Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It represents not the day Auschwitz was opened. Rather the day it ceased to be a Nazi concentration day. It was on this day in 1945 that Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.

Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough is at Auschwitz today. I caught the early part of his show. What he is doing this morning is a respectful reminder of the place and the story of what occurred there. Especially needed in these times when anti-Semitism is on the rise world wide.

Donald Trump bears significant responsibility for the renewal of ant-Semitism in the U.S. His conduct has fueled others who are haters of Jews, blacks, etc. to fearlessly go public. He has added fuel to warm embers which had layed smoldering for decades.

It could happen again.

On January 10, Tyre Nicholas was stopped by Memphis police while driving. Tyre a 29 year old black man.

Five Memphis police officers beat him for 3 minutes. The beating leading to his death 3 days later.

All five police officers are black.

The five black officers were charged yesterday with murder. Sixteen days following the beating.

Black officers beating a black motorist. Not white officers. Reveals clearly that all police officers, regardless of color, are prone to beat blacks. The beating of blacks should be treated as a police problem, not a white police problem.

There has to be something inherently wrong in police raining for these beatings to occur. Something that corrupts of the minds of police officers regardless of their color.

An additional thought. The levying of the murder charge in 16 days swift. Like a race to justice. If the officers were white, would the charges have been brought so quickly? Bigotry is many faceted.

Key West continues to fume re the price of the Buffet tickets at the February Amphitheater show. Pricing totally out of hand. Sit on the lawn in the high hundreds. Sit in a reserved chair, the thousands.

Three comments in this morning’s Citizens’ Voice reflect the passions involved.

“Too bad the local Key West businesses did not get the rights to run the Amphitheater. All the concerts that are back to back to back, and on, have those profits going to out of town owners while our tiny island gets thrashed.”

“I tried to purchase tickets to the Jimmy Buffett concert. Instead of the advertised price, Ticketmaster had lawn seats available at $600 a ticket and reserve seating available at $5,500 a ticket. Key West residents will never be able to afford Jimmy Buffett tickets.”

“The Coffee Butler Amphitheater has become a den of scalpers. It is any wonder that everything in town has become a cut-throat business venture. Neighborhoods turning into expensive hotels, selling out for the almighty buckaroo. A sad state of affairs, see you all at the show; I’ll wave.”

Syracuse/Virginia Tech tomorrow night at 7. Syracuse has begun its backward slide again. Woe is the season!

Cold outside!!! I mentioned last weekend it would be cold thursday and friday. Seventy one yesterday. Today will not get out of the ’60s. I stepped outside around 7 and rushed back in. Cold!!!!!!!

Enjoy your day!



  1. Donald Trump cannot be the only one to bear significant responsibility for the renewal of anti-Semitism in the U.S. Those who support (and and thereby enable) him are maybe even more to blame than he is! This includes a lot of Jews here in America, who put their commercial interests ahead of any concerns they have for antisemitism. Trump would never have been reelected president, had it not been for the generous financial support of the high dollar Jewish community.

    Even today, we don’t hear much (if Any) criticism from that segment of America.

    Never Again?

    • Never Again? That reminds me of the old days when those “dreaded” hippies used to use that phrase to describe their antiwar efforts against the Viet Nam and other “unjust” wars.

      Never Again! – and we all know how that worked out.

  2. Maybe it’s just me, but I think we’ve got this police thing wrong. Wrong not so much that these over zealous cops are always racist pigs, but rather vigilantes – dolling out justice they see is never served in too many cases. Most cops already know the bad guys they are confronted with and deal too often with the same ones over and over, knowing that our courts just aren’t able to do much about them. So THEY take things into their own hands. Maybe the system is broken, but not so much with the police on the streets as the rest of us seem to think. On the other hand, maybe the police really ARE a (THE) problem? Let’s at least consider that maybe the people both the police and the judicial system are dealing with just might be the problem.

    • Hey, if the president of the United States can do what ever he wants and get away with it, why can’t your average thug on the street. Thank god for tough cops, dolling out justice, after all the justice system can’t or won’t, even on the highest level.

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