Be happy. Be like #GreenShirtGuy

If only we could all be like this guy, we’d all be living in happier times.

He seems like… an earlier version of ourselves. A Regular Guy from pre-2016. He’s never seen or heard this kind of nonsense before, so the stupidity of it all just cracks him up. Or maybe it’s the woman tugging at her cutoffs while she makes her earnest statement. Or the guy next to her who apparently prepared a handmade sign for the occasion, but when the time comes can’t be bothered to put down his supersized sugary drink.

In any case, we need to be as philosophical as Alex Kack


14 thoughts on “Be happy. Be like #GreenShirtGuy

  1. Doug Ross

    Google the recent Democratic Socialists Convention if you want a real laugh.

    “I just want to say, can we please keep the chatter to the minimum? I’m one of the people who’s very, very prone to sensory overload,” Jackson said. Several other delegates could be seen waving “Jazz hands” in the air, instead of applauding, as he spoke. (Jazz hands are considered less “triggering” to those sensitive to loud sounds.)

    “Thank you, comrade,” the chair responded.

    But the situation would not end so easily for the approximately 1,500 socialists gathered at the convention. Within seconds, the individual who had appeared irritated by Jackson’s words stumbled toward the microphone to yell, “Point of personal privilege! Point of personal privilege!”

    “Yes?” the chair asked.

    “Please do not use gendered language to address everyone!”

    “OK,” the chair said, seemingly flustered.

    Jackson, however, would soon come back for another round.

    “I have ALREADY asked people to be mindful of the chatter of their comrades who are sensitive to sensory overload,” Jackson said. “And that goes DOUBLE for the heckling and the hissing. It is also triggering to my anxiety. Like, being comradely isn’t just for like, keeping things civil or whatever. It’s so people aren’t going to get triggered, and so that it doesn’t affect their performance as a delegate.”


    These are the 2019 version of hippie flakes and weirdos in 1969.

        1. Brad Warthen Post author

          Not that I needed to see it, of course. A “Democratic Socialists of America” convention being covered as a serious thing is a sufficiently comical situation.

          The idea of reporters attending such a gathering and soberly taking notes is the height of absurdity.

          But this is the absurd world in which we live today, in which some people vote for Trump and some other people regard AOC as some sort of oracle…

      1. bud

        Bernie is a lot of things, eccentric perhaps, but weirdo really is over the top. I really, really, really don’t like Joe Biden but I wouldn’t stoop to calling him a weirdo.

        1. Brad Warthen Post author

          What is there not to like about Joe?

          Never mind; just see this response

          Oh, and I can think of plenty of jokes that could be made at Joe’s expense. For instance, I love this skit. I just have trouble understanding why anyone wouldn’t LIKE him. He is likability personified…

    1. bud

      I’m sure we’ll have a libertarian convention soon that we can ridicule. It will certainly be a target rich environment.

        1. Bill

          You mean you’re going to talk about jazz hands without mentioning any of the greats? Lennie Tristano,Thelonius Monk,Cecil Taylor,Charlie Mingus;big bass-playing hands,and genuis compositions.You’ve used the word,”cool” on here,like you coined the word,but that wasn’t YOU,it was Lester Young(somebody skipped some payments to your education fund…).

          If you would just turn on your love-lights,you could save the effing planet,and all us fools would be cool as cucumber
          sandwiches with cream cheese ,ricotta and bread and butter
          pickles…And,it’s like Palmolive:you’re soaking in it….

    2. Barry

      Google Laura Loomer for a real, real laugh.

      Loomer is the conservative conspiracy theory promoter who is on record stating Muslims should be banned by law from serving in law enforcement jobs in the United States, publicly wished more migrants would die crossing the Mediterranean Sea, and stated she was glad Jamal Khashoggi died.

      She was endorsed this past week by conservative Republican Paul Gosar, himself a conspiracy theory promoter he said Charlottesville was “planned”by an “OBama sympathizer and George Soros.” He’s also repeatedly promoted obviously fake pictures online that George Soros was active in promoting g Nazi ideology in WW2.

    3. Bill

      I guess you’re too young to remember the real thing…No true,self-respecting hippie would be caught dead getting involved with politics…

        1. Bill

          Don’t get Doug donatin’ $$$ to the Yippies,man…He’ll be giving them money and they’ll start back up,again!

  2. Brad Warthen Post author

    I started, just for a second, to crack up like #GreenShirtGuy when I got a robocall a moment ago and a recording started telling me that my Social Security number had been compromised and I would lose all SS benefits to which I am entitled unless I immediately pressed “1”…

    But my amusement lasted just for a second, because I was mindful of the fact that there are plenty of old folks out there, including people I care about personally, who would be panicked by such a call.

    I don’t normally believe we need to incarcerated nonviolent offenders, but people who would perpetrate something like this need to be thrown UNDER the prison…

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