Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 30, 2022, or: A Little Bit of This, and a Little Bit of That

My (now-in-the-trash) favorite Star Wars mug. (Photo by the author)

Hi, Dear Reader. It is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, June 30, 2022. It is a sultry summer day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 2 MPH (3 KM/H) and humidity at 71%, the heat index is 93°F (34°). Today’s forecast calls for – wait for it – thunderstorms to pass through our area. The high will be 94°F (34°C). Tonight, those thunderstorms will stick around. The low will be 74°F (23°C).

Photo by Dave Morgan on Pexels.com

The Star Wars (Mugs) Saga Continues….

Image Credit: YupUSA via Amazon. Star Wars is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.

As I predicted, my Amazon order of two Star Wars mugs (Stir with the Force You Must and What I Learned from Star Wars) was delayed en route. It was scheduled to arrive yesterday, but I have learned from experience that when Amazon does not update an order’s tracking history, that means a package is going to be late. Sometimes, as in the case of my Star Wars mugs, the ETA is only off by 24 hours. There have been a few instances when it’s been a bit longer or – rarer still – an order has gone missing.

Image Credit: CJ Artisans via Amazon. Star Wars is (C) Lucasfilm Ltd.

(This happened more in my former home before Amazon Prime had its own delivery vehicles. Either the delivery service – usually Lasership – would deliver the package to another house with a similar address as mine, or a porch pirate would get to a package left on my doorstep on the rare occasion that I was not home.)

According to the Order Status page on my Amazon account, my order is now expected to arrive tomorrow – a hedge, of sorts, from the e-retailer, since the tracking history shows my package with the mugs arrived in Tampa at 2:57 AM Eastern. And maybe it will arrive tomorrow rather than today; the status of the order has not been updated in eight hours, and if it was going to be delivered today it would have been driven to the Seffner distribution center way before 11 AM.

Luckily, I have two mugs still left from the array of mugs and coffee cups I owned in Miami, including a Star Wars one featuring Jabba the Hutt that my friend Rogers Perez gave me a long time ago in a hometown far, far away. And there are other mugs that were here before I moved in, so it’s not like I’ll be Shit Outta Luck if I don’t get my mugs today.

If my Amazon order gets here today, it will be great. If it doesn’t…well, too bad. I’ll be content if it arrives tomorrow.

In Other News

Image Credit: Pixabay

Even though yesterday’s forecast was the same as today’s, we did not get any thunderstorms or even heavy rains. It’s possible that other areas in Hillsborough either got some boomers or downpours, but the Tampa Bay area is a rather large geographic area, so if, say, Tampa itself gets rain, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we in Fish Hawk will get rain as well.

Photo by Chris Kane on Pexels.com

From the amount of light in my room, though, I foresee that this is not going to be the case today. The nearest weather reporting station says it’s Sunny outside, but from the house where I live, I’d say it’s getting Partly Cloudy. So, while I am not saying that we will get some of those thunderstorms in the early hours of the afternoon, it is highly probable that we will get at least some heavy rain – with or without lightning strikes – at some point today.

I mentioned yesterday that I have not watched the January 6 hearings on TV. Not because I am not interested in them, nor is it because I think they’re a waste of time and taxpayer money (which is what Trump and his supporters say they are), but because I don’t have a cable-connected TV in my room, and circumstances cause me to stay in my room most of the day. So, when I do get glimpses of the hearings, it’s usually through short videos from the YouTube channels The David Pakman Show and Ferron Balanced.

That’s why I have not written any long posts about what the American people are learning – or are avoiding learning if they ignore, for purely partisan reasons any coverage of the hearings – about Donald Trump’s attempt to reverse the results of the 2020 Presidential election and prevent the peaceful transfer of power from his misbegotten Administration to that of the incoming President-elect, Joe Biden.

The biggest takeaways I have gotten from my admittedly limited exposure to the hearings and the testimony of the witnesses are:

  • Trump knew he had lost the election and admitted it in private
  • Trump, through Mark Meadows and others, conspired to steal the 2020 election by any means necessary, including illegal ones, such as creating “alternate electors” in states where Trump had lost
  • Trump continued to lie about widespread fraud in the 2020 elections even though Republican secretaries of state in Georgia and Arizona said publicly, “We did not find any such widespread fraud.”
  • Trump knew, or at least suspected, that violence could occur at the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally and did nothing about it
  • Trump was so irate about the election loss that he threw plates of food inside the White House, smearing ketchup on the wall
  • Republican members of Congress, including Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia, actively contacted the White House about Presidential pardons relating to their efforts to keep Trump in office
  • Trump demanded that the Secret Service take him to the Stop the Steal rally after his “Go out there and fight like hell” speech in the Ellipse, then allegedly assaulted a Secret Service agent when he did not get his way
  • Trump-supporting members of Congress pounced on denials from agents in Trump’s Secret Service detail that the former President assaulted any of them. However, they neglect to mention that those agents are sympathetic to Trump and his agenda

It’s getting dark in here, Dear Reader, and it’s already well past noon – I’m a slow typist, after all – so I’ll close this post here. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the less rainy side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

12 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 30, 2022, or: A Little Bit of This, and a Little Bit of That

  1. That was a good summary of the hearings. The hearings are very disturbing. Unfortunately a lot of people are ignoring them or dismissing them as propaganda. Whether Trump is convicted of something or not, no well informed citizens can vote for him in good conscience after this.

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    1. I wish I could be as optimistic about no well-informed citizens voting for Trump in 2024 as you, Thomas.

      In 2016, with so much information about Trump being “out” there – remember, he has been a public figure since at least the early 1980s – I thought the man had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the Republican nomination. After he somehow got that far, I consoled myself by thinking, “Well, there’s so much out there about Trump that most Republicans will not vote for him.”

      Alas, I could not have been more wrong than that.

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    2. I quite agree. Not that there was any danger of me voting for the man to begin with. But nothing good—no saving grace has come from any of these hearings. If it weren’t for many people of good conscience, we’d have a dictator and perhaps a Civil War.

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      1. Actually, it’s too early to tell yet what will be the outcome of these hearings, but the DOJ is watching them and has subpoenaed all the witness testimony. I have a feeling that Merrick Garland is on this, and tRump will be indicted on so many federal charges he’s looking at several lifetimes in prison if he is convicted of all of them.

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    1. Probably.

      I mean, when Trump made fun of a disabled reporter either in late 2015 or early 2016, it was all over the news, and people still voted for him.

      Even more recently, when Trump mismanaged the COVID-19 pandemic for purely political reasons, many of his supporters kept saying he was the “best President ever” and voted for him in 2020.

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      1. I’ve probably made this comment before, but when I first heard the former guy was running for president, I asked my dearly beloved, “Who would listen to anything Donald Trump has to say?” Not that knew much about him. I just thought he was a self-promoting blowhard. Now that I know he’s a crooked self-promoting blowhard willing to trash our democracy, I wish someone would remind him he has the right to remain silent.

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  2. If you like to watch the news you still have options. Using your internet browser you can log onto the MSNBC website and watch live tv just as if you had cable.
    You can do the same thing with many of the other news stations as well personally I prefer MSNBC.
    I also understand that C-SPAN has all the January 6th hearings recorded on their website available for the pubic to watch.

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  3. Beau pointed out something quite interesting to me in this video. Out of everything that has come out of the January 6th investigation tRump choose to deny that he threw a tantrum and attacked his own secret service agents and deny that he throws his food. He didn’t deny anything else in his latest statements on his radio show and there are some very serious allegations made against him indeed.

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      1. I think is more his vanity that people would picture him throwing a childish temper tantrum and not as the biglyest bestest president of all time. The truth hurts and tRump cannot stand criticism.

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