It was the worst of times and then times got fucking worse.

By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin

In hindsight we might think about how cute and quaint our complaints of this year really were with no world wars, no internment camps, no jailings of dissenters and not having to say sentences like, “I can’t believe they bombed my Starbucks this morning. Tomorrow, we’re thinking of migrating upriver. We hear the garbage fires aren’t completely toxic and the scary clowns take Sundays off of night raids a little closer to Stockton.”

And if you think everything’s going to be OK, it most definitely is not. Thinking things will be OK got us here.

If you are paranoid, good. Keep it up and welcome to the most dangerous decade on earth.

If you are not paranoid, you are either ignorant, in denial or, you know, one of those people who hates being called racist, nativist, xenophobic, homophobic, or just plain unfunny/unattractive and um, unappealing…I have yet to scan the crowd at a Trump rally and think, “Man arm fat is so now”—but you actually are all of those things and voted in anger so nice work, you are an American terrorist in search of an authoritarian figure. Congrats on getting what you wanted.

To the rest of you, stand up for what’s right in your heart even if it comes at great perceived cost. Nothing in this world is more valuable than protecting what is good. History rewards those who stay vigilant not those who succumb to fear.

…And so it went, a year on the precipice. We bid thee a fond farewell 2016, you took our innocence and our trust but you do not have our spirit just yet. You gave us much to write about and you changed the sound and structure of the world down to the pages of this website.

Some might say we went a little dark, but the real darkness has yet to come as America, with the help of Russia, has freely elected a septuagenarian who has never had a boss, never owned a dog and has no friends without ulterior motives. Voted into office a man with dictatorial aspirations and skin the thickness of rice paper as its commander-in-chief—the man our founding fathers warned us about hell bent on dissolving their more perfect union for his own personal financial and power (and p*ssy)-grabbing gain.

It was a year we didn’t need a Tarantino movie to remind us what evil men is capable of.

We will continue to hope for the best, pray for compassion, fight for truth, stand up for one another and for now know that pitchers and catchers still will report in 60 days. We will take comfort in that, perhaps the one irrefutable truth we as Americans have left.

Kyle & AJ

Here then, the top 16 stories of ‘16 based on an aggregate number of reads, shares, comments and angry texts:

16.

What to expect when you’re expecting a battle: Keep Squaw True community organizers are already planning next steps in fight to save Squaw from absentee developers

15. (tie)

Thank You, Secret Trump Supporter

The mistakes we made

14.

Pints and Picks Week 2: Under the Banner of Over

13.

The Case for Better Expansion

12.

Pints and Picks Week 1: College Football Kickoff 2016 has already gone to the dogs

11.

To rebuild, Oregon (football) needs to get weird again

10.

Outside Bozeman poorly attempts to address ski town rape culture in terrible Trump era post-election archive post

9.

JT Holmes posts ghostwritten ‘open letter’ at the behest of his Squaw corporate overlords

8.

Trump Nation’s uprising would soon be undone by its own absence of physical well-being

7.

No Answers for the Great Lakes, Only Questions

6.

Though the industry hints at skipocalypse, no real action is being taken to prevent the sport’s — and planet’s — demise

5.

Squaw sets up scarecrow nonprofit to seduce, frighten Basin residents

4.

Having already sold their souls, now the GOP wants to put public lands on the auction block

  1. (tie)

USFS officials are clearly ignoring the fact that they stumbled upon a mass murder scene at Lake Shasta

Pints and Picks Week 4: All the Big Sky and MACtion you’ve been waiting for without ever realizing it

2.

Pints and Picks Week 10: Take Us Home

  1. (three-way tie)

Why it’s OK for Oregon fans to root for Washington Saturday

Jamie Whitmore’s long, tough trail to gold

Kristin Armstrong – An Olympian for the Rest of Us

 

 

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