A federal judge has ordered the appointment of a special master to see if any of the federal records recovered from Mar-a-Lago are protected by “executive privilege.” Dobbs, the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, held in essence that because a right to privacy is not explicitly stated in the Constitution, a right to abortion could not be inferred from the charter’s text. Like abortion, executive privilege is not in the Constitution’s text. That privilege is inferred from the Constitution’s structure which supposedly mandates a Separation of Powers. Many constitutional rights are not stated in the Constitution but inferred from its structure and text. But not the right to choose for women.

Stories about Mikhail Gorbachev’s death report that he ended the cold war. And right after that, the American defense budget decreased. Oh, wait, it didn’t. Apparently like death and taxes, increased defense spending is inevitable.

 For tennis and some other televised sports, the graphics indicate the home country of a competitor with a flag. This is of little use to me since I don’t know the difference between Spain’s flag and Portugal’s, Chile’s and Argentina’s, Bulgaria’s, and Belarus’s. And come on, how many of you know the colors of Liechtenstein’s standard? If only I could find vexillographer Sheldon Cooper’s podcasts of “Fun with Flags.”

Each tennis player had won a point. The umpire intoned the score: “Fifteen all.” Would it be more grammatically correct or more accurate if she had said, “Fifteen both”?

If there is a connection between the singing of the national anthem and patriotism, then sports fans must love this country much more than those who do not know what a pick-off move is. I have heard in person or on broadcasts the national anthem before car races and baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and soccer games. Until this year, I had not heard it before a tennis match, but then I heard the “Star-Spangled Banner” sung on the first night of the U.S. Open this year. But even though I have heard it said that professional golfers are the most conservative of professional athletes and that golfers in general are more conservative than those who indulge in other pursuits, I have not heard the Anthem as part of the too-many golf telecasts I have seen. May I consequently assume that those at a golf event are less patriotic than those at a football or baseball game?  I wonder if our previous Golfer-in-Chief ever sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”—assuming he knows the words—before he plopped down in a golf cart for his frequent eighteen holes. Perhaps if he had sung the National Anthem more, he would have supported the Capitol Police. But then again, would you be surprised that as a result of the new golf organization, that Has Been Guy wants to learn the national anthem of Saudi Arabia?

 Life expectancy has dropped for the last two years. Another way to state that is the decline in life expectancy that started under Donald Trump has continued.

I admire people who follow their principles at a personal cost, but how should I react when I think those principles are silly? I am looking at you, Novak Djokovic.


On yet another Bloomsday, I remind myself that I am in the tiny minority who have read James Joyce’s Ulysses twice. And that I also am in the huge majority who don’t have a bar of lemon soap’s understanding of the novel.


Joyce’s Ulysses was banned for a long time in the United States and elsewhere for being obscene. Did that mean there were people who were turned on by the modernist novel?


The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) holds the WCWS (Women’s College World Series.) Doesn’t seem right.


My old corner mailbox was swapped for a newer version. I found this notice on the still-pristine receptacle: “For security of your mail, avoid putting mail in the box after last posted pick-up time.” No matter when I put the envelope in the slot, I am simultaneously inserting it both before and after that last listed time. What, then, should I do? And is this notice implying that there are pick-up times that are not posted?


The sign said, “One Stop Truck and Boom Repair.” I looked for, but did not find, any place that was a two-stop truck and boom repair shop.


I jokingly told my thrice-married friend that I would teach him all about women. He responded, “I know a lot about women. . . . I just don’t believe it.”


Have you ever wondered what Kellyanne Conway does all day?


When I said that the beachgoers were formicating, she thought that I said something dirty.


“He’s a prince.” Doesn’t sound derogatory. But compare: “She’s a princess.”


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said: “If I blunder, everyone can notice it; not so, if I lie.” Hasn’t Donald Trump definitively disproved that?


In a newspaper column, the writer speculated about why the recent anti-abortion laws passed in many states have wiped out the longstanding exceptions for rape and incest. I had assumed it was because the male legislators passing the laws wanted to father more children.


Double dactyl for the day (courtesy of the spouse):

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat,

Executive privilege.

A meaningful subject for all to explore.

The subject can be somewhat


With Trump, it’s a practice to strongly abhor.