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Irregular commentary on whatever's on my mind -- politics, sports, current events, and life in general. After twenty years of writing business and community newsletters, fifteen years of fantasy baseball newsletters, and two years of email "columns", this is, I suppose, the inevitable result: the awful conceit that someone might actually care to read what I have to say. Posts may be added often, rarely, or never again. As always, my mood and motivation are unpredictable.

Buster Gammons

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Year In Review

(Usually I wrap up the year with a "12 Easy Pieces" post -- a variety of small yet tasty Buster's Blog nuggets, one from each month of the past year.  This year is different.)

Good riddance, 2017.

2017 was a year unlike any I've ever known.  There were some exceptions, but it was mainly a year of dreadful fear and unease, of exhausting gross distortion.  In a word, awful.  There was really just one overarching story -- many offshoots, but only one root cause.  You know who and what I'm talking about.

To give it a name, I'd call it The Year of Lies.

Our vulgar, domineering thug-in-chief spends his every waking moment lying about one thing or another, whether in person, on Twitter, or by proxy.  It's both pathological and intentional.

It's what dictators always do.  They lie, they spread propaganda, and they attack the press with such mind-numbing frequency and volume that after awhile, you're so tired, confused and unsure you don't know your ass from your elbow and don't much care.  And then the dictator has won.  Then the dictator controls the message.

This is exactly what Trump the Fraud tries to do.  He's as dishonest as they come, has shown a fawning affection for dictators and would obviously like to be one himself.  But he's not there yet.  We must not let him get there.

Inevitably if slowly, truth triumphs, lying dictators fail, and the wheels of progress roll on.  But in the short run we can't allow his constant barrage of bullshit to wear us down.

Stay "woke" and keep fighting for the truth in 2018!  It's the best way to have a Happy New Year!  

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