Today’s themes: masks, dumb quotes, incompetent leadership, and The Great Stupid.…
1. Jen Psaki on a roll…In the annals of “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden,” or IIPTDXTTNMIAFB for short, the routinely absurd comments of White House paid liar Jen Psaki should qualify for inclusion. After all, the mainstream news media pounced on all manner of silly, offensive, off-the-cuff statements by the likes of Kellyanne Conway and other Trump surrogates, but leave it to the conservative pundits and wags to criticize equally idiotic or dishonest statements when they come from Psaki. The latest example: on “The View”—to be fair, it is understandable that anything said on “The View” would be ignored—Psaki advised frustrated Democrats,
“This is very frustrating, it is infuriating, that some people in the Senate, including the entire Republican caucus, won’t support peoples’ fundamental rights. It is also frustrating that when we talk about voter protections, just something that everybody should have the right to, some people are putting process ahead of that fundamental protection.So we have got to keep at it, including changing the rules to make sure there is a path forward to move voting rights legislation on a federal level. My advice to everyone out there who’s frustrated, sad, angry, pissed off, feel those emotions, go to a kickboxing class, have a margarita, do whatever you need to do this weekend, and then wake up on Monday and keep fighting.”
For a White House that purports to represent a coalition of the poor, downtrodden, and systemically oppressed to advise its core to turn to such privileged upper-middle class delights as mid-day margaritas and kick-boxing classes—paid for with all those pandemic aid checks no doubt—eloquently spoke to just how phony the current regime is. If a Trump spokesperson said something that dumb, Stephen Colbert would live off it for a week. But the first part was really worse. There are no endangered “rights” protected in the Democratic voting bill. There is no right to voting before election day, or not voting in person, or having third parties harvest ballots from people too lazy to deliver ballots themselves, or to vote without photo identification. These aren’t “fundamental rights’ by any definition. This kind of rhetoric had been a lie for years, and the news media allows it to continue unchallenged.
There is an implied, if not fundamental right being threatened by the bill, however. That would be the right to have confidence that there is integrity in voting system, and that there are not gaping holes, deliberately left unplugged, that can and will be exploited to steal elections if possible.
2. Now THIS is disinformation! NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, an outspoken anti-vaxxer and anti-mask rebel, said in an interview,
Sure, John. In other news, his alma mater, Gonzaga, has banned him from attending its games because he refuses to wear a mask. Gonzaga, in addition to requiring spectators to be masked at all times—those masks do so much good, after all—won’t sell food or drink at games consuming them would mean fans would be unmasked for a few deadly minutes.
Having been at one sports event with similarly stupid rules, I can’t imagine anyone voluntarily subjecting themselves to such discomfort, much less pay for it. Gonzaga is doing Stockton a favor.
3. The dumb quotes just keep coming! It looks like New York has another real winner in Gov. Kathy Hochul. Hochul, the overwhelming leader in polls to succeed herself as an elected governor of the Empire State (she took over from Cuomo, who resigned), followed up her fatuous statement comparing students wearing masks in school to having to wear shoes with this instant classic
People don’t kill people, guns kill people, and all by themselves, apparently. If the gun had been legal, it would have never fired that shot…
4. I don’t understand this at all. In Great Britain, PM Boris Johnson’s political career lies in ruins because he flaunted the ruling classes arrogant refusal to share the sacrifices they demand by attending a mask-free party while the “little people” were told such events were forbidden. This scandal is, as they say, “in all the papers.” So how could the New York City Council pose for a happy photo in a crowded restaurant…
while they require school children to be masked all day? Missing ethics alarms? Utter arrogance? Self-destructive tendencies?
5. When ethics fails, the law steps in and usually makes a mess of things. Doing its part in The Great Stupid, a Florida House committee last week passed a bill banning discussions of sexuality and gender identity in school classrooms. The Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill—boy, is THAT a bad name—passed in the House Education and Employment Committee on a party line vote. “This bill is about defending the most awesome responsibility a person can have: being a parent,” Florida state Rep. Joe Harding (R), who first introduced the bill, said Thursday. “That job can only be given to you by above.” Harding’s bill, along with its companion bill introduced Tuesday by Florida state Sen. Dennis Baxley (R), would block teachers in Florida from talking about LGBTQ+ topics that are not “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”
And what would that mean? LGBTQ individuals exist and have always existed (except for the Ts, I guess). Are schools in Florida supposed to treat this as a secret? Are gay students going to think that they are non-persons? Unclean?