Brickbat: Wrong Day of the Week


Police in Panama detained Bárbara Delgado, a trans woman, for being outside on the wrong day. To stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Panamanian government is instituted shelter in place that allow men and women out on alternate days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for women; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for men. No one can go out on Sunday. Delgado was accused of improperly going out on a day reserved for women. Delgado was detained for three hours and given a $50 fine.

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  1. This sounds like the most arbitrary mitigation policy yet.

    1. Well, if the US, a nation founded on the highest principles of the Enlightenment, comes up with some truly terrible regulations, what do you expect from a country founded on an old Van Halen song with largely meaningless lyrics?

      1. Hey! Now here’s some DEEP lyrics!

        Van Halen
        Oh yeah! … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        Uh-huh! … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        Jump back, what’s that sound? … (Meaning: I like drugs!)
        Here she comes, full blast and top down … (Meaning: I like drugs!)
        Hot shoe, burnin’ down the avenue … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        Model citizen, zero discipline … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        Don’t you know she’s coming home with me … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        You’ll lose her in that turn … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        I’ll get her … (Meaning: I like fast cars!)
        Panama … (Meaning: I like fast cars!)
        Panama … (Meaning: I like cheap beer!)
        Panama … (Meaning: I like cheap whiskey!)
        Panama … (Meaning: I like cheap cigars!)
        Ain’t nothin’ like it, her shiny machine … (Meaning: I like cheap beer!)
        Got the feel for the wheel, keep the movin’ parts clean (I like cars!)
        Hot shoe, burnin’ down the avenue … (Meaning: I like hookers!)
        Got an on-ramp comin’ through my bedroom … (Meaning: I like coke!)
        Don’t you know she’s coming home with me … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        You’ll lose her in that turn … (Meaning: I like sex!)
        I’ll get her … (Meaning: I like more sex!)
        (Uh-oh!) … (Meaning: I flunked my exams!)
        Panama … (Meaning: I like more coke!)
        Panama (ow!) … (Meaning: I like too much coke!)
        Panama … (Meaning: I like more drugs!)
        Panama (ah-oh-oh-oh-oh) … (Meaning: Let’s get stoned!)
        Woo! … (Meaning: I think I’m stoned now, but let’s do more!)
        Yeah, we’re runnin’ a little bit hot tonight … (Meaning: OK, stoned now for sure!)
        I can barely see the road from the heat comin’ off … (Meaning: I love cars crashes!)
        (You know… … (Meaning: MomDad will buy me a new car anyway!)

        1. I *really* don’t want to encourage you, but I read that comment before I realized who it was, and I thought it was kind of funny.

    2. I’m guessing you weren’t around in the seventies, when you couldn’t only get gas on Tuesdays if you had an even number license plate. Or was it the other way around? It was crazy times. Extremely arbitrary mitigation to a problem caused by deliberate government shortages.

      1. It was based on calendar days. Odd license plates on odd days, and vice-versa.

        1. I lived in Traverse City, MI in that period, and we had no lines at the gas stations or rationing at all. There was more gasoline than we could afford to buy.

          TC lived mostly on tourism. Halfwitted federal bureaucrats allocated gasoline as a percentage of the usage before OPEC reduced the supply – so the customers from the cities downstate and Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio often couldn’t get the fuel to drive up there, but we had most of the fuel they normally bought to drive home, plus most of the fuel we normally used to go to the jobs half of us no longer had.

  2. “Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for women”
    “No one can go out on Friday”

    Did you mean Sunday?

    1. Schrodinger’s Friday: women can be thought of as being allowed to go out on Friday and not allowed at the same time.

  3. I bet a guy in a dress can’t get cheap drinks on ladies night either. The monsters.

  4. Authorities have the power to confirm a person’s gender identity … by checking their official documentation.

    One supposes a person’s citizenship is similarly confirmable.

    In Panama, trans people can’t legally change their sex unless they have had sex reassignment surgery

    So much for “gender fluidity” in Panama!

    1. Go under the knife, or have no life!

  5. I’m not sure how you could check somebody’s gender identity with documentation, but I’m pretty sure I know how to check their sex. You’re free to say “I feel like a woman today” all you please, but unless you are a woman, you don’t actually know what being a woman feels like so how the hell would you know what you’re feeling is in fact feeling like a woman? Your sex is biologically determined, how you feel about your sex is as arbitrary and capricious as you care to make it.

    1. “…but I’m pretty sure how to check their sex.”

      Crocodile Dundee?

  6. A tidbit of banana republic policy perhaps of interest for Panama:

    “Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check.”

  7. The Wokeatarians evidently haven’t sent sufficient missionaries to Panama.

  8. COVID kills 160K people worldwide, governments around the world are forcibly shuttering businesses, tranny caught outside on a Tues. and fined $50 hardest hit.

  9. I’m more interested in the underlying regulation – what are the health benefits of sex-specific quarantines? This is the first I’ve heard of such a regulation – is there something the authorities in Panama know that we don’t? Or is this simply a way to reduce crowds?

    1. I had the same thought. I guess woman can’t infect other women and men can’t infect other men. Who knew?

  10. Was wondering why I was reading about Panama like it was relevant. Oh, yeah, trannies… Sad little cosmos…

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