It’s Not Friday Yet Motes

Pay attention, it’s coming to you: The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has ordered the arrest of unvaccinated people who violate stay-at-home orders aimed at curbing “galloping” coronavirus infections driven by the Omicron variant. Coronavirus vaccinations are voluntary in the nation of more than 100 million people, and less than half the population have so far completed their jabs.

Nose coffee: In checking the “American Spectator” a headline caught my eye. “Hillary Clinton: The Greasy Pole Beckons Again”. The first image that popped into my mind was of Hilly pole dancing. I nose-sprayed coffee all over my keyboard.

From Monster Hunter Nation: Five authors have gotten together and are each giving away five copies of our short story collections to five winners. Use this URL and I get extra entries’

He speaks for “his” people, not the electorate: Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said during the January 6 Day of Remembrance and Action candlelight vigil that Republicans are the “shrinking minority party standing with the most authoritarian, fascistic elements of the whole country.” Raskin opened his speech at the candlelight vigil to claim that many pro-law enforcement Americans are “phony.” The event, which Antifa partly organized, was attended by representatives of over 100 “activist” groups. If it weren’t for double standards, they wouldn’t have any.

Why, just why: Two deputies from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office took their own lives, leaving behind a 1-month-old son. According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Clayton Osteen tried to kill himself on New Year’s Eve, shortly before midnight. He was taken to the hospital and removed from life support on Jan. 2. Officials said Deputy Victoria Pacheco took her own life after learning of Osteen’s death. Osteen, a SWAT team member, was named Deputy of the Year in 2020 and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. To date there has been no “reason” identified. This is just a horrible waste. I just can’t wrap my head around this. Just can’t

Colleterial pandemic problems: Conscripts in Norway have been ordered to return their underwear, bras and socks after the end of their military service so that the next group of recruits can use them. The Norwegian military said Monday that it is struggling with dwindling supplies, in part due to the pandemic. Military service is mandatory for both men and women in Norway and lasts between 12 and 19 months. Until recently, the roughly 8,000 young men and women who every year do their military service returned their outer clothing but were allowed to leave barracks with the underwear and socks.

Weekend movie: “Skin Trade”. After his family is murdered, a detective (Dolph Lundgren) tracks the culprit (Ron Perlman) to Thailand and teams up with a Thai agent (Tony Jaa) to bring him to justice and take down his human-trafficking ring. Some great martial arts, a little short on story, acting about what you’d expect, but pretty good Saturday beer and Cheetos movie.

Binged on “Cobra Kai”. Yeah. I remember seeing the “Karate Kid” when it came out. Yeah, I’m that old.

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