…is what I want.
The evil, alien Han has fettered our champion and brought him down to defeat.  Trump woulda won in a landslide if it hadn’t been for China’s nano-warriors.
Purge them. Expel them.  Make it illegal ever even to eat Hot’n’ Sour soup again.
is it too late for us to save our country?


Last Poem II

I thought Thanksgiving…. 1950  might be the last poem I’d post here.  It was also probably Edna St. Vincent Millay’s last poem.  But now I’ve found another final composition written shortly before the death of the great, now somewhat obscure American poet Edwin  Arlington Robinson.  (He seems to have foreseen his lonely death and underserved obscurity in his poem Mr. Flood’s Party.  Read it and weep. )

Christmas 2020, as it looks from here, reminds me of all those kids’ animated movies my daughter and her friends watched as toddlers, wherein some malign actor was always trying to “steal Christmas”.  The Grinch wasn’t the only one; he was, at most,  primus  inter pares .   Often ,as with the Grinch, evil appears to succeed, the Krampus prevails—but then, it will turn out that the true light of Christmas burns in our hearts and can’t be extinguished, as long as we have each other— so there!— and then, like Job, the world’s children are showered with the cargo cult cornucopia of toys and sugarplums after all!... [Read More]


This Week’s Book Review – 1637: No Peace Beyond the Line

Looking for a good read? Here is a recommendation. I have an unusual approach to reviewing books. I review books I feel merit a review. Each review is an opportunity to recommend a book. If I do not think a book is worth reading, I find another book to review. You do not have to agree with everything every author has written (I do not), but the fiction I review is entertaining (and often thought-provoking) and the non-fiction contain ideas worth reading.... [Read More]


Yes, The Coup Started Years Ago

Look back at Powell’s presser (“The Krakening”) and listen from the point of view that she is implicating the FBI for perhaps inaction, and the CIA for action.  In particular, the part of her speech bookended by the two times she says “beyond my comprehension”.

There’s a reason that the Bushies are ball-deep in this, and it is not a personal hatred of Trump — that just helps.


Technological Breakthroughs

In the “Suckers-R-Us” thread, we wandered off into a discussion about technology.  John Walker posed a thought-provoking question:  “But what’s the last significant technological breakthrough you saw coming from the U.S.?”

Scratching my head about this, I came up with 3 examples:... [Read More]


What does “low viral load” mean in the context of COVID-19?

A friend in Cairo and her spouse were both diagnosed positive and instructed to self-isolate, which they did willingly enough, as they were tested because of feeling unwell.  They were re-tested at the end of the statutory fortnight.  He has been given the all clear but she has been told that because she has ‘low viral load’ she must isolate for an additonal week and again be tested.

Trustingly, she asked me what, exactly, ‘low viral load’ means, implying that she’s concerned about this and , frankly, just a tad scared.  I’ve tried researching this and had no joy.  Asking for a friend: what does ‘low viral load’ mean in the context of COVID-19?


Something’s fishy
… Supermarkets are most common place to catch Covid, new data reveals.

Shut down all national food distribution and sales for three consecutive months.  Problem solved.  Nasty Pelosi can live off her jeni’s ice cream hoardings and 55-gallon vodka shipping drums.... [Read More]


after some waiting….

after some waiting, the death certificates came in. I’ll be running down the funeral director’s place to pick them up. Then scan one and email it off to two American Express offices. Then open up the dreaded mail that requires them, like my government retirement, her retirement(s), tomorrow go down to the credit union and argue with them. I must be calm with them.