I know it is typical to have periods of hot weather in the summer. I also know it is customary to whine about it. It has been so hot here that the soles of running shoes are melting. The Toronto area has been the hottest spot in Canada for three days running. I do not care for that level of hot. The weather has been exasperated by the fact we desperately need rain.
I'm having a tough time with the US election cycle.
I've been out living and have lots of blog posts ready to go. Last week I had a beautiful interaction with a reader from Chicago that I want to write about. I haven't finished my birthday dinner post. There has been some amazing cooking. We have seen some fabulous art. Lots of living to explore.
Yet here I am pulled into US politics again.
Here is today's ponderings . . .
Dear Americans . . . some questions from a curious Canuck.
There is growing evidence among your national security officials that a hostile foreign nation was behind the espionage at the DNC. I seem to recall a similar bit of trickery on the 70s. At the time the earth shook and the reverberations toppled the President from office. Remember Watergate? It seems to be pretty quiet down there right now - does this mean it's OK for Russia to spy on US political organizations and try to influence the fall election if it discredits Hillary?
That is sort of how it is looking to us up here in the north.
Today the Republican candidate called on Russia to actively engage in further espionage against Clinton. Can someone explain why this is not treason? Why is he not charged and locked up?
What am I missing in all of this?
I can only imagine the utter outrage if this happened here in Canada!
Is the message to foreign nations that it is perfectly fine to spy on the US? Or is only OK to spy if it discredits Clinton? Are there now 'degrees' of acceptable spying? When does spying on the US become wrong?
I was reminded of the sexism women in politics face the other day when a facebook friend commented on an outfit Hillary Clinton wore when she visited Orlando and paid tribute to the victims of the shooting there. This is what she wrote:
Please, someone tell Hillary that cocktail olive green is not her color. Anyone seeing this? Oh god, it's a full suit. Mercy.
For the record . . . this was the offending outfit:
I didn't think a whole about it until another friend responded with:
Okay, so when was the last time anyone criticized what a male politician wore?
It made me think a bit. Sure, people are incredibly about what female politicians wear, how they cut their hair, their make up . . . and when do males have to deal with that same level of scrutiny?
Then one of the people I follow on Twitter posted this pic from the Sunday times:
Thank goodness the Sunday Times is breathing the 21st century air #everydaysexism
I hereby promise to never again comment on the attire, hair, make up etc of any female politician . . . ever.
We left the snow behind and headed to California for a long weekend of fun. We shoppedm toured wineries, tasted olive oil, met up with good friends, and ate some wonderful food. I can't wait for slow bowl 2009.