I am thankful for:
History repeating itself, because I fear how we would cope if everything was new.
David Chase making a sociopath the protagonist in the HBO series The Sopranos, and in the aftermath we have been treated to the likes of Vic Mackey, Nucky Thompson, Dexter Morgan, Al Swearengen, Walter White, Russell Edgington, Don Draper, and Tommy Gavin.
Hindsight because without it we wouldn’t know what we were supposed to do.
Political pledges because anytime you can get a politician to sign anything you have a document and record that becomes useful in mocking said politician
Box cutters because they are the most useful tool to overcome manufacturers and retailers fear of theft and are necessary if you want to open the most basic packaging. A must if you want to open the package sometime this century
Sports surgeons because isn’t every surgery deemed ‘successful’? I mean have you ever heard a surgeon say “Well that didn’t go so well”, following an ACL procedure on the team’s running back?
Nate Silver and the idea that math and statistics can be cool….nerd cool, but cool.
The mute button because if CBS is going to keep on having Jim Nantz broadcast Patriots’ games….
Lounging pants…no further explanation should be required
Melatonin. Not so much for the sleep aid but for the vivid flat screen stealing bear drinking train robbing rednecks and giant snakes I encounter during my dreams. Gives me something to ponder over my morning oatmeal
Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist who prove if egomaniacs and sycophants can get on national TV there is hope for the rest of us.
Fact checkers who quickly rule on the relative truthfulness of politician’s claims. The downside is even when called out as Pants On Fire, these pols don’t even feign shame in getting busted.
Movies that are not based on video games, old TV shows, and comic book characters and include scripts written by real writers
The Daily Show and Jon Stewart.
Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich for showing who pathetic the GOP has become when these clowns actually were considered front runners at one time.
The Tea Party for enabling Democratic control of the Senate and President Obama’s re-election
Independent redistricting commissions such as the one in Arizona that results in a 5-4 Democratic advantage in the state’s House delegation to Washington
Sarcasm and cynicism because without it no one would get me