Why the attacks on Disney matter

To defend a corporation expert at placing cute mouse ears on nefarious practices like Disney does puts me in a grotesque position, especially since Disney has bought the Florida legislature on both sides for five decades, which means for a while it endorsed the Don’t Say Gay Bill until its immaculately groomed public image tookContinue reading “Why the attacks on Disney matter”

Conservatism’s long war against democracy

Families are unhappily alike in many ways, one of which is boasting a relative who will corner you at a dinner to lecture, eyes gleaming with the knowledge he screenshot on Wikipedia, about the United States being a republic, not a democracy. The relative will place the last word in scare quotes or emphasize itContinue reading “Conservatism’s long war against democracy”

Liberalism run amuck at American unversities!

The bellies of illiterate zealots in Texas are aflame as these men and women look to ban any book that questions the prerogatives of white minority rule. More energy exists to prohibit this literature than in teaching so-called critical race theory. These people don’t want the truth — they want useful lies replacing the truth.

From the annals of Florida’s killingest governor

Acquiescing to the governor because that’s what a co-equal branch of guvmint does, the Florida legislature will go into special session to pass Ron DeSantis’ laws calling for the needless death and financial suffering of millions of residents. He wants to punish businesses for requiring vaccines, confirming that Republicans care about the size and reachContinue reading “From the annals of Florida’s killingest governor”

Florida, please slide into the sea…

Steely Dan has a line in “My Old School” I think of often when news about Florida goes national. California won’t “slide into the sea” before the state with the prettiest name does. As Jonathan Chait remarks in this handy checklist you can print and stick on your fridge with a magnet next to yourContinue reading “Florida, please slide into the sea…”

Nothing matters and what if it did?

Behold the decadence of the POLITCO political press: DeSantis has prioritized monoclonal treatments such as Regeneron in his Florida pandemic battle plan, spending the past several weeks flying across the state supporting the treatments. Monoclonal antibody treatments are considered effective if administered early in an infection. At the same time, he has opposed Covid-related restrictionsContinue reading “Nothing matters and what if it did?”

The CDC and its percolations

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”