We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The greatest mistake in history? Really? Any number of wars might qualify ahead if it. Or to quote Jonah Goldberg "Let’s assume it’s a mistake. The biggest in human history? The reparations on Germany after WWI? Sending Lenin back to Russia? Carve out for slavery in the US Constitution? The Fire of Alexandria? Canceling Firefly?"
So who's panicking here?
Our biggest risk at present is still China.
Assistant Village Idiot
Call me crazy but Hindenburg trusting von Papen's judgement on Hitler in January 1933 beats anything happening right now.
Many pundits are talking about death in philosophic ways. Things like "after all we are all going to die" or "don't be afraid of death". It is easy to talk about this philosophically but as someone who has cancer and was given basically a death sentence I view life differently. It damned sure isn't philosophic when it is YOUR life that is being cut short. Suddenly it becomes personal. So for everyone who wants to act all brave and philosophic I say go volunteer at the nursing homes in NY City for six months to prove you believe the crap you are spouting. I, for one, want to live and being told I'm going to die soon with so much to live for, grandkids, my family, etc. isn't about some pie in the sky philosophic concept. It sucks and when it happens to you, not your loved ones, but to YOU then you will understand. Until then you are just stringing words together.
I live in a small community dependent on tourism. Local restaurants and businesses dominate. No one comes here to eat at a chain other than McDonalds or Chic-fil-a. As I drive around I see lots of businesses closed, then interiors empty and for rent signs in the windows - restaurants, bars, salons, gift shops, and even a toy store. We’re only beginning to glimpse the economic damage.
There was scrambling today with Shelley Luther. The idiot Dallas judge was well on his way to creating a modern day Jenny Geddes.
Not yet to the spark created by Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia , but then the petty government official who pushed Mr. Bouazizi to his self-immolation didn't anticipate their abuse would bring revolution either.
“I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be,” Luther responded. “But I have to disagree with you sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with you decision but I am not going to shut the salon.”
I hate to offer this free advice to Biden because I don't want him elected. But if he chooses Shelly Luther for the VP he will win in a landslide. She stands head and shoulders above any of our politicians. Her case may well be the legal death knell to this kind of anti-constitutional power grabbing. The people will rally around her.
That is an exaggeration. People are certainly hurting financially, and their consequences may be really ugly.
But no one is going hungry in America. Children are not starving. I work with the poor for a living, don't try to run this crap past me. When people clutch the breast in this way it makes me suspect the rest of their argument pretty quickly.
Assistant Village Idiot
I think the nuance escaped you. I don't think she meant her kids were starving. She meant she is self supporting and needs the job to feed, house and clothe the kids. I think you are being too literal.
Of course most people aren't going hungry. But Luther isn't one of "the poor" either. She doesn't want you to shove a bag of groceries into her hands and tell her it's for the best. She is in fear of losing her dignity through no fault of her own. She is being mistreated by her government.
onGuy is right. You missed the point of her response. It was a polite FU to a man in a robe with unjust power over her. She was much more civil than I would have been.
I missed no such thing. You are allowing her to exaggerate her case to extremity solely because you agree with her conclusions. You would allow nothing like that to your opposition. In fact, you haven't previously on this very site.
2X with Juan - tourist economies are being decimated, quietly. It's tragic, and it's due to politics. As usual, village idiot lives up to the name, and of course has more experience and first hand knowledge than anyone else....
Let's hope all the idiots screaming that "it's just a mild flu", "nobody is in hospital", "nobody dies", are the only ones to end up in hospital and die when they get their wish and lockdowns are lifted suddenly and completely rather than gradually and smartly.
Because yes, this is one nasty bugger of a bug and it does a lot of damage.
The only reason we're not seeing Italian situations with massively overstretched healthcare systems is BECAUSE people are staying home and contact professions aren't operating or operating at very low capacity.
I've had it, I survived with a relatively mild case, but 2 months later and I still have trouble breathing at times and am constantly fatigued. I'm not sure, but I think it left me with some permanent lung damage, and I count myself lucky.
My sister has it too, and she's worse off. Bad enough that under normal conditions she'd be in hospital under observation, but these aren't normal conditions so she's at home with the doctor's emergency hotline on speed dial, quarantined in her room with her husband placing food and other things at the door for her to pick up once he's in the next room.