Yes, it happened. On to November.

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And on November 8, 2016, don’t forget to vote for the Democrats. They appear to be our only hope at the moment, God help us.

Have we hit bottom with Trump? Or is there worse to come? I wonder.

Oh well, hurry November.

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Double dream day

After meeting Clint Eastwood in Carmel, CA…

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And a not so good dream (but a great fantasy),

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And on the same day, too. Weird.

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Socio-political round up

Now with 60% less commentary.

“We feel so strongly that our religious beliefs are superior to your own that we’ve foregone service in Vietnam to tell you about them!”

When I looked at these two strips, I wondered what Facebook would have been like in the Vietnam war era. It then occurred to me that we have Facebook in the Afghanistan war era and that we’ve had troops fighting in Afghanistan longer than Vietnam. Afghanistan is the longest war in U.S. history. One of the many differences is that there’s no draft for Afghanistan. However, I don’t think most of the soldiers in Afghanistan want to be there any more than most of the soldiers in Vietnam did, the difference being that the soldiers in Vietnam were forced to be there unless they could find a way around duty in Vietnam like Romney, Cheney, Bush II, Dan Quayle, and, yes, my beloved Bill Clinton. Other than that war is war, war after war after war after war: soldiers fight, some of them die. As Stephen Crane wrote:

War Is Kind

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind,
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory flies above them.
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom–
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbles in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These men were born to drill and die.
Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind!