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Day 15 - halfway thru the month

Today is the 1st day of the 3rd week, the 15th day of the 1st month the 15th day of 2023

Sunday nights are usually work nights, devoted to getting ready for the next day, but today is a three day weekend in honor of Martin Luther King.  Folks started calling for a national holiday in his honor almost right after he was killed, but it didn't get done until 1983, for one reason or another.  I remember well the bruhaha over making it a federal holiday, and never could decide whether or not it was because he would be the first black man so honored or whether folks just didn't want to give up George Washington's birthday, or if it was just a case of not wanting to create another paid holiday for workers.  I wonder if it would be voted in nowadays?  

There are many issues facing the country at the moment, and not a lot of consensus across the board on how to move forward.   There is a huge debt ceiling issue.  The immigration issue has been kicked down the road too many times.  We have a serial liar sitting in the House of Representatives who may be an illegal alien and a foreign asset.  And what is the GOP worried about?  
  • they want to be able to smoke in the House.  Yup, years after second hand smoke was proven harmful to others, years after regulations were passed about smoking in public buildings, and even in private ones if you rent, the GOP elinimated a bipartisan, 15 year old ban on smoking in their offices , and the alt-right has hailed this as "the smell of freedom"
  • gas stoves   Seriously, a simple staetement saying the Consumer Protection Agency was following up on studies that had shown gas ovens were linked to childhood asthma and other breathing issues has literally blown up. 
  • M&Ms
Yes you read that last item correctly.  Candy has become an issue - again.  And this after the outcry when it was annouced the green M&M gave up her go-go boots for sneakers.  Then they added a new color to the mix so that there are three femails [purple, brown, and green] in the line up, and she is wearing boots rather than heels.  The problem this time?  Mars announced a limited time all-female pack, available now, with the candy's trio of female character M&Ms in the pack and a special packaging  The label will be upside down to "celebrate women everywhere who are flipping the status quo" 

The comments have been full of hate and invective.  Investigations are threatened.  Blustering has ensued - I think my favorite comment is from Nick Adams, self-proclaimed alpha male, who called for a boycott "Not one M&M will pass my lips until Mars issues a formal apology and releases an all-male package of M&Ms to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality."

You can't make this stuff up.
Permalink | Sunday, January 15, 2023