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A Hell of a Fortnight

It’s been a hell of a fortnight—one that deserves to live in infamy. Thursday, June 28th, presented a great opportunity: all that was needed was a clear, calm, explanation of the actual Republican agenda. That alone should have been enough to bury forever the threat of a second Trump term. Yes, there is a sector of the electorate that is eager to deep-six democracy and replace it with a fascist dictatorship—though they would, of course, obscure that unseemly truth with yards of obfuscatory patriotic blather. That group of voters will earnestly swear allegiance to a gibberish-spouting goon, though his allegiance is only to himself. For this group, such a recitation from Biden would amount to a campaign ad for Trump. But they’re beyond reach anyway, and probably beyond hope. They are also a minority. In a democracy, in theory, that means they should not get to rule. Most Americans, we like to presume, are sane and decent people. That’s why Biden needed to take that…

Anyone Remember Covid?

Turns Out It’s Still HereAlso: It’s Still Bad For You The citizenry of the U.S. of A may be unable to agree on much of anything, but we do appear to have arrived at a consensus about Covid: “Thank God that’s over with. Let’s all go back to living our normal lives, as if all that pain, suffering, and death was just a bad dream.” To whatever extent they still acknowledge that Covid ever existed, right wingers tend to brush it off as just another typical overreaction by liberal weenies. For its part, the Biden administration seems to have stopped keeping track of cases a year ago, to more plausibly claim victory when it announced the end of the public health emergency. However, as Marine…

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Mon, July 15

1995—A derecho sends hurricane force winds through New York and New England, toppling thousands of trees and killing three people. 1979—President Carter delivers his infamous “malaise” speech, which does not…

Sun, July 14

2004—The GOP tries to ban gay marriage but can’t rise to the occasion. 2000—Five tobacco companies are ordered to pay $145 billion in damages, but they wiggle off the hook….

Sat, July 13

1999—Sen. Bob Smith [R-N.H.] drops out of the GOP Presidential primary—and the GOP, to boot. Delusional, he runs as an Independent. 1987—Senator Warren B. Rudman [R-N.H] sets Ollie North straight…

Fri, July 12

2022—Seabrook sirens go off in error. 2020—A fire, likely arson, turns the billion-dollar USS Bonhomme Richard into a $3.6 million heap of scrap. 1982—FEMA pledges that even in a nuclear…

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