No Replacement

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Pat Bagley)

In other news, Chris Christie is reportedly considering leaving politics behind for a career in sports-talk radio. This is probably good idea because no one in politics likes him.

Meanwhile, Trump apparently ordered a $54 well-done New York Strip steak and then ate it with with ketchup. This is one of his most heinous acts yet.

Finally, here's what German carnival-goers think of Trump.

Programming note... I'm signing off a little early today because, frankly, it's legitimately hard to focus on anything when all I can think about is Chez. I was just as shocked as everyone else was to learn yesterday that he had died, but learning how he died has floored me.

Merely existing in the Trump era is a daily struggle, and it's an even greater one to consume it and then write about it. Some of you have been around here long enough to recall that I used to do this 7 days a week with no breaks, but a couple years ago I cut back because it was killing me. I learned, just as everyone should learn, that it's important to exercise a little self-care. It's okay to take breaks. It's okay to pull back. I know we discuss a lot of upsetting things here and sometimes it can be a bit much. I try not to pour it on too hard and refrain from apocalyptic doomsaying, but sometimes it's unavoidable.

In so many words, I'm saying everyone needs to take care of themselves and don't engage in or consume more than you can handle. I preach this to my own family when I tell them to stop watching cable news; when I tell them to turn it off. That goes for everyone reading this. It will literally shave years off your life.

Now here's the only thing that made me laugh today: John Oliver taking a big humorous crap on the GOP's Obamacare "replacement."

  • ninjaf

    So sorry to hear about Chez. I found his blog, which then led me here. His writing will be sorely missed. And I send comforting energy for those who knew him IRL. I can only imagine what the loss of his presence must feel like on a day-to-day basis.

  • I’ve been offline for several days. WTF happened to Chez?! I’m crying in public. Holy fuck this is horrible.

  • Aynwrong

    I’m sorry for your loss JM. Chez was a unique voice. He’s going to be missed.

  • Draxiar

    Thanks Ashby. You do great work.

    Right now I don’t have mental constitution to consume any news without hurling my fist at something. The death of Chez has shaken my soul and popped the cork off my bottle of anger champagne. This has been building for a very long time and I’m now fucking enraged. It’ll take some time to get used to this Chez shaped hole in my life.

    • Scopedog

      Agree about what Chez’s death has done to me, Draxiar–I’m just both drained and yet I’m f**king mad as hell at the same time. I genuinely want to just go to any and all GOP politicos and just unscrew their heads against the threads and/or just beat the ever-loving s**t out of them.

      Chez’s acerbic wit helped a lot of us in trying to deal with what the GOP unleashed on the country in the form of Trump (with help from the quisling media and the idiot Left that was too busy beating up on Hillary and Obama to give a f**k).

      • Draxiar

        Some time ago I came to a personal epiphany about myself: I like people; I hate humanity. I find that many people are for the most part decent. As a species…we’re terrible. To quote “Contact”…We’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such terrible nightmares. It’s hard to see the beautiful dreams right now. I know I will but right now I’m blind to them.

  • muselet

    I predict Chris Christie’s sports-talk radio career will be short-lived. Nobody in sports will like him, either.

    Donald Trump is a vulgarian. What a waste of a steak (I’m hoping the kitchen dug out the old meat from the back of the fridge rather than vulcanizing a decent piece of beef). And he always eats his well-done steak with ketchup. Bleagh.

    I’m with the Germans on that one.

    I never met Chez. All I know about him is what I read online, first at Deus Ex Malcontent and then at The Daily Banter, and heard on the podcast. He was savagely funny, honest to a fault and sometimes ‘way too passionate.

    When I read he had died, my first coherent thought was that it was something to do with his tumor (yeah, the surgery was a long time ago and those tumors don’t tend to regrow, but still …). That was followed by a sinking feeling, a suspicion that it was alcohol or drugs.

    A small part of me wants to rage at him for doing something so utterly fucking stupid. A larger part of me wishes he’d found a different way of dealing with his demons (and the current administration). The largest part of me knows I could never face what he did with both courage (dare I say grace?) and two middle fingers extended to the Universe.

    Yet again, my condolences to everyone who knew Chez.

    Ashby, thank you for the reminder. It’s really easy to get caught up in the maelstrom of horrors coming from Washington. Regularly taking a step back is necessary; otherwise, we run the risk of being overwhelmed.


  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Man, I was so sorry to hear about Chez. It was just shocking. Bob has been active on twitter sharing his thoughts on it and I’m following every word. Just heartbreaking news. Take some deep breaths, Ashby. I cannot fathom what it is like to lose a colleague and friend like him.