Canada's knockoff of our Thanksgiving happens six weeks earlier so they have no buffer against creeping Christmasism - the red and green stuff starts popping up right after Halloween. Kind of makes me think that we could chill out the 18+ month American presidential election season if we supplanted it with some other event, like by moving Congressional elections to odd-numbered years.
Because the presidential stuff sucks me in every time, despite there being no point in my following any of it. I guess it's entertaining, but most other forms of entertainment don't leave me feeling this awful, and thinking such awful thoughts. Example awful thoughts:
1. Go atheism and all that but I kind of wish the Pope & Co. would come around on divorce soon, not to liberalize or make Catholics less miserable, but so fewer follower types end up in the hands of the evangelicals. The priests keep those who listen to them vaguely right wing overall but the whole Catholic setup is also designed to calm thought, or anyway keep it in a pretty tight anxiety/external-soothing cycle they control. The Catholic-to-evangelical head loss was one of the more unnecessary transfers - Methodists, Episcopalians etc. were doomed to lose a third of their people to nonattendance and another third to reaction when they started modernizing, but the Catholics had, maybe still have, a real shot if they just reform very selectively. The heterosexuals just want contraception and divorce, and there's lots of them. Take too much of a stand against those and you'll lose them to the newer, shinier, savager hucksters. Pontifex, I understand you're afraid of brand leakage but even reactionaries need to read the times. Inquisite better, froggy pope.
2. I hope the last moron standing vs. Romney is a real fundamentalist, not a painted one like Cain. Because in the last ditch they will attack the Mormonism, which is presumably all they talk about behind closed doors, and that is potentially beautiful. Not that Mormons believe stupider things than Christians, but to American ears their tenets sound crazier than worshipping Yoda and the Force. For entertainment value and the prospect of a maimed Romney both, this is my golden dream.
Though maybe Cain is narcissist enough to take it there too. But I mustn't excite myself so.