For those who have had no social contact whatsoever in the past two years, there are some NFL players who have been kneeling during the national anthem. As you can imagine, seeing professional football players kneel during the anthem has understandably upset many Americans. The cause for which these players are protesting is racial injustice and by protesting peacefully they are exercising their First Amendment rights.
"Anthony Bourdain is dead." That was the headline I woke up to from my phone Friday morning. His name might not mean much to some. You may have caught one of his TV shows and recognized him as "the guy that travels around the world and eats food." He most definitely was that guy, but to many of us who have spent several years working in bars, restaurants and the food service industry in general, he was the guy who made it OK to have that be your chosen profession.
What happened just before the founding of the United States, when the British were treating the colonists unfairly? The young colonists fought back, took their destiny into their own hands, and forged a new nation with a system of democracy never before tested on such a large scale. What happens when the current leaders of the United States forget to do the job they were elected to perform, to represent the citizens and lead our nation in a time of crisis? I think we're seeing it now.
Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general of the United States chosen by President Donald Trump, writes a letter to the president last year, a letter that Trump ultimately used as justification for firing the then FBI director James Comey.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. In doing so, he stood up against the most divisive president in recent history. He has taken the president to task on the most basic acts of human decency, and I say this as someone who's voted Republican in several elections. How can anyone think it's normal for a president to behave the way he does? President Trump's behavior is equivalent to 6th-grade bullying.
I just put my daughter to bed, she's 5. After telling her a short story about an adventure she was on with her 3-year-old-sister, a story that included dragons, rainbows and My Little Pony characters, I hummed a song to her as she fell asleep. As I watched her, it dawned on me that I will someday have to explain to her events such as those that transpired in Las Vegas. It's hard to imagine having that conversation. It seems like these things happen and we immediately start looking for ways to forget about them, at least until the next time it happens.