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Gallows Humor

Today is VE Day.  My Dad was there in the European Theater when it ended 75 years ago today.  Way to go, Dad!

I saw this on the internet:

Gallows humor is humor in the face of or about very unpleasant, serious, or painful circumstances.

We have a 14.7% unemployment rate and the NFL thinks we are going to have a football season.

In these trying and turbulent days, you can always count on gallows humor from the Keystone Cops, err, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.  Don’t forget the fella who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Abbott goes on TV Wednesday night and lies when he calls out H-Town for threatening potential jail time with local orders when his orders are the only ones with jail time penalties.   That’s hilarious.

Abbott, Patrick and Paxton have made a joke out of the rule of law.  They have taken the low road for sure.

Donald Trump and those around him do the macho thing and refuse to wear face masks and now someone close to them tests positive.  Aghast!

Trump’s Justice Department dropped the charges against a fella who pled guilty to the charges.

And these guys are in charge.  This would be one of the biggest jokes of our time if weren’t for the bodies that keep piling up.

Are we at a point where if you see someone out and about wearing a face mask you can surmise they are a Democrat, and those without are GOPers?  Is that where we are at?

Are face masks going to be part of each party’s platforms?

This is what you call gallows humor.

The Chron E-Board has a take today on voting-by-mail and here is how it starts:

No one should have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote.

Yet state officials want Texans to do just that. In what can only be understood as another example of voter suppression, they’re senselessly opposing expansion of absentee voting during the coronavirus outbreak.

Last month, a state district judge agreed with the Texas Democratic Party and civil rights groups that fear of exposure to the novel coronavirus is valid reason for Texans to vote by mail during the pandemic. That didn’t stop Attorney General Ken Paxton sending a letter May 1 threatening criminal charges against election officials who followed the judge’s ruling.

And this is how it ends:

So far, state officials have sent mixed messages. Paxton has vowed to crack down, Secretary of State Ruth Hughs has remained noncommittal and Gov. Greg Abbott has stayed on the sidelines.

Voting is a fundamental right. To set up a system that hinders that right is inherently flawed.

Commentary can’t agree with part of how their take ends.  Then again, the E-Board hasn’t talked to Commentary.

Spike Lee was interviewed by Anderson Cooper last night.  Spike talked about what he thought should happen AC -after coronavirus, not AC 360.  Funny.

The NFL got good run on their draft.  I guess that is why they made a big deal announcing their 2020 schedule last night.  Someone tweeted out asking fans to predict their team’s record this upcoming season.  The best response I saw was 0-0.  Gallows humor for sure.

On Thanksgiving Day, I wonder if I will be eating by myself and watching the Texans play the Lions with an 11:30 am start.

Have a safe and nice Mother’s Day Weekend.

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