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So What’s the Deal with Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Heritage?

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Before I talk about Elizabeth Warren’s DNA I want to point out the real story is the long racist, anti-woman screed disgraceful president Trump has been off on since the announcement. He’s said a bunch of really despicable things and essentially has been the truly awful bully we’ve become accustomed to.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Native American Ancestry Claims

She’s probably telling the truth. It’s not a huge number. Certainly seems to small to lie about. The number out there is 1 part in 164.

My quick math would put it anywhere from 6 to 8 generations back. So we’re talking maybe 1700s for the last full-blooded native american ancestor.

Lets split the difference and say it’s 7 generations back. That’s a generation when there’s 128 direct ancestors. Theyre may not a be a moment when they’re all alive at the same time either. It’s complicated! That far back the ancestor would not be fully native based on the size of the match Warren’s claiming.

So to put it in the terms of Lifetime of the Last full-blooded ancestors; picture a room with 168 people in it. They cover parts of the 7th and 8th generation back. For fun imagine them in 18th century garb and remember its likely they’re not all that okay with each other on a bunch of levels. Many never set foot in America and live out their lives in Europe.

One of these people would be Native American.

Over 300 years they reproduce into a steadily smaller siphon of direct ancestors as we approach the present.  Fast forward 2-300 years and you have Elizabeth Warren. It’s not quite that simple, but that’s not the craziest or least scientific way I’ve heard this put.

Whether her family story of anti Native American oppression is true is hard to say. Best case she’s just over 7 generations removed and the native american ancestor is an unwilling subject of the British Crown.

It’s also probably no longer important how native she is, she IS. I do not think she will lead with this and shouldnt. To me this is mostly because there’s a high likelihood we have already had a president with some Native DNA and simply don’t know it.

Either Roosevelt is a decent candidate due to the long period of time the family had been in America. They were like 9th generation New Yorkers of the New Amsterdam Vintage! Thats a lot of generations. None of the 692 direct ancestors that make up the 9th generation back, or anyone they married on the way, was part native? How many Roosevelt’s lost a first wife to child-birth and remarried to mix it up more? I’ve sometimes wondered if James Earle Carter may have something other than pure european DNA as well. How many generations in America for the Carter’s?

Of note;  Warren has yet to release any kind of truly reliable or scientific percentage or number. The best number I’ve heard out there, specifically from CNN, is 1/ 168th Native American. This, I believe would make me 900 times more Native American, but don’t quote me.

Nothing Elizabeth Warren has ever done or said has been anywhere near as disrespectful as the repeated racists attacks Trump has launched against her. The president is simply a completely dysfunctional racist with no sense of appropriateness. It’s hard to say where this truly pointless national conversation will get us.

As far as a potential future president, while I tend to like Warren’s ideas I find stunts like this off putting. Its like 21 days til an election that she’s not running in. Bad team spirit by Warren sucking the oxygen out of the room for Democrats! Does NOT reflect well on her as a potential leader.

Back to Trump, who still doubts climate change, that the Russians hacked the election or that Gold Star Families deserve respect  and basically is just a despicable guy. He’s disgraced himself a bunch of times making racist comments over this situation. Here’s one horrific example of Trump’s inappropriateness as he diminishes two American War Heros with a racist rant –

Well, Warren didn’t use a commercial test, so we can ask out loud if she ordered up the results ahead of time. So there’s going to be that asterisk. Trump will seize on it just like he seized on Obama’s Birth Certificate only to simply dismiss as fake all proof.

The president, of course, is an inveterate liar.  Much more of a liar than if Elizabeth Warren were to have faked distant Native roots.

More to the point, if she were lying maybe a full percentage point would have been better? Seems like this is plain old true and, with a number so small, likely accurate. Who would bother to lie on a scale so minute when a simple verbal correction would not have upset anyone?

I do not think Elizabeth Warren is lying. I am confidant that odds of her actually having native DNA were pretty high just waking in the morning. The story was essentially true and we have some proof now. That the amount of DNA she actually has could be described as minimal is something we will hear about endlessly forever. I doubt she wins this, true or not. Trump’s just too effective a bully.

Of note- Trump is a liar to the core and is not going to make good on the ‘Million Dollar Bet’ against Warren having Native American ancestry no matter what. This is a  guy who set up a phony charity that was so shady and such a money grab that Theievin’ Trump and his family are SPECIFICALLY FORBIDDEN to form or be part of any charity in their home state of New York for fraud and ‘Self-Dealing”.

Trump also has claimed to not believe he was the person who was on the Access Hollywood Bus tape when all other people on the tape claim he was there and Trump himself admitted it was him. This won’t change. The guy is completely dishonest.  He’s also a sociopath and a pathological liar who lies even to himself.  You don’t need to be a geneticist to know the Trump Crime Family are the ones whose DNA you just don’t want!

Everything we’ve heard about the case of Elizabeth Warren suggests that she was right when she heard tales of distant native ancestry from her family. What seems shitty is the perception she used it to advance herself and that just another rich white lady looking for a “Minority Card.”

This is probably not a good characterization of Warren or anyone else because it seems that it was true and merely exaggerated or misunderstood by the people relaying the information. As far as I know there were  no geneticists in Warrens family tree so we can’t really kill her for just simply being like as much as 1/3 of all North Americans.

Another absolutely impossible to ignore part of the conclusions is that white Americans are not really Europeans if they’ve been here any amount of time. And if we stop all immigration today we’re all still going to slowly become some kind of American Race of mixed DNA.

So bottom line? It’s really unlikely a 4th generation American could not be part native american. Spare everyone the dream catchers, acknowledge it’s the evidence of a Genocide that was only THOUGHT to be nerly complete.

Now we’re finding out that the popular view of Native Americans in pretty much every single Western Movie before The Outlaw Joey Wales in the mid 1970’s is actually personally offensive to us and we were somewhat racist against ourselves. I blame society on this one.

And that’s a lot to think about. And that’s why there’s this whole separate post from a ways back about when I tested my own DNA and discovered I had Native American DNA.

NOTE – this HAD to be hived off from the original post (the previous one). It got out of hand and developed a life of its own.

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America’s Fastest Growing Ethnicity – Native American

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Like a lot of other North American’s I have Native American DNA. Whats It mean?

More than anything it means that just 7 generations back you had well over 100 ancestors and nobody knows who all of them are. It also means that yes, a great deal of white Americans have some Native DNA.

Its only generations of “Moving on up” in apparent whiteness that fostered this idea the Native American genocide was all that complete. While the Native Americans were surely dealt a shit hand by history where lot really were outright killed and many more suffered horribly, theres more of their DNA left than people realized. Til now. Personally I’m fairly sure my low percentage of unidentifiable DNA is probably native american too, but who knows? I can say in 2 years on 23&me its the one racial category that has only kept going up, harvesting out of my “Unidentifiable” DNA( a category that keeps going down).

For the ones among us like myself finding out now through science there’s no cultural component. For the most part we got here the same way. We are descended from willing participants in forgetting the Native American Heritage. Even in the 1970s the ‘Defeated Noble Savage’ thing was still out there and people just were happy NOT to verbally pass that information on to their kids.  The truth was they had become US. We’re still here and depending on how you crunch it; maybe there’s more of us than ever.

Now, like David Cone’s perfect game or Aaron Boone’s home run it seems there’s more people claiming  ‘I was there’ than any stadium could ever hold. In the case of the Native DNA its the opposite of a baseball milestone. We didn’t realize we were at this event. We ARE this event. We’re Aaron Boone’s Home run! For perspective on this huge number think about this; most every latino is part Native American right off the bat.

Marketing by the DNA Companies

The DNA Research Corporations showed they trusted in math when they started using Native American Ancestry as a pitch.

Basically a day came when they had a sample size so large it was scientific. Then,  there was one somewhat astonishing find – that a lot of Native American DNA is diffused through the population of North America.

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These DNA companies saw the evidence of the prevalence of Native DNA in small amounts marbled through American demographics. Then they checked their math and when everything added up they somewhat cynically exploited Native American heritage. This Disney-fication of Native American history is a problem and a future blog post of it’s own. Whatever, it really went down that way. It’s probably sort of morally a bit wrong.

That same math tells the DNA Research Corporations that there’s enough people running around with minimal amounts of Native DNA to have serious cover on any criticism. In other words- It was going to be them too! Looking in the mirror they realized surely as many as 1/3 of them, the DNA researchers, and their employees  had Native American DNA as well and therefore could turn around and say “Fuck you, I got my Indian Card” to anyone else.

Having some Native DNA is marketed as an exotic, semi magical thing that makes you the right kind of different in a good way. The truth is the DNA collection companies are merely cynical truth tellers making money off a til now little known  fact. Forgetting for the moment that some good came of it and it’s not like they were just lying; 23&me and Ancestry.com proceeded in this direction knowing, for a fact, before anyone else that so many people had some Native American DNA that they could use it for a mass multi-media marketing campaign in the US.

The real story of course is one of genocide. So while there’s reason to celebrate your Native American DNA; the first thing it should tell you is that somewhere in your genealogical past, probably over 150 years ago, you had a white rapist in your family tree. So it should be an eye opener about just how poorly behaved the pure Europeans were when they showed up in North America. You probably should read “Custer Died for Your Sins” and if movies are your thing see amazing documentary “Reel Injun

How did this happen? Well for one thing outright breeding people out of existence is nothing new. It’s been practiced by victors at least as far back as Rome and beyond into the deepest reaches of antiquity. How did it work out? Well, you don’t see a lot of people saying they’re part Samnite, do you? This despite the fact that the Samnite’s DNA was extremely successful to the point it’s forever intertwined into all Italian’s DNA.  But then, of course, History was written by the victors.

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Who Are We? 

Very simply the raising of awareness and building of a database that substantiates the fact- while there’s always been a lot of partly Native American’s walking around never have so many been aware of it til now.

Of course we can continue to opt out and just be americans who have native ancestors. That’s worked so far.

If we want to emulate our native ancestors I guess we should look to the existing populations for guidance. I’m not sure what they may think of us, and I can’t speak for anyone but myself.

Here’s one personal aspect; I know before I send more money back to Ireland I would more likely give to a Native American Charity.  Certainly hanging a dream catcher from the rearview and boring your friends with the story is the least productive thing you can do. At least respect the remaining communities and start pushing for greater respect by the government toward native americans.

Without lying I can say I think there’s a really good shot that Native American is the country’s fastest growing ethnicity. As little as 100 years ago massacring “Indians” was still a thing, it really takes WWI for modern racial sensibilities that we can identify with or understand to start to slowly emerge.

We’re all equally Americans. The sooner you get together with that in your mind the better. White, black, whatever. No one’s an “other”. Avoid thinking in terms of “Them-ism”.  By the way it’s probably a good idea to just apply that to everyone, not just the partially native out there.

The truth is the genocide against the Native Americans only seemed to be extremely effective. The truth was that the Native Americans were lurking just below the skin of all these apparent White People.

Some estimates claim as much as 1/3 of all Americans have SOME native DNA. One day we’ll probably have a real reliable number on this and not have to estimate. And by “one day’ I mean within about 5 years.

And that’s as much as it means.

Seven generations back you have 128 direct ancestors. So 7 generations back you are getting like what? 1/128th their DNA over the time between like 1700 til now was passed to you and that’s it.

At some point between the time seventh generation was giving way to the 64 members of the 6th generation back from you there were 100 direct ancestors and that’s where you can start to say “In 1750, before America, ‘what was going on?’ on the East Coast of the US and in the Caribbean?” The answer? “Lots and lots of interracial sex by both the willing and unwilling. And of course, as the white people stab west they proliferate with the natives just as soon as they can manage it.

Another quick way to sum it up would be “On a mass scale and by any measure,  White People used to act even worse than they do now.”

And that’s a lot to think about. And that’s why there’s this whole separate post from a ways back about when I tested my own DNA and discovered I had Native American DNA.

Welcome to the Lowest, Most Disgraceful Day in American History

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As protestors flood DC screaming and chanting against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court we’re at Rock Bottom as a Nation.

Our flag has never flown so low or under such troubled, Kremlin Red Skies.

Twilight’s Last Gleaming

October 6th, 2018. A day that will live in infamy. The day America reached it’s deepest low since pre civil war congressional fights that fail to end slavery.

The new GOP tactic of having its few women in power say the awful slut shaming things that the GOP men script for them (because are too smart to say them themselves) is likely dooming us all to decades of Kavanaughian misery.

Our national prospects have never been worse. We’ve now got a caveman on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s approval ratings are roughly the same as the amount of Americans who Opposed Winning World War II,  about one-third of everyone. The other two-thirds passionately hate and fear Kavanaugh.

Screams and protests from the Senate Gallery, the sort unheard in decades of divisive legislating, is quite simply heartbreaking.

A grim, angry and entitled man on the SCOTUS bench is just another example of Donald Trump’s 2 Super Powers- To make people walk away more divided than they were before he spoke and, worse; an ability Constantly Reach New Lows through the utter lack of a moral basement.

Never forget Susan Collins, Senator from Maine, who lead the charge among women on the right to pretty much be Rape Cheerleaders for an angry drunken frat boy, so long as that frat boy is a conservative.

The Two Front War Against The Truth and of course Women and Minorities seems to be consequence free for now. It’s hard to say ‘Vote “em Out” when I’m pretty sure the GOP will try to fix the election with help from Putin again and this time the backlash will be greater and more immediate.

As his wife cavorts around Africa without him dressed in cast off movie villain outfits, the Social War at home remains a baffling example of failed indirect democracy. Since the 2nd election in less than 20 years to make the (huge) loser of the popular vote president the will of the American People is simply being ignored on many fronts.

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Super Popular measures on Gun Control and the Affordable Care Acts are ignored or even attacked as a minority agenda slowly advances.

Then to top it all off we have a terrible possible predator  who seems likely open to blackmail going to a lifetime job telling the rest of us how to live.

What Next?

Sure looks like this coming midterm is going to have Three main features.

First; the Democrats will likely win all over the map.

Second; there will be many states who fail to protect their Voting Process and a bunch of contested results where the GOP wins in a fishy way.

Third; BLOTUS Trump will absolutely claim every democratic win is a fraud and probably try to get the FBI to investigate the Democrats ONLY and find a way to NOT seat the new congress at all.

Trump WILL try to nullify the midterms.  Caveman Kavanaugh is about to beat the odds and become a Supreme Court Justice. The checks and balances meant to florence_flagconstrain incompetent or corrupt presidents will be severely inhibited and rigged to favor our criminal billionaire heir who hasnt made a dime on his own of a president.

It’s a sad day for decency.

50 Little Fiefdoms or Several Regional Republics?

This is what Putin wanted and its becoming sort of likely. Every time Trump stretches the rubber band of national morality to near snapping point the less and less it is able to return to its original shape. He’s deeply damaging all our institutions all the time.

The stakes of this election are really high. The people of any given region will not sit by and live their lives according to another regions morality. Any hint of Hacking in the election has the potential of having breaking into several regional republics.

The funny part about this, is, if it happens it would actually makes Trump the first president NOT born in the United States since the guys who were born when we were British Colonies. Talk about “what comes around goes around.”

Unreal.

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Caveman Kavanaugh will Fail to make SCOTUS AND Lose His Job (Part 2)

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Updated – I’m still pretty shocked I was wrong about this. A delay of even one more day probably would have killed all chance. It’s still hard to believe they didnt just find someone else. Here is the original post, which can still get shoved back into being more correct than it is right now

As I predicted the Kavanaugh Hearing was a complete disaster for Republicans. For starters, they pulled the plug on the much vaunted “Having a woman ask terrible questions for them” tactic when the relative reasonableness of the questioning worked fine for accuser, Dr Ford, and was never going to clear Kavanaugh.

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So that was a 2-fer on predictions. It was a disaster and they couldn’t stick to their plan. Fair enough, no plan survives contact with the Enemy. The real measure of any strategic situation is how you handle a setback. The GOP just couldn’t.

Trump’s Gettysburg

Between a laugher of an insincere speech from Lindsey Graham, who seized control of the hearing (in a way that may not have been in order) by shouting like a man in the depths of an Ether Binge. It was a Trump-loving Social Suicide of sorts. He had good reason to panic. The Caveman was unfreezing right in front of the nation and the world on TV. He was becoming self aware and paranoid (revenge from the Clintons?).

The Q & A with Democratic Senators showed Kavanaugh was an anger driven egomaniac whose attitude was right in line with a would-be rapist became impossible. Graham called an audible with an outburst worthy of the Young and the Restless over the mistreatment of Kavanaugh over a woman they all claimed to believe to a degree.

UPDATE – Kavanaugh seems to have plain ol’ lied about having no connection to Yale and was, in fact, a ‘legacy’ enrollment. Also- Yale’s pretty much disowned him.

With questions about hedonism and drunkenness it at times sounded like an intervention. Certainly when Kavanaugh made a series of baffling statements about his drinking.

Attacking people who asked any question he disliked, he really sounded like a drunk in denial. Ranting he only drinks beer was a constant refrain as he challenged and abused the Democrats like an angry idiot with no sense of appropriateness. Imagine a guy this angry with a few (dozen) in him?

The preposterous calendar he should have burned shows his poor judgement. The easy to interpret slang for any former 80s teen shows Caveman Kavanaugh drank til he puked all the time and boasted to himself about sex.

Some sleazy quotes that makes you wonder if the Yearbook committee had any kind of adult supervision,  paints a cave painting of a  gross, pornographic obsessed alcoholic Kavanaugh sort of Rape-Walking his way through high school puking all the time from extreme drunkenness….from beer though!

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Swearing he was sure he absolutely remembers everything no one could actually adhere to – that he’d never forgotten anything while drinking- was sort of a laugher as was Kavanaugh’s Drunk Uncle moments of shouting about how much he likes beer. I wouldn’t have faulted him for simply saying “No one who has ever drank can say they remember everything just due to pure human memory. My first beer was forty years ago.”

While that wouldn’t have been great, but it would have been true and relatable. More relatable than the priestly image of studious dignity Kavanaugh presented of himself when he was introduced by Trump as the nominee weeks ago. It woukd also have been far more believable than the ‘heavy drinker with a weak stomach who puts ketchup on spaghetti’ line he tried to tell Senator Whitehouse, who didnt bite and questioned Kavanaugh’s quoting him out of context or completely fictionally and then returned to drinking related questions.

He saved exceptionally high levels of disrespect for female Senators like Feinstein and Senator Amy Klobuchar. The Klobuchar exchange was so ugly that Caveman Kavanaugh apologized after one of the many breaks.

The idea Kavanaugh might be a rapist was left hanging in the air but now it had company. New questions about state of mind, whether a man who cries and screams over little basketball in front of the senate and the nation on live TV, has the intellect or attitude for the Supreme Court Bench.

His list of crazy grievances were a channeling of Trumpist Insanity that makes you wonder if arrogant Kavanaugh’s privileged world view isn’t too narrow-minded and intolerant to sit in judgement of anyone.

At the end of all things, after a nationally painful elevator pitch to a hapless Jeff Flake by two impassioned sexual assault victims just bought too much to the surface for Flake not to make me a prophet yet again by helping the Democrats punch in a running Touchdown in the form of a week’s delay for a FBI investigation (which the White House already seems to be trying to sabotage).

The vote to approve the Caveman for Supreme Court seemed a done deal until  Flake’s moment of clarity bought the nation some time for the downfall to be complete and the flaming wreck of a man that is Kavanaugh to simply crash and explode behind a hill offscreen.  It was as dramatic a moment as any we’ve seen under this whacked out administration.

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It doesn’t matter how narrow the Investigation is, the punked polaroid pictures of a drunken Kavanaugh from all ages of his life have started to surface and a lot of them look very real. Then there’s the other accusers that the FBI apparently won’t talk to, who will be on TV telling their story.

On the employment front- while still on the DC Bench for the moment, he probably isn’t allowed on campus while Harvard mulls over whether they will let him continue to work there.  So there’s something of a validation there. I’m pretty sure the DC Circuit job is an extremely endangered species in future Right Wing Satellite Radio host Brett Kavanaugh’s life.

UPDATE – One Job Lost Already

Slammed by Yale as Unfit, now our Unfrozen Cro-Mag buddy has also been FIRED from Harvard! Outcry form students was part of it. Technically he quit (while hugely in debt BTW). No one was going to take part 2 of his class and be subjected to even academic Judgement from serial drunk anger addict. There’s people looking for money back and credits for being subjected to the guy in the first place and they might get it.  Presumably he’s gone for lack of integrity/ being a drunk/ being a danger to students. The DC Bench job will be gone in less than 12 months. I doubt hes ever allowed to see another case. Maybe he keeps his law license, but disbarment for a short period of time is looking likely. OR- he might still get jammed onto the SCOTUS bench, but it would be temporary.  Captain Caveman will have about 6 weeks of safety before calls to impeach

Was this Hearing Trump’s Pickett’s Charge?

Historians might just call the stalled Kavanaugh Nomination the High WaterMark of this rebellion.

The Trumpian waters may have crested. For a moment a Rubber Stamp Justice on the Court seemed a sure thing, but then it exploded and now is a zombie at best. Kavanaugh will be surely fail to make the cut after any investigation. If the investigation looks terrible it’s likely Flake’s conscience comes back into play.  After all, there are other terrible conservative judges who aren’t drunken assholes who would just get the gig.

I think the stipulations put on the Kavanaugh vote have doomed him, justifiably so, to not get on the Supreme Court. It may be remembered as the Picketts Charge of Trump’s Presidency. As I said, a high watermark that will not be reached again.

Like Robert E Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, Trump likely remains dangerous, but Historians may well point to the failure of this nomination, now i would say assured, as the moment things started going against him.  He’s not winning anymore and he may mor be able to Un-Lose. Lee never really menaced the North with an invasion again. You could also analogize it to Stalingrad too I suppose as Trump is something of a Nazi.

I would be great if Saturday Night Live, returning tonight, brings back Horatio Sans as Drunk Uncle/ Kavanaugh for tonight’s 275th season premiere of SNL

UPDATE – well i was wrong on  SNL but Matt Damon CRUSHED it as a raging, “water” swilling, ‘Bad Will Hunting’

 

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Caveman Kavanaugh will Fail to make SCOTUS AND Lose His Job

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UPDATED-  I’m still pretty shocked I was wrong about this. A delay of even one more day probably would have killed all chance. It’s still hard to believe they didnt just find someone else. Here is the original post, which can still get shoved back into being more correct than it is right now

UWith four women (and growing) accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior that’s starting to look like a pattern of disrespect there’s almost no way he makes it to the Supreme Court. The question being begged now is “Can this guy sit in legal Judgement of ANYONE?!”

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I’m predicting that Kavanaugh is removed from the bench he currently sits on in DC by the end of the year.

For starters today’s chaotic and confusing press conference by a lying, self-pitying Trump, coming hours after Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison and lifetime violent sex predator status, wasn’t really an all out push for the Caveman. Trump was hedging his bet ever so slightly, but  we all know that that simply means he will ruminate on Kavanaugh being a pain in the ass and eventually just ditch him. We’ve seen Trump damn people with faint praise before. They never seem to last after that. It may take a week, but no longer.

Then you can be sure the Hearing will be an outright disaster for the Republican’s. If anyone sees a path to victory for them as far as not looking like total creeps tell me, comments are enabled, cause I can’t see it.  Even the use of a female lawyer to ask questions for them seems dicey. Will they miscalculate and accidentally bash her? I’m pretty sure they will. “We can have a woman ask it” will likely be the concept that dooms Kavanaugh. These are still a bunch of male GOP senators as crazy as John Kennedy and John Cornyn.

The Democrats wont be able to do a whole lot, so look for them to try to punch in a running TD with getting a real FBI investigation OR a second hearing for other accusers. Either will end Kavanaugh.

Then Disgraced further by either falling short on a vote or being removed from consideration by another sex predator (Trump) the calls, already out there, to remove Kavanaugh from the DC Circuit Bench will grow, and as his stock falls it will come down to simply quit or be removed. It’s that or face recusal request for any case involving women’s issues or any attack against a woman. Even in Civil litigation he seems like he’d be biased and lack respect for women.

I’m not ready to say he’ll lose his law license yet, but don’t count it out. Looking at how things went for Michael Cohen as he hurtled out of Trump’s orbit I would not rule out anything.

 

 

 

Trump’s Very Bad, Chaotic, Hurricane Florence Address About Hurricane Maria

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Today we were treated to a largely unnecessary and completely chaotic appearance by President Trump in the Oval Office as the afternoon wore on. All of the traits that have driven this president’s personal approval ratings to a dismal place in the low 30’s simply ran rampant. The president was just lost to his worst impulses most of the time.

Bewildered Out of the Gate

Stubborn, dim, defiant, ignorant, inarticulate, dishonest, unrealistic, outright wrong and of course, inappropriate pretty much describe where Trump was at mentally for this whole sad display of non-leadership in the face of an unfolding Natural Disaster.

The first part of the ‘address’ was an off the cuff and unscripted science lesson where the president sent up a couple of his ‘Best People’ to explain what he simply couldn’t about dangerous Hurricane Maria, a sustained Category 4 storm heading toward the Carolina’s.

While the ‘experts’ were okay, when the president spoke it was as garbled and imprecise as ever. Using his ever shrinking vocabulary seems more and  more difficult for Trump.

There was also, maybe, some aspects of a Cognitive Disorder presenting themselves too. More on that later.

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As the image shows, the president looked dazed and confused as the dumbed down science was spoon-fed him. It seemed to frustrate Trump, something he simply doesn’t bear well. Before things were over a fuming and defiant Trump showed, as far as the truth goes, he’s having none of it.

On the initial topic of Hurricane Florence he sounded like he was simply lost looking for a synonym for “Wet”. Really, it was the kind of “Low Energy” verbal sputtering he would deride had anyone else blurted it out. The president seemed lost as to what his point was a couple of times.

Of Florence he would have us know this profound piece of sage wisdom;

“Its very, very wet. Tremendously wet. Wetter than anything we’ve seen, maybe ever.” He had no other term for what most people just call ‘rainfall” or even simply “rain”. Trump only knows the word ‘wet’.

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In fact the president seemed to be having a hard time grasping anything and simply made inexact statements about the storm being really huge and really wet.  We’re back to wondering if the president can even read. After recently mistakenly describing a 10 year market anomaly as a 100 year market anomaly I guess “Is Trump Dyslexic?” is in the mix now too.

Does Trump Suffer from a Growing Cognitive Disorder?

More on point the president seems to have some aspects of a Cognitive Disorder. He was apparently getting angry and changing the subject to get away from something he couldn’t understand.

Perhaps that’s why the president was focused on the wrong Hurricane and simply started blowing off steam with some angry lying? Blowing up when you don’t understand something would definitely be something that a Cognitive Disorder would cause.

To be clear, a cognitive disorder wouldn’t make him subject to classic dementia. So he wouldn’t say, think he could fly. Instead he would be hard pressed to explain things at times. A person with a Cognitive Disorder would not be able to stay on topic much. They would also struggle for seemingly easy words and their vocabulary would shrink.

Trump’s erratic penchant for just freelancing and going on Off-Topic Rants is showing up more and more lately. If he does have a Cognitive issue being in the job he is will only make it worse fast.

Another disturbing sign would be that he simply has not grown or learned a thing in his 19 months in office. This also could be attributed to a cognitive issue or general cognitive decline.

One things for sure; as Hillary said of Trump; “This is it, folks. There is no second act.”

Grandiose Lies and an Angry shift to Puerto Rico

To finish off the press conference Trump went with cobbling together three of his very favorite rhetorical tactics in a row- 1- veering wildly off-track; 2- to tell needless lies; 3- peppered with defiant, dishonest boasting.

For the record the provocation for Trump’s trip into Fantasyland was a question about whether he had learned anything from the response to Maria that he would use in this crisis. It was a question he should have passed on. He lacks the character to answer something so introspective. As usual when made uncomfortable the president went with anger and lies. The wheels just came right off at that point.

The president cluelessly ruminated on Hurricane Maria, which is fast becoming accepted as one of the worst disasters of the century.

There was no real need to talk about the Hurricane Maria disaster at all from the administration perspective. Right off the top-there were pressing matters at hand right now! Still, the impulsive president couldn’t resist the opportunity to simply start lying. Could it be he was uncomfortable from all his experts smart talk going over his head? Was he simply showing he was out of his depth? More signs of Cognitive difficulty.

It comports well with accounts of erratic self interrupting non-reality hindered rants we get from the Anonymous New York Times Op Ed, Bob Woodward’s book “Fear”, dropping today and the now venerable tome ‘Fire and Fury”.  Except it was on Live television in real time. Ugly isn’t a strong enough word. It’s a bad way to run things that no competent or sane person would knowingly contrive to start off with. Throw in “Melt-done Prone Anger Driven President” and it’s just a recipe for disaster.

It’s Not JUST The Dunning-Kruger Effect

If someone is suffering from a cognitive disorder things would look much like they did today. The Dunning-Kruger Effect could seem to be the what’s really driving it and it wouldn’t be totally untrue. From the outside it would be hard to tell for a while. Inside the afflicted mind, the person would first lose the ability to really understand that they had become incompetent, so the Dunning-Kruger comparisons would likely be rife. Like they have for the last 2 years regarding Trump and his team. They verifiably lack the competent to recognize that they are incompetent. Pick your disaster.  The Maria Fiasco, Border Family Seperation Policies, several rejected travel ban attempts. The legislative record of the Trump administration, as he would say; is a complete and total disaster.

The statements Trump made were not tethered to any realistic account of the Hurricane Maria Catastrophe. He seemed to believe himself too, which is also frightening.

At the start of his rant, shockingly, he gave himself and his administration high marks. The he went to bullshitting about Puerto Rico being some kind of primitive backwater that was a mess before the hurricane.  Suffice it to say he grossly misrepresented the situation, which while not great, was not the worst (or all that far away) before the storm.

“One of the best jobs we’ve done,” he shamelessly lied…or worse even believes.  The Donald-Trump-Sickchange of topic seemed completely spur of the moment. After all, if you’re Trump Hurricane Maria was a subject best ignored. Suddenly it’s front and center right there on live TV! Trump essentially regaled in his own ignorance and displayed no regard for American citizens currently in jeopardy.

Today was frightening as he co-opted his own press conference to lie about something else. It’s looking like Trump has a very limited view of reality.

He should have simply left it to his experts and not taken part in the whole affair. It would have been blessedly NORMAL in fact. Once he got going the president couldn’t stop.  The lies came quick and easy but were poorly crafted to say the least! The president is nothing if not consistently, inveteratly, dishonest.

“An Incredible Unsung Success,” was how he falsely summed up his administrations totally bungled response to Maria, diving deeper into hos own personal madness.

It took a few minutes to get to the end of his long, insincere boasting session of pure falsehoods.  Seems the president has just been living in his own little world of narrow-minded ignorant fantasy about Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria this whole time. Upsetting to say the least!

As Americans suffer the president is in some of kind of obvious mental decline. To those who say ‘You’re not a doctor,” I say,”Okay, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to point at the moon anymore than you need a Psych degree to say Trump’s off his rocker.”

This has to chill people living in the Carolina’s! He thinks losing 3000 people to the last hurricane was a success? Whats the definition of success for this storm? In fact Trump is seeming more than a bit like the Emperor Nero these days.

It’s clear that once things get complicated and inevitably a few set backs show up the president will simply lie and deny the problem. The part where the Hurricane will mostly hit Trump-Lovin’ areas probably won’t outweight his personal vanity so far as being better at managing this disaster. There’s a very high chance things go very slowly and badly once again.

This ‘president’, as usual, didn’t concede an inch to reality. He blatantly lied and misrepresented the situation in a petty, improvised manner. The fact that Hurricane Maria was as bad, as fatal and as important as 9-11 will eventually sink in and he’ll be on the wrong side of History once again, but til then we’re stuck with this.  The fact the president under performed and was ignorant and probably more than a tad racist all coalesced into a completely bungled disaster response that killed far more than the storm itself. It would be fair to call it MACABRE, actually.

It would seem the president is only going to get worse. Hang on!

 

Trump’s Clueless, Inappropriate 9-11 that Just Kept Getting Worse

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Well we never expected Very Stable Genius Trump to distinguish himself on the anniversary of the worst attack on this nation in its history, but so far its been one mistake after another.

At best he was untethered to reality, at worst he’s invited speculation that he’s presenting some pretty sure signs of a growing Cognitive Impairment.

Here’s how he went about the day –

The Petulant Morning Tweets

In an early morning tweet storm he went after the FBI

“‘We have found nothing to show collusion between President Trump & Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we get more documentation showing collusion between the FBI & DOJ, the Hillary campaign, foreign spies & Russians, incredible.’ @SaraCarterDC @LouDobbs
Yup, he went into the weeds and mud to trash the FBI and political opponents. That was a rabbit hole that lasted a few raging tweets. At this point he must’ve looked at the calendar.

So he decided to demonstrate he could still do basic Algebra –

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Wow. Inspiring, feel the solemnity? For contrast our previous president said This –

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The Half-Hearted Speech in the Middle of Nowhere

So the fact the current president is always Inappropriate was fully on display in time for him to go to the only 9-11 Memorial where he’s not unWelcome- The sad, lonely and today, rain-swept field in the middle of Pennsylvania’s farmlands where there’s no one really around to be upset by his presence or protest him.

Could you IMAGINE the reaction he would get at home in New York? They’d have to helicopter him out of Manhattan for sure when tens of thousands of angry New Yorker’s, already in a bad mood, came out to protest their city’s least favorite son!

So of course, he blew the optics getting off the plane and just went into Campaigning Mode. It was gross and looked like this-

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Then he gave a not too bad and fairly sedate speech at the actual Shanksville Monument. If anything it was sort of ironic when Trump said Americans would never bow to a tyrant. You had to wonder if he meant it regretfully.

The Very Bad, Not Good, Off-Topic Oval Office Hurricane Florence Address

Next there was a largely unnecessary and completely chaotic appearance in the Oval Office hours later as the afternoon wore on. The traits that have driven this president’s personal approval ratings to a dismal place in the low 30’s simply ran rampant. The president was lost to his worst impulses.

This part of the day was so out of control and outright concerning it’s been expanded into a larger post speculating Trump may have a Cognitive Disorder .

Stubborn, dim, defiant, ignorant, inarticulate, dishonest, unrealistic, outright wrong and of course, inappropriate pretty much describe where Trump was at mentally for this whole sad display of non-leadership in the face of an unfolding Natural Disaster.

The subject of the ‘address’ was an off the cuff and unscripted science lesson where the president sent up a couple of people to explain what he simply couldn’t about dangerous Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 (for the moment) heading toward South Carolina.

While the ‘experts’ were okay, when the president spoke it was as garbled and imprecise as ever. Using his ever shrinking vocabulary seems more and  more difficult for Trump.

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As the image shows better than any words can- the president looked dazed and confused as the dumbed down science was spoon-fed him.

“Its very very wet. Tremendously wet. Wetter than anything we’ve seen, maybe ever,” is almost an exact quote. He had no other term for what most people just call ‘rainfall” or even simply “rain”. Trump only knows ‘wet’.

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In fact the president seemed to be having a hard time grasping anything and simply made inexact statements about the storm being really huge and really wet.  We’re back to wondering if the president can even read. After recently mistakenly describing a 10 year market anomaly as a 100 year market anomaly I guess “Is Trump Dyslexic?” is in the mix now too.

Perhaps it’s because the president was focused on the wrong Hurricane and simply needed to blow off steam with some angry lying?

To finish off the press conference Trump was set off by a question and went with cobbling together three of his very favorite rhetorical tactics in a row- 1- veering wildly off-track; 2- to tell needless lies; 3- peppered with defiant, dishonest boasting.

The president cluelessly ruminated on Hurricane Maria, fast becoming accepted as one of the worst disasters of the century, rather than sticking with the matter at hand. There was no need to talk about the Hurricane Maria disaster at all from the administration perspective. Still, the impulsive president couldn’t resist the opportunity to simply start lying. Could it be he was uncomfortable from all his experts smart talk going over his head? Was he simply showing he was out of his depth?

It comports well with accounts of erratic self interrupting non-reality hindered rants we get from the Anonymous New York Times Op Ed, Bob Woodward’s book “Fear”, dropping today and the now venerable tome ‘Fire and Fury”.  Except it was on Live television in real time. Ugly isn’t a strong enough word.

He gave himself and his administration high marks while bullshitting about Puerto Rico being some kind of primitive backwater that was a mess before the hurricane. “One of the best jobs we’ve done,” he lied. While Hurricane Maria was a subject best ignored, it was suddenly front and center right there on live TV as Trump regaled in his own ignorance and displayed no regard for American citizens in jeopardy. Basically he co-opted his own press conference to lie about something else. HE should have simply left it to his experts and not taken part in the whole affair. It would have been blessedly NORMAL in fact.

“An Incredible Unsung Success,” was how he summed up his administrations totally bungled response to Maria at the end of his long, insincere boasting session of pure falsehoods.  Seems the president has just been living in his own little world of narrow minded ignorant fantasy about Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria this whole time. Upsetting to say the least.

This has to chill people living in the Carolina’s! He thinks losing 3000 people to the last hurricane was a success? Whats the definition of success for this storm? In fact Trump is seeming more than a bit like the Emperor Nero these days.

This ‘president’, as usual, didn’t concede an inch to reality. He blatantly lied and misrepresented the situation in a petty, improvised manner. The fact that Hurricane Maria was as bad and as important as 9-11 will eventually sink in and he’ll be on the wrong side of History once again, but til then we’re stuck with this.  The fact the president under performed and was ignorant and probably more than a tad racist all coalesced into a completely bungled disaster response that killed far more than the storm itself. It would be fair to call it MACABRE, actually.

Personally, I’m shocked he didn’t repeat his worst false claim about 9-11 from back in  November, 2015  when he told the biggest lie he’s told about this day. That “thousands and thousands” of ethnic muslims celebrated on the streets of New Jersey as the Towers burned and fell. Take it from someone who was there- if that was true we’d be talking about dozens of people murdered by angry mobs. EVERYONE but trump and Giuiliani were sad on the first 9-11.

And that’s how Trump spent his 9-11. Acting angry and out of it most of the time, never striking the right tone and lashing out at reality.

All the Presidents Henchmen

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Bob Woodward really dropped a potentially administration ending book on us today in the form of his inside history of the Trump Administration so far, “Fear.”

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Here’s what the book tells us- President Trump is a serial liar who may not even know what reality is. He dwells in a state of criminal semi-insanity akin to End-Times Nixon.

Dim and distant, Trump’s allowed to amuse himself (in his very few work hours) on a few fictional policies that everyone tells him are great. He also manages to advance a couple of actual narrow-minded assertions (calling them ‘ideas’ seems wrong) here and there just because his “Governing by whacked out Tweet at 4 AM” style is so overwhelming there’s no way to contain him.

How crazy is ‘the president’ right now? Well he’s already tried to order another world leader whacked (Assad of Syria). That’s right, the president ordered a Mob Style “Hit” on Assad in a wild call to Defense Secretary Mattis. After telling Trump he was all over it Mattis simply hung up and ignored him. Stunningly this pays off as Trump never follows up or seems to have recalled what he ordered. So its Ad-hoc governing at its very worst right now.

If  Woodward’s to be believed, and lets face it he SHOULD be, killing Assad and invading Syria would be the second time Trump’s ordered a country invaded and nothing has happened. (I’m assuming we’ve all heard of the half assed Dark Ages Warlord strategy that led to an ignored order to invade Venezuela).

Then there’s the knee -slapper about how back in January Trump’s lawyers pantomimed Trump’s clueless rage filled performance in a mock Robert Mueller interview for, of all people; the actual ROBERT MUELLER! This was their strategy? Sketch Improv couldn’t come up with anything more bizarre! Great crisis management there!

Other goodies in the book include just what “The Best People”; the Trump Cabinet; think of their boss. “Moron” was, unsurprisingly, in the mix. So was “Fucking Idiot” of course, and a bunch of references to pre-middle school behavior and intellect. And of course he regrets saying racism was evil in one of his many flubbed reactions to Charlottsville’s violent White Supremacist Riot last year.

It’s General Mattis who really skewers Trump, CBS puts it like this-

“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly told associates that Mr. Trump had the behavior and the understanding of “a fifth- or sixth-grader.” Current Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a meeting that Mr. Trump was an “idiot“.”

With a level of believability of Tillerson-ian proportions Kelly has denied he called the president an “Idiot”. Just another Trump Administration lie.

Kelly is a Quote Machine and should sing for a Punk Band! He also said; “He’s gone off the rails! We’re in Crazytown! I don’t even know why any of us are here! This is the worst job I’ve ever had!” (MY exclamation points, but like I’m wrong?)

Gary Cohn, a Cabinet level economic adviser (now gone on his own volition), saw a document on the president’s desk he simply judged too complex and inflammatory to allow Trump to see. He was probably right! Thinking on his feet he just grabbed it and tossed it “to protect the country” from the president’s reaction.

The book further tells us that one third of wife beater Rob Porter’s job was simply listening to a nonstop crazy rant all day. And then he had to try to de-fang the crazed unininformed ideas as “less then great.”

This is something we’ve also heard was a job Porter’s current punching bag Hope Hicks was stuck doing. The fact is listening to Trump on an angry destructive rant is also Ivanka and Kellyanne’s only real jobs. My guess is they just aren’t as good at getting yelled at and Trump’s an uncorked fire hydrant of Violent Stupidity they just can’t contain.

So now, according to what we glean from Woodward and (many) other sources, with the insulation stripped away by scandal and in Hicks case, apparently built up loathing, we’re all Trump’s Crazy Rant Beta Tester’s.

And the feelings are mutual. Trump openly disparages people in front of other staff. He apparently hates everyone around him and just verbally assaults people all day while tearing down their colleagues. Great for morale!

If the Trumpists are to be believed it’s all a pack of lies but Woodward sure captured Trump’s tone and spirit in the quotes and actions he details. I’m sure it’s mostly if not completely true.

An that’s maybe the craziest part of this book. No one credible doubts a word of it. Trumpist pawns point to the stock denials, but this books no hoax.

Its not even that different from what we heard in Fire and Fury months ago. In fact “What’s new?” might be the Trumpists best defense. They can point to years of reptilian behavior by their hero to back this one up.

The idea that Trump is a completely incompetent, erratic, rage-a-holic with no respect for his staff is not at all hard to believe. It would be the idea he ever showed courtesy or restraint that would actually be news at this point.

The President is way past 25th Amendment Territory if the book is even partly true. People grabbing things off the presidents desk because it would set him off? So that, by extension means if you want to light his fuse you can just put something on his desk to piss him off. There’s a term for this; it’s “Easily led.” or “Easily Manipulated”. That’s highly disturbing even if the presidents first instincts weren’t violent and criminal, which of course they are.

If you saw today’s Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Approval hearings you know this congress wont do anything about it. Kavanaugh just scowled most of the day as the Republicans upbraided Democrats for asking that one million pages of documents from just Kavanaugh’s time as W Bush White House Counsel alone be released to be  reviewed and considered. No Such Luck. Look for Kavanaugh to be shoehorned in with Pence casting the 51st vote.  That’s how the most Corrupt Least Transparent White House in History does things. Like a bunch of highly incompetent, extremely angry criminals.

So that’s where we’re at. The Corner of “Oh No!” and “What The Fuck?”

One thing Trump said is true- the world is laughing at us, especially our so called  leaders.

The Space Force Farce

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For the first time since 1948 we have a new branch of the Military- Space Force! But what is it, really?

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At the very least its a pure Work Around to avoid the real scientists and pacifists at NASA, who probably balked at some crazy plan months ago and triggered this whack idea. John F Kennedy’s NASA Mission was supposed to be peaceful and non military.

If this was 1942 Germany they’d call this concept the NASAWaffen , or  “Weaponized NASA”, or the SpaceWaffe, which is what this nonsense is aspiring to be.

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What exactly was wrong with NASA and the conventional military coordinating? Weve had navy missile destroyer’s blow up bad satellites on a treacherous re-entry path, we’ve put a bunch of people on the moon. We ran a largely successful shuttle program for decades. There’s a real record of achievement there.

Throw in the fact that every branch of the military has space assets and Space Force is more than just arguably unneeded. It’s outright redundant.

Starfleet Command was Taken

Oh yeah, they’re going to use Naval ranks like Star Trek!  So “Space Ranger Rick” will sadly never be a reality. Oh well, at least the idea of an actual spacefaring Captain Kirk is alive and well!

Space Force is the most blatant and stupid attempt to wag the dog in history, don’t get too distracted by it. There’s daily criminality from the Trump Administration,  which has certainly surpassed two incompetently corrupt terms of Grant in less than 2 years.

Its a Black Hole for Cash for Corruption and Contracts to Gift Up Defense Contractors.  

Come on, whatever money Trump can get his hands on for this will first find its way into the Cabinets and his own pockets. Next they will stash some away to fund dirty tricks and bribe people. Finally they will try to get some sort of contracts approved for people like Northrop Grumman.

There’s not much more than that to this dysfunctional administration.

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The Treason of the Green Party

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Last nights special election in Ohio if not for the Green Party’s whacked out candidate, Joe Manchik. I watched  video of the guy and it was like an Un-Funny Seth Rogen Bit. He definitely owns a dry herb vaporizer and is the most stoned person currently on earth if you’ve seen him try to express himself. Useless as a politician, but probably an unwitting pawn of Putin. I say unwitting because I think Putin’s too professional to let this flake know anything.  I mean- look at the guy! He claims to speak 19 languages including Esperanto and Sheet Music! COME ON! If you voted for this guy its time to think over your views. Did you see him at all? He’s nuts.

In an official campaign skype conference with some sort of ‘media’ in a supposed bid to be a congressman? This HAS to be Putin Punk-ing us!

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Unwitting Kremlin asset Joe Manchik

The Ohio 12th Congressional, ruby-red for all but 4 years since 1935, is too close to call a full day out. The Republican guy, Balderson, ran as a Trumpist and even said some stupid stuff about the character of people from a part of his own district.  One of the most disturbing Trump rallies yet was even in play to help Balderson out but he couldn’t put it away.  He currently has a lead about 1,700 votes over my fellow Irish American Democrat, Danny O’Connor.

Quick cultural note-  Dont look for O’Connor to back off on a recount.  When Irish people get angry or lose in a competition we feel slighted in; we fight back, hard. The pipes havent played for Danny Boy O’Connor yet. He may still prevail. 

The Green Party- Sketchy Spoilers

Unqualified Green Party weirdo flake and dab enthusiast Commie Joe Manchik picked up 1,127 votes

In a race separated so the few votes siphoned off by the Green Party are probably gonna end up determining what happens, really hurting the Left again. It’s a consistent pattern since they gave us George W Bush, the loser of the actual election and started to make this dangerous stuff look normal. It’s not normal. The Green candidate proves that in this election more than ever.

We Can’t allow these flakey likely traitors play spoiler anymore. I’ve rescued one Green already. He’s happy with The Working Families Party and doesn’t miss sketchy Jill Stein’s weird ideas.

The Green Party’s been looking sketch for some time. I think they’re probably as bad for America as the NRA.

To those still voting Green I say- What The Hell? This party has lost its way long ago and is most likely a Left Wing arm of Putin’s campaign to divide America. Please, you need to just stop blowing up elections and getting half assed semi illegitimate presidents elected by splitting the Left

To all on the political Left I urge you- vote Democrat in 2018 and we’ll run these fascists out of out government and impeach Trump

As evidence I have only the entirety of everything Jill Stein says, seemingly purposely divisive. She’s only hanging out with what we can call a pretty much admitted Kremlin spy, Flynn , at the infamous dinner where Flynn led the standing ovation, in his general’s uniform, for Putin.

Jill Stein is possibly a Russian asset and a traitor. It’s hard for me to believe anything else, really

Oh and seriously, don’t donate any money to these clowns. It’s basically like giving it to Putin. Another alternative Left party with some better ideas, like the Social Democrats or the Working Families Party, which seem much more authentic, will fill the void.  They also play much nicer and work with the actual Democrats, pulling the whole party in a progressive direction. The Greens just want to pull us apart.

We don’t need these sketchy maybe traitors stirring the pot anymore.  Personally I agree with the German Film Look Who’s Back in the assertion that were Hitler to somehow come back he’d like the Green Party right off the bat.

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The Single Biggest Flaw Killing Star Trek Discovery

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Star Trek’s disappointing Discovery is revving up for a second Star Trek Hating season of unworthy rubbish. While the special effects are impressive and the title sequence is fine, there’s nothing else to like about the show.

Don’t blame the cast! It’s the stories! Specifically – the uncreative and lazy over use of a single plot device to drive most episodes. Basically what’s on the line in almost every episode is nothing less then – THE END OF ALL THINGS!!

The Stakes Are Too Damn High!

While the acting isn’t a problem and the production values at most points are high the story just isn’t there. The show’s Trope-y and unrealistically high staked at all times. Worst of all it’s unnecessarily disrespectful to the original characters they needlessly entangle in the hot mess of contradictions that is every episode of Discovery, but I digress…

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Star Trek Discovery has simply left behind the concept of saving a few cast members, or an entire ship, or a planet in any given episode or story arc.

By episode 8 we’re talking about saving the universe and by the end of the season we were looking at “saving all life everywhere across the entire multi-verse of universes.” It was preposterous and unrelatible.

They also just will not go to a planet and just explore or make contact. The one time they consent to do this we get the only watchable episode.  In that episode only a couple of characters were at risk and there was a  limited “Away Mission” that was familiar and fun.

Rather than learn from this the show’s next episode takes a turn for the too serious again and we find ourselves saving several universes in every show.

It’s a little like Babylon 5 that way. While there were some good things about the show it also suffered the stakes always being far too high.

As far as Discovery goes, well its just too much. You can only stretch a rubber band almost to the breaking point so many times before it stops snapping back into shape again. It’s tedious and fatiguing to always be at the edge of the universe ending. If the way the avoid the universe ending is sort of bland or a little too convenient it just makes the whole thing that much less entertaining.

Lets see just the ship and crew in danger around a strange planet a little more often as a starting point for fixing this very flawed show. The good old days of a possible warp core breach or a good old hide n seek with some bad guys wouldn’t be some kind of step backwards, but it seems the current writers feel that way. They’re making the classic mistake- fixing the parts of Star Trek that weren’t broken.

Dare I suggest some exploring in the Final Frontier? Maybe meet an analogous species that relates to some current societal problem? You know, Star Trek stuff.

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Prediction – Trump Will Nullify the Midterm Elections if They Don’t Go His Way

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It’s like this – Trump’s just said the election WILL BE HACKED IN FAVOR OF THE DEMOCRATS. It’s NOT true, the Hackers are the Russians who want him to win. While I think he and Putin discussed a second coordinated election hack to again help him and the unpopular Right Wing Agenda in Helsinki, the Russians haven’t revealed that yet and of course Trump’s Administration is not telling the American People a damn thing 8 days later. We have Putin’s own words from just days ago to show us he loves Trump as US President and has NO buyers remorse about his puppet-boy POTUS.

As Reuters points out Trump offers no proof the Russians will hack the election. Its also a real stretch to believe Putin’s changed his mind about Trump in the 8 days since they connived in Finland.

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One thing you can be sure of is that in the over 2 hour one on one with no American’s present to tell us what really went down the two dictators discussed the strategy of misinformation and lies they would use to Nullify the Midterm Elections should either Trump or Putin not like the results.

Sit back and wait, and STILL VOTE, but be ready for Benedict Donald to try to Nullify the 2018 midterm election results. I think that would probably count as a coup and certainly it would be time to take to the streets with pitchforks and torches

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