Inside the 2016 Numbers

Vox – The Bernie voters who defected to Trump explained by a political scientist.

Because it pays to have actual facts.  Lord knows Democrats have to really and truly face our brand as a party and what it means to the American people, of all races and all classes.

In several key states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan — the number of Sanders to Trump defectors were greater than Trump’s margin of victory, according to new numbers released Wednesday by UMass professor Brian Schaffner.

Yes, a section of Bernie voters turned around and voted for Trump, some also voted for Jill Stein.  So are they sexist?  Maybe a few.

13% of Trump voters voted for Obama, so they’re also not all racist.

So no, rabid Hillary supporters, those people are not to be blamed for their votes as misguided as they were.  They just didn’t trust Hillary, and Dems in general.

It’s also a dangerous game to play to attack your fellow Democrats in that way because fire can be trained back on you.

Fun fact – in 2008 25% of Hillary supporters in the primaries voted for McCain.  Good thing Obama won handily or those Party Unity My Ass people could have been real pariahs.  History is funny that way.

Jordan Klepper Reprises Steven Colbert’s Conceit on “The Opposition”

It’s another month, September 25, 2017 to be exact, before the successor to The Nightly Show, which broadcast its last show on August 18, 2016, gets its premiere.  That’s an entire 11 month gap which really makes you wonder, why the hell did they feel compelled to cancel The Nightly Show when they did?  Seems like a massive misfire.

In any case, in The Opposition, Jordan Klepper portrays a sort of Alex Jones shouty conspiracy theorist character reprising the kind of send up of a conservative caricature (combination O’Reilly/Hannity) that Steven Colbert made so popular for a decade.

I hope it works.  Klepper is funny.  Can such an annoying caricature of a media cretin sustain for a decade like Colbert’s did?  It might take Colbert level talent to achieve that. Not sure if Klepper is up to it.

However, I will give CC credit for the Jim Jefferies show on Tuesdays at 10:30.  The Australian comic is my cup of tea and I recommend him and the show.



Libertarians Find Their Limits – Hm, Using Our Virtues Against Our People is Disturbing

Of course, libertarians are the least justifiable socio-political ideology.  Alicublog points out a relatively new contradiction that is confounding them.

Normally they’re the first people to say that businesses have the right to do whatever they please, fire people for whatever cause, regulations are stupid, etc.  But lately some of their own “free thinkers” have been axed for expressing their loosely termed “thoughts”.   Well, the right of the corporation to fire them at will… just… does… not… compute!!

Apparently they’re sick of having to defend this as a universal principle. The brethren have really gone nuts for James Damore, the Google Bro who was famously fired for circulating a memo saying his female co-workers were biologically unsuited to excel in a tech company. He’s gotten more Ugh PC Bad defenses than all the other poster boys put together. And some of them have started asking: Must we protect every company’s right to fire whom they please? Surely we can find a way to protect the racists and sexists!

It’s only right to protect the racists and sexists.  They ranted about the rights of corporations when people like Kathy Griffin were immolated, but she’s not one of them!

Further, do we regulate companies like Google or Facebook like utilities?  They provide access to what is becoming essential services just like electricity, water and pork.

Interesting conundrum for people who hate regulation.

McMaster Showed Trump Picture of Afghani Women in Skirts in ’70s to Trigger Him (Boing!)


H.R. McMaster Showed Trump Photo of Afghan Women in Miniskirts to Escalate War.


Okay so first, those aren’t mini-skirts, they’re mid-thigh!  Let’s get our fashion right here people!!!!  How are we going to win a war if we don’t know an A-line from a mini from a wrap???


Yeah, so Trump was always against the Afghan war, saying it was a waste of blood and treasure.  It was one of the things his America First base liked about him. No more money spent on war in Afghanistan when that money could be spent on a royal family travelling around the country instead.

But one nostalgic look at the gams of Afghan tomatoes and hell, we have to go all out to WIN!!  Win it for ladies! Move on those upskirts like a bitch!

For the view of a little leg Trump showed himself to be a typical hypocritical politician, denouncing the war before taking office but determined not to be the one who loses Afghanistan.  Truth is Afghanistan was lost as soon as we landed in October 2001, just like Vietnam was lost in the early 1960’s when Kennedy sent “advisers.”  With Asian land wars, like Cleveland Browns games, the  turning point is the National Anthem.

Puzzling Why the Boon That Medicare for All Would be For Business is Not Talked About More. By Anybody.

Fortune mag:  Sanders: Why Medicare for all is good for business.  Of course it is!  One of the greatest beneficiaries of ending the employer based healthcare model would be the money and manpower saved by businesses presently administrating healthcare policies for their employees.  Famously, American car manufacturers bake about $1500 of cost into every car they make with covering their workers’ healthcare.  A cost the Japanese, Korean and German car makers do not have to bare.  That’s the tip of the iceberg.

Also, too, as well, I find it dumbfounding how the debate over renewable energy does not often include the vast cost savings that solar, wind, hydro and geothermal reap after the initial equipment investment.  A barrel of oil still runs about $50 before refining.  A barrel of wind is $0, refined, unrefined or with sprinkles!

It’s a real debating error not to push these great general benefits of these ideas/technologies.  We’re great at selling the general ideas of “innovation”, technology and education.  So much so that they’ve become almost unquestioned plusses in our national dialogue even when they’re really quite debatable (a  lot of innovation actually costs jobs, lowers wages and is designed to be more efficient for management – so selling it as the future for workers is really wrongheaded).  We’re much less accomplished talking about the specifics, even when they are in our favor.


The Story is Still the Moral, Ethical, Intellectual Bankruptcy of the GOP

So Trump blathers about good people at a Klan rally and the story is that even Republicans denounce him.  But really how many did?  Really just a handful.

We reached about the 50th tipping point in the candidacy/presidency of the clown and still nothing really changes, because his party refuses to recognize their responsibility for governing the country.  There’s maybe more willingness to speak out, contradict him, whatever.  We’ll see if any of this makes them more willing to investigate or hold him accountable legally, so far no.

What’s most abnormal about all this abnormality is that the GOP shit the bed on vetting him and never letting him get the nomination.  And that’s because their toxic brew of conspiracy theory and anti-government sentiment set up their sheep-like followers for a perfect know-nothing candidate like Trump.  They created the establishment/media/science skeptical zeitgeist among their faithful over 35 years of bullshit, and here we are with a bullshit president.  Ta da!

It’s been a week since the last new low tipping point.  We’re almost ready for the next new low tipping point that doesn’t in any way tip.



We All Need Trump To GO! But Secret Service Most of All

If you need another hint that our current President and his crew are not normal, I mean besides all of the challenges to our democracy, eight months into his first year they’ve exhausted the Secret Service.

Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles, in an interview with USA TODAY, said more than 1,000 agents have already hit the federally mandated caps for salary and overtime allowances that were meant to last the entire year.

So many family members, so much travel, complete disregard for the Secret Service and the taxpayers that are footing the bills for all of this (despite Trump’s supposed billions in wealth).

Last month we learned that the Secret Service had to leave their offices in Trump Tower and took up using a trailer in the street because the rent Trump was changing them was too damn high.  Let’s repeat that, he’s charging them rent for protecting his family.

The Secret Services costs to rent golf carts at Trump’s golf properties so far is $60,000. At properties Trump owns, he’s charging them for carts to get around his property in the course of protecting him!

And despite it all, they’d probably still take a bullet for him.  And then he’d find a way to invoice the Secret Service for “blood clean up” or “emergency vehicle use”.

Worst part of it all for the agents is the knowledge that all of their work and sacrifice is actually counterproductive to the country’s interest.  If they let him catch the bullet we’d all be better off, President Pence notwithstanding.

If Roy Moore Wins Alabama Senate Primary the GOP Officially Hits Bottom

Roy Moore (no relation to Mary Tyler Moore) is the guy that is solely known as being the Alabama Supreme Court Judge that installed a granite statue engraved with the Ten Commandments outside the taxpayer funded state courthouse, fought orders to have it removed, and ultimately had himself removed from the court.

He’s ahead in polls against two other very awful, horrible, no good holy roller Alabama conservatives.  But he’s absolutely the worst in a competition in which nobody wins.

Maybe the only positive is that Trump endorsed one of the other losers.

Another positive is that we can all laugh at how low Alabama is in our national zoo of unreconstructed confederate stupid.  But it’s not really funny because they constitutionally provide two remarkably backwards senators to our national debate. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions was one of them, possibly to be supplanted by Roy Fucking Moore.

Another 100 years of progress and they may join the 20th century.

For the Record, I Love Kirsten Gillibrand

She held a town hall in Troy, NY yesterday.

Coverage from the Troy Record.  A great write up from Daily Kos.

She’s running for reelection in 2018.  After that we’ll see.

Yes, I also love Elizabeth Warren.  And too, also, as well, I have a crush on Cory Booker which was reignited when he changed his tone on Big Pharma.

I’d like to see more of Jason Kander too.

With politicians you don’t have to commit (at least not now), so its not cheating.