Twenty-one-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Fields drove into a crowd, injuring 35 people and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville VA last August has been sentenced to life plus 419 years in prison. It was a heinous crime, and I’m okay with burying him at the prison to ensure he serves that part of the sentence that takes effect after he dies.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a young radical, elected to Congress in November, replacing a long-time incumbent. She worked very hard to get there, and probably benefitted from circumstances such as changing demographics and her predecessor, Rep. Joe Crowley, not taking the primary challenge seriously. Still, she is a freshman member of Congress, so I’m surprised at all the news coverage she is getting.
My wife won’t give me any hints as to what to give her for Christmas. I’ve already taken her on two expensive trips this year (to California and to London) in lieu of presents. I’d like to take her to Hawaii for Christmas, but I can’t afford that. I’ve always been taken by the lyrics to the Beach Boys Christmas song. You know, “I want to spend Christmas on the Kona coast of Hawaii.”
When I was a sophomore in college, I was a dj on my college radio station, I read my letter to Santa to my listeners. I said, “Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a doll. Her name is Karen and she’s 18 years old.” Santa must have been listening, and I must have been very good. I got everything on my list! She was already my girlfriend for about a year. Not right away, but eventually we married. If I wake up on Christmas morning, she’s still here, and still the love of my life, I’ll be completely satisfied.
I’m pleased that I managed to find the last day on which it was over 50 degrees in weeks to put up my Christmas lights.