Annual Baby J Update

So the nativity is back at the corner of our block again, each character lit up with 40 watts of celestial joy. In the past years I've recounted how the infant is typically wedged, catty corner, in a plastic magazine rack. Last year I think it was a plastic laundry basket. This year - upgrade! He now rolls about in a wicker (looking) basket about the same size as the plastic laundry one from last year. It's pretty funny, the whole plastic crew clustered around the unlit basket, like everyone wants to dive in and find their missing sock. On the other hand at least some things never change much.
We tolerated it here in the US against a presidential candidate so why doesn't Canada feel the same?
Canadian politicians have expressed outrage after protesters at a political rally chanted "lock her up" about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Protesters erupted into jeers at a rally against a carbon tax, hosted by the right-wing Rebel media group. "Lock her up" was frequently chanted by Donald Trump supporters in reference to Hillary Clinton during the US election. Mrs Clinton was under FBI investigation over her emails but Ms Notley has not faced any criminal probe.(BBC)
Yes women who aspire are criminals for challenging the status quo. Generally the same actions and antics performed by men (Oh that silly email server that Colin Powell had was NO big deal) is the basis for criminal proceedings against women. Sure we mock religious islamic zealots for forcing women to hide their faces but we totally support radical jews who do the same, or judges that ask rape victims if their dress or drunkeness meant they deserved what they got. It's a sliding scale but all on the same spectrum. Women are losers. It's a historical fact. They take the brunt of everything bad, from famine to getting off an aircraft on fire, women die first, suffer most, and in many cases they accept their fate without fighting. Lock her up. Yes lock HER up. Because she dared. Imagine that.

A Dearth Of Cheer

Usually by now the streets around me are awash in LED cheer. Blinking, twinkling the lights tangle porches and trees, festoon eves and windows. This year not so much. Maybe one house every two or three blocks has lights up; an odd occurrence for a typically relaxed and kid friendly area. It's not hard to imagine why, for my part I'm hardly encouraged to put pen to holiday card myself. The last time I'd felt this level of depression was in 2001. I didn't send cards then either. Now that I think about it I feel the same scale of devastation, only this it's not outsiders hating us, it's US hating US. What did the old cartoon Pogo say?
"We have met the enemy and he is us." (Pogo)
All too true. All too true. Happy Hellidays Everyone!
Yes it's tRumpMerica folks! And the first order of business is to harass everyone and anyone who DOESN'T hold your fucked up views. Case in point: for the first time ever I received a call that started with a young woman asking if I were Pro-Life. I live in Massachusetts ffs. Of COURSE I'm NOT Pro-Life. I'm not sure when she precisely I hung up. I think it was midway between "You're to blame for every unwanted child that dies in America" and "You have no empathy for what it means to be a single, pregnant woman" but she bailed on me. I wished the blank air "And have a nice day" with the most hatred that I could muster. Yes, tRump fans, this is your day so make the most of it. You get to alienate your fellow citizens with the presumption that we hold your caustic views. Just don't be surprised when that acid gets vomited right back all over your nice, shiny, new tRump shirt. The harassment has started, on phones and in our faces. Think life isn't going to change? Guess again. It already has. You just better fucking PRAY that it doesn't affect you.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police are looking for three men who taunted a Muslim woman aboard a subway train, yelling "Donald Trump" and calling her a terrorist.
This is what you wanted. Proud yet?
Happy Thanksgiving to all--even the haters and losers! (DT)
Remember, this is the guy that 50 million americans voted for. If you're one of the 50 million, this IS what you voted for. This IS what you're giving america. So don't be surprised in the least when those that voted for sanity, dignity and honesty give you the same shit right back. HAPPY THANKSGIVING FUCKTARDS!

Gonna Be Ugly

This is going to be one hate-filled "thanks" giving this year. I, personally, have taken steps to draw a neutral zone in the areas I can and told everyone to expect an abrupt exit from me should that not be respected. If that's how things are around here I can visualize how non-homogeneous families will be this year. Hate doesn't heal. It festers. Sure you can ignore it, but then eventually it starts to smell and you lose a limb. Happy holidays!
On a flight to retrieve their son's body, the Perrys were booed. Their son, Sgt. John Perry, was killed when he tried to stop a suicide boomer in Afghanistan. He may have saved 100 people or more.
(Stewart Perry) told the Daily News that he, his wife and his daughter were delayed on an American Airlines flight from Sacramento to Phoenix, and were allowed to leave the plane first so they did not miss a connecting flight that brought them to the East Coast so they could reach Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Perry said that other passengers in the first class cabin hissed when the captain mentioned that everyone needed to remain seated because family and "military personnel" needed to leave, and added that he believed that at least some passengers had been told that the family members of a fallen soldier were aboard. ?To hear the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star family, and the first class cabin booing that was really upsetting, and it made us cry some more,? he told KOVR, who first reported the story. The elder Perry juxtaposed the "people who only think about themselves" to the second flight, which waited for his family despite them being late. He praised the respectful nods from passengers on the second flight had, saying that he has also noticed others with a disregard for the loved ones left behind by veterans.
Shame on those people on that first flight. I wonder if anyone who didn't boo shamed those that did or if they just sat mutely. Are we only willing to support and protect certain classes people, like gays, handicapped and minorities, from ridicule and abuse? Those pointing fingers at those they assume hate need to make sure they aren't passing on the hate themselves. Please don't throw salt in the wound of a parent who lost a child, whether you agree with our military or not. Only we can decide to to come together despite what others do around us.

Buying In

So, Ladies and Germs, let's look behind Curtain A, let's read the packing list, examine the fine print because it appears that many people just bought without checking the details. When you voted for tRump what exactly did you agree to? (This is like one of those "contract with the Devil" or "Rent to own" things where you're so caught up with the excitement of getting something NEW that you didn't quite do the diligence that was required, no worries though, because I'm here to help.) Item 1: Intolerance - by voting for der tRumpmeister you affirmed that you hate immigrants and non-whites to the point where you'd threaten their family and their lives Item 2: Misogyny - women should know their places, they should NOT be news anchors, they should NOT complain when they are mistreated by rich men, they should NOT aspire to an equal wage, they should NOT be allowed to make their own medical decisions Item 3: Greed - wealth wins, more than laws, more than honesty. Being rich means you really can do whatever you want and flaunt it. Item 4: Lies - did you know that tRump voters retweeted "news" from certified fake sources? Yes really: "My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don't fact-check anything -- they'll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up." (Paul Horner) Item 5: Selfishness - unless you're an Eskimo or a Native American someone in your family tree came here, unless you're a Rockefeller or Kennedy chances are someone in your family needed financial help from the government. Why should that stop for everyone else just because YOU don't need it any more? Item 6: Ignorance - making shit up is NOT the same as looking shit up, but you've affired that the facts don't matter to you one bit, in fact it's preferred. Congratulations! But wait there's more! And you won't know all the deets until four years from now, so good luck with that!
Next week is Thanksgiving. It is a time when we should pause to take stock of all that is good in our lives and be thankful. I know I am thankful for all the good things in my life including friends and family, blood or choosen. However, this year's presidential election it is not without a certain level of angst. Dysfunction - The mass reaction has lead to many people not being able to effectively do their jobs or live their lives. The outcome of this election will affect our lives. However, it will be a long time before there is any real change if any at all. Most of us are still doing the same shit everyday that we did before the election, and likely before the presidential race started. From the Game of Thrones: "The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace." Really, does anything else matter to use little people. Discord - There have been all out feuds in families. Friends have stopped talking to friends. One woman even packed her eight year old's things in a suitcase and kicked the kid out over a mock election at school. It has been a bit like the civil war without cannons, muskets or bayonets. And please don't get any ideas. But just to be sure, be extra selective about who wields the carving knife this year. Polar - That is polar as in opposite of character or the North and South Poles. People have been shrilly shouting at the opposition and no one seemly hears or cares what the other side has to say. One side pushing and shoving the other further and further away to the point that they may as well live at opposite ends of the world. Politics - No matter who you voted for, the election itself was like the climax from some cheap B horror flick featuring gruesome, snarling monsters snapping at each other. Honestly, it may as well be a cheap movie. Most politicians are so disingenuous that they might be eligible for an Academy Award if it were the political stage were a movie set. We need to reclaim our sanity, or what passed as sanity previously. We need to work together. Name calling and crying accomplishes nothing. Ask yourselves, is it worth alienating those close to you based on the results of one election?
There's something special about bullshit, it makes both the target and the shit-slinger smell like poo. Unless of course, it's election time and the voters are not too discriminating. In which case the person slinging the shit can come out smelling like roses while object of derision is buried in slander encircled by an angry mob with torches and pitchforks. The problem here is that mob mentality is NOT what you want to elect a government, you want people who will stop, think and decide for themselves whether the slander is true or not. Ideally. Clearly that's not the case here. Here we had bread and circuses that appealed to the "I, Me, Mine" voters with such effectiveness that even typical selfish schmucks got off their asses to vote. No, that's not hyperbole it's the truth. In this case a successful business-owner who had never once voted, actually got off her ass to go vote for Trump. Why? Because this cunt had never, ever paid taxes on her business and the idea that a total shitbag who was proud of cooking the books could be president eliminated her guilt (and gave her hope that maybe she too would never get caught cheating.) The thing is, dear shitbags, that if you think your choices won't come to haunt you, that it will be life as usual, nothing will change day to day, well you're wrong. You see things HAVE ALREADY CHANGED. The world has divided into two groups: those who see themselves as all that matters and those who see our society and everyone in it as all that matters. Further, those who have voted for tRump and who choose to bandy this about (and most do, either because they want assuage their guilt or attack someone else) also choose to brand themselves with a scarlet "T". Your vote, your choice, it's true, but it's also your consequences as well. Because once you're out of the closet (as it were) there's no going back and the people around you then get to choose also. So yeah, not my problem? Oh no, you're sadly misinformed because it is your problem, because your life (and everyone else's) has changed. And not for the better.

I feel pretty and witty and ...

Just to be difficult and different, I'm going to start writing about light-hearted topics I find fun.  (Boom, professional smiley bitches)

For my first foray into frivolity, I want to discuss one of my favorite TV shows I rarely talk about. Gilmore Girls. Cheesy ass theme song aside, this is a really good show.

This brings up an interesting fact about me, by the way. Besides for liking dick (and possibly the West Side Story joke in the title connected to this fact, referencing the moving of course) my fondness for the Gilmore Girls is probably the gayest thing about me.

But I digress. This show makes me happy. I relate very strongly to one of the main characters (Paris Geller). While people who know me may disagree, she closely matches how I view myself... for better and for worse. Disdain for most people, stupid indiscretions, fierce passion, and often perceived arrogance that is really self-doubt and insecurity in disguise. If I could magically change into one person, it'd probably be Paris. She is the unfiltered me; how I would act if I truly didn't give a fuck about people (too bad I do).

So here's my multimedia tribute, a decent compilation of some great Paris Geller antics.


PS, all 153 episodes are on Netflix and the revival (four 90 minute episodes) is coming November 25th. I can't wait.

PSS, Tie your tubes idiot

I used to hear that a New Yorker would never get to be president because everyone in the nation hated them. I guess that's true if the New Yorker is a reasonable person, but as it turns out, if that New Yorker is the BIGGEST asshole the nation ever produced... well then all the shitbags in the nation will vote for him. Note I said "him". On the other hand, tRump isn't the only shitbag that New York ever produced, nor is he alone. Truth be told the state is saturated with them, and I should know because guess where *I* come from? Yeah, brotha, yeah. Of course SOME people try harder not to give that secret away, and so, it's no surprise to see the current Governor come out swinging against one of the state's own.
"Let me be absolutely clear: If anyone feels that they are under attack, I want them to know that the state of New York -- the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor -- is their refuge. Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York...We won't allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state." ?NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
He's right, of course. New York IS the home for immigrants. It has been a welcome port for all, including BOTH sides of my family. So when immigrants are attacked it becomes personal to me, and as a born and bred New Yorker, it becomes even MORE personal when the future dick-head-in-charge decides to make this the modern-version Holocaust. Yes immigrants come here, have come here and most of all SHOULD come here. Because they're not white any more shouldn't make one goddamn bit of difference. So here we go, new tagline folks: This sucks and so and do all tRump voters. Bye!

When The Boomers Die

If there's one thing in common with all the fucked up shit happening in the world it's that the Boomers are still influencing things. They're responsible for Brexit, Trump, and a host of other problems stemming from their withering brains. The sooner they croak the better, honestly. They sure enjoyed the fuck out of themselves in the 60's, 70's and even 80's but now that they're old it's "fuck everyone else", give me small government and all the Medicare the nation can't afford. When the Boomers die off, say in about 10 - 20 years the world will be in a much, much better place.
The funny thing, the most typical line I heard from Trump voters were "Oh, he's not really like that." Well let's see, in the few minutes of news I've heard so far: * tRump doesn't want to live in the White House because it doesn't have gold bathroom fixtures * he's appointed all his kids as "consultants" which enables them to set policies AND profit from them * he's anointed a card-carrying racist to his cabinet So what part of "not really like that" is he really? Seems like he really IS as shitty as he proposed to be. Oh, and best part? He's already backing down on all the promises he made during the election, from leaving NATO, to building a wall, to eliminating Obamacare, to incarcerating Hillary. Tell me now... what's not to like?

The KKK Took My Baby Away

Wonder if Trump will deport Mrs. Trump when it turns out her citizen papers are forged. Unless she's "service industry", I guess...
I never forget. It's a thing, maybe remarkable in some ways. Some people say "time heals all wounds" and maybe that's true for them, but it's not for me. The people that I hated in high school I still hate today. Friends that betrayed me, I still avoid. For whatever reason I don't have the "forgive and forget" capacity and perhaps more importantly, I don't feel the need for it. In a nutshell, if you piss me off you'd best believe that I will stay that way. I will be civil, if the circumstances demand such, for example people at work who have wronged me. But don't think for a second that such civility means that I won't be looking for an opportunity to give you that slight nudge down a flight of stairs. In total honestly I also believe that everyone else in the world ALSO will treat me the same, so why the fuck would I be naive enough to give someone an opportunity to hurt me? In the same vein, why the fuck would I overlook an opportunity to get even? So word up folks, those of you that voted for Trump and, while we're at it, America in general, I will use my skills and abilities to make your lives "better". By better, I mean more transparent. To our government. If I had a way to enforce TSA rectal scans for every air traveller, I certainly would. If I can find a way to eliminate the notion of "personal privacy" I will. Anything you want to hide? I want to make sure our government finds it. Yes, it's the dawning of a new era of hell. And by all the gods I'm going to help it along in every way I can.

Did You Vote For Trump?

If yes, then: I hate you. Did you forget to vote at all? If yes, then: I also hate you. Did you vote for a third party? If yes, then: I don't outright hate you, but I respect that you voted and I wish you'd considered what your vote really meant.