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Authors: Denis Leary

Why We Suck

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 "Just remember, kid-it's all bullshit."
- ROBERT MITCHUM, WHISPERING INTO NICK NOLTE'S EAR AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS
    
DOCTOR'S NOTE
    
    I'd like to point out that all of the facts and allegations and medical science spoken about in this book have all been thoroughly researched. By me and my staff. Which means-just me. I didn't make footnotes and I'm not listing any evidence. That shit just takes way too long. You wanna find out if what I say is true IS actually true? Google it. That's what I did. The things I didn't bother to Google? They happened to me firsthand. Good luck and good reading.
    Dr. Leary
    
    
    I'd like to thank everyone who ever told me to go fuck myself. It's why I fell in love with my wife, who bears more than a fleeting resemblance to me-except she's far prettier. And is a girl, obviously. And she's funnier than I am. And smarter. And somehow fell in love with me when I was broke and barely owned the sneakers on my working-class Irish feet. I owe everything in my life to Ann and my two terrific children-Devin and Jack. Let's face it-the only reason I wrote this book is because both of them wanna go to college. So thanks for helping to further their education by purchasing this fine piece of literature. Wow. I wrote a whole book. Well, it's SHAPED like a book. Anyways-enjoy.
    
SECRET HIDDEN MESSAGE PAGE
    
    I have never been fat. But I have been-and oftentimes continue to be-loud, lazy and stupid. So put down the Pop-Tarts and listen up a little. I'm trying to help us here.
    
    Just in case you still do not understand (and given the condition of this country and the people we place into elected office, I think there are whole cities full of morons who couldn't beat a bag of hammers in a game of Scrabble out there) let me make it simple for you:
    This is a comedy book.
    Which means it's meant to be funny.
    So when I say something in here I am offering up my opinion, my slightly exaggerated take on people, places and things and very often a twisted take on reality.
    In other words: it is parody, satire and poking fun.
    If you are mentioned within these pages and your first reaction is to call a lawyer?
    Good night and good luck.
    Because there are endless things you can buy in America-but a sense of humor isn't one of them.
    We got pills and potions for your head, face, fears, tits, ass, anxieties, colon, kidneys, alcohol addiction, drug jones, heart, lungs, lips and attitude-but we don't have anything that can make you laugh at yourself.
    Otherwise-before you read this book?
    I'd prescribe a fist full of it.
    Once again,
    Dr. Denis
    
SPECIAL THANKS
    
    I'd like to thank Lydia Wills for her support and finely tuned interest. I'd like to thank God-if only because I am so sick of hearing rappers with criminal records longer than their extended-length Hummer limousines do it at the Grammys. But I'd also like to thank Satan-who never gets enough credit for his wonderfully inspirational work with everyone from Judas Priest to The Rolling Stones and seemingly every other talk-radio honcho and Bush administration member. I think I speak for all comedians out there when I say without Satan and his many evil minions, we wouldn't have such a wealth of great targets to aim at. I also must thank Patrick Campbell for his fabulous artwork that will make you laugh out loud later on. But I can't thank Patrick without mentioning his wife Kerry and their son Wyatt, who stopped by the apartment and my office many times when Patrick and I were working. I must also thank Wyatt for puking on the kitchen floor instead of the living room rug. And last but not least I'd like to thank my editor Josh Kendall for his bright advice and deft suggestions and all the lively and lovely girls from Penguin who first came into the offices at Apostle-my production company-and said "you gotta write a book." They sparked my interest. I have to thank two key people at Apostle as well-Bartow Church and my assistant Anna Urban, both of whom I drove nuts with requests for celebrity post-autopsy toxicology results and lists of political trivia etcetera etcetera. And I must thank the one man in particular who made this whole thing happen: my production partner Jim Serpico. After the Penguin girls had pitched their idea and left, Jim said "if you're ever gonna write a book, this is the time and these are the people." Then he kept kicking my ass to make my deadlines and reading drafts and telling me what made him laugh and what didn't and telling me time and time again that I only had such and such a number of months left and why don't you push that subject a little further and when are you gonna have that chapter done and you only have eight weeks you only have three weeks you only have four more days and I think this cover is the best cover and I'll tell you why. He's the hardest-working guy I have ever met and he's funny and he's sharp and he's really really really smart and he's made every project we've ever worked on better simply by being involved and God how I hate him. Thanks, Jimmy. You slave-driving sunuvabitch. I'd also like to thank my recently departed Irish Wolfhound Clancy-the biggest dog in the history of the world. Let's put it this way-when I had a cup of coffee in the morning, so did he. THAT'S how big he was. And I gotta give kudos to my new dog Lulu-she picked up right where Clancy left off. Only she doesn't drink coffee. But she did sit at my feet under the desk each day and look up at me yearningly with her big brown eyes, as if to say-when the fuck is this book gonna be done, asshole?
    It's done, Lu. Let's go get us some squirrels.
    
PROLOGUE
    
    Put this book down.
    Right now.
    Do not buy it.
    Stop reading.
    Now.
    Why are you still reading this?
    Okay.
    I warned you.
    Now I will beg you, beseech you-in short, do everything possible in the limited format of this medium to get you to buy any other book within reach right now (if this book was a gift and you are at home or on a plane or sitting in a hotel room somewhere I would suggest grabbing a newspaper or a magazine or even your laptop) because this book is going to piss you off.
    If you are a woman, you will soon be livid.
    If you are a man, you are going to be filled with a burning rage.
    If you are a kid-meaning anyone under the age of eighteen-you will soon be filled with shock and awe.
    Scratch that.
    If you are under the age of twenty-five you will soon be filled with shock and awe.
    If you are a fan of Oprah-good luck.
    If you hate Oprah or Oprah tends to drive you insane-you too will need some assistance.
    This is not a book for the faint of heart or the politically correct or the weak or the extreme right wing or the left of center leftist Democrat or nuns or any other members of any organized religion or New York Yankee fans.
    I am warning you-I am not here to make you feel all warm and fuzzy or superior to everyone else or all soft and gooey inside. I am here to debunk and declassify and otherwise hold up a brutally honest mirror to our fat, ugly, lazy American selves.
    I am here to explain how we can and must thin the herd and extricate the stupid and eradicate the obese and take Rush Limbaugh's head and make a bong out of it.
    Senators, psychopaths, fence-sitters (all three of those may sometimes be the same person), celebrity assholes (hello), presidents, centerfielders, centerfolds-everyone is up for grabs here.
    Because I'm sick of it all.
    I'm sick of low self-esteem and fake fat-suit-wearing female talk-show hosts and extreme makeovers and Cats The Musical and cats in general and steroid-laden home-run hitters and Paris Hilton and Grey's Anatomy and Reese Witherspoon movies and Paris Hilton's himbo boyfriends and celebrity rehab and Dr. Phil and Terrell Owens and almost anyone else you can think of.
    This country-including you and most of the people related to you by birth or marriage or both-is populated by beings who have been so blessed for so long that they have become almost completely immune to any interests other than their own.
    Open ass-insert head.
    THAT is the mantra with which most of America lives each and every day.
    THAT'S what should be printed on the plaque beneath our beloved Statue of Liberty. Along with the following:
    Welcome to America where I'M not fat, I'M not stupid, I'M not the problem-YOU are.
    Americans have been so isolated geographically, financially and psychologically for so long that we don't even see reality in the mirror anymore. Everyone has bought so far into their own bullshit-backed up by other jerk-offs and human jack-o'-lanterns on TV-that the truth has been distorted into a believable fantasy world: I can't be overweight, look at the tub-a-lard sitting next to me. The food I eat can't be bad for me 'cause the commercial on TV says it's actually healthy. I'm not addicted to these doctor-prescribed drugs, the drug company discovered a disease that I have and then invented these pills to cure me.
    Responsibility, research and actual factual thinking have gone out the window. If most people in this country see something on TV it must be true/news/necessary/important. Therefore, when things go wrong-how can the innocent citizen/TV watcher be at fault?
    I spill a vat-sized "cup" of morning coffee onto my giant cellulite-dimpled thighs at the take-out window and suffer third-degree burns because it was hot and I desperately needed to wash down the two-ton doughnut I just manhandled into my gaping mouth-do I blame myself and go on a diet and start working out?
    No.
    I sue McDonald's because the take-out window kid who handed me the cup of joe-who's from Bumfuck, Mexico, and has been in this country all of eighteen weeks and only knows the English words "can I take your order, please," "would you like fries with that" and "go Yankees"-didn't warn me that the coffee was the same temperature as the air in the hut he grew up in was every single day of his childhood.
    Open ass-insert head with flame-red tongue.
    My kid is the size of an out-of-shape NFL offensive lineman, has what within two months might become a full-blown Fu Manchu mustache and is already smoking two packs a day and watching Internet porn even though SHE is only twelve years old.
    Do I put her on a diet and make her start working out?
    Fuck no.
    I sue McDonald's because they make shitty, hormone-and-chemical-filled food that she eats every single day three TIMES a day because I'm very very busy living my selfish extended adolescent life and don't have time to:a. Cook her normal food.b. Monitor her free time.c. Stop smoking pot and drinking so her easiest sources of alcohol and marijuana dry up.
    Open ass-insert thick, self-medicated head.
    An out-of-shape and overweight guy in Denver, Colorado, claims he developed lung cancer because he ate microwave popcorn with artificial butter flavoring. He loved when he would pull the bag out of the microwave and tear open the top and it would go "WHOOF" and he would stick his face in and inhale the aroma. You can just hear him sucking in the sweet sweet smell of all that great fake butter, can't you? Just like Homer Simpson: Ooooh-buttery fake butter. After whiffing up the cloud of chemicals, this moron on a mission would proceed to scarf down the entire bag and then-that's right-start the whole process all over again. He admits to snorting and scarfing two bags a day so let's do the actual math and add the two more bags he won't admit to because he probably figures four bags a day would just be really embarrassing so what we have here is a guy who ate and sniffed so much fake butter that he developed the same cancer that people who work in the plant where they manufacture the fake butter did-people who make thousands of bags of pretend popcorn every single day.
    Should he blame himself for his lazy butter-assed slovenly ways?
    Nope.
    The popcorn factory workers filed a dangerous workplace/permanent health damages lawsuit and he decided to ride their cancer coattails all the way to the bank.
    Let's up his total to at least five bags a day. Whatever the actual number might be I'll guarantee you one thing right now-you don't wanna be THIS guy when you're sitting down in the lung cancer chemotherapy waiting room. 'Cause when the guy who worked in a coal mine for twenty-seven years or the fireman who spent decades pulling people out of asbestos-ridden burning buildings asks how YOU got lung cancer the last word you wanna mention is "popcorn."
    Open ass-insert fake butter bag.
    And I don't wanna hear the words "misogyny," "racial profiling" or "politically incorrect."
    I'm talking common goddam sense.
    Misogynistic means you hate women-it doesn't mean you hate women because you are trying to tell them what they do not want to hear.
    Like yes, your ass IS fat.
    Or no-most heterosexual men do NOT find Renee Zellweger attractive.
    AND-it's not possible that every single pair of shoes or every dress you decide to buy can be on sale. Maybe four hundred and seventy-nine dollars is the ACTUAL price and "marked down from seven hundred" is what they teach the salesclerk to tell you.
    Danica Patrick-the much-heralded and publicized and ostracized and cursed-about-by-men female race car driver finally won her first race in 2008. Legions of women all over the earth were quoted in happy, feminist quotes about female power and female challenges and equal rights and equal abilities. Danica cried as she accepted her trophy and was photographed in all of her glory and joy. But the picture that was most often seen the next day was Danica in a bikini. From her pages in Sports Illustrated 's Annual Swimsuit Issue. In which she looked very very hot. Now-we can all agree or disagree about that picture and its placement and why she took it and are women objectified and blah blah sexist blah-but the truth is if you ask most men if they are attracted to a woman who can drive faster than them you will get either a no or a big fat maybe. But if you ask most men if they mind a woman who looks like Danica does in a bathing suit beating their brains out on the track? The answer is-not at all. Especially if she's WEARING the bikini while she drives. Hell-I'll sign up right now and ride shotgun. As a matter of fact-I wish there were a whole race of female race car drivers who drove like cheetahs on crack and looked fine in a swimsuit issue-I think the ratings would go through the roof.
    But that will NEVER happen.
    If you are a woman reading this, odds are Danica will win another few races but not you. Or your daughter. Danica is an anomaly. You and your daughter most likely are not. Even if you somehow managed to convince yourself that you were Danica Part Deux and passed every physical and mental challenge in your path and got sponsored and suited up and officially entered and placed on the track-you would never win a single IndyCar-EVER. Even if all the other male drivers were involved in an incredible crash that left them literally without the wherewithal to circle the track, you would be unable to maneuver around and between all the burning and airborne debris fast enough to see the checkered flag.
    Especially if you have or plan on having kids.
    Why?
    Because there's an instinct built into the female DNA-if a woman is still of natural child-bearing age-to protect herself and not risk the future of her children, whether they exist in egg or embryo or live germ-factory form. Potential kid, kid in the oven or kid already running around. It's why most women don't wish to get into fistfights or shoot animals or fly airplanes into tall buildings-unless it's to protect or feed or avenge the lives of their own children. You wanna win the Daytona 500? We would have to strap your firstborn into the shotgun seat of a lead car driven by a crazed ex-boyfriend on a revenge ride from hell or your current lover while he was under chemical influence and give either of them a fifteen-second head start and then and only then would you be headed for a victory lap. And the winner's circle celebration would probably involve breast instead of bottled milk.
    It's absolutely commonsense fact: girls like to dance and boys like to hit. That's why girls become cheerleaders and boys become football players.
    Girls play mommy and boys pretend to kill each other. Girls like pretty clothes and boys like fire trucks.
    For women, their list of hot men includes a dad who waits at the corner bus stop with his toddler son and places him on the bus with a kiss atop the head and waves goodbye as the bus drives away. This man could be thirty pounds overweight and wearing a goofy hat. Women will still find him sexy.
    For men-a mom doing the same thing-placing her toddler on the bus with a loving kiss and a wave-would be just as hot and sexy. As long as she was built like Giselle Bundchen and wearing a leopard-print thong.
    I know it's awful. I know it's incredibly simple and stupid and sad.
    But it's true.
    As a matter of fact-you could skip the kid and the bus and just have Thong Mom walk down to the corner and stand there-same difference for straight men.
    A recent online poll by Woman's Day magazine came up with these results:
    When asked which they would rather have-Jennifer Aniston's body or a million dollars-78 percent of the women chose the money.
    If you had asked men-78 percent would have chosen Jennifer Aniston's body-as long as they could press it right up against their own.
    As a matter of fact-if they had asked men-they would have found that most men WITH a million dollars would gladly give it up for the CHANCE to touch Jennifer Aniston's body. Or just to see her naked.
    Maybe that's the difference between men and women.
    One of them, anyway. Here's another:
    Ninety-four percent of the people in this country who visit, pay and place heavy stock in psychics and what they have to say are women. The other 6 percent? Gay men.
    Women go to psychics to find out what the future might hold for them in terms of true love, their children, former lives they may have lived, where their dead father/boyfriend/best friend might be.
    Straight men? If psychics are capable of seeing into the future-why the fuck can't they give us the score to next year's Super Bowl.
    That's it for men. Very cut and dried, very black and white. We'll discuss that and many other issues between men and women between these covers.
    By the way-bipolar? Bullshit. Every single woman I have ever known has been bipolar for SOME part of her life-one week here, nine months there, ever since her mother stopped calling-something. When I was a kid, bipolar meant either the twin axis ends of the earth or maybe a bear who swung both ways. Now it's an excuse for every other girl whose hormones are conducting a human body remake of Raging Bull.
    They didn't have bipolar when I was growing up. If they did-my mom would've been called TRIpolar. She could smack one kid with a wooden spoon, ask a second kid if she was retarded and give a third kid a sweet little kiss on the head-all within four and a half seconds. And ya know what? Each one of us almost always deserved what we had coming.
    And that's another thing I don't wanna hear ever again-dysfunctional families. That one is officially off-limits. Done. Retired forever. Has anyone ever heard of a FUNCTIONAL family? Who? When? Where? The Jacksons? Nope. The Osmonds? I don't think so. You wanna know what a functional family is? One where no one ends up killing everyone else. You can't have four or five or fifteen people live together in one place WITHOUT war and envy and greed and anger and theft and every other available weapon.
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