Snippets, Snippets, have I ever got snippets today! My body may be feeble, but there’s nothing wrong with my mind!
Today, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval for the Pfizer vaccine against COVID. This does a number of things.
First, it removes the excuse the anti-vaxxers have been using for not getting the vaccine. They said, “not without full FDA approval!” Well, folks, now you’ve got that, so get your fat asses out there and get vaccinated … TODAY!
My granddaughter, astute for her young years, said, “I bet now they’ll say it was too fast.” And lo and behold, just an hour after she said that I read this headline …
Goalposts Moved: Fox News is Now Complaining That FDA Rushed the Vaccine Approval Process
And if Fox says it, you know the nudniks will believe it.
Second, it allowed the Pentagon today to announce it is making the vaccine mandatory for its 1.3 million active-duty service members. Bravo!!!
The time for argument and delay is past. This was the last possible hurdle. Now it’s time to think of others, put petty whining aside just for once, and do the right thing. If a large portion of the population continue to resist, then I vote we build something akin to leper colonies and house them there until the threat has passed.
In just a few hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo will fade into oblivion … we hope. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will take her oath of office at one minute after midnight. I detest the confrontational attitude that Cuomo has adopted in his last weeks in office, for he is only paying the price for his own actions – nobody forced him to sexually harass women.
That said, all people are some combination of good and bad … well, most people anyway. While Cuomo’s current crimes must be remembered, must serve as a warning to future politicos, he has also done much good during his decade in office and I think that should be remembered as well. It is a part of his legacy, just as is his sexual misconduct. When Pete Rose was banned from baseball for betting on the sport, I thought that right and proper, but when he was denied a well-earned place in the Baseball Hall of Fame, I thought that was wrong. In the same way, I think it is right for Cuomo to step down, but that it would be wrong to paint Cuomo with only a single, dark brush.
Remember the good as well as the bad and take a lesson from both.
When I was trying to catch up on the news earlier today, I felt as if there were a conspiracy to direct our attention in so many directions that no single news item would stand out, would capture our full attention. Afghanistan, of course, is at the forefront of our minds, as it should be. Climate change and the terrible climate-related disasters happening all over the globe – floods, hurricanes, droughts, water shortages, wildfires – are critical to our future on this planet. Getting vaccines into stubborn mules and masks onto their faces seems a never-ending struggle and is critical, for failure to do so affects the health and well-being of every man, woman and child on earth. But what seems to have fallen through the cracks may be, at least for the people of the United States, the most important issue of them all: voting rights.
The U.S. Senate under the minority leadership of the ignoble Kevin McCarthy is somehow determined to draw our attention away from the bills S1 and S4 so that, with our attention elsewhere, they can sweep them under the rug and wash their hands of our voting rights.
Interestingly, Maria Bartiromo of Fox ‘News’ interviewed McCarthy the other day and she surprised me. Here’s a brief snippet from that interview …
Bartiromo: “You a moment ago mentioned the HR 1 voting bill. I’ve got to tell you there are viewers of this program who have lost faith in the Republican Party leadership, lost faith in Mitch McConnell and in you because we do not know if you have your arms around free and fair elections. How come there’s no discussion about all of the states that are changing their voting laws right now? How come there’s no discussion about the audit going on in Arizona right now? What are you going to do? Can you prove to the American people that you are in control here and able to ensure that we will have free and fair elections in 2022 and 2024?”
McCarthy: “We’re fighting every single day. Now we’re watching Democrats trying to cheat within elections, inflation at a number we have not seen. This is Jimmy Carter on steroids. And this is just eight months into this administration. We will fight and we will win and the next century will be the American century because we know how to govern.”
That is a non-answer if ever I heard one! He did not even begin to answer the question, not even to address the fact that some Fox viewers, according to Bartiromo, have lost faith in the Republican Party leadership, but used his answer as yet another opportunity to criticize the Democratic Party! Get off your fat ass, McCarthy, and do your job! We the People want the For the People Act (S1) and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act (S4) passed and we want it done before the end of this year!!!
Folks … this one is top priority, even though it seems to have faded out of view in light of the chaos of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal. Let’s keep it hot, okay? We cannot allow our politicians to simply shrug their shoulders and let these two all-important bills die in the Senate. Once again, I’m asking you, contact your Senators and let them know you have not forgotten … you will not forget.