For some time, looking out my left eye has been like looking through a damn ice cube. So, on Tuesday, I’m having a cataract removed. (I would like to have a calendar year without surgery. Am I asking for the moon?) Due to this eventuality, I will be hors de blogging for a couple of days. Subscribers can rest assured that the newsletter will appear on schedule. (Spoiler alert: Religious Fanatics — Threat Or Menace? And whatever happened to hermits anyway?) I suspect the folks down at mission control in NYC will concoct some way to fill the space in the shebeen. I also call upon all American newsmakers to take this week off to pray for my speedy recovery. That means you, Rudy.