by John Walters
Eight people are shot dead at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis late last night. If you’re keeping score, that’s 45 mass shootings (four or more shot, not including the shooter) in the U.S.A. since mid-March.
On the other hand(gun), the U.S.A. has vaccinated more of its citizens (thank you, Joe) than any other nation.
I guess what we’re trying to say is that the U.S. is the world’s leader in people getting shots and people getting shot.
Don’t Cancel Me, But…
…What was Adam Toledo, a 13 year-old, doing outside at 2:37 a.m.? With a gun? Why was Daunte Wright diving back into his car after officers had already gotten him to step out of his vehicle?
Should either Adam or Daunte be dead right now? Of course not. Of course not. Let me repeat: Of course not.
But I’m having a hard time equating their deaths to what Derek Chauvin did to George Floyd. Chauvin’s act was out-and-out murder, a sadistic and malicious cop thinking he could act with impunity. These other two cases are cops reacting in the heat of the moment, poorly with hindsight, sure, but I’ll ask again: What’s a 13 year-old boy doing outside at 2:37 a.m. (and just asking this question would get me destroyed on the Twitters because the ratio gang would judge that I’m saying he deserved it)?
These are things that cannot be reasonably discussed on the Twitters.
Hell, what the U.S. Army dude did to the young black man walking on the sidewalk smacked of way more hatred and racism. It’s just that the effects were not as grave.
On the other hand, and let’s not forget this for one moment, Wright and Toledo are still alive today if they’re white. As you see here:
And yes, all of this stuff has been going on for decades. The difference is that now we have body cams and iPhone cameras.
The U.S. is just one unending Black Mirror episode.
Kinda Fresh, Kinda Wow, Charli
Meet the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft, Charli Collier, out of the University of Texas, taken by the Dallas Wings. Collier is a 6’5″ forward and quite striking.
(Tell me you didn’t have The Lion King flashbacks watching the No. 6 pick’s grandmama celebrate)
The Wings actually had the No. 2 pick overall (taking another 6’5″ post player, out of Finland, Awak Kuier, and the No. 5 pick overall (guard Chelsea Dungee out of Arkansas). Three of the first five picks. But in a draft that had no UConn or Notre Dame players—none—and only one Tennessee player, it’ll be interesting to see what having three of the top five picks yields. This draft did not have a superstar talent.
The Two Faces Of Nick Saban
He’s priceless, he is.
Charming Nick (date unknown):
Grumpy Nick (yesterday):
You Don’t Say
America’s very own Littlefinger, Sen. Lindsey Graham, once again saying what’s advantageous for him to say in the moment. He’d never say this in front of donors wearing red baseball caps. In fact, he’d refute that he ever said it.
Ha Ha Hahn
One of New York City’s most valuable phenotypes is the bitchy, witty, charming gay man. I encountered my first, Mark P., in my first year in Manhattan back in 1989. He was a friend of my roommate’s. Basically, the Jack character you saw on Will & Grace. There are thousands of these men, each more fun to be around than the next.
Engaging conversations about The Brady Bunch. Treatises on the best cabaret acts. A late night sing along at Marie’s Crisis Cafe or The Duplex. Bemoaning a jump in waist size from 30 to 32. Chatter about the latest Randy Rainbow video.
It’s fun to see the New York Times actually profile one, George Hahn, who is a scream on Twitter. Also, you read that right: a 360-square foot apartment on the UWS (I had an 860-square foot palace…lived like a sultan).