Brett Kavanaugh or Amy Coney Barrett Might Become Our Next Supreme Court Justice

In case you’re unfamiliar with the names in the bold print above this post, please click the links below.  Either one of these people might replace retiring moderate swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh are very far to the right in their legal views, and Judge Barrett belongs to a conservative religious organization, People of Praise, which exercises authority over members’ personal choices. It was never determined whether U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a member of a group called Opus Dei, or Work of God.  His legal opinions were in … Continue reading Brett Kavanaugh or Amy Coney Barrett Might Become Our Next Supreme Court Justice

I Haven’t Traveled Outside the U.S. and Can’t Verify, but This Looks so Nice

Many Americans think of the United Kingdom — England in particular — as a classy place where there are no lapses in etiquette.  Many Americans also think of that neck of the woods as full of educated people, all of whom graduated from Cambridge or Oxford. A British accent of any type sounds more sophisticated to us than our own ways of speaking.  Obviously, I don’t hear my own California accent, but I’ve been uncomfortable with it since the early 1990s, when I saw the Al Pacino film Scent of a Woman.  You might recall the central character’s crass reference … Continue reading I Haven’t Traveled Outside the U.S. and Can’t Verify, but This Looks so Nice

Public Relations, Nothing More. Quoth the Raven…

Melania Trump has made a so-called surprise visit to a detention center for young undocumented immigrants.  Just look at how nice the place looks in the photograph.  It could be a kindergarten classroom. Now we’re supposed to feel assured the children are indeed treated well.  If so, why weren’t Members of Congress allowed to visit other facilities? Apologies to Edgar Allan Poe. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/21/melania-trump-family-child-separation-detention-centre-visit-surprise Continue reading Public Relations, Nothing More. Quoth the Raven…

Scam Phone Calls

It isn’t easy to be streetwise when someone is messing with your head.  However, you’d better make the effort when someone calls you on the phone and suggests you’ll need to pay him/her money to handle an emergency. Please click the link below to read a CNBC article on MSN’s site. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/you-think-its-a-friend-calling-but-its-actually-a-growing-phone-scam/ar-AAyybAr?ocid=spartandhp Continue reading Scam Phone Calls

Robert De Niro, Enlightened Tough Guy

Here’s a clip from last night’s Tony Awards, with a nice article.  Artists really don’t like Donald Trump.  In case you haven’t heard about Robert De Niro’s brief commentary, be warned it includes a word you probably haven’t heard anyone utter in at least the past twenty minutes.  Well, you won’t hear the word — just the bleep. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/awards/robert-de-niro-bleeped-at-tony-awards-for-trump-f-bomb/ar-AAyu1yB?ocid=spartandhp Continue reading Robert De Niro, Enlightened Tough Guy