Is Dustin Diamond the Future of His Generation?

 

I spent an abnormal and probably unhealthy amount of time this week on Google, trying to figure out if Dustin Diamond had living parents or siblings (he apparently has a father, who visited with his son before his death). I read a news story about his death which described the layout of his deathbed: He passed away with his girlfriend of a year and an unnamed “friend” in the room. That struck me; he was 44-years-old, in the prime of his life, and passed from this Earth without a family member present, no parent, sibling, spouse, or child. Even in the press release about his death, Diamond’s agent didn’t mince words about the child star’s checkered past. He explained,

We are aware that Dustin is not considered reputable by most. He’s had a history of mishaps, of unfortunate events. We want the public to understand that he was not intentionally malevolent. He–much like the rest of those who act out and behave poorly—had undergone a great deal of turmoil and heartache. His actions, though rebukeable, stemmed from loss and the lack of knowledge on how to process that pain properly.

Where Are the Employers?

 

I have a number of friends who I watched, on social media, crack open and fall to pieces. They are all working mothers and they all say the same thing: They cannot do this anymore. I cannot number the women I know who have left the workforce since the school year started. They were pushed to their breaking point for six months, but when the next academic year started and their kids weren’t going back to school anytime soon, they tapped out for the sake of every member of the family. 

That’s not to say their husbands haven’t been pushed to the breaking point themselves, too. They have. Families are caught between a rock and a hard place. Every parent with a full-time job and school-aged children in public schools is cracking under the pressure.

Humans: We’re Mammals Too

 

Writing for the Institute of Family Studies (IFS), Jenet Erickson takes down the idea of “universal child care” as the governmental solution to our childcare crisis, which has been exacerbated by school closures nationwide. But Erickson hit upon the third rail of American mommy wars regarding the fight about daycare and stay-at-home-motherhood. Because it’s part of the “mommy wars” and most of those working in media, academia, etc are unwilling or unable to touch upon the science behind the question of “What does biology say about what’s best for kids?”

Erickson explains what happened in Quebec when universal childcare in the form of government daycares was enacted,

NYC Mayor deBlasio Was Right on School Closures and Government Inertia

 

I spent two hours last night rewatching the last press conference hosted by the New York City Mayor’s office before they shut down schools, trying to find a quote from Mayor deBlasio where he told confused journalists present why he was so reticent to shut down NYC public schools, despite deafening calls to do so from the public. He explained a truth that few (myself included) at the time could comprehend: When the schools are shut, it’s going to be extremely difficult to get them opened again.

Teachers Move the Goal Posts Again: Now *Kids* Must Be Vaccinated

 

Today while I was explaining to my (thankfully homeschooled) children why schools in our area (and across the country) are still operating on “Zoom” and likely aren’t going back to normal in the fall either, I asked them, “Given the choice, would you rather work or not work?” My seven-year-old daughter replied, “My job would be to teach kids, and I would do it! I would work!” She’s a better woman than the majority of teachers and their representatives in the unions, unfortunately for our nation’s kids.

This is happening across the country as districts try to get kids back in classrooms:

The Mob is Coming For You, Don’t Be Silent

 

Does your dog groomer need to vote the way you do in order to give her your business? What about your pediatrician or a private sleep consultant you talk to about how to get your baby to nap more consistently? On mommy social media this week, we learned that there is a large mob of moms who demand total compliance to their “moral code,” which includes, of course, political candidates of their choosing.

The Daily Wire has the whole story, but here’s the relevant nuggets:

Feminist Cheering for Kamala the Opposite of Empowering

 

Across my personal social media yesterday, I saw friends cheering the swearing of Kamala Harris as Vice President with their daughters, explaining that their daughters finally felt that they could achieve one of the highest offices in the land. Here’s my question about this narrative:

Why did they think that in the first place?

Lockdown Privilege 

 

Remember when we used to hear “check your privilege” from progressives about literally anything? Not so strangely, those calls from the Left have gone silent, just at the moment when they’re advocating for policies that glaringly highlight their privilege.

The example that most animates me is school closures, overwhelmingly in urban areas handicapping an entire generation of kids with parents unable to homeschool, hire a tutor, or form a “pod” with other children. These kids are left behind, most of them permanently.

The Capitol PD Made the Right Call

 

This morning, a great deal of the conservative movement’s support for law enforcement went up in smoke. Whereas after any number of police shootings we spend time going over the video to explain why the use of force was justified, today prominent conservatives are calling the shooting of an Air Force veteran in the Capitol “murder.”

(Content warning): This is the moment where Capitol Police discharged their weapons:

Vaccines for Me, I’ll Get Around to Thee

 

My state of Maryland holds an impressive spot in the national rankings of states who have distributed vaccines: We are dead last. Every other state in the country has distributed their COVID-19 shots faster and more efficiently. Compare this logjam to the neighboring state of West Virginia, where all nursing homes and long-term care facilities have already received the vaccine.

For Bloomberg, my county health official offered nothing but excuses (despite a $6 billion budget for a county of one million people,

Just Give the Shots By Age

 

I’m honestly shocked we’re here, but as I watch friends getting shots because they work in the vicinity of healthcare and government (I’m talking working IT in a satellite office next to a hospital or a Hill office here folks), I’m getting angrier than I’ve been in a while. Everything about our response to this pandemic has been upside-down from the very beginning, and so it stands to logic that we’ll end this pandemic as fecklessly as we began it. It seems we’re content to repeat the same mistakes blue state governors made in the beginning that led to the senseless and unnecessary deaths of tens of thousands of elderly Americans.

In 2021, Stop Complaining

 

It’s become a sport online, complaining about the year 2020. Yeah, it hasn’t been easy for anyone. But there’s a subsection of folks who haven’t really had a hard year, but who spend the bulk of their time complaining about it. They don’t know anyone close to them who have gotten sick or died (of anything), they haven’t lost any income; their lives are largely unaffected outside of missed vacations. And yet, 2020 has been the worst year of their lives, and they do nothing but tell you about it on the Internet.

And here we are in the dead of winter in December and they’re miserable. And I believe they are because they’ve psyched themselves into that misery over the course of the last nine months. They’ve told themselves they’re miserable so much, they’ve started to internalize that narrative.

They’re Right, $600 Isn’t Enough for a Locked Down Economy

 

It looks President Trump is sending back the so-called COVID relief bill back to Congress, to demand more direct payments to American families. Instead of the $600 per person check, he’s asking for “at least” $2,000 per American. Senator Rand Paul rightly asks if money grows on trees, why not more free money?

If Birx Didn’t Cancel Thanksgiving, Do We Have to Cancel Christmas?

 

How many stories have you read about overrun hospitals, plugging people onto oxygen in the parking lot in overflow tents? We were scared into canceling our plans and spending yet another holiday away from our families. And yet, we heard multiple times about politicians who announced their recommendations literally in transit to see family out of town.

But this latest story about Dr. Deborah Birx may take the cake for its hypocrisy:

Wokeness Kills Grandmas

 

There’s a lot of competition, but I think I found the most disturbing thing the New York Times has ever printed. In a piece discussing who should receive the first doses of the COVID vaccine, the elderly at most risk of dying or essential workers, reporters interviewed a morally bankrupt “ethicist” who posited,

Harald Schmidt, an expert in ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, said that it is reasonable to put essential workers ahead of older adults, given their risks, and that they are disproportionately minorities. “Older populations are whiter, ” Dr. Schmidt said. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”

Where Are the Outbreaks?

 

If you listen to those who are supposedly in the know, we’re having a winter spike because people are getting together in their homes for dinner parties and Thanksgiving meals. We’re having a spike because selfish people won’t wear masks in public. But what’s actually behind the outbreaks? New York State issued the findings from contact tracers, and to say it doesn’t fit the preferred narrative is an understatement.

My Discomfort with the Anti-Death Penalty Crowd

 

The Trump administration is making waves among progressives for reviving the execution of those on federal death row. Yesterday’s execution of one prisoner, Brandon Bernard, went all the way to the Supreme Court before it was eventually carried out last night at around 9:30pm.

I’ve always been uncomfortable with the idea of the death penalty; I don’t think that the State (or anyone, for that matter) should have the power to decide who lives and who dies; it’s why I’m pro-life. We are not God, we are not all-knowing, and we know that the system has made mistakes and put innocent men on death row.

Maybe the Answer is New Teachers

 

Why did teachers get into teaching if they didn’t like to actually teach? It appears more and more likely that many decided to become teachers just in order to have a guaranteed paycheck and shorter hours with summers off? I’m sorry to sound jaded, but the response to this pandemic by unions, who represent teachers, has been to exploit the situation to buy themselves a year and counting of working from home, to heck with the consequences for kids. One of the biggest unions in the country is straight-up gaslighting Americans about what game they’re playing, posting on Twitter yesterday:

Quietly Fed Up

 

For the last several months, Governors have tried in vain to encourage their citizens to download “contact tracing” apps. I’m not sure I can think of an iPhone app I want less than one that tells the government where I am at every moment I have my phone on me, and then sends people around me “pings” if we’ve been exposed to COVID. It’s a massive invasion of privacy, but I figured the low numbers of people downloading the apps was out of poor communication and just plain laziness (in Virginia only 11% of residents have the app on their phones). But then I saw this from a hard hit by COVID blue state Governor: