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A Brit eclipses a few Americans as an all-around freedom lover, while one Major League Baseball team caves to the incessant whining of progressive peer pressure. Oh, and Joe Biden wants to know what Republicans really think.
The Passive Rock Rebel
Calling his actions of late “passive rebellion,” guitar legend Eric Clapton this week announced he “will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present.” He’s referring to concert-goers turned away without a record of COVID-19 vaccination. Clapton decided to take the jab because he is a 70-something with Emphysema. In a letter to his friend and anti-lockdown activist Robin Monotti Graziadei, Clapton described his harrowing experience:
“I took the first jab of AZ and straight away had severe reactions which lasted ten days; I recovered eventually and was told it would be twelve weeks before the second one… About six weeks later, I was offered and took the second AZ shot, but with a little more knowledge of the dangers. Needless to say, the reactions were disastrous; my hands and feet were either frozen, numb, or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks; I feared I would never play again (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone….”
Flyover folks do love a good Eric Clapton song, and those with similar views from across the country came out in support: “The [email protected] nearly ended his career and life,” sympathized Tory Welling in St Louis. A fan in Murfreesboro, TN, one Kevin Hooper, applauded the rocker for being upfront about the experience, saying, “I knew there was a reason I’m a Clapton fan — besides the great music.”
The letter ended with Clapton again decrying the lack of freedom governments are imposing on their citizens in the name of the pandemic, “I continue to tread the path of passive rebellion and try to tow the line in order to be able to actively love my family, but it’s hard to bite my tongue with what I now know.”
And then Hoosier and rock music aficionado Randall Stine simply said, “That Brit may be more American than Biden.”
Caving To Cancel Culture
On Friday, the Cleveland Indians announced – through the voice of Tom Hanks – a name change. Yes, inspired to include everyone and not just the baseball prowess of Native Americans, the team through Tom claim they are to be now known forevermore as the Guardians. America was summarily unimpressed. As Tom states, “Cleveland is the most important part of the name.” And he is evidently on to something if what people are spouting off is true.
One friendly Ohio Libertarian, Michael Kaegael, doesn’t seem to think the new moniker lives up to the old team: “Guardians of what? A losing record? Cuz it sure isn’t of free speech.” James Voss in Racine, WI, knocked one out of the park: “The name they chose, not a fan. Feels like a football team from a bad movie.” Ouch
Finally, in Denver, Jerry Smith, who has an MLB team with a non-controversial name, The Rockies, asked, “Why not the eunuchs?”
Meanwhile … no one in the flyover states seems to support the Biden administration publicly. Some may surmise it’s because no one understands a thing he says off script and that Ozzy Osbourne is non-committal on whether or not to become his translator. But the president did make a weird comment that had folks going down the rabbit hole.
The Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talbot asked the hurried leader of the free world, “Are there people in the Democrat Party who want to defund the police?” Biden replied: “Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?”
That’s not in the least bit a crazy answer but one that set the house on fire for a few folks. As such, only one comment stayed away from the flames and is publishable this week. Congratulations to Den McKee from Fulton, MO, for keeping it shareable: “Well, Dems ARE blood-thirsty, and they work under the cloak of darkness. AND Nancy is as crazy as a bat.”
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