I'm sort of a political junkie so I really enjoy watching the Conventions of both major political parties (I even tune in to C-SPAN to catch the Libertarian and other minor party conventions) but I'm finding this Democrat Convention in Denver hard to watch. Not simply because I disagree with their platform and rhetoric, or the staging and to be honest, just as in years past, I find myself very entertained just viewing the odd-balls who make up the sea of Democrat delegates - much funnier looking people on average than the Republicans. No, the problem is that there is a strange energy emanating from Denver, a boredom and flatness which is palpable to anyone watching or listening at home. And it's the same old crap, with the same old speakers - a point that is perfectly articulated in this New York Sun editorial - that is throwing a wet blanket over the entire proceeding. The Republicans have a very low bar to get over next week in order to appear the more coherent, energetic and unified party to control the White House for the next 4 years. Maybe Obama can pull a rabbit out of his hat (literally) or perform some other magic trick tonight and transform the entire event, but I bet his "Nuremberg" moment falls flat and ends up looking like sweet frosting on a dirt cake.
I came into this wicked world in the early 1960's and as a result I have born witness to America's 50 Years of Failure which includes the modern age of mass shootings by psychotic men who "go off" on a given day, for no reason at all (except "guns"), and kill scads of innocent bystanders. Back in August of 2019 a KOTCB blog post titled " Reciprocity City " explored a young gunman named Patrick Crusius who drove 9 hours through the west Texas flatlands to shoot up El Paso, TX The KOTCB has commented on many of these shootings, bombings and knifings over the years - The roots of the Boston Marathon Bombing , the Emanuel AME Church shooting , Syed Rizvan Farook and his bride Tashfeen Malik , Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting , Nick Cruz lovesick Parkland shooting , the Iranian, PETA activist, Vegan Bodybuilder, YouTuber's attack on Google and now this very oddly timed and placed "lone wolf" attack on Walmart shoppers. This list