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I wonder---in this era of "alternative facts" and a POTUS who set an all-time record for lies--

---do schools still give "true/false" exams?

If so, are there any "wrong" answers?

In 2016, we were the civil adults in the room". Republicans killed the Garland SCOTUS

nomination with their unprecedented refusal to even consider it.

In 2017, we again played the "civil adults in the room" role. The Republicans gleefully put Gorsuch into what should have been Garland's seat on the SCOTUS.

In 2018, we "CAITR" clucked and wrung our hands as "I like beer" Kavanaugh, credibly accused of sexual assault, was rammed through the Senate after his massive personal debts somehow "disappeared."

In 2020, weeks before the presidential election, Amy Coney-Barrett, a woman who believes God has ordained that women be ruled by men, was installed on what had become "Trump's court". We adults in the room civilly wagged our fingers at naughty Mitch.

I would be more descriptive, but I am a civil adult, so I'll just say that it is obvious that the SCOTUS now does its business in what used to be known as the "red light district".

What could go wrong?

I have been around for over 20 years and I have never blocked anyone, but there ARE a few

that I try mightily to ignore.

They are in my "just not worth it" category.

Don't let the evangelical "Christians" deflect from this with a string of "Yeah, but---"s:

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

That's Genesis, 2: 7. You know, in the book that is the final authority on everything.

Electricity in fetal heart tissue, volume of fetal brain tissue, etc.----all the meaningless stuff that will follow "Yeah, but---" is unmentioned in "the Book". There is no "life"---no "living soul"---until there is breath. Fetal "personhood" is a Christian creation, not a scientific fact.

Don't let them get past Genesis.

If you have not yet discovered Teddy Swims, sit down and listen while he opens your heart,

as he covers "I Can't Make You Love Me".

"We shoulda/coulda/woulda---" does little to tell us how we permitted a 6-3 RWNJ majority

be seated on the SCOTUS.

We "shoulda" done something.

We "coulda" done something.

If only we "woulda" done something.

Sadly, most of us SAID something but DID NOTHING.

Yeah, I know: "Surely now, SOMEONE will do SOMETHING!"

Admiral Hyman Rickover gave a wooden plaque to President Kennedy that he kept on

his desk in the Oval Office. It bore a paraphrase from a prayer which JFK quoted in a speech: "O, God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small!"

I have thought of this often recently because it succinctly sums up my despair.

I find myself "at sea" with no recognizable landmarks. I was taught that honesty, decency, tolerance and generosity were the "stars" by which most honorable people plotted their course through life.

I now find people who openly ridicule such qualities as "weak" increasingly in charge of my nation and how we live within it.

I am still afloat but, like many, am hoping that the skies will clear in November and a "North Star" will again be visible.

My boat is VERY small.

"Born: brought into life by birth." Merriam-Webster

Who knew Merriam-Webster was pro-choice?

"Kiss my ass!" or "Go fuck yourself!"

These are the two alternative responses I recommend be used by any woman questioned about whether or not she is pregnant or the circumstances of her miscarriage.

"Fill your hand, you sonofabitch!" is what I recommend be said by family members if the woman is threatened with arrest or "legal consequences".

A new bumpersticker: "Impeach the Coat Hangar Five!" nt

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