7 or 8 Lists, Containing 7 or 8 Facts You Already Knew

Let me start, proceed, and end by telling you things you already knew. Scroll down if you would like to confirm, I offer this information without mercenary intentions. No click-bait here, not one iota (rhymes with Ray Leota), of advertising exists on this blog, there are no requests for money, and most impressively, there is no point to anything I say.

I really want this to be a poem, but I’m shying away from rhyming in fear of more requests that I be a rapper… okay, there was only a suggestion that one of my recent political rants sounded rap…y.

If I were mercenary, that is likely where I’d attempt to make money, but who needs that? I have an adequate cardboard box, in a good spot, and my neighbors haven’t tried to kill me, so what more could I need?

As a bitter white woman on the downward slope of middle age, the competition as a rapper in my demographic couldn’t be too intense.

I may hone that skill and possibly “drop vinyl” at a later date. Perhaps after I have succumbed to the constant barrage of AARP harassment. Stay tuned on that front.

Stop interrupting and let me get to the point of today’s post, said my inner voice.

It is New Year, and I will venture guess some, if not most, of you woke up with varying degrees of alcohol poisoning, more enablingly (new word) known as a hangover. If you can focus on my tiny words it can’t be all that bad, so there is no need to call an ambulance. Still, this is not a good way to begin a year. I’m not your mother, (unless you are one of my 3 children), so you have my sympathy without the bonus lecture.

Instead, as a courtesy, I took it upon myself to scroll through social media this morning on your behalf. My intention being to save you the trouble, by summing it all up in one place with no ads… again, I am not interested in buying a tarp for my box.

If you took this task upon yourself today, you would find endless offers of self improvement lists, most typically presented as 7 or 8 facts. None of these facts are new information. Use the force Luke, you had the power to go home all along Dorothy, all you had to do was bust a move. (There really is a rapper trapped inside me.)

Today’s social media topics were chosen to appeal to people suffering with hangovers.

Do not bother to read any of real the following—

  1. 7 ways to avoid a hangover. (Yes, seriously.)

  2. 8 things you should know about marriage/divorce/parenthood. (Avoid all three if possible.)

  3. 8 types of people to eliminate from your life in 2018. (Assholes.)

  4. 7 foods to eat that help you avoid aging. (They’re all green, but contain no food coloring.)

  5. 8 must have wardrobe items. (They’re all black.)

  6. 7 ways to save money. (Get a job and don’t buy anything.)

  7. 7 best things to buy at 7-eleven. (If you need any of them, you’ve lowered your life expectancy by 7 years.)

  8. 7 ways to get from here to there. (Get off the couch.)

You are welcome. I do have one idea for a list of my own, and perhaps it will be the title of my post tomorrow—

  • 7 reasons blogging is not a lucrative profession. (This is an over saturated market.)

Damn, I gave it away.

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WE KNEW A YEAR AGO…

For what it’s worth, it looks as if we may yet survive 2017. Scathed in futility, we have learned not a damn thing. We understood corruption, but we allowed it regardless.

WE KNEW politicians could not be trusted:

Still, we gave them freedom and hoped they would choose to do the right thing.

I believe this lesson was initially taught with the aid of stone etchings, unearthed by archaeologists centuries ago, created by a rare species of dinosaurs with opposable thumbs. The idea has been reinforced by new politicians ad infinitum.

Even if one or two politicians mean well, they are outnumbered by those other politicians who do not mean well. Here’s a shocker— Trump does not mean well. Here’s another shocker— the GOP tax cut is not for you, but it will be paid for by you.

About that tax cut—

WE KNEW major corporations only objective was to enrich top tier management and shareholders. Still we allowed them a 50% tax cut.

We, who work for corporations, have been well aware of that design since the early days when our jobs were called careers. It is an enduring fact that employees are a means to that end.

There was a time when loyalty and longevity in the workplace were rewarded. The rewards included pensions, paid sick time and vacations, bonuses that weren’t taxed in such a way that they were barely worth the envelope and card they are packaged in. Once upon a time an employee who devoted their life to a company was presented with a gold watch. Like a unicorn, I’ve never seen one but it’s a nice story. Granted, the story would end with “here’s your hat, what’s your hurry” retirement, but in those days employees retired with a pension, healthcare, and social security.

These days, out of fear of poverty, we hold on to that shitty job. The hope is that by the time we lose our grip it will be time to meet our maker. No one today can afford to retire, which is why there are not enough jobs for the next generation.

Example— Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

“Working for the man” really means something now. When the phrase was coined in the sixties it was meant as an insult to “suits” who saw the value in security over freedom. Now, “working for the man” is entrapment in a spiderweb. You stay because… what else are you going to do? You hear there are a hundred people in line for your shitty job, begging for the abuse and pittance.

Elitists will argue— “You have a living wage!” They’re right. We only have to lower our standard of living. No vacations, work more hours, live in smaller houses with more roomates, eat your family pets.

We have to accept that we do not deserve health insurance. We are not entitled to “entitlements.” The government has taken a stipend for social security out of our paychecks since we started working, but that wasn’t for our social security, it was for Paul Ryan.

We will just have to depend on our pensions… except that when our CEO filed corporate bankruptcy we lost our pensions, so there is no pension. So, we will need to rely on our 401K. Gambling our retirement savings in a casino called Wall Street. Banks have just been de-regulated, so let’s just see if that 401k is there if we ever retire.

WE KNEW the healthcare system in America had been hijacked. Still, we allowed it to be sabotaged.

It has not been about health or care for decades. It is about politicians and lobbyists making profits.

Health insurance was once provided to employees of big corporations free of charge, because the cost was reasonable. Employees pay the lion share of the cost of insurance today because corruption in healthcare, including pharmaceuticals, has driven prices up so high that continuing to offer free insurance would cut into those profits and million dollar bonuses for CEO’s, top tier management and shareholders.

WE KNEW men (not all) can not be trusted to behave well when they think they can get away with not behaving well.

This behavior is well documented in stone etchings uncovered by archaeologists dating as far back as the caveman. Still, we acted surprised.

WE KNEW Trump would not impose those sanctions on Russia for their interference in the 2016 election.

For one thing, we heard Michael Flynn make that promise to Russia. Other reasons include: Trump is profiting financially from this omission, and why would Trump punish Putin for doing what Trump asked him to do?

We knew all this, but we let 2017 happen anyway. What’s the point of knowing history if you don’t use the information to avoid future similar mistakes.

A New York Times headline today reads “For Trump, a Year of Reinventing the Presidency.” He stole the presidency and destroyed our democracy for Russia, so I guess you can call that reinvention. He was allowed to do this by politicians who are owned by the people who wrote the tax cut and will benefit from it.

WE KNEW all this, and we let it happen anyway.

Try not to let this discourage you. When you figure out how not to let this discourage you, please let me know how you did it.

Finally 2018 is upon us. Hopefully it will be the year the entire GOP depart on their golden parachutes.

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<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/finally/”>Finally</a&gt;

Dear Donald Trump, “HAPPY HOLIDAYS!” #StillNotMyPresident

Hearing “Merry Christmas” now causes malaise

Trump made it a zealous ethnocentric phrase

Now all I ever say

Is Happy Hollidays

I long for a leader with social mores

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<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/communal/”>Communal</a&gt;

The Moral Compass of Trump and His Faux Christian Base

In his dystopian world

The fog filled sky

Emits a mist of piss

Heavy clouds

Excrete pelts of bullshit

That drop on unwitting

Witless souls whose own

Self doubt

Manifests as racism

God, they think it’s God, speaks to them

Through blondes and perverts

Reciting propaganda

On Fox

Dictating—

“Say Merry Christmas”

Fashion themselves

Christian

Pretend to pray

Evangelicals judging

Never consider

Their shortcomings

Archetype

Six days and the pedophile fiend

Has not conceded his loss

The predatory potus

With no moral compass

Demands

Accused Democrats step down

Although he himself will not

He fashions himself

Christian

Pretend to pray

While he let

Children’s Health Insurance Program

Expire months ago

Holds it for ransom

Takes food and healthcare

From poor and elderly

To stuff

Already overflowing pockets

Fashions himself

Christian

Pretend to pray

He demands the return of his emails

Yet emails illegally hacked

On his behalf by Wikileaks

Proved nothing, yet

Were used as his battle cry

Now

His own personal emails

Attained legally

Have left him

And his klan quaking

In fear and rage

As a good man

Works to expose their crimes

It will be sweet Justice

When emails prove to be

His kryptonite

That fucking moron

In the White House

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<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/compass/”>Compass</a&gt;

Chris Christie Solves Budget Crisis

Jersey’s Governor Christie bemoaned

A budget impasse can’t be condoned

Decreed parks and shores closed

3500 furloughed 

Then used the beach for his family alone

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<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/sunny/”>Sunny</a&gt;

U With the Uterus 

Hey! You with the uterus! 

Stop right there!

Drop that insurance card!

Hands in the air!

You suspected pregnancy 

And bought a urine test

Don’t try to pass it off as new— 

The condition pre-exists!

Mammograms and Pap smears

All your women’s needs

You expect them to be covered 

In your health plan? That’s just greed.

Rich old white male politicians 

Won’t vote to subsidize the cost

Of care to keep you healthy here

In America— democracy is lost

Though they all had mothers 

Who birthed them at one time

Do their moms see what happened 

To their Repugnant offspring? It’s a crime.

A tax cut has priority 

Over compassion and ethics

Viagra however— treats a condition 

Which never pre-exists

So, you with the uterus, 

Happy Mothers Day!

Of that uterus, what happens to it— 

By the way, you have no say

Though the senate won’t approve this bill, 

Their version keeps women under attack

Because it’s not orange, no it’s Women 

Women are the GOP’s new black