By now you’ve heard about USSC Justice Antonin Scalia having passed away.
You’ve probably heard the Democratic Party & Republican party response to Justice Scalia’s demise and what that means for the US Government (after all the US Supreme Court is one third of the Government… aka the Judicial Branch, but you all knew that!)
As I’ve stated before and I’ll state again and again, this blog is not so much as a blog as it is personal political therapy (haha) and, a storage place for my political musings so that I can store all of my favorite youtube videos, other bloggers’ website links and as a kind of journal or diary for my political thoughts, so that I can look back ten years from now and see what was going on. (I wish I had kept a diary since I was 10 years old when I first ATTEMPTED to follow and understand the news, this, for me, was 1973-1974).
I remember the moon landing being talked about on the one black and white TV we had in the living room in St Louis, Missouri in 1969. I remember racial turmoil in 1968 (although it wasn’t so much in my neighborhood that I could tell (Italian Hills area) (there’s another unflattering name for that neighborhood, unflattering for Italian-Americans). My background is mainly German-Irish-French and we used to be very Catholic in parts of my family but that all started going bye bye sometime around Vatican 2 (not because of Vatican 2 though, not directly anyway, things were just changing). But I think we were the only NON Italian family in THAT whole neighborhood, just sayin’ (Which is WHY I LOVE LOVE LOVE Italian food, although I’m not quite as fussy about it as the real Italian-Americans are) Yeah … I’m a fake Italian-American in that I’m not Italian at all, but that culture was all around me as a kid.
I also remember (via TV) when we were leaving Vietnam (helicopters, lots of people being airlifted from rooftops comes to mind, an image I’ll never forget!) (This might have been the American Embassy in Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, re-named after “Uncle Ho”.
Of course I was a kid, but these seemed to be wild times. My parents had close childhood friends who came back from Vietnam, and a few who didn’t return. Things were noticed, and sometimes I had to “sneak watch” the news. In school we saw pictures of a Buddhist Monk Burning himself in protest of the War in Vietnam and of a white man in Boston using the American flag as a SPEAR against a black man (I’ll never get THOSE images out of my head either).
Bernie Sanders was just talking about Kissinger & Cambodia and Vietnam a few days ago (a week ago? I lose track of time) and so this is what triggered these memories of mine.
But I digress big-time! I guess the above topic was merely my way of explaining why, starting at 10 years old, the news, and therefore politics have always fascinated me.
I suppose I could have been a journalist or something like that, but my life took different twists and turns as it does for so many people on the planet and it just wasn’t in the cards you might say. Whatever the reasons or shortcomings, I use this blog to take care of THAT. Whatever THAT is.
So … Antonin Scalia … farewell, I didn’t like your decisions, but I’m not a mean person (most of the time) and so if there is a “maker” and a “heaven” (which, frankly, I doubt) but if there is … I hope you have made whatever amends you needed to and are in a good place, if there is such a thing.
My brother used to say to me “know thine own psychosis” I know that I wander and meander all over the place, so beware, this is what you get with me 🙂
I think I’ll end on that note. May his noodley appendage nourish you! R’amen!