Month: May 2022

I Don’t Know What To Do

There’s been yet another school rampage shooting, and I don’t know what to do except weep. Best I can tell, nobody else does either.

Oh, there’s a lot of noise and a ton of blame being thrown, and I’ve heard the phrase “common sense gun control” more times than I can count. It’s a meaningless string of words; if there were any effective way to stop rampage shooters with a simple, common sense approach, we’d have done it by now.

Whenever I say that, there are two responses:
“Well, at least do something!”
“Just ban guns! Ban them all!”


The Not Fake News Update, 23 May 2022

Hello, good morning, and welcome to another edition of the Update!

There’s tremendous excitement this morning about several developments in the Ukraine that nobody has any clear picture of, and the 24-hour infotainment channels will tell you all about all the things they don’t know. They’ll bring in experts and have lively discussions and it’ll be a lot of fun for them, so we won’t spoil it by getting involved.

Instead, here are a few things that have happened recently that you might have missed:


It’s Give Me Your Money Season

It’s campaign season again, and the candidates are out for your money — but you might have noticed that, despite the millions they got in 2020, nothing much has changed. This is because the difference between the Democrats and Republicans basically boils down to which color necktie the president wears. They’re all funded by Big Oil, Big Sugar, Big Pharma, Really Big Healthcare, and Enormous Insurance, so that’s not really a surprise; what’s shocking is that you still give them a dime. With all the corporate juice they’re getting, you need the money more.


Limbo Take Two

Anyone else remember April of 2020? Here’s a hint: We were all waiting.

Some of us were waiting idly at home, teleworking as our society crumbled. We put in the same soul-deadening hours in useless meetings that we always had, only in pajama bottoms.  A few of us embraced pretense, continuing to go out without regard for mandates and masks, and pretending that stubbornness and a refusal to engage their brains was the same thing as courage.

Funny thing is, now that we’ve reopened, we’re all doing that last bit. So much for thinking that blind ignorance was for Republicans only.


On Having COVID. Again.

There’s now no way to tell if the horrible flu that I contracted in Chicago in the earliest days of 2020 was COVID. There was a particularly nasty H3N2 going around at the time, and the list of symptoms is nearly identical, including loss of taste.

But we’re quite certain that my wife and I contracted COVID back in August, not long after getting our second-dose vaccinations. And now we have it again. (She got boosted in between; I didn’t.)