Curt Clifton

“What’s obvious and belated is that most congressional Republicans were silent until their political futures seemed at risk. You have to wonder what it’s like to look in the mirror and see the face of someone who was essentially willing to condone the psychological torture of little children for political gain.” — Kathleen Parker

“This is perhaps the largest foreign policy crisis of our time: a U.S president who has lost the ability to distinguish friends from enemies. … We don’t know how this chaos will eventually coalesce. But one thing is certain: The alternative to the free world will be less free.” — Michael Gerson

“One of our two major parties appears to be hopelessly, irredeemably corrupt. And unless that party not only loses this year’s election but begins losing on a regular basis, America as we know it is finished.” —Paul Krugman

“For American voters, it means understanding the real stakes of this year’s midterm elections. … They are a referendum on American ideals that are older than any of us.” —David Leonhardt

“The United States of America was the easy-to-choose target for the fascists.” —Brent Simmons

The pumpkinführer’s lawyers almost got it right: “Having him testify^H demeans the office of the president before the world.”

I’m enjoying Alto’s Odyssey even more than the original.

Fired up the grill and made the summer’s first Moscow Mule while waiting on the charcoal.

The Barebottle Nitro Espresso Machiatto Stout was great too. Nicely sweet to complement the spicy pizza.

Blue Line Pizza in Campbell has legit Chicago style deep dish. I might be able to survive living in the South Bay sprawl after all.

We hiked the Tomales Point Trail yesterday—10 miles round trip in 20–30 mph winds. There were acres of wildflowers, literally chin deep for much of the hike.

New favorite tee shirt.

Go Sounders, beat Portscum. With the Fog City Faithful at Saint Stephen’s Green. #ebfg

“You might think that the G.O.P. would eventually learn …, realize that tax cuts aren’t magical, and come up with some different ideas. But … it’s difficult for a man to understand something when his campaign contributions depend on his not understanding it.” —Paul Krugman

Any pond will do…

Picked up a Stanley Type 11 No. 5 plane, circa 1910–1918. It’s in amazing condition.

“An amateur magician, Mr. Kasell once sawed NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg in half.” —Adam Bernstein

“we risk our country slipping further into the practice of a fraudulent form of American patriotism, where ‘soldiers’ are sacred, the work of actual soldiering is ignored and the pageantry of military worship sucks energy away from the obligations of citizenship.” —Phil Klay

This rose bush is extraordinary. Didn’t realize when we signed the lease in January that we were renting such nice flowers too.

“And because the institutional G.O.P. during his years was like a bayou airboat with a fire in its propeller and several alligators wrestling midship, an unhappy end for his career was all-but-foreordained.” —Ross Douthat