I like this cozy Judy look. At first, I thought she wasn’t giving me much to work with, but then I looked more closely. It’s the perfect anchor lady outfit for a rainy day in the mid-atlantic: black mock-t sweater and pearl earrings. Nice choice, Judy. Goes with the paper flowers just off-screen to our right.

Though we are approaching 100,000 U.S. deaths from COVID, it’s Memorial Day, so off to the beaches we go! As the mayor of Amity told a reporter, “As you see, it’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open, and people are having a wonderful time.”

What could go wrong?

Of course, Amity was the fictional beach town depicted in

Cover art

and as we know, things went awfully wrong.

Here’s an image of the O.C. boardwalk two weekends ago:

I’ll stay battened down, thanks.

Speaking of going awfully wrong, Joe (Biden) and Don (the president) screwed up again. Verbal gaffes are nothing new from either of these fellows, but Shields and Brooks found them noteworthy and so do I.

As far as I know, Judy was not puckering up to air-kiss either of these guys. I just caught her at an unfortunate moment. Back to Joe and Don.

Not for the first time, Joe messed up trying to be cool. Being interviewed by Charlamagne tha God (and if you didn’t see THAT rolling off Judy’s tongue, you ain’t lived), Joe said, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Judy couldn’t bring herself to say “ain’t” when quoting him. btw. Love her.

Joe, Joe, Joe. As the second-whitest (to David Brooks) whitey on the block, Mark Shields, said, “whites don’t get to tell blacks what being black means.” Joe didn’t walk his statement back, he RAN it back, but too late.

Don gave us another skin-crawling moment when he toured the Ford plant, maskless. When asked why he didn’t wear a mask, he said he didn’t want to “give the press the pleasure of seeing it.” But that’s not the bad thing.

Don paused during a speech at the Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan to praise the “good bloodlines” of the family descended from the firm’s founder, Henry Ford, a notorious anti-Semite and favorite of Adolf Hitler.

Why we just happen to have handy a snapshot of Henry Ford accepting the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from a Nazi official in 1938:

Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from Nazi ...

David Brooks disappointed by saying that Don doesn’t read books, so how would he know about this, but I think he was fed the line to appeal to the more radical elements of his base.

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “

  1. Glad you bring up Jaws—all through this debacle of a virus response, the words “We’re gonna need a bigger boat“ have been going through my head.


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