Vignettes

We hear curious things from the press sometimes.  Some people might say constantly but i’m not that jaundiced.  Cynical, yes but not so cynical that I automatically judge everything negatively from an entire class or group of people.  But there are times when the silly becomes so obvious that I have to say something, if only to make sure my voice is heard.  Even if only I hear it.

At a White House press conference today I heard Chuck Todd from MSNBC ask the President for a definitive answer to the question of whether Tax increases for the wealthy must be part of the plan to back us off of the “Fiscal cliff”  a great misnomer (fiscal cliff my ass) if I’ve ever heard one, but I’ll get into that subject at a later date.  Chuck worded it differently but that is what he meant, with the implication (and he may have stated it, I forget precisely what he said) that if the Republicans don’t accept it then any deal is off.

Now even if that were the case, do you seriously think, America, that the President would have answered yes? Of course not.  It’s a negotiation, and he is trying to bring them to the table, not shut the door on negotiations.  If he drew that line in the sand, that would almost make it necessary (and I am only saying almost to be nice) for the Republicans to draw a line in the sand themselves, if for no other reason than it would make them look weak if they didn’t respond in kind.

That is not how you negotiate.  That isn’t what negotiate means.  When you start making demands, you aren’t negotiating, you’re dictating.  And as much as it would be refreshing to see him tell the Republicans what he needs to get this done and simply put the ball in his court, he knows that the harder he plays this, the harder they can and will play, placing him in a position of weakness when trying to get the fairest deal for all of America that he can from the  vantage point where he and the nation now sit.

Kind of silly of Chuck to ask that question in that manner.

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Israel and Hamas are going at it.  Again.  This time there was a new wrinkle.  Twitter.  Both sides jumped on twitter to bark displeasure at the other side of the fight.  Good to see that they know how to do more than just shoot each others asses off.

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John Boehner won’t extend the middle class tax cuts.  That is his right, though, isn’t it?  Gives you a warm feeling in the pit of your stomach don’t it? Ya know the one you have when your whole world is going to come crashing down on top of you and their ain’t shit you can do about it?  THAT’s what John Boehner brings to America.  Perhaps mister Boehner should follow his own words…

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Just because you have a right to do something in America does not mean it is the right thing to do.

John Boehner

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…And why, lord someone explain to me why people in power cheat on their spouses? Do they think they’ll get away with it?  They don’t, ever, but the stupid S.O.B.’s keep doing it.  Did General Petraeus think he was different from everyone else? Better?

We’d be so much better off if he simply kept his wick dry.  We could get this Benghazi crap out of the wa yand get on with our lives, but no, now we have to do this shit too.  Thanks General Dumbass…

And on a lighter note, I love the fact that the word press spell check  tells me that Petraeus is Perpetrates spelled incorrectly.  🙂

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…And would someone tell me why Mitt Romney seems to think the President won the election by giving gifts to people who voted for him? Srsly?  Gifts?  I don’t remember any gifts. Now to his credit Mittens was talking about the affordable healthcare act in at least one instance.  That isn’t a gift to people who voted for him, though.  I don’t think Mitt understands the basic principle of that legislation.  It’s about healthcare for AMERICANS, not just people who voted for Barack Obama.  If you voted for Mitt, or anyone else, you can still get healthcare.

I’m telling ya, these excuse making loons on the right sound like paranoid hippies after a bad batch of hash brownies.

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That’s it from here, America.   G’night.

It Was A Fun Night

I watched the election coverage last night on a host of networks.  CNN.  MSNBC.  FOX.  CBS.  NBC.  ABC.  NY1. Each station had vastly different numbers coming out depending on what time you turned them on.  But it really didn’t matter what you were watching because the results were the same.

Barack Obama won re-election as President of the United States of America.

Initially after the call was made, earliest on MSNBC at 11:16 pm eastern time, it was much noted, first on twitter and then on the networks that He had won without a plurality.  It was later on in the night when the popular vote turned and the right lost their talking point, and the President took the lead in the popular vote as well.  At this point what was a nearly 1 million vote advantage for Mitt Romney at 11 pm last night is now an Obama 2.6 million vote lead.

There was some anger from the right, asking questions like  “How could Obama be our President if he didn’t get the majority of the popular vote?”  After Fox called the election when they said Ohio was won by President Obama, it was much commented on that Karl Rove was trying to get the network to back off of the call for Ohio and the Obama winning the White House, and commented on the popular vote lead for Romney at that particular moment.  They didn’t of course, and President Obama won enough electoral votes to win even if someone somehow took Ohio from him.

Talk on MSNBC in justifying their calling Ohio for President Obaba was that the counties that are normally “blue” had a great deal more voters in them than the “red” ones.  Cuyahoga county was mentioned most.  At the time of the call it was noted that the President had won the county by 80,000 or so votes but that there were 200,000 votes that were in all likelihood not yet counted.  The votes are now counted and the win in Cuyahoga was a whopping 236,000 vote margin.  The President only won 17 of the 88 counties in the state, but he won all the population centers.

You could say the same thing for the rest of the country, but only to a certain extent.  It is only a generalization, and I haven’t looked at all of the states, but from the looks at state results  all the states I have looked at, in a county by county basis that the smaller the population of the county, the larger the margin of Victory for Mitt Romney, and the larger the population, the more complete the victory for Barack Obama.

There were exceptions, of course.  There were small county wins for the President in Texas, and Georgia and a few other spots in the deep south, and there are places like Hamilton County in Indiana where three of the states 20 largest cities are, and Lexington County in South Carolina, a suburb of Columbia S.C., where Romney won handily.

It was a fun night for those who voted for Obama.  The lone real dark cloud for the general populace on the left is that the GOP will retain control of the House.

Other big wins?

Women:  Right wing “rape babies” candidates like Mourdock and Akin were swept aside by the populace. There are now more women in the Senate, thanks to upset victories by Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, and Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin along with the victories by all the incumbent democratic women who won their seats back for 6 more years.

Nate Silver:  He got every single prediction he made about this election correct, after getting 49 of 50 in 2008.  Nate is the man.

Twitter:  There was a huge flurry of activity there, and much of the news that was reported by the MSM was reported there first, usually by enough time where it was old news by the time it got broadcast on television.  It was also there that the President first made public notice of his victory, acknowledging the victory and thanking those who voted for him a good 2 hours before he gave his acceptance speech.

Stoners:  Dude, Pot is legal in Colorado and Washington state. Just remember that it is still a federal offense to have pot on you.  The DOJ is gonna have its hands full figuring this one out.  There’s gonna be a showdown between local and federal authorities on this, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this went to the SCOTUS.  Even when stoners win things are rough. You can smoke in those states, but don’t let the feds catch you, or that’s your ass.  Just saying.

Homosexuals: Gay marriage was passed in the states of Maine and Maryland, making them the seventh and eight states to pass same sex marriage. Minnesota defeated a measure that would have banned same sex marriage.  Apparently America is, or at least parts of it are, in the mood for big gay love.

It was a fun night.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

Autumn

Pic of the day:   Bords de l’Oise, prés de Pontoise, temps gris, by Camille Pissarro

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Fiction is Truth’s elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till some one had told a story.

Rudyard Kipling

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Viddy of the day:  Vivaldi: Autumn The Four Seasons, High Quality

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Twitter was ablaze yesterday with talk of the debate.  Everyone was there cheering for their candidate.  Everyone.  There was fun to be had for everyone.  Except for fans of Romney.  They seemed kind of quiet most of the debate.  In the beginning they were talking a good game but they grew quiet as their guy began to get his ass handed to him.   By the time things got to the bayonets and horses phase of the debate it was almost as if Mitt Romney’s people had simply walked away from their computers.

It was not until afterwards that they came back to claim victory.  Which was curious because they’re were only a few of them and those few were the only people who thought that he had won.  Even Glenn Beck thought R-money got his ass handed to him.

Had a few people talk funny at me, mostly claiming that Romney had won and that Obama got smoked, mostly.  Funny what people will hear when they want to hear it.  Rather than take my word for it, hit the C-span website and watch it again for yourself.

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Romney’s foreign policy can be stated in a very few words.

Whatever Barack does, Romney likes.  Except for the parts where Obama schooled him.

Romney has no clue about the Navy.  He has no clue about what American forces can bring to bear with a lighter yet stronger armed forces.  He seems to think don’t pay attention.  Says he’ll kill our enemies and a few minutes later says we can’t kill our way out of situations.  Really?  Hard to pull that off, son.

Mitt don’t know shit.  But then again, he never has.

But people will vote for him, tens of millions of people will vote for him.

He might even win.

Proof that you can be a complete imbecile and still make it in America.

Ain’t America a great country?

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I went for a walk today to take pictures of the woods I live near.  Took around 150 pictures.  I’ll drop a few of them here when I get them downloaded.  Right now they are on a sim card on my wife’s computer.  I haven’t had a chance to see them yet.  I’m sure they aren’t all winners, but since I’ve done this the last few years, I’ve gotten better at it.

I know I got a large number of really good ones.  You’ll see them soon enough.

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The framework for the novel is coming out nicely.  Got seven chapters planned out, storyboarded, and the characters are fleshed out pretty well.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

How Mitt Romney’s Tax Plan Actually Works

How does Mitt Romney’s tax plan actually work?

Well…

It’s amazingly simple!!!

Five out of four Republicans are bad at math, and yes they are that bad at it.  Which is exactly the reason Mitt Romney’s tax plan works for them.  It gives them  tax information they can’t use, but gives it in such a way as to make it seem easily understandable and exactly the information they want to give.  But since they don’t understand it, which is something they can’t exactly state publicly without looking like a moron, they have to keep pretending they do.

Which is why it is so much easier to be a Romney supporter.  It doesn’t take much thought.  Just smile, nod, and say yes it works!… and hope no one notices they don’t know shit.

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Of course it would probably help if he gave more than just sentences about taxes.  Ya know, real numbers, not just Laffer curve type bullshit.  There aren’t any.  Srsly.  A permanent 20% across the board tax cut doesn’t tell me exactly how much tax revenue the nation is losing per year over the next decade.  The Presidents? You can see his, in action, every year.

Aaaaaaand we are paying less in taxes now than we did 4 years ago.

If Mitt cuts taxes 20% for everyone across the board, two things will happen.

1)  We won’t pay jack diddley in taxes, which will definitely feel good but it will also lead  to…

2)  Our deficit skyrocketing.  You think the deficit spending under President Obama is bad? Romney’s gonna bend us over and f*** our butts til they’re bloody.  Or bloodier than they are now.

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Now that I’ve left that happy picture in your head, I think it’s time for me to go watch the end of the Yankees season.  At least it won’t leave my ass bloody.  I hope.  😛

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

You Don’t Need to Know but I’m Telling You Anyway

Pic of the day: Peulik Volcano and Lake Becharof in Becharof National Wildlife Reserve, Alaska

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Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but “pervades and regulates the whole.” He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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Mitt Romney is ahead in the polls.  Looks like I was right when I said that this thing is far from over two weeks ago.  The man seems to have gotten a bump from not just his debate win last week but also his moving his message to the middle, taking it from the far right.  He is doing message wise much of what Obama did in 2008, moving his message to the middle in order to get votes from moderates.

I don’t particularly have a problem with him doing that.  What I do have a problem with is the fact that his message until now has been so far from that moderate viewpoint that I cannot believe that it is genuine.  When Obama made his move to the middle 4 years ago it was not nearly as far of a stretch.  He was despite being called the most liberal man in the senate back then, he was actually pretty moderate in his senate voting record.  You can look that up yourself if you like.

With all that said, all the events that have occurred do not mean that Romney has this thing wrapped up either.  Obama, like Romney has a large base of voters that will vote for him simply because of the party he is affiliated with.  Between the two of them they get approximately 90% of the population that way.  It’s that last 10% that makes the difference in the election.  And it is that last 10% that will make of break the next few weeks.

Romney got them looking in his direction by being a great CEO at the debate.  Obama played professor and lost.  If Obama turns on the juice and shows what he can do, like he did in the debates in 2008, He’ll do much to fix the damage he did to himself in that debate.

It doesn’t help Romney that he had to roll back several things that he said in the debate because they were lies.

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Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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Two more days of work for the year.  After Friday I won’t be back there until January 2013, because that is the way the contract that the union signed with the company I work for says it must.  I don’t mind, I’d like full time work there though.  Happy to have worked there for as long as I have, and hopeful that next year will bring me permanent employment there.  But I am out on my ass for now, and looking for work.

I’ll find something.

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Writing every day putting story ideas together for Nanowrimo.  I’m gonna do that for 3 or 4 more days then find a story that is the most interesting and outline that for a week or two and then write it.  Lots of political and sci-fi and horror story ideas bouncing around my evil head.  Wonder if I should do a mix of several of them, or even mix all three.  Damn that would be weird, and obtuse, and not just a little fun.

I’ll keep you posted.  Cause I’m like that.  You don’t need to know but I’m telling you anyway.

So there.

😛

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And I’m telling you something else.

FUCK ROMNEY, VOTE FOR ME!  A vote for me is a vote against the established Republican order!  I promise that my first job when I become your Lord and Master President  is to repeal the law of gravity and to make Mexico illegal!

If I need to appoint a supreme court justice, I’ll pick some multimillionaire lawyer well known judge who is a real dick  a pillar of society and put him on the payroll make him the pick.  That’s what everyone else does, so why the hell not?

I will repeal Obamacare and replace it with FuckyoucareFuckyoucare is a proposal whose main point is simple.  Get sick? FUCK YOU!  Can’t pay your insurance premiums? FUCK YOU!  Need a break? FUCK YOU! Insurance companies are more important than you are.  Don’t like it? FUCK YOU!

I also promise to lie cheat steal, and fuck over as many people as I possibly can and make as much money for me and people who know me as I possibly can.  Why? Because I am an honest man!  I tell you that up front because I don’t want you thinking that the President is a good guy and then you find out later he’s a hater who just wanted to take advantage of you!  No conspiracy!  No bullshit!  The truth!

Vote Walsh/Some Other Fucking Lunatic 2012!

Plus Romney likes Mondays, that idiot (note definition above.)

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

Undeniably

Pic of the day: Alice at the Mad Tea Party, by John Tenniel

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‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’
‘I think I should understand that better,’ Alice said very politely, ‘if I had it written down: but I can’t quite follow it as you say it.’

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

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I watched the debate yesterday.  Or I should say that I listened to it, mostly.  It was on TV, but I had my back to it most of the time.  And not watching, I did not see most of what America did.  But I did hear it.  And frankly I have a slightly different take on how it went.  Slightly.  Mitt Romney came out sounding like a man who was overeager to make his points, his early interruptions seemed rude, but became less so as the debate went on.

The President made his points and made them well.  Admittedly he sounded less energetic than Mr. Romney.   But Mitt was the CEO selling his product to America, and he was a cheery salesman.  He hit all his marks.  As an actor he did his job, he acted like a man who earnestly wants to be President.

But he did that at the expense of the truth.  He lied his way from one end of the spectrum to the other.  His $5,000,000,000,000 lie for example. He does have large tax cuts in store for the whole nation.  Which sounds nice, but there is no way for him to lower taxes as much as he wants and not create a massive deficit without massive cuts to every government program.  The defense budget would have to be razed.  As would Medicare.  And food stamps.  And unemployment.  And building America’s crumbling infrastructure would no longer be a possibility.

If that’s the America you want, you don’t care about America.

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Obama won on substance because he did not lie about what he has done and what he plans to do.  He told the truth about the government under his stewardship.  He did not make much of an impression with the truth though.  Romney had to lie in order to not sound Un-American.  But he had to.  If he told people what he really wanted to do, gut the nation’s middle class and let the rich run things, he’d lose by 30% instead of either a close loss or even a squeaker of a win if the election were held today.

Romney won on style. He was energetic, forceful and commanding.  It didn’t really help that he was energetically full of shit, a forceful douche, and a commanding liar, but people will believe what they want to believe.  If people didn’t know the facts beforehand, and they heard Mitt Romney say what he said, they would undoubtedly believe him.  He sounded like a man who believed in himself, and for those who do not know what lies he was professing, that would undeniably make a powerful impression.

The President, while correct in his statements, was neither forceful nor energetic enough to counter Romney, style-wise, much to the President’s chagrin. He through his lack in that one area, lost the debate.

Lost to a liar.

Lies are powerful weapons in the war for political dominance, they always are, and this debate was the proof of it.

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

Four Years Ago

Pic of the day: Vase with 12 sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh

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Considerate la vostra semenza:
fatti non foste a viver come bruti,
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza.

Consider your origin;
you were not born to live like brutes,
but to follow virtue and knowledge.

Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy; Inferno, Canto XXVI, lines 118-120

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It’s September 27th. There are political races heating up all over the place. But the big one, Obama – Romney feels… meh. Obama, according to most polls seems to have this in hand, but one has to remember a few things. Polls are not always correct. The Republican base is a large one, and it will not ever vote for a Democrat no matter how good for the country that Democrat has been, just like a good Republican President would not get votes from the Democratic base.

Think about it like this. Four years ago much of the nation was swept up in a fervor to sweep Dubya out of office for destroying the economy. With all the fervor that was out there, the man who won the Presidency won with 52.9% of the popular vote.

Not exactly a landslide. The electoral vote (the important one) was a landslide, but the popular vote was not the sweep that many thought would happen. Nearly 60 million voters voted for a Republican despite all the damage the Republicans did to the economy.

So anyone thinking this is going to be easy, for anyone, is being extremely overconfident in a place where that can be very, very dangerous.

I say that to say this.

Four years ago today, President Obama was ahead of John McCain by 7.6%. Today, President Obama is ahead by 4%. That is a thought to chew on for everyone involved.

Four years ago today John McCain in the polls had 43.6 percent of potential voters in his pocket. Today Mitt Romney has 44.9 percent of potential voters in his pocket, a 1.3 percent increase from four years ago.

Four years ago today Senator Obama was favored by 47.9 percent of the people in polling. Today President Obama is favored by48.9% of those polled, a one percent increase from four years ago.

So we are not so far removed from those days.

And four years ago then Senator Obama had the economy beating the hell out of the Republicans, and was a decided advantage in his favor. Now there are people who blame him for the self same economic problems that still plague our great nation, ones that stem from and were born in those tumultuous days four short years ago.

So while things my not be far removed from those days, things have changed. Some for the better, some for the worse.

No one should think this race is over by any stretch. No matter how many gaffes Mitt Romney makes, his base is large and will vote for him no matter what. If John McCain can get almost 46 percent of the vote for President in a year when much of the nation hated what the Republicans were, how much more can Mitt Romney get with the Republican brand in better health now than it was a scant few years back?

Fight hard for it. Fight like it matters.

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That’s it from here, America. G’night.