Bad Speech

I didn’t watch Trump’s State of the Union speech, mostly because I can’t contemplate staring at the smug, dumb little faces of Pence and Pelosi looming in the background. But Stacey Abrams’s response was ridiculously bad. These weepy stories of striving parents that people like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio so love are extremely passe. They’ve been done, redone, and overdone.

The overall dishonesty of the speech was such that you’d think she’s talking to people she viciously despises. “We can make a plan for immigration in the 21 century!” Well, make it already. Nothing is standing in your way, other than the fact that you’ve already made it and are afraid to be honest about its profoundly neoliberal nature.

God, what a bad speech. It’s extraordinarily hard to look bad after Trump spoke but leave it to the Democrats to choose a person who will accomplish that feat.

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Jilani Is Right

A really great journalist called Zaid Jilani said on Tucker yesterday that one in 3 black children in Virginia live in poverty but that’s not a national crisis while some stupid yearbook photos from God knows when are a big deal. Gillibrand worked as a lawyer for the tobacco industry when they were sued for killing people. Yet she’s posturing all over the place about the Northam photo.

I don’t care about Northam but the hypocrisy is ridiculous.

Big City Business

People in big cities are better at doing business than folks in small towns. Obviously, because they have more competition.

Take the kids’ gym. Our kids’ gym is great. We go there all the time. But the one we visited in Montreal is at a different level. First of all, it serves coffee. Put a coffee maker anywhere moms congregate, and you’ll make a killing. There are also snacks and even lunch boxes for kids. If you have kids, then you know the depths of painful, slavish gratitude parents experience when anybody solves the issue of snacks for them. I get tachycardia whenever I hear the word snacks because they are a bane of my existence.

The local kids’ gym has none of these wonderful attractions. We still go because there are no choices. But when the weather is nice, the gym is empty and losing business because there are no added perks. You could easily lure people in if you offered classes or organized activities that allow parents to veg out in the corner with their coffee. A half hour of not having to entertain is priceless to a parent.