Beautiful and powerful, Chris. Moved me to tears. Should be required reading. Love you, cousin!


Yes, Joe Biden wants to “unite the country.” But one place that desire should not carry over, post-Trump/Barr, is the Department of Justice.

Now is not the time to play nice. Public corruption and domestic terrorism threats need to be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

I have been reading rumors that Merrick Garland may be named Attorney General in the Biden administration. I know from reading his bio that Garland was one of the prosecutors in the Oklahoma City bombing case. He also was involved in the prosecution of the Unabomber and Olympics bombing cases, and a few public corruption cases, most notably the Marion Berry case in D.C.

He was appointed to the federal bench in 1995 by Bill Clinton. He has been on the bench ever since.

Garland may be a fine choice for leading the DOJ, but he is a long time…


A portly Donald Trump regales guests at Mar-a-Lago with tales of his epic electoral win in the Sunshine State amid the carnage of his 2020 loss.

“No one had ever seen a win like that,” Donald Trump exclaimed to the small crowd of guests who had surrounded his table in the restaurant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. It was breakfast on a Wednesday morning.

“Everyone in the fake news media said we were going to lose by ten points. And we won! We won! Florida… I love Florida.”

The 15 or so people who had gathered around included husbands and wives still in full MAGA gear months after the election, along with a few of their children ranging in age from five to 16. …


The malignant narcissist boasted to Bob Woodward about his downplaying of the severity of coronavirus. For our own good.

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump said March 19. He added: “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.” (Image courtesy of Julien Tromeur.}

Thank god for Donald Trump. He spared us the worry that COVID-19 was a deadly virus that could kill hundreds of thousands of us.

“You just breathe the air, and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis, saying the virus was as much as five times deadlier than the flu.

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump said March 19. He added: “I still…


Mark Zuckerberg talks a good game, but fails to deliver on policing hate, violence, fringe conspiracy theories and disinformation/misinformation.

Facebook even makes deleting your account difficult. It takes 30 days to delete your profile and content.

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t care. Every view, every click, every bit of data that can be converted into advertising dollars or another revenue stream is money to him and to Facebook. And that is why Facebook has done the bare minimum to address the hate speech, incitements to violence, outright death threats, conspiracy theories and misinformation and disinformation that infect its platform.

It’s all money to Zuckerberg and Facebook.

Know how I know? I reported a number of users for repeatedly posting violent threats: Threats to club Black Lives Matter protesters with baseball bats. Threats to take out protesters with sniper…


A discarded mask lies in the gutter of a suburban street.

Conservative anti-science messaging has driven a merger of anti-mask/anti-vaccine conspiracy cultures. What happens next?

Fascinating that even a majority of Republicans (58%) now believe in mask mandates to control novel coronavirus. Hardcore Trump supporters and fringe libertarians (the two groups often overlap) remain the holdouts.

Years of bellicose anti-science ravings by right-wing media loudmouths, politicians and our current president have consequences for our environment, and, of course, for our inability as a nation to get a handle on a virus that is killing 1,000+ of our fellow citizens daily.

The refusal of Trump and his administration sycophants to present a national strategy to control the outbreak — something every other developed nation in the…


Two weeks of bumping up against what Facebook considers “hate speech” shows just how little the platform is willing to do to stop the spread of hate.

Facebook claims they are removing hate speech. Really? According to Facebook, this pictured image does not qualify as “hate speech.”

The image you are looking at is a post I reported to Facebook as “hate speech.” This was Facebook’s response (bold mine):

Your report

Today at 3:13 PM

You anonymously reported XXXXXXXXX’s share for displaying hate speech.

Thanks for your feedback

Today at 4:16 PM

Thanks for your report — you did the right thing by letting us know about this. The post was reviewed, and though it doesn’t go against one of our specific Community Standards, we understand that it may still be offensive to you and others.


Is the story I tell of my life real or make-believe? Or somewhere in between?

Rollerblading down Venice Beach, circa 1986, maybe? Wonder what I was thinking at that moment?

I haven’t always been a good husband. I haven’t always been a good father. A good son. A good sibling. A good friend.

I haven’t, of course, because I’m human. I’ve been a bastard to my wife. A mean-tempered father to my kids. A son who loves his parents but has shirked some responsibility as they’ve aged. A brother who doesn’t check in nearly enough. A friend who can go ages without communicating with people I love.

I have doubts about my character. Am I more show than real? I think that sometimes. Some days it makes me feel bad…


A ride along the ocean and through a pastoral canyon reminds me that this will pass.

Entrance to a ranch on Gobernador Canyon Road in Carpinteria, California. A quiet ride is just what I needed.

Quiet moments are worth their weight in gold right now. Those chances to turn off the cacophony of our current predicament.and simply relax and realize that there still is much beauty and peace to be found, and that this beauty and peace is not going away despite the grim tragedy that surrounds us.

Yesterday was a day when I needed peace and beauty. I don’t think I consciously realized it until I left our place on my bike. I didn’t have a destination in mind, but as I rode the first few blocks, I decided to find a quiet route…


How friends and a LeMond Wayzata changed my life.

My trusty LeMond Wayzata, waiting patiently as I sit for a photo along Lake Michigan in Chicago.

I used to rollerblade from our apartment in Rogers Park on Chicago’s far north side down to my office in the River North neighborhood, just north of downtown. That was when the wind was from the north. When the wind was from the south, I would throw my Rollerblades over my shoulder and take the el to work and then roll home in the evening. It was a 10-mile trip.

At the time, I was playing hockey two or three nights a week. Skating to or from work was a great workout for a hockey player. I loved to skate…

Pat Navin

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