It's time for us all in the Good Ol' USA to take a holiday pause and give thanks for, well, many, many things. Despite all the nonsense and insanity going on in the world, we still are very fortunate to live where we do, and I hope everyone takes our living within such a society as a privilege that must be defended and fought for, one which must always be tempered by our best ideals. For when that privilege is directed by small, petty, selfish thinking-- that's when we become vulnerable as a people.
This entire Syrian refugee controversy-- wow. First off, Governor Hogan and every other one of these folks who say their states won't take Syrian refugees-- they have no legal authority to make that happen. This political stance would appear to play off the hysteria of the moment. But, on the other hand, no one wants to let someone in who's going to go blow up something. Of course, we do seem to let in a lot of those people-- in fact, they're born here.
Anyway, this is a controversy and a narrative and a policy sorely in need of a reset. The vetting process has to be clear and reassuring to the American people that it's safe and will weed out potential evildoers. I'm sure not every Syrian brought into the US will be a Scout. Nor were every Vietnamese, Cuban, or hell, Irish during those migrations. But they will add to the American tapestry in an important way.
On a related topic-- I am so hoping that the next couple of weeks pass without further incident between Turkey and Russia. Because another incident could be what sparks various world powers, the US and Russia among them, to throw hands with each other instead of doing what they should be doing, which is blow ISIS back into the Stone Age. I am very troubled by the nature of the rhetoric.
Back in the US-- naw, we're not coming apart at the seams. Well, uh.... yes we are. Let's see what we've got. The Freddie Gray trials are about to start, some Chicago cop thought it was a good idea to shoot a dead man anywhere from additional 13 to 15 times, Trump's giving speeches of Fidel Castro length which routinely serve to tear two-thirds of America a new one, and on the Democratic side, the post-Biden no-go has turned the primary race into a Currier and Ives drawing of downtown Sleepyville. But, it's OK. Black Friday deals start at 5 or 6pm, right? That makes it all good, right?
Ugh. Shaking my fool head here. Let's look at the closer to homefront, and let's walk right by the Hogan thing with the refugees-- went there already-- and look back in the HoCo. Except to say, it's nice that the Governor is cancer-free.
Anywho, the County Council Democrats did call BS on the Hogan maneuver regarding the Syrian refugees, which, while an issue just a tad higher than their pay grade-- well, it was higher than Hogan's pay grade too! The Renee Foose Board of EducationTM decided it no likey either the Jon Weinstein/Vanessa Atterbeary bill regarding RFBOE elections, nor the Warren Miller bill regarding the RFBOE releasing information. They're hard to please, that RFBOE. Meanwhile, in the halls of local government, men are growing facial hair. Lots of it. No Shave November for men's health after all. And after having undergone a battery of tests myself earlier this fall, I have to say, guys-- getting yourself checked out seven ways to Sunday is a good idea. Will help you live longer.
As for myself, I shall be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday with the younguns on God's Little Third of an Acre in Oakland Mills. Lots of fun will be had. And may you have lots of fun with you and yours this Thanksgiving.
And let's be careful out there.
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