Just got a fundraising letter from a candidate who hopes to be “only the tenth woman to hold statewide office”. I think at this point we can declare victory and stop talking about it.

Definition of “inadmissible”, by Ambrose Bierce

INADMISSIBLE, adj. Not competent to be considered. Said of certain kinds of testimony which juries are supposed to be unfit to be entrusted with, and which judges, therefore, rule out, even of proceedings before themselves alone. Hearsay evidence is inadmissible because the person quoted was unsworn and is not before the court for examination; yet most momentous actions, military, political, commercial and of every other kind, are daily undertaken on hearsay evidence. There is no religion in the world that has any other basis than hearsay evidence. Revelation is hearsay evidence; that the Scriptures are the word of God we have only the testimony of men long dead whose identity is not clearly established and who are not known to have been sworn in any sense. Under the rules of evidence as they now exist in this country, no single assertion in the Bible has in its support any evidence admissible in a court of law. It cannot be proved that the battle of Blenheim ever was fought, that there was such as person as Julius Caesar, such an empire as Assyria.

But as records of courts of justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witchcraft and executed was without a flaw; it is still unimpeachable. The judges’ decisions based on it were sound in logic and in law. Nothing in any existing court was ever more thoroughly proved than the charges of witchcraft and sorcery for which so many suffered death. If there were no witches, human testimony and human reason are alike destitute of value.

No matter which store, they’re always nearly out of plain soy milk but they’ve got a full shelf of vanilla-flavored. Has the purchasing department been bribed by Big Vanilla?

A blue jay is sitting on the garden fence. A minute ago, he was holding a cicada in his beak. Then he swallowed it. Since then, he’s been sitting there with his mouth wide open. Suspect cicadas don’t taste very good. 🌱

I haven’t filled up the bird feeder lately, so a squirrel just climbed up there with a walnut in his mouth. BYON.

Had to clean up a roadkill skunk in 95° heat today. Even though I’m fully vaccinated, I think I’m going to keep a mask around. They come in handy.

The way things are named in the Pentagon these days, maybe the Navy should change its name to the United States Water Force. #mbnov

The pampas grass was knocked down by a storm. I had to bind each tuft up with string to keep it off the ground. It looks ridiculous. #mbnov

The kids across the street are using a bicycle pump to inflate a glow-in-the-dark basketball so they can keep playing. #mbnov

What will the holiday shopping season be like this year? Without all the hustling and bustling? It’s puzzling. #mbnov

Old pickup truck with Farm Use plates, up on blocks. Drive shaft lying on the ground. Underneath the chassis, near the socket wrenches, a crystal ashtray. #mbnov

According to the OED, “astonish” used to be the word for what an electric eel does to you. “Stunned” also used to be spelled with an “o”. I love dictionaries.

The smartest professors warned last summer not to schedule any exams this week. No matter how things come out, the students won’t be able to concentrate. #mbnov

“Once upon a midnight dreary…” is all done for now. November 1st is a traditional holiday for ravens after the rush of October. #mbnov

Playing a CD of Mozart’s 1st Horn Concerto in my car. Park. Go into hardware store, where they’re playing Mozart’s 2nd Horn Concerto. 🧐