Donald's Blog

  This old house was only a few blocks from the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. All the neighborhood cats lived in the basement during the winter. The house has long since been torn down, but in 1972 there were AR2ax speakers in the front room, and a lot of good music was heard there.

«Feb 2021»

In the 21st century I am just as opinionated as ever, and I now have an outlet. I shall pontificate here about anything that catches my fancy; I hope I will not make too great a fool of myself. You may comment yea or nay about anything on the site; I may quote you here, or I may not. Send brickbats etc. to:


February 10, 2021

I'm back. (He said to the closet.)

I have decided to resume blogging occasionally. Everything around me is so interesting, and I can comment to my heart's content. Maybe turning 80 has been an impetus: I may as well pretend that I am immortal. 

I posted this on Facebook today:

“Nearly 60 percent of the people facing charges related to the Capitol riot [of 6 January 2021] showed signs of prior money troubles, including bankruptcies, notices of eviction or foreclosure, bad debts, or unpaid taxes over the past two decades,” reports the Washpo. Well, of course. The reason they are frustrated enough to make fools of themselves and get arrested for smashing up the Capitol is that they have no financial security. Their fathers and grandfathers belonged to unions and had good jobs, but all that has been wrecked since the Reagan years by the foolish greed of the richest people in the country, and today's working people are so ignorant they think that supporting a charlatan like Trump is the answer.

Addendum: I am reading A President Like No Other, by Conrad Black, an encomium of Trump. This was published in 2018 and I wondered if he regrets writing it in light of recent events, but according to his Twitter feed, he thinks that the second impeachment is outrageous. (Maybe it is simply that he has no taste.) There will be more about this book anon. Just now the point is that Lord Black (for he is a member of the House of Lords) has written that "most parents" in the USA blame the decline in our IQ on public schoolteachers. Without questioning his assertion that there has been a decline in our IQ, whatever IQ is or is not, I wonder whether a couple of generations of addiction to crap pop jmusic, "reality" TV, video games, social media etc etc might not be partly responsible for the ignorance of today's working people, mentioned above. As I have been saying for some time, we are all afloat on a sea of trash.