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Omicron Spawns More Travel Aggravation

So do you want the good news or the bad news first? Ok. We’ll give you the good news first. Most probably there will not be another lockdown in the US or Canada.

Now for the bad news: Governments are in a complete panic over the new omicron variant. Is it so bad? So far medical authorities have said no. Are first world countries mostly vaccinated? Yes. Are third world countries vaccinated? For the most part no. So here’s something simple: Stay away from third world countries.

Because of the omicron panic, beginning almost immediately, if you are planning to fly to the US, you need a COVID-19 test no later than 24 hours before your departure. While for most people this is an annoyance but doable, those who observe the Sabbath cannot take this test on a Saturday. So, if they are flying on Sunday, they are in, as we say, gehakte tzouris – big trouble.

It appears those traveling by car will be mercifully exempt from this newest edict. For now.

The big issue now is that no one is set up to give you results in 24 hours, unless you are willing to fork over about $350 per test. We’re guessing new places will pop up, but certainly not in the next couple of days.

Will this stop omicron from spreading? Most likely not. If someone is in South Africa and wants to get home all they have to do is fly into a country that allows them in, stay a day and then fly home. Bingo. All these machinations are for not.

In the who-cares-department, major league baseball team owners voted to lockout players after they couldn’t reach a collective bargaining agreement. Boohoo. The last time this happened was 1994 when the Montreal Expos were inches away from winning the world series. Which Montrealer isn’t still smarting from that?

The issue comes down to what it always does: money. Seems to be that the players’ union isn’t happy with how teams offer top players top dollar, while leaving others behind. Seriously? Get your act together before February spring training starts or you will find out how people will quickly find other things to keep them entertained.

If you want to see a political party shoot itself in the foot, look no further than Canada’s Green Party. It is virtually impossible to take them seriously. After making their previous leader Annamie Paul’s life a complete misery, she finally had enough and quit. So one would think they would find a middle-of-the-road-save-the-trees-and-turtles kinda leader. Nope.

They found someone of east Asian descent, an  astrophysicist with a PhD from the University of California. So far so good.   He is trans (that means transgender and he was a girl and now he’s a boy) and binary and will not say he or she, rather they/them.

People are entitled to be who they are – that’s not the issue. The problem is that he is the leader of a party that no one will take seriously. They won’t even know how to address they-them.  So instead of focusing on the party’s platform, people will be focusing on binary, they/them, trans etc.

Could someone please put this party out of their misery, make them dissolve and restart under a new name. Perhaps then people will forget how dysfunctional they are.

We are guessing that if you live in rural Botswana or perhaps rural South Sudan, there will not be an emergency room open to you in the middle of the night. But if you live in rural Quebec, home of Papa Legault’s cheerleaders, one would think that there would be an emergency room open.

Sadly, this was not the case. After a 130 kilometre ambulance trip, a 65-year-old man died in the elevator of a hospital to late for life-saving surgery. In case you were wondering where this man was, it was first Val-d’Or and then  Amos quebec.

He lived in a place called Senneterre. It takes 45 minutes to get from Senneterre to Val D’or where he was taken only to find the emergency room closed. Then the ambulance had to drive almost another hour to get to the next emergency room which was in Amos Quebec. By then it was too late.

Can we talk? Blanche, did you know that Papa Legault is polling at 46% popularity while the Liberals are polling at a pathetic 26%. Lest you forget, the Liberals used to poll around 75%. Those days are clearly over. But we digress.

If you think a man dying because there was no emergency room open, a la third world country,  is going to affect Papa Legault’s popularity, think again. He’s is clearly the second coming and nothing seems to affect how much his citizens adore him.

We are betting that the family of the man who died will be singing a different tune, but ya never know.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is very, very s.p.e.c.i.a.l. She has ascribed to the same kind of rhetoric as all of Trump’s white house press secretaries. Lie. With a straight face. The difference here is that Psaki looks like a dufus. Here ya go:

“When a huge group of criminals organizes themselves and they want to go loot a store—a CVS, Nordstorm, a Home Depot—until the shelves are clean, you think that’s because of the pandemic?” a Fox News White House correspondent asked Psaki.

“I think the root cause in a lot of communities is the pandemic, yes,” Psaki replied.

There’s nothing to say here. She’s a liberal, tree-hugging, whale-saving, turtle-saving Democrat and will never ever admit who is behind those lootings. So, as far as she and the White House ergo Biden (if he even knows) are concerned, it’s because of the pandemic.

Of course it is. Fifty men and women cooped up last year for a few months decided that now, months later, they need to loot Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Nordstrom and Home Depot because they were very bored and needed to walk around with a Hermes purse. You can’t make this stuff up.

Good Shabbos We’ll talk…

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