This has been a rough couple of days. My mother-in-law passed away last week and we just returned from her memorial service. I didn't write about it last week--primarily because I was too busy, and also because I kind of enjoyed the distraction of arguing about guns and gun culture.
The service went well and did what those services are supposed to do. I had major issues with many individual elements (the pastor is a nice guy, but could not stop from preaching rather than talking about my mother-in-law), but appreciate that it was a necessary step toward some kind of process of grieving this loss.
That said, and I think I will write more about this experience, I returned home to see the news that Republican Steve Stockman has invited Ted Nugent to the SOTU speech. If you want any better example of the destructive culture that I keep trying to describe, look no further.