Alexis and I just finished watching CNN – “the most trusted name in news” – and Don Lemon kept going on about how Donald Trump’s denunciation of white supremacists wasn’t sincere enough.
I agree that Donald Trump truly messed up with his comments on Saturday in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump should have denounced the haters and the hate. He didn’t. He missed an opportunity, and if there’s one thing a businessman hates, it’s missed opportunity.
“Racism is evil… And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
The criticism now is that Trump waited too long to say it. I don’t get it. For two days, many people have clambered for the president to denounce racism and racists… and when he does, it’s not enough. Here’s what House speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, says:
“He showed cowardice on Saturday by refusing to call out the racists and neo-Nazis, and on Monday he showed how uncomfortable he was in delivering another kind of message.”
There’s no winning in America these days. Not for Trump, who is a buffoon, not for liberal leaders, who run a sort of mafia. Not for people caught in between who just want a beer and maybe a joint once in a while and to not be bothered.
But what about North Korea? If that keeps heating up, it really may be the death of radio –and everything else. I have no idea what it’s all about, but I did get a good night’s sleep and wrote a poem:
The days tick by. Radio’s still alive.
The days tick by. Three, four, five.
Without the strength to push out waves,
We all become silent, back to our caves.
Stand up straight, drop your chin,
Find the human that lies within.
Stop the hate, stop the war,
Stop the bombs, you’re a whore.
Do it now, let’s not wait.
It’s too late.
I didn’t do my radio show this morning. I did come in at 8:30am and I hosted a show with Gary mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. We talked about the freight and charter services that are flying in and out of Gary Airport. And we talked about the violence in Charlottesville.
Mayor Wilson basically said that Trump creates an atmosphere of hatred, so what do you expect? I spoke to the mayor afterwards about the Buncich trial. This could get interesting when the mayor testifies, maybe tomorrow.
I went to the Buncich trial at 1pm to catch a forensic IRS accountant testify for the government. It was difficult to follow when exactly monies came into the Buncich campaign and when exactly the Sheriff deposited the money, and into which account. At times, it looked pretty clear cut that he didn’t put the money in the bank. And at other times, it just looked like the Sheriff was sloppy.
The prosecution rested its case. Now it’s the defense’s turn. I plan on doing the radio show and then heading to the federal courthouse. Tonight at dinner, a guy asked me what my gut was on the verdict. And here’s what I told the guy and here’s what I’ll tell the three or four of you.
“I don’t know. In the other trials of elected officials, I had a feeling that the jury would find each one guilty. But I don’t have a feeling on this one. Maybe that’s because I don’t know enough about campaign finance law to make an educated analysis.”
This trial reminds me to reiterate to my nieces and nephews to never run for office in Lake County, Indiana. There have been too many crooks. And now, because of this, federal investigators put wires on guys for five years.
I started out as a sports reporter. It’s nights like these that I feel that I should have stayed that way. We live in the most corrupt county in America.
will get you through the day.
But you can’t keep coming back
to it like it’s a middle reliever
with a low earned run average.
If you trot love out too much,
your arm will get weary and next
thing you know you’ll be sleeping
in a bathtub.
Work is the answer. Work is the
key. Immerse in a mission and
you don’t have to think about
how sad you are or how many
bad people you feel.
Love and Work.
They’re the only defense against
I also interviewed today in the late morning Helen Engstrom. She was an English teacher at Munster High for a long time, and she was also my and many others’ speech and debate coach. Will Glaros joined us. Will and I are getting inducted to the Munster Hall of Fame on Friday. We talked about that and some other stuff.
Helen retired from full time teaching in 1995, but has been coaching speech and debate since. She and her husband live on a farm in Hobart, which is still in Lake County although it’s so far East the three or four of you might not think so. Helen told a story about her husband, Warren, who likes to go to Notre Dame football games.
Warren goes to the games alone, without any tickets, and waits around to buy a single seat right before the game starts. He always finds one, often on the 50-yard line.
Warren also goes with his buddy to the NCAA Final Four, again, without tickets. And he and his buddy also go without hotel reservations. They always find tickets, and they have yet to sleep in an airport. Life is good if you let it be. Talk to you tomorrow.
I’m on stage and I gotta
figure out if I should say my
lines or not.
You always have a choice.
The alternative to saying
your lines is eating out of a
trash can and having
If I don’t say my lines, I
will miss warm showers
and the ability to buy new
shoes once in a while.
New shoes feel great on
your feet. And they look good.
So today I’ll get out of bed
and say my lines. No one
will care, not even you, that
I thought about not saying
them. It was just a thought,
a passing thought.