The roller coaster weather here on the North Coast has gotten me in a hibernating mood. From a high of 60 degrees Fahrenheit Friday Morning to single digits Sunday, it has been one hell of a ride weather wise.
Same with the nation as a whole. This is not the place to mention what all the media has been discussing since January 1st from Michael Wolff’s book to Donald Trump shooting his mouth off to the point they are now using a swear word in national news shows to quote his high regards for Third World countries. Yesterday, there was a false alarm in Hawaii about a missile attack on that State and the sloppy way they handled it doesn’t bring me much confidence. Then again, we now have a president who has to tell the wold “I am not a racist” while having two Senators take another bullet for him while implying that a colleague is a liar.
It’s so easy to forget that people voted for this. I saw that while Saturday while getting my haircut. The owner and his two colleagues, I guess longtime friends somewhere in their thirties, love what the Trump is doing. They were talking with another of their customers politics while I for one was unusually silent. That guy was telling them that his brother-in-law who was “good crunching at numbers” (or so it sounded to me) claims that everyone will be getting a three percent tax cut with this tax bill. I didn’t want to break in and say that, even it were so, those cuts will be phased out for guys like us in a few years while the wealthy got as someone said in Florida “a whole lot richer”. One of the barbers loved the man’s tweet about his bigger button because supposedly Trump called Kim Jong Un. He called their bluff! Didn’t the North Koreans finally used that phone to call the South after all these years (tell that to everyone living in Honolulu)? Many more things were said along those lines while I pretended to be asleep. As the shaving cream was applied to my neck, I went back to thinking about the piece I read in the Guardian on the United Nations envoy who wrote a report on extreme poverty here int he United States just one month ago.
I wonder what Martin Luther King Jr. would have thought about all this if he were alive today. My copy of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury should be arriving at the homestead sometime this week as the temperatures warm up.