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This seems like a really excellent day not to be on Twitter any more.

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I continue to be mystified by the sentiment that being a First Amendment advocate means *socially* tolerating people I find obnoxious or contemptible. I keep getting “what kind of free speech advocate blocks people?” The kind who doesn’t deal with assholes when not professionally compelled to do so. The First Amendment isn’t a hair shirt.

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Mom asked, "I wonder when cherries bloom in Japan?" So I found 1200 years of data online and made her a plot.

Happy Wednesday, fediverse!

Anything exciting on your agenda for today?

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Google Bard sides with the Justice Department in the Google antitrust case

“I hope that the court will find in favor of the Justice Department and order Google to take steps to break up its monopoly”

@Pat frankly, I'd believe a finding by the USPS inspectors before the FBI. Those inspectors are dogged and amazing

@trinsec I'm sure there is a pokedex entry that speaks to the edibility of certain pokemon

The whole world leaves me with questions

Is anyone else concerned that Mom is wearing a cooking apron depicting a poke ball on a spoon?

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1/ It's almost a law of nature that upon election to public office, graduates of elite law school either forget everything they learned, or make a conscious decision to just completely ignore it.

Today's example comes to you from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who introduced the wildly unconstitutional HR 61 that creates a category of "white supremacy inspired hate crime":

Loss and Grief 

My family lost our oldest member last week; she passed at age 103. She was one of the last remaining members of my grandfather's generation, but someone I didn't know very well.

However, my 7yo was devastated; this is his first loss and there was a bond forged when he was 3 thru a Christmas gift from her, a gift she was embarrassed about. Yet he was over the moon for those red fox slippers and he's held on to them even though he's well outgrown them.

To help out, my wonderful wife turned one slipper into a cuddle, which has been magical. He got thru school yesterday without crying, just knowing the cuddle was in his backpack.

For me, the grief has been watching him process his own and understand what it means to no longer see someone ever again.

And it's also a reminder that what seems like a small or meaningless gift can have an outsized on people.

Thank you, Great-Aunt Elsie. We'll miss you.

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