except for the masks, everything appeared relatively normal

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I DID SOME SHOPPING YESTERDAY, mostly for food. I also hit the li­brary along the way, using curb­side pick-up for items I had or­dered on­line. I picked up a few books (in­cluding Steven Pinker’s The Sense Of Style – The Thinking Per­son’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Cen­tury and Norman Spin­rad’s Green­house Summer. READ MORE

why is michael cohen telling it all to a “conservative” publisher?

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RAW STORY’S TOP STORIES newsletter ar­rived at 5:51 AM today. The head­line that caught my at­ten­tion was “Michael Cohen is writing a bomb­shell tell-all book on Pres­i­dent Trump to be re­leased be­fore the elec­tion.” The story was at­trib­uted to Tom Bog­gioni (April 18, 2020), who ac­knowl­edged his source as the Daily Beast in his first para­graph. READ MORE

we might wonder what benefits impeachment is likely to yield

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WE MIGHT WONDER what ben­e­fits im­peach­ment is likely to yield, pon­ders An­drew Bace­vich in “The Real Cover-Up: Putting Donald Trump’s Im­peach­ment in Con­text.” As to the ben­e­fits of im­peach­ment, Bace­vich be­lieves that an­swering that ques­tion “re­quires ex­am­ining four sce­narios that de­scribe the range of pos­si­bil­i­ties awaiting the na­tion.” READ MORE

the poor questioner might infer that I was judging him

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WHEN  I WAKE IN THE MORNING, the first thing I do is make a mug of Cafe Bustelo coffee. I don’t wake up with my brain/mind func­tioning at 95 per­cent as I used to—more like 75 per­cent. As I sip my coffee, I warm up the ol’ ra­ti­o­ci­nator for the day’s writing by pe­rusing Quora and an­swering a few ques­tions. READ MORE

a trumpolyte attends or assists his/her leader religiously

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TRUMPOLYTE! Did I just coin a word? It com­bines the sur­name of the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the United States with the word acolyte. Orig­i­nally, an acolyte was “one who as­sists a member of the clergy in a litur­gical ser­vice by per­forming minor du­ties.” And it sure does look to us non-believers that there sure is a lot of that ol’ time re­li­gion mixed up with the be­liefs of to­day’s so-called “con­ser­v­a­tives.” READ MORE

can we call trump’s tweeted temper tantrums “tweetrums”?

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RESPONDING TO A QUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the basis for a short ar­ticle that I ti­tled, “Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Problem.” I was ad­dressing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vidual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives “aren’t ex­actly en­thralled” with Trumps’ pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task for so timid a re­sponse to Trump. READ MORE