Wednesday Reads : Sanity by the numbers, one…two…three.

 

IMG_0269It’s as easy to learn as your ABCs.

I can’t remember the exact date, but it has been a while.

It must have been around the time when Hobby Lobby was in the news? Or maybe it was before that, Troy Davis? Perhaps.

No, it was after Davis…after the Jesus in my Uterus decisions…and the Bundy Ranch militias, the Wendy Davis defeat and the countless scenes of police brutality and idiotic right-wing shitheads stoking the embarrassing political cable TV dumb ass reality show that stands for our elected officials.

Y’all know what I am talking about. We have seen it here on the blog, Mona aka called it Political Affected Disorder. It was really something serious for a few of us…like me. What would have taken just an evening to bring me down from an anxiety and depressed mood brought on by the absolute ridiculous hate filled rant of Bachmann back in the day, now took days to calm down.

01dbdc170d6dd355a6193c16cee70ce34432f820c6There was other things going on at home, yeah but there was something else about the feelings of defeat and real disgust that were different this time around. I didn’t have that anger like I did in 2008. That anger that pushed me, with a vengeance. No, this was not the same.

I’ve been worn down, depression does that I guess.

My only way to keep some sense of sanity was to avoid the news and stop going online all together.

I could not bring myself to comment on the blog anymore. Doing the afternoon news threads was unbearable. I avoided almost anything, just researching articles the evening before my post…and catching up on the threads that Boston Boomer and Dakinikat had written the days before. (Actually, I still do this…I can’t help it, it is my only way to protect myself because I feel like if I get back involved as I once was…I will really loose it. Mentally.)

So. I check out. Only to “check in” on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday mornings…same goes for Saturday nights and Sunday mornings….that is when I will look at what has happened with the circus show of current events.

The reason I bring all this up, is because I felt I had to explain. The reasons for why I am hardly ever here.

01b41dc1a4e96508765900f5356c0326e1cfa5d679Now a few links to illustrate my point…and then I can toss it over to you.

Better Watch Your Mouth, Donald Trump Suing Everyone Who’s Mean To Him – Wonkette

We decided Steve King and Ben Carson were wrong about Muslims holding public office in 2006 – AMERICAblog News

Digby at Salon: Ted Cruz’s diabolical shutdown strategy: Why the GOP senator wants to watch the world burn – Salon.com

Hillary Clinton Confronted on Whether She Created Birtherism | Mediaite

Jimmy Carter says democracy is dead: You need at least $200 million to run for president of US ‘oligarchy’

01c56254b774595814be41cad582d1b606ae3de4dfA stunning stat about pay seems impossible but actually is true – The Washington Post

Once upon a time, American men used to get something called a “raise.”

That is when your employer would actually pay you more money. Now, it is true that some people still have experience with this all-but-forgotten practice, but even the ones who do tend not to get pay increases that keep up with price increases. That is why, as David Wessel of the Brookings Institution points out, the typical male worker actually saw his after-inflation pay fall between 1973 and 2014.

What is four lost decades between friends?

01114ef2c238d003fab0228e72d59c08827f563788I won’t go into the discussion of women and their earning power, cough….cough.

When the Womb Is a Crime Scene – ProPublica

Alabama has turned hundreds of pregnant women into felons for using drugs — even when they’re legal and the kids turn out fine.

Mathematician Declares War On Kansas Republicans For Committing Election Fraud (VIDEO) «

Donald Trump Heading To Extremist Religious Right Summit | Right Wing Watch

Constitution 101 for Presidents | Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Obama to Pope: “We Stand With You In Defense Of Religious Freedom” | Video | RealClearPolitics

This next thread from Wonkette is something you have to read in full: Let’s Meet The Biggest Loser Candidate In America. His Name Is Carl! – Wonkette

Look at this bunch of . . .

Four candidates are vying for the seat: 1. a dreamy young GOP lawyer who is on the Richmond School Board, 2. a filthy rich Democrat who is a real estate developer and a county supervisor, 3. an independent community organizer who used to be a county supervisor, and 4. our subject today: Libertarian Carl Loser.

Forgot to ask him where I could get one of those sweet lapel pins.

And other stories of note:

New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra dies at 90

The baseball world got some sad news late Tuesday evening when the Yogi BerraMuseum announced via their Twitter account that the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher had died at the age of 90.

Berra is considered the greatest catcher of all-time, and is a New York Yankees legend. His No. 8 jersey is retired at the Yankees monument park.

"1953 Bowman Yogi Berra" by Bowman Gum - Heritage Auctions. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

[…]

 

The 18-time All-Star took home three MVP awards in 1951, 954 and 1955. He is one of just six managers to lead both the National and American league teams to the World Series.

More than the man himself, Berra was a larger-than-life personality who would speak to the media freely, delivering some of the most memorable quotes in history often known as “Yogi-isms.”

Here are some of the most memorable Yogi-isms from the Yankees’ legendary backstop.

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.”

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

“Baseball is ninety percent mental, and the other half is physical.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

“You can observe a lot by just watching.”

“It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

“It ain’t over till it’s over.”

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

We promise there will be a lot of people at your funeral, Yogi. Rest in peace.

 

 

That is it for today, this is an open thread.

BTW, Happy 18th Birthday Jake…wow…

 

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17 Comments on “Wednesday Reads : Sanity by the numbers, one…two…three.”

  1. Whoops….wait a minute…

  2. bostonboomer says:

    JJ,

    I so sorry that you’re having such a tough time. I suppose I should tell you to stop writing blogs if you need to; but, to be honest, I don’t know what I’d do without your posts. I think I would get more depressed than I already am with the situation in the world. I love to read your take on things.

    You are a truly special person and a talented writer–and a brilliant graphic designer for that matter. I just wish I could do something to help!

    • Pat Johnson says:

      Let me add my own validation to what bb said: we need you. We need your voice, your intellect, your “unique” way with self expression.

      I too share your disgust at the world happenings – or in many cases, the non happenings – that consume our daily lives. Big or small there are times when I too must “shut down and shut off” the shitstorm that invades us especially when there is not a damned thing we can do to stop the avalanche of insanity that wraps itself around us from the minute we awake to the moment we slip into sleep. Truly overwhelming at times.

      Yesterday I was consumed with the events that have unfolded here in MA about a child named Baby Doe. The fact that this baby was subjected to torment from a mother who put herself and her habits above the well being of her own child that led to her untimely and miserable death. The sheathed father, the insane boyfriend, the useless mother and a system that failed in protecting her is unbelievable. Yet these people go on breathing while the baby was left unaccounted for for months.

      Then a man stepped from a plane with only the intention to spread goodness and the world stopped for a minute. Whether we agree wholeheartedly with him on all issues is not the point. He comes in peace, not armed to the teeth or looking to destroy but to offer some glimmer of hope in a world that has gone mad in large part.

      For a moment at least I stood back in awe since the rarity of his words and his message is worth a second look.

      So once in awhile this cynic is able to step back in awe. You are needed. Don’t give up.

      • bostonboomer says:

        The Baby Doe case is still killing me too. I just can’t stand it that there are people in this world who will torture and murder children. Some people should never have kids period. But they do it anyway.

      • Fannie says:

        JJ, you are my old friend too. I am pulling for you. I see you, in the only star that shines in the sky at night over Boise.

      • Hey, thanks y’all. I’m not planning on leaving the blog. But I wanted to explain why I never make any comments during the week. It is just so hard to go online and read some of the shit that goes on. What is funny, I have been watching old episodes of The Newsroom and so many of the stories on this show remind me of blog post on the blog. Wow…what memories.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Happy 18th birthday, Jake!! Unreal how time flies by.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Don Lemon accuses Hillary of starting birtherism.

    “People have been saying… that you were the person behind the birther, the whole birther thing, that the Senator at the time, the President-elect actually confronted you about that,” Lemon noted.

    “Do you care to respond?” he asked. “Did you or your campaign start the whole birther thing? And did you have a confrontation with the President?”

    “That is so— no,” Clinton said. “That’s so ludicrous, Don. You know, honestly, I just believe— first of all, it’s totally untrue.”

    “I have been blamed for nearly everything. That was a new one to me,” she said. “I will just keep going and talking about what I want to do to get incomes rising and making college affordable and making all the positive changes that we have to be worried about.”

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  5. List of X says:

    I’d be very interested to know how the mathematician vs. Kansas story ends. And yes, it is possible to statistically prove fraud from the election results. This is how the teachers who cheat on standardized tests get caught.

    • TheRealKim says:

      You read some of this crap and think REALLY? Somebody really said that and people actually believe it? The newest Hillary ad showing the racial issues with the GOP candidates is wonderful. But it still doesn’t address the stupidity we are seeing on a daily basis. The possible government shutdown over Planned Parenthood is classic.

  6. NW Luna says:

    JJ, gentle hugs for you.