As of today, you still cannot legally be sold into slavery. (Except, of course, as a punishment for a crime. Which nobody's going to really do. They WILL pay you convict labor rates, a growing and vital part of our economy!)
As of today, you still will have a pension. (Admittedly, LESS than you did yesterday. But think of all those poor people who don't get any, and realize that you're better off!)
As of Today, You can give MORE money to your representative to ensure they listen to you. (You did give them a lot of money last election, right? That's the only way they'll ever listen to you, after all.)
I'm in therapy. It's a great feeling to finally be getting better.
However, there's something I'm finding out that really bugging me. For those who don't know, I'm an Iraq war veteran. I served with the 3d ACR in Iraq during their 07-09 deployment. Which means that I was present during what was later called "The worst of the Sectarian Violence", however you want to make a euphemism of that.
The thing that I find is that while I would occasionally have symptoms of mental illness, what is most horrible is the things I didn't see. The little niggling things that affect your daily life but you don't acknowledge. What I've come to think of as "Stealth PTSD" because it flies under your awareness, but is still just as effective in ruining your life.
Holiday classics don't really represent what America STANDS FOR, any more.
I mean, sure, peace love and harmony sound great in theory, but as we all know the Truth is far different. America needs Christmas Carols to represent the true nature of American CHRISTMAS. (Don't you dare say happy holidays! This is a Christmas Carol Diary, Dammit!)
So if you'll follow me over the Flip, I'll provide some wonderful new versions to sing with your Republican Friends and Family.
Shall we start a war? How easily you ask that question.
Do you realize what you are asking? Do you have any idea? No, you do not, because it will not personally affect you. You might get some more ratings out of it. You might get an award for talking about it. You might get paid for your memories of the event that you watched through heavy glass.
This is a statement of fact. This is not an embracing of a life without women nor a condemnation of the woman who left me. This is simply the state I am in, which is that of a single male human being with children.
So, to those folks who are "MRA" (Men's Rights Association) types, I'd like to please ask you to stop speaking for me.
I can do it myself, and I really don't like the bullshit that you put out there.
So, for those of you who didn't know yet, Gamergate is absolutely NOT a sexist organization dedicated to harassing women, pushing against equality, and reinforcing the stereotypes of gamers as nothing but misogynistic, basement dwelling, hatemongers.
So with that in mind, they have finally taken it upon themselves to reinvent themselves. Seeing as way too many people were lying about what Gamergate meant, they have created their own little website to show the truth about themselves, calling it Reaxxion...
The Republican's didn't win last night because they play nice with us. They won because they attacked us at every turn, smeared, lied, cheated, bought reporters, lied some more, paid crowds, had the corporations on their side, and lied.
So, saying that now we should make nice and move forward for the good of the country is the exact wrong thing to be doing.
Okay, you've got an idea. You're SURE it's an awesome Idea. An amazing commentary that you're certain will change the political discourse.
You post it.
Then the crickets start.
Then the comments come in. Mostly a variety of "Really?" "You're Kidding, right?" "This is Snark, isn't it? I missed the tag." (For me, the last one is believable, but regardless.)
Yep, you've done it, you've just fired off a Diary SNAFU. Situation Normal... All Fouled Up.
So, how do you respond? Well, there's several ways, and I've done ALL of them... So I think that I'm pretty well qualified to write a how to, on the proper way to save your face here on the Great Orange Satan.
For those of you who haven't been following the gaming world, it's the new "Call of Duty" game.
Yep, the most Jingoistic, maybe a little bit Fascist, let's blow up the bad guy game comes out on the day that you should be thinking about your neighbors and who will represent you.
It's either a massively unfortunate coincidence, or a sign that the Corporations of America are yearning for the good old days when there was an arrangement... an Alliance between Corporations and Government.