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Joyeux Jour de Bastille

Happy July the 14th everyone! Liberte! Egalite! Fraternite! These are the values of an actual first world country where everyone gets like five weeks vacation and working more than 37 1/2 hours a week is against the law! Sure, the Germans overran them in the Big One back in ’43, but then, they and the Germans both live better than we do, and we think we won the damned war! . This is but one of many premises of the upcoming “Donald J. Putin on American Exceptionalism: It’s Not YOU, It’s Just America Being America,” which, if it works out...

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Happy father’s day

And so we come to that part of the Hallmark calendar where we say “Happy Father’s Day.” To those in a position to celebrate… happy father’s day. In the world writ large, things are moving right along. My literary projects are proceeding– well, Donald J. Putin on American Exceptionalism is nearly halfway through its second reading (and insertion of footnotes, of which there will be over 200 by the end). And if completed and successfully self-published, perhaps other projects can proceed. I have some gardening to do today… but, you know,,, I’m tired. Doesn’t look good for any of the...

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Slow motion…

Let’s take a break from the slow motion constitutional crisis, so slow that even our 78 year old Speaker of the House recognizes that we are in one, as the alleged USA President continues to crap on the Constitution, and in particular to the Democratic House, now thwarting all of their efforts at information gathering, so that I can note that today is the 82nd birthday of TD Dad (who as long time readers know (is there another kind?), passed away near the end of 2015). TD Dad, of course, was a long time fan of the blog here, and...

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What happens when every day is April Fool’s Day?

The answer to the question in the post-title is that the world gets a fuck of a lot more boring and unpleasant; We have now been living in a world where “amusing lies” are not merely the source of humor on the first day of April, but are now the basis for public discourse in this country (as told by the political party now in control of the presidency and upper house of Congress). While I would love to have concocted a fake 400 page redacted Mueller report, other than giving you 400 pp of redaction, I wouldn’t know where...

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Erin Go Bragh

Ireland forever, or something, to which I mean happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate it (and I will just mention the looming Brexit no-deal, which, if played right, may actually lead to a United Ireland, even if this isn’t quite what the Brexiteers planned!) . Before seeing extended Familia TD (not really; TD Mom and TD Siblings, along with three of the TD nieces, as part of an ongoing celebration of TD Mom reaching four score), I ran (if you can call it that) this year’s edition of the NYC Half [marathon], a new iteration of the two...

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Groundhog day

Happy 2nd of February. For those who give a crap, out in Western Pennsylvania, the official weather rodent Punxsatawney Phil failed to see his shadow and predicted an early spring; of course, he is correct on these calls less than half the time, making him less effective than a coin flip. Or a typical member of the American media. Steady as she goes here at Stately Dog Manor. I do not seem to be making much progress on the athletic goals; I will blame the polar vortex (we actually had a number of insanely cold episodes this January, including for...

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Happy 2019

In the (OMG) over 17 years of this blog, I am not sure I’ve posted new year’s resolutions, but when SNL’s Jane Curtin resolves to ‘make sure the Republican Party dies,” I am happy to make an exception! I was going to try to take a moment of solipsism and post some athletic goals (as of today, I weighed in at a not svelte 187.4… or was it .6? lbs.. The goal by the end of the year is to set (at least!!!) one or more records in this category of lightweight rowing. , while advancing my 54 (so far)...

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Happy Festivus

Happy Festivus, everyone. As I always do, I express my hope that your own Festivus pole has been taken out of the garage, and that you are adequately warmed up for your feats of strength and have duly annotated your list of grievances for airing. I am not even going to start sharing my own this year. They are likely similar to your own list of grievances, and presumably start and largely end with the abuser of a certain Twitter account. Honestly. I have mostly said my piece in earlier posts this year (and given the paucity of posts as...

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Freedom, gratitude, etc.

First of all, birthday greetings to the Loquacious Pup! She is a little older than this blog, but not as much as you think. She is growing up into quite the young lady. Last evening, through the group under whose auspices I visit other men held in our nation’s hospitable immigration detention facilities, I had the opportunity of transporting a gentleman from an unnamed African country from immigration detention in New Jersey to a transitional housing arrangement in Manhattan. Unsurprisingly, after nearly 8 months in the custody of an ICE contractor, a day or so after winning his asylum case...

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And so it continues

Well, we are on the eve of election day here in the USA. Will a system rigged in the 18th century for the purpose of preserving slavery do its magic again, and permit unaccountable white supremacists (who managed recently to pull off the first recorded pogrom in American history) to hold control of all levers of government? Just for fun, while the Times and WaPo gangs continue their stenographic duties to warn us of the perils of the migrant caravan of hardened terrorists carrying smallpox and Klingon bat’leths women and children fleeing violence, because, you know, Trump talks about it,...

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