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I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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There it is: The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, PST. 100 years ago today.

Friday Night Wine-Buzz. Ask me anything.

A fine Chilean Malbec, plus a couple of shots of Smirnoff Vanilla...

Just had a new patient referred to me by a current patient. He said:

"My girlfriend thinks you're awesome!"

I responded: "A lot of guys' girlfriends think I'm awesome!"

He laughed.

He said: "I also heard about your sense of humor."

Just trying to bring some laughs to the day...

Some DU-ers are saying Trump looks terrible this morning. Doesn't he look terrible every morning?

We didn't take the Senate, but I think we can still influence judicial nominations.

Every time Trump trots out some weepy, rapey, boozy frat-boy asshole like Brett Kavanaugh, the House leadership should tell Trump: "Yeah, we're not happy about this nominee. If you don't find one more agreeable, we may ask you to come down to the House committee room and explain why. And while we're at it, we have a long list of questions for you..."

Subpoena power, baby...

It's interesting; sElection 2000 seems to have cemented red as the color of right-wing politics.

And now Trump's most loyal followers seem to be very pro-Russia.

How things have changed...

Saturday Late-Night drinking thread. Ask me anything.

Not available last night. Sorry...

I love you all...

The latest episode of Supergirl focuses not on Supergirl herself,

but spins a narrative that traces the development of a murderous xenophobe.

For those who don't watch 'Supergirl', the show is a satisfyingly liberal analogy of today's immigration issue. Supergirl, or Kara Zor-El, is a refugee from the dying planet Krypton, who comes to Earth, and joins her superpowered cousin Superman in protecting Earth's innocent, downtrodden, bullied, and just plain different people.

Earth is portrayed as a haven for the Galaxy's oppressed and threatened alien people. And just as IRL, the aliens have their detractors and those who hate them. Call them 'roaches', etc.

The latest episode has Supergirl out of action due to Kryptonite poisoning. It charts the rise (or fall, I suppose) of a once reasonable factory-owner who sees his livelihood threatened by new, alien technology. Spurred on by his racist father, he refuses a lucrative partnership with the supporters of the new technology (shades of the WV coal miners declining job re-training...) And he does suffer some genuine setbacks caused by collateral damage from superheroes fighting evil aliens.

He becomes a pamphleteering nutcase passing out flyers on the street, and eventually murders the floor manager of the alien factory during a firebombing attack. Funded by a wealthy pair of brother-sister bigots, he becomes the leader of a powerful anti-alien hate group.

I think the show kept well within its liberal values by showing how reasonable people can become consumed by their hated, without condoning their extremism. It was a good hour of television.

Are there any election-law watchdog groups poised to head for trouble spots on Election Day?

I've always been gratified that the American Bar Association leans our way.

I take my hat off to those relentless lawyers who seek to ensure that American voting rights are upheld.

Rare Thursday night drinking thread.

I'm at a three-day conference, and staring at four boring hotel room walls.

Drinking helps.

That, and some company...

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