Witches And Demons

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Chris Britt)

In other news, investment analysts estimate that Americans owe about $21.5 billion in past-due rent that will now come due because eviction moratoriums are expiring. Republicans wasted the entire summer left Washington without passing anything.

Meanwhile, housing experts say up to 40 million people could be evicted from their homes soon, a significant number of whom (up to 25 million) could lose their homes in just the next month. Republicans wasted the entire summer and left Washington without passing anything.

Finally, officials say the Trump regime has scant planning in the works for actually distributing a vaccine once one is finally ready.

Health officials and lawmakers say they worry that without thorough planning and coordination with states, the vaccine distribution could be saddled with the same sort of disruptions that led to chronic shortages of coronavirus diagnostic tests and other medical supplies. [...]

Some state public health officials, meanwhile, say their entreaties to the Trump administration have been unanswered.

“We have not heard anything from the federal government since April 23,” Danielle Koenig, health promotion supervisor for the Washington State Department of Health, said in an email.

Immunization experts along with state and local public health officials sent a letter here to Operation Warp Speed on June 23 pleading for fresh guidance.

States need to know promptly if the federal government will pay for the vaccines, as it did during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, the letter says. Will alcohol swabs, syringes and personal protective equipment be included? What about record-keeping and refrigeration to store the vaccine and who will deliver it?

So far, there’s been no official response, said Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, one of four organizations that signed the letter.

If we don't replace Trump with Biden in November, I don't expect to personally receive a vaccine until 2022 if ever. I wish I were joking.

Like virtually every other girl over the age of 30, I've been in my feelings with Taylor Swift's Folklore album for the past week.

This specific song, in which Swift sings about a childhood friend with an abusive father, made me recall my own childhood friends with dysfunctional families. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a stable home (Thanks Dad if you're reading this), but most of my best friends didn't.

My best friend in high school lived with my family for half a year because his parents got divorced and both of them moved out of their house but left the kids at home alone to stay in the same school. One of my friends stayed with us for a month once because his step-father was caught abusing his sister. And my high school girlfriend lived with us for one summer because her father was unstable and she had to get a job where I lived to help her mother. I had several other friends who never lived with us, but did come from unstable homes.

Everyone has similar stories from their childhoods, of course, but I will say being transgender makes the rabbit hole go much deeper these days. I think I still would have had many of the same friends if I was born differently, but I can't say for sure. Thinking about these things -- all the possibilities and missed opportunities of living in the wrong body for most of your life -- used to be very difficult for me and was a major source of trauma in the last year, but it has gotten easier over time. Now I can even write about it. Coming out publicly and actually starting hormone replacement therapy allowed me to start healing and build something new.

Transition is mostly associated with physical changes, but the truth is the emotional changes that you can't see with your eyes are much bigger.

These have been my random thoughts. Have a good weekend!

  • Draxiar

    Ashby, Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I have never been in your position in regards to this sort of personal struggle and change. When you offer your insight into what you’re experiencing it helps those, like me, to understand better an aspect of a personal evolution we may never have thought about much less face ourselves.

    You’re a brave woman and thanks for helping me understand better the world around me.

  • Draxiar

    I’m shooting in the dark here but their plan for the virus will probably be the same plan for ventilators and PPE when this all started:

    -Make states compete in the vaccine reality show
    -Commandeer the supplies from those states (blue states) with enough of a savings to buy it
    -Use the commandeered vaccines as a way to reward the trump ass kissing red state governors.
    -Blame the blue states for not doing enough

  • muselet

    • Given the circumstances, it would be humane for the federal government to make landlords whole and keep renters from being bankrupted and evicted. Alas, that won’t happen with Rs anywhere near the levers of power.

    • The Trump administration should have been gearing up to purchase vials, syringes, prep pads and all the other equipment necessary for large-scale vaccination. As usual, the administration will do nothing except blame others for all failures and take credit for any successes.

    • Random thoughts are good, both for you and for us. We’re all on this Earth to learn from one another.

    • This video isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I find it fascinating. Yes, I’m weird. (The English willow mentioned in the video is Salix alba var. caerulea, a variety of white willow commonly called bat willow.)

    Have a safe weekend, all.


  • Aynwrong

    “Republicans wasted the entire summer and left Washington without passing anything.”

    A few years ago I might have said that this would mean that we got off it easy because at the very least they didn’t fuck anything up. Republicans: Destroying America while sitting on their asses.

    I don’t know what to say about your personal comments Ashby except that they are kind of comforting and devastating at the same time. Comforting because I’m glad to know that you are experiencing healing and have a good father to lean on. and devastating because I’m a straight, white male and I couldn’t gat the hell out of high school fast enough and never look back. I honestly can’t even imagine. Good luck to and your loved ones going foward.

    It’s just my kind of strange. And it reminds me of cheesy sci-fi flicks from the 50s. Safe weekend all.