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    As 2019 Ends, I Have to Wonder Whether Everything I've Learned Is Wrong
    Optimism is something we have to work for again.

    BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
    DEC 31, 2019

    So the year of Our Lord 2019 ends in the year of Our Lord 1979. An angry mob invades and occupies an American embassy in the Middle East. Unfortunately, this time around, the President* of the United States is an intellectually cramped know-nothing of a vulgar talking yam. From the Washington Post:

    President Trump responded angrily Tuesday to the protesters' actions, charging that Iran was behind a deadly militia attack that led to the airstrikes and blaming Tehran for the embassy siege.

    "Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many," Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. "We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”


    “So notified!” With! an! exclamation! point! And issued through El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago’s official news platform, where it shares space with cat photos and polls for Album of the Year. I’m sure the Iraqi security forces, who apparently jumped into the breach, and who now are caught in a three-sided nutcracker between local public outrage, militia violence, and American whatever-the-hell-we’re-doing, are reassured that they are now So! Notified!

    This is the year now in which we decide for the foreseeable future what kind of government we want. But, while we’re making up our woolly minds about it, the world is rolling on. Australia literally is burning down. In Europe, the EU is falling apart and people are slapping on armbands again. The Middle East is what it’s been for 40 years—a hot, angry region in which we truly have no place and no idea what to do there. This is a really bad time for American democracy to be deciding whether it wants to go into the future merely as an extended exercise in performance art.

    Optimism is not exactly something that’s just lying around on the floor, waiting to be picked up. It’s something we have to work for again. It’s a heavy lift, but a necessary one. All we have as we enter 2020 is, well, us. In 1979, I was just starting out in this racket and there was so much I didn’t know about anything. As 2019 ends, I have come to wonder if everything I’ve learned is wrong. An open question for the opening of the new year. Comfort and joy to you all from all of us.

    Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

  • #2
    Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
    Unfortunately, this time around, the President* of the United States is an intellectually cramped know-nothing of a vulgar talking yam...

    ... who will undoubtedly achieve better results than the hapless peanut farmer who occupied the Oval Office in 1979


    skipped most of the rest of your silly waste of bandwidth - a shame your author is so infected with TDS that he's unable to express himself coherently

    my hope in the new year is that on November 4, all those outraged by trump will go into a catatonic shock for the next four years of his presidency

    and give the rest of us a break from their incessant whining

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ok doser View Post


      ... who will undoubtedly achieve better results than the hapless peanut farmer who occupied the Oval Office in 1979


      skipped most of the rest of your silly waste of bandwidth - a shame your author is so infected with TDS that he's unable to express himself coherently

      my hope in the new year is that on November 4, all those outraged by trump will go into a catatonic shock for the next four years of his presidency

      and give the rest of us a break from their incessant whining

      My, you're a cranky little Boaty McBoatface today. Cheer up! Things will be better for you soon!

      Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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      • #4
        weren't you leaving?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ok doser View Post
          weren't you leaving?
          I'm leaving to celebrate the New Year in let's see... about four hours, and that'll close the book here. Can you make it, do you think? Try your best!

          Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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          • #6
            Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
            ... that'll close the book here....
            do us all a favor and take artie with you

            please?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ok doser View Post

              do us all a favor and take artie with you

              please?

              He makes TOL a better place, so... no.


              Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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              • #8
                Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post


                He makes TOL a better place, so... no.
                well, at least you recognize that you don't, so that's something

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ok doser View Post

                  well, at least you recognize that you don't, so that's something
                  If I've managed to fail you in every way possible, I can leave with a happy heart.

                  I deleted around 500 bookmarks this morning, no more trying to reason with willfully ignorant Trumpers. What a great feeling!

                  Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
                    I deleted around 500 bookmarks this morning ....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ok doser View Post




                      Just from today:

                      Originally posted by ok doser View Post
                      chrysostom

                      her OCD
                      Originally posted by ok doser View Post


                      because your OCD


                      You've followed me around all day, you busy little bee, I'm pretty sure every post of mine to you has been a reply to one of yours - in fact, weren't you just complaining about me not answering your posts? You should be overjoyed!

                      Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post



                        Just from today:









                        You've followed me around all day, you busy little bee, I'm pretty sure every post of mine to you has been a reply to one of yours - in fact, weren't you just complaining about me not answering your posts? You should be overjoyed!
                        The projection is hilarious, especially the inadvertent aspect of it...

                        Happy new year anna!
                        Well this is fun isn't it?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Arthur Brain View Post

                          The projection is hilarious, especially the inadvertent aspect of it...

                          Happy new year anna!
                          Hilarious it was.

                          Happy New year, Arthur. Thanks for being such a good friend.

                          Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post



                            Just from today:









                            You've followed me around all day, you busy little bee, I'm pretty sure every post of mine to you has been a reply to one of yours - in fact, weren't you just complaining about me not answering your posts? You should be overjoyed!
                            a further demonstration of your OCD really wasn't necessary

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post

                              Hilarious it was.

                              Happy New year, Arthur. Thanks for being such a good friend.
                              Cuts both ways.

                              Well this is fun isn't it?

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