- I honestly did spit out my coffee this morning when I heard news that the Saudi Arabian government was preparing to admit the murder of Washington Post journalist Adnan Khashoggi was an accident. All I could hear was a Saudi representative reading something to the effect, “Yes, his body was dismembered into plenty of tiny little pieces and then placed in an attache pouch with the final destination being fed to crocodiles somewhere along the Bosphorus River, but it was nothing more than a tragic accident”. Not even the best comedy writers at “Saturday Night Live” could imagine a better skit and dialogue. Kashoggi dared to speak out about the repressive Saudi government, and was killed for it. Another journalist is murdered for delivering the truth. And there are two very high profile takeaways from this story that should not be allowed to simply fade away. First, the Saudis have been playing the world like suckers for more than 20 years now, consistently denying any role in terrorist actions against countries including the United States, specifically on 9/11, when there’s a lot of evidence that has remained under investigated. Second, President Donald Trump needs to take a much harder public line here to prove he is as tough as he claims to be, and is not protecting any financial interests in the region. The Saudi government is quietly laughing their way to yet another day of playing everyone for fools.
- Senator Elizabeth Warren needs to learn a valuable lesson. She, like so many other people of immense and no power whatsoever, took the bait left out there by people seeking to ridicule her. Her ham-handed attempt at proving she has Native American DNA in her blood was particularly bad political theater. Donald Trump has been baiting her on this topic for years, and this time, for whatever reason, she decided the time was right to launch a counter-offensive. There’s a few things on the table let over from this recent mess. First, that ship of proof sailed a long time ago. Waiting until now proves she only did it for political expediency preparing for a possible POTUS run in 2020. Second, the news changes absolutely nothing to anyone. Those who believed her from the beginning still will, those who think she’s a fraud won’t budge an inch. Lastly, this proves to me there is no one on her current team willing to tell her the best avenues to take on the political PR front, and no one she listens to as a last word other than her own. This time, even those she once had on her side over the issue are quietly wishing she would stifle it and let the matter roll on. Trump won’t stop hammering away. Let him. She just gave new credence to his claims and breathed new life into a controversy that was useless as an election tool, but has now become an issue he can use again. Warren did exactly what you don’t do in politics. You don’t give your opponent anything to latch onto and draw attention to themselves. Massive fail by Warren, and an equally massive fail by those in her camp who urged her to take this step.
- Coincidental was the timing I finished my re-watching of the excellent Marvel film “Black Panther” last night, allowing the inner geek in me to emerge as I’ve been doing all the MCU movies in order before viewing “Avengers: Infinity War” for the first time since seeing it in theaters. This morning I read about how there is this “uproar” from certain groups, that being the standard catch phrase these days for people with no real life, about how white kids wearing a Black Panther costume for Halloween is nothing more than “cultural appropriation”. Honestly, reading it on my phone, I had to put the damn thing down on the table for a few minutes and just go back to my breakfast cereal to mull it over. I wanted to laugh, but couldn’t. Not faced with such head-shaking idiocy. This is a fictional character with not a single tie to real African culture. HE’S NOT REAL. Yes, the character is an homage to African culture and warriors. But it’s still a work of fantasy. I made the point in a social media post that it’s an honor for ANY kid of any color wanting to be Black Panther. It reveals an imprint of the nobility, bravery and honor portrayed by the character both in comic books and certainly in the Marvel film, which is considered to be one of the best movies in their theatrical canon, not just for being excellent film making, but also for being the right movie at the right time in celebrating African culture. Here’s the takeaway point. With so much going on in the world at the moment of real import, this should not be where people are putting their time and energies. We, as Americans, as a world people, have a lot more to be concerned with in teaching our children about right and wrong. So instead of spitting about a Halloween costume, how about teaching them the difference between fantasy and reality, or the difference between truth and lies? Now THAT would seem to be a Hell of a lot more important in society today.
Rock On, True Believers.
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