One of my friends started playing the guitar

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God help me, I’ve ruined her life.

I was just trying to be helpful, so I told her about Luna guitars, which are designed for women — smaller, lighter. The designs are also very pretty. (I have this one, although I assure you I didn’t pay anywhere near this price.)

The company was founded by a stained-glass artist whose mom was a bass session player. As her mother got older, she had trouble with older, heavier guitars. These guitars were the solution.

But anyway. My friend’s been practicing away, and I called her yesterday to see how it was going. She hesitated, and said, “It’s like an addiction. I find myself looking at guitars all the time now, I can’t stop thinking about them. I want more!”

Oh my God, I’ve infected her. Her life will now be one long miserable longing for that next guitar.

This Guitar Acquisition Virus is an actual thing, by the way. So much so, they even make T-shirts. (I saw one last week that said, “I woke up from a nightmare that I died, and my wife sold my guitars for what I told her I paid for them.”) And when I buy used guitars, the first thing I ask is why they’re selling. The invariable answer: “I bought a new one, and my wife said I couldn’t have it unless I promised to get rid of one.”

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Trump said he made $21 million in income from his New York contracts. He actually made a lot less.

The Wollman Rink

When he was running for president last May, Donald Trump released 104 pages of details about his finances, including a claim that he earned nearly $21 million through contracts with New York City to run two skating rinks in Central Park and a Bronx golf course. Much of what Trump asserts remains unverified since he has… Continue Reading →

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Lindsey Graham: Trump budget ‘dead on arrival’

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Here’s some good news:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s budget outline is “dead on arrival” and that proposed cuts to State Department funding “would be a disaster.”

“It’s dead on arrival. It’s not going to happen. It would be a disaster,” Graham said.

He said that if Trump limits the State Department’s ability to exercise “soft power” he is “never going to win the war.”

“What’s most disturbing about the cut in the State Department’s budget, it shows a lack of understanding,” Graham said.

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About last night

Big Media is falling all over itself to praise Trump for being able to read off a teleprompter this morning. “Presidential!” “Pivot!” “Extraordinary!”

Meanwhile, he announced a new office to track violent crimes by immigrants. And if you think that won’t be used to whip up the mobs for mass deportation, you are a more trusting person than I.

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So Betsy DeVos compares black colleges to charter choice

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Betsey DeVos provides lots of fodder for late night comedy, BUT…. You can’t make this up. The Education Department under Betsey DeVos issued a memo indicating that Historically Black Colleges and Universities are “pioneers of school choice.” No, Betsy DeVos, HBCUs were not pioneers of School Choice. They were created because there was NO CHOICE. You… Continue Reading →

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