Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Actor Ben Affleck once explained why he found it difficult to watch Republican actors on screen. “It’s ... hard,” explained Affleck, “to get people to suspend disbelief. ... When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That (expletive) fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion.”

Actor Ben Affleck once explained why he found it difficult to watch Republican actors on screen. “It’s ... hard,” explained Affleck, “to get people to suspend disbelief. ... When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn’t like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That (expletive) fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion.”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Now that Democrats control the White House and both chambers of Congress (however narrowly), they will probably approve a new round of federal borrowing to bail out state and local governments with shaky finances.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

As Joe Biden takes office as the nation’s 46th president, one number should be deeply disturbing to anyone who cares about the health of democracy. That number is 32: the percentage of Americans who told an ABC/Washington Post poll that Biden “did not legitimately win” the November election. The doubters include 7 of 10 Republicans and 6 of 10 self-identified conservatives.

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President Trump is now former President Trump. With Joe Biden now President Biden, Democrats control the White House, the House and the Senate. An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the new Democratic administration. And yet there are signs that some Democrats’ obsession with Donald Trump — the condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS — will remain as strong, or perhaps become stronger, now that Trump has left the White House.

As of January 18, North Carolina has received about a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Nearly 330,000 of those doses have been injected into the arms of North Carolinians.

Members of Congress as well as Vice President Mike Pence are not paranoid — “they” really are coming after them. But who are “they?” Nearly half of the nation still supports Trump, and perhaps half of them are ardent, and perhaps half of the ardent are militant. Who knows?

I have strong opinions — but not about how to perform brain surgery, write a smart-phone app, design a golf course, or produce a hip-hop album. Perhaps you do have a strong view about one of these, but almost certainly not about all four.

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“There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” said Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, in announcing she would vote to impeach President Trump.

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Twitter explained why it decided to permanently ban President Donald Trump: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

COVID-19 is raging. More and more school districts are making decisions not to return students to in-class instruction until early spring; some will not return for the remainder of the school year, even though the numbers of students contracting the virus aren’t alarming. We understand the schools’ health concerns, often coupled with staffing shortages, but there are other important factors.

My pastor, LuAnn Charlton, led the drive-in worship in the church parking lot. Her scripture was Psalm 51, but she focused on one sentence in the chapter: “Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

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Democrats and much of the Republican-hating media call the Republicans’ election challenge dead on arrival and say the effort hurt Republicans in Georgia. If so, why the outrage protestations from the left?