Misery postponed because of different misery

I was scheduled to be double-scoped (starting north and heading south, and starting south and heading north) at 10:30 tomorrow morning.


I ingested nothing but clear liquids all day. I direct her first of two “prep” liquids at 5:30 this afternoon. At 5:33 I vomited back out everything that was in my stomach.

So I feel miserable, and we’‘ll have to reschedule the scoping. In the meantime I think I’d better schedule an appointment with my allergy specialist to see what all this nauseous about.

Getting old isn’t all bad, but a lot of it is.

Happy New Year.

Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Capitol

The Japanese Navy attacked U.S. democracy on December 7, 1941.


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The U.S. fought back fiercely and saved our democracy.


Republicans are attacking our democracy right now. U.S. patriots—especially in the Senate—are simpering and wringing their hands.


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This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

As a very old kid, I ask….

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One more thing …

“Older people sit down [at a computer] and ask, ‘What is it?’ But the child asks, ‘What can I do with it?’” – Steve Jobs


I look at it and say, “Cool! What can it do? And, most important—given my limitations of vision, coordination, digital dexterity, neuropathy, and time available for learning—what can I as a uniquely decrepit geezer, do with it?”

Doocy Jr. — a double agent?

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Assuming that Peter Doocy isn’t really as stupid and mean spirited as he sounds during White House press conferences (a huge assumption, I know, but just for the sake of argument)….


Is it possible that he’s a double agent? You know, being paid by Faux Non-News to try to make President Biden look bad; but, at the same time, being paid by the White House to make Jen Psaki look great? He really does behave like a combination straight man and stooge, doesn’t he?


Totally off-topic observation: the White House really should remove the Little American flag they have on the emblem on the wall behind the podium. It always looks like there’s a little flag growing up right out of the top of the head of whoever is speaking.

A disconcerting feeling about democracy.

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Scary feelings.


I just experienced a disconcerting realization. I was about to personalize my contribution to a petition The Union Of Concern Scientists was sending to Congress when I found suddenly that I was unable to continue. My purpose in writing was to petition for approval of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.


Mind you, I’ve sent letters to my senators and representatives many times through the years. At first I thought they might actually read and pay attention to what I said. Later I realized they would probably simply add my letter to a count of pro, con, or neutral responses. This time I was overwhelmed with the feeling that they wouldn’t bother even to do that; or, if they did, wouldn’t really care what I thought.


This is certainly true in my state, Florida, and at least in respect to Krysten Sinema it is in Arizona as well. If it’s true in enough other places as well, then that sudden feeling I experienced was appropriate. Voting no longer matters, and our democracy has already died. Oh yes, the forms remain! But the heart, soul, and spirit of democracy have dried-up and turned to dust.


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I was stunned at the response of Republicans in the House to passage of the bipartisan segment of President Biden’s plan for investment in America and its people. They insisted that Republicans who had voted in favor of the bill were traitors to their own party because they had given President Biden a “win.”


You yourself voted against the bill, I know, but I never heard you say that you rejected it for reasons that suggested mere partisan game playing. I’m writing in trust and hope that you retain higher level motivations than do your colleagues in the lower chamber.


The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act are essential if we are to save American democracy. We’ve all read and heard small minded members of your own party insist that if all eligible Americans are allowed to vote, Republicans will never win another election. I do not believe that. I trust that you do not believe it either.


Pass these acts, sir. Make it possible for all eligible Americans to vote. Then in your own campaign make your best possible positive case for the policies and programs you believe in. Show that you trust yourself, your constituents, and democracy itself. Might make a good campaign slogan!