Let’s start this day with thoughts, prayers and hopes that our fellow citizens in the path of Hurricane Laura are safe, well and get all the help they need to rebuild and get on with their lives.
RNC day three
Once again the speakers delivered the desired message, and the only question is did they reach outside their base. We’ll know that answer when we see the polls next week.
I’ve been sharing the betting odds and this AM are narrower 54-46, but VP Biden still the favorite.
One more sign that the convention is making progress is the number of Democrats now beginning to say the riots are wrong and the MSM now reacting to the messages.
No need to go into the speakers, you likely saw them. My evaluation of VP Pence is he is not a dynamic speaker, but he does exhibit passion for his positions and its hard to knock his character, sincerity and honesty.
The other things that will be remembered is the honesty of Kayleigh McEnany about her personal decision. The strength of Kellyanne Conway and her defense of woman. Young congressional Madison Cawthorn pulling himself up to stand for the flag; and aren’t we all glad we met Sister Deirdre Byrne. What a life she represents.
The President gets his chance to say why he deserves four more years tonight. Should be a fun watch.
biden speaks on riots
It took long enough (and poll impact), but VP Biden spoke out yesterday on the riots in Wisconsin. He did so in a video release. Here’s part of what he said:
“What I saw on that video makes me sick, once again, a Black man has been shot by the police in broad daylight with the whole world watching.”
He added that he spoke to the Blake family and told them “justice must and will be done.” He supported the protests with this statement, “protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary.”
Then he knocked the violence. “Burning down communities is not protest – it’s needless violence that endangers lives, violence that guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community. That’s wrong.”
The statement is right. A little (lot) late and poll forced, but we need both sides saying that violence is wrong and must not be tolerated and stop. It’s time.
wisconsin and impact
As for why in Wisconsin, we still don’t know, which is a crime in itself. It would seem if the police were wrong they should be arrested. If there is evidence to support their action we should know it. Silence is the worst thing here, and that’s all we’ve gotten until that little release last night about a knife in the car.
Little about the victim has been released, too. We hear there was a warrant for his arrest. Did that play a part in this? We were told early that the victim got out of his car to break up a fight, but now we are hearing the 911 call was for him and a no contact order. We need answers.
Now the NYT, of all places, has a front page story today saying that the riots in Kenosha are impacting votes. “How Chaos in Kenosha Is Already Swaying Some Voters in Wisconsin “
“As residents see fires and looting, some worry that local Democratic leaders are failing to keep control of the situation. In Kenosha County, where the president won by fewer than 250 votes in 2016, those who already supported Mr. Trump said in interviews that the events of the past few days have simply reinforced their conviction that he is the man for the job. But some voters who were less sure of their choice said the chaos in their city and the inability of elected leaders to stop it were currently nudging them toward the Republicans.”
The sports world
Well things blew up last night, and I hear this AM that two NBA teams have decided to not play the balance of the season because of the events in Wisconsin. Some MLB games were cancelled and MLS cancelled the night.
Since, with the NBA, they took a clear stand on Black Lives Matter and fully supported everything, who are they hurting now? Many had walked away from the games already. Their loyal base was left. They better be right or this will further erode the brand.
The other thing they better be right on is the outcome of what happened. I always think of two examples. George Floyd, we saw it and all agreed. In Ferguson we still hear a false narrative about hands up. Facts matter.
some other news
Though she received mostly universal praise for her speech on Tuesday, there were some incredible negative comments from Hollywood elite on Melania Trump. In case you missed them here’s Bette Milder’s comments:
As Melania shared her young dreams of coming to this land called “America” the actress and singer was tweeting about her. Let’s she, first she referred to Mrs. Trump as an “illegal immigrant” who “can’t speak English.” (Mrs. Trump speaks five languages.) She also tweeted, “A UGE bore and Get that illegal alien off the stage!”
She wasn’t alone.
Author Tomi Ahonen called her a “hooker” and a “tramp.”
Former Dem Coalition Chair Jon Cooper made fun of her appearance.
I don’t know about you, but this angered me. It used be the tolerant left. What happened? They’re all for illegals and immigration, but not if they are conservative or named Trump I guess.
Your vote makes the difference this year. You decide what America we want.
NURSING home and coronavirus
There has been noise (and cover up?) on what happened with the coronavirus and nursing homes. Now comes this:
The Justice Department said it is probing four Democratic-led states that pushed nursing homes to admit new residents during the coronavirus, despite heightened risks to the elderly population from contracting COVID-19.
New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania have been under scrutiny for high mortality rates, particularly among the elderly.
The states all issued orders pushing nursing homes not to refuse new admissions even though there may have been warning signs of COVID-19.
New York, for example, specifically banned testing for people being transferred from a hospital to a nursing home.
This could be explosive.
one final thought on the convention
After he opened the proceedings on Monday with a prayer, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York was ravaged on social media and directly for choosing sides. He replied that he was not choosing anything. The Republicans asked him and the Democrats did not. It was that simple.
Well I am sure today that Sister Deirde Byrne is going to face the same heat. Somehow I think this ex Military Colonel will be able to handle it.
And to those making the charges against them both, why don’t you to church and pray for them, or don’t you believe in that?