My amazing primary election day, and Kucinich's last speech
In the tradition of several JPRers, notably one @davidthegnome, I thought I’d share the story of my weird, satori-filled day yesterday that even a Zen master could draw lessons from.
First, I went into my cubicle at work and the IT people showed up shortly thereafter to install a new computer, only six weeks late, pretty good by county standards I’m sorry to say. It took them about an hour, then it took me another couple of hours to get everything set up the way I liked it, so the morning was pretty much shot.
After lunch, the rumors started swirling through the cubicles like a fresh spring wind: The tyrannical, temper-tantrum throwing, pettily vicious director whose gross mismanagement of the agency has prevented us from doing our jobs in any kind of effective way was out. The director who had promoted only unqualified sycophants, who had made the agency top-heavy and filled with useless meetings for the spewing of management propaganda right out of management textbooks, the woman who had driven off some of our very best people, was on her way out.
In a place where management usually lies, the rumor mill is often more accurate. Yesterday was no exception. While there was still no official announcement, very reliable sources leaked the news that her security clearances had been pulled. So it was true: Ding dong! The witch is dead! There were literally people singing that Wizard of Oz song in their cubicles among others. I thought Jeremiah was a bullfrog was appropriate. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea. Joy to you and me!
Then I came home and heard more of the ongoing soap opera story of one of my stepdaughter’s friends, a total psychopath in her mid-20’s who can’t hold a job, has unprotected sex with men she picks up in sleazy bars, who uses abortion as a method of birth control, but got so fat she didn’t realize she was pregnant until it was too late to have one legally, and still lives with her parents, had finally informed her mother she was pregnant. By text.
Her mom responded by taking her out for ice cream. Dad still didn’t know. Stay tuned for another exciting adventure of Amber(not her real name) in the next episode of As the White Trash Churn. Surreal.
From there to vote for Dennis, a couple of other downticket Dems who are all right in my book, the renewal of a tax levy that helps pay my salary, and an amendment to at least restrict gerrymandering. There was no line at all. Not a good sign, not at all.
Home again. I played Daily Trivia here. @deadpool made the mistake of using a football clue as a hint and I got the correct answer first. A strange day, indeed.
Then the news came. Dennis Kucinich was being crushed by a Democrat who takes PAC money, has an A rating from the NRA, and the vocal endorsement of Barack Obama. Dennis didn’t even carry Cuyahoga County. Not even close. Black derangement syndrome lives! All those people I’ve talked to who said they agree with Dennis but that he couldn’t win so they did what the Democrats and most of the media told them to do–they voted for Cordray, who has as much chance of generating the high voter turnout necessary for a Democrat to win Ohio as a ground hog does of crossing a highway at rush hour.
SLAM! Black, dark depression sinks in. I watched a documentary of the battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950, the single most disastrous defeat in the history of the United States Marine Corps in the campaign that proved Douglas MacArthur was capable of making unacceptable mistakes. I felt out of control, helpless, so did something I could control: the dishes. Then, finally, sleep.
I forgot to mention I had the spring yard cleanup done yesterday, and so many pollens and allergens kicked up that I now have a splitting sinus headache as I wait for the Benadryl to kick in, which will probably knock me out. I am in no condition to drive, or to work, and I’m not even hungover, more’s the pity. But this morning, I finally saw Dennis’ concession speech, if you can call such an optimistic rant a concession speech, and it helped. Thanks, Dennis. Here it is:Smarmie Doofus, ravensong, Fuddnik and 26 othersMarym625, Silver Witch, Johnny Rash, MrMickeysMom, eridani, GloriaMundi, Coldmountaintrail, Koko, Pam, Enthusiast, Baba OhReally, OCMI, WillyT, Blackspade, Peace Patriot, Half Century Man, PennLawyer, deepestblue, TIME TO PANIC, Land of Enchantment, Doremus Jessup, duckpin, jwirr, SurrealAmerican, davidthegnome, NV Wino like thisIgnorance is the foundation of tyranny.
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