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About Me

A Reformed Republican who has seen evil and shook its hand. (Nixon) He now spends his time trying to change the world for the better.

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Anyone enjoying "The Witcher" season 3?

I've become rather disenchanted with the series because Season 3 is so filled with "castle intrigue" that it has become boring. The occasionally inventive monsters that randomly show up aren't even that great because the scenes are too short and safe. No wonder the principal actor is leaving- this is as boring as Masterpiece Theater.

Tell me it gets better...

Invasion on Apple TV - anyone watched both seasons yet?

I just started this series, not sure yet, but it is interesting. Only 2 episodes so far. Does it get more interesting?

I have had it with Elon's X

I just closed all of my accounts on Twitter. Too much nonsense and not enough positivity.

My amusement in torturing conservatives was not worth it any longer. Now they are down several more viewers, and I will regain some email sanity.

As one of my British friends once said "Too many twits make a twat".

Waiting for Tears

Sitting in my seat waiting for Tears for Fears concert to begin. A present from Mrs RC for father's day.

Get it while you can - stem cell treatment

Mrs RC has a bum knee and I'm pushing her to try stem cell treatment before the RWNJs ban that too. It seems like anything beneficial to humans must be banned.

Anyone else annoyed with Apple TV and Friday Night Baseball?

They are doing their 4k streaming in interlace mode, which is horrible for the fast motion. Makes it look very jerky to me. Plus their 'casters are ignorant about my team, so that don't help.

Dorf on Law: How Competent Do Republicans Have to Be to Turn the US Into a One-Party State?


A very interesting editorial by a very knowledgeable law professor. Great site to bookmark, BTW.
More broadly, does everyone in the Republican Party truly want to be "jostling for position in the Politburo"? Even if they are willing to end democracy as we know it, many of them would prefer to have robust intra-party democracy, because that is still the route to power for those who want to challenge their leaders.

But these factors are still not quite responsive to the question motivating this column: What if Republicans are simply bad at this? Even beyond the hurdles based on personal ambitions and other strategic matters, what if -- like many would-be authoritarian parties before them -- the Republicans simply cannot keep themselves together well enough to do what they want to do? In other words, can we add incompetence to the list of things that might save us, along with intramural paralysis?

I am skeptical. Despite the evidence of Republican dysfunction in state governments around the country, they are definitely getting many things -- very, very bad things -- done. Just ask anyone who is in, or who cares about, the LGBTQIA+ community, who is a racial or ethnic minority, or who could become pregnant. Or, in my case, who is a university professor who is now legally prohibited from saying certain things in class about systemic racism, gay rights, and many other scholarly subjects.

In the end, I am confident that the one-party Republican governments of the future will be utterly inept, to say nothing of being wholly corrupt. Even so, before they reach the point where they can trip all over themselves, they will lock down the system. The current follies in the House, after all, ultimately do not matter, because the Republicans' bills will all die in the Senate or be vetoed. When it does matter, they will get where they need to be. To the detriment of the rest of us.

I lost my GSD today

I am out of town for work and my wife had to put her down. She had taken a sudden turn for the worse this morning. My office will never be the same.

Greta was my 4th Shepherd, and they have all been wonderful dogs, each in their own way. I look forward to seeing then all again one day.

It just won't be heaven without dogs..

A day later and I've lost another furry friend. My rescue beagle StanLee has gone home to be with his big friend Greta. I hope my week gets better.

Elon Musk's Boring Company plan for a 69-station 'Vegas Loop' is anything but nice

The Verge tells us about Musk's digging "successes" in Lost Wages, NV.

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s mostly unreliable tunnel digging venture, has won the approval to expand its “Vegas Loop” system to — wait for it — 69 stations. Nice? Not really.

The tunnel system is Musk’s supposedly futuristic idea to alleviate road traffic by shifting some of that bumper-to-bumper traffic underground. The expansion, approved by the Clark County Commissioners, allows The Boring Company to construct 25 miles of additional tunnels for a total of 65 miles and 18 additional stations.

Of course, Musk’s promise to revolutionize transportation with underground tunnels is, in practice, rather underwhelming. Rather than being whisked along through a futuristic tunnel by an autonomous, high-occupancy shuttle traveling at impressive speeds, riders instead are forced to sit in a Tesla operated by a human driver at speeds often less than 30 mph. Sometimes there’s traffic.

It bears repeating: Musk has simply recreated underground the same failed above-ground systems he claims to want to conquer.

Trump to call hotel Doonbeg on the Ocean because 'we have the ocean and nobody else does'

The delusional twice impeached rapist is claiming exclusive ownership of the Atlantic Ocean it seems.

This come in from the Irish Times, where the locals are amused by his antics.

Former US president Donald Trump has said he will be calling his hotel in Co Clare Doonbeg on the Ocean because “we have the ocean and nobody else does”.

Speaking after he played his round of golf at the resort on Thursday, Mr Trump said:

“It’s called Doonbeg on the Ocean,” he said. “It’s not a new name, but we’re adding the word ‘Ocean’. Because I said to myself, ‘it’s on the ocean, if it’s on the ocean, we call it Doonbeg on the Ocean, we have the ocean, and nobody else does, so that’s what we’re calling it”. He said the name Trump would remain on the property.

He also spewed many lies about his rape trial that were covered in that same article.
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