Okay, I am in the land of ocean breezes and beautiful people (San Diego) so that may take the edge off my blog. Visited some friends last night who are living on a boat down here. That might work. As always the drive down was grueling although amazingingly enough going through LA at 10 a.m. (Yes we got up very early) was a breeze with no stop and go.I have already chronicled (Going Crazy on I-5) the major frustration with drivers so I won’t go there again except for this: Do they not see what is happening ahead of them and act accordingly? You can say, “This guy is going to panic and swerve over so be ready.” And sure enough, at the last moment they see it. That, and erratic driving for cellphone/texting is everywhere. If driving on the freeway is any indication of the capabilities of the human race, kiss your ass goodbye.
Oh well. In the news five out of the eight Supremes got that Texas had no interest in the health of women, but was just trying to outlaw abortions. Makes you wonder what the other three are smoking. None of us doubts Clarence Thomas is an ignorant idealogue, but the other two? Well we see that when it counts, the Republicans were very successful at politicizing the court and making democracy weaker for all of us. On there decision on the Virginia Governor. I have to go with them on that one. While there is no question he was a sleeze, the prosecution, kind of like in the O.J. Case, was badly flawed and over the top. It was power out of control on one side, and the arrogance of the office on the other. Just another reason to get money out of politics.
I see where the two year Benghazi investigation has released its report and there is no there, there. Surprise. Don’t you have to wonder about the people who want to “take back their government” and get rid of waste are the people who put these Republican witch hunters in office. While we are on smear Hillary, let me just say one more time, there is no there, there with the emails. It was stupid. It shows a paranoia developed over thousands of right wing attacks, but it does not reflect an attempt to hurt the country. I would guess Hillary, like most people her age is not that savy on tech and left it to others to set up. Were laws broken? Maybe the letter of the law, which is arcane and confusing given the multitude of classification standards, but there was no intent. Never had an oppsey moment?
On Brexit, I heard Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday explain how we have to settle markets and work with Britain to make this a calm move and to ease markets. I understand that, because people, innocent people suffer. I also, while in his position would say the same thing, would hope it hurts like hell. There has to be consequences for ignorance and stupidity. What Britain did, which is what the American people are poised to do with Donald Trump, is ignore facts, data, and history to be implusive, and could and will make the world a much more dangerous place. Note that the vote was also split between young and old, where the young wanted the freedom to travel and work where they wanted, much more comfortable with diversity, and the old, wanting an England that does not and never did exist. Again, can we learn nothing here? See Roger Cohen’s accurrate analysis of what happened and what has been lost in the NYT.
Lastly, I see where Edward Snowden has stood up to a law in Russia that would limit free speech. Let’s make no mistake, Putin, admired by Trump, is an authoritarian thug. Fits right in actually. But I worry because Putin let Edward stay in Russia to stick a finger in Obama’s eye, a finger I did applaud and support. Edward did the country a favor and those who argue if that is the case he should come back here to make his case had no idea how rigged the system is and how many people Edward embarassed. At any rate I wonder if there is a Jason Bourne out there somewhere who could smuggle him out of Russia and to a more friendly country? I can dream can’t I.