention, slave labor. But the work ethic is weakening.
The anti-work ethic is the goal on one of Reddit’s fastest growing sites — r/antiwork. The subreddit is “for those who want to end work, are curious about ending work, [and] want to get the most out of a work-free life.” It is up to 1.4 million members, ranking among the top subscribed-to subreddits.
Members discuss tactics workers can use to slack off, cheat, sabotage, and steal from their employers. You would learn there, for example, that April 15th is “Steal Something From Work Day.” [Pointer and source: Linking and Thinking on Education]
2. Observations on the Gallup Poll on public approval of Federal leaders (You can find the poll here).
- Yes, I know, polls. But Gallup is straighter than most, and while the specific numbers should be ignored, the relative values are interesting.
- The big finding, and what has been attracting all the headlines, is that Chief Justice John Roberts is way ahead of anyone else on the list, with a bipartisan 60-40 favorability split. This undercuts the pro-abortion strategy of warning that the Supreme Court can’t afford to make its decision on Roe v. Wade cases without considering the potential harm to the Court’s legitimacy. The Court seems to have the most trust of any of the branches, which means that it can (and should) be courageous if legal principles require.
- Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is second. How many Americans know who he is or what he does? 20%? Less? What is it they approve of?
- Dr. Fauci is third at 52% approval, which shows you can fool a lot of the people all of the time.
- Mitch McConnell is dead last, even behind Nancy Pelosi. Good.
3. How do these things happen? From the EA “Management Incompetence” file. Calendar and scheduling tool Calendly unveiled its new logo. Supposely the design cost the company $1.5 million. As John Hammond says repeatedly in “Jurassic Park,” they “spared no expense.” Here is what that money got them…ready?
4. In truth, Mother Earth would have been safer if he had set himself on fire…Peter J. Custer, 43, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was charged with Second Degree Malicious Burning, Malicious Destruction of Property Under $1,000, and Trespassing on Private Property after he set several gravestone Christmas wreaths on fire at a Hagerstown cemetery early Christmas Eve. See, Custer was trying to save the planet, because they were “plastic wreaths and were non-biodegradable.”
5. Now HERE’s a slippery slope! MSNBC medical analyst Dr. Vin Gupta told Joy Reid that he wants to move unvaccinated Wuhan sufferers “to the back of the line”:
“This is where it’s controversial, but we need to talk about this, the bioethics of it broadly because this is not the last respiratory pandemic we’re going to face,” Gupta said. “What do we do with somebody who is unvaccinated who is taking advanced ICU therapies from somebody who is vaccinated in the hospital? How do we rank order that priority? We do it for organs, kidneys, livers, lungs. We say, ‘Did you smoke, did you drink recently?’ If you did, you’re lower on the list, even if you need it. We need to start thinking of that model.”
Next up: mandated body weight limits for heart patients, mandated aerobic exercise regimes for lung maladies, and maximum carbon footprints for auto accident victims, or it’s the back of the line for them too. Should drunken rape victims be put at the back of the line so more responsible rape victims can be treated first? I’d like a word with Dr. Gupta about how this squares with core medical ethics. (Hint: It doesn’t.)
6. Never mind. Over 85% of Democrats think Joe is doing one hell of a job…
Biden today on the Wuhan virus: “There is no federal solution. This gets solved at a state level.”
Biden on the Wuhan virus last year:
- Do you think any member of the mainstream media will note this? next time a Facebook friend rails against conservative media, ask him or her whether the embargo of things like this matters. Then let me know what the jerk says.
- The Washington Free Beacon named this and similar statements by Biden promising to shut down the virus the “Lie of the Year.” That’s wrong: promising to do something and failing to do it is not a lie, if you really intended to do it and felt you could.
- But it would be called a lie if Donald Trump had said the same things.