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Random thoughts Friday, Volume CLXVIII

  • We’re about to see, for the first time, a former President sitting at the defense table in a criminal courtroom.  The event of the trial isn’t jeopardizing our Constitution; the denial of the defendant to the fact that he’s un-special and must answer for his acts–and his cult of lemmings–is why it’s at risk.
  • Nothing demonstrates the fake sanctimony of the GOP than Kari Lake pleading with Arizona Republicans to protect abortion access after she and her Party have called it a sin and murder.  Their passionate morality was discarded when it got in the way of their quest for power.
  • Kamala Harris is the Vice President we need on the Democratic ticket right now.  As a woman and a former state attorney general, she addresses the need for strong laws to protect reproductive freedom with an authority and perspective a male politician can’t authentically project.  
  • The defeat of the effort to derail FISA’s renewal signals the end of the far-right Deep Paranoia’s influence on national security.  They’ll still have impact–Marge will move to oust Mike Johnson likely later this week, throwing another tantrum–but they won’t have significant influence on legislation that passes.
  • If ever there was a need for an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, the four living ex-presidents not involved in the case should write a letter to the court saying they never believed they were immune from criminal charges.  If four out of five former presidents recommend trial…
  • The Vlasic Classic Pickleball Championship is a match made in sports sponsorship heaven.
  • A hand-picked set of Arizona Republicans–chosen because they uphold the ideals of the Party–want to take bodily autonomy back to 1864.  It’s a preview of what the Supreme Court’s faction wants to do.   
  • Trump’s “position” on abortion is no position at all.  It’s an abdication that leaves decisions to the states, which as we’ve witnessed is not feasible.  It continues his pattern of avoiding decisions and denying the ones he’s made.  His entire term was pushing decisions to Cabinet secretaries, governors, and private sector leaders.  There was no leadership.
  • Lauryn Hill’s vocal skills are greatly underappreciated.  Generally known as a rapper, she easily slides between genres–R&B, jazz, reggae, hip hop–with ease and silkiness.  Not sure what you’re in the mood for?  Just put her name in your queue.
  • When Republicans in Congress tell you they went home and they heard words of praise and no one questioned their policies, it’s true.  It’s true because they never allow foes to confront them.  Their 
  • Don’t be surprised if Trump fires his legal team representing him in the Manhattan case between now and Monday.  It might be his last available ploy to try to delay his trial.
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene believes that God sent an earthquake and an eclipse to warn us to vote against Joe Biden.  She neglects to mention She sent a global pandemic when Trump was in office, because if you’re going to claim God wanted to punish the US for its political leader, a once-a-century killer virus is more persuasive than things that happen regularly.  Shit, she’s dumb.
  • You may not know when you’re eating a bad bagel, but you’ll immediately see the difference when you finally enjoy a good one.  They’re supposed to be light and chewy with a crunchy exterior, not dense and bland.  And either go with a simple schmear of cream cheese, or go all out:  Everything bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, thinly-sliced red onion, capers.  Maybe tomato.  It’s not just a breakfast sandwich.  
  • We’re lucky to have a dog that doesn’t cower at loud noises is a blessing.  A dog that gets scared during thunderstorms or fireworks is as anxiety-inducing for its humans, too.
  • It’s highly likely that we’re the only intelligent-ish species to see a complete solar eclipse darken sections of our planet as happened last week.  While it may happen on a few other worlds throughout the universe–and generic eclipses are fairly common around the galaxy–the combination of serendipitous distances, diameters, sizes and eyes makes observing total eclipses incredibly rare.  Feel lucky, Earthling!
  • We’re not going to forget 2020, Republicans, no matter how much you try to rewrite history to tell us how great it was because prices were lower.  That may work on your Base, but not with us.
  • The smell in the yard after the first grass-cutting of the season almost makes winter worth it.

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