I'll be getting back to normal yard projects again soon. In fact I got some starts today; the weather is cooler and less humid here and that always gets me going.
But today it is political...
First, I have to relate a general conversation I overheard (but was not part of) while standing in line at a store just a few minutes ago. It was between two 20-ish guys. They were discussing the recent eclipse, which was the only reason I paid attention. I'm science-oriented and thought maybe I could join (it was a slow line).
I was horribly disappointed! One guy mentioned that he saw no dimming of the sun Monday. Then added he saw a crescent moon as he came into the store, and therefore "it couldn't have covered the whole sun anyway here". His friend agreed and said it sounded like "fake science" to him too.
Then they got started on "fake news, lying media, and fake medicine" (the latter was not detailed, but probably about anti-vaccine ideas). And then talked about how Trump was "fixing all that stuff".
There were no details about any of that, just general "yeah", "you're right", and then some family stuff.
I felt sick. In some situations, I would have spoken up. But not in a convenience store and not where the parking spots outside are dim...
They thought the lit part of the moon was all there was at the time! Yes, it doesn't take a lot of thought to realize that the whole moon is always there sunlit or not, but they were also talking about fake news and media.
I'm not saying all Trump supporters are like that! I watch enough political channels to know that some Trump supporters are educated and articulate and I disagree with them for debatable reasons. But some are real idiots...
So, speaking of Trump, I heard some interesting news tonight. Trump has been on a real speech roller coaster lately. He decried "“this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.” Suggesting that the counter-protestors were as violent as the Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists.
When his staff demanded he read a more balanced statement, he did read their prepared statement " that he
condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and of course that
includes white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazi, and all extremists groups.
That lasted a day... Then Trump encouraged the idea again that "both sides were equally violent" in spite of the fact that some of the Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists were carrying torches, clubs, police-quality plexiglass shields, and AK-47s and other guns. By comparison, they point to one leftist NUT who lit an aerosol hairspray can which lasted 5 seconds before he had to drop it from the heat.
False-equivalence is an argument from weakness.
I mention all that to say this. With one of the worst hurricanes landing on the coast of Texas and expected to stall there, dumping a predicted 2-3' of rain with 140 mph winds on one area for a day, Trump posted 2 tweets.
One involved not allowing transgender people to join the military even if they pass all the physical and skill tests. The other involved pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio a possible jail sentence on Friday by pardoning his conviction for routinely violating the civil rights of anyone who looked "mexican", violating court orders to stop the practice.
"Sheriff Joe's" habits included "Ordering some immigration patrols not based on
reports of crime but rather on letters from Arizonans who complained
about people with dark skin congregating in an area or speaking Spanish."
Congrats to Trump. He made his 1st Pardon a person who is simply insanely racist and glorifies in being one.