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    I guess I donít see how living oneís life as if...

    I guess I donít see how living oneís life as if thought and effort would make a difference is the same thing as wanting to cast the unfortunate into the outer darkness and sneering at them. Luck has...
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    Happy Birthday Godzilla

    At 65, heís slightly older than me, but heís aged remarkably well. He could have retired to Monster Island or the abyssal depths, but has elected to keep working.
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    There will always be forces outside my control. I...

    There will always be forces outside my control. I do the best I can within the constraints, which has worked pretty well for me. I canít say it has mattered much to me who the president is for most...
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    I think Harris would be worse. I can remember her...

    I think Harris would be worse. I can remember her trying to force donor lists from organizations she didnít like back when she was a State AG. Her Robespierre shtick always nettled me. Her...
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    I have never thought much of Trump, ethically,...

    I have never thought much of Trump, ethically, ideologically or stylistically. I think heís bad for America, the Republican Party and the English language. I would choose the right Democrat over...
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    It is indeed.

    It is indeed.
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    Thesis, meet Antithesis?

    Thesis, meet Antithesis?
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    I donít think national leaders, perhaps with the...

    I donít think national leaders, perhaps with the exception of dictators who plan on being in power for decades, tend to do a lot of long term planning. They mostly just react to short term threats...
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    When I was eleven, I thought it was a great...

    When I was eleven, I thought it was a great achievement. Fifty years later I still do. Iím a little disappointed thereís not an American flag planted on Mars by now. Iím sure my eleven year old self...
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    There are notable and noble exceptions, but I...

    There are notable and noble exceptions, but I tend to find that people who claim to see facts that very few others can see are the most likely to fit the conspiracy theorist template.
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    Caddyshack Buckaroo Banzai A Fatal Glass of...

    Caddyshack

    Buckaroo Banzai

    A Fatal Glass of Beer

    The entire Sharknado franchise

    Dark Star
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    That’s what I did in 2016. I saw the two as...

    That’s what I did in 2016. I saw the two as roughly equivalent evils. The Democrats would need to bring forth a truly awful candidate to make me vote for Trump. At the moment this seems to be...
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    ďThe world keeps ending but new people too dumb...

    ďThe world keeps ending but new people too dumb to know it keep showing up who think the partyís just started.Ē
    -John Updike (I think)

    Personally, Iíve made a sort of Pascalís wager with the...
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    Looking at the progress being made on any number...

    Looking at the progress being made on any number of fronts, even during my lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that if you arenít an optimist youíre either selling something or you simply havenít...
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    Isnít voting for someone for no other reason than...

    Isnít voting for someone for no other reason than race every bit as wrong as voting against someone for no other reason than race?
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    I see the grievance industrial complex as a form...

    I see the grievance industrial complex as a form of racism in itís own right, assigning both sin and virtue on the basis of arbitrary traits. I see little difference between Trumpís tweets and the...
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    Trump is not an epochal figure. He is about ten...

    Trump is not an epochal figure. He is about ten years away from being a trivia question.
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    I see Trump as racist. He judges and has...

    I see Trump as racist. He judges and has expectations of people based on arbitrary categories. I think the squad does much the same thing for many of the same reasons. Their real dispute isnít so...
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    This is not the new normal. It is the old normal....

    This is not the new normal. It is the old normal. Change is a historical constant. There have always been winners and losers.
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    I think Trump would probably agree with you. He...

    I think Trump would probably agree with you. He has little to lose by being called a racist. His enemies have been doing that from the beginning, and would continue to do so if he were to limit all...
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    We set our goal in somewhat the same way: 15%...

    We set our goal in somewhat the same way:

    15% of the estimated fmv of our house for major repairs or replacement items. We just completed a fairly major renovation, so weíre hoping the big...
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    Best of luck. Keep casting your net until you...

    Best of luck. Keep casting your net until you stumble onto something great.
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    I think thereís an element of you-had-to-be-there...

    I think thereís an element of you-had-to-be-there to it. Thereís a certain pleasure to seeing something through your kidís eyes thatís difficult to describe. Would I have given Harry Potter or Percy...
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    Itís not just about sex so much as the greater...

    Itís not just about sex so much as the greater universe of fun. Although I do find it odd to hear people want to think of the voters who put Trump into office as a pack of prudes. From what Iíve...
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    If this was 1985, I might be inclined to agree...

    If this was 1985, I might be inclined to agree with you, but times have changed. When I look at the people judging and trying to police the behavior and ideas of others, they seem to be...
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