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Dec 02 2016

Writing Is Easy!

All you have to do is open up a vein!

You might think based on my internet history (all basically out there, I started on Daily Kos in April 2005) I’m a great fan of the Daily Show and Jon Stewart. Not so much.

For me it had utility. As a n00b (and a bright, paranoid, detail oriented, computer literate, and grounded in real world personal politics of the type that ruins lives forever one) it didn’t take me long to figure out the system that I would be working in. My very 3rd diary ever was the prescient and disturbing Naked dKos, you can look it up if you like, I won’t deign to give them a page hit or link. I could give you the whys and wherefores but what’s relevant for this particular piece is that it also became quickly apparent that if someone of my mindset were to survive I’d need a sub-community that appreciated (or at least did not ostracize) a pretty sardonic sense of humor.

So I found The Sausage Grinder of Snark (my tag btw) which covered the Daily Show and Colbert Report. It’s still the only thing I really miss. I was a nightly regular for years and filled in (and eventually took over) authorship. I’ve even continued it here (where it’s easier to post clips) long after my final exile (I’d say I wouldn’t go back if you paid me but the real question is- how much?).

I will not deny that the departure of Jon, then Stephen, and then Larry, has diminished my ardor a trifle and that the chaos of travel, life, scheduling, and events has led me to negligence. It’s on my list of New Year’s resolutions.

Now we cut to the chase- I’ve always had a beef about Jon’s interviews and attitudes which seemed far too “centrist” and “bi-partisany” for me. That’s code for capitulationist asshole. My position is waaay to the left of Institutional Democrats (Bernie isn’t a paradigm of virtue just the best we can do and don’t even want to talk about Dean who can’t sell out fast enough). I don’t argue to convince and build coalitions, I argue to win. It’s not easy being Green. You don’t just burn down the bridge, you dynamite the foundations and come back and do some dredging (yeah, that link doesn’t include the negative aspects, they want to spare your feelings which, being Green, I don’t give a rat’s ass about).

I’ve had that impression in trump (get over it, I was talking about bridges) of Trevor who, frankly, has seemed a more spineless weenie than Jon. People tell me his interview with Tomi Lahren was devastating because he let her most outrageous statements simply hang out there without response like some kind of jujitsu zen attack.

I kind of find that milk toast. Do you know what milk toast is? It is literally (meaning actual factual)-

Milk toast is a breakfast food consisting of toasted bread in warm milk, typically with sugar and butter. Salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, cocoa, raisins and other ingredients may be added. In the New England region of the US, milk toast refers to toast that has been dipped in a milk-based white sauce. Milk toast was a popular food throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially for young children and for the convalescent, for whom the food was thought to be soothing and easy to digest.

Not if you’re lactose intolerant.

So, what is the proper way, not just for a black person- for a person of any type, to protest injustice?

My short answer is every way possible.

(next- Cooper Union)

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