New Hampshire Primaries

They are watching and they don’t seem too happy!

Primaries

I understand that Independence Day 2: Resurgence will be out this summer. Not a moment too soon!

The GourMay Gag Order is still in effect, so all I can say is “No comment.”

(Editor’s Note: However, I do miss Bloomy banning extra-large sodas in NYC).

Super Bowl: National Concussion Day

I had hoped that the Board of Directors of Brown University would have crafted a petition to Congress to declare Super Bowl Sunday as National Concussion Day.  However, sadly, the Board of Fellows and Board of Trustees decided instead to rename Columbus Day as “Indigenous People Day.”    I consider this decision long overdue since Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, MA by native Americans for quite some time.

Clearly, Brown’s Board decided to opt for being on the “safe side” of history rather than ruffle the feathers of Super Bowl donors like Frito Lay, Pepsi, Budweiser and Go Daddy.  Who can blame them?

Thanksgiving Portrait

While the “Indigenous People Day” sounds very good and politically correct, I am quite unsure how we should reflect on the meaning of this newly sanitized national holiday, considering the fact that America was actually “discovered” by the Vikings several hundred years earlier.

It is true that Christopher Columbus ushered in a bunch of unemployed barbarians from Extremadura (aka Conquistadores) to decimate a far more cultured and technologically advanced society of native Americans. But what exactly am I supposed to do on the Indigenous People Day:  Visit a casino, abstain from eating buffalo chili, share a bottle of fire-water and smoke a peace-pipe with a native American, etc.? I mean the possibilities are endless.

Personally, I think it is a little late to reflect on our shortcomings as human beings, but I suppose this just goes to show what happens when  “illegal” immigrants are given full access to the Land of Opportunity.  Native Americans got some revenge by exporting syphilis and tobacco, but it seems to me that native Americans still got the short-end of the stick.

While some people may be dancing in the street over Brown’s pompous pronouncement, I find it little more than feel-good therapy for people striving to be on the “right side” of history rather than doing something of substance to protect future generations.

How about educating our children and young athletes on the dangers of concussions?

With conclusive evidence that Kenny Stabler (a pro football quarterback) had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”), shouldn’t we all begin question whether the public’s fascination with the Super Bowl, the fritos, the Pepsi’s and Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem are worth the crippling brain injuries to the young men who play this game for our amusement?

Many years down the road, the Board of Trustees of Brown (or some other University) will make the valiant decision to help this generation of Americans BY STOPPING CONCUSSIONS rather than pass self-serving edicts that have little chance of redressing the behavior of our forefathers.   It takes courage, but I remain optimistic.

U.S. Elections: Democracy for Dummies

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Many European readers and a few from the land of the kangaroos have asked me to explain “what is going on in American politics?” Since GourMay’s new editorial policies do not allow me to make political commentary, I often refer inquisitive readers to the movie, “Dumb and Dumber.” (Editor’s Note: Dumb and Dumber was so popular they even made a sequel.)

For the record, I don’t have a clue who will represent either party.

Nevertheless, one thing does appear fairly obvious:   The U.S. stock market is predicting that “The Establishment” will soon be replaced by something quite different as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Netflix (aka Fang) become far more important than “establishment” stocks like GM, JPMorgan Chase, Exxon and Pfizer.  Whether this occurs in this election cycle or the next, “The Establishment” – as we currently know it – will soon be overtaken by new information technologies that even well-intentioned politicians can no longer repress or channel to their personal benefit.