Archive for January, 2017

“only doing what he said he would”

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Interesting concept and retort being tossed out there… we see it as the sidebar “And here’s what the (concerted effort to get the perspective copy and so this is the thematic story being thumped out there we keep seeing) Trump supporters in forgotten red America are saying” news items … the Protesters to this President are protesting what the President told everyone he was going to do if and when elected.  As though this is an issue — that the president is exactly as we thought he would be in the campaign season.

Of course.  This guy only enacted policies in the manner he had campaigned.

bullconnorflip   And for that matter, so too this guy.

But, whatever.obamasmily

The “good news” for Democrats out of the Trump victory — the silver lining as everyone sits through four years of fairly horrible policies — is that the Democrats were unlikely to win both the 2016 and 2020 presidential election, and if you had to choose one, you would choose 2020 and all the redistricting that goes with what happens down-ticket.

But the problem is we still have to sit through four years of President Trump, and try to keep the Overton Window somewhere.

2016 Presidential vote tallies

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Donald J. Trump —-    Republican — 62,980,160   45.94%
Hillary Clinton  —- Democratic — 65,845,063  48.03%
Gary Johnson  —— Libertarian —- 4,488,931  3.27%
Dr. Jill Stein  — Green —  1,457,050  1.06%
Write-ins  — 1,126,145  0.82%
Evan McMullin  — Independent —  728,830  0.53%
Darrell L. Castle  — Constitution —  202,980  0.15%
Gloria LaRiva  — Socialist and Liberation  —  74,402  0.05%
Rocky de la Fuente — American Delta  33,133  0.02%
None of these Candidates  — 28,863  0.02%
Richard Duncan  — Independent —  24,307   0.02%
Dan R. Vacek — Legalize Marijuana Now —  13,538 0.01%
Alyson Kennedy — Socialist Workers — 12,467 0.01%
Mike Smith — Independent — 9,346 0.01%
Chris Keniston — Veterans — 7,251 0.01%
Michael A. Maturen –American Solidarity — 6,730
Lynn S. Kahn — Indendent — 5,730
James Hedges — Prohibition — 5,617
Thomas Hoefling — America — 4,845
Monica Moorehead — World’s Workers — 4,319
Laurence Kotlikoff — Independent — 3,599
Peter Skewes — American — 3,246
Rocky Giordani — Ind American — 2,752
Emidio Soltysik — Socialist — 2,705
Scott Copeland — Constitution Ind — 2,356
Kyle Kenley Kopitke — Ind. American — 1,096
Joseph Allen Maldonado — Independent — 961
Rod Silva — Nutrition — 751
Khadijah Jacob-Fambro — Revolutionary — 749
Ryan Alan Scott — Independent — 749
Jerry White — Socialist Equality — 483
Bradford Lyttle — Pacifist — 382
Frank Atwood — Approval Voting — 337

All righty then.
I don’t trust the “write-ins” total, in the sense that we’re in the realm of votes being tossed in the “under-vote” — ie: the 2016 election is famous for having a record number of people skipping the top line Presidential — how many of those counted as such actually wrote in, oh, Colin Powell or Donald Duck or whatever?

We need a re-count in order to see who really beat who … Khadijah Jacob-Fambro or Ryan Alan Scott  — both stuck at 749 votes.

Now.  Draw up a line for the spectrum — lefter-most to righter-most, and drab the candidates on the line.

Sad to see Monica Moorehead can’t get to her 1996 tally of 29,083.  It’s even a drop from her 2000 total.  Maybe it shows a drop of support from the previous regime of North Korea to the new one?

damage control

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A business location next to a Starbucks that had been the subject of a bat against the windows the days after Trump’s election (and, I believe, it too received some collateral damage) had a bunch of peace signs, and diversity slogans, all — as the poster stated, “created by local elementary slogans.”

A pizza joint located a block or two from Pioneer Square had a sign pointedly pleading “We Just bought a Pizza Presser, and are just a friendly new pizza place.  Please.  Feel free to buy a pizza”.  (Or something like that.  I’m sure an image or two are around the twitter sphere.)

As it were, things look civil when things counted.


these days of memes

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

The front page headlines blaring out from Trump’s inauguration speech… and what the first quote off the script is… ranges from the “This is Your Day”, the oddly ahistorical (or perfectly historical?) “America First” pledge appears to be the topper,

I suppose it’s Trump’s broadest thematic line.  (Unless it’s the standard issue “Give the Power back to the People“.

And then there’s…

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

Noting the dark contours of the America as painted by President Donald Trump.

Are you PUMPED?

Yes, this is the soundtrack my mind wanders to at various phrases.  A-contextual, I assure you.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

Not even World War 2?

Oh.  Wait.  Got another one.

bad advice

Friday, January 20th, 2017

One line of Strategy from the “Trump Resistance” that is stupid, dishonest, and will not be all that successful.

If you’re an internet troll, you can help, too—by using your formerly evil powers to influence Trump supporters. Maybe get a fake Twitter account, pretend you’re a booster for Trump, and sow seeds of discontent among his followers with stuff like, “Man, I really wanted change! Where are those jobs I was promised?”

The trolls aren’t going to be all that convincing, the aping of Trumpian talking points from a point of caricature until they find a breaking point to bring in some anti-Trump line won’t be terribly graceful.

This is good and all, but…

Educate yourself and support good reporting—but when you see clickbait, don’t click on it. Be skeptical about what you read in the news and demand verification—yes, even if it seems to make Trump look like shit. Especially then.

We’re failing a tad with the whole “Russian Pee Pee Party”.  Or for that matter the one about making up sock puppets to trump up trump than dump on trump, which lies in the same arena of “fake news”.

(Sigh).  The two party system is always going to leave you flat-footed.

bi-partisan Senate voting…

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Interesting to figure out this voting configuration.  The major news coming out of this is presumed 2020 Presidential candidate bidder Cory Booker voted no, against an amendment Bernie Sanders proposed that would allow pharmacists to import identical, but much cheaper, prescription drugs from Canada and other countries, alienating liberals who might otherwise go big with some grillings Booker has for a Trump appointee.

Republicans who side with Bernie Sanders, as against “Big Pharma”.

Boozman (R-AR)
Collins (R-ME)
Flake (R-AZ)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)

The libertarian-tinged or “tea party” Lee, Paul, and Flake.  McCain represents a lot of retirees.  Collins sits on the Canadian border.  Dean Heller may be eyeing a race of some vulnerability in two years.

Democrats who vote nay, and maybe sidestep the issue with “nuance”.

Bennet (D-CO)
Booker (D-NJ)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coons (D-DE)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murray (D-WA)
Tester (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)

Who’s running in 2 years off this list?  Donnely, Henrich, Heitkamp, and Tester gots to get their campaign cash from somewhere.