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January 19th, 2017

Thanks Obama

I mostly hate this stupid country. Eight years of inclusion. Eight years of relative prosperity. Eight years of being represented by someone thoughtful, erudite and steady. I have my own criticisms of the Obama administration, but the vitriol that accompanied his tenure as commander in chief is something I'll never understand.

That's not true. I could have titled this post "This is why we can't have nice things" and just written "racism" and been done with it. Obama's signature achievement (Obamacare) is being repealed to cheers among the right who think that the Affordable Care Act will save them.You fucking people.

Now we're being lead by a giant orange baby who is choosing people so woefully unqualified for their prospective jobs it would be too absurd for a Monty Python sketch. And did I mention they are overwhelmingly racist and misogynist? After listening to everyone on the right say "it's about limited government!" for years, turn out I was right all along. You solipsistic idiots.

Listen, I'm a straight, middle-aged white guy - I'll be fine. But that's not what this is about, except I think it speaks to the crux of this situation. This is about empathy. Some people have none. They are the GOP. Their fucks extend to themselves, or their family, or maybe the people that look and feel and act exactly like they do. You are toilet people. A pox on all your houses.

Maybe this isn't worth saving. I'll fight where I can for disenfranchised and deligitimized, but I think I'm done feeling like this is actually the land of the free and the home of the brave. Too many cowards are working too hard to take that freedom from ordinary people. That's not exceptionalism, it's a kleptocracy. You ignorant fucks can have it.

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January 11th, 2017

All out of fucks to give

I got a text Monday afternoon inviting me to a meeting and asking for help "reforming the Democratic party." My initial reaction upon receiving it was "fuck you, you fucking piece of shit asshole" because I happen to know for a fact that the invitation came from someone who voted third party in the last election. For the foreseeable future, that's my response to anyone who voted for Cheeto Mussolini or Dems who didn't vote for Hillary when they ask me for so much as a stick of gum. For the next four years, setup a google alert and write a personal letter of apology to every woman and minority and LGBTQ person who is harassed or made to feel less safe by this regime's policies or in their name and then I will consider giving you the time of the day. I need your act of contrition before I so much as want to be in the same room as you.

Besides that, I understand that the Democrats need reforming. At least there are things about the Dems that I don't care for and would like to see changed. But despite the fucking colossal ass hats who voted for Jill Stein, Hillary won the popular vote by two and a half million votes. It's not like we need an overhaul here. The planks of the Democrat's platform have gotten more progressive over the years. I don't need to sit in a room with a bunch of Bernie bros for two hours, listening to a bunch of idyllic morons scream their version of "54°40' or fight!" because they've chosen the worst time in history to draw an arbitrary line in the sand and would rather burn this fucking place to the ground rather than work the system.

I'd rather spend my time and energy addressing the things that actually keep the will of the people from being voiced. Things like restoring the Voting Rights Act. Fighting against unconstitutional gerrymandering. Making sure Republican led voter suppression efforts are rolled back and abolished. Getting rid of the Electoral College. Supporting a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United. I support everyone at that meeting who wants to make the Democratic Party more progressive. And believe me, I am with you in understanding that everyone needs to sit around whinging once in a while. I just happen to think that the positions of the Democrats aren't necessarily the issue, and a bunch of fucking juvenile imbeciles who didn't want to swallow a bitter pill to keep Orange Julius Caesar from power, well fuck you, you fucking piece of shit assholes.

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January 6th, 2017

5 innocuous things that are making me happy in and around the present moment

- On our now annual Xmas sojourn to Montreal, we listened to the audiobook of The Daily Show: An Oral History. Despite the distraction of having famous voices being read by voice actors, one thing was abundantly clear: I miss that goddamn show. As the BDGF put it, "Jon Stewart was what got me through the Bush years. Now what am I supposed to do?" I unfortunately don't have a concrete answer to that, but you can kick that question down the road a bit with this final Luther, Obama's anger translator sketch from last night's Daily Show.

- Rogue One is pretty great as both a Star Wars film and a war movie, but it fucking rules as a Hollywood blockbuster that isn't whiter than a Trump rally. I like to think I've always felt that representation matters, and I know that now more than ever we have to fight for it. If you feel like getting a little emotional (or just want some concrete proof) here's a story that'll make the room real dusty.

- Even with all of the great shizz on TV these days, I miss the show Happy Endings. There's nothing on right now that matches the joke density of that show. Luckily, the cast recently reunited to do a table read of a lost episode. It's a-maaz-ing.

- For true TV nostalgia, may I recommend this debut episode of The Price Is Right from 1972? Goes great with sick and snow days.

- Finally:

You solipsistic idiots and bigots who voted for that jackass-o'-lantern can continue to go fuck yourselves.

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