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Happy Thanksgiving!

I made my first cheesecake today. I know, I’m a late bloomer.

What are you guys making today?

A little levity: perineum sunning is a thing.

Promoted by wellness gurus is the biggest thing since crystals: perineum sunning. That’s right, as you finish your morning yoga practice, shimmy off those pants and undies, spread your legs and point your yoni at the sun.

There’s only one little problem with this. Sun exposure can depress your immune system and that can have unintended consequences:

“Sunlight is a relatively common trigger for HSV-1, or oral herpes. Because the genitals are rarely exposed to sunlight, it’s not a common trigger for genital herpes. … Simply put, spending more time in the sun can affect your immune system and potentially trigger oral herpes outbreaks.”

Yes, your genitals are rarely exposed to sunlight so normally this isn’t an issue. But once a fitness trend like this becomes infectious, and becomes especially popular with those of us with secret exhibitionist tendencies, outbreaks might happen.

As BiFF says: “Somewhere an influencer’s mellow has been harshed.”

Whatever.

Where does he get this crap? And why does his base believe it?

The jokes just write themselves, Part 32567

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In which I regrettably find myself siding with Bill Kristol:

Now, I know there are some centrist Democrats on this blog who are jonesing for Amy Klobuchar or Joe Biden and that’s ok. But listen to what Kristol is saying. He sees the party moving left. A lot of millennials and other demographics will feel demotivated if their concerns are not addressed by the “We’re going to leave things EXACTLY like they are!” centrists.

Our party has been inundated with moderate Republicans since the Obama days. They’ve yanked us to the right and screwed over a lot of working class people and indentured millennials. Leaving things exactly as they are is no longer an option.

Plus, moderate Republicans should stop trying to highjack our party and go work on taking back their own.

In any case, I’m really reaching my limit with people whining “how are you going to pay for it??” to Elizabeth Warren. That’s the question we all should have been asking about that monstrous tax cut that is going to cause trouble soon.

First, get that money back.

I’m not saying I have declared a candidate. And I’m not going to push my views on anyone. But I think some of you need to think long and hard about the burdens you expect working people and young people to bear campaign cycle after campaign cycle. If the party sentiment swings left, don’t make it drag you kicking and screaming into the cold harsh reality of strap hangers and second jobbers.

The Obama Reckoning begins

Finally, someone has the guts to say it without worrying he’s going to be vilified as a racist:

Read the whole thing.

Given the political climate, it’s no surprise to see the party’s base clamoring for something dramatic. But the contrast between Obama’s steady approach and the seeming radicalism of his Democratic heirs can’t just be chalked up to changing times. It’s because the former president, going back at least to his 2004 Senate race, hasn’t really occupied the left side of the ideological spectrum. He wasn’t a Republican, obviously: He never professed a desire to starve the federal government, and he opposed the Iraq War, which the GOP overwhelmingly supported. But to the dismay of many on the left, and to the continuing disbelief of many on the right, Obama never dramatically departed from the approach of presidents who came before him.
There’s a simple reason: Barack Obama is a conservative.

Where I disagree is with the notion that the “far left” consider him a sellout. I don’t think you need to be a “knit your own sandals” style Democrat to be disappointed that Obama didn’t even attempt to Change TM anything.

You just have to have been profoundly screwed by what he left behind: a country that doesn’t really GAF how smart or well educated or skillful or hardworking you are. Your livelihood is in the debit column to the shareholders.

Read the whole thing.

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As a WordPress user, I want an editor that doesn’t leave me frustrated and gives me html tag options to get around it, so that I don’t spend three times longer writing a post than necessary.

The new editor is a defect. Fix it.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood and my birthday!

Cake for breakfast for everyone!!

Tonight is Light Up Night in Pittsburgh. How much do you want to bet that Mr. McFeely leads us singing A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood like he did a few years ago? After all, Pittsburgh’s WQED is the place where the Land of Make Believe lived.

Today is the day the movie opens too. I can’t wait to see it.

We could all use a little Mr. Rogers these days.

And now, up to take a shower. Happy Birthday to me. I made it!

Everybody sing along:

More Intensity

That was a lot to take in yesterday at the impeachment hearings and at the debate. I think I had too much cortisol.

Thoughts, observations, complaints, put them in the comment section below.