The following is funny until you realize it could happen to you any day now.
A friend is taking his wife to the best beach in America, one I know very well, and they wanted to know some groovy places to visit. Among my recommendations is a honky-tonk, which I describe as a tropical biker bar. It’s a can’t miss kind of place. Previously I’ve left several dollars there. Some of them – more than one – were taken from me, signed by the womenfolk, and stapled to the wall. It’s a popular way to dispose of money; you have surely heard or seen something like it.
Happy tourists, mainly women, leave the bills behind, thinking it’s their permanent contribution to house decor. Then, along comes The Hoax. Those dollars are now in high demand – and not as decorations.
“The lockdown hit us like a tornado,” recalled Newman, 57, who owns the business with her husband. “I felt hopeless and lost, wondering how on earth we could pay the bills and keep staff on the payroll.”
“But here’s the good part of my story,” she added, leaning forward and placing her hands flat on the bar. “I remembered the thousands of one-dollar bills that customers have stapled to the walls over the decades.”
“I asked a few employees and girlfriends to help take them down,” she said with a smile. “It took two full days to finish the job.”
“Split five ways, we each got about $500,” she said. “That includes a woman who had lost two jobs because of the pandemic; a woman with a mother in hospice care, and a mother of three small children going through a divorce. There was also a single dad who needed the cash.”
“Now,” she added, “our goal is to hang on to the place through summer.”
Ladies, you helped fight the “pandemic.” All: How’s that V-shaped thing coming along?
PS: No, the article’s bar isn’t “my” honky-tonk.
PPS: Yes, the title is Statler-esque.
OT PS: Coulter is not wrong with her honest tirade this weekend except that she did it on Trump’s retarded media of choice, Twitbird.
Today, we Americans remember those men who sacrificed themselves against the… Do we remember? In general, and specifically in this insane year?
I’ve seen a couple of “Memorial Day is reeeeeeeeaally special because the hoax is killing veterans” headlines and stories. Those headlines (I skipped the stories) underscore some issues. Decorration Day being about the war dead, did the veterans die of the hoax while in combat? Regardless, did they die from it or with it? Dying in combat might suggest they…
Uh, just kidding. The rest of you, thank your “heroes,” worship your food and beer, and above all else, maintain your social distance and wear your masks.
Vivamus vel libero morietur.
The revelations about Obama’s “Hammer” are about as surprising as the Faux “News” report the other day about Saudi involvement in 9/11.
Call it what you will, but the US Empire’s illegal domestic spying operation is over 50 years old. Every few years we learn something new (and horrible) about it. More, perhaps next week at TPC, on this. The question is: What will people do about it?
Nobody in the government cares as this is their operation. There are no “sealed military indictments.” The people themselves are too busy being fat and stupid while stepping and fetching in their idiot masks. I hear the hills calling.
Perhaps the best “Government School =” article yet!
The greatest benefit of the CoronaHoax is the full exposure of the hoax and failure of public education.
The shutdown of schools across America, both public and private, has thrown the lives of parents into an upside-down struggle. And now, in the name of safety, the Centers for Disease Control are nearly guaranteeing the destruction of public schools in the United States.
They don’t mean to, of course. After all, public schools are the government-run and government-approved schools. But right now, every single parent across America is homeschooling. We are all getting a look at the shortcomings of curriculum, bureaucracy, and the people involved. While some teachers have risen to the occasion and tried their absolute hardest to attend to the educational and mental well-being of their students, there are some teachers who are just mailing it in. And there are kids and families that are mailing it in as well. The situation, as it stands right now, is not a sustainable one.
States and school districts, now that most have been shut down for the remainder of this school year, are frantically trying to assess how the next school year will look in an age of “social distancing” and mask wearing. And then the CDC just released guidelines on school reopening.
The CDC Guidelines – sure to drive the last nail in. We should push the DOE to “codify” them through the CFR so as to be binding on the local schools.
To all the parents seeking private homeschool teachers or tutors – a massive growth industry – please dispense with the “certification” requirements. Learn the minimum your state requires (likely not much) and just do that. Adding the credentialism back in adds the risk of cross-contamination. This is the time to break from the whole pathetic system. See my Ed Page for more ideas.
NAS Key West, which (unbeknownst to most) played a small role in the Ironsides saga, was enriched in apparently the same manner as the Pensacola base in December.
Shortly after the initial statement, the base confirmed in a separate Facebook post that the immediate danger appeared to be over.
The statement read: “Naval Security Forces at NAS Corus Christi responded to an active shooter at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning. The shooter has been neutralized. All gates on the installation remain closed while first responders process the scene. NCIS and local law enforcement are on scene.”
In a further update, the base wrote: “The active shooter is neutralized, however the scene is not clear. Remain in a lockdown status. For your safety, do not move around the base unless cleared to do so.”
It’s the second terrorism-related attack on a U.S. naval base in less than six months.
In December, a gunman killed three men and injured eight others at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The shooter, Saudi Arabian aviation student Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was participating in a training exchange program with the U.S. Navy. He was killed at the scene.
Arab males, al-Qaeda, terrorism, “training” programs, let’s see… We need to ban Navy bases!
I read another education realism/horror story, at Am-Ren. I was going to link to it, but I’ve kind of burned myself out on education for the moment. That, and the CoronaCold seems to have temporarily resolved most of the problems (Praise!). So, on that issue, I’ll just say HOMESCHOOL!!!
There was also an eye-opening email that came in yesterday, from a southern school district. It contained a list, a large one. None of it pertained to me or mine, but it was nonetheless disturbing. America (when it was) was a nation of laws. Now it’s a nation-shaped kind of place with laws – A LOT of them. Several of them say that student information shall be kept private and not, you know, broadcast in an email list to people like me. I’d go further with this but, again, burning out, and it’s the kind of thing that most people just don’t care about. In the hopper, maybe.
TPC Preview! I have a dandy sports-related column coming together for next week. Then again, I had a dandy ed column for last/this week. Hmmm. Maybe the burnout is contagious. Anyway, I suppose I’ve wasted enough of your time with issues I won’t be addressing. Next week, some other stuff…
They’ve done it themselves with their hoax response and better than anything I’ve ever come up with. Ryan McMaken has a fascinating take at Mises:
For decades, we’ve been fed a near-daily diet of claims that public schooling is one of the most important—if not the most important—institutions in America. We’re also told that there’s not nearly enough of it, and this leads to demands for longer school hours, longer school years, and ever larger amounts of money spent on more facilities and more tech.
And then, all of sudden, with the panic over COVID-19, it was gone.
It turns out that public schooling wasn’t actually all that important after all, and that extending the lives of the over-seventy demographic takes precedence.
Yes, the schools have tried to keep up the ruse that students are all diligently doing their school work at home, but by late April it was already apparent that the old model of “doing public school” via internet isn’t working. In some places, class participation has collapsed by 60 percent, as students simply aren’t showing up for the virtual lessons.
For once, the schools were left to compete on their only legitimate merit: education. We, here, know how poorly they fare in that regard. But now, laid bare without any sports, socials, buses, or other noise and confusion, the results are stark. The departure from the hype is telling. Just like that – POOF – it was all gone like so much smoke blown away by the wind.
Again, the CoronaHoax may be the best thing that ever happened to American education.
When 100% may be forced to homeschool, like it or not, at least 40% are leaning that way to begin with.
Of the 626 parents who responded, 40.8 percent said they were “more likely” to do so, while 31.1 percent replied they were “less likely.”
With political party as a factor, 45.7 percent of parents who said they would be “more likely” to homeschool identified as Democrat, while 42.3 percent identified as Republican.
Among those parents who said they were “more likely” to homeschool, 36.3 percent were white, 50.4 percent were black, 38.2 percent were Hispanic, and 53.8 percent were Asian.
Again, this may be the best gift yet from the hoax. Homeschool or … homeschool!