Come Heller high water …
- I’ll warn you up front: The top half of this column is a bit of a downer. I suggest skipping to the lighter stuff in the back half.
- Still here? OK, I warned ya: Have you noticed that when Trump says the right thing, it’s always – always – written by someone else and he delivers it a quiet monotone that screams “I don’t agree with a word of this nonsense but they tell me I have to read it”? There’s something seriously wrong with that guy. (This is where you say, “No shit, Sherlock.”)
- And yet I have no doubt at all that he’ll win re-election. Seriously. I’m calling it now: Trump wins in 2020. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am. The dark side of the force is winning in America, and the Democrats are too disorganized and passive to defeat it. And voters don’t seem to care. Trump has approval ratings near 50 percent, for crying out loud. Incredible. What else does the guy have to do and say? I never thought I’d live to see the day, but we’re nearing a point where Trumpism will be the new normal. Any Jedis out there?
- Officials in towns that suffer mass shootings invariably say, “We never thought it would happen here.” Nonsense. Businesses, schools, organizations and churches everywhere have practiced active shooter drills for years now. We all expect it to happen here.
- It’s amazing how completely we have caved to the NRA. We refuse to do anything even at the cost of our loved ones. Someday, people will look at this period of our history and ask, “What were you waiting for? Why didn’t you ban assault weapons, restrict ammunition, limit now many guns someone could be, require insurance and so on.” Mostly, though, they’ll ask, “Why didn’t you save yourselves and your children?”
- Perhaps this belongs in an edition of my occasional column called “Crabby Andy,’ but is over-politeness, just like rudeness, on the rise? I’ve had these two interactions more times than I can count recently: 1) I’m schlumping slowly down the stairs of a parking garage when someone who passed me two flights back – the annoying type who runs marathons on the weekend for fun – waits to hold the door for me, forcing me to speed up, which I didn’t want to do because this particular stairway leads to work, and frankly I’m in no hurry; 2) I pull up to a four-way stop 5-10 full seconds after another car. Instead of taking his turn to proceed through the intersection so we can both be on our way, he waits for me to go, which I don’t do because I’m keenly aware that he got there first and I’m a rule follower. Then he smiles and gives me that little “you go ahead wave,” which annoys me because, look, bud, I don’t want to think when I get to a four-way stop, I don’t want niceties, I just wanna go in the correct order so I can get where I’m going. So my question to you, dear reader, is, “Am I just being crabby here?”
- Yeah, probably I am. Still, I think being overly polite is a passive-aggressive form of being rude.
- Watching the Red Sox destroy the Dodgers in the World Series has been a pleasure tempered only by the presence of so many former Tigers on the field. Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, David Price and Rick Porcello are all Red Sox, and it makes me wonder how a team with those guys plus Cabrera, Verlander and Castellanos could fail to win a championship. Amazing. In a way, the 2013-2015 stretch, when the Tigers had one of the best teams in their history, is also one of the saddest in team history.
- Have you ever had a vanity plate that you can’t decode and it bugs you the rest of the day?
- This is what I don’t understand about Trump. After the bomb scares, he called for civility, which is what a president is supposed to do. Good for him. Then the very next morning he was blaming the media for making people angry in the first place. What the …?
- I see “Modern Family” has killed off Shelley Long’s character. Too bad. I liked it when she dropped in. Ah, well. The show jumped the shark three years ago, anyway.
- Yahoo was ordered this week to pay $50 million to 200 million people whose information was stolen in one of the biggest breaches in history, which works out to 25 cents apiece. And we wonder why companies don’t bother much with security.
- The good news: There have been so many breaches that pretty much everyone’s data is out there, meaning the odds are longer that it will be used for nefarious purposes. Me? I haven’t been that lucky. I’ve had stolen information about me used twice. It’s a creepy feeling, and takes a long time and a lot of effort to fix.
- “Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain.
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