September 3, 2013, - 8:56 am

Diana Nyad, Age, and the Real Labor Day

By Debbie Schlussel

The only real newsworthy labor, yesterday, was the tremendous accomplishment of swimmer Diana Nyad–becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to America without a shark cage.


As overpaid union leaders marched in urban downtowns all over the country, the real laborers were and are those across America for whom every day is Labor Day because we work and aren’t protected into laziness and certain wages and job conditions by greedy organized far-left labor hacks. Their marches and other Labor Day parades and displays were a joke, as they’ve “protected” many Americans out of a job to the point that we long ago stopped being a manufacturing society and transformed into an unsustainable consumer and service society. Yes, we are now Mexico and China. And then there was Nyad.

Nyad, despite her leftist politics (she is a feminist, who was a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation–the Title IX baloney anti-male organization that seeks to have women dominate all sports and coaching), showed a youth-obsessed American culture, what an old lady can do. At age 64–which is like 80 in the sports world, Nyad yesterday accomplished what she (and everyone else) could not do in her twenties. (Kardashians, eat your hearts out.) And, in the American can-do/”don’t let ’em beat you” spirit (something sorely missing in today’s unions and union leaders especially), she tried five times, four of them failures.

Most humans, no matter how fit, could never achieve this task, and nobody else has. Or have they? There are the differences that modern technology makes that are just like having swum that distance with a shark cage, which has been done before. Nyad, this time around, had a special mask and a special ointment rubbed all over her exposed parts to ward off poisonous jellyfish. Did those also ward off the sharks? And aren’t those things akin to swimming in a cage that keeps sharks away?

It’s an argument for the ages, just as I’ve frequently argued on this site that–steroids or not–today’s Major League Baseball players cannot compare what they hit out of the ballpark to those in decades past. Today, they have better technology, better exercise routines and vitamins, and many other things that make it easier for them compared to the ballplayers of the ’50s and ’60s.

In any event, regardless of technology and newly-developed masks and ointments to ward away dangers, the swimming part is the part that cannot really be changed, and what Nyad did was tremendous and amazing, even without regard to her age.

Her days-long non-stop swimming in salty, shark-infested, jellyfish-wrought waters was Labor Day’s real labor. The fatcat union suits sound comical when they speak about “labor” and “work.”

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My husband and I were saying (as we drove to work) Labor Day should be changed to “the last day of summer” or ” Really Big Sale Day. It seems more fitting.

pete on September 3, 2013 at 9:02 am

Maybe there’s hope yet for those imprisoned in Cuba.

LA: Ha. But I’m glad you brought this up b/c I was wondering why she was allowed to travel to Cuba to do this and I did wish she would have dedicated her swim to those imprisoned there, including American Alan Gross.
But, hey, if Jay-Z and Beyonce can get permission from the feds to go there, I guess anything goes.

Little Al on September 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

The older we get, the more we find ourselves doing things we couldn’t do before!

And we disprove the myth that old people have nothing of value to contribute to society.

In our youth-obsessed culture, Diana Nyad’s achievement is a powerful statement.

NormanF on September 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

Too bad she’s a leftist, because that’s an incredible achievement.

TJ Jackson on September 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

That is a long way to swim and without a cage. Anyone would have to be in peak physical condition but at 64 makes it more of an accomplishment. I wonder if she would get out of the water and rest in a boat that trailed her.

Myself, I had to work on Labor Day in one of America’s worse shitholes. That is to say, I had to work in a public housing project. For those of you that do not know what projects are, then simple go on Youtube to get an idea.

I will not identify race, but collectively, the individuals that live in this public housing defecate in stairwells/washing machines, urinate on mail boxes, expectorate on walls/drinking fountains, rip doors of hinges, tear kitchen sinks completely off cabinets, indiscriminately shoot guns as if they were at a rifle range, throw stones at anyone that is not of their race, dispose of their garbage by throwing out of a 3rd story window onto the street, jump onto parked cars, smoke weed provided by the government all the while they bask in squalor with subsidized utility bills and free Wi-Fi. Did I mention that they rob individuals that walk by, usually liberals wearing head phones and texting, on an hourly basis?

The government enables these lazy bastards that literally have generations that never worked. They have a certain mentality, are confrontational, and will hurl every insult imaginable. Meanwhile this particular city considers low income 68 thousand so they continue getting Section 8 and the tax payers foot the bill.

AR on September 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

    After these animals completely destroy a public housing project, they DEMAND better housing. They destroyed the private apartments they once lived in, then decried, along with the Washington Post and the DC public officials, the “Jew” landlord who owned the apartment complex that previously had been a beautiful middle class (Jewish) neighborhood before these animals destroyed it. When DC took over the apartment complex, they destroyed the housing even more, and then screamed about broken sinks, urine soaked hallways, crime, and refrigerators without doors. The newspapers and the sob sisters blamed everyone but the people who caused these problems, the tenants. Under Jack Kemp’s stupid liberal housing programs, many of these people were moved the suburbs, where they proceed to lower property values, destroy the public schools, and are the loudest, most obnoxious people in the neighborhoods, here courtesy of federal and local governments.

    Apartments where middle class Jews and other white people lived after they fled the city were renovated by HUD and local tax dollars for these welfare recipients and for the thousands of illegal immigrants, who then demand more services. Consequently public parks are turned into soccer fields and basketball courts, where these people play until all hours of the night, and where they defecate and urinate, even though there are bathrooms nearby.

    Where is this happening? In Montgomery County, Md., just outside Washington, DC, in Wheaton and Silver Spring, places that were once the charmed suburbs the middle class aspired to.

    Jonathan E. Grant on September 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      That is the ticket. I am glad someone else knows about what goes on in public housing. They even let them go so far as to create “tenant associations” in which they act as if they are HOA members (persons that own property) but are in reality welfare recipients that are on Section 8 who actually dictate to HUD, property managers, vendors, city governments, police, charities that give food to people, etc. They then become the biggest disrespectful slugs but if you so much look at them the wrong way, the decry racism and cause problems like ending your job.

      AR on September 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    It is the incredible feeling of entitlement, sans gratitude, that make these people nauseating to be around. Many Natives on the Rez have the same attitude.

    Occam's Tool on September 5, 2013 at 1:50 am


Frankz on September 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm

This is a great achievement what this woman, Ms. Nyad accomplished, of swimming between Cuba and Florida, USA without being attacked by any sea animals, it was said that she was stung by a jellyfish, according to my knowledge and I’ve studied some scientific research and theories that if anyone gets stung by a jellyfish, typically they die, but apparently and thankfully for her, she cheated death after allegedly being stung by a jellyfish.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Sorry for correcting you, Sean, but very, very jellyfish stings cause death. There are cases of anaphylactic shock, and there a few jellyfish primarily in the Pacific whose sting can cause death, but usually nothing in the Atlantic/Carribean waters, usually being the operative word. Man of wars are more likely to cause greater injury. I have been stung a number of times by jellyfish.

    There is the grape jellyfish that causes cavities, however.

    Jonathan E. Grant on September 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Sean you are thinking of the box family of jellyfish that can either kill you or cause excruciating pain. Luckily they are mostly in the Pacific.

In the Atlantic the jellyfish stings aren’t that bad but as many of us can attest to are pretty painful and would cause a swimmer to need to get out of the water.

Regarding this lady’s swim, I hope that this shows people in our youth oriented society that people over 60 can do most things that younger people can.

jimmyPx on September 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Jon and JimmyPx, you guys are correct on your hypothesis about jellyfishes mainly being located in Pacific Oceans, from what I’ve re-learned to refresh my memory on such topics related to this one, that jellyfish stings located in Pacific Oceans are more risky than there are in Atlantic and Caribbean oceans, I believe off of Australia coast that those who’ve swam in the ocean and were attacked by jellyfishes have died by their stings. So guys, thanks for correcting me on my little invalid and fallacy previous comment.

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on September 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

“…they’ve “protected” many Americans out of a job to the point that we long ago stopped being a manufacturing society and transformed into an unsustainable consumer and service society…”
And with this you have described the socialization of western culture from the grim dark days of the united kingdom (as it was before Blair and devolution) in the days before Baroness Thatcher to present day Australia where unonists still control our government by the simple expediant of funding the labor parties attack advertising when ever possible. They dont have to be elected to government to control our country as evidenced by the sacking of PM Rudd and replacing him with former union employed ambulance chaser,liar and theif , Julia Gillard. She in turn showed a complete lack of leadership ability and was sacked and replaced by Rudd.
The whole service economy theory reduces the citizens to two basic groups,those who work and strive and thus pay taxes and those who will never work and take advantage of the “service” .
Australia is paying a big price by being a Service econmy. We no longer manufacture things. We even import the majority of our food stuffs now. And this in a country where the agricultural economy was once the very back bone of the country. In the state of tasmania there is no industrial activity which will sustain work. There are plenty of users of the service economy though. 60% registered unemployment shows ,in a microcosm, what the service economy achieves.
I shudder to think that the citizens of the USA have this coming to them.
But finally,what I have seen is the USA is coming into a coal supply boom. Australia having priced itself out of the huge chinese coal market has lost it’s customers. The unionists and their members who can earn an average of $3000 per week are seen as lazy overpaid bludgers . Whereas the Americans are seen as hardworking ,but not quite cheap labour sitting in underutilised coal feilds just begging for the opputunity to revitalise their economy by simple hard work.
Because the major coal mining companies own the leases to much of the worlds coal deposits,they can simply shut down here (Collinsville mine in Queensland closed on Saturday after 100 years of operation..carbon taxation has made it unviable) and open it elsewhere.
let us hope the 1930’s style of coal miner unionism isn’t allowed to raise it’s ugly head in the USA and it’s coming new found prosperity.

Aron B on September 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Next time she’s in the news, I hope she does something useful. I haven’t followed her “career”, but I do hope she was of service of others in her 64 years because
THAT was a complete waste of time and effort.

Janis on September 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Interesting story. Interesting comment. She is in a new class. There with others and not just to cuba. There some women i England who have swum the emglish channel. Amazing.

Jake49 on September 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

If my memory serves me correctly, the Apollo astronauts were inspected by INS upon return from the moon. Remember the definition of “ENTRY”…’any coming from foreign port or place, or an outlying possession, whether voluntary or otherwise…blah-blah-blah. I wonder what CBP did if anything)in this case. Any old timers out there remember??

#1 Vato on September 3, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Her accomplishment, especially at the age of sixty-four, was spectacular.

Worry01 on September 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I don’t know Debbie that you framed the point about baseball players correctly. Surely not only the baseball sluggers are better now, the pitchers and defense has also gotten better. So it’s all relative, if someone hits a home run they are facing a 100mph pitcher who is also probably on steroids and learned new techniques at throwing the ball. With that said baseball is something I find boring and do not watch much. on September 4, 2013 at 2:43 am

Great Swimmer.But Cuba is an hellhole.

Occam's Tool on September 5, 2013 at 1:49 am

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