It ain't just Florida and Texas: the even-more-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is hitting some parts of Missouri hard -- particularly the unvaccinated parts. Hospital workers report seeing more young people in ICUs now than before, and they're sicker than the folks who got hospitalized last year. The nurse who said "(i)t feels worse this time because I've seen it before" broke my heart, but I can't help but feel angry at the COVID patients who let bad people tell them lies about "the science." Particularly the ones who spit in your eye when you tell them they have COVID.
David Eichenthal, until lately mulling a run in Tennessee's very red 3rd House district, suggests that Democrats could win in places like Tennessee's 3rd if they explicitly woo the "pro-democracy Republicans." Like James Carville, I have been wondering why Democrats don't tie Republicans to the January 6 travesty every day. Mr. Eichenthal indulges in some "no liberal could win here" pablum (to which Matthew Hildreth's report from November of 2018 might provide a corrective), but he also says Democrats have to connect with rural voters (which, like, yeah) and that "poverty is tragically one issue that bridges the urban-rural divide," which sure sounds liberal. I'm also pleased to hear him toss around phrases like "standard 10-point plans" with the vitriol they deserve.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he would "go to war for the principles Chick Fil-A stands for." Let me be the first to say: no, he most certainly would not. A man who says "I'll go to war over (insert name of absurd drama)" is a peacock among hawks, and you'll never hear a real warrior brag about his hunger for war. Particularly a war over Chick Fil-A! Everyone does chicken nuggets and waffle fries now, and I can make my own sweet iced tea.
Ho hum, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who lives under threat of impeachment for corruption in awarding vaccine contracts, says he doesn't have faith in the same voting system Brazilians have used for over a quarter century (and which delivered his 2017 victory!) and now says he might not even let that election happen. And in some dank room at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump says why couldn't I do that? I sure hope good Brazilians get rid of this cancer on their soul, and soon.
Abortion providers file suit in federal court to block Texas's new abortion law -- you know, the one that actually empowers anyone to sue anyone who might have helped an abortion happen! -- and I wish them the best of luck. Texas legislators, such as they are, imagined that a million frivolous lawsuits would help them dodge constitutional questions, but they neglected to deal with the issue of standing, as in "how can any of these morons prove they've personally been harmed by an abortion they didn't have?" Even our Supreme Court would agree with me about that, I think.
Finally, a January 6 seditionist whom we will not name unfurls this gem to the Washington Post: "We weren’t there to steal things. We weren’t there to do damage. We were just there to overthrow the government." In her relatively-unventilated mind, "overthrow(ing) the government" is somehow less odious than burglary or property damage, but then, she probably thinks of those latter two things as something Black people do. Perhaps not coincidentally, I usually think of whining and refusing to face the truth as something white people do.