The Republicans have been saying Social Security funds are running out since I was a teenager. I’m a late Boomer. It’s still going, and if they’re worried about it, get rid of the cap that lets the very well off stop paying it on income above a certain level; why should the upper incomes get to keep more of their pay than the lower ones? And I’m saying that as one of the ones who would be taxed more. I should be. ‘To whom much is given, much is expected,’ to quote the Bible and anyone with common sense.
And most of those guns are bought in Indiana, where the dealers know the strict Illinois laws mean all the more customers for them over the state line. They don’t care who gets killed for their profits.
Kathleen Parker’s columns are an embarrassment.
As Stephen Colbert said, we can do thoughts and prayers ourselves—your job in Congress is to do something about it.
Stef is probably off trying to see what she can steal from the mansion.
(After checking.) I take that back. Governor Hogan finally got that song repealed. They’d been trying to do that all my life and he succeeded!
The troops guarding WashDC were stationed on Maryland soil and the legislature looked like it was going to vote to secede—so Lincoln arrested them and threw them in prison so they couldn’t and Maryland stayed with the North. The state song’s later verses are not taught to schoolchildren: they angrily call Lincoln a despot and call for vengeance and warmongering. To the tune of Oh Christmas Tree.
Art insurance is very expensive. And on a not too separate thought, it is not uncommon for art students to sit in front of some painting they like and paint a copy of it. Someone many decades ago who was very very good at that painted the Mona Lisa, stole the real one, put his in its place and then proceeded to paint and sell more copies to people who of course could not ask anybody to authenticate theirs. It took awhile for the Louvre to catch on that the real one was gone, but they did and they got it back from him.
I was describing my resident Cooper’s hawk to someone once and how doves, which have nest after nest after nest all year as long as the food and weather are good, laying eggs right in there with babies about to fledge, are meat factories for the hawks. Her reaction was, Wait. You’re saying—Birds? Eat birds? Well, yeah, who else in nature is equipped to do it?