Where Are You Now, Jonah Ryan?

I don’t mind telling y’all that I am really stressed out right now. Not only have I cut back on my carb intake because I am becoming An Old and having to do so is making me extremely cranky, but the world is just awful right now. The heartbreaking war in Ukraine continues, with the images that we do see becoming fewer but also worse every day. I grew up in the Cold War and I don’t remember this level of dread and fear ever lasting this long before.

And it looks like Covid cases are going to rise again as the world pretends that’s it’s all over and we can go back to our old lives. They are on the rise in Europe and the numbers have slowed their fall in my area. Great. And on Tuesday the Democrats had to give up on a spending bill to fund further Covid relief efforts because Senate Republicans threatened to filibuster it (naturally the media blamed “Congress”, which is also depressing).

I just want to note that included in that Covid relief bill was funding to buy antivirals and monoclonal antibodies for Americans who get infected and need medical intervention and the Republicans have demanded an accounting of every penny spent before they will approve any more spending. I guess the GOP is hungering for the 1 million US Covid deaths milestone.

However there is one thing that all the Senators did agree on Tuesday:  making Daylight Saving Time permanent. There was no filibuster, no contentious debate, no nail-biting vote count; just a voice vote passing it.

Not only is it a bad idea, it’s a slap in the fact to Americans still struggling with low wages, a lack of affordable housing, and, oh yeah, Covid. The fact that any time at all was spent on this shows just how out-of-touch the entire Senate is.

Now we could have a long discussion on why a permanent move to Daylight Saving Time is bad, but this is all you need to know:  Jonah Ryan, the worst character on HBO’s Veep–itself a show about the worst people–ran for Congress on a platform of abolishing Daylight Saving Time. Yes, Jonah Ryan wanted to ban Daylight Saving Time instead of permanently to it, but that is just the other side of the same coin.

He had a compelling rationale for his position, too:

Jonah: And plus, the day after Daylight Saving Time, you’re all messed up. One time, my mom brought in my breakfast an hour late like an idiot, so I just threw it on the floor and I said, “Mom, if I wanted to eat this, I would’ve eaten it an hour ago.” But it threw off my whole bathroom schedule and I ended up having to poop in a Sunoco bathroom.

Covid is still raging around us and the US Senate is worried about pooping in a Sunoco.

I’ll leave you with this thought:

5 thoughts on “Where Are You Now, Jonah Ryan?

  1. It is even worse, also on Tuesday, the Senate voted to end the ‘mandatory masks while using public transportation’ rules passed (and recently extended) by the TSA. Here’s hoping the House does better. Do you think they want a million-dead-people parade to celebrate?


    p.s. And yup, permanent daylight savings time is a very, very bad idea. We tried it in the 70’s and stopped for very good reasons, those folks in the Senate are certainly old enough to remember that, most of them were around back then.

  2. Screw that noise.
    Just change to Universal Time (previously known as GMT).

  3. The people against Daylight Savings Time are morning people who seek to inflict their perversion on the rest of us.

  4. And here Cassandra probably wanted to discuss serious topics, time changing meh.

    Just wait until November, December, January, February and to a lesser extent March with DST forced upon us. 7:00 a.m. under standard time (ST) is 6:00 a.m. under DST.

    So people will have to be up earlier than that in the darker hours, in order to to get businesses ready to open, meaning their home and business expenses will be going up through the roof, sorry about that, because the lights and heat will have to be turned on earlier. Bad for the environment, bad for businesses. Bad for people trying to get to work in the dark.

    Kids going to school, …, in a lot of places they are at bus stops usually around 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. which will be 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. under DST as compared to ST. Not very safe, since they will be trying to dodge sleepy drivers that cannot see them in the dark. Not to mention the kids and parents will be having to get up around 4:00 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. ST to be at the bus stops.

  5. i remember the 70s—i don’t want 24/7 DST either. i like the time changes, or at the very least they don’t bother me. and iirc a bill like this gets passed every year but never goes anywhere.

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