1. It’s Friday, June 2, 2017.
2. It’s the 160th birthday of Edward Elgar, who probably would be stunned at how many times his March No. 1 in D gets played this time of year.
He’d also be pissed he wasn’t born at a time when he could get some of royalty every time it’s played.
3. Had you heard of marocain before last night?
Neither had I.
But apparently 12-year-old Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California, had. In fact, she told the Washington Post that she knew every word she was asked to spell in winning the National Spelling Bee.
After eliminating everyone else in the competition, she and 14-year-old Rohan Rajeev of Texas went toe-to-toe for 19 rounds.
They were spelling words that few people ever knew existed. Words that I can’t imagine they or just about anyone else will ever need to make a living in this world.
Except, of course, if you’re in the clothing trade and need to order a heavy cross-ribbed crepe fabric.
4. Here’s what Trump and the Republicans are betting: That the indignation you and anyone with even half a brain feel about his decision to pull out of the Paris accords will fade long before they face any consequences from it.
Because the fact is that while climate change is a big deal to a lot of people, it’s not a big enough deal to sway elections.
That’s just a fact.
Think about the last election.
What outrage was there that the question of climate change never came up during the presidential debates?
Trump was never forced to defend his mindless stance. That the abiding by the Paris agreement costs Americans jobs. That it makes U.S. sovereignty subservient to the world.
The fact that you and I and everyone we know and leaders from around the world are angry about this decision is interesting. And that’s about all.
Because the Trump plan goes this way: They take the heat for a little while – perhaps even a little beyond this weekend’s talk shows.
But even by the time Georgia’s 6th Congressional District completes its special election later this month, the furor will be forgotten.
And, by the time we get to Nov. 6, 2018, the day of the next full-scale Congressional election, Trump and the Republicans will have found some phony issue – hell, I wouldn’t be shocked if it was still the damn Kathy Griffin video or Hillary Clinton’s e-mails – to tar Democrats.
That’s their calculation. You – even the most ardent scientist combatting this problem – will forget what Trump did yesterday. Put this country on the wrong side of science and history. Embarrass us.
The track record is on Trump’s and the Republicans’ side. Eventually, nature won’t be, but they’ll have collected their chips and figured out a way to say that the problems were because we didn’t do enough of what they wanted.
Our mission: Prove them wrong.