The Horror, The Horror


You run out of things to say after awhile. Anything new, anyway. That thing you’re thinking of saying, you already said it, what, two years ago? Three?

“Donald Trump spent the weekend at one of his resorts after Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was devastated.” We said that almost three years ago. Iowa’s been dark all week. Trump went golfing again.

Here’s something new we can say: It’s not just Brown people any more.

But at least that’s a natural disaster. Trump’s been demolishing the post office without divine assistance. Part of this is a longtime Republican dream to put a public service in private hands, where profits can be made. More immediately — well, you know that part. The easier it is for people to vote, the easier it is to vote against him.

See the past ten years of American history for more information. Or the past 230.

But in this latest attack on American citizenship, there’s a new twist: It ain’t just ballots. A lot of stuff still gets mailed in the Internet age. Bills. Payments.

Medicine.

You fuck with the mail, you fuck with people’s lives that way. Not that the fuckers care. But we already know that. The cruelty is the point.

Oh, you thought that only applied to other people, didn’t you? Check in with Iowa how well that works.

Or ask 172,639 Americans. Whoops! You can’t!

The shit just keeps piling up, and you run out of things to say.

We haven’t read Conrad. We know the line, that line, from the movie, from Brando. We can’t find her review now, but Pauline Kael said the movie failed in the end, failed to capture the thing it tried to express, failed because the thing it tried to express was beyond capturing. You can’t say it. You can’t show it. Evil isn’t a thing in the world like that.

Conrad himself, well, here’s how he presented it:

“Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again. He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision — he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath: ‘The horror! The horror!’”

We’ve been quoting that line for years — ironically, of course. Find a random annoyance, drop Brando on it. The refrigerator’s broken this week. They’re putting out another Batman movie. Cockroach in the bathtub! Never fails.

Forty years of that, horrorshowing everything we can, because the shit that really sucks, we’ve had plenty of words for that.

Until now. We’ve run out of things to say, and that’s all that’s left.

35 comments:

12:00 pm • Monday • August 17, 2020

The morons, the morons…

7:08 pm • Monday • August 17, 2020

Where my convention thread at?

7:39 pm • Monday • August 17, 2020

@JNOV: Zoom.

7:49 pm • Monday • August 17, 2020

@nojo: Damn

7:51 pm • Monday • August 17, 2020

I’m calling my local sorting annex to see how I can join the postal carriers union.

It’s time for AMERICA! TO! GO! POSTAL!

7:52 pm • Monday • August 17, 2020

Oh, yes, lest I forget:

DIE!, TRUMPFUCK, FUCKING! DIE!

11:13 am • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

Wow!!! Blockbuster speech by Michelle Obama at the convention last night. It’s so invigorating to hear from a kind, thoughtful, intelligent person rather than the nonsensical hog slop the Tr666pissts subject us to daily.

11:14 am • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

FINISH HIM

11:32 am • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

@¡Andrew!: It’s going to be fun ignoring all the crimes against humanity next year because the nation needs to heal.

11:59 am • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

@nojo: Someone’s gonna have to send all the nasty Tr666p bitches to jail for the rest of their miserable lives, otherwise it’ll only embolden the next wave of degenerate despicables.

12:04 pm • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

Well, that was boring. I turned it off after the Republicans. I wish Michelle Obama had spoken first.

12:07 pm • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

@nojo:

It’s going to be fun ignoring all the crimes against humanity next year because the nation needs to heal.

That’s how we roll. That’s how we’ve always rolled. That’s how we built the car, got our tires, and buy our gas.

9:07 pm • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

Bill. Clinton.

Why?

9:09 pm • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

I watch these things for the roll call. Yes! Tell me about your dorky state! I’m so sad.

9:28 pm • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

Oh! Another gorgeous Kennedy!

9:30 pm • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

Oh, fuck you, Bill Clinton.

9:31 pm • Tuesday • August 18, 2020

The pervy seeps through the screen. Horrific human being.

11:39 am • Wednesday • August 19, 2020

@JNOV: You’d think that in light of MeToo they’d have enough sense not to stick Slick Willie in our faces.

1:56 am • Thursday • August 20, 2020

@¡Andrew!: ::snort::

I’m listening to Obama’s speech. I had to pause at:

I did hope, for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously… .

I’m still laughing.

10:48 am • Thursday • August 20, 2020

The Bannon story keeps blossoming like a flower this morning:

1. Wall scam

2. Other Trump cronies involved

3. This was the US Attorney Barr tried to shitcan a few weeks back

4. Arrested by the Postal Service

11:35 am • Thursday • August 20, 2020

5. Another group leader skimmed money from Wall slush fund to buy boat — which then showed up in Trump boat parade.

11:48 am • Thursday • August 20, 2020

@nojo: We’re gonna be hearing about the impudent, depraved criminality of all of these Tr666p degenerates for the rest of our lives. It’ll be like Nixon times a million.

11:58 am • Thursday • August 20, 2020

@¡Andrew!: There go all my Watergate anecdotes.

5:03 pm • Thursday • August 20, 2020

Oh wow. Just saw that Bannon story.

Line ’em up!

10:19 pm • Thursday • August 20, 2020

@JNOV:
(hugs)

12:32 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

@¡Andrew!: Hugs to you and yours, Sweet Andrew.

Hey – are people selling their homes up there? They’re selling them like crazy down here.

1:53 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

@JNOV: Listings are down and prices are up. People don’t want to move or take on additional debt during the pandemic-recession, but at the same time, those that still have jobs want to own homes.
Basically, the dynamic is the same, the market is just smaller than it was pre-pandemic.

3:11 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

I’m wondering if people here are moving in with family or heading to their bunkers. I think I’m the only one in my immediate neighborhood who can telework.

Or I might be imagining it.

5:33 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

Biden knocked it out of the ball park—all the Dems have really brought it. Even I’m on board with Diamond Joe.

I gotta admit, he’s worked for it.

Empathy, courage, honor, equality, decency, Ker-ryst I hope this works.

5:43 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

And the hubs and I both teared up during Elizabeth Warren’s story about her Aunt Bee, OMFG!
No, you’re the childcare!

5:50 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

Biden’s speechwriter just won the election, seriously.

Should’ve concluded with an eagle flying out of an explosion, though.

Oh and Kamala’s gonna deliver VP Dense’s shriveled nutz on a golden platter, obviously.
He should be legit scared: He’s a vacuous RWNJ twit and soon-to-be first televised vivisection.

6:24 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

Elizabeth Warren for Senate Majority Leader.

She was my 1st choice for president, however she may be even more powerful in that role, since she’d directly control the content and approval of legislation.

9:33 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

@¡Andrew!: This would be so good for the country if it happens. I was thinking in terms of her joining the administration as part of the cabinet.

9:34 pm • Friday • August 21, 2020

After the speech folks may be thiking of Joe as more of a parent than uncle.

5:29 pm • Saturday • August 22, 2020

@DElurker: She’d be terrific as Treasury Secretary, however Massachusetts inexplicably has a RepubliKKKan governor who’d name her replacement.

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