“OLD LIVES MATTER, TOO!” – I think someone should put that on a protest sign.
By now, the entire world has seen video of a 75-year-old white man (later identified as Martin Gugino) being pushed to the sidewalk by Buffalo, New York police. Mr. Gugino is shown lying unconscious on the ground with blood flowing from his ear while dozens of cops simply walk past him. One cop who does try to stop to help is ordered by his colleagues to move on.
Mr. Gugino’s “crime” apparently was that he didn’t immediately leave the area after a peaceful protest when the 8 pm city-wide curfew took effect. He is shown in the video approaching two police officers and gesticulating, and is then shoved, falls, and hits his head.
The rally had been organized to protest against police brutality. Ironic, right?
Thankfully, Mr. Gugino survived, regained consciousness, and was able to converse by phone with New York’s Governor Cuomo. I have no idea what was said in that conversation. The two policemen involved have been suspended pending internal investigation.
The ongoing violence on both sides makes me want to never leave my house. The continuing saga of the COVID-19 epidemic makes me want to never leave my house.
Unfortunately, I have no choice in the matter. If I want to pay my mortgage and other bills, I need to work – and I am returning to my office on Monday. Definitely not looking forward to it. Not looking forward to wearing that hot mask every time I go in and out of the building and every time I leave my private office within the building.
But we all have to do it.
With luck, maybe I won’t have to do it for the rest of my life. Government-subsidized housing which fits into a budget solely supported by Social Security is starting to look real good right about now. Perhaps it’s time to start checking out some of those places, as I hear they have a waiting list of 5 to 7 years. Heck, by then maybe my house will have finally been updated enough to sell at a profit. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Meanwhile, I have other issues to deal with. There’s work, there’s health, and …
For whatever reason, both my personal and Cordelia’s Mom Facebook accounts have been royally f*d up. I can’t log in to either and can’t find any way to contact tech support to resolve the problem. So, for those of who you follow me on Facebook, you might want to switch to Twitter. That account seems to be functioning just fine.
Happy Weekend, Everyone. Stay safe and healthy.
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