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Once again, it's time to consider repealing the 2nd Amendment.

Let's face it, the gun lobby will fight us tooth and nail if we try to put in place even the most superficial restrictions, like, say, "limiting" high capacity clips to 40 rounds. Why not pick a cause that people can really rally around instead of the weak-tea proposals we usually hear about?

Jared Kushner vs. Damien Thorn

Just sayin'.

So, if there's a major spectacle of a military parade scheduled...

...what kinds of acts of civil disobedience can you imagine could disrupt it?

Just got back from the Chewbacchus parade here in NOLA

Low-budget amateur parade with a sci-fi theme. Enormous energy and creativity and big turnout.

This is the real America — diverse, multicultural, exuberant, irreverent. Those evil little men with their shriveled and twisted souls can kiss our asses.

And so far, not one stinkin’ MAGA hat seen anywhere.

Just emailed my congressfolk to tell them I want to see them boycott the SOTU.

Rep. Nita Lowey
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

They won't, but I want them to know I think they should.

Looking for recommendations for a book on recent advances in cosmology.

I was watching Neil deGrasse Tyson on Colbert and realized this layman's knowledge had gotten pretty stale. Web page recommendations are OK, but for a week I'll be on a boat where the link to the Internet is, I think, pigeons.

TY in advance,

My first political letter to my Trump-supporting relatives in the Trump era.

It's a work in progress.


On the morning of April 2, 2014, I woke up from a sound sleep with a bizarre feeling in my chest, a feeling that some people have described as a frog kicking. The first thing I did was to check my pulse and it was wildly irregular. It's not a big jump of imagination to think that if your heart rate is varying wildly, it could just...stop.

My first thought was, is this how it ends? Am I OK with this? And, mostly, you know, I was. I was alone. No one was depending on me. I'd lived a pretty good life, with some major ups and downs to be sure, but still I got to do a lot of interesting and enjoyable things, been with some truly wonderful people, and would, I think, leave the world a little bit better than it was when I came in.

But then I got to thinking about my niece and her baby due to arrive any day and I realized that if I were to die that day, she'd always be sad on his birthday that I'd missed his arrival by a few days and we never got to meet. Not OK.

Anyway, I ended up in the emergency room. They diagnosed me with atrial fibrillation, and restored my normal heart rhythm with meds. I now take a beta blocker and use a CPAP machine and have had no re-occurrences. My great nephew is three now and is a delight, a genuinely great nephew.

The point was, that at the moment I wondered if my life was in jeopardy, I could look back and feel that I'd done well by others and myself and that things would be mostly OK when I was gone.

Fast forward to January 13, 2018. Residents of the State of Hawaii saw this message on their cell phones:

Emergency Alert

It must be that a huge number of people in Hawaii were asking them themselves the same question. Is this is the way it ends? But not just for me, but for my spouse and my parents and my siblings and my children, my grandchildren, and everyone I care for or might ever care for? Am I OK with this?

They weren't. No matter what kind of life they lived and how well they prepared, they knew things wouldn't be fine when they were gone. And you won't be OK either if you experience it. The only tiny crumb of comfort you'll experience at a moment like that, was that you did the best you could to prevent it.

So do that. Pick up the phone. Write letters. Visit your congresspeople. Find a demonstration and march in it. Talk to your friends, and be prepared to lose some. Join a group. Be loud, obnoxious, and raise Hell. And let the world know that you will never, ever support a candidate who thinks that flirting with a nuclear Armageddon is somehow a crowd-pleaser.

Otherwise, imagine yourself asleep in your bed, awakened by the flash of a nuclear explosion, and in that brief instant before the shock wave hits your house and you're buried in flaming rubble, your last thought was that you could have done something to prevent this and you didn't.

I'm a New Yorker. We know what a shithole looks like.

Here's one:

Still skeptical of the claims being made in Wolff's book but...

...it certainly throws a lot of fuel on the fire of the notion that no one in the Trump camp had any ability to run a presidential campaign and that someone else was.

Who do you suppose that could have been?

One wonders if it's possible to assure Kim that Trump can't actually launch nukes on his own.

I'd like to be assured of that too -- if it's true. I know there are several schools of thought on this subject.
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