I took a fabulous walk along the river on June 29th which I have had no time to post about. I planned to do so today but with the things going on I am forced to write an apology.
About two months ago, I made well deserved fun of South Carolina after they elected their former Governor, “Mr Appalachian Trail“, “Mr. Argentina” himself, to the zoo known as The House Of Representatives despite the taxpayer dollars he wasted, the religious vows he broke (which is apparently supposed to be a big deal in SC) and the humiliation he dumped on his family. I don’t take any of that back but I also implied that it was an “only in South Carolina” (well maybe North Carolina, too) type thing. OOOOOOOPS
As you may have heard, Anthony Weiner, he of the tighty whiteys, the smart phone, the tweets, but most importantly the ABSURD denials of his actions, entered the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City several weeks ago and several polls have him in the lead. Bad enough, but…
Last night our former Governor, Mr. Eliot Spitzer, he of the white socks and the $80,000 in hooker bills (not paid for by the state at least) decided to try to enter the race for City Comptroller on the Democratic line. He has four days to get 3750 signatures to put him on the primary ballot.
What makes this completely absurd (and may be the part you haven’t heard) is that the Libertarian party has already nominated Kristin M. Davis (not to be confused with the Sex and The City actress) as their candidate for the job. Who is Kristin M. Davis? Only the Madam who spent three months in jail for supplying Mr. Spitzer with his $1000 escorts…Just imagine that debate.
My apologies South Carolina.
I went to a book party this evening. A very valuable and important book, I believe. The book is by Michael Kamber.
The title is “Photojournalists On War – The Untold Stories From Iraq”
I strongly suggest taking a look – buying it or checking it out of your local library.
“Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans should have their heads examined.”
These Republicans say it much better than I can
via Christie on Sandy bill: ‘This is why the American people hate Congress’ — MSNBC.
I am a very political person although this is not a very political blog. Because of the horrific, unbelievable, awful, disgusting shooting that happened today in Newtown CT. at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, I feel I have no choice but to say the following:
It is time for the citizens of the United States to act like adults, tell the NRA and their bought politicians to go to hell and pass an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States banning possession of: handguns; automatic; semi-automatic; and any weapon that can be converted to that status by anyone in the United States.
Hunting rifles, fine. Everything else, off the table.
(If people are truly paranoid about the government being the only people with guns, feel free to include a provision that the armed forces and police are not permitted to use such weapons on United States soil unless in case of proven terrorist attack – silly but I am in favor of whatever it will take)
Guns do kill people. I have been listening to the politicians and newscasters say today is not the time to talk about this out of respect for the families but soon we will have a grand national conversation about what to do about such things.
First, this never happens. We went through an entire Presidential campaign and never talked about Aurora CO. If you do respect the families and their grief NOW is exactly the time to talk about it.
Second: What conversation does happen is about how to improve security WITHOUT gun control.
Here is a clue for us all. YOU CAN’T improve security without gun control or without sacrificing every civil liberty that makes us not North Korea.
Anyone still want to tell Bob Costas he spoke out of turn?
If you had told me 10 years ago that a Presidential election would be between an African-American and a Mormon, that a majority of the US would approve of gay marriage – not legalized in 50% of the country … that a gay woman (apparently) would be elected to the Senate – that two states would vote to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana I would have laughed. If you had told me that pro and anti rape would be an issue I would have thought you were nuts.
Small but interesting point, Since 1928 the only times Republicans have won the Presidency someone named Bush or Nixon was on the ticket.