Friday, September 30, 2016

Too much news for the eve of a new year

Floods in Louisiana and the Mississippi River area, Virginia, and who knows where else.  Drought and forest fires in California.  An earthquake in Italy.

Blacks, at least some of whom were unarmed, being shot by police.

Aleppo, Syria, being bombed out of existence.  More U.S. troops being sent to Iraq.

The first debate between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The death of Shimon Peres.

And, on a more personal note, a return to the Emergency Room for my husband, who came home a day and a half later with a surgically-implanted stent in one kidney and plans for at least one more round of surgery to remove the kidney stones.  No hagbah for you, sweets!

With all that, plus my own three eye surgeries since last Rosh HaShanah, all I can say about this year is goodbye and good riddance.

And now, for your amusement:

Me:  Have you heard about the Donald Trump Foundation not being legally certified by New York State to solicit charity?  How could he not have known to get state authorization?  If his accountant didn't tell him, the accountant's an idiot.

Hubster CPA:  He probably doesn't have an accountant.

Think about that for a minute--if Trump thinks he's an expert in everything and doesn't listen to anyone else (except possibly his lawyers), why would he bother paying for an accountant?

Shanah Tovah u-M'tukah--have a good and sweet (and healthy!) new year.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Today is 9/11

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The devolution of American culture

The ending of the movie "Grease" puzzled me.  What was so great about the sweet, modestly-dressed young woman morphing into a skin-tight-pants-wearing sexpot in order to win the heart of a drag-racing "greaser?"  I thought it was generally considered preferable to aspire to rise to a higher social level, not to stoop to a lower one.

Nor was I particularly happy about a recent performance of Beyoncé and her dance troupe at the VMA Awards show.  I clicked on a video of the performance, only to see the singer and her dancers wiggling their literally-80%-naked fannies in the viewers' faces.  I couldn't click it off quickly enough.  This is the way that people behave in public?!

Yes, I know--I've been there and blogged that.

But lest you think that this is just an older woman's rant about missing the good olde days, I have a question for you--do you see any connection between "bad" have become a sometime synonym for "good" and the recent "permission-granted-to-speak-freely" attitude that's made it perfectly acceptable for a person not only to remove his Ku Klux Klan hood and openly admit to being a white supremacist, but to run for public office as one?

In my opinion, the nomination of Donald Trump as the Presidential candidate of a major political party could not have happened without a deterioration of the standards of appropriate behavior.


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