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New Into the chute
The day—not yet four in the afternoon here on the Left Coast—appears thus far to have passed quietly. The grid hasn’t failed. Registered (D) voters don’t appeared to have been digitally wiped from the rolls. Brownshirts have not, as I read the news feeds, swarmed or shot up the polling places.

So far, so good. As someone observed at Slate, it’s crazy that, with anticipated the popular vote margin, the outcome should even be in question, but that’s the way we roll in The World’s Most Perfect Democracy.

Still, so far, apparently so good. Of course, I remember 2016 (we dined out; I checked my phone, frowning, at some early Senate races; by the time the dessert menu was profferred we had lost our appetites).

Let us hope. I have a huge bank of thwarted gloating from four years ago that I absolutely need to expel. It won’t be pretty. And I don’t want it to be.

cordially,
New 2016...
I had just flown into Hawaii with my not quite one year old daughter and my wife for a medical conference. (the wife's) I misread something on the TV (a state going for Clinton as opposed to a national total) and thought we'd blown Trump out of the water. Kept telling people don't worry, and then spent the rest of the week feeling totally shitty about everything.

Beating Trump won't lift that feeling, sadly - so much damage has been done that it would take decades of the Republicans being in the weeds to undo it, and I think we've got 4-8 years tops.
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New I regret to report (sorry mmoffitt)
…that Indiana has already been called for the Orange Man. Hoocoodanode?

sorrowfully,
New Indiana was already slated to go red anyways.
Not losing any sleep over that state.

I didn't say I'm not losing any sleep, mind you...
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New This is the worst place in the Universe to live if you are a human being.
bcnu,
Mikem

It's mourning in America again.
New Point taken.
But how do you feel about, "Native Hoosiers are the worst people in the Western world." Imagine you lived where nearly eight out of ten people gave their unconditional, unwavering support to Britain First. That'd be close to living in Indiana. Reduce that number to nearly five in ten and you're close to living in the United States. I haven't really wanted to live in this country since I was ten years old. Today it is unbearable.

My father said this about North Carolina, but it applies to the entire nation today. "North Carolina The United States is a beautiful country. It's too bad the people fuck it up so horribly."

Infants literally ripped from their mothers' bosoms and then effectively orphaned in OUR name. Roughly half the US population is just fine with that. How much more damning a statement can you make about these fuckers?
bcnu,
Mikem

It's mourning in America again.
New If it's unbearable, move.
Go to NZ, or Canada, or something.

You have a choice. It's not necessarily very palatable, nor is it easy, but it's there.
New For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been.'
It's too late for me. I should have moved out of the country as a young man. I could already tell where this country was going in 1980. I was still a young man in 1980 and many borders now completely or partially closed were still wide open to us undesirables. But, I didn't. Instead I fell in love with and married an Indiana girl. (I may have said this before, but there are only three types of people who live in Indiana: 1) People who were born here 2) People who are married to people who were born here and 3) the completely incompetent. And yes, there is tremendous overlap between groups 1 and 3).

What I'm saying is that I know my misery is largely self-inflicted. That doesn't make it any less painful. Happily I do not have too many years left and my remains will soon enter a cremation furnace.
bcnu,
Mikem

It's mourning in America again.
New A Kline© newspaper cartoon from long ago.
Sketch: man with elongated-head/face, folded onto shoulders; atop: a stack of block-like packages;
Text, along margin:

So often
we fail to see
that the unrelenting ,
sometimes even horrific,
pressures we live under
are actually pressures
that we created
by our own DESIRES
in the first
place.


On fridge, yellowed.
(We enter the future facing backwards at those inflection points we missed, eh?)
..if there is cosmic humor, anyway.. ...
New Well, you got your revolution of the Proletariat . . .
. . I'm guessing you don't like how it turned out.
New You like beating that drum, don't you?
bcnu,
Mikem

It's mourning in America again.
     Into the chute - (rcareaga) - (11)
         2016... - (InThane) - (10)
             I regret to report (sorry mmoffitt) - (rcareaga) - (9)
                 Indiana was already slated to go red anyways. - (InThane) - (8)
                     This is the worst place in the Universe to live if you are a human being. -NT - (mmoffitt) - (7)
                         Yeah nah - (pwhysall) - (4)
                             Point taken. - (mmoffitt) - (3)
                                 If it's unbearable, move. - (pwhysall) - (2)
                                     For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: 'It might have been.' - (mmoffitt) - (1)
                                         A Kline© newspaper cartoon from long ago. - (Ashton)
                         Well, you got your revolution of the Proletariat . . . - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
                             You like beating that drum, don't you? -NT - (mmoffitt)

Sheep. Hmm.
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