Taking comfort from my county’s high vaccination rate, I got smug when out-of-towners questioned the figures. Florida, after all — no explanation needed. But I had reported CDC data, and, indeed, the figures looked impressive. How come our infection and positivity rates stayed so high? Who was left to vaccinate?
When I read a column like Paul Waldman’s published a couple days ago, I agree with the topic sentences but scratch my head too.
Behold, readers, the front page of one of America’s best newspapers. Not one mention of the judicial revolution in Texas whereby Roe v. Wade is essence gutted, fatally.
“The vaccinated have for too long carried the burden of the pandemic,” Juliette Kayyem writes in a cut-the-bullshit article for The Atlantic. She makes a point many of us have since the delta variant became a threat in early July: it’s the unvaccinated who should take precautions, not the rest of us. Kayyem cites aContinue reading “To the unvaccinated: ‘Sorry. Time’s up.’”
On Sanibel, the island off the Southwest Florida coast, I saw nary a mask covering the faces of tourists in flip-flops and whose cars bore license plates issued as close as Cape Coral and as far away as North Dakota. A sprinkling of grocery and general store employees wore them. This happened despite the COVIDContinue reading “The CDC and its percolations”
On the same day conservative talk show hosts and the likes of Michael Flynn called Ron DeSantis a sellout for having the temerity to stress the importance of vaccinations, the Florida governor stuck with the script we have seen him perform since March 2020:
The glue holding Florida (the state with the prettiest name!) together, whether we live in Apalachicola or Opa-Locka, is a shared sense of disgust with the heat.
Remember death panels? A consortium of Obama-appointed Democrat ghouls was supposed to determine Grandma’s health care fate in 2010. Well, FOX News has death panels on TV, co-chaired by Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
Residents of suburbia and exurbia who live in gated communities and drive trucks and own boats with Blue Lives Matters stickers are most likely to believe America has become Baghdad in 2005, respected pollsters have learned.
Although bolder about going indoors in public, I still mask if I’m going to linger someplace: the library, the bookstore, Target, that sort of thing. So long as a chance exists, however small, that a lying unmasked customer can transmit the highly infectious Delta variant of COVID, I cover up. Cases are rising among theContinue reading “‘People would trust Facebook more than they would trust us’”
Elated by the sight of students seated in a classroom for the first time since March 2020, I threw myself on the filthy, COVID-saturated carpet to demonstrate how Gregg Toland used low angle shots on Orson Welles in Citizen Kane.
In the summer of 2009 a coordinated series of demonstrations against so-called federal overreach scared the hell out of Democrats and the few Republicans who dared to show affection in public to the first Black president in American history. Conservative mountebanks a dozen years later think they’ve found a way to shake the Biden administrationContinue reading “The GOP hornswoggle over critical race theory”