Thursday, August 20, 2020

Democrats, heat, time passes

The humidity of the last week and a half has relented a bit. Kamala Harris has been selected as the Democrat running mate of Joe Biden who is running for president of the United States. Harris, 55, a former prosecutor from California, is, in my eyes, a "pistol-packin' mama!" ... this is a woman with a bright smile and sharp teeth if I don't miss my guess.

Kamala Harris: Who She Is and What She Stands For - The New York Times
Joe, my neighbor across the street, thinks Harris, the first brown woman to be selected for top office in the country, is likely to become the stalking horse for Biden, who is 77, and has not ruled out a one-term presidency (it's a bit early in the game, I concede). Harris has a Haitian and Indian parentage ... which should piss Trump, a man who plays to racist tropes, off ... can't be all bad if she can manage that.

Why someone has not openly suggested (that I know of) that Donald Trump is a "clear and present danger" to the United States of America leaves me confused. His lies are legion; his foundering almost-but-not-really funny; and when asked if he were ever inclined to apologize for the lies of the past simply ignored the reporter's question...

In Russia, another opposition leader has been hospitalized with what is suspected as poisoning ... the sort of thing Vladimir Putin, former head of Russia's secret police, was and remains familiar with... uh.... polonium.

Could we not give Trump a set of diamond-studded knitting needles -- appropriately-dippped -- and send him into retirement ...  to practice his knitting?

There are wildfires in what I take to be a roasting-toasting West (130F +- recorded in Death Valley yesterday)...

The TV drones out endless similarities over and over again ... the virus, the election, the institutionalized ignorance, the ratings....

My younger son received a last-minute cut from his admission to the police academy training he was hoping to take. The town of Amherst foots and bill and was unwilling to do so for the officers lined up to police the University of Massachusetts .... which is financially akimbo because it lacks students and income and ... my son was one of the low men on the totem pole. Ouch for him.

My older son has a potential job offer in Ga. It's satisfying to be wanted in unwonted times. His main squeeze and live-with may or may not have the Covid-19 ... sore throat lately. Any my daughter, who has been connecting from home ... continues to do so.


  1. Correction on nationality. Dr. Donald J. Harris is a Jamaican American not a Haitian American.

    Kamala Harris' parents are Shyamala Gopalan and Donald Jasper Harris (m. 1963; div. 1971).

    Donald Jasper Harris was born on August 23, 1938 in Saint Ann’s Bay, British Jamaica.

    Harris is a Jamaican-American economist and professor emeritus at Stanford University, known for applying Post-Keynesian ideas to development economics.
    - Wikipedia

    Both Jamaica and Haiti are located South of Cuba. See

    If you think your statement that Dr. Harris is actually from Haiti is true please state your source so it can be validated. A quick search only showed that Trump considers Haiti a "Shithole" country. It also showed that Haiti is handling the Pandemic better than the Shitheads in the White House.

    Of related interest see

  2. If you'd like to suggest you consider alternatives to "mainstream" and "cable" news. It will require a modest purchase of a good quality streaming device.
    A bit of research is required to get the correct version of the device for your set up if you still dont have an 4K or at least an HD TV.
    The Roku is very comprehensive and maintains a very basic interface. The higher end ones have a remote you can speak into and get programs and movies without typing. It has a diverse range of news sources from Al Jazeera English to RT TV (the Russian international television network owned by the Russian government).

    The Apple TV has many fewer channels but it does have all the major ones like Democracy Now and Free Speech TV YouTube. It works well in the Apple / iPhone Eco System.

    The Kindle TV is fine for TV and Movies and is well integrated into the Amazon Eco System but is poorest at news from multiple sources.

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    2. Missed a few typos. Like your hero, Don the Con, I take no absolutely responsibility for them. Blame Blogspot for its failure to include spell check, grammar check, context check, fact check, and political correctness check.

    3. Four Streaming Roku Devices Compared

    4. There's a Progressive voice on YouTube. The Channel is called "The Ring of Fire."

      To get you In here's link to a recent video:

      Yes, they connect dots in a Progressive friendly manner.

      The larger question might be are we capable of having un-skewed news in the 21st century?

      Isn’t the editing of news as it happens filtered by “importance”? Isn’t importance a decision about relevance?

      Was there ever a time when news wasn't filtered for advertisers, or for publisher's other financial / political agendas?

  3. Thank you for writing this post