Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Today's news

I don't want to gloat because it is generally bad karma, yet I was and still am delighted that the people of Alabama did not choose a smarmy, constitution-denying, sexual predator/pedophile to send to the U.S. Senate.

While I try to stay away from politics and religion here for purposes of civility, I do have strong convictions. At my workplace I have to deal with people from all parts of the political and religious spectrum and getting a regular paycheck is still critical. So I keep my mouth shut. Mostly.

Lest I be accused of being a wide-eyed optimist I really do think we are making a some progress. It is always slower than we would like and it often stalls or is put on the back burner, but I think we are finally taking a few steps forward. Let's keep the momentum going and maybe we can regain some lost ground.

To quote one of the great modern philosophers, Red Green, I leave you with this:
"Remember, I'm pulling for you. We're all in this together."


  1. I agree that a cultural shift is finally happening. How far or how fast it will go remains to be seen.

  2. Terrific post today ! Both sides need to grow up.
    I did one on Kate Steinie. It broke my heart.

    Are you snowed in ?
    cheers, parsnip and mandibles

  3. I've been waiting for a good news day like this for a long time. There's light up ahead. I'm sure of it.

  4. A cultural shift is on its way. I've no doubt about that. I imagine it'll take time, but progress is progress.

  5. Great quote, and so true. Roy Moore losing was a win for decency.

  6. I saw from the other side of the world and applauded. We are indeed all in this together and perhaps the slow and necessary progress will become a tsunami of change to benefit the world.

  7. As Sam Cooke sung back in the 60's - A Change is Gonna Come. Shame it's taken so long.

  8. anne, That's the spirit (of '76)!

    Debra, We'll do our part to keep it going.

    angryparsnip, Kate's death was tragic in so many ways. I am rarely snowed in in that I have always been able to dig out. So far. Got about 8 inches yesterday which means there's almost enough now to start skiing.

    Harry, I heard it referred to as the Hanukkah Miracle yesterday.

    Martha, Progress is always slower than we would like, but as you say, it is progress.

    Jennifer, He is still contesting the count. Of course he is. He apparently doesn't believe all those uppity Negroes and uppity women would vote for someone else after all the wonderful things he has done for them.

    lephant's Child, These things benefit all of us and can only lead to a better world. This country had a regressive moment, but seems to have woken up from the nightmare.

    LL Cool Joe, Change is almost always slow, but as the Borg once said, "Resistance is futile." It will happen.

  9. Progress is rarely smooth and pleasant for everybody, but it's nice to see a lurch forward every now and then! (Unless you're the one being ground under the wheels of progress. Then, not so nice... but it seems to me that the folks being ground under the wheels this time around are not so nice themselves. Maybe there is such a thing as karma.)

  10. Let's hope you are right---I do like to be an optimist!

  11. I believe you're right about progress being made. I was very happy to see the results in Alabama, too.

  12. I agree, we are making a some progress, but it's always slower than we would like ... and too many people are forgotten along the way.

  13. Alabama is, and always has been, the gold standard for racism and bigotry. It has to do with that 'Old time religion.'
    the Ol'Buzzard

  14. Diane,I am hoping the lurch forward stays on track for at least a few years so we can make up the lost ground.

    knittergran, It is good to be optimistic even if we get knocked down a lot. By force of will and pure stubbornness I get up to go again.

    Tom, We will get there eventually, but it has been and will be a long and arduous journey.

    Ol'Buzzard, I have never had any desire to go to Alabama, even after hearing Lynyrd Skynyrd. To me "Old time Religion" always made me think of the people who built Stonehenge or carved female figurines many thousands of years ago.

  15. I'm just afraid that so much damage has been done to our country that it will take decades to come back from it.

  16. I had to practice a lot of "keeping my mouth shut" and "biting my tongue" when we lived in South Carolina, so I know what you mean.

  17. JACKISUE, There is massive damage, but with a regime change next November we should see the start to reverse this process. Or we can make the French Revolution look like the Teddy Bear's Picnic.

    Pixel Peeper, It is often good to live to fight another day.