I could not find the book I was looking for in the store. I asked a clerk when the paperback would be available. She replied that it wouldn’t be in for several months. I said that yesterday’s book review announced that it had just been released in paperback. The clerk maintained that the paperback was months away but said that she would check further. She did something with her computer and said, “I was wrong. We will have it Tuesday.” I said, “It is always great when a woman tells me she was wrong.” I asked if she would say it again. Almost laughing, she repeated it.

The health guru pronounced, “Performing a difficult task before breakfast will spoil your entire day.” Now I know what has been the matter with my days. I have been getting up before breakfast.

I had assumed that the Conservative Political Action Committee was an America First group. However, they are meeting in Hungary. I did not know that Budapest is the place to put America first.

The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, described as an archconservative, said that until Nancy Pelosi was willing to “publicly repudiate” her position defending the “legitimacy of abortion,” she would not be able to receive the holy sacrament of communion, a central element of her Catholic faith. If publicly supporting a right to abortion violates Catholic belief, the judicial action of upholding the constitutionality of abortion should be an even more egregious violation of the faith with similar severe of consequences. Much has been made of what the recently confirmed Supreme Court Justices said about the Roe v. Wade precedent, but the Senators were deficient in not asking the obvious question: “Do you believe that upholding the constitutionality of abortion would violate your religious faith? If so, would you recuse yourself from abortion decisions?”

We hear a lot these days about the great replacement theory. I don’t remember who said it, but it was wise: “‘The great replacement’ is a phrase generally attributed to a French writer, Renaud Camus, who said: ‘The great replacement is very simple. You have one people, and in the space of a generation, you have a different people.’  That, of course, is a good definition of America.”

At a political meet-and-greet, the candidate said what I have heard from many others: “We can do whatever we set our minds to.” Each time I hear this cliché, I think: Poppycock. And, by the way, the candidate lost in the primary.

The announcer said that the player had just returned to the roster after having had an emergency appendectomy. How often does someone have a scheduled appendectomy?