February 2…..Groundhog Day!
The nation’s attention will be zeroed in on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The home of the first Groundhog day on February 2, 1887.
Will the groundhog see his shadow If so, winter will continue. The groundhog will return to his burrow for another six weeks. If not, Spring will have arrived. He returns to his normal lifestyle.
Such is the story/fable as it has come down over the years. Not correct, however.
The real story.
The groundhog in all instances referred to is a male. He goes into hibernation (like a bear) in late Fall. In February, he emerges. Not to check on the weather. He is looking for a mate. He seeks sex. He is in need after having slept for several months and not experiencing any.
The tale has developed from truth to fable. So what? Provides everyone with a joyous festive day.
Key West icon Coffee Butler has died at the age of 93.
Coffee became a legend in his time.
He began playing at Blue Heaven in the early 1900’s when it first opened. He had a steady gig at Blue Heaven for nearly 30 years.
An additional highlight of his career has been his participation in the Sunday Jazz Jam at the Green Parrot.
Loved by all, may he rest in peace.
On this day in 1972, John Spottswood, father of today’s Spottswoods, sold Munson Island for $150,000 to Country Johnston of Valdosta, Georgia.
Munson Island was the island where PT-109 was filmed. Today it has been renamed and is the home of Little Palm Island.
Nazis in the news in recent days.
On saturday and sunday, neo-Nazis 15-20 strong demonstrated on a roadway in Orlando. They marched along the two days. They were donned in tan shirts and pants. Their “uniforms” covered in Nazi symbols. The chanted anti-Semitic slurs. Gave trhe Nazi salute. Yelled “white power.” Waved an anti-Biden banner.
The conduct obviously to be condemned. Especially by Florida’s Governor DeSantis. He neither actually addressed the situation till yesterday nor has he yet to outright condemn it. His comments yesterday can be described as “milk toast.”
DeSantis was unhappy. He said people were trying to “smear” him as if “he had something to do with that (the demonstration.)”
I continue to find it hard to understand anything DeSantis does. The man wants to be the Republican candidate in 2024. He is a Trump clone. He forgets one thing here, however. Florida has a heavy Jewish population. Many Jews from New York and other parts of he U.S. retire to Florida. They vote! DeSantis cannot have made them happy with the avoidance.
Which brings me to another “Jewish situation.”
Whoopi Goldberg has hosted The View for many many years. A woman of color, highly intelligent, outspoken, calls them as she sees ’em.
She was suspended by ABC for 2 weeks to reflect on the Holocaust remarks made on monday’s show.
Whoopi repeatedly insisted the Holocaust was not “about race.” She refused to back down even after her several co-hosts pointed out the goal of Hitler’s “Final Solution” involved “race.” Whoopi’s position was the Holocaust involved “two white groups of people.” Her position was “it’s about man’s inhumanity to man.”
Whoppi said she understood race. She was a person of color. Suggesting race has to do with color and the Holocaust had to do with religion, no matter how it may have been mislabeled from day one.
Her remarks were immediately condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups. They “blasted” her for her “dangerous” distortion of Holocaust history.
From my perspective, her explanation was, if anything, a play on words. Comparable if anything to a book banned in a school library because the word “fuck” was in it.
I am concerned about anti-Semitism not only in the U.S.,but also across the world in recent times. The resurgence in anti-Semitism is obvious and scary. However, Whoopi should not have been taken down for at best was a “slight,” if anything.
DeSantis’ reaction is an example of what deserves attack/retaliation. His fault grievous.
The two week suspension an insult and joke. Jews should attack anti-Jews.
Enjoy your day!