First Xiao Zhen Xie beat off her attacker and sent him to the hospital.
Then she donated all her GoFundMe money to Asian American community causes.
The Asian grandma we all need.https://t.co/3E1KJnudvl
— Viet Thanh Nguyen (@viet_t_nguyen) March 24, 2021
Also, this guy:
Speaking on the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, President Biden said that 100 million relief checks would be distributed to Americans by Wednesday https://t.co/H9BbWPtny2 pic.twitter.com/v3Nq0AtYvP
— Reuters (@Reuters) March 24, 2021
NEW via @jeneps: Biden to unveil 2022 spending requests next week, then fuller budget proposal in coming months: https://t.co/sDFJJAHFV6
— Nancy Cook (@nancook) March 23, 2021
… Biden will separately propose additional spending on infrastructure, clean energy and other domestic policy issues. Those measures could cost roughly $3 trillion people familiar with the talks said Monday, though cautioning no decisions have been made.
“Our priority is to provide Congress with early information about the president’s discretionary funding priorities, which is what they need to begin the appropriations process,” OMB spokesman Rob Friedlander said.
Biden’s initial request will not include plans for raising revenues, which is why, an agency official said, the Biden administration is shying away from calling the document a “skinny budget” or “budget blueprint” — the terms typically used to describe a new president’s initial funding requests.
Biden’s full budget will be released “later this spring,” and will “show how his full agenda of investments and tax reforms fits together in a fiscally and economically responsible plan to address the overlapping crises we face,” Friedlander said.
I thought this post was going to be about me.
As did I. Alas.
I hope Xiao becomes a character in a street fighting video game.
It was reported there were only two Trump supporters at Biden’s OSU visit yesterday. Quite a change from the past administration. Students were interviewed and they said they were willing to pay off the higher debt because people were being helped now. Quite the change from conservative framing.
@Baud: Baud, your humility silently inspires us all.
Good Morning, Everyone ???
You are an inspiration ?
@rikyrah: Good morning.
This incident truly illustrates the lizard brain level our foes operate under. Suuuuuure, this little grandma is the source of all your troubles. Let’s beat her up!
The breathtaking hostility and idiocy is itself a public health crisis.
Thanks for not going into what feelings I inspire.
@Baud: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas?
Apparently, Xiao Zhen Xie (pronounced Shao-jen-she) is Chinese for “badass heroine.” That woman deserves a medal and all the gold plated healthcare money can buy.
Dorothy A. Winsor
Let’s hear it for my people, the little old ladies!
Warning: hopefully the idiot attacker will be brought up on charges…and even then, he could sue/press charges against the grandma…happened to me when I took a hit-and-run drunk driver to court and he got off and then tried to sue me for false arrest….perp’s brass balls have no bounds or any shame…she may yet need that money if the DA’s office doesn’t do their duty…
This giant tongue bath of Deathsantis in Politico is hardly unexpected, and it’s definitely TLDR.
The only interesting parts are the frequent quotes from John Morgan, the typically Democratic megadonor and ambulance chaser. He was a big backer of Charlie Crist when he was still a member of the GOP, and it seems he found a new Republican daddy to give him a tingle up his leg.
Good morning everyone! Hoping everyone is on track with getting their vaccine. It’s a game changer for my mental state. I haven’t been on line much and have at least 10 days of BJ threads that I have missed. Been putting together the new to me Sienna minivan for our 4 month trip starting in September. Finally pulled the trigger on this for a little under $300 with coupon and Amazon points. I researched these things to death and just couldn’t justify the expense of a Jackery. A friend is hooking me up with a deal on portable/folding solar panels. And, JoJo las Orejas will have a small Alpicool refrigerator for his snacks. Spoiled rotten Pandemic Puppy.
It reminds me of Pushing Hands by Ang Lee.
@John S.: Ugh, Morgan. Totally on brand for him to give DeSantis a hand-job. Some Democrats in FL suck up to Morgan because on some issues, his heart is in the right place, and he scatters so damn much money around that it makes him hard to ignore. But it rarely does us any good; in fact, it more often blows up in our faces.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Quinerly: Wow. Sounds like you’re really setting things up to be independent and comfortable. When are you starting this trip?
@OzarkHillbilly: That’s how I feel this morning.
I saw a clip of the aftermath of the incident. The guy who attacked her, he gave her the finger while he was being rolled away on a stretcher.
As I remember, there were ugly racial incidents in America being reported four years ago, back when the Former Guy was the New Guy. It seems his election emboldened racist lowlifes to flaunt it, and his racist talk about the pandemic e,boldened them even more.
Cancel culture took Ozark!
Sidney Powell claims to be an unreasonable person in her court filing.
I can’t wait for the judges ruling on this motion.
@Immanentize: Dawgdamned republican moderators on this website…
Huh? Self-delusion is not a defense in a defamation case. Maybe it limits punitive damages, but it doesn’t preclude liability.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@germy: It’s conspiracy thinking all the way down
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@WereBear: It also says a lot about the way they have been coddled that a 39 year old man gets beaten up a 70 something grandmother. My bet is with Xiao, Steven Jekins found out a fight in real life isn’t like what happens in a video game.
@Betty Cracker: Pretty much what any politically astute Democrat from Florida would think about John “For the People” Morgan.
I have an attorney friend who used to be a partner in Morgan & Morgan before going solo. Has some stories that would not improve your image of the man. In fact, they might make your opinion far worse.
No worries. Unidentified flying objects are completely different from unidentified aerial phenomena. Our alien overlords’ secrets are completely safe.
Noted for a time when the queue is getting bare (not necessarily a recommendation, though), the six-and-done Swedish-German series West of Liberty (in English on Prime). The blatant Wikileaks/Assange parallels are thematically unavoidable. Experientially not far removed from being bathed with a Muzak version of Wagner while inside an Ikea showroom. German language trailer.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: all new way of traveling for me. I have done a bit a tent camping but mostly for music festivals in Arkansas, NC, and Louisiana. So this is a lot different. ? Am outfitting this 2019 AWD Sienna to pretty much camp/sleep in thru Southern Colorado over to Grand Canyon, North Rim, leaving St. Louis Labor Day weekend. Mostly staying in CO State Parks. I’m in Santa Fe and New Mexico for Oct and Nov. (rental and a few overnighters… Gila Wilderness, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu) Then thru Southern AZ (again mostly state parks) Dec up to South Rim just before Christmas and Winslow Christmas Day. I’m amazed how places are filling up. Can make reservations in national parks 6 months out. I was up Sun to make reservations for camping at the North Rim when the window opened for my 2 weeknights in the middle of Sept. My first 4 choices for spots were already taken within 5 minutes of the window opening. Just grabbed a spot at that point. All of this is new to me and it’s just JoJo and I. He depends on me to get this right. I promised him adventure when he adopted me in February, 2020.?
@Baud: Yep, trying to have it both ways. I don’t see this getting anything more than laughed out of court but I’ll wait to see Immanentize’s opinion of this legal strategy.
“They erase your memory. So if you think you’ve never seen a UFO, you probably see them all the time.”
@Dorothy A. Winsor: It’s a conspiracy of dunces.
“A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.”
(Dr. Winston O’Boogie)
When happened across this mini-tour made a mental note that Quinerly might appreciate it (mayhaps even get an idea or two from it).
Dorothy A. Winsor
@Quinerly: At the pace vaccinations are going, Labor Day should be a lot safer so you can freely do some things. Sounds wonderful.
I LIVED IT: I Finally Hooked Up with the Sourdough Starter I Made at the Beginning of Quarantine
@John S.: Politico worships raw power, and Republican Daddies wield it without shame or fear or anything sissy like concern for their constituents. That gives Politico a tingle up THEIR leg, so you get hagiographies like this one.
And we know which way the parties line up on this, don’t we?
@OzarkHillbilly: I don’t suppose there’s any chance of the judge ruling, “The defendant is ordered committed to the state hospital for the insane for a period of six months, for an evaluation of her psychiatric condition.”
@Amir Khalid: You are completely correct, and that’s been the case since Reagan appeared at the site of a famous racist crime to make a speech: racists were delighted.
The permission slip to be more and more open about their brutal wishes coming true hit a peak with TFG. They’re like addicts now: they aren’t going to cut back.
While shape certainly has something to do with it, I think cowardice looms larger. No one attacks a senior expecting a fight.
He looked for easy prey.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: that was the plan. Immediately after Biden’s win in Nov I started looking for a bigger vehicle. In Dec, I called my Santa Fe landlady about Oct and Nov there (usually go in Feb for the cheapest rate but she pounced on giving me 2 months at reduced rate b/c she has lost so many rentals since I left March 1, 2020. She lives in AZ) In Jan, I started figuring out my return thru AZ for Dec. Started poking around looking at campgrounds and started learning that much of Southern AZ was booking one year out. So while I was waiting to spring into action on getting vaccinated I hunkered down with maps and travel websites. I hope I’m timing all of this right. Honestly, it’s been a lot of fun to just plan the trip and research the areas in CO and AZ. Got me off of politics and Covid worries. Something different to focus on. Now just filling in the basics for the vehicle. 31 inch wide tri fold mattress, the battery, the Alpicool. I already had a good tent, sleeping bag, little camp stove. Seats coming out of the van. Made reflectix window covers to put in at night.
@NotMax: I love this!!! Thanks!!!
So much better than the video where the guy made a shower where the stow and go seats went in his mini van.
@Ken: At the very least, this motion should be Exhibit #1 at her disbarment hearing.
I got my vax on yesterday. Shot 1 at least.
Dorothy A. Winsor
@RandomMonster: Yay! Congrats. Every vaccinated person helps all the rest of us too
Colbert had a piece on this. Ratcliffe and Bartiromo talking about UFOs. It’s priceless.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: I fear that you are forgetting about the wildcards – variants and easing of restrictions too early. Covid numbers are already going up. Vaccinations do not mean that this is over.
The whole clip is worth watching, but the UFO part is about 6:55.
@OzarkHillbilly: I read that as “dismemberment hearing.”
@rikyrah: That is too funny.
Just finished reading Nomadland. Since it was written before Co-vid, things have probably changed a lot in the van camping culture. There was a description of a man who converted his Prius into a camper. Unimaginable. I envy your courage in taking off into the open road. It is so beautiful out there.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Agree! It was pretty inspiring to go to the Baltimore Convention Center and see a lot of people getting vaccinated. The line was long but moved right along.
Haha. That was very well done.
@rp: One can dream.
@John S.: The FL legal eagles I know tell me Morgan is falling-down drunk half the time and travels with a chauffer to avoid DUI charges he can’t buy his way out of. He was aware enough of that rumor to ineffectually address it, which only reinforced my belief that there’s something to it.
@WaterGirl: I think we are all thinking in terms of a lot safer than a year ago. There is no amount of money in the world that would get me on an airplane or to NOLA Jazz and Heritage Fest. It’s been moved to the Fall and I have friends who will be there. I went every year for at least 20 years. I’m coming out of this horror a different person. I’m fully vaccinated and over 2 weeks out on the J&J that I drove 4 hrs one way for… It’s still been over a year since I have been in a restaurant, grocery store, or bar. No live music since February 2020. I went in my first big box store in over a year Mon (except for quick dash ins and outs in Lowe’s). I’m very grateful that I had the lifestyle and means that I could hunker down (early retired in January 2020). I still take this all very seriously.
@Denali: thanks! I love to drive so in a way this is kinda what I have done before except longer time, bigger vehicle. Did 7500 miles with Poco (the dog, not the band) 7 weeks in AWD Ford Escape in 2017. Mostly Utah and Northern AZ. We slept in the Escape quite a bit in Utah. It was Feb and March.
@ArchTeryx: Rolling Stones rerelease iconic 1968 cut as “Street Fighting Ma’am”….
@WereBear: The 2X4 she picked up to beat him down with helped.
@ArchTeryx: True, and it’s so frustrating because the local daily papers have thoroughly exposed DeSantis for the corrupt, feckless, hostile, ideological prick he is. But as long as Politico, etc., keep throwing their panties at him, he’s a danger not just for Floridians but the entire country.
@John S.: Is this the same Morgan & Morgan ambulance chasers that are advertising on virtually every radio station in KY right now?
@Betty Cracker: He and his family’s most recent billboard campaign features them as comic book superheroes.
I guess if I need an ambulance chasing attorney with a degree from UF and a Tampa Bay area connection, I’m going with Brad Culpepper.
@Dorothy A. Winsor: Long may we stand! This Warrior is my new Heroine!
@RandomMonster: outta sight!
@John S.: I pay as little attention to John Morgan as humanly possible these days. Putz!
DeathSantis is perfect! I hope he winds up in the shit, butb odds are not good!
@Betty Cracker: Preach, my Sistah!
@Uncle Cosmo: [Checks …] Yep. She’s younger than they are.
@ArchTeryx: Politico is one of many sites I ignore with impunity and disgust. Disappointing doesn’t even start to tell a story!
@OzarkHillbilly: Last year Virginia passed a constitutional amendment that places redistricting in the hands of an independent commission, as did Colorado the year before.
Democrats were divided on this. While most Democratic legislators had backed the amendment in 2018, constitutional amendments must pass in two sessions to get on the ballot. Once Democrats had a majority, some wanted to make the most of the opportunity to gain legislative and Congressional seats with some gerrymandering of their own. My friend Joan was on the fence, but Eric Holder endorsed a yes vote, and this helped her decide to back the amendment, which passed by a two to one majority.
My yes vote was influenced by Virginia’s demonstration of the limitations of gerrymandering in the face of political and demographic shift. While a Republican-drawn map put the Democrats at a 35-65 disadvantage in the state’s lower house going into the 2017 elections, they gained 14 seats that year, losing a 15th by a coin flip. Democrats won 6 more seats in 2019, giving them a 55-45 majority. And in 2018, Democratic candidates flipped 3 of Virginia’s 11 Congressional districts, again on a Republican-drawn map.
@prostratedragon: In fairness, almost everyone is younger than the Stones. Plus, they are statistical outliers; most people who try to subsist entirely on unfiltered cigarettes and cocaine don’t last that long.
@OzarkHillbilly: “Remember, it’s not a lie…if *you* believe it.”
The portraits secreted in Jagger’s attic are enough to make Freddy Krueger barf.
@Geminid: Misery did the same a few years back, passed with like 63% in favor. Last year the GOP undid it with a deceptive ballot measure of their own.
@jonas: I lived with a pathological liar for 5 years and dealt with her for at least another 15. Believe me when I say that she *believed* every single one of her lies were the truth, or at least a truth, the one she wanted it to be.
Didn’t make any of them any less of a lie.
@Betty Cracker: DeSantis needs to be reelected in 2022 before he will be a danger to the rest of Americans. He won in 2018 by only 33,000 votes out of over 8,000,000 cast. Previous Republicans won the Governor’s race by 66,000 and 60,000 votes. While Florida seems to have a kind of force field that stops Democrats from winning majorities in close statewide races, the 2022 contest may be a hurdle that DeSantis trips over on his way to a Presidential run in 2024.
Florida is something of a feudal state. It has all the downtrodden citizens common to the South, yet in addition to the MAGA brainwashing of the vulnerable, it has tremendous influence from the well-off, from longtime cattle and mineral barons to the rich who move into the likes of The Village.
Add in voter suppression, and viola!
As distinct from some others, which are futile states.
Floridians tell me it’s called the Florida Democratic Party.
I understand that President Biden is having White House flags lowered to half staff after the latest mass shooting, as he also did for the previous one. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just leave them at half staff permanently now?
@Quinerly: Nice! We’ve got something similar to keep the phones etc charged when we’re dry camping.
Kind of sad how much we rely on all of this tech.
Not me. And yes, I am bragging, why do you ask?
Dorothy A. Winsor
@OzarkHillbilly: It’s a good visible symbol for how common mass shootings are in this country
Karen wants to speak to Biden’s manager.
@WaterGirl: Well, “this” is never actually going to be “over”, because COVID is in the world now and isn’t going to go away. I’m finding I’m becoming increasingly frustrated with them saying “just a little while longer”. That means nothing – how long is “a little while” – 2 months? 6 months? a year? until everyone who wants to be vaccinated can be? until a certain percentage of the population is vaccinated? IMHO it would be more useful to talk about goals and benchmarks than to say “we just have to put up with these restrictions for a little while longer”, because one thing I know for sure is that most people are not going to live with these restrictions forever. Give people information and let them decide how much risk they want to take based on their vaccine status. Quit treating all of us like children who are going to go wild if we think we have permission to do anything.
Attacking a little old lady is dumb AF. If you win, you still lose; and if you lose, you really lose!
@schrodingers_cat: That’s good!
I hope I’m wrong, but I won’t be.
@frosty: I picked up a small solar phone charger at Harbor Freight that folds into a flat 6″ by 12″ unit when not in use. It’s good for about a 10% charge an hour on a sunny day. I also get good use out of a rechargeable battery unit that will charge my phone twice, a gift from my sister.
a thousand flouncing lurkers was fidelio
Are any of the front-pagers considering a piece on the Suez Canal blockage, with thoughts on the implications for logistics security?
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Yes, exactly, and I am saying it’s less he is out of shape and more he wasn’t expecting he wasn’t going to get hurt too, that what ever his normal victims fold up and cring away – most likely because they aren’t allowed to fight back. He probably was in to much shock from experiencing actual pain to defend himself so grandma had all the time in the world to beat him so bad he ended up in the hospital.
Mike in NC
@a thousand flouncing lurkers was fidelio: It must take a certain level of Trumpian incompetence to get your ship stuck sideways in the Suez Canal.
We made the transit enroute to the Persian Gulf in 1984 (a dreary six months of my life that I never got back). The Weapons Officer came up with the idea of basically keeping the ship at General Quarters the entire time, which even our crazy CO thought was nuts.
@Soprano2: As far as I am concerned, once everyone has the opportunity to get vaccinated, and I mean really, not hypothetically, then that’s it. It’s over. Otherwise you are holding us hostage to vaccine refuseniks. And as sad as it would make me to expose people who really need for all of the rest of use to be vaccinated to heightened risk, we can’t live like that indefinitely. At that point, the restrictions have to be on those who refuse vaccination, e.g., not having kids in school or not being able to work in certain settings.
@Barbara: Employers will probably start requiring vaccination(especially when the vaccines are on regular authorization as opposed to the current emergency authorization by the FDA), the refusenik level will drop of at that point.
@Mike in NC: @a thousand flouncing lurkers was fidelio:
Narrow channel and
@evodevo: The very same.
Mass killings via firearms in the United Stated will continue forever because it is in the best interest of the gun industry.
@WhatsMyNym: Interesting, this is the second time this ship has been blown off course in a narrow channel…
It’s the largest class container ship, must handle like a fixed sail in the wind when fully stacked with containers.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: I hope you’re right about that. My employer is giving an incentive to employees with each shot.
@Barbara: That’s what I think too, when it’s as easy as going to the closest CVS to get a shot, then all the restrictions need to come off. I get the feeling that some people would like to keep things like this for a lot longer than they need to be. I actually saw where one epidemiologist said that they need to stay on until there is no detectable COVID in the population! I hate to tell her this, but that’s going to be FOREVER, because it’s spread so much.
I agree with you completely.
Once everyone can get a shot, it’s time for the employers to drop the hammer –
no vaccination card , no employment
it’s that simple to me.
@Betty Cracker: Pols**tico”
@Geminid: That’s certainly the hope — that DeSantis loses reelection as governor and therefore doesn’t progress to the national stage where he can wreak havoc on a grander scale. But as we were discussing up-thread, the Beltway press and even some misguided centrist Dems in FL are fluffing the son of a bitch nonstop, and it seems to be working to some extent. Also, I never underestimate the FL Dems’ ability to step on their own dicks.
ETA: Someone on Twitter said DeSantis will be the next presidential election cycle’s Pawlenty — praised to the skies by the DC media only to face-plant when elevated to that stage because he’s a dull, uncharismatic, obtuse, unpleasant person. I fervently hope so, but who knows…
Standing in line for my shot. I wonder what brand I will get? I drove to Newburyport for this, so I’m thinking maybe a lobster roll or fried clams after?
@Immanentize: If it was me, I’d go for the lobstah!
The epidemiologist is right. It only takes one infected person to start the whole thing up again. Masks will need to be worn, hands frequently washed, social distancing practised, even after the herd-immunity threshold is reached, until the infection drops low enough for long enough that medical authorities can safely give the all-clear.
If the virus remains endemic in human populations, fresh outbreaks remain possible, and the need for all precautions will remain.
The Clam Box or Woodmans!
@WhatsMyNym: I read that among the ships in line to transit the Suez Canal are seven Liquified Natural Gas carriers. I would be uncomfortable crewing one of these riding at anchor, or on a nearby ship. There have been a lot of armed drones flying around lately, not too far from there.
My image of the Suez Canal comes from the scene in Lawrence of Arabia, where after struggling across the Sinai with a comrade, Peter O’Toole sees the superstructure of a cargo ship glide by. Then, when he reaches the bank of the Canal, a soldier shouts from the other side, “Who…Are…You?”
@Betty Cracker: Sadly, failing upward is a Republican tenet of Faith! I give you GWB, tRump, Nixon, Reagan! Jeebus, so many!
“Today’s special, not-quite-expired Sputnik vaccines!”
@Immanentize: congrats on numero uno! Why not both – you’re getting two shots!
Steve in the ATL
@Amir Khalid: whatevs, Mr. Buzzkill. I’m heading to Miami for spring break!
Not really. Gonna hit Costco and Trader Joe’s then go back to our isolated life at the lake. I’m not THAT stupid.
@Geminid: LoA is my hubby’s favorite movie, so I’ve seen that scene several times — it’s fantastic. It also represents the totality of my knowledge about the Suez Canal. :)
@leeleeFL: Sad but true.
@Skepticat: I am a Farnham’s guy all the way!
@Enhanced Voting Techniques:
I’d bet she also didn’t give him a lot of time to react, he hit her, she went into full retribution mode instantly, while he was still trying to figure out what the hell was going on. And she didn’t give his dumb ass a moment to figure it out.
OMG now I want some fried clams so bad
FL’s covid response has been extra disgusting because they end up exporting cases all over the US because of their spring break bullshit, so if you only look at FL stats they ignore the horrific damage done to the country as a whole
Every single republican president of the last 60 years. Not one was worth a damn. Some were far worse. Ok, all of them.
Mike in NC
@Skepticat: Yesterday the local news noted that a restaurant called “The Seafood Barn” was closing. What genius came up with that name?
@M31: I haven’t tried to confirm this yet, but I read that one of the ways DeSantis is fucking with the data (which by the way shows Florida in the middle of the pack, not leading the way as a great example of COVID management) is by keeping snowbirds who die here off the FL books. So, a part-time resident who lives in NY but spends winters here, catches COVID and dies here, would not be counted as a dead Florida resident.
@Mike in NC:
The same guy who came up with “The Beef Net”, which apparently wasn’t a very successful branding foray, either.
@Soprano2: My former sister in law was an epidemiologist and it sometimes seemed as if she never saw anything besides risk. The U.S., and really, most nations in the world, have bypassed the opportunity to get to a place of undetectable risk of COVID in the general population. It can’t happen. They need to figure out second and third best or they are going to be dismissed from the conversation completely.
@Immanentize: It’s a really rainy day here and treated myself to a homemade grilled cheese sandwich made, of course, on a George Foreman lean mean grilling machine. Which has never been cleaned.
The health officials are rightly cautious, in part because a lot of people insist on doing stupid shit that increases the risk of surges and outbreaks.
But I understand that people are getting restless and want to finally shake this thing off. I am hopeful that things will get better soon, but I also know that while some want to rail at health officials and the CDC, the virus itself and its variants don’t care.
But even if Fauci is not yet dancing a jig, the information coming from the CDC and other agencies is positive. And, unlike the previous administration, the information is much more honest.
@Soprano2: First the carrot, then the stick. What employer will want the liability of having one of their employees getting a customer sick?
@Immanentize: I’m coming to the conclusion that I will be the last person here getting the jab, probably when I’m homeless, I’ll qualify.
It is a dire situation when an out-of-stater can show up in Texas and deeply outdo the locals on the loony scale.
Sounds like some Qanon nonsense and from the pic, the guy looks like Saddam during his spiderhole era.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: Well, I might have you beat but I don’t plan on becoming homeless. My county just received notification that it will be getting nearly five times as many doses within the next few weeks, which should help things considerably. Virginia is maintaining a statewide list and setting priorities for all counties in the state. I think this is lessening the confusion around the issue, but it definitely isn’t increasing my position in the line to get vaccinated.
@Mike in NC:
Nearest competitor: “Caviar Shack”
@trollhattan: How long before Ted Cruz praises him?
(It was Cruz who praised the people who attacked the Biden campaign bus in Texas, wasn’t it? If not, I’ll fall back on the Aunt Polly defense from Tom Sawyer – Cruz undoubtedly did something bad, if not that specific thing.)
@Barbara: I saw this morning that the S. Illinois arena where we got our Pfizer jabs is now taking walk-ins for the J&J vaccine.
Served with a plastic spoon? We already have one of those.
@Barbara: List? We’re told to not sign up unless you’re eligible, so no list.
@?BillinGlendaleCA: That was the drill here until the state took over. Now, anyone can get on the list because, duh, why not?
@jeffreyw: That’s great.
@a thousand flouncing lurkers was fidelio:
This reminds me of the television show Rubicon.
James E Powell
I thought it was Rubio.
You should still sign up everywhere.
Nobody Black – they wouldn’t care about his ‘reason’. He’d already be dead.
The Moar You Know
@Soprano2: Nope. The entire world populace has failed the marshmallow test and continues to do so every day, so everyone IS going to have to be treated like children who will go nuts if they’re given permission to do anything, because guess what? That’s what they’ve done. And that’s what they’ll do.
People aren’t capable of behaving themselves any longer, so the big mean government is going to have to step in if we all want to live, since apparently impulse control is not a thing people do anymore.
@rikyrah: It’s the same here in Santa Clara County. If you aren’t eligible, no signup.
I’ll tell you right now that this is not going to happen in the United States, because we can’t allow the vaccine refusniks to hold all of us hostage forever. What if we only get to 60% of the population vaccinated? Are we going to do face masks and distancing forever? We won’t. We’re going to have to figure out a way to live with Covid the way we live with the flu.
People have acted pretty much the way people always act, in some places better than others. It seems to me that the countries that have done the best are located on islands or other places where it’s a lot easier to restrict entry and exit, and where they took it more seriously from the beginning. I think people have behaved pretty much the same way they did in 1918, except this time we have the hope of vaccines that can protect us. I’m not sure exactly how the “big mean government” is going to step in, because I can guarantee you that as more and more people get vaccinated restrictions are going to come off. It’s crazy that it’s already happening in some states, but in a couple of months even the places that have been more responsible are going to start doing it if the trajectory of vaccinations stays the same.
I completely agree with this. If they can’t talk about the relative risks of different behaviors and statuses, and instead try to insist that we can’t ease up until there is NO RISK, then pretty soon people will stop listening to them altogether and they will become irrelevant. Covid is with us to stay, and they have to start acting like it.
“she beat off the guy” isn’t the language i would have used, but alas.
@Betty Cracker: I recently saw a chart purporting to plot reported COVID deaths vs. all excess deaths by state. Unfortunately I can’t find it again. But if it’s true, then even apart from the snowbird issue Florida is underreporting COVID deaths by close to 50%… but a lot of other states are too.
If the chart could be believed, then Massachusetts and Rhode Island actually didn’t have some of the highest numbers of COVID deaths per capita–they were just the best at counting and reporting them truthfully.
It was a tweet in Anne Laurie’s Friday/Saturday update. Here’s a link to the tweet:
I was also impressed at how good a job Mass. and RI are apparently doing at accounting for COVID-related fatalities.
There go two miscreants
I didn’t think that was even possible in Texas!
Steve in the ATL
@There go two miscreants: only for minorities