On things I’ll never actually do

51AEI3isFiL__SX327_BO1_204_203_200_Let me be clear about something, in case any of you were wondering: I have absolutely no intention of reading this book.  This is true regardless of how I acquire it, in fact; if anyone happens to give it to me I’m going to throw it away.  Until this person’s taking residency at the White House I was somewhat proud of the fact that I owned at least one book about or by every US president; I have now amended that to every legitimately elected US president, and this person does not get to dirty my bookshelves.  I don’t say his name and his stupid face does not get to appear on my website any longer.

It is clear from the excerpts I’ve seenI act that there’s nothing remotely surprising in there, anyway.  It was abundantly clear from the beginning that this person was manifestly and obviously unfit for the presidency in literally every way one might be except for being a natural born US citizen and over 40 years of age.  At this point I need no further evidence. There is nothing any book about him can do to add to my understanding of him; nothing has changed and everything was obvious from the very beginning.  So, no.  I’ve got enough bullshit in my life, and one of my plans for 2018, such as they are, is to spend less time letting other peoples’ bullshit into my skull.  So I won’t be reading this book.


I actually had a brief conversation with my wife earlier today about what might happen were I to try and eliminate paying attention to politics from my life, even on a short-term basis.  I’ve said this before; there would be a lot more political content on this site were it not for Twitter, which is where most of my politics talk has landed– which is probably better for everyone, as Twitter is better for spur-of-the-moment venting and I’ve already done the World’s Angriest Man blog, back during the Bush administration.

You know, the Golden Age.

I hear talk from people about how they’ve Decided to Unplug for a certain period of time; sometimes for a couple of weeks or a couple of months or much longer than that– usually this is in reference to social media in some way or another but sometimes it’s in reference to some topic, like politics, that is causing stress.  I genuinely don’t think I can do that; I feel like paying attention to this shit is something I have to do as an American citizen, and “unplugging” or “shutting off” for a while feels less like self-care and more like an abdication of responsibility.

I dunno.  I’m mostly free-associating.  I might do such a thing if I thought I were capable of it; I don’t think that I am.

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