Cartoon

Extremism

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Matt Davies)

In other news, NASA says 2020 tied 2016 for the hottest year on record compared to records dating back to 1951. Some other groups say 2020 was hottest.

Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts are joining the movement to dump Trump.

Girl Scouts of Greater New York is reviewing options to exit a long-term lease at 40 Wall St., also known as the Trump Building in Manhattan’s Financial District, according to Chief Executive Officer Meridith Maskara. The chapter’s 15-year agreement began in 2014.

“As a matter of very high priority, our organization has been exploring options for getting out of the lease and the building,” Maskara said in a statement, adding the chapter is looking for new office space.

Finally, Jared and Ivanka Trump reportedly told their own Secret Service detail they couldn't use any of their six bathrooms!

Instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the couple’s house, the Secret Service detail assigned to President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law spent months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials. After resorting to a porta-potty, as well as bathrooms at the nearby home of former president Barack Obama and the not-so-nearby residence of Vice President Pence, the agents finally found a toilet to call their own.

But it came at a cost to U.S. taxpayers. Since September 2017, the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date — to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor of the Kushner family.

Programming note... I'm going to be offline tomorrow.

Tomorrow marks two years since my mother died and, honestly, I'm not sure how it's going to hit me. It started to hit me last night and it wasn't pretty. I'm going to take the day off from writing to take care of myself.

Losing a parent is hard for everyone, but my situation is also unique. You see, I had no idea where I was headed when she died. I knew I wasn't "normal," but I had no idea I was transgender at the time. That means I never got to tell her; she never knew she had a daughter. My relationship with my mother was mostly good, but I know it would have been significantly different if I was born differently or if I had figured out who I really am earlier in life. And it's not my fault, but it's impossible not to feel some amount of guilt that a loved one did not receive as much affection from you as they deserved because you didn't have the capacity to show it when you still could.

Those feelings are not quite as raw now as they were when I first started transitioning and everything was hitting me at once, but I've taken steps to forgive myself by showing more affection to people still in my life and by reaching out to some I haven't seen in a long time. Everyone should because you don't know how long they will be around especially in the era of COVID.

Have a good weekend. We all get to watch Trump leave office next week.