Dear Reps Jacobs, Malliotakis, Stefanik, and Zeldin of New York

Dear Reps. Jacobs, Malliotakis, Stefanik, and Zeldin –

As a citizen of the United States and New York state, I am writing to you today to voice my disgust with your actions that have propped up the lies and misinformation from Donald Trump and encouraged the insurrection that occurred yesterday in Washington D.C. by his supporters.

The alternate reality and absolute delusion Trump supporters live within is astounding. You four have helped reinforce that delusion. You should be ashamed of yourself and I look forward to your expulsion from Congress for sedition.

The results of the 2020 Presidential election are clear and not even close. Any suggestion otherwise is dangerous, as we saw yesterday. Ask yourself, which option is more likely to be true?

A) the loser of the 2020 election is the person that:

  • lost the 2016 popular vote by 2.89 million votes to a historically unpopular opponent
  • only won the 2016 electoral college due to some 76k votes in 3 states (MI, PA, WI) that were solidly Democrat for the previous 30+ years of Presidential elections
  • oversaw mass death and economic collapse in 2020 due to the pandemic – in his re-election year
  • stoked division through lies and conspiracy for the last 5+ years
  • was a historically unpopular President

OR

B.) Somehow, as Trump suggests, all of these states coordinated massive voter fraud to just eke out wins in a couple states (most of which returned to their historical Democrat voting patterns) but very large leads in others, totaling a 7+ million vote lead in the popular vote and the exact opposite electoral college result?

Can you in good faith and logic really stand behind option B? Every single state certified their election results. The states that did do audits or recounts found very little change from the initial counts, if any at all – and no amount of change that would impact the outcome of this election. The court cases brought forth by the Trump campaign were laughed out of court for lack of standing and evidence. There’s no debate. At all.

If you somehow are conflating the outcome of the 2020 election with issues you may have with how states execute elections in the future, then this is certainly not the path to choose. The only thing you’ve accomplished is confusion, distrust, and anger… and false hope that the election would be overturned. That is a great disservice to this country and our future. Once again, you should be ashamed.

If you want to “fix” elections, I look forward to full Republican support for a voting rights act that gives every citizen of age the ability, ease, and access to vote securely in every election. No one should have to stand in line for hours to vote or risk their life or livelihood to exercise this right.

In closing, I truly hope you see the error in your choice yesterday and do the honorable thing and resign, as you have failed this state and country.

Thoughts and prayers, Jason

Issue #3 of my music newsletter One Last Wish is out today! I look back at my first rock album, Vivid by Living Colour and much more. Thanks in advance for reading and please subscribe so you don’t miss out on future issues. 🎧

Awesome family hike today! So beautiful out.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Awesome Chadwick Boseman tribute in Jingle Jangle on Netflix.

Without saying your age, post 4 albums that came out when your were 14.

Our weekly make pizza and watch the Mandalorian came to an awesome end this week. 🤯. We want to continue the tradition - what series should we watch next? Preferably something 12/13 year olds would like. Have Disney+, HBO, Hulu, and Netflix.

Poor puppers is tired and sore from dental surgery yesterday.

Lap puppers

The December edition of One Last Wish is out now. I take a look at my top 20 albums from 2020, including my favorite: Punisher from Phoebe Bridgers. Work on January’s issue starts today, so subscribe now and don’t miss out.

The second issue of One Last Wish – my music newsletter is going out soon! Subscribe now to get it in your inbox. This month I focus on my top 20 albums for 2020.

Narrowed down my 2020 Best Albums list to 55. See who made my cut here: music.apple.com/us/playli…

Final rankings will be in the One Last Wish issue coming out in two weeks!

November was busy! I kicked off two projects and would be honored if you checked them out:

  1. Mindful Tasks - my buddy Brian and I tackle our productivity pitfalls head on
  2. One Last Wish, a monthly newsletter where I dig in to the albums that changed my life (as well as new faves)

Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful for a low key day, a delish and easy meal, and most importantly: getting to hang out with four intelligent, funny, beautiful ladies every day. Hope you all had a great day.

Back in the 90s I loved making zines on the hardcore music scene… today I am kicking off a digital version. The newsletter is called One Last Wish and it will, of course, focus on music. Check it out – the first issue is up. I hope you subscribe!

Any micro.bloggers interested in a fantasy basketball league? I am working on starting a dynasty league on Sleeper.app. If so, hit me up! 🏀

$5 gigs, not $10m deals: the story of US punk label Dischord Records | Music - The Guardian

My all-time favorite record label.

Watson’s DNA test came back. 81% American Staffordshire Terrier, 13% American Bulldog, 4% Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, and 2% Miniature Bull Terrier. And according to Chet: 100% annoying, but sometimes cute, brother. FD021ED4-C296-4069-BFDA-E18DED644AA6.jpg

File this in the “surprised I didn’t pay more attention to this band” category: Small Brown Bike

So good.

Follow Your Nose – a choose your own musical adventure

I love this idea from Merlin Mann and Do By Friday: the “Follow Your Nose” playlist…

  1. Pick a song you love and start a playlist
  2. Go to the artist’s page and view the Related Artists/Fans Also Like section – then pick a group you aren’t familiar with…
  3. Go to their page and start listening to their top songs & add one you like to your playlist.
  4. Repeat 2 and 3 from that artist page, building out your playlist until you are bored or hit an artist where you can’t do #2.

Almost like a choose your own music musical adventure. So much fun!

Here’s my first attempt:

Pumpkin carving complete.

Voting early for the first time ever.

Weekend getaway to Allegany State Park

🎵 The Breeders - Pod

beabadobee - Fake It Flowers Live #livestream - YouTube

If you are a sucker for 90s-influenced indie rock like Beach Bunny, Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, and Hatchie you will love this.