Monday, October 24, 2016
I'm so old I can remember when he was going to leave Washington behind to go teach in Indiana, or something. That lasted about a week.
Hopefully he wins. Besides, The Left needs a chew toy in the Senate. I guess it could be him!
The grift isn't going away, but why is it focused on such horrible things? It's one thing to pay the 20% (or whatever) corruption tax and still have the potholes filled and garbage taken away. It's quite another to pay the corruption tax and have nothing but an empty carcass of a mall that will never open. I get that we can't dislodge the grifters, but can't we at least overpay them for nice things instead of shit?
That doesn't justify the racism and xenophobia. Immigrants and blah people aren't to blame for these things. But it can bring it unjustifiably to the foreground. Add in the usual phenomenon of people getting older and watching the world they knew disappear around them, and the insane messaging they hear regularly...
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Actual voter fraud, where people go and vote in the place of dead people, or fake multiple voter registrations and vote multiple times, or undocumented individuals register and vote, is pretty much impossible. Sure it's possible that it happens occasionally, but it's basically impossible for it to happen at election-tilting levels, and completely impossible for it to happen at presidential election-tilting levels. Given the way the voting system works in Philadelphia, which is now ground zero for these sorts of accusations because black people vote here sometimes, it literally would be impossible. It would require a conspiracy at a scale that half the city would have to know about it.
Anyone making the charge is just saying there's something inherently suspicious about people of color voting. This is Trump's line, and that of his homonculus Rudy Giuliani. They're full of shit, and they're racist shits. Trump's gonna get attention as he is actually the Republican candidate for president (heckuva job, guys!). There's no reason to give any attention to Rudy, unless giving platforms to racists is just another part of the bothsides game.
It gets accompanied by people bleating about how we need to be able to get along, and talk to each other, and love the people we disagree with politically, and write big checks to the people who set up organizations claiming to be dedicated to these ideas. Yah, well, most of us live in this world and have friends and family and coworkers who we have to talk to and get along with etc. and it has nothing to do with "unity" just being a fucking human being who can usually manage to go to a dinner party without fighting with the host about some stupid shit Sean Hannity said yesterday.
And that's even without mentioning what "unity" really means, which is "shut up and eat the shit we feed you, peasant."
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Because holy shit we're about to have our first woman president.
Friday, October 21, 2016
BREAKING #BRIDGEGATE: Frmr Christie aide Kelly says she got OK from gov for traffic study before she sent"Time for traffic problems" email 1— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
2/ BREAKING BRIDGEGATE Kelly said Christie's response to info the @PANYNJ was doing a study" What's our relationship with Mayor Sokolich?"— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
BREAKING BRIDGEGATE 3/ Kelly says she discussed Mayor Sokolich's public safety complaints with Christie on 9/11/13, while closures were on— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
BREAKING BRIDGEGATE 4 Kelly, in tears sez Christie threw a water bottle at her and said "What do you think I am a fucking game show host?"— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
Bridgegate Defendant says Christie knew about the lane closures and gave his consent before she sent "Time for some traffic problems" email pic.twitter.com/M2rV20gf7j— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) October 21, 2016
Also, too, corrupt.
I never quite understand why on an issue as obviously popular as Social Security, "making Fred Hiatt happy" was more important than "getting lots of people to vote for you," but that was where we were. Even Republicans understood that what they wanted to do would be hideously unpopular and it was weirdly Democrats who were pushing it more, at least for a time. Yes, yes, if Republicans were your malevolent dictators they'd gut Social Security, but since they still have to win elections even they aren't completely stupid.
Hopefully that era is over. For a little while at least. Could even win some elections that way!