Key West Lou / TRUMP 1 OF 318 CANDIDATES FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

The saying the truth will make you free has a lot of merit.

I was disturbed that Trump would be nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. Not only is he unworthy of the prize itself, he also is not worthy of a nomination.

Turns out the nomination is not such a big deal. Anyone can be nominated. In fact, at the moment there are 317 other candidates for the Peace Prize.

In order to nominate, one must be a leader of some noteworthiness, a politician, or someone with professional status. For example, I as an attorney would be qualified to nominate someone, as would Key West Mayor Johnson, and screwball Governor DeSantis.

Trump was nominated by a far right elected political figure from northern Norway. The second time he has nominated Trump. He did so also in 2018, though we never head about it.

There are standards that must be met for the nomination to be considered an acceptable one. In 2018, Trump failed to meet those qualifications and that is why we heard nothing about it back then.

Trump is doing his usual bellowing. Making it appear his nomination is a big deal. Not so if he is 1 of 318.

Trump is not necessarily respected outside his solid core of supporters. Proof is his and Melania’s appearance at the Supreme Court to pay tribute to Justice Ginsburg.

They were booed. The boos probably for Trump. Cries of “Honor Her Wish” and “Vote Him Out” could be heard.

Trump deserves public embarrassment. If this were two centuries ago, he probably would have been stoned.

Note that the President and Melania wore face masks.

Trump announced he is going to send out in the next few weeks a stimulus to seniors. Seniors being defined as the 33,000 on Medicare.

The stimulus a card with a value of $200. With a condition attached. It can only be used to purchase prescription drugs.

What a bargain! Give the rich pharmaceutical houses an opportunity to get even richer. Most elderly can use the $200 pittance for some other need. It should be their judgment how to spend it.

Assuming Trump turns the election result into the chaos he is suggesting, a way has to be found to accelerate any court review process. The American people cannot be expected to wait 1-3 years to find out who their President is. During which time Donald will still be sitting in the Oval Office.

Chief Justice Roberts does run the federal court system. Over the years, he has proven to be a fair jurist not afraid to step over the line and join the liberal wing of the court.

He should schedule to election court fights as follows.

All election suits for any federal office must be brought in a federal court within 10 days of November 3. That court must reach decision within 20 days of filing. Appeals to any judgment must be filed within 10 days. Appeals to the Circuit Court would be eliminated. All appeals would be directly to the Supreme Court. All appeals to the Supreme Court must be filed within 10 days. The Supreme Court must render its decision within 20 days. The decision of the Supreme Court would be final.

Such would guarantee all issues would be resolved before January 20.

My suggestion not far out. It is reasonable and practical. In the best interests of the nation and its people.

Everyone from judges to attorneys to court staff must work their asses off to accomplish these ends. It is their time to stand tall.

The Vietnamese are an enterprising people.

Vietnam police have arrested a number of its citizens for cleaning up some 320,000 condoms and arranging for their resale.

Reusing a condom, no matter how well washed and sanitized, is considered an “extreme health risk.”

Those arrested would wash, reshape, and then pack the condoms in plastic bags for resale.

No information was available as to where the condoms were sold nor if any had been sold in the U.S.

The pedophile scandal that rocked the Catholic Church surprised me as it did many others. It also shook the foundation of my beliefs in man’s Church on earth.

I have been further bothered by the Catholic Church’s involvement in far right values in recent years. To me, it represents another grave error.

Now comes a third revelation. A key Vatican Cardinal has been caught up in a real estate scandal. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Beccia. A most powerful Vatican figure.

Whatever he did must have been bad on the extreme side. Instead of being sent to a monastery to spend the rest of his years praying for forgiveness, he has been forced to resign his status as a cardinal. In so doing, he was also required to give “up rights associated with being a cardinal.” Such verbiage indicating the “seriousness” of whatever he did.

For a century, a significant number of Americans lived in the suburbs and on farms. Then a movement occurred whereby they left their previous residences to live in cities. Especially so in recent years.

The tide has turned once again. A movement has begun whereby people are leaving the cities to live in the suburbs. The reason therefore are the protests, demonstrations, and unrest occurring in American cities with more frequency.

The coronavirus pandemic has created a number of heroes. Those who have stood and fought the virus. Those who have made a difference.

One is New York’s Governor Cuomo.

He announced yesterday that New York is setting up a vaccine checking laboratory. Cuomo said he does not trust the federal government to be truthful regarding vaccines. He recognizes health has become politicized.

He also announced he was establishing 2 clinical task forces.

One to advise re clinical safety of future vaccines. Such task force would be composed of leading scientists, doctors and health experts. The other to best decide distribution and implementation of the vaccine.

Cuomo’s goal is for New York to have the smartest and safest vaccination program possible.

One of Cuomo’s successes has to do with testing. New York reported yesterday 92,953 tests were done. Nine hundred fifty five or 1.02 percent were positive. The low number of positives an indication as to how successful the New York program is. Anything under 5.0 percent is considered “outstanding.”

Another doctor visit yesterday. From my perspective, all problems being reviewed are minor. One could be a real problem, however. Problem may not be the best wording. There is a situation unquestionably. The issue is what to do.

Since I was downtown, I decided to drive Duval once again. My findings a bit different from the other day.

The drive was at 2 pm. The number of people walking Duval was about one third greater than earlier in the week. Even the number of those wearing face masks was different. Ten percent. I would assume most or all tourists.

More people, less mask wearing.

Enjoy your day!