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Mon Dec 29, 2014 at 07:55 AM PST

Living with my folks.

by detroitmechworks

This is gonna be a bit rough.

I'm moving back with my folks.  I'm 38, and right in the middle of a financial crisis which has caused me to lose my apartment.

 I'd like to thank all the organizations who promised to help me, but found convenient excuses to either pay late, or not at all.

(More on the flip)

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I'm insane.  Clearly I don't have a grasp of the political realities and actual life experience of Bureaucracy.

So therefore, I'd really appreciate it if somebody could please explain the logic to me.

You have to Pay money for a form, so you can get a job, so you can earn money, to pay for the form.  But you have to pay the money first.

Somewhere in there, I lost the train of logic.  

(Crazy Man Talk on the flip.)

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Thu Dec 11, 2014 at 09:00 PM PST

Good news, everyone!

by detroitmechworks

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.)

(More Good News on the flip)

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Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 06:47 AM PST

Stealth PTSD

by detroitmechworks

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.  

(More on this on the flip)

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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.

(Carols on the Flip)

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Mon Nov 24, 2014 at 03:54 AM PST

The Lapdogs of Mars

by detroitmechworks

Dear Media,

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.

Allow me, to explain to you, what you are asking.

(Full Explanation on the flip)

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I am a single dad.

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.

(Ranting on the flip.)

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Wed Nov 12, 2014 at 08:18 AM PST

Gamergate Tears its Face Off.

by detroitmechworks

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...

I'll just do a quick check and... Oh Dear lord.

(Cylon Face Rip on the Flip)

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Mon Nov 10, 2014 at 06:55 PM PST

Why I'm Stressed.

by detroitmechworks

This is a personal rant.  Because I need to.  If you don't want to read a personal rant feel free to head on over to a different diary.  Because I'm going to rant.

I am tired of being stressed out.  I have two children that live with me.  I have no wife.  I have no significant other.   I have PSTD.  I have Bi-polar 2.

My kids have mental health issues from being in foster care for two years when dumped there by my ex.  

And today, I'm told that I should dump them on the street.

(Rage, rants and exhaustion on the flip.)

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Seriously.  That idea can go right to hell.

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.

Not ONE step back.

(Put on your fighting shoes on the flip)

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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.

(How To on the flip.)

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Tue Nov 04, 2014 at 07:21 AM PST

So, what game came out today?

by detroitmechworks

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.

(Personal Theory on the Flip)

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