August 10, 2016

Wondering, on Wednesday (v62)

A bunch of random wondering tonight:.

Did they figure out, I wonder, how they're going to have blue water in the Olympic diving pool going forward? I know they said it was a pH balance issue or something like that but there seemed to be a healthy dose of skepticism. Kudos to the divers who couldn't even see their partners in the water during the synchro diving competitions.

I wonder how it is that the gymnasts do what they do?  There's a Vine of one of the Americans, Aly Raisman executing her tumbling run, and I'm blown away by the speed, the control, the height of the tricks - it's mind boggling. And science, I'm sure, which was not my forte, and to this day remains not my forte. So this has to be science.

How surprised are you, I wonder, to find out that a majority of Republicans still don't think that President Obama is eligible to be President Obama?  In an NBC/Survey Monkey poll taken at the end of June and into the beginning of July, 80% of Democrats believe that Obama was born in the United States, but Republicans have a different opinion. While 27% of them agree that Obama was born here, 41% disagree and another 31% neither agree nor disagree.  Taking it a step further, 40% of 'knowledgeable' Republicans believe he's not a citizen, compared to 42% of' 'lower-knowledge' Republicans. I wonder how they made the determination on who's knowledgeable and who's not?

If someone had told you a year or so ago that there would be political campaign event where these words were prevalent, would you have wondered what the person was smoking?
Kill her.
Trump that bitch.
Build a wall...kill them all.
Those words open a brief article in the NY Times a week ago that accompanies Voices from Donald Trump's Rallies, Uncensored, a video that includes shots and words from inside Trump rallies, and from outside the rallies as people head back home. It's not what we usually experience from an American political campaign, for sure.

Oh yeah - that was all made worse by Trump's comment that "Second Amendment people" might be able to do something if Hillary gets elected and started naming Supreme Court judges.  Here's what he said, without spin:
Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.  Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.
Now, I know the Trump campaign says it was a joke, or it was a comment meant to point out how strong the NRA lobby is, or how powerful the gun rights voting block can be, or whatever else they've said to explain this one away.

I'm left wondering if he even knows why he said it? Or what he meant? And I wonder, does he ever regret these absurd comments?

Another 10 days or so for the Olympics, another 90 days or so until the election. That's a lot of room for wondering.