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Wicked Blue

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Hometown: Maryland
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I am overwhelmed by all the messages of condolence you posted on the death of my brother

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I couldn't ask for a kinder, more caring group of people than you on Democratic Underground. I am grateful beyond words.

Your support means so much to me, as it has to countless others among us. It is particularly generous at a time in our lives when suspicion and hate appear to reign in social media. You are the antidote to their poison.

You loving words - so many! - warmed my heart. My younger brother wasn't important or accomplished - except for knowing an unbelievable number of hilarious jokes. He never went to college. He earned very little in recent years, and often asked me for handouts. He had HIV, though it was controlled with medication. He managed to kick crack addiction (which is amazing), but smoked a lot of weed as well as tobacco.

A lot of his problems go back to the dysfunctional family we grew up in. We were beaten with leather belts, and in my brothers case, with metal coat hangers. I began planning my escape when I was 13, and when I left for college at 17, I never moved back. I went to therapist after therapist after therapist for most of my life, trying to get to "normal." But he remained at home longer, and had no interest in therapy. He masked his pain with weed.

He never married, never had children, which was probably for the best.

Some people would consider him a loser or a bum. But this huge, loud guy went to animal shelters on weekends, to brush and pet the cats there. He loved cats and usually had one or more living with him. He was so proud of himself last November when he got trained as a poll worker and worked a long day during the election. He was a strong Democrat.

He made and kept friends, good close friends, former neighbors from when we were kids, people from high school, people he worked with. I talked with one guy who had been friends with my brother for 47 years, and who had spoken with my brother three days before he died, and who wept when he heard the sad news.

He took German in high school, but taught himself much more in order to read the German motorcycle magazines he so enjoyed. He loved motorcycles, and usually had one that he was taking apart or putting back together. He wasn't into biker groups; he just loved to ride. All his friends admired his intelligence, including me. It was a shame he couldn't get himself together to go to college, but things at home were still bad when he was in high school, and I was no longer there as a buffer. He had so much potential, and I grieve for the waste of it.

But as I said at the beginning of my post, THANK YOU for helping get me through this sad weekend.

My brother died this morning

My brother passed away suddenly this morning in his apartment in NJ. He was evidently having trouble breathing and 911 was called. Unfortunately they were unable to revive him. He had sleep apnea and was on a cpap machine. He was addicted to cigarette smoking.

I was notified by the police who called me from his cell phone. I knew he was in poor health, but this was still a huge shock to me. He lived more than 200 miles from me and making arrangements is going to be complicated.

He was 67 years old, 2 1/2 years younger than I am. He was a sales consultant for a moving company in NJ. He loved motorcycles and had a tremendous sense of humor. with a joke for any occasion. He spoke Estonian and German. He attended Estonian Saturday school in NJ as a child, and went to an Estonian children's summer camp in Long Island, NY.

Our parents died many years ago, and he was my only sibling. Other than my husband, kids and grandkids, our only other close relative is a cousin in Estonia and her kids. Our parents were immigrants from Estonia by way of a displaced persons refugee camp in Germany. He had a difficult life in many ways, including substance abuse.

I am about to break down at this point, but wanted people to know.

Happy Fun Pixx 4 U









Today should be known as (the former) Guy Fucks Up Day


Remember remember the sixth of January
Republican treason and plot
We see no reason
why Republican treason
should ever be forgot

In some ways 2021 has been a very good year

- Joe Biden became president.

That in itself was the best thing that could possibly happen, after four years of hell. A grownup was finally in charge of the nation. We no longer needed to dread the news or avoid the front page of the paper fearing what the slobfather had done now. Joe was at the desk. He would reverse most of the bad things done by his predecessor. He would tackle Covid-19, unlike TFG. My anxiety level went way, way down. I felt I could breathe again.

- Bonus: Jill Biden

- Vaccines against Covid 19 became widely available

- The treasonous coup attempt of January 6 failed.

- Arrests, investigations and prosecutions of those involved in the failed coup have started.

- There were some period of time between Covid mutations in which we got a taste of freedom.

- The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was adopted and signed

- The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package was passed and signed into law.

- The president has seen 40 federal judges confirmed so far

- Biden ended a ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military

- Biden ordered a moratorium on federal executions

I can't possibly list all the good things that have happened this past year. But please ADD YOUR OWN.

Think about how you felt a year ago.
Remember when we began to feel hope again, after President Biden was sworn in.



He better watch out, he better not fly

because he'll be nabbed
by the FBI

Slobfather is going to jail

He knows they've been indicting
he knows they're getting close
He knows that he's been very bad
and now he knows he's toast

He better watch out,
He better not fly
because he'll be nabbed
by the FBI

Slobfather is going to jail

He's making a list
of who's cutting deals
and sending them hints
they better not squeal

But it's not going to work now
They've got the evidence
and soon he will be sitting
behind a prison fence

He better watch out,
He better not fly
because he'll be nabbed
by the FBI

Slobfather is going to jail

Dedicated to malaise, whose post inspired it

Wishing you Yuletide blessings



The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us—listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome, Yule!

Yuletide blessings to everyone!



The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us—listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome, Yule!

The season begins







A few ugly Xmas sweaters for your amusement







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