The US Supreme Court has sided with the baker who refused, on religious grounds, to make a wedding cake for a gay male couple. Is this a portent of what's to come . . . The dissolution of gay marriage, the rolling back of Roe v. Wade? We're heading backward, backward, backward, and it seems the inmates are running the prison. To add to the misery I'm feeling, our illustrious president stated that he "has the absolute right to pardon himself". Note the choice of the word "absolute". These are frightening times in the USA, and I'm beginning to wonder if the country can be pulled back from the brink or if it will inexorably slide into a despotic theocracy.