Jan. 7th, 2017


Jan. 7th, 2017 09:50 am
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The sun is out bright this morning. The temperature has bounced back up into the forties before 10 a. m. However, another hard freeze is expected tonight. ... ... Michelle Obama gives an emotional, powerful farewell address as first lady: “Our glorious diversity — our diversities of faiths, and colors, and creeds — that is not a threat to who we are; it makes us who we are.” ... ... Today is shower day. Taking advantage of the forecast, I am going to take care of that little chore in the afternoon, while it is still sunny and rather comfy. It's going to be bone-deep cold again tonight. ... ... Nick Cohen: "Nationalists hate enemies in their countries more than they hate the enemies of their countries." [The Guardian] I suppose they reason that at least Putin and the Russians are white and Christian. ... ... Jack and Jill are moving to their new house today. It's in the same neighborhood, so they will still be close by. It's smaller, kind of grungy looking, but more expensive! Pop said that they had to move because the owner is settling back in town. It's not a happy move, I take it. I imagine, from Jack's perspective, it is all the worse because he doesn't really want to be with fatty Jill anymore either. It sounds like a lot of pressure for things to break up there, but maybe Jack has become a real family man now and doesn't want to risk weakening that bond with his kids by leaving. ... ... The American Dialect Society’s word/phrase of the year is “dumpster fire.” ... ... Maureen Dowd: "President Donald J. Trump will walk into the Oval Office and be stunned. First, it will be a shock to work in an office decorated with images of men other than himself." [NYT] ... ... A variation on the decline in the 70s leading to a right-wing revival: "Between bombings, riots, blackouts, and serial killers, the last shreds of civilization appeared to be disintegrating. The city, it seemed, was slowly being lowered into its grave. From Staten Island to Riverdale to Kew Gardens, most New Yorkers found it easy to ignore the distant thud of the FALN's bombs. Like muggings and garbage and heroin and the homeless, they were simply part of life in a dying city, a softly throbbing bass line deep in the rhythms of a funeral dirge." And there is this note: "When police went on strike, someone posted a sign near LaGuardia Airport that read, WELCOME TO FEAR CITY." [Days of Rage]


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