Symphonietta in the Key of Sarcasm


That’s what they tell us. You know these experts, the screamers at our school board meetings, the politicians sucking up to extremists, the puffed up people crashing maskless into shops having signs on their doors reading, “Masks required,” the temper tantrum idiots at 35,000 feet attacking flight attendants, the fools filing fraudulent lawsuits against our schools and those hundreds of thousands of our unvaccinated with breathing tubes down their throats, yet still in denial. Those people.

They’re sure it’s over. And thank goodness that’s so, because they’re tired of the terrible burden of doing their part. There is no end to their suffering from a little mask.

They really do have challenges with their kids having had to Zoom school or wear a mask all day – that part is real. But these moms and dads are just fine if their kids’ teachers get infected by their unmasked, little Petri dish darlings. At least those moms and dads don’t have the terrible, crushing burdens of both parenthood and citizenship at the same time anymore, because Covid is over. *

On this wonderful end to the pandemic,

No doubt the 31,830 Americans who were diagnosed today will be thrilled to learn that Covid is over. So will the 1,126 people who died from Covid today and all 997,933 who have died since this pandemic began. Oh, wait: they can’t be thrilled to learn that because they’re dead.

Our long Covid sufferers who can’t put together 2 hours of feeling strong will rejoice to discover that their Covid is over.

And, of course, our millions of immunocompromised and high-risk folks can now dance on tippy-toes in the grocery store, because buying a sack of groceries is no longer a death-defying act because Covid can no longer touch them.

And those new variants in Europe and elsewhere, I’m sure there won’t be yet another spike in the graphs when they show up on our doorstep – or in our lungs, right?

Yup, Covid is over. Pass the word.

Best Congressional News!

Our proudly dysfunctional Senate has done something amazing: they passed a bill on just a voice vote to make daylight savings time permanent. It is not currently known how many senators actually knew that a vote was being taken.

So, soon we’ll have no more onerous changing of the clocks twice a year and having to fumble with the one on the microwave. Nosiree, not for us. These courageous senators proudly stood for the right of every patriotic American to live in the Founding Fathers’ vision of freedom from clock setting.

We have only to wait for this bill to zip through the House and then we’ll be free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we’ll be free at last from the tyranny of setting clocks twice a year.

Similarly, Congress, in a bold bipartisan act, has bravely marched our country forward with the full-throated renaming of some unknown number of post offices. And isn’t that what we really want Congress to tackle – new names for old post offices?

Never mind that the Senate refuses to deal with gun safety issues, even as more blood baths happen almost daily in our way-too-heavily-armed nation. Not gonna do anything about climate change, either, even as it kills thousands of people every year and which may well drown our coastal cities and much of the Florida peninsula and which will make much of the world uninhabitable.

And with this evenly divided Senate that just loves its filibusters and dithering at the edges of loyalty, we don’t have to worry about any social programs being so much as considered, much less passed. Take that, you food stamp takers! You early childhood education freeloaders! You daycare dabblers! You medical cost moaners!

There’s more, of course, but for now just bask in the comfort of knowing that nothing important is getting done, but – good news! – you won’t have to deal with that microwave clock, thanks to our hard working Congress.


* “You must never so much as think whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it.”

Clara Barton, 1821-1912

Founder of the American Red Cross


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3 Responses to Symphonietta in the Key of Sarcasm
  1. Jim Altschuler Reply

    In my knowledge-less opinion, which in the past has proven fairly accurate, COVID will keep rearing its ugly head over and over, variant after variant, for years to come. God knows how any 100’s of thousands in America will be sickened during its run. Worse yet, the continuing growth in the tally of deaths will probably count past 1,1 MILLION People! And that’s just in the U.S. I shudder to think of the millions yet-to-be sickened (or sickened again) across the rest of the world.

    That doesn’t sound like COVID is over to me.

  2. Kirk Landers Reply

    We have been at war with Covid for two years. The anti-vaxers have worked with the enemy to kill more Americans than the Axis forces even dreamed of killing in WWII. Are we surprised they also side with Putin?

    As a footnote to this latest example of right wing treason…am I the only one who’s bothered by the fact that Jusse Smollett got a longer jail term and a larger fine than hundreds of the neo-Nazi morons who stormed the capitol?

    • Jack Altschuler Reply

      Good to hear from you, Kirk.

      25% of our 330,000,000 Americans equals 82,500,000 who want a Trump/Putin autocracy instead of democracy, this as they wave the flag. 40% – 132,000,000 – actually believe the 2020 election was stolen from Trump/themselves. Repeated accusations totally devoid of evidence clearly is now the same as conviction. You only must believe in the fraud fairies and then poof! it’s true.

      Which causes the shorter jail terms of our very own insurrectionists relative to Jussie Smolletts’ ever so sensible.