This is my first normal day in my office in just over a week. It was June 28 when I got the last two blog posts written and scheduled. I had company from out of town through Tuesday, then Wednesday I got my dog, and yesterday I slept off and on most of the day. I think my body was trying to catch up on all those hours I lost, staying up late to visit.
Before moving on to my commentary on news items, I want to share a couple of pictures.
IN THE NEWS
On the website news source Newsmax I found an article reporting on a Trump rally in Montana in which he again made fun of Elizabeth Warren and her claim of having American Indian heritage. In speculating about running against her in the 2020 election, he said the following:
“I’m going to get one of those little kits and in the middle of the debate when she proclaims that she is of Indian heritage because her mother said she has high cheekbones — that is her only evidence that her mother said she had high cheekbones — we will take that little kit and say — but we have to do it gently because we are in the MeToo generation so we have to be very gentle — we will very gently take that kit and we will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm even though it only weighs probably two ounces,” Trump said. “And we will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity paid for by Trump if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.”
Whether or not that was supposed to be some kind of joke, it was so wrong on so many levels. As president he should be setting the standard for civility, and the comments are far from civil. He not only makes fun of Warren, he takes a stab at the MeToo movement, so all of the people who like and admire him will feel free to do the same.
In an article for The New Yorker just a few months after the 2016 election Hate on the Rise After Trump’s Election Alexis Okeowo wrote about how more and more people started feeling free to follow the example of a president who fueled prejudice by so many of his statements during the campaign and following the election. She wrote:
Such harassment occurred throughout Trump’s campaign, but now appears to have taken on a new boldness, empowered by the election of a Ku Klux Klan-endorsed candidate who has denigrated women and racial and religious minorities. “This represents a big increase in what we’ve seen since the campaign, and these incidents are far and wide: we’re seeing them in schools, we’re seeing them in places of business, we’re seeing them in museums and gas stations,” Richard Cohen, the president of the S.P.L.C., said. “White supremacists are celebrating, and it’s their time, the way they see it.” Cohen said that an online survey of teachers found that more than half had seen an increase in hostile speech during the campaign. Students of color have wondered aloud if their parents will be deported.
The following joke is from Laugh Factory.com
It’s a sunny morning in the Big Forest and the Bear family is just waking up. Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table. He looks into his small bowl. It is empty! “Who’s been eating my porridge?” he squeaks.
Father Bear arrives at the table and sits in his big chair. He looks into his big bowl. It is also empty! “Who’s been eating my porridge?” he roars.
Mother Bear sticks her head out the kitchen door and yells, “For Pete’s sake, how many times do we have to go through this? It was Mother Bear who go up first. It was Mother Bear who woke everybody else in the house up. It was Mother Bear who unloaded the dishwasher from last night and put everything away. It was Mother Bear who went out into the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper. It was Mother Bear who set the table. It was Mother Bear who put the cat out, cleaned the litter box and filled the cat’s water and food dish.
“And now that you’ve decided to come down stairs and grace me with your presence, listen good because I’m only going to say this one more time, I haven’t made the f*cking porridge yet!”
Couldn’t resist that one. How many of you can relate to Mama Bear? I certainly could when my kids were young and not nearly as helpful as they are now as adults.
That’s all for me, folks. I hope you have a pleasant weekend. Be happy and be safe.