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Addict Doctors, Poland’s Freaky-Good MMA and Creepy Political Beards

I’m happy as a pig in shit today, all thanks to this Miles Klee piece on conservative politicians and their creepy beards. Finally! Something millennials aren’t going to get blamed for killing. After being blamed for the death of everything from American cheese to big ol’ tiddies, it’s high time we got a win.

It does make me a little sad, and a little angry that doofuses like the Trump bros have finally made the Bearded Age untenable. I have a beard — what can I say, my girlfriend digs it — and I was finally starting to enjoy it, especially now that talk about hipsters and their facial hair has begun to die down. But now Republicans have go around sporting beards that make them look like Wooly Willy and ruin the fun for the rest of us? Smh.

I guess my girlfriend’s going to have to live with disappointment.

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