First of all, I want to admit that I have changed the look of the blog again. People who know me very well understand that I can never leave my hands off re-designing this blog because I am always and forever searching for a way to make it easier to read for my dear and devoted friends who visit here with me almost daily.
Today’s “Look” for the blog reflects the simplicity of an old-fashioned, hometown, country-style newspaper like the ones you might find in a rural community somewhere in Kentucky or Tennessee or somewhere.
My great hope is that this new configuration will fit most or all of the devices on which it will appear and that it is legible and easy to read even for those who might experience some challenges with their sight.
My next thought this morning is of the passing of Rush Limbaugh, famous and iconic American right-wing radio personality. He lost his battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 70 years old (Is what I have been told.) Radio has now lost what I believe to be one of its most famous and dearest consrvative radical commentators. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
I am sure that everybody had their opinions about Rush. I know there are many people (some of my own misguided family members among them) who hung onto his every word as though it were gospel itself. As for me, I was divided in my impressions about him …. I loved the idea that he could express himself (Even though I rarely agreed with him) because expressing oneself freely is what America is supposed to be all about.
My reservations about Mr. Limbaugh’s broadcasts included the fact that I (Personally) always felt a little bit like he had a real distaste for all things Liberal. I always imagined (whether it be true or not) that he would have appealed more to the kind of folks who rioted at the U.S. Capitol building on (whenever it happened) than he would to those who tend to support the traditional ideas about loyalty to the flag, to the nation, the constitution and all of the other 4th of July kind of stuff that we all grew up with.
Even though I never much agreed with his political views and expressions, I admit that I will miss him because he was entertaining, colorful, and a part of a valuable American fabric that has now been torn away and can never be replaced.
Somebody told me that there are thousands of Republicans fleeing their party because of what they view as the toxic influence of Donald Trump. I have been trying to figure out just how I feel about hearing that news. Actually, I think it is a good thing that thousands of Republicans are fleeing the party because that means if enough of them go, then all that will be left will be Trump and his base …. and if that base shrinks enough …then its power to affect elections will diminish and I think that would be the most wonderful thing that could happen for The United States right now.
I got my second dose of the covid-19 vaccine yesterday so now I am sitting around waiting to die because that is what all my anti-vaccine friends who also refuse to wear protective face masks have been telling me is bound to happen now ….Somehow the first dose I got a few weeks ago didn’t kill me yet, but my crazy radical conservative family members and people I run into once in awhile are busily reminding me, “Well, if it didn’t get you right now, you just wait and see …. a few years down the road, it will kill you.”
When I think of them saying that to me, I have to remind myself, “I am 82-years-old right now and I am not so sure if I have a few years down the road left to me. But we shall see.
Finally, let me say a word to those poor souls in Texas who are currently experiencing the awful freezing weather because their power grid has utterly failed ….”Don’t worry about it none, Steve, I am sure your beloved right wing elected officials will have the situation well in hand in no time at all ….”