Corona Diary 4 June 2020

What a week.

As I type, additional fencing is going up around the White House to protect the President from the people.

Far different than the fall of the Berlin Wall, a better wall-memory.

The President, who I think has done a good job of reducing external wars, threatening to use the military internally. In April, when I wondered why we weren’t using the military to assist with COVID response, I didn’t expect we’d be debating declaring war on ourselves.

Mattis breaking his silence to compare the Administration’s tactics to Nazi Germany, among other observations, including three-years of non-leadership at the top.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs falling in behind the constitution (letter above).

FOGOs, current and retired, penning opeds critical of the administration. Discussion of “lawful orders” in those op-eds. Too many to link but this from a retired four-star Marine General.

Secretary of Defense breaking with the President over the use of the Insurrection Act.

Related, Texas declining military help, with grace => Texans will take care of Texans => pure class.

Take the above and it seems to be a “no, thank you” from the military for taking action against Americans.

When I made the choice to become a citizen, here’s what I signed up for:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Equal justice under law.

Unemployment trending “better” (?) with 1.87 million new claims announced this morning => over 42 million now.

Markets up => SP500 over 3,100 as I write this.

We had a lot of fun with the birthday party – most of us dressed up. I wore my favorite mechanic’s shirt=> Poison Spider in Moab. I wonder how long until I get back to the desert.

Bella looked great wearing a set of her great-grandmother’s costume pearls.

Eggshell geodes featured on Science Wednesday. HUGE HIT.

We are waiting for the water to evaporate and the crystals to form.

I have been sleeping lightly (listening for burglars, thinking about things I don’t control).

Lack of sleep, and the toughest bike workout I can remember, had me blasted for most of yesterday. 45-minutes all out does a lot more damage at 51 than 33. 🙂

Up early this morning, a skills ride then hitting my strength program.

Life goes on – reaching for better.