With something very like a feeling of relief, I work up at six this morning and actually woke up. I've been stumbling around in the morning, feeding the cats and heading back to bed. Today, I was awake.
...Just in time for some interesting weather, gusts of wind that shook the house! The forecast said it would be gusty, along with sharply falling temperatures, and so far, they have been right.
I have been resolutely avoiding politics. There's no good news there. Sure, one side is much worse on issues that immediately impact me -- but over the longer view, the other's about as bad. These days, neither one is especially willing to leave people be and that's a pity.
There's been a big push on to show support for the police but I find myself leery. Most LEO's are decent folks, who face both dire risk and appalling boredom, along with working hours at least as lousy as those of my own trade -- but their baddest apples are very rotten, and many don't get tossed out until they have done great harm. Faced with a choice between rioters and police, I'm most likely to side with the police but I'm nagged by the feeling that if civic officials had done their jobs just a little better -- and that includes running the police department -- we might not be having riots. An old saw has it that the rot runs from the head down: hand the Long Arm Of The Law an untenable situation and you're going to get unpleasant answers -- and unpleasant people providing them. I'm left with great sympathy for good cops and little inclination to screw in a blue porch light: changing light bulbs is not gonna help. Might as well be rearranging deck chairs while the band plays Nearer My God To Thee. --And you know where it all starts? Most of those "civic officials" are elected. You can blame a lousy pool of nominees or a damfool electorate (probably both), but it's a marginally-circular process, made all the worse by those who didn't bother to show up at the voting but are only too happy happy to get in on the looting and/or head-bashing end.
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