Today I felt it was time to do another of my catch up type articles. As the title reflects, I know a lot will never make it to the page.
You Need Better Malarkey Amy
Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett appeared at the McConnell Center at University of Louisville and was introduced by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. By purposeful design the event had minimum press coverage and even that limited press corps was prohibited from video taping the event.
With McConnell looking on, Barrett took to the lecture and said, “My goal today is to convince you that this court is not composed of a bunch of political hacks.”
Amy that was a bunch of malarkey and not even good malarkey. If we take you at your word as to your mission – you failed!
If memory serves me correctly, I only ended up with a “B” in statistics in college and the biggest lesson I took away from that course is the importance of sample size. I am penning this on Tuesday morning and the last day for which stats are available is Monday, September 13, 2021. The COVID positives for that day were 172,404. That number jumped out to me. It turns out the last time we were that high was on January 22, 2021 at 191,912.
For those who think we are out of the woods – think again!
One Value Of The Vaccine
The CDC recently reported that unvaccinated Americans are 11 times more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection. I’ll just leave that one there.
Just One Repercussion
There is a huge and persistent drought in the West largely caused by climate change. One repercussion is that California’s Chinook salmon population is reported to be at grave risk. We can ignore climate change but it just keeps rambling on.
One And Two
The best defenses we have against the coronavirus are, in this order, vaccination and masking. Republican governors – Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Texas’ Greg Abbott are garnering the most press – are leading the charges to obstruct both. The courts are ruling politically and in the process the taxpayers are picking up the tab. Fortunately, the executive branch appears to be stepping into the fray via agencies like the Justice Department, OHASA and The Department of Education. Of course, the taxpayers fund those agencies. So the average American is paying extra to fight a life threatening disease because a few cowardly idiots choose to pander to the lowest common denominator in their base as opposed to exercising leadership and protecting the health of their constituents.
If guys like DeSantis and Abbott were athletic directors at colleges they would probably tell the football coach he couldn’t call pass or run plays but yet expect him to win the game.
Another Fish Story
I guess in full disclaimer I should admit that I love smoked salmon. For the most part I’m a seafood but not fish guy. In any event, the EPA (another executive branch agency) recently restored protections to Alaska’s Bristol Bay which will kill a gold mining project but protect the sockeye salmon population. There is no Planet B, end of discussion.
Defending The Constitution
When Joe Biden took the oath of office on January 20th, he swore to protect the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. In my mind nothing symbolizes America more than the Constitution. Until and unless the Supreme Court rules otherwise Roe v Wade is part of the basic law of the land as interpreted by the same body in 1973.
Therefore, the Justice Department is suing Texas over its recent anti-choice law which is in obvious violation of Roe.
Even Worse Malarkey Than Amy’s
In an attempt to defend the recent Texas anti-choice law that does not even have an exemption for rape Governor Greg Abbott vigorously defended the law and denied there was a gap because he said he was eliminating rape in Texas. If you believe Abbott stop reading now and get those unicorns off your roof.
I have to go folks, it got too deep for me.
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