Idle News Notes

Post workout at the gym yesterday, standing at the vanity counter watching SoCal fire coverage:

Waiting with bated breath…waiting for the reportage of the fire’s random destruction through various neighborhoods — utterly destroying some while leaving others unscathed — to be interpreted by some reporter or fortunate homeowner as divine providence. Happily, surprisingly, I waited in vain.

A young (maybe 8) but articulate boy on his way to see if his house still stands is interviewed whilst stuck in traffic that’s being held up for the jobholder-in-chief’s motorcade: “At a point, you just don’t care about the president; I just want to go home.” The contempt on the boy’s face and in his voice is unmistakable. It’s never too early or too late to teach children general and utter contempt for politicians as a baseline attitude. In other words, contempt ought to be the default position, until otherwise proven. (Yea, I understand he’s probably just got lefty parents in this case.)

On the way to meet my brother for breakfast this morning, on NPR in the car:

Finally, some sanity in the Genarlow Wilson case. But it never should have taken this long, and most particularly, should never have been prosecuted. I’m serious when I say that it’s times like this that I truly wish there existed a hell, and that there was a very special place therein reserved for Douglas County District Attorney David McDade, whose death I would love to learn of and celebrate on its anniversary. It would please me greatly, and I would consider myself lucky to know that he died tortured, miserable, and alone. And if his children and their offspring come occasionally to urinate on the site of his grave, such knowledge would be taken as a divine and immaculate blessing.

… Stop and think about the fact that you live in a “free country” where your 17-year-old son could get a 10-year prison sentence for doing what one hell of a lot of you did when you were raging with hormones (and if you didn’t, it wasn’t for lack of wishing and trying). It takes almost five years, and he has to serve a few of those in jail before the reason and sense common to virtually anyone on the street comes through, and it’s at the level of the dammed State Supreme Court. Fuck them all; to death.

There was a discussion and debate amongst various participants concerning Cuba and the U.S. embargoes going back forever. Someone was making the “strong” point, to which almost everyone else agrees, that Cuba is one of only a few countries at most that won’t let their citizens leave; they must have an exit visa. Someone pointed out that while that is indeed bad, it ought not be overlooked that the U.S. has banned its citizens from visiting Cuba for 50 years. Even if — as a U.S. citizen — you had lived in Europe for the last 50 years and decided to travel to Cuba, the U.S. could extradite you upon your return, prosecute, and jail you.

… Because, you know, we’re the “land of the free,” and all.

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