Think wearing a mask strips you of liberty and dignity? Try being on a ventilator.

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Though not specifically enumerated in the Bill of Rights, some folks treasure the right to be epically offended by the minor inconveniences of life. Wielding the rhetoric of freedom like William Wallace’s great sword, they see themselves as hunting down liberty infringements. What is important is fiercely resisting any and all external impositions, no matter how beneficial they are to the collective good.

The opposing forces are equally committed, championing the doctrine of one-size-fits-all administered by the shoehorn of expert opinion. …


If you think these conspirators are about what is better for America, electorally or otherwise, you’ve lost the plot. It’s all about them.

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Retired U.S. Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn at a campaign rally for Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona 29 October 2016. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

With the vast array of unsavory characters currently involved in “election fraud” theater, and in no particular order, let’s start here for brevity:

1. Sidney Powell
2. Thomas McInerney
3. Michael Flynn
4. Anyone supporting, encouraging, or tolerating their lunacy

I’m going to try my level best to get through this with my bearing intact, because this latest disgusting vileness from these cretins is reaching new depths. Also note, I’m not going to link to a lot of this information like I normally do because I’m not going to line the pockets of these wicked reprobates. …


Calling down the thunder when you feel invincible on Twitter, then griping about your victimhood of wetness when it rains, isn’t a good look

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Ben Domenech speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. 2018. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Everyone was having a good time on the Twitter dot com, and then…:

National Labor Relations Board : What do you mean, It’s funny?

Ben Domenech : It’s funny, you know. It’s a good story, it’s funny, I’m a funny guy. [laughs]

NLRB : What do you mean, you mean you talk? What?

Ben Domenech : It’s just, you know. You’re just funny, it’s… funny, you know the way joke about salt mines and everything.

NLRB : [it becomes quiet] Funny how? What’s funny about it?

Aditya Dynar, Ben’s Lawyer : John (Ring, Chairman of the NLRB) no, you got it all wrong. …


Many will be disappointed, but history tells us exactly what President Trump will do from here on out. And it doesn’t end in a bang.

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President Donald J. Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, and boards Marine One to begin his trip to Louisiana. 11 October 2019 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead [Public Domain]

Political fan fiction dies harder than Bruce Willis in a Christmas movie, it seems.

For four years, the RESIST! folks have longed for Trump to be driven from the White House, preferably in handcuffs, or — depending on the variety of daydreaming you are doing — forced out at gunpoint by the military. Since the election has gone sideways, the MAGA Militia folks have harbored (and by harbored we mean post all over their social media) fantasies of a red hatted Trump Army manning the barricades around the White House to protect their president from the deep state globalists who tried to cheat him out of his rightful place as God Emperor of the United States of Trump. A whole bunch of folks in the commentariat class are wringing their hands and writing their comments about how we aren’t going to get the traditional peaceful transition of power. …


On this Monday before Thanksgiving, which is in the opposite spirit of Harsh Your Mellow Monday, let us pause and reflect…

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“Metropolis”, directed by Fritz Lang, 1927. F.W. Murnau Foundation

On this Monday before Thanksgiving, which is in the opposite spirit of Harsh Your Mellow Monday, let us pause and reflect on the many, many takes in which folks have unjustly found their mellow. Those poor souls, not realizing they should not be so comfortable in being wrong, can at least be thankful that we few, we happy few, are here to correct the error of their ways in the conventional thinking that has lead them astray. Bless their hearts.

The “Who’s That” Cabinet

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Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with the media at the 2019 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, 8 August 2019. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

One of the easiest things in the world to predict was that that social media would get most of the Biden cabinet picks wrong in the usual prognostication portion of the political silly season that runs from the end of the election till the inauguration of the incoming regime. And silly some of those predictions were, where folks had a fifth of the Democratic Senate contingent suddenly abandoning the cushiest of jobs for the grunt work and anonymity of the Executive, or their favorite big-name politicians or pundits, or the particularly lazy folks who just filtered in the entire Democratic field from 2020 into the available slots. …


The “massive election fraud” case has been heard, both in court and by the American people, and been found wanting. Laughably wanting.

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Arlington National Cemetery 15 December 2018 Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) [Public Domain]

There are important subtleties to knowing when one is getting wet from the rain, and when one being relieved upon by a person loudly pretending that it is only rain. This knowledge is so important, in fact, that the old saying “Don’t pee on my leg/back/whatever and tell me it’s raining” has traditionally been the final warning and last available exit in a dispute before things get truly heated. The old timers understood that while you tolerated the rain, there was no tolerance for malicious interpersonal tinkling under the guise of precipitation.

But why would unsavory piddlers seek to wee upon normal, salt-of-the-earth folks in the first place? …


Searching for solace on the untimely demise of a good pair of pants, and seeking refuge in the famous laments of literature.

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“What’s done cannot be undone.”
― William Shakespeare , Macbeth

I come to mourn these here pants.

Thoreau wrote “On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.” Thus, here I be considering.

They were good pants. They were minding their own business yesterday, doing what they had always done in covering my lower half while remaining functional and comfortable, when a tragic MRI imaging truck accident ripped the life from them. The tech who had accidentally opened the door as I ascended the stairs, causing the corner of the swinging portal to tear an opening into the thigh of these pants, was dutifully horrified and apologetic. While it was mass produced material of ethically questionable labor from Bangladesh that physically tore, it was actually my heart that unraveled; frayed, ripped, and laid open and exposed like my far-too-white thigh now was. Professional til the end, they stayed and struggled on till I got home and took them off, the tear becoming worse until the seams on either side finally put a stop to it. …


Brad Raffensperger and others of character are not going to let MAGA burn Atlanta’s electoral integrity just for the YOLO of a lost cause.

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Atlanta hasn’t been besieged by Republicans like this since Sherman. This time however — unlike Willie T ignoring Scarlett’s bleating, burning Atlanta anyway, and marching to the sea — the breastworks of this would-be civil war are being formed against fellow Republican Secretary of State of the great state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger. Bad news for the besiegers, the besieged Brad has plenty of fight in him:

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that he has come under increasing pressure in recent days from fellow Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), …


It’s Intramurals for Harsh Your Mellow Monday; Team Blue’s AOC v. Joe Manchin, Team Red’s Crenshaw v. Green, Fox News v. MAGA in media, plus much more

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“Metropolis”, directed by Fritz Lang, 1927. F.W. Murnau Foundation

On this Harsh Your Mellow Monday, let us consider the intramurals, the inside group fights that are filling the time between the election and the installing of the new congress and president. It’s basically a political silly season where folks are jockeying for power, trying to predict the future, but mostly everyone is bored for content so we have to rehash the minor spats of pols and trending nonsense of social media rumors.

But among that silly season, there are plenty of folks with unjustified mellows that need to be dealt with, so like the old timers in the mines would say, let’s get boring with the big auger. …


Is the latest Twexit to Parler really the changing of the social media guard, or is something else going on here?

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Protest sign at NYC Women’s March, Nov Photo by SARAH WY . from NYC, USA via Wikimedia

There is nothing new under the sun, especially in the world of Parler, which is now on their second “Twexit” this calendar year.

Thanks to all the attention in recent days, Parler is now one of the most downloaded apps on Apple and Android smartphones. It has hit 10 million members — more than double the 4.5 million it had last week, according to Jeffrey Wernick, the company’s chief operating officer.

“Our growth is not attributable to any one person or group, but rather to Parler’s efforts to earn our community’s trust, both by protecting their privacy, and being transparent about the way in which their content is handled on our platform,” Wernick said in a statement.

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Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Vet. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag, Writings found @arcdigi & elsewhere. Writing about food, folks, & faith at Yonder & Home

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