Different in every way.

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Yesterday’s Word of the Day was antithetical which means, “directly opposite or opposed.” Being a vegan and working for a meatpacking company would be antithetical. As would being a hunter that worked for PETA. Claiming to be Christian, yet voting for politicians that are as unlike Christ as possible would also be an example of antithetical beliefs, but for some reason, that particular situation hasn’t had much difficulty gaining traction where I live. Hmm. It’s one of many complaints I have about religion, no matter the denomination or sect, being a part of politics, but it’s a big complaint. Another topical gripe I have on a similar bent are people who claim to be pro-life, yet against vaccines. How can you claim to support life when you’re against something that saves lives? I’d ask these people to explain their reasoning, but reason didn’t get them there, and reason won’t get them out.

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Today’s Word of the Day is exasperate which means, “to irritate, annoy, or anger.” I’m exasperated most days right now, as I imagine many people are. The pandemic seems like it’ll last until the heat death of the universe, and the lack of “give a shit” too many people feel about it is making all the rest of us tired, annoyed, and frankly, pissed off. They can’t be reached, not with compassion, not with logic, not even with loud, four-letter words. At this point, I assume the Big Nasty will keep mutating until half the planet’s population is dead, and even then, I doubt some of these fools…if they’re still alive…will care.

2022 will be 2020, too.

You’ve GOT to be kidding me.

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Yesterday’s Word of the Day was inane which means, “lacking significance, meaning, or point.” A great example of inanity, if you’d like one, is the clusterfuck of nonsense that happened at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas today. So, these QAnon clowns think JFK Jr. is still alive, and he was supposed to magically appear there this morning to tell everyone he’s going to be Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024.

Stay with me, here.

Setting aside the fact that JFK Jr. died in 1999, even if he were still alive, what makes these people think he’d suddenly become a far-right-wing Republican? Do they know anything about the Kennedy family and its politics? Evidently not.

Be more mindful.

I love football, and I always will, but DAMN do they have too many assholes.

Today’s Word of the Day is extricate which means, “to free from entanglement or difficulty.” To call on a current news event, the Las Vegas Raiders just extricated themselves from Jon Gruden as their head coach. Word to the wise, people β€” never put in an e-mail, a text message, a voicemail, or a tweet/Facebook post/Instagram post something you wouldn’t want reprinted on the front page of the New York Times or Washington Post. Or, something you wouldn’t want said to or about your mother. Jon Gruden’s biggest problem isn’t that he’s a racist, misogynistic, homophobic asshole…though that IS a problem…it’s that he was all of those things in print. The Washington Football Team is being investigated, and in the course of that investigation, these e-mails were discovered, then leaked. When are people going to learn that the Internet is forever? If you put it out there, it will stay there, for all time. Of course, no one ever accused racists, homophobes, and misogynists of being the smartest people in the world.

It’s, like, whatever.

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Today’s Word of the Day is cavalier which means, “showing no concern for serious matters.” We’ve seen, probably too much, of people being far more cavalier about their health the past almost two years than we ever thought we would have before. Of course, it’s not just COVID that people are blasΓ© about. Far too many people are cavalier about voting and elections, which is partly why we’re in the trouble we’re in right now. However, it can be hard to make people care when they don’t want to, even when it’s something they should care about. Look at how many people refuse to get vaccinated or don’t vote or don’t wear seat belts. At least when it comes to the health and safety issues, you’re tempting fate…and that’s not something you ever want to do.

Hear ye, hear ye!

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Yesterday’s Word of the Day was gazette which means, “a newspaper or journal.” The only newspaper I can think of in current circulation that has “Gazette” in the title is the Green Bay Press-Gazette, which any Packers fan will know quite well. Maybe once upon a time, that was a common name for your town’s/city’s local paper, but I don’t think it’s that common anymore. It’s more than a bit old-fashioned. That being said, I like old-fashioned things, so maybe it should make a comeback.

On a separate and unrelated note, I meant to do this yesterday, but it totally slipped my mind. I’m starting a new 30-day challenge for March! It’s all about music, so each day, I’ll post a song that correlates to that day’s challenge. I hope you enjoy listening to all the music as much as I’ll enjoy sharing it.

You sure this is gonna work?

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Today’s Word of the Day is nostrum which means, “a usually questionable remedy or scheme.” I don’t think this is meant to include the world of patent medicines, which in and of themselves are questionable remedies. I saw someone bring up Poland’s recent abortion ruling because it doesn’t actually address the country’s falling birth rate or demographic decline. It’s a remedy for a problem that IMO doesn’t exist. Making an abortion even harder to obtain isn’t going to make more babies suddenly appear. All it’s going to do is drive it underground, where it’s dangerous and at times deadly, which isn’t going to help the demographic decline either. Here in the United States, some states are moving to change absentee voter rules, making it more difficult for people to vote by mail. You have three guesses as to what kinds of states are doing this, and the first two don’t count. It’s questionable because it’s clearly political and a response to the staggering number of Democrats that voted absentee in 2020 due to the pandemic. Apparently, anytime Democrats vote, it must be fraudulent. Great logic. *rolls eyes*

Out of control.

Today’s Word of the Day is amok which means, “in a wild or uncontrolled manner.” We saw plenty of evidence of what “running amok” means on Wednesday. I don’t know what was more depressing about the terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol; the fact it was supported, fomented, and egged on by our chief executive, or that despite plenty of advance warning these terrorists were coming, there wasn’t an adequate police response to any of it. The Capitol Police were overrun fairly quickly, and the National Guard was nowhere in sight. Contrast that with last summer when Black Lives Matter marchers were met by the National Guard, who pepper-sprayed them and positioned themselves on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to keep them from assembling. I’d say that says everything, but it also doesn’t say anywhere near enough. If these terrorists decide to stage a return engagement in order to disrupt President-Elect Biden’s inauguration in two weeks, I hope they’re met with the 101st Airborne. Enough is enough. Now, to change gears. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I decided to go with a song that while lyrically doesn’t really match the tone of the insurrectionist riot that befell our nation’s capital a couple of days ago, certainly spells out who (or what) was inspiring the display. Here is “Running With the Devil” by Van Halen. Enjoy!

Two-faced.

Today’s Word of the Day is devious which means, “tricky or deceptive.” Well. The goings-on of yesterday afternoon/evening should be testament to just how devious this thankfully ending soon administration is willing to stoop to get their way. Armed terrorists breaking into the U.S. Capitol? If something like that happened in another country, we’d be calling them a banana republic and offering our military support to help them re-establish law and order. On one hand, I’m inordinately thankful that in two weeks, Mango Mussolini is getting evicted from public housing and told to GTFO, but on the other, the next 13 days are going to be the longest, most dangerous in American history. The last time saw a more perilous 13 days was the Cuban Missile Crisis, but at least we could be assured that neither Kennedy nor Khrushchev were malignant narcissists. I hope they replace the nuclear football with a stuffed animal and whoopee cushion.

A total nothingburger.

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Saturday’s Word of the Day was feckless which means, “weak, ineffective, or worthless.” This is probably one of my favorite adjectives with which to describe someone. It just sounds dismissive and a little smarmy, which really, is the whole point of using it. A couple of years ago, Samantha Bee got in trouble for referring to Ivanka Trump as a “feckless c*nt,” which while incredibly rude, is probably the most accurate way to describe her. Frankly, it’s the most accurate way to describe everyone in the whole family. That said, I don’t condone saying something like that publicly, especially when you have as high a profile as she has. You’re just asking for trouble. Describe her as feckless, sure, but don’t tack the c-word onto the end of it.

Can someone tell me what exactly it is she did in this administration anyway?