A letter from F. Scott Fitzgerald Quarantined in 1920 in the South of France during the Spanish Influenza Outbreak

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Dearest Rosemary, 

It was a limpid dreary day, hung as in a basket from a single dull star. I thank you for your letter.

Outside, I perceive what may be a collection of fallen leaves tussling against a trash can. It rings like jazz to my ears. The streets are that empty. It seems as though the bulk of the city has retreated to their quarters, rightfully so. At this time, it seems very poignant to avoid all public spaces. Even the bars, as I told Hemingway, but to that he punched me in the stomach, to which I asked if he washed his hands. He hadn’t. He is much the denier, that one. Why, he considers the virus to be just influenza. I’m curious of his sources. 

The officials have alerted us to ensure we have a months worth of necessities. Zelda and I have stocked up on red wine, whiskey, rum, vermouth, absinthe, white wine, sherry, gin and lord, if we need it, brandy. Please pray for us. 

I arrived a little late for this party. VIDEO: “How to survive your liberal family member during the holidays”

Yesterday I saw that Donald Trump retweeted an op-ed from The Daily Caller, a website started by Tucker Carlson and known for its connection to white supremacy. It didn’t surprise me that Trump would associate himself with a shit site known for its allegiance to making America white again.

While on the site, I noticed a video posted that I simply had to watch. The video took dead aim at liberal stereotypes, and I assume it was an attempt at humor. The production value alone was atrocious. The sound quality sucked. Its attempt to characterize liberals fell into expected territory. It’s amazing how bad conservative “art” is and equally weird how low the bar is set for production value and attention to detail.

The article associated with the video explained:

Extremely progressive family members can be triggered easily by things like Christianity, traditional values and meat eating. The liberal family member can be a real spoiler for holiday traditions and good tidings.

A spit my coffee from my mouth reading “things like Christianity.”

All three of us in the office yesterday soaked every second of this train wreck. We learned from its poorness and its blatant missed targets. We even laughed, likely for all the wrong reasons. Enjoy it below!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I had no idea about the “Baby it’s cold outside” controversy until just before Christmas. A conservative friend of mine explained that liberals were up in arms over the lyrics. After a bit of digging, it appeared that the controversy was a manufactured issue originating from conservative websites, just like that nasty war on Christmas.

Something There is That Doesn’t Love a Speculum.

What is this “fictional” wall separating church and state, Becky Pooh? You want to tear down the “fictional” one? Oh, you mean the real wall that our forefathers built to keep the government’s grubby hands off of the people’s rights to believe or not believe whatever they want? You mean the one that makes it so that your kids don’t get stuck learning about the Islamic creation story over the Christian one in public schools? You mean the wall that protects believers and non-believers from being forced into one idea set or faith? You mean the wall that John Locke helped build? You mean the concept established in the first amendment of our constitution and the one that Thomas Jefferson wrote about in this letter (emphasis mine):

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”

Oh, I get it. Beck doesn’t work with a teleprompter, and he was inadvertently leaving out the word “non”, as in “non-fictional” wall. If he wants to tear down the “non-fictional” wall, he’s in for a mountain of work, as the forefathers fought so hard to build the establishment clause as the first amendment which handily separates church and state.

Clearly, Beck is worthy of watching on a regular religious basis. Clearly he gets his facts straight and clearly he leads by example.

Beck is the builder of a huge fictional wall that tries to separate people like you and me. He makes a wall of fictional issues not based on any rational, educated or logical information. He makes it so that issues like these force people into thinking that liberals are assholes and conservatives are superior.

Liberals ARE assholes, but so are conservatives. Liberals are also really solid people with lots of good ideas, and it pains me to admit, but conservatives have good ideas too. Both sides have great attributes, but you wouldn’t know it if you turn this shit on every night. The party leaders on both sides want to make the gap large, where really it’s quite small.

Robert Frost said it best, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall / that sends the frozen ground swell under it.”

Beck is the “old stone savage armed.” He is a man-made speculum inserted into the loveliness that is this country, he cranks it open left and right as far as it can go.

Ask any woman, that speculum is a cold, man-made device of torture.

Something there is that doesn’t love a speculum.