Archive for March, 2024

one of four is good enough, except I want one of the three remainders to make one more statement

Saturday, March 30th, 2024

For all intents and purposes, LIz Cheney has announced she is voting for Trump. She is also on tour — she has a book to promote, and I have little doubt a cause she fervently believes in which she hopes series into lucrative career options beyond this moment to build something politically from the ashes. “America can survive bad policy, but it cannot survive four more years of Trump”. So goes her bumper sticker.

After that, I cannot quite figure out a hue and cry for endorsements by Haley and Pence and Christie. Of the three, Haley is the only one that is a disappointing embarrassment on this score. She played her game out, and in the end stumbled about in an electoral zone away from Republican politics and in a no-man’s zone — a couple progressive podcasts and Saturday Night Live. And she departed with a speech that left her open for a future endorsement of Trump, or should she just disappear acceptance that a Trump vote may be viable, saying it is up to him to win her supporters’ support.

As though Trump has not foreclosed the possibility of has shown any sign of changing to meet any real criteria for this. The further trouble is Haley comes with no real intrinsic support that can carry over, and Pence and Christie have been less and have moved anyone over as much as they will ever be able to. Cheney is just going to be the one voice rambling about regularly giving voice to anyone, with Christie lagging back with a quip here and there. Pence has said his piece. Haley is useless and would have to do if not a 180 than a 120 to be useful.

The former president Friday shared a clip on his Truth Social account that contained an image of Mr Biden painted on the tailgate of a pickup truck.

The US president is depicted bound by his hands and ankles in the bed of the vehicle, which Mr Trump said was spotted in Long Island, New York, on Thursday, where Mr Trump this week attended a memorial service for a recently killed police officer.

It is a curious matter on “whatabout”ism that falls apart on impact. The only great “What about” is Kathy Griffin. But the real what about for Kathy Griffin is Ted Nugent, not Trump. Griffin and Nugent are not running for anything. And no Democratic party official or organisation promoted Griffin as Trump did here. Sure, it is only a sputtering of items in the internets but you go back to Haley and her campaign suspension speech. Trump is going to actively heed your call and do something differently now?

the puzzling msnbc republicans

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

The YouTube page at different points jams me with msnbc clips and compilations of show, which if I add to the Bulwark podcast I regularly time into leave me a bit stumped. MSNBC Republicans, turned against Trump and as such important fixtures of this Democratic Party media apparatus. But. Where are they Republicans again?

Joe Scarborough is the most puzzling figure, a definite Biden cheerleader with no reluctance. And a man who was a conservative Republican congressman from the conservative Republican Florida panhandle. And you wait and watch for him to veer something about deficits or trade, even down the list of import. The best I can suggest is he takes the true Conservative position laid out over the years on the border security and immigration, which is to say the bill Biden supports — though it is good that it is cudgel against Trump. I at long last heard him on transgender athletes — a true enough statement within a larger framework of the lack of import this really has in the grand scheme of anything. 85 percent of Americans believe makes past puberty should not be competing with females, “and if you don’t like how I phrased that, go squabble in the corner with 5 percent.” Great. How do you go ahead and codify that into law and what is keeping it from being codified.

The current faces of the Bulwark – – after the previous faces move into a semi-retirement are interesting. One a a gay man and one a day woman. Both secular in orientation. It may be that you balk at some of the identity politicking of a more queer oriented sexual minority. And they do establish themselves as having considered themselves moderate Republicans. But. I do not care if you happen to be pro-choice Republicans, by dent of working for a party and it’s presidential nominees who have had opposition to Abortion and the over-turning of Roe as part of its platform since Reagan, you would have to have some respect for people who hold to wanting legal restrictions to the practice. But, no, they slide in as religious extremists, and the particular frames of references are all from the Democratic party rhetoric. Occasionally Tim Miller alluded to Republican policies elsewhere, taking a backseat in import — but this stickler just sits there. Sarah Longwell did give one good glimpse of something interesting — sliding the figure of Bill Clinton in with sexual improprieties by way of grumbling about George Stephanopoulos as someone to be talk about Trump. And here I have a sense — come to politics at a particular point and respond to Clinton sleaze, even when policy is actually nothing much you oppose much of, and stay there for the next couple decades.

Michael Steele comes off as best in being understandably a fanned Republican, his words on Biden tinged with sarcasm and does keep button holed on policies he would logically disagree with as the rest of the Democratic voices chirp in with enthusiasm — wait to explode in the problems of Trump so he doesn’t give an air of false equivalency. But I am always going to be stuck on something with Steele, something which glared when Trump hawked sneakers for seemingly hackneyed and lazy black support. Steele had a really weird RNC chairman term, where he uncharacteristically — not seen before this or after this in his public career — adopted a stilted black “jive” lingo. Something clashes here, and I want sort acknowledgement that something weird was happening there.

Noted unnotables of Larouche Land

Sunday, March 24th, 2024

I. Weird little wiki project, Hard to disagree: He hated many things, mainly Britain, Henry Kissigner and Zionism. “Mainly” is the problem. Also curious, under “aliases” is “far-left qanonism”. I will have to take your word for it.

II. Jose Vega announces a run for Congress. He enters the media network interested in such a thing. So, see Kim Iverson with “This Loudmouth New Yorker Is About To Make A Ruckus In Our Warmongering Congress”
Why is the comments section littered with moon landing disbelievers?

The Due Dissidence podcast gives us a full length documentary on Jose Vega, the anti-war activist whose interventions against notable politicians and media figures have gone viral and inspired others to follow in his footsteps. And to be sure, we are in “top 10%” and ” top 5%” land with this and, hm, Scazg and Captain — Two Doomed Men, also interviewing the candidate. To be further sure, how much of a drop off is there from the top 1%?
The current stream on YouTube for Due Dissidence covers these topics: Candace Owens CANCELED (sic) by Daily Wire, Alex Jones TURNS On Israel, Tucker Platforms UHURU Leader — where do you stand on each?
Looking into the comments section at the docu-thing at YouTubeJose Vega is awesome he has people in the audience cheering for him too. That’s what freaks them out. It’s not the boos and him talking out of turn that gets the political class riled up it’s those people for cheering for him in the crowd! He really doesn’t, beyond the scattering of follow-up he has in the crowd. Jose Vega’s already a legend. The bawl’s on dis guy. Rachel Brown continues to hold the bigger footnote. And Kesha Rogers created more headachs for her state’s Democratic Party than he has — with Hart and Fairchild more notable footnotes still. But we will see where things stand later.

III. Another Debs and Larouche referencing. And… “Libertarian”, says Sarah Thetan UCC. And looking around at passes for “libertarian” and I almost just give up.

IV. So. Chris Sare sat in for Harley Schlanger and did his preview launch on the “Next Fifty Years“. Kind of funny — I think they did that title a few times over the past fifty years. All prone to elicit such responses as — They are shutting down the human race.

Harley Schlanger on the 50th “Countdown to World War III“. Hm. interesting comment this: what Peace candidate do we have in the 2 parties? none! ONly LaRouche! Someone neglected to tell this person the news — dude’s dead.

Funny to see a jump scare to “Stop Genocide”. Yeah. Sucks what the Russian government wants to do to Ukrainians.  Comically the new Schiller presentation gets titled “What Putin’s Re-election Means for NATO’s War Hawk”.  Surely ye jest.

V. Are you down for this? Marc is a podcasting veteran. 9 years ago he co-founded Lions of Liberty and took the reins of the flagship program, bringing you the best liberty had to offer.
Now Marc is venturing out into a more broad array of subjects to educate the masses and assist them as they attempt to navigate today’s reality.
If you are one of the millions of people struggling to understand the relationship between the material world and the spiritual world tune in and subscribe to The Marc Clair Show.
It may be your only hope.
Marc is joined by author and documentary filmmaker Matt Ehret, producer of the documentary series “The Hidden Hand Behind UFOs.” Matt describes his own evolution from 9’11 to his time as part of the LaRouche movement through his present day work. Marc and Matt discuss the common threads – and familiar names – that have pulled the strings behind the intersecting narratives that have been imbued through the educational, governmental and pop culture systems, in particular those related to Darwinian evolution and UFO’s.

He has his book tour going. In this episode of SMR, Sean Morgan interviews Matt Ehret about his latest book that details the war between two schools of thought throughout western civilization and how it will determine our fate.

VI. Email daddy resurrects failed global-conspiracy lawsuit against Bill Galvin and Twitter, only this time against feds, Facebook, Google and Elon Musk

Shiva Ayyadurai, who has more MIT degrees than you, has filed a new federal lawsuit in which he alleges a federal cybersecurity agency, Facebook, Google and Elon Musk’s X are all conspiring to limit his social-media reach – with a reaction time measured in minutes and using techniques perfected by British censors and the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office.

Ayyadurai, who claims he invented email as a teenager, is seeking immediate damages of at least $195 million, with more to come after, of course, he wins his pro se case in front of a jury in US District Court in Washington, DC.

The chart is missing Henry Kissinger, The Tri-Lateral Commission and Queen Elizabeth (although I suppose King Charles is a good sub).

Shiva comes across as the reincarnation of Lyndon LaRouche (pun intended). A person who can truly sound sane but comes across as nuts.

VII. Drew continues his tour of the American heartlands and launches into the Fight to save Dragon Cement in rural Maine. He has his Ukrainian Nazi signs out, and his bullhorn. What Ukrainian Nazis have to do with Dragon Cement is not clear. But as soon as we get that resolved, I am sure this will save the plant.

Next, Drew is revealed to be a huge hypocrite as he rails against Ted Turner, and then cuts off a man who was ready to lay in on Harry Truman. I can only assume from the video that Drew just loves Harry Truman.

VIII. Kesha Rogers for Promethean Action, formerly known as lpac and congratulations to Helga Zepp and LORG for forcing a capitulation, gives us the cpac report. I am sure they sold all the pamphlets there.

IX. Things to watch in our sometimes irritating election season — the “dead party” other-vote in the Democratic Party. Try to focus on on an Appalachia Belt where Obama had some embarrassing totals in 2012 against no one in particular, and indeed the more no one the better for this slice of an electorate. This time out, Biden slides in to under 80 percent in a few states. The only state that may show portends of broader concern if you extrapolate a vote nationally is Minnesota — and there not much to say with Williamson and Philips splitting twenty percent of a vote in Oklahoma. Strictly speaking, whatever problems Biden has in Michigan, the relatively paltry but highly publicized protest vote is not the sign for his troubles.

This year out, Jason Palmer has earned (bought) a fifteen minutes of fame with a victory in the American Samoa Democratic caucus. Comically his vote tally is lower than in states where he was on the ballot unnoticed and received a lagging three digits. He put his chips in and was rewarded for bothering to show up, rewarded to the role of momentary curiosity. And here we get the historical election perspective.

The last time a challenger of an incumbent president won a primary contest came in 1996, when Roland Riemers won in North Dakota due to President Bill Clinton not appearing on the ballot.

Clinton went on to win reelection. 

Pulling back the curtain. It was an election contest Clinton skipped out on when North Dakota violated the party rules — open contest and moving too far up on the calendar. So the results of a delegate-less election contest:

Roland Riemers 656 41.36

Lyndon LaRouche 547 34.49

Vernon Clemenson383 24.15

34.49 percent, the high water mark for Lyndon Larouche on the ballot. I think? Even better than his 2000 Arkansas primary result of 21.53% — the example of dead party other vote result.

Somewhere about 14:20 in, Harley Schlanger dumps the Larouchies off the Trump train — touting the vote tally for a “pathetic” Haley — and celebrates the uncommitted vote against Biden. Is “Space Larouche” still in on Trump?

X. Funny stream title from Diane Sare — the ever optimistic presentation “The Survivors will envy the dead”, which lays out the future after the Larouche movement seizes power.

XI. The Rage Against the War Machine latest rally… Postponed. Almost seems like it is in indefinite shelving as the component parts rejiggle their lines, and figure out new front groups to multiple the number of groups at the bottom sponsor banner on the poster.

states in play

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

I guess the election is coming into some focus. And granted, there is some guy of stature out there with this thought that is 1980 in reverse — right up until the end an even polling one way and another until the bottom falls out at the end for Carter because of a gut response that “Reagan is sane enough.” – – with signs all along in the beltway pointing to to the disaster for the losing party — the fissuring and fracturing of local and state parties. And granted too the error sensation that while Biden is carefully looking over the constituency parts of a coalition that would get to 270 electoral votes, Trump may just be going around ginning up supporters to accept his win as a fait accompli and if the networks declare Biden won, we have the stories he did not and we gotta storm the capitol building again to take what is rightfully ours.

But. My sense of what Biden is staring at. Georgia and Michigan slipping just out of grasp, and hopefully states to win but not rely on as tipping points. A sizable enough black electorate is being pulled by Trump’s sneakers and it is possible there just is not enough white suburbanites to pull in. In addition to this problem, Michigan is ground zero for Gaza disruption. Pennsylvania is more positive than Wisconsin — which may just be the tipping point swing state, and the sliding away of Harry Reid and his potent political machine that always had the state outperforming the polls may have not set in yet, with Arizona sitting in the weird nexus of trying to find more white suburbanites to offset some weird Latino losses and border immigration angst. The next question is — North Carolina… Watch and hope… The Republican gubernatorial candidate, amirite???

After that… Well.


the long campaign march

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

I skip past a National Review headline minimizing the Trump word on “bloodshed”, sighing at the vortex of the magazine that is talking their way back to voting for Trump from a point of view of spotting most of Trump’s evils. I can go in two directions on this point — the “he was talking about the auto industry!” line. Why, Donald Trump is just Thomas Jefferson in his use of violent metaphors! But I am thinking of Bill Clinton, circa 2000, an Esquire magazine cover, a photographic point of view that highlights his legs wide open. Very conspicuous. Act innocent and don’t remark on the elephant in the room on any association you make with this. TRY. The second point is an — okay. Cut this one out. Not important. I almost agree with that. Almost, in that there is a more important and immediate problem with the campaign appearance and speech that makes this detail a sideshow. Remember January 6? A thing which in a different set of circumstances I might be able to proffer a legalistic defence on Trump as not being an “insurrectionist”, if not –in a saner world — politically? Yeah, well there is no distancing here. Trump loves his supporters. He begins his campaign appearances with a call out to his incarcerated supporters. You know, people who shot at police. Play some singing, stand and salute for the National Anthem. In this case Trump made news by announcing he will pardon the whole lot. If you feel the need to minimize a use of the word “bloodbath”, do so and don’t even mention the controversy, but chop it off at the straight forward statement which preceded it instead.

Today I am pretty certain the Trump comments on Jews, Schumer, and Israel — comments he already made — will get a smug recitation of Biden’s “you ain’t black” 2000 comments.

Meanwhile, over with Biden / Harris, the juggling of the parcels of a campaign continue — a contradiction that they need to win on the normal even if it rubs up against the abnormal. Harris visited an abortion clinic! The first president or vice president to do so, and somewhere the pundits bark “What took so long?”, pretending there was no political costs and Clinton / Gore would risk losing Pennsylvania by manoeuvring off of a “safe, rare, and legal” positioning. And maybe this really makes political sense in a post-Dobbs world, and one where Biden is desperate to get out a suburban woman’s vote. But I do have to ask — what? You wanted Quayle to make a stop-over?

veep stakes of the cranks

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Robert Kennedy Jr, who I guess has as good a chance as anyone of getting a magical five percent of the vote, is floating the names of two vice presidential candidates. Jesse Ventura and Aaron Rodgers. They both have highlight feels of athletic performances you can disseminate –Ventura flamboyantly prancing about with a feather boa constrictor in the arena I guess setting the stage for Dennis Rodman’s stage game, Rodgers never did that as it would have resulted in fifteen yard penalties. There is a whimper of the past era flowing through with both of them — though, Rodgers is at the age one might think to move from pro sports to the political arena (though he is younger than recent sports stars turned political candidates Herschel Walker and Steve Garvey — maybe kind of getting bored after a while where your entire first thirty-some years of your life are devoted to a specialized game and then –?) and is just old for the nfl. Jesse Ventura is so 1998, and more to the point is just one more addition to the great take-away everyone has with the presidential scenery and political Washington in general — he’s seventy-what? — and so defeats the purpose of shuffling someone from outside the typical politics pipeline. There is this hitch of problem with this litany — I had to mutter under my breath by some political commenter making the point in alluding to a Nancy Pelosi who — has indeed stepped down as party leader — so quit this complaint on her… but we haven’t gotten out good hate on for Jeffries yet.

I guess the only real question on a Kennedy — Rodgers ticket: does this take votes away from Trump or Biden? And the Rodgers factor does what? Yeah, taking a look see at the Jets schedule and where everyone will stand at the date of the election. Win and maybe the good vibes can translate to votes. In New York. Which isn’t a swing state, so I guess it does not matter.

State of Your Union

Friday, March 8th, 2024

it is a little time deaf to point out a discrepancy in President Biden’s rhetoric, basically because you take one step further on both halves of the inconsistency and I do not believe they figure in the real world so I leave myself to misunderstood conjecture. But. Biden begins by referencing Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 prepping the nation for war and the challenge against authoritarian aggressors, waking up the nation. He then described the aggression of Putin in Ukraine, and calls for sending arms and aid to Ukraine and adds that “no American troops are deployed.” The rhetorical problem here is that you go back to 1940 and 1941, and what you had was President Roosevelt insisting as he was amping up the Lend Lease program and tightening relations with Churchill that no American troops would be deployed. Naturally neither part means anything for present politics.

I get the similar hiccup of misplaced rhetoric when Biden turns to domestic policy — something that in the laundry lusty of items I land in mixed assessments on this good that not really, but probably packing to the opening of asking “So. Uh. January 6th. And uh. NATO.”. So the issue which saved the Democrats in 2022 — Abortion — though I have to go to pains to point out not save enough, and to prove that you just have to note that squirming Speaker Johnson squirming behind Biden. The talk is that Biden really took it to the Supreme Court by quoting from the Dobbs ruling that voices on the matter can be levied on the electoral arena and — staring at the Court “and women’s voices will be!” Sure. That was the point of the ruling. No “own” is had here. Yes, Biden sits on the right side of a 60-40 issue, one able from the quick and easy no-accountability state legislating of the Roe era to get moved to a 90 – 10 issue (quick huff and puff as the Alabama governor rushed over to fix the thing), but there is no Democracy-busting inherent in it. So. I am left flat footed. The frame of reference off of January 6 is lost, and I just have to sit by as people conflate an abnormal politics with a normal politics. I suppose both will be necessary to get Biden to a finish line.

Lost in the sea of horrors of Republican disruptors, the sons of Congressman “You Lie!” Wilson. A probably necessary partisan campaign speech – – more totally so than anything Bill Clinton ever had — Marjorie Taylor Greene plays to get crowd in absurd mad red hatter get-up. Biden flubs to a use of the word “illegal” as a noun, which if it means anything to some left winger now inching towards a Colonel West or Jill Stein vote, he did follow up by referring to “legals”.

It occurs to me that if the State of the Union address is evolving, at least under Democratic administrations and feedback from the opposition party, to that British Questions session, the least we can do is get the sane Republicans shouting. But, then, are there any?

And then comes the Republican response. From a kitchen table. A woman from Alabama begins by talking up her house-wifery. From a kitchen. I do not understand the optics. Have they found a heavier “tradwife” electorate to tap into than I know of? I thought we got to the point where we recognized that the Internet and the force of its subcultures are not real life.

first look at the Democratic Super Tuesday Primary results

Wednesday, March 6th, 2024

I am waiting for the exit poll on the American Samoa Democratic Party caucus. It should be easy enough, just corral every single voter and ask their reasoning — why Jason Palmer, why Joseph Biden? The unfortunate thing is that we are two any of one hundred — which would make the rounding on this moot.

And with fewer votes than he received elsewhere where he was in the ballot — and with the hundred or so votes just not noticed — the man’s foray into American Samoa for a “thank you for bothering to show up” vote paid off. And he enjoys his moment in the sun. Is this transferable to a million dollars? I cannot tell you.

Eyeballing the returns for any portends of doom for Team Biden, the Minnesota results are maybe a little concerning. I suppose the college town contingent hung up on Palestine surfaces more there than elsewhere, not yet staring down Trump comments on “just finish it already” to clarify the mind. Moving off to the areas where Obama had an embarrassing no vote in 2012 and sporting where Biden fell into the 70s, the 4.84 vote for Stephen Lyons (Marianne Williamson and Dean Philips has 9) in Oklahoma is intriguing… Kind of… Though it may be more interesting to slice up the voter electorate who went for Williamson as against that which went for Philips and why they achieved parity in Oklahoma.I

Cank Uygar seems down for the count, frankly. Like, he almost should be where the uncommitted for Gaza voters look to, but he is not. Too much of an actual person, I guess.

All of the Eyes

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

Stare at a headline trade for tv news segment. “All Eyes on Super Tuesday Primaries”. And. No eyes are on the Super Tuesday Primary. I guess I am musing for the possibility that Haley will win Vermont. I have no great idea on that possibility, but the circumstances seem to suggest it is the most likely state she could win — if that is a possibility at all, and it might not be. She is coming off a huge primary win in the District of Columbia — I guess Washington DC Republican residents are definitionally members of the supposed “swamp” Trump is railing against. You split the government workers and lobbyists and such up politically. But non government workers of DC are all Democrats.

Circling the drain, we await something to follow Biden’s ice cream with Seth Meyers announcement that … We are getting to a cease fire agreement. A hunch the comment came out of temporal politics — get the undeclared Michigan primary votes down — even as the matter dillies and rallies and the timeline is a tad irrelevant to both broad politics and meaningful policy.

Trump is making a greater thrust against the “Mitt Romney RINOs”. Depression sets in. Historical tricks — like, Martin Van Buren and Grover Cleveland and John Garner, heads of parties past who saw their party to elsewhere, stand by smirking. How does Haley proceeed after she bows out? The question of an endorsement hovers over what any eyes can possibly be watching. The comedy is staring at her, and then staring at Mitch McConnell who, I hear is in talks over terms with Team Trump of such a thing. Strikes me as meaningless — he, the most effective Party Senate leader in recent history, the real architect through fast and loose norm smashing of the current Supreme Court, and he of single or low digit approval rating who if you ask any Trump fan what they think of recoil in horror. Back to Haley. Whatever she is in terms of having approval, she is not Mitch McConnell. And yet. It behooves her, if her goal is to not to help Trump, is to not endorse Biden but to just disappear. I’m a year she can jump to her corporate consulting job or whatever. Biden’s campaign has to take a deep dive into her voting base in the primaries, set aside the handful of Democrats who took advantage of an open primary and nothing in their side, and ferret out some thing from the rest. Something unrelated to Haley.