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Thoughts on Events the Week of April 1

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on April 17, 2019

Homeland Insecurity: Kirstjen Nielsen was fired (let’s call it what it was) from her post as Secretary of Homeland Security by President Trump because he wants even bigger assholes running his anti-immigration operation. Apparently, she resisted some of Trump’s more odious directions. This may be true, but she implemented enough odious programs, most notably family separation, that she will not be missed.

Everyone, and I mean everyone, who comes into contact with Trump is diminished by the experience, but many of them were lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut to begin with.

Bob Barr Bends: Another Trump associate to experience the reputation- destroying effect of that association recently is Attorney General Bob Barr. Apparently, Barr entered the Trump administration with a pretty good reputation in D.C., though his pandering audition article raised eyebrows. Now, within a few short weeks, Barr’s actions – well intended or inexcusably partisan – have tarnished him irreparably. His biography is going on the shelf with Ken Starr’s.

Black Hole: We saw the first photograph of a black hole, something predicted by Einstein, and generally accepted, but not yet actually seen. This thing is huge! It’s 6.5 billion times the mass of the Sun. I don’t think the human mind can truly grasp the immensity of the universe.

When I first heard about black holes and how their density draws in so much matter, I was nervous. It seemed to me that the gravitational pull of something that dense would eventually swallow us all up. But it turns out that there are physical laws that prevent it from happening, which is a good thing. As Garrison Keillor said, “Obey the laws of nature; they were put here for our safety.”

“Meanwhile:” It’s said that writers are inspired by great writers. Great writers steal from them. I thought of this aphorism while watching Stephen Colbert introduce a new segment on his late night show called “Meanwhile,” which he clearly copied from Seth Meyers’ late, late night show. “Meanwhile,” is basically a segment playing off quirky news items, which Meyers has been doing for years. It’s part of his franchise. Colbert must have seen it is funny and effective and now he’s doing it. (Sudden thought: maybe I’m doing the same thing.)

Status of the States: I don’t care what these sorry states were doing this week. Who cares about the state fleas when the national dog of politics is peeing on the carpet? I do, actually, but not this week.

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