Our Week at the Circus

Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen.

American author, journalist, speechwriter, and pundit, Peggy Noonan, was born on this day in 1950.

I only wish I could write as well as Peggy Noonan. She does have a way with words.

Lots of words have traveled around this week with the Senate Confirmation Hearings and Nike’s new ad. I wish I had stock in popcorn concessions because it’s been a wild ride.

But, while we were distracted by protests in the Senate and the ceremonial burning of shoes, I had a friend Tweet this yesterday.

While people are worried about ad campaigns by private companies, the following is happening:

War crimes against Rohingya people
Flooding in North Korea has killed at least 76 people
Syrian Citizens are fashioning gas masks out of party cups in Idlib in case of chemical attack

Pretty sobering.

But, we’re not reading about that in the news. Not if we’re just listening to the talking heads who merely confirm our own preconceived ideas.

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It’s all been a bit of a circus this week.

I disagree with Colin Kaepernick, but I can’t disagree with his right to protest in the way that he deems fit. I will tell you that if I owned a football team, the players would stand for the anthem, or they would no longer be on the team. That’s a simple rule of employment. Work for me, abide by my rules. That’s another story, and another post that will not be written by me.

Some people responded by burning their Nikes or vowing never to wear those products again. In all honesty, I’m not sure that I currently own any Nike products. If you know me well, you know that I don’t spend exorbitant amounts on sports apparel anyway.

But, I just don’t do boycotts. I don’t have time to keep up with everyone I’m supposed to hate.

I would have no problem wearing my Nike shoes (if I had them) into Hobby Lobby and picking up Starbucks and Chick-fil-a on the way home.

Then we look to the other side of the country and the absolute sideshow of confirmation hearings going on in the Senate.

Granted, if you’re on the other side of the aisle, you may not be a fan of Senator Ben Sasse (from where?)

But, this is worth the time to watch, regardless of where you stand on Brett Kavanaugh.


He’s absolutely right, Congress hasn’t done their job for a long time.

Either. Party.

But if the hearings on the Supreme Court nomination aren’t bizarre enough, take a look at this exchange when a protestor tried to disrupt the Twitter hearings.


See what Noonan means about the misshapen?

I had another friend post a meme on Facebook saying all Congressional salaries should be cut to $45,000 with no benefits. Of course, that means either no one would run, or only the independently wealthy would run.

Remember when only white, landowner males could vote?

And, let’s not forget that we have an independently wealthy President.

I’m just sayin’.

I’m also saying that it’s Friday and, while we just had a three-day weekend, I could use another.

Out in the Atlantic Florence is deciding whether or not she’s heading our way.

As for the Circus in DC? Don’t bother sending in the clowns, they’re already there.

Finally, yesterday we said goodbye to actor Burt Reynolds. No one said it quite like Dolly.



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