Snarky? Moi? Surely you jest! Okay, yeah, I admit that I am just a bit on the snarky side these days. Perhaps it is just a product of my old age, or lack of sleep. Or, perhaps it is … PEOPLE! Just when I think I’ve heard it all, somebody flits across my radar to show me I haven’t. And just when we think humans can go no lower, somebody comes along to prove to us that there are new lows being dug every day.
Charlie Gerow is a Republican running for governor of Pennsylvania in next year’s election. Sadly, the incumbent, Tom Wolfe, is term limited and cannot run again, for he has been, from everything I know, a good governor. But back to Charlie Gerow …
Gerow is under investigation in connection with an accident between a car and a motorcycle accident on July 21st on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The motorcyclist, Logan Carl Abbott, died. Now, Gerow claims he wasn’t involved in the accident and didn’t hit Abbott, but … a funny thing happened just a few miles down the highway from the scene of the accident. Construction workers were working on the highway when they saw Gerow’s car go by ‘at a high rate of speed’, making a horrible racket with sparks flying everywhere … because … there was a motorcycle stuck to the front grill of Gerow’s car!
A few miles further up the highway, State Police were watching for speeders and pulled Gerow over. Gerow claims he is innocent, and his lawyer has decided … with no evidence, mind you … that the disabled motorcycle must have been lying on the highway and Gerow hit it with his car, without realizing it. Now … I have a problem with this scenario, and I seriously hope the Pennsylvania State Police have the sense to see the problem. First … if you hit a motorcycle, especially at a high rate of speed, you know it. It will make a horrible noise. It will jerk your vehicle and throw you forward and rattle your brains a bit. And the construction workers said that it was making a horrible noise, dragging the ground and causing sparks to fly … and this was several miles from where the accident happened, so ol’ Charlie must have been deaf and blind, in which case he shouldn’t be driving anyway.
Charlie’s lawyer must have been grasping at straws … I’m surprised any honest lawyer would even take this case! Oh wait … ‘honest lawyer’ — what an oxymoron! The most logical answer is that Charlie was under the influence of something … alcohol or drugs. One person who attended the fundraiser from which Charlie had just come claims she never saw him drink a drop, and one of his associates claims he doesn’t drink alcohol. Sorry, folks, it isn’t adding up for me. And there is no way in hell … no matter what the circumstances … that this guy should become the governor of Pennsylvania. NO WAY!!!
Republicans don’t miss too many opportunities to mock or denigrate members of the Biden administration, and Marco Rubio, Republican senator from Florida, grabbed for the golden ring … and missed … last Thursday.
Responding to a video of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arriving in the Philippines – masked and wearing a face shield – Rubio tweeted …
“Our @SecDef is vaccinated. But he arrives in the Philippines wearing a mask AND a face shield. Embarrassing COVID theatre.”
But guess what, Marco? As Politico editor Dave Brown posted in response:
From the embassy: “The Philippine government has mandated that everyone must wear full-coverage face shields together with face masks while in public places. Local governments continue to implement additional requirements to slow the virus’ spread”
Hmmmm … is that egg I see on Marco’s face?
Uh-oh … the rent is due
Congress failed to pass legislation that would have extended the moratorium on housing evictions yesterday … actually, it didn’t seem that they even tried all that hard. Even congressional Democrats didn’t go the extra mile to get this done, and now Congress is on summer break for the month of August. More than seven million households owe back rent and could face eviction this month.
One Democratic Senator, Cori Bush, tried on Friday night to convince her colleagues to get off their collective arses. She actually slept on the steps of the Capitol on Friday night, saying …
“How are we on vacation when we have millions of people who could start to be evicted tonight? I am dirty, sticky, sweaty. I still have on what I had on last night. This is how people will have to live if we don’t do something. Seven million, 6 million, 11 million, however many it is, they deserve human dignity and deserve for people that represent them to show up, do the work, to make sure basic needs are met today.”
A noble gesture, and I do applaud her efforts, but they were all for naught. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blames the president for not giving them more notice, but the truth is they were all aware of the Supreme Court ruling a month ago that said the moratorium would only be allowed to be extended by an act of Congress. It isn’t rocket science, folks!
The New York Times has published an interactive map that enables you to see how many people in a given county are likely to be subject to eviction. In my own neighborhood, it is only about 14%, but in some areas, especially South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi, it can be as high as nearly 30%! A few states and cities, like California, New York and New Jersey, have enacted their own temporary eviction bans that last a bit longer, but they are too few.
Today, with the surge in the Delta variant of the coronavirus, experts are predicting that there will yet again be closings and layoffs, and many people still have not been able to return to work. One of my readers argued the other day that they are too lazy to return, but that is not the case at all. Some companies closed their doors for good last year, as the pandemic drove them into bankruptcy, and other companies have brought only a portion of their workers back at this point.
Remember, my friends, the pandemic is NOT over, nor is it likely to be anytime soon, given the resistance of far too many to being vaccinated. Some have been unable to return to work due to their health or their childcare providers being closed due to the pandemic. There are many reasons, but the sad fact is that the majority of those who are vulnerable to eviction are families with children. Landlords, for the most part, are only concerned with their profit, not humanity.
Bumbling Boris … or … Brollygate!
Last but not least, I thought you might enjoy a bit of humour from ‘cross the big pond! Boris is often a bumbling figure, and learning to use an umbrella, or a ‘brolly’, is worthy of at least a few chuckles.