Category Archives: Observed

Hell Press

Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan made the most informed of choices when they decided retreating from Britain’s royal forefront. Like Harry’ mother, the late Princess Diana, Meghan shows the likelihood of becoming an untraditional regal spouse.

It’s not farfetched stating those qualities were the ones which attracted him.

Proceeding a little further along the analysis, perhaps the couple’s magnetism strengthened through his unconscious revival that in some ways Meghan might resume and extend the sort of happiness he enjoyed with Diana. Maybe even recoup the loving environment in which he’d thrived as a boy.

No. Be assured Harry isn’t seeking a substitute mother figure in his wife. Besides being a distinct person in her entirety, Meghan possesses traits beyond his mother’s. Nonetheless who would disagree that if Diana could somehow opine, she’d admire the resolve freely inhabiting her daughter-in-law only Queen Elizabeth flashes.

About HRH – the Queen has learned plenty since Diana shook the House of Windsor’s mid-20 century complacency.

Before Diana’s tragedy, the Queen wouldn’t have countenanced mainline royals like Meghan and Harry dipping their toes into free agency. When Diana married into the family, she was expected to subsume herself and become a component of the whole unit.

The difference, though, in Harry and Meghan’s ultimate favor – they’re outside the line of secession. William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their children, are in the hole after Charles. A real-life episode of King Ralph need occur before the Sussexes get anywhere near the throne.

Diana didn’t have that separation. She was expected to produce an heir and at least one spare then gladly spend the rest of her life prettily mummified in Charles’ shadow.

A woman with modern sensibilities, obviously the princess chafed at what became evermore constraining.
Like Harry, the Queen recognized Meghan’s modernity. Rather than attempt bridling her and fitting her with a bit, she remembered the still too recent past’s disaster. Instead, damning tradition and protocol the Queen did better than a brave thing. She did a smart thing. She accommodated the now. She made way for today in order to grant the greatest assurances for continued tomorrows.

The Queen perceives, and she’s keen on perception.

Otherwise she risked chasing off her grandson, and through that weaken whatever magic holds British subjects to their sovereign. Particularly UK’s younger subjects. The Queen remains adept enough to skate through that. But Charles …?

Also, and though she’s inscrutable, the Queen must realize that Meghan’s American biracial heritage brings out the lowest, most loathsome standards in Britain’s scandal sheets. Britain’s press is so lousy it makes Fox News seem enlightened by comparison.

What fun the daily printed organs of the isles’ “popular” press have had with the duchess can be likened to bearbaiting. Attitudes similar to mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging Anglo American news consumers, England’s white lowbrow daily news readership just doesn’t get or doesn’t want to get the delivered offenses heaped on those dark-complexioned, non-Christians, even the “wrong” Christians. However, those Britons who’ve ever been targeted by calumnies of the ignorant and arrogant understand the loud message. The meaning is clear. Through Britain’s yellow press, English curs hear the intended dog whistles and bay accordingly.

Again like here.

Say this about the United States – while we still can – our contentions, what roils our society finds ways to heat open air. In this country, relative little is brushed under the carpet or kindly ignored or neutered then buried under semantic dead ends.

What is unsuitable to print in Britain’s tabloid press? Americans should be grateful our reputable media agencies obey rules and practice objective reporting. (Items filling the editorial pages do not count towards reporting. All that comprises is commentary and opinions. Hence Fox News.)

Our noble media informs rather than deceives or sways us. This brings to light plenty of discomfort about ourselves. We are better knowing than leaving facts concealed from ourselves. Only hearing, seeing, or reading what elicits our favor is useless.

Although English culture’s much older and more developed than ours, casual brass tacks and air commonly cleared appear to have been bred out of their everyday discourse. That’s damned polite of them. Nonetheless Britain is full of “you people.” And through the scurrilous press Meghan is one of “them.”

There is no disputing that with readers of England’s scandalmongering newspapers.

Allowing the young couple to make its way beyond Britain and its intrusive and insulting press, the Queen might be acceding to Harry’s fondest wish. Now, who knows whether grandmother and grandson actually sat down and palavered the issue as boldly as what follows. After all, family ties aside doesn’t the Queen inspire measures of reticence and tongue-biting in everybody but Phillip?

By letting the Sussexes withdraw across the Atlantic to our New World, the Queen must’ve somehow agreed with Harry this decision the best action to avoid having the duchess possibly – eventually – hounded by English press jackals into an abutment. There are some incidents that don’t deserve repeating.

Shallow Thanks

Once again, that most American of holidays is upon us. Thanksgiving. That day may be our finest national holidays because it commemorates nothing. Nor does it beg solemnity for anything.

Doesn’t Thanksgiving typify us? The fourth Thursday in November just insists we wallow in mindless gluttony while passionately pursuing socio-political points as we solidify family grudges. Continue reading Shallow Thanks

People Who Parlay

Perhaps the man/woman parlays which follow were just as bald back in New York. There, though, unlike here in Las Vegas, the couples involved are more discreet.

The Mojave Mecca’s transient nature permits the sort of convention flouting which would make proper Easterners recoil. Of course Westerners could claim by their openness they’re unbound by rank hypocrisy. Continue reading People Who Parlay

Shades from the Eleventh Hour

A few weeks ago while rummaging through the Mojave, dumb luck delivered me to an odd spot. Somewhere amid the desert’s Joshua trees rather than near habitation I saw a simple cross stark against the sky upon a granite outcropping. This was a World War I monument. Continue reading Shades from the Eleventh Hour

Modern Horrors

Could the sharing economy produce a new line of horror stories? After all, its basis tosses to the wind every caution under which older sensible Americans were raised.

Don’t get into strangers’ cars. Don’t let just anybody into your home.

So what are the two attractions best fueling the quasi-barter economy? Gig drivers and homeowners turning into hostel keepers. Continue reading Modern Horrors

Distressing Displacements

Was the summer heat so relentless in Southern Arizona, in the Sonoran Desert, as it is in a Las Vegas set amidst the Mojave? Just as likely. Possibly even more so. The Sonora sits at a lower altitude. Its desert classification aside, it’s also a less arid ecosystem than the Mojave.

Youth, accompanied by more involved living, frequent insobriety, and greater disregard of nuisances like heat and lack of sleep, probably registered those Arizona Augusts on some lower discomfort scale. The escapades immersed in then must’ve somewhat negated the arduous climate.

Almost five years living in Las Vegas and I’ve learned to evade a trap that snares too many willing natives and long-time residents. I’ve managed to look through the transients, deadbeats, and bums littering the street corners and raised medians. Continue reading Distressing Displacements

Decoration Day

We Americans need to remove Memorial Day from our Monday holiday schedule. Instead, like Independence Day, observe this occasion on the date whence it falls. Unless it occurs on a Saturday or Sunday. Only then we should accede and extend the holiday onto Monday.

We should resume Memorial Day’s normal cycle in order to give more than lip service to patriotism and sacrifice. Americans have been giving both shorter shrift since the Reagan Administration. Currently, President Scalawag has all but erased their meaning.

The America in which we presently reside has become at its now feebly beating heart one the Founders would not recognize. Not from the technological or social advances none of them could’ve conceived. The tricorns, breeches and buckles set would see that little of the premise which created our once great nation still exists.

Rather, Americans have been gradually becoming disinclined in practicing the attributes that incited the Colonials to become Americans. Continue reading Decoration Day

Little Incivilities

Living in Las Vegas, a k a, “The Big Mayberry,” has disabused me of any nonsense that small burg residents conduct themselves kindlier than big city dwellers. In New York, we weren’t rude but as befitting a hustling cosmopolitan metropolis, just in a hurry.

See, there was always more to do and less time to do it. Continue reading Little Incivilities