I’ve been watching the Republican debates with some interest this election two years, not because I’m a fan, but because I’m curious. It certainly is an … interesting collection of options. Ex-Pat and I shared some political opinions, but we could never discuss our opinions. It always turned into bullying and then into some huge personal argument. MKL and I have rather different opinions, and don’t discuss politics much. But I do miss being able to have a dialogue about it. I don’t know enough to base all of my opinions on pure facts, because for one thing, I know that most of what I read or hear is presented with its own media bias and so I mistrust it, and for another thing, I trust my instincts and feelings, as I do on most things. I won’t share my political opinions here (yet) but I’m sure you can probably guess at my leanings.

Do you recall the days when political buttons were a big thing? I do. And this picture reminded me of that. Even though there aren’t any political buttons in this picture.

Durham, North Carolina.

Quote of the day: “Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.” — Bertrand Russell

Daily gratitudes:
Freedom of speech
My dermatologist
Seeing MKL
Talks with Kelsea

And a Happy 240th birthday to the Marine Corps. Many Marines have meant much to me personally, but all have meant more to us as a country than we can ever understand.