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Sometime this week soon one of these days I shall be making adjustments to this site. It may be unavailable for a time. But, be assured (or be afraid), it will be back. (I must confess, sadly, that I am getting lazy in my old age.)

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

A PTA Trumpling, that is, parents Trumpling academicians.


The Reopening 0

Title:  The COVID Era Learning Curve.  Frame One:  Ribbon cutting beneath billboard reading,

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“Don’t Normalize This” 0

David comments on Donald Trump’s continued efforts to subvert the election, and, along with it, democracy.


Damnesiac 0

First Five Frames:  Republican Elephant holding paper labeled

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Publilius Syrus:

I often regret that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.


Twits on Twitter 0

Twits from the cess pool.

Thus Twitter continues to contribute to the dignity of the discourse.


The CV 0

Donald Trump behind desk next to sign reading,

Yastreblyansky has the details.

Image via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.


“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Many years ago, when he was working in Vermont, my brother told me that his boss had stopped hunting.

Seems he–the boss–had been relaxing in a bar after a day in the field and overheard two visitors from another state talking about their day stalking deer. One of them said, “I didn’t see a thing all day,” The other replied, “Neither did I, but I got off a couple of sound shots.”

And that’s when boss hung up his gun.


Maskless Marauders 0

A flightless marauder.

The stupid.

It burns.


Donnybrook in Decatur (and Environs) 0


Courting Disasters 0

In denying Pennsylvania Republicans’ efforts to retroactively exclude mail-in (aka, “absentee”) ballots from the tally of the recent election, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court went so far as to use the word “farcical” in their ruling.


Return to Normalcy 0

Man and woman news anchors for the Action McNews Network.  Man says,

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Ambrose Bierce:

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.


Geeking Out 0

Virtual machines of Slackware –Current (foreground) and CentOS v. 7 in VirtualBox on Mageia v. 7 using the Fluxbox window manager. The wallpaper, a scene from Land’s End, is from my collection.


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A Tune for the Times 0

Via PoliticalProf.


The Stock Market Is Not the Economy, One More Time 0

The editorial board of the Bangor Daily News explains. A nugget:

“How have stocks remained so resilient in the face of such a severe shock? In part, it’s because of inequality. Stocks are overwhelmingly owned by the top 1 percent, which means speculation has been able to continue even as more people have lost their jobs than at any time since the Great Depression,” Boushey* wrote.

More at the link.

*Heather Boushey, president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.


Facebook Frolics 0

A shopping cart full of frolics.


Every once in a while, someone will ask me if some news or news-adjacent item is true.

My first response has become, “Did you see it on FakeFacebook?”


Gifted 0

Champagne bottle tagged,

Via Job’s Anger.


A Notion of Immigrants 0


For a humane take on this “nation of immigrants,” see the marvelous article by the Des Moines Register’s Reka Basu. Here’s a bit:

In this, a nation of immigrants, many are doing hard reckoning. They followed the American dream as the early settlers had done (without visas), expecting the natives to make room for them. They worked to become part of the fabric that binds us, only to now see the rips in it and feel the welcome mat pulled out. Even the ultimate prize of U.S. citizenship is being whittled down by a president who rules by dividing.


Two Different Worlds 0

At The Denver Post, Ian Silverii contrasts reality and the MAGA Fantasy Land. A snippet:

In reality, the coronavirus pandemic has taken the lives of over 260,000 Americans and over 2,800 Coloradans.


In the alternative reality, which we’ll call the “MAGA universe”, COVID-19 is a hoax, a conspiracy, the “China Plague” or just another common cold. The hospitals aren’t overflowing, there are more than enough ICU beds and nurses and doctors to go around, and Americans aren’t going to let politicians tell us we can’t be with our families.

Continue the tour at the linkk.