The hypocrisy in the US

Right, I’ll make the offer loud and clear, and see if anyone will take me up on it. I am off work this week, and I hereby pledge to fill the usual blog spaces for you. Given that I’m not planning on anything more than a relaxing week until Friday (more on that Thursday) other than treatments, I’ve got the time to do more blogs. But if you want them to appear, I need some suitable subject matter, thats all. No UK/Europe politics, but other than that…? No, I dont expect to hear from anyone, but I can hope. stephmajor8@hotmail.com for emails will be fine, if you dont want to join on here.

I’m sure many will remember the fuss, and furore that Trump, and his friends made when NFL players took a knee for the US National Anthem? Thats right, all the fuss about being disrespectful to veteran soldiers, and all that.

Well, according to a group of Trump worshipping men from Kentucky, thats only an issue if the veterans are white, seemingly. I’m not going to tell the whole story, because lets face it, its only just happened in Washington, and its been over the news all over the weekend. Well, maybe Fox News covered it up, but otherwise…?

Thankfully, apart from a few White Supremacists, and their kin, especially from Kentucky, the whole event has been met with horror from others. So much so that the school has locked, or deleted all its social media outlets, the reaction was so bad. Sadly, the only (unsurprising, I guess?) reaction from the family of the ghastly youth who threatened the Native American Vietnam veteran was to defend what he did. Apparently, one of the senior staff at the school has called for Kentucky to secede from the union, and was doing that before this social media disaster, its just come out now, because the school has come under investigation!

Given Kentucky is one of the poorest, most impoverished states in the US, I have no idea how they think they would survive for long if they did secede! But anyway…

Part of the issue does indeed lay with Trump, and his friends, and their racist attitudes. The snag is, others have seen this, and think they can get away with it too. The difference is, he has money, and doesnt care how hated he is. Most in Kentucky have barely 2 dollar coins to rub together, let alone anything more. And fine, that corner of the country has a reputation for being racist, homophobic, and a few other awful things too. Might be why, beyond Atlanta Airport, I’ve avoided that corner of the South in all my US travels.

I’d love to think these young men will be dealt with properly, but given that another from that school has issues with a rape case, I’m not going to hold my breath on that. I’m also going to say that though Kentucky is the culprit this time around, its not the only state in that corner of the world with these issues that need looking into.

Maybe they need to change those MAGA caps to MARA, for that corner of the world at least. R for racist, naturally.

OK, video time. Native American related songs, well… This song originally is nearly as old as me, though this version is far more recent than that!

Not the young ones any more?

Right, firstly for those who know how to read both blogs, they’re going to be the same for the rest of the week, as the old lady is away on holiday, so pretty much all events will relate to that, and there’s no point writing pretty much the same stuff twice. Yes, in Portugal, on the Algarve for those who care, and want to flood me with money to spend…? Oh fine, teasing on last points, though after one item I saw today, I wouldnt say no to 32.50 Euros, if anyone is offering, more on that shortly.

In truth, getting here (Monte Gordo, for those who’d like to know, hotel details for a reasonable bribe! See above!) was pretty straightforward. Flight left on time, landed on time, and wheelchair soon arrived to take me through. I dont know the name of the gentleman, but not only did he get me through passport control, and handle my case for me, he literally wheeled me all the way to the minibus to take me to the hotel, which was far more than I was expecting. If anyone at Faro Airport can work out who this was, give him my thanks, and yes, I tipped accordingly! Minibus driver tried to match him by taking both my bags right up to hotel counter (I was last dropped off) for me, and yes, he got tipped too!

Dinner last night was fun. Nothing to do with the food, which was basic, but good, but the age of the people eating there. Yes, when at 60, you’re one of the youngest there, well… I think that its because a lot of senior citizen Europeans from chillier climes now come south for the whole of the winter (if they can afford it, not me!), and clearly this hotel is a prime destination for that! There were a number of younger people at breakfast this morning, so I think its just us that are less able, or less inclined to go out to eat who do this, me included now!

Anyway, after a gentle morning catching up on internet, and watching a bit of the remembrance service, I went out for a stroll around town. Its a typical, out of main season, seaside tourist resort, nothing exciting in truth. But it will more than do me. Nice boardwalk along the front, which I walked along, with several breaks to let my body recover, including one for coffee, and one for lunch, as well as a few just breaks for rest.

After that, I took a stroll more into the built up area of town (still not large), and looked in a few shops. I saw one lovely top that would definitely work as a 20’s look, and at about 14 Euros, will definitely be coming home with me, if I have the money at end of the week. I also saw the most gorgeous (fake) fur jacket type thing, which I loved, partly because it was gorgeous, and partly because it was so 30’s, though of course it would more likely have been real fur back then! Yes, shopkeeper saw me looking at it, so I asked price, see above, 32.50 Euros. No, I came on a tight budget, so probably not, but if I do have that much at end of week, its coming home for sure! Can just imagine Clara Johnson wearing something like that, though probably in real fur! Love, love, love!

Oh, lastly, the hotel. The front looks very modern, but the rooms (well, the one I’m in, anyway), have a much more old fashioned feel. Its not literally on the corridor, the rooms are set back a little, in pairs, and are huge by hotel standards. I literally have a double sized bedroom, a bathroom, and a large lounge area, where I’m typing this. It lacks coffee making facilities (I’ve been spoiled by UK/US hotels, I guess?), but other than that, its gorgeous!

Oh, the other weird thing? In the UK, and US nowadays, its prohibited to smoke pretty much anywhere indoors, in public buildings. Seems in Portugal, thats not the case. I finished my coffee this morning, turned to get up, and got ‘hit’ by the smell of cigarette smoke. Then I noticed the ash tray on every table, lol. Ah well…

Fine, video time. I’m guessing from the 50th Anniversary tour thing, that this must be from about 2008/09? Cliff, and the Shadows definitely still had it back then. Though no, I have no plans for any young ones of my own! 😛

Wonderful Land?

I wonder if thats how the first Pilgrims to move to North America, in 1620, saw what we now call the USA on their arrival on the Mayflower? The fact that they barely left the ship until the spring of 1621 suggests they may have seen it more as a way of getting away from the oppression of the UK, than anything else, but at this distance in time, it really is impossible for us to know.

The one thing we do know, or so history says, is that for 3 days in November, they, and the native Americans celebrated the completion of gathering in the harvest, by holding a feast, and other associated events, that we now relate back to as Thanksgiving. The likelihood of them calling it that? Pretty slim, I would say! But ever since then, and on the last Thursday in November, since 1863, it has been celebrated in the US. Well, there was one year, in the 1930’s, when it was moved forward one week, but otherwise…

Thankfully, the related ‘feast’ of shopping, known as Black Friday has been around for a far shorter time, though that one day seems to have grown into a fortnight this year, or does it just feel that way?

I know, big Ameriphile me, my grand total, one. Two years ago, thanks to a wonderful friend in Northern New York, I have celebrated the big event. Maybe I can again some day, though I suspect it might have to wait until I retire from work, but who knows? There is also someone, whose birthday clashes with the big event week, which makes it hard to do at present.

Therefore, unsurprisingly, I’ve never been involved in the cooking of a Thanksgiving Dinner, and unless I find someone over there crazy enough to take me on as a partner/wife, then I probably wont! Might be for the best now, my cooking skills are so out of practice, that I might be lousy at it now, but anyway…?

Anyway, to all my friends, and readers in the US, have a wonderful day tomorrow. But while you’re celebrating with all your modern technology, just stop, and think back to that first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago, when there were no ovens, let alone what we have now.

Fine, the video. As so often, the clue is in the title

Why today, and not tomorrow? Well, 2 years ago tomorrow, on 24th November, 2014, I met, err, me, for the first time!