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Random thoughts Friday, Volume CLXXVI

  • Print the bumper stickers now:  “Trump/Probation Officer 2024.”
  • Byron Donalds claims the Jim Crow era led to a solid African-American nuclear family unit, saying in that time, divorce and single parenthood were much lower in the Black population than they are now.  That’s true.  It’s also true that those figures were down in every demographic in the US not because the “Jim Crow Era” passed, but because women were progressively changing laws allowing them to thrive independently of marriage.  The end of the Jim Crow era brought the rise of Civil Rights, yes, but it happened alongside a push for women’s rights; coincidental vs. causal.  And independent-minded women don’t want to be stuck having to marry a man like Byron Donalds, who pines for fewer rights for himself and “his woman.”
  • I did not have Mexico electing a Jewish head of state before the US on my bingo card.
  • Senate Republicans’ inability to support protections for birth control just gave Democrats another ad that could swing the chamber in November.  It’s like the GOP cannot learn that obstructing reproductive care is not as popular as they think it is. 
  • The most moving D-Day commemoration moment:  when a vet of the war against Fascism symbolically handed the torch to Zelensky in his nation’s frontline battle against authoritarianism.  
  • Biden’s job creation record truly is historic:  his one-term record will stand for decades.  My fear now, though, is that the inevitable break in the job creation streak will be in September or October, when Republican doomsayers will hype that’s it’s a cliff, not a hiccup.
  • It’s cute that Marjorie Taylor Greene thought being an obnoxious, poorly-informed loudmouth would rattle Brooklynite Anthony Fauci, who publicly and calmly debunked so many of conspiracists’ talking points.  Please, Jamie Raskin, pepper Comer with demands that he “control” his members.  Make him embarrassed.
  • What’s the modern equivalent of saving the front page reporting a historic event?  Taking a screenshot of the notification?
  • In the same week, the legitimacy of Infowars, 2,000 Mules, and the Epoch Times have all been undermined.  Great, truth won out.  The damage has been done, and the scars will not heal.  Society needs to find a way to legally punish knowing purveyors of disinformation, especially those like Alex Jones and Dinesh D’Souza who cynically destroy trust in institutions for profit.  
  • Boy, the “kitty litter in the classroom” panic went away real quick, didn’t it?  That’s what happens when your faux moral panic loses you the midterms.
  • If Republicans are so adamant about keeping guns out of the hands of people who lied on federal firearms licenses about their illegal drug use, they should immediately support investigations of Kid Rock, Kanye West, and Rush Limbaugh’s corpse, right?
  • One of my irrational fears is being able to look through the floor to what’s below you, like on a glass walkway or a steel-grate bridge.  So this 131-foot “floating staircase” in the mountains gets a big, fat “Oh fuck no!” from me.
  • Personal definition:  To be considered a sport, a competition must have an active defense by the sentient players.  Golf and gymnastics are competitions.  Chess and football are sports.  Hunting is neither.  
  • In the first debate in two weeks, Joe Biden must corner Donald Trump on his lack of policies:  “C’mon, Donald, you’ve been saying for nine years that you’ll release a health care plan in two weeks.  Donald, your two weeks were over in 2021.” “Hey, Donald, instead of announcing two dozen Infrastructure Weeks, why didn’t you actually do something about infrastructure, like I did.”  
  • Why didn’t I listen to the coaches and teammates who would swear by stretching before and after exercising?  It would have been so much more helpful than reps or weights (especially now).
  • The meal of “brunch” is ruined by the ritual of “brunch.”  Brunch foods are American classics that you can find on most diner menus, but gussied up.  You can get good Eggs Benedict at various places, even not during the late morning on a Saturday or Sunday.  They’re no better because you stood in line for 45 minutes to have them with a mimosa.
  • Old school GOP leaders watching Republicans act like children can’t believe this is how they’re governing while campaigning.

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