"What a wonder life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." Colette

Jun 20, 2019

WHY SHOULD I PAY?

I think it's pretty clear that Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and the rest have NO intention of working with people with whom they disagree in Congress. 

Sure Biden worked with the Segregationists.  They weren't fellows standing on the street corner; they were voted in by their segregationist constituency.  And like it or not ALL their jobs are to work together to get things done for the rest of us, something which doesn't seem to happen often anymore.

This bullshit thrown at the front-runner is, in my opinion, an attempt to promote themselves before the debates.  You know what I think of them now?

WHINER-BABIES.

Do you know which has been my most popular post:  Little Black Sambo and Me.  I think people search online for racists to blast and assume I'll be a good target. (Read it for yourself.)

My blog stats indicate how obsessed we are with digging into our racial divide and highlighting particular issues, such as the topic of reparation for descendants of slaves.  I am not against the principle, but we can't repair all the damage our forefather's have done around the world.  But now that I think about it,

They weren't MY forefathers, so why should I pay?

Lay it in the laps of the Mayflower folks, Jamestown descendants and Daughters of the American Revolution!  Most of them are probably on Forbe's 400.  Think about it.  They can afford it.  Why tax the rest of us?

I'd like to be compensated for my forefathers, whose farm was wiped off the map one fine night during WWII; but Poland is one country which makes reparation close to impossible, I've checked.  We can't pick and choose who should be compensated.  I'm homeless because Poland won't pay up?  What would you call me then?  I know what my last partner would say:

"Whiner-Baby."

Jun 18, 2019

SENIOR is Not a Dirty Word

"I'm still holding out hope that Biden will pick Oprah as a running mate," I said to Uncle Julian on the phone Sunday.  Dad's gone so Uncle J's the closest father-figure I've got left.

My Uncle supports President Trump and knows I hold socialist tendencies but loves me anyway, as I do him.  We don't discuss politics and politely step around our opinionated slips, which seem inevitable in most everyday conversations.

None of my friends are Trump fans (that I know of), and I've never asked anyone I'm related to,  "How can you support such a such-and-such?" because besides the usual shtick about entitled to our opinions, does anyone really expect I'd get a decent answer?  So why poke the nest?

Yes, Joe Biden IS a senior but that is not a dirty word, at least not until we reach Logan’s Run and Soylent Green.  Scoff at my melodrama, but I'm happy I won't be around to see how (your) ancestors will live, because they'll probably eat the homeless and illegals first.

May 26, 2019

Memorial Musings

Jesus Christ, does Sarah Sanders really believe what she's saying?

I find it interesting that old movies being shown this Memorial Day have involved racism during previous wars:  WWII; Vietnam; likely Iraq.  The same problems in one form or another, generation after generation.

Insomnia led to Pressure Point, a psychological drama set in the early 40's, starring Sidney Poitier and Bobby Darin, with racism at its heart: prison psych Poitier facing Nazi sympathizer Darin, who had trouble sleeping.  It was terrific but disturbing as I realized we're facing the same shit now.

I mentioned Jesus and Sarah to begin with, but why?  It has to do with idealism.  Because despite knowing Jesus will be crucified each and every time I watch an Easter movie, a little part of me still hopes he'll get away.

We need to nurture idealists, hoping for good to prevail, to keep bringing up injustices no matter how boring to others.  Not necessarily me, but what did they say, 

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", George Santayana, 1905. This was paraphrased by Churchill in a 1948 speech to the House of Commons; acknowledging and reminding us that remember and learn are often mutually exclusive, and he wanted to drive home a point.  On the flip side, economic, sexual and racial inequality are not mutually exclusive and should be tackled at the same time.

People trusted Churchill.  Why should it be so difficult to find trustworthy people to do this-or-that nowadays (in response to one friend's comment on house-sitters)?  One of the nicest compliments I've received was from mentor Miguel in Puerto Rico:

"I only trust a couple of people and I trust you."  What higher compliment is there?  I hope I continue to be such a shining example for him.  I wasn't always like this but I've learned from past mistakes, which is more than I can say for the folks in Washington (leading to...)

SarahIs it justice to allow our elected leaders and their minions to lie to us with impunity in order to reach their underlying goals?  What would a scammer of the elderly claim?

"Oh, well, they shouldn't have listened."

May 19, 2019

Dracarys!

While house-sitting in Tahoe I was able to catch up on the first four episodes of Season 8, Game of Thrones, in an afternoon; but since I’m back in No-HBO-land I’ll have to wait to watch the last two episodes until Amazon ships in December.  How upset am I?  Not very.

I wasn't terribly impressed with what I watched, and I've already heard enough non-spoiler-Spoilers to know one thing about tonight's finale:  it sucks.  Thanks to morning show hosts, Anderson Cooper and even NPR, I have one or two ideas of what’s about to happen; and if Jon Snow himself calls the ending Disappointing, why get my panties in a knot?

I’m tired of movie makers turning riveting stories into lengthy affairs which invariably disappoint us while taking our hard-earned cash.   There are plenty of good tales out there just waiting to be turned into 2 hours of entertainment.  Why not Ruff Life at Sea?  (I’ll be plugging my blog-book periodically until I’m finished, but after how many Star Wars, who's going to mind?)

Final installments, often split into two parts, tend to be predominately grey, have you noticed? Think Hobbits, Archers, Wizards; can't speak to Superheros. The only clue that you’ve got a color TV is an occasional shot of red hair or spurting blood.  That must be the artsy-thing to do, so younger generations experience Black and White for themselves.

So farewell, Game of Thrones.  It’s been fun, mostly.  Can't wait to see if the Night King steps out of the shower like Bobby Ewing.
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