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Hours this weekend: 4-6pm both Friday and Saturday

This weekend we will be open as usual from 4-6 Fri-Sat, with limited outdoor seating available on the deck for those who wish to stay outside.

Covid cases remain low at about 2 per 1000, considerably lower than chances of getting the annual flu. However, the Beach Store cafe is closed this weekend due to an outbreak from last weekend, so caution is still very much appropriate.

We will continue taking basic precautions in the wine shop: windows open, air filter operating, outside seating options. We do continue to request that the unvaxed remain outside for tasting. Fyi, the forecast is for some sun Friday and clouds (no rain!) Saturday.

 

Bread Pickup This Week

Multi Grain Levain – Made with a sourdough culture and a flavorful mix of bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and rye. A nice mixture of flax, sesame sunflower and pumpkin seeds and some polenta add great flavor and crunch. And just a little honey for some sweetness. A great all around bread that is full of flavor – $5/loaf

Rosemary Olive Oil – Made with bread flour and freshly milled white whole wheat for additional flavor and texture. Fresh rosemary from the garden and olive oil to make for a nice tender crumb and a nice crisp crust. – $5/loaf

and mmm, pastry this week…

Gibassiers – A traditional french pastry from the south of France. Made with a delicious sweet dough full of milk, butter, eggs and olive oil. The addition of orange flower water, candied orange peel and anise seed bring great flavor to these pastries. After baking they are brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with more sugar. – 2/$5

To get on the bread order list, click on the “Contact Us” link above and fill out the form. Each week’s bread menu is sent to the list each Sunday, for ordering by Tuesday, for pickup on Friday. Simple, right..? If you will be visiting the island and would like to order bread for your visit, at least a week’s notice is recommended for pickup the following Friday.

 

Wine of the Week: Bieler Cote du Rhone Villages ‘la Jassine’   ’20      $15

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The Bieler family made this wine with fruit from the Lavau family vineyards in Valréas, where slightly cooler temperatures promote freshness and ripen more fully. The vines are planted in red clay soil on ancient terraced stony slopes. The warm Mediterranean climate and the cool mistral winds keep the grapes rot-free.

The blend is 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah from vineyards in the Village of Valréas in the Southern Rhône Valley, giving it the appellation of “Côtes du Rhône Villages.” A higher proportion of Mourvèdre and Syrah, greater ripeness, and slightly lower yields are the quality factors that distinguish Côtes-du-Rhône Villages from the more generic Côtes-du-Rhône.  This wine was fermented for a month on the lees with native yeast in concrete tanks. A third of the fruit was fermented whole cluster (with stems) for spicy, savory notes. A tiny 3% of the wine was aged in new French oak, resulting in lovely aromas of raspberry, black cherry, garrigue (rosemary, thyme), chocolate and tobacco, with soft, round tannins.

 

The Economics of the Heart: Black Markets and Back Alleys

Supreme Court: 6-3 rulings foreshadow a sharper right turn - CNNPoliticsIt might make sense to regulate abortion if our species were endangered by a declining population, or by low probabilities of pregnancy, or very limited periods of fertility. Quite to the contrary, the reality is exactly the opposite: Globally, about half of all pregnancies are unintended, and about half of those end in abortion. Between 2015 and 2019, there were 121 million unintended pregnancies/yr, with 61%, or 73 million ending in abortion.

Curiously, unintended pregnancies are higher in countries with abortion restrictions and lower where it is broadly available, including the northern hemisphere, where education and incomes are higher. Therefore it is quite fascinating that our own, um, “highly developed” country has now adopted such a self-defeating, Taliban-esque regulatory policy that is destined to make everything it touches Worse.

We have come to this dark moment in our history by the intrusion of religion into our civil law. Like Monty Python, we really weren’t expecting the Spanish Inquisition, and now here it is, and it’s scary and annoying and will cause of lot of damage and tears. But it will not be effective and it will not last long, because we humans are not designed to tolerate such intrusive constraints for very long.

The economic reality is that we all have the will and imagination to live as we must. If abortion cannot be done legally, it will be done illegally. It will be riskier, more expensive, and more inconvenient, but it has been part of family and tribal planning management for thousands of years.

Prohibitions of any kind will create black markets for what is needed and desired, and it is certain there will be just as many abortions with these laws as without. For our species getting pregnant is so very easy, and raising a child is so very difficult, that no one but the prospective parents have the right to make such consequential decisions for others on the truly idiotic assertion that Their Religious Superstitions are somehow more valid than someone else’s.

Suffering comes in many forms. Every woman I know who had an abortion was both torn apart in deciding and relieved by whatever decision they made. It is not casual, thoughtless, or selfish. It is agonizing contemplation of their ability to take on such responsibility in the circumstances of the moment.

It is as easy for us to imagine that every circulating soul gets born over and over as karmic conditions dictate as to imagine that it only gets the one shot in this particular womb to be born into this or some other world. Tragically, these Catholic Justices are too steeped in their dogmatic concept of Sin to have any actual compassion for the senseless suffering they are causing. The tide will turn.

 

This Week’s $5 Tasting

MAN  Chenin Blanc ’21   South Africa    $11
Using only free-run juice preservea a clean and natural character, refreshing acidity, and delicious ripe fruit flavors and aromas of quince, pear and pineapple. On the palate, fresh stonefruit and apple flavors are backed by refreshing acidity, minerality and a pleasing, rounded mouthfeel.

Adorada “eau de California” Rosé            California       $14
Brilliant coral color with aromas of strawberries, red grapefruit, rose petal, and jasmine; palate of strawberry, orange zest and a touch of white pepper spice with bright acidity to balance the fruity creaminess. And all presented in a Very Fashionable Package!

Bieler Cote du Rhone ‘la Jassine’   ’20      $15
Brooding aromas of raspberry, black cherry, garrigue, chocolate and tobacco which build and concentrate on the palate; hilltop fruit delivers a rich mouthfeel with soft, round tannins on the finish.

 

 

 

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Hours this weekend: 4-6pm both Friday and Saturday

This weekend we will be open as usual from 4-6 Fri-Sat, with limited outdoor seating available on the deck for those who wish to stay outside.

County-wide figures show that current Covid cases now seem to include everyone, regardless of vaccine status. Overall cases remain low at about 2 per 1000, considerably lower than chances of getting the annual flu. Symptom severity is roughly correlated with vaccine status, and over 70% of those around us have now been vaccinated. So at this point in the pandemic risks are still real, but far less threatening, and we all have to judge risks for ourselves.

We will continue taking basic precautions in the wine shop: windows open, air filter operating, outside seating options.  We do continue to request that the unvaxed remain outside for tasting. Fyi, the forecast is for a mostly sunny weekend!

 

Bread Pickup This Week

Pear Buckwheat – Begins with an overnight poolish preferment mixed the next day with bread flour and fresh milled buckwheat; the preferment allows the dough to begin to develop before the addition of toasted walnuts and dried pears soaked in white wine. – $5/loaf

French Country Bread  – A a rustic country loaf made with bread flour, fresh milled whole wheat, and and a bit of toasted wheat germ. After building the levain with a sourdough culture and mixing the final dough it gets a long cool overnight ferment in the refrigerator. This really allows the flavor to develop in this bread.   – $5/loaf

and mmm, pastry this week…

Rum Raisin Brioche: A delicious brioche dough full of eggs, butter and sugar. Filled with golden raisins and chunks of almond paste and (wait there’s more!) topped with a chocolate glaze before baking.- 2/$5

To get on the bread order list, click on the “Contact Us” link above and fill out the form. Each week’s bread menu is sent to the list each Sunday, for ordering by Tuesday, for pickup on Friday. Simple, right..? If you will be visiting the island and would like to order bread for your visit, at least a week’s notice is recommended for pickup the following Friday.

 

Wine of the Week: Natura Organic Rose ’21    Chile        $12

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Natura is an offspring of Italian winery Banfi which controls numerous wineries worldwide in addition to its iconic Brunello vineyards and winery in Montalcino, Italy.

 The Natura rose is a blend of organically grown Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot from hand-picked, organically grown grapes from the prime growing regions of Chile’s Central Valley, pressed and fermented on the lees in stainless steel tanks.

Vineyards are maintained in a rich interdependent ecosystem that effectively manages pests and keeps the soil healthy. Flowers and native plants thrive throughout the organic vineyards that provide natural pest control and keep soils healthy. The use of chemicals has been replaced with natural compounds and compost from spent grape skins and stems.

Tasting notes: Bright light pink; aromas of fresh strawberries, flowers, and wet stones, with light, bright, and crisp flavors of  strawberries and nectarines on the palate; a bright, elegant, and supple accompaniment for summer dining. Made from  organically grown grapes with Ecocert certification.

 

The Economics of the Heart: Republican EntRightlement

American democracy has been in the cross-hairs of the Republican Party for at least fifty years, at least since the horrible 1968 campaign season when Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. The dreamy era of 60’s Woodstock, San Francisco flower children, and unbridled optimism came crashing down under the same dark forces that took Nixon to the White House.

We now know that well before Watergate in 1972, Nixon’s “plumbers” had spent months and $250k very effectively sabotaging Ed Muskie’s campaign for the Democratic nomination because they thought he would be a more formidable opponent than George McGovern. Ironically, in comparison Watergate was an unlucky afterthought that went south. History shows us that Republicans have been relying on dirty tricks, bullying, and “alternate facts” ever since. Reagan won in  1980 by deliberately wooing Southern Democrats with racist rhetoric, and blue collar voters with welfare society mythology.

The real game-changing turning point came in 1987 when Reagan’s FCC very deliberately eliminated the Fairness Doctrine, opening the door for all manner of hyperbole, personal attacks, and outright lying that led to ubiquitous, 24/7 radio and TV outrage monologues by the likes of Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Beck, Hannity, and the rest. That’s when “News” got strategically deployed as carefully scripted Orwellian Propaganda, and Republicans started actually believing in their own Entitlement to Power. 

We have seen in the J6 hearings that the Republican sense of Entitlement still supersedes even their allegiance to our Nation and the Constitution. The clear takeaway is that most current Republican officeholders were either actively engaged in supporting the coup, or at best have been passively engaged in allowing it to happen and saying nothing. Many of the handful whom we thank heartily for having come forward to testify say they would vote for Trump again. Even worse, it is likely that the many evangelicals among them also support the breathtaking elimination of our Constitutional freedoms by McConnell’s brutal Supreme Court.

We close today with a takeaway worth pondering  from a conversation we had last night with an old friend we have not seen for a long time, Tarso Ramos (Myra’s son), who is the Executive Director at Political Research Associates  in Boston. Their broad goal is no less than: building a more just and inclusive democratic society in which supremacist and authoritarian forces no longer wield significant cultural or political power.

So the closing thought for today from that conversation (my brief takeaway) is that our two-party system as it exists now and has historically existed, is by its nature both dysfunctional and obsolete. It has neither the will or the structure to deal with the multiplicity of demands being placed on it in our overpopulated and  overstressed global environment, nor does it any longer have the checks and balances necessary to protect itself from authoritarian corruption within.

This view corroborates what we old-timers have seen unfold in our lifetimes, going from a world of 2 billion to 7 billion of us, profoundly straining global resources, while stuck in the limitations of our primitive, tribal, primate minds.

to be continued…

 

This Week’s $5 Tasting

Natura Rose ’21    Chile        $12
Cold-soaked before pressing and cold-fermented on the skins to develop rich and nuanced aromas and flavors of grassy lime, tropical fruits, and lychee, with a crisp, lingering finish.

Pascual Toso Chardonnay ’17  Argentina    $14
Aromas of ripe green apple, pineapple and mango; full, fresh palate with bright acidity, finishing with a slight toasty hint on a smooth, lingering finish.

Sea Sun Pinot Noir ’19    California    $21
A deep, alluring pinot, strikingly soft and rich on both the nose and palate, with scents of baked cherries and pie crust, and silky notes of brown spice and vanilla.

 

 

 

 

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Hours this weekend: 4-6pm both Friday and Saturday

We just learned that anyone in the wine shop last Saturday afternoon may have been exposed to Covid. One guest developed very mild symptoms on Sunday for one day. We have tested negative so far, with no symptoms.

County-wide figures show that new cases seem to include everyone, regardless of vaccine status, and that symptom severity is roughly correlated with vaccine status. At this point in the pandemic we all have to judge risks for ourselves.

We will be open as usual from 4-6 Fri-Sat, and there will be limited outdoor seating available on the deck for those who wish to stay outside. We do continue to request that the unvaxed remain outside for tasting. Fyi, the forecast is for a sunny weekend!

 

Bread Pickup This Week

Multi Grain Levain – – Made with a sourdough culture and a flavorful mix of bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and rye. A nice mixture of flax, sesame sunflower and pumpkin seeds and some polenta add great flavor and crunch. And just a little honey for some sweetness. A great all around bread that is full of flavor – $5/loaf

Polenta Levain –– Also made with a levain, also known as sourdough, in which the sourdough starter is fed and built up over several days, then mixed with bread flour and polenta in the final dough mix. This bread is a nice rustic loaf with great corn flavor. – $5/loaf

and mmm, pastry this week…

Brioche Tarts au Sucre – otherwise known as brioche sugar tarts. A rich brioche dough full of eggs and butter is rolled into a round tart and topped with more eggs, cream, butter and sugar. These are delicious topped with fresh fruit inlace of a traditional shortcake. As always, quantities are limited, be sure to get your order in – 2/$5 

To get on the bread order list, click on the “Contact Us” link above and fill out the form. Each week’s bread menu is sent to the list each Sunday, for ordering by Tuesday, for pickup on Friday. Simple, right..? If you will be visiting the island and would like to order bread for your visit, at least a week’s notice is recommended for pickup the following Friday.

 

Wine of the Week: Monte Tondo Veneto Corvina ’20     Italy         $12

Corvina (click link and scroll down) is one of several grapes historically grown in the Veneto (Venice) wine region of Italy. Others include Rondinella and Molinara; the three are often blended together into Valpolicella. Corvina and Rondinella grapes, in turn, are sometimes dried before pressing, yielding a concentrated juice which is used to make amarone. The same skins are then typically used many times in additional fermentations to make ripasso,  a valpolicella that is richer for the treatment.

The Monte Tondo winery is located just outside Verona. As a separate varietal, this corvina has an appealing lightness and low alcohol content that make it a good pairing with light summer meals on the deck or patio.

The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, which preserves the freshness and lively spiciness of the grape while maintaining a supple and
smooth character. After bottling it is aged another several months before release.

Notes:  Ruby red color; bright lively nose with fresh cherry, black berry and black pepper hints. Medium-bodied and well balanced, with moderate acidity and supple, well-integrated tannins. Dark fruit core with cherry, chocolate and spicy notes. Moderate length with a smooth, seductive finish and a spicy aftertaste. Food pairing: Ideal with typical Mediterranean dishes, roasted and grilled meat, salami.

 

This Week’s $5 Tasting

Charles Krug Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ’20     Napa      $15
Cold-soaked before pressing and cold-fermented on the skins to develop rich and nuanced aromas and flavors of grassy lime, tropical fruits, and lychee, with a crisp, lingering finish.

Monte Tondo Veneto Corvina ’20     Italy         $12
Organically farmed; bright nose of fresh cherries and black pepper; fresh and lively palate of cherry, dark chocolate and spice, with supple, well-integrated tannins and a smooth, seductive, slightly spicy finish.

Charles Krug Cabernet Saugvignon ’18       Napa      $30
Cranberry and briary aromas with hints of brown butter and clove leading to a palate of cranberry and black currant flavors nicely integrated with lightly toasted oak, all leading to a smooth lingering finish of berries and butter.

 

The Economics of the Heart: Rights and Wrongs

In recent years we have watched our country become increasingly dysfunctional. It seems to be a global trend. Perhaps we are a crazy species, or perhaps the Internet is the new Tower of Babel. We were resourceful enough to have survived this long, but we are looking more and more like an experiment gone terribly wrong. Or, as the Creator might quip on the Daily Show, “Well, Trevor, we didn’t know how these humans would work out in an interdependent ecosystem, and, well..now we know!”

Let’s start with the unfolding public hearings of the House Jan. 6  committee. The ongoing revelations of the detailed history of how January 6 insurrection evolved into actuality have lately revealed two very important things. First, there was indeed an ongoing conspiracy directly instigated by the Tweetster to overturn the 2020 election and stay in office for another term. Second, that conspiracy recruited millions of supporters with the Big Lie and came dangerously close to succeeding in stealing the election.

The near-success of the project created a blueprint for more blatant attempts by Republicans to rig elections in their favor in Red states nationwide. Many have already changed the rules for voting and vote tabulation, reducing oversight by replacing neutral Secretaries of State and election workers with partisan Republicans. These new laws are designed to keep Democrats from voting, and for keeping their votes from being counted if they do manage to vote.

The Good News is that the revelations of the Jan 6 Committee have been well documented and well presented, mostly by a carefully selected handful of conscientious Republican officials at both the state and federal level who chose follow the law rather than the Tweetster. The Bad News is that most of the Republicans in office at all levels still believe that all Americans should be bound by their religious superstitions, racial biases, and sense of divine entitlement. Their King James is better than the Books of a hundred other religions, all based on some culture’s beliefs and tradition (i.e., superstition), and all made up by imperfect humans under the auspices of divine revelation– all equally hopeful, all equally flawed. 

Deep concern for this very development is why the framers were so careful to make their new country a secular one that allowed the practice of all religions but favored none. They recognized and feared the tyranny of any government that claimed divine right. 

Fast forward to today, when the Ultra-Right Supreme Court just decided that every American has the right to carry a loaded gun anywhere and anytime. In his 66-page argument, Justice Thomas (he of the MAGA and Jan 6 co-conspirator wife) wrote:

“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.’ ” Thomas wrote, referring to a previous Supreme Court ruling. “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need.”

Hmm. “No other Constitutional right,,,??” Really? There seems to be a special kind of blindness in whatever form of “justice” these guys are peddling. The clear and transferable implications are that women do NOT have a right to manage their own bodies and their reproductive burdens, that the sudden appearance of guns in holsters Everywhere will NOT affect any sense of public safety and well-being, and that no polluter or nuisance-creator need worry about ever having to pay for damages imposed on others. As if, you know, turning all of America into Deadwood or Tombstone is what the framers Really had in mind.

If these six clowns really believe this crap, then any lingering hope for Roe is reduced to a flicker, and the Originalists have laid the first asphalt on their  brave new Road to Hell for our country.

 

 

 

 

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Hours this weekend: 4-6pm both Friday and Saturday

We continue to monitor Covid numbers around the County. There has been some rise in cases over recent weeks, so caution is still recommended and vaccinations are required for wine tasting.

There is limited outdoor seating on the deck for those who wish to stay outside. Because weekly bread pickup is under the front awning on Fridays, only uncovered outdoor seating is available then. On Saturdays there is limited covered and uncovered outdoor seating available.

Fyi, the forecast is for clouds on Friday and some showers on Saturday.

 

 

Bread Pickup This Week

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Kamut Levain – Kamut, aka khorasan wheat, is an ancient, protein-rich grain discovered in a cave in Iran in the 70’s that many people who can’t tolerate wheat find more digestible. This bread is made with a levain that is fermented overnight before being mixed with with bread flour and fresh milled whole kamut flour. It has a nutty, rich flavor and makes a golden color loaf. A great all around bread – $5/loaf

Barley & Rye w/ Pumpkin Seeds – Made with a levain that was fermented overnight before the final dough was mixed with bread flour and fresh milled rye, barley, and whole wheat flours. Some buttermilk makes for a tender crumb, honey for sweetness, and toasted pumpkin seeds add to the flavor and texture. A really flavorful artisan loaf – $5/loaf

and mmm, pastry this week…

Brioche Almond Buns – Made with a delicious brioche dough full of eggs, butter and sugar. Rolled out and spread with an almond cream filling. The almond cream is a delicious creamy filling made fresh with even more butter, sugar, eggs, and almond flour. Yum! – 2/$5

To get on the bread order list, click on the “Contact Us” link above and fill out the form. Each week’s bread menu is sent to the list each Sunday, for ordering by Tuesday, for pickup on Friday. Simple, right..? If you will be visiting the island and would like to order bread for your visit, at least a week’s notice is recommended for pickup the following Friday.

 

Wine of the Week: Areyna Torrontes ’20       Argentina     $14

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Torrontes is the dominant white grape in Argentina, but the best fruit comes from the Cafayate wine region in the high Andes near Salta. The climate is semi-arid and visually reminiscent of the American Southwest on a grand scale. Vineyards are planted in alluvial, sandy soil, and typically grown on high pergolas as in some parts of Portugal.

Torrontes from this region displays a broader flavor profile than its more prolific lower altitude cousins, showing more complex aromatics and compelling balance between bright acidity and complex floral and citrus notes.

“Attractive golden color with green tones, which undoubtedly speaks of its perfect harvest timing. Citrus aromas of pink grapefruit and a floral mix. The mouth has a lovely level of acidity showcasing a modern, fresh and unique style of Torrontes. The citrus notes of this Torrontes pair perfectly with seafood dishes such as spicy curried shrimp or salmon ceviche. Also try paired with aged hard cheeses such as Manchego”  –James Suckling

 

This Week’s $5 Tasting

Areyna Torrontes ’20       Argentina     $14
Aromas of lime blossom, green apple, papaya and lemon; medium-bodied with tangy acidity, complex flavors, and a clean, fresh finish.

Quinta Do Vallado Douro Red ’14          Portugal            $16
Blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional,Tinta Roriz, Sousão; Lovely, floral black cherry and blackcurrant fruit;  supple yet structured with notes of pepper, meat, and a lovely herbal twist.

Macchialupa Compania Aglianico ’17       Italy    $22
Bright cherry flavors, almond nut nuances, and lasting shades of minerals and earth, with palate of bright fruit and a crisp, firm finish.

 

The Economics of the Heart:  the Gears of Justice

At left is the logo used for our four-year series on the so-called “Presidency” of The Former Guy, the Grifter-in-Chief– he who, as his former attorney Michael Cohen told Congress some years ago, would never leave office willingly…alas, we should have taken Michael more seriously, huh…? 

Over the past week we have seen two public hearings from the January 6 committee of the U.S. House. They have so far been carefully aimed at Tfg, and have been persuasive to many who watched and listened. In many cases presenters had been part of Tfg’s Administration, and to some degree their testimonies were likely motivated by self-preservation to stay out of jail.

Hopefully sometime soon we will see indictments against some of the key players in the conspiracy. Maybe (but unlikely) Tfg himself might get charged with enough to disqualify him from holding government office ever again. Even just that would provide considerable relief to many.

Still, we wonder: will anything in the revelations about the attempted coup on January 6 change the tyrannical inclinations of Republicans? We know that over 100 Republican Congressional candidates still embrace the Big Lie even now that it has been totally debunked. We know that the Republican platform for this election year, written by Florida Senator (and suspected space alien) Rick Scott, is a manifesto for imposing the religious views of some Americans on All Americans. We know that legislatures in most Red states have passed trigger laws which will ban abortions and impose draconian penalties in all circumstances against women who violate them. As someone observed many years ago (possibly Sinclair Lewis), “When fascism comes to America, it will be draped in the Flag and carrying a Cross.” Well, it’s here.

Metaphorically, Democrats, like Ukainians, just want a level playing field where all of us matter equally, with the same opportunities, the same rules, the same protections. Today’s Republicans share the values of the fascists they so admire, completely convinced of their Entitlement to the largest shares of every pie, because, as Dick Cheney once put it, “It’s our due.” Most red states have already enacted laws to limit access to voting and to replace impartial non-partisan election workers with Republican appointees and Secretaries of State. It all adds up to an ongoing sense of anxiety about how long our democracy will remain viable with the vast majority of Republicans now openly committed to authoritarian rule.

In these difficult times it is something of a comfort that Dems will at least hold the White House through 2024, providing some veto protection from the  worst excesses. In the meantime, though, ominous dark smoke continues to belch from the Red States of Mordor while GollumMcconnell and DarthMccarthy keep cackling and stirring their toxic cauldron of Wealthy Privilege.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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