Feb. 4th, 2017


Feb. 4th, 2017 10:14 am
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Speaking of the Bible, Lincoln said to his friend Joshua Speed, "Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier and better man." [Burlingame] ... ... President Trump: "What is our country coming to when a judge can halt a Homeland Security travel ban and anyone, even with bad intentions, can come into U.S.?" Ana Marie Cox said, "So, see, there are these branches of government…" At least he isn't trying to fire the judge. Trump just might be able to hold on to his position. Jeet Heer says, "Make no mistake: Trump will blame next terrorist attack on the judge & use it as excuse to undermine judicial system." ... ... In an interview, Bill O'Reilly said, "But he's a killer though. Putin's a killer." Trump replied, "There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent?" ... ... Do you want to hear something funny? Pi says, "Sure." I am thinking about bringing out the chessboard tomorrow. "Oh, no! LOL That is fucking funny. What, are you tired of Solitaire now?" No, not at all. I just feel like I need something more. And chess keeps bouncing up in my stream of thought. "But what has changed? You said chess couldn't work for you, that it takes more time or something." Exactly. I am worried about that. I am not talking about devoting big blocks of time to it. I still just want something that can pleasingly divert me for a minute or two when I come up for air from my books. And chess really wasn't working that way for me, and I do have trouble seeing how it will work now. But I want a meatier puzzle than Solitaire offers. "Ah, how about taking the jigsaw puzzle back out if the closet instead?" No, no, like I said, it feels like a waste of time to me to be sorting through hundreds and hundreds of pieces just to look for matches and connections - and usually not finding one. I am doubtful about how well chess will work, but I need to get it out of my system now - give chess a shot. For starters, I am just going to focus on one classic game at a time. The main obstacle will be if I can make a meaningful enough experience out of it when only playing a couple of moves at a time. Of course, the reason why I quit it the last time was because I decided that I could not do that. And, as you said, what has changed? But I want something more than just Solitaire, and now I have this itch to give chess another try. We aren't talking about a big commitment. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. "And then we will try a jigsaw puzzle!" Ha, no, I seriously doubt it. On the other hand, I thought that I was never going to try chess again. Never say never, I guess (unless it involves me having sex - with a partner). I cannot say that it would shock me if, in a couple of months, I find myself sorting through puzzle pieces again. But it's chess tomorrow. "And the cards go in the closet." Oh, no, not at all. I am still deep into my Solitaire. It just will be nice to have something else to keep the cards feeling fresh for me, while it teases my brain more deliciously. One of the reasons why I hope that chess will work is that it would presumably help to keep me from burning out on cards. ... ... Tweet: "I just don't understand how we elected a man none of you would trust to be alone with a teenage girl for 10 minutes." Well, it isn't the first time. We elected Bill Clinton twice. That isn't the main problem. The more troubling question is how could we elect somebody who has made a living out of braggadocio and fraud. ... ... Going back to the early years of Dubya's administration, Representative Patrick Kennedy argued at a fund-raising event, "I don't need Bush's tax cut! I have never worked a fucking day in my life." [Hitch, "Arguably", p. 54] I guess this is what they meant by "a Kennedy Democrat". I miss that voice in our politics. We don't seem to have it anymore. Today's workers go along with the Republicans and their anti-tax philosophy, the white workers anyway. It's race over class, I guess.


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