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A little levity, hairy legs and all

Three guys en pointe doing shade variations from Le Bayadere. Shades are like ghosts. 19th century ballets had a lot of these weird spectral beings, like the Willis in Giselle. Ok, never mind.

The point is guys en pointe. These are obviously professionally trained dancers and they can do pirouettes and jetes really well. They’re not even bad on pointe. They do have some trouble getting over on their points and their extensions can’t compete with the girls. But that’s just the liabilities of male anatomy. You sacrifice flexibility for muscles.

Anyway, these variations are light and silly. It’s what we need right now.

There is only one story

I’d like to caution the left about getting too enthusiastic about whatever it is the Manhattan DA has against Trump. Yes, he is a criminal. There is already plenty of evidence to that effect. But unless the DA is willing to arrest him and indict him- NOW- not months from now, it is a dead story. Plus, Here’s why: however they may have stopped their ears to Trump’s manifold high crimes and misdemeanors, I’m betting the base has been well schooled on the DOJ memo that says that a sitting president can’t be indicted. Combine that with the Republicans in the senate who will hold to the party line like cement to prevent Trump from being convicted. The illusion is that Trump can’t possibly be guilty because look at how many people are defending him. If he were REALLY bad, McConnell and the other Republican senators would have voted to convict. Deep inside, they know this is a lie but they cling to it.

So the Manhattan DA story is a non-story. At this point in time, no one is going to arrest him and many of us on the left know it is a distraction right now.

The same thing holds for the campaign in general. I don’t give a rat’s ass who the VP pick is for Biden. I’m going to crawl over broken glass to vote for him and her anyway. So all the campaign horse race stories are a waste of time. Poor little reporters. All those saved up stories tearing down each candidate in turn and breathlessly looking forward to the nail biting, photo finish ending. Yeah, this year, those stories are particularly disgusting and no one has any stomach for them. You know why? It’s because no matter how bad the oppo research is for the candidate, it makes her look like a saint next to Trump and Pence.

The only campaign story worth covering right now is the one about mail in ballots and the postal service. Trump crosses lines so casually these days it hardly registers. But this is the one that counts.

No, the only real story to cover this year is the coronavirus. The secondary story to it is how Trump’s base is handling it now that the shit’s getting real. Like, take this guy in Bethlehem PA:

When a cigar shop clerk told Adam Zaborowski on Friday he had to wear a mask in the shop, the 35-year-old angrily refused. Instead, he grabbed two stogies, stormed outside — and then pulled a handgun and shot at the clerk, Bethlehem Township, Pa., police said.

The next day, cornered near his home, Zaborowski allegedly fired at police with an AK-47, sparking a wild shootout with at least seven officers that ended with him shot multiple times and under arrest.

The case is the latest violent incident tied to arguments over mandatory mask orders. But Zaborowski’s reaction was driven by his own intense difficulty with the pandemic, his attorney claimed; before the shootout, Zaborowski had lost his job and had also recently lost custody of his child.

“He just wasn’t dealing well with the loss of his job, the loss of his child, just not handling the pandemic well,” John Waldron told the Express-Times on Sunday, while noting those factors didn’t justify his violent conduct. “I think he was getting stretched too tight.”

Let’s put aside for a moment that this guy was handled about as gently as possible by the local police. I mean, he was only shooting at customers at a cigar shop and the cops. He got a couple bullets in his buttocks and not a knee on his neck. At least he wasn’t taking his toddler on a dip in a fountain.

The thing that makes this story important is this guy is a true believer. He’s one of Trump’s own. He went maskless for his FREEDOM!! He lives in Bethlehem PA. Not exactly rural but not exactly cosmopolitan either.

And here he is: out of work, estranged from his wife, lost custody of his kid. He is not handling the pandemic well is a bit of an understatement for an AK-47 wielding dude shooting at the police. Well, at least he has his guns.

I do not understand the reaction to go after other people over this mask thing but these stories are cropping up all over the place. In Paris, a guy was beaten with baseball bats by a group of militant non-mask wearers. He ended up in the hospital for a week.

Maybe this is a phenomenon that comes with all pandemics. Behavior like this was recorded back in the Black Plague years in the 14th century. If you were wealthy enough to have a house in the country, you could leave the city and it’s problems behind, sometimes taking the problem with you. At the same time, a sense of lawlessness overcame other people who would invade abandoned houses and do whatever they pleased otherwise. So maybe we should expect a certain level of craziness.

But I think the incidents we have seen recently point to something else. Unemployment is hitting people pretty hard right now. Some of the people affected expected “so much winning” and it was going splendidly until that damn virus came along, the news media hyped it and all those fricking liberals became mask nannies. If it weren’t for them, they’d still have jobs, families, health insurance, Hope.

And if they’re really honest with themselves, they will have begun to realize that thousands of deaths a day “is what it is” to Trump and he’s not going to work outside his very cushy comfort zone to do anything about it.

The Party is dithering while the bank account empties, the car is repossessed, the eviction notices are arriving and the cell phone bill can’t be paid.

No American deserves this. Not one of us deserves to have our livelihoods upended by an out of control pandemic. If we all stick together, we can turn this ship around. But first, know your true enemy.

It’s not your neighbor.