Curt Clifton

When the weather is always nice, you can store your ladders outside. That project reclaimed 3 ft^2 of garage space.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal … That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…” — Thomas Jefferson

“Ryan and many other Republicans have become the president’s poodles, not because James Madison’s system has failed but because today’s abject careerists have failed to be worthy of it.” — George F. Will

This fact is what makes me most despair for my country. These people don’t share America’s founding ideals. Secession seems like the only answer. “Mr. Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is now about 90 percent.” — Jeremy W. Peters

“No, the real crisis is an upsurge in hatred — unreasoning hatred that bears no relationship to anything the victims have done. And anyone making excuses for that hatred — who tries, for example, to turn it into a “both sides” story — is, in effect, an apologist for crimes against humanity.” — Paul Krugman

“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…