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Political?

Sorry for the delay. Something odd came up that is election related to the upcoming primary and I am trying to get an update. 

I read somewhere yesterday that there is a poll saying that 70% of Americans are resigned to living with COVID-19. I don’t even know what that means.  

Why do a bunch of GOP elected officials and right-wing GOP nut jobs give a rat’s arse about vaccine mandates and Canadian truckers? 

Why is the GOP infighting over January 6, 2021?  

I stuck my mail ballot and my Dad’s in the mailbox yesterday at the post office in Baytown. I then read where a 78-cent stamp was required. It didn’t say so on the envelope so all it got was a Forever stamp. 

In today’s neighborhood section of the hard copy of the Chron, Kandy Kaye Horn who is running for Texas governor against the arsehole Greg Abbott has a full-page ad. One of her four campaign bullets is “Ready to Legalize Marijuana.” Now that’s my kind of GOP candidate.  

I saw this story on the “Today” website: 

A 12-year-old swimmer was briefly disqualified from a competition in Wisconsin this week for wearing a homemade Black Lives Matter swimsuit, her mother said. 

Sarah Lyons, of Duluth, Minnesota, told NBC News her sixth-grade daughter Leidy Gellona was inspired to iron the words “Black Lives Matter” onto a black swimsuit after the two discussed the death of Amir Locke, a 22-year-old Black man fatally shot last week by Minneapolis police during a no-knock warrant. 

Leidy proudly wore the swimsuit on Sunday during a competition sponsored by the Duluth YMCA in nearby Superior, Wisconsin. That’s when a race official determined Leidy’s swimsuit was political and against USA Swimming’s rules, according to Lyons. 

Leidy was the only Black competitor at the meet, Lyons said. 

Lyons said that, although she was personally angry and sad, she let her daughter decide whether to change swim suits to stay in the competition. 

“She said, ‘Mom, I’m not taking this suit off,’” Lyons said. “I don’t think either one of us ever thought that she was just going to change her suit. Knowing her, I knew she was going to stand true.” 

Lyons added: “That was like a piece of armor for her. I am so proud of her.” 

Lyons said the race official told her Leidy’s swimsuit was political, but she argued otherwise. 

“I said it’s not political. This is not a political statement. Don’t read it as an organization. Read it as a person saying their life matters.” 

Lyons, who is a diversity officer at a college, contacted local NAACP officials and a human rights officer, she said. 

Classie Dudley, president of the Duluth branch of the NAACP, told NBC News she called the local media and gathered about 20 more people with allied groups who went to the swim meet and advocated on behalf of Leidy. 

Lyons and Dudley said that officials at the meet then tried to say it was not about the message on the swimsuit, rather that Leidy’s one-piece did not meet the logo standards. 

But when the YMCA’s vice-president showed up, Dudley said, officials quickly overturned Leidy’s disqualification. 

“It was 10 minutes and we got the disqualification reversed,” Dudley said. 

And while some of the hundreds in attendance came up to the young swimmer and said they were sorry for what she was going through, Dudley said, she was disheartened because none of them fought for Leidy. 

Here is the entire story: Black Girl nearly Disqualified from Swim Meet Over ‘Black Lives Matter’ Suit (today.com). 

I don’t know. It seems like anything could be political. After all, a pandemic became political.

My favorite African American actor is Denzel Washington. 

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