Non Vacinated Priviledge {Day CXXXVIX}

Top rated tennis player Novak Djokovic has been taken criticized not being vaccinated and recently testing postive for COVID-19.  The Serbian tennis star was forced to quarantine for four days in an Australian hotel before he was released and was allowed to practice for the Australian Open, a major tennis championship that will take place starting January 17th. The nine time Australian Open tennis champion has strong views opposing vacinations.

Mr. Djokovic has been the number one rated tennis player for several years. He is the rough equivalent of a “Tiger Woods,” or a “Michael Jordan” in the tennis world. But many residents of the island nation of Australia are angry that he can skirt vacation requirements becuase he is a top rated tennis player. Australia has had some of the most stringent travel restrictions in the COVID-19 era.

A “non political post” {Day CXXXVIII}

I’ve written about Trump for some time, so it is easy to get the gyst of what I think of the former United States President. While no one has commented on my posts, I don’t expect many readers to weigh in on how much political opinion I should write in my blog posts. I was a politics and history major at my al mater Curry College, and I am interested in history as a subject to read and write about. But there are other subjects I am intrested in commenting about as well.

I am especially interested in the educational system in the United States, and throughout the world. I am also interested in the religion and science, and the dichotomy of the two “belief systems.” The longer my posts become the more in depth I can delve.

Another Trump Post {Day CXXXVII}

I will not apologize for strongly rebuking former president Trump for so many things. First, I’m going to get “The Donald” very angry when I say that the 2020 United States election for the President of the United States was fair and there was no evidence of fraud, cheating, or malfeasance of any sort. (I urge Trump, if you’re reading this post, which I am sure you are, to look up the word “malfeasance,” as I am sure you have no idea of the definition of the word malfeasance.) I reiterate, there is no evidence that the Democrats “stole” the election. And I will add that there is no evidence of any scintilla of cheating by the Democrats, Republicans, or third parties what so ever.

Go ahead Little Donny. Tell me I’m a woke, crazy, weak failure.

Trump’s “Web of Lies.” {Day CXXXVI}

Nothing infuriates the Donald more than people criticizing him for anything. By many accounts Trump was furious and “fuming” when he heard President Joe Biden read of a bill of particulars that squarely implicated Donald Trump as the person responsible for the the January sixth 2021 riots in the United States’ Capitol building the same day that the United States Congress was certifying the election victory to Joseph Biden to be the forty-sixth president of the United States of America. Biden said that Trump “has a bruised ego and can not except the fact that he lost the election.”

Trump said in response to Biden’s remarks that “Biden used my name to try to further divide America.” Trump continued “Biden has completely and totally failed.” Trump repeated false and unverified claims that the election was rigged.

Jan 6th Anniversary {Day CXXXV}

“A day that will live in infamy…”

Well, Donald Trump does not think that’s so… Trump is in a whole lotta trouble. He originally planned to have a “press conference” on this day to continue an “alternative narrative” to the narrative that has been documented by video and audio evidence of a rally that spun out of control. A rally that started out ostensibly as a “peaceful” protest devolved into a deadly scrum, killing at least two protesters and one Capitol police at the time, and a few other officers later as a result of suicides.

Trump does not want to talk about what happened when the US Capitol protests turned violent. He wants to rehash the “fraud” that supposedly occurred on Nov 3rd that was never proven. All of Trump’s election lawsuits have failed.

Happy Elventh Day of Christmas. {Day CXXXIV}

I wonder how many days in the new year am I going to go without mentioning the name of a certain ex-president of the United States.  Today is the eleventh day of Christmas, and the fourth day of 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣2️⃣.

But my blog is more than just criticizing a former president or ringing the alarms for the ten alarm fire that democracy is enduring. My blog is personal as well. It is also a little bit “autobiographical,” as I write about the choices that I have made in my life, and the choices I did not make as well.

I also write about larger issues such as the values that we have in an aging democracy, and the institutions of religion, education, capitalism, and the empire that looms large, omnipotently, assertively around our precious globe.

Happy Tenth Day of Christmas. {Day CXXXIII}

It’s hard to believe that we are still in the “Christmas Season.”  But we still have two more days before we arrive at “The Festival of the Kings.”

As we wind down Christmas, my question continues to be, is Christmas more of a religious or state holiday, or is it more of an opportunity for retailers and airlines to cash in and realize a profit for the year.

It is easy to become bluntly cynical and say that Christmas is soley for the benefit of merchants to insure businesses realize a profit for the calander year. The day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday,” as it is designed to spur holiday shopping “to get businesses into the black” on their books.  Having one month of holiday shopping has historically produced mixed economic results.

What’s New? For 2022. {Day CXXXII}

What direction shall I take my blog in 2022❓ Well, it’s pretty much going to go where I started, in 2021, commenting about the “news of the day,” and then commenting about my “personal journey” as well. The news does change from day to day, there are “patterns.” And there are running themes” in my personal life as well.

Some of the “patterns” emerging in the news include the constant and persistent reminders of of a changing climate is affecting the lifes of people all around the globe, and the continual danger to our democracy based on the fact that our economy is changing, and not all who attempt to participate in this economy are benefiting materially or financially. This failure of the capitalist economy brings rise to dangerous authoritarian fascist demagogues.

Happy 2022❓ {Day CXXXI}

Well, I want to be optimistic, looking at the “glass half full,” but it is hard. On the other hand, we as a society, as a culture, as a group of humans have been through times a lot tougher, a lot more at risk than we are experiencing today. It is just appears that we are on the cusp of something frightening. Democracy is truly at risk. We have been seeing and hearing the warning signs for over three years. This is becuase we had a president of the world’s standard bearer for democracy who has been a wanna be dictator. He has the “only I can fix it” mentality. He has repeatedly stated that the elections have been rigged with no evidence of such “rigging.” This “democracy” can do better.

Year in Review {Day CXXX}

The year 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ has proven to be a challenging year, as the Omicron variant has taken hold of the United States.  However, reports are that the variant’s symptoms are not as severe or lethal as the Delta variant of COVID-19.

This past year, the loser of the election for presidency of the United States has refused to concede the election, a measure that has is unprecedented in American political history. The loser has gone to the US courts, with no success, over sixty times to attempt to overturn the results of the election.

The main challenges that President Biden has encountered include inflation, a labor shortage, supply chain difficulties, and the COVID-19 pandemic that shows no signs of waning or departing the American shores.

Hoping that 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣2️⃣ will be better.