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New York Times Opinion: It’s Quitting Season

Excellent video opinion piece by Lindsay Crouse and Kirby Ferguson (of Everything is a Remix fame).

Winners never quit, and quitters never win. We Americans are told some version of this again and again. Our country wasn’t built on quitters. As Bible-loving Americans, we were taught that perserverance is virtuous, and this message finds us everywhere we go — even when we try to escape into fantasy. We demonize quitters. We think they’re pathetic. What if sometimes quitting isn’t cowardly at all, but smart? What if we’ve been wrong about quitting our entire lives?

This is an excellent, thought-provoking video.

Without a doubt, “Winners never quit, and quitters never win” is perhaps the most fallacious thing we were ever taught as kids.

Oh God Damn It!

It’s International Blasphemy Day!

I make jokes and all, but Blasphemy Day is is actually a very serious day, which:

educates individuals and groups about blasphemy laws and defends freedom of expression, especially the open criticism of religion which is criminalized in many countries.

Exercise your rights people, lest they wither away.

Remembering the ‘Faith-based Initiative’ we call 9/11 (2021)

I essentially re-post this every year:

Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. (emphasis added)

–George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, remarks made during press conference/photo opportunity with the National Security Team, Wednesday, September 12, 2001, 10:53–10:56 AM EDT.

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Sadly, it didn’t take long for us to ‘change our way of life’ or for us to allow the government to ‘restrict our freedoms’, did it? And of course, today those freedoms have been restricted more than ever…

Oh My Fucking God, Get The Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks

Wendy Molyneux, writing at McSweeney’s:

Hi, if you are reading this essay then congratulations, you are still alive. And if you are alive, then you have either gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, or you still have the opportunity to get the vaccine against COVID-19. And holy fuck, if you aren’t fucking vaccinated against COVID-19, then you need to get fucking vaccinated right now. I mean, what the fuck? Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Fuck.

The fucking vaccine will not make you magnetic. Are you fucking kidding me? It just fucking won’t. That’s not even a fucking thing, and that lady who tried to pretend the vaccine made her fucking magnetic looked like a real fucking fuckwad and a fucking idiot, so get fucking vaccinated. Jesus. Fuck.

Now that is my kind of fucking journalism!

Oh, you’re afraid of fucking side effects? Fuck you. You know what has fucking side effects? Fucking aspirin, fucking Tylenol. You could be fucking allergic to pineapple, you fucking fuckwit. Everything has side effects. You’re being a big fucking baby with a huge diaper full of fucking diarrhea, complaining about maybe feeling slightly tired for a day or two while your asymptomatic COVID case you get and pass to some innocent fucking kid could wind up killing them or someone else. Fuck you, you fucking selfish fucking shit-banana, you unredeemable ass-caterpillar, you fucking fuck-knob with two fucks for eyes and a literal poop where your heart should be. You want a two-month-old to wind up on a fucking ventilator instead of you, a fucking adult, getting a fucking sore arm for a day? What are you, a pitcher for the Yankees? A fucking concert pianist? An arm model? Get the fuck out of here! Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Fuck. Fuck you!

I couldn’t possibly have said it better myself.

Go read the whole thing.

[via DF]

Tennessee #1 for new COVID-19 cases by population, CDC says

Josh Breslow, writing at WKRN.com:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee has the highest number of new COVID-19 cases by population of any state in the U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s coronavirus website shows Tennessee with a high level of transmission of the virus, and a seven-day case rate of 790.1 per 100,000 people.

Woo hoo! We’re #1, we’re #1!

As I said just the other day, “the average Tennessean is neither smarter nor more educated than national average, they aren’t and haven’t been wearing masks to greater percentages than the national average, and they certainly aren’t getting vaccinated anywhere near the national average.”

Ugh!

Nailed it

From r/libertarianmeme, posted by u/SuperHeroBrother:

Tennessee underreported COVID-19 hospitalizations

Brett Kelman writing for The Tennessean:

The coronavirus hospitalized about 5,100 more Tennesseans than previously reported over the past 14 months — an increase of more than 20% over prior totals — according to newly backfilled data from the state department of health.

Hospitalizations were underreported by anywhere from one patient to dozens on nearly every day since the start of last summer, according to the new data. The largest share of the unreported hospitalizations occurred during the winter surge.

“an increate of more than 20%” — just let that sink in for a moment.

Sadly, there’s really no surprise here. I’ve been following Tennessee’s numbers from the very beginning and it’s been hard to believe that they were reporting correctly when compared to national average numbers. I mean, the average Tennessean is neither smarter nor more educated than national average, they aren’t and haven’t been wearing masks to greater percentages than the national average, and they certainly aren’t getting vaccinated anywhere near the national average. You do the math.

I’d venture a guess that “hospitalizations” aren’t the only COVID-19 numbers that Tennessee has been under reporting…

There aren’t enough hours in the day

There aren’t enough hours in the day or judges on the bench to try all the cases brought against these men. The game has been rigged and the courts see it through. The trial is their right. But to bury you beneath the prison for forcin’ the judge and the DA to do their jobs is the court’s right, too.

— KiKi Layne as Tish Rivers, If Beale Street Could Talk (2018).

The GOP pushed Benghazi probes for years. It’s already done with Jan. 6.

Aaron Blake at The Washington Post:

Republicans spent years pushing for investigation after investigation of the tragedy in Benghazi, Libya. But when it comes to the Jan. 6 insurrection, they’re already very much over it.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University is the latest to show Republicans don’t really want any type of investigation of the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The poll gave people a choice between the idea that it was an attack on democracy that should “never be forgotten,” and the idea that it’s overblown and it’s time to “move on.” Three-quarters of Republicans — 75 percent — chose “move on.”

That binary choice is a little overly simplistic, admittedly. It asks people to choose between two polar opposites, when they might be more in the middle. But when asked whether they support Congress’s investigation of Jan. 6, GOP support for the probe isn’t much higher. Just 29 percent of Republicans support the probe.

Done.

Perhaps most tellingly, it’s a huge contrast to how the party viewed the Benghazi investigations.

For months and years after the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans, Fox News’s pollsters asked similar questions about people’s appetite for investigating it. And Republicans’ appetite was voracious and long-lasting.

In June 2013 — nine months after the attack — 88 percent of Republicans said they supported continuing to investigate. In November 2013 and February 2014, it was 83 percent. By April 2014, it was still only slightly diminished, at 77 percent.

In May 2014, the House GOP added a select committee to its previous investigations, bringing the total number to a half-dozen. The committee issued its final big report in June 2016.

But a full year later — in June 2017 — Fox News asked a similar question again. And lo and behold: 65 percent of Republicans still said it was either “extremely” or “very” important that the investigations into Benghazi continue.

This was just shy of five years after the attack, after six congressional investigations, including a select committee run by Republicans that had concluded its work. And nearly two-thirds of Republicans wanted to keep probing. That’s similar to the number of Republicans who basically said it was time to move on from investigating Jan. 6 even before the first big report landed.

There’s simply no other way to describe this other than what it is: rank hypocrisy.

R.I.P. Dusty Hill

Billboard:

ZZ Top’s longtime bassist Dusty Hill has died, the band announced in a statement shared with Billboard on Wednesday (July 28). He was 72.

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston,” the group shared. “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top.’ We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.'”

“You will be greatly missed, amigo,” bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard concluded in their statement.

Damn. These last two years have been goddamned rough for music fans…