Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Yesterday was the eclipse of 2017.  I looked out the door and it looked a little darker, but Los Angeles was only at about 75%.  It looked cool on TV and the video clips/photos that Brian posted on Facebook. 

The fallout from Trump's rampage from his hotel last week over the Charlottesville rally is never ending.  And rightfully so. 

Saturday afternoon the Dodger game was televised on ESPN from Detroit.  It was a Detroit Tigers feed and the announcers were old friends Dick Enberg and Kirk Gibson.  It was a real pleasure listening to the two of them, low key and very informative. 

Dick Enberg, of "oh my" fame, was once the voice of the UCLA Bruins basketball team in the Lew Alcindor - Bill Walton eras. I remember watching tape delays on channel 11 at 11:00 pm and him calling the games.  Enberg has broadcast all the sports, starting out with the Indiana Hoosiers basketball games.  He was fixture in Los Angeles for many years doing the Rams and Angels games.

Of course Kirk Gibson hit the famous home run in the 1988 world series against Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersle. It was his only hit in the series, but it lead to the Dodgers last world series win.  Gibson, born in Michigan, led the Michigan State Spartans to a tie for the Big Ten championship as a wide receiver.  He was drafted by the Tigers and led them a win in the 1984 world series.  He was a coach and manager before becoming a color analyst for the Tigers.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

No guns, no racist chants, no swastikas - thousands of people marched against hate and bigotry in Boston. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Headline on the website "Daily Stormer" reads, "Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-Year-Old Slut." The body of the rant is too vile to repeat. Heather Heyer was the woman killed at the Charlottesville demonstration on Saturday. 
You can read this garbage for yourself (if you dare) and wonder at the hatred and bigotry of our "fellow man" here. https://www.dailystormer.com/heather-heyer-woman-killed-in…/

Dan Rather
On this Sunday, a day meant in my religious tradition for reflection and prayer, I find my mind returning more than a half century in the past to the early days of the civil rights movement. I spent many a sabbath in black churches hearing justice and righteousness preached from the pulpit in the face of violent state sponsored bigotry - the deep roots that beget the vile strain we witnessed yesterday in Charlottesville.

Then, like now, we didn’t know where this country would be heading. But thankfully we found out that the vast majority of Americans were decent enough to recognize that segregation, disenfranchisement, and violent intimidation should not be part of our national destiny. Apparently, tragically, that lesson must be repeated. And now the question is will we have leadership out of the White House or will have cynicism and cowardice?

But what I also remember from covering the civil rights movement was the strong current of hope that coursed through the entire enterprise. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his followers believed that if America could see the true depth of the hatred it would recoil. And, by and large, it did. And our political leaders acted with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, amongst other measures.

We are once again peering into an abyss, and I am heartened by the response from across the political spectrum. But we cannot merely cleave the most grotesque incarnations of this national malignancy. We must recognize that the seeds for yesterday’s carnage can be found in attacking voting rights, demonizing immigrants, the coded words of anti-Semitism, and all the other more subtle forms of discrimination and false victimhood. They are just as dangerous as what was on display in Charlottesville, perhaps more so because they are allowed in “polite company” - with a knowing wink and a blow of the proverbial dog whistle.

Perhaps we needed to see this hatred so raw. Perhaps we needed to see how easily our order can break down. Perhaps we needed to feel the empathy for those in our society who are subjected daily to racist taunts and actions. This is a moment for moral clarity as a nation. It is a time for everyone to line up and be counted, are you on the side of love or hate. The central question of the moment is will we pledge actions that do not only mitigate the crisis but lead to real and substantive change. The world is watching. History is watching. I hope we are up to the challenge. I think we are.
Dan Rather

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Confederate flags and swastikas a must,
A protest in mass for a cause they felt just.
Women and men marching lockstep did stride,
Demonstrating to us all their white power pride.

Helmets and bats and shields on display,
Many with rifles, oh what an array.
Yelling and screaming of oaths from the past,
Oh what a harrowing specter they cast.

Met with resistance the melee ensued,
Seems like the Civil War has just been renewed.
Martin Luther King just rolled over in his grave,
For the land of the free and the home of the brave.

An impassioned supremacist drove into the crowd,
Death now descends on the town like a shroud.
Heather Heyer died for equality that day,
a casualty of hatred and bigotry on parade.

Racism and bigotry have no place in this land,
Diversity and equality for which I will stand.
“with liberty and justice for all” I do swear,
I'll stand up for equality and show that I care.  

--Ken Ferguson--
Artista di Parole