Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The push-and-pull struggle between the “freedom means going back to work” crowd and, well, the rest of the country and most state and local governments continues unabated today. It’s been kicked up to include freedom, liberty and, for some reason, the Second Amendment, all this despite medical officials and nurses almost begging people to not come to their ER’s. Hey ho, life in Modern America. This is the New Normal, children, batten down the hatches.

On the upside, it does seem the vast majority of folks aren’t particularly enamored with the AstroTurfed protesters, who’ve gone from “back to work” to “don’t take my guns” with remarkable alacrity, by a fairly significant margin. A Quinnipiac University poll has it that 81% of the folks polled agree that the stay-at-home measure, crossing most categorical lines to the tune of 2/3rds of all respondents. Interestingly, this apparently scans with a FOX News poll, which also shows Trump’s approval numbers are more or less stalled out. Nearly 60% worry that we might reopen too soon.

While it’s true the big-time media is giving undue attention to what’s basically an unpopular, relatively insignificant portion of the population with no question of their backing from well-connected conservative groups, it’s really not all that out of character. During the run-up to the Iraq War in the early Aughts, the media regularly ignored huge protests against the unnecessary military action in Iraq and anti-gun violence protests regular got little to no press. We may all pitch a fit about this, and why not, but it does help to remember these media conglomerates are run by people who have more at stake financially with the elite than they do with the public or even their own employees. I don’t know why people keep forgetting this or why they keep pretending the boss doesn’t put editorial pressure on the media source, but here we are.

For the most part, the polls are showing that folks are happier with state and local governance than the stumble-fumbling and out-loud, poorly hidden graft going on at the federal level. Of course, that depends on where you live. Not everyone’s happy with Georgia’s Brian Kemp rather silly insistence that hairdressers and tattoo artists as “necessary businesses”, and that includes actual hairdressers and tattoo artists. The same goes for Florida residents not being completely on board with Ron DeSantis’ reopening of the beaches this past weekend.

Today’s winner, however, has to be Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s unhinged tete-a-tete with Anderson Cooper. Looking like a mobbed-up Tammy Faye Baker, Goodman is pounding the “reopen” drum as hard as anyone, calling the continued “stay-at-home” efforts “insanity”. However, when pressed just how casinos will be able to maintain “social distancing” much less convince tourists to come back, she told Cooper it was “up to [the owners] to figure it out.” For his part, Cooper just looked tired and who can blame him.

A lot of people are still extremely uncomfortable with what COVID-19 represents and are not comfortable at all with the idea they should be happy to sacrifice their health and the health of their loved ones so some rich yay-hoo can get even richer. Furthermore, we’re still trying to come to grips with just what this coronavirus novel is. South Korea, which had touted such success in fighting it and recently took steps to “reopen” is seeing a new spike in cases, including some folks catching the virus for the second time. Furthermore, the long-term effects of the virus on the planet’s ecosystem has a lot of people very concerned that even “reopening” won’t be of much good.

Trump’s been using this whole to-do to push some of his personal desires. He tweeted out an intention to sign an Executive Order placing a ban on immigration for the next 60 days. Luckily for Important People, however, it really only affects Green Card holders so they can still keep their maids and au pairs. After taking care of Stephen Miller’s boner, Trump worked on strengthening his after Iran launched a military satellite yesterday, their first one. He instructed the U.S. Navy to fire on Iranian boats that “harass” them because right now is the perfect time to get involved in a military conflict, which isn’t incredibly expensive at all.

Unfortunately lost in all the white noise of today’s news, we must take a moment to remember the 22 people murdered by a shooter in rural Nova Scotia seaside community this past weekend. Canada’s worst ever mass shooting, this one started Saturday when a 51-year-old denturist – someone who makes dentures – began a shooting spree that went until noon the next day when police shot him. The shooter was able to kill as many people as he did thanks to dressing as a police officer, throwing people off their guard. So far, there’s no news on what kind of gun he used or where he got it from, what with Canada having stricter gun laws than the U.S.

Finally, after two weekends of the South getting pounded by the worst Mother Nature has to offer, we’re looking at the possibility of more tonight. Strong, tornado-like winds are already responsible for one death in Oklahoma and we here in Itawamba County are already getting flood warnings. It should blow out by tomorrow morning, but they’re calling for perhaps another round this weekend.

Man, we just can’t catch a break, can we?

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