Social Tensions Not Getting Better Soon

Two troubling developments I heard about today:

A Unite The Right white nationalist rally is scheduled in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12. Not clear how many protestors and counter-protestors might show up, and what they plan to do. Whatever the plans may be, these things have a way of getting out of hand.

The Aug. 12 rally in Washington might fizzle or it might explode. Who knows? But it seems like a possible escalation of a similar white nationalist event in Charlottesville, VA, in summer 2017. That didn’t turn out so well.

I hope counter-protestors will consider NOT coming to Washington on Aug. 12, so as to avoid confrontation. Remember, it takes two to fight, and we really don’t need further violence or division in our society at this point.

In Chicago, 74 shootings reported this past weekend, with 12 dead, as reported today by Brian Williams on MSNBC. It is possibly the worst weekend for shootings ever in that great but troubled city.

Division and violence commonplace. Our culture and society are in trouble. (Just my opinion.) I said I was going to avoid writing about politics, and I’m holding to that. This isn’t about politics. It’s about the health of our American culture and society. The prognosis is uncertain.

— John Hayden

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Baseball History Made in Washington (National League Playoffs 2012)

It only happens about once a century: A Washington baseball team representing the Nation’s Capital playing in the postseason! Last time was in 1933, when each league had eight teams, and the Washington Senators played in the World Series. Now baseball has expanded to many more cities, and two rounds of postseason playoffs lead up to the World Series.

The Washington Nationals in the field, the St. Louis Cardinals at bat, view of the field from the nosebleed seats on the third-base side of Nationals Park, one of America’s great new ballparks.

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