Adorable

I like Mandy Patinkin from way back in the 1980s when he did Yentl.

I haven’t really seen that much of him in other things…

…. and I don’t know that much about him at all but I like him, I like the vibe I get from him.

I can’t recall why now, but a couple of months ago I started following him on Twitter where he shares little films of himself and his wife Kathryn while they deal with quarantine life. I think it’s his son that films most of these videos and I just like watching them. It makes me chuckle seeing an older married couple quibble and laugh like that.

Mandy and Kathryn are very vocal about voting Democrat and they shared these two adorable and fun videos on volunteering to call like-minded people to tell them to go vote. Apparently doing that is called phone banking (that’s a new term for me, I’d heard of the practice before but not the term). Anyway, especially the second video cracks me up (and so sweet at the very very end)…

So, yeah, seeing these is contributing to making this more of a feelgood Friday. And I hope with the Patinkins that the hard work pays off.

How low can the US go?

This morning I switched on the news with trepidation and it turned out the feeling of trepidation was not unwarranted. Reporting on last night’s debate between Trump and Biden was flabbergasting to watch. It was a clusterf—, really awful, and I cringed to see even snippets of it. Really, how do you shut up a bully that is the current US president? The man doesn’t know how to debate an issue, he can only shout and interrupt and rant. There was a repeat of the whole debate on CNN and after seeing news coverage on Dutch TV and on the BBC, I could only take about three minutes of the repeat before deciding to switch it off and spare myself even more seething anger than I already feel towards Donald Trump. I have two take-aways from this:

1: Confirmation yet again (how many times do we need to see this confirmed?) that Donald Trump is a racist, endorsing and emboldening racist, neo-Nazi organizations…

2: The man is a bully and after only watching clips here and there of the debate, I totally agree with Joe Biden here… I so do not like name-calling but really, what else was there left to do than ask Trump to just shut up? Maybe the moderator could’ve had the Trump microphone cut off when it wasn’t his turn to talk but I guess that doesn’t make for sensationalist TV.

I literally feel like I am witnessing the collapse of the US here. How sad and awful is that? I was talking to my brother in London over the weekend and he was telling me too that, like my own teenage kids, my 16 year old niece is also completely disillusioned with the US. A racist bully in the White House is responsible for that.

How can anyone even endorse such an openly racist man as the current US president? How can 40% (or more) of Americans still stand with this guy? There is always a basic extremist percentage that will support a hate monger but 40%? Really? After last night, I hope the Trump approval ratings plummet but I don’t think they will, I even think he has a real chance of getting re-elected and I just don’t understand it. This man has to be stopped! Vote him out.

I probably shouldn’t post all of this but I can’t not do it; it’s the only thing I feel I can control and contribute in a world that feels like it’s spinning out of control. The standing of the US in the world is crumbling further and further and will continue to do so if Trump stays on for another 4 years creating even more chaos before the US implodes completely, leaving a dangerous vacuum. So, to anyone who can: vote this man out in very clear and unmistakable numbers and vote Joe Biden, the decent guy with constructive plans who does listen to experts, in!

This was my rant. Over and out.

There goes US democracy…

Not the ‘greatest country in the world’ after all.

This is the scariest US president ever. I so very much hope for my dear American friends that this doesn’t turn into another civil war just because of an ignorant, racist, ‘patriotic’, selfish, corrupt and greedy narcissist. Maybe I’m too late in hoping that, it somewhat feels like a civil war already… Can this still be stopped?

Vote him out!

I probably shouldn’t post this – this is not a political blog after all and I am not an American (nor would I ever wish to be) – but oh my goodness, I can’t keep quiet! What is happening in the US affects the world and it affects me and I just need to let it out. So, look away now if you are sick of (left wing) politics and here goes…

From my perspective the US is completely falling apart under the current ‘leadership’ and my heart breaks. It’s one drama after the other coming from the US. This past week alone it’s been voter suppression, lying speeches at the Republican National Convention (RNC) that the Trump base will just lap up as truth and now the shooting of Jacob Blake and the inadequate response to that (#BlackLivesMatter people!)… I just can’t handle it anymore.

Here at home, we already call that man in the White House a wannabe dictator and if that man isn’t checked or, best yet, thrown out (how hasn’t that happened yet?!?), he will turn into one and that will be the end of US democracy. It is so painful to watch what has become of a country that the world, and my kids, used to look up to; the admiration has gone, my kids are disillusioned and stunned at the lies and the nationalist arrogance on display. We now feel disbelief and horror when we look at the US and the way in which this president and his cronies can not show any adequate leadership and, worst of all, are unable to show human decency. Well, First Lady Melania tried in her RNC speech, but her words sounded completely hollow, knowing to what a diseased administration she belongs.

I came across this the other evening: Charlie Chaplin in 1940 from the movie The Great Dictator and his attack on Hitler and Nazism. For a while there, after the Second World War, it seemed like we as a Western society were working towards the ideals he mentioned but we seem to be sliding away again…

It’s time that man in the White House is voted out with a very clear majority in November… I fear it won’t happen (I just can’t understand that Trump still has an over 40% approval rating!) but I so very fervently hope it will. The world, and my family, will be grateful.

What made me smile today…

This really cracked me up this morning!

Wikipedia also mentions this. Oh man, I’m just trying to visualize this in my mind and it ain’t good as my ass is pretty wide… 😂

I’m also still smiling at Paul Campbells’s homophobe takedowns over on his Twitter feed. He rightfully got really angry the other day at a homophobic slur (the tweeter has I think gone private since then, her message is no longer visible to me)…

I still sit down with a cup of tea every day to see what his latest replies are and they’re still good…

I already liked Paul Campbell but for that alone, I am so going to watch this movie.

And this morning as I scrolled through my BBC news app, the picture that accompanied the headline on Trump wanting other shower rules made me laugh and then the fact that he even mentioned this as an issue had me shake my head in disbelief. Miranda Hart worded that very nicely…

I so hope Biden/Harris can put us out of the misery of this Trump presidency in the upcoming US elections in November.

This fervent hope I feel when thinking about #BidenHarris2020 makes me smile a little bit as well. Fingers crossed for US voters showing some sense!