Where Rama's woe came from
CEBU City Mayor Edgardo Labella said Saturday, October 3, he knew where the lament of his vice mayor, Mike Rama, over the "captivity" or "bondage" of seniors under quarantine rules, was coming from: Mike's being a senior (66), which, Mayor Edgar said, he is too (69).
Must be the VM's empathy with the rest of the seniors in the city since Mike and Edgar, as public officials, are exempted from the stay-home order. Rama used that circumstance as his argument for lifting the ban; he shares the ordeal of confinement of those aged-60-and-above although he himself, like the mayor, is not going through it.
Populist stance. Why, Mike asked rhetorically. He must know the reason for the difference in rules. He and Edgar are public officials. They need to go out to serve their constituents. The other seniors are not and do not.
They ignore exemption
The reason for public officials not being covered by the ban is similar to the reason for exemptions of seniors to the ban: that is, when older adults -- along with minors below 21, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women -- need to go out (a) to secure essential goods and services or (b) to work for a living, as employee or self-employed.
The problem both Mike and Edgar fail to see: seniors have to hurdle a huge barrier to enjoy the exemption. Many law enforcers are big on the general prohibition, not much about the exemption. Thus the intent of the IATF rules is usually not followed.
Labella said the police are compassionate. The message must have been lost in transmission. But enforcers don't even need to be kind; they just have to understand the purpose of the IATF rule. The rule is aimed to protect the seniors, not to cage them.
No debate civility, order
What President Trump and his election rival Joe Biden said to each other as each walked to his separate lectern to start the September 29 first presidential debate in Cleveland:
* Biden: "How you doing, man?"
* Trump: "I'm well."
Both earlier agreed to dump the conventional handshake and opening statements.
Biden called Trump "man" at least three times: 1. while greeting him; 2. (when Trump kept interrupting while Biden was answering a question) "Would you shut up, man?" 3. "That was really a productive segment. Keep yappin,' man."
"Man" is a lot better than "clown," which Biden used but quickly corrected, "Excuse me, this person."
Interrupter in chief
One media count put at 73 the number of interruptions President Trump made on challenger Biden during the debate.
Fox News's Chris Wallace counted 173 when he talked about the interruptions in his interview program a day or two after the debate.
It's called exaggeration. Example of an actual count was the number of interruptions Trump made on Biden on one question or issue alone: 10 times. Some media stories referred to Trump as interrupter in chief.
Started with a lie
Did Trump start with a lie about his being well?
Depends on whether he knew or felt the symptoms of Covid-19 on the night of the debate.
But Trump knew already before he went into the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio that Hope Hicks, a close senior aide, who had gone with him on his recent trips, was found positive for Covid.
Besides, everyone of the 70 people in the room, presumably including Trump, was tested as prerequisite for admission to the Tuesday (Wednesday in PH) debate.
Failure to disclose his condition raised the suspicion that Trump wanted Biden to be infected too.
"Debat," "very 2020"
Did Trump's lawyer, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, deliberatel bash the Trump-Biden debate by tweeting the incomplete word, "Debat" (without the "e") -- or did he just senior-ly forget to finish the word, as Trump once misspelled with his "Covfefe" tweet?
They've begun using "2020" as descriptive of something awful or distressing in this year of the Lord. Cayetano and Velasco battling for the House speaker's seat? "2020ish." Expose on Trump's debts and taxes? "2020." Trump's infection with Covid. "Very 2020."