This morning a first. I am back to doing a normal blog. My first Greece trip has ended.
I enjoyed sharing the trip with you. Hopefully you enjoyed reading it. I received many favorable comments, except for one. A snowbird good friend. He was unhappy. He had followed it day by day 9 years ago and was bored with the repetition.
I returned to Greece the next year. I plan later this year in doing that trip. If any of you think you would not enjoy it, speak now or forever hold your peace.
I took about 600 photos of the trip. Never posted them. Sloan and I have been working on how to set them up, etc. In a week or two I will begin posting. Once a week. Eight to ten pics with some brief identifying information below. And not all 600. Not even close.
The reason I opted to run the first Greece trip again was because there was little to write about. Before coronavirus, I was out and about most evenings. There was much to report.
However, the virus has kept me self quarantined for more than a year now. Key West residents and visitors not available to me. Nor the Chart Room or any other bar.
Prior to the virus, I rarely wrote about politics and world happenings. Without Key West available, I was forced to write about those 2 areas.
An interesting observation. My readers have doubled with the changeover primarily to politics. I plan on mixing Key West and politics as soon as I am out again. I hope the new readers stay with me.
My second shot is March 27. I am told I should remain in self quarantine for another 2-3 weeks. Then ok to go out. However must wear a mask.
I can live with it.
An article in Newsmax 3/7 reported death row murderers would receive stimulus checks. Doesn’t sound right. However politics being what it is, you never know.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark) was interviewed by Newsmax and shared the information.
Before my sharing it with you, let me make one thing clear. I fear Cotton and those of his breed. He is a far righter. Even worse a favorite of the moneyed Republicans we never hear about. He and his friends want him to run for Presidnet in 2024.
He is of the same ilk of Senator Hawley. Birds of a feather.
One thing that has been bothering me the past couple of years is that many of the new Republican faces are Harvard or Yale law graduates. These people receive the finest legal educations which for some reason I cannot fathom sets them off on a path even beyond Trump.
Cotton provided the following examples of death row murderers to receive stimulus checks.
Dylan Roof murdered 9 people. He is on federal death row.
The Boston Bomber Dzhokhor Tsarnaev who murdered 3 people and terrorized a city.
Aaron Shamo was sentenced to life for selling 1 million fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills to unsuspecting buyers.
What is the justification for providing death row murderers and those sentenced to life with the stimulus? For commissary use buying cigarettes, soda pop, and candy?
Florida COVID-19 vaccine shots chaos. Distribution still sucks in Florida.
A woman in Florida City stood in line for 5 hours with her 6 month baby and when reached was turned away on some technical reason. That same day, the Florida City sites were allowing people without appointments to be vaccinated.
Eligibility requirements were screwed up. Those providing the shots were not aware who could get a shot. Eligibility practiced in an uncertain fashion, and not properly so in most instances.
The Washington Post 3/4 reported living in Texas right now feels like an exercise in survival. Citizens are caught between the power failure and Governor Abbott opening Texas 100 percent beginning wednesday.
My adult life has been governed by the philosophy that every one must have a seat at the economic table. Not just the rich. Rich, middle class, and poor alike. Each must receive the benefits of the American economy. Not however must each earn an equal amount of money.
People must be able to afford to buy things like food, clothing, and shelter.
The U.S. minimum wage for years has been $7.25 an hour. Whether rich or poor, an insufficient amount to live on. I wonder what Senators and Representatives would do if they and their families had to live on $7.25 an hour.
NBC News recently said: “The world has changed.”
In addition to every one having a seat at the table, I have also believed that if not all are and some struggle, there will be revolt in order for people to survive economically. It is the story of history.
Today is International Woman’s Day. Biden will be signing an Executive Order establishing a Gender Policy Council within the White House. Its purpose to support gender equity and Title XI policies.
Equality wise women have risen dramatically over the years. What I have observed in my lifetime alone supports the premise.
The birth control pill had something to do with it. Gave women a sense of equality and protection. The feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s likewise.
Recall around 1970, the new cigarette Virginia Slims came out directed primarily at female purchasers. Its advertising slogan: You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!
While I was in law school in the late 1950s, there were only 2 women in my class. Today ladies make up more than half. The same is applicable to medical school graduates.
Female judges abound. Women gradually becoming CEOs of major corporations.
They may have come a long way, the ladies are going to go even further. It’s a new world!
International Woman’s day is not a new event. It was established by Clara Zetkio at an International Woman’s Conference in 1910 in Copenhagen.
My thought process has reached the point where I believe women should basically run the world. Men have for centuries and screwed it up. Let the ladies have a chance. They could not do worse and probably do better.
On this day in 1917, the Russian Revolution began.
International Woman’s Day had something to do with it.
The “February Revolution” as it is called, began over protests celebrating International Woman’s Day and riots in St. Petersburg over food rations and Russia’s involvement in World War I.
I have always found Russian history prior to, during and since 1917 interesting and exciting. Russian movies and novels have contributed to that interest and excitement.
I was fortunate while in college in the mid 1950s to take 2 courses taught by Alexander Kerensky. Kerensky was there in Russia as a prominent figure during the Russian Revolution.
At the beginning, there were 2 Russian factions. The Whites and Reds. The Whites first controlled the government. Not for long. Several months at the most.
Kerensky was the President of the White Bolsheviks. Lenin was a leader of the Red Bolsheviks. Lenin toppled Kerensky. Kerensky had to escape to save his life. He eventually ended up in the U.S.
The contrast between Lenin and Kerensky is interesting also. Probably why Lenin succeeded where Kerensky failed. Lenin came to power promising “peace, land and bread.” At a time Kerensky’s people were selling more efficient government and continued participation in World War I.
What a time in world history!
I live and learn. I seem to make that statement more frequently in recent years.
We all have heard the word misogynist. Represents men strongly prejudicial against women.
How many have heard the word misandrist. Represents hatred of men by women. The word rare. Its meaning I suspect prevalent.
Enjoy your day!
Lou, it is not clear if ANY death row murders, or any other incarcerated person have or will received Covid stimulus checks. Apparently there was a court case decided last year that is some cases says yes. However, because it is not automatic an inmate will need to apply and pazz several tests in order to qualify.
What is for sure is that Cotton and Halley NEVER complained before now, under Trump’s time in office when the only other Covid stimulus checks were being given out.
This is just another Willie Horton political stunt by Republicans who can never win without cheating
” can never win without cheating ”
Didn’t win first time and didn’t win second time and both times was caught trying to or actually really cheating.
Seems more like he just can’t actually win.
This really is the age of smart phones and stupid people.
” How many have heard the word misandrist. Represents hatred of men by women. The word rare. Its meaning I suspect prevalent. ”
And it seems to be more prevalent every day.