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Thoughts on Events the Week of July 12

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on July 19, 2021

A Normal Week: Is it just me, or did this week seem like a more conventional one in politics? Bills were put forward, debate was engaged in, some people at least seemed to be trying to move things along. Heads of state were welcomed and treated without insult or rancor. I was mildly encouraged.

Case in point: Washington seems engaged in a political give and take over an infrastructure package. Not my highest priority, but at least some people are trying to do something. What’s his name, the disgraced former president talked about infrastructure for four years and never even took the first baby step. It would have required effort, not his long suit.

Revisionism renewed: People from the previous administration are coming out from under the refrigerator with their self-serving memoirs, each author seeming to make him or herself the lone hero in WHN’s disastrous term in office, though everyone of these authors was silent, compliant, and even complicit when WHN was trying to take down the government. Most of these books belong in the fiction section, or in the trash.

Covid-19 redux: Cases, hospitalizations and deaths seem to be spiking again, and the reason is as clear as a button hook in the well water. Stupid people, of whom there is a strong coefficient of correlation with Republicans in the south, are resisting being vaccinated, and channeling H.L. Hughley, they’re fucking it up for everybody.

I don’t engage in social media; I dabbled in it, but I no longer have any accounts. But having heard about the misinformation about Covid-19 that’s out there, I looked into it and was astounded. Wall to wall crazy talk on a scale and scope I couldn’t have imagined. Right up there with a cabal of Jewish elites running a sex trafficking ring out of a pizza parlor in New Jersey, only crazier.

I would say no wonder people are resisting vaccinations, but who could possibly be stupid enough to believe this stuff? Don’t answer that; it’s a rhetorical question.

Global Warming Resolved: The record-breaking heat in the American west and the record-breaking flooding in Europe are strong evidence that I was absolutely right. There is no need to worry about global warming because it is already too late. We have abused the planet without the knowledge or will to do anything to meaningfully repair it. Nature will now decide what our punishment for this should be. Spoiler alert: it will be severe.

Haiti: Admittedly, I don’t pay much attention to this unfortunate failed state, one of many in which our government has a sorry history of propping up dictators in the interest of preserving the status quo. But the assassination of its president presents a vivid reminder of the difference between a peaceful transition of governmental authority with the other kind. I prefer the former.

Britney: I can’t believe I’m even writing about this. I have less than zero interest in pampered, privileged celebrities, and I haven’t paid any attention to this story until now, but it seems to me that Spears in being held in bondage by an abusive father and a system It’s right out of Kafka.

A friend who is familiar with some of these families assures me that these celebrities are so screwed up because their parents are even more screwed up than they are.

Name that bozo: a reader has suggested I solicit other possible names for what’s his name, the disgraced former president. I kind of like my moniker, though it is admittedly long, so if anyone has some ideas, I’d be happy to receive them. Only one rule; the names may not include the word Trump.

Meanwhile: Channeling Stephen Colbert, who is channeling Seth Meyers, what’s his name, the disgraced former president’s reputation and following continue to erode unabated.

Worst state: What was I thinking when I removed Arizona, my own personal residence, when I took it off the list of worst states some months ago? Since then, Arizona has demonstrated what a terrible state it still is. I had to put it back on the worst state list.

This week, the Republican Governor Ducey (rhymes with moron) and the Republican controlled legislature, did something despicable, even by the current standards of partisan politics and governmental misfeasance and malfeasance.

A couple of years ago, state voters approved an initiative (Proposition 208, I think it was called), requiring a certain amount of money to be invested in education. But instead of honoring this initiative and investing the mandated money on education, or on any of Arizona’s other pressing needs for that matter, Republicans instead voted in a tax cut, 70% of whose benefits go to the wealthiest citizens.

So, not only did we ignore a legal mandate, but Republicans also ripped our citizens off with a giveaway to the rich. Despicable, but predictable. Clearly, Republicans have no interest in education, fearing that an educated, informed electorate would throw them out on their ear.

Arizona gets the cup this week.

Coming Attractions: My summer of discontent is almost over. Football is almost here. No college or NFL teams are playing yet, but pundits, publications and sports talk shows are starting to talk about football, even though the NBA Finals (yawn) are still going on. And, most important, the Dallas Cowboys begin camp this week. I’ll be commenting more about football soon, probably in posts on that subject specifically.

Thoughts on Events the Week of July 5

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on July 14, 2021

War, oh war, oh endless war: President Biden is drawing flack for pulling our troops off the pile of rocks that is Afghanistan by those who never saw a war they didn’t like, even those they can’t win. As Lincoln said, man clings to nothing so tightly as a bad deal. I like the way Biden is hanging tough on this and I support him all the way.

But was this really our longest war? Was it really a war at all? Since we killed bin Laden and degraded Al Qaeda many years ago, we’ve just been standing around jerking off and listening to morons like Lindsay Graham telling us things could be worse if we left. No, they couldn’t.

C-PAC Redux: Conservatives held another of their conflabs, this time in Dallas. They used to hold them in D.C., but there they stuck out like a turd in a punchbowl, though not as welcome. In Texas, they fit right in.

You’ve heard of the Easter Parade? These events are crazy parades. All the crazies line up and speak nonsense to one another. What’s his name, the disgraced former president spoke, but he could have just sent a recording of any of his speeches since November 2020. They’re all identical.

I remember my first boss at the advertising agency I went to work for in Dallas telling me it’s impossible to reason with a crazy person. You have to act crazy too. This is a lesson for Democrats. There is no way to reason with these people. They are crazy. So, we have to go crazy on them, beginning with slapping around Joe Manchin and Kyrstien Sinema and doing away with the filibuster.

Joint Chief of staff Milley: What’s his name, the disgraced former president said Joint Chief of Staff Mark Milley should resign for being intelligent, rational, and well read.

Someone should remind WHN that it’s the president who makes those decisions, not him. Also, someone should remind WHN that it was he who appointed Milley, so if he’s unhappy with the man, it’s his own fault for appointing him initially.

Jeff Bezos is soon to follow. Well, if that’s what it takes to get these obscenely rich billionaires off the planet, I’m down with it.

Worst state: We have a perfect trifecta of worst states this week, comprising: Arizona, because Paul Gosar; South Carolina, because Lindsay Graham; and Texas, because the whole damn state government.

Coming Attractions: I’ve run out of time this week, but when I return from surgery, I plan to do th0ought pieces on guns and the Supreme Court, which is about as far from supreme as you can get these days.

Thoughts on Events the Week of June 28

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on July 6, 2021

Bill Barr is still a pig part: I do not give a speck of credit to Barr for his claims to Jonathan Karl that he worked behind the scenes against what’s his name, the disgraced former president’s attempts to overturn the free and fair election of Joe Biden to be our next president.

Barr’s words are worthless now because they come after the election was won and certified. In other words, not until Barr’s Emperor was dethroned, did Barr say he had been on the right side of history all along.

Before the election, however, Barr was arguably the most complicit sycophant in supporting WHN’s lies and abuses. When it really counted, during his actual term in office, Barr disgraced his office, his oath and himself. Kick his sorry ass to the dustbin of ignominy.

J’Accuse! Indictments were brought against the Trump Organization and its CFO by state and federal courts, and it couldn’t have happened to more deserving targets, except the CEO, what’s his name, the disgraced former president.

These indictments doubtless will trigger a long, drawn out legal battle with resolution far in the future. But in the meantime, three things are going to happen. More indictments will be forthcoming. This is only the opening salvo, and there is a large covey of criminals in the Trump Organization. Second, WHN will be sweating bullets as large a caliber as any he has sweated before. And three, the gradual erosion of WHN’s popularity and following will continue unabated.

What’s his name’s rally: As if to help along his gradual erosion of support and other issues, what’s his name, the disgraced former president, held another of his rallies, where he accomplished a variety of things.

First, he gave the same old tired stump speech, circa 2016,17,18,19,20 and 21, full of grievances, bigotry, and xenophobia, that was wearing thin even before he lost the election. Next, he seemed to admit to the tax fraud allegations laid out in the indictment against the Trump Organization, and finally, I suspect he strengthened the resolve of other Republican leaders that WHN cannot be allowed to run for the presidency again, or even be allowed on campaign event stages.

Worst state: Arizona gets the cup again this week because Paul Gosar, my own personal representative, is going farther and farther down the rabbit hole, hobnobbing with white supremacists in ways that Peter King could only wish for. It won’t be surprising to me if the Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection discover that Gosar was a lot more involved with the rioters than we now know.

Thoughts on Events the Week of June 14

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on June 23, 2021

USA vis a vis Russia: President Biden met Vladimir Putin in Geneva. It was not a “Summit,” just a meeting. One wonders why Biden even bothered. But he needed to meet with the Russian president to set him straight.

By all accounts, it was a professional meeting. I don’t know all that was discussed, and I don’t need to know. I have confidence in this administration, but there are a couple of things I hope he said, and one thing I hope he will do thereafter.

First, I hope he said there would be meaningful, painful consequences from any further provocations. I think he did this, and I think he meant it.

Then, I hope Biden told Putin that he wouldn’t be seeing him anymore. The U.S. has wasted too much time on him already. He is leaving the relationship to his deputies so he can focus his time and energy on more important people and interests, in Asia and elsewhere. If Putin wants to talk, he can call the Russia desk at the State Department or the ambassador soon to be posted in Moscow.

And then, Biden needs to do it. Obama wanted to focus on Asia, but he got dragged into other areas. Biden has proven he can focus on a goal well.

To be clear: Russia is a second world country with nukes, trending toward a third world one. In this regard, it is on a par with Pakistan and North Korea. Not worth spending a lot of time on, and certainly not at Biden’s level.

Israel: A coalition of “anyone but Bibi” parties forced Netanyahu out as Israeli Prime Minister after 12 years in power. The coalition spans the entire spectrum of Israeli parties, held together only by their opposition to Netanyahu. Good luck with holding that coalition together for long.

In any case, the coalition has plenty of anti-democratic Palestinian oppressors, so I don’t expect Israel’s current oppressive policies to change under the new management.

Afghanistan: Apparently our removal of troops from this pile of rocks is ahead of schedule. Basically, most of them are on the other side of the border, operating from there.

But we learned this week that while the troops are leaving, we’re still sending money to support Afghanistan – $8 billion and counting, and this just pisses me off. Why? Why are we still spending money on what we know to be a lost cause? I want us all the way out, not pissing away our treasure on a pile of rocks, and that includes money as well as American lives.

UFOs: The government is about to issue a report on these phenomena. I don’t know what they are, though I have theories, and I don’t expect much from this report, especially if my theories are correct. Spoiler alert: they’re ours.

But I do know one thing for sure. They are not alien. I know this from basic physics. Just as we cannot leave Earth in any meaningful way because nothing moves faster than the speed of light, likewise, aliens can’t get here.

Worst state: Since I put Arizona back on the worst states list, Paul Gosar, my own personal representative, has been working hard to earn the cup for his state, and he has succeeded this week. Gosar is challenging Louis Gohmert for worst and dumbest congressperson, which is really saying something. On every pressing issue, he has said something stupid and/or wingnut right wing.

Gosar’s own family hates him and are embarrassed by his is sullying of their name. His brothers say he is a pathological liar. But at least they can be proud that Gosar has won the worst state cup for Arizona singlehandedly.

Thoughts on Events the Week of June 7

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on June 18, 2021

What, me worry? I asked my daughter if I was the only one who doesn’t worry about what’s his name, the disgraced former president, and she said yes, I am. So, I laid out for her the three main reasons why I don’t, which I have listed below:

First, the four years of the administration of what’s his name, the disgraced former president (I need an abbreviated moniker; let’s say WHN) was a lifetime in political years. But the same is true of the next four years, and in that political lifetime, I am confident that WHN’s influence will wane. Four years is an impossibly long time for things to remain stagnant, unless, of course, you are the U.S. Senate.

I am a firm believer in the corrosive effect of time on crackpots, despots, and assorted authoritarian wannabees. WHN’s aura will lose a lot of luster, faster than you might expect.

Second, there are a lot of ambitious Republicans who would like to be president themselves, and they are going to do in WHN, even as they pledge allegiance to him to placate their base.

Third, in the meantime, I don’t worry about WHN’s minions’ causing a lot of violence, because the stupidest among them stormed the Capitol, were identified and are being prosecuted. The smarter of them saw that if they stay out in the open the same thing will happen with them, so they are running back under the refrigerator, like the cockroaches they are. Oh, they may rant and snarl and engage in ludicrous fringe ideas, but they won’t dare do much about it.

Stoning the Dog: My friend and neighbor’s dog is being treated for cancer with chemotherapy. She’s a sweet old girl (both of them are, actually), and I hope the best for her. But even the most successful chemotherapy results in pain for some, loss of weight for all and nausea.

The other night my daughter and son-in-law were vaping, and the question was posited if pot would work as well for dogs as it often does for humans with those same symptoms. Sooo, the kids blew some pot in the dog’s face, which seemed like a good idea at the time and the condition we were in. The dog slept well, ate better, and didn’t barf (not to be confused with bark). We’ve been doing it on a regular basis ever since.

Cancer is a pernicious disease and who knows the fate of the dog, but for now at least we have found a way to alleviate some of her discomforts and give her some peace. Let’s hear it for pot!

Worst state: Texas wins hands down this week, because the governor signed a law outlawing “critical race theory,” whatever that is, which is determined ignorance if ever I saw it, and I often have in Texas. This willful ignorance, which is the very worst kind of ignorance, is now enshrined in the laws of Texas. It seems improbable, however, that a law outlawing the teaching of history will long survive judicial scrutiny. We’ll see.

Thoughts on Events the Week of May 31 and June 6

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on June 12, 2021

I’ve lumped two weeks into one weekly blog again, because only one item grabbed my attention, and two of my kids and only granddaughter is visiting after a long hiatus, so I haven’t spent much time thinking about blogging.

Senate fails, again: That said, the one item is a dilly. The Senate voted down the measure to set up an independent commission to study the insurrection on January 6. This vote brought into vivid relief three separate but related issues:

One of our two major political parties is no longer interested in our democratic form of government. In fact, it now obviously opposes it. I never expected to see this in my lifetime, in my country. It is terribly unfortunate, but it is fortunate that the undemocratic party is the smaller of the two and shrinking. I don’t worry about this as much as some others, but it bears watching.

Second, our Senate, which has not functioned properly for more than two decades since Moscow Mitch became Majority Leader is now officially a failed branch. It is useless, even detrimental until it is reformed, beginning with…

Third, the filibuster has got to go. Forget the politics. It is patently undemocratic on its face, and it is now used routinely for nefarious purposes. Republicans of both parties, about which more below, say it puts the brakes on an abusing majority, but in practice it allows the minority to hold the majority hostage, and that just ain’t right.

The bigger fool here is Joe Manchin, of course, but he’s not (quite) as stupid or disgusting as he appears. The fact is, Manchin represents the reddest of red states, as bad as those in the deep south. WV is as wedded to coal as the south is wedded to racism. Manchin has to appease those voters, so he votes democratic on minor things, but against important things. Like all other states, the voters get the representatives they deserve, and they deserve this sorry guy.

The biggest SOB here is Moscow Mitch, perhaps the biggest bigot in the history of the senate, which is really saying something. He will go down in history as the man who destroyed the senate and just maybe the man who destroyed our democracy.

These two are a menace, but so is Kyrsten Sinema, my own personal senator, and she has no excuse. She is a democrat in a trending blue state. Fortunately, I can share my opinion with her personally. I voted for her gladly because she is a democrat, but I expect her to vote like one.

The big lie from the big jerk: What’s his name, the disgraced former president, said, while descending from the sublime to the ridiculous, that he will be reinstated in August. He heard it from Sidney Powell, queen of the crazies. You can look it up on Yelp.

I’ll take the over on this one. I don’t think he will be reinstated until at least January 20, 2025, and I’ll be taking the over on that date too.

Worst state: Texas Governor Gregg Abbott and the Republican-controlled state legislature are trying to enact some of the most severe voter suppression legislation in the country, which entitles them to the cup in a walk.

Thoughts on Events the week of May 19

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on May 30, 2021

Israel v Palestinians: President Biden’s administration managed to negotiate a cease fire the old-fashioned way: through diplomacy. But this cease fire, like countless negotiated cease fires between these two adversaries, will not last. Both sides have incentives to continue their macabre dance of mutually assured self-destruction.

Pundits have opined that this negotiation had a new twist in that American attitudes toward Israel and Palestinians seem to have shifted since the last dust up, with public opinion becoming more sympathetic with the Palestinian cause. There is some evidence of this. We have even begun electing Muslim citizens to public office.

But I think the reason for this shift has less to do with us and more to do with Israel. Since Benjamin Netanyahu became Prime Minister in 2009, Israel has moved radically to the right. How radically? It has morphed from a liberal democracy to an illiberal, occupier nation and more aggressive oppressor of Palestinian rights. This shift has turned off many Americans, even Jewish Americans, as well it should.

From the founding of Israel in 1948 through the 20th Century, the U.S. was sympathetic to and supportive of the Jewish state, no one more so than me. This was particularly true of Jewish Americans, who supported Israel religiously (pun intended) because they saw Israel as a safe harbor for Jews in a hostile, anti-Semitic world.

But while Israel has shifted to the right, the younger generations of American Jews remain liberally democratic, and many are off put by Israel’s oppressive behavior, including myself, and I’m not even Jewish. What this means for Israel in the long term is uncertain, but I worry for them. It’s not a good sign.

It is Israel that must change its behavior. Let’s face it. Israel is infinitely more powerful and better armed than the Palestinians will ever be, and more than the entire Middle East Region combined for that matter. Their victimhood posture no longer washes. Netanyahu sounds like what’s his name, the disgraced former president, claiming how unfairly he’s being treated.  

I am glad to see us taking a more even-handed diplomatic approach to Israel, guided by our own national interests, and not held hostage to single constituency, not unlike the Cuban American population in Miami that has distorted our policies toward Cuba.

Worst state: Okay, it’s time to admit that I was wrong to take Arizona, my own personal residence, off the worst state list. Ever since I did, Arizona has been trying to get back on the list by its reprehensible governance, and they have finally convinced me that they still belong among the worst states and should get the cup this week.

In addition to the utterly meaningless “audit” of the 2020 presidential election results, Arizona Republicans held a rally to support the big lie and the audit, featuring four of the most loathsome of Republican Congresspersons – Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, along with two locals, Paul Gosar, my own personal Representative, and Andrew Biggs. If Louis Gohmert had been here, it would have been the worst five Representatives in the 435 member House.

Not that there weren’t other worthy candidates this week. Take South Carolina. Please. South Carolina has added a new item to its death penalty menu: firing squad. This in addition to the good old electric chair. And worst of all, the condemned must choose his method of execution.

Not to be outdone in amount of crazy, Texas (everything is bigger in Texas) has just passed a law allowing everybody to carry a gun, concealed or open, with or without training, just about everywhere in the state.

Thoughts on Events the Week of May 5

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on May 17, 2021

The Liz Cheney Saga. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of people, or been more fun to watch:

Well, they did it. House Republicans removed Cheney from her leadership position for speaking the truth that President Biden won the presidential election, and it wasn’t stolen from what’s his name, the disgraced former president.

In tossing Cheney out, the House Republicans are completely endorsing what’s his names’ Big Lie, which they all know to be just that. Democrats are shocked, shocked, and crying crocodile tears that Republicans would do such a thing.

I think Republican House members were perfectly justified in removing Cheney from a leadership position for not towing the party line, no matter how despicable the party line is. It is to be expected, indeed proper, for leadership to speak with one voice in public on issues of policy. Since Cheney was unwilling to do this, she had to go.

The proper thing for Cheney to have done if she was unable to stomach the Big Lie that has become dogma to the Republican Party, however, was to resign the leadership position.

In removing Cheney so ham handedly, Republicans demonstrated again, in public, that they are willing to lie to our faces to support something that is obviously untrue, disgusting, and undemocratic, in order to kiss what’s his name’s er, ring.

Cheney was replaced by Elise Stefanik, whose voting record is not as conservative as Cheney’s, but who is willing to lie through her teeth with the best of them to get ahead. Republicans may rest assured that when Stefanik joins the leadership, she will never vote against anything Republicans believe, or make up, again.

The great irony here is that just hours after ousting Cheney, House leader Kevin McCarthy said, “I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” (Presumably including himself). In saying this, McCarthy, whose intellect apparently does not rise to the level of high functioning moron, shot himself in the foot. Twice.

First, he directly contradicted the Big Lie with one of his own and in the process admitted that Cheney is right. McCarthy knows it’s a Big Lie. He is only supporting it to curry favor with what’s his name, the disgraced former president.

Second, McCarthy ruined his currying favor chance by making this statement. I expect what’s his name will turn on him like a rabid dog.

Frozen in Time: The Israelis and Palestinians are at it again. It’s a pathetic cycle. One or the other pokes the bear. The bear bites back and on they go, over and over, again and again, on and on, downward and downward.

I used to be sympathetic with the Israelis, but for the last several years now, Israel has been poking the bear, and I’m completely out of sympathy with them. Not that I’m in complete sympathy with the Palestinians.

I remember what then Secretary of State James Baker said in exasperation about this conflict way back in the George H.W. Bush Administration, “I cannot help you, because you cannot help yourselves.”

Worst state: I was this close to putting Arizona, my own personal residence, back on the worst state list, because in addition to the ludicrous audit, Arizona legislators passed a voter suppression bill.

But just when I was really to pull the trigger, Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde, in an attempt to deny the January 6 insurrection, said the images of the violence looked like a typical tourist visit. Some visit. This ludicrous human being, elected by the people of George retains the state in the worst State list. But keep trying, Arizona.

Thoughts on Events the Weeks of April 26 and May 3

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on May 10, 2021

A little bored and loving it. So many days have been “slow news days” recently that I mashed the last two weeks’ news into one blog.

Oh, the problems are the same. The pandemic is still the lead story. Voter suppression is running rampant in the south. Russia is still being a pig. The two factions of the Republican Party are still picking over the carcass of the party.

What’s his name, the disgraced former president is still spewing invective and lies, which seem to be mother’s milk to his base of white supremacists and various and sundry crazies.

No, the difference isn’t the problems. It’s that we have an administration competent enough to deal with them. This has helped my blood pressure and allowed me to spend time on my own issues and not worry so much about the country.

The Census: The federal government announced the top line results of the latest census, which the administration of what’s his name, the disgraced former president, botched almost as completely as the Covid-19 response.

Directionally, the census seems ok – broadly, sunbelt states gained some population and rust belt states lost some. California lost because a lot of people have been leaving there recently.

But the census has doubtless undercounted, due to deliberate obstruction and garden variety malfeasance and incompetence. I expect some lawsuits over this.

It’s not just what’s his name: The former president’s mishandling of the pandemic is well documented, but it turns out that most of the other authoritarian wannabes botched theirs, also. Topping the list is India, whose leader Modi is another denier whose people are suffering for it. I hope to see the pendulum shift away from these despots soon.

Jobs Report: We gained 266,000 jobs in April, only about a quarter of what economist were expecting, and they are perplexed to explain it. (As George Bernard Shaw said, you can line all of the economists in the world end to end and they would not reach to a conclusion.)

Actually, the reason is rather simple. This is not a normal economic downturn because it isn’t driven by economics. It’s driven by the virus. Paul Krugman has characterized it not as a recession, but as a “self-induced coma,” which I think is a good description.

As I have said from the beginning, people are not going to return to work until they think it is safe to do so, and many workers and businesses still do not.  They won’t all return until we have wrestled the virus to the ground, which is why President Biden is so focused on defeating the virus. He gets it, even if economists do not.

(There is the complicating factor that people can’t get childcare because most of the people in that business are in the same boat.)

Worst State: Arizona, my own personal residence, is continuing with its unofficial, compromised recount following three official ones, so it gets the cup again this week. Those ballots had better all come back and undamaged or there will be a hell of a lawsuit. I am ashamed of being an Arizona resident these days.

Thoughts on Events the Week of April 19

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on April 28, 2021

George Floyd murder trial: The all-consuming news of the week was that Derek Chauvin, an office who had clearly been on the job too long, was found guilty of murdering George Floyd on all three counts. There was relief, even euphoria among blacks and civil rights activists over the verdict. Some even called it a reflection point in the saga of police brutality toward black citizens.

But I would remind us that this is one instance among countless others against black men and women that have gone the other way. One bright star in a universe of black holes. Innocent victims killed in almost as egregious circumstances where police weren’t held accountable, or even charged. If these incidents were plotted on a graph, Chauvin would be a single dot on the very tip of the bell-shaped curve.

And look what it took to get this conviction: a nine-and-a-half-minute video of the murder, several eyewitnesses, and perhaps most important, a number of other police officers testifying against Chauvin’s lethal behavior.

No, it is too soon for euphoria. Let’s see what happens next. There is some reason for hope.

Genocide: President Biden stated the obvious, calling what the Turks did to its Armenian citizens genocide, which the Turks have denied for 105 years.

Among the debated issues is whether what the Turks did was “genocide” or “crimes against humanity.” Since the Turks murdered or starved a million Armenians and drove another half million others out of the country and into the diaspora, I would say both. It’s this kind of nit picking that makes me tired sometimes.

I used to office across the street from the Turkish consulate in Los Angles, and every year at this time, Armenian Americans would protest in front of the consulate. As protests go, they were pretty mild, more like block parties, really. I’m not sure the protesters ever expected anything would change, and on most levels, I don’t think anything has. The Turks will go on denying and the 1.5 million Armenians murdered or dispersed are still murdered or dispersed.

But at least President Biden has put us on the right side of history and morality.

Worst state: Arizona: Ever since I took Arizona, my own personal residence, off the list of worst state candidates in favor of more egregiously bad ones, the state seems intent on trying to get back on the list. This week, they succeeded.

The Arizona senate – Republican controlled – is doing another recount of Arizona’s ballots in the 2020 presidential election. This despite the fact that there have already been three previous recounts conducted by authorized and experienced personnel, none of which found any discrepancies or errors, that the count has been certified at the state and federal level, and to state the obvious, Joe Biden is president and has been in the White House for months.

This latest recount is being done by rank amateurs – an outfit called Cyber Ninjas – which has little or no experience with such work and whose CEO is a notable conspiracy theory wingnut. What could possibly go wrong?

This recount serves no useful purpose other than to sew distrust about our voting system that has been working well. I used to be proud of Arizona’s voting integrity and procedures, but these shenanigans are a setback and Arizona richly deserves the worst state cup this week.