And so this is Christmas. So sang John Lennon in 1971. The Vietnam War took 2,414 American lives that year, so the song was a prayer of harmony and peace with a scrim of irony.
Dear Colleagues: Well, that was . . . normal.
Greed is good. That, you may recall, was the mantra of corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film, "Wall Street." It came to symbolize the rapacious gluttony of that era ญญ-- and its rejection of the dewy-eyed idealism of the 1960s.
The American death toll from the novel coronavirus will soon pass 250,000. That's a quarter of a million people lying with a Buick parked on their chests, swimming in their own sweat, feeble as an August breeze, head pounding like a bass drum in the devil's rock band, dying.
We turn, one last time, to Hans Christian Andersen.
Bruce Springsteen is wrestling with death.
America is not guaranteed.
There is, in other words, nothing foreordained about this country someday returning to anything approximating normal.
"Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the gas station who told me he works for the FBI" is something I would never be allowed to publish.
White people often do not understand white people.
It helps if you think of it as a show.
I received the news that Donald Trump and his wife had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a text from a family member.
Ultimately, it comes down to a set of rules.
We weren't going to normalize this.
"If people were given the choice between democracy and whiteness, how many would choose whiteness?"
Well, that's one speech Melania Trump won't be plagiarizing.
We are watching a show. It's important to keep that in mind.
A few words on the death of Carsyn Leigh Davis.
It comes down to a binary choice. Either he is a monster or an ignoramus. Either Donald Trump did nothing when informed that American intelligence believed Russia was paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American military personnel in Afghanistan, or he had no clue, didn't even know it was going on.
After George Floyd became the latest unarmed African American killed by police.
"I know you're asking today, how long will it take?" Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. He went on to assure his soul-weary people that the moment of their deliverance was just a little ways down the road.
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