There’s another COVID variant that is really, really scary, says the media. (Just in time for the Christmas season.) Also the MAGA posse is taking over in New Hampshire, which is great news, but gives the sads to the Left, meaning the media. And then, since it’s a Monday tradition here we end with a reading from the Psalms.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Ah, Mondays are the best.

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  2. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher

    Xi was skipped because we’re following the Xience, obviously.

    “If you live in Massachusetts and you’re listening to this podcast, please move to New Hampshire. Your taxes are wicked high …”

    … you still get to say “wicked” …

    You’re doing good Max, keep it up.

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