Post Mortem

Its been said “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”

For the “not so good”, we have this handy little travel kit…

The cavalcade of the bereaved friends and family of Aretha Franklin and John McCain has dispersed.  Aretha’s funeral lasted six hours.  People were complaining about the length of it, despite amazing musical tributes from many talented artists whose careers were inspired by her majestic voice.  One by one, they took the stage and sang from the depths of their souls, each note bringing us closer to the divine as they submitted to the music and let it sing through them.  Fantasia Barrino transported herself to some otherworldly place with her performance of “You’ve Got A Friend”

Jennifer Hudson seemed to morph into the Queen of Soul right before our eyes with her rendition of Amazing Grace.  It was one of the most surreal performances ever given by Ms. Hudson, who is cast as Aretha herself in a movie about her life scheduled for release later this year

I was so uplifted by these two performances, as well as those by Gladys Knight, Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder and so many other brilliant artists who loved her so much.  The only disappointment was when tax cheat, arsonist and liar Rev. Al Sharpton rose up to share his tribute to Aretha, but instead, served us a bitter cup of political hate speech via an attack on the President of the United States along with a half-assed excuse for his inability to spell simple words…

I found that to be one of the more tasteless moments the Reverend has ever delivered, and that includes his whole Tawana Brawley scam from years ago.

The Sacred and the Profane

Death is a taboo subject in our society.  We have been conditioned to become uncomfortable and squeamish when discussing it, and we’ve developed an almost instinctive recoil when we are reminded of our own mortality.  As someone who has been resuscitated more than one time, I have discovered that the process of dying is a sacred and interactive ritual that we must perform with reverence and solemnity.

For me, it was like turning off breaker switches.  One by one, we lovingly remember the people, places and events that shaped our lives and inspired us to continue along our path.  Often times, those people places and events have informed us further on opinions we had previously considered absolute; inspiring us to change our opinions and commit to a revised and corrected trajectory.  When we finally get to the last breaker switch, we realize we are about to say goodbye to everything and everyone we knew.  We hope the people we loved know we loved them, we hope the people we wronged, knowingly or unknowingly, will forgive us.  The remorse for any transgressions we made is enormously painful, and we must hope for forgiveness and ultimately forgive ourselves before we can move on.  I lingered over that last breaker switch, thinking “What if you go out with the lights?”  Then, I said “Fuck it! Let’s roll!  Miss Thang is OUTTA here!” and there I went, off into the wild blue fucking yonder.

There is indeed consciousness after physical death.  Don’t only take my word for it – I did an internet search of people who had the same experience (they had to provide proof of resuscitation, so the original list shrunk from more that 10,000 down to about 1,200).  You do indeed judge yourself before you might be judged by someone/something else, but I obviously never got to meet that someone/something else.  You will experience key moments in your life exactly as you did when they first happened.  You will recall moments and conversations with others, see them through the same eyes as you did, hear your own voice coming out of your mouth, but you will feel the effect your words or deeds had on others, good or bad. There’s more, but I don’t want to give away the ending lol.

I’m not writing this post to aggrandize myself or my experience;  I’m writing it to let you know that death and dying are beautiful, sacred milestones we achieve after a lifetime of struggle, challenge and celebration.  Death and the process of dying are to be treated with reverence and respect.  We did not see any of that this past week.  Instead, we saw a profane performance meant to create division, polarization and discord.  It is for that reason that I choose to talk shit about the dead when they have it coming.  If their last months have been spent writing the script and choreography for a hatefest, they have it coming.

 

Sadly, rather than being left with reflective thoughts inspired by carefully crafted words, the shit show we were force fed leaves us with an inspiration best contained in this tweet:

Hopefully, this post will give you a choice of how to metabolize this past week’s media circus.  You can accept their direction and use it as a guideline on “How to Produce Your Own Shit Show”, or you can transcend the intended effect of polarization and division our media giants were hoping for, and silently acknowledge the passing of two extraordinary people whose lives embodied two extreme and opposite ends of the emotional spectrum and then find your own place between them.

I’m at the place I have to hit “publish” to post this, and I’m wavering.  I’ve never before publicly shared this private experience of mine, and I’m sure there will be some backlash.  I’m ready for it, because if just a few people take a minute to ponder the enormity of what death and dying actually represent and walk away with a warm feeling instead of preconditioned revulsion, making myself vulnerable will have been worth it.

So off you go – hopefully with some new thoughts on an old taboo.

XOXOXO,

A.

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212 Responses to Post Mortem

  1. MIranda says:

    The main minister for Aretha Franklin’s funeral made everyone mad, saying Blacks need to RESPECT themselves and their community. 🙂

  2. Anthony says:

    Thud…

    • MIranda says:

      I apologize for my comment, which was inappropriate for the rest of the post. I read the part about McCain’s funeral and somehow missed the lower part.

      • Anthony says:

        No apology necessary, Miranda. I wrote this post to stop myself from any further shitposting lol. Probably not going to work, but so far so good 😊

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Great post Anthony! TY ❤

    • lateblum says:

      Beautiful post, Anthony. I appreciate your thoughts and your experience. I, personally, don’t want to die. Well, not right now and only when it is my choice. I don’t want to leave my kids and grandkids, or my friends, or even people I don’t like particularly well. I’m not certain that I believe in life after death as I once did when I was way younger. As for reviewing my life, I am at the stage in life when reviewing my own life is one of the appropriate tasks. And I suppose that is because after all these decades, and the losses we experience at this stage, death is ever nearer.
      Never mind, I’m rambling… I just meant to say that I thought/think this post is beautiful. Thank you.

      • Anthony says:

        Thanks for such a beautiful heartfelt comment. I’ve been writing a lot lately (in my “other” life) about ‘age and stage’. We DO reach a stage in our life where it is not only appropriate to review our lives so far, but it’s responsible to do so. I’ve taken to saying “People our age die of natural causes in their sleep. In case I bite the big one in the middle of the night, know that I love you”. And when appropriate, I add “Even if I want to choke the fucking life out of you right now” (usually reserved for exes and doctors).

  3. swanspirit says:

    Great post Anthony, profound, and thought provoking. I have never had a near death experience, but I have had out of body experiences, from pain. Many many years ago, when I was camping in the Rocky Mountains, I did something so stupid. I tried to keep up drinking with my then boyfriend, who was, I found out much later, an alcoholic. I woke up after I passed out, doing what I thought was looking over at him, being sick.
    It wasn’t him. It was me, hovering about a foot or two over my body, watching myself. When I was back in my body, I discovered I was in awful kidney pain. Had another one of those OOB’s, when I had a terrible reaction to a flu shot, years later.

    But having had those experiences, I had to wonder, where do you go, if you don’t go back to your body? My departure, for those experiences, was sudden and without any preparations. And I didn’t meet anyone loitering about, either.
    I hope when I do finally go, there are lots of loved ones, and my animal friends waiting. I would love that.
    I have been to more funerals and wakes than I ever wanted, including both parents.I cannot even imagine desecrating anyone’s memory, with any hint of recriminations for anything.
    Their lives were too sacred for that. Life is too precious, and death is too final, for that.

  4. Somebody says:

    Wow Anthony, I think your story is amazing. Why would you get backlash? Did you see a bright light or was there anyone from the other side that came to greet you? Those are very common.

    My father kept talking about a train. He kept asking me to go with him on the train. Immediately after he passed, the loudest train came through. You rarely heard the train, it was a few miles away, but that night it was so loud. The engineer kept honking the horn 4 blasts with the 4th lasting longer. Within a minute he’d lay on the horn again, over and over until the train click, cracked out of hearing range. It was surreal. In fact I still think of my father when I hear a train and train were never anything we shared or talked about until his final days.

    • Anthony says:

      I could easily get backlash because of my bitchy trashy mouth writing about something so sensitive. I only share the details of the experiences the other people who responded to my ad all had. We all had a companion as we all walked through the dark in what smelled like a forest. Some were accompanied by family members or friends, others including myself were not, but we knew they were nearby. When my Uncle died, he kept asking for his watch, which he was wearing. He said to my cousin “Never mind – Darrah is bringing it to me”. Darrah was my cousins deceased daughter… the watch stopped a minute later when he died. Scared the living fuck outta me lol

  5. helenk3 says:

    I think when you are loved you never die. You live on in someone’s memory and the stories passed down from generation to generation. The body might leave the earth but the memories live on.

    just my opinion

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Anthony, your after life experiences sound a lot like my dreams. I’m always running into people from the past, living and dead, and they seem pleasant enough that I don’t wake up with a night terror. Weren’t Steve Jobs last words “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow” ? That’s how I want to go 😀

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Aretha wanted Halle Berry to play her in the biopic. Halle had such great respect for her, she backed out of the part because she can’t sing. Jennifer Hudson makes more sense and it could be Oscar worthy 🙂 Like:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hudson got Best Supporting Actress for this role.

    • Jenlyn says:

      Not to be the negative Nelly here but Aretha Franklin like most black people in 2018 f****** hate white people guys that’s why Louis Farrakhan was on stage next to Bill Clinton they not only hate white people but they effing hate with a big Capital H jews. The trend sense the murder of Malcolm X by Farrakhan has been f*** whitney and then kill him Louis Farrakhan is of course best friends with Keith Ellison second-in-command of the DNC and if you wrote a horror story for the 21st century you couldn’t get more horrible. Just because Aretha Franklin played this super great character in a movie does not mean that she is your friend people. For the last 40 or so years years it’s been the in thing and black culture to talk about how we’re the problem instead of looking in the mirror. I’m surprised black people didn’t Lynch Michael Jackson after that song of his about looking in the mirror to make a better world. Remember Reverend Wright black separatist churches represent the worst Hate you can imagine and in addition to looking to get rid of white people or at least make them the New Slaves they also hurt the black community because the problems faced in the black community today have nothing to do with white people and until they do what Michael Jackson said they will continue to be depressed in the extreme and on every level. That being said as a white Jew I feel compelled to remind really all people that if you do not believe me go to a black separatist Church and just listen I’ve been there and it’s scary and when you have people like Louis Farrakhan sitting on stages this is a man who has not deep-seated hatred but absolute hatred for white people and Jews has called for their extermination has made fun of the Holocaust while denying it at the same time when he is normalized and is sitting like royalty on a stage with people who are in the media and profess to be leaders and not one major media Outlet has mentioned it that’s when we need to get scared people really really scared because Louis farrakhan’s soul brother was Hitler and it’s a toss-up to say who’s scarier. Oh and don’t forget Barack Hussein Obama is also a very close friend of Louis Farrakhan

      • lauren says:

        Absolutely true. Thanks for having the guts to call it out.

      • Anthony says:

        You started out by saying “Not to be negative here”, then left an enormous turd in the punch bowl.

        • mothy2017 says:

          Anthony,
          I love Jenlyn. She is never pc and she almost never attacks anyone here. She is passionate always when she posts.
          I love it.
          You showed courage by talking about yourself and a reaction to funeralpoloozza. I have so much respect for you openly framing this through your eyes. I think its healthy. I think jenlyn’s anger can be healthy as well. She has her take. I can always listen. If I am not mistaken she has spent a lot of time as a children’s advocate. Imagine the rage hearing Trump blamed for shit she has seen first hand go down for decades.

          • Anthony says:

            Mothy,
            I’ve read jenlyns previous passionate posts as well. I also enjoy and encourage her passion, and for all the shit posting I do here, I doubt anyone could ever accuse me of criticizing someone for not being pc. Yesterday I responded to Somebody that McCain was a miserable c*nt and more, then ended the comment with “other than that, he was a lovely man”.

            I’ve also worked with Ms. Franklin years ago and there wasn’t a racist bone in her body. At least, not back then. Who or what she morphed into over the years might be a different story , but of that, I have no idea. Perhaps it is my recollection of the person I knew that prompted me to write my response, perhaps not.

            I think we regularls here are close enough to respond to each other when we find an obvious ( and in this case, hilarious) dichotomy in a comment. I certainly didn’t criticize her as a person.

            I applaud you standing up for her, but trust me – I wasn’t attacking her. I think you know that if I was, there would be no question and I would’ve come right out and said so. I was pointing out a juxtaposition. Next time, I’ll leave one or two of these 🤣 so there is no mistaking my intention.

      • lyn says:

      • lyn says:

        Here’s another one.

  8. Dora says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that we’ve got some great writers on this blog.

    Anthony your post is terrific.

    I’m even going to read it again.

    Thank you.

  9. Woke Lola says:

    Backlash? To what? This was a beautiful sharing. That’s all.

    • Anthony says:

      Just feeling vulnerable after such a public share of a very private episode in my life. Let me know when you’re in the car… 🤣

  10. Dora says:

  11. elliesmom says:

    When our son was going through treatment for cancer, we joined a parents’ support group. It was more gut-wrenching than Elliesdad could handle, but I kept going for a couple of years. One of my dear friends had tried to go it alone when her little boy died from leukemia, and after watching and supporting her, I knew I’d need support more than I’d be willing to admit if the worst happened. The group had members whose kids were currently undergoing treatment, kids who were survivors, and kids who had died. The parents whose children had died talked about how peacefully the kids had passed. They were consoled by that. None of them reported signs of fear. That comforted me, too.

    I was at the house caring for my friend’s other children when her son passed. All of his hospice staff was there, and the priest was on call so I knew it would soon. The two other kids and I were sitting on their front porch looking at the sky for constellations when the oldest who was six spotted a meteor falling. She pointed at it and said, “Look! Mikey just caught a ride on a star!” In a moment or two one of the hospice workers signaled to me that it was over.

    My son was diagnosed with cancer two years later. The 5 year survival rate for teens with ewing sarcoma was around 50%. While I followed my son’s “plan” of never buying into believing he wouldn’t survive, I carried around the hope that “stars” really do come to catch children when they need a ride. Both of the sisters are all grown up and married to men named Mike, and they both honor their brother’s death by watching the Perseid meteor shower every August to wish safe journeys to the kids. When I can be there to do it with them, I do, and when I can’t, I watch it from wherever I happen to be. Even on a cruise ship out to sea.

    Now I need to walk Ellie to regain myself.

    • Anthony says:

      Thank you for having the courage to share such a personal event, EM. I’m so sorry for your loss, but grateful that you are able to reframe it with such a beautiful metaphor.

      There’s an ancient Greek myth about Chiron, the wounded healer. The ultimate moral of that story is that when we’re inflicted with a mortal wound, which includes the pain from losing a loved one or more painfully, a child, we have three choices:

      1) We can opt to stick our head in the sand and pretend it never happened, living our lives in unending torment until we tie up all of those loose ends

      2) we can inflict the same or similar pain on others, much like an animal caught in a trap who snaps at anyone who tries to get near it even though they’re trying to free it, or

      3)we can heal others with the same wound we have if we’re unable to heal ourselves. That way, the healing energy reflects from the person you’re healing right back into your own heart, thus healing yourself.

      You have chosen option 3, which, even though reliving a painful event produces fresh pain, the lessons you’ve taught others by participating in their dark hour have no recourse but to help lessen your own pain and heal your own heart.

      Blessings. For two people who got off to a bit of a rocky start years ago on JWS blog, you’ve become such a dear and cherished friend once we got to really know each other.

      • swanspirit says:

        💗 🎼🌊🌌

      • elliesmom says:

        If I recall, our argument back then started when we disagreed over whether drag queens celebrate women or degrade them. At some point, you suggested I should go to a show and find out for myself. When I was in Savannah with some adult Girl Scout friends and doing the “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” tour, we took in a drag queen show starring the Lady Chablis. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of the gay guys we sat with in the audience, but I was turned off by the characters on the stage. It really was like watching a minstrel show where the “endmen” were women. In passing on the way out, I said to a friend, “Well, that’s two hours and $25 I’ll never get back.” The guys we had met invited us all out for a drink after and gave me $25 to contribute for my share of the bill, and that two hours made up for sitting through the other two. lol When I meet someone online or in real life I really like, I can always meet them at the “agree to disagree” place. That’s how I’ve stayed married for 45 years. ❤

        • Anthony says:

          All true, but if I remember correctly, Jay threw a lot of logs on the fire and things got really confusing. In the end, I’ve discovered an extraordinary woman that I love very dearly ❤

    • lyn says:

      ❤ with tears.

    • jeffhas says:

      That was wrenching… and so touching…

      Safe travels on your journey, stars be with you and all.

    • helenk3 says:

      EM
      thank you for sharing. You made me think of meteors in a much different way. I am very sorry for your loss.

    • lateblum says:

      {{{em}}}
      I have no words except “I’m sorry for your loss” and “thank you” for sharing such a personal experience.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      ❤ em

  12. DandyTIger says:

    Amazing post Anthony. Thanks for sharing. And thanks EM for sharing as well. No, that’s just some dust in my eye. Much love.

  13. votermom says:

    Anthony, that is a beautiful thing to share. Thank you.
    I’ve lost so many to death over the years…

  14. mothy2017 says:

    Wow Elliesmom and Anthony.

  15. Constance says:

    Thanks Anthony for sharing your thoughts and feelings and giving me so much that is positive to think about.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Yikes ! Taw, was this a surprise? I’m usually on top of these things…….

    • taw46 says:

      No, NWS Key West had reported that a tropical wave would pass over us and become stronger when it hit the gulf. The surprise was that it became a TS before it hit the gulf. Last night our forecast was 50 mph gusts and downpours, by this morning it had moved away from us, north over the upper Keys and South Florida. Sunny skies and mild days here. 😎

    • taw46 says:

      There are some SERIOUS weather trackers I follow, since I live in Florida. And especially after Irma. 😬

  17. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • lyn says:

      Does the father wish Mollie had been aborted when she was a fetus? Same outcome.

    • Anthony says:

      So he’s in favor of continuing slavery? Illegal aliens are the new black, working for no or low wages and exploited on the new plantations which were formerly family farms that have been taxed out of the families’ hands by the government he so valiantly defends. He also fails to acknowledge the distinction between illegal aliens and the Hispanic community at large. Conflating this two is akin to sacrificing his own daughter’s tragic murder on the altar of political correctness.

      I’m sorry for his loss, but fuck him. Hard. Twice. In the ass. Both times.

    • mcnorman says:

      She learned this at home. Being a parent, I am dumbfounded by his words.

  18. mothy2017 says:

    I wonder how radically people’s lives changed after “coming back”. My ticker quit when I was 3.5, but I was far too young to recall anything.
    You would think that such a profound event would result in some real changes.

    • Anthony says:

      It changes enormously. Recalling my life before those resuscitations (7 times in 6 months) is like remembering someone else. Someone who was superficial, and a bit flighty.

      At 3.5 years old, you hadn’t had the opportunity to become as much of an asshole as I had by 44. You were innocent, so nothing needed to be changed much. That’s a blessing.

  19. mcnorman says:

    We did not see any of that this past week. Instead, we saw a profane performance meant to create division, polarization and discord. It is for that reason that I choose to talk shit about the dead when they have it coming.

    Nothing but the truth in every single word you wrote Anthony. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have believed that I would witness such vulgar behavior at a funeral.

    • mcnorman says:

      Anthony can you please fix your quote? My lovely cat Blondie decided to trounce the keys at precisely the wrong moment. LOL

    • mothy2017 says:

      If a psychiatrist were to analyse the funeral tour as an individual I believe he’d say suffers from a borderline personality disorder. It was meant to manipulate. Everything they do is a play on emotions. Thing is if if you’ve ever had the misfortune of dealing with a sociopath you became angry when you know they are trying to play you.
      Kinda shocked the dims and NT’s aren’t crying suicide to get their way.

      • lateblum says:

        I completely agree with your assessment, Tim
        I enjoyed (for lack of a better word) treating BPD before I retired. But most of my colleagues called BPD a “shit show”. That is exactly what this last week’s marathon was. For some this emotional roller coaster served some cathartic goal. For me, I walked away from it before it began.

        • mothy2017 says:

          BPD (Bi- polar?) Isn’t that chemical? I see plain old fashioned psychopaths with these vermin. Always trying to tug at the heart. Manic-depressives can be medicated. No hope for the likes of the dims. And GWB was silent for 8 long years while o tore us apart.

          • lateblum says:

            BPD – borderline personality disorder (DSM-III rev.)

          • mothy2017 says:

            Thanks.
            They are a treat, aren’t they.
            Wish psych community would revisit diagnosing teens. BPD’s do not get better and the signs are always there. They demand that a 14 year old can get an abortion without parental consent but a child exhibiting scary stuff gets a walk? I know its a slippery slope, but I think it at minimum needs at least another look. Chemistry is not formed until early 20’s. Well what if it gets worse as it seems to have with these mass murderers. Where is the data on adolescent bio chemistry? I think a very sick 16 year old is only going to be a far worse 22 year old. I wonder if it’s economics. A poor punk goes to jail if he commits a violent crime in many states as an adult. Do affluent parents drugging their boys from age 6 get a pass using mental health? I just don’t buy that a 16 year old is not responsible.

      • swanspirit says:

        With an unhealthy dose of narcissistic tendencies. It struck me, that some of those people speaking were so happy to have a captive audience again, they took advantage of it in the worst way.

    • lateblum says:

      Paul Wellstone’s funeral was NOTHING compared to this shitshow marathon. And I was offended more than I had ever been offended by the contemptible Wellstone display. This just goes to show that the left and the RINO/GOPe are one and the same. Both are supremely vulgar and offensive.

  20. votermom says:

    OT
    Remember I was complaining about night sweats and attributing it to the big M?

    well, the other day I asked my doctor to switch my BP meds because my nails had gotten ridiculously soft, and I was wondering if that was a side effect

    my doctor said it probably was unrelated but decided to humor me and gave me a different kind of med

    lo & behold, since I switched I haven’t gotten any night sweats! I’m surprised

    • lateblum says:

      Hey, vm, What were you taking? And why did you attribute soft nails to it. I’ve had terrible hair loss (and soft nails) for the last 2 years. My doc said she can’t imagine what it’s from, but assures me the meds have nothing to do with it.

      • votermom says:

        I was taking losartan, an ARB
        switched now to amlodipine, a CCB

        I am also anemic again, and back on iron. Hair loss could ge caused by low iron – do you ever get your ferritin tested along with hemoglobin?

        • lateblum says:

          I do not. At least not that I know of. I have to go in to see the doc in the next week or so. I’ll request that. BTW, I was on amlodipine for years. Then my ankles began swellin* and no amount of exercise or fluid intake made any difference. I then had to wear compression stockings all the time. They were horrific in the summer and I asked about making a change. Now I’m on lisinopril and I cough and cough and cough. I’m exhausted by it. But no swollen anything. When the insurance death panel calls to promote their “House Calls” program and hear the only medication I take is this one, they actually challenge my response. They are snakes. They don’t like that I won’t “engage” in their snooping into how I live.

          • mothy2017 says:

            I was taking proponolal after my liver decided to take a vacation. Hated it. I split the pill into quarters and still could not walk up the stairs. I went drug free and I am fine.

          • votermom says:

            my doc warned me that my ankles might swell
            Lisinopril also gave me the scratchy throat / coughing fits

            mothy, I ‘ve heard that beta blockers like proponolal have the worst side effectshave
            btw I am also splitting my pills in half right now

          • votermom says:

            lyn, make sure they do the ferritin test; it’s not included in the regular CBC
            also have them check your thyroid, could also cause the hair & nail thing

          • lateblum says:

            Thanks. Thyroid’s been checked and is okay.

        • mothy2017 says:

          Do you insist doc take bp a second time after being in his office for at least a half hour.
          I have white coat syndrome. Duh I spent years being cut open. Docs make my bp go through the roof. I sit for a half hour and I am fine.
          I think you get yourself so worked up that bp is likely off. Just say can we relax for a few minutes and do it again.

          • lateblum says:

            My doc actually started doing this several years ago. My bp used to drop significantly the second time ’round.

          • Somebody says:

            I’ve also read that electronic BP monitors are not as reliable as old fashioned ones. Electronic ones tend to register higher BP readings, 20 points higher in many cases.

          • Constance says:

            Don’t let them use the machine on you. Those things are horrible. I also think it depends how much fat or muscle you have on your arm. Sure if you have skinny chicken arms they work, if your arms have fat pads or are muscular I think they don’t work as well.

  21. lyn says:

    http://thefederalist.com/2018/08/30/framing-ted-stevens-2008-deep-states-trial-run-framing-trump/

    In theory, constitutional checks and balances should wring this misconduct out of the Department of Justice. Clearly, DoJ has demonstrated little interest in coming clean to the voters. Congress has a clear responsibility to expose DoJ employees responsible for meddling in elections if we have any chance of preserving self-government within the United States.

  22. mothy2017 says:

    I wonder what hillary’s funeral will look like. I think she’s in bad shape and her usefulness has worn off. They could time it as an October surprise. The could do Chicago, Wesslyan, little rock, haiti, dc, new york for the tour. Rosie could be a pall bearer.
    Bad taste?

  23. lyn says:

    I watched the Twitter attacks on Zito’s timeline last week.

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Sigh, man buns 😉

  25. lyn says:

  26. Cisco says:

    I had a nightmare last night.
    I was at the McCain funeral, and if that wasn’t scary enough, I saw this as the hearse passed me😩

  27. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, the Chicago protestors were shut down by the state police, but this is so true…..

    • Cisco says:

      Start locking these f’ks up and send a message that breaking the law will not be tolerated.
      Here’s my message.
      Try marching and protesting in relatively safe neighborhoods and try your shit in the gang infested neighborhood, you know, where the actual problem is.
      Too scared? I understand.

      • lateblum says:

        Hey Cisco! Watch WGNNews tonight or tomorrow morning. There were actual counter demonstrators who confronted protestors face-to-face. No violence and also no meeting of the minds. Nobody convinced anyone or changed any minds. There were actual arrests today but not for any. Iolence. The arrests were of people who crossed the line the state police had determined. It remained peaceful despite arrests.
        I agree with you about the locations they select for their protests. Protested on the Dan Ryan but protected on all sides by CPD and city “leaders”. Then chose the north side where, yes there is crime and some violence as well. But the protests were about the violence on the South and the West Sides. The north side is a much safer place for those demonstrators to show their faces in protest against the black on black crime so prevalent on the South Side. I’d love to see them marching west on Harrison or south on Jeffrey Blvd. It’ll never happen.
        Mother Nature did more to disrupt traffic either on the highways or at O’Hare today. The rain was a veritable deluge.

  28. DeniseVB says:

    I love this guy, lol !

  29. Underwhelmed says:

    Bless you, Anthony. If ever I get back to NYC I really want to buy you dinner. Everything you talked about in this post is stuff I have always believed. I’ve never done the cross over/come back dance, but I’ve escaped death a number of times. I’ve had some really woo woo twilight zone experiences with those, and separately. Life is far stranger and vaster and more mysterious than we can grasp. Sometimes, thanks to people like you, we’re granted a glimpse of that greater mystery. That makes us really lucky. As for the funeral circuses, these people are so consumed with hatred and bigotry and desperation, they are blinded to the impact of their conduct. But then, they have nothing but contempt for those of us who have recoiled in horror at how they’ve behaved. We can’t control that. All we can control is what we do. And what we do is make sure they never ever ever get power over us again.

    • Anthony says:

      I’d love to meet up if you decide to visit! Ive met with McNorman, Denise, and soon Jadzia will be in town and we’ll be meeting if her schedule and jet lag permit. Looking forward to it so much, and if any TCHers ever find their way to the big Apple, let me know!

      I tend to err on the side of conventional science, but I would have to deny some real life experiences in order to do that. If we don’t know that something exists or doesn’t exist for sure, then we cant really believe or disbelieve in it or against it dogmatically. I’ve learned to say “At this time, I believe thus and such” or “Right now, I choose to believe” whatever, and then share why I’ve made that choice to believe as I do, My mantra is “Believe in nothing so that everything remains a possibility”

  30. Myiq2xu™ says:

  31. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Asia Times:

    Trump’s style has been obstreperous and sometimes rowdy, and he eschews the air of regal noblesse oblige that some of his predecessors brought to the Oval Office. But the hatred he elicits from the Establishment has nothing to do with style, or indeed, with any of his shortcomings: Trump is hated because the American people elected him to bury the Establishment. Last weekend the Establishment obliged by conducting burial services for itself.

    • Jenlyn says:

      I am printing that and putting it on my mirror app so f****** perfectly sums it up kudos to the author

      • Anthony says:

        Hey – thanks to Mothy’s observation, I realize I may have offended you above with my response to your comment. I certainly didn’t intend to. I pointed out a juxtaposition in your post that I found amusing. I was fully expecting a response like “Well, that’s how I roll”. No harm, no foul

    • taw46 says:

      I like this line.

      “….But the unctuous sea of self-congratulatory declarations of virtue embedded in his obsequies were enough to make the portraits in the Capitol rotunda puke.”

    • Constance says:

      Amen!

    • Cisco says:

      👍🌟🌟🌟🌟👍 Asia Times

  32. Dora says:

    This turns my stomach!

  33. Myiq2xu™ says:

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  35. SHV says:

    Al, the wife, just saw the Nike Ad and is having an existential crisis. She wouldn’t have anything to do with Nike, the sponsor of the Michael Vick, Dog Torturer, until she tried the Nike Vaporfly 4% and now she is hooked on Nike. And now Nike sponsors another loser.

    https://www.runningshoesguru.com/2017/08/nike-zoom-vaporfly-4-review/

  36. Myiq2xu™ says:

    This is some sick shit.

  37. 49erDweet says:

    That JH rendition of Amazing Grace was great……..but not my forte. Would’ve really enjoyed hearing more from that choir, tho. THAT’S my music. As an aside in 4 weeks get to sing in concert w/a large mixed Gospel Choir. But AG is definitely my music. Except, strangely, when I finish a voice over recording session and make my way out of the back recesses of a near empty church, I frequently break out with: “Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms…”

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  39. Anthony says:

    OMFG… he’s baaaa-aaack… I find the robot voice narration particularly apropos

  40. Jadzia says:

    Anthony, this is a beautiful post that I will save to reread over and over again. It’s only the second time a CH post ever made me cry.

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