Thursday, March 12, 2020

Another day where I really don’t know what I should write about. I’m not in the foul, black mood I was in yesterday, so that’s a plus. Not in a great mood, mind, but yesterday was pretty bad. I don’t know why but it was.

I guess a lot of it has to do with the uncertain and unstable state of the world. I’ve let the time slip away – plus I’m not really interested in getting into it – but the Democratic primary has shaped up in the exact way I hoped it wouldn’t. Bernie Sanders versus Joe Biden just doesn’t light me on fire. I think both of them would be competent presidents, much more so than the truculent moron worshiped by millions, and ideologically I definitely fall closer to Sanders than Biden.

Still, we had multiple credible women candidates, multiple people of color, even a married gay guy who’d served in the military, but no. We chose two old white dudes who really ought to be settling into a nice retirement of being Elder Statesmen. There’s a lot of hay being made about Biden’s “cognitive decline”, which I don’t think is quite fair. And for what it’s worth, I really don’t think Trump is “sundowning” either, he’s just always been a buffoonish wastrel who’s never had to be told “no”.

But anyhow, here we are and that’s who we have to chose between. Right now, after the past couple of Tuesdays, Biden has a very commanding lead in both delegates and support from the candidates who’ve dropped out. There’s still a better than average chance for Sanders to make up the ground but he’s got a tough row to hoe. He’s way, way behind in Florida and has only a small chance to score Pennsylvania or New York.

A lot of the followers for both are being nasty as hell on Twitter, but that really doesn’t mean anything. Twitter is a prime example of how the anonymity of the internet and the inability to physically slap the shit out of someone being an asshole online allows people to crack up the buttholery to 11. Like I said, I think both men could be competent presidents and I do think both have a better-than-average chance at unseating Trump come November, all things considered.

Of course, the whole CORVID-19 thing as well as the Trump Administration’s utter incompetence, mendacity and corruption in handling it, not to mention the complicity of the GOP and American Conservatism in general, plus the resulting cratering of the Dow Jones, throws an even bigger monkey wrench into the election. Naturally, the Base won’t abandon their God-Emperor for nothing, but I do believe it’s shaving off support from those folks who worry Biden might be too far left wing. It’s still too early to tell, of course, and it’s still centuries away from November in political time, but it’s something to think about.

And speaking of the reaction to the coronavirus insecurity, all sorts of things are being cancelled or adjusted. The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament’s been suspended, the SEC’s doing the same thing with college baseball, Wrestlemania will take place without an audience, colleges all over the country are moving to online teaching while grade schools are closing down or extending Spring Break. Trump’s even cancelled a couple of his rallies, and I don’t know if there’s anything he loves more. Some people call this panicking, but I don’t think it’s all that bad an idea. Still, all we really know of CORVID-19 is that is pretty easily transmitted and that those infected can be carriers without showing the symptoms.

What else can we really do? The CDC was kneecapped last year and underfunded with this most recent budget, rendering it’s ability to deal with this very subject almost non-existent, and hospitals or medical centers are already showing signs of being overwhelmed. Much props to Rep. Katie Porter of California having to basically strong arm the nutball running the CDC into actually testing people, as well.

Of course, it’s not as easy as all that for most of us to just stay home since we have rent and bills to pay. Some municipalities are making it easier on folks, but the GOP – led by Tennessee ghoul Lamar Alexander – blocked a bill that would alleviate stress on folks nationwide. Businesses and industry are getting similar breaks, of course, but that’s the American Way.

Speaking of Republican ghouls, here in Mississippi, there’s an attempt by House Republicans to sabotage Initiative 65, which appears on November’s ballot and, if passed, would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Authored by Senatobia Republian Trey Lamar, HCR 39 offers voters a concurrent choice when it comes to legalization, one that is severely limits opportunities for both users and medical officials. Lamar claims the Initiative, pushed by fellow Republican Rep. Joel Bomgar of Madison, of “misleading voters” with what all it could do and, if passed, his bill would give the state more control over sale, availability and prescriptions.

For his part, Rep. Bomgar is of the opinion that Lamar’s bill, which passed 71-49 and now goes to the state Senate, is meant to confuse voters and keep both the bill and the initiative from passing. There’s probably something to that, too. When crafting the Initiative, which passed last fall fairly handedly, Bomgar says Lamar was invited to be on the committee drafting it but declined. He also points out that the language in the Initiative uses the word “regulate” 19 times while it doesn’t appear on Lamar’s bill at all.

The general consensus of much of the Republican party seems to consider the Initiative to be too close to legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, and they don’t like that. Nobody hates Fun as much as white men in suits in Mississippi. There’s also some folderol about which branch gets to decided where the tax money from sale of marijuana can be allocated, but I personally don’t buy that, especially with an incredible Republican governor in the seat.

In any event, supper’s done. I might come back to this, but this is probably tonight’s Gibberish. Be cool.

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