Trump Has COVID

Having lost my aunt to COVID in August, I take no joy in anyone getting it.

Our country is so broken.  At a time when we should be rallying together, we’re at each other’s throats.  One side is cheering the possibility of Trump dying and  I know that there are those on the other side who would be cheering if this was happening to Biden instead.

We’ve lost our way and I don’t know if we can ever find it again.

Am I Back?

Once upon a time, I thought it would be fun to have an old  fashioned blog, where I could write about the world and give me thoughts on whatever caught my interest.  I had a blog in high school and I had one in college so I figured I might as well have one in adulthood.

It started out as a fun but, in 2020, that ended.  The world has not been fun to write about lately.  I’m a political junkie and even I’m sick of the presidential election.  I had to turn off the first presidential debate.  That’s the first time that I’ve ever done that.

On August 25th, my aunt Kay died on COVID-19.  With my family spread out across the country and with quarantine still in effect for many of them, no one was able to attend the memorial service.  That’s the reality for a lot of people right now.  And, unfortunately, our leaders either don’t seem to understand or don’t seem to care just how difficult this is for everyone.

The world has changed and we don’t know what the future holds.  I’m going to keep blogging, though.  I can’t say that I have any special insight about what’s going on or what’s going to happen.  I’m just like everyone else.  I’m just hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

 

Biden Picks Kamala Harris For Vice President

Kamala Harris couldn’t even handle debating Tulsi Gabbard last year but I’m sure she’ll do just fine this fall.

At least Biden will be able to carry California.

I don’t find Harris to be particularly inspiring but I do think Biden made a better choice than Hillary Clinton did when she selected Tim Kaine.  Kaine brought nothing to the ticket.  Harris might, at the very least, get Biden some votes from people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to summon up much enthusiasm for voting for yet another elderly white person.

Correction: Kayne West Is Running

Kanye was running.

Then he wasn’t running.

Now, apparently, he’s back to running.  He’s on the ballot in Oklahoma.  He paid the $35,000 fee to get on the ballot so at least the voters of Oklahoma will be able to vote for Kanye if they want.

Fortunately, he already missed the filing deadline in Texas so I won’t be forced to make that choice.  Sometimes, you just get lucky and dodge the bullet.

Nick Cannon Gets Dropped

The headline below is from CBS news:

Nick Cannon dropped by ViacomCBS over “anti-Semitic” comments

I have to wonder why “anti-Semitic” is put in scare quotes.  Claiming that the Rothschilds are among those secretly controlling the world is one of the oldest anti-Semitic conspiracies out there.  It was one that was used by Hitler and which is still used by David Duke.  When someone cites that theory, there’s no need to act as if there’s some sort of controversy over whether or not they’re being anti-Semitic.  They are.

On a positive note, I’m seeing a lot of people — of all races and religions — condemning Nick Cannon’s comments.  That’s certainly an improvement over what I’ve seen in the past, when people have either ignored comments like this or acted as if they’re just evidence of isolated eccentricity.  It’s a step in the right direction.

The Oldest Hatred

Bari Weiss’s resignation letter from the New York Times is certainly something.  Give it a read.

I’ve seen a lot of different responses to Weiss’s resignation and the letter.  Some people are on her side while some are saying she’s a hypocrite who supports cancel culture when she’s the one doing the cancelling.  What I’ve noticed is that few people seem to be commenting on her accusation that the Times is, at the very least, unconcerned with anti-Semitism.

Open anti-Semitism is on the rise.  It’s something that people don’t want to talk about but the evidence is all around.  It’s currently the one bigotry that unites both the Right and the Left.  For angry conspiracy theorists everywhere, the number one solution to all of life’s problems seems to be to blame the Jews.  And yet, despite numerous physical attacks on Jews and despite several prominent people openly sharing anti-Semetic memes on social media, anti-Semitism is the hatred that few seem to be willing to call out.

Why is being anti-Semitic the only thing you apparently cannot get cancelled for?

Say Goodbye To The Redskins

The word has come down that the Washington Redskins will be changing their name.  Since I’ve always been a Ravens fan, I don’t really care one way or the other.

The rumor is that the former Redskins were planning on announcing today that their new name would either be the Warriors or the Red Tails but those plans fell apart when it was discovered that both of those names are already copyrighted.

I don’t care much for either name.  Warriors is too generic.  While I understand why some are in favor of Red Tails, it’ll lead to everyone calling the team “the Tails” and does anyone really want that?

My personal choice would be the Washington Swamp Things.

That may just be me, though.

In Memory of Kelly Preston

Hearing that Kelly Preston died yesterday really hurts.

If you were growing up in the late 80s or the 90s, Kelly Preston was probably one of your first crushes.  She was undeniably beautiful but she was also a good actress, though she never really got as many roles as she deserved.  She was usually just cast as “the girlfriend” or occasionally “the wife.”  She appeared in several romantic comedies as the bad girl who would inevitably tempt the film’s star away from the girl that he was meant to be with.  There were only a few films — like Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth — where she really got to show what she could do.  But even when she played a stereotypical role, she always did it with so much skill that you got the feeling that there was more going on beneath the surface.  Even when she played a character who was meant to be unsympathetic, it was hard not to like her.

Her films were popular on HBO and Cinemax when I was growing up.  Later on, I guess she was best known for being married to John Travolta.  I read somewhere the she stepped back from acting so that she could raise their family.  Even when she was in her 40s and her 50s, she still seemed came across as being just as youthful and energetic as she did in the films that she made when she was a teenager.  I think her death has left us all feeling a little bit older today.

She will be missed.