Gringo-Mexican retired newspaper editor living in the mountains of Central Mexico since the dawn of the 21st Century. Felipe Zapata is a nom de plume.
Formerly toiled at the New Orleans States-Item (now defunct), the Times-Picayune (New Orleans), The Houston Chronicle and the San Juan Star (also defunct) in Puerto Rico.
THE CONSERVATIVE YouTube channel of PragerU is taking the video-hosting service to court over its blatant, left-wing, shameless censorship. Let us pray for the success of that legal action and that it’s extended to Facebook, Twitter and their unsavory ilk.
As PragerU’s attorney says in the video, this is of vital importance to the survival of the Republic. Meanwhile, a whistle-blower at Google reveals the astounding degree to which that company goes to influence elections and mold American culture.
While hysterical Democrats have writhed on the floor since Trump’s election in 2016 over nonexistent “Russian collusion,” actual election meddling continues at BigTech on a daily basis. Sensible Democrats might consider switching parties as I did in 2008.
You’ll like it over here. The air is fresher. And bluebirds sing.
Alas, the Bolsheviks also control Hollywood and the American educational system. The significance of this is difficult to overestimate.
FIVE OR SO years ago, a storm blew through our hardscrabble barrio, leaving nine enormous trees uprooted on our neighborhood plaza, about a quarter of the total.
They were humongous trees, 40 or 50 feet high, and it was no small storm that brought them all down at the same time. I’m convinced it was a tornado that briefly struck and departed, but due to the ferocity of the blow, no one was outside watching.
And there are no windows facing the plaza.
Yesterday something similar happened. It was fairly fast, and I did not think to get the camera and film it. I was standing at the door of the upstairs terraza praying the new canvas curtains wouldn’t be destroyed. They weren’t, but it looked dicey.
I think the wind gusts were hitting near-hurricane velocity.
This morning, I filmed this. It was a lovely dawn, and all has returned to normal. Later the two of us did our exercise walk on the nearby plaza. It was littered with fallen leaves and limbs. And the top of one tree, a section about 15 feet long, had broken off entirely.
A few years ago a plumber installed a solar water heater on our roof. He wasn’t going to, but I insisted he bolt it down, which he did. During yesterday’s storm, it would have landed atop the sex motel next door had it not been bolted to our roof.
I WEAR A SILVER ring on my right hand. It sports a miniature version of the Aztec Calendar. Maybe it slows my life down, or maybe not.
I’ll be 75 in a few days more, and that seems to have had an effect on my mind, perhaps because my father and I were near clones, and he died at 75. If the cloning continues into that realm, I still have a ways to go because he almost made it to 76.
In the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a mental and/or emotional switching of gears. I’ve always been a real chill guy, but now I’m chiller than ever. I think it’s related to my birthday.
Enough about that.
I made minestrone for lunch today. It’s a spectacularly easy recipe I discovered years ago, and when we find ourselves nearing lunchtime and no plans to eat out and no leftovers in the fridge, I just toss together this minestrone.
It requires carrots and cabbage, the only two things I normally do not have on hand, but the day this dilemma normally presents itself is Friday, and there’s a veggie market on the nearby plaza every Thursday. I must think ahead at least 24 hours.
But enough about that.
We recently watched a mini-series on Netflix called American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. It was quite interesting even though I knew how it would turn out. The program ended, O.J. walked, and I ordered Marcia Clark’s written version of the event, Without a Doubt, from Kindle. It added far more detail than did the TV series.
Clark, of course, was the lead prosecutor during the famous Los Angeles trial. Without a Doubt was written with a co-author, one of those ghost writer situations. Clark reportedly earned $4.2 million off the book. Not bad for a failed prosecution.
She left the District Attorney’s Office after the O.J. fiasco and turned to other things like writing books and making TV appearances.
She’s written a series of novels based on a defense attorney named Samantha Brinkman. I’m about halfway through the first novel, Blood Defense, and it’s pretty darn good. There is no ghost writer. Clark wrote it herself.
I was on the upstairs terraza this morning reading Blood Defense when my attention was distracted by a small leak at the far edge of the new glass roof, a leak that began almost immediately after the roof was installed weeks ago. It drips just inside the terraza, not outside where it would ideally fall. It was super annoying, a puddle-maker.
A lightbulb lit above my noodle while sitting there, looking out thataway, holding Marcia Clark, so I got up, walked downstairs to the Garden Patio, picked up a tall, folding ladder, lugged it upstairs and, with a piece of sheet metal and metal shears, made a water detour that I jammed into where the drip was originating. Problem solved.
The new upstairs terraza is so relaxing that we have 99 percent abandoned the renovated yard patio, which was once known as the Jesus Patio. Had we done the upstairs terraza first, we would have left the Jesus Patio in peace. It was a waste of cash.
THE AMERICAN Left has left the common-sense building, and I don’t think they’re coming back, but I wish they would.
So let’s put aside for the moment the nutty socialist stuff and the “everybody is a racist” mantra and just focus on immigration.
There are approximately 7.5 billion people in the world, and many of them would like to live in America. In fact, tens of millions of folks have illegally entered the USA since Ronald Reagan signed an immigrant amnesty bill in 1986.
Democrats, at least many of them, are happy the illegal people are here and are clamoring for millions more to come in the name of justice and diversity. Even though immigrant families are heavy users of welfare programs, and the nation currently owes 22 trillion dollars, liberals don’t care. The left actually wants to pay for the healthcare of foreign nationals who break U.S. immigration law.
Of course, this defies reason and will eventually lead to very bad things for all Americans as the national debt will eventually collapse the economy. Again, the left doesn’t care, and some look forward to that because socialism might replace capitalism if there’s ever a depression, which is possible with the crushing debt.
So maybe there is some common sense here after all.
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(This is a guest post by the inimitable Bill O’Reilly, formerly of Fox News.)