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12082016-03


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Well, here we are: the United States Supreme Court finally has nine members again, thanks to conservatives changing the rules so the unapologetic fuckstick Neil Gorsuch could be confirmed with only 54 votes.

I don't think anyone should lose sight, however, of how much of this is the fault of Democrats, who themselves changed these very rules for all but the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. You can talk all you want about how it was the only way to get past Republican obstructionism -- which was very real and long-lasting -- but it doesn't change what a clearly dangerous precedent it set. And this goes both ways: when Democrats regain control of Congress, whenever the fuck that might be, they will sure as shit use this change to their own advantage as well, thereby continuing to denigrate the very notion of checks and balances that our system of government is predicated on.

This could change with any further losses on the Supreme Court who then get replaced by a President Fuckwit nominee, but for now, all I can do is take comfort in the degree to which Gorsuch is currently outnumbered on a wide host of issues among the other justices, including many of the other conservative ones. And when it comes to issues closer to evenly split, this guy won't be any worse than Scalia was. It's when we lose some of the more liberal justices that things will get truly scary. Only time will tell as far as that goes.

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07042016-37


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So let's get back to my life, shall we? We all know that's why you're here!

Except anything I have to report about last night is not much different from any other day. Walk home from work, except this time I went via the library on Capitol Hill to pick up a couple of things. I read my current library book while walking. Oh, I guess I could tell you what that is: Prince: The Man and His Music by British writer Matt Thorne.

Much as I did when reading the Michael Jackson biography last year, it occurred to me that I had never read any Prince biographies and it was clearly a more-than-usually relevant time to do so, roughly one year after his death. This big difference between this book and the Michael Jackson one is that not enough time has passed for any in-depth biography to include any details about his death.

Also, while I am enjoying this book, it focuses almost exclusively on Prince's music, taking pains to respect Prince's longstanding wish for privacy. Even I can respect that, but I want something new with more personal stuff now that he's gone and it therefore doesn't matter as much -- it certainly doesn't matter to him. That said, it's so focused on his music that some personal stuff gets in there, because some of his musical content is related, and Thorne does get into that a bit. I'm at a part where he's merely discussing the recording of his second album, which was released in 1979, so I've still got a lot of information yet to get through. Surely the pages on his career in the eighties, and to perhaps a slightly lesser degree his notorious name change in the nineties, will be the most interesting.

Well, anyway. It's not exactly what I want from a Prince biography but it'll do. I do hope it contains some kind of information about the somewhat self-contradictory nature of his presentation of sexuality -- this guy who was way more androgynous than anyone else way earlier, but seemed to overcompensate for that with some striking notes of homophobia at times. This was a complicated guy. He was also stunningly talented, which supersedes anything else to make him interesting.

So I walked home from there, had some of the leftovers Shobhit had heated up, watched some TV, worked on a crossword puzzle, the usual stuff.

I have Evan and Elden coming over for a double feature in the Braeburn Condos theatre tonight, and then tomorrow Shobhit and I are going to the Tulip Festival -- our first time back since going in 2011, six years ago, making it the longest break between times I've gone (1999, 20001, 2006, 2008, 2011). It's pretty much the same every time though so I feel like this break is good, and hopefully I can get some photos from a fresh eye.

I asked Ivan a couple of weeks ago if he'd like to join us and he said yes, once again getting my hopes up before he bailed in the end -- this was easily predictable. Once Ivan found out how much time in the car would be involved, his interest dissipated. He messaged me yesterday that he was still trying to decide, and when he told me late this morning that he would stay home, it was no surprise. I really hoped he would come with us, but on the other hand, there is an upside: now we don't have to wait for him to get out of bed as late as 11 a.m. before we leave, and we can leave much earlier, thereby making far better time through the whole day. Ivan and I made plans to watch The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King on Sunday evening, at least. That'll be after seeing yet another movie, this time with Laney, in the Braeburn theatre in the early afternoon.

So I'm all set for a pretty full weekend. And we have to fit grocery shopping somewhere in the middle of all that as well.

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12082016-04

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