I’ve said a lot this week, here in the newsletter, and on my SiriusXM show, about many issues. I want to hear from all of you, and I’ll jump in the discussion, as we do on most weekends. What’s going on where you are? Coronavirus cases are spiking in many states, while New York now has the lowest rate of transmission in all 50 states. People don’t seem to be wearing masks in states where it’s rising. Trump spoke today a West Point and is going to Tulsa next week, as cases in Oklahoma continue to spike.
Living in a red county in a blue state is so frustrating. We’re in Phase 1 of reopening, which is basically the same as initial lockdown. To enter Phase 2 we need to get down to 25 or fewer new cases per 100,000 people over a 2-week period - we’re at 638 per 100,000 people, the 4th highest per population in the country. Testing has become more widely available, but only to symptomatic people, and 34% of those tested over the past week have been positive. We have one hospital in Yakima and 3 of the 7 floors are occupied by COVID patients. Our health department is still merely “urging” adherence to the minimal protections those of us here on this feed have been doing for at least 3 months now. On another subject, I’d like to hear more information on the show as to how to combat voter suppression measures. So much of the focus has been on removing the orange monster from the White House rather than voting him out on Election Day. That’s my biggest worry after seeing recent primaries and people standing in line for hours, which is not possible for probably a majority of voters. What steps are being taken by specific groups to ensure voters get to vote and voting machines aren’t hacked. Try to have a good weekend!
Michelangelo, great guests and discussions this week. Your show give me energy. With that said, now is the time to hammer the nail deep into trump's re-election campaign coffin. Non Krump Klut voters have had it with his inability to lead. The White House is a daily shit-show of incompetence. It's time to hammer this message home and keeps the polls moving downward. BLM movement created the momentum to nail the coffin shut. Let's not lose this window of opportunity.
Our youngest daughter was supposed to be married today. Of course, the day was sparkling sunshine with low humidity - the perfect wedding day. They'll try on August 23 - we'll see. We in our family are wearing masks, but most people in our rural area area are not. It's very disheartening.
My son Matthew graduated from UCLA this morning and we are having cake and champagne at home with our immediate family of 5. I wish everyone could have listened to the key note speaker for the Art and Architecture School who spoke live from Pakistan to the students. Also the under grad and graduate students who spoke referenced that these times have highlighted so much inequity in the world. I wish everyone could soak in the words of these amazing students and that these 2020 graduates go out into the world and make profound changes. I hope they demand equality in the world for all people , protect the environment , speak up and take action for justice and all vote! They need be the the change makers in the world. As artists and creators they have power to make profound changes and I am counting on them to use their voices and craft to speak up!
I’m in Tucson and Arizona is seeing a pretty big surge (thanks Dougie boy) so we’re just hanging out at home, plus it’s 110 outside so that sucks too! Went to the market this morning and people STILL don’t social distance and many are without masks too! I hate being a democrat in a red state but McSally is trailing Kelly and dougie can’t be re-elected so that’s a good thing. Hope everything is good in New York and don’t forget to post Obama’s picture all over social media tomorrow for dear leaders birthday! I’ll be tweeting Obama’s pic to him all day! Love your show too!
I just returned from a Black Lives Matter protest organized by Black Yale students. We were demanding the elimination of Yale’s police department. There are already 2 city police departments that are over-policing the areas surrounding Yale. Last year, an officer from Yale’s police department along with a Hamden police officer, shot into a car, critically wounding civilians. The protest was completely peaceful and almost everyone wore masks. I hope we can maintain this momentum!
Love you, Michelangelo!
I think in California we opened a bit early especially in SoCal. Not sure what Newsom (who I like) was thinking but he may have been under pressure to reopen. However the good news is local cities can be more strict and our city, while reopening, is very strict on masks, physical distancing, and testing. anyone can get tested anytime here and masks in our city are mandatory with good compliance.
We also had some great very peaceful demonstrations here over the last two weeks.
Otherwise it’s sunny, nice and we can swim. So AOK.
My wife is a non-resident alien. She is assigned a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). We pay federal income taxes as a family. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army and am considered a Viet Nam era veteran. Also, I am a retired school principal, having served the El Paso Independent School District for twenty-nine years. My family is shocked and dismayed that we are again excluded from benefits that are given to U.S. citizens. We will not receive any amount of stimulus money. We were excluded from a previous stimulus benefit back in 2008. All this because my wife is not a citizen. If there is a benefit for U.S. citizens then my family should be included.