This is how my Summer of 2021 is going:
It’s been beautiful here on the north shore of Long Island, even with all the record-breaking rainy days we’ve had. These are the days of Summer that I missed out on last year, when I had a fracture in my tibia and had to sit out the most prime weeks of the year, from July 21 to September 4. This year I am making a point to dwell as much as possible in he sunlight that glitters through the trees, the shadows that stretch across the lawn in the afternoon, the smell of fresh cut grass, the glow of porch lights after dark, and all that achingly ephemeral mood stuff.
I took this photo because I really do like the look of porch lights after dark, but I also have to show you what’s called a “Glow Up”, house-wise, Long Island style. This house (above) started out as this:
This is the part of my neighborhood that calls itself The Estates, where the streets aren’t called “street” or “avenue” or “road”. They are all named after trees, and they all start with “The”. The Lindens. The Birches. The Oaks. The Poplars. There’s one called The Intervale, which is unbearably pretentious (an interval is land along a river bank and there isn’t a river in The Estates), and there’s one called The Serpentine, as if it’s part of a vast English estate. But I’m not complaining because I get to walk around these parts in the fullness of the season and I can’t imagine a more lovely daytime or nighttime stroll.
This is as close to bliss as I get, taking it all in on my early morning or late day outings on my own. And this year, I’m making up for lost time, and I hope that’s a thing, “making up for lost time”, as well as making up for future time. Because, Dear Readers, who knows what will be this time next year? Did any of us see the Delta variant coming? Did you ave plans to be “back to normal” by now? Make up for future time, I say, while you still have your health, and your beloveds and the time.
Because of this:
Back at my house in the low-rent district (The Heights), Teddy has been doing his killer Tribble impersonation:
Look! He can even do one with furry feet and pointy ears!:
That’s me, above, cramming for my first semester of Intermediate Korean which starts next week. After exactly 100 hours of classroom instruction and approx. 1,000 hours of Korean TV-viewing, I now know how to say “Do you want to die?” six ways, according to the level of honorific I want to use. As for speaking it, in a more polite version of course, as if I were in Korea and having to introduce myself to an actual Korean, I can hear myself saying: “Bon jour, je m’appelle Vivian.”
Are you watching the Olympics?
I wish the gold medal winners would stop doing this:
There’s a test you can do for pure gold, in that if you can leave teeth marks (24K gold is very soft) it’s real, so that’s why they do this, and I am really tired of it. Also, it’s just gross. You’re putting your MOUTH on that?? Do you know how stupid it looks?
Speaking of stupidity, let’s check in with American politics this week.
Top Republican dickwad Kevin McCarthy (above) nominated 5 fellow Republicans to sit on the Congressional inquiry into the January 6 insurrection, including Jim Jordan and Jim Banks.
Jordan has repeatedly sought to equate the attack on the Capitol to unrest around last summer’s racial justice protests, and accused Democrats of hypocritically trying to punish Shitbag Trump for the riot while refusing to condemn left-wing violence. He signaled that he would use the Jan. 6 investigation to push that narrative.
“I think it’s important to point out that Democrats created this environment, sort of normalizing rioting, normalizing looting, normalizing anarchy, in the summer of 2020, and I think that’s an important piece of information to look into,” Jordan said this week.
The other asshat, Jim Banks, released a statement after he was chosen to serve as the top Republican on the panel that referred to the violent rioters as patriotic Americans expressing their political views. He said he would use the committee to turn the spotlight back on Democrats, scrutinizing why the Capitol was not better prepared for the attack, as well as unrelated “political riots” last summer during the national wave of protest against systemic racism.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the left’s authoritarian agenda,” Mr. Banks said. “I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.”
So, from the get-go, these shitstains were determined to obstruct the investigation as much as they could. McCarthy nominated these two to muddy the waters during hearings, to run interference for Shitbag Trump, and to give counterprogramming sound bites for Fox News to run on its evening programs. I really hate these guys.
Mind you, this is the same Kevin McCarthy who said this:
So the investigation began on Tuesday with testimony from 4 officers from the Capitol Police who were on duty that day:
The reaction on Fox News was predictable:
Claire McCaskill, the former US Senator from Issuer, asks an important question (FOP is the Fraternal Order of Police):
Elise Stefanik has a new idea for evading consequences:
P.S. The Speaker of the House has nothing to do with Capitol security but the Republicans never let facts get in the way of their shit weasel whining.
There’s a new book about Trump’s last year in office, called I Alone Can Fix It, by Philip Rucker and Carol Leoning. I’m not going to read it, but I do enjoy the headlines:
When the authors of I Alone Can Fix It asked to interview Trump, Trump agreed to it. So they took their tape recorder and got this:
Donald Trump can be heard gushing over the “loving crowd” that turned up to hear him speak ahead of the Capitol riot in a newly released audio clip. The audio shows Trump at his most misty-eyed about the rioters. “It was a loving crowd too, by the way, there was a lot of love,” he said, referring to the crowd who come to hear him speak before they marched to the Capitol building. “I’ve heard that from everybody—many, many people have told me, that was a loving crowd.” Then, seemingly realizing that he may have been talking too highly of the mob that stormed the Capitol, he added: “You know, it was too bad, it was too bad that they did that.” Asked what he meant when he told the crowd to head to the Capitol, Trump neatly avoided the question and blamed police, who he said “ushered” the rioters into the building. “They were very friendly,” said the ex-president.
Mo Brooks, a representative from Alabama, went to that loving rally on Jan. 6 and spoke to the crowd, telling them to “kick ass”, which according to Brooks was all part of the messages of love that were in the air that day. Except. . .
Mo Brooks is being sued by Congressman Eric Swalwell for that speech, which incited the crowd to riot at the Capitol to deprive Swalwell of his constitutional rights (Swalwell was there to certify the electoral victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris). Brooks has claimed that his speech was part of his job as a Congressman and that the Department of Justice should defend him against Swalwell. This week the Deprtment of Justice said that inciting insurrection was not part of Brooks’ job and that it will not defend Brooks in that suit. So Brooks is on the hook for mucho legal bills. Maybe he can get his “billionaire” buddy Trump to pitch in a few dubloons.
And this guy just won’t go away:
Lindell has become particularly incensed these past few weeks that the Fox network wasn’t planning to cover his upcoming “cyber symposium,” which he’s long hyped would finally unveil incontrovertible evidence proving that Trump won the election. He’s even gone so far as to say recently that the data he would unveil about voting machine fraud would be so compelling that the Supreme Court would reinstate Trump on August 3 with a unanimous ruling.
So on Thursday night Lindell said that he is pulling his commercials from the network because they won’t run a commercial pushing baseless claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
P.S. 38% of Tucker Carlson’s ad revenue comes from Lindell.
In other Republican news:
Elected Republican officials in a conservative Michigan county who gave themselves bonuses totalling $65,000 with federal Covid-19 relief funds said they would return the money – following days of criticism.
The Shiawassee county commissioners acted after a prosecutor said the payments were illegal, the Argus-Press reported.
The Michigan state constitution bars additional compensation for elected officials “after services had already been rendered”, prosecutor Scott Koerner said.
In a closed-door session the commissioners voted on 15 July to award themselves $65,000 as part of a plan to give $557,000 to 250 county employees as “hazard pay” for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
The smallest amounts for recipients were $1,000 to $2,000. But the chairman of the county board, Jeremy Root, got $25,000. Two commissioners received $10,000 each, while four received $5,000 each.
The commissioners also awarded money to other elected officials, including the prosecutor, the sheriff and the county clerk – all Republicans. They also said they would give it back.
A judge set a hearing for Monday in a lawsuit aimed at rescinding bonuses for the officials, filed before the latest action.
I will follow this case and let you know if these turds get the jail time that they richly deserve.
Let’s see what’s new in Covid this week:
Greg Locke’s church is in Tennessee. What this dick actually said was: “If they go through round two and you start showing up with all these masks and all this nonsense, I will ask you to leave. I’m not playing these Democrat games up in this church.”
I’m OK with Republicans in Tennessee not wearing masks, especially with the Delta variant making the rounds. I am really, really OK with every Republican in America catching the Delta Covid. But what he said there, about “Democrat games”, that sounds like political speech to me, which means that his “church” is a political operation. It’s time to tax the son of a bitch.
Now let’s hear from the geniuses in Louisiana:
This guy is Scott Roe from Baton Rouge. Here’s what he said:
“Here I am recovering, getting out of here finally tomorrow. Am I going to get a vaccine? No,” he said, as he lay in a bed getting supplemental oxygen at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge.
The father and small-business owner recently caught COVID-19 and developed pneumonia, but he said he still would not have gotten vaccinated if that meant he could have prevented the infection.
“I would have gone through this, yes sir,” Roe, who said he’s a Republican, told CBS News’ David Begnaud. “Don’t shove it down my throat. That’s what local, state, federal administration is trying to do – shove it down your throat.”
When Begnaud asked what was being shoved, Roe said, “Their agenda is to get you vaccinated.”
*Sigh* Is it me, or are there a lot more assholes than there used to be?
Oh shit, there’s more from Tennessee:
A conservative radio host in Tennessee who urged listeners not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has changed track and called on listeners to get the shot, after contracting the virus and ending up in hospital in “very serious condition”.
In December, Valentine wrote on his blog that former president Donald Trump should get more credit for supporting the swift development of Covid-19 vaccines, but also wrote that “the vaccine isn’t for everyone”.
He added: “If I decide not to get vaccinated, I’m not putting anyone else’s life in danger except perhaps people who have made the same decision. With this thing being 95% effective, there’s really no way I’m going to infect someone who’s had the shot. That’s if I even get the virus.”
He claimed that he was“not an anti-vaxxer. I’m just using common sense. What are my odds of getting Covid? They’re pretty low. What are my odds of dying from Covid if I do get it? Probably way less than 1%. I’m doing what everyone should do and that’s my own personal health risk assessment.
“If you’re not at high risk of dying from Covid then you’re probably safer not getting it. That evokes shrieks of horror from many, but it’s true. I’m weighing the known versus the unknown.”
On Thursday, July 29, Valentine was put on a ventilator.
Boo fucking Hoo.
I don’t even know what to say about this (below):
Texas, you get the last word:
Wait. We’ve been at this Covid thing for a year. And he’s just NOW understanding that it’s real?Do you have to be stupid to be a pastor, or is that a requirement only in the South?
There was a thing in Instagram about kissing your pet and showing their reactions. I think we all need to see pets with their smoochy faces on.
Here’s what happens when you ask for something “extra”:
And with this, it’s time for me to say to you all, “Have a great weekend, everyone.” Whatever you do this weekend, take a little time to make up for lost time, and to make up for future time, because who knows where we’ll all be a year from now, right?
And by all means, ask the universe for a little extra something, extra joy, extra love, extra wonder. See if you don’t get loaded down with extra-extra, like the world is your bagel and the Great Spirit has a heavy hand with the lox spread.
See you next week.