1. It’s Thursday, December 1, 2016.
2. Miserable November 2016 is finally over.
3. Today is the first day you can open an advent calendar.
I used to love them – forget the “used to,” I still do. When you’re young, you’re so excited that Christmas is coming – and the opening of a little door to reveal some little picture of a toy helps build and harness that thrill.
One of my goals for next Christmas is to put together an interactive advent calendar for grownups. Not sure if it will have coupons or links to cool stuff or just really good things I’ve read in the year that will have passed.
Definitely working on it.
4. Kellogg’s unlikely evolution from kid-targeted marketer of sugar-coated cereal to conservative bête-noire is complete.
Sensing that maybe being linked to a hot bed of racism and anti-semitism doesn’t help sell Pop Tarts, Kellogg announced this week it was pulling its ads from the right-wing Breitbart site.
This, of course, is the latest outrage for people who aren’t satisfied with winning an election despite getting 2.5 million fewer votes than their opponent.
Breitbart and the dolts who read it now want a boycott of Kellogg, calling a company’s decision to embrace a broader audience than them “bigotry.”
Here’s hoping this goes as well as the boycott of “Hamilton” they sought after the cast urged VP-elect Mike Pence to take the play’s open-minded message to heart. Last week, “Hamilton” posted the biggest weekly gross in Broadway history, more than $3.3 million.
The white nationalism espoused by Breitbart and embraced by Trump supporters is ascendant. So, to be sure, Kellogg deserves some credit for doing the right thing – even if it is probably good business in the long run.
5. So, as a service to those of us fighting the good fight, here are Kellogg’s brands in case you want to add them to your shopping cart in the next few days.
Because why shouldn’t Snap, Crackle and Pop get the same kind of love as Alexander Hamilton?
— Kellogg’s cereals include Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Special K, Frosted Flakes and Froot Loops
— Special K also has brands of frozen breakfast sandwiches and snack bars
— Keebler cookies
— Pringles snack foods
— Cheez-It crackers
— Austin snack foods
— Mother’s cookies
— MorningStar Farms meat substitutes
— Carr’s crackers
— Gardenburger veggie burgers
— Murray Sugar Free cookies
— Famous Amos cookies
— Pop Tarts
— Eggo frozen waffles
6. The founder of the liberal blog Daily Kos is, understandably, irritated these days.
Markos Moulitsas decided last night to let it all out. He raged at all the people and organizations he’s holding responsible for the debacle of the Trump election.
He blamed Hillary Clinton. He blamed the Clinton campaign. He blamed Democratic consultants. He blamed Bernie Sanders. He blamed Sanders’ supporters. He blamed the news media. He blamed President Obama. He blamed himself. He blamed Trump supporters. And he blamed Trump and the Republicans.
Moulitsas didn’t really leave anybody out. And that was his point. It seems as though he wants to get the anger out now, because the future is about fighting the horror show we’re about to endure.
Twenty-three days on, it remains very hard to swallow what happened. You and me and Moulitsas and anyone with a brain are justified in worrying if the future of civilization hangs in the balance. This election is proof that time travel will never be invented – no one from the future has come back to save us.
But 23 days is enough. It’s now December, the final full month of what now seems like the halcyon days of the Obama administration. We should relish the good that’s been done over the past eight years and gird for the fights ahead.
7. And there are fights.
It is time to square up on Medicare. People have planned their lives (my hand is raised!) around the idea that, at age 65, their health care will become less of a concern thanks to one of the greatest federal programs ever.
Now, with this ignoramus Tom Price ticketed for Health and Human Services, that guarantee faces the gravest risk since the inception of Medicare in 1965.
Medicare is worth fighting for. The people who voted for Trump were told he wasn’t going to take it away from them. Imagine their surprise when he, Price and Paul Ryan do exactly that.
Don’t get mad. Get even. There’s no tactic too dirty, no stratagem too over the top. It has to seem to the people in favor of this that changing Medicare in any way will come at a heavy price.
I’m game. The election is over. The fight for the future is on.