Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
A pal invited me to an old skate movie hang out session at a local brewery last night.
Pretty good excuse to get out on a Monday, right?
It was a funny scene.
A bunch of guys my age and older, sorta standing around.
Some of 'em happened to be brewers/skaters, so that was how the plan got started, I guess.
One or two younger guys, actually skating.
Not a lot getting landed, but fun none the less...
Shackle Me Not was the first video up...
But it was hot in the brewery basement, so everybody was outside the loading dock.
The movie part stopped when the guy who put the deal together broke his phone, bailing in the parking lot.
They were being played from his phone.
It didn't really matter.
Just a bunch of old skater dudes...
All that is really needed is a parking lot and an excuse to be there, maybe a curb.
Skaters are simple, that way.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Yeah, we all have too many options, when it comes to media covering the GOP at the moment.
Again, I am staying off politics (sort of) here.
I don't think many are capable of civil conversation on the topic and I would rather not pontificate.
That never goes anywhere...
I do like to stay abreast of world events though and there is big stuff happening. I found this read pretty interesting, how the GOP transitioned from being the party of the "shining city on a hill" to what we see today...
Here is the lead in-
Trumpism may have parallels in populist, nativist movements abroad, but it is also the culmination of a proud political party’s steady descent into a deeply destructive and dysfunctional state.
While that descent has been underway for a long time, it has accelerated its pace in recent years. We noted four years ago the dysfunction of the Republican Party, arguing that its obstructionism, anti-intellectualism, and attacks on American institutions were making responsible governance impossible. The rise of Trump completes the script, confirming our thesis in explicit fashion...
We did not advance our argument about asymmetric polarization lightly. We had worked closely with members of both parties and are not unaware of the issues and divisions inside the Democratic Party. But we had seen the GOP go from a problem-solving center-right party to a problem-solving very conservative party — and then evolve into an obstructionist party intent on appeasing extreme forces inside and outside Congress.Pretty thoughtful observations on the GOP path.
With concern for your political identity, worth a read...
Another link to it, here.