Archive for November, 2019

if only Britain had voted that Wallace cariacture, this path of needless election hell woulda be nipped in the bud

Friday, November 8th, 2019

The state of British elections, everybody!

Elsewhere in the Midlands, the Labour leader, Jermy Corbyn, drove home his counter-message: that Mr. Johnson would sell out Britain’s state health system to a predatory Mr. Trump in a trade deal.  “We’ll never let Donald Trump get his hands on our National Health Service,” he thundered.

Mr. Corbyn painted a dystopian picture of a Tory-led Britain that would mimic Mr. Trump’s America.  “They’ll slash food standards to match the U.S.,” he said referring darkly to rat hairs in paprika and maggots in orange juice, “and they’ll put chlorinated chicken in our supermarket shelves.”

I understand the morphing of Boris Johnson with Donald Trump and the electoral appeal, and the calls of the danger of laxing standards to the almighty dollar… but What the Hell is he talking about?  Apparently…

For tomato juice, the FDA limits up to five fly eggs and one maggot per 100 grams, the equivalent of a small juice glass. Up to 15 fly eggs and one maggot per 100 grams is allowed for tomato paste and other pizza sauces. Mushrooms are granted more leeway – 20 maggots “of any size” per 100 grams of drained mushrooms or 15 grams of dried mushrooms.’

Hm.  Did not know that.

Oh Yeah well… We all eat bugs, because… our food comes out of places that are surrounded by bugs and… bugs remain …
It does present the interesting question of the natural food people in the equation of the Labour Party’s electoral coalitions… but maybe that’s left to the “wine track” Lib Dems.

the problem

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

From David Sheilds’s Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump, a collection of quick blurstings… page 127-128…

An acquaintance tells me that, according to a data mining firm at which he works, I am Irish, a Republican, conservative in my social orientation, opposed to raising taxes to support social security, a gun owner, a supporter of military interventions overseas (more concerned with fighting terrorism than protecting civil liberties), don’t believe income inequality is a major problem, not particularly concerned about Trump’s “possible” conflict of interests, fervently believe the media has overplayed the Russia scandal, and am opposed to the impeachment of Trump.  Ruh-roh.

The internet cookies probably show he likes ball sports, maybe some country music, maybe shows a complaint about “political correctness” — maybe does some hunting and goes to the outdoors…

The depressing thing about our politics — it’s subsumed by cultural impressions, and if the cultural impressions and entertainment choices differ or gets eclectic (live in a couple or a few different social mileus that contradict politically) — you’ll be box you in anyways.

Election 2019: everything means squat and everything at the same time.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

The Democrats in “blue state” and the Republicans in “red state” have a good tendency to run as though it is all against Trump, where the Democrats in “red state” and the Democrats in “blue state” … don’t.  So, I guess, it appears in Kentucky… Beshear beat Trump on one level — as the Republican was running by clinging to Trump, but not so as the Democrat did so by not running against Trump… because, after all, the Republican incumbent was really unpopular and only came close to winning because of partisan tabs and by clinging closely to Trump.
NOW it’s safe for the likes of Bernie Sanders (oddly enough, not a Democrat) to weigh in.

In Mississippi, the Democrat lost to the Republican… the “I drive a pick up truck and own a gun” shtick not able to overcome the partisan advantage.  I’m looking forward to whoever replaces Blumenauer when he retires to win with the same “pick up truck and gun” ads.  (Apparently not enough to win in Mississippi?)
Next up, the exciting Louisiana race where a rare anti-abortion Democratic incumbent — and, I suppose, good on him — this isn’t a national electorate, so the terms of debate are different, aren’t they? — will see if he can withstand some Republican running as though he were Trump.

I suppose the hardening of partisan identifications everyone’s talking about doesn’t quite come to pass… “Is the Kentucky governor’s race a forecast of 2020’s race against McConnell”?  Only if McConnell became somehow more distanced from Trump and the Democrat more distanced from the Democratic party, I guess.

a look at the vote

Friday, November 1st, 2019

Who the Hell did not vote?

Hice (GA)
McEachin

Rose, John W.
Timmons

Cowards.  Or.  Maybe out sick.  Or something else.  You’ll have to look them up and see what their story is.  If they have one.
Almost suredly they’ll tell you how they would have voted, but they just couldn’t make it in.

Other than that, former Republican Amash joined the Democrats for an aye vote and Democrats Van Drew and Peterson joined the Republicans for a nay vote, earning an allusion in a Trump tweet.  Van Drew taking his inspiration from the dean of all political Vans in asking “What would Martin Van Buren do?”, which is apparently vote no on holding impeachment for a President Trump.