Better to begin with a happy event. Too many sad ones recently.
On this day in 1805, the U.S. Marines attacked and conquered the Tripolitan port city of Derna. The Marine hymn words “to the shores of Tripoli” born of the battle.
The U.S. was a young nation. Still seeking respect from other nations.
Pirates from the Barbary states in North Africa were raiding U.S. ships. Successfully. American sailors were abducted and held for ransom.
The war with the pirates was 4 years old. President Jefferson had it. He ordered the U.S. Navy to the Mediterranean Sea to protest the attacks on American vessels.
Derna was located in Tripoli. It was there that the significant battle was to be waged. By U.S. Marines.
This was not a ship to shore event. The Marines had to travel 500 miles over desert to reach Derna. This they did.
U.S. agent William Eaton led the forces of Marines and Berber mercenaries. The Marine leader was Lt. Presley O’Bannon.
The Marines won a glorious victory.
Two historical factors were born of the battle.
The first is today’s Marine sword. Elaborately designed. The pattern representative of the battle. The sword carried by today’s Marine officers.
The other specific words in the Marine hymn. From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…..the Tripoli portion presenting the Derna victory.
A return to the normal. The trials and tribulations our nation is suffering at the moment.
Rudy Giuliani has returned!
His dementia obvious.
He slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci over the weekend. Like saying God isn’t good.
It appears Trump may be getting ready to dump Fauci. Blame him for the coronavirus. Fauci appeared only once last week at the Task Force briefings.
Giuliani has developed into a muckraker. Especially when he attacks Fauci. He claims Fauci is responsible for the “damn virus that is killing us.”
Several years ago, Fauci approved a $3.7 million grant to Wuhan Laboratory. The Laboratory connected with the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic.
Giuliani went on to indicate it was China’s intent to “weaponize” the virus. Thereby affecting the U.S.
The accusation typical Giuliani. Typical Trump. Giuliani said, “I don’t want to make any accusations.” Throw the thought out in the form of an accusation and let it hang there.
Already facts are coming to the forefront indicating no wrongdoing on Fauci’s part.
The Lab did not receive all of the funding. Everything else re China’s plan to infect, etc. unsubstantiated.
Giuliani says Fauci violated an Obama rule. One which prohibited the U.S. from giving money to any laboratory fooling around with viruses.
Typical of Giuliani accusations, he may next accuse Fauci of having had an affair with a staff member of the Laboratory. She made him do it!
Our politics are not just down and dirty. They are sick! The sickest I have seen.
Bill Gates is a man to be admired. I respect his successes. I respect what he and his wife are doing in these times to improve the world.
Microsoft. Gates was instrumental in creating a new industrial revolution.
His wealth appears to know no bounds. Deservedly so. He and his wife Melinda recently purchased a $43 million home near San Diego. They also purchased an $18 million house in Santa Fe.
Gates has appeared recently in the media. He has ideas and solutions for the coronavirus. In addition, thoughts and solutions for other maladies.
He puts his money where his mouth is. Significant amounts. To research and resolve the world’s dilemmas. The house costs pale in comparison.
I share this portion of the Gates story with you because some are beginning to knock the guy for his recent house purchases. They fail to mention his huge dollar contributions to charitable causes.
I look at it his way. The man made the money. His “invention” advanced the world tremendously. He is the Thomas Edison of our time. He can spend his money any way he wants.
Back to the increasing food shortages. An issue I have been discussing for some time.
We have a food shortage problem! I am not sure everyone recognizes it. What is required to make more people take notice, I do not know.
Food is rotting in the fields. At the same time that shortages are evident in supermarkets.
Many reasons involved. Two more significant than others.
The first is that the food “supply chain” has collapsed. People forget that food is grown/prepared in one place. Demand is in another.
Due to the epidemic, many of the jobs required to get the food from one place to another are gone. People out of work because of coronavirus. For example, truck drivers and those who arrange the product in whatever form for delivery.
The supply chain is broken.
Another involves fresh fruits and leafy greens. Covid-19 caused people to raid supermarkets and buy “non-perishables.” Things they could store. They forgot about fresh fruits and vegetables.
The food shortage is only going to get worse. The food bank lines longer. People not working. Stimulus checks better than nothing. However not enough to properly support a family.
Some observations concerning the economy and letting the elderly die.
Mike Norman Economics reports, “We need a real fucking plan, you shitbags.”
Strong words. True, however. The U.S. is wandering aimlessly in a reactive fashion rather than proactively. Some reactiveness required. An overall plan necessary, also.
McConnell says he favors “letting the States declare bankruptcy.”
His lunacy more skillfully stated than Trump’s. Trump comes out hitting away, with little thought. McConnell thinks things out before he speaks and many times has a reason not initially evident behind his statements. A skillful mind, a devious mind.
McConnell fears “revenue replacement…..We’re not interested in solving their pension problems for them…..We’re not interested in saving them from bad decisions they’ve made in the past.”
What is he saying? Some believe his words are intended to mean we should avoid the costs of caring for retirees and just let them die off faster. And in case you do not understand, the Republican right wing wants the elderly to die sooner than later. What’s the purpose in keeping them alive?
An example used involves New York City and coronavirus. Two thirds of all Covid-19 deaths involve people 70 or older. Who make up only 10 percent of the population. Their care and confinement expensive.
Then there are Medicare and Social Security. Think of the money that will be saved!
They think this way and talk this way. They are as bad as our Russian, Iranian and North Korean enemies.
Enjoy your day!