The Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi And The Parallels To The Current American Presidency

Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi made headlines around the world two weeks ago when he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his fiance. That was the last time that he was seen or heard from. After two weeks of speculation and questions, it was announced that he died inside the consulate.

Of course, you know who waffled in his reaction. First he defended the Saudi government, then he sent Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo to play hardball.

His waffling is not surprising. During the 2016 election, he made the following statement:

“Saudi Arabia, I like the Saudis,” Trump said at a July 2015 rally. “I make a lot of money with them. They buy all sorts of my stuff. All kinds of toys from Trump. They pay me millions and hundred of millions.”

If that is not enough to raise a few questions, then his proto-despotic tendencies should be more than enough to make the average citizen ask if he is up to doing the job.

Yesterday, The Washington Post published Mr. Khashoggi’s final article yesterday.  While the article speaks of what is happening in the Arab world, it also speaks to what is happening outside of the Arab world. Democracies that were secure are being shaken and tested. Dictators and autocrats rule in countries where Democracy was the law of the land.

If nothing else, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi  reminds us all that a Democratic government lives or dies by the will of the people. If they do not speak up and fight for their rights, they may watch those same rights slip through their fingers unnoticed.

Last year, Mr. Khashoggi’s employer presented the following statement to it’s readers and the public:

“Democracy dies in darkness.”

That statement has never been as true as it is today.

RIP Jamal Khashoggi, may your memory be a blessing.


Flashback Friday-My Cat From Hell (2011-Present)

For those of us who do not have pets, we have a certain impression of what it is like to have a pet. But like many impressions, the reality is often different from the ideal.

The Animal Planet show, My Cat From Hell premiered in 2011. The star of the show is Jackson Galaxy, a renowned and respected cat expert. Every episode, Jackson visits two different cat owners who are having issues with their pets. The goal of each episode is to resolve the conflicts or behavior issues that are happening between the cats and their owners.

Unlike other reality shows, My Cat From Hell does not make me feel like I have lost brain cells by the end of the episode. It’s also an educational experience for the viewer, especially if they have a cat of their own.

I recommend it.

Not Our Kind: A Novel Book Review

Change sometimes comes from someone who we least expect.

Kitty Zeldis’s new novel, Not Our Kind: A Novel, was published this year. Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy both live in New York City just after the end of World War II, but their worlds are vastly different. Eleanor is a first generation American, the daughter of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. In spite of the antisemitism she experienced, Eleanor persevered in receiving a quality education and entering the workforce. Patricia Bellamy is an upper middle class WASP whose daughter is recovering from Polio and desperately needs a private tutor to ensure that her child is educated.

Fate bring them together during a minor car accident. Eleanor needs a job and Patricia needs to hire a new tutor for her daughter ASAP. Though Eleanor gets along well with Patricia as her employer and Margeaux as her student, not everything is peachy keen. Eleanor must hide her identity via an alternative surname so she can go to work. Then there is Patricia’s husband, Wynn, who may be suspicious of Eleanor because of her faith. On top of all that, there is romance between Eleanor and Patricia’s brother, Tom.

This powder keg of emotion and drama is set off by one night at the Bellamy’s summer-house in Connecticut. The explosion that occurs that night will force both women to make difficult decisions that will impact their lives for years to come.

I truly loved this book. Not only was I immediately sucked into this world, but I understood how both Eleanor and Patricia saw the world. The details were fantastic. The ending was enough to tie the narrative threats together while not not being predictable.

I absolutely recommend it. It is a must read.

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