Satirical Accounts: why I like them

I admit that I enjoy certain types of satire accounts.

My favorite is an academic one; one that openly lampoons the absurd aspects of higher education:

She has 121.2 K followers. Her posts are often met with “you MUST be at our university”; her posts are just so on point.

I like Titania McGrath who makes fun of excessive wokeness: (this thread is hilarious)

“She” has 710.8 K followers.

Here is one that lampoons conservatives of a certain type:

Walter has 142 K followers.

And there is a way followers react to his post: we copy his diction and themes …and for the offended liberal that doesn’t get the joke but reacts with umbrage: we call that “being Waltered.”

Then there is 3yearletterman:

Hey plays the part of an ignorant person who peaked in high school and boasts about mundane things (“I have a 4 figure checking account” “so many youth football championship rings that I cannot turn door handles”)

But the best part: he spouts absolutely ridiculous gibberish…and sometimes even a genuine celebrity will play along! (e. g. Jim Palmer, former Oriole pitching great).

But the best part is when some clueless, sanctimonious scold will come in to tell us what a bunch of idiots we are…that is when we pounce with “bet you don’t have a reserved table at Beef O’Brady’s” etc. (these are things that “Coach” routinely brags about)

Sometimes, they eventually get the joke. But it is hilarious when they don’t; it is kind of fun to watch the sanctimonious know-it-alls work themselves into a froth over what should have been obvious to see.

He has 301K followers. And he has been quoted by Newsweek! (who eventually realized their error)

Social and political rants and quips

Yes, COVID is back; yes, that is hospitalizations too. The rates are still much lower than what they once were but they are creeping up again. This time: few care. Yes, I am masking up when indoors around others but I am one of the tiny percentage that still does so.

Curiously, people see me masked and tend to give me a wide berth …no ridicule as yet.

Social/Political: I find the discourse to be amusing.

And I think Republicans understand this better than Democrats do: Hence, our inability to communicate effectively with voters.

As bad as Republicans are on policy, they will annihilate us on things like this:

Republican ad: “Democrats think that men have babies. Can you trust them on important issues?” D’s will respond either by screaming “transphobia” or with a power point science lecture about gender dysphoria and how someone can have a vagina and a uterus but have “male” characteristics in other ways.

But..Republicans have Q-anon and other things, right? But there are two huge differences:

  1. The Republican party is more homogeneous; they have the wealthy and the white working class..quickly adding working classes of other ethnic groups.
  2. The Republican crazy is kind of out there (until abortion..ok..that deserves its own post). Democrat “crazy” appears to affect daily life more closely: “Defund the Police => less safety”. “Transwomen ARE the same as genetic women” => your daughter has to compete in sports against genetic males. “Wokeness” => dreary, insulting “Diversity and inclusion training” and 40 pronouns.

What Republicans can get away with is not what we can get away with.

I know people don’t like Bill Maher but:

Hitting the delicate balance

I was a bit out of sorts; some tenderness in my right shoulder has caused me to cut back on swimming a bit; I just can’t progress much (in terms of yardage) in the crawl.

But I can side stroke, breast stroke and now back stroke, and I can do fin kick/balance drills. So, I’ll suck it up and do those.

Weight: 202.8 Wednesday , 204.3 today, though latter was after breakfast.

Swim: mixed strokes for 500

swim drills for 300 with fins (love the new booties)

mixed strokes for 350 ; tried one final crawl 100 and stopped at 50.

Then: a ton of physical therapy inside; shoulder work was a lot of it.

Then 2 miles of walking; it was pretty good for about 1.4-1.5, then I really had to focus.

Walking and a little baseball

Today: shoulder was a bit sorer than I was comfortable with so I skipped swimming; tomorrow I’ll do a mixed stroke and “kick with fins” short swim and a walk.

Today: I did full PT (ok, forgot “sit to stands”) and then walked another 2 miles.

Not fast and I did feel it at about 1.6 but the first part..first mile..felt pretty good.

Then, some baseball.

Last night: watched Bradley lose 7-6 to Missouri State in a game that saw some chippy behavior. BU was up 5-2 but the Bears clawed back in it and took a 7-6 lead with runs in the 8’th and 9’th inning. During one of the innings, the Mo. St. pitcher barked back at the Bradley bench then at the next at bat, umpires had to step between the Bradley coaches and their 3’rd base coach.

But BU got revenge today, winning the first game 15-10 and the second 18-5 (after 7).

The first game saw BU explode out of the gate with 4 runs in the first and second inning. But the Bears fought back..and a 6 run 8’th inning had the game at 11-10 going into the bottom of the 8’th . But BU went back to batting practice …total of 5 home runs.

And yes, someone on the Missouri State bench got ejected.

I missed the first 3.5 innings of the second game..but got back in time to see BU score 6 runs in the bottom of the 4’th and go on to win 18-5 (10 run rule) in 7.

Gorgeous baseball sky.