Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Lunch Thread

Not really participating in any of the main events this week, but lots of side distractions. Suckier blogging than usual...

Trump or Bust

Back in the great and glorious era of Emperor George W. "Bunnypants" Bush, I used to joke about the 27%, which seemed to be the absolute bottom of any approval poll for Bush and symbolized the proportion of people who would vote Republican no matter what. Or, more specifically, the worse a Republican was, the happier they were. I think Trump was a bit of a Mule in this primary, so it's hard to see exactly where he fits in with the 27th. Absent Trump I'd think of them as Cruz voters in this year, but 27% of all voters=54% of Republican voters (roughly, of course), which is enough to win the Republican primary.

But the dust is settling a bit and Trump is doing well in national polls. Those polls don't really tell us much about the general election, but they do tell us something about the people of the greatest country on Earth that we have to make great again. A lot of them like Trump.

Trump voters include the 27 percenters, but there are more than that at the moment who say they want to vote for him. I guess my big question is... are the ranks of the 27 percenters really expanding or is Trump just a bit of a wildcard who has expanded his support by appealing to different groups of voters for different reasons?

The Morning After Day 1

I have the convention speeches dvr'ed and will watch later today.

No spoilers, please!

Heh, just kidding. I hear it was a kick ass evening. Congratulations Democrats.

Monday, July 25, 2016

More Thread

Better thread than dead.

Monday Night

I hear some ladies are speaking tonight? Get your fashion criticisms ready!

Monday Evening

Almost Monday Night!!!

Afternoon Thread

Looks like rain.

They Won't Work

I find the safety obsession with self-driving cars to be amusing. Safety is the easy part. I'm sure they'll be able to make cars which drive themselves on highways and have as good or better safety records as humans in similar driving conditions. Programming them to not hit things and to avoid being hit by things is, I would guess, the simplest challenge right now. But, hey, build a test site. Preferably with lots of public money. Program them not to play bumper cars. They still won't work in the way that's being sold to people. Besides, automobiles are a 19th century technology.

Unity, My Way

I hate talks of "unity" especially by people in power. If it actually has a meaning, it's something like "smile and clap for me, citizen." I don't think politicians who say it are actually thinking, "be excellent to each other on twitter." They're thinking "I wish the proles would just STFU for a change.

And when unity just means "unite behind me," then the peddler of the unity utopia is just using it as a cynical tool to get people to line up behind them. After all, they aren't much interested in unity if it means they don't get what they want.
“It came down to the fact that the president didn’t want the hassle of getting rid of Debbie,” said a former top Obama adviser. “It’s been a huge problem for the Clintons, but the president just didn’t want the headache of Debbie bad-mouthing him. … It was a huge pain in the ass.”



One thing which I think causes people who are in general terms "on the same side" to talk past each other in politics is the failure to understand that people just have different priorities from each other. "We" might all agree on 10 issues that are important, but we don't rank them all the same away. I don't really expect that everyone thinks that SUPERTRAINS are the most important policy issue (not that I do either), but I might have some good reasons for thinking they are nonetheless.

Also, too, some people just like to be assholes on the internet. We all need a hobby.

Morning Thread

Really big thunderstorm just passed through. Hope it cools things down for the visitors to Philly.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


The things that happen when you're out.
PHILADELPHIA — Democrats arrived at their nominating convention on Sunday under a cloud of discord as Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, abruptly said she was resigning after a trove of leaked emails showed party officials conspiring to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Anyway, DWS is horrible aside from whatever the specifics of her role in the primary stuff were. She should never have had the job, and certainly should not have had it for this long.

Sunday Night

Old. No closing down bars for me anymore, even with other loser libs.

So Close And Yet So Far

My house is filled with a bunch of liberal losers so I'm staying in my "old" neighborhood, all of 1.5 or so miles away. It isn't that I never get here otherwise, but surprisingly rarely. And things do change there, if fairly slowly.

Things elsewhere have changed since I lived there, too. I don't remember anyone involved in Lefty politics back in the day who didn't come at it with a healthy dose of skepticism of those in power, including the powerful of the minority party. For a lot of people, now, that skepticism is unwelcome.

Then, as now, a lot of people just liked to pee in the punchbowl for fun. Not everything changes.

Afternoon Thread

Saw my first live delegate in the wild.

Go Away

I was pretty shocked by the behavior of DWS's DNC during the primary. It was a "not even trying to hide it" kind of thing going on, and then people were all confused (or pretended to be) when Bernie was pissed. He had reasons, and they were rather obvious. There were beats to sweeten, because there's nothing like a beat so sweet.

Still it's all that commie Putin's fault.

Sunday Morning

Going to be another hot one. I really feel for the delegates arriving in Philly today. Way too hot to do much sightseeing outdoors. Stick to museums.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Night

It's alright.

Saturday Evening

The Left sure was busy being wrong about everything today given that it's a Saturday. Take a break, Left! It's the weekend that The Left worked for. You can go back to being wrong about everything on Monday, Left! Relax until then.

So...2056 Then?

Completely believable.

General Motors' first fully autonomous car will be electric, available to just about anyone, and it could be here before you know it.

The company plans to bring its self-driving cars to the masses by launching its first driverless on the Lyft platform, Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of autonomous tech at GM, told Tech Insider.

Fletcher would not share specifics about timing, but she did say the company’s first fully autonomous car will be available via the ride-sharing service sooner than you may expect.

"We have not made that announcement yet, but what I would say is this is all coming much faster than people anticipate, so I’ll say that much. We have been transparent about that,” she said. “We are working on an on-demand ride-sharing network with Lyft, it’s not something we are thinking about, it’s something we are very much readying for consumer use.”


Afternoon Thread

Still hot.


Time to let it go.