Greetings from sunny Orlando. My apologies for there not being a blog post on Monday like usual, my stepsister’s wedding went late Saturday night, and spent all day Sunday chasing my little guy around and having fun (Also I forgot my laptop and am writing this on the hotel’s “business center” which amazingly has computers that use Internet Explorer as the main browser. Really? IE is still alive and being used in a “business center”? Can’t wait to load my Geocities page on here when I’m done).
Coming home Wednesday night from the Sunshine State, which happily is just as weird in 2017 as it was from 2006-11 when I lived here. Have to say, whew, I’m glad that there was so little news in the world the last few days, just some boring hockey playoffs and humdrum politics-as-usual and no major stories and …
WHAT???? WHAT HAPPENED? WAIT, THEN THIS HAPPENED, TOO??? HE TOLD THE FBI DIRECTOR TO WHAT???
Yes, boys and girls, we thought the 2016 Presidential campaign was exciting, but that was a trip to the dentist compared to the stuff that’s been coming out lately, and, I have a feeling, that’s about to keep coming out for the next several days, weeks, and months. Seriously, you can’t check out of the news for a day with this guy in the White House. It really is amazing, horrifying, sad, and depressing all at the same time, what Donald J. Trump has done/is doing to America.
So many thoughts rocketing around my head about the beginnings of the end (God willing) of Donald Trump, but my brain has been able to shake out these hopefully coherent points:
— Impeachment is a word my liberal friends have been throwing around for months, talking about this or that being grounds. I’m no Constitutional scholar like our last President was (what was that guy’s name again, anyway?) but I never thought anything Trump had done or said yet was anything that would rise to the occasion of getting a majority GOP Congress to even look into impeachmernt proceedings.
But I must say, this Comey memo might finally be the thing that starts the “I” word being taken seriously, and you can tell by some of the quiet coming out of Washington Tuesday night, and some of the strong critiques of Trump coming from GOP legislators, that this shit is getting real for a lot of them.
— Was talking to a friend today about all this and the comparisons to Richard Nixon and Watergate, which of course are going to come up, and we both agreed: Hey, at least Tricky Dick hired people to commit the crimes that lead to his downfall. Trump committed them himself.
— Think about all these people who are leaking news about Trump from inside the White House; all of these sources are people who know things, and have no interest whatsoever in protecting/helping the man who appointed them to their positions. Think about what that says about Trump, and how incredibly frightened these appointees are about what he’s doing.
Check out this paragraph from a N.Y. Times story Tuesday:
In private, three administration officials conceded that they could not publicly articulate their most compelling — and honest — defense of the president for divulging classified intelligence to the Russians: that Mr. Trump, a hasty and indifferent reader of his briefing materials, simply did not possess the interest or the knowledge of the granular details of intelligence gathering to leak specific sources and methods of intelligence gathering that would harm American allies.
Wow. So they’re saying Trump’s not smart or interested enough to really leak secrets on purpose.
— Finally, remember when we thought Trump was going to stifle and crush a free press in America, and really do major damage to the First Amendment? Well, he still might, but man, he has done wonderful things for the readership numbers of the N.Y. Times, the Washington Post, and many other outlets. Just so much to cover and write about.
And also, it’s OK that I laughed pretty hard at that “Home Alone 2” homage at the top of this, right? I mean, laugh or cry, right?
**Next up today, a couple things left over from the past few days that made me smile. First off, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” has done this a couple of times with newly-famous New York athletes, and they always crack me up.
Aaron Judge is a New York Yankees rookie outfielder who has hit something like 100 home runs in the first two months of the MLB season. But he’s not exactly a household name of face yet, so Fallon sent him out to Bryant Park in NYC to talk to fans about Aaron Judge.
All the reactions are great, but the dude in the middle of the video, with the crazy eyes when he realizes who he’s talking to? Cracked me up so much.
**And finally today, this happened over the weekend and it brought me great delight. A squirrel interrupted the Minnesota Twins-Cleveland Indians game, and no one seemed to have a clue on what to do about it. Grounds crew didn’t come out to catch him, no players went near the little guy, and for about four minutes the entire stadium stood watching a very energetic furry creature do whatever he wanted, running the bases like Rickey Henderson in his prime.
And I love that it finally ended not with some sensible catch and release, but because the squirrel jumped into the stands. “Hey, not our problem anymore, batter up!”