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      We’ve been around, we fall, we flyWe mostly fall, we mostly runAnd every now and then we tryTo mend the damage that we’ve doneTonight, tonight I just can’t restI’ve got this joy inside my breastTo think that I did not forget that childThat song of Bernadette. Jennifer Warnes co-wrote this with Leonard Cohen and it’s […]
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It’s crunch time. Michael Cohen is going to see a treasure trove of his documents turned over to prosecutors tomorrow. The special master charged with reviewing them found only 134 that were guarded by attorney client privilege out of the hundreds of thousands that were retrieved. And there were three that Cohen says should be privileged but the special master says are not. Ohhhh, to be a fly on the wall of that conference room. What could possibly be in those three documents? Anybody want to guess?

So what is the Russia thing all about? I think In the End we will find that Donald Trump et al was selling green cards to Russian Oligarchs to get around the Magnitsky Act. The Russians helped him win the election for this purpose. I don’t think they met an envelope they didn’t push.

What did they have on Trump? Probably years of corruption and low character behavior. But mostly corruption of the money laundering, bank fraud, intimidation types. Who knows? Judging by his decorating style (Married to the Mob crossed with the Gilded Age. Tacky, tacky, tacky. Overt narcissists ain’t got no taste.), Trump wasn’t into stealing precious objects of art or expensive paintings. Still, there’s something very big he’s hiding. Or maybe it was as simple as the promise of making him the most powerful man on the planet. He likes to play The World in God Mode.

Michael Cohen is the co-dependent flying monkey who finally is waking up to the notion that Donald Trump doesn’t care about him. This will be the fate of every Trumper so pay attention MAGA heads.

What will Trump do in the next couple of days to draw attention from the disaster unfolding in NY? I hear he’s stepping up the deportations of immigrants. Illegal, legal, green card holders, it doesn’t matter. He’s got to show he’s the swaggering lump of soft mean flesh he said he was. What’s destroying families about anyway? They’re only animals.

Well, we’re about to find out just what it is he’s got in mind very shortly. It’s fireworks season.


Last week, my neighbors built a fence. Whether it was to keep their dog from running into my yard or their kids corralled or so they didn’t have to see me performing sacrifices in the nude (what?? Doesn’t everyone do that?) I don’t know. But the effect was to cut off my view of the back of the houses and the little woods. It’s beautiful. It felt spacious. Now it feels a little claustrophobic. I’m going to ask him if I can paint the side that faces me. Black. Yeah. A row of limelight hydrangeas would look good against it.

Anyway, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History tackles the unintended consequences of fencing the border. It turns out that it increased the number of illegal immigrants in the country. How can that be, you may ask?

Well, it turns out that Mexicans are human after all. Check it out on Apple podcasts (instantly!) or the home page here (you have to wait til they upload it.)

“Something there is that does not love a wall”


Throwback Thursday.

My brother used to like Duran Duran. Someone sent this song to me this morning.