AN AMERICAN THINK TANK

Knowledge comes to us in many forms. One struck me big time yesterday.

Betty Gaudette is a new Facebook friend. Retired. Lives in Old Town, Florida. Not Old Town, Key West. Never heard of it before. Somewhere on the mainland.

She has a terrific website. Thought invoking. Check it out on Facebook, make her your friend.

People write to Betty just about every day with comments, views and admonitions. She publishes them all. Whether she agrees or not. Shares.

Some conflicting, some brilliant. Others, the works of a nut.

I share some today.

“Just a shot in the dark!…..Wouldn’t it be better to actually teach history than to erase it?”

“I don’t call it getting old. I call it outliving the warranty.”

“No white person alive today ever owned a slave. No black person alive today was ever a slave. We can’t move forward if people want to keep living in the past.”

“We can remove flags and statues all day. Until we figure out how to remove the hate in people’s hearts, nothing will change.”

“So Congress wants to replace police because of a few bad cops. I say let’s replace Congress because of a lot of bad Congressmen.”

“Masks are apparently the new bra. They’re uncomfortable, you only wear them in public, and when you don’t wear one everyone notices.”

“Does anyone else feel that the entire country has lost its everlovin’ mind?”

“My high school was so small. We had sex education and drivers education in the same car.”

“Our country will become a better place, when everyone realizes there are only 2 kinds of people in it. Good people and bad people. Ethnicity doesn’t matter.”

This observation accompanied a picture of Jesus Christ: “If you skip Me now, I will skip you in My Paradise.”

“I am at the age where an ‘all nighter’ means I didn’t have to get up to pee.”

“I wonder why we are so obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets, when we can’t even find intelligent life here.”

“If we’re gonna defund a few bad apples then why aren’t we defunding Congress?”

“I am way more afraid of Joe Biden in the White House than I am of Covid-19.” (My observation: So many were afraid to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 so they voted for Trump. Look what we got!)

Trump in papers filed with the Supreme Court yesterday, asked that the Affordable Care Act be overturned. Does not make sense. The nation is in the midst of its greatest epidemic in a 100 years. People need health care. Additionally, if Obamacare goes, pre-existing conditions return.

A comment in yesterday’s Wall street Journal: Trump is on the wrong side of history.

Gets no argument from me.

Coronavirus testing in the U.S. sucks. Trump never got it going. He does not believe in testing.

The CDC announced that because of insufficient testing, Covid-19 infections are 10 times higher than reported.

Thank you, Donald.

Today’s Vanity Fair published an interesting article re Attorney General William Barr. It concerns Barr’s legacy.

Titled “The Guy Is With The Devil: The Rosemary’s baby theory of Attorney General William Barr.”

An interesting quote from the article: “Justice for Barr is completely indistinguishable from what Trump wants.”

The case of Obergefell v. Hodges one of the most important decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision rendered this day in 2015. It involved same sex marriage.

The case determined that same sex couples had rights equal to those afforded heterosexual couples.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority decision. He wrote in part: “The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person…..Couples of the same sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.”

Coronavirus on the upswing in the Keys. Number of confirmed cases 188. Up yesterday in one day by 15. The 15 being the largest daily increase experienced.

Florida in deep trouble re the virus. The Keys were in relatively good shape till the reopenings. A mistake as is obvious now.

The Keys are going to advertise safe methods to be followed in order to avoid having the virus take you down.

Beginning today, 70 banners will be flown on telephone polls from Islamorada to Key West, onto Duval Street and into Mallory Square. The banners will promote masks, handwashing and social distancing.

A good idea. Many need to be reminded.

Sand from the Sahara Desert in Africa is expected to reach Key West sometime later today. Referred to as a “Gorilla Dust Cloud.”

Forms in the Sahara and comes this way yearly. However no big deal. Till this year. Actually, it will be the biggest such dust storm to hit Florida in 50 years.

Health warnings are out. Inhalation of the sand dust not healthy. Especially when combined with the spikes in Covid-19. The recommendation is to remain inside.

You will know when it arrives. Expect a brown haze and deteriorating air quality.

Tonight, Cocktails at 7. I have come to look forward to it. Cathy in Seattle and Louis in Key West conversing for a couple of hours on Skype.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

6 comments on “AN AMERICAN THINK TANK

  1. It is hard to have any sympathy for the people in Florida with their mounting Covid 19 problem. Florida knew about everyone else struggling with it and mocked them, thinking everybody was making too much out of what was just the flu. Florida was smug about themselves, opening their beaches with abandon, way too soon and ignoring every expert advise, even lying about testing and practically gloating about false results. Your time in the barrel guys, you are welcome about the rest of us doing all the work with figuring out treatments and what works and what doesn’t. Please call Texas if you need anything.

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