The Mayor of Amity

I have been sick. This is not an uncommon event, alas. And I have been stuck at home. Ditto.

Washington Post:

The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged  —  By the time Donald Trump proclaimed himself a wartime president — and the coronavirus the enemy — the United States was already on course to see more of its people die than in the wars of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

And, since I have a television set, I have been watching the Greek Tragedy of Donald Trump’s Open Mic (formerly Mike Pence’s Open Mic and Pandemic Show) and the hurdy gurdy of the “approved by the FDA for use against coronavirus” of the drug that has just entered clinical trials for efficacy against the novel coronavirus er, Covid-19, which is kind of like, “let’s have unprotected sex while we wait for the results of our AIDS tests!

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But Mach Show! Mach Show! as the Germans said. Continue reading

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The Non-Stock Market Responds to COVID-19

‘The sleep of reason breeds monsters’ – Goya

Italy is freaking out:

Confusion spreads as Italy tries to lock down 16 million people

Washington Post  ROME — Italy on Sunday launched a complicated and urgent plan to restrict the movement of roughly 16 million people, a measure that unleashed confusion about how it could be enforced and whether it would be enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus….

Meanwhile  here at home, there seems to be a run on “survival supplies,” as an accidental view on Amazon seems to point out. Continue reading

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Joe Biden, Super Tuesday and Missionary Ridge

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I watched the aftermath of Super Tuesday yesterday, and was astonished at the sheer imbecility of our pundits and talking heads. Then I read the navel gazing of our print mavens, and I have to say:

YOU ENTIRELY MISSED THE POINT, guys.

Let me tell you a story, about WHY General Douglas MacArthur spent his entire life trying to live up to his father, Arthur MacArthur, who won the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, in Chattanooga, Tennessee in November of 1863.

When we’re done, you will understand what the pundits (and most Civil War historians) missed. Continue reading

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Grievance Politics Trumps Rational Thought

UPDATE:

CNN and MSNBC both had similar panels. Elizabeth Warren could ONLY (by implication) have lost because of …

Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:

Elizabeth Warren Could Never Escape The Baggage Of Being A ‘Female Candidate’  —  She was qualified.  She persisted.  But sexism still mattered.  —  Elizabeth Warren wasn’t trying to be the first female president.  —  She wanted to be president.  She wanted to cut banks down to size and relieve student debt.

This was the original article written yesterday before Warren dropped out:

Jessica Valenti / GEN?—?:

It Will Be Hard to Get Over What Happened to Elizabeth Warren  —  I’ve had to come to terms with America’s sexism again and again  —  knew going into Super Tuesday that Elizabeth Warren was unlikely to win big.  I had prepared myself for that.  What did take me by surprise, though …

I know. On Facebook, I had to bite my tongue mightily when a poster wrote a long bit about how Bernie’s loss showed JUST HOW PREVALENT ANTISEMITISM is in America.

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Moreover, the author was a Black woman.

We are headed down a dark and stupid road. Continue reading

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Shaving with William of Occam

 

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Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. — Sherlock Holmes

Think about this for a moment:

Trump’s new intel chief makes immediate changes, ousts top official
Brooke Seipel / The Hill

—  President Trump’s new acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, has already made major changes at the agency, including ousting the No. 2 official.

—  Former acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and his deputy, Andrew Hallman, resigned on Friday. According to The New York Times, Grenell told Hallman, who has worked for national intelligence and the CIA for three decades, that his service was no longer needed.…

Please note that the new “acting” director has ZERO experience in intelligence, whatsoever.

I say that because the “media” seems to have forgotten that deductive logic is also factual. The question: What does this mean? is not purely confined to the Op-ed pages, nor has it ever NOT been part of the journalist’s  Who What When Where Why. Continue reading

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Topless Girls on Skates on Ice

I don’t actually want to know any more THAN this:

Topless protesters storm stage as Bernie Sanders campaigns in Nevada
Shant Shahrigian / New York Daily News

—  A group of protesters blew their tops — literally — as Sen. Bernie Sanders was campaigning in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday.  —  The Democratic presidential hopeful had just finished introducing his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders as …

Heck: Topless girls on skates on ice, just thirty miles away in Reno.

That’s relatively normal for Nevada, which is, on balance, FAR more normal than these days of madness in which we (by “we” I mean “we” as in “We, the People”) now find ourselves enmired.

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Nu?

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A Valentine’s Day Surprise

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For some reason, the local alternative paper decided to “out” me. I say this because when I got to town, there were giant billboards stating REAL MEN DON’T NEED PORN.

But then, I have never tried to hide my past, so it’s not all that important. In this modern world, I am presented with a dilemma: my profession demands self-promotion (a/k/a ‘bragging’) as a distasteful and yet necessary part of marketing.

I have always hated it, but it’s here, so here it is. Continue reading

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