Win: Yesterday, on June 18 the Supreme Court ruled 5 -4 that Trump’s executive order to end president Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA, the program that lets young undocumented immigrants get semi-legal status in the USA) was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Roberts, a Republican appointee, sided with the four Democratic judges and wrote the majority opinion, blasting Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions (Trump’s Attorney General) and Elaine Duke (Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary) for being so shitty at their jobs that their arguments for rescinding DACA were “arbitrary and capricious”, which is SCOTUS-speak for “pure bullshit”.
I like this feeling. Coupled with the great Rostock v. Clayton County decision on Monday, this feels like taking a deep breath of joy. It feels like it’s the start of a trek back to normal life, when Trump and his evil spawn were only local New York City jokes. It feels like Summer after a long, long, three-and-a-half-year Winter. I could get used to this, the natural high you get when you live in a society that is sane, fair, and just. It feels like we, as a nation, just told ourselves We Are Who We Say We Are.
As it happened, yesterday was the first time, since March 15 the start of the lockdown, that Top Cat and I had dinner “out”. We ordered from a nearby Japanese restaurant, which only does food for pick up. Top Cat put on a face mask and got in a line out the door of the restaurant, socially distancing with all others in line, and when his turn came he stepped into the restaurant and was presented with a table filled with bundled up food orders. He matched our order # with a bag on a table, picked up our stuff, and left. Never had to interact with anyone.
The fancy Mexican restaurant in the same shopping center was offering dining in the parking lot, on tables set about 20 feet apart, each shaded with a bright yellow beach umbrella. Every table was full. It looked like a lot of fun. I don’t like the menu here so it’s not our Go To for Mexican food, but if you like cilantro and chocolate sauce on chicken, this is your kind of place.
I haven’t seen that many people in one place since, well, you know when.
While we were sitting on the back patio having Japanese take-out, I pitched the idea to Top Cat that we should take horseback riding lessons together. As a couple, Top Cat and I have very few overlapping interests, and horseback riding is a twofer: it’s something we can do together, and it will stop him nagging me to give the out-of-doors a try. Thanks to everyone who commented on your experience with horses on Wednesday — I think that looking cool on a horse is achievable.
Like all of you, I am looking forward to Trump’s rally in Tulsa tomorrow. Actually, I’m looking forward to two weeks from now, when (I am praying) every single one of those morons comes down with an unexplainable cough, fatigue, fever, vomiting, and loss of the sense of taste. Oklahoma is already reporting an all-time high of 450 new cases of corona virus this week so we know the bug is out there. It just has to show up at the BOK Center on Saturday night.
But most of all, I’m looking forward to when the Oklahoma public health commissioner, as his state’s ICUs are inundated with very sick old white people, turning to the cameras and saying,
Have a great weekend, everyone. GUESS WHAT! The Stromness Rock has been on the move, traveling 1400 miles from Texas to The Sunshine State for a wander around the Everglades and you can read all about the death-defying adventures in next Friday’s blog. That Rock does the craziest things around alligators. Don’t be like The Rock.
President Trump took credit for popularizing Juneteenth in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, stating that no one had ever heard of the June 19 holiday commemorating the emancipation of black slaves in the U.S. before he scheduled a political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on that day.
The Trump administration has put out statements on Juneteenth in each of his first three years in office.
“Oh really? We put out a statement? The Trump White House put out a statement?” Trump said when informed of this fact. “Ok, ok. Good.”