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H2O Man

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Fri Jun 21, 2024, 01:59 PM Jun 21

The Train Station [View all]




Is human history a series of repeating cycles? Perhaps those who say it rhymes are correct? Or might history have the rhythm of a song?

There was a brief thunderstorm today, which served to both water my garden and to break what many consider a brutal series of hot humid days here in the northeast. More, as every old farmer knew, an afternoon shower brings forth the most amazing firefly (lightening bug) show when the sun goes down.

I conducted my daughter's wedding Saturday. The ceremony was held at a specific place, where Onondags Chief Paul Waterman's ancestors and ancestors' ancestors held meetings. Payl was my children's "third" grandfather. I opened with the prayer that he had taught me should be said at the beginning of every important meeting. It speaks to the cycles of human life, as participants in the Natural World.

The reception was at my niece's house, which was my parents' and where I grew up. My son-in-law's family had come from Europe, and there were lots of people from Boston and New York City. In the days they spent "in the sticks" of rural upstate New York, they were impressed with the beauty of the land, lakes, and rivers.

Yesterday, I dropped the couple off at a train station, to head to Boston before re-locating to Europe. My father and grandfather had worked with this station. It is where my daughter first met her future husband. This was at a time when, as a professional woman, she had been asking me when she would meet "Mr. Right"? I had said when she least expected it, and since she travels, it might not be an American. Nailed that one!

At the reception, those from a couple European countries expressed concerns about two things: the felon and Judge Cannon. They noted that in their countries, the US's stability is essential, and that there is a great fear that might win in November. They asked if people here understood that if the felon wins, democracy ends -- and that trend would spread. They recognize Putin as an extremely serious threat. And I was pleasantly surprised that they had a solid understanding of how corrupt Cannon is.

Now, at any gathering -- especially where massive quantities of alcohol absorded into the majority of the group consciousness -- my sons are sure to make rude, insulting, and generally hilarious jokes about me. They warned people not to bring up Cannon or the justicesystem with me. That since my serious head injury a few years back, complete with what the doctors called "dead brain matter," I have been hooked up on a unique form of life support: constant programming about crimes and trials.

This resulted in my son-in-law asking what trial I was currently watching? I noted the Karen Read trial in MA, as the governor has recently spoken out about the lead investigator. Now, I do not know if Ms. Read killed her Boston cop boyfriend. Or if she did, was it on purpose or by accident. But I do know that at very best, the police investigation was seriously flawed. The governor, for example, was upset that the lead investigator's testimony included his calling Ms. Read a c__t, searching her phone for nude pictures, and making crude remarks about her health issues -- she had had ten surgeries on her digestive tract in the last 18 months. More, his displaying bias against her violates the state's laws.

My daughter previously worked for the state attorney general, and the two remain friends. So the couple has started watching trial coverage. They agree that it is not clear if Ms. Read killed her boyfriend, or if something happened at the party with heavily intoxicated police officers that is being covered up, or something else. But the prosecution certainly has failed thus far in proving their case.

There's another interesting case going on, a RICO case involving a fellow known as "Young Thug." The current case involves him and five others. It has been going on for 18 months, which might suggest to readers why prosecutors hesitate to bring RICO cases, however justified they may be. The judge is a good man, and is usually tough on both the prosecution and defense. But last week, he made a terrible mistake -- meeting alone with police, prosecutors, and a witness who had already been sworn in, without telling the defense.

Maybe he was tired by the length and complicated nature of the case. But that is grounds forhim to recuse himself, if not declare a mistrial. But he is stubborn, and behaving like a pre-teen caught doing something wrong. And that is thething, in my opinion: our justice system is the best, yet it is imperfect. That's because it involves human beings. Some make stupid mistakes, like that judge. Others are fucking assholes, like the lead detective in the Rea case. And still others are corrupt, sick individuals, like Cannon.

One thing is clear: if the felon were to become president again, our justice system would be purposely destroyed. It really is that simple. And that is why it is so important that we get out the vote in November. Obviously, that includes supporting President Biden. But it also includes supporting the many, many good and talented Democrats in every office, local, state, and ational. We need to be like a train traveling coast to coast, flattening the maga threat to justice and democracy.
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The Train Station [View all] H2O Man Jun 21 OP
Wonderful read and congrats to the happy couple. Many thanks. n/t SheilaAnn Jun 21 #1
Thank you! H2O Man Jun 21 #6
First of all Congrats on your daughter's wedding malaise Jun 21 #2
Thanks! H2O Man Jun 21 #7
Man, I just love and admire your writing and ability to weave a story into cogent, insightful and KPN Jun 21 #3
Oh, thank you! H2O Man Jun 21 #8
Lovely to read about your daughter. Saoirse9 Jun 21 #4
Thanks! H2O Man Jun 21 #9
we will prevail Saoirse9 Jun 21 #11
You should H2O Man Jun 21 #12
Nope I have no imagination Saoirse9 Jun 22 #25
The Ballad of John & Yoko H2O Man Jun 22 #26
I should have been able to guess that one Saoirse9 Jun 22 #27
Since I think H2O Man Jun 22 #28
You know I love it Saoirse9 Jun 23 #29
Congratulations! Truly happy for your family. Kid Berwyn Jun 21 #5
That is the way, H2O Man Jun 21 #10
Oh no! The video cuts off before the end! JoseBalow Jun 21 #13
Right. H2O Man Jun 21 #17
thanks for sharing this . AllaN01Bear Jun 21 #14
Thank you! H2O Man Jun 21 #18
yw. AllaN01Bear Jun 21 #19
That it does! H2O Man Jun 21 #22
lyrics AllaN01Bear Jun 21 #15
Nice! H2O Man Jun 21 #20
nws 3 day forecast surface charts show u quite busy in the weather dept AllaN01Bear Jun 21 #16
Thunder storms here. H2O Man Jun 21 #21
Beautiful. Passages Jun 21 #23
Thank you! H2O Man Jun 21 #24
"...our justice system would be purposely destroyed" kentuck Jun 23 #30
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