Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links, and a warm welcome back to the blogosphere to our good friend Wombat-socho, who compiles those links over at The Other McCain. Glad to see you back in action!
Here are a few odds and ends for this Monday morning.
“Democratic Socialist” darling of the Left Ocasio-Cortez bemoans the high cost of living in the Imperial City. It’s important to note that some of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. are those right around the Imperial City, which makes one wonder how the hell there is so much money to be made in government? Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, whatever her bleatings about “income equality,” will almost certainly follow the pattern by which Imperial representatives (of both parties, let’s be honest) leave government service inexplicably wealthier than they came into it.
Our good friend Jillian Becker has a great piece on the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, and how that event formed the roots of Europe’s ongoing suicide. Go have a read. I greeted the anniversary of that Armistice with some reflection, as my paternal grandfather was a WW1 veteran. Grandpa would be 124 were he alive today.
Armistice Day is now of course Veteran’s Day here in the U.S., where we honor not just WW1 veterans but all who have worn Uncle Sam’s colors. And that’s a good thing to take notice of. Mrs. Animal and yr. obdt., veterans ourselves, observed Veteran’s Day with a quiet day in our temporary New Jersey (ugh) digs.
Meanwhile, Florida continues to lead the charge into a banana republic electoral system, with Georgia hot on their heels. Comedy, tragedy or farce? There are elements of all three in this fiasco. Now the various Republicans are shouting about election fraud, probably not without reason, but you know what? These people pull this kind of shit because they keep getting away with it. A few prosecutions and prison terms would greatly cut down on the shenanigans. Want a likely candidate, pour encourager les autres? Look at Broward County.
And on that note, we return you to your Monday, already in progress.