We are more alike than different. It’s amazing how we don’t realize that. But we need to keep moving forward as a nation. As James Baldwin wrote, “Not every problem that is faced can be solved, but no problem can be solved that isn’t faced”.
Help fight noise pollution! Muzzle Tucker Carlson!
Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day, I guess. I was speaking with a friend from church on the phone and we were talking about how Delta is spreading fastest in the least vaccinated states. She said that if enough MAGATs get seriously ill (or even die) from the Delta variant, that could mean that the Democrats could expand their majorities in both houses of Congress. That should really tick off Tucker Carlson and Dr. Laura! Then again, I’ve also heard that in those Delta hit states, vaccinations are now above the national average. Plus those MAGA voters getting vaxxed in secret. So, God willing, the Delta variant will peak and start to recede in the next few weeks as more get vaccinated. Reason eventually penetrates all but the thickest of skulls.
I have heard that in parts of the country (particularly the deep red states in the south and west where the Delta variant is spreading the fastest) some MAGA voters are getting vaxxed in secret so they won’t tick off their fellow MAGATS. So, there is progress being made. Just not as quickly as we’d like. Also, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended from Twitter because of her QANON/novax postings. Hopefully, this is the start of a trend. But if the hard core anti vaxxers end up eating their own, it’s on them!
They cancelled the 1940 and 1944 games because of WW2, and we are still at war with this virus. And this is a war we can actually win! I’ve heard the games might still be cancelled, but I doubt it. We’ll see what we shall see.
I agree about coaches being paid more than faculties. But that’s largely because of faculty and alumni who demand winning teams. As for student loan debt, I think it’s atrocious! We need a national student loan forgiveness, or at least adding student loan debt to the list of debts that are wiped clean when a debtor declares bankruptcy (i.e. credit card debt, medical debt, etc.).
My family and I are planning to fly to Iowa in Mid-October for a memorial service for my Sister in Law’s mom, Mary Ellen, who passed away in her mid 90’s (not from Covid) in March of 2020. It will be the first time most of us have flown anywhere since we went to a spring training game in Florida in March 2020. So, depending on how we beat back the Delta variant through vaccines and treatments, it should be interesting to see how the airports are faring by then. I am planning on taking my own snacks and my steel water bottle (which I can fill after customs), and expect others in my family to take a similar tack. We are all fully vaccinated, but we will wear our masks on the plane. Even if Delta has lessened, it would be the start of cold and flu season. So, wearing masks (unless you’re eating or drinking) would still be smart. According to experts, last year’s flu season had one of the lowest case rates in history because of so many people wearing masks.
I just heard that Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), aka QAnon Barbie, has just been suspended from Twitter! Hope fellow no vaxxers like Tucker Carlson and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) will be suspended too.
A few weeks ago, I saw In The Heights in a theater. It was really fun, but I will also be seeing films online as well. I saw The Chicago 7 on Netflix and would like to see The Mitchells vs. the Machines on Netflix soon as well.
That’s the same reason that former Trump aides like former VP Mike Pence and former AG William Barr are now saying publicly that Biden won in 2020. And the same reason that (if you’d look closely) many attendees at Trump rallies are heading towards the exits when Trump starts going on about the stolen election. Reason eventually penetrates all but the absolute thickest of skulls. I hope most of these people get vaccinated and that the Delta eases off in their states sooner rather than later. This is now a pandemic of the unvaxxed, and those who are still on the fence should vax up ASAP. I realize they have various reasons for hesitating, like possible side effects (which are rare). But, last March, I decided that if I was drowning and had a choice between a large, heavy rock (no vaccine) or a life preserver (a vaccine with a slight risk of side effects) I would pick the life preserver instead of “No thanks, I’ll wait for a lifeboat”.