Books I Read in May 2022

“Johannes would have identified the group concerned, insulted everyone, and probably settled into a spirited gunfight by this juncture.” – The Brothers Cabal

May was another busy month, so I didn’t get to read much. I finished re-reading the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard. I’m looking forward to a new Mercedes Lackey book in June.

  1. Johannes Cabal: The Brothers Cabal, Jonathan L. Howard
  2. Johannes Cabal: The Fall of the House of Cabal, Jonathan L. Howard

Uvalde Weirdness

These cops’ stories are SO weird.

Huh. That’s… kind of a weird thing to say. I’ve seen a lot of these post-mass shooting pressers now & I don’t remember any of them needing to clarify this?

What? Also, why ICE and Border Patrol? The article makes it sound like there was a SWAT available from the local PD? Also in the article, cops say they were focusing on evacuating kids from other classrooms, but that’s new, and if so why were parents busting in to get their own kids?

Fucking seriously, you guys? Just completely trash.

Those Uvalde cops keep changing their story.

So much for those “good guys with guns.”

The gunman was stopped by a security officer, who was shot and killed. Shot, but not killed. Not there at all. The cops ran in and engaged the gunman in a shoot out. No they didn’t. The gunman was shot and killed. The gunman was in custody. The cops ran in and saved their own kids, and left the rest to die. They arrested crowd members. They stood around with their thumbs up their asses while the gathering crowd pleaded with them to go save the kids.

The story keeps changing.

What seems sure at this moment is that the police in Uvalde, Texas, the so-called “good guys with guns” who are supposed to save us from armed assholes shooting up schools and grocery stores and churches and crowds, failed to do anything of use.

🏫 AP: Police: Texas gunman was inside the school for over an hour

After two days of providing often conflicting information, investigators said that a school district police officer was not inside Robb Elementary when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos arrived around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and, contrary to their previous reports, the officer had not confronted Ramos outside the building.

Instead, they sketched out a timeline notable for unexplained delays by law enforcement in responding to the attack.

What the fuck is even the point of cops if they aren’t standing up to an armed assailant attempting to murder 4th graders?

Meanwhile, the Senate has adjourned to begin their Memorial Day vacation, after doing exactly nothing to address gun violence in America.

Meanwhile, in a country where half the population has either already lost or is on the verge of losing their right to bodily autonomy and being turned into brood mares, where LGBTQ+ citizens are under attack, where trans children are being denied medical care and their families are investigated for child abuse, where MAGA cultists are banning books and editing history, where “ultra-MAGA” politicians are suing privately-owned bookstores to stop them from selling books they don’t like to adults, where we’ve had over 200 mass shootings just since January of this year, the goddamned useless Senate has gone on vacation without doing a goddamned thing to address any of these assaults on our liberties and rights.

Photo: United States Capitol Building, by Martin Falbisoner (CC BY-SA 3.0).

The front page of The Onion for May 25, 2022

Nineteen 4th graders and two adults died in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

For those not in on the “joke”: The Onion republishes this article, ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens, basically every time there’s a shooting. Today, they’ve filled their entire front page with the reposts.

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Screenshot of the the front page of The Onion's website for May 25, 2022. The entire front page is reposts of their article, ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens, which is about mass shootings.

5 Things: Fascism, vaccinations, Jan. 6 committee, rude customers, & Jif peanut butter recalls

Today we’ve got articles about CPAC in Hungary, vaccines for kids under 5, the Jan. 6 committee, rude people, and recalls on Jif peanut butter.

So, got some good news about vaccines for kids under five down there, which is awesome. But, uh, has anyone else noticed that the story about vaccines has really changed a lot?

Like, they’ve kind of just completely stopped talking about whether or not they have any effectiveness at preventing you from getting COVID-19 entirely, haven’t they? They still do a great job at preventing death, serious illness and hospitalization – so far – but nobody’s talking about not catching COVID at all anymore.

Shouldn’t we be hearing about updated vaccines by now? Or maybe entirely new 2.0 version vaccines? Or even more boosters for everyone?

Speaking of, Omicron BA.1, BA.1.1 and BA.2 seems to have burned through fairly quickly, but we’re obviously in the midst of yet another surge (ours so far seems to be made up of BA.2 and variations thereof) and I haven’t heard a single peep about, y’know, mitigation efforts. Not to mention we’ve got some nasty new Omicron variations on deck (BA.4, BA.5), and no one’s really talking about those.

Guys, I know we’re tired. I’m so exhausted with this, I can’t even tell you. But we don’t get to just ignore it.

🐘 CBS News: Hungary’s Orban opens CPAC by telling conservatives “we need to coordinate the movement” of allies – CPAC, the major conservative convention that happens every year, just held an event in Hungary, which is run by a fascist government. I’m sure it’s technically possible that there are conservatives/Republicans who aren’t fascist or fascist-curious, but if there are any left, they sure are deep in hiding.

💉 New York Times: Pfizer says three doses of its vaccine produce a strong response in the youngest children. – This is great news, unequivocally. Three shots are 80% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in kids 6 months to 5 years old.

🤷‍♀️ The Guardian: Capitol attack panel to hold six public hearings as it aims to show how Trump broke law – I’m not sure I see a point to this. Anyone who would watch this probably already knows or has guessed anything they have to say. Anyone who needs to hear this won’t watch, and wouldn’t believe any of it if they did. No one who should seems to be going to jail because of these hearings, as far as I can tell. Do they think it’s going to affect mid-terms? Prevent Trump from running in 2024?

🤬 Slate: A Rude Awakening – Alison Green, who writes the extremely popular work-advice blog, Ask A Manager, has a little article here about the horror show customer-facing people are dealing with.

🥜 Lifehacker: Throw Out These Recalled Jif Peanut Butters ‘Immediately,’ FDA Says – There’s a bunch of Jif peanut butter products with salmonella. Check your PB now and make sure you don’t have any of the contaminated products. You can see the full list here.