The Pelosis and a haunted America…

Halloween is always my favorite holiday. I loved putting up glow-in-the-dark bats and watching monster-chiller-horror movies at midnight.


The world is too afraid. Politics is very cruel. The horror is very real.

When I was a kid, on October 31st, my older brother wore a vinyl LP of Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” that he had carefully cleaned. Walt Disney used haunting music in his animated masterpiece “Fantasia” about the surreal celebration of evil during the witches’ sabbath night.

Chernabog, the lord of evil and death, shrouded in a dark cape, stands atop a jagged peak, summoning ghosts, witches, and vampires to circle out of the mountain to pay homage. I was relieved when the church bells rang in the early hours of the morning to drive them away.

But now evil spirits lurk around us. They will not be driven away.

America seems haunted by random violence and casual cruelty every day. In New York, subway riders are pushed onto the tracks and innocent bystanders are shot. Officers across the country face kidnapping plots, armed visits to their homes, assaults and death threats. From parks to schools to supposedly impregnable, protected capitals and the homes of the rich and famous, no place seems safe.

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In some states, women — and girls — seeking abortions are criminalized. In Uvalde, Texas, 376 police officers were stationed in and around an elementary school when a young psychopath called the police in a frenzy with an AR-15 rifle, killing terrified children… for what?

On Friday, The New York Post reported that someone I know, Sarah Feinberg, a former Obama official and former New York City transit chairwoman, was punched in the face in Chelsea by someone walking in the bike lane.

Now comes news of a crazed man who broke into a house in the middle of the night and hit an 82-year-old man in the head with a hammer after demanding to know where his famous wife was. Perfect Halloween movie fare. Except it actually happened.

America seems haunted by random violence and casual cruelty every day. In New York, subway riders are pushed onto the tracks and innocent bystanders are shot.

One of the most terrifying stories to come out of Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 attack on capital and democracy was, “Where’s Nancy?” When the mob roamed the halls banging on the Speaker’s door with bloody taunts.

Speaker Pelosi was not there, thank God. She huddled with other top officials in a secure bunker, fielding call after call for help that was slow to arrive.

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Luckily, she was safe in DC with her security detail when a man broke into her Pacific Heights home in San Francisco early Friday morning. He smashed the patio glass door and assaulted her husband, struggling with the attacker for control of a hammer. On Jan. 6, in a numbing echo, the man shouted to Paul Pelosi, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” When the police arrived, the man said he was “waiting for Nancy.”

Paul Pelosi, who likes to act in amateur musicals and has been married to Nancy for 59 years, called 911, the New York Times reported, which may have saved his life by bringing police to his home. He was hit several times in the arms and head with a hammer and was taken to hospital for surgery for a fractured skull and is expected to recover.

Police said the intruder was 42-year-old David DePape of Berkeley, California. CNN reported that DePape’s relatives confirmed that he owns a Facebook account spreading Trump’s conspiracies on topics ranging from climate change to COVID. In his posts, he cast doubt on the validity of the 2020 election — pushing pillows and licking grotesque videos of Trump Mike Lindell. He defended the Trump rebels who stormed the Capitol.

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Donald Trump, with his usual level of class, issued a message of condolence to the family of rock ‘n’ roll “killer” Jerry Lee Lewis, who died Friday at age 87, but said nothing about the Pelosi family all day. .

On Twitter, Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois urged GOP candidates and elected officials to speak out against the “horrific” attack. He may not have had in mind the kind of speech that Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin did. Yankin joked about the assassination attempt: “There’s no room for violence anywhere, but we’re sending her back to be with him in California.”

Democrats have done well on climate change and gun legislation, and have enjoyed some backlash for the dark prince of the Supreme Court, Samuel Alito. Now the Republicans seem poised to win back the House and possibly the Senate with a slew of incompetent and hypocritical candidates.

“I can’t believe anyone would vote for these people,” Pelosi told Carl Hulse of the New York Times during a fundraising swing.

But a wild mood has taken hold. If you think Washington is horrible right now, wait.

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