I try to stay positive, I swear. But reality… Oh, newspapers.

I just celebrated a pretty mundane birthday (not a big one or anything). But my family and friends made it so special (mostly my wife, but everyone went along) that it might be one of the best birthday weekends I’ve ever had. I am so incredibly grateful.

We are brainwashed, part 1

In fact, almost 9 out of 10 respondents surveyed said choosing their work device was of importance to them (87%) and they’d even be willing to sacrifice part of their salary (89%) to be empowered to choose their technology.

We are brainwashed, part 2

Some of the respondents even said they would be willing to take a pay cut of up to 50% to continue working from home. And, 70% of American workers would forfeit benefits to maintain remote working status, most commonly: health insurance, paid time off, retirement accounts, and more.

Or these articles are full of it.

We do love our children so, food edition.

Yes, America loves ALL the children everywhere.

We do love our children so. Part four hundred billion.

With each passing month of the pandemic, Lilley has grown increasingly concerned that COVID-19 is linked to a massive increase in new diagnoses of pediatric diabetes throughout Mississippi.

Whenever I hear something is too hard or “impossible” I remember we, collectively as an American society, had a car on the moon FIFTY YEARS AGO! Yeah, I know, it wasn’t a car with a radio and cup holders (or doors for that matter), but come on. We CAN do great things if we all work together.

I finally read a James Baldwin book: If Beale Street Could Talk. I had heard of James Baldwin much of my adult life but I had never read any of his books. I took a picture of this passage: >People make you pay for the way you look, which is also the way you think you look, and what time writes in a human face is the record of that collision.

I am glad I read this book.

Is 650,000 a lot?

We do love our children so.

The email said that “if an instructor is notified by a student that the student has covid-19, the instructor may not tell the class that someone has tested positive for covid-19.”

We are now entering the lawless phase of American Democracy.

We do love our children so.

Three schools in Vancouver, Washington were put under lockdown on Friday after a group of people protesting COVID mask mandates in schools attempted to come onto one of the campuses in the district.

Forgetting for a moment how fucked up the Texas abortion law is… How does Texas have all this money for bounty hunters? I bet schools, social programs, etc are wondering.

We took a trip to the MOMA today to see two exhibits. One was called Automania and the other was a wonderful collection of drawings by Cezanne. The car exhibit was much smaller than I would have liked, but the Cezanne exhibit was tremendous. In fact, it was overwhelming (but in a good way).

My wife rightfully remarked she was sad to see Manhattan so empty. I hope more folks get their shots and don’t get sick. But, to be honest, I feel almost no sympathy for folks with no excuses to be vaccinated who are in the hospital. Anyway, if you can, go see the Cezanne exhibit. It’s a heck of a showing.

We’re going to just go ahead and send all the kids who aren’t eligible for vaccines back to school, aren’t we? I have to imagine Oct will not look at good as now (and now doesn’t look so good).

It’s amazing Afghanistan is dominating the news while the worst health crisis is still destroying so many lives. It’s also amazing news outlets are not using banner headlines about deranged governors outlawing mandates to protect public health.

US news outlets are sad the war is ending and the GOP is trying to deny science.

Mississippi Quarantines 20,000 With 5,993 Students Positive For COVID; Teen Deaths Rise

No one should be surprised by this… we did nothing after Sandy Hook. Still, it’s upsetting.

The Tomorrow War was terrible. I’m giving everyone in it a pass because there’s a pandemic and everyone’s gotta eat. But mercy did it stink. And there’s talk of a sequel? (Faints in time travel)

We sure do love our children so. I have no idea why I read the news.

America is a cruel, cruel country.

The proposed MCPS policy says families that do not qualify for federal free and reduced-price meal programs but have a lunch debt of more than $35 would get “alternative meals” — usually a sandwich rather than a hot meal — until the debt is paid.

But we do love our children so.

🍔👩🏾‍🦱🖕 USDA announces free lunch for all of next school year (2021-2022). Yay! Wait a minute… We could have done this all along but chose not to? Death cult is gonna death cult. #politics

☠️☠️☠️ I took a three-hour walk today with a friend. I was gone for just three hours. I came home to rest and read the news (which is never, ever restful). I used to say things like “The NRA is a death cult” or “The GOP is a death cult.” But you know what? The more I think about it and realize we aren’t doing anything to really help one another, all I’m now able to see is America is a death cult.

Best pandemic hobby!

I said to my wife tonight, “The only woman I’d leave you for is Jen Psaki.” And she said, “Yeah, that’s fine.” I married, and would leave, the right woman.

👴🗒📰 I watched President Biden’s press conference today and I have never been more embarrassed watching our national press than I was today.

Our national press writes about whatever the GOP wants to make the main issue of the day. What a joke.