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Name: Tom Conroy
Gender: Male
Hometown: CT
Home country: USA
Member since: Sat Mar 6, 2021, 07:56 PM
Number of posts: 3,231

About Me

65 years old. Lifelong democrat. Saw JFK in New Haven CT on election eve 1960. I was all of 5 years old. Cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter. Stayed up all night at the English Speaking Union I London to watch the returns. We celebrated the results about 9 AM London time. I cried the morning I learned Bobby Kennedy had been shot. I don't think I ever quite recovered, although President Obama's election helped a lot. These days I'm a moderate democrat and a cultural conservative. I miss the world of good manners, fancy dress and dancing cheek to cheek. Big TCM fan.

Journal Archives

Indian Summer - Tony Bennett

I know. Gotta change the title.

Indian Summer?

We had a couple of nights of frost this weekend but today it's hitting the mid 60s in Connecticut and I'm going back to wearing shorts on my sort of power walk. I guess that means it's Indian Summer.

DOJ seeks Four plus years for the Jan. 6 shaman.

(CNN)The Justice Department is asking for the so-called QAnon Shaman, who wore a headdress and posed shirtless on the Senate floor during the siege of the US Capitol, to be sentenced to a prison term of more than four years, the longest incarceration prosecutors have asked for any guilty January 6 defendant so far, according to a new court filing.

Prosecutors' request for the high-profile Capitol riot defendant Jacob Chansley is as a harsh assessment of his crime and calls him "quite literally, their flagbearer" among the mob on January 6.


Sometimes it's bad to be the Shaman!

So you're thinking of Investing in Weed

Jim Cramer says your play is Innovative Industrial Properties.
Hope you're money doesn't go up in smoke!


Someone may be expecting a DU mail from me

But I've been getting a 403 all day on the mail.

Patricia Highsmith's Notebooks and Diaries

There's a review today in the NYT of the diaries of Patricia Highsmith who wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. All about being young in NYC in the 40s. A few years ago I vowed to stop buying books because I had so many. This sounds so interesting I might buy it.

Patricia Highsmith Lived Extravagantly, and Took Copious Notes https://nyti.ms/3H1wL9Q

The Real Slim Shady - Eminem

Branching out a little bit here.

Take Yourself Back to 2017.

What would you think of a Democrat who came out in favor of a 1.75 trillion dollar Build Back Better bill and favored raising the rates for taxes on the rich?

The red and blue Covid gap.

Then the vaccines arrived.

They proved so powerful, and the partisan attitudes toward them so different, that a gap in Covidís death toll quickly emerged. I have covered that gap in two newsletters ó one this summer, one last month ó and todayís newsletter offers an update.

The brief version: The gap in Covidís death toll between red and blue America has grown faster over the past month than at any previous point.

In October, 25 out of every 100,000 residents of heavily Trump counties died from Covid, more than three times higher than the rate in heavily Biden counties (7.8 per 100,000). October was the fifth consecutive month that the percentage gap between the death rates in Trump counties and Biden counties widened.

Data unavailable for Alaska and Washington, D.C.
Data unavailable for Alaska and Washington, D.C.Credit...Source: New York Times database, Edison Research
Some conservative writers have tried to claim that the gap may stem from regional differences in weather or age, but those arguments fall apart under scrutiny. (If weather or age were a major reason, the pattern would have begun to appear last year.) The true explanation is straightforward: The vaccines are remarkably effective at preventing severe Covid, and almost 40 percent of Republican adults remain unvaccinated, compared with about 10 percent of Democratic adults.

Covid Gets Even Redder https://nyti.ms/31uJ8uD

Moderate Covid spread.

The country hasn't seen that level since delta. It looks like Florida and Louisiana are there. CT has moderate spread in the majority of counties and local towns are lifting their indoor mask mandates. Mine did a week ago. Several other states are getting close.
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