New Jork Pest

In part because I’m an old fart (that rhymes!) who harbors this comedically outdated notion that high-quality, professional journalism plays an essential role in the functioning of a successful democracy, I’m a 30-year subscriber to the NY Times. Underpaid substance abusers with drivers’ licenses toss one on (or close to) my lawn every morning, along with a Miami Hurled (mostly for the comics).

Understandably, once in a while they screw it up. One day this week, instead of a NY Times, I get a NY Post, a truly ghastly specimen of tabloid. But I do give them credit for their occasionally brilliant and entertaining headlines. E.g., “Nopening Day” on the sports page.

I pick through the paper anyway. I’m a big fan of newspapers, so even a bad one is worth a critical look.

I encounter a truly upsetting column – I won’t mention the hack’s name or provide a link – that suggests Noo Yawkers are suffering from a tsunami of negative social media aimed at enforcing the statewide policy to “socially distance” with fear, despair, and terror. He characterizes this as “horror mongering” for attention, and wants it toned down, if not shut it off. And he finds it especially irking that the perpetrators cloak their motives by claiming they’re performing a public service.

Perhaps he’s just a sensitive soul – lotta those on the NY Post, right?  —  or as dense a Covidiot as President Pinocchio – but how is it even possible to condemn tweeters for harping about a plague that’s slaying citizens by the thousands, in a city where medical staff at hospitals is reduced to wearing makeshift trash bags because there aren’t enough HazMat suits or masks to go around? Stay off the streets, they’re saying, echoing the Ongoing Official Message. Stay inside and help us all stay alive! How is this a bad thing?

He condemns their attitude, because he has deduced they’re getting a thrill out of scaring people. How he comes to his conclusion is unclear. But his motive is obvious: with every tweet and call-out, he’s reminded how inept, wrong-headed, and lethally dangerous the Trumpf administration’s approach has been and continues to be. While we already know that Trumpanzees can’t handle the truth, ever, he reminds us they don’t like to hear that we know they can’t.

There’s no question this country has been terribly managed throughout this pandemic. Leadership played it down, wingnut media spewed misinformation and outright lies, and official efforts squandered precious time that is costing us lives and liberty. Unqualified, uninformed, and incompetent people abound in positions of authority, threatening entire lives. Of course people are outraged, helpless, and terrified, and need to vent. We don’t need patronizing crap that dismisses our fury at this administration’s gross incompetence and the horrors that result. Stick your politics back up your ass where you hatched them.

Sure hope I get a NY Times tomorrow.

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7 Responses to New Jork Pest

  1. Dawgbowl says:

    Hey! Yer back! Yer front, too! Keep it going — I’m stuck inside for a while and forced to read on my own time instead of my boss’s.

  2. Tanya Hyde says:

    Hey Squats — welcome back. You probably know that the Haulover Beach chapter of Tanorexics Anonymous is shut down, too — no get-togethers, and no beach access. This has never happened before, but we’re coping. I have a balcony I can use, but it’s not the same thing, and some of my fuddy-duddy neighbors have filed complaints about my sunbathing nude traumatizing their kids — you know, the ones with the telescopes and binoculars. LOL! Hopefully, this too will pass and we can do some serious skin work next summer. Keep it dark!

  3. Jeff Hansen says:

    Wow Nicely done  haven’t seen you on WordPress lately. this first in awhile?  

    • Squathole says:

      Thanks! First since yesterday, anyway (see below), but about a year before that. Gotta vent, and I suspect there’s a lot of unhappy folks out there looking on-line for something to keep them occupied. I mean, after 5-6 hours of porn a day, ya kinda burn out. I’m told.

  4. Helen Highwater says:

    These commentators’ agenda is crystal clear: they want to downplay the seriousness of the pandemic because it shines light on the Trump administration’s inept management of it. It’s despicable all round. Hey –welcome back and keep it up!

  5. Ruh Roh says:

    I hear they’re thinking of quarantining the whole city of New York. Maybe Trump will build a wall around it! Paging Snake Pliskin…………

  6. LAURA says:

    Unqualified, uninformed, and incompetent people abound in positions of authority, Brilliant! Entertaining read!

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