Hello, Newman.

I’m still working on the song in my head.  I got distracted trying out different drum kits and creating them with my own sounds.  I created one of nothing but sounds my cat makes.  Because I can, that’s why.  Also, because getting my cat to do anything nine times merits documentation.  You never know when having… I can’t even type the rest of that thought with a straight face.  Now that 45’s attempt to repeal the ACA failed, I suppose I should end my healthcare boycott and reschedule the mammogram and annual appearance with my shrink.  It’s a shitty victory party, but I’ll add a slice of chocolate cake afterward to make it better.

Now that I’ve fully surrendered to adulthood by becoming politically informed and active, I think from a far larger perspective.  I’m a citizen of earth.  I recognize my responsibility to the planet.  I understand survival.  In the biggest picture (the only one that matters), the validity of my existence is heavily contingent on my aiding millennials in reaching their potential.  It’s logical which means it’s easy for me to accept.  Fortunately, it still allows me to enjoy what’s left of my lifespan.  It’s not a burden, it’s an imperative truth for those who want homo sapiens to survive and thrive as a species.  Evolution is a slow process in comparison to a human lifespan.  It’s essentially nonexistent in those terms.  It’s easy to forget how fragile we are as a species.  I’m guessing cutting the CDC’s budget will become a potent reminder.  45 is bad for humanity.

My blood pressure spiked when Sessions ignored the question about the white terrorist who killed an African American recently.  Sessions is a racist who lied under oath with no repercussions as the fucking Attorney General.  His appointment to the position is likely more about his willingness to conspire with Putin than his overt racism, though.  Clearly, if you’re willing to sell America out to Putin, you’re White House material, now.  It’s Bizarro World.  I finally got the explanation I can accept regarding 45’s supporters.  From Psychology Today, of all places!

“The knowledge and intelligence that are required to be good at a task are often the same qualities needed to recognize that one is not good at that task — and if one lacks such knowledge and intelligence, one remains ignorant that one is not good at the task. This includes political judgment.”

In my own words, you can’t comprehend what you can’t comprehend.  It’s #MuslimWomensDay.  I’ve been reading poetry written by Muslim women for hours (I don’t work on Mondays).  I like being reminded we’re all so much alike, despite our diversity.  The family I lived with in Saudi were no different than my ‘weekend family’ in Germany, or my Panamanian American family, Korean American family, or Mexican American family.  I acquired so many families in my travels because they made me feel like I was at home.  They showed me we all basically want the same thing; what’s best for the children.  It’s our inherent desire for survival as a species.  I’m off to read more poems.

You know a muffin can be very filling.

I’m stressed out.  I did a lot of talking on the phone this week, and it exhausts me.  It also makes me anxious.  If you told me a year ago I’d be calling Paul Ryan to leave a message begging him not to fuck with the ACA, I would have looked for the nearest exit to escape your talking to me.  Fortunately, Full Frontal starts again on Wednesday.  It’s the only news I watch on TV.  Religiously.  All other information comes from the internet, and my blacklist of news sites is growing.  Apple insists on putting Fox News in their news feed, even though I made every possible effort to ensure nothing they spew ever penetrates my bullshit deflector.  Delete.

I watched a marathon of Will and Grace in dedication to Debbie Reynolds.  It was delightful, but the commercials were offputting.  I looked at a commercial by South Beach Diet, in which they show the same person in a photo beside them while they lie to us about losing upwards of 10 pounds.  The only difference is the lighting and the facial expression.  If anything, they gained a few pounds.  Why does South Beach Diet think I’m dumb?  What did I ever do to them?  Fuck South Beach Diet.  Go sit next to the liars who swore they got an iPhone for $10 on Deal Dash: The Honest Bidding Site®.  You’re on time out for implying I’m gullible and dumb.  You suck.  Announcing you’re an honest site is a red flag on earth.  The memo was widely circulated.  Get off my TV!

I’m dumping cable.  I’m not putting up with Hulu+ and their money grab to get rid of their commercials, either.  I’m not paying more to stream a season than it costs to buy it on BluRay.  I’m not watching any more fucking commercials.  You blew it.  You got too greedy and treated us like shit.  I just eliminated your influence from my world.  $10 for an iPhone??  Fuck you!  America is not dumb.  We’re distracted.  We’re working our asses off for a pittance while the stockholder’s hoard all the fake money.  It doesn’t leave a lot of time for reflection.  You know?  That time-consuming activity where you examine your world under a magnifying glass and shore up the flaws, as well as able?  That.  There’s not a lot going on when people are tired and just want to relax and get some sleep before starting over the next day.

That’s not an excuse, it’s explanation.  Recall the scenario above, and meet that American worker for breakfast.  While you consume your eggs together, tell that American they’re dumb.  Then sit there and deal with the consequences.  Imagine based on what life has taught you so far.  I’ll help.  I imagine if that person is male you’re about to experience being punched in the face.  If that person is a woman, you’re about to experience being punched in the face.  If that person is genderless, you know the drill.  This is a literal imagining, but my point is this is exactly what telling someone they are dumb causes that person to ponder before remembering they’re an adult.  This was an easy one.  We all got it right.  Don’t call people stupid.  It fucks with their ability to remain rational.  It’s mean.  You hate it when people are mean to you for being you.  I hate it too!  It’s fucked up!  Humans do not like to be fucked with.  This is universal.

More specifically, stop calling Americans who voted dumb.  They did what they were supposed to do.  They voted for who they thought was the best option.  Okay, that’s almost correct…  Some Americans rage voted this time.  They’re shocked he won too.  The one time they lashed out this happens.  Holy shit.  I get it.  Some Americans watch Fox News.  I don’t need to expand on that.  The point is, very few of them did it to hurt you in any way.  Those few will be sure to identify themselves numerous times.  Give the rest of America a break and stop kicking them when they’re down, even if they don’t know they’re down yet.  It’s hard to admit to being wrong.  Harder when the people you hurt in being wrong are the Americans we’ve failed repeatedly.  The individuals who are forced to get by on Social Security are not a threat to anyone, let alone the rich bastards who are crying foul over their privilege of poverty.  That’s sick.  If you can’t muster compassion for impoverished people who aren’t able to work, and would rather they died, you’re not human.  This planet is not for you.  Please find the nearest exit.