When I learn that our CDC has found that some 5,000 folks -- out of 66 million fully vaccinated Americans -- have contracted COVID anyway, I fear that a few more fools will throw up their hands and say I TOLDZ YOUZ TEH SOZ!!!!, when, actually, we all knew, or should have known, that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines didn't have a 100% success rate (though they appear to have a considerably higher success rate than we thought!), and we also know, I would hope, that the number of people who would have gotten COVID out of that 66 million would have been much higher without the vaccines.
The New York Times has apparently killed a story about a bill that would restore the state's financial transaction tax, since the bill "had no chance to pass," a situation the Times could have helped by, you know, covering it! The state currently rebates financial transaction taxes back to investors; Rep. Phil Steck wanted to end those rebates, which makes sense -- I mean, you can't collect revenues if you're just giving them back! But when New York state can't fund police, firefighters, and libraries because they're not collecting enough in taxes, I bet the Times covers that -- and I bet they also say it "proves" that "government doesn't work."
To those who despair that our policing problems can ever be solved, note well that Fayetteville, NC has, for years, only pulled folks over for actual moving violations, rather than "busted tail-lights" and expired tags, and they're doing much better. And still some police officers would bristle under that regimen: how can I do my job? they'll say. You mean "how can you do your job when you have less actual work to do, and the work you do helps the community more"?
Another day, another reminder that there are no "moderates" in the Republican caucus. Read over the 10 names and you won't be inspired to think of John Sherman Cooper or Margaret Chase Smith, but worse than that, "moderate" Jerry Moran co-founded the Tea Party caucus in the Senate, "moderate" Thom Tillis shepherded the most reactionary legislative agenda in North Carolina history as speaker of that state's House from 2012-2014, "moderate" Mitt Romney is always there for you when it doesn't make a difference, and even Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have pretty much one achievement as "moderates," that being their refusal to go along with Obamacare repeal in 2017. Hell, Lindsey Graham was a hero once, too, but that doesn't mean we regard him as anything but a reactionary now.
In a peripherally-related note, "moderate" Sen. Shelly Moore Capito whines about how Joe Biden doesn't really negotiate with Republicans. She must have been asleep during that 12-year stretch where Mitch McConnell "negotiated" by simply saying no and blocking everything in sight. Later she admitted that her "sweet spot" figure of "$600-$800 million" for an infrastructure/jobs bill was pretty much made up on the spot. Could it be that Joe Biden won't negotiate with Republicans because he knows they're not serious? I would hope eight years of being Barack Obama's VP would have taught him that much.
Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price -- who famously instituted a $70,000 minimum wage at his collections corporation and cut his own salary to same, and then watched his revenues triple, his customer base double, and his employees almost double -- responds to Fox News morons who call him a "socialist." Spoiler alert: he's right, they're wrong. And we are reminded, once again, that they just call people "socialist" because they can't win arguments on the merits. Right-wingers really have so little to offer the world.
Finally, in a peripherally-related note, Costco drops My Pillow from its stores, so says My Pillow CEO/seditionist Mike Lindell. You likely helped bring this about, so treat yourself to a Boylan's Creamy Red Birch Beer, or whatever it is you like. And no, neither you nor Costco has violated his free speech rights -- no one has a First Amendment right to sell a pillow, after all. As a votary of the "free" market, Mr. Lindell should already be figuring out what to do next! Sadly, I suspect "what to do next" will be "make people feel sorry for me," which, also sadly, will likely make him more money than he deserves in this sick, immoral, and decadent society.