Charlie Rangel was being interviewed on NPR two weeks ago, but here is the web version from CBS:
Rangel, Boxer Propose Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Electoral College
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNewYork) — Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has introduced a bill proposing a constitutional amendment that would abolish the Electoral College.
The move would allow future presidential elections to be decided by the popular vote.
“It is time that we do away the antiquated and obsolete Electoral College system. True democracy should guarantee one person, one vote,” Rangel said.
Rangel’s bill is a House companion to S.J.Res.41 — a bill that was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) earlier this week.1
Animals Run Amok
Runner gets hit by deer.
Squirrel attacks bicyclist.
Bicycle-Riding Chicago Alderman Injured In Squirrel Attack. Howard Brookins had raised the alarm about “aggressive squirrels” wreaking damage on trash cans in his community. The Chicago Tribune reports that two weeks later he was jumped by a kamikaze squirrel.2
Went to grandson’s piano recital.
Then took grandson to see the recent movie Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, a Marvel Comics superhero, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. I like superheroes. But Marvel got ‘whitewashing’ criticisms over Tilda Swinton’s casting. The mystical character is of Tibetan descent in its original Marvel Comics depiction, so Marvel’s casting of Swinton, a white Scottish woman, for the role has generated controversy.3
My daughter had a combined birthday party for all three kids at the park down the street from her house, complete with a jumping castle, a cotton candy machine, and piñatas. That was Sunday, when the clouds blew over from California, and it grew “cold” (which in Tucson is 57°) and windy, so that all of the candles on the cakes could not be lit at once. Luckily it did not rain until nighttime. I will add that it got down to freezing the past two nights.
As I usually do, spent Thanksgiving and the next couple of days with friends in San Diego. (Photo of the three of us at my birthday party.) Great dinner for ten.
Next day went to Balboa park to see the museums. First to the San Diego Museum of Art, which was showing Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture. Then my friend got a photo of me with a Deborah Butterfield horse which was different than her others (dead). My hand is above it as we can’t touch the art. (I have mentioned her horses in many blogs.3)
…Danish-born American artist’s creative life over fifty-five years… this project brings together examples of Gronborg’s sculpture in cast bronze, carved wood, and other media, as well as studio furniture and a comprehensive survey of his ceramics.
Another exhibition we enjoyed was: Layers of Brilliance: The Journey of Japanese Lacquer Tools.
That evening we went to the Spreckles Theatre to see a stage adaptation of the classic film, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The plot was from 1954, but the dancing was fantastic! I would love to be able to kick straight up!