Things are not back to “normal” in this not-quite-post pandemic moment.
While many of us are fully vaccinated, many are not. While new cases are down (thanks to the vaccine), there sill are new cases. While deaths, thankfully, are down, there still are deaths.
That’s why, when I walked into the grocery store the other day, I wore my mask. As I headed to the deli counter, half a big-box store away, I all of a sudden saw people wearing masks — and NOT wearing masks. This was not the normal I’ve been living the past year. When I got…
(The Screaming Moderate occasionally hands out awards for Yos! and Oys!, celebrating those individuals who do good deeds (Yo!) and bad ones (Oy!). The Committee on Yos! and Oys! meets when it feels like it.)
A gigantic Yo! to all those students (grammar, high school, and college) for adjusting and succeeding at distance learning the past year and to those graduates who endured/enjoyed their senior years without the traditional markers (proms, graduations) most of us had. It couldn’t have been easy and it had to take dedication and focus to ignore all the more fun things that surely distracted many…
It’s not often you can predict a death with precision. But this is one time:
The Republican Party will breathe its last on Wednesday.
That’s when Cong. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) will be removed from the caucus’ leadership. Her crime: telling the truth.
This is why the GOP is on the brink of death. The House Republican leadership is officially banning the truth Wednesday. The Republican National Committee already has let the party pass on with its chairman, Ronna McDaniel (nee Romney), who long ago pledged fealty to a different philosophy. Well, not a philosophy really. A man.
To coin a…
When it comes to Fox News’ top-rated entertainer Tucker Carlson, logic, reason and facts no longer exist, if they ever did, during his many hours on-air five nights a week.
He must spend his non-on-air-time coming up with nutty conspiracy theories and other lies. I can’t imagine these dangerous comments just spew forth without forethought.
Just as the Derek Chauvin case seemed open and closed to millions of us around the world — thanks to Darnella Frazier’s video of the murder — it apparently was just as open and closed to the jury. Thanks, no doubt, to Ms Frazier’s video, as well.
The verdict was reassuring, finally, that a successful case can be put together against an arrogant cop whose view is that he is the judge and jury. …
Former President Donald J. Trump doesn’t need to form a new political party. He already has one, and he is trying to put the finishing touches on his takeover.
Trump, through his lawyers, notified the various Republican election committees that they couldn’t raise money using his name or likeness. He wanted the donations to come to him directly to avoid it going to any RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).
He’s since walked that back a step or two. In drawing back, though, he gained from the Republican National Committee the agreement that he can veto the use of his name…
Since January 20, I find:
It takes way less time to read the newspaper. During the Trump years, I’d start The Washington Post and an hour later not yet be done with the first section. Today I whisk though it. I’ve always, and still do, love newspapers. But I think this development is a good one.
I spend far less time on Twitter
It’s been weeks since I’ve blurted out, “did you hear what he just said? Idiot!”
When I started this blog, I intended to write about various topics of interest to me — grandkids, language, and politics. Since…
When I was in my third year of Hebrew school, the rabbi asked to see me after class. I wasn’t that good a student in my normal English grammar school and I’m afraid I was that much worse when reading right to left instead of left to right — so I figured I was in some kind of trouble.
I knocked on the rabbi’s door after class and heard him say, “come in, and please close the door.” Fortunately, he said al that in English.
I entered, closed the door and he told me sit in the chair in front…
Many people think politicians say and do things aimed only at getting elected. They don’t really believe what they’re saying but they think they need to say it to get your vote. An old saw maybe but widely believed. And (too) often true.
Finally, there is a politician who says what she honestly believes: Marjorie Taylor Greene, the new Congresswoman from Georgia. There’s no trying to figure out where she’s coming from. She lays it right out there:
She is a racist and anti-Semite.
A lot of politicians “play to the base.” In today’s Republican Party they play to former…
I have come around to thinking this entire Trump presidency has been, and is, far more than a grift.
I’m not one who buys into conspiracy theories. And I’ve not seen this one circulate anyway so maybe it’s just the result of five years of focused attention on Donald J. Trump.
I’m beginning to believe, though, that the last four years have not been a rambling, unfocused presidency led by a moron but an ever evolving conspiracy at taking over this country by Trump and other forces.
I doubt the Russians were involved because I don’t think Putin is stupid…