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. . . and they are ugly.
Happy Friday, and my apologies in advance for sharing this rather sobering information ahead of your weekend.
But Gallup - the polling company - has been doing a big annual survey for 20 years now of how Americans feel on a variety of topics, and the results merit your attention.
If only because of how sad it all is.
The complete article is here, including full-sized versions of the graphics above.
Interestingly, the views of many Republicans have strayed farther from the American mainstream over 20 years. On things like guns, abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and climate change.
Why is that? It begs the question of whether their news sources affirm or inform them? Gosh, am I being elite?
On Monday, I'll summarize the charts above by grouping the subjects and - shocker - giving my take on each.
And no, all of this does not signal a return to my hair-on-fire diatribes against Trump and his enablers. In fact, it's the opposite, and there's even a contest on Monday intended to show our unity as a country.
Until then, have a great weekend.
FROM THE UNWASHED MASSES
A superwoman herself, Nicki Vale opened up about Barbie and its impact.
It was such a great movie, that line you quoted about how hard it is to be a woman brought me to tears.
Oh, man up, beeyatch.
Kidding. In fact, I cried myself.
Apparently not brought to tears by the Carly Simon song I played on Wednesday was Max "Madras" Ryder.
And I thought for sure that today's song choice would have been this one? I’ll keep trying . . .
Okie From Muskogee - Merle Haggard
Hysterical. No, really - I see what you did there. But perhaps the plaid-clothed one should leave the music to the professionals?
Thank you to any one that is reading this newsletter.