A good bleeding was good enough for the Founders.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who has actively resisted promoting public health in her state, made clear that this Friday's Independence Eve event at Mt. Rushmore will not indulge in the anti-American practice of socialist distancing, because whether one chooses to spread a deadly virus is a matter of individual choice. As NBC News reports, Noem says if anyone thinks infectious diseases are infectious, they can just miss all the fun. On Monday's edition of the "Laura Ingraham Caucasian Butthurt Hour" on Fox News, Noem explained,
We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we'll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing.
State officials have told the people of South Dakota "to focus on personal responsibility," said Noem, adding, "Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they're comfortable with."
It's a pretty weird take on "personal responsibility," since in this case if people make bad choices, it's other people who suffer, but freedom to spread respiratory droplets is what America is all about, isn't it?
After years of complaints and warnings, they came for the racists ...
Several social media companies took action against a bunch of rightwing hate-vomiters Monday, including a temporary ban on content from Donald Trump on the video streaming service Twitch, YouTube's removal of several white supremacist channels, and Reddit's finally lowering the boom on the subreddit r/the_donald and a bunch of other subreddits that had repeatedly violated the service's content rules, including — both sides! — a forum for the "dirtbag left" outlet Chapo Trap House. That led to another round of whining that Big Tech is censoring "conservative" speech. You might think that good decent conservatives wouldn't want to be associated with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, but that just means you are a social justice warrior who doesn't appreciate Free Speach and you want to set up gulags for all who will not conform to your fascistic insistence on "basic decency" and "not advocating white power."
Yes, we are very sad about all of it, so very sad.
This appears to not be the case.
On Sunday night, Scott Adams, the creator of "Dilbert" and a total dillhole himself, announced on Twitter that he had been fired not once, not twice, but three times in his life for being a white man — one of those times being the time UPN canceled "Dilbert" the animated series we all forgot ever existed.
@ahmedbest I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience. That… https://t.co/LS5lcl0nm0— Scott Adams (@Scott Adams)1593393715.0
Curiously, that is not what Adams said in a 2006 interview with Ground Report.
It was on UPN, a network that few people watch. And because of some management screw-ups between the first and second seasons the time slot kept changing and we lost our viewers. We were also scheduled to follow the worst TV show ever made: Shasta McNasty. On TV, your viewership is 75% determined by how many people watched the show before yours. That killed us.
Seeing as "Shasta McNasty" was a show about a rap-rock band starring Gary Busey's son, that seems plausible. A lot more plausible, frankly, than "Dilbert" getting canceled because Scott Adams was white. I won't discount that perhaps he was told that, by someone, to spare his feelings, but as an actual fact? Seems dubious!
A new week of Tabs starts now!
Working class white women are tired of Donald Trump's sorry ass. (LA Times)
The European Union is scheduled to reopen its borders on July 1, but Americans' COVID-19-infected selves will probably not be welcome. (CNN)
Bartenders and wait staff are struggling in a restaurant industry that's now primarily either delivery/take-out only or reduced capacity dining. (Eater)
Vandalizing businesses in a historically Black Northeast Portland neighborhood is not how you demonstrate that Black Lives Matter. (The Oregonian)
Artist Milton Glaser died Friday on his 91st birthday. A co-founder of New York Magazine, Glaser put the heart in the famous “I (Heart) New York" logo. His work inspired the playbill for Tony Kushner's Angels in America. He also designed the DC bullet, the greatest comic book logo ever. (CBR)
RIP to Milton Glaser. Designer of the iconic “I ❤️ NY” campaign, the art for the final season of Mad Men and the ic… https://t.co/WOCzpiAOyA— Devon Sanders (@Devon Sanders)1593272527.0
Some activists are suggesting that John Lennon's "Imagine" should become the new National Anthem. They also probably think R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" or The Police's “Every Breath You Take" are solid wedding songs. Listen to the lyrics, guys. (New York Post)
Seattle's swanky Canlis has responded creatively to the end times. It's now turned its parking lot into a drive-in theater where you safely watch a movie while enjoy some darn good burgers and fries. Proceeds benefit the Black Farmers Collective. (Seattle Times)
Minnesota is more segregated than its "nice" reputation implies. (Time)
The rest of the nation also hasn't entirely shaken off
GOP Senate incumbents in Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina are in varying degrees of serious trouble. (Newsweek)
Trump spent Saturday golfing in Virginia. He didn't even have the decency to at least practice fiddling. (The Guardian)
George and Martha Washington enslaved 300 Black human beings. Do you know their names? (Washington Post)
Some good news for a change: Scientists believe the coronavirus doesn't mutate so quickly that a vaccine wouldn't prove effective. (NPR)
COVID-19 is making people in their early 60s feel old. It is hard to accept that Sharon Stone, Colin Firth, Jennifer Grey, and Julianne Moore are in the "at-risk" group. (Washington Post)
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