Hey friends, it’s Friday. While hope springs eternal, winter drags on. This week’s wrap up is a blend of inspirational and political stories that got me though the cold days.

Letter of Recommendation: Rodney Dangerfield

Dangerfield honed his craft by eliminating everything but the bare essence of a joke. His standup is a thing of beauty. As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Read: Letter of Recommendation: Rodney Dangerfield
Watch: Rodney Dangerfield on Carson

Choir! Choir! Choir!

David Byrne and a TON of singers. Chills.

Watch: Choir! Choir! Choir!

San Francisco will wipe thousands of marijuana convictions off the books

There’s still room for compassion in government.

Instead of waiting for people to petition — for the community to come out — we have decided that we will do so ourselves,” Gascón said. “We believe it is the right thing to do. We believe it is the just thing to do.”

Read: San Francisco will wipe thousands of marijuana convictions off the books - San Francisco Chronicle

The Film the NFL Doesn’t Want You to See

I think it’s time to end football.

The game of football, as it is now being played, is ruining lives. This isn’t a theory. When Boston University studied the brains of 111 former NFL players, a devastating 110 of them had CTE.

Read: The Film the NFL Doesn’t Want You to See

Joe Kennedy Delivers Democratic Response to the State of the Union

They go low, we go high.

For them, dignity isn’t something you’re born with but something you measure. By your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size. Not to mention, the gender of your spouse. The country of your birth. The color of your skin. The God of your prayers.

Read: Joe Kennedy Delivers Democratic Response to the State of the Union